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The Morung Express

Dimapur VOL. VIII ISSUE 255

Tuesday, September 17, 2013 12 pages Rs. 4

Don’t judge each day by the harvest you reap but by the seeds that you plant Thirteenyr-old girl begins MA in microbiology [ PAGE 08]

Several killed, injured at Washington Navy Yard shooting


–Robert Louis Stevenson

First IndianAmerican to win Miss America [ PAGE 11]

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By Sandemo Ngullie

nagaland government seeks more time

‘Role of State Govt not been properly defined in ongoing Ceasefire’

Just training for the future, Dad!

Arms dealer apprehended DIMAPUR, SEPTEMBER 16 (MExN): Personnel from the 29 Assam Rifles under the aegis of HQ 6 Sector AR apprehended an “arms dealer” in Dimapur. A press note from Lt Col AS Chauhan, PRO for the AR informed that the apprehended person has been identified as Obed Zeliang, a resident of Tesen village under Peren district. One .22 pistol with a magazine was seized from his possession. The note added that during investigation, the arms dealer revealed he had served with the NSCN (K) as Vice Chairman of the Zeliangrong Region and subsequently left the organization in August 1997. According to the note, the individual was proceeding to Manja in Assam in order to sell the weapon. The apprehended was later handed over to the West Police Station, Dimapur.

One missing in Kohima

KohIMA, SEPTEMBER 16 (MExN): A 17 year old girl went missing on September 13 at around 1:30 PM at Upper Midland, Near LCS Building Kohima. Source informed that a girl named Sumo, light dark complexion and 4’10 in height, was last seen wearing blue jean and pink shirt. Anyone who comes across the missing can contact 8732893110/ 9402019975.

ANSTA appeals to SSA Mission


DIMAPUR, SEPTEMBER 16 (MExN): The All Nagaland Schools Teachers Association has in a letter to the Director, SSA Mission urged that the amount sanctioned for salary and allowance of teachers appointed against SSA post creation should be used judiciously for that purpose alone. While acknowledging the SSA efforts to get the necessary sanction order from MHRD for the release of funds; the Association reiterated that the whole salary component sanctioned by MHRD should be deposited to the account of S/E at one go. This would be unlike the present practice of crediting only for a period of 3 months. It appealed for expedition of the transaction process and credit with whatever amount has been earmarked for the salary of teachers to the School Education account so that the aggrieved teachers would receive their salary at the earliest. Meanwhile, it also requested the Directorate of School Education to disperse the salary to the affected teachers at the earliest possible time as soon as it is received it from the SSA.

Unmoved by the hustle and bustle, an old man is seen sipping rice beer outside his house as VIPs and visitors flock to Thanamir village to attend the Apple Festival. (Morung Photo)

2004 blasts hearing deferred again

DIMAPUR, SEPTEMBER 16 (MExN): The justice system in India is known to progress at an excruciatingly slow pace and Nagaland seems no different. Trial in relation with the 2004 Dimapur twin blasts was deferred for the second time since trial proceedings began in July. The first hearing of the case was conducted on

July 17 wherein the charges against nine defendants, alleged of complicity in the blasts, were considered. The next hearing on August 19 could not take place as scheduled and had to be deferred after the prosecution raised objection with regard to procedural lapses in appointment of counsels for the defendants. Considering the argument,

DIMAPUR, SEPTEMBER 16 (MExN): The Nagaland State government in response to a memorandum submitted on August 30 to the Chief Minister by the Action Committee Against Unabated Taxation (ACAUT) has sought more time pointing out that “actions on the issues raised will take time to implement due to various reasons including deeper deliberations and formulation of action plan for implementation in view that some of the issues are very sensitive”. This was stated in a letter issued to ACAUT by the Chief Secretary of Nagaland Alemtemshi Jamir on September 13. It may be mentioned that the ACAUT had given 15 days for the government to respond to its ten point memorandum. The State government was of the view that the points raised by ACAUT in some cases will even require for-

the Court subsequently directed that the procedural lapses be resolved for proper resumption of the trial, thereby scheduling September 16 as the next hearing. However, today’s hearing had to be deferred as it was learnt that the alleged lapses are yet to be resolved. It was further learned that the judge for this case is on KohIMA, SEPTEMBER medical leave. 16 (MExN): On Sunday night at around 8:45 pm, a Reverend-pastor of a church in Kohima and his group of church members were assaulted by an unidentified number of people at Ghopur town under Sonepur district, Assam. The group of six was returning to Kohima in their church bus, when the incident happened. • Greater visibility for HIV/AIDS issues The group while pass• Encourage safe and responsible behavior among ing through the area was dithe youth • Reduce stigma and discrimination by “demystify- rected by the police to take an alternative route, as an ing” HIV/AIDS • Promote HIV/AIDS related services • Increase general awareness about HIV/AIDS

NSACS Zero MMC launched in Kohima Kohima |September 16

Nagaland, along with the rest of the North East is all set to conduct the 5th edition of a multi media campaign to promote awareness and education on HIV/AIDS. In tune with the National AIDS Control’s Organization (NACO) plan, the campaign will create awareness through sports, music and festivals. Billed as NSACS ZERO Multi Media Campaign (MMC), it was formally launched by Khriehu Liezietsu, Advisor to the Music Task Force and New & Renewable Energy at the Rattle & Hum Lounge, Kohima. The campaign will run from October 2013 till February 2014. Liezietsu announced that NSACS ZERO MMC (music) will kick start from Mon and culminate at Dimapur. This will be the 5th music campaign to spread HIV/AIDS awareness among the Naga youth through the medium of music, he said. This year’s campaign will leverage on previous year’s learning. The campaign aims to capitalize on the popularity of local entertainment avenues among the youth, especially in the area of music, which has a huge following in the state. MMC will be carried out in two levels covering all the districts. Nagaland State AIDS Control Society (NSACS) Project Director, Dr NL Changkija re-iterated that

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the campaign belongs to one and all and expressed optimism that the Music campaign would be taken forward with a renewed vigor. The objective here is greater visibility for HIV/ AIDS issues. Dr Changkija informed that 60-65% of the current prevalent rate falls within the age group of 15-45 years. She further called for spreading awareness with renewed commitment and with a greater perspective. Deputy Director (IEC), Ayieno Kechu informed that sports would be taken to the most remote districts including Pungro in Kiphire district, Satakha in Zunheboto district and one village in Wokha district. This will be a part of the campaign to reach the youth through sports. Entry tickets with HIV/ AIDS messages, jerseys with HIV/AIDS message, banners and placards at the venue, pledge taking against HIV/ AIDS by players, printing of red ribbons and HIV testing in the venue will all be a part of the campaign. NSACS will piggy-back on prominent festivals and celebrations in Nagaland by participating in the

DIMAPUR, SEPTEMBER 16 (MExN): Responding to the letter from the Nagaland State government on the 10 point memorandum it had submitted to the Chief Minister on August 30, the Action Committee Against Unabated Taxation (ACAUT) has expressed dismay that the government has not addressed any of the points raised citing “the lame excuse of inadequate time served on it by ACAUT to address the issue”. The ACAUT in a press note pointed out that the government has been silent on the issue of unabated taxations by

Naga Political Groups (NPGs) and illegal collections by government agencies for the past 4 months despite the fact that ACAUT booklet on taxations was distributed to all the members of Nagaland Legislative Assembly (NLA) during the monsoon session. “Therefore, citing lack of time to address the issue is unjustifiable and it portrays the insincerity of the government. At this juncture the public should be the best judge as to what is wrong with the government”, the ACAUT stated. Full text of ACAUT Memo on page 4

mulation of new policies including legal measures covered by appropriate laws and legislations. As such, it was stated that the 15 days time given by ACAUT is insufficient since the “various streamlining and structuring of the governmental organizations, particularly correcting systems that have evolved over a long period of years, cannot be done overnight”. The Chief Secretary’s letter has asked ACAUT to review the 15 days deadline served earlier. Also stating that one of the main underlying themes leading to the present situation is related to activities of Naga Political Groups, the state govern-

ment pointed out that its role has not been properly defined in the ongoing Ceasefire and the negotiation process between the Government of India and various Naga groups. “The Ceasefire mechanism is also supervised by Chairman of the CFMG (Ceasefire Monitoring Group)/CFSB (Ceasefire Supervisory Board) and basically implemented through the Assam Rifles. Under such circumstances, the extent to which the State Government can take action has been largely left undefined in the Cease Fire Ground Rules and therefore, policies and actions related to the matter of dealership, syndicates,

agencies etc indulged by the NPGs will take time to be formulated and implemented”, stated the letter. However it was also mentioned that these matters are already under consideration by the Administration and the Police. The Chief Secretary has also said that the CM has considered the Memorandum with all seriousness and that it was taken up in a special Cabinet meeting convened on September 3. “The State Cabinet had deliberated on the Memorandum and took into account the various issues raised therein and further directed the administration to reply to the Memorandum”, stated the letter.

accident had taken place earlier. However, when they stopped to ask a cyclist for directions, a group of people approached them from behind and started damaging the vehicle. The mob broke the vehicle window and assaulted the Reverend with bamboo sticks, who was in the driver’s seat. Sources informed that an accident had occurred earlier in the area, where an Assam vehicle ran over a person who succumbed to his injuries. Sources also in-

formed that the residents of the area had been calling for the construction of a speed breaker for some time. On contacting the Reverend’s wife, who was also present during the incident, she said, “It was just our bad luck that we had to cross at such a time.” The Reverend was injured in his upper lips and right ear, which required stitches. A source from the Dimapur Police said, “In the past few months, five people have been killed by As-

sam vehicles in the area. The administration promised to put up speed breakers but failed to do so which further instigated anger among the people.” It was through the help of the Dimapur police, Kohima police and some officials who intervened that the church group was able to reach Nagaland safely. Police said that a case has been lodged with regard to the incident and that the Assam police have affirmed to try and identify the assaulters.

Caught at the wrong place, in the wrong time

Music, Sports to ‘fight’ HIV/AIDS Our Correspondent

ACAUT dismayed over ‘insincerity’ of govt

Hornbill Festival and during Christmas (Activities during Christmas in Kohima and Dimapur jails). NSACS ZERO MMC coordinator, Theja Meru said that this year MMC anticipates the participation of 100 plus Music groups from Nagaland, out of which 11 bands will be selected to participate in the Grand Finale. Under awareness through music, this year’s theme is ‘Music for Zero.’ This in tune with the UNAIDS’s strategy of ‘Getting to Zero’ by 2015. It advocates ‘Zero new HIV infections, Zero Discrimination, Zero AIDS-related deaths.’ Event partners for the campaign are Unitex, Crescendo, Dream Cafe, Audio Garage, The Naga Blog, INDIHUT, Rattle & Hum Lounge and Space-M. Winners of the grand finale (state level) will receive a cash award of Rs. 1 Lakh, while the first and second runners-up will fetch a cash prize of Rs. 60,000 and Rs. 40,000 respectively. Winners of the district level competitions will receive a cash prize of Rs. 10,000 while the first and second runners up will receive Rs. 3,000 and Rs. 2,000 respectively.

Ring to protect women against crimes BANgAloRE, SEPTEMBER 16 (IANS): Beware of assaulting women, as a Karnataka pharmacist has devised a protective ring to sting an attacker. “The gruesome (Dec 16) gang-rape in New Delhi last year prompted me to devise a safety ring that can be worn by women on their right index finger to defend themselves against a potential rapist or killer,” device inventor, Imran Khan said. What makes 30-yearold Khan’s ‘Sting Bee’ silver ring a reliable armor for self defense is a liquid chemical compound (Capsaicin) in the head of the ring, which on releasing from its micro tank, weakens an offender and immobilizes him from attacking or assaulting any girl or woman. “As Capsaicin is four times hotter than Bhut Jolokia (pepper) and 300 times more spicy than Guntur red chillies (from Andhra Pradesh), it stimulates chemoreceptor nerve endings in the skin and causes shooting pain for 45-60 minutes when injected into the body from the ring’s micro tank using a micro pump and a micro needle,” Khan said at a preview of the ‘Sting Bee’.

A self-defense ring named Woman Sting is displayed at its launch, part of the “Save My Sister” campaign in Bangalore, reportedly conceived after the December 16 gang rape incident. The ring comes with a micro needle, a pump and a tank filled partly with Capsaicin, a chemical compound that is active component of chili peppers. (AP Photo)

A RFID (radio frequency identification) tag on top side and a dual lock mechanism prevents misuse of the ring, which can be made of any safe metal. “The device is tamper-proof and easy to operate, as its micro tank with 0.2ml of the drug (Capsaicin) can be injected into even five persons at a time by unlocking it before an assault and gives the wearer sufficient time to escape,” Khan asserted. He has tied up with a Mumbai-based jeweller to source the silver-made

rings and with a city-based pharmacy to fill them with the drug concentrate. “A silver-made ring will cost Rs.1,999, excluding tax (5 percent) and delivery charges. It will be made to order on payment and delivered in a week across the country through courier. The price will gradually come done once sales volume picks up,” Khan observed. Re-fill of the canister (micro-tank) with Capsaicin will cost Rs 1,000 per fill. Khan has set up a “Save My Sister Charitable Trust” to educate

women and promote the device for their safety and security against sexual harassment and anti-social elements. He plans to distribute the ring free to economically deprived women. He has set up a call centre with a helpline number (080-6450-0112) to offer counseling to women in trouble and inform them about the safety ring. Admitting that a mere ring would not stop crimes against women, Khan said the device was one of the means to campaign sustainably against attacks on fair sex as perpetrators would think twice before causing any harm to them. “Though our hoary culture has been to respect women and treat them equally, the growing numbers of crimes against them across the country, forced me do something to check atrocities against them,” Khan said. “Barring pain, itching, burning sensation and inflammation, the chemical used in the ring is not life-threatening,” Khan noted. The trust also plans to provide free legal service to victims of crimes by hiring about 6,000 lawyers in select cities and towns across the country.






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Naga Hoho Federal Assembly convene emergency meet Dimapur, September 16 (mexN): The Naga Hoho Federal Assembly has informed all federating that there will an emergency meet on September 28, 2013 at Hotel Vivor, Kohima at 11:00 am to discuss the nomination committees report to finalize the new office bearers of Naga Hoho. Therefore, all the Federating Units are informed to depute two representatives headed by president or authorized person (s). This was stated in a press note issued by Deputy Speaker, Naga Hoho.

Mass Social Work in Zunheboto Town

ZuNheboto, September 16 (Dipr): Deputy Commissioner, Zunheboto, Akato L. Sema has informed that in view of the 11th Triennial Convention of Nagaland Baptist Church Council Women Department at Zunheboto town, there will be a mass social work in and around the town on September 18, 2013 from 7:00 am onwards. The DC has therefore requested all the public to take part in this social work positively.

Mass social work held at Peren

tobu, September 16 (mexN): The public, Government staffs and Officers under Tobu SubDivision is facing untold hardship due to lack of essential needs and commodities. A press note


A view of the culvert damaged near Telangsao caused by huge landslides.

issued by K.T. Lehwang, Vice-president, Tobu Area Students’ Union (TASU) stated that it has been over a month since landslides and damage of culverts has occurred at many locations between Tobu and

71 GREF Camp. Since, it is the only lifeline road; essential commodities could not be imported by any other alternative road thus severely affecting normal life. Also, the repairing and

construction of the damaged road has not been completed as expected or in time. Further, the scarce electricity supply, which the people often enjoyed, has also been totally cut off

since July 2013 leaving the entire area into darkness. Moreover, to add to the woes, the Airtel and BSNL network is “very rare” for the reason best known to them, stated TASU in the note.

Therefore, TASU on behalf of public of Tobu Area appeal the Government of Nagaland, BRO and the concern Department Officers to kindly look into this matter and restore the necessities at the earliest.

‘World Bamboo Day’ celebrations in Dimapur on September 18 & 19

Dimapur, September 16 (mexN): The Nagaland Bamboo Development Agency will be celebrating the ‘World Bamboo Day’ along with the rest of the world September 18– 19, 2013, at the Nagaland Bamboo Resource Centre, 6th Mile, Dimapur. A press note issued by DR. Tolto Metha, Member, NBM-IT, Nagaland Bamboo Development Agency, stated that this year’s celebration marks the fourth year of the World Bamboo Day, and has been conceived under the theme ‘Building Wokha Police on September 13, 2013 seized 20 cases of Beer and 10 cases of Rum. The same Lives’, with the objective was destroyed on September 14 at Wokha in the presence of District administration, Police of promoting Bamboo as and Prosecuting Staff. (DIPR Photo) a resourceful medium in

generating livelihood and encouraging entrepreneurship in the different aspects of the Bamboo industry. The note also mentioned that Dr. Longrineken, MLA and Advisor of Nagaland Bamboo Development Agency will be the chief guest of the inaugural and flag hoisting programme which will be held at 10:00 am on September 18, 2013 in NBRC. The main feature of this year’s celebration will be sales and exhibition of various Bamboo products, both household and decorative, from different parts of the state. An interesting feature will also

be the sales of traditional bamboo products. The Nagaland Bamboo Development Agency extends its invitation to the general public to be a part of this celebration which will be on for two days. Mention may be made that subsequent upon the declaration made by the World Bamboo Congress, the first World Bamboo Day celebration was held in 2010 at the Naga Heritage Village, Kisama, wherein the Vice President of India Dr. Hamid Ansari attended as the chief guest. The celebration of World Bamboo Day is since then an annual event worldwide.

Para Legal Volunteers trained at Phek


pereN, September 16 (Dipr): A Mass Social work was carried out at Peren District on September 14, 2013 organized by the People’s Concerned Forum (PCF) Peren District. The following works like sand gravel into potholes, clearing the jungle along the shortcut Dimapur road starting from Mhainamtsi to Shokuvi were carried out during the social work. The organizers & the DC Peren expressed their appreciation to the Administration, PWD Owner of J.C.B. and Dumper’s, Taxi Union, Trader Union, Women Welfare Society, Zeliangrong Baudi, Voluntaries from various organizations and Villages & Public Leaders and to each and every individual for taking part in the mass social work. The People Concern Forum, Peren District also thanked especially the 9th IRB Saijang and 18th AR Jalukie for their support in this social work.

23rd Kidima Catholic Juniors’ Day held

Kohima, September 16 (Dipr): The 23rd Kidima Catholic Juniors’ Day was held under the theme “Remember what I say, my son, and never forget what I tell you to do” (Proverb 7:1) at St. Francis Xavier’s Church Kidima on September 14 to 15, 2013 with the Director of Eden Garden, Khuzama, Reverend Father Raymond D’Souza SJ as the main celebrant. Reverend Father Raymond D’Souza SJ addressing the children asked them to have faith in Jesus and receives the blessing from Him adding that Jesus never disappoint and forget his peoples unlike friends. Citing the example of Prophet Moses who listen and pray to Almighty God with honesty and sincerity, he called upon the gathering to repent from their sins and walk with the Lord to live in peace and harmony. On the occasion, competitions on Group Hymn, Sub-Junior solo, Holy Bible recitation, Double quartet and the best performers in the quartet, Duet and solo were also held. During the competition St. Innocent, St. Celerius was adjudged as the overall highest points scored followed by St. Celestine group. Senior teacher of Sacred School, Khuzama, Reverend Sister Sandra, parents, faithful people and well-wishers attended the programme.


BSI Fundraising Seminar held

Dimapur, September 16 (mexN): The Bible Society of India (BSI) Dimapur Auxiliary conducted Fundraising seminar at two places. On September11th, it was held at BSI USBLA Branch Yangli Mission Centre where 63 Sangtam Pastors and Church leaders attended. Rev.C.Lima Executive Secretary USBLA opened the session with the message power of God. On September 12, 2ndFundraising seminar was held at Tuensang Town Baptist Church where 47 Church leaders participated. Ongmang Chang Executive Secretary CBLT opened the session with the topic carry Bible and Cross always. It was combined programme of BSI CBLT Branch and BSI Tuensang Town Branch. Resource persons in both seminar were Marwati RMA, and Rev.Dr.Z.K.Rochill, Sr.Auxiliary Secretary. Further BSI in the note expressed gratitude to all the Church leaders for participating in fundraising seminars and also to Tuensang Town Baptist Church for providing refreshment to all the participants.


Workshop on e-Procurement at Kohima

Para Legal Volunteers (PLV) with resource persons at the training programme held at Phek HQ, DPDB Conference Hall on September 14.

pheK, September 16 (Dipr): Training for Para Legal Volunteers (PLV) was held at Phek HQ in the DPDB Conference Hall on September 14, 2013. The training programme was chaired by District & Sessions Judge & Secretary, Phek District Legal Services Authority, G.H. Ramlia. He emphasized on legal services authority/ committees in providing free legal Aids, counselling and providing free legal

services in the conduct of proceeding before Court/ Tribunal/Authority. Alemwapang Ao, (Advocate) Trainer of Trainees (TOT) Para legal volunteer Nagaland State Legal Services Authority was the main resource person. He said that Para medical volunteers should help the weaker sections of the society, and enable them to be aware of their rights and to live with human dignity and constitutional

rights. He also said that PLV should be as watch dogs in their areas in order to take effective remedial actions under the provisions of law. Rukuvolu Vero delivering the vote of thanks called upon the members to cooperate and extend their supports as it is voluntary services and to assist in the legal matters, which is very essential for the people. About 80 PLV personnel attended the training programme.

Kohima, September 16 (Dipr): A State level workshopone-ProcurementwillbeheldattheConferenceHallof the Nagaland Civil Secretariat on September 19, 2013 from 10:30 am onwards for the AHODs and HODs organised by the Ministry of Commerce & Industries Government of India, Government of Nagaland and the National Informatics Centre. Chief Secretary of Nagaland, Alemtemshi Jamir IAS in an office memorandum informed that the Ministry of Commerce, GOI has mandated on fast adoption of a standardise e-Procurement System in the State Government Departments through the Mission Mode Project (MMP) on e-Procurement. It is envisaged that through e-Procurement there would be a perceived gain of cost efficiency, shorter procurement cycle and transparency with the electronic mode of Government Procurement/Tendering process. He therefore,requestedalltheAHODsandHODstomakeitconvenient to attend the workshop positively.

WSBPF general meet on Sept 19

Dimapur, September 16 (mexN): Western Sumi Baptist Pastors fellowship (WSBPF) has convened its general meeting on September 19, 2013 at 9:00 am at Thilixu Village Baptist Church. All Pastors within Western Sumi jurisdiction have been requested to attend the general meeting without fail.









‘Adhoka Cultural Troupe’ Sangtamtila in full traditional attire ready to celebrate the fourth foundation day during the “Mongmong Festival” of the Sangtam tribe.


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North East to be linked to MPC celebrates 40th anniversary Trans-Asian Rail Network Strike called over incomplete rail projects

AgArtAlA, September 16 (IANS): Mountainous northeast India would be connected to the railway network of neighbouring Myanmar to link up with the ambitious 81,000 km-long Trans-Asian Railway Network (TARN), an official said. "To connect with the TARN, a 118-km railway track would be laid between (Manipur capital) Imphal and (border towns) Moreh and Tamu (the latter in western Myanmar)," Northeast Frontier Railway (NFR) Chief Engineer (Construction) Harpal Singh told IANS. "The survey work is now on and it would be completed by March next year," Harpal Singh said. He said that another 257-km railway route from north Tripura's Jawahar Nagar railway station to northern Mizoram's Kolashib and Myanmar's Darlon has been proposed to connect with TARN. "If Tripura and Manipur linked with the TARN, the northeastern states would be the gateway to Southeast Asian countries," Harpal Singh explained. "For the development of northeast India's economy, tourism and people-to- people contacts between the region and Southeast Asian countries, the TARN would play a vital role," he added. The proposed TARN covers 80,900 km of rail lines, including 22,600 km in South Asia, Iran and Turkey. The southern corridor begins in Kunming in

SIlchAr, September 16 (IANS): A non-political civic group led by intellectuals and social workers Monday called for a 12-hour shutdown Sep 24 in southern Assam, demanding early completion of ongoing rail projects in the northeastern India. The strike has been called by the Broad Gauge Railway Line Implementation Agitation Samity (BGRLIAS) in three districts of Assam's southern Barak Valley region - Cachar, Karimganj and Hailakandi. The proposed strike may disrupt rail services in Tripura, Mizoram and Manipur besides Assam. "Due to utter negligence of the central government, rail connectivity in the northeastern region has made very poor progress. The rail network is dependent on over 100-year-old tracks laid during the British rule," group convener Ajoy Roy told reporters here. "Despite assurances by several prime ministers and other central leaders and after numerous agitations, the extension of rail networks and their target dates get delayed year after year," he said. On Aug 7, over 5,000 members of the Democratic Youth Federation of India and Tribal Youth Federation -- both youth wings of the Communist Party of India-Marxist -- staged a demonstration at the Northeast Frontier Railway headquarters in Guwahati. The protestors demanded early completion of delayed rail projects in the entire northeastern region. In January 1996, the then prime minister H.D. Deve Gowda laid the foundation stone for conversion of the Lumding-Agartala metre-gauge track to broad gauge. According to railway officials, the cost of the gauge conversion project has escalated to Rs.2,800 crore from Rs.648 crore in 1996. The broad gauge railway line from Guwahati passes through Lumding in Nagaon district, connecting Agartala and parts of Manipur, Mizoram and southern Assam with the rest of India by a single 109-year-old metre-gauge track. Agartala is one of the newest stations of the Indian Railways, and came up on the map in October 2008.

China and Bangkok in Thailand and ends in Kapikule in Bulgaria. The length of the route between Bangkok and Kapikule is 11,460 km and provides transcontinental connectivity to China, Thailand, Myanmar, Bangladesh, Pakistan, India, Iran and Turkey. Harpal Singh said that as per the 'Vision-2020', prepared by the North Eastern Council, the NFR would connect all the state capitals of northeastern states by 2020. Currently, Assam's main city Guwahati and Tripura capital Agartala are linked with the Indian Railways network. Agartala is one of the newest stations

and came on the country's rail map in October 2008. The NFR is one of the 16 railway zones in India. Headquartered at Maligaon in Guwahati, it is responsible for rail operations in the entire northeast and parts of West Bengal and Bihar. Harpal Singh also said that work on a new rail link between India and Bangladesh along Tripura would start later this year. "To ease surface transport between the hilly northeastern states and rest of India and the neighbouring country, thisline would also play a key role," he added. At a cost of Rs 252 crores, India will build a 15-km track linking Agartala

War on Twitter: Gogoi slams Modi over Kodnani

guwAhAtI, September 16 (IANS): With the BJP announcing Narendra Modi as its prime ministerial candidate for the 2014 general elections, Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi Monday attacked the Gujarat chief minister on Twitter, questioning his "secularism". "Where was Modi's secularism when his former minister Kodnani (since convicted and jailed) was involved in communal riots in Gujarat?" tweeted the Assam chief minister. Later, Gogoi, a senior Congressman and Sonia Gandhi loyalist, also held a press conference and said this is the

first time that a national political party was seeking the mandate on the basis of one person, Narendra Modi. "Political parties normally fight polls over several issues. We are also going to fight next year's polls. However, we are going to contest the polls over several issues -- development schemes, implementation of schemes and other issues. But for the first time in my long political career, I see the BJP going to contest polls under one person," Gogoi said, while talking to newsmen. "Announcing Modi as prime ministerial candidate also proves that the

RSS (Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh) dictates everything in the BJP," he said. "There have been a galaxy of leaders in the BJP, including A.B. Vajpayee, M.M. Joshi, Venkaiah Naidu and others. However, all of them have been diminished due to Modi," Gogoi said, adding that "Modi magic" would not work in Assam. The Gujarat chief minister is likely to visit Assam in November this year. "The Modi magic is not going to work in Assam. We have Srimanta Sankardev and Madhabdev and Ajan Fakir in Assam and their magic will work in Assam," Gogoi said.


Govt. Recognition No. AR-13/2/88 Dt.22/7/88. Ref. No ASAN/GS-05/13-15

Date 16-09-2013

INFORMATION It is hereby informed that the following are appointed as ASAN new Executive members for the tenure 2013-15. Sl. No. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9


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All the new Executive members are requested to kindly contact ASAN President/ General Secretary for confirmation at the earliest. VEZHOTO ZANGO VIKHETO N. SOHE President Gen. Secretary ASAN ASAN


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with Bangladesh's southeastern city of Akhaurah, which is also an important railway junction connected to Chittagong port, resource-rich Sylhet and capital Dhaka. "Necessary survey and alignment of the railway tracks have been completed. Bangladesh would soon engage the agency for laying railway tracks on their side. We expect the work on the line would start this year," the NFR construction chief added. An agreement for the new railway line was signed between Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and his Bangladeshi counterpart Sheikh Hasina during the latter's visit to Regd.No: 798/2013

India in January 2010. "The entire cost would jointly born by the ministry of external affairs and the ministry for development of northeastern region. The Indian Railway Construction Company (IRCON) would lay the track on the Indian side," the official added. A steering committee under Radhika Lokesh, an additional secretary in the external affairs ministry has also been formed to implement the new IndiaBangladesh railway project, for which a memorandum of understanding was signed in Dhaka on Feb 16. "The NFR is now extending the 135 km railway network up to (southern Tripura's border town) Sabroom. With the establishment of the new railway link, northeast India would be connected to the Chittagong port by rail," Harpal Singh noted. From Sabroom, Chittagong is just 72 km away. Surface connectivity is an important factor as the landlocked northeastern states are surrounded by Bangladesh, Myanmar, Bhutan and China. The only land route to these states from within India is through Assam and West Bengal. But this route passes through over 70 percent hilly terrain with steep roads and multiple hairpin bends. India has for long been seeking land, sea and rail access through Bangladesh for ferrying goods and heavy machinery to the northeast from abroad and other parts of the country.


Dated: 16/09/13

I, Shri.H.VIHOKHE.SEMA, S/o. Lt. Hokuto, Rio. Sugar Mill Village in the District of Dimapur: Nagaland do hereby solemnly affirm and declare as follows:1. That I am a bonafide citizen of India resident of the above mentioned address. 2. That in my academic certificate and service record my name has been entered and used as H.VIHOKHE.SEMA, however in my passport book my name has been entered as VIHOKHE SEMA without entering my Initial. 3. That H is my initial stands as HOKUTO that is my late father's name and VIHOKHE SEMA is my name. 4. That the name H.VIHOKHE SEMA and the name VIHOKHE SEMA is one and same person that is only me. That this affidavit is made to aver the above statements. Solemnly sworn before me by the deponent.


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Kashiram, Dimapur Full Nagarjan, Dimapur Midland Mishikito Mishikito Mishikito Thilixu Thilixu Thilixu Thilixu Chekiye Thilixu Mishikito Mishikito Diezephe Midland, Dimapur Mokokchung Jalukie B Jalukie Samziuram Samziuram Samziuram Jalukie Jalukie Wangkhei, Imphal Kongba, Imphal East Malom Tulihal , Imphal West 28 M/s A. Kamala Devi Wangkhei, Imphal 29 M/s A. Meme Devi Kongba, Imphal East 30 M/s Athokpam Pramani Devi Tera Sapam Leirak 31 M/s. Tingwangten Sanziuram 32 M/s. Dithun Sanziuram 33 M/s. Witanliu Sanziuram 34 Hope Self help Group Dimapur 35 P. Self help Group Zalukie 36 M/s. Adaliu Weaving Unit, Burma Camp, Dimapur 37 M/s. Women Associate Social Burma Camp, Dimapur Service unit 38 M/s. H. Alemla Dimapur 39 Reserved for participant from Jalukie 40 Reserved for participant from Jalukie 1 The selected participants are hereby directed to report to the Exhibition Ground, Market Complex, Jalukie Town on 18th September, 2012 at 6:00 A.M. 2 The participants are hereby directed to bring their banner/synage for display in their respective stall. 3 The participants are also hereby directed to keep their exhibits in their respective stall under lock & key.The office shall not be held responsible in case of any losses/theft. Sd/Hokiye Yeputhomi Managing Director

ImphAl, September 16 (NNN): The government of Manipur is mooting to establish a press academy in Manipur. The AMWJU has been demanding for the setting up of a press academy for a long time. This was disclosed by Manipur deputy chief minister Gaikhangam while speaking as the chief guest on the 40th Foundation Day celebration at Manipur Press Club here organised by All Manipur Working Journalists Union (AMWJU). Gaikhangam while lauding the media persons for playing a vital role in this trouble torn state, said setting up of a press academy will produce a strong media fraternity and media houses. The deputy chief minister

then said journalists in Manipur have been rendering yeomen service to the society in all fronts, not only informing the people but also calm any situation through their reports whenever there is a volatile situation. "Manipur is far away from the mainland India and maximum conflicts and problems have been witnessed in the state but due to the efficient handling of the situation by the journalists here, things are calm relatively," said the Manipur deputy chief minister. Meanwhile, expressing his resentment over the killing of nine labourers in the Friday blast of Imphal, Gaikhangam said to achieve ones goal one should sacrifice ones life first rather than taking oth-

ers lives. "Killing of others without reason will not gain anything," the deputy chief minister stated. Also speaking on the occasion as guest of honour, Manipur education minister M Oken claimed that law and order situation in Manipur has improved considerably. He attributed this to the Manipur journalists. M Oken then said the activities of underground organisations in the state have become too negative these days that they no longer dare to confront the government. MLA Joykishan and AMWJU president W Shamjai harped on the history of media in Manipur. One shawl each was presented to retired and veteran journalists on the occasion by AMWJU.

Ruwngthung Hrangbung leaders of various Nagas and Kukis based CSOs, stuChandel |September 16 dent bodies leaders, Tribe A one day joint Naga-Kuki Presidents leaders of the Consultative Meeting on land women organizations, intelprotection was held today at lectuals and social workers Japhou Village Community amongst others. Hall in Chandel district. The consultative meetThe event organized ing heard the views and by All Tribal Chiefs’ and comments given by the People’s Grievances Forum experts and resource perChandel District brought sons on matters of how to together all Chiefs of Na- protect and safeguard the gas and Kukis, Chairmen of land of the district. all area Chiefs’ Association, Informing this to the

media after the meeting, President of the forum Sng Lumdil Anal stated that the Consultative Meeting was a grand success as he continued to talk of the good responses received from thousands of people in the meeting. Decisions and resolutions adopted by the meeting in connection with protection of land will be released to the press shortly,Sng Lumdil further informed.

Naga-Kuki Joint Consultative held

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The Morung Express 4 public discoursE Urban Development dept responds to news items Remembering Akhrieno Savi Dimapur


17 September 2013

1. Section 120(1) of the Nagaland Municipal Act, 2001 empowers the Municipals and Town Councils to impose Taxes within their jurisdiction subject to prior sanction of the Government. The section reads, Quote “ Subject to the provision of the Act and the rules made thereunder, with the previous sanction of the Government, a municipality may, in order to raise revenue for its duties and performing its functions under this Act, levy within its limits of municipality the following taxes, fees and tolls or any of them (a) A tax on lands and buildings (b) An octroi (c) Tolls and fees (d) A scavenging tax (e) A tax on advertisements other than advertisements published in newspapers (f) A show tax (g) A fire tax (h) A tax on vehicles and animals.”Unquote. 2. Section 199 of the Nagaland Municipal Act, 2001 empowers the Municipals and Town councils to lease collection of octroi or tolls. The section reads, Quote “The collection of any octroi or toll may, with the previous sanction of the Government, be leased by the municipality for any period not exceeding one year and the lessee and all persons employed by him in the management and collection of the octroi or toll, shall in respect thereof (a) Be





issued Show Cause Notices to Government’s order referred bound by the terms of the lease above is yet to issue work oragreement (b) Be bound by any all the 41 lessees as to why their orders made by the municiWork Order issued by the Dimader and enter into lease deed pur Municipal Council should agreement with the 37(Thirty pality for their guidance and seven) Government approved (c) Be while discharging their not be cancelled/terminated as functions responsible as if they illegal and ultra vires. lessees to enable them to collect the prescribed tax and the were employed by the munici- 7. Replies to the Show Cause Nopresent toll tax collection is still pality for the management and tice issued by the Department collection of the octroi or toll” were received from all the 41 being done by the 41(Forty one) lessees on 5th August, 2013. unauthorised lessees as conUnquote. firmed. The Department of Urban De- 8. The Department upon thorough velopment vide Notification examination of the replies vide 10. The Department of Urban Development appreciates the iniNO.UDD/ MAC-13/2009 dated NO.UDD/MAC-¬13/2009 dattiative of Action Committee on 26th October, 2012, and in exered 12th August, 2013, cancelled cise of powers conferred by Sub the Work Orders issued by the Unabated Taxation (ACAUT). However, the Department is Section (8) of Section 121 of the Dimapur Municipal Council as it constrained to state that the Nagaland Municipal Act, 2001 was done in total contravention accorded sanction for imposiof Section 199 of the Nagaland Municipal and Town Councils in order to provide basic services tion of taxes/tolls by the DimaMunicipal Act, 2001 . pur Municipal Council within its 9. The Department of Urban Deto the citizens are authorised to velopment vide letter NO.UDD/ levy tolls/taxes in their respecjurisdiction. tive jurisdiction in order to raise The Dimapur Municipal MAC-13/2009 dated the 2nd Council vide DMC-G/14/ September, 2013 directed Deprevenue for its duties and peruty Commissioner, Dimapur, forming its functions as envisTOLLS/2013-14 dated the 4th aged in the Nagaland Municipal July, 2013 unilaterally appointthe Superintendent of Police, Dimapur, the CEO, Dimapur MuAct. ed 41 lessees to collect tolls and nicipal Council to immediately This rejoinder is issued to distaxes within its jurisdiction without seeking prior approval stop/restrain the 41 lessees pel any doubts and misconception from collecting tolls and fees in the minds of the general pubof the Government in contraon various items in Dimapur lic once for all that Municipal and vention of Section 199 of the Nagaland Municipal Act, 2001. Municipal area on the strength Town Councils are levying/colof illegal work orders dated lecting unauthorised taxes in NaThe Dimapur Municipal Council was directed to enter into lease 25- 06-2013 issued by the CEO, galand. agreement with the GovernDMC in total violation of Section ment approved 37 lessees vide 199 of the Nagaland Municipal Mhonbemo Patton NO.UDD/MAC-13/2009 dated Act, 2001 and consider continCommissioner & Secretary ued collection of tolls and taxes Urban Development 22nd July, 2013. by the 41unauthorised lessees Department The Urban Development Department vide NO.UDD/MACas unlawful. However, the CEO, Municipal Administration Cell 13/2009 Dated 31st July, 2013 DMC in total disregard of the Government of Nagaland


ome lost of lives too deeply affect! A very dear sister in the Lord was laid to rest at her home village, Jakhama, on September 15, 2013. We lost her “breath” to a devastating cancer but not her “life” for that will continue for many more years to come. For those who do not know her, Akhrieno Savi was a pioneer of Shalom Bible Seminary and served faithfully till her last breath. I had the privilege of associating with her for about 17 years as colleague, but more than that as a true sister in Christ. The scenic hill of Shalom and its charming sight receded, engulfed with sorrows and a “loud” silent in honor of Akhrieno – a supremely beautiful woman – on 9/15. It was in Shalom and to Shalom she gave her all. But her contribution went beyond to churches, institutions, families and friends, and so she will be deeply missed by many. Friends of her came from near and far, met in teary eyes and all too overwhelmed to speak. The loss is irreplaceable but amidst inexpressible sorrows I wish to celebrate her life. Beneath

her wide knowledge of theology and church history, she was absolutely simple. One day she asked me whether I had seen any “deshwali” laughing to his heart content? She told me she saw one while coming to the seminary and must have thoroughly enjoyed the sight. We would meet at TCP gate to go down to Shalom together, and if she made early on certain days she would talk to the vegetable vendors, second-hand sellers, workers in tea stall or steel fabricator, while waiting. A simple and people person she was. She enjoyed simple things like bird-watching, trees, plants, “happenings” of her innocent nephew and the likes which our busy world fails to notice. Akhrieno can laugh at herself, an often phrase from her lips – “A thuo a ngu tou bate” (“I can really see myself”) and laughed. When she laughed her eyes disappeared and face turned red. This simple-loving lady had touched and impacted the lives of many, of whom some are now serving as pastors, evangelists, missionaries, teachers, social workers, and administra-

tors. Akhrieno was also an ardent advocate of women cause. But you are mistaken if you take her to be a firebrand activist because that was not her. Her strength was in her gentleness and softness. She typified the adorning beauty of God-given feminine qualities. So, to me, she was a genuine lady. In one our return trips back to Kohima with another colleague God providential care saved our lives. A truck hit the rear of our car and flown below the road. Never did it occur in my mind that her life would be shortened so soon after that. The uncontrollable tears and sorrows of her dear mother beside her casket portrayed the “un-measurable” measure of loss and those of us who knew her personally share that pain. We have truly lost a great person. Beside the casket that enclosed a “beautiful offering” for God, we mourned but rejoiced, felt defeated but gratefully celebrated the life of Akhrieno for who she was. To God be forever praised! V. Atsi Dolie Executive Director, ABCC

ACAUT Memorandum submitted to CM on 30th August Nagaland Govt response to ACAUT on September 13


he state government is obligated to enforce the writ of the state. Having sworn to uphold the constitution of India, the state government cannot shy away from its first and foremost duty, that is, protection of its citizens and in this case, the consumers and traders. Therefore, ACAUT, as the mandated voice of the people put forth the following demands. 1. The government should ensure the protection of traders and business people from any form of taxations imposed by any armed and unarmed groups and antisocial elements. The government shall dismantle the ‘dealership’ and syndicate apparatuses erected by sections of NPGs and arrest all its proponents including the dealers and kingpins. 2. All forms of collection at inter-state gates by police and government department personnel should be stopped henceforth. 3. For implementation of i) & ii) a 24x7 complaint line manned directly by the staff of PHQ should be operationalised. 4. For the purpose of giving teeth to i) & ii) a police tactical response team is to be formed in every district to deal directly and lethally with anti-social elements. 5. Most importantly, the government should enact a new law to deal with cases of illegal taxations, extortions, kidnappings and other anti- social activities. IPC and CrPC are simply inadequate to deal with unique home grown criminal minds. Current laws have to many loopholes allowing offenders to walk free with impu-

nity. Such a law should also have the power to attach the properties of known offenders as well as giving legal protection to the police tactical response team. 6. As per the Chief Secretary’s declaration of April 2012 wherein Special Task Force(STF) in every district to check and deport illegal Bangladeshi immigrants was mooted with much fanfare but never took off, the Chief Minister is urged to formulate such a body. As presented, IBIs control much of the economy and it’s only a matter of time before they start controlling the social and political life of Nagas. You are to consider this with outmost sagacity for the sake of posterity. 7. The state should ban further registration of ‘Unions’ and ‘Associations’. Also, a high- powered committee should be set-up to streamline trade union registration rules and also de-recognise or cancel the registered organisations functioning beyond their prescribed by-laws. 8. For the sake of development and economic take off of Naga people, the practise of deduction at source by concerned departments for sanctioned works has to be stopped herewith. 9. The government should bring down the prices of all essential and non-essential commodities. 10. The DMC should be streamlined by amending relevant portions of Nagaland Municipal Act, 2001. Specifically, the right of municipal bodies to levy taxes on commodities entering its entering its jurisdiction should be abrogated. Issued by Media Cell, ACAUT


write this letter on behalf of the Government of Nagaland with reference to the Memorandum of ACAUT dated 30th August, 2013 addressed to the Chief Minister, Nagaland. It is to be informed that the Hon’ble Chief Minister, Nagaland has considered the Memorandum with all seriousness and it was taken up in a special Cabinet meeting convened on 3rd September, 2013. The State Cabinet had deliberated on the Memorandum and took into account the various issues raised therein and further directed the administration to reply to the Memorandum. While examining the various issues raised therein, it is the view that there are essentially no differences of opinion between the views o ACAUT and the views or the State Government. However it is to be pointed out that actions on the issues raised will take time to implement due to various reasons including deeper deliberations and formulation o action plan for imple-

mentation in view that some of the issues are very sensitive: For example, as brought out in your Memorandum, one of the main underlying theme leading to the present situation is related to the activities of the Naga Political Groups (NPG). in this regard, it is well known that the role that the State Government has not been properly defined in the ongoing Ceasefire and negotiation process which is between the Government of India and the various Naga groups. The Ceasefire mechanism is also supervised by the Chairman of the CFMG (Ceasefire Monitoring Group)/CFSB (Ceasefire Supervisory Board) and basically implemented through the Assam Rifles. Under such circumstances, the extent to which the State Government ran take action been largely left undefined in the Cease Fire Ground Rules and therefore, policies and actions related to the matter of dealership, syndicates, agencies etc indulged by the NPGs will take time to be formulated and implemented. It may be

mentioned that these matters are already under consideration by the Administration and the Police. In such a perspective it will appreciated that the 15 days time given by ACAUT is insufficient since the various streamlining and structuring of the governmental organizations, particularly correcting systems that have evolved Over a long period of years, cannot be done overnight. In some cases it will even require formulation of new policies including legal measures covered by appropriate laws and legislations. It is therefore, requested that you may inform of the actions taken on the Memorandum by the State Government and also explain the problems faced in its implementation to the members of your organization and review the deadlines indicated in your memorandum. Alemtemshi Jamir, IAS Chief secretary Government of nagaland

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The Morung Express

People of Mon honour DC

Mon, SepteMber 16 (Mexn): To felicitate and honour its Deputy Commissioner Angau I Thou for being conferred an IAS rank, the people of Mon district organized a programme at Walo Guest House, Mon on September 16, 2013. This is the first time that an Administrative Officer working in Mon District is conferred the rank, according to a press release received here. At the event, S. Manlip Konyak President, Konyak Union said it was a pride and honourable moment for the people of Mon District in general and the Konyak Community in particular. He asserted, “The people have seen her sincerity, activeness, courage, efficiency, capability, tolerance and understanding with the people and deserved to be conferred to the highest Administrative service.” He expressed hope that she will continue to devote herself for the welfare and uplift the peo-

ple, and continue to deliver her service with renewed zeal and enthusiasm as ever in the days to come. Meanwhile, Angau I Thou briefly highlighted the support and encouragement she received from her husband and her family members. She also credited the people of Mon district for extending their cooperation and assistance to the District Administration in maintaining law and order in the district. Acknowledging her sincere and dedicated service, Angau I Thou was awarded the Governor’s Commendation certificate for meritorious service on January 26, 2002 and the prestigious Edinburgh Military Tattoo medal at Edinburgh, Scotland on August 29, 2004. She was instrumental in raising the NEZCC Corpus Fund from 5.66 Crores to 22.64 Crores when she took charge as Director NEZCC, the release read. She was also instrumental in getting sanction of 3.98

Crores NEZCC Shilpram project in Guwahati and successfully completing it in record time. She also led the NEZCC Cheraw Troupe to participate at the prestigious Edinburgh Military Tattoo 2004 at Edinburgh, Scotland from July 25 to August 29, 2004, it added. Angau I Thou started her career as NCS cadre on December 21, 1981 attached to Commissioner’s office, Kohima till April 20, 1982. Thereafter, she worked with the government in different capacities in different districts and places. Earlier, congratulatory speeches were delivered by Robin Lotha, NCS, ADC, Tizit; John Tsulise, NCS, ADC, Aboi; Thongwang, MLA and Chairman NKVIB and DPDB, Mon on behalf of DPDB & Legislative Members of Mon; P.A to DC on behalf of Dobashis; The President GB Federation, Mon; The President KNSK; Rev. Chingang and Konngam Konyak Ex-Minister.

“She lived an accomplished life and was a beacon of perseverance and leadership,” the note added. “Though she is no more with us, her ideals and her contribution to her family, the organisations she worked in, and the people she worked with, will always be remembered.” The letter further extended deepest condolences to the bereaved family members, while praying to God to grant them solace and understanding in this moment of grief.

tobu, SepteMber 16 (Mexn): The Deputy Commissioner of Longleng Libanthung and President Phom Peoples’ Council Leisha along with various NGO leaders of Phom and government officers visited Yetyong River on September 14, 2013, stated a press note issued by A. Wanmai Konyak, CSC Tobu. A joint meeting with Additional Deputy Commissioner Tobu Akhup Thangsing and NGOs of Tobu Area was held at the riverside. Further, the joint team verified the wooden bridge and the ongoing

Tuesday 17 September 2013

Hindu Seva Samiti urges for ecofriendly, disciplined Vishwakarma Puja DiMapur, SepteMber 16 (Mexn): Hindu Seva Samiti, Dimapur while extending Vishwakarma Puja greetings has requested all concerned to maintain religious atmosphere in the puja pandals. A press release issued by Hindu Seva Samiti Secretary Alok Pareek informed that during Vedic period, all the engineers, artisans, scientist, architect, blacksmiths, and goldsmiths used to get-together to exchange their inventions, experiments and others findings on this day for the welfare of the society in particular and mankind in general. Therefore, as a mark of gratitude, this day is celebrated as Vishwakarma Puja. The release has requested all to play only religious music and not to permit anyone to drink alcohol and dance in the pandals and try to close the pandals at 9:00 pm to avoid any untoward incident. Stating that Pujas and Idols are religious sym-

bols, it also requested all to maintain strict discipline in the puja pandals and avoid drinking, dancing & shouting during Pujas. Further, it directed all to immerse the idols only in Hindu immersion ghat and not to abandon the idols. Whoever finds abandoned idols has been requested to bring them along. The Ghat will remain open on September 18, 2013 from 08:00 am to 04:00 pm, so people have been asked to immerse the idols before 04:00 pm. The Samiti also stressed on making the Puja eco-friendly by avoiding use of plastic during Puja, and conserving power by avoiding misuse of electricity and loud speakers. Meanwhile, the Hindu Seva Samiti appreciated the initiative of Dhansiri River Flood Control Board (DRFCB) and Nagaland Pollution Control Board for their efforts in fighting against pollution of Dhansiri River. In Vedas, the rivers were con-

sidered as lifeline of human beings, it stated. It further enlightened that Vedas says ‘Nadhi Devo Bhava’, meaning rivers are worshipped as God, and therefore, the Hindus worship the rivers as a gift of God. The Samiti expressed that the real worship of rivers is to keep the rivers clean and pollution free. Hence, it requested all the idol-makers (Murtikar/Shilpikar) of Dimapur to consider the following points while making the idols/images: Avoid using chemical colours/chemicals and specially ban the use of Plaster of Paris while making the idols; Use only eco-friendly and water soluble substances or colours; Utilize the weightless technique, so it is easier to carry the idols; Request all your customers not to abandon the idols on the roadside after the Puja and request them to immerse the idols only at immersion ghat with due respect.

State Social Welfare Board DC Longleng verifies road construction extends condolences

KohiMa, SepteMber 16 (Mexn): Nagaland State Social Welfare Board has expressed sadness at the demise of Dr. Khrielie-ü Kire on September 10. She was the ninth Chairperson of the Nagaland State Social Welfare Board from 1978 – 79. The State Social Welfare Board was then going through great upheavals and her contribution and guidance was immense, stated Secretary of the Board Daisy Mezhür in a letter to the family members of the deceased.

Scouts & Guides Dimapur conducts hiking prog

DiMapur, SepteMber 16 (Mexn): Hindustan Scouts & Guides, Dimapur District conducted a hiking programme under the guidance of the State Organizing Commissioner, M Gnana Nirmala on September 14, 2013 at the Central Training Institute, Toluvi. A press note received here stated that various programmes like cooking competition, test on sense of smell, sense of observation along with some games and patrol inspection process were conducted by dividing the group into nine patrols combining eight members in each patrol aged between 10 years to 18 years. The Scouts and Guides witnessed and participated in the demonstration of Disaster Management team under the guidance of Vingutuo, Gurasalo and Lichemse about “How to rescue from height”. Office –in-charge, Vikiho K Sema appreciated the discipline and activities of the patrol.

The road under constuction, which will connect Tobu and Longleng.

road construction connecting Tobu – Longleng. The Tobu Area Public in the note appreciated the Deputy Commissioner

Longleng, President PPC, ADC Tobu, Government officers of Longleng and Tobu, NGO leaders, Auching and Tobu village councils, Ad-

hoc Town committee Tobu for their kind co-operation and initiation in connecting the road between Tobu and Longleng.

ond position- Aneize-e Nagi from Baptist Mission School, Jotsoma, Third position- Kelhule Nagi from Baptist Mission School, Jotsoma. Essay: First position- Lipokyanger from Alderville High School, Jotsoma, Second position- Nyalong from Government High School, Jotsoma, Third positionRokomeno from Government Middle School, Kiruphema. Extempore: First position- Nourhevito Nagi from Baptist Mission School, Jotsoma: Second Position- Vücüsülü from Christian Mission School, Sechü-Zubza and Asani from Alderville High School, Jotsoma, Third position- Luikang Robin from Don Bosco High School, Sechü-Zubza. Altogether twenty schools, government and private participated in the competitions for which the Western Angami Students’ Union (WASU) thanked the School authorities for the support and co-operation in making the programme a grant success.

DiMapur, SepteMber 16 (Mexn): Dimapur Music College organized a cultural program on September 15 at its auditorium near Dimapur Railway Station. Large group of students participated and enthralled the audience with their songs, dances and recitations. A press release issued by NPF Minority Cell general secretary Mahendra Thousan informed that Dimapur Music College was established in the year

1978 and has produced a number of talented singers as well as dance artists, who have successfully performed in and outside north east region. President NPF Minority Cell Bishnu Bhattacharjee and member of DAN Sushil Kumar attended the program as chief guest and special guest respectively with other community leaders and well wishers. President Minority Cell reportedly lauded the contribution of the teachers of

Dimapur Music College in music industry of Nagaland and also for the remarkable performances by students in state and national level. Meanwhile, Sushil Kumar said music can be the media to bring peace within the individual and society in general. Samarpita Dey, student of the College was felicitated by NPF Minority Cell for her brilliant performance and achieving award in North-East Little Champ 2013 held in Guwahati.

KohiMa, SepteMber 16 (Mexn): Considering deforestation and soil erosion as major concern, HQ 5 Sector Assam Rifles organized a ‘Go Green’ fortnight with its neighboring villages and under command units in Chieswema, Kohima, Phek,

Wokha. The drive was participated by public and students. According to a press release issued by Lt Col AS Chauhan, PRO, AR Kohima, 11,000 saplings of various varieties were planted in Chieswema, Kohima, Phek and Wokha during the fort-

night. The aim of the AR was to educate, spread awareness, involve and motivate every person to conserve local flora and fauna, soil and water resources and contribute towards national cause of environment protection, it added.

DiMapur, SepteMber 16 (Mexn): Yimchunger Students' Union Kohima (YSUK) held its 24th annual freshers' meet cum general meeting on September 14, 2013 at Baptist High Auditorium Kohima under the theme “Towards a greater vision". A press note issued by Akiuba Yimchunger, Executive Secretary YSUK stated that Nungsanglemba, Nagaland Public Service Commission (NPSC) Commission Board Member who was the chief guest

addressed the gathering. He stressed the importance of good leadership to be an asset to the society wherein "honesty, sincerity, dedication and hard work" is essential. He said that everyone have inborn traits of success and the spirit of competition which could begin at home. He also challenged the students to always aim for high and have the mindset to compete with the best among the best to see the glory of success. Further, John Tochimong Yim, State Organis-

ing Commissioner, Bharat Scouts & Guides, Kohima, the guest speaker also encouraged the students that inorder to be successful and embrace the life one should recognize and nurture God's given abilities and talents which in turn gives best contribution towards the society. Persons who also spoke on the occasion were Tsupithong, S.I Eco& Statistical, Hankiumong Inspector of Taxes, and Esther Thronghokiu Yim S.O Eco & Statistical.

WASU conducts Literary Day Contestant of North-East Little Champ felicitated

DiMapur, SepteMber 16 (Mexn): Western Angami Students’ Union (WASU) held its Literary Day on September 14, 2013 under the theme “Beyond the four walls” at Western Angami Public Organisation (WAPO) Hall, Sechü-Zubza. A press note issued by Kedoroko Casavi, President, WASU stated that Kekhrielhoutuo Nakhro; President, Angami Gazette Officers’ Krotho (AGOK) graced the programme as chief guest and Avülü Rüho, S.D.O (Civil), Sechü-Zubza was the guest of honuor. The note mentioned the winners of the competitions as follows – Drawing: First position - Maithunlungbo from Government Primary School, Jotsoma (Upper), Second position - Visizo from Government Primary School, Phezhu Jotsoma, Third positionVisiezolie from Don Bosco High School, Sechü-Zubza. Elocution: First positionKhriengu from Alderville High School, Jotsoma, Sec-

DiMapur, SepteMber 16 (Mexn): The ageold friendship between Longsa village and Sapotimi village relieved once again as a member of Longsa inaugurated a village rostrum at Sapotimi on September 13 last at a large gathering participated by leaders and public of both the villages. Additional Development Commissioner of Nagaland, Temsuwati, who is from Longsa village, was the chief guest of the occasion, which marked the strengthening of deep rooted relationship of the two neighboring villages. The chief guest urged

the people of the two villages to uphold the cordial relationship that has existed since time immemorial. Temsuwati also appreciated the Sapotimi villagers for inviting Longsa village council and church to the village in August 31 last for deepening the friendship. Sapotimi villagers accorded an overwhelming reception to the chief guest and other dignitaries from Kohima, Mokokchung, Dimapur and Longsa with colorful presentation of cultural dance and songs. The village rostrum was constructed by the VDB.



Holidays for Hindi teachers Kohima, September 16 (MExN): All the Hindi teachers and Hindi officials under the establishment of School Education, serving in both government and private schools have been granted three days special holiday with effect from September 18, to enable them to participate in the state level Hindi Diwas celebration to be held on September 20 at Town Hall Dimapur at 10:00 am. This information was disseminated by Director of School Education K Phesao.

Dimapur excise seizes liquor

DiMapur, SepteMber 16 (Mexn): During the past seven days, Dimapur district excise duty personnel at New Field Excise Check Gate arrested 14 liquor smugglers and seized 916 bottles of assorted Indian Made Foreign Liquor (IMFL) and beer, and three vehicles. All the accused have been booked under the NLTP Act and seized articles have been deposited at Excise Malkhana for destruction, according to a release issued by Assistant Commissioner of Excise & Prohibition, Dimapur Lanuwati Jamir. On behalf of the department, Lanuwati Jamir has congratulated the personnel at NF Gate under the command of Lichumse (AIE) for the achievement. Further, he informed that district excise personnel will continue to maintain strict surveillance and frisking at the check gates and all suspected areas, and therefore requested co-operation from the public.

DC Tuensang notifies

tuenSang, SepteMber 16 (Mexn): Chillio, son of late Chillem of Sanglao village under Tuensang district has applied for duplicate arm license against his lost arm license number 6267/ Tuensang, approved and issued by the Deputy Commissioner, Tuensang on January 22, 1990. Therefore, Deputy Commissioner, Tuensang T Mhabemo Yanthan has notified to file any claims and objections, if any, for issuing the duplicate license within thirty days from the date of issue of this notice.

GPPK’s blood donation camp lauded

DiMapur, SepteMber 16 (Mexn): Gorkha Public Panchayat, Kohima (GPPK) has wholeheartedly extended its thanks to Dimapur Gorkha Union for organizing a Blood Donation Camp in Dimapur on September 14, 2013. A press release issued by GPPK press & Publicity Secretary Rajeev Rai informed that the camp had 150 voluntary blood donors, which, it said is an example to be emulated by others. Stating that the job done by the Dimapur Gorkha Union is beyond praiseworthy, it prayed for the Almighty God to shower blessings to the Union to achieve its future goals.

NSUD condoles

DiMapur, SepteMber 16 (Mexn): Nagaland Secretariat Drivers' Union (NSUD) has expressed deepest sympathy and condolence at the demise of one of its “active and sincere” members Rukuozhalie. The union conveyed its heartfelt condolence to the bereaved family at this moment of grief.

Capacity building held for educated unemployed youths

pheK, SepteMber 16 (Mexn): Ministry of DONER organized a one day training programme on capacity building for the educated unemployed youths in Pfutsero on August 31, 2013. The awareness programme highlighted the opportunities available for the educated unemployed youths in various service sectors provided by the Ministry of DONER. A press release issued by the Sub-Divisional Officer (Civil) Pfutsero informed that Mercy Epao, Dy.Secy, Ministry of DONER, Meera Shenoy, National Skills Development Agency, Senior Advisor to the UNDP New Delhi and the other team members were the resource persons, who spoke on various topics of capacity building and the avenues available for the educated unemployed youths under the Ministry of DONER. The programme was attended by Deputy Commissioner, Phek, SDO(C) Pfutsero, Post Commander 11th AR, Pfutsero, Action Committee members, Pfutsero Town Council, church leaders, GBs &Village Council members and a large number of educated youths under Pfutsero sub division, the note said.

Basic course for Scout Master & Guide Captain

KohiMa, SepteMber 16 (Mexn): Nagaland State Bharat Scouts & Guides Association is organizing basic course for Scout Master & Guide Captain from October 21 – 27 at State Training Centre Nerhema, Kohima. Anybody above 21 years of age, with an education qualification of Matriculation and above, and willing to open Scout Troop/Guide Company within Nagaland Members of Mao Baptist Church Dimapur Youth, Mao Baptist Church 7th Mile Youth State can attend the training. Interested candidates and Mao Catholic Youth Dimapur pose for a photograph during the two days combined can contact State Training Commissioner (Scout) at sports fellowship held at Mao Baptist Church, Nagarjan Kuda village, Dimapur on Sep- 9402489302 and State Training commissioner (Guide) tember 15. (Morung Photo) at 9856315077.

Villages strengthen ties AR advocates flora and fauna preservation

Additional Development Commissioner of Nagaland, Temsuwati with other dignitaries after the inauguration of the rostrum.


YSUK observes 24th annual freshers' meet

CSUK’s 10th freshers’ social

KohiMa, SepteMber 16 (Mexn): Chang Students’ Union Kohima (CSUK) held its 10th annual Freshers’ social cum cultural day on September 14 with the theme “Sprouting of a new generation”. The program was graced by C.L.John, Parliamentary Secretary for Rural Development & REPA as the chief guest. The chief guest exhorted the youngsters on ‘dignity of labour’, while emphasizing on work culture. He told the student community to be God fearing and respectful towards elders and superiors. Khoney, Section Officer, NLA also encouraged the students to hold on to their rich cultural heritage and document the important aspects of the Chang culture for posterity. In the second session, Nungsanglemba exhorted the students to take part in social activities. He advised the students to be

The Mr and Miss Freshers 2013 of CSUK.

competitive in their lives. Dwelling on the theme, he encouraged the students to take up the challenges in

life with vigour. Recco and Anungla were crowned the title of 10th Annual Freshers CSUK 2013.



The Power of Truth

The Morung Express TuEsDAy 17 sEPTEmbEr 2013 vol. vIII IssuE 255

The State: Fait Accompli?


he modern State, which provided the basic structure of the world order and has dominated for most the last four hundred years, is based on violence and domination. John Hoffman remarks that, it is the State in the modern world, which imprisons identities in particularistic frameworks even as it presents its monopolistic claims in universalizing terms. Hoffman argues the State is both logical and illogical, where its inherent logic is a contradictory one which is vividly demonstrated in its relation to the territorial dimension of State power. Any perceived threat to State monopolistic claims causes fear and a sense of insecurity, driving them to resort to force and control. Ironically, the use of force is inconsistent with the idea of legitimacy. And therefore, the continuing need for States to exercise force only points to the presence of illegitimacy between the rulers and the ruled. The State seeks to establish itself as all encompassing. Indeed the modern State has been made to seem eternal, omnipresent and absolute. For instance, changes and developments are allowed, so long as they happen within the State system and do not challenge the fundamental structures on which it is founded. Hence, the people are left only to question the State’s functions without challenging the legitimacy of the State structures that are responsible for its functions in the first place. Based on this premise, the State needs to be viewed and analyzed from both its functional ends and structural means. Hoffman says only a definition which focuses upon “both structure and function can capture the curious reality of the state as an institution which claims an end which its very means prevent it from actually realizing.” If the 21st century is to be a century of people’s power and rights, then existing State system’s need to be challenged. Replacing the modern State with a different form of governance as a people’s legitimate expression is essential for humanization and transcending the Westphalian world order to take place. This will mean creating alternative patterns of human association that can facilitate the full expression and creativity of human development. Such a transformative process implies a paradigm shift from State-determination to Peoples-determination. After all no State or government has legitimate grounds for fearing its own people’s right to determine what it means to live humanly within the complex web of mutual dependency. The praxis of determining what it means to live humanly is not based on the practice of seizing State power nor to reproduce its hierarchical structures of power and authority. Neither is it to establish legitimacy through the use of force and coercion. Rather, through weaving together action, reflection and dialogue, the praxis can transcend the State structures by genuinely embracing humanity in all its fullness through consent and respect. Its purpose is to stimulate new visions and create new realities through reflection and action. Without action, reflection would be reduced to a mere intellectual exercise, while reflection, without action would devolve into directionless activism. Hence, it is open to multiple discourses, thereby remaining constantly fluid and receptive to new learning. In essence, the praxis needs to embrace values of universal freedom, right relationship, reconciliation and structural transformation, thereby implying a bottom-up process. This perspective makes it imperative for Nagas, in their struggle for humanization, to look beyond the modern State!

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Shilpa Raina Source: IANS

Pursuing dreams, balancing career


homa Narayanan is a banker by day and turns a writer over the weekend. Jiten Suchede, a graphic designer by day, becomes a chaiwallah on occasional nights. This new trend of balancing your professional life and pursuing your passion is gripping many who are going an extra mile for these "creative vents" where freedom to ideate and create is your own prerogative. "There was no business plan. I was obsessed with the idea of opening a 'chai shop' one day and it has happened on its own," Suchede, founder of Delhi-based Jugmug Thela, told IANS. "I have a fairly intense work life, but I have also travelled a lot and during these sojourns whenever I had a drink that I liked, I recreated it back home. So the experiments continued because I was passionate about it," he added, saying his catering business of brewed coffees and specialty teas started in February. The option to make it a catering business initially was to ensure the 32-year-old was able to manage his professional and personal passion without "any added stress". For 38-year-old Narayanan, writing is a welcome break from managing the numbers game as a vice president of a private bank. "My job can't be exciting all the time. So writing is my way of de-stressing," she said. Mumbai-based Narayanan has written four novels for Harlequin India's Mills & Boon series under its Indian authors collection. For these professionals, it is all about nurturing their creative pursuits. For Vineeta Grover, her 'Po Tweet', is an extension of her work as a creative group head in an advertising industry. "Usually I do what my boss dictates. We also have to work on briefs; and at times, even if changes are not acceptable to me, I still have to do it because it is my job," Grover told IANS. But the 30-year-old's work as the creator of personalised wedding and celebration cards has helped her give free reign to her creativity. "For me it is a creative vent where I control, ideate and create quirky and cool stuff on my terms. It gives me freedom of expression and satisfaction," she added. Kanika Aggarwal and partner Sujata Sengupta are the brains behind "With Love", a personalised gifting space that works with a group of artisans. They started their project in December 2010. For the duo, this was something they always wanted to do. "We get complete liberty to do things as per our wishes. I take creative decisions and my partner takes care of the marketing part," said Aggarwal, 25, a freelancer who works as craft development project manager. "This is a labour of love for us that is growing slowly, but we are happy to create. When you get feedback from people, you know your heart is into this," she added, saying she has started taking lesser projects to allow the business to flourish as her partner, an event manager, is a full-time professional and can devote only weekends. But juggling all this is not easy. It means sacrificing television viewing and weekend mall-trips, prioritising work, and a lot of family support. "I have to prioritise a lot. My family comes first, but I have completely cut off myself from television, and hardly go out for movies. I read a lot because that has to reflect in my writings," said Narayanan, a mother of two. She takes three-four months to finish a novel. But for Delhi-based Grover, when the going gets tough, her hubby steps in for the rescue. "My in-laws are extremely supportive. My husband too has advertising background and he understands how tough it can get at times, so when a deadline is on my head, he helps me out," said Grover. "Overtime in office does pinch, but doing overtime for pursuing your passion. Never. It is like bringing up a baby," she added.



Dr. S. Akatoli Chishi

The Role Of Women In The Church And Society Introduction In the present century, women on one hand have made lot of progress and have touched greater heights. On the other hand, there is moral and character deterioration in the churches as well as the social field, the values having disappeared giving way to corruption. Presently, the world is also passing through financial recessions besides being faced with the problem of world terrorism. In the present time of crisis, without awakening of women as well as their cooperation, transformation seems to be impossible. Women are supposed to be better than men from moral point of view. Therefore, a society where human and moral values are required, it is impossible without the co-operation of women. There is a need for the women to understand the present scenario and should be conscious of their duty. So far they have extended their fullest co-operation and it is hoped, they will continue to do in every field more rigidly. With this aim and object, I would like to bring out some roles that women can play to enhance women’s capabilities as they shoulder the responsibility in the church as well as the society.

The Role of Femininity The word feminine need not be confused with weak or inferior with the male members. Rather what we have to understand is that when we are feminine and show our care and compassion not only for people, but also all animals and nature as a whole, than that is the most powerful weapon a woman can possess - much more powerful than anyone who shows hate, deceit, competition, or violence. The feminine style of leadership is co-operative, loving, peaceful and looking out for the best interests of everyone - not just the powerful or a select few. For me leadership has nothing to do with gender, but more to do with qualities on display and it is the feminine qualities of unconditional love, allowance, acceptance, softness, gentleness, compassion, understanding, caring, tolerance, calmness, serenity, nurturing, cooperation, quiet determination, perseverance, peacefulness, inner strength and many more which are the essence of true leadership and which are not seen much in our present world leaders or leaders at most levels. With these qualities, there is a genuine desire to serve the whole. The Feminine is the embodiment of heart energy. Her key qualities are compassion and the ability to accept and honor the process of whatever is happening. Contrary to the idea that women are overemotional, the Divine Feminine is well grounded emotionally and has the capacity to bring all of her energy to exactly where she is in the moment. Feminine energy accepts the paradoxes of life and has the ability to hold them within her heart simultaneously. Feminine energy connects deeply with the Earth and all of her children, feeling for and with them. Recognizing these qualities as ones that we possess, or can aspire to possess, frequently helps us recognize and respect our innate talent to usher in to all situations the energy of love and acceptance. As the song says, “Let there be peace on earth, and let it begin with me.” A revolution of love, a revolution of respect, a revolution of acceptance, tolerance, and inclusion. All of these values must first be nurtured in our own hearts and souls, and in our intimate social groups, if


isowned by his own country, where he was born more than 30 summers ago, an Indian man is now forced to live as an illegal immigrant in Bangladesh, far from his family which has been yearning to see him for over a year. And his plight exemplifies the pitiful story of over 50,000 people who are victims of the unratified IndiaBangladesh Land Border Agreement. Like thousands of poor and unlettered people living in homes abutting the border, he is devoid of any proof that he was an Indian born in a border enclave in West Bengal's Cooch Behar district. Ruhul Amin Sheikh, 32, is now illegally living at his aunt's home in Bangladesh after Indian authorities "forced" him out of his own country. Amin's ordeal started more than a year ago when his seven-year-old daughter's wish for a new dress for Durga Puja took him to Delhi to work as a construction worker. Charged with being an illegal Bangladeshi immigrant, he was kept in 14 days' judicial custody for a consecutive 26 times - 364 days or nearly a year - in the capital before being escorted out of the country. Like most of the others born in the enclave, Amin doesn't have a document to establish his identity as an Indian and grew up without any access to education, electricity and other basic necessities. The Bharat-Bangladesh Enclave Exchange Coordination Committee (BBEECC), an NGO working for the

1. Self- Esteem they are to be transformative for the whole. To An empowered woman is proud of herself. begin this revolution of love, we need to brave She feels good about the fact that she is a womour fears and honor who we truly are. an. The prevailing cultural attitude, which many Role of women as Spiritual Leaders/Teachers women absorb, is to feel ashamed and socialized Women become spiritual leaders when they to believe that she is not physically, emotionally themselves acknowledge they have the capacity or intellectually capable of doing many things and necessary attributes to play such a role. The that men can do. One of the slogans of the Womchange of consciousness needed is to move away en’s movement is “My biology is not my Destiny”. from unworthy feelings and attitudes and to see While it is true that certain biological functions the greatness contained within the self. This con- are performed only by women, in other human sciousness is needed for spiritual progress, for activities gender is not an issue. A woman need without them it would be impossible to come not feel sorry that she is a woman, or try to be close to God and attain self-realization. Every like man. In our society, if someone wishes to human being possesses those feminine qualities compliment a woman they often use a male refbut women are more easily and naturally able to erence point and say. ‘You are different; you are tap them, for feelings of love and devotion are just like a man’. Thus such negative compliments often more natural to women, combined with a need to be challenged. profound sense of discipline and order. A true 2. Awareness leader leads through example. Spiritual powAn empowered woman is aware and eduer is an expression of the inherent qualities of the spirit and has nothing to do with gender or cated about her rights. This presupposes inner physical limitations. Feelings of domination or sensitivity and intellectual examination of her suppression occur when there is the awareness intuitive feelings, which she begins to articulate. of superiority or inferiority. Feelings of equality, She seeks out information, recognizes the value however, manifest when there is the conscious- of discussion about relevant issues and follows ness of spirit or soul. These feelings and atti- matters up. When a woman knows and undertudes can be expressed in actions with positive stands her rights and she is aware of her rights results. Women are still a long way from enjoying first as a person, and then as a woman, she can positions of spiritual leadership, and society still take further step. Awareness becomes a power does not fully concur with the notion that wom- when a person translates it into action. Thus, this en make good spiritual leaders. Yet, society will calls woman to be aware of her own rights in the not necessarily change until someone, whether church and in society as well. an individual or a group of individuals, breaks 3. Power of Choice the tradition and sets a new role model. An empowered woman is free to make inAlthough we see no women specifically identified as pastors in the New Testament, neither formed decisions and exercise her rights. This do we see any men specifically identified as pas- is the power of choice. Choice means a womtors. God can and does call some women to teach an has control over her life and the freedom to their male peers and even serve as their pastor. make informed decisions relating to her body, as Women can be called to the ministry of deacon well as to all other aspects of her life. It does not and elder within the church community. Women mean that a woman has to do certain things to have been the backbone of virtually all Christian be labelled empowered. An empowered woman churches, Christian communities, and mission- knows which choices she wishes to make and ary work around the world. They pray, teach, is free to exercise them. She does not do things call on the sick, share their faith, organize oth- only to please others. If a woman wants to stay ers in ministry and serve on the mission fields at home, or work outside, or remain single she throughout the world. Well known missionaries should be free to make those choices. An empowlike Mother Theresa, thousands of other Roman ered woman is conscious of the gender inequaliCatholic nuns, and millions of other Christian ties in society. At every stage she resists them. women have given their lives to serve Christ. In She does not take for granted the way women are spite of these, the roles which require ordination spoken about. An empowered woman is always (priests, pastors, elders and deacons) have tradi- conscious of gender biases hidden within lantionally been denied to women in many church- guage, attitudes and practices. She identifies them and responds immediatees. ly and intelligently, that is, she demonstrates her ability to make choices based on understanding. The Components of Empowerment In order for women to play their role effec- Gender biases are deeply ingrained in all aspects tively in the church and society they need to be of our society. However, an empowered womempowered. This power cannot be achieved by an does not compromise or accept that gender asking, demanding or complaining, it is rather bias is so prevalent that she cannot do anything achieved by claiming it. And to claim the power, rather, she takes decisions and responds wisely women first need to make themselves powerful. to those kinds of situations and bias thoughts of Women in general have been weakened emo- others which will ultimately create change on a tionally and intellectually by the relentless chal- wider scale. A few women in our society have broken the lenges of a ‘partriarchal, misogynistic, and materialistic culture’. Women in general have been barriers that constrained them, identified their corrupted by materialism, vanity, loss of self- goals and reached targets they set for themrespect, dependence and subservience. Thus, selves. Empowered women have usually had soWomen (and men at some points), need to heal cial, economic and educational advantages. The their spiritual and psychological wounds, culti- vision of women’s liberation is realized when vate their intellectual and professional abilities, empowerment takes place on a large scale across by adopting some components of empowerment. all sections of society.

Born in India, alien at home: Border dwellers' plight Anurag Dey

cause of enclave dwellers, said Amin was brought from Delhi in early August and "illegally" transported out of India by the police. "Amin was transported out to Bangladesh by the authorities without informing the Bangladeshi high commission, which is illegal. Moreover, Amin was identified as a resident of Mosaldanga in the 2011 Census. So how can he be an immigrant?" BBEECC coordinator Diptiman Sengupta asked while speaking to IANS. Forced to take refuge at his aunt's place in Kurigram district of Bangladesh, Amin said he was in dire straits and, at times, even thinks of committing suicide. "I kept pleading that I was an Indian but they never listened. First they jailed me and now they have driven me out of my own country. What wrong have I done? Just because I don't have a paper, do I cease to be an Indian," Amin told IANS on the phone from an undisclosed location before breaking down. Living in constant fear of getting caught and jailed by the Bangladeshi

authorities for illegal immigration, Amin's stay there is no less a struggle. "My aunt is very poor and with me joining in, getting a square meal a day itself is a big struggle. I have not seen my two little children for more than a year. I don't know how they are. I feel so helpless that I often think of ending my life," he said. Back home, Amin's family - ailing parents, wife and two children - are also staring at an uncertain future. "So far we had the consolation that he was in India and would come back some day. But all our hopes are fast evaporating now. I don't know if he will ever return. I have lived my life, but what about his children? Will only a piece of paper decide their fate?" asked Tozammal Sheikh, Amin's father. Sengupta, who has been fighting for Amin's cause, has now has written to the state administration, including Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, as well as the Bangladesh foreign ministry in Dhaka and the country's high commission in Kolkata. But none of the governments seems to be sympathetic


to Amin's plight. Sengupta is yet to get any kind of reply from either side. "We have received Sengupta's letter and are looking at what can be done in the matter," a Bangladesh High Commission official here said. The Cooch Behar district administration, with characteristic bureaucratic indifference, said it has informed the higher officials concerned, who are now looking into the matter. While Amin has faced a worse fate, his fellow enclave dwellers are no better off. Devoid of an identity, they are vulnerable to state action and compelled to live in misery forever for want of employment opportunities. The struggle of these enclave dwellers for their identity only got longer after political parties, including Mamata Banerjee's Trinamool Congress and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), stymied the India-Bangladesh Land Border Agreement (LBA) which envisages exchange of 162 enclaves. "The LBA getting stalled is bad news. The exchange of 51 Bangladeshi enclaves in Cooch Behar with the 111 Indian enclaves in Bangladesh would have given a new lease of life to the over 50,000 border dwellers," said Sengupta. "The prime minister's visit to Dhaka in 2011 had raised our hopes, but now it seems we have a very long fight in our hands," Sengupta said, adding that despite having jurisdiction, the Cooch Behar district administration has been unsympathetic to the plight of thousands of Ruhul Amins living in the enclaves.

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17 September 2013



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ver the past year, Myanmar has been plagued by neo-Nazi "Buddhist" racism and organized mob violence targeting the country's minority Muslims of diverse ethnic and historical backgrounds. At the very heart of Myanmar's Islamophobic campaign lies the state and its successive senior leaderships, which continue to operate within a concrete set of political economic relations wherein they pursue their typically sinister Machiavellian politics in defense of corporate, clique and personal agendas. Many country experts, watchers and journalists, as well as think tanks and international students of Buddhism, have offered various explanations for the violence. For some, the blame lies in new freedoms that the quasi-civilian government of President Thein Sein has bestowed on the country. Others have focused on the sectarian dimensions of the conflict. Some have identified uneven development and attendant communal disparities in wealth and income as the root cause. Of late, Buddhist textual analysts and culturalists have added another layer to the discussion of Myanmar's Islamophobia: canonical explanations looking at historical "Buddhist warfare" and textual justifications (or lack thereof) for the mass violence. To be sure, all of the above have enriched international understanding of the sudden and deeply troubling eruptions of mass violence against Myanmar's Muslims. However, they all fail to see the elephant in the room, namely the military-controlled state which has long institutionalized racism as its guiding philosophy. In contrast to global punditry on "Buddhist" terror, as Time magazine's cover story on the subject put it without problematizing the term "Buddhist" or putting it in quotation marks, even the relatively more astute Burmese on the street, better informed and more analytical than average, have guessed right the main culprit. That is, the various cliques of generals and ex-generals, and their instruments of power - the state and its security and propaganda apparatuses - have been directly and indirectly involved first in the "othering" of Muslim communities and then in the actual mob attacks against them, including the slaughter, destruction, looting and burning of Muslim communities and their sacred mosques. In one well-documented incident, security forces in the central town of Meikhtila and "Buddhist" mobs negotiated amicably the amount of time that would be allowed to the mobs - 30 minutes, they agreed - to complete their destruction of the town's 200-year-old mosque. A YouTube video file shows a group of state security officials chit-chatting over cigarettes with some of the anti-Muslim participants in the mosque's destruction while the senseless act was in progress. According to Burmese sources from Meikhtila and Mandalay whom this author interviewed during a recent visit to Kuala Lumpur, authorities in both Mandalay, the regional administrative capital with jurisdiction over Meikhtila, and the national capital of Naypyidaw chose not to rescue a group of 20-plus madrassa students who were eventually slaughtered in broad daylight. Both regional and national authorities were informed by panic-stricken Muslim leaders hours before about the whereabouts of the students, who at the time were hiding from a weapon-wielding "Buddhist" mob. Empirically, the state and its military leaderships are at the very least guilty of negligence. But local and global pundits commenting on the unfolding racist "Buddhist" campaign against Myanmar's Muslims have often mischaracterized the violence and racism against Muslims as simply "sectarian". The portrayal reflects a tendency to overemphasize society's role and to seek essentially cultural explanations for "Buddhist" mass violence and racism. To be sure, there are deep-seated prejudices among Myanmar's different communities. Yes, ethno-economic nationalism has long been a pillar of Burmese nationalism throughout both historical and post-independence eras. Yes, the primitive but popular understanding of "race" and "ethnicity" as immutable and blood-based - as opposed to fluid, imagined and manufactured - has played a role in the recent revival of nationalist fervor. Yes, Buddhism and violence have always been an empirical paradox and historical oxymoron. But it is really the state and its leaderships that have


aul Landau died on 9 September. He was 77. You can see videos of him in action here on the Institute for Policy Studies website, from which much of this instant memoir is drawn. His smile was unforgettable. It could be mistaken as cynical. It was the opposite: part skeptical, part an impish demand to make trouble if you can: an encouragement laced with practical intelligence. Many of us have been helped and supported by him often in ways we did not fully realize until later. 'Make it happen and stay cool' was his adage and he did both. He achieved at least two remarkable things as well as the huge one of helping to keep an American left going through very hard times. First, he made the existence of Fidel Castro normal. OK, Castro did bad things, but not as bad as the US and Cuba had the right to take its own path. He put this challenge to the United States in film and on the radio and in print. Filiming Fidel he travelled with him but he resisted, as much as was possible, being a fellow traveller. His argument was with America: "Hands off Cuba!". Second, Saul led the investigation of Orlando Letelier and Ronni Karpen Moffitt's joint assassination by Pinochet's thugs. He displayed an exemplary determination to see some kind of justice done against all the odds. And succeeded. Saul produced more than 40 films and TV programs, 14 books, and thousands of newspaper and magazine articles and reviews. Among his numerous accolades, Saul received an Emmy and a George Polk Award for “Paul Jacobs and the Nuclear Gang,” a film he directed with Jack Willis in 1980 about the cover-up of health hazards related to 1950s atomic bomb testing. Beyond his extensive body of work, Saul will be remembered for his steely nerve and caustic wit. “He stood up to dictators, rightwing Cuban assassins, pompous politicians, and critics from both the left and the right,” said John Cavanagh the Director of the Insti-

modulated, mobilized and facilitated multiethnic and multi-faith communities' prejudices against Myanmar's peoples of Chinese, Indian and mixed ethnic origins, as well as religious minorities. Over the past 50 years, successive military leaders - from General Ne Win to the recently retired despot Senior General Than Shwe - have not only played the race and faith cards as a matter of political and military strategy, but they have also enshrined "Buddhist" racism as a key foundational pillar of what is known to many as the Golden Land of Buddhists, reference to the country's many gilded temples and gold-colored, harvest-time paddy fields. Triggered by Thein Sein's official defense of the neoNazi "monk" U Wirathu, a recent special report by Reuters traced the origin of the 969 "Buddhist" racist campaign against Myanmar Muslims to the State Law and Order Restoration Council regime, the once ruling military junta presided over by the late Senior General Saw Maung. Specifically, the Reuters' report singled out the now retired director of religious affairs in the Ministry of Home and Religious Affairs as the individual who incubated and disseminated Islamophobic ideas in society at large with the blessing of Saw Maung. Meanwhile, new Burmese language analyses note the now officially retired Than Shwe, Saw Maung's successor, published an anti-Muslim and anti-Rohingya tract entitled "Myanmar's Broken Western Gate", a reference to the Rakhine State which borders on predominantly Muslim Bangladesh.

Racism as law Yet it was the late dictator Ne Win, the founder of Myanmar's modern military rule, and his Westerneducated advisers, including the British and Dutchtrained lawyer and president Dr Maung Maung and the Australian-trained Rakhine historian Dr Aye Kyaw, who developed the current strain of "Buddhist" ethno-nationalism. It was informed largely by their own personal xenophobia towards Muslims, Christians, and Burmese of Indian sub-continent and mainland China origins, groups they referred to as "mixed-blood persons" or "impure breeds''. In his landmark October 8, 1982, speech to a group of his senior deputies and advisers tasked with drafting what later became known as the 1982 Citizenship Act, Ne Win spelled out his official justifications for enshrining racism in law and pursuing it as a matter of "national security''. His speech sheds light on the deeply racist nature of the Act, which in the wake of the pogroms against Rohingya Muslims last year has become a focus of international concern and controversy. As Ne Win made clear in 1982, "tayoke" (Chinese) and "kalars" (the local racist term for dark-skinned people of Indian origin or Muslims) cannot be entrusted with any important position in Myanmar's officialdom, including the bureaucracy and armed forces. As Ne Win unequivocally put it, all immigrants with foreign roots, referred to by him as "guests" and "mixed bloods", were in Myanmar due to the legacy of British colonial rule. In the case of those who came after the first AngloBurmese war of 1824, in which the Burmese were defeated and had to concede to the British the coastal regions of Tenessarim and Arakhine provinces, themselves Burmese colonies snatched through victorious military conquests over rival Siamese and Arakanese kingdoms, having settled in the country for over a century was not sufficient ground to be granted full-citizenship rights. As for those who came later but were already resident in the country before World War II, decades of permanent residency was more cause for suspicion than grounds for receiving full-citizenship, according to Ne Win's speech. "Their penchant for making money by all means and knowing this how could we trust them in our organizations that decide the destiny of our country?" the former dictator rhetorically asked. "We will therefore not give them full citizenship and full rights. Nevertheless, we will extend them rights to a certain extent. We will give them the right to earn according to their work and live a decent life. No more." In an Orwellian gloss, Ne Win exhorted his deputies to "have sympathy on those who had been here for such a long time and give them peace of mind''. From that fateful day in 1982, successive military government leaderships have as a matter of policy purged their power base - the 400,000-strong armed forces - of officers of Chinese and Indian ancestry, notwithstanding a few exceptions.

Since Ne Win rose to power in a 1962 coup, the military-controlled state has pursued wave after wave of racist national initiatives for religious and cultural affairs, educational matters, and professional advancement, among other areas. Yet one contradiction in Ne Win's policies favoring "pure bloods" and "true children of the land" is that Ne Win himself could be characterized as "non-pure" ethnic Bama, as were many of his racist deputies and ideological heirs. Many were and still are of tayoke origins. For instance, the current union minister and top government "peace negotiator" Aung Min is of ethnic Chinese descent. The unfolding process of Myanmar's nightmarish slide towards "ethnic and religious purity" stands in sharp contrast with the multiculturalist perspective of martyred independence hero Aung San, the father of current opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi, and his multiethnic and inter-faith comrades. On the eve of the country's independence from Britain in 1947, Aung San prophetically warned against mixing Buddhism, race/ethnicity and politics in the then soon-tobe independent Burma, as the country was then known. In opposing the idea of making Buddhism the official state religion of the country, Aung San articulated a secularist, multiculturalist vision for the country's future: "We have had different faiths in our land since the founding days of the last Dynasty, Konbaung (17541885). We have spirit-worshippers. We have Catholics. We have proselytized Christians among the frontier ethnic peoples. Despite these religious and ethnic differences, they are all our people. It is not just the Buddhist Bama but these multi-faith and multi-ethnic communities contributed to the struggle against the British colonial rule ... If we pursue this bigoted path [of making Buddhism the state religion] that will surely lead to the disintegration of our tiny country." Yet in Myanmar's current system of governance, only avowed racists are rewarded, promoted and appointed to top positions. Several years ago, the former consul general at the Myanmar Consulate General in Hong Kong, ex-Major Ye Myint Aung, officially informed in writing members of foreign diplomatic missions that the Rohingya, whom he described as "ogres", were never a part Myanmar's fair-skinned Mongoloid peoples. The country's leaders later promoted him to the post of full ambassador and dispatched him to Geneva, where he now defends Myanmar's abysmal humanrights record at the UN Human Rights Council. In light of Ne Win's inaugural racist speech on the 1982 Citizenship Act, U Ohn Gyaw, Myanmar's then minister of foreign affairs, reacted in 1994 to the international community's concern about an exodus of 230,000 Rohingya that his government was forcibly driving out of the country: "It is a rubbish thing that people have left Myanmar. These people who are in the refugee camps in Bangladesh are perhaps from Dhaka, but not one single person has left Burma." Official lies That has remained Myanmar's official line, or lie, that has been repeated internationally by the country's leaders, including as recently as July 2013. Consistent with the racist 1982 Citizenship Act, president and Nobel Peace Prize short-list candidate ex-General Thein Sein reiterated Myanmar's official racist view of ethnic groups as "aliens" and "impure bloods" during a speech at Chatham House in the United Kingdom. After delivering the beautifully written speech, designed to further push the liberal buttons on behalf of Naypyidaw's Western supporters in Whitehall and the White House, Thein Sein proceeded to commit yet another official act of Rohingya ethnocide, an act of erasure that the religious-ethnic community ever existed in spite of the mountains of official evidence to the contrary. The present neo-Nazi campaign conducted with virtual state impunity has ignited the fires of violent racism towards the country's Muslim minorities - of all "ethnic bloods", to borrow the racist generals' lingo. Official racism and its supporting 1982 Citizenship Act have become the main sources of "Buddhist" terror - as opposed to the provider of "peace of mind" for those with "impure bloods" and foreign origins. Societal racism and religious prejudice, of course, is not exclusive to the Burmese or Buddhists. However, what has become unique in Myanmar's ugly and violent racist attacks on Muslim minorities and the official ethnic cleansing of Rohingya is the extremely dangerous

interface between religious-ethnic prejudices and the state's institutionalized racist policies. In advanced liberal democracies such as the Netherlands, Germany, and United Kingdom, among others, there are also neo-Nazi parties that disseminate their racist rhetoric through freedoms of speech, press and association. But their racism is no longer popularly acceptable or a popular political platform on which to win state power or keep a ruling party in office. In fact, in liberal democracies, neo-Nazi and extremist racist parties and figures are a tiny minority often confronted by the anti-racist majority. This is not the case in Myanmar. The majority ethnic Bama and Buddhists, including the entire pro-human rights opposition leadership of the National League for Democracy, specifically Aung San Suu Kyi, has been largely silent on the rising "Buddhist" racism. The silence of the majority has been devastating for the Muslims in general and the Rohingya in particular. The racist military leadership and its state organs have found anti-Islam racism a convenient diversion from its key strategic pursuits, including regime survival, political and economic primacy, refusal to address legitimate ethnic grievances, and fear of popular reprisal under a genuinely representative government. Myanmar's Muslims including the Rohingya are sitting ducks in this power play, with no credible international protectors, near or far. The Organization of the Islamic Conference, or OIC, is no China. That is, unlike Beijing, it has very little leverage with Myanmar's racist ruling generals and ex-generals. Iran is too preoccupied with its own problems at home and in the region. India, which intervened in and effectively ended the genocide of the Bangladeshi Hindu in the civil war of 1971 by West Pakistani military and militants, has a radically different policy priority in Myanmar, namely natural resource grabs for Indian commercial interests and curbing Chinese influence. It is, in the final instance, not the down-trodden society which has long been accustomed to economic and political uncertainties which is the primary culprit behind the rise of neo-Nazi "Buddhist" mass violence. Rather it is Naypyidaw's play on widespread uncertainties and insecurities and the racist state which generals and ex-general are presiding over that best explains the regime's documented involvement in whipping up ultranationalism among the country's "Buddhist" masses. For a regime that has opted to play the politics of liberalizing the economy while attempting to keep the political and institutional lid on its long-oppressed society, scapegoating Muslims and the Rohingya for the country's ills and the popular frustrations is far more strategically appealing and convenient than focusing on genuine democratization, ethnic reconciliation or the economic hardship of the bulk of the country's 50 to 60 million Buddhist and non-Buddhist citizens. No former military regime with mountains of skeletons in its closet and scattered on the streets will genuinely embrace democratic transition. The romanticizing of Buddhists as naturally and philosophically peace-loving people has complicated the international community's understanding of neo-Nazi "Buddhist" violence and Rohingya ethnic cleansing. Historically and empirically, Buddhists all over the world are as capable of pursuing home-grown ''final solutions'' to annihilate human communities that they have demonized and de-humanized as ''viruses'', ''animals'' or ''sub-humans''. No amount of debate or discussion about canonical Buddhism or historical examination of ''Buddhist'' violence or warfare will shed meaningful light on the recent mass violence committed against Myanmar's Muslims. Whatever the texts or claims of what the Buddha taught or said are of secondary importance. Rather, the political economy, history and social foundations of Myanmar's racist and violent contemporary society, influenced by Buddhist manifestations of temples, pagodas, monasteries, monks and rituals, is more relevant. Likewise, no analysis of the recent violence can be credible or accurate unless it examines through the prism of the dialectical interface between Myanmar's underlying racist society and the officially bigoted state that has mid-wived the birth of neo-Nazism with a "Buddhist" face. Thus, any attempt to address this two-fold problem must factor in both the military leadership and its unashamedly racist military-state and an unconscious society that talks the talk of Buddhism but fails to walk the philosophical walk. Maung Zarni ( is Associate Fellow with the University of Malaya Centre of Democracy and Elections and concurrently a Visiting Fellow at the Civil Society and Human Security Research Unit, London School of Economics.

saul Landau: The american Leftist

tute for Policy Studies in Washington, where I first met him. “When he believed in something, nobody could make him back down. Those who tried would typically find themselves on the receiving end of a withering but humorous insult.” Saul constantly mocked the hypocrisy he saw in U.S. policies, particularly in Latin America. His last film, “Will the Real Terrorist Please Stand Up?” tells the history of U.S.-Cuban relations through the lens of the Cuban 5, a group sent to infiltrate right-wing terrorist organizations in Miami. When the spies turned over evidence of U.S.-based terrorism to the FBI, they themselves were arrested and convicted while the anti-Castro terrorists continued to live freely in Florida. Several times in the last years of his life, Saul joined actor Danny Glover in driving hours across the California desert to visit one of the Cuban 5 prisoners. Over the course of his career, Saul made six films about Cuba. His most popular was the 1968 PBS documentary “Fidel,” shot during a week-long jeep tour of the country that allowed him unprecedented access to the controversial Cuban leader. New York and Los Angeles premieres of the film were both canceled after firebomb attacks on the theaters. “These right-wing Cubans had, how shall I say it, ‘strong views’ on free speech,” Saul later commented. At the time of his death, he had yet another Cuba film in the works, this one on the fight against homophobia in that country. The Cuban Institute for Friendship with the Peoples (ICAP) awarded him the Medal of Friendship on August 7, 2013. In 1971, Saul released two films about the election of Chilean President Salvador Allende, Latin America’s first democratically elected socialist leader, including one with singer/songwriter Country Joe McDonald. Chilean ambassador Orlando Letelier invited him to screen one of the films at the embassy

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This 1995 photo provided by the Institute for Policy Studies shows Subcomandante Marcos, leader of the Zapatista Army of National Liberation, left, and Saul Landau in Chiapas, Mexico. Landau, a prolific, award-winning documentary filmmaker who traveled the world profiling political leaders like Cuba's Fidel Castro and Chile's Salvador Allende and used his camera to draw attention to war, poverty and racism, died Monday, September 9, 2013, after a two-year battle with bladder cancer. He was 77. (AP Photo/Institute for Policy Studies)

in Washington and they became friends. Two years later, a military junta led by General Augusto Pinochet overthrew the Allende government and imprisoned Letelier. Saul worked with other international supporters to secure Letelier’s release and

to arrange a job for him at IPS, where he became one of the most prominent critics of the Chilean dictatorship. In 1976, agents of Pinochet used a car bomb to assassinate Letelier and IPS colleague Ronni Karpen Moffitt on Massachusetts Avenue in Washington, DC. Saul immediately launched an IPS investigation into the murders. He was suspicious of the FBI, which had conducted extensive surveillance and infiltration of IPS during the Nixon era. In the course of the investigation, however, Saul developed a close working relationship with the lead FBI agents and maintained strong friendships with them for decades after the crime. In 1980, Saul co-authored (with former Washington Post reporter John Dinges) a book on the Letelier-Moffitt case, Assassination on Embassy Row, which was nominated for an Edgar Allan Poe Award. In 1995, Saul and his former IPS colleague Joan Garces co-authored the book Orlando Letelier: Testimonio y Vindicación to help revive efforts to bring Pinochet to justice. Three years later, Saul was thrilled when a case Joan had filed in the Spanish courts resulted in the former dictator’s arrest in London. While Pinochet ultimately avoided prosecution, Saul celebrated this measure of justice and the precedent it set for international human rights law. With obvious glee, he wrote that as a result of the arrest, “rumors abound that Henry Kissinger makes discrete inquiries before he travels abroad, to assure himself that he won’t get ‘Pinocheted.’” “Saul’s commitments were forged of steel,” said Isabel Letelier, the widow of Orlando Letelier and a former IPS staff member. “He was an impeccable and exemplary revolutionary.” Saul also helped keep the pursuit of justice alive through his support of the

Institute’s annual Letelier-Moffitt human rights awards. For 36 years, this event has lifted up new heroes of the human rights movements in the United States and Latin America. Saul received the award himself in 1992. In 2008, the Chilean government presented him with the Order of Bernardo O'Higgins, the highest civilian honor awarded to non-Chilean citizens. Saul’s other books and films and articles covered the gamut, from the U.S. Congress to Nicaragua, Mexico, Jamaica, and a final set of articles against U.S. policy in Syria. He worked with IPS up to the day of his death, helping to set up two year-long fellowships for young public scholars. Saul also taught classes at the California Polytechnic University in Pomona, the University of California-Santa Cruz, and American University. He used his vast repertoire of vivid stories and off-color jokes to engage his students and open their minds to alternative perspectives. “A large part of his legacy will be that he mentored countless young people and instilled in them the importance of history and the radical idea that we can make our own history,” said IPS Co-Founder Marcus Raskin. In his 2007 book A Bush and Botox World, Saul railed against the shallowness of American political and consumer culture, appealing to readers to “stop allowing the message senders to keep us in the sucker role and instead play a role during the course of our short passages in the long historical drama.” He is survived by his wife, Rebecca Switzer, his first wife, Nina Serrano, and his five children, Greg Landau, Valerie Landau, Carmen Landau, Julia Landau, and Marie Landau and seven grandchildren and four great grandchildren. The Institute for Policy Studies will host a public memorial service at the Liaison Hotel in Washington, DC, on Saturday, October 12, at 6 pm. Another service will be held in San Francisco on a date to be determined.

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Tuesday 17 September 2013

China reacts cautiously to India’s 2nd launch of Agni-V

beijiNg, September 16 (pti): Reacting cautiously to India’s second launch of ballistic missile Agni-V that has a strike range of over 5,000 km, China on Monday said both sides should make concerted efforts to enhance political trust and asked media to play a more conducive role to improve bilateral ties. “We have noted relevant reports and comments and hope relevant media can do more, that is conducive to the growth of China-India relations and regional peace and stability,” Foreign Ministry Spokesman Hong Lei told reporters when asked for his reaction to the second successful launch of Agni-V. “Both China and India are important emerging economies and natural cooperative partners. Both sides should make concerted efforts to enhance political mutual trust and work peace and stability of this region,” he said. Unlike its first test launch last year, Sunday’s test of AgniV evoked subdued reactions in Chinese media. The state-run Xinhua news agency as well the official China Daily reported about the launch and took note of the successful test firing of the nuclear capable missile, which brings into its rage several major cities of China. When the missile was first test fired last year, it evoked mixed reactions among Chinese strategic analysts. While one expert termed it as a “milestone” in propelling India into exclusive club of countries with intercontinental ballistic missiles another analyst said it reflected India’s plans to become world power. “No doubt it is a milestone for India,” Fu Xiaoqiang, a Chiense expert on South Asia at the China Institutes of Contemporary International Relations, said reacting to the launch of Agni-V. “It not only makes India sit at the same table as the ICBM club but also makes it a bigger player in a multi-polar world,” Fu told state-run Global Times after the first test launch last year. “India has been seeing China as a goal or a competitor for its own development, military power included,” he said, adding “China does not see India as a threat in reality. The development of India helps push forward the multi-polarisation of the world.” “The media focuses much on India’s challenge to China with the missile but neglects how it will change the international pattern and enhance India’s role on the global stage,” Fu said.

‘Muzaffarnagar killers must be punished’ ‘Muzaffarnagar riots were well-planned’

Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, interacts with a riot affected woman at a relief camp in Muzaffarnagar,on Monday, September 16. (AP Photo)

muzAffArNAgAr, September 16 (iANS): Calling the communal violence here in Uttar Pradesh “a big incident”, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh consoled families of some of the victims and sought “strictest action” against the killers. A week after the worst communal clashes in two decades engulfed Muzaffarnagar district, 130 km from New Delhi, the prime minister flew to the area with Congress leaders Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi. “Efforts will be made to ensure that the strictest action be taken against those behind the (communal violence),” a grim faced Manmohan Singh said after touring some of the most affected places. Manmohan Singh spoke to officials as he walked through Bassi Kalan village and later Tawli amid tight security. At least 48 people were killed and more than 100 injured as the communal violence Sep 7-9 quickly spread to villages, forcing the state government to deploy the military. The orgy also saw more than 43,000

people take shelter in makeshift centres as they fled their rural homes after coming under attack from mobs -- or because they feared violence. Many of those who met the prime minister complained that the district administration and the state government did not extend to them the kind of support they should have. “I, Soniaji and Rahul Gandhi have come here to share your grief and to understand the magnitude of the violence,” the prime minister told a group of journalists. “This is a big incident and the culprits behind the incident must be brought to book. It is the government’s responsibility to safeguard life and property so that people can again return to their homes.” He said his government would provide all necessary assistance to the Uttar Pradesh government to ensure that victims of the violence got all help. Speaking to residents of Budhana Road in Muzaffarnagar, the prime minister said: “Please maintain peace and calm.” Both Manmohan Singh and Sonia

Gandhi also stopped by the roadside to talk to villagers of Barvala. The prime minister was all ears as distraught people met him. “I am here to share your pain,” he said. Manmohan Singh asked the state government to ensure the rehabilitation of the thousands forced to flee their homes. He also told reporters that he expected the security scenario to improve. “People behind such ghastly violence would be punished and all help extended to the UP government.” While Manmohan Singh spoke to Divisional Commissioner Bhuvnesh Kumar and District Magistrate Kaushal Raj Sharma, Sonia Gandhi mingled with some women and sought to know the sequence of events. Rahul Gandhi spoke to some youth. He also asked Minister of State for Home Affairs R.P.N. Singh to take petitions from the people and address their issues. Uttar Pradesh Governor B.L. Joshi and Uttar Pradesh Health Minister Ahmed Hasan accompanied the prime minister.

Thirteen-yr-old girl begins MA in microbiology luckNow, September 16 (Ap): In a country where many girls are still discouraged from going to school, Sushma Verma is having anything but a typical childhood. The 13-year-old girl from a poor family in north India has enrolled in a master’s degree in microbiology, after her father sold his land to pay for some of his daughter’s tuition in the hope of catapulting her into India’s growing middle class. Verma finished high school at 7 and earned an undergraduate degree at age 13 — milestones she said were possible only with the sacrifices and encouragement of her uneducated and impoverished parents. “They allowed me to do what I wanted to do,” Verma said in an interview Sunday, speaking her native language of Hindi. “I hope that other parents don’t impose their choices on their children.” Sushma lives a very modest life with her three younger siblings and her parents — eating, sleeping and studying alongside them in a cramped single-room apartment in Lucknow, the capital of Uttar Pradesh state. Their only income is her father’s daily wage of up to 200 rupees (less than $3.50) for laboring on construction sites. Their most precious possessions include a study table

Tej Bahadur Verma, 50, takes his daughter Sushma Verma home from her school in Lucknow, on Monday, September 16. (AP Photo)

and a second-hand computer. It is not a great atmosphere for studying, she admitted. “There are a lot of dreams ... All of them cannot be fulfilled.” But having no television and little else at home has advantages, she said. “There is nothing to do but study.” Sushma begins her studies next week at Lucknow’s B. R. Ambedkar Central University, though her father is already ferrying her to and from campus each day on his bicycle so she can meet with teachers before classes begin.

Her first choice was to become a doctor, but she cannot take the test to qualify for medical school until she is 18. “So I opted for the MSc and then I will do a doctorate,” she said. Sushma — a skinny, poised girl with shoulder-length hair — is not the first high-achiever in her family. Her older brother graduated from high school at 9, and in 2007 became one of India’s youngest computer science graduates at 14. In another family, Sushma

Municipal bodies across India to ensure facilities for safe & hygienic meat production

New Delhi, September 16 (AgeNcieS): In a move which may bring cheers for meat eaters in India, municipal boards across the country will take initiatives to provide facilities for safe and hygienic production of meat. These local bodies will also address the problem of availability of suitable land for modernization of abattoirs (slaughterhouses). The decision was taken by the municipal boards collectively during the sixth Mayors Conference here last week. The conference was organized by the National Meat and Poultry Processing Board (NMPPB) in the backdrop of growing demand by consumers to clean up the mess around slaughterhouses in the country. The decision assumes significance in the light of Supreme Court’s order to this effect last year. The apex court had directed all the state governments and Union territory administrations constitute committees for modernization of

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slaughterhouses, check use of child labour in this sector and close illegal slaughterhouses in the country. Slaughter of animals for food is a ‘state subject’ and is regulated by local bodies through licensing of slaughterhouses and retail meat shops. However, most of the municipal slaughterhouses lack modern machinery and equipment with inadequate attention, hygiene and sanitation. The facilities for effluent treatment and waste disposal in these traditional slaughterhouses are also far from satisfactory. The utilization of slaughterhouse byproducts such as skins, edible offal, blood and bristles is low and lacks the desired level of quality. Alarmed by the present condition of slaughter establishments, a number of public interest litigation (PILs) had been filed in the Supreme Court seeking directions to state governments as well as the Centre to effectively implement

might not have been able to follow him into higher education. Millions of Indian children are still not enrolled in grade school, and many of them are girls whose parents choose to hold them back in favor of advancing their sons. Some from conservative village cultures are expected only to get married, for which their families will go into debt to pay exorbitant dowry payments, even though they are illegal. For Sushma, her father sold his only pieces of land — 10,000 square feet (930 square meters) in a village in Uttar Pradesh — for the cut-rate price of 25,000 rupees (about $400) to cover some of her school fees. “There was opposition from my family and friends, but I did not have any option,” said her father, Tej Bahadur Verma. The rest of Sushma’s school fees will come from a charity that traditionally works in improving rural sewage systems, which gave her a grant of 800,000 rupees (about $12,600). “The girl is an inspiration for students from elite backgrounds” who are born with everything, said Dr. Bindeshwar Pathak of Sulabh International, who decided to help after seeing a local television program on Sushma. She is also receiving financial aid from well-wishing civilians and other charities.

statutory rules relating to the prevention of cruelty to animals and pollution control. The Supreme Court had; accordingly, in August last year, directed all state governments and UTs to constitute committees for slaughterhouses to fulfil mandatory requirements under various legislations dealing with the functioning of abattoirs. The functions of the state committees as mandated by the court include preparing a database of slaughterhouses, recommending modernization of old slaughterhouses, identification of unlicensed and unlawful slaughterhouses and to crack down on these with the help of local administration and law enforcing agencies, and to check for child labour. On its part, the Centre has taken several steps to enhance production of safe meat and generate awareness about issues related to food safety, standard, hygiene, and animal welfare, backward and forward linkages.

luckNow, September 16 (AgeNcieS): Urban Development Minister Azam Khan, who had expressed unhappiness over the administrative failure to check the communal clashes in Muzaffarnagar that claimed 47 lives, on Monday described the riots in the district as well-planned. Azam Khan had also come under attack from colleagues for skipping a Samajwadi Party meet in Agra. The party’s best known minority face, however, today came out in support of the state government and said: “Fascists in the country were bothered by the fact that Samajwadi Party is peacefully in power”. Khan, who enjoys the number two position in the Akhilesh Yadav government, said that the UP government has always maintained that there should be peace in the state. There is no question of showing leniency to those who are guilty, asserted Khan. Slamming Dr Manmohan Singh’s visit to Muzaffarnagar, Khan noted that since General Elections are round the corner, the Prime Minister took the wise step by visiting the riot-affected area. If the Prime Minsiter was so concerned about riot-affected victims, he should visit the sites of other communal riots in the state, like Faizabad, Mathura and Bareilly, where victims are still to get justice, added Khan. Defending his government, which has come under flak for not doing enough to calm the situation, Khan said, “We have followed the law so far and will continue to. This is what has stopped the riots”. The Samajwadi Party leader also accused Narendra Modi of trying to polarise the Army with his comments at a rally in Haryana. On Sunday, Modi had hailed the armed forces’ secularism and attacked UPA over a survey to know religion of the personnel “through the Sachar commission”. Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav, who visited the Muzaffarnagar district yesterday, was greeted with black flags and slogan shouting by angry villagers. So far, 47 people have been killed in the violence. The situation is fast returning to normal. Around 40,000 people have taken refuge in more than 30 relief camps set up in Muzaffarnagar and Shamli districts. Kawaal village is where an alleged incident of sexual harassment on August 27 led to three youths being killed. A ‘mahapanchayat’ or gathering of village councils was held a few days later, which led to communal clashes in Muzaffarnagar and nearby areas, forcing the government to call in the Army to control the situation.

India, China boundary dispute not insurmountable: Khurshid

New Delhi, September 16 (pti): Holding that the boundary dispute between India and China is “not an insurmountable issue”, external affairs minister Salman Khurshid on Monday said the two countries are committed for the “eradication” of such “irritants” from their relationship. “It is a fact that we have an undefined boundary and therefore differences in perception, something that appears from time to time to become an insurmountable problem. But in our hearts, we know that it is not an insurmountable problem but also that both of us are committed for eradication and removal of these irritants in our relationship,” Khurshid said. The minister’s statement comes in the backdrop of increased incidents of incursions along the LAC by the Chinese Army, after which the government had to explain its stand on the issue in Parliament and outside. Chinese minister of state council information office Cai Mingzhao, who was also present at the event, said the two countries should focus more on the positive happenings between them. Speaking at the inauguration of the India China Media Forum, Khurshid said the 21st century is said to be the Asian century and “it is our firm belief that this dream will remain unfulfilled if India and China are unable to find congruence on important ways in which we think on global issues.” The minister said the two sides “need to talk more to know each other better to fructify the full potential of this relationship between them.” He said the two countries have a had a “peaceful” co-existence for almost 4,000 years “but for a short interlude, that both of

us feel must become quickly part of history as we look for significant cooperation between us in future.”

114 kids hospitalised after being given Hepatitis B vaccine

hooghly, September 16 (pti): At least 114 children were hospitalised in Hooghly district after they were mistakenly given Hepatitis B vaccine orally instead of pulse polio drops. Six persons were suspended for the the lapse that triggered protests with angry villagers locking up health workers. On Sunday parents had taken their children to the polio booth at the Khatul village under Arambagh sub-division, official sources said. One of the parents noticed that the health workers at the polio booth in Khatul village was giving Hepatitis B vaccine orally instead of polio drops and immediately informed the matter to the health workers and the villagers, the sources said. By then 114 children had already been given the Hepatiti B vaccine orally. Angry villagers then locked up the health workers and the local Block Development Officer (BDO) and the Sub-Divisional Officer (SDO) Arambagh who rushed to the spot to pacify them. Meanwhile, all the114 children who were given Hepatitis B vaccine instead of pulse polio drops were admitted to the Arambagh Sub-Divisional Hospital. The Superintendent of the Arambagh Sub-Divisional Hospital Nirmalya Ray said the Hepatitis B vaccine would not cause any harm to the children. Hepatitis B is administered through injection while pulse polio drops are given orally. Ray also said that most of the children had been discharged from hospital as they were admitted so that they could be kept under observation. Hooghly District Magistrate Manmeet Nanda said 6 persons have been suspended in this connection.

Sex predators, traffickers target kids at will

New Delhi, September 16 (AgeNcieS): For the past three years, Kunwar Pal is looking for his missing 12-year-old son. He tries to follow every lead that he gets and travels across the city and nearby towns in the search of his son who went missing in November 2003 from Sangam Vihar in south Delhi. He regularly visits the police station, where he had registered a missing persons’ complaint and pastes photos of his son at public places in the hope of getting some information. So far, his quest has led him nowhere. “My wife is dead and my son is all that I have. I sold off my house to raise money for his search. I work for a private company and I leave everything midway as soon as I get any lead,” said Kunwar Pal. Pal’s son is among 6,000 missing children that are yet to be traced in the past three

years. Police statistics show that Delhi has a notorious record on missing children. The average number of children who remained untraced per day has consistently grown from three in 2010 to nine in 2012. Traffickers at work Police said a majority of these missing children, who were later rescued, were found working as labourers or domestic helps. “Most children who go missing in Delhi end up with human traffickers. Children below eight years are forced into begging, while the older ones are pushed into child labour. Organised gangs kidnap minors and send them to other cities,” said Rakesh Senger, national secretary, Bachpan Bachao Andolan. Senger’s claims find currency in the statistics that show how maximum cases of missing

children were reported from areas that are close to Delhi’s boundary with other states. For instance, 40 untraced kids belong to Sangam Vihar, which is close to Faridabad in Haryana, alone.

Sexual predators Half of the rape victims in Delhi are minors (below 18 years of age), say police. Cases of sexual assault on children in the city have been reported from both at home and school. According to National Crime Records Bureau statistics, crime against minors in Delhi is a staggering 22.3 cases per lakh population of minors as compared to the national average of 5.2 cases. In April, a five-year-old girl was brutally raped in east Delhi’s Gandhi Nagar area by two of her neighbours who left her to die in a basement. In another incident, an eightyear-old girl reported moles-

tation at her upmarket private school in Gurgaon that was going on for two years.

Initiatives A number of initiatives have been launched by the government and the police for the welfare of the children, including helplines.“Pehchaan: Safeguarding the childhood’ was launched to maintain a database of minors in the city. Through this initiative, children residing in slum clusters, resettlement colonies are photographed and registered with the district police,” said a senior Delhi Police officer.“We have already registered nearly 80,000 kids from slum areas. One of the major problems we face while tracing kids is that parents don’t have their photographs. The scheme was launched keeping that factor in mind,” the officer said.


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Tuesday 17 September 2013



Chemical weapons deal wins time for Assad

BEIRUT, SEpTEmBER 16(REUTERS): Bashar alAssad’s chemical weapons bargain with Russia and the United States offers another political and military lifeline to the Syrian president, just two years after he was dismissed in Washington as a “dead man walking”. The deal, reached under the shadow of threatened US air strikes and only after the intervention of Syria’s ally Moscow, does come at a cost to the Syrian leader - a fact which likely explains the muted response in Damascus when it was announced. By requiring Assad to surrender a chemical weapons arsenal which until last week his government had barely acknowledged, it would strip him of both a fearsome military advantage over rebels at home and his most potent deterrent to any further attacks by Syria’s enemy Israel. But in the short term at least the Russian initiative, which Syria announced it would accept on the eve of the president’s 48th birthday last week, was a gift for Assad. It lifts the immediate threat of U.S. military action and secures his government an indispensable role over the coming months in assisting the destruction of chemical stockpiles. “You’re looking at a relegitimised regime here. Not just Assad but the whole entourage,” said Ayham Kamel, an analyst at the Eurasia consultancy group. “For the foreseeable future the government of Syria has become the key interlocutor for the international community”.

Since the early months of Syria’s 2011 uprising, which has grown into a civil war in which 100,000 people have been killed, the United States has called on Assad to step aside. “No legitimacy” A US official described Assad’s government in December 2011 as a “the equivalent of a dead man walking”, and the State Department insisted last week that the deal on chemical weapons did not change Washington’s position that he “has no legitimacy and can no longer be ruler of Syria”. But however unpalatable the notion may be to President Barack Obama, only Assad and his officials can deliver the deal which U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov agreed out in Geneva on Saturday. While Kerry said the destruction of Syria’s chemical weapons must be complete by the middle of next year, the tortuous UN disarmament of Iraqi chemical and biological weapons in the 1990s showed how long the process can stretch out. US officials believe Syria has 1,000 tonnes of chemical agents including mustard gas and nerve gases such as sarin, and have identified 45 sites they say are associated with the chemical weapons programme. Even if those sites are under the control of Assad’s army, Syria’s civil war will complicate the task of destroying the materials safely, providing plenty of room for delay even if Damascus is totally sincere in its

commitment. “We are at a very preliminary stage. Assad’s partial cooperation was prompted by the desire to deter an attack,” Kamel said. “It’s not clear that (cooperation) will be there in the future”.

“Back to business” The reprieve from U.S. military action has allowed Assad to strike back at rebels with forces which were briefly dispersed to avoid U.S. air strikes. Activists and Damascus residents reported last week that his air force resumed bombardment of opposition strongholds around the capital, some of them close to the sites of the August 21 chemical attacks which prompted the threat of U.S. strikes. “Essentially it’s back to business, continuing what the military was doing in the days before the chemical attack,” said Charles Lister, analyst at IHS Jane’s terrorism and insurgency centre in London. “They are viciously suppressing proopposition areas around Damascus with artillery and air strikes. That means there is no longer the fear of Western punishment for anything the military may have done.” Assad’s opponents, who had hoped that the anticipated U.S. attacks would offer a platform for broader rebel offensives across the country, see the chemical bargain as a betrayal. “A crime against humanity has been committed and there is no mention of accountability,” said Salim Idriss, head of the Western-backed Supreme Military Council which oversees a loose grouping of

non-jihadist rebels known as the Free Syrian Army. The shelving of U.S. military action is also a setback for Idriss’s regional backers, Saudi Arabia and Qatar. Riyadh had called for a “decisive and serious” stand against Assad. No Triumphalism In the first government comments following Saturday’s US-Russian announcement, Syrian minister Ali Haidar described the chemical deal as a victory for Syria. But most Syrian officials, including Assad himself, have been more muted in their response, perhaps reflecting unease that Damascus had found itself renouncing over-

night a strategic arsenal it has stockpiled for decades. Syria had always said that any move to abandon weapons of mass destruction should apply to all countries in the region including Israel, long believed to be the only nuclear-armed Middle East nation. Foreign Minister Walid al-Moualem gave only a brief and subdued statement in Moscow last week when he first declared Syria’s welcome for the Russian initiative. “They are not boasting too much, because they had to make an extremely significant concession by offering to destroy the chemical weapons - although I’m sceptical it will work out at as a successful deal,” Lister said. B

US, France, Britain to press Assad on chemical weapons

pARIS/BEIRUT, SEpTEmBER 16 (REUTERS): The United States, France and Britain agreed on Monday to step up pressure on President Bashar al-Assad to stick to the terms of a deal under which Syria is to give up its huge arsenal of chemical weapons and avoid U.S. military strikes. The 3 Western permanent members on the United Nations Security Council agree to seek a strong resolution in that forum that sets binding deadlines for the removal of Syria’s chemical weapons, French President Francois Hollande’s office said. The statement followed talks in Paris, two days after the United States reached a deal with Assad’s ally Russia on chemical weapons that could avert U.S. strikes on Syria. U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry told a news conference in Paris that the three powers agreed with Moscow that Assad must suffer consequences if he fails to comply with U.N. demands. The accord offered the Syrian leader “no lifeline” and he had “lost all legitimacy”, Kerry added. After Hollande met Kerry and British Foreign Secretary William Hague and their French counterpart Laurent Fabius, an aide to Hollande said: “The idea is to stick to a firm line.” “They’ve agreed to seek a strong and robust resolution that sets precise and binding deadlines with a calendar,” said the official.

In this January 24, 2005, photo Syrian President Bashar Assad reviews an honor guard at Vnukovo airport upon his arrival in Moscow for a fourday visit amid Israeli allegations that his government sought to buy Russian missiles. Assad and his father before him have been Moscow’s foremost Arab allies for decades. Currently much of the weaponry Syria deploys against the rebels fighting to the Assad regime comes from Russia. Even as evidence mounts that his military launched the Aug. 21, 2013, chemical attack that the US says killed more than 1,000 people, Russia insists that the rebels used the deadly chemicals. (AP File Photo)

Several killed, injured at Washington Navy Yard shooting Filipino troops retake 70% of rebel-held villages

WASHINGTON, SEpTEmBER 16 (REUTERS): Several people were killed and others injured when at least one gunman opened fire at the U.S. Navy Yard in Washington on Monday, authorities said. A Washington police spokesman said five people had been shot at the Naval Sea Systems Command headquarters, including a District of Columbia police officer and one other law enforcement officer. The Navy did not elaborate. NBC News, citing a senior naval officer at the Navy Yard, said at least 12 people had been shot, with four killed and eight wounded. This could not be independently confirmed. A Navy official told Reuters a suspected shooter has been contained, adding that several people died and several others were injured. The total number of victims was unclear, he said on condition of anonymity. Another Navy official, speaking on condition of anonymity, said more than one shooter may have been involved. The Washington Post reported that there were several shooters. The Navy said in a statement the shooting took place at the heavily guarded headquarters, where about 3,000 people work.

A US Park Police helicopter removes a man in a basket from the Washington Navy Yard Monday, September 16. Earlier in the day, the US Navy said it was searching for an active shooter at the Naval Sea Systems Command headquarters, where about 3,000 people work. (AP Photo)

Dozens of police and emergency vehicles surrounded the complex in southeast Washington, which is about a mile (1.6 km) south of the U.S. Capitol, local media reported. Helicopters circled the headquarters with some touching down on

‘Royal inner circle behind plot that led to Di’s death’

LONDON, SEpTEmBER 16 (pTI): An elite British soldier’s face-to- face interaction with Prince William in 2008 prompted him to reveal to his wife the alleged plot hatched by royal inner circle that led to Princess Diana’s death, a report said on Sunday. The Special Air Services (SAS) soldier, known as Soldier N, has allegedly told his wife about the elite unit’s assassination plot, soon after he had taken William on an SAS advanced driving course in 2008, the Sunday Mirror reported. “He (Soldier N) had been showing Prince William how to do car stunts,” the woman, who has since divorced the sniper, was quoted as saying. “I was saying how lovely it was that the princes were doing so well and that it was sad that their mum wasn’t here to see it. Then he said one of the guys was responsible for the accident, for Diana’s death. I was shocked. I believed what he said,” she added. The woman also told detectives that her husband had claimed that the “hit” had been carried out on the orders of individuals within the royal inner circle as they did not approve of Diana’s relationship with Dodi Al-Fayed. The woman has been interviewed by Scotland Yard after it re-opened a probe last month into the death of the Princess of Wales, killed in a car crash in Paris in 1997.

the building’s roof, according to a live feed by Washington’s WJLA TV. A Washington police spokesman said the first reports of shots were received at 8:36 a.m. EDT (1236 GMT). A White House official said President Barack Obama had

been briefed on the shooting. The Navy Yard dates to the 18th century and is the oldest Navy installation. It houses a museum, the residence of the chief of naval operations and is responsible for weapons development, among other functions.

ZAmBOANGA, SEpTEmBER 16 (Ap): Philippine troops have recaptured 70 percent of the coastal areas by a southern city that were occupied by Muslim rebels, the military said, adding helicopter gunships were deployed for the first time Monday as a hostage standoff dragged to its second week. Troops and special police forces have killed or arrested more than 100 Moro National Liberation Front rebels, who occupied five coastal villages, after government forces foiled what officials said was an attempt by the heavily armed insurgents to take control of Zamboanga city hall on Sept. 8. But about 100 rebels remained holed up with more than 100 hostages. Government troops were continuing a push against the insurgents but were wary of causing any harm to the captives, military spokesman Lt. Col. Ramon Zagala said, adding it was difficult to say when the fighting will end. Troops have tried to contain the clashes in the coastal outskirts of Zamboanga, a largely Christian city of nearly 1 million people, but suspected rebel mortar fire destroyed a car near the city’s downtown area Monday, raising fears the gunmen were attempting to divert the military’s attention.

Nearly 82,000 residents have fled the fighting into several emergency shelters, including the city’s main sports complex. Interior Secretary Mar Roxas said about 850 houses had been destroyed amid fierce exchanges of gunfire and occasional bursts of mortar rounds and grenades. Police said some fires may have been deliberately set by rebels to cover their escapes. President Benigno Aquino III is in Zamboanga, a bustling port 860 kilometers (540 miles) south of Manila, to oversee the handling of the worst security crisis his administration has faced since he came to power in 2010. The Moro insurgents, led by Nur Misuari, signed a peace deal in 1996, but the guerrillas did not lay down their arms and later accused the government of reneging on a promise to develop long-neglected Muslim regions in the south of the predominantly Roman Catholic nation. The rebels have become increasingly restive in recent months as they’ve been overshadowed by a rival rebel group that engaged Aquino’s government in peace talks brokered by Malaysia. The talks have steadily progressed toward a new and potentially larger autonomy deal for minority Muslims in the south.

Myanmar hospital offers hope in troubled times

YANGON, SEpTEmBER 16 (AFp): From political activists freed after years in Myanmar’s jails to stricken and impoverished families, all are welcome at Yangon’s Muslim Free Hospital -- a symbol of unity in a country riven by religious unrest. There is barely a space left unoccupied in the bustling medical centre. From the soot-smeared front steps, through dusty stairwells and into sweltering wards, people wait for treatments that would be beyond their reach elsewhere in Myanmar’s desperately underfunded health system. The throngs of people -- the hospital sees up to 500 outpatients a day -- are a testament to the diversity of the Buddhist-majority country’s main city, with flashes of colour from Myanmar skirt-like longyis and Muslim headscarves. “I am a surgeon so my responsibility is to cure suffering patients,” Tin Myo Win said before setting out on a tour of the wards. “The policy of this hospital is not to discriminate. It does not matter whether people are rich or poor, or what religion they are,” he said. The doctor, a well-known former political prisoner who has for years been the

personal physician for opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi, said he had treated “many monks” during 21 years at the hospital. The facility is a rare beacon of communal harmony in a country reeling from recent religious violence that has exposed deepening national fractures as it emerges from the shadows of military rule. Around 250 people have been killed and more than 140,000 left homeless in several outbreaks of violence since June 2012, mainly minority Muslims who have been the target of riots and a nationalistic campaign led by some radical monks. While the spread of religious unrest has stoked tension in the country, people visiting the hospital in a multicultural quarter of downtown Yangon said differences should be put aside. “I don’t think about it. I have done business with Muslims many times in the past. I have a good friendship with them,” said Tin Tin Khaing, a Buddhist, whose 57-year-old father travelled from the Irrawaddy Delta region to have a hernia operation. The hospital started life as the result of a campaign by young local Muslims as a small dispensary in 1937,

when Myanmar was called Burma and run as an outpost of British India under colonial rule. It now has departments specialising in surgery, obstetrics and gynaecology, eyes, and psychiatry. Treatments are free to those deemed too poor to contribute, while a small fee is charged to those able to pay. All services are desperately needed in a country where the previous junta neglected the health system as it focused on military spending. Some international aid agencies provide limited assistance in certain areas, and there are a scattering of clinics run by the Buddhist clergy and Aung San Suu Kyi’s opposition party. But huge swathes of the impoverished population are effectively cut off from even the most basic medical help. Chronicallyunderfunded government hospitals operate on a cost sharing basis, with patients charged for everything from the medicines needed to the equipment used. According to World Health Organization data, total spending on healthcare in Myanmar was $27.9 per person in 2011. The government accounted for just $2.9 of that -- the lowest contribution in the

world. But this was actually an improvement from 2005, when the state spent just 50 US cents per capita. Tin Myo Win, the only Buddhist department head at the hospital, said the Muslim practice of donating 10 percent of their income to charitable causes was an important source of income for the hospital, as well as paid-for treatments and international donations. He said the hospital had long stood as a local symbol of tolerance and a refuge for those with nowhere else to go. The doctor spent three years in prison after taking part in a failed 1988 stu-

dent-led uprising that also saw the rise of Suu Kyi’s opposition. He has spent the two decades since his release working at the Muslim Hospital, which welcomed the detained activists. “They don’t just come here because of financial problems. It is also maybe because they believe in me. We understand each other very well. Only those who stayed in jail know how we suffered inside for food and health. The situation inside was terrible,” he said. Political reforms that have swept the country since a new quasi-civilian government took power in 2011 mean that former

detainees are no longer shunned by state hospitals. But old loyalties remain firm. “The doctor is like my family member. We trust him, so we went to the hospital after we were released,” said Kyaw Soe Naing, a five-time political prisoner who is now a close aide to Suu Kyi. The 44-year-old said he hoped the Muslim Hospital would continue to grow and that more medical centres could follow its example. “Whatever religion people believe in, they must receive treatment when they are sick. I want many such hospitals,” he said.



NOTIFICATION Dated Kohima, the 16th Sept'2013

NO. DET-8/2/07(Pt-1)/159: The 99 All India Trade Test of Apprentices under the Apprenticeship Act 1961 will be held in the month of October 2013. All candidates who have completed their Apprenticeship Training are requested to submit their application on or before 5th October 2013 for appearing in the Examination. th

(MUTHINGNYUBA SANGTAM) Director, Employment & Craftsmen Training, Nagaland, Kohima




Tuesday 17 September 2013

14th KSU Martyr’s Soccer Tournament

Dimapur, September 16 (mexN): The Kyong Students Union (KSU) will be organizing its 14th Edition of KSU Martyr’s Soccer Tournament from October 8, which is an annual activity of the Union. A press note from the KSU said that the event is being organized to remember and honor late Chumdamo Tungoe and Thungkomo Ezung who laid down their lives on April 14 during a silent procession called by the erstwhile Lotha Students’ Union (LSU) “while protesting against the inhuman and barbaric act meted out to the then SDO Wokha Ngur Khume (NCS) by the Assam Police.”

5th state inter GHSS and GHS tournament concludes

JaLuKie, September 16 (Dipr): The 5th State level Inter GHSS & GHS Tournament 2013 concluded on September 12 at GHSS Jalukie. MLA Chairman (APMC), S Chuba Longkumar graced the closing ceremony as the guest of honour. Addressing the Students, S. Chuba said that Nagas are talented but their talents are being wasted due to lack of practices. He therefore encouraged the students to inculcate sincerity, dedication and discipline in all their endeavors in order to achieve the goal of becoming professional sports persons. The programme was chaired by PET ANPETA, General Secretary, Mesehol

The Overall Champion was bagged by Dimapur District with the following medals: Medal TallyDistrict Gold Silver Bronze Total Dimapur 6 Nil 3 9 Phek 3 11 1 15 Kohima 3 3 4 10 Peren 2 1 3 6 Mon 1 1 Nil 2 Tuensang Nil Nil 1 1

while invocation prayer was pronounced by Pastor Sumi Baptist Church Jalukie, Shikato and vote of thanks was proposed by Assistant Director (DSE), T. Lipok Jamir. The closing function was attended by Principal Secretary of School Education, Director of Higher Education, Director Elementary, DC Peren, Commandant 9th IRB Saijang and Heads of

Offices of Peren District. Mokokchung District emerged as champions in the boys volleyball and Phek District was the Runner up, Mon District emerged champions in the girls volley ball and Mokokchung District got the Runner up. The Football Champion was bagged by Mokokchung District and Shoniu S, Aungkali and Veluno Shijoh from the sports academy Dimapur athletics section and the students of government Kohima district as the Run- higher secondary school, Dimapur have been selected to represent East India Zone in the 25th National Inter Zonal Athletics ner up. Championships to be held in Kochi, Kerela from September 22 to 24.


GMS Keyake observes Cultural cum Parents Day

Kohima, September 16 (mexN): GMS Keyake, Kohima observed Cultural Day cum Parents Day on August 31, 2013 at its school premises. Professor Buno Liegise, Director, Women study centre, SASARD NU exhorted the gathering. A press release received here stated that the speaker told the students that hard work is the only means to achieve success and so one has to be very vision oriented and keep the dedication always strong. She also stressed on the need of teachers to develop a positive attitude as it determines the quality of teaching. Positive attitude definitely creates a healthy environment and impart the best learning for its stu-

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Students of GMS Keyake clad in traditional attire.

dents, the professor added. Dr. Catherine Rutsa, Assistant Professor, Department of Animal Production and Management and Viyie Rutsa, VEC Chairman also

exhorted the gathering. The programme featured a variety of cultural folk songs and dances performed by the students. Earlier, Zekuovonuo invoked God’s

blessings, while Anna head Teacher addressed the welcome note and Vote of thanks was pronounced by Kedu. The programme was chaired by Dziesekhoü.

Students of Government Primary School (GPS) Morakjo, Wokha district enjoying Mid-Day meal on August 13, 2013.

Disaster risk management training for teachers Kohima, September 16 (mexN): Community based disaster risk management training, designed especially for teachers, was held at Administrative Training Institute, Kohima from September 9 to 13. The topics covered during the week long program were Basics of Disaster Management, Earthquakes, Landslides, CBDM, Disaster Risk profile of Nagaland, PRA, School and Community Disaster Management Planning, Principles of Incident Response System, Mock Drill, etc. A press release received here informed that a day was dedicated for field visit, where the trainees were made to study the hazards, risks and vulnerability along the road from Naga Hospital to NST Bus Station via New Market. The resource persons were Er N Moa Longkumer, lecturer; Petekhrieno, Lecturer; and Dr. Hovithal Sothu, State Coordinator, Disaster Management Cell, ATI. 19 participants from different schools (2 Government and 17 Private) attended the program. Resource materials in the form of training Kit and readymade PowerPoint presentations in soft copy.

ASHA 6th and 7th training module carried out in Dimapur

Dimapur, September 16 (mexN): The third round of 6th and 7th training module of the Accredited Social Health Activists (ASHAs) was carried out in all the blocks under Dimapur district. The block trainings were conducted for five days each. The ASHA trainers included ASHA co-ordinators Orensali, Kaliholi and Kezeninuo and GNMs Ajungla and Chongboi. A press release received here informed that on September 12, Dr. Imchameren Jamir, Deputy CMO, Chubala State, ASHA Nodal officer along with Ruth Sekhose, State ASHA Co-ordinator visited the Kuhuboto Area

ASHA training to monitor and supervise the training. Dr. Imchameren and Chubala interacted with the ASHAs and also re-oriented them on the duties and roles of ASHA. The training module was mainly designed to develop the skills of the ASHAs to manage Neonates. The training sessions included assessment and management of low birth weight and preterm babies. The training session also included diagnosis and early identification and management of birth Asphyxia. The ASHAs were also trained to use mucus extractor in the manage-

ment of birth asphyxia. The ASHAs were also trained on diagnosing and treating Neonatal Sepsis. The training module also encouraged ASHAs to reach out to those population in their community who are vulnerable, destitute, widows etc, especially who are deprived of health care services due to social or economic inequalities. Post-training evaluation of the ASHAs was also conducted to assess their learning outcome. Mucus extractor, cotton flannel and steel spoon were also distributed to the ASHAs to assist them in carrying out their activities.

moN, September 16 (mexN): An Awareness programme on TB was conducted at Sub-Jail Mon by Shansham Organization with support from CHAI under Project Axshya on September 12. A press note received here stated that the Jail was targeted as most of the prisoners are drug users and marginalised section and there are chances of inmates living with TB. Moreover, since TB is airborne, chances of transmitting to the fellow inmates could be likely due

to their poor ventilated dormitory, poor nutrition, overcrowding and lack of healthcare. The topics covered were basics on TB, treatment courses and sputum testing procedures. The session was followed by follow-up action plan discussion. During the discussion, there were two inmates who had been cured from TB and there were more than a dozen who had signs and symptoms of TB and willing to do the screening. The Shansham organization volunteered to

collect sputum and transport it to DMC for screening. The organization also assured them to provide their daily DOTS if anyone is detected with TB. Out of 47 inmates, 21 inmates who had signs and symptoms collected their sputum on the following day, which was transported to DMC District Hospital Mon for screening by the organization. The organization along with CHAI had also approached DTO, Mon to provide counselling services to the jail, if cases are detected.

Awareness prog on TB conducted

Citizens and government employees of Jalukie Town conducted a mass cleanliness drive on September 7 under the initiative and supervision of Administration and Traders Union Jalukie Town. The Administration has thanked the CO 32 AR, CO 9th IRB, GBs, Jalukie Town Youth Organization, Colony Chair- Trainings on TB were conducted under Project Axshya in Mokokchung and Tuensang. The man Union and all the citizens of Jalukie for supporting the cleanliness drive. training was facilitated by Kyupise S. Sangtam, DCO, CHAI Secunderabad.

Disease Vector Control coordination meeting held with DMC and private practitioners

Dimapur,September 16 (mexN): Department of Health and Family Welfare officials held a coordination meeting with the Ward Chairman and GBs under Dimapur Municipal Council at CMO’s conference hall on September 6. The State Program Officer, National Vector Borne Disease Control Program (NVBDCP) Dr. L. Yanthan spoke on the collective responsibility of the department and civic body in control of mosquitoes for prevention of diseases like Malaria, Dengue, and Japanese Encephalitis. According to a press release received here, Dr L Yanthan shared that diagnostic tests and medicines are being provided for free at various health units, activities for control of mosquito breeding are being carried out through Urban Malaria Scheme, such as distribution of larvivorous fishes (which feed on mosquito larvae), insecticide spray, etc. Entomological surveillance

is being carried out regularly by Entomologists. There is an epidemic preparedness plan in place for any outbreak. Prevention of water stagnation by individuals and public bodies also play a very important role in source reduction for breeding of disease causing vectors, he added. He asked the DMC to study the civic bylaws of cities like Pune and Mumbai which has legislations to make individuals and organizations accountable for water stagnation within their premises. CEO, DMC Orenthung Humtsoe urged the Colony Chairman and GBs to cooperate with the department activities. A sensitization program was held the following day with private practitioners of Dimapur and officials of Indian Medical Association. The CMO, Dimapur Dr. P. Tia Jamir urged the doctors in the private sector to support the department activities through submission of periodic reports so that

the health data is reflective of the whole population. The scenario of vector borne diseases in Dimapur district was presented by Dr. Moa Jamir, DPO (NVBDCP) Dimapur. The technical sessions on laboratory diagnosis, clinical features and management of Malaria, Dengue, and Japanese Encephalitis were taken up by Dr. Temsu (Pathologist) and Dr. Ngopelo (Physician) of Dimapur DH. Monitoring of the health units in Dimapur district was also undertaken by Dr. Vethihulu, Deputy Director (NVBDCP) and Senior Malaria Inspector Zasievizo. They visited health units and villages under Medziphema CHC, Dhansiripar CHC, and offices of Urban Malaria Scheme and DPO (NVBDCP). The quality of Indoor Residual Spray of DDT, IEC activities, and vector borne disease sur- Eastern Nagaland Students' Union Bangalore (ENSUB) celebrated its 10th annual freshers’ day on September veillance activities were 7, 2013 at United Theological College, Bangalore. Seen here are some freshers along with ENSUB officials assessed. after the programme.

Red Ribbon Club & Foundation Day observed in Yingli College

LoNgLeNg, September 16 (mexN): Yingli College, Longleng observed its 21st Foundation Day on September 9, 2013. A press note issued by Dr.A.K.Chowdhary, Asst.Prof & Incharge RRC, Yingli College stated that the day was marked by literary programmes like prepared speech and poem reading competition, film show on Red Ribbon Club (RRC) activities in different colleges in Nagaland, documentary on World War II and documentary on “Yingli College over the years”. The second session was sponsored by Red Ribbon Club where Deputy Chief Medical Officer Dr. O Kongyan Phom and Senior M.O. Dr. S Meren Phom delivered talk on HIV/AIDS awareness, problems of early marriage and importance of voluntary blood donation. John Chingpen Phom of BA III who has donated blood ten times also shared his testimony. The session was followed by blood grouping done by the technicians from District Hospital, Longleng. More than 60 blood groupings were done, and more than 10 students volunteered to donate their blood in times of emergency. The college expressed its gratitude to the Yingli Mission Society, Longleng for donating all the kits for the blood grouping.


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First Indian-American to win Miss America


he Miss America pageant has crowned its first winner of Indian heritage. Moments after winning the 2014 crown, 24-year-old Nina Davuluri described how delighted she is that the nearly century-old pageant sees beauty and talent of all kinds. "I'm so happy this organization has embraced diversity," she said in her first press conference after winning the crown in Atlantic City, New Jersey's Boardwalk Hall. "I'm thankful there are children watching at home who can finally relate to a new Miss America." The 24-year-old Miss New York's talent routine was a Bollywood fusion dance. The native of Syracuse, New York wants to be a doctor, and is applying to medical school, with the help of a $50,000 (€38,000) scholarship she won as part of the pageant title. She is the second consecutive Miss New York to win the Miss America crown, succeeding Mallory Hagan, who was selected in January when the pageant was still held in Las Vegas. The Miss America Organization will compensate Hagan for her shortened reign. Davuluri's victory led to some negative comments on Twitter from users upset that someone of

Indian heritage had won the pageant. She brushed those aside. "I have to rise above that," she said. "I always viewed myself as first and foremost American." Her grandmother told The Associated Press that she cried when she saw the news on television. I am very, very, happy for the girl. It was her dream and it was fulfilled," 89-yearold V. Koteshwaramma said by phone from her home in the city of Vijaywada, in the southern Indian state of Andhra Pradesh. She said there are numerous doctors in the family, both in the U.S. and India, and that if her granddaughter wants to become one "I am sure she will do it." Davuluri had planned to go to the scene of a devastating boardwalk fire in the New Jersey communities of Seaside Park and Seaside Heights Monday afternoon. But pageant officials canceled that visit after learning that Gov. Chris Christie was making cabinet officials available at that same time to business owners victimized by the fire. Davuluri will visit at an unscheduled future date, pageant officials said early Monday. She will still make the traditional frolic in the Atlantic City surf Monday morning. Her first runner-

up was Miss California, Crystal Lee. Other top 5 finalists included Miss Minnesota, Rebecca Yeh; Miss Florida, Myrrhanda Jones, and Miss Oklahoma, Kelsey Griswold. In the run-up to the pageant, much attention was given to Miss Kansas, Theresa Vail, the Army sergeant who was believed to have been the first Miss America contestant to openly display tattoos. She has the Serenity Prayer on her rib cage, and a smaller military insignia on the back of one shoulder. Vail won a nationwide "America's Choice" vote to advance as a semi-finalist, but failed to make it into the Top 10. In a Twitter message Sunday before the finals began, Vail wrote: "Win or not tonight, I have accomplished what I set out to do. I have empowered women. I have opened eyes." Jones made it into the top 5 wearing a bedazzled knee brace. She tore knee ligaments Thursday while rehearsing her baton-twirling routine, which she executed flawlessly Sunday night. The pageant had pitted 53 contestants — one from each state, plus Washington, D.C., Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands — in swimsuit, evening gown, talent and interview competitions.

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Sound of Inspiration hunt 2.13.


leven contestants will be vying for the ultimate challenge of becoming the ultimate voice to represent Eastern Nagaland as the Singing ambassador. With the final auditions culminating at Kohima this afternoon, Managing Director of Eastern Route Dew Mukam and coordinator Dangseba disclosed that the first round of the elimination round will be held at Tuensang on October 8. Altogether 18 contestants auditioned for the voice hunt, out of which 11 contestants, namely Yangpongse, Seviba Anar, Letsushi, Kamba Chang, Yinglih Konyak, Nyakhu Konyak, Hamei, S Chinglüng phom, Aniam, Longlila Thonglaru and T Mü-itwang Konyak made it to the elimination

rounds. Organised under the theme “Know your Talent”, the winners of the voice hunt will be declared after three rounds and the Grand Finale will be held at Tuensang. The winner will walk away richer with a cash prize of one Lakh, sponsored by the Music Task Force Nagaland and a one year career contract while the Ist and 2nd Runners up


will receive cash prizes of Rs 50000 and Rs 30000 respectively. Judges for the event include Former Naga Orpheus (formerly Naga idol) hunt winner Kokliba Jings, Leochum and Ado. The contestants will also tour Nagaland as part of the promo for the contest. The elimination will be done through voting cards (50%) and judges (50 %).





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Mayweather leaves no doubt after another win

Nagaland Premier League – Change in Kick off date

judges had Mayweather an easy winner, while The Associated Press had him winning all but one round, 119-109. What was even more impressive was Mayweather dominated despite hurting his left elbow while

The Nagaland Premier League will kick off on the 21st of September 2013 as opposed to 18 as earlier stated. The change of dates is due to the unavailability of the DDSC stadium in Dimapur on the 18th of September and the management finds it important to kick off simultaneously at Mokokchung, Dimapur and Kohima so that there is no alteration in the fixture. Moreover the reason to kick off together is so that since all clubs play on a home and away basis, the scheduling for dates becomes complicated since the league is shortened to a duration of only nine weeks as compared to 18 last season. However it doesn’t mean that the level of football is going to be any lesser, we are eager to kick off and we know the beautiful fans are excited as well. There will be simultaneous opening ceremonies in the three designated venues and the time is nearing to support your local heroes on the pitch once again. Support your club and NPL because this is our league.

throwing a punch midway through the fight. He said he hesitated to use his jab for a few rounds, then decided he had to work through the pain because his kids were watching and he wanted to show them their dad was a winner.

Sindhu to spearhead Indian challenge in Japan

tokyo, SEptEmbEr 16 (IANS): In the absence of Saina Nehwal, World No.10 shuttler P.V. Sindhu will lead India's charge at the $200,000 Japan Open Super Series badminton that starts here Tuesday. The World Championship bronze medallist Sindhu, seeded eighth, faces two qualifiers in the first two rounds and should ease through to the quarter-finals where she will most likely face World No.1 and Olympic champion Li Xuerui of China at the Tokyo Metropolitan Gymnasium. Though the Hyderabadi has beaten the Chinese top seed in the past, Xerui is a force to reckon with each time she steps on to the court. Mumbai's Tanvi Lad, ranked No.77 in the world, will be the only other Indian participating in women's singles and she has a first round encounter against Japanese World No.20 Sayaka Takahashi. The Indian men's singles competitors, however, have been given a tough draw. World No.13 Parupalli Kashyap will be up against the agile Sho Sasaki of Japan. Though the Hyderabadi has lost both his matches yet against the World No.22, the Japanese will have a tough outing against the gritty Indian.

Floyd Mayweather Jr. throws a punch against Canelo Alvarez during a 152-pound title fight on Sept. 14, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo)

LAS VEGAS, SEptEmbEr 16 (Ap): Two years. Four more fights. The end of Floyd Mayweather Jr.'s career is in sight, because even the best fighter of his era can't beat Father Time. He'll be 38 and another $150 million or so richer when his lucrative contract with Showtime ends, and by then even the fighter raised from birth to be in the ring will likely have had his fill. Appreciate his spectacular skills while you can. After what Mayweather did Saturday night to Canelo

Alvarez, it's hard to argue when he proclaims himself as one of the greatest ever to lace on the gloves. The only real question now is, can anyone give him a legitimate fight? "I don't know what the future holds now," Mayweather said. "I'm not psychic." Maybe not, but Mayweather knows this: He'll fight next May (Cinco de Mayweather he calls it) against someone and he'll make another huge purse to fund his ever growing collection of exotic cars and his six-figure bets on foot-

ball and basketball games. After that, there will be three more fights, and then Mayweather plans to retire to his Big Boy mansion on a golf course near the Las Vegas Strip. "I've only got 24 months left," he said. Whether he sticks to that plan remains to be seen, of course. Fighters can be their own worst enemies when it comes time to calling it quits, and Mayweather by then would likely be 49-0 and one fight away from breaking the unbeaten mark set by Rocky Marciano before he retired.

Mayweather's problem right now is he might be too good. Alvarez was supposed to be the one fighter who could give him a tussle, but the Mexican champion spent all night punching at air as Mayweather put on a virtuoso performance that had everyone raving except the one ringside judge who somehow found a way to score the fight even. The 114-114 scorecard of C.J. Ross was as bizarre as Justin Bieber walking into the ring with Mayweather, with rapper Lil' Wayne on the other side. Two other









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