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tuli town shocked by another sexual assault
By Sandemo Ngullie
Organizations rally and demand justice
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town where she met her dang also participated in the protest rally. The memorandum deOn narrating the incident, the brother took the manded that the culprit victim to the farm’s owner, Imliakum, the proprietor of and reported the matter. the Binah Hostel, be served The owner then sent for the severe action applicable accused and questioned of IPC “as the crime go in him. The accused con- the rarest of the rare case”. fessed to his crime in the It demanded the culprit presence of the colony resi- should not be bailed out dents who had gathered by under any circumstances then. The accused was later and at the same time, demanded compensation for handed over to police. The Watsu Mungdang the victimized child. The memorandum said visited the victim, took her statement and condemned that the “so-called Binah the rape incident. It further Hostel” was being run illedemanded justice from the gally and therefore should law enforcing agencies. It be banned for good. The further assured full support organization further deand encouraged Tuli based manded that the person organizations to carry forth “who was injured during their actions vigorously till the police firing on Novemjustice is delivered with re- ber 16, 2013 should be immediately compensated.” gard to the two crimes. The organizations further expressed their supJustice demanded port for the November 16 in November 16 case Meanwhile on Novem- four-point agreement made ber 18, the Watsu Unit Tuli in the presence of ADC Tuli, (Tuli Ao women organiza- SDPO Tuli with the Ward tion), Ao Students Union Tuli town at Tuli police staTuli and Kangtsung Stu- tion and said that it should dents Union carried out a be implemented within the protest rally at Tuli town speculated period. The organizations furand submitted a memorandum that included a five- ther cautioned that if the point charter of demand to demands are not taken the Additional Deputy Com- into consideration, they missioner Tuli, with regard will have no other alternato the November 16 sexual tive but to take their “own course of action and any assault of a minor in Tuli. The procession was consequences thereupon carried out at Tuli Town will be held responsible of from 8:00 am, where offi- the administration and the cials from the Watsu Mung- police department Tuli.”
Mokokchung | November 18 brother and his wife.
Thank God, dust and mites are fat free. Burp!
NSSA to temporarily suspend agitation KoHimA, November 18 (mexN): In view of the reaffirmation of assurances by the Nagaland government, the Nagaland Secretariat Service Association has decided to temporarily suspend its ongoing agitation till November 30. A press note from NSSA President, Imti Longchar and NSSA General Secretary, Johnny Humtsoe informed that this decision was taken upon meeting with senior bureaucrats headed by the Chief Secretary and subsequent receipt of the meeting minutes reassuring fulfillment of the charter of demands. However, it stated that if no positive action is forthcoming, the NSSA would resume the second phase of its agitation.
AR apprehends NSCN (K) cadre
KoHimA, November 18 (mexN): Personnel from the 31 Assam Rifles apprehended one NSCN (K) cadre with an IED weighing about 500 gms from Changka village under Wokha district. A press note from the PRO identified the apprehended as one Felix Lotha. The note stated that on questioning, “The cadre confessed to being a Khapur in the NSCN (K).” The apprehended along with the IED were handed over to Logtho police station.
Police arrest two
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DimAPUr, November 18 (mexN): One man, reportedly a ‘Leacy’ in the NNC (NA), was arrested for illegal monetary collection by Diphupar Police Station personnel from Chekiye bazaar, Dimapur. According to a press release from the Additional Superintendent of Police (ASP), Dimapur, the man, identified as Yekheto Sema, resident of Thilixu village, “was extorting money from business establishments in the area in the name of the organization.” One ‘tax’ receipt booklet, bearing the name of NNC (NA) and “extorted cash amounting to Rs 1010/- was recovered and seized” from his possession, the release stated. In another incident on November 17, one Kishore Munda (29 years) was arrested after a failed car-lifting attempt. The release from the ASP stated that Munda was caught by the owners as he was getting away in the stolen car. He was arrested from Chotu-Lengri. Police are on the look-out for two other accomplices, who are absconding, the ASP stated.
In this photo taken Saturday, Nov. 16, 2013, thousands of paper-made balloons, powered by burning oil, rise into the evening sky in Chiang Mai province, some 580 kilometers (360 miles) north of Bangkok during the Loy Krathong Festival. During the festival at night time, Thais float lanterns to the sky and float candles on the lotus-shaped basket into the rivers, in order to drift away their bad luck. (AP Photo)
NPCC to protest for Imchen’s removal
DimAPUr, November 18 (mexN): The Nagaland Pradesh Congress Committee has informed that it will intensify protests if the Chief Minister fails to “remove/drop Imkong L Imchen from Ministership within the timeframe as stated in its representation dated November 13.” A press note from the NPCC General Secretary, Vaprumu Demo informed that if no positive response is forthcoming until the deadline which
expires on November 26, 2013, the NPCC will intensify its protest in a phasewise manner. The protest will include poster campaign/agitation from November 27 onwards, and a dharna on November 28. It further informed that the NPCC will boycott the 50th anniversary of Nagaland’s statehood and impose a “total bandh anytime anywhere during the Hornbill Festival.” The NPCC also expressed its protest against
Mizo ‘nationalism’ issue returns in polls this time
AizAwl, November 18 (PTi): Three decades after the issue of Mizo nationalism went into oblivion, the Mizoram opposition alliance has raked it up as one of their main plank for the November 25 state Assembly polls taking opportunity of the unemployment and backwardness prevailing in the state. “The issue (Mizo nationalism) was always there as it is the issue of our own identity. No one can ever compromise with his or her identity or the identity of his community whichisatstake,” said F Aithanga, senior leader of MNF which leads the Mizoram Democratic Alliance (MDA). “Our main aim is development of the economic conditions of the Mizos and protection of their identity,” Aithanga told PTI. Observers here feel that unemployment and backwardness almost three decades after the creation of Mizoram has provided MNF with the opportunity to revive old issues of nationalism and economic sovereignty within the parameters of the Constitution. The ruling Congress on the other hand felt that the issue of Mizo nationalism would not bear any fruit. “MNF is trying to misguide the masses. It is talking of Mizo nationalism, but the fact is that its members themselves had surrendered in 1986 due to infighting in their own ranks. When the surrender took place only a handful of people turned out,” campaign head of Mizoram Pradesh Congress Committee David M Thangliana told PTI. MNF rubbished Congress’ claims and said the surrender was
in order to keep the movement over ground. The MNF-led MDA is also trying to revive the sentiments of the people on its other demands for economic sovereignty and Zo reunification. Another poll issue in this predominantly Christian state is reportedly a tilak sported by Chief Minister Lal Thanhawla while attending a programme in another state. Photographs of Lal Thanhawla sporting a tilak and attending pujas appeared in a local newspaper and MDA accused him and Congress of hurting the sentiments of the Christian dominant Mizoram society. MNF even took out processions here to protest the Chief Minister’s alleged practice of another religion. Lal Thanhawla’s comment that even Christian pastors wore tilaks when they go outside the state triggered a controversy and the powerful Presbyter Chruch condemned it. “The tilak issue and CM’s statement have created some confusion. But we don’t think that MNF will be able to encash on it as much as they are hoping to,” said David M Thangliana, campaign head of Mizoram PCC. “The campaign and counter campaign over the tilak issue is a dangerous trend and needs to be contained,” said Lallian Chunga, a professor in Mizoram University. The issue of Zo reunification featured in the MDA manifesto this time and a special convention on it was held in Aizwal last month organised by Zo-reunification Organization and attended by senior leaders of MNF and MDA alliance.
the voluntary contribution of employee’s salary by the state government for the extended Hornbill Festival. “Considering the volume of complaint from the employees everywhere, this contribution was taken more in the manner of imposition rather than willingly,” stated the NPCC. The NPCC on November 13 had submitted representations to Governor of Nagaland and Chief Minister of Nagaland for removal of Imkong L. Imchen
from the council of ministers. “With enough prima facie evidences available against the minister, his continuance in the cabinet has become untenable with the filling of chargesheet against him,” the representation had stated. The NPCC had sought intervention from Governor as the constitutional head of the state to prevail upon the chief minister for removal/dismissal of the minister without further delay.
While the dust and shock over the sexual assault of a minor girl on November 16 is yet to settle down, another case of sexual assault has been reported in Tuli town. On November 17, at around 2 pm a seventeen-year-old non-local girl was raped by a thirty-year-old man. According to Watsu Mungdang officials, the victim was residing with her brother, sister-in-law and another relative at a farmhouse in Tuli town where the brother is the caretaker. On Sunday, the accused, who has been identified as one Limanungsang, and other man arrived at the farm house. The victim’s brother and his wife were away and only the relative and the victim were at home. On seeing the two men, the relative who was ill, advised the victim to run away. It is reported that the accused and others would frequently come to the farmhouse in an inebriated state. The accused and his friend first conversed with the sick relative. The accused then went out to pursue the victim and caught up with her on the road side, where he assaulted her with a stick and subsequently raped her. Thereafter, he returned to the farm house, while the victim proceeded towards the
UNC protest against ‘insults’ on South Nagas
SeNAPATi, November 18 (mexN): The United Naga Council has informed that it will observe a total ban on all vehicular traffic on National Highways 2 (earlier 39), 37 and 150 in Naga areas of Manipur for 48 hours starting from midnight of November 19. A press note from the UNC stated that the ban will be observed in protest against the “insult on the sentiments of the Naga people in Manipur and to reiterate the demand for immediate intervention of the GoI with an alternative arrangement outside the GoM, pending settlement of the Indo-Naga issue.” The decision to observe the
Bans vehicular movement for 48 hours in Naga areas of Manipur
ban was taken by the presidential council of the UNC on November 18. The UNC stated that it had reminded the Government of India through a letter dated October 29 of the agreement arrived at in the 6th tripartite talk of the GoI, Government of Manipur and UNC held at Delhi on August 30 that the next round of talk would be convened within two months time and upgraded to political level.
It however stated that GoI and the GoM have been “disrespectful of the dialogue process with delays and lack of response to request for timely holding of talks.” “We have submitted that invitation for agitation by the GoI and GoM should be avoided and the process should be carried forward respectfully to its logical end,” it added. UNC asserted that the issue at hand is based on “our history and
aspiration for political empowerment.” “While we have no desire to create hardship for the people, we are compelled to protest in no uncertain terms . . .” it added. The aforementioned ban will be implemented by the tribe Hohos and Regional Frontier Organizations in their respective jurisdictions, informed the UNC. The UNC further called for co operation and solidarity from the public in order to make the ban violence free and peaceful. It further cautioned that “should this demonstration receive no response, series of follow up democratic action will be taken up.”
Mandela ‘stable but critical’ AcAUt concerned over
JoHANNeSbUrg, November 18 (AFP): Nelson Mandela remains in a “stable but critical” condition, but “continues to respond to treatment,” according to the South African government, issuing its first update on his health since September. “The health of the former President remains much the same,” according to a statement issued after President Jacob Zuma visited the anti-apartheid icon at his home Monday. The 95-year-old was discharged on September 1 to receive intensive care at home, after nearly three months in hospital for a lung infection. The government has refused to give details about his condition, citing the need for privacy, but said “he continues to recover.” Mandela’s former wife this week told a local newspaper that Mandela remains “quite ill” and is unable to speak because of tubes being used to clear his lungs of liquid. He is using facial expressions to communicate, Winnie Madikizela-Mandela added. The country’s anti-apart-
heid hero is under the care of 22 doctors, and while his pneumonia has cleared, his lungs remain sensitive, she said, adding that it was “difficult for him”. “He remains very sensitive to any germs, so he has to be kept literally sterile. The bedroom there (in Houghton) is like an ICU ward,” she told the Sunday Times. “He remains quite ill, but thank God the doctors were able to pull him through from that (last) infection.” Mandela, who spent 27 years in apartheid jails before becoming South Africa’s first black leader, has faced several health scares. His most recent 86-day hospital stay was his longest since he walked free from prison in 1990. Earlier this month, fellow Robben Island prisoner Tokyo Sexwale also said Mandela was “fine”. Mandela has been in and out of hospital since last year with lung-related complications. A globally admired figure for steering South Africa peacefully into democracy, Mandela’s health problems prompt outpourings of well wishes around the world.
beating of GB by cadres
DimAPUr, November 18 (mexN): The Action Committee Against Unabated Taxation (ACAUT) has expressed concern over the manner in which one Kiho Sumi, GB, New Shena village, Zunheboto district was beaten up by what was stated to be “NSCN/GPRN (NSCN Unification) cadres” simply because the GB questioned the cadres on taxation. “Asking the cadres to identify themselves and produce challans/receipt could warrant such inhuman beating is beyond condemnable”, stated a press note issued by the media cell of ACAUT. It was pointed out that the people of Zunheboto district are being harassed beyond imagination “to the point of death” and that this latest episode “should spur the Naga people as a whole into action”. The ACAUT stated that “Nagas should rise up in unison and tell the NPGs in no uncertain terms that the factions will not be recognised henceforththat is household tax, ration tax, etc., shall be stopped immediately unless remedial steps are taken.” The ACAUT has stated that Kiho
Sumi was a “victim of greed in the form of unabated taxation” and as such called upon every right thinking individual and organisations to come forward in condemning this incident. The ACAUT has also stated that the Nagaland state government seemed “least bothered about public opinion” since it is yet to respond to point no. 3 of the 3-Point Resolution adopted at the Public Awareness Rally held on 31st October which says, “The Government of Nagaland should constitute a high powered committee within 15 days to study the whole gamut of unabated taxations and illegal collections involving the NPGs and government agencies/ departments”. It was reminded that the time given to the government expired on November 15. However, with the understanding that patience is a great virtue, the ACAUT stated that it was giving the Nagaland state government time extension of 7 days, that is, till the 22nd of November to finalise the same.
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LocaL Student volunteers campaign on electricity consumption
Tuesday 19 November 2013
Mokokchung, noveMber 18 (Mexn): A group of volunteers comprising of 16 members of students, divided into 3 groups, went through more than 350 shops, in Mokokchung town asking the shopkeepers to switch off their light bulbs and other electrical appliances, which were unnecessary during the daytime. The volunteers were from Government Middle School, Mokokchung Town, Ar-
kong Ward. The school has acknowledged Nagaland State Designated Agency, Office of the Chief Electrical Inspector, Kohima for the provision of Pamphlets and Er. Shiludi Longkumer, SDO (Transmission) Mokokchung, for his personal assistance and financial help for the campaign. Along with the departmental pamphlets, the school children also distributed hand - written hand - outs, creat-
ing awareness and cautious use of electricity. The Teacher Coordinator and Organiser of the Campaign, Bendangtemsu Ozukum in a press release appreciated the shop keepers for their co-operation and also reminded to carry out the same practice, keeping in mind that the thought for conservation of energy has been much neglected and that the young school children are much concerned for it.
A student volunteer switch off the light bulb in one of the shops during the campaign.
Postal Dept conducts All India Stamp Design Competition
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DiMaPur, noveMber 18 (Mexn): The All India Stamp Design Competition on the theme ‘A day with my grandparents’ organized by the Postal Department, Nagaland Division, was conducted at Livingstone Foundation Higher Secondary School, Dimapur on November 16. Altogether 186 students from different schools participated in the event. Two well-known artists, Wipawee Panjinda from Thailand and Ayhunbu Lorin from Dimapur alogwith Razuzakie Phinyo, IPO (PG) Nagaland Postal Division, Kohima, judged the competition. The winners for Category –I comprising of students upto class IV are: D. Athilee, Blooming Bud Foundation School, Punglwa (1st); Sentilong, The Maple Tree School, Dimapur (2nd); Asholi Chithuyica Pfoze, Livingstone Foundation Higher Secondary School Dimapur (3rd). Winners under Category –II comprising of students from Class V-VIII are: Nibita Paul, Kendriya Vidyalaya, Dimapur (1st); Alopu Swu, Sainik School, Punglwa (2nd); Imtinungchet, The Maple Tree School, Dimapur (3rd). Winners under Category-III comprising of students from Class IX-XII are: Theja Rhitso, Sainik School, Punglwa (1st); Nsimtube Ndang, Sainik School, Punglwa (2nd); Tokupu K. Yeptho, Sainik School, Punglwa (3rd) Director of Postal Services, Som Kamei stated in a press release that prizes and certificates would be sent to the respective schools by Post.
Students gain knowledge on natural calamities Zunheboto, no veMber 18 (DiPr): Mock drill exercise was conducted in Zunheboto to create awareness about natural calamities among the denizens of the town organized by the Deputy Controller Civil Defence & District Commandant Home Guards Zunheboto on November 15 and 16. Kikumsangla, SDO (C) Zunheboto while addressing at the programme thanked the department and the Woodland School for taking initiative for hosting such kind of events. she encouraged the teachers that the students life are in their hands so they
ICPS prog held in Longleng
LongLeng, noveMber 18 (Mexn): The District Child Protection Unit Longleng, under the Department of Social Welfare, conducted sensitization programme on Integrated Child Protection Scheme (ICPS) at Longleng and Tamlu on November 14 and 15 respectively. At Longleng, ADC Longleng, Wati Aier graced the function as special guest. He urged the people to be vigilant and create congenial environment for the development of the children. At both the places, Vezokho
Nyekha, Legal cum Probation Officer DCPS Longleng was the resource person. He spoke on the topics: ‘Salient Features of Juvenile Justice Act’, ‘ICPS, and its components’ DCPO, Munglen Phom delivered the welcome speech and highlighted various child issues in the district and the role of CWC, JJB, SJPU and DCPS for the Protection and Care of the children. She also urged the participants to play active role in promoting and safeguarding the Rights of the children. A booklet on Child
SDO (C) Wokha notifies on public nuisance
Wokha, noveMber 18 (DiPr): SDO (C), Wokha Nokchasashi has informed all concerned that, despite several order been issued to the public banning sale/bursting of crackers and gambling including Dice games (Chandi/Monda) within Wokha Town, and in spite of strict Administrative Order, some unscrupulous person(s) are defying the government order and indulging in the same habit, creating public nuisance and endangering the peaceful atmosphere of the town. It is also observed that, the public leaders/NGOs/Colony Unions are not showing any concern and help the District Administration and Police to curb this menace. Therefore, it is ordered that the concerned colony Chairman/GBs shall be held responsible if anybody is found indulging in gambling/sale and bursting of crackers within their respective colony jurisdiction.
should learn as much as possible about the preventive measures stating that we cannot stop natural calamities but we can take precautionary steps. She also requested the gathering to spread the awareness to all so that one’s life can be saved. While congratulating students for successfully conducting the mock drill at the school building, she urged the students to keep practicing it even in the future and at the same time urged them to enlighten other people as well. In her concluding speech, she appealed the Principal of the school to prepare guide-
lines on natural calamities for the students so that other schools will follow suit. Woodland Hr Sec School Zunheboto hosted the first day at its school assembly compound. Some of the first day’s highlights of the program are Ngongvai E. Phom Dy. Comdt CD & HG Zunheboto compered the service, welcome address was delivered by Hokugha Sukhalu Principal Woodland Hr. Sec. School Zunheboto while delivering welcome note, he maintained that it’s a privilege for the school to host this kind of events. “Hope that such kind of events will take place in future”, he stated.
Later, Hukuto Yeptho Coy Commander and Hav Ghoshito conducted the Mock drill exercise and Medical First Responder (MFR) respectively. Earlier booklets, note pad and pen were distributed to the participants by the Department. Some highlights of the Day-11 events are compered by Hovishe Shikhu SI, Search & Rescuer First Aid & Fire Fighting were conducted by Tokhevi Chishi SI,Day -11 was held at Department office premises. On both occasions, students of both private and government school participated at the programme.
Rights translated in Phom was distributed to the participants. At Longleng I. Akangmeren, Counsellor DCPS, chaired the programme and Pastor Beaü Phom pronounced invocation. At Tamlu, Yangtriba A. Sangtam was the Chairperson and Pastor Mongmei Phom pronounced the invocation. The participants included the District Administration, CWC members, Village Council Chairmen, student leaders, Guanburas, Sobashis, women organisation and Mt. Sinai School Wokha Class 10 students with some of the teachers during an educational DCPS Staff. tour to Mopungchuket, Mokokchung.
‘Year of Water Conservation’ prog in Mkg today
Mokokchung, no veMber 18 (DiPr): Mokokchung will join the rest of the State in observing ‘Year of Water Conservation’ on November 19 at 10:00 a.m. PHED Mokokchung Division is organizing the programme at Longkumer Kilem to mark the occasion where Chubawati Chang, ADC, Mokokchung will grace the occasion as the chief guest. Er. N. Yanger
Pongen, Executive Engineer, PHED Mokokchung Division has informed WATSAN Committees of villages in the district to send two representatives each to attend the programme. He also informed WATSAN committees to clean all traditional wells in village habitations ahead of the occasion. Marking the ‘Year of Water Conservation’, the allied department in Mo-
kokchung district headed by the Deputy Commissioner as Chairman held a meeting at DC’s office chamber on Monday on November 18. In the meeting, different department shared their views and report the steps taken within the district to conserve water and educating the people on rain harvesting. It was also discussed that steps such as discouraging
the practice of Jhum cultivation and deforestation must be taken by carrying out awareness campaign in the towns and all the villages to educate the people on the importance of water. Members representing the departments of Horticulture, Agri., Industries, Forest, Fisheries, PHE, I & FC, LRD and District Soil & Water Conservation, attended the meeting.
Wokha, noveMber 18 (DiPr): Electoral Roll Observer V. Shashank Shekhar IAS appointed by the Election Commission of India who is also the Commissioner Secretary to the Governor of Nagaland and in charge of Wokha, Peren, Dimapur, Kohima and Pughoboto visited Wokha on November 18. He held a meeting Administrative Officers and representatives from political parties. Deputy Commissioner, Wokha Vyasan R and ADC Sotsula attended the meeting. Electoral Roll population ratio of Wokha District is 58 to 65 percent, which is in accordance with the average percentage of the State. The administrative officer apprised the Electoral Roll Observer that, during the de-duplication process, software has detected about 5000 (five thousand) suspected double entries. These are been scrutinized by the Administrative Officers and BLOs for ground level verification after which final decision will be taken for those suspected double entries.The issue of illegal immigrants was also discussed and it was agreed that due care and caution should be taken and no entries should of illegal
immigrants should be listed in the electoral roll. The EPIC coverage in Wokha is almost 98 percent. The leaders of various political parties assured that they would extend all possible support and co-operation to bring out a clean and accurate electoral roll.
spective district. The ERO while highlighting the fundamental principles of the Summary Revision, emphasized on clean and accurate E/roll in the state. He informed that any persons who attend the age of 18 years on January 1, 2014 are qualified and genuine to be enrolled in the E/Roll compulsorily, and urged the BLOs not to left out genuine persons. At the same time, he said that the purpose of the summary revision is to clean up any error such as under age voters, dead voters, shifted voters and multiple entry of a voter in different polling booths. He also informed that enrolment of illegal immigrant primarily from Bangladesh who enters the state as cheap labours with fact documents from Assam should be erased from the E/roll with collective efforts. He also informed how inaccurate census affects the planning and development of the society and added that meaningful planning requires accurate census of the population. DC Mon Angau I Thou, IAS and ADC, Mon Kuko Mero briefed the meeting about the conduct of summary revision of E-roll and apprised Neihu Thur about the shortage of staffs in the district.
Axis Bank conducts ‘Splash - Suspected double entries detected in E-Roll annual painting competition’
Children participate in the Axis Bank annual all India painting competition on November 16 in Dimapur.
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DiMaPur, noveMber 18 (Mexn): As part of Children’s Day celebration, Axis Bank hosted Splash, its annual all India painting competition on November 16 at all its branches across the country. In Dimapur, Axis Bank City Tower Branch and Purana Bazar Branch also conducted the competition at the Branch premises
with more than 100 children between 7 to 12 years enthusiastically showing up to showcase their talent and also to win exciting prizes. The Children created beautiful artwork on the themes, Go Green, My Dream World and Festivals of India, said a press note received here. Satarupa Saha, studying in Class 6, Pranab Vidy-
apith Hr Sc School and Master Lunsomung, studying in Class 6, Eklavya Model Residential School were declared the winners from City Tower Branch and Purana Bazar branch respectively. The winner's paintings will be eligible for the State and National Level Elimination round which will be judged by eminent personalities of the country.
ERO appeals to improve E-Roll with sincerity: The Electoral Roll Observer, Neihu Thur, IAS, Commissioner and Secretary, Transport, visited Mon district and held a meeting with the District Administrative Officers, Election Department, all political parties, NGOs and civil societies of the district on November 16 at DC’s conference hall, Mon regarding Summary Revision of electoral roll. Stating that Nagaland is a Christian state, Neihu appealed to improve and refine the E-Roll with Christian principles of sincerity and bring out clean and accurate E-Roll for effective planning and development in the state. Informing that cent percent photo E-Roll would be used in the coming Lok Shabha Election, he said any correction could be done easily because the final publication of the Eroll is decentralized and will be published in the re-
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ENPUK support ENSF’s four points demand
kohiMa, noveMber 18 (Mexn): In pursuance of the ENPUK, ENWOK and ENSUK executive meeting held on November 17, the Eastern Nagaland People’s Union Kohima (ENPUK) extended its support to the ENSF’s four point demands to the Government of Nagaland. “The deplorable education facilities and inadequate employment opportunities faced by Eastern Nagaland in general and students’ community in particular should be act promptly by the state government without the “policy of negativism and separation” at the shortest possible time,” ENPUK general secretary Yenso Poangba stated in a release received here. ENPUK further urged the state government to fulfill the 4 points demands made by the ENSF “very urgently on top priority.”
Regional taxis verification on Nov 19-20
kohiMa, noveMber 18 (DiPr): All the concerned have been informed that there will be physical verification of all the Regional Taxis under RTO, Kohima on November 19 and 20 at Government Higher Secondary School ground from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm with owner, vehicles, drivers and all relevant documents. All the local taxis which could not be verified during the first verification also must report for verification positively failing which they shall be liable for cancellation of permit. This was stated by DC Kohima, W. Honje Konyak.
“Vivek Rath” to reach Nagaland today
DiMaPur, noveMber 18 (Mexn): “Vivek Rath” (Chariot) in commemorating 150th birth anniversary of Swami Vivekananda 2013-2014, is reaching Nagaland on November 19 at 11.30 AM. Rath with Statue of Vivekananda will be received by gathering of citizen of Dimapur with community leaders and NGO’s from Kachari, Gorkha, Marwari, Punjabi, Bhojpuri, Bengali, Muslims, and others well-wishers along with Naga and non-Naga leader and Vivekananda lovers in Dimapur. There will be a procession from Dimapur Public Ground area to Ramakrishna Society at Duncan via Church Road with the message of Swami Vivekananda, ‘An Inspiration to the Modern Youth’. Large number of Gathering is expected in the procession as well as public function in Dimapur Ramakrishna Society, Duncun on November 19 at 3:00 pm. Reception committee on behalf of Ramakrishna Society in a press release has requested presence of all Vivekananda lovers at the occasion to welcome Rath in Nagaland in grand manner
DEO Dimapur informs on Job mela
DiMaPur, noveMber 18 (Mexn): The District Education Officer, Dimapur has inform all schools under Dimapur district both government and private to make necessary logistic arrangement along with a teacher guide to enable all students of class 10, 11 and 12 to compulsorily participate in the first ever Job Oriented Skill Development Mela on November 20 and 21at Agri Expo, Dimapur. DEO, Dimapur Nungshila Sohe stated in a press release that this Mela should be very beneficial for students to pursue right career. All head of institutes are directed to treat the matter on priority, disciplinary action shall be initiated against defaulter schools as per the directive of the higher authority.
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CCO new office bearers
kohiMa, noveMber 18 (Mexn): As per the nomination committee report and final approval during the annual session of the Chakhesang Cultural Organization (CCO) held at Chetheba recently, Tavehu Thingo along with 12 others have been inducted as CCO officials for the tenure 2013-2016. Other officials of CCO included: vice president - Kedoutsolhi Wetsa, general secretary- Dr. Zokho Venuh, joint secretaryKewekolo-ü Ritse, Veswozo Phesao, Mosoni Domeh, finance secretary- Küdechoyi Khamo and treasurerDukhrülü Lohe. CCO advisory board members: Zacilhü Vadeo- convenor, Yesonü Veyie, Vevo Sapu, Khazi Lea and Kewechü Kapfo- all members. Meanwhile, a meeting of the newly inducted office bearers will be held on November 23 at 10:00 AM in the conference hall of Capital College of Higher Education, Kohima.
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kohiMa, noveMber 18 (Mexn): The excise duty party at Peducha seized 30 bottles of IMFL (750ml) and 144 bottles of beer (650ml) during the period November 11 to 15 for violation of NLTP Act’ 89. The accused persons have been penalized under NLTP Act’ 89 and the seized articles deposited in the Superintendent of Excise & Prohibition office Malkhana Kohima.
Kohima College 47th parting social
kohiMa, noveMber 18 (Mexn): The Kohima College Kohima will hold its 47th parting social cum prize distribution on November 20 at the college auditorium at 10:00 AM. C. Khalong Ao, director higher education will grace the occasion as the chief guest.
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Police should pro-actively prevent attacks: Meghalaya CM Shillong, november 18 (iAnS): Chief Minister Mukul Sangma Monday asked the Meghalaya Police to play a pro-active role to improve the law and order situation. The chief minister said this following a series of attacks with petrol bombs. "The law enforcing agency must be much more pro-active, and there must be a visibility of the impact of law, so that fear for law starts developing in the state," Sangma told journalists. "It is also important for responsible leaders of the state to refrain from
making any inflammatory speeches and from acting in a manner which may be interpreted as an attempt to incite and instigate communal tension," he said. The chief minister said the police are examining different aspects of the recent attacks. The police suspect that groups demanding introduction of the Inner Line Permit (ILP), a British-era law to contain migration of outsiders to the state, were behind these attacks. The groups, however, have rubbished the allegation.
Meghalaya, particularly the Khasi-Jaintia Hills region, has witnessed several cases of arson since Sep 2 after talks between Chief Minister Mukul Sangma and pro-Inner Line Permit (ILP) pressure groups reached a dead end. On Saturday, unidentified assailants set ablaze tea stall owner Bisheshwar Das, 45, after lobbing a petrol bomb inside his tea shop at Bishnupur Bazaar in Shillong. Sixteen hours later, the miscreants again hurled petrol bombs at the residence of Avishek Chettri
and at the house of Chandrabala Chettri inside the Sulleman compound near the Lumdiengjri police station. Meghalaya Home Minister Roshan Warjri, meanwhile, said that the law and order situation is totally under control in the state capital: "We have beefed up security in sensitive areas to prevent violence," she told IANS. She promised that perpetrators of the attacks would be brought to book and will be dealt with firmly as per the law. Warjri also appealed to the people to
come together against such acts of violence. So far, no one has been arrested for either incident. In earlier incidents, businessman Vikas Nandwal was set on fire Oct 9 by assailants who poured petrol over him inside his machinery store. Nandwal suffered 60 percent burns and died in a New Delhi hospital Oct 26. Wankerlang Jyrwa and Badonkupar Nongbri, two Khasi Students' Union (KSU) activists, have been arrested in connection with Nandwal's death. But Civil Society Wom-
en's Organisation, one of the 14 groups demanding the introduction of the ILP system in Meghalaya, accused the police of "selecting" the perpetrators in many arson cases. "The incidences of petrol bombs being hurled seem acts of personal vendetta and the perpetrators were very selective. It seems someone is trying to distort the ILP demand with all these dastardly acts of terrorism," CSWO chief Agnes Kharshiing said while condemning the cowardly act of arson on tea stall owner Bisheshwar Das.
The fourteen organisations, including the KSU, the Federation of Khasi, Jaintia, Garo People and the Hynniewtrep National Youth Front, demanding the introduction of the ILP system say its absence would result in unchecked migration to Meghalaya, given the state's proximity to Bangladesh and Assam. District police chief of the East Khasi Hills, Maria Hom Kharkrang, said: "We strongly suspect that these (petrol bomb) attacks were carried out by the pro-ILP groups with an intention to create
disturbance in Shillong." ILP is an official travel document issued by the union government allowing inward travel of an Indian citizen into a protected/restricted area for a limited period. It is obligatory for Indian citizens from outside states like Arunachal, Mizoram and Nagaland to obtain a permit for entering restricted areas there. However, the Meghalaya chief minister has ruled out re-introduction of the ILP to check illegal migrants from Bangladesh but has promised strict laws to curb infiltration.
UkhrUl, november 18 (nnn): Eight people including labourers and a girl child were injured, when a powerful IED bomb exploded at the headquarters of the 48RCC BRTF near Ukhrul district headquarters on November 18. According to the police, the explosive might have been remotely controlled. The explosion occurred at around 3:00 pm when a BRTF truck loaded with about 50 labourers was travelling near the 84 Road
Convoy BRTF headquarter in the vicinity of Ukhrul town, located about 70 kilometres east of Imphal. According to eye witness accounts, a civilian Shaktiman truck had passed through the area before the BRTF truck arrived. The injured girl child is reported to be in a critical condition. Police informed that so far there have been no clues as to the perpetrators behind the incident. All the injured have been shifted to the 'MI Room' of the BRTF for treatment.
new Delhi, november 18 (PTi): The National Green Tribunal today raised doubts regarding reports and other records submitted by Meghalaya government about a 2012 mining accident there when 15 persons were allegedly trapped in a coal mine, saying the documents don't seem to be that old. "These reports do not seem to be a year and a half old. They appear to have been made recently," a bench headed by
NGT Chairperson Justice Swatanter Kumar said after going through some of the documents pertaining to the July 6, 2012, incident. It also questioned the investigation the state government claimed it was conducting into the incident, saying "what investigation? If you could not find out anything then (2012), what will your investigation do now? We don't know what to say about all this except that
it speaks volumes about your work." The bench made the remark after the state government, while admitting that such an incident had taken place, contended it can't say how many people were trapped in the accident and a probe is on to ascertain that. The Tribunal had on October 7 directed Meghalaya to submit the entire records of the incident, including those relating to the probe into the acci-
dent, number of workers who worked in the mine, etc and it had also sought the presence of the state government's Principal Secretary of Mining and Geology Department. "You come out with the truth or we will dig it out", the NGT had warned Meghalaya government after it stated that the 15 persons, who were allegedly trapped inside a coal mine in Garo Hills in the 2012 mining accident, could have escaped as no
bodies were found. Pursuant to the NGT's order, the Principal Secretary was present before the bench with the entire records of the incident, which were taken into its custody by the Tribunal. The state government, meanwhile, told the NGT that the mine owner "has no records of the number of people working in the coal mine". It also said that as per a statement given by the mine owner, he had tried
to cover up the matter when relatives of the miners, who were allegedly trapped in the mine, approached him for money. The bench fixed the matter for further hearing on December 12 and directed the mine owner's counsel to ensure his client is present on that date. The Tribunal was hearing a petition which contends there is a threat to life due to the coal mining activity in South Garo Hills district of Meghalaya.
that 61 (43 percent) candidates are between 25 and 50 years while the rest are between 51 and 80 years of age. As for educational qualification, 97 (68 percent) are graduates or with higher degrees while the rest have either passed Class 12 or less.
Six (four percent) of the 142 candidates are women, one of them is contesting as an independent. Three (two percent) of the 142 candidates have criminal cases against them. The three belong to the ZNP and MNF parties.
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AizAwl, november 18 (iAnS): More than half of the 142 candidates contesting the Nov 25 Mizoram assembly elections are millionaires, a report said Monday. "Of the 142 contesting candidates, 75 (53 percent) are crorepatis. The average asset per candidate contesting in the elections is Rs.2.31 crore," a report of the National Election Watch (NEW) said. The report said the average asset per Congress candidate (40 candidates) is Rs.2.52 crore, and for 38 candidates of Zoram Nationalist Party (ZNP), a local party, the average is Rs.3.13 crore. For the 31 candidates of Mizo National Front (MNF), the main opposition party, it is Rs.2.69 crore and the average assets of 17 BJP (Bharatiya Janata Party) candidates is Rs.10.05 lakh. The NEW and the Association for Democratic Reforms (ADR) prepared the report after analysing the affidavits of all the 142 candidates in the fray for the 40 seats of the Mizoram assembly. According to the NEW report, the top three candidates with highest declared assets are R. Lalawia of the ZNP with declared assets worth Rs.68.69 crore followed by K. Sangthuama of the MNF with assets worth Rs.25.57 crore, and Rinzawna of the ZNP with assets worth Rs.12.19 crore. Among the 75 millionaire candidates, 52 have not provided their PAN details while among the total number of
Social media and SMS new tools for poll campaigning AizAwl, november 18 (PTi): Political parties in Mizoram have been using social media and mobile phones to woo voters, especially the youths, for the coming election to the 40-member state Assembly to be held on November 25. Zoram Nationalist Party (ZNP) chief Lalduhawma has an account on Facebook. Rothuama Sailo, a close aide of Lalduhawma said a large number of Facebook users have taken to the medium to talk to the ZNP chief and ask him a plethora of questions on how he would govern the state if voted to power. "We also send the party press releases to local mediapersons through Facebook," Sailo said, adding that the social networking site is so useful that they could issue press statements even while in remote villages. He said that Internet sms service 'way2sms' was also extensively used to send press releases to journalists'. The ZNP has also used local cable television channels for campaigning as videotapes of the interview of the party chief were sent to different towns to be telecast, he said. Youth leaders of the ruling Congress and the main opposition Mizo National Front (MNF) have been fighting the crucial political battle for at least three years, and the battleground was not public meeting but Internet. Facebook groups like 'Zoram Thlirtu', 'Dingdi', 'Zoram Khawvel' and 'Special Report' have been used by young politicians to put forward their views and the views of their parties and the groups have become arenas for political debate. One political party even organised training for young party workers on how to use social media to the maximum advantage of the party during the coming Assembly polls. Apart from Lalduhawma, sports minister Zodintluanga has also used Facebook as a medium of reaching out to the people. The Mizoram Democratic Alliance (MDA), the alliance of the MNF, the Mizoram People's Conference (MPC) and the Maraland Democratic Front (MDF) are using SMSes for canvassing.
candidates 111 have not revealed their PAN details, the report said. Mizos, as one of the the Scheduled Tribes, are exempt from income-tax. Zoramchhani of the BJP, who is contesting from the
Lengteng constituency, is the poorest candidate with declared assets of only Rs.3,800. She is among a dozen candidates with declared assets of less than Rs.1 lakh. The NEW report also said
urged the hill council members to "work honestly and efficiently for the common people and not for themselves". With the Gorkha outfit slated to hold a meet with the Mamata Banerjee-led government Nov 20, Gurung said the main meet agenda will be ensuring no interference in the working of the GTA. Gurung has often ac-
cused the Banerjee government of interfering in the working of the GTA and even threatened to "repeal it at an appropriate time". He also said the GTA will soon start recruitment process to fill 4,000 vacancies. "Our agitation for Gorkhaland will now go to Delhi and we will put pressure on the central government for Gorkhaland," added Gurung.
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Exclude petroleum products, alcohol, entry tax from GST: Panel
Shillong, november 18 (iAnS): The Empowered Committee of State Finance Ministers Monday decided to oppose inclusion of petroleum products, alcohol and entry tax of goods in the proposed unified Goods and Service Tax (GST) regime across the country. “We have decided to recommend the central government to exclude petroleum products and alcohol out of the GST ambit as most of the states were opposing it,” Abdul Rahim Rather, who headed the Empowered Committee, told journalists here after the panel’s meeting. He said the states were opposed to including these two items under the GST regime since these are the major sources of their revenue. “These are the major sources of income for the states and if they (petroleum and alcohol) are included in the GST, the states will stand to lose a lot,” Rather added. In its revised draft of the constitution amendment bill, the central government proposed that petroleum
for maintenance of law and orprecedent for reposition and continuing therein or in any part thereof. The President der. Any Rule framed by the exercise of this power by the Governor for conduct of busiof India has not exercised the Governor of Nagaland are – ness under Art. 166 of the Con(i) internal disturbances ocpowers in terms of the second proviso to Art. 371A(1) stitution of India would have to curring in Naga Hill Tuensang yield to and subjugate itself to (b). Consequently, the subarea immediately before the the overriding mandatory preformation of that State constantive part of Art. 371A(1) (b) continues to be operative scriptions of Art. 371A(1)(b). tinue therein or in any part as a Constitutional mandate. 4. Consequently, till any orders thereof, and (ii) the Governor are issued in terms of secis obliged to consult the Coun- 3. The Governor, as per Art. ond proviso to Art. 371A(1) cil of Ministers, but is entitled 166(3) of the Constitution of India, is empowered to make (b) by the President of India, to exercise his individual there cannot be a prescriprules for the more convenient judgment as to the action to tion in the Rules governing be taken. Such an arrangetransaction of business of the Government of the State. But the conduct of business conment of exercise of powers by trary or repugnant to the susuch rules (commonly rethe Governor would continue pervening mandate of Art. to subsist till the President of ferred to as Rules of Business of the Government or Trans371A(1)(b). Orders relatIndia exercises powers as per ing to appointment/deployaction of Business Rules of the the second proviso to Art. ment of higher posts involv371-A(1)(b). Under this proGovernment) would not govern matters or business with ing discharge of duty relating viso, President, on receipt of to law and order in the State respect to which the Governor a report from the Governor would require the approval or otherwise, is to be satisfied is by or under this Constitution of the Governor of Nagaland that it is no longer necessary required to act in his discrein his individual judgment aftion. This prescription would for the Governor to have this ter consulting the Council of attract the provisions of Art. Art 371A(1)(b) of the Constispecial responsibility with 371A(1)(b) and, additionally, Ministers. It may be apprecirespect to law and order in tution of India: Scope and NaArt. 371A being “Notwithated that the non-obstante the State of Nagaland and on ture of the powers of the Govprovision of Art. 371A in efsuch a satisfaction, the Presistanding anything in this Conernor of Nagaland fect debars any abdication dent may by order direct that stitution”, any provision in the Rules of Business cannot overof this power or a complete 1. Art 371A(I) commences with the Governor shall cease to delegation of this power and ride the Constitutional provia non-obstante provision have such responsibility with sions in this regard under Art. the same will continue to be effect from such date, as may i.e. “Notwithstanding anygoverned by the individual be specified in the order. 371A(1)(b). The deployment thing in this Constitution”. judgment of the Governor afof manpower and personnel Art. 371A(1)(b) reposes the 2. The internal disturbances ter consulting the Council of for maintenance of law and orspecial responsibility on the mentioned in this provision der is an integral part of the exMinisters in terms of the overin the Constitution of India Governor of Nagaland repression “action to be taken in riding mandate of Art. 371A of garding action to be taken in relate to those existing imthe Constitution of India. mediately before the formamatters relating to law and ormatters relating to law and der”. Such personnel constitute order by exercise of individtion of the State of Nagaland SC Jamir and such disturbances are the instrumentality of the State ual judgment. The conditions s a signatory to the 16 Point Agreement of 1960, I can not remain quiet when different views and opinions are expressed with regard to Art.371A. Immediately after the formation of a Naga government for the first time, it was felt very strongly by the leaders of the NPC that direct confrontation with the underground will not be politically expedient. It was therefore decided to give Special Power to the Governor as a Constitutional head so long as the situation continues to remain disturbed. The motive behind this provision was to avoid open and direct confrontation with the underground who are also Nagas. Whatever be the reasons at that point of time, the constitutional position of the Governor remains.
and alcohol should be brought under the ambit of the GST, but the Empowered Committee was of the view that there was no requirement for inclusion of GST in either the Union List or State List of the Constitution. “The Empowered Committee opined that the proposed inclusion of Article 246A in the Constitution, which empowers Parliament and State legislatures to make laws on GST, was adequate,” Rather said. The twoday meeting of the GST panel was attended by the finance ministers from Gujarat, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Punjab, Assam, Nagaland and Tripura, besides government officials representing their respective states. “India is a federation, and nothing should be done which would go against the spirit of federalism,” he added. Rather said the committee has decided that there should be no provision to empower the central government on declared goods.
No Unity No Taxation
or many years the public have been overburdened with excessive taxation which compelled some Naga public to form the ACAUT. Since its inception up to now, the workers of the ACAUT have been working selflessly and seriously to alleviate the suffering of the people and under the aegis of the ACAUT a historic rally of the public was held at Dimapur. The main resolution of
he clarification made by the former DGP on the 18 crores scam in Police Department which appeared in local dailies a week back is misleading and an attempt to absolve himself. The contention that the issue has been thoroughly investigated and arrived to a logical end does not arise when the matter is still with the PAC for final outcome pending the inability of the department to submit the detailed invoices of weapons listed with serial No’s, ammunitions and equipments procured. The addition of the word, “some minor” procedural lapses is itself a manipulation of the actual “procedural lapses” remark given by the High Level Enquiry Committee which was merely duplicated by the PAC headed by the brother of the former DGP in the last Assembly. Since the former DGP has given his own edited version of
the rally is that tax will not be paid to the factions unless they get one. A decade ago the Angami Public Organization adopted such resolution. From practical point of view it is to be analyzed how far it will be practicable. The people in the different factions whatever may be their stand, they eat and drink everyday and they have their maintenance everyday and the only source of
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income is taxation. So how far the people are tired of taxation but it is unavoidable unless a solution is brought about. The most important and practical thing is to expedite the settlement. The Naga general Public should give their full weight to bring about an early settlement which is the only solution to unabated taxation too. Rev. L. Suohie Mhasi
NPCC rejoinder to former DGP
how the 18 crores issue reared up and absolved himself from any wrongdoings, the NPCC has no option but to give a detailed version which was brought out by the CAG report and the findings of the PAC where the matter is still pending. The Director General of Police (DGP), Nagaland received Rs. 18 crores during the financial year 2009 – 10 to purchase Arms/Ammunitions, vehicles and other security related equipments for raising 6 (six) new companies of commando force. However, the AG Nagaland had detected that the DGP Nagaland, Kohima had fraudulently withdrawn the entire amount of 18 crores by producing fictitious bills which had the administrative approval of the then Home Minister Imkong L Imchen who is the co accused. The CAG in its
report ended 31st March 2010 had therefore indicted the DGP Nagaland and recommended for thorough investigation. During the course of its audit, the Accountant General (AG) of Nagaland had written confidential letters to the following firms for confirmation of the bills. (1) Ordnance Factory, Khamaria Jabalpur (2) Bridgegap Associates, New Delhi (3) Laggar Industries Limited, Jalandhar (4) M/s Sanchar Telesystems Limited, New Delhi and (5) Tata Motors Limited, Guwahati. In their replies to the AG Nagaland, the said companies had confirmed that they had neither supplied the materials to DGP Nagaland nor raised any bills on them. The Ordnance Factory, Khamaria Jabalpur had even confirmed that all the items shown in the bills were not in their production
range. The department of Trade & Taxes, New Delhi also confirmed that Laggar Industries Limited, Jalandhar was none existent. The NPCC on comparison of the sub-vouchers obtained from AG Nagaland and DGP Nagaland through RTI detected that the Bill No., date and items were same but the signatures of the Company Managers and amounts were found different. On being caught, the NPF-led DAN govt instead of referring the matter to the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) of the State Assembly for examination constituted a High Level Enquiry Committee headed by Shri. HK Khulu, IAS the then Principal Secretary, Agriculture & APC to verify the CAG report. The Committee in its report concluded that there were only “procedur-
al lapses with no malafide intention”. However, the fact that the DGP Nagaland had prepared and drawn the money with fully vouched Treasury bill and fictitious sub-vouchers from 5 (five) different companies proved premeditated intent and action for fraud. Prima-facie, it is a clear proven case of looting public money by fraudulent means, causing colossal loss to the State Exchequer. The nature of the crime was even more serious, given the fact that the internal security of the State had been greatly compromised by embezzling funds meant for procurement of arms and ammunitions and other security related equipments. The Congress had lodged a complaint with the State Vigilance Commission but former Chief Secre-
tary Shri Lalthara who was also the Vigilance Commissioner at that point of time refused to admit the complaint. The NPFled DAN govt referred the case to the PAC headed by Dr Nicky Kire MLA, the brother of Shri K Kire, the then DGP accused, who merely duplicated Shri HK Khulu’s report, which stated “procedural lapses with no malafide intention”. Procedural lapses or failure to observe purchase codal formalities without notifying the Ministry of Home Affairs by itself was a fraud. Deliberately producing misleading utilization certificate to the MHA in itself was with malafide intention. Since the former DGP has issued a statement that whatsover he had done was in the best interest of the department and the state, he should
publically come out as in whose interest the details of proforma invoices were manipulated to draw the entire amount of 18 crores in the first place. The action of the NPF govt in setting up a High Level Enquiry Committee in Jan 2011 to give a clean chit even before the CAG Report was tabled in the Assembly and for the PAC to examine speaks of a major coverup to protect the accused. Depositing back 164.88 lakhs into state Treasury in April 2013 and that too only after the NPCC repeatedly raised the issue does not absolve the accused who had deliberately produced fictitious invoices thus committing fraud in the eyes of law. As brought out earlier, the issue still lies with the PAC since the police department is yet to submit the procurement details of all weapons, ammunitions and equipments as sought by the PAC. Issued by: Media Cell NPCC
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Tuesday 19 November 2013
‘branding North east: Speaking for Ourselves’ Young Leaders Connect 2013 to be held in Guwahati on November 22
Guwahati, November 18 (mexN): A common platform for young leaders and outstanding achievers from fields as diverse as business, music, tourism, literature, politics, academia and culture – Young Leaders Connect 2013 – is scheduled to be held on November 22 at the Guwahati Medical College Auditorium, Guwahati. The Theme for this year is ‘Branding North East: speaking for ourselves.’ The event will strive to develop a positive outlook about the Northeast region and look beyond media reports of
conflict. It aims to stress on the untapped potential that the region holds in terms of cultural heritage, natural resources, and human capital. The one-day conference will cover panel discussions and cultural events. A press release issued by Manager Marcom, Jyotirmoy Barpujari stated the Young Leaders Connect acts as a powerful network of influential leaders visualizing where they would like to see North East vis-à-vis India in the next 10 years. The network also provides avenues to plan a roadmap for the future and strategize interven-
Chozuba, November 18 (mexN): 18th Chozuba Assembly Constituency Congress Committee (ACCC) has asserted that it stands by its earlier statement on “pertinent issues” raised by it in the local newspapers. Responding to NPF’s rejoinder which appeared on November 17, ACCC stated that “taking cognizance of the current constitutional flaw on legislative matters in the State”, it had questioned the “modus operandi of the state government in taking these matters to the street under the garb of public consultation for cheap publicity thereby, demeaning the democratic institution of the Assembly - the highest lawmaking body in democracy.” In this regard, the ACCC had also questioned the “silence or non-reaction”
of the Speaker, “as the Speaker of the Assembly and not as the elected NPF MLA of 18th Chozuba A/C”, therefore, ACCC said, “NPF Chozuba is not the competent authority to react or respond on behalf of the Speaker.” The issue raised is neither personal nor something which party should clarify or counter, ACCC stated. “The NPF unit should also learn by now that once a member is elected as Speaker he ceases or absolves himself from active party affiliation and cannot represent or be represented by any particular party during his tenure in the office... Similarly the Speaker cannot use party unit as his mouthpiece in the discharge of his duty.” On NPF Chozuba’s claim that “ample discus-
(L-R) Hekani Jakhalu, Baichung Bhutia and Gaurav Gogoi at the press conference held in Guwahati on November 18.
tions at the grassroots and policy level. YouthNet in association with Eclectic Publications is organising the third edition of Young Leaders Connect.
The daylong conference is conceived by YouthNet and Eclectic is associating as a forum partner to bring about Young Leaders Connect to Guwahati.
At a press conference hosted on November 18 at India Club, Guwahati, Chairman of the conclave, Bhaichung Bhutia; Co-chair Gaurav Gogoi with Hekani
sion on issues of public importance have already taken place and necessary legislations have been made in the past Assembly,” ACCC questioned as and when “issues of public importance like recognition of Rongmei tribe, Mao tribe, other tribes, Art 371(A), REB, withdrawing the special power of the Governor etc were deliberated and debated in the Assembly (not Cabinet).” ACCC also accused NPF Chozuba of becoming “pseudo spokesmen” of the RD and PWD departments. “The ACCC raised certain pertinent issues seriously affecting the constituency with the concerned departments (not the NPF), but “the NPF unit has justified everything on behalf of the departments,”
it said. “If proven true the ACCC will not tolerate the departments using certain party elements as a shield or cover up of its misdeeds.” ACCC affirmed that it is more concerned with resuming the construction of 2-lane road without further delay than pinpointing at each other. However, it said, if allegation is to be made, the NPF unit should first read the content of the letter submitted by the Company to the CM on 10/10/13 and find out whether excess money has been drawn or whether half of the payment made has been withheld. “As alleged by the NPF unit, even if the Company has drawn excess amount whose fault is it when every payment was released through the state department?”
moN, November 18 (mexN): Network of Mokokchung District People Living with HIV and AIDS (NMP+) in collaboration with DAPCU, Turning Point Org, and Shansham Org, Mon conducted sensitization programme on HIV and AIDS with more than 600 youth members of Konyak Baptist Church Mon (KBCM) on November 17. The programme was supported by Bharti Infratel Ltd (NESA). A press release issued by District Programme Officer, DAPCU, Mon informed that president of NMP+ Wapang highlighted about NMP+ and the key services provided to PLHIV community. He also shared on the basics of transmission of HIV and its related issues.
Faculty of Sociology department, Tetso College with the students during the seminar.
Kohima, November 18 (mexN): Nagaland Voluntary Women Association (NVWA) led by its President Kaisa Rio, wife of Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio, as a part of its yearlong programme, visited Miqlat Ministry and Mother's Hope, Dimapur on November 16. At Miqlat Ministry, NVWA met the Director Asha Sanchu and the staff. The members learnt about what Miqlat Ministry is all about. The Association also appreciated and acknowledged the works undertak-
en by the director and her staff and “for spearheading such a mammoth task of changing the lives of many Naga women living in trying circumstances and thereby helping the Naga society as a whole,” a press release stated. At Mothers Hope, the Association met the staff, nurses and the children. They interacted with the staff and received firsthand knowledge on the working conditions at Mother's Hope and appreciated the contribution made by the organisation in providing
Kohima, November 18 (mexN): Phek District unit of Nagaland Contractors & Suppliers Union has lauded Er. T. Kumdang Longchar EE, PWD (NH) Kohima Division for taking the initiative in maintaining the road below 7 km from Chetheba town. “This particular road is one of the main roads connecting Phek and Zunheboto district. This road was taken up by M/s Gayatri-
Maytas Co. for expansion of road into 2 lane but was left unattended for several months, for which the public are facing untold hardship,” said Phek Dist Unit NCSU president Küzhoseyi Alex and general secretary Khrüzo in a release. It also urged the department concerned, National Highway to clear up the road at the earliest. The Unit also appreciated Losami village com-
Jakhalu, Director YouthNet and Tanushree Hazarika, Managing Director, Eclectic Group emphasised on the necessity of such platforms where young leaders can come together to discuss and develop a sustainable road map for the region. Gaurav Gogoi also mentioned that eminent personalities like Prakash Jha, Film Maker; Mary Kom, Olympian, Manipur; Anshu Jamsenpa, Mountaineer, Arunachal Pradesh; Karma Paljor, Media, Sikkim; Rudy Wallang, Music, Meghalaya; Armstrong Pame, IAS, Manipur; Merentoshi Jamir, Minister, Nagaland among others will participate in the forum and discuss on different issues pertaining to the northeast. The event is being managed by Tattva Creations Pvt Ltd.
MEx FILE Thief nabbed in Medziphema meDziphema, November18 (mexN): The man behind several burglary cases in Medziphema Town has finally been nabbed. According to a press release issued by Medziphema Town Youth Organisation (MTYO), the accused was nabbed on November 17 after “alert residents” informed that the suspected culprit was bursting firecrackers stolen from a shop he had supposedly robbed days ago. As soon as the matter was reported, volunteers of MTYO along with residents zeroed in and found evidences that he was responsible for repeated burglary cases in town over the past few months. Later, the man identified as Seitong Changsang, resident of Ward-2, confessed to his guilt and further admitted he was without any accomplice in robbing 5 shops including SK Provisions, a franchise of Popular Bakery, in the town. The accused was later handed over to the police for further interrogation and necessary action, it said.
AKM condemns sexual assault on minor
moKoKChuNG, November 18 (mexN): The Ao Students’ Conference (AKM) today vehemently condemned the “inhuman and barbaric act” committed by one Imliakum, proprietor of Binah Hostel, Tuli town who “repeatedly molested and raped a nursery student (4 year old girl)” staying in his hostel. A press note issued by the AKM president N Akok Longkumer and Assistant general secretary Sashikaba Aier, while condemning the crime, demanded the authority to book the culprit under relevant law and give befitting punishment “at the time bound and should not allow anyone to bail out the culprit at any cost”. “AKM will monitor into the case and will not be a silent spectator Toshi, Advisor, NMP+ in such case,” the AKM declared. It further warned that the AKM will not tolerate any anomalies that hinder the case. spoke on the issues of stigma and discrimination Bikes recovered, owners attached to HIV. He called upon the members of Youth asked to claim Department (KBCM) for Dimapur, November 18 (mexN): The Operation continual support in pro- Acceleration Dimapur Town (OADT) of the NSCN (IM) has moting awareness on HIV, recovered two Bajaj Discover 125 bikes without registraencourage people to access tion numbers. One of the bikes is coloured black and mathe services and mobilize roon, bearing engine number JZZRDC66962 and chassis community to create a fa- number MDZA15BZ9DRC54864. The other is black and vourable environment for blue, bearing engine number JZCPCD36321 and chassis number MD2A15BZ6CPD14142. OADT has asked the people living with HIV. Earlier, short introduc- rightful owners with valid documents to claim the bikes tion on the concept of the within 15 days. For further information call Investigation programme was presented Officer (I/O) at 9402988715 and Adjutant at 9436614480. by Archila, Prog. Coordinator Leadership seminar for while vote of thanks was delivered by Nanyei K, Gen. Sec- NPWD officials/legislators retary, Youth Department, Kohima, November 18 (mexN): A one day leadKBCM. Others who spoke ership (Biblical) seminar for NPWD officials/legislators at the programme included will take place on November 20 from 10:00 AM onwards Yanwang, President, Youth at Engineer-in-chief conference hall, Kohima. Aposttle, Deptt, KBCM and Longyim Rev. Luoliehu Yimsung, coordinator, Indigenous Prayer Tzudir, DPO, DAPCU, Mon. Network Australia & Ambassador at large, Oversea Naga Association (ONA) will be the resource person. Introduction will be made by Rovilatuo Mor, NCS, Joint Secretary, Works and Housing. This seminar is being sponsored through the courtesy of minister for roads and bridges, Nagaland. All heads of departments have been requested basic care to the new born to ensure participation of all addl. CEs/S.Es/EEs includbabies. NVWA also made ing outposts and SDO posted in the HQs. material contributions at RIMC Dehradun entrance both the organisations. The release mentioned exam rescheduled that NVWA comprising of Kohima, November 18 (Dipr): The Director of the legislators’ wives, lady School Education (HSS), K. Phesao has informed all apofficers as well as wives of plicants that the entrance examination to Rashtriya Ingovernment officers, both dian Military College (RIMC), Dehradun scheduled on Civil and Police, over a pe- December 1 and 2, 2013 has being rescheduled to Deriod of years have been cember 14 and 15. working consistently and contributing to various NOH elimination cum mega organisations and associa- promotional round Nov 20 tions that are non profitmoKoKChuNG, November 18 (mexN): Roots, able and working for the the organizers of Naga Orpheus Hunt (NOH) 2013 under uplift of women in par- the aegis of MDACC has informed that elimination cum ticular and the society in mega promotional concert will be held on November 20 general. at Mokokchung Town Hall with C. Apok Jamir, MLA as Chief Guest. From the 15 contestants, 9 will be eliminated and 6 will go through to finale. Naga Orpheus Hunt 2013 Finale will be held at Local Ground, Mokokchung on December 14, 2013 during M-Fest.
ACCC affirms statement made on ‘pertinent issues’ HIV/AIDS sensitization programme in Mon
Seminar on effects of alcohol NVWA visit Miqlat Ministry & Mother’s Hope for Tetso College students
Dimapur, November 18 (mexN): Department of Sociology, Tetso College organized a seminar titled “Use of Alcohol – A Hindrance to Academic Progress” on November 18 at the College. The resource persons for the seminar were Nighatoli Achumi, Youth Director, Purana Bazaar and Limhathung Ezung, co founder, Community Awareness Development Foundation (NGO). According to a press release received here
The eviction of Dikoi village, mentioned as illegal was not at all a portion of the army jurisdictions as reported. The village was beyond the second fencing, and therefore, the question of the village falling within the jurisdiction of army as stated does not arise. The eviction took place on Saturday and not Friday as published in the newspapers. The Dikoi village recognised by the Government of Nagaland 23 years back was burnt down without pre-information to the villagers. All the houses including the village Church, which was standing since then was burnt and poured kerosene to the village drinking water tank. It was an uncivilized and barbaric act. Therefore, all the right thinking citizens should condemn and the Government should compensate the villagers for the loss. Zengdibo Chairman Dikoi Village Council
Nighatoli Achumi highlighted on the fact that “Academic progress is the foremost priority of a student’s life”. Use of alcohol can have disastrous consequences on student’s ability to concentrate on the studies, because use of alcohol affects not only the religious, spiritual aspect but extends to the physical well being, mental ability and economic strain. Meanwhile, Limhathung stressed on the fact that use of alcohol usually
begins with experimentation. He opined that in our society the acceptance level of alcohol is more tolerant than abuse of other drug substance. Earlier, the programme was chaired by Loina Shohe (Assistant Professor, Sociology). The programme began with welcome address from Temsukumla (HOD Sociology). Principal, Dr. P.S Lorin conveyed greetings, exhorted and encouraged the Department.
NCSU Phek unit on maintenance of roads
munity for clearing old British Road connecting NEC road Losami, which is about 9 kms in length. “Hoping against hope, the Losami Village community had taken the right step and decision by providing manpower in clearing the said road,” the release said. “Likewise, the Phek District NCSU expect from other villages to follow the good exemplary shown by the Losami village community.”
NST department commissions twenty buses
Dimapur, November 18 (mexN): In what could be termed a major achievement, Nagaland State Transport (NST) Department today commissioned twenty (20) buses for public service, in a simple function held at the office premises of Additional Chief Engineer (Automobile), NST Central Workshop, Tata Parking here. The newly commissioned public buses comprise of eight (8) Super Deluxe, ten (10) semi deluxe and two (2) mini buses. The buses were procured with the stipulated budget of Rs 4.5 crores given to the department during the fiscal year 2012-13. Interacting with media persons, Additional General Manager, Senti Pongener said bodies of the buses were built by a renowned
Two super deluxe buses earmarked to operate between Kohima and Shillong
NST Department officials and others pose for photograph with the newly commissioned buses at the background.
firm, Amar Coach Builders in Jalandhar, Punjab. He exuded happiness that the firm could complete all the body building within stipulated period and deliver to the department during
peak season. Besides, two mini buses were built by RD Body Builders and Automobiles, Khatkhati, Assam. While acknowledging immense pressures and
demands from various districts for new buses, Senti Pongener said the authority has initially decided to allot only to good revenue earning areas. He added that two super deluxe bus-
es have been earmarked to operate between Kohima and Shillong. The new buses were commissioned by senior pastor Rev. Shiwoto Sema, who also said the dedicatory prayer. In his exhortation, Rev. Shiwoto urged the NST Department to be different from other departments by fully committing to public service, saying “customers’ satisfaction should be your satisfaction.” He further advised the officials to work with dedication in the fear of the Lord. Other dignitaries present on the occasion included Additional Chief Engineer R. Nrio Lotha, Joint General Manager Howoto Sema, Senior Automobile Engineer Er. Atovi Kiba, and Joint Manager OE Yanthan, and departmental staff.
Mao Union Kohima condemns
Kohima, November 18 (mexN): Mao Union Kohima (MUK) has condemned the murder of M. Matiso, of Pudunamai village on November 8, near Super Market, Dimapur. The MUK in a press release issued by its president and general secretary has called upon all right thinking citizens to rise up against all sorts of violence in the Naga society and usher in an era of peaceful coexistence. MUK also urged the law enforcing agencies to leave no stone unturned in arresting the culprit(s) and award befitting deterrent punishment.
Kangtsung Senso Mongdang demands justice
moKoKChuNG, November 18 (mexN): Kangtsung Senso Mongdang (Kangtsung Citizens’ Convention) has vehemently condemned the “inhuman and barbaric” act of one Imliakum, proprietor of Binah Hostel, Tuli for repeatedly raping a four-year-old girl. Expressing shock and dismay at the incident, it demanded that the accused be severely dealt with and befitting punishment be awarded as per the law at the earliest. The Senso Mongdang meanwhile lauded the administration and law enforcing agency for promptly arresting the accused. It also warned that anyone intending to bail the accused will be doing so at their own risk. Further, it urged the authority concerned to materialize the compensation and relief to the victims’ family as demanded by different social organizations.
NNC NA terminates one
Dimapur, November 18 (mexN): The ministry of Kilo Affairs, NNC NA has issued termination Azha to Kilonser Khehoto from active national service on account of illegal taxation. NNC Non-Accordist Ministry of Kilo Affairs Kilo Kilonser in a press release said that he would be no more associated with the Government of Naga National Council Non-Accordist.
Parl Secy. Kejong Chang condoles
Dimapur, November 18 (mexN): Parliamentary Secretary for Jail, Home Guards, VG, DB & GB Kejong Chang has offered condolences to the family members of Tajungla Chang, president of NPF (Women Wing), Tuensang division, who died on November 16 in Tuensang. In a condolence message, Kejong Chang acknowledged that Tajungla was one of the representatives to the NPF from 54 A/C Tuensang Sadar II, who had been dedicated and hard working party leader committed in strengthening the NPF party in the district.
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The Power of Truth
The Morung Express TuEsDAy 19 NovEmbEr 2013 vol. vIII IssuE 315
“Mandar obedeciendo” Do Naga leaders have the courage and wisdom to embrace this maxim: “To rule by obeying”
anguage is central to how people define the world around them, either as a means of communication or as a carrier of an evolving culture. It therefore expresses a peoples’ experiences throughout human history. It is their collective memory. The role of language helps understand why containing and controlling language and a people’s collective memory was vital to successful colonization projects. History has shown that the domination of a people’s language by supplanting them with the ‘languages’ of the colonizers are crucial to the “domination of the mental universe” of the people being subjugated. Clearly, language was pivotal to designing structures of oppression, subjugation and domination. Conversely, language is simultaneously a means of liberation. The power of language can weave a global web of aspirations while at the same time resisting and rejecting the language of power. Language becomes liberative when it empowers people to freely and democratically determine their own destinies and choose their own way. The language of liberation does not take control of power and install a new entity, nor does it suggest a transfer of power, rather it aspires to empower the grassroots to create alternative structures of human interaction. This dynamic praxis provides the recognition and space for the people to strengthen and rearticulate their peoplehood. The Zapatistas in Mexico, who are rooted in indigenous culture, consciously forged an alternative understanding of political power. For instance, the indigenous movement was premised on the maxim – mandar obedeciendo – “to rule by obeying.” The National Indigenous Congress describes the guiding principle of this power as: “To serve, not be served; to represent, not supplant; to build, not destroy; to propose, not impose; to convince, not defeat; to come down, not climb.” The concept is based on humility not subservience and equality and mutuality which are not hierarchical. The principle of “to rule by obeying” is the foundation for an alternative form of organizational structure that will be decentralized, horizontal, rotating, collective, inclusive, flexible, representative, plural, genderequal and non-partisan. Hence, in this way, “to rule by obeying” redefines the relationship between power and morality. Indigenous understanding of power critiques the Western notion of power as a centralized, specialized and privileged sphere that is formally related to the State. On the other hand, the indigenous worldview of power emphasizes the need to decentralize, and to spread, or share power. “To rule by obeying” implies a profound process of redefining and reconstructing power in both its content and application. The indigenous praxis of power is not a political project to ‘homogenize or hegemonize;’ rather to strengthen and affirm the web of interdependency. In essence, the indigenous concept of power “to rule by obeying” is a critique that suggests transcending the State’s system of power. It opposes and challenges both elected Governments and Revolutionary movements that seek to reproduce the structures of domination notwithstanding their different names or forms. The challenge for Nagas as indigenous peoples is to have the courage to critically examine and consider how “to rule by obeying” in language, concept and action applies to our context.
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Toya Richards Jackson Source: Sojourners
Called to lead
T IS EASY, and a lot more comfortable, to identify and name dysfunction outside your family. It’s an entirely different endeavor, however, to label inappropriate behavior in your own home. That’s the situation I find myself in as a lifelong member of the black Baptist tradition—one that, by and large, refuses to ordain women ministers and call them into the pastorate. I can no longer keep silent. My spirit won’t let me be quiet about a system where injustice is nurtured. Women are the backbone of African- American Baptist congregational life, yet they traditionally have been blocked from ordained ministry. I’ve watched this for years in Kentucky where I was born, raised, and currently live; experienced it in other places where I have resided; and heard the same story from Baptist female colleagues in ministry around the country. The same is also true in many white Baptist congregations, such as those affiliated with the Southern Baptist tradition. But I’m speaking here about the world I know personally. Ironically, some of these black congregations and pastors who are unwilling to honor God’s call on the lives of women seeking ordination are the same ones who are quick to name a plethora of injustices perpetrated against black people as a race, and to demand quick resolution. Doors for women called to preach the gospel of Jesus Christ have opened a little in recent decades. More women are being licensed, the precursor to ordination in the Baptist structure. But the process usually stops there, and women are left patiently waiting to be blessed into the fold. These “ladies in waiting” are allowed to lead ministries, teach, and occasionally preach, but rarely permitted to go beyond that. The stated reasons for excluding women include a particular scriptural interpretation that disallows women as church leaders, and a history and practice that simply has never seen women ordained. Some pastors claim that Baptist polity dictates that one is only ordained when called to a pastorate. Yet they fail to point out the frustrating irony of a situation in which women may be called by God but are excluded from the pulpit-filling process. Although a handful of black Baptist women have been allowed into the club after adequate grooming, in general women are simply not welcomed into the candidate process for head pastor positions. The entire situation, in my view, is unacceptable, particularly when one considers the fact that black Baptist women are answering the call to the gospel ministry in droves, and entering seminary as a result. What, then, needs to happen? The first step is to name the elephant in the room. Those of us who live inside the tradition, and even those outside, must call out the dysfunctional behavior and explore the “how and why” of the matter. Second, churches and pastors must be Christ-like agents of change and transformation in this area. Pastors comfortable preaching about the boldness of the apostles must put action to their words and buck a system that prevents an entire group of people from fully living into the call God has on their lives. I am grateful that my congregation, of which I am a fairly new member, has a history of ordaining women ministers—driven, in part, by its independent spirit. I am scheduled to be ordained in December. Yet I remain troubled by the throngs of other Baptist congregations and pastors in my community, my state, and my country who refuse to do more to support called women in their midst. I am no longer comfortable remaining silent on this issue. I eagerly await news that change is taking place. Let it be so! Toya Richards Jackson is a licensed Baptist minister from Louisville, Ky. She holds a Master of Divinity degree from Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary and is the owner of Grace Multimedia, LLC.
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Khekiye K. Sema, IAS (Rtd) Forest Colony, Kohima
have lately spent much time trying to reason with AK47. I think I deserve a breather. So let me relax this time on a more leisurely subject of hunting. This is a true story. During his vacation as a Pre- University student, Chishi got mixed up with a picnicking, hunting expedition at Intanki reserved forest. It was a very lively bunch of around 23 people, consisting of professional hunters intermixed with equally non-professional roadside bird shooters and their families. A makeshift camp was set up near the riverbank by the late afternoon, for a two-night outing. After light refreshment, the ladies began their leisurely arrangement for dinner while the professional hunters charted out plans for the night hunt. The bird shooting category of hunters were the first to leave camp to try their hand on the abundant wild pigeons along the various well used jungle tracks in pairs. Chishi eagerly picked up his .22 rifle with sufficient ammo and headed downstream on his own. The meandering river was relatively shallow with wide sandy shoreline. Chishi did a steady walked downstream, keenly exploring the shore and its surroundings. The sun was on its last leg into the horizon, and the time was just about right for jungle foul to be playing in the open. That was just what Chishi spied some distance downstream. He tactically crouched low like a guerilla on a war zone and quickly made his way towards his target. Peering through the foliage he lay prone and watched a male and a female jungle foul scratching the sand and pecking its food without a care in the world. Chishi had well and truly outfoxed the foul. He focused his attention on the male foul. He took careful aim, held his breath and pressed the trigger. Strangely, it was the female foul, which was thrashing around in the sand dying while the rooster promptly flew into the jungle. ‘A kill is a kill’ thought Chishi to himself and smugly crossed the shallow river. He retrieved his kill and was about to head for the camp, when the rooster crowed from a very close distance inside the jungle. Chishi quickly found a twine, tied the dead female foul to his belt, crouched low and decided to hunt for the rooster as well. With all the stealth he could master, he made his way to the edge of the jungle and scanned the undergrowth. He just couldn’t sight the rooster. Chishi had no intention of venturing too far into the jungle, knowing very well that his professional skill in the ways of the jungle was as good as minus zero. He patiently waited at the very edge of the jungle in the hope that the rooster would crow again and show itself. It did not happen. His patience was wearing thin but as he was about to head back to the camp, the rooster crowed so very close by him. Chishi couldn’t resist the temptation of another kill. He completely forgot his hunting prowess and began to slowly crawl into the jungle towards the direction he had heard the cockcrow. Subconsciously he made a professional calculation that the river was behind him and all he had to do was just turn around and walk straight back….simple enough. There was a moment of lull and then the cock crew again from a short distance ahead. Chishi silently made as much ground as he could and peered through the foliage for a sighting. He did not see a thing. The crowing was heard again from a close distance ahead. Chishi slithered further forward into the jungle like a tiger on the hunt but could still not locate the target. By now, this ‘tiger’ was beginning to feel exceedingly uneasy. He nevertheless slithered further into the jungle following the sound. The rooster was not showing itself but was continuing to crow at regular interval, each time a short distance ahead leading him further into the jungle all the while. This cat and mouse game went on for quite a while. As it turned out, the jungle rooster was the cat and good old Chishi was the mouse. The level of unease began to torment Chishi rather seriously and so he finally made up his mind to throw in the towel. He abruptly stood up in frustration to leave but even as he did so, the rooster jumped on to a tree stump. The last rays of
DVENT IS UPON US: Waiting for the coming of Christ. But do we really know who he is or what his kingdom brings? His Beatitudes from the Sermon on the Mount are good reminders.
Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Luke’s version of the Sermon on the Mount simply has “blessed are you who are poor” (Luke 6:20). Taking Matthew and Luke together, the kingdom will become a blessing to those who are afflicted by both spiritual and material poverty. The physical oppression of the poor will be a regular subject in this kingdom, but the spiritual impoverishment of the affluent will also be addressed and healed. Spiritual poverty is often the result of having too much and no longer depending on God. Jesus offers blessings and healing to those who are both poor and poor in spirit.
the sun, which was barely able to penetrate the thick foliage by now, clearly picked up the red comb on its head. Chishi smartly swerved his .22 rifle in that general direction and pumped off the quickest shot of his entire life…and missed. Suddenly ten fifteen wild fouls flew out from the bushes all around him and disappeared into the jungle. Chishi was a very nervous adult by now. That he missed the rooster was no longer an issue. He cursed himself, did an about-turn as he had earlier conjectured in his mind and began his walk back towards the river. He went as far as his eyes had located a marker ahead of him in the first leg and then discovered that the thick jungle was looking the same in every direction thereafter. By now the stories he had heard about people getting lost in this Intanki forest in the past was flooding his mind and wrecking his nerves. Without a sense of direction Chishi started to walk as fast as he could towards no direction. He was unsure whether he was headed the right way but his walk developed into a jog and then to a fast trot. After a while he suddenly came across a very small streamlet. It dawned on him with a crushing sensation that he had not crossed any streamlet while following that stupid rooster! The fast fading daylight in this wilderness was steadily gnawing away his bravery. Whatever little reserve of nerves he had went out through the window. At this point ‘cool thinking’ was no longer in fashion and catching the train as fast as you could, becomes the absolute priority! Shutting down the rational compartment of his brain, Chishi began the fastest marathon obstacle race of his life with a .22 rifle in his hand crashing and bashing through thorny bushes, jumping over fallen tree trunks and boulders, registering bruises and scratches without a care. The good old foul that Chishi had earlier shot, tied to his belt was flapping and slapping his thigh with every jump he made and still hanging on. In his mad directionless rush, Chishi jumped over the little stream once again that brought him short. It was now decidedly darker and the visibility was getting even shorter. The .22 rifle in his hand was beginning to feel like a pea shooter. Chishi retrieved his nerves and desperately decided that he must cool off and think. He made a very honest admission that he was hopelessly lost. Plucking up the last of his courage he sternly admonished himself: “Stay where you are! Running around the jungle wildly will not solve the problem!” He had to find a solution and find it quick. Solution…solution… solution…He finally found one simple elementary solution. He stood with his legs partially spread, leaned backward in a half crouch, looking up toward the roof of the jungle in the darkness and in the likeness of Tarzan, made the loudest broadcast that would have put the best of the public address system to shame : “OOOHH UNCLE (so&so)!!”… He held his breath after every exhalement to see if there was any response but none was forthcoming. Receiving no response, he changed the caller ID: “OOOOHHH AUNTY (so&so)!!”… (ID being concealed). Chishi took the deepest breath his lungs could master and continued a consistent broadcast naming every Uncles and Aunties he could remember in the camp. After a very long interval that seemed like forever, with his throat going dry and his voice beginning to crack, he heard a calm quiet voice saying, “Oohh Chishi, please stop making so much noise”. Instead of being relieved, Chishi’s hair stood up as an immediate reaction! From nowhere he recollected the law of the jungle that you should never respond to anyone calling your name in the dark until it was repeated three times. Chishi stood very still for just a while but his nerve had already deserted him. Jungle law be damned! He found himself yelling out at the top of his voice for the other guy to make a noise again for him to hit the right direction. On being obliged, Chishi
crossed the entire jungle barrier between them within a fraction of a second and met up with his saviour. Mercifully he was one of the professional hunters in the camp heading out for his night escapade. The hunter saw the dead foul hanging by Chishi’s side and helped it off the belt and coolly put it in his hunting bag. At this point Chishi was gratefully wallowing in his being rescued that he did not even bother that his kill was being relieved of him. The hunter then confidently led Chishi towards the river’s edge and told Chishi that the camp was in the upstream and that there was absolutely no way anyone could possibly get lost even if one tried. Before he left, Chishi heard the hunter musing aloud as to whether he should even bother going for the hunt at all after all the ruckus Chishi had raised. All the animals would have migrated to another planet. Chishi was crest-fallen when he slinked into the camp. He had nothing to show for his effort because the hunter had taken his only kill. To avoid the bantering questions of what the broadcast was all about, he withdrew to the darker corner of the campfire, listening to all the jokes in the camp with Chishi at the butt end of it all, for the rest of the night. Chishi felt miserable but was determined to make amends to his ruined reputation. While brooding over his predicament, one of the sympathetic hunters sauntered up to him and informed Chishi that there was an open cultivated area near the camp where the black pheasants feeding was evident. Before leaving, he also made a pointed remark that there was no way for anyone getting lost. Though this did hurt his ego just a little bit, Chishi made a very serious note of this and decided to prove his worth as a hunter the next morning. Before the camp was fully awake, Chishi quickly picked up a double barrel gun and headed for the location described to him. He climbed a tree and settled down between the branches, cocked his double barrel gun and patiently waited for the sunrise and the pheasant. The hours passed by. The sun slowly rose higher and higher and still no pheasant appeared. Finally running out of patience, Chishi decided to call it quits and started climbing down the tree. Being the experienced hunter that he was, Chishi had not remembered to neutralize his gun before climbing down the tree. Halfway down, the gun slipped out of his hand and fell to the ground, barrel facing upward. As it hit the solid ground, the gun went off! The Gods must have been in good humor that morning. The barrel of the gun was angled away from Chishi and he reached the ground unscathed. Chishi sat stunned for a very long while under the tree with both his hand supporting his head between his legs wondering what might have been. After thanking his lucky stars he picked up his damned gun and began his long short walk back to the camp. Chishi suddenly realized he had no answer for the fired shot that the campers would have surely heard. Chishi cursed his luck for having come for this hunting expedition. It was a natural question for the campers wanting to know what Chishi had fired at. Chishi concocted a story that the pheasant did not appear until he had given up and was climbing down the tree. He told his listeners that he had taken a one handed pot shot at the pheasant like the good old cowboys, just to express his annoyance at the delayed appearance of the pheasant. Chishi quietly accepted the fact that he was not cut out to be a hunter and made a stern resolution that he would never go on a serious hunting trip ever again. He had at last acquired a matured hunting sense to last him for a lifetime. No more hunting. Chishi chose to become a conservationist by circumstance, rather than risk getting himself killed. Who was this guy? Guess you'll never know... but come to think of it, how did I get to know Chishi's story so intimately? Ahh let it be. Just sign your story and be done with it.
Waiting for the Coming Jim Wallis Source: Sojourners
To feel the pain of the world is to participate in the very heart of God
derstanding of power upside-down. Mary’s Song, the Magniﬁcat, promises the same when she prays about what Christ’s coming means: “He has scattered the proud ... brought down the powerful from their thrones ... lifted up the lowly ... ﬁlled the hungry with good things, and sent the rich away empty” (Luke 1:51-53). And when Jesus is asked who will be ﬁrst in his kingdom, he tells Blessed are those who mourn, them it will be the for they will be comforted. Those who have the capacity to servants of all. mourn and weep for the world will be comforted by the coming of this new Blessed are those who hunger and order. Jesus’ disciples would later hear thirst for righteousness, for they him say that loving their neighbor as will be ﬁlled. To be hungry for “righteousness,” themselves was one of the two great commandments (Matthew 22:39; a word in the scriptures that is often Mark 12:31; Luke 10:27). To feel the synonymous with “justice,” will be a pain of the world is to participate in the leading characteristic of Jesus’ new very heart of God and one of the defin- order. Justice—social, economic, racial, and gender—is at the core of the ing characteristics of God’s people. kingdom of God. Those who long for justice, who are hungry and thirsty Blessed are the meek, for for it, demonstrate that they belong they will inherit the earth. Christ’s kingdom turns our un- to a God who promises it.
Blessed are the merciful, for they will receive mercy. Those who have the grace to show mercy and forgiveness will be an example now. If you need to be forgiven for anything, the only way to receive it is to also offer it, says Jesus. There is no way that all our conﬂicts can be rectiﬁed in this very human world, but those who have learned to forgive by practicing reconciliation herald the kingdom of God.
Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God. “Pure in heart” is another way of saying “integrity,” something that our culture sorely lacks. We long for people with an inner quality of truthfulness, honesty, goodness, and honor. Little is more countercultural in our society and nothing will better demonstrate the quality of true leadership. Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God. Conﬂict is found in every corner of our world, and violence is the habitual
way of resolving our grievances and disputes. What we need most are not just peace-lovers, who talk against all the violence, but peacemakers, who learn how to resolve our endless and inevitable human conﬂicts without recourse to such destructive methods. In this new order, those who possess the skills, behaviors, disciplines, and courage of peacemaking will have the honor of being called “children of God.”
Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. There is a special and honored place for those who are persecuted or who give their lives for the cause of right. Even in death, their spirits seem to live on and inspire others to follow in their steps. Those who are persecuted for the sake of what is right will inherit the kingdom, says Jesus. Blessed are you when people revile you and persecute you and utter all kinds of evil against you falsely on my account. Rejoice and be glad, for your reward is great in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you. You may be reviled, attacked, and falsely accused of many things, all on account of Jesus and his kingdom. But don’t worry; you will ﬁnd good company with the biblical prophets, who were often persecuted for proclaiming the word of God. Instead, rejoice and be glad, for God rewards such good and world-changing behavior. Jim Wallis is editor-in-chief of Sojourners magazine
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7 Philippine govt corruption Class is ‘attitude’ above all magnifies effects of typhoon
THE MORUNG EXPRESS
19 November 2013
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orna Sage’s Bad Blood is an engaging memoir, a surprising but deserved success. Out of the academic confines the name of its author became widely known. Of course it was too late. Lorna Sage died far too soon. Her name, and her childhood especially, live on through her account of the shaping influences of family. There has been some misunderstanding of those influences because Sage’s childhood was not particularly comfortable. Her father struggled to make headway in business. It was a small business in that area of Britain where North and South meet, and London is far away. Provincial and relatively poor, Lorna Sage’s childhood easily may be misread by the uninformed. It is easy to glance at her situation and then draw the wrong conclusion. Bad Blood is not about the escape from working class deprivation through education, not when you consider the whole story. The facts are that her mother was an Anglican clergyman’s daughter, her father had been Sandhursttrained. Seen in that light, it was the epitome of an English middle class upbringing. I include in that the lack of money, at least in the early days of the marriage. It is easy to forget that young children are not brought up by judges but by struggling young barristers who one day take silk and then rise to the bench when their children are no longer children. Eminent surgeons marry as housemen. Professors were once assistant lecturers. You get my point: unless you are born a Rockefeller those early years are likely to be in the rented cottage or the small flat. There’s a struggle to pay the bills. Somehow there’s never enough money, not to begin with, not for a long time. The class difference lies in the eventual rise to something better, in the knowledge that development is possible and likely. The class difference is one of attitude. The educated have the resources to imagine how their careers and lives may be enriched by making the right choices. What is education but a broadening of perspective? Skills may play their part. Money will enter the equation somewhere. But the essential difference is in attitude. Confidence is the key. It is neither a commodity nor a genetic inheritance: it is a nurtured advantage. Today we speak of gender and race. These are the signifiers of personal identity in the social world. Today they dominate the conversation, as if the question of class had been resolved, or at least as if it were subordinate to the more immediate markers of identity. The substructure is abandoned. We float freely among obvious, tangible things. All we need is a sense of togetherness to cohere our lives into an organic whole. Social history, the mechanism of a functioning society, is abandoned in favour of consumer choice. We are free. We are not shaped by anything beyond personal desire. It doesn’t matter where you begin. Oh yes it does. An approach to life is primarily acquired by the osmotic absorption of family and community. There is a way of being that seems natural. It is assimilated rather than learned by rote. It is not taught by instruction but by example and influence. There are choices to be made in life. There are choices that money alone cannot make. There are tribal rites for deciding these matters. Education can be expensive, but the middle classes are adept at finding ways to accommodate their needs. They choose either the best schooling in the state system, or they draw upon future inheritance. They seek out scholarships. They move closer to the chosen school. They divine ways that others cannot imagine. They do not accept disadvantage as their lot in life. Something the middle classes understand is money, and how it may stretch and twist and turn. Money is not a morally neutral agreed means of exchange. It has a flexible character that may be harnessed to all manner of purposes. Money requires careful handling. It is not inanimate like the paper on which it is printed. In that promissory note lies a moral force that shapes destinies. The bourgeois habit is to invest in the future. They may lack ready cash. They do not lack access to prosperity. They have the privilege of knowing how these things work. Privilege in modern society succeeds by stealth. It advances by not advertising itself. It is privilege with a demotic style. Much of the current debate about society really concerns style. The question is how existing structures are to be managed. There is scope for debate within those confines but not beyond them. Liberal democracy considers style rather than structure. The debate is about means rather than ends. The agreed end always is for change to be absorbed. The dynamic of liberal progress is based on an accommodation with unavoidable change. The core of values may remain in place, but there are differences of manner and accent, of race and culture. The middle class is not static in its composition. It must accommodate social change for its survival. It can welcome such change because it is generous to those who can bring new vitality.
Class remains by nature vague and ill-defined, one of society's necessary mythologies. Class is defined not by a lowly start, nor money nor region, but ultimately as attitude, confidence and absorbed rather than learned values
A progressive liberality is requisite to a refuelling of the engine. That is how the future is secured. We are in the realm of things understood. The ease of understanding is the denominator of class. It is almost impossible to learn the treacherous routes of navigation through the network of class. You are not taught these things. You know them. And you reject them at your peril because a liberal culture can tolerate anything except what it finds intolerable – that is, any questioning of its fundamental values. Saying aloud what is whispered is regarded as intolerable. The usual method of deflecting the challenge is through ridicule. The usage is insidious, the method implicitly violent. The laughter is not joyful. Behind the laughter is the fear of exposure, the fear of the fate of a privileged class when the climate of feeling in society is jolted from the complacent assumptions of precedence. It is, to repeat, a question of attitude. It is in the nature of the attitude to deny the attitude. The privilege does not exist. People recount their early struggles, their hard work to seek advancement, and the struggle to meet all the continuing financial demands. They don’t feel privileged, and as individuals they may not be. The point about class is that it is not a method for categorizing individuals: it is a means of describing movement in the broad sweep of social history. Who said that? Marx. He was right because there are so many anomalies in anyone’s personal history. Very few of us are unequivocally of one stratum on the ladder of ascendancy. Selfdefinition plays its part in identifying membership of a class. Within certain limits each of us has some leeway, perhaps more than we think, in determining our social position. Defining anyone’s exact position in class terms is always contentious because of variables in determining the parameters. A tendency to confuse region with class is a common error. Our relation to metropolitan culture is not the sole arbiter of our position in society. Possessing a local identity may be a matter of pride especially among the commercial or industrial middle classes. Intuition plays its part in comprehending the experience of class. The point is that the experience resists delineation. If asked to say exactly what I mean by ‘middle class’, my re-
sponse has to be that the term is intentionally vague, and that the class system works by its amorphous and ambiguous nature. It is not a caste system, nor a quantifiable structure of objectively determined positions. A class is a network of affinities. Even apparently objective characteristics are subject to variable interpretations of circumstance. Think of a village postman, married to a library assistant, who sings in the church choir and reads a quality newspaper. The context is socially higher than for his counterpart, married to a supermarket shelf-stacker, in a depressed post-industrial wasteland. To understand these things we have to consider people’s lives in all their intricacies. When Fielding spoke of the novel as ‘a public ordinary’ he surely had this in mind. It is in the web of social exchange, especially in metropolitan life, that personal experiences are communicated. Lives are not lived in isolation. The interdependency of lives creates society. A life described is a part of society examined not as an abstraction, but as a living organism. To understand social experience there has to be a measure of living that experience. The great social novelists, like the great social observers, magisterially portray society through the characters they create or re-create. Understanding the nuances of social hierarchy is requisite. The typical social novel portrays a socially ambiguous person (Jane Eyre, David Copperfield) negotiating his/her progress in society mainly by native wit and charm of character. The fiction lies in the legerdemain in which social ambiguity is ironed out by luck and capability. The true fate of David Copperfield is to remain in the blacking factory. That would be wholly unacceptable to a readership seeking approval of its values. The genius of Dickens is to make the unlikely credible. The foundation of that genius is a keen observation of the truth, even a truth that cannot be told. It was Shaw’s genius to recognize how superficial the demarcations of hierarchy are. Pygmalion is also masterpiece of legerdemain. The relationship of Henry Higgins and Eliza Doolittle is one of love and the mutual respect that transcends social boundaries. Eliza realizes her inherent potential self. But the process of her becoming is a fantasy. The problem is that the apparent superficialities of accent and manner are woven into a web that would easily catch an unwary flower girl. On the one hand it is a matter of pronunciation. On the other hand it is the myriad number of unteachable gestures and habits. Eliza’s initial ambition of speaking well enough to work in shop is the best that could be offered in the real world. Although she is indeed naturally polite and gracious, her transformation into a lady lies wholly in the art of Shaw the master dramatist. It is in the realm of ambiguity that the creative imagination can work in its description of the social world. Partly it is a matter of reader identification. We can see ourselves reflected through the narrator who is in, but not entirely of, the milieu depicted. The middle class guest at the aristocratic soiree is accepted but is not entirely accepting. The ironic distance in his narrative acts as intermediary. We, the readers, find a way in. A door firmly closed opens for us. We look inside. To some extent the middle class is defined by what it is not. It is not the elite of the rich and powerful, nor of those ‘born to rule’. There may be an element of the self-made about the middle class. This will be true especially of commercial and industrial experience. Joan Bakewell’s memoir The Centre of the Bed is especially useful in this regard, for both her father’s rise from apprentice to managing director and her own rise from the suburbs to the higher echelons of public life. Of course such ascendancy is gradual and, in part, happenstance. The failure of a fictive account like Room at the Top is in its crude, overindicated descriptions of processes that in life are subtly nuanced. The final line of the film of Saturday Night and Sunday Morning, scripted by Alan Sillitoe himself, is indicative. ‘I won’t change,’ says the proletarian free spirit visiting a new housing development with his fiancée. Of course we know he must change. The pressure of social development demands it of him. Popular culture will enable him to articulate his new ‘classless’ life. He’s a hard worker, proud of the raw life from which he came. Part of him can never leave it. The rest is a matter of choice. How the independence is retained, whether it is a creative advance or a negative refusal, is speculative. Society does not encourage independence. Society requires a degree of acquiescence in the myth it has of itself. In matters of class society relies on a self-image of classlessness, although the complete attainment of this ideal is perpetually deferred by a series of economic crises and continual maladministration. The best that can be hoped for is a sense of community. Anything more radically defined than a vague aspiration is too idealistic for a cynical age.
Nick Perry and Oliver Teves
hen a newspaper for Filipino workers in New Zealand told readers how to donate to the typhoon relief effort in their homeland, it mentioned agencies like the Red Cross but not a list of government bank accounts that the Philippine Embassy had sent over. "I'm not going to mince words," said Mel Fernandez, the editorial adviser for the Filipino Migrant News. "We would like every cent to reach those poor people there rather than getting waylaid." Corruption is a concern after any major natural disaster, as millions of dollars in cash and goods rush in from around the world. But those worries are especially acute in the Philippines, where graft has been a part of life for decades. The government of President Benigno Aquino III, who has made fighting corruption a priority, is promising full transparency in reconstruction spending in areas devastated by Typhoon Haiyan, known in the Philippines as Yolanda. It announced Monday that it has established a website called the Foreign Aid Transparency Hub where funds given by foreign donors can be tracked. "There's an urgent call now for us to monitor the movement of foreign aid funds for Yolanda so they will go exactly where they're supposed to: to the survivors of the typhoon," Undersecretary of Budget and Management and Chief Information Officer Richard Moya said in a statement. More than $270 million in foreign aid has been donated to help the victims of the Nov. 8 typhoon, which killed at least 3,976 people and left nearly 1,600 missing, according to government figures updated Monday. More than 4 million people have been displaced and need food, shelter and water. The typhoon also wrecked livelihoods on a massive scale, destroying crops, livestock, coconut plantations and fishing boats. Several battered communities appeared to be shifting from survival mode to one of early recovery Monday. Markets were reopening, though with very limited wares. Some gasoline stations were pumping and residents were repairing damaged homes or making temporary shelters out of the remains of their old ones. "The darkest night is over but it's not yet 100 percent," regional military commander Lt. Gen. Roy Deveraturda said. On Sunday, Aquino toured the disaster area and promised to step up aid deliveries. In one sign of how much work is ahead, Energy Secretary Jericho Petilla pledged to restore power in all typhoon-battered regions by Dec. 24, a job that will require erecting about 160 giant power transmission towers and thousands of electrical posts toppled by the typhoon. He said he will resign if he fails. "It's difficult to celebrate Christmas without light," Petilla said. The government wants to show that it will be more responsible than previous administrations were following other natural disasters, when that funds intended for reconstruction were allegedly siphoned off. Prosecutors are investigating allegations that $20.7 million in government funds for rebuilding towns devastated by a 2009 storm in northern Luzon island were stolen by local officials via bogus nongovernmental agencies. On Nov. 7, a day before Typhoon Haiyan hit, Filipinos were glued to their television screens, watching Senate testimony in which Janet Lim Napoles denied allegations that she masterminded a plot to plunder millions of dollars of government funds intended for projects to relieve poverty. It is far too soon to say how much aid intended for victims of last week's Typhoon Haiyan might end up in the wrong hands. Foreign donors demand strict anti-graft measures in projects they fund, but privately admit that "leakage" of funds is sometimes inevitable. Much of the assistance in the early phase of a disaster response is in the form of food, water and other supplies. Far richer opportunities for graft occur later when rebuilding occurs and contracts are up for grabs. But corruption probably has already made this typhoon worse. Money for roads was diverted, giving people less ability to evacuate. Hospitals didn't get the resources they should have. Some houses might not have been flattened if they had been built to code. "Petty corruption in urban areas means that building inspections don't happen and building codes are not enforced," said Steven Rood, the Manila-based representative of The Asia Foundation, a nonprofit development organization. "Even middle-class homes are not built to withstand a typhoon, much less poor homes." Filipinos working abroad and sending money home to their families are an important source of cash in the country under any circumstances, but Fernandez, the New Zealand editorial adviser, expects that they will be skeptical about giving money to the government. He said he thinks they will simply donate to nongovernmental agencies providing aid to typhoon victims, but Rood wasn't certain even of that. "There's a lot of cynicism, particularly in the expat community," Rood said. "People are put off. You see it in the social networks. People are saying there's no point — if they give money, it will just get stolen." The typhoon has come at a time when some feel the Philippines might finally be cracking down on corruption. In its latest global corruption report, Transparency International found the Philippines was just one of 11 countries in which people said they were noticing an improvement in corruption levels. Rood said he believes Philippine government agencies like the Department of Social Welfare and Development are less corrupt than they once were and can be relied on to take the lead after disasters like the typhoon. Doracie Zoleta-Nantes, a Filipino and research fellow at the Australian National University, said the recent debate in the Philippines on corruption has been intense and people are demanding improvements. She said media scrutiny on places like Tacloban, a city devastated by the typhoon, will help ensure aid gets distributed. "But some victims will be marginalized because they are not aligned politically," she added. Tecson John Lim, the city administrator in Tacloban, said the city is recognized for its good governance and its accounts are transparent. He added that corruption concerns tend to center around people like cement suppliers, and "right now, you can't even buy anything." Valerie Amos, the U.N. humanitarian chief, said in Manila that the U.N. is not expecting to find widespread corruption as it responds to the disaster. "Everyone's concern is focused on getting the maximum aid to the people who need it," she said. Aid agencies are taking their own precautions to avoid corruption. Chris Clarke, the chief executive of World Vision New Zealand, has visited areas affected by the typhoon. He said World Vision has its own supply chains, collects donations directly, and even issues microchips to victims to record the amount of aid delivered to them. "It's always an issue we're asked about," he said. "Does the money get there, and does it get to the right people?"
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Tuesday 19 November 2013
India global capital of open defecation: NGO
New Delhi, November 18 (iANS): With more than 626 million people daily defecating in the open, India is on the verge of becoming the “global capital of open defecation”, an NGO said here Monday. More than 55% women from the Dalit community daily face harassment at the hands of rowdy males when they go out in the open to defecate, said Rajesh Upadhya, executive director of the National Confederation for the Dalit. “The situation won’t improve till the Indian government stops making false promises and immediately implements the policies meant for providing proper sanitation facilities to the Dalit community,” he told media persons. Upadhya was speaking on the right to sanitation and hygiene for Dalits. He said that even decades after independence, sanitation-related problems with Dalits have increased all over the country. “The condition is so bad that there are only 30-40 toilets for 29,000-30,000 people in every Dalit colony in the capital,” he said. “Only 17-18% of the people from the Dalit community are able to avail proper sanitation facilities,” Upadhya said. “The budget allocated for sanitation is not being fully utilised and if the community asks for toilets, the bureaucrats do nothing about it,” Upadhya told IANS. “There is no transparency in the usage of funds allotted by the government,” he said.
SC notice to Centre on PIL against commuting death sentence
Telangana: goM completes process of talks with stakeholders SC refuses to entertain plea on Telangana issue
GoM meeting at North Block on Monday with Union Ministers Sushilkumar Shinde, Veerappa Moily, Jairam Ramesh and Chief Minister of AP N. Kiran Kumar Reddy at a meeting on Telangana issue in New Delhi on Monday.
New Delhi, November 18 (AgeNcieS): Former President Pratibha Patil’s decision to commute death sentence of five condemned prisoners in child rape cases on Monday came under judicial scrutiny with the Supreme Court issuing notice to the Centre on a plea seeking to set aside the commutation. A bench headed by Chief Justice P Sathasivam agreed to hear a PIL questioning the then President’s decision to commute death penalty in the cases of extreme brutality. The petitioner Pinki Virani, a journalist, contended that out of 35 cases in which death sentence was commuted by Patil, five cases are pertaining to brutal child rape and submitted that the relief should not have been granted by the President in those cases. Questioning the decision taken by the President, the petitioner submitted that these are shocking cases and death sentence should not have been revoked. The bench after brief hearing agreed to adjudicate the matter and issued notices to the Centre and Ministry of Home Affairs.
New Delhi, November 18 (PTi): The GoM, set up to look into the bifurcation of Andhra Pradesh, has completed the process of discussions with various stake holders and will submit its report to the Union Cabinet as early as possible to pave way for tabling Telangana Bill in Winter Session of Parliament. “We have completed the process of discussions with others. Now the GoM members will meet to discuss among themselves to finalise the report to be submitted to the Cabinet as soon as possible,” Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde said on Monday. After a series of meetings between the GoM and Union Minis-
New Delhi, November 18 (PTi): The situation along the borders with China and Pakistan and the counter insurgency operations in Jammu and Kashmir are expected to be reviewed by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh during the combined commanders’ conference in New Delhi on Friday. The Prime Minister will address the top brass of the armed forces on Friday during which a discussion
said. The meeting may also take up the issue of handling of Keran operations in Jammu and Kashmir where the Army claimed to have engaged a large group of terrorists but nobody was found there after 15 days. The Prime Minister had expressed concern over the incident to the Defence Ministry top brass last month. The meeting is also expected to take up the issue of spurt in ceasefire vi-
ters from Andhra Pradesh and Chief Minister N. Kiran Kumar Reddy, Mr. Shinde told reporters that the Telangana Bill will be tabled in the Winter Session of Parliament. The Group of Ministers, headed by Mr. Shinde, will meet again on November 21 and is likely to send the report to the Union Cabinet for consideration by this month end. Sources said following an instruction from Congress high command, the GoM has held a series of meetings with different stake holders, including eight political parties in the last ten days. Meanwhile, Home Ministry officials have started compiling reports of different ministries which
PM to review counter insurgency operations along China, Pak border is expected on the internal security situation besides taking stock of the immediate and future challenges to be faced by the country, Defence Ministry officials said. The meeting is also liekly to discuss the counter insurgency operations of the Army and the possibility of increase in the influx of terrorists in Jammu and Kashmir and other areas after the withdrawal of American forces from Afghanistan in 2014, they
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gave their opinion on distribution of assets and other issues between the new state and the residuary state of Andhra Pradesh. Once the Cabinet clears the proposal, it will go to the President who in turn will refer it to Andhra Pradesh Assembly for approval. However, the Assembly resolution is not binding under the Constitution. Government will then prepare Andhra Pradesh Reorganisation Bill and with Union Cabinet’s approval, it will send it to the President before being tabled in Parliament. The Winter Session of Parliament commences on December 5 and will conclude on December 20.
New Delhi, November 18 (PTi): The Supreme Court on Monday refused to entertain a PIL challenging Union Cabinet’s decision to bifurcate Andhra Pradesh to carve out a separate Telangana state. A bench of justices H.L. Dattu and Madan B. Lokur said the petition filed against bifurcation of the state is pre-mature as Parliament and state legislature are still to pass it. “We don’t know the mind of state legislature or Parliament and what they will do. Its pre-mature,” the bench said. It, however, said that all legal issues raised in the petition are kept open to be argued at an appropriate stage. “We decline to entertain the petition. However, we clarify that all legal issues raised in the petition are kept open to be argued in appropriate petitions at appropriate stage,” the bench said. The petition was filed by D.A. Somayajulu, currently serving as a member of Political Affairs Committee of YSR Congress, challenging the Centre’s move to carve out Telangana from Andhra Pradesh, saying it was an arbitrary and irrational decision resulting in large scale protests, loss of life and revenue across the state. The petition had sought directions for declaring the Cabinet resolution of October 3 as being unconstitutional. It had also sought direction for restraining the President from initiating any recommendation in terms of Article 3 for the bifurcation of Andhra Pradesh and creating Telangana until a rational policy on the creation of states is laid down. Further, the petition had said the present decision to divide Andhra Pradesh is clearly based on political motivations of the Congress that leads the coalition government at the Centre and cannot be defended against a challenge based on Article 14 of the Constitution.
olations by Pakistan along the Line of Control (LoC) in the last few months. It is also likely to take up for discussion the situation along the Line of Actual Control (LAC) after the signing of the Border Defence Cooperation Agreement with China to check flare ups between the two sides on the boundary. The issue of shortage of ammunition and weapon systems with the Army may also come up for discussion.
India’s maritime hawk completes 25 ys of yeomen service
New Delhi, November 18 (AgeNcieS): Quietly keeping a hawk-eye on hostile warships, submarines, pirates and other inimical forces in the wide Indian Ocean Region (IOR), the Tupolev-142M aircraft have now clocked 25 years of operations in the Navy without a single accident. The world’s largest and fastest turboprop aircraft, aptly named the “Albatross” or the “Mighty Bird”, the TU-142M planes first joined the INAS 312 maritime reconnaissance squadron from Russia in 1988. On Monday, the TU-142M’s silver jubilee was celebrated at naval air station INS Rajali in Arakkonam in Tamil Nadu, with Eastern Naval Command chief Vice admiral Anil Chopra reviewing the flypast and parad. Though the seven fuel-guzzling TU142M aircraft in the squadron have clearly aged, the Navy says they are still “effective force-multipliers” that are always in the “forefront” of all maritime operations. “TU-142Ms were the first true LRMR (long-range, maritime reconnaissance) patrol aircraft of the Navy. They have performed yeomen service
over the years. Having undergone overhauls and life-extensions in Russia, we plan to keep them in service till at least 2018,” said an officer. With a 50-metre wing-span and a range of over 12,000 km, the TU-142M has a speed of around 850 kmph. “They also have the highest flying altitude among turboprops, with an operational ceiling of over 13,000 metre,” he said. Apart from snooping, the TU142Ms also have potent anti-submarine and electronic warfare capabilities. “They have a 10-member crew, fitted as they are with lot of sensors. They can also carry at least five torpedoes as well as freefall bombs and depth charges,” he said. The TU142Ms will gradually be replaced by the dozen P-8I aircraft India is buying from the US for around $3.5 billion. Under the first $2.1 billion contract inked with Boeing in January 2009, the second of the eight contracted P-8I touched down at INS Rajali earlier this month. “All eight will be delivered by 2015,” said another officer. Armed with deadly Harpoon BlockII missiles, MK-54 lightweight torpedoes, rockets and depth charges, the
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radar-packed P-8I aircraft will be India’s “intelligent hawk-eyes” over the IOR that is increasingly getting militarized. China in particular has stepped up its submarine activity in the IOR as well as systematically forged extensive maritime linkages with eastern Africa, Seychelles,Maldives,SriLanka,Bangladesh, Myanmar and Pakistan, among others. With a maximum speed of 907 kmph and an operating range of over 1,200 nautical miles, “with four hours on station”, the P-8Is will be able to detect “threats” - and neutralize them if required - far before they come anywhere near Indian shores. Much like the TU-142Ms, the P-8Is will work in conjunction with medium-range maritime reconnaissance aircraft and Israeli Searcher-II and Heron UAVs (unmanned aerial vehicles) to establish an effective threetier surveillance grid in IOR. Apart from the need to take care of its primary area of strategic interest stretching from Persian Gulf to Malacca Strait, India also has a vast 5,422-km coastline, 1,197 islands and 2.01 million sq km of Exclusive Economic Zone to guard against all threats.
dates have declared charges of crime against women. Of these seven candidates, four have charges related to husband or relative of husband of a woman subjecting her to cruelty and New Delhi, November 18 (iANS): three candidates have declared cases related Nearly one-fourth of the contestants in the to outraging a woman’s modesty. Madhya Pradesh assembly polls have criminal backgrounds, an analysis by a think tank revealed here Monday. The Association for Democratic Reforms (ADR) and Madhya Pradesh Election Watch (MPEW) analysed 1,045 main candidates out of 2,583 candidates. Among the New Delhi, November 18 (PTi): The Suthree major parties Congress, Bharatiya Janata preme Court on Monday sought a response from Party (BJP), and Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP), the the Department of Telecommunication over a think tank analysed 683 out of 686 contesting PIL seeking complete ban on child pornography candidates. The report shows out of the 1,045 on internet. A bench led by Justice B S Chauhan candidates analysed, 243 candidates or 23 per- issued a notice to the Telecom department after cent have declared criminal cases against them. the government requested it to make DoT a parOut of the 243 candidates who have de- ty in the case. Earlier only Ministry of Informaclared criminal cases, 143 have declared se- tion and Technology had been issued a notice on rious criminal cases like murder, attempt-to- the PIL by lawyer Kamlesh Vaswani. The government’s counsel Tuesday inmurder, kidnapping, criminal intimidation and crime against women. A total of 91 of 228 formed the court that regulation of content on (40 percent) candidates fielded by Congress internet would come under the domain of DoT have declared criminal cases against them, and that the ministry had a very limited role while 61 out of 229 (27 percent) candidates in the matter. The bench then added DoT as a from BJP and 54 out of 226 (24 percent) can- party and sought its reply within three weeks. didates from BSP have declared criminal cases Meanwhile, there are reports that Internet search giants Google and Microsoft will put in their affidavits. The report adds that at least seven candi- in place measures to block such content from
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Commandos of the Indian Jammu and Kashmir police force march during a passing-out parade at Lethpora, some 30 kilometers (19 miles) south of Srinagar, India, Monday, Nov 18. 2013. According to the police authorities, 675 Kashmiri men were Monday formally inducted into the force after nine months of rigorous training. (AP Photo)
Children put their demands before political parties New Delhi, November 18 (iANS): As the country heads for general elections in a few months, more than 300 children from 16 states, many of them from poor, Dalit or tribal families, came together Monday to urge political parties to consider their demands. The children sought that their interests too were reflected in the manifestos of political parties. The demands ranged from good health care, edu-
their search results. The changes will apparently prevent more than 100,000 search terms from generating results that link to images and videos associated with child sex abuse and trigger a warning that the associated content is illegal. “The restrictions, which apply to English-speaking countries, will be expanded to more than 150 languages in the next six months,” Google Chairman Eric Schmidt wrote in an article for the Daily Mail on Sunday.
Shivraj sends Rs 10 crore defamation notice to Sonia
New Delhi, November 18 (AgeNcieS): Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan sent a Rs 10 crore defamation notice to Congress president Sonia Gandhi over a party advertisement targeting Chouhan and his family, reports said. The chief minister in his notice, reports said, has asked Congress to withdraw the charges by publishing a similar size ad. The notice has alleged that the advertisement - published last week in poll-bound Madhya Pradesh- caused damaged to reputation to the chief minister and his family. In the run-up to Madhya Pradesh Assembly polls, the Congress has been hitting out at Chouhan-led state government over alleged corruption practice.
cation, drug de-addiction centres at government hospitals, and land for building homes for Dalit and tribal families. Some of the children were part of the team that in September this year went to the United Nations General Assembly in New York to speak about child rights and press for implementation of the UN’s Millennium Development Goals (MDG). The children will take forward their manifestos and appeal for the imple-
mentation of plans and policies for them, whether at district or national level. The children finalised their demands at a state residential camp organised by World Vision India, the Indian arm of an international non-governmental organisation, in partnership with 160 networks and NGOs. More than 2,000 children participated, discussing the rights of the most vulnerable and deprived among them in the country.
Each state assembly prepared a charter of demands which they put forward at a national platform to the national level policy makers during the “National Assembly of Vulnerable Children”. The children sought health services in all villages, proper treatment for children living with HIV/AIDS, provision of physiotherapy centres for children with disability in every panchayat and drug de-addiction centres in all government hospitals.
Kerala shuts down, suffers Rs.900 cr loss
ThiruvANANThAPurAm, November 18 (iANS): A dawn-to-dusk state-wide shutdown Monday, called by the Left opposition to protest an order on implementation of the Kasturirangan panel report on conserving Western Ghats environment, brought Kerala to a grinding halt and Chief Minister Oommen Chandy said it cost the state Rs.900 crore. Across the state, shops and markets were closed and, barring private vehicles, no public transport vehicles were operating, leaving many stranded at railway stations and bus stands. “The CPI-M should tell the people of the state why was today’s shutdown called. The state has lost Rs.900 crore and, in this figure, the agriculture sector’s loss has not been accounted for. In every shutdown, the worst affected are the daily wage workers,” Chandy told reporters here. Both the state and central governments have categorically assured people that not a single person would be evicted on account of implementation of the Kasturirangan Committee report on Western Ghats, but assurances seem to have fallen on deaf ears. Hours after the Ministry of Environ-
ment and Forest came out with the order Thursday, there was a scare, especially in the hilly districts of the state, that the order will spell a death-knell for their livelihood. The five conditions in the order, applicable in the state’s 123 villages, are: no mining, no setting up of thermal plants, restriction on construction of buildings to less than 20,000 square metres, no township project to exceed 50 hectares, and no setting up of industries classified in the red category. Criticising the CPI-M, which called for the shutdown, Chandy said it’s sad the Left opposition decided to observe a shutdown at a meeting chaired by former chief minister V.S. Achuthanandan. “It was Achuthanandan himself who wanted the Gadgil Committee report to be implemented (both the state and centre have now replaced Gadgil report with Kasturirangan report because the former was stringent) ... their party secretary Pinarayi Vijayan wrote a letter to me asking me to ensure that the Kasturirangan report would be implemented after talking to all stake holders. We are so surprised by their double standards,” said Chandy.
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Boeing airliner crashes in Russian; 50 killed MOSCOW, NOveMber 18 (reuterS): A Boeing 737 airliner crashed on Sunday in the Russian city of Kazan, killing all 50 people on board and spotlighting the poor safety record of regional airlines that ply internal routes across the world’s largest nation. The son of the president of the oil-rich province of Tatarstan and the regional head of the FSB intelligence service were named among those killed when the plane exploded in a ball of fire upon hitting the runway. Pictures showed charred wreckage scattered over a wide area, apparently taken after firefighters had extinguished the fire. Russian television broadcast a blurred video showing a bright flash of light. It also showed a photo of the plane’s gaping fuselage with firefighters in the foreground. The Tatarstan airlines flight from Moscow had been trying to abort its landing in order to make a second approach when it crashed, killing all 44 passengers and six crew on board, emergency officials said. Flight U363 took off from Moscow’s Domodedovo airport at 6:25 pm (1425 GMT) and crashed just over an hour later, emergency officials said. The leased plane was 23 years old. There had been no technical problems reported with the plane prior to the flight and regular maintenance and troubleshooting between flights had been conducted, the news agency Interfax cited the airlines’ press office as saying. “The pilots, both born in 1966, had lots of experience,” the agency cited a spokeswoman as saying. According to local reports, the Boeing lost altitude quickly and its fuel tank exploded on impact. There were high winds and above-zero temperatures over the airport in central Russia. Flights to and from the airport were halted until midday on Monday. Kazan, which is 800 km (500 miles) east of Moscow, is the capital of the largely-Muslim, oil-rich region of Tatarstan. A new runway was built at the airport ahead of the World Student Games, held in the city earlier this year. Russia will host the Winter Olympics in the southern city of Sochi early next
Investigators seek clues on plane crash
In this photo provided by Russian Emergency Situations Ministry fire fighters and rescuers work at the crash site of a Russian passenger airliner near Kazan, the capital of the Tatarstan republic, about 720 kilometers (450 miles) east of Moscow, on November 17. A Russian passenger airliner crashed Sunday night while trying to land at the airport in the city of Kazan, killing all people aboard, officials said. The Boeing 737 belonging to Tatarstan Airlines crashed an hour after taking off from Moscow. (AP Photo)
year. The son of Tatarstan President Rustam Minnikhanov, Irek, was among those killed in the crash, as was the head of the regional Federal Security Service (FSB) Alexander Antonov, according to a passenger list whose authenticity was confirmed by the regional government. There was one foreigner, a British national, among the victims. Russia and the former Soviet republics combined have one of the world’s worst air-traffic safety records, with a total accident rate almost three times the world average in 2011, according to the International Air Transport Association. Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev called the disaster “a frightening tragedy”, offering his condolences to the relatives of the victims in a Tweet on Sunday. State television showed images of a
woman scanning a list of passenger names posted outside the airport and crumbling into tears as she apparently recognised one. Boeing BA.L officials had no immediate comment on the circumstances of the crash, but issued a statement. “Boeing’s thoughts are with those affected by the crash of the Tartarstan air company flight. Boeing is prepared to provide technical assistance to the investigating authority as it investigates the accident.” SPRAWLING COUNTRY Russia spans nine time zones, from the Baltic Sea to the Pacific across large areas of largely uninhabited land, making efficient air and train links especially important to the country’s economy. In Soviet times, flag carrier Aeroflot (AFLT.MM: Quote, Profile, Research) had
a virtual monopoly of the airline industry, but after the collapse of the Soviet Union, a multitude of small private companies emerged. A spokesman for state aviation oversight agency Rosaviatsia said authorities would search for the flight recorders. “The plane touched the ground and burst into flame,” Sergei Izvolsky said. “The cause of the crash as of now is unknown.” The plane had been forced to make an emergency landing a year earlier on November 26 due to problems with “cabin depressurisation” shortly after take off, a law enforcement source told Interfax news agency. No one was hurt. IATA said last year that global airline safety had improved but that accident rates had risen in Russia and the ex-Soviet Commonwealth of Independent States.
‘Australia spied on Indonesia president’
SYdNeY, NOveMber 18 (AFP): Australian spy agencies attempted to listen to the phone calls of Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono and targeted his wife and senior ministers, reports said on Monday, drawing a demand for answers from Jakarta. Secret documents leaked by US whistleblower Edward Snowden, obtained by the Australian Broadcasting Corporation and The Guardian newspaper, name the president and nine of his inner circle as targets of the surveillance. The embarrassing details emerged with bilateral ties between the stra-
tegic allies already strained over previous spying allegations and how to deal with boatpeople heading for Australia via Indonesia. The documents show that Australia’s electronic intelligence agency, the Defence Signals Directorate, tracked Yudhoyono’s activity on his mobile phone for 15 days in August 2009, when Labor’s Kevin Rudd was prime minister. It reportedly intercepted at least one call. A list of targets also included his wife Ani, Vice President Boediono who was in Australia last week, former vice president Yussuf Kalla, the foreign affairs spokesman, the security minister and the informa-
tion minister, the reports said. Yudhoyono’s office demanded an explanation from Canberra. “The Australian government urgently needs to clarify on this news to avoid further damage,” spokesman Teuku Faizasyah told AFP in a text message. “The damage has been done,” he added. The ABC said one of the documents was titled “3G impact and update” and appeared to chart attempts by Australian intelligence to keep pace with the rollout of 3G technology in Indonesia and across Southeast Asia. A number of intercept options were listed and a
recommendation was made to choose one of them and to apply it to a target -- in this case the Indonesian leadership, the broadcaster said. The latest release of Snowden documents comes just weeks after reports claimed Canberra’s overseas diplomatic posts, including in Jakarta, were involved in a vast US-led surveillance network, which sparked an angry reaction from Indonesian Foreign Minister Marty Natalegawa. This was followed by The Guardian reporting earlier this month that Australia and the United States mounted a joint surveillance operation on close neighbour Indonesia dur-
ing 2007 UN climate talks in Bali. In an interview with the ABC on Sunday, before the latest revelations, Vice President Boediono played down suggestions of a rift with Australia, shrugging off the disputes as normal neighbourly problems. “It’s normal for nextdoor neighbours to have problems,” he said. “I think Australians and Indonesians are quite committed to the long-term interests of both countries.” But he admitted to public concern in Indonesia over the espionage allegations. “And therefore we should find some joint ways to allay public concern,” he said.
MOSCOW, NOveMber 18 (AP): Russian investigators on Monday combed through the charred fragments of a Boeing 737 jetliner as they tried to determine what caused its crash that killed all 50 people on board. The plane belonging to Tatarstan Airlines crashed Sunday while trying to land at its home port in the Russian city of Kazan, the capital of the oil-rich province of Tatarstan. The son of the provincial governor and the chief of the local branch of Russia’s main security agency were among the victims. The plane, which was flying from Moscow, crashed while making a second attempt at landing, said Alexander Poltinin, the head of the local branch of Russia’s Investigative Committee. He said the investigators are trying to determine why the crew couldn’t land at first try. Poltinin said the investigators are looking into possible pilot error or an equipment failure. The traffic controller at the Kazan airport who contacted the plane before the crash said the crew told him they weren’t ready for landing as it was approaching, but didn’t specify the problem. The plane hit the ground and exploded on impact, and its burning fragments littered the tarmac. Poltinin said it could take weeks to identify the remains of some of the victims. Russian emergency ministry officials said that a British national, Donna Bull, was among the victims. The investigators have found both of the plane’s black boxes, which contain the recording of its systems performance and the crew conversations and are essential for the crash probe. Magomed Tolboyev, a highly decorated Russian test pilot, said on Rossiya television that it wasn’t immediately clear why the crew was unable to land at first try in good weather, saying it could be linked to a failure of some of the plane’s systems or a crew error. The plane that crashed was built 23 years ago and had seen service with seven other carriers prior to being commissioned by Tatarstan Airlines. In 2001, it was damaged in a landing accident in Brazil that hurt no one. The aircraft has been in service with Tatarstan Airlines since 2008. The company insisted that the aircraft was in good condition for the flight. The carrier has had a good safety record, but appears to have run into financial problems recently. Its personnel went on strike in September over back wages, and the Kazan airport authority has gone to arbitration to claim what it said was Tatarstan Airlines’ debt for servicing its planes. Investigators on Monday started looking through the company’s records as part of the crash probe.
Nobel author Doris Lessing dies at 94
LONdON, NOveMber 18 (IANS): British Nobel Prize-winning author Doris Lessing died Sunday here at her home. She was 94. She “passed away peacefully at her London home in the early hours of this morning”, reported BBC citing a statement from her publisher, Harper Collins. Her best-known works include The Golden Note-
book, Memoirs of a Survivor and The Summer Before the Dark. Lessing became the oldest winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature when in 2007 she won the award for her life’s work aged 88. She was “a wonderful writer with a fascinating and original mind”, said Jonathan Clowes, her long-time friend and agent.
Some of her other novels focused on her African experiences and social and political struggle, while others were thrillers and science fiction, Xinhua reported. The Swedish Academy described her as an “epicist of the female experience, who with skepticism, fire and visionary power has subjected a divided civilisation to scrutiny.”
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OIC chief meets Myanmar Muslims: ‘I was crying’
YANGON, NOveMber 18 (AP): The secretary general of the world’s largest bloc of Islamic countries said emotional visits with members of the long-persecuted Rohingya Muslim community — chased from their homes in Myanmar by Buddhist mobs and arsonists — brought him to tears. “I’ve never had such a feeling,” Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu said late Saturday, as he and other delegates from the Organization of Islamic Cooperation wrapped up a threeday tour to Myanmar that included talks with the president, government ministers, interfaith groups and U.N. agencies. But he said it was the huge, emotional crowds living in trash-strewn camps outside the
Rakhine state capital, Sittwe, that made the biggest impression. “I was crying,” Ihsanoglu said. Myanmar, a predominantly Buddhist nation of 60 million, emerged from a half-century of military rule in 2011, but its transition to democracy has been marred by sectarian violence that has left more than 240 people dead and sent another 240,000 fleeing their homes. Most of the victims have been Rohingya. Though many of their families arrived generations ago, all have been denied citizenship by the government. Many children in displacement camps have not gone to school for more than a year. Those who wish to leave — for medical treatment
or otherwise — have to pay hefty bribes. Humanitarian aid workers face constant threats by Buddhist Rakhine, who accuse them of being biased in favor of Rohingya. Ihsanoglu said that while visiting the Sittwe camps, he and other members of the IOC delegation were met by crowds of 5,000, but due to the language barrier, they were unable to communicate. “They were desperate. They were afraid. They were happy we were there, but it was a happiness expressed in crying,” he said, adding that he was eventually able to offer the Islamic greeting, “Assalam Alaikum,” or “May God grant protection and security,” and the crowd responded in kind. “I can’t
explain the feeling I had,” he said. “It was very moving.” The OIC visit to Myanmar was marred by frequent demonstrations, with thousands turning out to meet the delegates when they landed in Yangon and then Sittwe, some carrying banners that said “OIC get out” or chanting “Stop interfering in our internal affairs.” Still, Ihsanoglu called it a success — mostly because it came at the invitation of a government that has largely remained silent about the repeated attacks on minority Muslims. He said he received assurances that the government was seeking to resolve issues of citizenship for its 800,000 Rohingya, but gave no details.
he Miss Sumi Ahuna 2013 was held on November 14 at town hall Zunheboto with Parliamentary Secretary for Soil & Water Conservation and Fisheries, Shetoi Sumi as the Chief Guest, under the theme “Beauty for Amity”, with 15 contestants from Kohima, Dimapur and Zunheboto taking part in the competition. Atheli Zhimo was crowned Miss Sumi Ahuna 2013 followed by Alivi Achumi as the 1st runners-up and Eziza Sumi as the 2nd runners-up along with the ‘Viewer’s Choice’ title. Atheli won a cash prize of Rs. 50,000, while the 1st and 2nd runners-up won Rs. 35, 000 and Rs. 25, 000 respectively. The subtitle winners were Miss Perfect
10 – Marylne Zhimomi, Miss Personality - Atheli Zhimo, Miss Photogenic - Viboli K Yeptho, Miss Beautiful Smile - Karen Kinimi, Miss Beautiful Skin - Lomika Aye and Viewers choice Eziza Sumi Jekugha Chishi and Abokali Jimomi anchored the programme. Special presentation by Kids World Montessori, Sunday School SBCZ, Immanuel School, Noghuli contestant NOH, RPB Hindi College Zunheboto and Alahuto colony youth Zunheboto were the other highlights of the evening. The sponsors were Okusa Toyota for Miss Sumi Ahuna 2013, Er. & Mrs H. Vikiho Jimomi for 1st Runners Up and Mr & Mrs G Hetoyi Shohe for 2nd Runners up.
Sound of Inspiration Hunt promo tour at Mon Town
he Eastern Route, the organizer of Sound of Inspiration Hunt’ 13 staged 2nd Promo Tour at Mon Town Hall on November 15 with the district partner Ben’s Team Mon. The nine semi finalists Lutsushi Yim, Hamie Phom, Kamba Chang, Aniam Phom, Chinglung Phom, Longila Stm, Yanpong Stm, Nyakhu Konyak and Thowang Konyak enthralled the audience with their songs. The Promo Tour was graced by Pakon Phom, SDO (Civil) Mon. The special appearances of the The public voting for show were 6 Blackers, Black Skipper, Apo and the next round is open till Anok. Gopan Konyak was December 3 and counting will be on December 4. the host of the show.
Public voting will be closed on December 3 at 6:00 PM. No voting cards will be accepted after the stipulated
time. Three contestants This was stated in a rewill be voted off through lease issued by Dew Mujudge points and public kam, Managing Director, voting. Sound of Inspiration Hunt.
The Naga Girl Band consisting of four members Livika Swu (Vocals), Nukshinaro Imchen (Guitars), Vekutalu Swuro (Pianist), Onen (Bassist), Promoter. Mhonyamo kikon, Mentor Meyi will be launched soon. The Band formed by the School of Music and Art Purana Bazaar 2013 with the intent to popularize and give a platform to young upcoming female artist and with the vision to impact young generation positively by transforming individual lives through music.
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Let the Ashes begin: media begin the "Pom" bashing
BRISBANE, NovEmBER 18 (AP): The Ashes contest must be imminent. The local newspaper featured a front-page photo of Kevin Pietersen on Monday, describing the England batsman as the "walking ego of world cricket." That was published only hours after the national broadcaster aired the latest in a long line of Australian TV retrospectives of the Bodyline series, the divisive 1932-33 Ashes episode that soured relations between the two countries. Alistair Cook's England squad has arrived in Brisbane to finalize preparations for the first test starting Thursday, with the first three days of the match already sold out. England are chasing a fourth consecutive series win — an achievement that has eluded them since the 1800s. And that stat more than anything has piqued the interest of Australians from all walks of life. There's nothing quite as bad in a sporting context for most Aussies as too-frequent losses to the old enemy. "There's always a lot of bluff and bluster in the lead-up
to an Ashes series," former Australia captain Ian Chappell wrote in a column, adding that there were plenty of ifs and buts and not a lot of certainties. "On this occasion Australia have more ifs, while England are superior in the number of proven performers." Veteran cricket radio broadcaster Jim Maxwell took to twitter to voice his reservations about the "provocative tabloid front page" in Brisbane's The Courier-Mail on Monday, saying the Australian "belligerence, get the enemy, might be misplaced, backfire." Australian crowds don't need any encouragement when it comes to cheering against The Poms, as the English are widely known in this federation of former British colonies. England's pace spearhead Jimmy Anderson is all too aware that there's a lot more to an Ashes tour of Australia than what happens on the field. "Coming out here ... it's always a tough place to be," Anderson said after arriving in Brisbane. "You're not just playing against the 11 blokes on the field, you're
England's Graeme Swann, center, celebrates with teammates after taking a wicket on day four of their cricket match against Cricket Australia Invitational Xl at the Sydney Cricket Ground in Sydney Saturday, Nov. 16. (AP Photo)
playing against the whole country that are backing them. It's a real challenge for us." Most conjecture about the England selection has been about the third seamer to back up Anderson and Stuart Broad, who
Naga boy excels at Taekwondo
Director, Youth Resources and Sports, Kelei Zeliang with Heutingyi Zeliang and State Taekwondo Coach, Visabiu Peseyie.
DImAPUR, NovEmBER 18 (mExN): Heutingyi Zeliang, 11 years, son of Late Sapu Zeliang, and a trainee of Taekwondo at Sports Academy, Indira Gandhi Stadium Kohima has won three consecutive gold medals at National level in a single year. He is a Class VI student of Government Middle School, Meriema. Heutingyi Zeliang has won 3 gold medals at SubJunior National level in 2013. His first gold medal was bagged at the 58th National School Games, Delhi which was held from 2nd8th January, 2013 in the category of 27-29 kg. The second gold medal was won at 31st National SubJunior Taekwondo Championship, Pune from 30th August – 1st September, 2013 in the category of 29-
32 kg. The third gold medal was bagged at 59th National School Games held in Madhya Pradesh from 12th -16th September, 2013 in the category of 29-32 kg. Director of Youth Resources and Sports, Kelei Zeliang has congratulated Heutingyi Zeliang, a student of Taekwondo discipline of Sports Academy, IGS Kohima for winning three national gold medals in 2013. The Director is grateful to Merentoshi R. Jamir, Minister for Youth Resources and Sports for his guidance and contribution to the Sports Department and hopes that through his able leadership, more opportunities and facilities for sportspersons will be introduced in the state. The Director is also pleased to note that the Sports Academy, IGS estab-
lished by the State Government nurtures young boys and girls who are privileged to be taught by well trained coaches and also puts forth a challenge to the Coaches to maintain strict discipline in the Academy. He, however, expressed regret that the Department has been unable to provide proper facilities to the Academy trainees and gave assurances of looking into the matter. State Taekwondo Coach, Viabiu Peseyie in a press note stated that a good sportsperson should have faith in God and be disciplined in life. “I have full confidence that Heutingyi Zeliang will succeed not only at the National level but also at Asian Games, Olympics and the international level with proper guidance and facilities,” he added.
will be the main target for boisterous crowds. Anderson said all the seamers had improved as the tour has progressed, with draws against a Western Australia XI in Perth and Australia A in Hobart
followed by a seven-wicket win over a Cricket Australia Invitational XI in Sydney on the weekend. "We've all started to find some rhythm. Getting to a good place," he said. "What we're excited by is the fact
we didn't play our best in England against Australia but we still ended up winning 3-0. "We're very hopeful that we're going to play better cricket than we did in England — we know we're going to have to play
better cricket. "Certainly every time we've won, the next series has been even tougher." England ended Australia's eight series of domination around the turn of the 21st century with a victory at home in 2005, but was then swept 5-0 on the following tour Down Under. But the English have won twice at home since then, including the series just completed in August, and had a 3-1 victory in Australia in 2010/11 — its first on Australian soil in 24 years. This series is being held 12 months ahead of schedule due to Australia's co-hosting of the 2015 World Cup, leaving little time for the English to celebrate their third consecutive series win. Now Cook's team is on the brink of its best run in 120 years, since England won seven consecutive series from 1884 until 1890. And with eight wins and only two losses in the last 15 Ashes tests, and with a stable squad, England will start as favorites. "It is crucial to get off to a good start," Anderson said of the anticipated steamy opening match in
the Queensland state capital. "It is going to be a long six weeks for both teams so it is very important to get that first blow in." The Australians have had a disjointed buildup to the series, with the limitedovers squad away in India until earlier this month and the likes of opener David Warner and skipper Michael Clarke playing in the domestic competition. But Clarke is confident his squad is stronger than it was leading into the last Ashes series, when Warner was suspended after a nightclub altercation and Mickey Arthur was fired as coach. Darren Lehmann, who came in on short notice to guide the team in England, is confident his squad is more settled and things will be different in Australia. "I think we can win the Ashes," Lehmann was quoted as saying. "From my point of view it's about giving the side confidence. We chopped and changed in England but this time, when we find the right top seven, they will get a good run at it. I think we can do it, but it comes down to how you handle the big moments on the tough days."
Vettel sets record with US Grand Prix win
AUSTIN, NovEmBER 18 (AP): Sebastian Vettel climbed out of his Red Bull car, pumped his right fist then held up eight fingers, one for each of his consecutive victories. Formula One's German dominator just keeps on winning. The four-time world champion won the U.S. Grand Prix in easy fashion Sunday, setting an F1 season record with his eighth straight victory behind another blistering drive that gave the field no chance to catch him. "Incredible. It's one of those (records) you never expect to be beaten," Vettel said. Vettel started from the pole position he snagged from teammate Mark Webber of Australia in the finals seconds of Saturday's qualifying. The No. 1 spot proved important. Vettel's trademark quick start got him through the critical first turn ahead of the traffic and his lead was never threatened. Lotus' Romain Grosjean of France was second, his best finish of the year. Webber was third. Vettel charges into next weekend's season finale in Brazil with a chance to tie Michael Schumacher's Formula One record of 13 victories in a single season. Schumacher set the mark in 2004,
Red Bull driver Sebastian Vettel of Germany drinks champagne after winning the Formula One U.S. Grand Prix auto race at the Circuit of the Americas, Sunday, Nov. 17 in Austin, Texas. (AP Photo)
and also won seven straight races that year. Vettel also is closing on the overall Formula One record for consecutive victories of nine, set by Alberto Ascari over parts of the 1952 and '53 seasons. "At the end of the day, what makes me jump into the car is not a certain number, but certainly today, when you realize you've done it,
it makes you very proud in that moment," Vettel said. After the victory, Vettel spun his car through several doughnuts, a move that has drawn fines from the sports' governing body earlier this season. Vettel later appeared to wipe away tears as he stood on the winner's podium while listening to the German national anthem. He has been
so dominant this season and in recent years that he's been greeted with boos after several victories. Vettel has dismissed the jeers as frustration from fans of teams who can't beat him. "We have to remember these days," Vettel told his crew over his car radio after the victory. "I love you guys. We have an incredible team spirit. I'm so proud of you. I
love you." The 26-year-old made his Formula One debut at 19 in the 2007 U.S. Grand Prix in Indianapolis and now has an American title that escaped him last year. Vettel led most of the 2012 race in Austin until Lewis Hamilton passed him late to get the win. Vettel had called that a frustrating loss and ruthlessly dominated the field this time. He avoided the danger of the treacherous first corner that pushes the drivers 133 feet up and into a blind left turn back down the hill. Once through that and still in the lead, Vettel immediately began pulling away. Webber, frustrated at losing pole position on Saturday, had a terrible start from No. 2. Grosjean and Mercedes' Hamilton both nosed ahead and pushed him into fourth barely seconds into the race. "(Saturday) is when the victory was made easy for Seb," Webber said. Webber fought back to overtake Hamilton, who finished fourth. He pushed Grosjean through several tense laps late but couldn't slip into second as Grosjean held him off. "You want to be on the outside of turn one, but Romain was already there," Webber said.
Czech Republic retains Davis Cup title NAC set to conduct 4th
Czech Republic's Davis Cup team, from left: Tomas Berdych, Radek Stepanek, captain Vladimir Safarik, Lukas Rosol and Jan Hajek pose with the trophy after defeating Serbia in their Davis Cup finals tennis match in Belgrade, Serbia on Nov. 17. (AP Photo)
BELGRADE, NovEmBER 18 (AP): With the Davis Cup on the line, Radek Stepanek delivered again. Stepanek gave the Czech Republic its second straight Davis Cup title Sunday, sweeping past Dusan Lajovic in straight sets in the fifth and decisive match to secure a 3-2 win over Serbia in the final. That made Stepanek the first player in the history of the tournament to
decide two consecutive finals in the fifth match, having done the same against Spain's Nicolas Almagro last year. "This is an amazing moment," said Stepanek, who beat the 117thranked Lajovic 6-3, 6-1, 6-1 after Novak Djokovic had leveled the series for Serbia at 2-2 earlier Sunday. The Czech veteran converted his first match point with a smash to send about a thousand visiting Czech
fans at Belgrade Arena into wild celebrations as they blew trumpets and beat their drums. Stepanek spread his hands on the court as Tomas Berdych and other Czech teammates jumped on him. "It's difficult to find right words for emotions I am going through now," Stepanek said. "It was a completely different experience than last year. I was very focused, concentrated,
I knew what to do on court. We made history for our country today." Last year's victory for the first for the Czechs as an independent nation. Serbia won its only crown in 2010, beating France in Belgrade. Lajovic, who has a 5-12 record on the ATP tour and had never played in the Davis Cup before this weekend, replaced Janko Tipsarevic, who missed the final with a heel injury. He also lost his
first singles against Berdych on Friday — his first career best-of-five-sets match — and found himself thrust into by far the biggest match of his life against Stepanek. The 23-year-old Serb started well, however, breaking Stepanek in the opening game of the match. But the 34-year-old Czech responded swiftly with two consecutive breaks to take a 5-2 lead. Stepanek controlled the match from then on, and broke Lajovic for 3-1 in the final set, and then added another before serving out the match. "I was fighting to my last breath, but obviously this wasn't enough," Lajovic said. "Of course, I am very disappointed. Right now I need to cool off my head and think what to do next." Serbia captain Bogdan Obradovic said his team's chances of winning the title were crippled by Tipsarevic's injury and a 12-month doping ban against Viktor Troicki, who helped Serbia win its only title. "We couldn't find the real replacement for the two, it was like playing tennis without one leg," Bogdanovic said. "Dusan is the young gun in our team. Hopefully he is going to use the energy from the team and some experiences from those two matches for his career, even if it wasn't a success."
Kohima | November 18
The 4th Horsepower Challenge 2013 (Auto Cross & Moto Cross) under the aegis of the Nagaland Adventure Club (NAC) will take place from December 6 to 7 coinciding with the Hornbill Festival of Nagaland. The event will take place at Nagaland Football Association (NFA) ground, near Nagaland University, Kohima Campus, Meriema. Total prize money for the event has been set at Rs. 3 lakh. The event is open to both male and female. The duration of the event will be 10:00 PM to 4:00 PM. On being asked about the status of riders from Nagaland in association with this event for the last four years, NAC advisor K.K. Paul Rutsa said the NAC has opened door to all those enthusiastic drivers and riders. “We are happy that they are doing well.” He said that Anguzo Sekhose, Lima I. Jamir, Peter Rutsa, Ruokobeituo Kense, Pijo Awomi and Keren Puro have represented the NAC on several occasions in Assam and Meghalaya and won several titles.
NAC officials addressing media persons at Hotel Rendenzvous, Kohima. (Morung Photo)
Participants from Meghalaya and Assam have already been confirmed in both categories this year. The NAC is also expecting participants from Bangalore, Bhopal and Delhi. Entry fee for participants of four wheelers category has been fixed at Rs. 3000 and Rs. 2000 for 2 wheelers. Forms can be downloaded from internet. Forms will also be made available at Trap, New Secretariat Road, Kohima and Screwdriver, Golaghat Road, Dimapur.
Last date for submission of forms stands November 30. For further information, contact; 9774071683 / 9863174444. Scrunity and documentation of the participants will be done on December 5. Minister for youth resources & sports Merentoshi R. Jamir will grace the valedictory function as the chief guest and give away prizes to the winners. NAC advisor Atu Tsurho and general secretary Burakum Lkr were also present at the press conference.
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