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Dimapur VOL. IX ISSUE 136
Bihar political crisis ends, Nitish names Jitan Ram Manjhi as next CM
A buffalo called Katrina
By Sandemo Ngullie
Hoping for a cabinet portfolio? Get in line, sir.
NSCN (K) notifies DIMaPuR, May 19 (Mexn): The NSCN (K) has assigned Col Akaho Jhimo to “continue all issues related to financial matters for the fiscal year 2014-15 under Dimapur district.” The Assignment Azha, issued by Lt General Niki Sumi, Commander, Western Division informed all business establishments, contractors and HODs to deal with the assigned officer positively.
NSCN (IM) informs DIMaPuR, May 19 (Mexn): The NSCN (IM) has informed that the authority of the Union Territory will “deploy OSD” at the Indira Gandhi Stadium, DC Court and Agri Expo, 4th Mile to “check and take stern action upon those who practice illegal activities.” A press note from Khekuto Jakhalu, Secrertary, UT, GPRN cautioned that “if anybody is found/caught in the aforementioned area in an objectional character, then the authority shall publish their vehicle number, photo and particulars in detail, irrespective of caste and class of the persons.” The note informed that this directive was issued by the Central Administrative Officer, M Daniel Lotha (CAO) Union Territory.
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sonia, rahul offer to noke: for the greater good resign, cWc rejects it
new DelhI, May 19 (IanS): Congress chief Sonia Gandhi and her son and party vice president Rahul Gandhi Monday offered to resign for the party’s worst performance in a general election, but the Congress Working Committee unanimously rejected it, senior leader Amarinder Singh said. “Sonia Gandhi-ji and Rahul Gandhi offered to resign, but the CWC (Congress Working Committee) rejected it,” the former Punjab chief minister told IANS. Party sources said Prime Minister Manmohan Singh also said it was not a solution to the problem. “The resignation of Sonia and Rahul is no solution to problems faced by the party,” a source quoting the prime minister told IANS. The sources added that almost onethird of the time of the meeting was taken up by the members urging Sonia and Rahul Gandhi not to press their resignation. A party leader said: “Many members said the party was not able to properly communicate with people. Rahul Gandhi is likely to be given more free hand in organisational affairs in the coming days.” The CWC met here to take stock of the party’s worst performance in the 2014 Lok Sabha elections, in which it won just 44 seats. After the results were announced May 16, Sonia and Rahul Gandhi owned up responsibility for the party’s performance. Party leader Oscar Fernandes said: “There is no question of retreat. We will fight.” ‘Price rise, corruption contributed to defeat’ Price rise and corruption were the issues on which the UPA government failed to communicate with the people, outgoing Prime Minister Manmohan Singh told the CWC Monday, accepting shortcomings of his government that led to the poll drub-
• I am a Naga and I am no opportunist • I withdrew from the CM race in the greater interest of the NPF party Imti Longchar Kohima | may 18
Congress party president Sonia Gandhi and her son and party vice president Rahul Gandhi arrive to attend a meeting of the Congress Working Committee to review the party’s defeat in the general elections in New Delhi on May 19. (AP Photo)
bing. Congress general secretary Janardan Dwivedi, quoted Manmohan Singh as saying in the meeting: “I take responsibility for the shortcomings of my government.” “We were not able to communicate satisfactorily with the people on the issues of price rise and corruption, and the situations that arose because of it,” said the prime minister. Will start tradition of accountability: Rahul Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi Monday said he had failed in fulfilling the party’s expectations, and offered to resign from his post following the party’s poll debacle, the Congress said. “Rahul said he felt there is lack of accountability in the party, and that he could not fulfill the expectations the party had from him... He said he would start the tradition of accountability in the party, and offered to resign,” Dwivedi told reporters Monday.
For 40 years now, without any break, Noke Wangnao, current PHED Minister has been the unassuming caretaker of the regional party of Nagaland and ensuring that it survives and stays in one piece. Even if it means getting to play the scapegoat at times! Internal bickering and disputes are endemic in the political arena of which the NPF party is no stranger to. For the best interest of the party, a concerned Noke has always donned the role of a mediator and saw to it that differences are amicably resolved. When the regional party in 2002 nearly faced a split after differences arose over the change of a ‘letter’ in the party’s nomenclature- from NPC to NPF, Noke intervened and did what he did best-save the party. When a section of NPF legislator (s) started grumbling for want of a particular portfolio he was holding, Noke quietly relinquished the title and accepted what was offered, even when it was against
PHED Minister Noke Wangnao outside his official residence in Kohima.
his own interest. “There have been enough situations when the NPF party was on the verge of division, but it survived because of me,” the veteran politician said. And unlike the sorts of politicians changing party allegiance like a chameleon would change its color, Noke, who joined active politics in 1974 by contesting from 43 Tapi Assembly Constituency under UDF and reelected seven times thereafter, has never wavered. “I am a Naga and I am no opportunist. My foremost loyalty lies with the well being of the party for which I have dedicated four decades,” the regional strongman in his quiet unassuming manner said. It is this allegiance and the concern that him joining the race for the Chief Minister’s chair could lead to disintegration of the party that made Noke put on
the brakes and opt out of the race. “I withdrew from contesting for the CM’s post in the greater interest of the NPF party. I did not want to see further division among the members,” he said. “I also did not want to involve myself in the ‘nasty politics’ played amongst the NPF members, he revealed further, while candidly pointing out that the way a group of politicians went to Kaziranga at the first hint of him joining the race was ‘unhealthy’ and not with ‘good intention.’ Noke further clarified that contrary to what had appeared in the media, Chief Minister, Neiphiu Rio never approached him personally on the issue. “In the last hour, he (Rio) sent some legislators to enquire if I was interested in the post of the chief minister. As said earlier, I declined because I did not want to bring dissention to the
NPF camp” – which is not a complaint but simple truth offered with a shrug. On the question of capability, Noke shot back whether his 40 years of service to the Nagas is not proof enough. Citing some of his achievements, Noke said it was during his tenure as an elected representative under the chief minister-ship of Vamozu Phesao (NPC government) that policies like LADF, MLA/Minister quota, ex MLA pension, old age pensions were introduced. “Right after we introduced these policies here in Nagaland, they were emulated by the whole of India, I am very proud of that,” he said. He is also credited for bringing the department of Rural Development (RD), introducing customary law, housing schemes and facilitating funds for “backward people.” Apart from being the longest serving politician under the regional party, Noke has also another record of sorts. He is the first man from the Konyak community (read un-administered part of the Konyak region) to attend school in the year 1952 and the first to pass matricin 1967 from Sibsagar after which he went on to pursue higher studies. At 78, for Noke, the question of retirement is not a question. He says,“I will run the next time and the time after that,” as he light up the whole room with his grin.
Nagaland govt issues show cause notice Phek ‘total close Down’
KohIMa, May 19 (DIPR): The Nagaland state government has issued show cause notices to three institutes, with regard to starting various courses in Para Medical Technology. The show cause notice signed by Chief Secretary, Banuo Z Jamir, dated May 16, stated that the Department of Higher & Technical Education had given No Objection Certificates to the Institute of Management and Medical Research Health Science & School of Nursing, Singrijan Dimapur; Para-Medical Training Institute, Industrial Estate, Dimapur and the Indian Institute of Para- Medical Technology, Kohima, in order to start various courses in Para-Medical Technology. However, it added that the No Objection Certificates were given only to facilitate establishment of the institutes. Regarding complaints about lack of proper infrastructure, laboratories and qualified teaching faculty, it informed that the state government had constituted an Inspection Committee to inspect the three institutes, in January,
2014. The Committee consisted of the Additional Director, Health & Family Welfare; Medical Superintendent, District Hospital, Dimapur; Principal, Para Medical Training Institute, Kohima; Pathologist and Medical Officer, in-charge of the Blood Bank, District Hospital, Dimapur; VicePrincipal, Para-Medical Institute, Kohima and the Pathologist, Naga Hospital Authority, Kohima It said that the Committee has submitted its report to the government with the findings that the three institutes lack proper No Objection Certificate from the competent regulatory bodies, sufficient land and infrastructure including administrative blocks, academic classrooms, library, laboratory, conference hall, computer & computer room, basic environment sanitation, safe drinking water, proper power supply, proper hygienic toilets, minimum basic facility for physically challenged people, overhead projector, qualified faculty members and qualified examiners for conducting examinations. It called upon the three insti-
‘GOI should resolve the Indo-Naga issue’
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DIMaPuR, May 19 (Mexn): The Against Corruption and Unabated Taxation (ACAUT) Nagaland has urged the Government of India to “solve” the Naga Political Issue “at the earliest.” A press note from ACAUT stated that the “Naga people are eagerly awaiting the PM-in-waiting, Narendra Modi to seriously look into the issue taking into consideration the continuous strife affecting peace and prosperity of the Naga people.” It said that “67 years of conflict and militarization affecting millions of people in a democratic India is an aberration which should strike the conscience of any government.” It asserted that the Naga people expect the new government to sincerely pursue the unresolved Indo-Naga problem. ACAUT Nagaland expressed disappointment that the GOI, “under previous dispensation,” instead of addressing the core issues, “seemed to be content putting more division
in Naga society.” Declaring that the ACAUT movement is not against the Naga Movement, it affirmed that “at the heart of the One Government One Tax campaign is the understanding that the Naga Aspiration for Sovereignty is a must and the onus is on the various NPGs to come together under a single umbrella.” It stated that the GOI should understand that One Government One Tax is an “assertion that the Naga movement is legitimate and true; and any divide and rule policy at this juncture is unacceptable to the Naga people.” It urged the Naga Political Groups to understand that factionalism in the movement is “giving more excuses to the GOI not to resolve the Naga issue.” It cautioned Government agencies such as RAW and the Intelligence Bureau not to “aggravate the polarizing situation in the state.” Full text on Page 4
tutes to explain as to why the No Objection Certificate given by the state government should not be withdrawn, within fifteen days from the date of receipt/publication of this show cause notice. It further directed the institutes not to admit fresh batches of students until further notice. Approval and recognition of the courses offered by these institutes fall within the purview of regulatory bodies such as the AICTE, NU, NCI, MCI, Para-Medical Council of India etc. and the No Objection Certificates issued by the Department of Higher & Technical Education are in no way to be construed as approval or recognition of the courses by the State Government, it added. It informed that the state Department of Health & Family Welfare is the declared nodal department to monitor the proper functioning of the said Institutes and to inspect the necessary approvals granted by the regulatory authorities and to verify whether the prescribed norms are being followed.
Magisterial inquiry to probe April 24 Ghathashi incident Zunheboto, May 19 (DIPR): The Home Department, Political Branch, Government of Nagaland has ordered a magisterial inquiry into the April 24 Ghathashi incident, where two persons were injured, one of whom succumbed to his wounds. The notice, dated May 13, directed the Deputy Commissioner, Zunheboto, L Akato Sema to head the inquiry. On April 24, the notice stated, “due to attack by a group of people, one Hokishe Chishi was injured and one Kuhovi of Ighanumi village was found fatally injured, who later succumbed to injury on the way to Kohima.” It added that there was a “reported attack by a mob from Ighanumi village, vandalizing houses belonging to the family members of the accused Kaito, S/o Asapu of Mukalimi village.” It stated that the matter requires a detailed inquiry to find out the causes leading to the death and the subsequent mob attack, which vandalized properties and injured people. The notice directed the Zunheboto DC to initiate an in-depth inquiry into the causes and circumstances leading to the death of late Kuhovi, S/o Xekiye of Ighanumi village and the subsequent “mob attack.” It further ordered the DC to inquire into the person or group of persons responsible for the incident and whether the incident could have been avoided. The notice gave the DC fifteen days from the date of its publication to submit its report to the Nagaland state government.
Protests against ‘threats’ by Kilonser
An elderly man walks the deserted streets in Phek town after several organizations called for a total shutdown on May 19.
PheK, May 19 (Mexn): Businesses in Phek town shut shop today in protest against alleged “threats” meted to the business communities at Phek town by one Thupuvezo Keyho, Kilonser of the NSCN (K). The “total close down” was initiated by the Phek Town Chamber of Commerce and Industries (PCCI), along with the Phek Town Youth Society and ACAUT Phek Unit. The organizations, in a press note, informed that many youths volunteered to ensure success of the bandh. After the bandh, the organizations resolved that in the event of any threats or untoward action by any Naga Political Group, “the NGOs will have no other option but to flush them out totally and no compromise will ever arrive whatsoever.” They further rendered “unwavering support to ACAUT Nagaland.” ACAUT Phek Unit had previously informed that the NSCN (K) Kilonser had passed an order to business communities in Phek town to boycott the ACAUT rally, which was held on May 15. When the rally was held, despite the order, ACAUT informed that the Kilonser “demanded a sum of Rs 10,000 and 5,000 as penalty from certain businessmen on May 17. It further alleged that “Keyho along with his bodyguard even went to the extent of assaulting the shopkeeper and threatened them with gun point.” “He also threatened the public leaders as to why they brought the ACAUT Nagaland team to Phek. He even tried to disrupt the rally but was stopped by the authority,” it added. Meanwhile, ACAUT Nagaland condemned the incident and lamented that “members of the Phek Town Chamber of Commerce and industries (PCCI), Chakhesang elders and right thinking citizens are under tremendous threat from the said functionary and his boys for voicing out against unabated taxation and anti-Naga activities of the Kilonser.”
“It is beyond tolerance that the Kilonser intimidated the PCCI and ACAUT Phek Unit by trying to forcefully restrain the business community from hosting the ACAUT Nagaland rally held,” it stated. ACAUT Nagaland however noted that citizens of Phek “refused to be cowed down and held a successful rally, whereby the people of Phek shouted slogans voicing support for One Government One Tax.” It condemned what it termed as the “anti-Naga activities of the Kilonser,” and called upon the NSCN (K) leadership to “disown such anti-social leaders and apologize to the people of Phek.” It cautioned that failure to do so would cause the NSCN (K) to face the “people’s wrath” and stated that ACAUT Nagaland “shall not be held responsible.” ACAUT Nagaland alleges threat to ACVA members ACAUT Nagaland further lauded the All Commercial Vehicle Association (ACVA) Wokha District for organizing a rally on May 17 to highlight the issue of unabated taxation and for adoption of a four point resolution, including ‘One Government One Tax.’ It, however noted, that “instead of listening to the voices of the people, some of the Naga Political Groups have started targeting the leaders instrumental in organizing ACVA May 17 Rally.” “The NPGs should accept that ACVA has understood that there can be no real peace and prosperity in our land as long as the factions remain divided,” it asserted and cautioned that any form of threats or intimidations against ACVA members “will only worsen and alienate the Naga Political Groups further from the people.” Expressing support to the ACVA, ACAUT Nagaland asserted that it “will not remain a silent spectator when these leaders are under threats.”
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The Naga-Malayali connect
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Expert committee to review work and pogress of NU Kohima, may 19 (Dipr): The Expert Committee constituted by President of India in the capacity of the Visitor of Nagaland University under Section 9 (2) of the Nagaland University Act 1989, comprising Prof. Pramod Tandon and Prof. Mahendra P. Lama, former Vice Chancellor of North Eastern Hill University and Sikkim University to visit Nagaland University including colleges and insti-
tutions from May 20 to 24. According to a notification issued by P.K. Mohanty, Deputy Educational Advisor of Ministry of Human Resource Development, Department of Higher Education, Government of India, the Committee would review the work and progress of Nagaland University and submit its report containing suggestions/ recommendations within three months from the date of the notification for
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consideration of the Visitor. The Vice Chancellor, the Registrar, the Finance Officer and all officials of Nagaland University shall extend necessary assistance and records to the Committee during the process of examination and preparation of the report, Ministry of Human Resource Development, Department of Higher Education, Government of India, sources added.
Moamenla Jamir receives KLST Jubilee Memorial Education Award
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Far away from their “God’s Own Country” started a tale of culture mix in the Naga valleys. The Malayalis have much to share than mere stories of their settlement in Nagaland. Though the first ever Malayali community in Nagaland cannot be traced back, but the prominent migration of Malayalis was witnessed during the mid 1970’s to early 1980’s. The Gulf loving community (as 88% of the NRI’s from Kerala are settled in Gulf countries) came in huge numbers to Nagaland as teachers, government officers and a few business men. Due to the insurgency problems in Nagaland then, the community kept very quiet until the first ever Kerala Samajam (Dimapur) was formed in 1983, largely as a library club. The Kerala Samajam dealt only with the circulation of Malayalam texts and magazines, so that the community people and the chil-
dren don’t lose touch with their land and language. As time passed, the Malayali community saw many deaths among its members and obstructions came up in sending the bodies to their homes in Kerala. This was when the Malayalis felt an urgent need for a community living and an active Kerala Samajam. Jose, a teacher, says, “Dimapur is the gateway of Nagaland as the existence of both a major railway station and also an airport made it easier for people from Nagaland and Manipur to commute easily. During those times, many bodies of Malayalis were sent down to Dimapur from Kohima and we had to pack the bodies and send them off. The packing of the body mostly happened in church or government office compounds and sometimes even in some stores.” Back then, in many areas of Kohima, where modern education was non existent, a lot of Malayalis worked as compounders. Though their basic occupation was to give away
medicines, many Malayalis also acted as doctors, who were warmly welcomed by the Nagas. This was due to the absence of professional doctors in the interiors of Nagaland. At the same time, many Malayali men married Naga girls, leading to cultural integration. “The Nagas gave Malayalis utmost respect and hence, they didn’t mind marrying their daughters away to Malayali men. Though not much of cultural integration could happen as the cultures vary widely but this resulted in many Malayalis settling in Nagaland permanently. Amalgamation of cultures wasn’t even a question as many a times, these marriages were forced. Sometimes, the man might already have a family in Kerala and he marries to a Naga girl, only to satisfy the Naga customs and traditions and settles down here permanently. But now the scenarios have changed”, said Radhakrishnan, a businessman in Dimapur. At present, there are many young Malayali men
are married to Naga women and are well accepted both in Nagaland and in Kerala. Maintaining a healthy relationship has become much easier between the two communities. The celebration of Onam festival is an example of growing relations between the Nagas and the Malayalis. Ajith Kumar, another business man and an executive member of Kerala Samajam (Dimapur) said, “Onam is not just restricted to Malaylis but to Nagas as well. Mostly we call in Naga government officers as our chief guests and also we see a huge Naga participation in our function. Last year, we not only showcased Malayalam art forms but also displayed various Naga traditional art forms and dresses. This was widely appreciated by the Naga community and gives us more opportunity to mingle with them.” The Kerala Samajam is quite active, providing regular Saturday Malayalam classes for Malayali kids and also meetings held by the members of
the Samajam at their newly constructed buildings on the land they bought years back. Reji Abraham, President of Kerala Samajam Dimapur and Principal of SD Jain HSS said, “Though the inflow of Malayalis have reduced from 2005 onwards as not many non-Nagas are in government jobs and also many jobs have come up in Kerala, but we still carry on our small community and Kerala Samajam with great enthusiasm. In recent past, through our frequent pleas at the centre, we have got a train from Dibrugarh to Kochuveli, avoiding an extra trip to Guwahati to catch a train to our land.” Members of the Malyali community are positive about their lives in Dimapur and look forward to see more Malayalis in the state. Radhakrishnan adds, “Nagaland is a very safe place and the only problems were during the insurgency period. We, as a community have learned a lot from the Nagas and have never been a liability to the Nagas in any terms.”
Kohima, may 19 (Dipr): Kohima Longjang Senso Telongjem Jubilee Memorial Education Award 2014 felicitation programme was held on May 18 at Chang Baptist Church, Kohima. Er. Lanu Aier in a short speech on behalf of Kohima Longjang Senso Telongjem congratulated all the successful students of HSLC 2014. He said that the fear of God is the beginning of wisdom and further urged the students to keep this in mind. He said nothing is impossible when one puts in hard work with dedication. He expressed gratitude to all the parents for their guidance, wisdom and knowledge. Convenor, Jubilee Memorial Education Award Committee, L. Meren Imchen congratulated all the winning students and mentioned that this award was started keeping in mind to encourage the students. Moamenla Jamir who secured 13th position in HSLC 2014 was awarded a certificate and Rs. 10,000/-. All other successful students were also given cash incentives. ADC (Hq) Kohima
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DMC calls meeting Dimapur, may 19 (mExN): The Dimapur Municipal Council (DMC) has convened a meeting with all the colony council chairman, secretary and GBs under DMC jurisdiction to discuss on the matter related to conduct of survey and assessment of the households for house numbering in connection with the collection and disposal of garbage of DMC area. The meeting will be held on May 27 at 12:00 noon in Town Hall, Dimapur. In this respect, all the area GBs and two representatives of each colony council are requested to attend the meeting on time.
Facility for treatment of Multi Drug Resistant TB moKoKchuNg, may 19 (mExN): The facility for treatment of Multi Drug Resistant TB is now available at T.B & Chest Diseases Hospital, Mokokchung. This hospital will cater patients from the districts of Mokokchung, Tuensang, Mon, Longleng and Zunheboto as per the directive from RNTCP (Revised National Tuberculosis Control Program). This was informed in a press release issued by Dr. I Bendangla. Longkumer Medical Superintendent TB & Chest Diseases Hospital Mokokchung.
Inform on auto rickshaw driver’s uniform Dimapur, may 19 (mExN): The ‘flag-off’ programme for introducing of auto rickshaw driver’s uniform will be held on May 21 at 8:00 am at the Railway Station parking area premises. Deputy Commissioner Dimapur and Chairman RTA Dimapur, N Hushili Sema will chair the function while Superintendent of Police Dimapur, VZ Angami will deliver a short speech. C M Y K
ZSU felicitation prog on May 24 Kohima, may 19 (mExN): Zhavame Students’ Union (ZSU) would be conducting felicitation programme for successful candidates of HSLC and HSSLC on May 24, 1:00 pm at Hotel Ura near Red Cross Building, Kohima. Therefore, all the successful candidates, seniors and intellectuals have been requested to attend the programme.
Akumla Chuba in a short message congratulated all the successful students and reminded that it is like a battle that was won through hard work, dedication and with blessing from God and she further urged all of them to be humble and honest. She added that this is the first step and starting from tomorrow there are
more battles that had to be won. She cited the example of NPSC result which shows a decline for Ao tribe so it is the responsibilities of all you to fill the gap, she added. Sashirenla Aier chaired the programme, Bible reading by Amongla Pongen and Temjen Jamir from Kohima Music Institute presented a special number.
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‘Let’s keep the light on HIV’
MEx File Kohima, may 19 (mExN): Minister School Education C.M Chang has condoled the demise of Dr. R. Zinyu, the Vice-Chairman of the Indian Red Cross Society, Nagaland at Kohima last Sunday. The Minister said, late Zinyu was a personal friend of mine over a long period of time and served the people of the state as a Doctor, Administrator and a committed social worker after his retirement from government service. He was a straightforward person and never tried to hide anything in his mind as he was courageous and had conviction. “His demise is not only a personal loss to me but the void created by his absence will be felt by all those who knew him closely. While praying for the departed soul to rest in peace, I and my family also pray to the Almighty to give strength to the bereaved family members to overcome from this period of grief,” Chang added.
Moamenla Jamir receives the Jubilee Memorial Education Award 2014 during a function organised by Kohima Longjang Senso Telongjem on May 18. (DIPR Photo)
Kangtsung Theological Association members during the educational tour to Kolkata held from May 15 to 18 under the theme ‘Building Effective leadership’. Duirng the programme, Dr. A. Wati Longchar Director SCEPTRE and Rev. Dr. S Nungsang Jamir Pastor NCF Kolkata were the resource persons.
Longsa Putu Menden condemns allegation
moKoKchuNg, may 19 (mExN): The Longsa Village Council (LVC) has strongly condemned the baseless allegation against Alemtemshi Jamir IAS (Retd), former Chief Secretary of Nagaland, in some section of the media with regard to the selection of the new chief minister of Nagaland. The Longsa Village Council in a press note issued by Chairman R. Lanu said that Alemtemshi Jamir IAS (Rtd) is a bonafide Longsa citizen who has served the Nagaland Government sincerely and dedicatedly for more than 30 years as an astute and honest bureaucrat. He has contributed his knowledge, wisdom and intellect for the development and welfare of the Naga
people under whichever government he served during his long years of unblemished government service. However, the LVC is disturbed to see the good name of our leader Alemtemshi Jamir IAS (Rtd) being unnecessarily and unwarrantedly drawn into the tussle for the post of the next chief minister. “This is nothing but just cheap propaganda to gain some political mileage for some vested interests, and the Longsa Vilage Council strongly censures such cheap political gimmick,” the stated the LVC. Moreover, the Council said that bringing the issue of ‘Bedrock of Naga Society’ into the present context is utterly unwarranted. “The issue of ‘Bedrock of Naga Society’ is a closed chapter because our
leader Alemtemshi Jamir washed his hands off from the booklet with the NSCN (IM) at Hebron Camp in the presence of the Ao Senden, the apex organization of the Ao community,” the Council clarified. While cautioning, the LVC said, “Bringing the issue of the ‘Bedrock of Naga Society’ into this issue is irrelevant and should not be repeated in the future.” “In a time when the Naga people are working for peace and development in the Naga society, no group or individual should resort to spreading of rumors or cheap propaganda which will only lead to social unrest and distrust in the society, rather we should strive to work for the betterment of the Naga society as a whole,” the Council also added.
moN, may 19 (mExN): International AIDS Candlelight Memorial 2014 in Mon District AIDS Prevention & Control Unit (DAPCU) in collaboration with key partners with support from NSACS observed the 31st International AIDS Candlelight Memorial service on May 18 at OST Chapel Hall, District Hospital, Mon under the theme ‘Let’s Keep the light on HIV’. The programme began with a welcome address by chairperson Ngipkheih K, DAPCU, while Longyim Tzudir, DPO shared on the significance of the day. The guest speaker Mr.Kaipa K, Vice President, Konyak Union in his speech acknowledged the Health workers and NGOs for their selfless service particularly in the field of HIV. He also encouraged those who are living with HIV to come forward and take proper and timely treatment to live a healthy life. He further called upon all sections in the society to stand together to show love, care and support to people living with HIV. Besides presentation of special song by OST Clients of District Hospital, Mon, other key resource persons include Dr. Rey, Project Medical Referral and Mensan, Health Promoter from MSF and Seno, Nodal Officer, RRC, Wangkhao College. The members from churches, civil societies, students, health workers, NGOs and well wishers led by Hangkoi, Nursing Sister, DH, light the candles to pay honour to those who lost their lives to HIV. The Candlelight Memorial service concluded with a special
prayer by Dil, Associate Pastor, Police Baptist Church, Mon. Peren: The 31st International AIDS Candlelight Memorial was observed in Jalukie town on May 18 at Jalukie town Local Baptist Church. The program was organised by Network of Peren District People Living with HIV/AIDS (NPDP+) in collaboration with the District AIDS Prevention Control Unit (DAPCU) Peren. The program saw participation from the HIV positive people, health workers, social workers, churches, community members, members from Evangelical Graduate Fellowship Jalukie, DAPCU and Project VIHAAN staff. D K Zeliang, IFS (Rtd)/ Senior EGF, who was the special guest spoke on this year’s theme – ‘Lets keep the light on HIV’. The speaker urged community members to commit themselves to providing a supportive and positive environment for the PLHIVs where they can come out openly to seek health care, social benefits and support from the church. While conveying the message through a Christian perspective, the speaker instilled in the minds of the PLHIVs and all participants, that ‘Hope’ is not lost. Khriethonuo Tungoe, DPO DAPCU shared on the significance of the memorial program while Khuikung (NPDP+) gave positive sharing. The program opened with invocation prayer by Asst. Pastor, JTLBC, Jalukie and concluded with benediction from Head Deacon, JTLBC, Jalukie.
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Eastern Bible College and FTPNEI graduation conducted
Dimapur, may 19 (mExN): The 40th Eastern Bible College and 14th Federated Theological Programme for North East India was held at Eastern Bible College Chapel on May 10. All together 80 students graduated. The Guest Speaker was Rev. Dr. Stephen Tee, Director of Millennium International University, USA. He encouraged the Graduates by bringing a scripture portion from II Tim. 4: 7. Guest of honour Dr. Anthony Leong, Barristar-atlaw Inn’s, UK, released the College Annual Magazine. Thein Gihtun speaking on behalf of the graduates shared testimony of her
Students, staff and guest during the 40th Eastern Bible College and 14th Federated Theological Programme for North East India held on May 10.
stay at EBC and the holistic improvement she made at EBC, which has equipped her for the Lord’s ministry. Bijoy Tamang of M.Div.
and Thein Gihtun of B.Th. were awarded the Academic Excellence Award 2014 respectively. Thoma of B.Th. and Mercy Lohe of
B.Th. received the Campus Life Award 2014. L. Alemla Chang of M.Div. received the Evangelism Award 2014. Both the Most Improved
Award and Graduate of the Year 2014 Award was awarded to Thein Gihtun. The FTPNEI academic Excellence Award 2014 were
given to three graduates from three participating colleges namely Bijoy Tamang of EBC, Washimenba of DBC, and Stella Sherpa of SBC.
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Gorkhaland promise helped BJP in Darjeeling DArjeelINg, MAy 19 (IANS): "The dream of the Gorkhas is my dream too" is what BJP's soon-to-be prime minister Narendra Modi had said in one of his election rallies here in the hills of north West Bengal. The Gorkha community is hoping that its dream of a separate state, carved out of West Bengal, would find its fulfilment in the new BJP government. Giving a whopping 488,257 votes to Bharatiya Janata Party's S.S. Ahluwalia, people here clearly showed that they were reposing their faith in Modi to fulfil their long-standing demand. "The first and foremost
thing for us is Gorkhaland. The BJP had promised us this and so we voted for them. We feel we have a high chance of our dream being fulfilled," Bikash Basnet, a mathematics teacher in a school in Kalimpong, told IANS. "With a wave in favour of Modi in the entire country, it was certain that the BJP would have come to power in the centre. So people here made the right choice," he said. The Darjeeling Lok Sabha constituency, one of 42 in West Bengal, comprises the Kalimpong and Kurseong sub-divisions. In 2009 too, people here had
Northeast Briefs Foreigner held in Tripura with fake visa AgArtAlA, MAy 19 (IANS): Indian immigration officials in Agartala detained a man belonging to West African country Ghana while he was crossing over to Bangladesh on a fake visa, an official said here Monday. "Nocodome Dramo, 36, was detained by the immigration officials Sunday while he was going to Bangladesh through the Akhaurah check post (near here) with fake visa. He was later arrested by the Tripura police," a police spokesman told reporters. Rupees.10,000 in Indian currency, 600 dollars, 12,500 Euros and some other material were seized from him. The official said that intelligence officials are interrogating Dramo who came to India September 2010. After the expiry of his visa, he obtained a fake one and was trying to leave the country.
29 houses set ablaze in Arunachal ItANAgAr, MAy 19 (PtI): At least 29 houses were allegedly set on fire at Tezu Kholla in Lohit district by unidentified persons. However, there was no report of any loss of life in the arson which took place on Saturday night. The occupants were mostly daily wage earners, rickshaw pullers and fishermen from Bihar. Most of the houses were empty at the time of the incident as the occupants had already left for their native villages in Bihar after the end of the election, an official report said here today. Some of the occupants, who were sleeping in their houses on that fateful night, have somehow managed to escape from the inferno, the report said. Senior Congress leader Kalikho Pul visited the accident site from Anjaw yesterday and took stock of the situation. Pul urged the Lohit Deputy Commissioner to investigate the matter immediately and arrest the perpetrators of the incident and punish them as per law.
Pawan to take oath as Sikkim CM on Wednesday gANgtOK, MAy 19 (PtI): Having won a record mandate for the fifth time in a row, Sikkim Chief Minister Pawan Chamling, who is on his way to surpass the tenure of the longest serving Chief minister of the country, will take oath on Wednesday. "All the 22 MLAs of Sikkim Democratic Front had a meeting and we have unanimously decided to elect Pawan Chamling as our leader. We will form the government on Wednesday," SDF Vice-President K B Chamling told PTI. Last week, SDF won the assembly polls by a twothird majority with 22 of its MLAs being elected to the 32 member House. In power since December 12, 1994, 63-year-old Chamling has already completed two uninterrupted decades as the chief minister of Sikkim. After this swearing-in, he will be on way to surpass the record of former West Bengal chief minister Jyoti Basu of being the longest serving chief minister of the country. Basu had ruled West Bengal for 23 years from 1977 to 2000.
voted for the BJP candidate Jaswant Singh, who has now been expelled from the party. "It is true that earlier too, we were promised Gorkhaland but nothing happened. Just because last time nothing happened, we couldn't give up our long standing demand of statehood," Radhika Sakhya, a student of St.Joseph's College in Darjeeling, told IANS. People of Darjeeling and those of Gorkha (Nepali) ethnicity in Dooars region in northern West Bengal have been demanding a separate Gorkhaland state. Two mass movements for Gorkhaland have taken place in
the past, first under the Gorkha National Liberation Front 198688 and under the Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (GJM) from 2007 till date. "Telangana was formed and that too with the help of the BJP. So why not our state, when our demand has been the longest," Sakhya added. It wouldn't also be wrong to say that the Modi wave did influence the people of the small hill district. "No leader has ever talked about our dreams and hopes, but Modi spoke about it when he addressed a meeting in Siliguri. Like people from all over the country, Modi is now our hope," Avinandan Prad-
han, a 26-year-old resident of Kalimpong, told IANS. Alleging that the Trinamool Congress "has always tried to dominate the people of the hills and uses the divide and rule policy", Pradhan said there was no way that people of the region could again fall back to the same kind of politics. Though pe ople here thought about the BJP on a larger perspective, yet the support from the GJM led by Bimal Gurung was also instrumental in garnering votes. "We wanted Gorkhaland to come true, that is why we worked relentlessly to make the BJP vic-
Manipur BJP candidate responds to NPF IMPHAl, MAy 19 (NNN): Defeated BJP candidate for Manipur Outer parliamentary constituency Prof Gangmumei Kamei has strongly resented to the statement of outgoing Nagaland chief minister Neiphiu Rio who said, "Congress has not defeated us, Nagas have defeated us." It also worth noting that Nagaland Chief Minister designate TR Zeliang had said before leaving Kohima for New Delhi that there were three Naga candidates in Manipur Outer Lok Sabha constituency which had divided the Nagas' votes in Manipur. Soso Lorho of the NPF, Prof Gangmumei Kamei of the BJP and Mani Charenamei (Independent) were the Naga candidates in Manipur Outer seat in the just conclud-
ed Lok Sabha poll. Prof Gangmumei Kamei said the allegation of Neiphiu Rio, the outgoing Chief Minister of Nagaland is the most deplorable and contemptuous. "It is widely known that NSCN (IM) armed cadres captured more than 120 polling stations on behalf of the NPF candidate Soso Lorho in the Naga dominated districts. However, they failed to collect enough votes to ensure the victory of the NPF candidate. Failure of NPF in this election is due to the failure of NSCN (IM) cadres to completely control polling in the constituency. Rio should not blame Prof. Gangmumei Kamei nor Mani Charenamei for the defeat of NPF, rather he should blame his mentor in the
underground set up for his failure to capture the votes for his party," stated the BJP leaders. Kamei mentioned the “detention” of Dr Khasim Ruivah, a former minister and senior BJP leader by the NSCN (IM) at Ukhrul and who was subsequently under house arrest at his village of Somdal during the polls. “PA Theko, the chief election agent of the BJP candidate was kidnapped and interrogated in an unknown place in Senapati district. The NSCN (IM) cadres forcibly destroyed the BJP office in Ukhrul. They detained several workers including women leaders. Several BJP workers were beaten up in Phungyar constituency and Chandel town. We brought these illegal activities of the NSCN (IM) to the
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reputed for its amazing food (multicuisine) and service, my favourite place during my visit was Café Shillong with its delicious Thupka, cozy and relaxed vibe, and the guitarist strumming the strings. But to sample local Khasi cuisine, it’s best to go to one of the Jadohs, rather than fancy eateries, for some delicious smoked pork and beef, and if you’re more comfortable with a restaurant-style format, the newly opened Ale Nang is the place for you. There’s a huge culture of baking here and leaving without a taste of Lil Chef’s breads, muffins, bunds, cakes or pasteries would be a shame.
Experience the music Khasis are known to have music flowing in their veins, so it’s no surprise that the most happening places have to keep up the tempo with foot tapping beats. Cloud 9 attracts and invites new DJs every week, and Tango Bar has an in-house DJ. If you’re luck you’ll also be able to attend one their live rock events, which attract both international domestic bands and sometimes people from different parts of the north east. Shillong’s polo grounds recently hosted Hoobastank
notice of Election Commission of India and Government of Manipur,” he alleged. He then alleged that the election result clearly shows that the dictate of Rio and the NPF has not been accepted by the Nagas of Manipur. The people of Manipur irrespective of party affiliation should remain very alert of this dangerous party and their leaders. Prof Gangmumei Kamei then said the election result has shown that the ideology and objectives of the BJP are acceptable both to the people of the hills and plains of Manipur. In the press meet Dr Khasim Ruivah, former minister and senior leader of BJP, PA Thekho, chief election agent of outer BJP candidate and inner BJP candidate Dr.R.K. Ranjan were also present.
Manipur NPF on choice of candidate I will remain in your service: Soso Lorho
IMPHAl, MAy 19 (NNN): Athuan Abonmai, the NPF, Manipur State general secretary while dismissing certain reports that opined the wrong choice of NPF candidate in IMPHAl, MAy 19 (NNN): Defeated Outer Manipur Soso Lorho for the Manipur Lok Sabha constituency candidate Soso Lorho has exOuter Lok Sabha constitu- tended his gratitude to the people of Manipur state in ency in the just concluded general and the voters of the Outer-Manipur Parliapoll was responsible for mentary constituency in particular for supporting my the defeat of the NPF, has candidature during the 16th Lok Sabha Election 2014. "I am indebted to you all for your unstinted support said that Soso Lorho was not just hand-picked as and sympathy which shall remain cherished throughthe NPF candidate but out my life. In spite of my defeat due to manipulation series of consultations, through conspiracy from some quarters, we have overdeliberations and cross- come the communal elements as I was supported by examinations had zeroed all section of people both hill and valley irrespective of caste and creed," Soso Lorho said. in on the candidate. My special gratitude goes to all those civil societAccording to Athuan Abonmai, taking into ac- ies, public leaders, church leaders, various community count Soso Lorho's po- leaders and all those who extended their valuable suplitical experience, princi- port in different forms, financially, materially, physiple, integrity, popularity, cally, morally as well as prayer support, etc, he added. He then said his gratitude would be incomplete if he stability, political vision and political wisdom, the fails to acknowledge the support and encouragement of Central NPF leaders had the NPF central leaders, state leaders, district and area decided to field him in levels, etc. for projecting him as the party candidate. "I also reaffirmed my commitment to work for the the just concluded Lok cause of the people especially the neglected and downSabha election in Manipur Outer seat. Athuan trodden one in the days to come. And I would always Abonmai also said Soso remain in your service," Soso Lorho added. Lorho is one leader who understands the senti- alised and weaker section Manipur State general ments of the down-trod- of the society. secretary said had there den people, the marginMeanwhile, the NPF, been no irregularities,
4 must do things in Shillong Mizoram NLUP to resume soon
SHIllONg, MAy 19 (DNA): You may or may not visit all eight northeastern states of India in your lifetime, but you can surely get a good introduction to their traditional way of life at the Don Bosco Museum in Shillong. The seven-storied building not only has galleries on the clothes and ornaments of tribes of all eight states, but also galleries depicting their lifestyle through models of houses and surroundings, agricultural fields and cultivation methods, a collection of tools, weapons, musical instruments and more. While it has missed their cuisines and is silent on their original religions, as soon as you enter a gallery, sensors turn on the lights and sometimes music too. Before you leave do watch movies they’ve made on the north east and take a trip to the terrace for a top view of Shillong.
torious. This was not about an individual party, it was about the aspirations of a large number of people," Santosh Chettri, a GJM leader and government school teacher, told IANS. However, with his intense campaigning and promise of development, Trinamool's Bhaichung Bhutia at one point had almost turned the wave in his favour but could not last the course. "Voting for the Trinamool meant giving up our long cause, bringing them to power meant giving up our dream permanently," Shiv Maya Mahat, a 60-year old woman from Darjeeling, told IANS.
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ZSUKA to inspect schools in Khoupum IMPHAl, MAy 19 (NNN): The Zeliangrong Students’ Union, Khoupum Area (ZSUKA) will inspect all the high schools and higher secondary schools run by the government and Autonomous District Council (ADC) starting in Khoupum areas. ZSUKA said its representatives are set to inspect midday meal implementation, uniforms, teachers' regularity, distribution of text books, implementation of schemes and utilization of allotted funds for welfare of the school administration. It then cautioned that the students union will initiate necessary action against any authority if found neglected of the above development. The union seeks public co-operation and also requests to all the teachers, headmasters and principals to be present at their respective posting. Meanwhile, the Zeliangrong Students’ Union Manipur (ZSUM) will conduct the 3rd “Dimki Session” at Loktak Project to be hosted by the Zeliangrong Students Union, Southern Area, on June 4, 2014 at 10.30 am. ZSUM appeals senior leaders, intellectuals, wellwishers and leaders of the surrounding villages to come and participate in the said meeting.
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discoursE Modi landslide win may ‘GOI shouldpublic resolve the Indo-Naga issue’ bring IPOs back to table T
MuMbai, May 19 (ReuteRs): Narendra Modi’s landslide election win is set to trigger billions of dollars in share sales by Indian companies riding market optimism, but big-ticket IPOs may have to wait until the new leader proves he can deliver on promised reforms. Indian stocks hit a record high on Friday as investors cheered results showing Modi’s pro-business Bharatiya Janata Party won a clear majority and the mandate to pursue reforms without having to haggle with minor parties. Several brokerages lifted their outlooks for the BSE Sensex and companies were queuing to ride the wave of political euphoria that began to build weeks earlier as opinion polls predicted a resounding Modi victory. “That will spark renewed interest in deals and capitalraising,” Viral Gathani, of CIMB Investment Banking in Hong Kong said, when asked about the impact of Modi’s emphatic victory on India’s moribund market for new share issues. He said many companies that had put share issues on hold would now consider dusting off their plans. On Monday, private sector lender HDFC Bank said it would seek shareholder approval to raise up to 100 billion rupees ($1.69 billion) in fresh equity. Smaller rival Yes Bank, whose stock price has almost doubled since the end of Feb-
ruary, is likely to raise about $400 million in new shares within a month to bolster its balance sheet, sources with direct knowledge of the matter said. Bankers for two separate Indian infrastructure business trusts worth a combined $1 billion to be listed in Singapore decided, after exit polls last week, to kick off preliminary marketing as early as this week, sources said. L&T Infrastructure Development Projects Ltd (IDPL), a unit of engineering conglomerate Larsen and Toubro, plans to raise about $600 million through a Singapore trust listing, while Infrastructure Leasing & Financial Services Ltd (IL&FS) is also planning an offering of around $400 million in Indian wind power assets, bankers said. The bankers declined to be named as they were not authorised to speak to the media about deals and political issues. MORIBUND MARKET A sluggish economy and stalled bureaucratic decision-making for the past two years have battered Indian corporate sentiment and thwarted capital investment. The last large IPO was Bharti Infratel’s $750 million listing in late 2012. For IPOs of $500 million or more to come to market in India, issuers and investors will need to see a quarter or more of stock market buoyancy as well as progress on economic reforms, bankers and fund
managers told Reuters. “IPO revival will take time as the market move and sentiment change has happened very fast. However, secondary sales, QIPs (qualified institutional placements) should start in a big way,” said Sandip Sabharwal, chief investment officer at Sun Capital. IPO issuance in India has almost ground to halt, with last year’s total of $342.7 million the lowest since 2001, Thomson Reuters data showed. In 2010, the last significant year for IPOs in India, the total was $8.5 billion. India ranked 11th in Asia excluding Japan in 2013 for IPO proceeds, lagging smaller economies such as the Philippines and Indonesia. In 2014, new Indian listings have raised just $78 million, compared with $99 million for the same period last year. Money raised in followon sales of new equity and secondary sales of existing shares has totalled $3.1 billion so far in 2014, compared with $9.2 billion for all of 2013, data showed. A revival in equity issuance would bring relief to investment banks such as Bank of America Merrill Lynch, Barclays and Morgan Stanley which have been hurt by weak fee income that in turn has led to banking job cuts. REVIVING GROWTH Overseas investors, usually the biggest buyers of large Indian share sales, have poured $6.5 billion into Indian stocks
this year, which augurs well for new offerings. Great Eastern Energy Corp, a London-listed Indian coal bed methane gas producer, decided over the weekend to proceed with a $50 million India IPO in two to three weeks, a source with direct knowledge of the matter said. The company declined to comment. Others looking to tap the market soon include microlender SKS Microfinance, which aims to raise up to $75 million in a share sale as early as this week, two sources with direct knowledge of the deal said. Spokesmen for L&T IDPL and Yes Bank did not respond to emails seeking comment, while a spokesman for SKS said the company would not comment beyond its February statement announcing plans to raise capital through a share sale. IL&FS officials were not immediately available for comment. “For companies which have been in a state of preparedness, the market rally and all this euphoria around Modi is a nice window of opportunity,” said the equity capital markets head of a large U.S. bank in Mumbai. “Others will now look to put their IPO or secondary offering plans on the fast track and that’s what we are seeing happening on the ground. Six months back, companies were not willing to come to the table and now it’s just the opposite.”
Microsoft Devices puts Nokia XL on sale in India
New Delhi, May 19 (Fe): Microsoft Devices has announced that Nokia XL, the flagship large screen offering under the Nokia X family of affordable smartphones that run Android apps, will begin selling in India from Monday. With a 5” IPS capacitive color touch screen, the Nokia XL brings the much desired large screen experience at an affordable price point of Rs 11,489. The device further augments the imaging experience with a 2-megapixel frontfacing camera for video calls on Skype and a 5-megapixel rear camera with autofocus and flash. It comes with a powerful 2000 mAh battery, rated for 16 hours of talktime and up to 41 days of standby. The new Nokia XL is armed with the
Fastlane experience which has been completely re-imagined for the Nokia X family. Fastlane is now more customizable and social. Users can select what appears on their Fastlane feed, read notifications from their social networks and update their status from within Fastlane, making the experience even more productive. “...Nokia XL, our flagship offering within the Nokia X family,comes packed with a large screen experience with a superlative front camera and a wide array of apps, offering a great Smartphone experience at an affordable price point. This will be further amplified through the X+ which will be simultaneously launched with the
XL completing the Nokia X family serving as the perfect introduction to the world of Android apps, coupled with signature Nokia experiences, and the most popular Microsoft services,” said Viral Oza, Director Marketing, Nokia India Sales, a subsidiary of Microsoft Mobile Oy.
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sue taking into consideration the continuous strife affecting peace and prosperity of the Naga people. 67 years of conflict and militarization affecting millions of people in a democratic India is an aberration which should strike the conscience of any government. The Naga people expect Modi’s government, given its huge mandate with an absolute majority in parliament to sincerely pursue the unresolved Indo-Naga problem. However, much to the disappointment ACAUT, and instead of addressing the core issues, the GOI under the previous dispensation seemed to be content putting more division in Naga society. If the GOI of India thinks the ACAUT movement is against the Naga movement it cannot be more mistaken. At the heart of the One Government One Tax campaign is the understanding that the Naga aspiration for sovereign-
ty is a must and the onus is on the various NPGs to come together under a single umbrella. The GOI should understand that One Government One Tax is an assertion that the Naga movement is legitimate and true; and any divide and rule policy at this juncture is unacceptable to the Naga people. The NPGs should also understand that factionalism in the movement is giving more excuses to the GOI not to resolve the Naga issue, period. ACAUT Nagaland warns the Government agencies such as RAW and Intelligence Bureau not to aggravate the polarizing situation in the state which the Naga people are matured enough to resolve on its own. The only recourse the GOI of India need to take is commitment to resolve South Asia’s longest conflict. Media Cell ACAUT Nagaland
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o the pure all things are pure, but to those who are corrupted and do not believe, nothing is pure, in fact both their minds and consciences are corrupted. Titus 1:5 Our corporate world is now caught in the web of sin, immorality and corruption. We have witnessed over the past few years about the controversies related with the elite. The truth regarding our generation is that, we are more educated and more sinful and the cultures of sin only seems to be influencing the minds of the young and the old alike. In the past, our innocence had been a gift but sadly many had replaced the virtue with the vices of sin and immorality. The high structured buildings and office complexes only seems to be infested with sinners and as a result the sins of different departments multiplies. The exact realities of the happenings of today are reflected in what you read and in what you see. The sins of the offices only seems to multiply as the workers becomes more sinful. The ways of the sinners are like this: The male sins with the females and the females’ sins with men. Promotions are given on the basis of three issues, sincerity, deception and favors. The first is this : A worker may be promoted because of his or her contribution t the organization. And the second point is, they can be promoted through bribery and corruption. And the third point is: a Worker my be promoted by indulging in wicked acts with their higher ups.( P.S Article of truth ). The officer who sins with their colleagues will one day be cast into the lake of fire because of that very sin. The scripture states: If two men are fighting and the wife of one of them comes to rescue her husband from her assailant, and she reaches out and seizes him by his private parts, you shall cut off her hand. Show her no pity (Deuteronomy 25:11). The truth of God’s Word is actually harsh and it will be used against sinners who are like dogs. To be more direct, I declare that adultery has now become part of the world. The sins of the world worsened as the
world advanced. Sinners should refer to these verses, for it speaks about what they are, and about where they are headed to. The scripture states “Out of the heart comes evil thoughts, murder, adultery, sexual immorality, theft, false testimony, slander (Matthew 15:19). Marriage should be honored by all, and the marriage bed kept pure, for God will judge the adulterer and all the sexually immoral (Hebrews 13:4). Can a man scoop fire into his lap without his clothes being burned? Can a man walk on hot coals without his feet being scorched? (Proverbs 6:27-28 ) (1st Corinthians 6:9-10) (Proverbs 4:13-27) (Proverbs 6:2035) (Proverbs &:1-27) ( Proverbs 22:14 ) (Matthew 5:27-30 ). These verses should be read by all for these are the verses of truth. This culture of sin has now become part of our culture. The office becomes a place for unfaithful wives and husbands to enjoy each other. While they leave their husbands and wives at home, they sin with each other to enjoy each other. They not only defile what is sacred but they also abuse each other by sinning with each other. As long as the phones exist, they perform their secret acts of wickedness secretly. In other words they permit sinners to enjoy with them. The Word of God tells us that the corporate worker who sins will die. The condition of our morality is at its worst because of the influence of the Spirit of the world. The curses of God’s wrath will soon destroy all the enemies of God. Flirt not with sin and disaster. In sin you die, in regret you will suffer for eternity. The Church of Christ appeals to all the elite sinners to mend their ways. The Church of Christ hates the corporate sins as Christ hates sin. Fear God and fall not into judgment. Ambrose. J. Chakre Founder President Ambrose Foundation in Christ Ministries Kohima Nagaland
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he ACAUT Nagaland as per one of its 31st October resolution would like to urge the Government of India to solve the 67 year old Naga Political movement at the earliest. On 31st October 2013, more than 40,000 Naga people from all walks of life passed a resolution demanding of the GOI to resolve the decades old Indo-Naga problem at the earliest. The ACAUT movement, no doubt, was born of an agitation against the issue of unabated taxation levied by Naga Political groups; yet, at the core of the issue is the unresolved and protracted Naga movement for independence. The BJP led NDA government has been given a rousing mandate by the people of India to lead the country after 10 long years and the Naga people are eagerly awaiting the PM-in-waiting, Narendra Modi to seriously look into the is-
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The Morung Express
Tuesday 20 May 2014
ENSUD reiterates on membership/census fee R&B minister flays NSCN (K)
Dimapur, may 19 (mExN): The Eastern Naga Students’ Union Dimapur (ENSUD), while appreciating the Dimapur Naga Students’ Union (DNSU) for its clarification on collection of membership/census fee from the six tribal students members of ENSUD, has stated that the office of the ENSUD had received information on collection of membership/census fee of Rs 1 from its student members by the DNSU through their respective schools.
A press note from the ENSUD informed that the union had visited the schools for verification and that its officials have the copy of the notification issued by the DNSU to the schools, which had also been forwarded to the President of DNSU, on May 16. It also noted that the Dimapur Government College collects a sum of Rs 20 from all the students during admission under “ANCSU/DNSU Fees” (Handbook & Prospectus,
Page-9, Serial No. 16). ENSUD stated that while the union has a “very high regard for the office of the DNSU for their selfless work in rendering service for the students’ community and society,” it reiterated the latter’s former stand and appealed for the DNSU not to collect the membership/census fees from any of its students’ members (i.e., Konyak, Chang, Phom, Sangtam, Khiamniungan and Yimchunger tribes).
Kilonser’s high handedness
Kohima, may 19 (mExN): Minister for Roads and Bridges, Kuzholuzo Nienu has expressed serious concern over the alleged threat meted out to the business community of Phek town thereby inviting the wrath of mass based organizations like ACAUT Nagaland, Phek Town Youth Society (PTYS) and Phek Town Chamber of Commerce and Industries (PCCI) to protest by downing shutters and observing complete closure. The minister has questioned the inaction of the district administration and
the law enforcing agencies against the factions involved in anti-social practices. Pointing out that such inaction in the face of such anti-social elements disrupting the prevailing peace cannot be accepted, the minister has urged the law enforcing agency to bring the culprit to book immediately and award befitting punishment. The minister meanwhile has appreciated the efforts of ACAUT Nagaland for its initiative to promote peace. Peace is what is required for all round development, he stated and encouraged all mass based
organizations to condemn such anti-social practitioners aiming to disrupt the prevailing social harmony. Advocating that the whole Naga populace was in search for peace, the minister stated that no anti-social practitioners can be allowed to take law into their own hands and hold the society at ransom. It may be mentioned that the members of ACAUT Nagaland, PCCI and PTYS called for a complete closure protesting the high handedness of NSCN (K) Kilonser, Thupuvezo Keyho for threatening and assaulting business owners in Phek town.
Akhoya Village Council tells M/S. Maytas & Gayatri (J.V) to resume work Students of Assam Rifles High School Dimapur planted chandan saplings in the school premises on May 19. Brig K Narayanan, Commandant Assam Rifles Training Centre and School, Revati Narayanan, were present in the School during the ocassion.
AAASHSS Peren alumni meet, felicitates toppers of the school p E r E N, m ay 1 9 (mExN): Alumni Association of All Saints Higher Secondary School Peren (AAASHSSP) general meeting cum get-together was held on May 10 at the school auditorium. Beheungausile and Pauninglungliu, school toppers in the HSLC and HSSCL exams under NBSE 2014 were felicitated with a scholarship of Rs. 5000/and Certificate of Merit each, whereas Kupeusing Meru and Heisoliabe Hegeu who passed the coveted NPSC 2014 to the post of EAC and JDA were also felicitated with Certificate of Merit. The President of the Association Letgong Patrick welcomed the members present and chaired the program while Rev.Fr. Kurian PV MSFS, the manager of the school invoked God`s blessings, informed a press release. Denis Ilunglung one of the advisors of the Association and President NPF Peren division in his brief exhortation, urged
LCS & RTI Dimapur district seeks clarification Dimapur, may 19 (mExN): The Life Consumer Society & RTI Dimapur Unit has sought clarification from Marcofed on the implementation of Village Grain Bank scheme (VGB), central sponsored scheme. VGB scheme was launched for some chronically food scarce areas like the draught/ natural calamity prone areas and the far-flung inaccessible hilly areas where access to food then remained a problem. LCS & RTI Dimapur District general secretary Khevito Chishi and Press Secretary Vitohe Yeptho in a press note stated the Marcofed was the then implementing agency of the scheme for the period 2006-07 and 2009-10 to 2012-13 for establishment of VGB and distribution of food grains free of cost. The LCS & RTI Dimapur District “intervene and seek clarification for failure of VGB scheme from the Marcofed, since we have come to know recently through filing of RTI and received the information and documents from reliable sources.”
the house to work collectively to harness quality education. Namnahei Nza entertained the congregation with folk-fusion melody echoing for unity. After a careful discussion on the ensuing golden jubilee of the school, the house decided to celebrate it tentatively by the ending months of 2015. The day long program concluded with the approval of the draft Constitution of the Alumni Association, presented by the Vice President Heiramchube Liegise. Collectively 46 registered themselves and 88 alumni attended the program from across Peren district. The Association with contribution from the members resolved and adopted to construct a MultiUtility -Stadium within the school campus to mark fifty years of the school successful existence in the district, stated the note. The Association Secretary Azubo N Dominic thanked the congregation and Hiazuheing Ndang Pastor of
Police Baptist Church said the benediction.
Dimapur, may 19 (mExN): The Akhoya Village Council has expressed its deep displeasure to the M/S. Maytas & Gayatri (J.V) Company for “mindless and abrupt abandonment of the road construction work between Changtongya and Longleng despite our cooperation and service rendered towards the success of the project.” As a result, Akhoya
MEx FILE NSCN (IM) Angami Region cautions Kohima, may 19 (mExN): The NSCN (IM) Angami Region has expressed concern over the “unwanted activities” including collection of donations being carried out in its name by “unscrupulous” persons within Angami jurisdiction. It warned that serious action would be initiated against any individual or group indulging in such “anti-social activities” in the name of NSCN (IM) Angami Region. A press release issued by T Akho Thepa, convener, Leacy Hoho, NSCN (IM) Angami Region further informed all concerned public and wellwishers that Atsü Thepa has taken over as the new CAO of Angami Region NSCN (IM). Therefore, all concerned have been requested to contact the CAO Angami Region NSCN (IM) through 9862833595 to inform about any such anti-social activities tarnishing the good image of the NSCN (IM). It also notified that any donations sought in the name of NSCN (IM) Angami Region should not be accepted without the knowledge of the CAO Angami Region.
NSF to felicitate Naga HSLC toppers Kohima, may 19 (mExN): The Naga Students’ Federation (NSF) will be organizing felicitation programme for the Naga HSLC Toppers 2014 on March 23 at 11:00 AM at Zonal Council Hall, Kohima. Kesonyü Yhome (IAS), Principal Director, School Education Nagaland will grace the function as Chief Guest while Watienla Jamir, Director, Horticulture Nagaland will exhort on behalf of the toppers’ parents. Vevotolu Kezo, Top No 3 will deliver speech on behalf of the Toppers. The NSF has extended its invitation to all the senior leaders, federating units/ sub-ordinate bodies, Naga Toppers 2014, parents and guardians of the Toppers to attend the programme, informed a release issued by NSF secretary education Bangdi Chawang.
Rio conveys condolences Kohima, may 19 (mExN): Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio has expressed deep pain at the sudden demise of Dr. Ruunguto Zinyu, retired director of medical services. In a condolence message addressed to Neigevou, wife of Dr. Zinyu, Rio acknowledged that the deceased was a prominent citizen of Kohima who had made immense contributions towards the uplift of the society which will always be remembered. He had an exemplary service and gave the best years of his life in serving the state government, Rio said. After retirement, he continued to make valuable contributions for the cause of the society taking active part in mass based organizations and civil society, added the note. Further, stating that Dr. Zinyu’s passing away is a great loss to the society in general and Angamis in particular, Rio and his family members conveyed deepest condolences to the bereaved family members.
NHRA supports NRHU Dimapur, may 19 (mExN): Nagaland Hotel & Restaurant Association (NHRA) has resolved to fully support the cause of the Naga Rice Hotel Union (NRHU) regarding butchers’ selling meat at higher rates than fixed by DMC. NHRA in a press release expressed surprise that “DMC has utterly failed to check the prices fixed by it.” NHRA earnestly urged the DMC to immediately instruct all the licensed meat shops to display the rates fixed by it in a board not less than 2ftx2ft with letter visible from 10ft away. NHRA also requested the general public to be aware and cautious of rates while buying meat or any other food items.
NCSU tells NFHRCC to cooperate Students pray during the camp organised by Evangelical Union, Patkai Christian College.
Dimapur, may 19 Camp was organized by (mExN): An Evangelistic the Evangelical Union Patkai Christian College with the theme ‘By His Wounds, We Are Saved’ (Isaiah 53:5) from May 15 to 19. Lolenwati Longkumer graced the
ban of social evils in our society which if not supported will have long term effect on our family and society.” It added, “Through our support, such ban will not be a short term/periodical ban but will help in completely eradicating social evils making our family and society secure from the destructive effects of such social evils.” While requesting churches to prayerfully concentrate and have more children and youth ministries as “they are the future of our society,” the Watchman said, “Building our children and youths in God’s way will help in building God loving society free from social evils.”
Yanpha Village Council against new village in its jurisdiction WoKha, may 19 (mExN): The Yanpha Village Council Wokha has “strongly opposed/ objected the action of Rapvuo Humtsoe, Head GB of Lishayan and party along with border DB Nlumsao Ovung for trying to conduct an official programme on May 3 of inaugurating a self style new village by the name of Lishayan and erecting a memorial stone within Yanpha village area/ jurisdiction." In a press statement, Yanpha Village Council chairman Yansao Ovung and its Head GB Roben Lotha stated that Yanpha people destroyed the memorial stone on March 2. “The Yanpha Village Council and Yanpha people in general will not al-
further delay and fulfill all the commitments made to the public in letter and in spirit. Till such time that the company resumes its work in full swing, the village council affirmed that it shall confiscate all the machineries belonging to the company left behind under the village jurisdictions. This action shall be enforced with immediate effect, it added.
Patkai Christian College Evangelistic Camp concludes
‘Watchman’ addresses issue of social evils Dimapur, may 19 (mExN): The Watchman, consisting of pastors in Nagaland held a meeting on May 17. A press note stated that the meeting was called primarily to “prayerfully address the issue of social evils prevailing in Nagaland, which is destroying our society.” Pastors and Christian leaders present appreciated the ban of night disco and brothel by NSCN (IM) and expressed their support towards such “God pleasing and approved act.” The Watchman members appealed to all God loving people, especially churches, to “support the
Village Council chairman S Kilang Longkumer and its secretary I Chuba Jamir in a press statement stated that, the road in question becomes dusty during winter and muddy in summer and the public transports ply with great risk of vehicular accidents day and night. In light of this, the village council has demanded that the company resume its work without any
low the above mentioned person or any individual to establish any new village within the jurisdiction/ area of Yanpha village,” asserted the note. “The matter has been reported to the authority concerned to take legal course of action against the above mentioned person.” It cautioned that if authority fails to take up the said matter immediately and resolve the issue then the Village Council will take its own course of action against Rapvuo Humtsoe and Nlumsao Ovung "for which act the Yanpha Village Council shall not be held responsible.” It further warned the mentioned individuals to restrain from such action or face the consequences.
camp as the main speaker. The campers were initially divided into eight (8) groups respectively - Prof. Enoch, D.K. Zeliang, Watson, Tali Alinger, Norton Sterrett, Jaya Paul, John
Moody, Chandapilla upholding and honoring the prominent leaders of the Evangelical Union who had consistently worked for the college students for spiritual platform.
Prioritize Power supply: NCD Dimapur, may 19 (mExN): The Naga Council Dimapur (NCD) has appealed for the Nagaland state government to give priority importance to electricity supply “as requirement for power is increasing year by year with the growth of population and advancement.” The NCD, in a press note, further expressed concern at the power problems faced by consumers, which have led to upset sections of the public causing disturbances to the Power Department staff within Dimapur. It suggested a few measures for the department to address the cur-
rent situation. Stating that low voltage (110 volts instead of 240 volts) is quiet common these days, the NCD stated that this has affected the use of electrical equipments, water pumps, air conditioners etc. As such, it called upon the Power Department to do the needful and maintain the standard 240 volts supply in every corner. It suggested installation of more transformers, without which it stated, “this problem will persist.” The NCD urged telephone duty personnel, linemen and electrical employees to work sincerely in order to avert angry mobs and requested the
administration and police to see that no disturbance or damage is done, which would affect power supply. It called upon members of the public to restrain itself from taking the law into their own hands. The NCD appealed for the Power Department to be more vigilant and take action on unscrupulous staff, “who are always absent from duty and look for opportunities to extract from consumers.” “In view of the forthcoming World Cup, which the public is eagerly waiting to watch, the department is requested to do its level best to give uninterrupted power supply,” the NCD added.
Farmers attend training cum demonstration at Sapotimi village ZuNhEboto, may 19 (mExN): ATMA, Suruhuto Block, Zunheboto in collaboration with Krishi Vigyan Kendra, Nagaland University, Lumami organised training cum demonstration at Sapotimi village on May 17. Khenito, Convener, ATMA chaired the programme, Honishi, women leader pronounced invocation prayer and Pukhato Head G.B. gave welcome address. The resource persons of the training were Edenly Chishi, SMS (Horticulture), Sentimenla, SMS (Soil Science) and Narola Anichari, Programme As-
sistant, all from KVK Zunheboto. In the first session, Edenly Chishi spoke on post harvest management of horticultural crops. She emphasized more on the reasons of the losses of fruits and vegetables after harvest due to inappropriate harvesting, mishandling of produce, seasonal overproduction and improper storage and marketing facilities and informed that these losses can be reduced if proper post harvests management factors like storing-grading, fungicides treatment, waxing, packag-
ing and storage is done. Sentimenla discussed on the importance of soil testing and vermin composting for maintaining soil fertility. Narola Anichari briefed on Soymilk and its health benefits. She explained to the farmers that Soymilk contains highest amount of protein as compared to any grain or legume and it is also useful for prevention and treatment of many chronic diseases. Farmer Nitoshe concluded the programme with sharing and vote of thanks. Altogether 60 participants attended the programme.
Kohima, may 19 (mExN): The Nagaland Contractors’ & Suppliers’ Union (NCSU) head office Kohima has lauded the PWD (R&B) department for floating Notice Inviting Tender (NIT) as per Government standing order against Foot Hill Road construction. NCSU president Pele Khezhie and its general secretary John Kath in a press release further appealed to the Nagaland Foot Hill Road Construction Committee (NFHRCC) to cooperate with the norms of the department concerned.
NPC hopes Rio will play significant role Kohima, may 19 (mExN): The members of Nagaland Peace Center (NPC), Kohima have congratulated Neiphiu Rio on his victory in the parliamentary election. “It is hoped that he (Rio) will play a very significant role in the national politics in New Delhi to find out an honourable solution to the age-old Naga political problem,” stated Nagaland Peace Center’s executive director Lhusi Haralu and its chairman N Theyo. “He is also fully aware of the long sufferings of Naga people because of unsolved Naga political problem. His charismatic and dynamic personality prevails upon the people of Nagaland because of his aqua-closeness and cooperative nature. We are looking forward through your able leadership towards peace and prosperity.”
NPCC joint meeting on May 22 Kohima, may 19 (mExN): There will be a joint meeting of NPCC office bearers, NPCC executive members, PCC members, Frontal chiefs, and DCC presidents on May 22, 11:00 am at Congress Bhavan, Kohima. All concerned have been requested by NPCC general secretary Medokul Sophie to attend the meeting without fail.
‘B’ Khel New Chumukedima village chairman informs Dimapur, may 19 (mExN): All the land patta holders under ‘B’ Khel of New Chumukedima Village, “either allotted or said to be purchased” have been directed to produce their land documents including yearly house tax receipt before the “founder of ‘B’ Khel chairman” on or before May 31 for verification. Founder/ chairman of ‘B’ Khel, New Chumukedima Village, TL Angami has informed all the “khellers” to produce the above mentioned documents before the ‘B’ Khel authority during the stipulated time without fail. TL Angami in a press release reiterated that the areas of land at B’ Khel, New Chumukedima Village, where the allottees failed to live in, were treated as cancelled according to the condition printed in the patta form which were issued to each kheller. He stated that those cancelled cases will not be entertained.
Furniture donated to Cherry Blossoms School Kohima, may 19 (mExN): Kavita Datta, wife of Brig Monish Datta of 5th Sector Assam Rifles today gave away 15 sets of iron desks and benches to the children of Cherry Blossoms School for the school’s service to the down trodden and the differently-abled children. A press release informed that Kavita Datta expressed happiness to meet the children. She also wished the organization a bright future. The school management meanwhile expressed gratefulness for the valuable contribution. The program was chaired by Vengusale and prayers were pronounced by Pastor Felix of Pentecostal Church Kohima. The children performed dances and sang songs on the occasion.
The Power of Truth
The Morung Express TuEsDAy 20 MAy 2014 voluME IX IssuE 136
Is the Modern State declining?
ith the end of the Cold War, the modern states are becoming much more fluid, their borders are blurring, migration is diluting ethnic homogeneity and the growing reality of interdependence has induced a situation of far-reaching international cooperation. This has created a world of multi-lateralism. Strobe Talbott says that the old Westphalian system of nation-states “is giving way to a new system in which nations feel secure enough in their identities and in their neighborhoods to make a virtue out of porous borders and intertwined economies and cultures.” He cites the establishment of the euro as a common currency as an example of the “pooling of sovereignty in certain areas of governance.” Western political commentators have been pointing to a decline in the importance of the modern State and say that humankind is moving towards a more federal world, with the modern state being eroded from below and above. However, on the other hand, struggling people sin Asia and Africa do not share the same opinion. In fact, on the contrary, they hold the view that the state will become more coercive and regulatory in the 21st century. Currently state policies indicate that in the absence of “calibrated and calculated responses” to conflicts arising out of the denial of justice and freedom, States will become more violent and predatory. While the modern State seems to be moving away from the classical understanding of Westphalian State sovereignty and boundaries, it is evident that States are in reality converging to form alliances or supra-states to protect their own interests. The underpinning reality is that the ‘form’ of the State is changing, but its ‘content’ remains the same. In other words, the outer ‘form’ of a State maybe subsumed into larger blocks that will establish new borders while blurring old ones (as in the case of the European Union), but at its core it retains the monopoly to use legitimate force to retain its control and power over the people. In this context, the difficulties around a peoples’ desire to put into praxis their self-determining capacities and to chart their own future has been elevated to a macro level. With the increasing alliances between States that seeks to protect their common interests, the challenge of a people’s right to exercise their sovereignty has increased manifold. For instance, the Kachin people’s right to self-determination will affect not just Burma, but ASEAN as well. Therefore, from a struggling peoples’ perspective, the notion that the State is on the decline is misleading. This amplifies the need to look beyond the State, and hence, beyond the present Westphalian World Order.
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Jonathan Carp Center for a Stateless Society
Direct Action Gets Results
n the village of Kalabalge, in the northern Nigerian state of Borno, the people struck back. While politicians dithered and activists twittered, the people of Kalabalge armed themselves and took the fight to their enemies, ambushing a Boko Haram convoy en route to attack their village. At least forty-one Boko Haram militants were killed and ten were captured as the villagers surprised two trucks carrying militants. Armed with rifles, machetes and bows, the brave people of Kalabalge did what the Nigerian military could not and sent Boko Haram off howling. We are conditioned to think of “activism” as getting someone else to do something. We plead with elected officials and bureaucrats, prodding them to take action. But the best and most effective activism is when we take matters into our own hands and solve our problems — or strike at our enemies — ourselves. In Mexico’s Michoacan province, the people rose against the Knights Templar cartel, driving them off with such alacrity that the Mexican government has given up attempts to suppress the vigilantes and now hopes to suborn them, turning them from a natural manifestation of the people’s wrath into another arm of the criminal state. We pray they resist the attempt. And now in Nigeria, the people are rising. While the rest of the world responded to Boko Haram’s vicious crimes with hashtags and selfies, the people of Kalabalge responded with bullets and machetes, taking their lives and their families into their own hands. To defend oneself is to learn to rely on oneself; in self-defense courses, we learn confidence in our own strength and power as much as we learn specific techniques for defeating assailants. Boko Haram reacted the way bullies have reacted from time immemorial to suddenly emboldened victims — they turned tail and ran, leaving their dead and wounded behind like the cowards they always were. In America, the imperial center, we too must learn to act directly against the bullies in our midst, against the forces of the empire. These actions need not be direct, violent confrontation — although those who do choose to engage their oppressors directly deserve our respect. In the anti-war movement over the last fourteen years, many consciousness-raising, fund-raising and feel-good events have been held, but the most effective activism I’ve seen has taken two forms — discouraging enlistment, known as “counter-recruiting,” and encouraging soldiers currently in the military to get out. Both are much more challenging than holding a sign at a rally, requiring us to get to know the people we are trying to reach and to offer them a good alternative to the military, which is one of the last places left in our society where any able-bodied young person can get a secure job with good pay and benefits. But both get results that matter, denying grist to the imperial mill, forcing the managers of the imperial state to spend more time and money on finding and retaining soldiers and less on killing and maiming others. Talking to a classroom in an inner city high school about alternatives to the military is not as dramatic as ambushing a Boko Haram convoy in Nigerian jungle in the middle of the night, but both actions share one key aspect — neither involves begging power for mercy and comfort. Rather, both take on the enemy directly, confronting personally the mechanisms of oppression and violence. If we are going to be saved, we must follow the bold example of the people of Kalabalge, and save ourselves.
THE EDIT PAGE
C O M M E N T A R Y
Amyn B. Sajoo
Faith in rights: ethics of the public square A
t the corner of a Protestant and a Catholic street in Belfast, goes a joke recounted by the sociologist Olivier Roy in Holy Ignorance: When Religion and Culture Part Ways, a Bangladeshi grocer opens a store to serve both communities. A hooded man storms in, holds a gun to the grocer’s head, and asks, “Catholic or Protestant?” The grocer replies, “But I am Muslim.” Undeterred, the gunman asks, “I mean a Catholic Muslim or a Protestant Muslim?” In principle, as Larry Cox observed earlier on openGlobalRights, rights and religions converge on a “shared belief in what the Universal Declaration of Human Rights calls ‘the inherent dignity’ of ‘all members of the human family’.” But the reality is that states align with orthodoxy for reasons of expediency, as both Roy and openGlobalRights author Nida Kirmani note. Ties that blind Secular and religious activists alike can be so selective in their empathy over rights violations that one must often ask whether the “human” element is even at play. Aung San Suu Kyi won acclaim for standing up to the regime in Burma/Myanmar — yet her silence on the horrendous persecution of the country’s Rohingya Muslim minority is deafening. Western churches voice a litany of complaints on behalf of co-religionists — such as the Nigerian Christian victims of Boko Haram, whose targets routinely include Muslims. Yet not a peep is sounded when Christian militias do likewise to Muslims next door in the Central African Republic. An interesting twist is the unconditional support of American evangelical churches for Israel, against Christian Palestinians whose plight in Jerusalem is perhaps more conspicuous (at least in western media) than the dispossession of the Muslim majority. No better is the selectivity in foreign policy choices on human rights and religious freedom, with a pattern of western support for repressive regimes that preside over strategic assets or espouse convenient ideologies. From the Cold War-era to this day, the list includes South Africa under apartheid, Pinochet’s Chile, Rios Montt’s Guatemala, Saddam Hussein’s Iraq, Saudi Arabia, and Bahrain. In short, the states that championed the Universal Declaration and the ensuing rights regime enjoy little credibility as its global promoters. Civil society actors have significantly more legitimacy, though a fraction of the power that states can exercise. They also tend to be particular rather than universal in what they choose to champion — from gay rights and gender equity to opposing Female Genital Mutilation (FGM), torture and the death penalty. What does all this imply in practical terms today?
Getting to rights What civil society and state actors have come to agree on is that legalizing rights, at home and abroad, gives them potency. It’s a hard-won conviction about responding effectively to human vulnerability. Jack Snyder in openGlobalRights casts it in terms of the “liberalism and individualistic legalism” as doctrines of western modernity. Taking rights seriously is also about moral suasion beyond individual interest; without cogent ties to a sense of justice, even virtue, human rights are no different from rules about traffic or real estate. This is where religions can deliver powerful assets — or liabilities — in their inherent appeal to what is simply right, albeit with varying degrees of inclusivity. It is also where the western modernist turn, with its individualist brand of liberal secularism, is a decidedly mixed blessing. A cursory glance at the daily news will
ot a day goes by without news on the growing inequality that is the telling indicator of the kind of economic model in which we have put ourselves, following the neoliberal binge unleashed by the Washington Consensus. The idea that economic growth is “a rising tide lifting all boats”, as the late Margaret Thatcher declared when she announced war on the welfare state, and its twin “capital will trickle down to everybody”, are now totally discredited. Facts, as it has been said, are stubborn. Over time, the capital of the rich will grow more than everything else, and finally the very rich will see their capital grow continuously, much more than general wealth; those who inherit capital will eventually have the largest part of growth: in other words, they will suck away from the general population its increase in wealth. And this means that we are going back to the times of Queen Victoria. This is due, in fact, to a new reality: financial capitalism is doing much better than productive capitalism. The last issue of U.S. magazine Alpha lists the 25 best paid hedge fund managers. Last year, these managers – all male – earned the staggering amount of over 21 billion dollars. This beats the combined national incomes in the same year of the African countries of Burundi, Central African Republic, Eritrea, Gambia, Guinea, Sao Tomé, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Niger and Zimbabwe. Or, to stay in the United States, Nobel Prize-winner Paul Krugman writes
Human rights cannot thrive globally without the support of pluralist religious theologies that are in tune with public culture. In Muslim settings, this means that the shari’a free itself from a narrow traditionalism that has displaced a strong heritage of inclusive and egalitarian ethics
confirm that the “illiberal, communal, and exclusionary” elements that Snyder attributes to the traditionalist religions of the global South are fully alive in the North. This is because the liberal individualist model, for all its legal bite, can only whimper on ethical solidarity. Indeed, the ongoing debate on alternative modernities to the dominant western brand is not about the South alone. It is also about what is left out by the dominant brand in treating the particular western encounter with religion as somehow giving us a global recipe for a rational and humane secular modernity. Charles Taylor’s landmark A Secular Age offers a sobering critique, and should inspire humility among those who think it’s a matter of time before the benighted South sees the Northern light. Meanwhile at the political level, the aftermath of the War on Terror, that has been marked by the gravest of abuses by western governments across the panoply of human rights, defies hubris about legalization as a panacea in securing individual and communal freedoms. If the Inquisition was a milestone in the narrative of challenging the legitimacy of the Church’s legal-political powers, the same moment may be on the horizon for the modern State. A symbiosis of civic, state and religious actors — with healthy mutual skepticism — affords the best prospect for advancing human rights. This is not only for strategic but also substantive reasons: the ethical resources for effective suasion do not reside in a single place, but are abundant in faith traditions. The historical trajectory of human rights is enmeshed with religion, and there is nothing rational about the modern secularist rupture. A transnational movement of human rights is of recent vintage and dominated by secular actors; but the idea of entitlements due to humans as such, and of solidarity in their pursuit, has ethical foundations that
stretch far beyond the reach of western modernity.
Theologies of rights None of this makes life easy. Religiously-centred approaches prize civic and kinship networks in advancing rights, as openGlobalRights authors Aminu-Kano, Ali, and Fitzgibbon argue with regard to Islam. Hence, “the government is not the first port of call,” though it remains “the ultimate guarantor of rights.” But they also claim that in campaigns for socio-religious reform by scholars and feminist networks, “Muslim societies have remained relevant, beneficial and adaptive to these changes.” Yet the gap between the former and the latter on a range of issues is enormous. Majorities across the Muslim world hold highly conservative views about the shari’a; large numbers believe, against massive scholarly evidence to the contrary, that it is divine law. This stance bolsters the cultures of patriarchy in rural and urban settings alike. It makes extraordinarily hard the work of reformers like Abdullahi An-Na’im, Zainah Anwar, Abdolkarim Soroush, Mohsen Kadivar, Tariq Ramadan, Riffat Hassan, and Muhammad Shahrur. Even the mildly ambitious reformism of Cairo’s Al-Azhar runs into a popular preference for traditionalist preachers. Generations of poor religious and secular education is not a legacy easily undone. A key obstacle is the prevalence of traditionalism under cover of fidelity to the shari’a — which in its essence is an ethical framework. The drawing out of legal principles (fiqh) from the shari’a was a venture stirred with pragmatism and assorted cultural practices. Yes, having laws was obviously a benefit for public order and private security; but having “religious” laws that many saw as sacred also meant that social change could easily be impeded. Recourse to ethical tools such as maslaha (public benefit) helped navigate back to the shari’a’s higher principles (maqasid), which were about safeguarding basic human values. “There is no religion for one who has no intellect,” affirmed the Prophet’s closest companion, Ali ibn Abi Talib (d. 661); moral reasoning is what bridges faith and the world. To insist as Aminu-Kano, Ali, and Fitzgibbon do that the shari’a amounts to Islamic law as “a complete system” is to steal its ethical thunder and reduce it to a drizzle of legal rules. It is the ethical voice that offers a supporting theology for women’s equality, minority rights within and outside the Muslim umma, and solidarity with humans at large. Leila Ahmed showed this in her magisterial account of the conflictual gender narrative in Islam. The embrace of a legalist traditionalism above ethics is sure to fall short of modern aspirations for dignity to which Muslims are no exception. Yet this trend has taken hold for complex reasons — among which is the perpetuation of self-interest by religious and political establishments. Narrow identities and civic goals are the result, with an upsurge in deadly sectarianism from Nigeria to Iraq, Syria, Pakistan and Afghanistan. Vatican II (1962-5) radically shifted Catholic political theology and brought it into direct conversation with public culture, just as James H. Cone and the civil rights movement came to refashion Protestant theology. Major shifts too are required from rigid Sunni and Shi’a Muslim orthodoxies. It may well be in the diaspora that the tectonic plates move first, given the relatively greater civic as well as religious space available to reformers. But nothing less will do than a retrieval of what a pluralist umma was about at its foundation. And it will require a symbiosis of civic, state and religious actors (with a healthy mutual skepticism) to pull it off.
Global Inequality and the Destruction of Democracy Roberto savio CommonDreams that the 0.1 percent with the most income has gone back to the 19th century. According to the Bloomberg Billionaires Index, a daily ranking of the world’s 300 wealthiest individuals, they increased their wealth last year by 524 billion dollars – more than the combined revenues of Denmark, Finland, Greece and Portugal. Just go to Wikipedia, click on National Budgets around the world, and see how many poor countries you can add, with their millions of people, to reach 524 billion dollars. The same goes for Europe. We have similar statistics from Spain. Last year, 23 bankers received retirement entitlements of 22.7 million euros and salary increases of 27 percent, against a backdrop of deflation. This is a trend which is happening everywhere in Europe, even in the Nordic countries, but also in Brazil, China, South Africa and any other part of the world. Of course, this has come to be considered a normal trend in the “new economy,” where work is now considered just a variable of production, and permanent unemployment’ is considered inevitable and structural. Meanwhile, the United Nations
claims that extreme poverty worldwide has been halved. The number of people living on less than 1.25 dollars a day fell from 47 percent in 1990 to 22 percent in 2010. There are still 1.2 billion people living in extreme poverty, but a new middle-class is emerging worldwide, even if the success in the numbers is due basically to Brazil, China and India. So, the argument from the defenders of the present economic model is “if there are a few super rich, why do we ignore the enormous progress that has created 1 billion new middle-class citizens? This argument has three obvious problems. The first is that this kind of economic growth is already shrinking the middle class in rich countries, and this contraction is bound to have serious effects in the long term. The consumption of the super-rich cannot substitute the consumption of a large number of middleclass citizens. Production of cars is already greater than demand, and this is happening for many products. Global poverty is declining, but in country after country, inequality is on the increase. The second problem is that the
rich are not paying taxes as before, because of a large number of fiscal benefits that were introduced at the time of U.S. President Ronald Reagan – “wealth produces wealth, and poverty produces poverty”. French President Francois Hollande discovered at his own expense that today you cannot tax capital because it is sacred. There are at least 300 billion dollars in tax revenues which are being lost through a combination of corporate tax incentives and corporate tax dodging. Today, there are estimates of 4 trillion dollars in fiscal paradises. And history is not abundant in examples of voluntary redistribution and solidarity by the rich and the super-rich. And the third problem is very serious. It is redundant to quote here one of the innumerable examples of how politics has become subservient to economic interests. An ordinary citizen does not have the same power as a super-rich citizen. It is ironic that the U.S. Supreme Court has eliminated any limits to donations to parties because all men are equal. Now that elections for a U.S. president are in the vicinity of 2 billion dollars, is an ordinary citizen really equal to a Sheldon Adelson, the U.S. business magnate who has officially donated 100 million dollars to the Republican Party? No big effort, his wealth increased last year by over 14 billion dollars! So is this trend good for democracy? Are the super-rich not of concern? Well, this is what we are told, and this is what we are asked to believe…
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The three faces of drone war
Pratap Chatterjee nemies, innocent victims, and soldiers have always made up the three faces of war. With war growing more distant, with drones capable of performing on the battlefield while their ‘pilots’ remain thousands of miles away, two of those faces have, however, faded into the background in recent years. Today, we are left with just the reassuring ‘face’ of the terrorist enemy, killed clinically by remote control while we go about our lives, apparently without any ‘collateral damage’ or danger to our soldiers. Now, however, that may slowly be changing, bringing the true face of the drone campaigns Washington has pursued since 9/11 into far greater focus. Imagine if those drone wars going on in Pakistan and Yemen (as well as the United States) had a human face all the time, so that we could understand what it was like to live constantly, in and out of those distant battle zones, with the specter of death. In addition to images of the ‘Al Qaeda’ operatives who the White House wants us to believe are the sole targets of its drone campaigns, we would regularly see photos of innocent victims of drone attacks gathered by human rights groups from their relatives and neighbors. And what about the third group - the military personnel whose lives revolve around killing fields so far away whose stories, in these years of Washington’s drone assassination campaigns, we’ve just about never heard? After all, soldiers no longer set sail on ships to journey to distant battlefields for months at a time. Instead, every day, thousands of men and women sign onto their computers at desks on military bases in the continental United States and abroad where they spend hours glued to screens watching the daily lives of people often on the other side of the planet. Occasionally, they get an order from Washington to push a button and vaporize their subjects. It sounds just like - and the comparison has been made often enough - a video game, which can be switched off at the end of a shift, after which those pilots return home to families and everyday life. And if you believed what little we normally see of them - what, that is, the Air Force has let us see (the CIA part of the drone program being off-limits to news reporting) - that would indeed seem to be the straightforward story of life for our drone warriors. Take Rene Lopez, who in shots of a recent homecoming welcome at Fort Gordon in Georgia appears to be a doting father. Photographed for the local papers on his return from a tour in Afghanistan, the young soldier is seen holding and kissing his infant daughter dressed in a bright pink top. He smiles with delight as the wideeyed child tries on his military hat. From an online profile posted to LinkedIn by Lopez last year, we learn that the clean-cut US Army signals intelligence specialist claims to be an actor in the drone war in addition to being a proud parent. To be specific, he says he has been working in the dark arts of hunting and killing “high value targets” using a National Security Agency (NSA) tool known as Gilgamesh. That tool is named after a ruthless Sumerian king who ruled over Uruk, an ancient city in what is now Iraq. With the help of the massive trove of NSA documents leaked by Edward Snowden, Glenn Greenwald and Jeremy Scahill recently explained that Gilgamesh is the code name for a special device mounted on a Predator drone that can track the mobile phones of individuals without their knowledge by pretending to be a cell phone tower. Lopez's resumé yields more details on what Gilgamesh is capable of. The profile writer claims that he, "supervised a team of four personnel supporting the lead targeting force in Laghman and Nuristan provinces [in Afghanistan]. Assisted top-level commanders with developing concepts, approaches, and strategies to Capture/Kill HVTs [high value targets]." Last year, on completing his time in the military, Lopez says he took a civilian job operating Gilgamesh for Mission Essential, an intelligence contractor providing technical support for Pentagon drones. For that company, he says he conducted, "pattern of life analysis" and provided support for, "targeting and strike operations." Lopez lives in Grovetown, Georgia, home to a joint Army-NSA code-breaking and language translation operation, involving 4,000 personnel that, since 9/11, has taken the lead in analyzing real-time data feeds from Central Asia and the Middle East. Gilgamesh is just one of several NSA tools used on drones to track targeted cell phones. Another program, Shenanigans, was designed specifically for use by the Central Intelligence Agency. According to other documents leaked by Snowden, an operation code-named Victorydance used these tools in March 2012 to map every computer, router, and mobile device in Yemen. What do men like Lopez actually think about the sort of human destruction, not to speak of the destabilization of whole regions, that Gilgamesh and its like help to unleash? In his online job pitch, Lopez indicates straightforward pride in his work: "My efforts, both as a contractor and in the military, yielded success in identifying, locating, and tracking high value targets, and protection of US and coalition forces." It would be easy enough to assume that the kind of analytical work such remote pilots do would result in a sense of job satisfaction and little more. And that, it turns out, would be a mistake.
not only killing thousands in distant lands, but also creating an unexpected kind of blowback among the pilots themselves, provides a curious parallel to the Epic of Gilgamesh, the 5,000-year-old poem about the Sumerian king. In the ancient saga, the gods are said to have sent Enkidu to befriend the cruel king and divert him from the oppression of his subjects. When the pair travel together to slay a monster named Humbaba, Gilgamesh begins to have nightmares about death and war, causing him to question their plan. Today, like Gilgamesh of old, signals intelligence personnel connected to the drone programs have started reporting themselves haunted by the deaths that they have participated in, and plagued by the knowledge that, in the end, they often had next to no idea who they were actually killing. The publicity about a “kill list” in the White House has left the impression that those who find themselves on the other end of a drone-launched missile have been carefully identified and are known to the drone pilots. "People get hung up that there's a targeted list of people," one drone pilot told the Intercept two months ago. His view, however, was quite different: "It's really like we're targeting a cell phone. We're not going after people - we're going after their phones, in the hopes that the person on the other end of that missile is the bad guy." Brandon Bryant, a 28-year-old US airman, whose squadron has been credited with 1,626 kills, was among the first to be openly critical of the impact of remote tracking and targeting, of, that is, robot war. Bryant was a ‘sensor operator,’ which meant that he operated the cameras on the drone aircraft as part of a three-person team that included a pilot and an intelligence analyst. In an interview with GQ magazine last October, Bryant offered a vivid description of a targeting operation in Afghanistan he took part in when he was just 21. "This figure runs around the corner, the outside, toward the front of the building. And it looked like a little kid to me. Like a little human person," he said. "There's this giant flash, and all of a sudden there's no person there." Bryant says he asked the pilot: "Did that look like a child to you?" The message came back from another intelligence analyst: "Per the review, it's a dog." After six years, Bryant couldn’t take it any more. He saw a therapist who diagnosed him with post-traumatic stress disorder. This was a novel, even shocking development for an airman who had hardly ever come close to a battlefield. Bryant was suitably taken aback and, as a result, began speaking out against the system of killing he had been enmeshed in and what it does both to the killers and those killed. "Combat is combat. Killing is killing. This isn't a video game," he wrote in an angry tirade on Facebook. "How many of you have killed a group of people, watched as their bodies are picked up, watched the funeral, then killed them, too?" Killing for the CIA Bryant's campaign against drone war without accountability took on new life in late April when Tonje Hessen Schei, a Norwegian filmmaker, released her film Drone. In it, Bryant reveals that his former colleagues in the Air Force had not just been carrying out drone strikes on the battlefields of Afghanistan and Iraq where the military was involved in open warfare. They were also conducting the strikes in the supposed CIA drone assassination campaigns in Pakistan and Yemen. This was news. The CIA’s ‘covert’ drone wars in those countries were, it turns out, secretly Air Force operations. "The CIA might be the customer, but the Air Force has always flown it,” Bryant says in the film. “A CIA label is just an excuse to not have to give up any information. That is all it has ever been." Schei's film also reveals the name of the US Air Force unit that does the CIA killing - the 17th Reconnaissance Squadron at Creech Air Force Base in Nevada. "From what I was able to gather, it was pretty much confirmed they were flying missions almost exclusively in Pakistan with the intent to strike," Michael Haas, another drone pilot, told Chris Woods at the Guardian. Thanks to the film, Bryant made an unusual connection in the world of drone pilots - to the victims of Washington’s drone campaign, previously just so many pixels on a screen to him. Invited to Belgium and Norway to speak at the premieres of Schei's film, he met with Shahzad Akbar, a Pakistani lawyer who runs the Foundation for Fundamental Rights and has been leading a campaign to put a face - quite literally - on the death and destruction CIA drone strikes have caused in his country.
Faces of the victims Up in the mountains of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa in northern Pakistan, a giant image of an orphan girl is now laid out next to the mud houses of the locals. She is nameless, but according to her photographer, Noor Behram, she lost her parents in a drone strike in 2010 in the village of Dande Darpa Khel. Her picture, the size of a soccer playing field, is a product of Akbar's planning with the help of JR, a French street artist, and Clive Stafford-Smith, the founder of Reprieve, a British human rights organization. Their intent: to create images of the victims of Washington’s drone wars that could be seen from the sky. Smaller images have, in fact, been placed on rooftops in Waziristan. Their target audience: drone pilots like Bryant, Haas, and Lopez who, searching for targets to kill, might just see the Haunted by death In recent months, the first evidence that drones are face of the child of one of their previous victims. (The
he trial of 52 indigenous people that just got underway for a 2009 massacre near the city of Bagua in northwest Peru will test the judicial system’s independence and ability to impart justice. The oral phase of the trial opened Wednesday May 14 in a court in Bagua in the northern region of Amazonas. The next hearing will be held May 26. The defendants are indigenous leaders and residents involved one way or another in the Jun. 5, 2009 clash between security forces and protesters that left 34 people dead – 24 police officers and 10 civilians – and around 200 injured. Indigenous people in that Amazon region had blocked a highway near Bagua for two months, demanding the repeal of decrees passed by the government of Alan García (2006-2011) that opened up native territories in the rainforest to oil, mining and logging companies, violating rights guaranteed in the constitution. Several of the decrees were repealed. But the bloody incident made headlines around the world. The 52 people on trial – a 53rd died last year – are facing anywhere from six years to life in prison, one of the defence lawyers, Juan José Quispe of the non-governmental Legal Defence Institute (IDL), told IPS. The
Bureau of Investigative Journalism, which keeps a tally of drone victims in Pakistan, offers a provisional figure of up to 957 civilians, including as many as 202 children, killed between 2004 and the present day.) For the last five years, Akbar and Smith have worked tirelessly on similar projects. One of their first efforts was to reveal the name of the CIA station chief in Pakistan: Jonathan Banks. In December 2010, they brought a $500 million lawsuit against him in that country, causing him to flee. The next summer they put together a collection of Noor Behram’s photographs of the dead, as well as their relatives and neighbors, that was exhibited in London. Last year, Akbar even made plans to take the relatives of drone victims to testify before the US Congress. Though he himself was denied entry to the country, he succeeded. Rafiq-ur-Rehman and his two children, nine-year-old Nabila-ur-Rehman and 13-year-old Zubair-ur-Rehman, did speak at a special hearing arranged by Representative Alan Grayson. Now, with the unexpected support of a small but growing group of former drone pilots, a campaign against “targeted killings” might well take on a new life in the US. At least six other drone pilots have already spoken anonymously to Woods, largely confirming what Bryant and Haas have said publicly. The strain of long-distance war There is evidence that other drone pilots are also beginning to crack under the pressure of drone war. Two recent studies by the Air Force strongly suggest that Bryant's PTSD diagnosis is no anomaly, that no matter how far you may be from the battlefield, you never quite leave it. Published in June 2011, the first study by Wayne Chappelle, Joseph Ouma, and Amber Salinas of the School of Aerospace Medicine at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Ohio concluded that nearly half of the drone pilots studied had "high operational stress." A number also had "clinical distress" - that is, anxiety, depression, or stress severe enough to affect them in their personal lives. The study attributed this to long “flying” hours and erratic shifts, but did not compare drone pilots to those in combat aircraft fighting above the battlefield. A second study by Jean Otto and Bryant Webber of the Armed Forces Health Surveillance Center and the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, published in March 2013, compared drone pilots to those performing standard military missions. The level of stress, it found, was almost the same, a surprising conclusion for those who assumed that drone pilots were essentially video gamers. "Remotely piloted aircraft pilots may stare at the same piece of ground for days," Otto told the New York Times. "They witness the carnage. Manned aircraft pilots don't do that. They get out of there as soon as possible." Some believe that drone stress is significantly related to a major shortage of pilots for such planes. A Government Accountability Office report released in April tersely notes that "high work demands on RPA [remotely piloted aircraft] pilots limit the time they have available for training and development and negatively affects their work-life balance." Speaking from the heavens There is, however, likely to be far more to it than that. After Bryant came forward, for instance, Heather Linebaugh, a former drone intelligence analyst, broke her silence, too. Writing in the Guardian in late December, she summed up the largely unpublicized failure of Washington’s drones this way: "What the public needs to understand is that the video provided by a drone is not usually clear enough to detect someone carrying a weapon, even on a crystal-clear day with limited cloud and perfect light. The feed is so pixelated, what if it's a shovel, and not a weapon? We always wonder if we killed the right people, if we destroyed an innocent civilian's life all because of a bad image or angle." (And she didn’t even point out that, in the areas being attacked in Pakistan and Yemen, carrying a weapon is commonplace and not necessarily a sign that you are a “terrorist.”) Linebaugh explained that, under these circumstances, a “mistake” had terrible consequences, and not just for those erroneously targeted, but even for the pilots. "How many women and children have you seen incinerated by a Hellfire missile? How many men have you seen crawl across a field, trying to make it to the nearest compound for help while bleeding out from severed legs?" She added, "When you are exposed to it over and over again it becomes like a small video, embedded in your head, forever on repeat, causing psychological pain and suffering that many people will hopefully never experience." And don’t count on Linebaugh being the last drone analyst to speak out, either. Whether future Rene Lopezes ever actually look down from the computerized “heavens” and see the picture of that little Pakistani orphan girl, we already know that they will see horrors that are likely to prove hard to absorb. It is this third face of war, along with those of the “enemy” and innocent victims, which provides the crucial evidence that the drone project, Obama’s remote control campaign, is a failure; that it is not clinical but bloody and riddled with error; that it creates enemies even as it kills others; that it is, above all, no more a video game for those who fly the planes and loose the missiles than it is for those who die in distant lands.
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CONNECTING GOOD GOVERNANCE FOR DEVELOPMENT Tokitoyepthomi asst. Professor, Economics Dept. St. Joseph’s College, Jakhama
f we look around, we find gloomy pictures almost everywhere. Today, there is trouble in our body- politics, economy and society. Need of good governance has been a recurring theme in our society today. Each of us is part of governance on different aspects and therefore bearing mindset of responsiveness, participation and transparency and accountability ensures reforms of good governance to be undertaken. Mahatma Gandhi rightly said that there is enough to meet out the needs of the people, but not to meet out their greed. Every state in the world initiates series of development activities in order to bring about positive changes in the economy,society and lives of the citizens. However, it has been observed that development initiatives so far had no desired effects. Widespread corruption, inefficiency, lack of responsiveness, accountability, social prejudices and ineffective administration become a source of rising discontentment with the administration among general public. Corruption is so deeply entrenched in the system that most people regard corruption as inevitable and any effort to fight it as futile. This cynicism is spreading so fast it bodes ill for our democracy itself. India is witnessing rapid modernization and robust economic performance, but it is shame that a country has a large majority of the population living without sanitation amenities. It has been more of cliché that in India access to mobile is easier than to toilet. It assures that corruption is minimized but everyday it is published and shown by the media about various scams, delay in legal proceedings(e.g., state municipalities election under reservation scanner in high courts), wasteful expenditure of government funds by elite politicians (chief guest), monopoly of ruling government as service-provider (backdoor) and failure to pay salary to our teachers ( SSA)maker of our children’s future, non-transparent system of command and control, increasing graph of complexities in distribution of various funds and schemes to their political supporters neglecting the opposition, unbiased tax evasions by our visionary groups and the gulf of per capita availability of resources between the responsible elite representatives of the people.Lack of effective and stringentpolicies and laws to curd the growing influx of immigrants in our economy and no strict law for the defaulters of law- crimes, bribes etc…Witness so much instance where large sums of money have been spent on needed development ventures but their costs are much higher owing to contracts which is redirected to those paid bribes. In this connection, it may be mentioned that the much publicized NREGA (renamed into MGNREGA) reflects the disbursement among citizens and households randomly rather than bringing rural development is an excellent example of the importance of critical linkage between government and development. More ever, the level of corruption, bribery, malpractices and other evils practices against social and economic development are being increased due to poor governance in our society. Most of the innovative programs which are seldom replicated across the state remained under the islands of excellence which a common man is not much aware of. Since the innovations were not up sealed therefore their impacts remain limited. In order to assess the effectiveness and impact of administrative reforms finding the right leadership is important but, to the extent one gets internal organization design right and also has clarity on the roles and ensures that the creation of organizations and power of government are well grounded. However, if only we citizen also stop our money-based voting than refined measures can be initiated by our laws. Capturing the incidence in our own capital where our own city buses are being driven by non-locals and also a marginal ratio of non-local earnings in our own unorganized sector. (Source: KCCI – Kohima unorganized sector earns about 238 Crores annually. Out of which 11980 are nonlocal workers earning about nearly 60% of our annual earning,which is mainly been diverted to other states). Former UN Secretary General, Kofi Annan once said, “Good governance is perhaps the single most important factor in eradicating poverty and promoting development”. Good governance should be conceptualized as a goal and as a process that accelerates growth, equity and human development potential for the people and society. It further highlights, good governance need to ensure all, including the poor and other disadvantaged groupand should have the means to influence: - to influence the direction of development, to make contributions to development, to share the benefits of development, to initiates a series of development activities in order to bring about a positive change in the economy, society and lives of the citizens.It is important to place various initiatives in a citizen- centric perspective with social audit mechanisms and with proper RTI legislation to ensure good governance for introducing transparency and accountability that parallels the economy and good governance with growth and development.
Bagua Massacre – A Test for Justice in Peru charges against 12 police officers also implicated in the violence, Quispe said. But it is demanding a life sentence for seven of the 52 civilians, including indigenous leader Alberto Pizango, president of the Interethnic Association for the Development of the Peruvian Rainforest (AIDESEP), which organised the 2009 protest and roadblock. “We follow the people’s mandate,” Pizango told IPS a few days before the start of the oral phase of the trial. After the massacre, Pizango went into exile in Nicaragua. But he returned in May 2010. The other defendants facing a possible life sentence are Santiago Manuim, Héctor Requejo, Ronald Requejo, Danny López, Feliciano Cahuasa and Joel Shimpukat. According to Quispe, there have been irregularities from the very start. For example, he said, the justice system did not accept the defence’s request to interrogate former president García and several of his ministers. “The court told us it was not summoning them because they were not eyewitnesses,” the lawyer told IPS. “But this case has political implications.” One key aspect that
Milagros salazar Inter Press Service er the cabinet of ministers knew that, a day before the massacre, the indigenous leaders had sent a letter to the police station in Bagua informing the police that they would peacefully withdraw from the Devil’s Curve, where they had set up the roadblock. The indigenous leaders say an agreement had already been reached with the police chief that, if the order to dismantle the roadblock came from Lima, the protesters would be warned ahead of time, to allow them to peacefully pull out. But at 5:00 AM the morning of Jun. 5, 600 heavily armed police swarmed in to disperse the protesters on the Devil’s Curve, a stretch of the road that links the main rainforest cities in northern Peru with the coast. When they heard that the police had opened fire at the roadblock and that protesters were being killed, the Awajún native demonstrators occupying a nearby oil pumping station – Estación 6 – decided to take repri-
the first hearing of the trial, the court did not provide interpreters for the Awajún speakers. “They needed to take down the full names, place of birth, number of children, incomes of the defendants,” Quispe told IPS. In the end, one of the indigenous leaders, Merino Trigoso, “had to act as interpreter,” he added. But the failure to supply an interpreter meant the reading of the charges by the public prosecutor had to be suspended, because the 14 defence attorneys – provided by the IDL, the Catholic Vicariate of Jaén, and AIDESEP – demanded that the written document be translated into the Awajún language. According to Quispe, the president of the court, Gonzalo Zabarburu, made another mistake when he sentenced one of the defendants, Feliciano Cahuasa, to house arrest in a city different from the one already determined by another judge. “That arbitrary decision affects the defendant, who had already done all the paperwork and taken the steps needed to comply with the order of the other judge, and now has to find a new home, to serve his house arrest,” said Quispe.
death of police Major Felipe Bazán during the incident in Bagua, spent nearly five years in prison without a sentence, despite the fact that under Peruvian law the limit is three years. The defence finally managed to get him transferred to house arrest. The court also made a risky decision by ordering that one of the defendants, Trigoso, be transferred to a police station during a recess in the trial rather than leaving him in one of the rooms in the court building until the hearings began again. Trigoso was escorted by several police through a large crowd of indigenous family members and supporters anxiously waiting outside the building. “Something regrettable could have happened because of an absurd order by the judges,” said Quispe. But there were no incidents. One of the first lessons that Bagua left indigenous communities was that they needed to move from “the big protest to the big proposal, and from the big proposal to the big action, which consists of the full exercise of the right of self-determination of [indigenous] people,” Pizango told IPS. “The people will never again block highways, because now they know the trap the Peruvian state sets up. If you come out to defend the voice of the people, what you receive is aggression, bullets and
Tuesday 20 May 2014
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Modi may have smaller cabinet to keep control ‘Death of a dynasty, birth of a leader’
Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party leader and India’s next prime minister Narendra Modi displays the victory symbol as he arrives in Varanasi, an ancient city revered by millions of devout Hindus on May 17. (AP File Photo)
New Delhi, May 19 (iaNS): Known for his “ironfist” governance style, Prime Minister designate Narendra Modi is likely to have a smaller cabinet, which he could then monitor closely, say those aware of his working style. As hectic parleys go on over portfolio distributions, a BJP leader close to the Gujarat chief minister pointed out that it has been clear since campaign days that Modi’s cabinet will be smaller. “He has always said ‘minimum government, maximum governance’, that is the clearest indicator that his cabinet will not be big,” the senior BJP
leader, speaking on condition of anonymity, told IANS. A thumping majority with 282 seats for BJP also means there will be no ally pressure for ministerial berths, points out another party leader. Saurabh Patel, a minister in Modi-led Gujarat government, who is known to be close to Modi, said the BJP leader’s style is of setting up systems and taking complete responsibility. “It is always pleasant working with such a dynamic leader. He believes in taking complete responsibility,” Patel told IANS over phone from Gandhinagar in Gujarat. “He forms a system, makes
transparent policies and ensures that everything is within a framework. It is this discipline that is his speciality,” said the Gujarat minister who holds a number of portfolios including energy, finance, industries, petrochemicals, minerals and civil aviation. Modi “trusts the people he works with”, and has the capability of “getting the best out of people”, noted Patel. “He is not known to give any special favours,” he added. Another BJP leader, who did not want to be named, said Modi would keep a close watch on the key ministries. “A smaller cabinet, and
MaDriD, May 19 (iaNS/eFe): Undoubtedly, Narendra Modi is the man of the moment. Celebrated writer on Hindu nationalism Eva Borreguero in her article titled “The death of a dynasty, the birth of a leader” in the leading Spanish newspaper El Pais, writes that Narendra Modi’s victory has been significant in many ways. Most prominently, it has “radically changed the political arena historically dominated by the Gandhi dynasty”, that started with Jawaharlal Nehru and is currently represented by his great grandson, Rahul Gandhi, she writes. The expert points out how this election campaign has seen Gandhi pale into insignificance against “the charismatic figure of the nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party leader who has to his credit the successful transformation of the Indian state of Gujarat” but who also bears the cross of
more control, is what is expected... It is Modi’s governance model. He would have his eye on all ministries,” said the party leader. He also pointed out that former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee monitored all ministries closely. Patel meanwhile said that it would be wrong to say that Modi keeps a “watch” over all departments, and insisted he “reviewed key programmes and policies from time to time”. Dinesh Shukla, senior political analyst and former professor of political science at Gujarat University, who also taught Modi in the university, however said that Modi’s “one-man
show” style of functioning may not work in Delhi. “In Gujarat it was a oneman show for Modi, but in Delhi, the situation will be different. It will be difficult to function that way, he will need to change his style a bit,” Shukla told IANS. Modi did masters in political science from the Gujarat University in 1983. “He will have to take everyone along, and it seems at the moment that he is taking everyone along. Whatever will be the situation, it will be clear in a day or two,” Shukla said. “Modi is a seasoned politician, he can adjust well,” he added. While the BJP remains tight-
Bihar crisis ends: Nitish names Jitan Ram Manjhi as CM
paTNa, May 19 (ageNCieS): Putting an end to the political crisis in Bihar, Nitish Kumar on Monday announced Jitan Ram Manjhi as the next chief minister of the state. Addressing reporters here, Kumar said, “He (Jeetan Manjhi) is a very experienced leader who has contributed a lot to party.” Reports claim that the Dalit leader Jitan Ram Manjhi along with Kumar went at the Governor’s residence today before making this big announcement. Kumar, who remained firm on stepping down as the chief minister of Bihar, today said that he would take on the responsibility again if he wins the mandate in the 2015 state Assembly polls. “If people give me mandate in 2015 I am ready to take up responsibility again,” Kumar told his supporters gathered outside after the crucial JD(U)LP meeting at his official residence. He said the JD(U) LP had authorised him to choose a new leader which he would convey after meeting with Governor DY Patil. The meet is underway at present. Earlier, addressing a press conference, Kumar, who was accompanied by state JD(U) president Basistha Narayan Singh and leader
Nitish Kumar on Monday announced Jitan Ram Manjhi as the next chief minister of the state.
Rajiv Ranjan Lallan, said his decision to quit was not a sentimental one but a ‘hard political decision’ and urged his supporters to brace for a ‘big fight’ in Assembly polls scheduled next year. “My responsibility has rather increased to guide government as well strengthen party in the state,” he said. Kumar said though there was no shortage of numbers for him, he decided to quit owning moral responsibility for the defeat of the party in the parliamentary polls in the state. JD(U) managed to hold on to merely two seats this time from a high of 20 in 2009. BJP gained from
the separation with it and won 22 seats on its own and helped new allies LJP win 6 and Rashtriya Lok Samata Party (RLSP) 3. Attacking BJP for charging him with indulging in horse trading to protect his government, Kumar mocked at its senior leader Sushil Kumar Modi for claiming that 50 JD(U) MLAs were in touch with it. “Even after resigning I did not dissolve the assembly to give scope for forming a new government ... I have given BJP 48 hours to form a new government with the help of 50 JD(U) MLAs ... Unki pol khul gayi (their claim has been laid bare),” he said sarcastically.
the anti-Muslim riots of 2002 in the state. Borreguero, a professor of political science in the Complutense University of Madrid, says that Modi’s victory is “a reflection of how the Indian society has changed during the last decade in an environment of high rates of economic growth”. The rise of the middle class and particularly the consumerist values it endorses, she believes, has become the glue that puts together the diverse interests of the Indian society, thus overriding caste and regional loyalties that have divided the mandate since 1989. In the eyes of this rising class and the hundreds of millions of people aspiring to join its ranks, “it is Modi who will tackle the huge problems of endemic corruption... and poor governance”. With the reputation of having a spartan lifestyle contrasting drasti-
Kumar said JD(U) enjoyed comfortable majority in the assembly as besides its own strength of 117 MLAs including the speaker, it enjoyed support of 4 Congress MLAs, 1 CPI and 3 Independents. Upping the ante against its one time alliance partner JD(U), the Bharatiya Janata Party had yesterday asked the Bihar Governor to dissolve the state Assembly. “We met the Governor and said a minority government has been running in Bihar for the last 11 months,” BJP leader Sushil Modi. After meeting with the state governor DY Patil, slamming JD(U), BJP leaders said the unstable state government is hampering development work in Bihar. He added, “Bihar is politically unstable right now, we spoke to the Governor about the horsetrading going on, which isn’t good for Bihar.” “They (JDU) are plotting so that elections aren’t held in Bihar but they will be held in 6 months,” LJP president Ram Vilas Paswan said. After registering a landslide victory in alliance with BJP, LJP had said that Nitish Kumar-led Bihar government may fall soon and a mid-term elections in the state by October-November this year.
cally with the much maligned political class, Modi has converted himself into a man of the masses, according to the writer. However, the author of ‘Hindu: Religious and Political Nationalism in the contemporary India’ also recognises the huge challenges awaiting the future prime minister of India. These, she writes, include changes in the legislation that will provide impetus to the business culture, open the country to foreign investments and, hence, and restore economic growth. Also on the cards is a revision of the country’s nuclear policy and a new relationship with China. However, according to Borreguero, “It remains to be seen how Modi handles the religious and cultural agenda of Hindu nationalism that has, at its worst, traditionally led to many Hindu-Muslim clashes” and delivers on all his promises.
lipped over the distribution of portfolios, informed sources have indicated that party leaders like Rajnath Singh, Sushma Swaraj, Arun Jaitley, and Nitin Gadkari are likely to get some key ministries. The sources said Rajnath wants home portfolio. However, there is also a possibility that he may continue to be the party president. Sushma Swaraj, who was keen for one of the top four ministeries, may have to settle for something else. Arun Jaitley as well as Arun Shourie now seem to be in contention for the key finance ministry. Amit Shah, Modi’s close aide, will most likely become
minister of state in the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO), becoming Modi’s eyes and ears in the government. The sources however add that all the infrastructure ministries may be brought under one umbrella so that Modi could keep a close watch on it. For party veteran L.K. Advani, the role of Lok Sabha speaker seems to have been agreed on, while Murli Manohar Joshi may get some other post, like deputy chairman of planning commission, said these sources who also added that finally everything depended on one man and his thinking - Modi.
SC grants interim bail to Tarun Tejpal
New Delhi, May 19 (iaNS): The Supreme Court Monday granted three weeks’ interim bail to Tehelka founder-editor Tarun Tejpal so that he could perform last rites of his mother, who passed away in Goa Sunday. The apex court bench of Justice B.S. Chauhan and Justice A.K. Sikri passed the orders granting Tejpal interim bail after holding the hearing on his plea in their chamber. A former junior woman colleague last year accused Tejpal of rape during ThinkFest, a high-profile conference organised by the Tehelka founder in Goa. The victim claimed she was sexually assaulted twice Nov 7 and 8.
Model code ceases to be operational
CheNNai, May 19 (iaNS): The Election Commission (EC) Monday said the Model Code of Conduct has ceased to be in operation following the completion of the Lok Sabha election process. The model code is enforced from the date the Election Commission announces the poll schedule, Tamil Nadu Chief Electoral Officer Praveen Kumar said in a statement issued here. “The EC has stated that now the declaration of results in respect of all the parliamentary constituencies has been completed, and the ‘due constitution’ notification has been issued May 18, the model code of conduct has ceased to be in operation with immediate effect,” he said.
UP minister dies at unmanned railway crossing
JauNpur, May 19 (pTi): A state minister and two of his staff were killed on Monday after the car they were travelling in was hit by a train at an unmanned crossing in Linebazar area, police sources said. SP leader Satai Ram Yadav (61), a minister of state was in his car, when it was hit by Jaunpur-Aurihar passenger train at Khalsaha crossing this morning. Yadav’s gunner Bhikhram Verma (27) and driver Rohit Dixit (35) were the other two victims. All three died on the spot they said. As soon as the news of minister’s death spread, his supporters from nearby villages gathered on the spot and started pelting stones on the train, which had stopped after the accident. Government Railway Police (GRP) and local police somehow controlled the situation after which the train could move ahead. The dead bodies of victims have reached district hospital, from where it would be handed over to their family members after postmortem. Senior officers, political leaders have reached the hospital, where a large number of people have gathered.
Hit and Run Case: Waiter identifies Salman Khan Did Congress lose touch with youth, society, asks Sonia
MuMbai, May 19 (iaNS): A bar waiter Monday identified bollywood actor Salman Khan in court here and said the actor came with his friends to have drinks in a five-star hotel hours before his car allegedly mowed down a group of persons sleeping on the pavement, killing one of them 12 years ago. The waiter, Molay Baug from JW Marriot Hotel, told the court that he had
served cocktails and white rum to the group, but could not recall whether Khan also consumed the drinks with his friends that night. “It was dark and the lights were dim... I could not see who consumed the drinks... All that I can recollect is that I served the drinks to the group, which came along with Salman Khan,” Baug said during cross-examination by Khan’s lawyer Shrikant
Shivade. The waiter admitted that it would be difficult for him to say whether all the people in that group had taken alcohol that night. Another witness Laxman More, a policeman, who was on guard duty for Salman Khan’s younger brother Sohail Khan said he was posted at the Khans’ residence in Bandra that night. Though Salman and Sohail went together to ‘Rain Bar’ that night, Sohail returned
after midnight. Around three hours later, a man came and informed police posted at the residence that Salman had met with an accident. More said that he, with several others, rushed to spot with the man who informed the police in his vehicle, but did not find Salman at the accident site and waited for two-three minutes. More said that he did not know the person who informed them about
the accident. The two witnesses’ deposition came during the re-trial of the Salman Khan hit-and-run case, started April 28. Khan is accused of driving his SUV onto the sleeping pavement dwellers, killing one and injuring four others near a bakery shop in Bandra west Sep 28, 2002. The hearing of the case will resume before Sessions Judge D.W. Deshpande here Tuesday.
Speaker to decide on leader of opposition status to Congress
Indian army soldiers run as they look for suspected rebels near the site of gun-battle at Chadoora town, about 25 kms south of Srinagar on Monday, May 19. Police says one Indian army soldier was killed and 2 others were injured during a gun-battle with suspected separatist rebels Monday. Kashmir has been wracked for decades by a conflict stemming from a large restive population that wants to either secede from India or join Pakistan. Both India and Pakistan claim the region in its entirety, although it is divided between them. (AP Photo)
New Delhi, May 19 (iaNS): A decision on the Congress leader in the LS being recognised as Leader of Opposition will be taken by the new Speaker and may require “legal interpretation”, parliament officials said here. The Congress has won 44 seats in the LS, which is less than a tenth of the total strength of 545 of the lower house. The party won the second highest seats in the Lok Sabha behind the Bharatiya Janata Party, which won 282. The officials said there are two laws dealing with the matter and a book “Directions by the speaker of the Lok Sabha” also deals with the issue. The Leaders and Chief Whips of Recognized Parties and Groups in Parliament (Facilities) Act, 1998, defines a “recoginsed party” in the Lok Sabha as “every party which has a strength of not less than 55 members in the house”, said an official. The other law dealing with the issue was the Salary and Allowances of Leaders of Opposition in Parliament Act, 1977, which terms Leader of Opposition in the LS as the member “who is for the timebeing the leader in that house of the party in opposition to the government having the greatest numerical strength and recognised as such by the Speaker”.
India’s outgoing prime minister Manmohan Singh, right, Congress party president Sonia Gandhi, center, and her son and party vice president Rahul Gandhi, attend a meeting of the Congress Working Committee to review the party’s defeat in the general elections in New Delhi on Monday, May 19. (AP Photo)
New Delhi, May 19 (iaNS): Congress president Sonia Gandhi Monday said the responsibilities of her party “go far beyond winning elections” and expressed apprehension that the party may have lost touch with the youth and the society in general which is “evolving and changing rapidly”. “We should try and understand why our support base has eroded to this extent. Have we fully identified with aspirations of our people?” she asked partymen, while also congratulating the winning candidates and thanking party cadre for their support.
Speaking at the Congress Working Committee meeting here, Gandhi alleged that the message of the Congress was lost in an aggressive campaign of the Bharatiya Janata Party, which also took to polarising voters. “The message of the Congress was lost in the din and dust raised by an aggressive and polarising campaign by our opponents,” she said. She thanked outgoing Prime Minister Manmohan Singh for “stewardship of the government”. She offered to resign as Congress president, but that was rejected unanimously by the Congress Working Committee.
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20 May 2014
Thai acting Prime Minster rules out resigning BANGKOK, MAy 19 (ReuteRs): Thailand’s acting prime minister on Monday ruled out resigning as a way out of a protracted political crisis that is stunting economic growth, as anti-government protesters stepped up pressure to remove him and install a new administration. Thailand is stuck in political limbo following the dismissal of Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra and nine of her ministers on May 7 after a court found them guilty of abuse of power. Six months of turmoil that has included violent protests and a disrupted general election is dragging down Southeast Asia’s second biggest economy, which shrank 2.1 percent in the first quarter of the year. Commerce Minister Niwatthamrong Boonsongphaisan has replaced Yingluck as caretaker prime minister, but the anti-government protesters say he has no legal standing and they want a “neutral” government to push through reforms. Niwatthamrong met members of the Senate, which is trying to come up with a way out of the deadlock, but he told them he would not resign. “The current cabinet is legal in every way ... it must stay until a new cabinet of ministers is elected in. We cannot install another prime minister while we have an acting one in place,” Niwatthamrong
political mayhem has damaged the economy, which shrank by 2.1 percent in January-March from the final quarter of 2013, according to state planning agency data released on Monday. The agency cut its forecast for 2014 growth to between 1.5 and 2.5 percent, from a range of 3.0 to 4.0 percent. It noted that public investment was 19.3 percent lower than a year before as the caretaker government has no authority to begin new projects, while private sector investment fell 7.3 percent as business confidence slumped. “It’s likely there’ll be recession in the second quarter because all the figures came in bad,” said Pragrom Pathomboorn, an economist with KGI Securities, adding that much would depend on how events unfolded in coming days. “If it drags on without a functioning government in the third quarter, we think the economy will grow just 0.8 percent this year.” Adding to the caretaker governments woes, a confederation of labour unions representing workers in around 20 Thai state firms sided with protesters by calling for a strike this week. “The ministers who remain refuse to resign, so we ask that state labour unions go on strike as of Thursday,” said Komsan Thongsiri, secretary-general of the RECESSION LIKELY Weak exports and the State Enterprises Workers’ said in statement following the meeting. Thailand has not had a functioning lower house of parliament since Yingluck dissolved parliament in December. Bangkok is the scene of a tense stand-off between government supporters loyal to Yingluck and her brother, ousted former Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra, and opposition demonstrators drawn from Bangkok’s middle class and royalist establishment. The upper house Senate, the country’s only remaining legislative body, says it could select an interim prime minister but it wants the caretaker government to step down first. That has incensed protest leader Suthep Thaugsuban, who wants the caretaker government removed right away. “We will take democratic power and hand it back to the people,” Suthep, a former deputy prime minister in a government run by the pro-establishment Democrat Party, told supporters late on Sunday. “From Monday, we will chase the remnants of the Thaksin regime out. Ministers, resign! You are stunting Thailand’s progress,” said Suthep, who has promised to surrender to the authorities on May 27 if this final push does not succeed.
Relations Confederation. “Many are still discussing whether they will strike. But, big state organisations, including utilities and transport companies, have often sided with us.” RED SHIRT WARNING The government and its supporters view a general election as the best way to solve the crisis - the ruling Puea Thai Party would be well placed to win - but a vote tentatively scheduled for July 20 looks to be off the table. A Feb. 2 election was disrupted by Suthep’s supporters and then declared void by the Constitutional Court. The protesters say they will disrupt any vote before changes to the electoral system are pushed through. Thaksin was ousted by the army in a 2006 coup and convicted of abuse of power in 2008. He now lives in self-imposed exile. His enemies accuse him of being a corrupt crony capitalist who controls governance through “money politics”. Thousands of Thaksin’s “red shirts” loyalists have been camped out in Bangkok’s western outskirts to oppose any efforts to install an unelected prime minister. Fuelling their anger, Monday marked the fourth anniversary of a deadly crackdown on red shirt protesters by the Democrat-led government in which Suthep was a deputy
An anti-government protester blows a whistle and show money which they will donate to their leader Suthep Thaugsuban during a march through streets in Bangkok on Monday, May 19. Thailand’s political crisis deepened last week when the Constitutional Court removed Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra for nepotism along with nine Cabinet members in a case that many viewed as politically motivated. Protesters say Yingluck’s removal is not enough, though. She was simply replaced by Niwattumrong, who was a deputy premier from the ruling party. (AP Photo)
prime minister. In 2010, red shirts demonstrated for weeks demanding that then Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva call a fresh election. More than 90 people, most of them protesters, were killed. Both Abhisit and Suthep face murder charges
‘E-cigarettes boost drugresistant bacteria’
WAshiNGtON, MAy 19 (iANs): Despite being labeled as a healthy alternative to cigarettes, e-cigarettes may increase the virulence of drug-resistant and potentially life-threatening bacteria, a study has warned. What is more, researchers found the vapour is also decreasing the ability of human epithelial cells to kill pathogens. Researchers tested the effects of e-cigarette vapour on live methicillinresistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) and human epithelial cells. MRSA commonly colonises the epithelium of the nasopharynx where the bacteria and epithelial cells are exposed constantly to inhaled substances such as e-cigarette vapour and cigarette smoke. “The virulence of MRSA is increased by ecigarette vapour,” said lead investigator Laura E Crotty Alexander, assistant professor of medicine in pulmonary and critical care at University of California, San Diego (UCSD). Exposure to e-cigarette vapour increased the virulence of the bacteria, helping MRSA escape killing by antimicrobial peptides and macrophages. However, the vapour did not make the bacteria as aggressive as cigarette smoke exposure did in parallel studies her group conducted, Crotty Alexander added. To conduct the e-cigarette vapour experiment, the researchers grew MRSA in culture with vapour concentrations similar to inhalers on the market. However, when MRSA is exposed to regular cigarette smoke, their virulence is even greater. Unfortunately, while e-cigarette vapour is increasing bacterial virulence, Crotty Alexander found that the vapour is also decreasing the ability of human epithelial cells to kill pathogens. The study was presented at the 2014 American Thoracic Society International Conference recently.
for their role in ordering the military to end the protests. “We will safeguard the people’s power until our last breath,” red shirt leader Jatuporn Prompan told supporters on Monday. The army has tried to stay out of the fight this time, but in a rare televised announce-
ment last week the army chief said it would have no choice but to use “full force” if government supporters and opponents clashed. The political divisions are poisoning virtually every aspect of society. Thailand’s newly crowned candidate for the
Miss Universe pageant, Weluree Ditsayabut, 22, has outraged the red shirts after disparaging remarks she posted on Facebook. “I am so angry at these evil activists. They should all be executed,” read one comment. She apologised on Monday, media reported.
Chip that precisely detects cancer
LONdON, MAy 19 (iANs): What if we could diagnose cancer while it was still only affecting a few localised cells? Here comes an ultra-sensitive nano-chip that is capable of detecting cancer early. The device is able to detect very low concentrations of protein cancer markers in blood, enabling diagnoses of the disease in its earliest stages. “We are capable of detecting extremely low concentrations of this protein in a matter of minutes - making this device a state-ofthe-art, powerful instrument that will benefit early detection and treatment monitoring of cancer,” explained professor Romain Quidant from Institute of Photonic Sciences in Castelldefels in Barcelona, Spain. This chip hosts various sensing sites distributed across a network of fluidic micro-channels that enables it to conduct multiple analyses. Gold nano-particles lie on the surface of
A ship carrying Chinese workers leaves Vung Ang port, Ha Tinh province, Vietnam Monday, May 19. Watched over by riot police, hundreds of Chinese workers left Vietnam on Monday on ships chartered by their government after deadly unrest broke out last week amid a dispute over sovereignty claims in the South China Sea. (AP Photo)
the chip and are chemically programmed with an antibody receptor in a way that they are capable of specifically attracting the protein markers circulating in blood. When a drop of blood is injected into the chip, it circulates through the micro-channels and if cancer markers are present in the blood, they will stick to the nano-particles located on the micro-channels as they pass by. The device monitors these changes, the magnitude of which are directly related to the concentration/number of markers in the patient blood, thus providing a direct assessment of the risk for the patient to develop a cancer. “This cancer-tracking nanodevice shows great promise as a tool for future cancer treatments, not only because of its reliability, sensitivity and potential low cost, but also because of its easy carry-on portable properties,” Quidant added.
Libya army orders Islamist-led militias to capital
tRiPOLi, MAy 19 (AP): Libya’s army chief ordered the deployment of Islamist-led militias to the capital Tripoli on Monday in response to the storming of parliament by forces loyal to a renegade general, paving the way for a possible showdown between rival militia fighters. The revolt by Gen. Khalifa Hifter threatens to detonate the long volatile divisions among the multiple militias that dominate Libya amid the weakness of the central government and military. Hifter says he aims to crush Islamists he accuses of seizing control of the country and he appears to have the support of some militias from the eastern half of the country
and the western Zintan region. In the other camp, parliament chief Nouri Abu Sahmein — an Islamist-leaning politician — ordered a powerful umbrella group of mainly Islamist militias known as “Libya’s Central Shield” to mobilize on Monday to defend against Hifter’s forces. The umbrella group is dominated by a militia from Libya’s third largest city, Misrata. Further raising the potential for chaos, one of Libya’s many al-Qaidainspired extremist groups on Monday vowed to fight Hifter’s forces. “You have entered a battle you will lose,” a masked militant, identifying himself as Abu Musab al-Arabi, said
in a video posted on militant websites by the Lions of Monotheism. The confrontation further deepens the chaos Libya has endured since the 2011 ouster and killing of longtime leader Moammar Gadhafi. With militias running rampant, the central government has little power, and the army and police remain shattered since the civil war that ousted Gadhafi. Parliament is divided between Islamist parties — which hold a majority — and their opponents, each of which are backed by rival militias. Hifter, a former rebel in the fight against Gadhafi, appears to be trying to harness widespread public
frustration with the government’s impotence, vowing get rid of extremists and impose an effective authority. On Sunday, militiamen loyal to him stormed the parliament building in Tripoli, ransacking the building. Two people were reportedly killed and more than 50 wounded. Hifter’s allies then announced that the legislature had been suspended and replaced by a new emergency body that would run the country. The attack in Tripoli followed assaults Friday by Hifter’s forces on Islamist militias in the restive eastern city of Benghazi, which authorities said killed 70 people. Libyan officials
believe members of the al-Qaaqaa and Sawaaq militias — the largest in Tripoli — backed Hifter. His backers also include members of a federalist group that had declared an autonomous eastern government and seized the region’s oil terminals and ports for months, demanding a bigger share of oil revenues. Hifter’s declaration of parliament’s suspension was largely ignored, and his forces pulled out late Sunday. For hours afterward, fighting took place around the road to the Tripoli’s airport and its southern outskirts. By Monday morning, the gunfire died down and a tentative calm returned to the city.
South Korean president apologizes for ferry disaster
South Korean President Park Geun-hye weeps while delivering a speech to the nation about the sunken ferry Sewol at the presidential Blue House in Seoul, South Korea, Monday,on May 19. South Korea’s president said Monday she will push to disband the coast guard in the wake of last month’s ferry disaster that left more than 300 people dead or missing, calling its rescue operations after the disaster a failure. (AP Photo)
seOuL, MAy 19 (ReuteRs): South Korean President Park Geunhye, tears rolling down her cheeks, formally apologised on Monday for a ferry disaster that killed about 300 people, mostly school children, and said she would dismantle the coast guard for failing in its duties.
Park has been hit hard by an angry nationwide outcry over the government’s response to South Korea’s worst civilian maritime disaster in 20 years and the seemingly slow and ineffective rescue operation. Polls show support for Park has dropped by more than 20 points since the April
16 disaster. “I apologise to the nation for the pain and suffering that everyone felt, as the president who should have been responsible for the safety and lives of the people,” Park said in a televised national address, her first since the Sewol capsized and sank with 476 passengers and crew on board. In an unprecedented show of emotion, tears flowed as she fought back sobs, remembering some of the teenagers who died trying to help one another, calling them heroes. Park, who is serving a single fiveyear term, is the daughter of Park Chung-hee, the former military strongman who ruled for nearly two decades in the 1960s and 1970s. She lost both her parents to assassins. At least 286 people on board the Sewol were killed and 18 remain missing. Only 172 people were rescued, with the rest presumed to have drowned. Of the passengers, 339 were children and their teachers on a field trip from a high school on the outskirts of Seoul. Park vowed sweeping reforms to improve oversight, as well as tough punishment for bureaucrats and businesses whose negligence endangers public safety.
“A 20-year-old vessel was bought and refurbished to add excessive capacity, then it was loaded with much more cargo than allowed with a false reporting on weight, but not a single person in the position to supervise stopped any of it,” Park said. She singled out structural problems within the coast guard as the main reason why there was such a high casualty toll from an accident that played out on national television as the vessel gradually sank with most of the passengers trapped inside. “Had there been an immediate and proactive rescue operation after the accident, we would have been able to reduce the casualties,” Park said. The coast guard’s rescue duties would be transferred to a national emergency safety agency to be set up and the national police will take over its investigative function, she said.
CREW ABANDONED SHIP Some of the crew, including the captain, were caught on videotape abandoning ship while the children were repeatedly told to stay put in their cabins and await further orders. Park has apologised in person to many family members of the vic-
tims but her administration has faced continued criticism for its handling of the disaster. Park’s public support has dropped to 46 percent, from 70 percent before the accident, according to a recent poll. Her formal apology and the blueprint for bureaucratic reform have been criticised for coming too late, while her decision to break up the coast guard has also been questioned. “Although we need to integrate government functions on safety and disaster management, dissolving the coast guard all of sudden can make more problems that may be difficult to fix,” said Professor Lee Jun-han of Incheon National University. South Korea, Asia’s fourth-largest economy and one of its leading manufacturing and export powerhouses, has developed into one of the world’s most vibrant and technically advanced democracies, but faces criticism that regulatory controls and safety standards have not kept pace. An electrical device on a subway train exploded and shattered window glass at a station in a satellite city south of Seoul on Monday, injuring
11 passengers who were treated for cuts, media reported, in the second incident involving the capital region’s sprawling subway network this month. On May 2, two trains collided at a station injuring about 200 people which authorities blamed on a defective signal switch. Park said the coast guard had not only failed in its search and rescue duty but that, in its current form, it would be unable to prevent another large-scale disaster. “The coast guard continued to get bigger in size but did not have enough personnel and budget allocated for maritime safety, and training for rescue was very much insufficient,” she said. All 15 surviving crew members were indicted last week, including the captain and three senior crew members on homicide charges. The remaining 11 crew were indicted for negligence. The prosecution says the ferry was structurally defective after a remodelling to add capacity and was massively overloaded with cargo. A sharp turn then caused it to list and capsize. The Sewol had been on a supposedly routine journey from the mainland port of Incheon south to the holiday island of Jeju.
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India knocked out of Thomas Cup NEW DELhI, MAy 19 (IANS): The Indian men’s shuttlers were knocked out of the Thomas Cup after losing their do-or-die Group C clash 2-3 to South Korea at the Siri Fort Sports Complex here Monday. While Wan Ho Son took care of Kidambi Srikanth in the first singles 17-21, 21-12, 2118, B. Sumeet Reddy and Manu Atrri’s 18-21, 17-21 loss to Yeon Seong Yoo and Yong Dae Lee in the doubles made it 2-0 for the visitors. However, after suffering a disastrous loss Sunday, captain Parupalli Kashyap came back strongly to defeat Dong Keun Lee 21-17, 21-14 to make it 1-2 for the hosts. But Sa Rang Kim and Ki Jung Kim made sure they entered into the quarterfinals by defeating Akshay Dewalkar and Pranaav Jerry Chopra 21-16, 2116 in the second doubles. R.M.V. Gurusaidutt won his final men’s singles match against Hwang Jong Soo 24-22, 21-13 but by then it was already too late. South Korea qualified for the last eight along with Malaysia who beat Germany 4-1. India will take on Germany in a dead rubber in their last pool tie Wednesday.
Saina leads Indian sweep against Canada NEW DELhI, MAy 19 (TNN): It was a short and sweet start for Saina Nehwal. Before you could blink, India's captain set the tone and accounted for Canada's Jocelyn Ko 21-4, 21-12 in less than half an hour at the Siri Fort Complex, where the 2014 Li-Ning BWF Thomas and Uber Cup got underway on Sunday. It was practically a warm-up match for Saina which she agreed to after the game. Her younger compatriot PV Sindhu made it a smooth 2-0 for India. The 18-year-old Sindhu made short work of Rachael Hondreich 21-16, 21-3 in 26 minutes. The doubles pair of Jwala Gutta and Ashwini Ponnappa gave India an unassailable 3-0 lead. They beat Alex Bruce-Chan Phyllis 21-11, 2112. India won the tie 5-0. Saina and Co. will face their first real test against Hong Kong on Monday. Purapalli Kashyap-led Indian men, however, had a dismal start to their Thomas Cup campaign, losing to Malaysia 4-1. World No.1 Lee Chong Wei had no issues in quashing Kidambi Srikanth's (No. 18) challenge in the opener 21-19, 21-12. In the doubles that followed, B. Sumeet Reddy and Manu Attri's 14-21, 11-21 defeat to Boon Heong Tan and Thien How Hoon gave Malaysia a decisive 2-0 lead. Kashyap emerged with a mountain to climb against Wei Feng Chong but he was not in his element. He lost the first game 1321 and totally surrendered in the second (6-21). However, RSV Gurusaidutt dug deep into his resources to bring some cheer to the motley Sunday crowd. He ensured that the Indians had some thing to show for their effort when he got the better of Daren Liew 1821, 21-13, 21-19 to give India one point in the tie.
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Pacers cool off defending champions Heat INDIANAPOLIS, MAy 19 (AP): Indiana is done talking about home-court advantage. The top-seeded Pacers are ready to use it against the two-time defending champs. They took the first step Sunday, when Paul George finished with 24 points and seven assists, David West added 19 points and seven rebounds, and suddenly surging Indiana led wire-to-wire in a 107-96 victory over the Miami Heat in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference finals. "This is just a fun matchup," George said. "It's one that we've been waiting for all year." For the first time in this year's playoffs, the Pacers won a series opener. And for the first time in their last three playoff battles against the Heat, the Pacers won Game 1. Game 2 is Tuesday night. The home team has won all five games in this season's fiercest and most competitive rivalry, though none was more impressive or important than this one. All five Indiana starters and backup C.J. Watson scored in double figures, helping Indiana produce its highest point total of the playoffs. The Pacers limited the Heat to just four offensive rebounds and 6-of-23 shooting from beyond the arc. LeBron James went 1 of 5 on 3s and shot just two free throws, and Miami fell so far behind so fast, it never even had a chance to tie the score. Sure, opening this best-of-seven series at Bankers Life Fieldhouse helped. The hometown crowd that sometimes serenaded the Pacers with boos during the first two rounds spent most of the first half on its feet, chanted "De-fense" every time it looked as if the Heat might come back and finished the game with its customary chant of "Beat The Heat!" But the biggest difference was on the court. Indiana shared the ball, limited its turnovers, maintained its poise and got contributions from everyone in a game it had to win. Roy Hibbert finished with 19 points and nine rebounds, Lance Stephenson had 17 points and eight assists, and George Hill added 15 points as the
Pacers looked more like the team that was so dominant over the first half of the season, rather than the one struggled so mightily in the second half. The challengers in this matchup insist they know it's only a start. "There's nothing to celebrate. It's not like we won a championship. It's one game," Hill said. "Yes, it was good, but if we come out and lay an egg on Tuesday, this game doesn't mean anything." The toughest part for the Heat will be figuring out what went wrong. Coach Erik Spoelstra used Shane Battier in the starting lineup, then replaced him with Udonis Haslem after the Pacers took a 55-45 halftime lead. It made no difference. James, who had 25 points, 10 rebounds and five assists, and Dwyane Wade, who had 27 points on 12-of18 shooting, desperately tried to rally the Heat but got little help. Chris Bosh had nine points and two rebounds. Ray Allen finished with 12 points. While Bosh thought the primary problem was Miami's inability to get stops, James wasn't as sure. "The game's still so fresh. It's too hard to just say, 'Well, we need to do this better in Game 2,'" James said after the Heat lost for just the second time in 10 playoff games. "We need to evaluate our mistakes and things we did in Game 1 first before I can say what we need to bring to Game 2." Clearly, the Pacers weren't the same team that spent most of the last three months answering questions about their second-half swoon. Indiana swarmed the glass, exploited its size advantage, knocked down six of its first seven 3-pointers and forced the Heat into playing catchup. When the Heat cut a 10-point, firstquarter deficit to 41-37 midway through the second quarter, Stephenson scored four points in a 5-0 run to make it 46-37. When James trimmed it to 50-45 with back-to-back baskets late in the quarter, Miami Heat's Dwyane Wade (3) looses control of the basketball as he goes to the basket against Indiana Pacers' George the Pacers ended the half with five straight Hill, left, and Roy Hibbert (55) during the second half of Game 1 of the Eastern Conference finals NBA basketball playoff points to make it 55-45. series, Sunday, May 18, 2014, in Indianapolis. Indiana defeated Miami 107-96. Wade scored 27 points. (AP Photo)
Juventus wins to set new points record
New Zealand supports Brendon McCullum as testimony leaks
WELLINGTON, MAy 19 (AP): New Zealand Cricket says it is "dismayed" that testimony given by Brendon McCullum to anti-corruption investigators has been leaked to a British newspaper and expressed total confidence in the test captain. Britain's Daily Mail newspaper reported Sunday that McCullum told investigators he was offered more than 100,000 British pounds by a former star player to underperform. McCullum is reported to have said he was "really shocked" at
the approach because the player involved was "a good friend" and a hero to him. New Zealand Cricket released a statement Monday to support McCullum. It said "we can confirm that Brendon is not under investigation by the ICC and his testimony has actually been applauded by them. NZC has 100 percent confidence in our captain and his role in tackling corruption." McCullum told investigators he was twice approached by the star player, who has not been named, and was invited to participate in the fix-
ing of matches. He rebuffed both approaches but did not immediately report them to anti-corruption authorities. New Zealand Cricket chief executive David White said Monday he believed McCullum had acted properly and was confident he would face no sanctions over any delay in reporting the approaches. "He's not under investigation and his testimony has been applauded by the ICC," White said. "He was approached and he rebuffed those approaches and he reported it to the ICC.
6th Summer Cup Cricket Tourney gets Underway Juventus' players and staff celebrate at the end of a Serie A soccer match between Juventus and Cagliari at the Juventus Stadium in Turin, Italy, Sunday, May 18. (AP Photo)
MILAN, MAy 19 (AP): Juventus celebrated its third straight Serie A title with a 3-0 home victory over Cagliari on Sunday to reach 102 points for the season, a record in the major European leagues. Antonio Conte's side had already broken the Serie A points record but ensured it moved into triple figures by also becoming the first Italian side to win all its home games. "It is an incredible and historic feat, which we have achieved all together," Conte said. "What the players, staff and club have done is something incredible. They have been extraordinarily special and I will never stop thanking them.
"Sometimes you forget that victory is an exception, not normality. These lads have achieved something unique together: it will be difficult to repeat the 102 points. All future comparisons will be made with this squad." Andrea Pirlo, Fernando Llorente and Claudio Marchisio scored in a party atmosphere at Juventus Stadium. Juventus players posed for a team photo with their children before kickoff while the trophy presentation and an open-top bus parade took place after the match. Juventus clinched the title two weeks ago. Later, Parma beat Livorno 2-0
to take the final Europa League qualifying spot after Torino missed a stoppage-time penalty and drew 2-2 at Fiorentina. Substitute Amauri headed both goals in for Parma. "I have no words," an emotional Amauri said. "During the week I was hoping to get this goal and I managed to do it, I'm happy for my family and for the fans. ... These are the rewards after putting in the hard work, now I want to play in the Europa League." AC Milan won 2-1 at home to Sassuolo — in a match which saw three red cards — but finished a point behind Parma.
DIMAPUR, MAy 19 (MExN): In the ongoing 6th Summer Cup Cricket Tournament,the teams joining the tournament from both the states (Assam and Nagaland) showed their enthusiasm towards game in order to hone their skills and to produce the budding talents among youth. The Tournament was started on May 11 on a knock-out basis, played only on Sundays. Three games were played at Balijan Ground, near forest Gate, Karbi Anglong (Assam). Three teams made their way to victory while three others made early exits. The first match was played between Yepthomi Automobiles and Gold Star 11. Gold Star 11 batted first and posted a score of 82 runs for the loss of 7 wickets in 12overs match. Chasing the target of 82 runs Yepthomi Automobiles got off to a good start with
Hosito playing well. He scored 2 boundaries and 3 sixes enabling his team to reach the target in 9.3 overs. Toto of Yepthomi Automobiles Scored a 16 runs and claimed 4 wickets. He was declared as the man of the match. In the second match, Balijan Youth Club played against Netaji Cricket Club. Winning the toss, Netaji elected to bat first and scored 97 runs at the loss of 6 wickets in 12 overs. Raju of Netaji Cricket scored 58 in 41 balls. In reply Balijan Youth Club reached the target in 11,3 overs with the loss of 7 wickets . BYC won the match by 3 wickets. The Third Match was played between Super Caps and Church's Colony. The toss was won by Super caps, who bowled first and scored 86 runs in 12. Church's Colony failed to reach the target, handing the victory to Super Caps.
Cheating, lying, double standards pervade football Karl Ritter
Cheating. It's an ugly side of the beautiful game and it involves just about every aspect of it: diving in the penalty area, pretending to be mortally injured by a harmless tackle or stealing a few meters (yards) at a throw-in. Count on seeing it all at the World Cup in Brazil; the founders of association football would shudder at how entrenched deception and trickery have become in the modern game. There's cheating in other sports, too. Doping has been a bigger problem in other sports, but when it comes to seeking an unfair advantage by deceiving the referee, football players are in a class of their own. Here are some of the most common ways they do it: DIVING You would think that the penalty area is more slippery than the rest of the pitch because that's where players
tend to fall the most. Despite the risk of picking up a yellow card for diving, many attacking players turn into Bambi on ice when they enter the area, routinely falling at the slightest contact with a defender and sometimes with no contact at all. By the same token, defenders who knowingly foul an attacking player often proclaim their innocence to the referee with one of the following gestures: Waving index finger (nothing happened), extending arms with palms up (I didn't do anything) or cupping hands downward in a forward motion (he took a dive). FAKING AN INJURY This is perhaps the dirtiest trick of all, because it involves appealing for sympathy and concerns over your health when in reality there's nothing wrong with you. Outside of soccer, most people stop doing this at some point during adolescence. The purpose of this con is to delay the game or make the referee
punish a player in the opposing team with a yellow or red card. The acting skills that players have developed to achieve this are impressive. A standard move is clutching the ankle, knee, head or other supposedly injured body part while contorting the face into an impression of Edvard Munch's famous painting "The Scream." Some players accentuate the projection of pain by rolling around, which can seem a bit eccentric since movement normally worsens the pain for someone who is truly injured.
er to throw the ball to. It's become such a natural feature of the game that the opposing team rarely protests anymore.
just right before a goal kick. Players being substituted walk or slow-jog off the pitch, stopping to high-five or hug their team-mates, or tie their shoe-laces, on the way out. Another common delaying tactic happens when a call goes against a player and he picks up the ball to prevent the other team from putting it back in play quickly. Then he pretends to be helpful by throwing or kicking it back to an opponent but making sure he misses him by a few meters (yards), giving his own team more time to regroup.
THE FALSE "OUR BALL" CLAIM It's a familiar sight when the ball crosses the side line or goal line: players from both teams instantly raise their hands to claim a throwin, goal kick or corner kick. Unless it's blatantly obvious who touched the ball last — and sometimes even then — players do this almost instinctively and feign total THROW-IN CHEATING incomprehension when the When the ball crosses call goes to the other team. DOUBLE STANDARDS the sideline, it's customDon't be surprised to ary for the player taking the DELAYING THE GAME find players who commit all throw-in to advance 3 meIf your team is ahead with of the above exploding with ters (yards) or more before just minutes left, there's no anger when the same transputting the ball back in play. reason to hurry to put a dead gressions are committed by Typically this is done in two ball back in play. But the ways the other team. Forgetting moves. First he scoops up the in which players try to stall that just moments ago they ball and moves to a position the game are anything but were the ones faking an injuslightly higher up than where sportsmanlike. Goalkeep- ry, they will mob the referee it crossed the line. Then he ers suddenly feel the need to clamoring for a yellow card takes a few more steps along manicure the grass to make when an opposing player atthe line as he looks for a play- sure that the ball is situated tempts the same trick.
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Top Artist Justin Timberlake Top New Artist Lorde Top Male Artist Justin Timberlake Top Female Artist Katy Perry Top Duo/Group Imagine Dragons Top Billboard 200 Artist Justin Timberlake Top Hot 100 Artist Imagine Dragons Top Digital Songs Artist Katy Perry
Top Latin Artist Marc Anthony
Top Digital Song Top Dance/Electronic Artist Robin Thicke, Featuring T.I. & Daft Punk Pharrell "Blurred Lines" Top Christian Artist Top Radio Song Chris Tomlin Robin Thicke Featuring T.I. & Pharrell, "Blurred Lines"
ALBUM AWARDS Top Billboard 200 Album Justin Timberlake, "The 20/20 Experience" Top R&B Album Justin Timberlake, "The 20/20 Experience"
Top Rap Album Eminem, "The Marshall Mathers LP 2"
Top Streaming Song (Audio) Imagine Dragons, "Radioactive" Top Streaming Song (Video) Miley Cyrus "Wrecking Ball" Top R&B Song Robin Thicke Feat. T.I. & Pharrell, "Blurred Lines"
Top Touring Artist Bon Jovi
Top Country Album Luke Bryan, "Crash My Party" Top Rap Song Macklemore & Ryan Lewis Top Rock Album Featuring Ray Dalton, "Can't Imagine Dragons, Hold Us" "Night Visions"
Top Social Artist Justin Bieber
Top Latin Album Marc Anthony, "3.0"
Top Streaming Artist Miley Cyrus
Top Dance/Electronic Album Top Rock Song Daft Punk, "Random Access Lorde, "Royals" Memories" Top Latin Song Top Christian Album Marc Anthony "Vivir Mi Vida" Alan Jackson, "Precious Top Dance/Electronic Song Memories: Volume II" Avicii "Wake Me Up!"
Top Radio Songs Artist Justin Timberlake
Top R&B Artist Justin Timberlake Top Rap Artist Eminem Top Country Artist Luke Bryan Top Rock Artist Imagine Dragons
Top Country Song Florida Georgia Line Featuring Nelly, "Cruise"
Top Christian Song Matthew West Top Hot 100 Song Robin Thicke Featuring T.I. & "Hello, My Name Is"
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A buffalo called Katrina B ollywood diva Katrina Kaif is furious that an advertisement for a mobile app company has a buffalo called Katrina. While it does not come as a surprise that a buffalo has been named after her, she feels that she is being made the butt of a joke as she endorses a rival brand. A Mid-Day report says the app that makes fun of Katrina is endorsed by Parineeti Chopra and Varun Dhawan. In fact, Katrina's fans have also criticised the ad in social media. The report adds that the advertisement has been pulled off the air.
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is famous parents might be worth £165million, but it seems Brooklyn Beckham is determined not to rely on them for spare cash. Instead, the 15-year-old is learning the real value of money – by earning his own. Victoria and David Beckham’s eldest child has started a weekend job at a West London coffee shop where he is paid £2.68 an hour. Due to his age, he cannot work for more than seven hours on a Saturday and has to be given an hour’s break after four hours. A member of staff, who did not want to be named, confirmed yesterday Brooklyn had worked a few shifts and ‘got on OK’ with other baristas. News of his decision to make his own money and not sponge off his wealthy parents earned him praise as a good role model for other teenagers. One fan wrote on Twitter: ‘Good on Brooklyn Beckham who’s got himself a job in a coffee shop at 15 when he could just lay back in a life of luxury!’ Another added: ‘Mad respect to Brooklyn Beckham for getting a job in a coffee shop and not just sponging off his dad.’ A source close to the family revealed Brooklyn would have been encouraged to take the job by his parents. The Beckhams have three other children – Romeo, 11, Cruz, nine, and Harper, two – and have spoken in the past about teaching their brood about hard work. Last year Beckham, who has retired from football, said: ‘We try to lead by example, by showing them it’s important to work hard. ‘That’s one of the key things me and my wife have always done … We juggle everything around the family because our main priority is the children, simple as that, and it always will be, but being hardworking is the best thing you can show children.’ The coffee shop declined to comment.
he 'I Luh Ya Papi' singer took to the stage at the Las Vegas' MGM Grand Garden Arena to accept the gong after a video montage of A-list stars including Britney Spears, Ricky Martin, Pitbull and Taylor Swift shared their memories of her. Rihanna also told Jennifer: ''You continue to break down barriers and inspire girls.'' JLo accepted the award from presenters Ricky and Iggy Azalea and said: ''Oh my God! What the heck? Music has always been my first love.'' She
he King of Pop and a likely successor, Justin Timberlake, ruled the Billboard Music Awards — though Michael Jackson made a splash via hologram and Timberlake accepted his awards via video from overseas while on tour. A hologram of Jackson made its debut Sunday, mirroring the late icon's signature dance moves as some members of the audience became emotional. Timberlake won seven prizes, including top artist and Billboard 200 album. "All the other finalists, Miley, Imagine Dragons, Bruno, Katy, I love you guys, it's not a competition, but if it is, I won!" Timberlake exclaimed, dancing with his band. The Jackson hologram performed "Slave to the Rhythm," a song from Jackson's new posthumous album "Xscape," along with a plethora of background dancers. It was easily the biggest moment at the awards show in Las Vegas. "We tried to do as best we could what we thought Michael would have loved, and those of us who knew Michael really well, we had a good perspecMiranda Lambert, left, and Carrie Underwood perform on tive on it," Epic Records CEO stage at the Billboard Music Awards at the MGM Grand L.A. Reid said backstage. Reid Garden Arena on May 18, Sunday in Las Vegas. (AP Photo)
continued to thank God, her fans, family, friends and boyfriend Casper Smart, who was sitting in the audience with her mother Guadalupe and sister Lynda Lopez. The star added: ''All you little ones sitting on the living room floor, have faith, dream big, think big. And know that anything is possible, you never know where you might end up.'' JLo performed twice during the night, with longtime collaborator Pitbull and Claudia Lette, to premiere the official anthem of this year's FIFA World Cup, 'We Are One (Ole Ola)', and her song 'First Love' from her new album 'A.K.A'. Past winners of the Icon Award include Neil Diamond, Stevie Wonder and Prince.
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worked on the album and released it. " Robin Thicke, who won four awards including top Hot 100 song for "Blurred Lines," debuted a new song called "Get Her Back," aiming to win over his actresswife Paula Patton after they announced in February they were separating. He sang on bended knee and ended with the line: "I gotta get her back tonight." The night featured a number of collaborative performances, including an explosive duet from Carrie Underwood and Miranda Lambert, while double winner Luke Bryan and Florida Georgia Line were crowd favorites when they performed "This Is How We Roll." Miley Cyrus performed The Beatles' "Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds" with Wayne Coyne of the Flaming Lips remotely from the United Kingdom, where she was on tour. "I have to of course thank
all of my amazing fans. ... Thank you everybody for making this (expletive) possible — oops I'm on ABC, sorry," she said when accepting top streaming artist, sticking out her tongue at the end. Katy Perry, who won top female artist, also performed remotely. Lorde was a double winner, taking home trophies for best new artist and rock song for the ubiquitous hit "Royals." The New Zealand singer performed her new hit "Tennis Court" in her signature black — and showcased her signature twitchy dance moves. Other performers included John Legend, who sang his current No. 1 hit "All of Me" on piano, a semi-racy Ariana Grande, a sultry Shakira and Jennifer Lopez, who received the icon award and performed at the beginning and end of the three-hour show.
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he popular Madhubala: Ek Ishq Ek Junoon actor, Drashti Dhami will repeat her stint in the reality show for the second time, but this time in the role of a host for dance reality show “Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa“ Season 7 (“JDJ 7”). Drashti had won the last season with choreographer Salman Yusuff Khan. Well, if the reports are indeed true, Dhami is likely to pair up with actor, Ranvir Shorey, who is currently seen in Fear Factor: Khatron Ke Khiladi 5 and the duo will co-host “Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa” Season 7, replacing Manish Paul and Kapil Sharma, who were the previous year’s hosts. Although Drashti Dhami has taken the task of co-hosting the 7th season of Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa she has yet to meet Ranvir Shorey who hosts the show with her. Drashti says, “I guess we’re both very busy
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with our careers. I am yet to meet Ranvir. But I know he’s fantastic with his quips and repartees whereas it is the first time as a host for me. So yeah, I am nervous.” “We need to establish a comfort level between us before the show begins.” Earlier it was reported that comedian Bharti Singh will be Mr Shorey’s hosting partner, however looks like those were just plain rumours. “Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa” Season 7 will have a list of 13 celebrity contestants, VJ Andy, Bollywood actors Purab Kohli and Sophie Choudry, cricketer S Sreesanth, singer Sukhwinder Singh, TV actors Ashish Sharma, Karan Tacker, Kritika Kamra, Puja Banerjee, Mouni Roy, Kiku Sharda, Shakti Mohan and Akshat Singh. Like last year, Madhuri Dixit, Karan Johar and choreographer Remo D’souza will judge the reality show.
Robot rock band takes the stage in Moscow
Other bands may cover their arms in tattoos, spikes and 1980s haircuts, but they will still not be able to beat these guys when it comes to being metal. German metal band Compressorhead are made up of three 5ft tall robots, and brought down the house when they took the stage at the Robot Ball exhibition at ARTPLAY Center for Design in Moscow this weekend. The world’s only robot rock band comprises fourarmed Stickboy on drums, Metal band: German robot rockers Compressorhead perform Robot dance: Dollar-eyed guitarist Fingers plays lead and rhythm Bones on bass, and 79-dig- during the Robot Ball exhibition. using 79 digits controlled by electro-pneumatics and Midi signals.
gited Fingers plays the guitar. Compressorhead’s members are all built out of scrap metal and are controlled by electro pneumatics and make sweet rock happen thanks to Midi signals. The band’s version of Ace of Spades has been viewed more than 6.3million times on YouTube. The month-long exhibition in Moscow features around 40 robots from across the globe, including Canada, the U.S., the UK, Asia, and New Zealand.
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Djokovic stuns Nadal in Rome ROME, May 19 (aP): Novak Djokovic is going to the French Open with a big claycourt victory in his pocket. And a heavy heart. Djokovic extended his recent dominance over Rafael Nadal by rallying for a 4-6, 6-3, 6-3 victory Sunday to win the Italian Open for the third time — then dedicated the title to his flood-hit native Serbia by carving a heart on the clay with his racket. "This heart on the court is for you," he told the fans in Italian during the victory celebration. "It's also a special dedication to my country, which is suffering a lot right now. My heart is with them." Djokovic found his motivation from a different source. Authorities say 25 people have died in the Balkans because of the worst flooding in a century after three months' worth of rain fell on the region in three days this week. Tens of thousands of homes were left without electricity or drinking water. "I'm trying to contribute in my own way," Djokovic said. "These are very critical times for our country and our people. But we're being united and this win and this trophy is dedicated to them." Having also been beaten in Monte Carlo and Bar- Serbia's Novak Djokovic holds the trophy after defeating Spain's Rafael Nadald in the final celona recently, it marked the first time in match of the Italian Open tennis tournament, in Rome, Sunday, May 18. (AP Photo)
Dedicates Rome title to flood victims
UNiteD hiRes VaN Gaal as maNaGeR
MaNChESTER, May 19 (aP): Neth- create a dynasty — something Ferguson erlands coach Louis van Gaal was hired uniquely achieved — also appears to have as Manchester United manager on Mon- ended. After spending six years at Ajax, day, tasked with repairing the damage where Van Gaal guided a talented young from David Moyes' disappointing 10 team to the pinnacle of European footmonths in charge and reviving the for- ball by winning the Champions League in tunes of one of the world's biggest clubs. 1995, he joined Barcelona in 1997 for the The 62-year-old Dutchman has signed a first of two spells — the first lasting three three-year contract and will take over at seasons and the second barely half a year. Old Trafford after the World Cup in Bra- He has since coached AZ Alkmaar in the zil, becoming the first United manager Dutch league and Bayern between 2009from outside Britain and Ireland. United 11. So he may not be the long-term managgreat Ryan Giggs, who announced the er many at United crave — Giggs, United's end of his 23-year playing career, will be interim manager for last season's final four games and one of the club's greatest playVan Gaal's assistant. "To work as a manager for Manches- ers, is thought to be being groomed for the ter United, the biggest club in the world, seat in the future — but the fact that Van makes me very proud," Van Gaal said in a Gaal has won league titles with every team United statement. "This club has big ambi- he has worked makes him one of Europe's most-respected coaches. tions; I too have big ambiHe has been coach of the tions. Together I'm sure Netherlands since 2012, we will make history." Van his second spell with the Gaal has experience of national team following a coaching — and winning stint from 2000-02. league titles — at some of "Everyone is very the world's top teams, but excited about this new even spells at Ajax, Barcephase in the club's histolona and Bayern Munich ry," United vice-chairman may not prepare him for Ed Woodward said. "His the rebuilding job required track record of success in at United. The club has winning leagues and cups been in a state of flux since across Europe throughthe retirement of Alex Ferout his career makes him guson last May after nearly the perfect choice for us. 27 years in charge. Moyes, "People know him as a Ferguson's successor, was larger-than-life character dismissed last month bebut I have also been exfore the team went on to tremely impressed by his finish seventh — its lowest placing since the Premier Louis van Gaal (AP File Photo) intelligence, thoughtful approach to the role and his diligence." League's inception in 1992. The appointment of Giggs as Van United also failed to qualify for European football for the first time in 24 years. Van Gaal's No. 2 will satisfy those eager for Gaal is likely to be handed considerable some continuity at the club following funds to strengthen the squad to get United the trophy-filled era of Ferguson. The back in the Champions League, something 40-year-old Giggs published an open the club's American owners — the Glazer letter on United's website an hour after family — weren't prepared to give Moyes. Van Gaal's appointment, praising the A return to Europe's top competition will Dutchman's qualities and revealing his likely be the priority, followed by a desire to decision to end his playing days. "For me, play the kind of attacking, dynamic brand today is new chapter filled with many of football expected at United but unable emotions — immense pride, sadness, to be delivered by Moyes. United has bro- but most of all, excitement towards the ken the mold by appointing Van Gaal. In future," Giggs said. "United fans I hope the club's 136-year history, no previous will share and echo my belief that the manager has come from outside Britain club, the management and owners, are or Ireland, a common occurrence at Eng- doing everything they can to return this land's other big clubs in recent years. The great club to where it belongs, and I hope notion of United hiring coaches in a bid to to be there every step of the way."
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a decade that the top-ranked Nadal has lost more than two matches on clay in the same year. Nadal was pushed to three sets in four out of his five matches here. "When he hit the first ball good a lot of times it was very difficult to arrive to the ball and change the dynamic of the point," Nadal said. "I didn't have enough energy to hit the first shot with the right intensity." The second-ranked Djokovic has now won four straight matches against Nadal — the previous three in straight sets — and takes the psychological edge to Paris. "It gives me a lot of confidence winning against Rafa in the finals of a big tournament on clay," he said. "It's definitely a confidence booster. It's an ultimate challenge and I'm very happy with my game so far and hopefully I can carry that into Roland Garros." The French Open is the only Grand Slam that Djokovic has yet to win, with his best result a runner-up finish in 2012. Nadal has won the tournament eight times. Djokovic was able to dictate play by stepping inside the baseline. "I tried to be aggressive from the start to the end," said Djokovic, whose other Rome titles came in 2008 and 2011. "I know that the only way to win against him is to be aggressive."
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MI stay afloat with a 25run win against Royals
ahMEdabad, May 19 (PTI): Mumbai Indians player Lendl simmons plays a shot during the IPL match against Rajasthan Royals in Ahmedabad on Monday. PTI Photo Mumbai Indians kept their play-off hopes alive with a comfortable 25run victory over Rajasthan Royals in a one-sided IPL encounter here today. Batting first, MI scored a stiff 178 for three riding on half-centuries from Lendl Simons (62) and Mike Hussey (56). In reply, Royals were never in the chase as they were restricted for 153 for eight. Karun Nair with 48 off 24 balls was the lone ranger for the Royals. Brad Hodge (40) and James Faulkner (31) tried their bit but it was too late by then. It was a collective effort by the MI bowlers led by senior pro Harbhajan Singh, who outshone others with brilliant figures of two for 13 from four overs. Pragyan Ojha also did his bit with two for 30 from his four overs. Royals' team management's baffling decision to rest the performing trio of Ajinkya Rahane, Pravin Tambe and Steven Smith backfired as the team lost the necessary momentum going into the match. Roayls with 14 points from 12 games remain third in the table and firmly in the hunt. But back to back losses will certainly affect their chances of finishing in the top two which would have given them an additional game. Mumbai now have eight points from 11 matches. Unmukt Chand (2) finally got a game but could well be the last one in the tourna-
ment. It was a rank bad delivery from Pragyan Ojha and Unmukt failed in his bid to play a proper pull-shot as Mike Hussey made no mistake at the deep mid-wicket boundary. Shane Watson (5) did not get going as he misjudged the turn off an Ojha delivery and the ball ballooned up hitting the toe-end of the bat for Ambati Rayudu to take a simple catch at mid-on. Sanju Samson (2) also played early to a
Krishmar Santokie slower as Rayudu got his second catch as Royals were reduced to 42 for three. While Karun was playing his strokes at other end, Kevon Cooper was dismissed by a sheer piece of fielding brilliance from Kieron Pollard standing at the longon boundary. Cooper hit a Harbhajan delivery which would have been a sure six Gerard Pique, left, and Shakira arrive at the Billboard Music had any other fielder save Awards at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on Sunday, May 18, Pollard manning that area. in Las Vegas. (Photo by John Shearer/Invision/AP)
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