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By Sandemo Ngullie
We demand a re-poll.
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Rupee dips to new record low MuMbai, august 20 (iaNs): The Indian rupee recovered partially from the record low of 64 against a dollar it touched early Tuesday and stood at 63.25 after an apparent intervention by the Reserve Bank of India (RBI). The partially-convertible rupee touched a new low of 64.11 in pre-noon trade at the inter-bank currency market here down 1.6 percent, surpassing the previous record low of 63.30 Monday. Later rupee recovered and closed at 63.25 against a dollar at 5.00 p.m down 0.2 percent from Monday’s close of 63.13. “The sovereign intervention is expected to continue. The concerns over liquidity crunch as Fed (Federal Reserve) is expected to withdraw stimulus could adversely affect the rupee, as foreign institutional investors (FIIs) shy away from Rupee assets,” Anindya Banerjee, currency expert, Kotak Securities told IANS.
With regard to the news item ‘2004 Bomb Blasts: Nine accused under trial,’ which appeared in the August 20 publication of The Morung Express, it is hereby clarified that the word ‘consensus’ in the sentence, “Since a consensus could not be reached on the matter...” was not contextual. Public Prosecutor, Imtiakum, explained that the question of ‘consensus’ between the Prosecution and the Defence did not arise as the objection raised and response were heard by the court. Accordingly, an order was passed by the court on August 19 for procedures to be complied with. Any confusion caused due to this error is regretted.
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Maiden naga venture HM for end to in game development factional feud Liyo Kikon releases Nagaland’s first Android based game
Morung Express news Dimapur | August 20
Since the mid 2000’s the mobile gaming industry has seen a multitude of applications and games throng the virtual world. With the advent of smart phones and other hand held mobile devices, the industry is expected to be worth 55 billion dollars by 2015. While many of the well known franchises sell their games on various platforms, there are those who develop games and give it away for free. Liyo Kikon has become the first Naga to take a dip into this billion dollar industry, however deciding to make his game available for free, as of now. A self taught game designer, Liyo officially released his first game titled ‘Colour of the World’ online on August 19. The Android based game is an adventure/puzzle game with more than a hundred puzzles, spread across 48 levels and three unique characters with different
A still from Liyo Kikon’s ‘Colour of the World,’ the first game to be designed and developed from nagaland.
abilities. The player controls three colourful bucket characters that solve physics based puzzles and colour the world. The game is available for free download at www.blackgreen.net Each level is a country, with its own landmark as the backdrop. Currently Liyo has released only ‘Asia.’ He plans to release the rest of the continents soon. The objective of the game is to collect all the color blocks from each level by solving the various puzzles. Liyo designed the concept, did the artwork for all the continents and countries, graphics, animation, software coding and incorporating the physics.
After taking time off from his stint at Naga Headhunters Entertainment, Liyo started reading e-books and tutorials on game development. He played around with the softwares required for designing these games. Pages of books were used to draw the stages and characters using just color pencils to design the concept. He then started to painstakingly develop the software codes and graphics. He says that the most challenging part was incorporating the physics. Liyo adds that his endeavor was helped by his parents, who gave him the freedom to pursue his passion. Liyo wishes that the younger generation will
take up technology in an innovative and positive manner and start using the internet for productive purposes. This, he hopes will take Nagas to the next level and help us become a progressive society. While the console and PC gaming industries have been dominated by major franchises, the mobile industry has been a platform for small independent developers and individuals like Liyo to showcase their entrepreneurship and ingenuity. With ‘Colour of the World,’ Liyo Kikon has become a pioneer among Nagas to venture into this vastly competitive yet open industry.
has referred to a statement made by the DGP’s office that “The Investigation Officer can now go ahead and file a charge sheet” and questioned “why, despite the clearance given by the highest authority the concerned subordinate officials have not charge sheeted the accused till date.” “Your authority is aware of the mandatory period within which charge sheet should be prepared for prosecution deemed fit,” stated the letter. Stressing that crime related to illegal arms and ammunitions is a cognizable offence of the highest degree, the NPCC held that “there is no ground whatsoever to delay or defer charge sheet against the accused.” It demanded, thus, that the concerned authority immediately charge sheet the accused, “else the matter will be challenged in the competent court of law at appropriate time.”
DiMaPuR, august 20 (MExN): A ganja-laden SUV bearing government registration plate was intercepted at 7th Mile, Dimapur on Tuesday, August 20. The SUV, a Mahindra Scorpio (NL 10 4725), was carrying ganja weighing approximately 252 kilograms. Two persons were arrested in this connection. They were identified as Paresh Malik and Manoranjan Singh. According to the Assistant Commissioner of Excise, L. Wati Jamir, the SUV sped off when it was asked to stop at the Chumukedima check-post by Excise personnel. It was later intercepted at around 2:45 pm at 7th Mile. Quoting the statement of the accused, Jamir said that the contraband was loaded in Kohima and was supposed to be disposed in Dimapur. It was reportedly brought to Kohima hidden beneath vegetables in a truck. Investigation was on to trace the contact(s) in
DiMaPuR, august 20 (MExN): Nagaland Home Minister, G Kaito Aye has appealed to all Naga factions to “completely stop kidnappings and killings amongst them in the spirit of unity and reconciliation for the common cause of the Nagas.” The Home Minister, in a press release, argued that without peace, there can be no “progressive talks,” without which a solution to “our political problems” cannot be expected. To this end, Kaito asserted that the state government cannot remain mute spectator to the continued “factional kidnappings and killings.” Kaito said that while the Nagaland government still believes that direct use of force to contain factional clashes may lead to “unwanted situation” that may hinder the peace process, “if the present trend of factional kidnappings and killings continue, the state government may have no option but to intervene for the larger interest of the Naga people.” Kaito said that in spite of repeated appeals by various civil societies as
Nagaland State government cannot remain a mute spectator to “factional kidnappings and killings” well as the state government to desist from indulging in killings, “the factions failed to honor the voices of the public and still indulge in the despicable acts of factionalism which is nothing but only destroying the very basic foundation they had set in to achieve the common goal.” According to him, factional clashes, kidnappings and killings are all against the mutually agreed upon ceasefire ground rules. “Some of them had no qualms about hospital areas as we had seen couple of such factional killings that took place inside the Kohima Naga Hospital complex some time back, while the other occurred at the gate of the Kohima Naga hospital some days back,” the minister maintained. “It is extremely painful to see our police jawa-
ns always go and bring dead bodies of various cadres who are our own brothers and sisters.” The Home Minister reminded that he had “made fervent appeals to various non-Naga armed groups allegedly operating from our soil particularly Dimapur City to vacate the areas in view of the peace process.” He had also suggested counseling cadres of various factions of the mutually agreed upon ceasefire ground rules because they are under the purview of the ceasefires with the Government of India. The Nagaland government has been playing its crucial role to protect the ceasefires between the parties concerned, affirmed Kaito, as well as that his top priority is to bring peace in the State so as to find a tangible solution to the longstanding Indo-Naga political issue.
nPcc demands immediate Ganja-laden NL-10 SUV intercepted charge sheet for imchen case
Refusal to chargesheet implies deliberate obstruction of law DiMaPuR, august 20 (MExN): The NPCC has written to the Director General of Police (DGP) of Nagaland demanding the concerned authority to immediately prepare a charge sheet in State Health Minister Imkong L Imchen’s case. The NPCC has argued that “the refusal to charge sheet not only implies deliberate obstruction to the due process of law but is tantamount to acquitting the accused without any trial in the court of law.” The NPCC reminded that consequent upon prosecution sanction sought by the SP, Wokha from the Speaker of Nagaland Legislative Assembly vide letter dated, the 10th May 2013 in r/o Imkong L. Imchen, then Home Minister & present Medical Min-
ister, Nagaland in C/W with WKA PS C/No. ool9/13 U/S 171(E)/171(H)/188 IPC R/W 25(IAA) Arms Act R/W 44 NLTP Act R/W 77(3) R.P. Act 1951, the NPCC had submitted two representations to the Governor of Nagaland and another representation to the Speaker pressing them to accord the same as prayed. In the letter, also released to the press, that was submitted to the DGP by its top functionaries, including three general secretaries, vice president and secretary, on August 19, the NPCC reiterated that “your office had communicated to the Secretary, NLA and the general public that in the context of the subject referred, prosecution sanction is not required. Also in reply to the NPCC, the Secretary, NLA had clarified that the Speaker is not the competent authority to accord the prosecution sanction.” In this regard the NPCC
District Excise personnel led by Assistant Commissioner of Excise, L. Wati Jamir along with the two accused, the seized vehicle and contraband on Tuesday. (Morung Photo)
Dimapur as well as the people who reportedly transported the consignment to Kohima. The price of the consignment was estimated to be around Rs. 5 lakhs
in Dimapur. In a separate incident, the District Excise confiscated 95 bottles of assorted IMFL during a series of raids conducted at booze
joints located at Naga Shopping Arcade on Tuesday. Seven persons were arrested, Jamir said, while adding the Excise will continue to conduct such raids.
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The Morung Express 2 LocaL Children: ‘You Can Be A Hero’ Governor optimistic about revival of Paper Mill Dimapur
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5th Children Event to feature Divine Connection, Dreamz Unlimited and magic show by Uncle Ben
tuli, august 20 (Dipr): Nagaland Governor, Dr. Ashwani Kumar visited Nagaland Pulp and Paper Company (NPPC Ldt) at Tuli Tzutikong on August 20, in view of the NPPC and the Government of Nagaland having decided to revive the Paper Mill under a special rehabilitation package from Government of India amounting to Rs. 679 crores. Dr. Ashwani, on arrival at the NPPC, went round the Paper mill and was briefed on the works to be undertaken for revival of the Paper Mill by the NPPC officials, during the meeting with the NPPC at the Guest House. The Chairman & Chief Executive Officer, NPPC, Mohan Jha and Chief Managing Director, Hindustan Paper Corporation (HPC), M.V Narasimha Rao made a powerpoint presentation on the rehabilitation of the NPPC. The Governor said that financing and management of the Paper Mill is an issue of concern, howOrganizers of the Children Event after the press conference at IMC Dimapur on Tuesday. ever he is optimistic that
with the commitment of the State Government the aspirations of the people of Nagaland would be fulfilled since the Paper Mill could generate revenue and employment. The Governor was accompanied by Minister for Industries and Commerce, Pangnyu Phom, Minister for Health & Family welfare Imkong L. Imchen, Parliamentary Secretary for National High Way & Mechanical, Nuklutoshi, Advisor NBDA & Chairman Mokokchung DPDB Dr Longri MLA, Chairman, Pollution Control, Amenba Yaden, S. Chuba and Imtikumzuk both MLAs and Nagaland Chief Secretary, Alemtemshi and senior Civil and Police officials of the government. Later, the NPPC and the public of Tuli area accorded a civic reception to Governor and his entourage at Community Hall. Addressing the programme, Dr. Ashwani Kumar appealed to the people of the area to extend their unconditional support to the NPPC au-
Kohima, august 20 (mExN): The ISRMAX HORTI & AGRI ASIA 2013 was held at Impact Convention Centre, Bangkok Thailand from August 15 to 17. According to a press note received here, Parliamentary Secretary for Horticulture, Neiba Kronu attended the meet, where 137 companies from Asia, Europe and Africa participated in the event, from India 37 companies displayed the farmers machineries and equipment with a delegation of 1100 members. Kronu interacted with the farmers from Thailand,
organizers, companies extending invitation to come to the state and guide the farmers with technologies driven method of farming through which various type crops can be grown, and revenue will be generated to the poor farmers. Kronu had a special interaction with BCS, one of the world’s most famous manufacturers of farmer’s machineries from Italy, which is a cycle privileges technologies with a low environment impact made of highly recyclable materials with low noise and exhaust emission in compliance with standard force with
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Dimapur, august 20 (mExN): A two-day event for children from Kindergarten till Class 12 promises to be highly beneficial and entertaining, all for free. On August 24 and 25, children attending the event at IMC Hall Dimapur would be involved in a lot of practically beneficial activities such as puppetry, magic tricks, craft and jewellery making, photography, music & lyric etc. Children’s works and activities would also be exhibited during the event. Besides these, the organizers would involve the children in praise and worship and counselling. The 5th Children Event is organized by Little Ves-
sels (IMC) and Kids Worship Centre, Dimapur under the theme, “You can be a hero.” The workshop is free for all and each child is eligible to bring two more children with him/her. “Children today face a lot of tough challenges and our objective is to motivate them to become heroes in a positive manner,” said Shuiching Konyak, board member of IMC during a press conference on Tuesday. She said the workshop would also focus on issues which the children face in school, church and outside. Asangla Imchen said that the speakers for the event include, Alemla Apong founder & director of Children Evangelism
Foundation; Rev Bendang Longkumer, secretary (Ghy) Christian Education Evangelical Fellowship of India and Robert Longkumer, founder & director of Kids Worship Centre, Dimapur. Special attractions during the 2-day event include concert by Divine Connection, moral skit by Dreamz Unlimited and magic show by Uncle Ben. Parents and well wishers have been invited for the entertainment session on August 25 at 2:20 p.m. Interested children and parents have also been informed to contact the following phone numbers; 9436261675 and 9862352344.
thority and the State Government to fully revive the NPPC as soon as possible stating that he has a desire to see the revival soon. He said it would fully address the unprecedented unemployment problem among youth in the state. In his speech, Indus-
diesel and petrol engines. Kronu also expressed wish to sign MoU with the company so that the company becomes an authorized dealer, which can supply the farmer’s machineries and equipment to the State. The next meet is schedule on November 22 to 242013 (Karnal, Haryana) ISRMAX INDIA –February 20 to 22, 2014 (New Delhi) and ISRMAX ASIA August 29-31, 2014 (Bangkok). The ISRMAX also gives a scheme to the farmers who participate in the programme 100 US dollars per delegate.
Dr. Nicky graces Kohima College fresher’s day Kohima College form women cell
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Perhaps, the first of its kind in the state of Nagaland, the Kohima College, Kohima has formed a women cell on August 3, 2011. It was necessitated by two considerations; “That education is life, wherein, it should enable women to perform their roles/duties effectively and confidently, that women be made aware of their rights and responsibilities towards building good society,” according to the annual magazine of the college which was released by Dr. Nicky Kire during 47th freshers’ day cum social gathering here today. Towards these considerations, the women cell had conducted a cooking class where senior girls were also given training Dr. Nicky Kire releases annual magazine 2012-13 of Kohima College during 47th fresher’s on making vegetable pickles, dried meat day cum social gathering on August 20. (Morung Photo) pickles and were taught the etiquettes of Our Correspondent Kohima | August 20
Parliamentary secretary for labour & employment, justice & law and land revenue Dr. Neikiesalie (Nicky) Kire today graced the 47th fresher’s day cum social gathering of the Kohima College held here at the college auditorium.
UCTM ‘spiritual awakening’ programme held
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Dimapur, august 20 (mExN): United College of Theology and Mission (UCTM) organized a three-day ‘spiritual awakening’ programme from August 16 to 18 at the college campus on the theme ‘Total Commitment’ with Tsuknungsangba and Imtijungla Longchar as speakers. Based on the theme, Tsuknungsangba shared about the purpose of theological education, the power of Holy Spirit, and the power of waiting and prayer. On August 18 (Sunday) Imtijungla Longchar stressed on the importance of following Christ and serving him with a total commitment. UCTM students led praise and worship and the whole community experienced the mighty presence of God throughout the programme. A press note received here said that every participant as an individual and the whole community as a corporate body experienced the outpouring of the Holy Spirit and received healing in body and in spirit, and thereby unleashing greater vision, deeper love and passion, courage and a strong sense of responsibility for the Kingdom of God.
table manner. On the role of women on clean living, two girls from each class used to be given charge looking into the cleanliness of their respective classrooms. Again, with the objective of creating awareness on decent dressing and dignity of work among students as well as workers, women cell donated aprons to the sweepers of the college. On statutory rights of women, the college women cell organized a legal awareness campaign in partnership with the Nagaland State Commission for women in which, the panel discussed laws for protection of women and the role of police in safeguarding women’s rights, “coming up to the conclusion that educated persons have the bounden duty to educate our uneducated female counterparts starting from our own homes.”
Dr. Kire also released the annual magazine of the college. Earlier, welcome address was delivered by Chubatola Longkumer, principal Kohima College. Aseno Terhüja and Merene Leah spoke on behalf of freshers and seniors respectively. The function was chaired by Müzitsolü Dozo while KCSU general
secretary Tokiye Kappo proposed vote of thanks. Choral presentation by Evangelical Union Kohima College, in tune by Echu Konyak, songs, dances, skits also marked the occasion. Meanwhile, Azhonuo Rhetso and Vizosietuo Mets were crowned Miss & Mr Kohima College 2013 title respectively.
Kohima, august 20 (mExN): A one-day review meeting of District Surveillance Unit Staff, IDSP was conducted on August 20 by State Surveillance Unit, IDSP at IDSP Conference Hall, Directorate of Health & Family Welfare, Kohima. A press note received here said that 11 Epidemiologist and 12 Data Managers from all the District and State Surveillance Unit attended the meeting. The meeting was conducted with Dr. John Kemp, State Surveillance Officer (IDSP) as the Chairman. Dr. Neiketou Angami, Director Health & Family Welfare in his short speech shared the importance of review meetings, its aims and objectives, and how IDSP play an important Epidemiologist and Data Managers from all the District and State Surveil- role about the communilance Unit attending the review meeting on August 20. cable diseases prevalent in
the State, and it is the only programme whose weekly outbreak report is submitted to the Prime Minister’s Office. All the epidemiologists presented district wise analysis report on syndromic, presumptive and laboratory format followed by presentation and discussion by Dr. Tiasunup Pongener, State Nodal Officer (IDSP). Dr. Tiasunup Pongener enumerated the job responsibility of Epidemiologists and Data Managers, how timely collection of data from all reporting Units should be monitored, analyse surveillance data and to prepare weekly Surveillance graphs and charts. He also mentioned that all outbreaks of diseases for all reporting units should be identified.
Speaking on the occasion, Dr. Kire lauded the performance of the college in many fields. He conveyed best wishes to the Kohima College to continue to shine not only in Nagaland but also even in the country. Stating that job avenues in the government sector have reached at the saturation point, he stressed on
the need to focus on selfemployment activities. In this, he opined that school should also come up with vocational courses like carpentry, knitting etc. Dr. Kire also reminded the students that unless they are determined and disciplined they cannot achieve anything or become somebody. The parliamentary sec-
retary also urged upon the college to maintain proper record about the number of officers or prominent citizens being produced by the college. As the college is heading for golden jubilee by 2016, he called upon the college authority to start planning from now and celebrate the occasion in a befitting manner.
Nagaland Governor, Dr. Ashwani Kumar visiting Tuli paper Mill with officials on August 20. (DIPR Photo)
Kronu attends ISRMAX HORTI & AGRI ASIA 2013
IDSP District Surveillance Unit Staff review meeting held
tries Minister, Pangnyu Phom said Tuli Paper mill requires ‘our dedication, sincerity and loyalty to bring back the lost glory’ and he therefore called upon the people to support the revival of Paper Mill for the progress and prosperity of Nagaland.
Ao Senden President, Dr Sangyu Yaden on behalf of the people of Mokokchung district expressed deep gratitude to the Governor for his keen interest towards revival of the Mill. Chief Secretary, Alemtemshi, chaired the civic reception programme.
ID cards for free transport to PLHIV Kohima, august 20 (mExN): The state’s department of transport & communication is currently distributing ID Cards for free transport to PLHIV to access treatment. This was stated by Dr. N.L. Changkija, project director Nagaland State AIDS Control Society (NSACS) during the just concluded Nagaland’s Legislators Forum on AIDS here. She also stated that all the medium and heavy vehicles carry HIV messages as per the directive of the Union Ministry of Transport. Further, it also disseminates HIV/AIDS messages amongst the porters and helpers.
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Kohima, august 20 (mExN): The excise duty party seized 168 bottles of IMFL (750ml) and 72 bottles of beer (650ml) during the period August 12 to 19 last for violation of NLTP Act ’89. The accused persons have been penalized under NLTP Act ’89 and the seized articles deposited in the superintendent of excise & prohibition office Malkhana Kohima.
JEE (Main) candidates informed
Kohima, august 20 (mExN): All concern JEE (Main) candidates are informed that few B-Tech seats are still vacant under the State Reserved Quota allocated by MHRD, New Delhi. In addition, some more seats have been re-allotted against the open quota for admission to B-Tech Programmes under Setam, Nagaland University, Dimapur to Nagaland state for admission during 201314 session. Directorate of Technical Education, director A Kathipri in a press release has informed that candidates who have appeared JEE (Main) 2013 with 45% marks in 10+2 examination and could not be selected for any engineering course may report on or before August 23 to the Directorate of technical education for availing such seat.
KMC calls meeting on sanitation
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Kohima, august 20 (mExN): All ward Panchayat chairmen, youth organisation and sanitation committees under the jurisdiction of Kohima Municipal Council are informed that there will be a meeting on August 23 at 11:00 am to discuss urgent issues on sanitation at KMC Conference hall. KMC CEO Elizabeth Ngully in a press release has requested all concerned to attend the meeting without fail.
KNCS meeting on Aug 24
Kohima, august 20 (mExN): Kyong Naga Cultural Society (KNCS) Governing Body, KNCS Okying Kohima advisors, Wokha Unit, and Dimapur Unit will hold an emergency meeting on August 24, 11:00 am at KRIPA Foundation office, Kohima. The meeting has been called with regard to the upcoming seminar to be held in Wokha Town on October 2, 2013. All office bearers concerned have been requested to attend the meeting without fail.
WCYOD coordination meeting on Aug 22
Dimapur, august 20 (mExN): The Western Chakhesang Youth Organisation Dimapur has convened a coordination meeting with all the units on August 22 at 10:00 am at Western Chakhesang Hoho building, Chakhesang Colony Dimapur. WCYOD in a press release has requested all the unit president and representatives to the Organisation to attend the meeting positively.
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Peren Government College NCC Boys Senior Division headed by Lungriading Ndang Senior Under Officer Peren Government College NCC cleaning garbage at bazaar area in Peren Town. (Photo Courtesy: Mireuyi Herie)
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More territory lost due to border fencing
IMPHAL, August 20 (NNN): More news on the loss of the territory of India to Myanmar due to border fencing has been revealed following the spot survey conducted by women based organisations of Manipur to Indo-Myanmar border from August 18 to 19. Led by All Manipur Nupi Marup, women organizations such as Kha Nongpok Apunba Nupi Lup and Muslim Women Development Association accompanied
by one ASI (police) Md Roshan conducted a spot survey along Border Pillar number 76, 77, 78 and 79 and found that a large portion of Manipur territory had gone to Myanmar side after the controversial border fencing work. Talking to reporters here, the All Manipur Nupi Marup president L Sumatibala said Tamil Durga Mandir and Sewa Mandir built in 1964 along Nampholong Bazar to Tamu road have
ItANAgAR, August 20 (PtI): The Arunachal Pradesh education department has launched a new scheme, 'Guide', for nurturing government schools and to improve the education scenario of the state. The new scheme is premised on the concept of mentoring, official sources said at Itanagar on Tuesday. Mentoring as a concept has been in practice in the context of schools in some states successfully. Learning from these experiences, the department was putting it in the form of GUIDE for the schools in the state, the sources said. It works on the belief that every educated and well-informed individual needs to attach him or her with the present day school system. As they say charity begins at home, the officers in the department and in the districts are expected to become the torchbearers of this strategy, the sources said. For a beginning, GUIDE intends to cover secondary and senior secondary schools in the state which would gradually be extended to the elementary
and primary schools. GUIDE neither involves financial expenditure nor intends to substitute the inspection mechanism of the school education system. An officer will have a choice to select a school to become GUIDE , sources said. However, it is expected that in case of more takers for a particular school, the deputy commissioner will be the decision maker. It is also important that one school is mentored by only one officer throughout the academic session. Engagement of anyone who would be retiring within this session may be avoided, the sources said. The goal was to cover all 234 secondary and senior secondary schools. The department has fixed a target of improving the examination performance to above 75 per cent for less than 60 per cent achievers in 201213; above 90 per cent for the remaining; raising the numbers of first divisioners in class XII (at least one third of the class) and bringing some students in 90 per cent above category, the sources added.
guwAHAtI, August 20 (IANs): The Assam government on Tuesday launched a state-wide promotional campaign to showcase the centre’s ambitious food security scheme at the grassroots coinciding with the birth anniversary of late prime minister Rajiv Gandhi. Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi said the final scheme will be launched in the state 19 November, “coinciding with the birth anniversary of former prime minister Indira Gandhi. In Assam,
about 2.25 crore people from around 40 lakh families will benefit from the scheme.” Gogoi launched the campaign at a function at Sarusajai Sports Complex in Guwahati. Saying that the ordinance on food security would help battle malnutrition and hunger, Gogoi said that one should not oppose the scheme for the sake of opposing it. “One has to understand the pangs of hunger to realize how important the scheme is for
Arunachal education dept launches new scheme 'Guide'
gone to Myanmar side after the recent border fencing work. The Nupi Marup leader also said Muslim Basti public well at Border Pillar No.79 had also gone to Myanmar side. "Is this the gifts of the Congress government to Myanmar?" asked L Sumatibala. She said these things have happened again when the people are still angry when Jawaharlal Nehru had given Manipur's Kabo Valley to Myanmar. "What
hidden agenda the government has?" Sumatibala further questions. According to these women organizations, during their survey they had also met Molphai village chief Yomkholun Haokip who narrated that the J.T. Road, a pucca construction had gone to Myanmar and also that Border Pillar No.23 erected by the Assam Rifles had been replaced with Border Pillar No 76 by the Myanmar authority.
Strongly refuting the statement of the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) on the loss of certain parts of Manipur territory to Myanmar, the United Committee, Manipur (UCM), one of the biggest NGOs in Manipur had alleged on August 11 that many villages of Chandel district in Manipur have been included in the side of Myanmar due to the border fencing work. UCM president Y Nabachandra had clarified that on August 8, a UCM team
consisted of 13 members and journalists had paied a visit to the border area of Moreh-Tamu border to get the first hand report and noticed that several villages on the Indian side have been included in the Myanmar side by the border fencing. "The Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) had said no fencing work was started in the border pillar 79 due to dispute with Myanmar in the area but on the contrary, the work had started
IMPHAL, August 20 (NNN): Amidst roaring demands in Manipur for Kuki statehood, Nagas' Alternative Arrangement and Autnomous Hill State by the various tribal communities in the state, shifting of the state capital of Manipur to one of the hill districts has been echoed today.
Leaders of All Tribal Students Union, Manipur (ATSUM), Federation of All Tribal Youth Clubs, Manipur (FATYCM), Tribal Youth Council, Manipur (TYCM), Zeliangrong Students Union, Manipur (ZSUM), Naga Women Union (NWU) and tribal leaders today deliberated on the numerous tribal prob-
lems. Convened by the Land Owners Protection Committee, the tribal organizations took 11 resolutions which included the shifting of Manipur capital to one of the hill districts. Today's emergency meeting was convened to discuss the alleged repeated warnings to ban house construction, destruction of
houses and materials inside the individual patta land at Poumei Colony area by the volunteers of Laipham Khunou Youth Development Association (LKYDA) recently. Other resolutions taken today were to submit an ultimatum to the government of Manipur for an explanation as to why actions have
the poor segments of the society,” he said, and added that the state and central governments are more concerned about the poor and have taken up different schemes for their welfare. Terming it a “dream of the top leadership, including Sonia Gandhi, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Rahul Gandhi“, Gogoi said that the government would have no difficulty in implementing the scheme because of self-sufficiency on the food front. “There was a time
when we had to import food grains from the US. But now our country has attained self-sufficiency on the food front, thanks to the hard work of our farmers,” he said. “The day is not far when the country would see shelter becoming a right after the Right to Education and Right to Food.” “In our state we will launch a scheme ensuring shelter to the rural and urban poor,” he said, while seeking cooperation for the smooth implementation of the food security scheme.
“The aim is to cover about 2.25 crore people across the state. From the rural areas, around 84.17 percent of people will benefit, while about 60.35 percent will benefit in urban areas. Altogether 2,52,18,000 people will gain,” said Assam Minister for Food and Civil Supplies Nazrul Islam. He said there would be no difficulty in preparing the list of beneficiaries as the state has already 7.04 lakh beneficiary families under Antodoya Scheme,
20 lakh beneficiary families under Chief Minister’s Anna Yojona and over 12 lakh BPL families. “These together form about 40 lakh families who are likely to benefit from the food security scheme,” he said. As per the scheme, rice will be available at Rs.3 per kg, while wheat and coarse cereals will be offered at Rs.2 and Re.1 respectively for each kg. The food security scheme also has benefits for pregnant women and children between six months and 14 years of age.
offices, however, remained closed in the hills. At the district magistrate's office no employee was present, visiting reporters found. Schools and colleges remained closed, except Ramakrishna Primary Teachers College where final examinations of the oneyear course were being held. Tea planters in the hills has decided to approach the Gorkhaland Joint Action Committee, under the banner of which the agitation was now continuing, as tea stocks were piling up in the hills, said Sandeep Mukhopadhay, Adviser, Darjeeling Tea Planters' Association. The agitators has banned transportation of tea and timber from the hills. Mukhopadhay said that as tea garden owners were unable to transport stocks they should not be
blamed if they decided to shut shop and move away. He said that transportation of tea should be allowed in the interest of tea garden workers. Though tea gardens were open there was no work at the cinchona plantations. On the security front, the CPRF, IRB and striking force were deployed on National Highway 31A, the lifeline of Sikkim, police sources said. One company of CRPF was also deployed at Sonada, a sensitive area, 18 km from Darjeeling town as a precautionary measure, the sources said. Each company of CRPF comprises 100 security personnel. They said that a GJM labour wing leader, Kharga Vikram, was arrested from Kalimpong town, taking the total number of arrests during the agitation to 600.
More German aid to empower Tripura tribals
AgARtALA, August 20 (IANs): Germany, which has provided a whopping Rs.1.4 billion in financial assistance to Tripura for empowering the tribals and people living in remote areas by utilising natural resources, may provide more aid to the northeastern state, an official said here Tuesday. An Indian delegation led by Tripura Forest Minister Jitendra Choudhury would go on a two-week visit to Germany from Aug 22 to study the successful livelihood based on forests in that country, a Tripura forest
Goods trucks finally reach Imphal
Organizations deliberate shifting of Manipur capital
Heavy rains forces GJM to halt Gorkhaland agitation The agitation would, however, continue during the day at Kalimpong, he said. In a post on social networking website Facebook, GJM President Bimal Gurung said that Monday night's thunderstorm had caused damage in many places in the hills, with roads blocked by uprooted trees. Echoing Giri, Gurung said the GJM was 'assessing the damage' and it would take two days for restoration of normalcy in the hills. Stating that a rally would be organised on August 22, he claimed that 'Ghar Bitra Janta' (people inside home) agitation, which concluded yesterday, was “a huge success” and the next would be peaceful rallies, 'Janta Sadak Ma' (people on the roads) for four days. Shops, markets, government offices, banks and post
from Gobijang till Jangnoi village and 11 households of Gobijang village in the area have already been included in the Myanmar side by the border fencing," the UCM president pointed out. He said, "About 150 metres of Manipur territory inherited from our forefathers will be lost to Myanmar due to border fencing work," Nabachandra had said. The UCM chief then urged the government to intervene immediately on the matter.
IMPHAL, August 20 (NNN): Altogether 750 goods laden trucks, which had been stranded at Jiribam’s Kambirol along National Highway-37 for days owing to landslide, arrived in Imphal on Tuesday. Escorted trucks will get on the Imphal-Jiribam route again on August 22 for ferrying essential commodities, official sources said. The loaded trucks that began to arrive here since early morning brought in LPG gas, petrol, diesel and medical items. The stranded vehicles reached imphal after the Border Roads Task Force (BRTF) repaired the Kambirol section of the highway damaged by landslide. BRTF are now tirelessly taking up repairing works on several parts of the route to ensure free flow of traffic. Since Saturday evening, over 750 Imphal bound loaded goods trucks got stranded at Kambiron area along National Highway 37 due to a landslide. Over 900 loaded goods trucks had left Jiribam in the Manipur-Assam border township for Imphal on August 16 but over 750 trucks got stranded at Kambiron of Nungba subdivision in Tamenglong district while the rest had crossed the A Bodo student with painted face shouts as hundreds of thousands of Bodo tribal people gather demanding the creation of a new state of Bodoland area before the landslide had occurred on Saturday. during a mass rally at Ghoramara in Sonitpur district of Assam on Tuesday, August 20. (AP Photo)
Gogoi launches food security scheme in Assam
DARjeeLINg, August 20 (PtI): The Gorkhaland agitation in Darjeeling was suspended for 48 hours from Tuesday after a thunderstorm swept through the hills uprooting trees and snapping electric wires and telephone cables. The thunderstorm uprooted trees at many places in Darjeeling, Kurseong and Kalimpong towns on Monday night, civil defence sources said. Two persons were injured in the thunderstorm at Lewis Jhupri, they said. “The agitation is being suspended for two days because of the damage caused by the storm and will be resumed on August 22 or 23,” said Roshan Giri, General Secretary of the Gorkha Janmukti Morcha, which is spearheading the movement for a separate state.
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department official told reporters. After the visit by the Indian delegation, more financial assistance is expected to be sanctioned as Germany is immensely satisfied over the implementation of the project in Tripura, the official said. KfW, a German governmentowned development bank based in Frankfurt, has been providing financial assistance to various Indian-German forest-based projects in India. "A joint delegation from KfW and the German government had visited India in December last
year for an on-the-spot study of the KfW-aided projects in various parts of the country," the official said. The German delegation in their study report said the Tripura project was the best implemented project in India.Over 50,000 families, mostly tribals and rural poor, would benefit under the project, to be implemented in 104 villages under Dhalai and north Tripura districts, he said. Germany is also providing technical assistance to utilise natural resources for sustainable development to make the people self-reliant.
In the interest of all, the Sugar Mill Village which is now renamed as UNITY VILLAGE is still under Village recognition process. (Nehoshe Chophy) Chairman
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GOVERNMENT OF NAGALAND OFFICE OF THE ADDITIONAL DEPUTY COMMISSIONER TSEMINYU: NAGALAND NO.GA/TSNU/JUD/SC-1/2009/122-126
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OBJECTION NOTICE Whereas Shri.Hisinlo Magh husband of Late. Khehaile Magh (Primary Teacher, Tesophenyu Lower) village who expired on 23/07/2013 is applying for issuance of Succession Certificate to draw/operate his late wife Pension/Gratuity/GPF/GIS/FBF /Leave encashment/Bank Account etc. under section 377 of the Indian Succession Act 1965. Public are hereby asked to filed any claim/objection within thirty (30) days from the date of issue of this notice failing which no claim/objection will be entertained after the stipulated time. Sd/(WONCHIO ODYUO) Additional & Deputy Commissioner, Tseminyu: Nagaland
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Municipal Affair Cell (MAC) UD,Government of Nagaland invites sealed bids from eligible firms for selection of lmplementation Partner to implement the e- Governonce project in Kohima Municipal Council (KMC) under JnNURM E-Governance in Municipalities Programm.The scope of work includes development of software application,supply of hardware,desktop computers, system integration,operation & maintenance,data digitization and training.The complete RFPdocumentcanbedownloadedfromthewebsite: www.nagaland.gov.in or purchase from MAC Office located below A.G Office A.G.Colony Kohima on payment of non-refundable orescribed fee. Dr. Toshimanen Ozukum Additional Director, Municipal Affairs Cell,UD Nagaland: Kohima
not been taken against the LKYDA. The meeting also resolved to approach the Scheduled Tribe Commission, government of India on the difficulties faced by tribals to settle in the state capital Imphal. One resolution said the government should compensate all the properties lost in the LKYDA attack
at Poumei Colony area. It then strongly condemned the tribal ministers and MLAs for not raising their voice when tribal people have been discriminated in the state capital. Finally, the meeting entrusted ATSUM, ATDUM and FATYCM to take up the issues in collaboration with other tribal based bodies.
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The Thüvopisümi Students’ Union conveys our heartiest congratulations to you all for promotion in various departments and passed out in competitive Exam in 2013 for bringing laurels to our community. Further the Union wish them success in their future endeavours. 1. Dr. VEKHOLÜ VENYO, D/o Lt. VESAKU VENYO for the post of Medical Officer (M.O) under Health & Family Welfare, through NPSC. 2. VEKHOZO DOZO, Superintendence of Taxes under Taxation Dept. 3. RAZUO DOZO, Land Record Survey Officer (LRSO). 4. VEVOLHÜ DOZO, Audit Officer under Treasuries & Accounts. 5. MEDONUO DOZO, Block Development Officer (BDO) under R.D. Dept. 6. VEKHU RHAKHO, S/o THÜVOTSOYI RHAKHO, MBBS through JEE 2013. 7. ZÜHVEYI TETSE-O, S/o VEKU TETSE-O, Mechanical Engineering, through JEE 2013. (VEPOZO DOZO) President Thüvopisümi Students’ Union
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he meeting between Nicodemus and Jesus gives us some idea as to why the most educated religious Leader Class of the day, the Pharisees accepted Moses but rejected Jesus. Nicodemus appeared to be a trusting, simple non-judgmental person unlike the powerful Religious elites of educationally advanced Pharisee Class of the Jewish Society recorded in the New Testament Gospels and very likely, a member of the socio-political decision making Body the Sanhedrin of the Jews; he appeared to have an honest normally conscientious person of the Society; Unlike many of the Pharisees, his colleagues, Nicodemus did not appear to have the vain glorious superiority complex of the Pharisees contemptuously looking down on the entire uneducated common Citizen as uneducated cursed sinners. Nicodemus appeared a responsible person. How did he failed to understand the words of Jesus? Unfortunately, Nicodemus proved to be just like any other common normal person of the day. He was incapable of displeasing his friends or colleagues or his Superiors of the Group. Nicodemus did not seem to have the decisiveness and courage of
MuMBAi, August 20 (iANs): Japanese auto maker Nissan Tuesday showcased the new Terrano premium compact sports utility vehicle (SUV) all set to go on sale in October across the country. Refusing to give any details on pricing, the company said that the starting price tag for the car would be below Rs.10 lakh and that the bookings will commence Sep 1. “Terrano marks our entry into the compact SUV segment, which is one of the fastest growing segments in the Indian market today,” Kenichiro Yomura, president, Nissan India Operations, said. “It has been developed specifically for the Indian market and will play a key role in boosting our sales volume in India, marking the company’s entry into the expanding compact SUV segment,” he added. Terrano will be the fourth vehicle to be produced locally in Nissan’s Oragadam plant in Tamil Nadu alongside Micra, Sunny and Evalia. According to Nissan, the Terrano follows the same design language as other renowned SUV’s from the its stable like the Pathfinder and Patrol. Nissan has an alliance with French auto major Renault and has based the Terrano on its popular Duster SUV which was launched in India in July 2012 and has been a runaway hit.
Qatar Airways to extend Dreamliner route network to India
Paul, who could contradict his Pharisees friends, even oppose his former Guru, the Chief Priest when he (Paul) is convinced of the rightness of his Stand. Paul has the courage of conviction to oppose the wrong wherever he found them; he opposed his closest coworker Barnabas and even Peter, a foremost leader of then nascent Christian community, when Paul found they went wrong. The lacking in Nicodemus surprisingly was not different from those in the Pharisee Fold: Nicodemus viewed and understood the World in its appearance, not in the real deeper Spiritual sense just as we most Naga Christians today are, religious teachers or not. Jesus said: “…no one can see the kingdom of God unless he is born again”. What Jesus said was of the Spiritual Sense, that a Man must come to life (born) in the Spirit to enter the realm of God. Nicodemus understood it in terms of being born again in the physical form. He was naively honest and simple enough to ask: “Can a man enter his mother’s womb a second time and be born again?” To understand the Sense of what Jesus said needs humble discernment; the two qualities
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QAtAr, August 20 (Pti): Qatar Airways has announced plans to extend its Boeing 787 Dreamliner route network to India with the launch of services to and from Delhi and Bangalore starting September 1 this year. The introduction of the service promises the airlines’ passengers with an unparalleled level of service, comfort and travel experience. “The introduction of our Dreamliner service provides our passengers with an unbeatable level of service and comfort besides reiterating our firm belief in the 787s unrivalled capabilities and the value it will add to Qatar Airways’ plans to continue delivering on its promise of quality,” Qatar Airways Chief Executive Officer Akbar Al Baker, said. “Our 787s provide a game-changing experience with specially designed interiors, spacious cabins and custom-made seats in both Business and Economy Class,” he said. India remains a key market for Qatar Airways having an extensive route network offering 95 passenger flights non-stop each week from 12 gateway cities to Doha. Currently, Indian operations cover daily services to Doha from Mumbai, Ahmedabad, Amritsar, Goa, Hyderabad, Kolkata, Kozhikode, Trivandrum, Chennai and Bangalore, together with 11 flights a week from Cochin and double daily flights from Delhi. Flights from India connect via Doha to popular cities in Qatar Airways’ global network including London, New York, Montreal, Washington, Dubai, Nairobi, Paris, Frankfurt and Oslo.
We are so blessed to have you on this day, you are God’s greatest and most precious gift to us. May His blessing and care be with you in all walks of your life. Happy Born Day! With lots of love, Mum & Dad
Dear Temsusenla (Asen) I probably don’t tell you often enough, but I treasure our friendship. Friend like you makes every day special! Lets stay precious until the world turns to dust. Hope you live forever, because this is what I am planning to do and the sure thing is that I am going to need you. Wishing you happiness today, tomorrow, and always! Love you always Thia
the Pharisees did not appeared to have. The Pharisees considered the physical appearances most importantly; they considered the outside appearances and the dry legality more than the invisible Spiritual contents. Jesus condemned the Pharisees’ for their hollow outward Religious formality: -they liked to say long Prayers in the public places to be seen of men, -they are like Graves whitewashed outside, -they dress to be seen of men, they like to sit in the front rows in the congregations, -they strained mosquitoes but swallow Gnats, -they encompass the whole world making Missionary journeys in search of a single person and converts one who becomes worst than before and they like to sit in the Seat of Moses to pass judgment on others. The Pharisees could forecast the next day’s weather just by observing the western horizon after Sunset; the Scripture talks a lot about the one who is to come, from where he is to come and many Prophets prophesized about the One who is to come. Week in Week out, year in year out, for 2 millenniums, 72 generations, the Chief Priest talked about the One who is to come: The Demons could identify Jesus as the Son of David but the Pharisees
could not see him standing under their very Nose! All the Miracles Moses performed came from God, they were not from Moses originally; Moses performed them with the power and direction from God. Jesus walked on the Water of the Sea of Galilee, he turned water into wine in a Marriage at the Village of Cana, he stopped the Air from blowing a Storm in the Sea of Gannesaret, fed thousands with 5 loaves and 2 fishes in its shore; he made mud with his saliva and used it as ointment to cure a man born blind in Jerusalem, power from him flowed through the frills of his cloth to cure blood incessantly flowing from a woman; he brought the stinking dead body of Lazarus, died 4 days ago, to life in front of a crowd of mourners in Bethany, with his voice he healed the dying servant of the Roman Centurion in Capernaum. A woman from an untouchable community and a blind man cured just moments ago desired but never expected to see the Jewish Messiah: Jesus talked to the woman; he cured the blind man and said to them: “The person talking to you is He!” Jesus plainly and personally and openly told the Pharisees: “I came from Heaven, My fa-
ther is God, I am before Abraham was, I am the Bread of life; you must eat my Flesh and drink my blood. No one can have eternal life without drinking my blood and eating my flesh. Any one drinking my blood shall never thirst again but it shall flow out from him like water from a fountain, he shall rise again from death and have everlasting life”. All these refer to the intangible Spiritual realm and not to the tangible material or physical realm: Man’s blood can not wash away intangible sins from Man; human blood has no power to wash man’s sins; it is not like the blood of Jesus, which only has the power to wash away man’s sin. The Church in Nagaland today often quietly and silently emphasizes the outward appearance and values worldly approvals. It appears to looks to the world for friendship. Today from the Church Pulpit, we hear very expert and very intelligent talks on the ‘Good News’, but they sound phony like a Robot talking very interesting things. We will know it true and real only when the expert teachings and sermons are seen in the life of the Church. Nagaland needs Reformation of its Church life. Thepfulhouvi Solo
Samsung ousts Nokia from top slot in Indian handset mart
New Delhi, August 20 (Bs): South Korean consumer electronics giant Samsung Electronics has emerged as the No. 1 mobile handset company in India with a 31.5% marketshare in terms of value in fiscal year ended March 31, 2013, dethroning its Finnish rival Nokia (27.2%) which was occupying the top slot for more than a decade. This was revealed by the 18th Annual Survey of Voice & Data (V&D) on Tuesday. The study covered more than 30 mobile handset companies that operate in India across categories like feature phones, multimedia phones, enterprise phones and smartphones. While Samsung’s value marketshare has increased from 25.1% during fiscal year 2011-12, Nokia’s marketshare (value terms) has dipped from 38.06% in FY2011-12, according to the survey. On the other hand, the GFK data noted that Samsung’s overall marketshare was 32.5% in terms of volume, and 45.4% in terms of value at the end of June 2013. The Voice & Data study also point-
ed out that home-grown Micromax has secured the No. 3 slot with a 8.72% marketshare (value terms) in FY2012-13, up from 6.3% during the previous fiscal year. According to the study, total revenue of the Indian mobile handset market stood at Rs 35,946 crore in FY212-13 compared to Rs 31,330 crore in FY2011-12, an increase of 14.7%. “This was mainly due to the increasing uptake in smartphones by the Indian consumers,” Voice & Data said in a release. Samsung’s rise in the Indian market is attributed to its rich product portfolio that was able to cater to customers of all budget categories, noted the report. Samsung’s handset prices range from Rs 1,500 to Rs 50,000. Samsung mobile handsets come in varied screen sizes. These two factors helped the company grabbing customer’s attention, besides the product quality and new features. During FY2012-13, Samsung revenue from mobile handset business stood at Rs 11,328 crore, up 43.2%, as compared to Rs 7,891 crore in the previous fiscal year.
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CANSSEA asks pending DA arrears DIMAPUR, AUGUST 20 (MExN): The Confederation of All Nagaland State Services Employees’ Association (CANSSEA), in a letter to the Chief Secretary of Nagaland, has asked for the release of “pending Dearness Allowance (DA) arrears to its employees without further delay.” According to the letter, signed by its vice president and joint secretary, the CANSSEA has revealed that DA for the period of January-June 2013 and July-December 2013 is “yet to be announced by the State Government to its employees in the State.” Moreover, the Association stated, “payment of DA is being granted by Central/ State Governments to all
its employees after every 6 months, as matching allowance against price rise of essential commodities in the market.” The CANSSEA reminded that the Central Government had released DA of 8 % in January to its employees vide order No. 1(2)/2013-E.ii (B) Government of India, Ministry of Finance Department of Expenditure Dated New Delhi 25th April 2013. Further, Union Cabinet has approved for the release of 10% DA for July 2013 to December 2013 for the central Government Employees recently, said the Association. “In this regard, mention may be made that release of 8% DA in January 2013
by the central Government to its employees has adversely affected the market as the price of essential commodities has shot up in the market,” maintained the CANSSEA. “It is obvious that though the State Government employees are yet to receive two installments of DA Arrear of January and July 2013 which is much due, but have to pay the escalated price in market, as there is only a common market where the haves and have-nots go to buy essential commodities.” Based on this, CANSSEA has requested the Chief Secretary to “kindly look into the matter and release the pending DA arrears to its employees without further delay.”
DIMAPUR, AUGUST 20 (MExN): The NSCN (IM) has informed that its Ministry of Kilo Affairs was on a “vigil to trace out anti social element which print immigration card and collect money in and around Dimapur for the last two/ three months.” A press note from the MIP said “in the course of time, the
names of Avito Awomi Razou peyou UT and Mughavi Ayeh Razau peyu UT both from Niu colony, Burma Camp came out in the fold on August 16.” According to the MIP, the aforementioned persons were informed to report to Home Secretary, Q Awomi within three days with effect from August 17. However, the
note said, “It is learned that both of them defected to Khehoi Camp on the night of August 19. Therefore, the note said “the government is contemplated to take necessary action according to the provisions of the Ahza against those traitors which is not against any parties or groups but to those individual traitors.”
MoN, AUGUST 20 (MExN): Deputy Commissioner of Mon, Angau I. Thou today exhorted the Accredited Social Health Activists (ASHAs) of Mon district saying “Learning is a continuous process”. Speaking at the inaugural programme of the third round ASHA training of 6th & 7th module for Mon district at DRDA Hall, the Deputy Commissioner said that one should continuously keep learning new things till one dies. Encouraging the ASHAs to stay in their respective villages and serve the people, especially women and children, Thou said mothers will produce healthy
children, healthy children will produce healthy society, which in turn will produce a healthy village, and healthy village will produce healthy district, if the ASHAs work sincerely. She also emphasized that ASHAs are the ambassadors of Medical Department, especially in the light of acute shortage of doctors and other medical personnel. They are the link between the population and the health service providers. “You are the doctor, the nurse and the Deputy Commissioner in your village,” said Thou while encouraging the ASHAs to work sincerely as hope of
NSCN (IM) to take necessary action
Wednesday 21 August 2013
Nagaland coal, oil tap close to opening MUMbAI, AUGUST 20 (DNA): The vast reserves of oil and coal in Nagaland, which remain out of bounds for user industries, may be set to open soon. If sources are to be believed, former petroleum secretary R S Pandey, who was appointed as the interlocutor in February 2010 to resolve a long-running dispute with the National Socialist Council of NagalandIsak-Muivah (NSCN-IM), has managed to iron out several differences with the ethnic party. The NSCN-IM had been demanding the establishment of Nagalim, or Greater Nagaland, consisting of all the Naga-inhabited areas of neighbouring Assam, Manipur, Arunachal Pradesh and some portions of Myanmar, which it considers to be the rightful homeland of the Nagas. But the Centre, which has come to the negotiation table with the party leaders almost 50 times, has not agreed to their demands, said the sources.
Pandey himself conceded to DNA that “several differences (with the NSCNIM) have been narrowed,” but did not disclose further detail. Highly placed sources said, however, that the warring party has mellowed substantially and agreed to give up several demands. “This might eventually pave the way for oil and coal exploration as both central and state governments are showing interest now,” said one of the sources. That’s good news for stateowned Oil and Natural Gas Corporation (ONGC) and Oil India, which have been struggling to increase production from the flagging basins in the country. The reserves of oil on the onshore sedimentary basins of Nagaland have largely stayed trapped in the prolific Assam-Arakan basin since 1994 when ONGC walked out of the state due to the disputed nature of the region. While the company and its onshore peer Oil India continued exploration from the
Assam side of the basin, the reserves in Nagaland have been lying idle. According to media reports, estimates of oil reserves indicate that the Tzurangkong (under Tuli sub-division, Mokokchung) belt, falling under Wamakan-Amguri area adjoining the Geleki reserve forest, has an estimated 50-60 million metric tonne of crude oil. This belt is believed to hold the highest and yet to be proven crude oil reserve within Nagaland. The estimated reserve at Changpang, where ONGC had been drilling oil since the Eighties and from where one million tonne of crude was extracted as against the permit for 18 kilolitres on experimental basis, has around 20-30 million metric tonne. The assessed coal reserves in Nagaland, on the other hand, were around 315 million tonne at the end of 2011, according to a media report. This, however, could not be independently ascertained.
You are the doctor, nurse, DC in your village: Mon DC to ASHAs
Members of Leo Club of Dimapur offering “Prasad” and water to devotees at Rangapahar Shiv Mandir on August 19. The Club under its Kanwar Yatra Project, which concluded August 19, served drinking water and Prasad to about 1100 devotees.
Kim Ki-Duk: extraordinary Film-maker
ne person, whose works I’m utterly pleased to have stumbled upon during a movie binge is the critically acclaimed South Korean film maker, Kim Ki-Duk. His films appealed to me because they are not the conventional, candy store popular kinds that generally impress those looking for quick or trivial entertainment. There’s no “happily ever
ASHAs from different villages of Mon district look on as fellow ASHA interacts with Mon DC on August 20.
the villages. Short voluntary speeches were also delivered by civil society leaders like
ENPO vice-president Yonglong Konyak, KNSK president Lomei Konyak, and KU assistant general secretary
Shahkai Konyak, encouraging and edifying the ASHAs on faithful performance of their duties while also in-
DIMAPUR, AUGUST 20 (MExN): Ao Senso Telongjem Dimapur (ASTD) has issued a statement criticizing the threatening note served to M Longri Pongen on July 31, where Rs 1 crore was demanded with a warning to kill his entire family if he fails to pay. Stating no authority has issued any license to any individual/ group to threaten or blackmail any person or family without any rhyme and reason, ASTD expressed pain that “our society has been infested with dacoits, mafia, dons, murderers, rapists, and extortionist.” It maintained that the demand can neither be justified by any civilized law, nor by any forum, while condemning it in “letter and in spirit.”
ASTD further asserted it will not allow any individual/ groups to destroy our Naga society at their own whims and fancies. It also stated it will not permit any citizen to be threatened or blackmailed under the shadow of the guns and bombs as enough destruction have been caused to the Naga society. ASTD has appealed to all the right thinking citizens to stand steadfast against the “cannon of terror”.
and Vice President Hokiye Yeptho have urged the law enforcing agencies to take immediate measures to apprehend the culprit involved and to provide adequate security to M. Longri Pongen and his family. “It is very unfortunate that our State has fallen into such lawless situation where citizen are not safe in their own home, and the criminals are openly extending threat having no regard to law,” CNTC stated. It further asserted it will not remain a silent spectator to such illegal activity and is ready to extend all possible assistance to the families.
Tuensang DM informs on arms DIMAPUR, AUGUST 20 (MExN): The District Magistrate (DM) of Tuensang has directed all firearm owners to deposit their firearms within Noksen Assembly Constituency in view of the upcoming bye-election. A press note from the Tuensang District Magistrate directed all licensed firearms be deposited at Noksen police station before August 25. It further cautioned that anyone failing to comply with this directive would make the license of the firearms liable to cancellation; that arms recovered by that license will be liable for forfeiture to the government and that the license will be liable to prosecution under appropriate section of the law.
DLE general session
DIMAPUR, AUGUST 20 (MExN): The Dimapur Longsai Ekhung (DLE) has convened a general session cum office bearers’ election on August 24, 2013, 11:00 am at Lotha Hoho Ki Dimapur (Court Junction). Therefore, the Ekung has requested all its members residing in and around Dimapur to attend the programme positively. The Ekhung also cautioned that “strong action” will be taken against the absentees as per the constitution and resolution of the Ekhung. Meanwhile, the Dimapur Longsa Youth Forum (DLYF) has requested its executives and volunteers to reach the venue by 10:00 am in traditional attire.
Lotha Hoho Dimapur elects new team
DIMAPUR, AUGUST 20 (MExN): Lotha Hoho Dimapur in its general meeting held on August 16, 2013 at Lotha Hoho Ki, Dimapur elected a new team of office bearers for the 2013 – 2016 tenure. The new team of office bearers led by TL Merry as Chairman includes Yingashumo Kithan - Vice Chairman, Renathung Ezung - General Secretary, Chothungo Tungoe and Abemo Patton - Asst. Gen. Secretaries, P. Khozamo Ovung - Finance Secretary, Mhao Ngullie - Cultural Secretary and Wothungo Mozhui - Treasurer. The outgoing team led by Ntsemo Ngullie - Chairman, Tsatheo Ezung - Vice Chairman and General Secretary - Zumomo Tsanglao and other office bearers demitted office on successful completion of their tenure, a release issued by General Secretary Renathung Ezung stated.
viting reports from the villages on non-performing medical staff. This third round Block GWA distributes orange saplings Level ASHA training, or- DIMAPUR, AUGUST 20 (MExN): Green Wealth ganized by District Health Aphuye organized a free planting material distribution Society will continue till day at its nursery, Mishilimi village on August 15. OrSeptember 7, 2013. The in- ange saplings were distributed to farmers from Natsüaugural programme chaired mi village. GWA Managing Director Nitoshe Sheqi highby Dr. Supongmenla Wall- lighted about the mission and objectives of the group, ing, DPO (UIP & RCH) start- while core member Kitoho Swu spoke on improved ed with a prayer by Associ- practises of orange cultivation. ate Pastor KBCM. Dr Akaba Jamir, Deputy CMO gave an introduction on ASHAs activities. A short speech was given by Dr. U. K. Konyak, Chief Medical Officer, Mon while vote of thanks was proposed by Yeihlem JhARNAPANI, AUGUST der to empower the local Konyak, ASHA Coordinator, 20 (MExN): Parliamentary youth for income generaSecretary of Agriculture Dr tion activities through enPhomching Block. Benjongliba Aier on August trepreneurship develop20 inaugurated the Indian ment. Council of Agricultural ReDirector, NRC Mithun, search (ICAR) sponsored Dr. Rajkhowa in his brief “avenues for farmers’ em- address highlighted how nent senior citizen of Dun- powerment and agro-based Nagaland is progressing can Bosti M Longri Pongen, entrepreneurship devel- not only in meat, but also demanding Rs 1 crore. DBC opment,” a training pro- in milk production. Meanin a release stated, “This is gramme at ICAR Research while, Director ICAR Reabsolutely absurd and un- Complex for NEH Region, search Complex for NEH Region Dr Ngachan highbecoming of a person when Nagaland Centre. Dr. Benjongliba Aier in lighted the importance of Nagas are ushering into a new era of peace and unity his speech reflected how entrepreneurship develamongst us.” The council government is giving more opment in Nagaland and while strongly condemning emphasis on integrated de- other NE states. the matter has extended its velopment of agriculture Tekatoshi Ao, Additionsolidarity to M Longri and and allied sector. He stated al Director, Department of his family at “such an hour that the poor farmers are Agriculture also graced the of unexpected harassment facing trouble due to mar- occasion as a special guest. from unknown caller who ket linkage and agro-based Twenty five participants might have been misguided infrastructures, where the representing Assistant Proto serve such a letter”. FurNagaland Government can fessors and Subject Matter ther, the council appealed to the unknown caller to come undertake measures to Specialists from the differout openly, if there is any jus- tackle and provide more ent states of India attended tification for such a demand income generation to the the training. This course from a retired government farmers. He appreciated will continue with lectures servant. The council also ap- ICAR Complex, Nagaland and visits for next 10 days preciated the efforts being Centre for organizing such and valedictory will be held taken by Police department. a timely programme in or- on August 29, 2013.
ICAR organizes entrepreneurship development training prog
Organizations condemn `1 crore demand
after” kind of ending, and if at all there is, it’s often at a very heavy price. The feel-good factor may be hinted at after a strange turn of events in the life of the characters and their inter-twined destinies. If one is looking for snap thrills or even escape from the mundane into a superficial and electrifying make-belief world, Kim Ki-Duk should not be the choice. Many of his movies require a total mental engagement with the bizarre, the wacky, the hidden and even pathological side to human nature. Yet they are not psychological thrillers or commentaries on human behavior. They are in fact “art films” of the highest caliber. There is no screaming horror, no rollicking drama and very little or no verbal exchange at all between characters; in fact “silence” is what pervades thickly from start to finish. Yet the silence is not vague nothingness. It is potent with meaning and bold symbolism. Through silence, the world unfolds and lives of protagonists proceed toward a most unexpected climax, even anti-climax. It grips you in an
CNTC: The Central Nagaland Tribal Council (CNTC) has vehemently condemned the extortion demand served to M. Longri Pongen by some unknown miscreants. While DBC: Duncan Bosti condemning the extortion, Council (DBC) has expressed CNTC Publicity & Informa- deep shock over the extortion Secretary Longshi Ezung tion note served to perma-
understated and unexplainable way and that’s what sets apart his style of story depiction. I’ve watched nine of his films in quick succession- Address Unknown, Breath, Samaritan Girl, The Bow, 3-Iron, Spring Summer Winter Spring, The Isle, Time and Real Fiction; and my two absolute favorites are Spring Summer Winter Spring and The Bow. For someone from a totally different culture and faith practice, I found these two films highly engaging and fascinating. Profound Buddhist ideas permeate both films and though I may have crucial divergences in the way I personally view life, I still cannot help but admire Kim Ki-Duks’s sparkling artistic sensibilities. In Spring Summer Winter Spring, an old monk trains a little boy toward monk-hood in a floating temple perched on a magnificent lake. Much like the forbidden apple in the Bible that altered Adam and Eve’s destiny, the boy’s life takes a sharp turn when he succumbs to youthful lust. The old monk, who deals in traditional medicine, gets a young female patient and the boy becomes insanely
attracted to her. He pursues after the girl into the world and later gets arrested for a crime of passion. Meanwhile the old monk, whose time has come, performs ceremonial suicide. The boy, now a sturdily built man (played by the film maker himself), and much like the proverbial prodigal son, returns to the floating temple to assume his rightful role of resident monk. The man puts himself through a severe physical catharsis as retribution for sins committed. The cinematography of this film is breath-takingly extraordinary. The natural seasons of the year are depicted in picturesque sequence, just as a man’s life unfolds in perfect seasonal order as carved by destiny. With all judgments (stemming from moral or religious view-points) withheld, it’s truly hard to get over the beauty of this masterpiece movie! The Bow is another remarkable and out of the ordinary film. A 60-year old man lives in a fishing boat at sea with a 16-year-old girl whom he found lost somewhere when she was
around 10. They earn their living by having people over for fishing as well as fortune-telling in a most unusual way. The old man wards off men who hanker after the girl with his bow and arrow, but the girl begins to fall for a boy closer to her age. The old man is broken-hearted because he was to marry her when she turned 17. He attempts suicide when the girl decides to leave the boat and go to the city with the boy. The girl, still emotionally attached to the old man, senses it and quickly returns. They hastily marry in a traditional way while the boy watches and then sets off in another boat to consummate their marriage. The old man puts the girl to sleep by playing a hauntingly beautiful and mournful tune in his bow. Then he drastically takes his own life by jumping into the sea. The girl is in a state of trance when the old man’s spirit appears and consummates the marriage. The boy sees no one except the girl going through sensual motions with the invisible man. The turn of events in this film is absolutely jaw-dropping; the shock-
ing plot, aesthetically handled, is what makes it unforgettable. Kim Ki-Duk is undaunted and unabashed to dabble in hard-hitting issues that plague post modern Korean society. As such, the film Samaritan Girl, centre around “teenage prostitution” and the film Time, on the obsessive pursuit of “plastic surgery.” The plot gets complex when results of actions unexpectedly take on a monstrous course. In the movie, The Isle, a prostitute, despite herself, falls in love with a man who happens to be a criminal on the run. She rents out a number of boathouses to shady and impious men, either out to have indecent fun, or attempting to evade the police. She is a silent and mysterious character, morally flawed but somewhat deserving pity. The movie Breath, is based on an uncommon story line whereby a deeply unhappy woman with an unfaithful husband, attempts to woo an ex-lover awaiting death sentence in jail. Here we see a certain kind of neurosis that appears to be lifted through cathartic transference of the neurotic experience to the un-
suspecting victim. Kim Ki-Duk’s characters are wonderfully peculiar, and often they exhibit bizarre earth-shaking behavior that makes you quite uncomfortable. However, in these dark “realist” films, we get a glimpse of the world beyond what we in general call “normal” or “acceptable.” This visual journey into a pervasively existing yet un-confronted world (due to ignorance, cowardice or self-righteous verdict) is highly eye opening. With minimal dialogue, and very unlike the circus melodramas and excessive verbiage of many popular films (p.s. especially Bollywood), Kim Ki-Duk’s Asian cinematic bearings carry universal human appeal. His persuasive visuals, usage of potent symbols and mastery over silent communication has not gone unnoticed in artistic and intellectual circles, but has won him several significant international film awards. He continues to stand out as the Art Film Director whose compelling talent will take him a long way still to entertain, educate and uplift audiences.
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‘Without Passion, Life Becomes Senseless’ SD and Peace WEDnEsDAy 21 AuGusT 2013 vol. vIII IssuE 228
he right to self-determination once referred to by Robert Lansing as a concept “loaded with dynamite,” and one that “will raise hopes which can never be realized,” continues to test the modern State. In the post-Cold war era, Ved P. Nanda points out that “we are witnessing the unfolding of the explosive quality of self-determination.” While Lansing may have accurately called it a concept “loaded with dynamite,” he may not have appreciated the basic human yearning to chart the course of one’s own destiny. The post-cold war trends for self-determination indicate that the right to self-determination covers non-colonial situations as well. Unlike the decolonization era, the present day self-determination movements have strengthened their stand to “challenge the territorial approach to self-determination.” Regardless of these trends States are not willingly to recognize and accept the praxis to self-determination. Nonetheless, Richard Falk suggests that the simple State-centric image of world order derived from a somewhat mechanical invocation of the Peace of Westphalia can no longer be accepted. Today, the international community no longer agrees that self-determination is to be limited to colonial and nonself-governing situations. Nanda points out that with the “growing recognition of the close link between human rights and international peace and security” it is “not premature to accord recognition to the right to secession” in an effort to promote human rights and international peace and security. He adds that, “the severe deprivations of human rights often leave no alternative to territorial separation.” This essential standpoint contributes a quantum leap forward in the area of self-determination from a legal perspective. However, cultural assumptions that self-determination is equivalent to secession are erroneous and misleading. After all, Glenn T. Morris notes that “colonies accede to independence; they cannot logically secede from an entity in whose creation they played no part.” Actually, most indigenous peoples are not necessarily claiming secession; rather they are questioning the legitimacy of the “entity in whose creation they played no part.” Ultimately they are seeking alternative models of human association within which their human dignity and human worth can be realized. Peace for people struggling to regain their self-determination means attaining dignity to live in justice and to have ownership over their destiny while exercising their self-determining nature in a way that will fulfill their aspirations. It is not merely the absence of war and domination. Dialogue and negotiations create enduring solutions to transform conflict rather than perpetuating the cycle of violence. However, current approaches for addressing conflicts need to be critically examined for whether they follow a statist response in upholding the status quo, or provide a response that rights the unjust relationships by restoring human dignity and transforming oppressive structures. Transforming conflicts caused by denying self-determination involves a process of redefining power relationships based on respecting each others’ rights. States and indigenous peoples may have the same concern for peace; the difference between them depends on their approach towards self-determination. The denial of self-determination is decisively a cause of conflict in which negotiable issues of interdependency have shifted to the State’s nonnegotiable issues for survival and dominance. In the end, structures that consistently deny self-determination undermine and obstruct the urgency for creating a shared humanity and peace coexistence.
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Carol Keehan Sojourners
What About the Women?
OPE FRANCIS HAS created a new environment in the church. Beginning with asking all the people in St. Peter’s Square to bless him, living in a humble apartment and not the papal palace, placing his own phone calls, paying his own bills, giving simple daily homilies, having conversations with many people, and joyfully mingling with people: These all characterize an incredibly different pope. What has been even more attractive about Pope Francis than his style has been what he has said. Pope Francis is clearly not on a mission to preserve the status quo. He’s been outspoken about the need for change in the world and in the church. In this he has not been a “professional denouncer.” Rather, he always contrasts what needs to change with the opportunity to be so much more than we are now. Whether it is oppressive global economic policy or clerical ambition, Pope Francis points out that we are called to something more noble and satisfying. The call of Christ is to be our best self. Francis reminds us, “God always forgives. Don’t forget this. God always forgives.” Another striking aspect of Pope Francis is his constant and passionate concern for people who are poor and vulnerable and his reminder of our responsibilities to them. Whether he is talking to world leaders, bishops, or general audiences, his love of poor people and his firsthand knowledge of their challenges and how we should respond is profound. HOW THIS PAPACY will handle what are generally labeled “women’s issues” and the ability of women to fully utilize their talents in the church has yet to unfold. Many are prayerfully watching how he will deal with issues such as the Leadership Conference of Women Religious investigation, the role of women in the church, both lay and religious, and women in leadership. We know that guiding all the consideration of these issues is a holy man who is transparent and humble and believes in a servant church. He is a man who listens and values service to the church and to the vulnerable. Lay and religious women have nothing to fear—and much to look forward to—in this papacy. Pope Francis has shown that he is not about condemnation and secrecy. “Dear brothers and sisters,” he has said, “let us look to God as the God of life, let us look to [God’s] law, to the gospel message, as the way to freedom and life. The living God sets us free! Let us say ‘yes’ to love and not selfishness. Let us say ‘yes’ to life and not death. Let us say ‘yes’ to freedom and not enslavement to the many idols of our time.” This kind of openness based on the gospels, combined with a pastoral heart and transparency, promises the opportunity for women to search together with the church for the will of God in any situation or question with confidence that the will of God is the only agenda.
ichard Robert Ernst was born on August 13, 1933 in Winterthur, Switzerland. He lived in a house that his merchant grandfather had built in 1898. His father, Robert Ernst, was an architect and teacher at the city's high school. Winterthur had a small but dexterous orchestra and also an industry in diesel motors and railway engines. The city where Richard was born was a historical city which was founded around 600-700. Foreign nationals from such countries as Germany, Italy, Macedonia, Turkey, Serbia, Austria, Spain, Croatia and Bosnia and Herzegovina make up the city's population. The town is known for its prominent institute of higher education, Technikum, which is the largest school of technology across Switzerland. This mixture of science and arts in the small city which had a small population of only 102,000 people made Richard immensely interested in music and basic sciences. He played violoncello and made his way into several chamber and church music ensembles. When he was 13 years old, he found a small carton of chemicals and explosive materials in his attic. The carton belonged to his deceased uncle. He started working and playing with the chemicals and found it an absorbing experience. “"I became almost immediately fascinated by the possibilities of trying out all conceivable reactions with them, some leading to explosions, others to unbearable poisoning of the air in our house, frightening my parents,” he wrote about that encounter in his autobiography. After graduating from high school, he started his university education as an undergraduate student at the famous Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich (ETH-Z). Ernst received both his diploma in chemistry (1957) and his Ph.D. in physical chemistry (1962) from ETH Zürich. Richard Ernst was always enthusiastic about chemistry, and always read the book “Theoretical Chemistry” by author and scientist Samuel Glasstone who wrote more than 40 popular books about physical chemistry, reaction rates and nuclear weapons. The book helped him learn the fundamentals of quantum mechanics, spectroscopy, statistical mechanics and statistical thermodynamics. He worked as a faculty member at the ETH Zurich chemistry department since 1976, and is now retired. Currently, he is a member of the World Knowledge Dialogue Scientific Board. He directed a research group devoted to magnetic resonance spectroscopy, was for some time director of the Laboratory of Physical Chemistry at the ETH Zurich and retired in 1998. In 1991, he received the Nobel Prize in Chemistry and was awarded the Wolf Prize for Chemistry the same year. According to the Nobel Committee, Prof. Ernst was awarded the Nobel Prize in Chemistry “for his contributions to the development of the methodology of high resolution nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) spectroscopy.” Prof. Ernst has received several honorary doctorates from universities around the world, including Université de Montpellier, University of Allahabad in India, Charles University, Prague, Toho University, Tokyo and University of Ioannina , Greece . I had the honor to conduct an exclusive interview with Prof. Ernst and talk to him about his scientific activities and discoveries, his viewpoint and attitude toward the world of science and culture and the future of our world in the light of the advancements technology is experiencing. The Persian translation of this interview was published in Iran's popular science magazine “Daneshmand” two years ago and its English version is being published on Counter Currents for the first time. Kourosh Ziabari: Prof. Ernst; let me pose a basic question at the beginning of our interview. What's the responsibility and duty of a chemist? You study and look deep into the structure of molecules, atoms and chemicals. You combine different particles and materials and produce new substances. What are the practical implications of these studies and researches for the public? We, for example, know that one of the advantages of chemistry is that it helps produce medicines for different diseases. It's chemistry that helps the scientists provide remedy for human diseases. How does chemistry contribute to the daily life of the people? Richard Ernst: Chemistry is a basic natural science with numerous important consequences for our life and for the survival of mankind. For solving and mastering the problems that our future poses, we need to understand the potential, the limits, and the threats of nature. We have gone beyond the limits that nature can stand for warranting sustainability. If we continue to exploit nature as we did so far, our children will suffer from a lack of those resources that they need, and we have thoughtlessly exploited to our personal advantage. Chemistry reveals to us the inherent limits and it offers us remedies for a more sustainable lifestyle. This is of relevance also to Iran that depends heavily on the exploitation of crude oil. The crude oil resources will not last forever, and we have to find alternative ways of producing energy as well as for minimizing the usage of energy. This is relevant for all countries around the globe, including Iran. The production of energy in a sustainable manner has much to do with chemistry. Whatever we produce, whatever we create, whatever we dissipate, and irreversibly use has to do with chemical processes. Understanding these processes allows us to find better ways of taking into account the limits and the possibilities of nature. Taking advantage of the everlasting sun energy has much
KZ: Why did you leave the university after completing your research and set out to find an industrial job? Weren't you satisfied with the situation of the university or the progress of the students? RE: I decided to join industry after finishing my studies because I wanted to contribute directly to relevant aspects of society. I had a weak self-confidence in pure science, and I needed a more direct confirmation by society concerning the usefulness of my activities. I sometimes say that those students who cannot be used in industry remain forever at the university! Indeed, the ultimate goal of education at universities aims at becoming a valuable member of society and not an “academic playboy”.
Richard Robert Ernst
to do with chemistry, with material science and with chemical thermodynamics. Mastering photovoltaic processes, for using sun energy have to do with nanotechnology and with physical chemistry. Please remember that nuclear energy will not be a long-term solution for our energy demands: it is too dangerous in the hands of politicians.
KZ: Do you still live with the enthusiasm and keenness for music? You had taken part in chamber and church music ensembles when you were young. Does music still motivate you? Do you see a connection between science which you've been professionally involved in, and music as you had loved in a young age? RE: It is important to everybody to have, besides his profession, also passions that inspire and motivate him. Without passions, life becomes boring and even senseless. Music is for me such a passion. I am not a religious person; I do not belong to a particular religious congregation. But music offers to me access to spirituality, to those aspects of life that cannot be understood and comprehended by pure science alone. It is much more for me than just relaxation; it reveals aspects of humane creativity that are of highest value. They are a valuable expression of our cultural heritage. I hope that we will be able to preserve these aspects forever. KZ: You won the Nobel Prize for your contributions to the development of Fourier Transform nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy. It's said that Fourier transform is a mathematical operation which partitions a signal into its constituent frequencies; therefore, the Fourier transform of a musical chord is a mathematical representation of the amplitudes of the individual notes that make t up. Would you please explain more about this discovery and the benefits it has? RE: Nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) is a marvelous tool for understanding natural properties and processes. It is a tool that provides insight into the features of nature. It allows us to explore and to comprehend. It is of major usage in many sciences from material science, to organic and biological chemistry, and to physiology and medicine. KZ: I would like to know more about the 700-MW magnetic spectrometer which you have developed. What are its outstanding features and in what ways does it differ from the similar existing devices? RE: I have developed Fourier transform NMR that brought an enormous progress in the practical applicability of NMR. Nevertheless, NMR has great limitations with regards to its sensitivity. It has difficulties to work with minute amounts of substances, and can take a long experiment time for gaining sufficient signal strength. Fourier transform NMR has brought here a unique solution by simultaneously handling all information in the sense of a “multiple-channel spectrometer” where all the information is gathered and processed at the same time. In addition, many new tools of multiple-dimensional spectroscopy became feasible for better taking advantage of the great information content of NMR measurements. Indeed NMR spectroscopy has indirectly much to do with music. Merely a different frequency range is being used. In music, one takes advantage of acoustical frequencies, while in NMR radio frequencies are being applied. In music, one takes advantage of the sound of musical instruments; in NMR, one observes the resonant phenomena of molecules. A Fourier transform experiment is like hitting on a piano all keys at once and then trying to disentangle the simultaneous sounds being emitted by all strings. Our ear is a nearly perfect Fourier analyzer. In NMR, we need a computer to perform the equivalent Fourier transformation.
KZ: You wrote in your Nobel biography that you were not content with the state of chemistry as it was taught in ETH-Z. What did you expect from an excellent and high-profile university which you couldn't find in EHT-Z which has been home to a number of world renowned scholars and chemists and trained a dozen of Nobel Prize laureates? RE: It is true that in my studies I was disappointed by the status of science and chemistry 50 years ago. Instead of understanding nature, one tried to accumulate and classify facts that had little connectivity. My memory was too weak to remember all these facts, and I depended on a more basic understanding. This is the reason why I went into physical chemistry where understanding is more relevant than just memorizing facts. In certain fields of chemistry, as well as in biology and medicine, comprehensive knowledge of facts is relevant for success; and many famous chemists indeed had and have a stupendous knowledge – but unfortunately not me!
KZ: One of your breakthroughs was the introduction of heteronuclear broadband decoupling by noise irradiation which led to rapid development in carbon-13 spectroscopy? Would you please explain, in simple words, this discovery for us? RE: Heteronuclear NMR, where several different kinds of nuclei are being taken advantage of, such as hydrogen nuclei, carbon nuclei, nitrogen nuclei, and phosphorus nuclei, became of great usage with the advent of two-dimensional and three-dimensional NMR. Many more possibilities became conveniently accessible by multiple-dimensional NMR. These tools are of great importance for the structure elucidation in organic chemistry and in molecular biology. The more nuclei can be detected simultaneously, the more information can be gained.
KZ: When were you informed that you'd be a Nobel Prize laureate? Who informed you? What was your reaction? I want you to kindly portray a crystal clear image of the Nobel Prize ceremony which you attended and received your award from the Swedish King for me and our readers. How was the feeling of winning the most prestigious scientific award in the world in a prestigious ceremony? RE: Being informed on receiving the Nobel Prize in chemistry 1991 was completely unexpected. I was flying in a PANAM air plane from Moscow to New York (for receiving the Horwitz Prize at Columbia University) when the captain of the plane was waking me up and told me that I had just won a Nobel prize. I had then to talk from the cockpit of the plane with the committee in Stockholm; the journalists were asking me what I will do with all the money; and at the same time, my wife Magdalena had to explain on TV in Zürich what NMR can be used for. It was indeed a very well staged surprise for me! – A few weeks later, I had to fly to Stockholm for receiving the prize from the hands of the Swedish king. However, I was more impressed by the handshake with the most beautiful Swedish queen! The events in Stockholm were indeed a most remarkable and unforgettable experience. KZ: Had you ever worked toward winning a Nobel Prize? I mean, was it ever an objective or aspiration for you to become a Nobel Prize? I want to evoke your mental adjacency with the prize. During your scientific career and while working on the development of modern NMR had you ever thought that you might win the prize one day? RE: No, I hardly ever thought on wining a Nobel Prize. The chance for this to happen was much too small for providing an incentive for my work. I rather wanted to make a relevant contribution to society that is respected by the broad public. Aiming at a Nobel Prize is the most secure way of becoming unhappy and missing the beauty and the chances of life.
KZ: In what ways does the life of a Nobel Prize laureate differ from the life of other scholars and scientists? How much have you and your life changed since you won the prize two decades ago? Have you ever had the feeling that you've entered a circle which only a few number of people in the world belong to? After all, Nobel Prize is an award which only a small portion of the scholars and scientists receive. Don't you agree? RE: Initially, after winning the Prize, my life changed very little, I continued to teach, to do research, to sit in many committees, and even to absolve the compulsory military service in Switzerland. After my compulsory retirement in 1998, my life became more affected by the Prize. I had to travel very frequently and to present lectures on numerous subjects. I often say that the Nobel Prize has given me a voice which I can take advantage of to express all my honest thoughts. This is perhaps the most valuable gain from receiving the Prize. KZ: What's your message for the Iranian readers of this interview? Do you have something special for the science-loving youths who live across Iran and read our conversation for the Daneshmand magazine? As a university professor, assume that the readers of this interview are your students. What's your advice to them? Share with them a word of wisdom. RE: Please remember that the students of today will become the responsible leaders of tomorrow. Foresight and responsibility in view of our global future are most important. Remember that the present goals of our egomaniac fun society are unsustainable and have to be drastically changed for warranting a sustainable future where our children also have means left for a happy and prosperous future. In this sense do not blindly copy the hollow recipes of today's leaders and develop your own concepts for a better future. Express your responsible convictions wherever you have a chance and work towards their implementation. Of course, without profound science, the threatening problems cannot be solved; but in addition also a strong ethical foundation is necessary that provides the conviction for your courageous deeds. Kourosh Ziabari is an award-winning Iranian journalist and media correspondent. He writes for Global Research, CounterCurrents.org, Tehran Times, Iran Review and other publications across the world. His articles and interviews have been translated in 10 languages.
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7 Libya's Unarmed Revolutionaries WEDNEsDAy
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21 August 2013
NEWS ANALYSIS, FEATURE AND DISCOURSE
arlier this month, as the walls of Tripoli's Martyr's Square echoed with calls to dawn prayer, signaling the start to another day of Ramadan fasting, hundreds of sleepless young men continued overnight demonstrations against Libya's political parties. Others marched to various party headquarters, ransacking them. These men, like others in cities across Libya, took to the streets in the wake of the July 26, 2013 assassination of Abdelsalam al-Mismari in Benghazi. Mismari, a human rights lawyer and activist, was an early organizer in Libya's revolution against Muammar al-Qaddafi's regime. He was also a vocal critic of the Muslim Brotherhood and of Libya's new power brokers, the militias. As author Hisham Matar argues, whoever is behind the assassination, "their aim was not only to silence Mismari but also to frighten civil society." During the more than four decades of his rule, Qaddafi succeeded in fusing his family with the state and the government. The basic building block of civil society -- associative life -- could not exist outside the regime's control. The revolution ruptured this model. Citizens, long silent, collectively asserted their right to a share in Libya. In the fight against Qaddafi, armed groups secured victory with the help of peaceful citizens' associations, a nascent civil society that provided medical assistance, food and water, and psychological treatment for those traumatized by war. Now in its second year, civil society groups are taking their first tentative steps toward an institutional role in the state. While government is at the mercy of warring militias and the private sector primarily revolves around natural resources, it is the third sector, civil society, that is laying the groundwork for an educated citizenry engaged in the rebuilding of Libya. A strong civil society is key to guaranteeing and protecting the gains of the revolution, and, in many ways, represents Libya's best hope for a genuine democracy. The term "civil society" covers a wide range of groups and associations. Libyan civil society, even at this early stage, is no less diverse, and out of over 3,000 groups registered since the revolution, hundreds remain active. Some give young adults something to do instead of joining a militia, like sports leagues, photography clubs, and performance art venues. Others fight for still elusory rights, like the rights of martyrs, property rights lost under Qaddafi, and the rights of women and minorities. There are even those who work to connect citizens to government institutions through media, education, and advocacy training. This last group is at the forefront of civil society's interaction with government. So far, they have not been able to channel public frustration at the government's failings into a force capable of change. Rather, militias are calling the shots, with no room for the Libyan public. This is true even in the General National Congress (GNC), Libya's interim legislature that was established through free, popular elections in July of last year. Monem Alyaser, a representative in the GNC, says that while he communicates with his constituents through various means, such as Facebook, people in return have limited capacity to influence the body. "Unfortunately armed groups influence the GNC the most, and civil societies [sic] in Libya are very, very underdeveloped and don't have an effective outreach," Alyaser says. The imbalance in favor of small, vocal, armed groups has warped the GNC's representation of Libya's citizenry. Alyaser points to a recent study published by the University of Benghazi, which found that on major public issues, GNC decisions reflected the interests of a minority of Libyans rather than the majority. Alyaser calls these minorities influencing the political agenda "extremist" and "on the fringes." In recent months, there have been numerous demonstrations across Libya against the dominance of the militias. Demonstrators instead call for a unified army and police force that operate under genuine civilian control. But these mostly peaceful gatherings have been ineffective. "People feel disempowered, and they feel like if this is democracy, then it's just another form of dictatorship," says Rihab Elhaj, a leading advocate for Libya's emerging civil society groups. Elhaj, the president and cofounder of The New Libya Foundation, is working on an initiative that gets to the heart of the problem. As the country prepares to write a new constitution, she says, the most important task is to make sure that civil society pushes for transparency, participation, and inclusiveness in the drafting process. Elhaj, along with several other dedicated members of society, has been working for nearly a year on a draft law that would guarantee an open and informed public debate on the upcoming revised constitution. The draft law began as a manifesto signed by
Civil society groups face an uphill battle in a society dominated by militias
over 400 citizens and almost as many organizations from around the country, calling on the GNC to codify its commitment to public participation. Now, she and other representatives of the signatories are fighting to make sure that they get a critical stipulation of the law passed: the establishment of a National Civic Education Center. The center would have branch offices around the country offering a space for learning, debate, workshops, town hall meetings, and interaction between citizens and candidates for the constitutional commission. "This is the litmus test for Libya," says Elhaj. "If the constitution will be written in a dictatorial way, then the foundations for dictatorship will have been laid. And the revolution will have failed me." But getting the Education Center onto the GNC's agenda is half the battle. "It's never been done before," says Elhaj. "There's never been a law born from and drafted by citizens. As a matter of fact, citizens have yet to succeed in placing an item for discussion on Congress's agenda." So far, "the only ways citizens are able to influence decision-makers are through violence and through armed pressure," she says, noting that congressmen don't have the tools, like local offices or staff members, that could link them to voters in a more peaceful way. According to a recently published study by the Foundation for the Future, only 15 percent of interviewed civil society organizations reported having a relationship with the government. The same study found that "only a third of the interviewees believed that their institutions played an efficient role in development and achieving the goals of national citizenship, equality, and social justice." An even more basic issue of transparency exists, as independent media and civil society organizations are often prevented from entering GNC sessions. An NGO called H2O regularly publishes reports on the agenda and decisions of the assembly. Yet they compile their "Eye on the GNC" reports without the luxury of on-the-ground reporting. Instead, H2O has had to rely on contacts within the assembly, social media postings, and other politically connected figures to gather information. Suhib Mabruk, who works on the project, says that while there was an initial plan to reserve 15 observer seats in the assembly for civil society organizations, this was scrapped. Lawmaker Alyaser contends that these seats remain available and are always empty. He suggests that H20's claim might constitute a misunderstanding between the NGO and those in charge of the assembly's security. He says that if the NGO spoke with the right people, they could sort things out. But a tendency amongst authority figures to exclude non-officials by default doesn't bode well. Operating in the uncomfortable space between government and civil society are local councils. Sadat el-Badri, chairman of the Tripoli Local Council, says that while the central government has not yet organized local elections, he classifies his organization as "government" more than "civil society." "Local government is the solution to many of our problems," argues Alyaser. Though he qualifies, "true local government, not the many who think they are the local government." How Libya's central government deals with the local councils will be a crucial test for the future of the state and its contract with citizens. Recently, the government appointed a minister of local affairs to oversee all local councils. Badri, however, still sees the government's relationship with local councils as mismanaged. Limited funding from the central government and legal restrictions preventing the council from collecting revenue have impeded the local council's ability to accomplish much. Badri concedes that the funding issue might be due to the fact that the central government doesn't trust local councils, thinking they might pocket the money. But he believes
that the main cause of this mistrust is that ministers aren't aware of the local councils' functions. As a result, non-governmental organizations (NGOs) have begun playing an active role in the council. "You could say 70 to 80 percent of our activities here are done by the NGOs," Badri says. "They're very active." It may be from the local level that civil society has the greatest potential for influence. Isam Saidi, director of the recently opened Civil Society Incubator Center, says that local groups have been instrumental in keeping local government officials honest in his hometown of Zuwara. He cites one example where demonstrating citizens successfully pressured the town's council to fire a corrupt health official. "Generally speaking, successful initiatives take place in communities," says Elhaj. "The trust is greater in a community where you know your neighbors." In addition to the big picture challenges to civil society like influential armed groups, an institutional desert and a weak state, the sector faces more basic challenges. Turf wars and infighting between groups is one of those challenges. Saidi says that internal divisions, sometimes resulting from personal grievances, plague NGOs in Zuwara. "In some cities there was sort of a battle between NGOs for dominance of the scene," Saidi says, noting that this lack of cooperation has "rendered them really helpless and ineffective." Then there are the problems of finding work space, inadequate leadership, and inexperience in management. These issues, along with unsustainable funding models, have led to the disappearance of many groups. The arrival of international NGOs, as well as the reemergence of private sector industry, has also sapped potential talent from local groups. "Surviving on volunteerism, putting in your own money, that's a formula that's gonna crash at some point," says Hussam Zagaar, head of Free Media Center. His staff went from a size of 15 to three after oil companies resumed operations in Libya and offered his employees triple the salary Zagaar was paying. The center, which trains journalists to work in a previously nonexistent sector, now has limited capacity on which to continue its projects. "To find qualified people who have the skill set that you're looking for ... and the professionalism -- the pool is small," says Hiba Khalil, program manager of 1Libya, which develops capacity in media and education. She adds that international NGOs have gotten first picks from this talent pool, "and if you're a small, local Libyan NGO that has limited resources and capacity, then you're not able to compete with these larger organizations that are here." Another challenge civil society organizations face is finding their place among the competing visions of civil society. Given the weakness of Libya's central government, powerful local players act as municipal governments, policy think tanks, and regional governments. Complicating the scene further, some political groups, like the Muslim Brotherhood, are registered as civil society organizations. Even Islamists of the extremist variety run associations that play a powerful role in some communities, running charities, educational foundations, and extra-judicial justice systems. According to a recent study published by George Washington University, "prominent jihadist militias in eastern Libya have developed influential charities and relationships with mosques, and actively target youth for recruitment." These organizations may represent what some call "uncivil society." One scholar, who ultimately rejects the term, notes that the concept arises "if associations reinforce rather than cut across [racial, ethnic, and class] divides." He adds that if this phenomenon occurs, "the results may be opposite to those expected by civil society enthusiasts." In the Libyan context, the term may cover groups that not only operate outside the bounds of the state, but that actively work to keep the state weak. It may also cover associational groups that turn to arms if they cannot achieve their aims peacefully. When people took to the streets of Benghazi in June to protest a local militia, the militia fired on protesters. Some protesters got their own guns, though, and fired back. But if civil society can succeed in establishing a vibrant and influential public space, then words may still triumph over bullets. This is an outcome that the majority of Libyans would like to see, but it may take some time. "I'm not that worried about civil society organizations or civil society in general," says Zagaar. "Not now, but in 5 years, we won't have a problem, because Libyans, by nature, we like to work with people, we like to help people." Whether Libya can achieve stability, genuinely representative government, and real participation hinges on this spirit of peaceful association and an influential civil society based on the principles of consensus, dialogue and inclusiveness.
Fixed Deposits’ post-mortem!
ixed deposits in banks are one of the most popular and safest means of investments. I often recommend it to people crossing their forties as in asset class for fixed income. Today I explain you few details you rarely will dig into. Some key things you need to know before investing in fixed deposits.
Safeguard your FD Don't think your money is completely safe, the Deposit Insurance and Credit Guarantee Corporation (DICGC) insures deposits of up to Rs 1 lakh per customer across all branches of a bank. So, if you have Rs 3 lakh to invest, split it into 3 or more investments across different banks of not more than Rs 1 lakh. Apart from safeguarding your money, then again if you need your money in case of an emergency, you won't have to break the entire deposit, and pay the premature withdrawal penalty. Plan systematic investment Spreading your investments across different banks controls the default risk, but what about the risk of locking in your money for long periods at low rates? Fixed deposits are prone to uncertainty because interest rates tend to move up and down. To avoid this, build a systematic plan of fixed deposits which have different tenures.
Decide on your duration Make sure you get the tenure right while investing in a fixed deposit. Locking up money for the long
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terest amount exceeds Rs 10,000 in a year, the bank or corporate house will deduct 10.3% tax at source before you get the amount. Your tax liability doesn't end here. If you are in the higher income bracket (annual income of over Rs 5 lakh), you will have to pay more tax on this income. On the other hand, if your income does not exceed the basic tax exemption, you can get this TDS back by filing your tax return. To avoid the TDS, submit a declaration under Form 15G that your income is below the taxable limit. Senior citizens should submit the Form 15H.
Your wife’s FD income will be clubbed with yours Don't think you can avoid tax if you invest in the name of your spouse or children. While you won't have to pay tax on the money given to a spouse or a child, if it is invested, the resulting income is added to the income of the giver and taxed accordingly. So, if a husband invests in fixed deposits in the name of his wife, the interest earned will be treated as his income. Dipankar Jakharia The rules are slightly different in case of investments in the name of minor children (below 18 years). term and then making a premature withdrawal means The earning is treated as the income of the parent lower returns. If your bank is offering a 9% interest on who earns more. However, there is an exemption of Rs a one-year deposit, and 9.5% for a 5-year term, don't 1,500 a year per child for a maximum of two children. be tempted to go for the longer term if there is a posThe writer is the Principal Financial Planner sibility that you may need the money earlier. at EconPenny. You can chat-twit-mail him at @ dipankar.jakharia | @d_jakharia | dipankar. Learn TDS is only an interim tax .com The interest earned on your FD is fully taxable. If the in- jakharia@
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Everyone admires successful singers, writers and dancers. If we were to look back at those people, they all started out somewhere before becoming successful. The famous singer might have actually started out as a writer, and then maybe started singing one day. Or it could easily be the other way around. In many cases their success might have been sparked when they were just a child.
Judy Dimhoihkim Head of Department, Education
reativity may be best understood as the ability to create something new; it involves re-shaping, re-arranging of what already exists and new forms of thinking. It includes novelty and invention, research, imagination, curiosity, etc. Curiosity is universal, and the intensity differs from individual to individual, capable of being nourished and nurtured. S.B. Kakkar in Educational Psychology provides an example of creativity shown by a little boy while playing: I watched a little boy playing. He was gathering blocks, placing them parallel to each other in two rows about six inches apart, and later constructing two small make-believe houses near the parallel rows of blocks. On being questioned, he replied that he was constructing a railroad and two railroad stations. The little boy had recently been on a trip by train to meet his grandparents. The trip made an impression on his mind and this furnished the dynamics for his activity. While playing, this little boy revealed significant characteristics of creativity. The notion of what attributes make a creative child may be best understood by observing the behavior of children. Creative children can be identified by observing the activity in which they involve whole-heartedly. There is no definite age or specific activity for creativity to manifest. It can be the nursery child who uses daubs of paint to portray his family; the first grade child who makes up a nonsense jingle to sing; the dramatic skit which the fifth grader puts up etc. Role of educational institutions Creative children are assets to society. The cultural, scientific and social progress of any country depends on the extent of the development of creativity among its citizens. Our schools should aim at development of creativity in school children to prepare leaders in different walks of national life. The school should identify traits of creativity in children, and provide them all possible facilities for their development. A conducive environment must be present for fostering it. The school environment should stimulate the creative ability in children. The child must discover before he can create. Children by nature are curious and if given a proper condition can develop a wide variety of experiences which is the basis for creativity.
Role of teachers and parents Creative activity does not occur in an atmosphere which places too much restriction on behavior. To develop creativity, firstly, the child should feel accepted. I would like to highlight five important points offered by S.S. Chauhan on how teachers, parents and elders of society can contribute towards development of creativity in our children. 1. Recognition of the child Teachers and others should recognize and respect the uniqueness of the child’s personality. The child develops a feeling of personal worth and self acceptance in him as he is accepted by others. 2. Atmosphere of freedom An atmosphere of freedom stimulates creative effort most of all. The child who is constantly told what, when, and how to do things will have neither the opportunity nor the impetus to exercise his initiative or give expressions to his own feelings or ideas. Parents and teachers should provide opportunities for the child to act independently towards satisfying their needs for self expression, which in turn may lead to a creative product. Control and direction, whether exercised by teaching or by example, inhibits self expression and destroys originality and creativeness. As parents and teachers we must learn to accept the child, make him feel wanted and secure, and provide an atmosphere of freedom to do what he likes, when and how he likes it. The result will be the outpouring of creativity. 3. Importance of curriculum The curriculum for creative children should be interesting and challenging. Introducing subjects like fine arts, dramatics, writing and appreciation of poetry, photography etc., is greatly encouraged as the creative child may find one of these subjects as a vehicle of his creative expression. It is most important to provide conditions like ‘psychological safety’ and ‘psychological freedom’ in which creativity emerges and comes to fruition. Even more important is to accept the child with all his unusual responses and seemingly intolerable oddities - he appears to be unusual and strange because he is different from the majority, the average, in his expressions. 4. Exposure visits to centres of creativity Children should be made to visit the centers of creative arts or scientific and industrial creative work. It would stimulate and inspire them for doing some creative work. Occasionally, creative artists, scientists and creative persons from different fields should be invited to the school. It can be useful in enhancing the span of knowledge in our children and kindle the spark of creativity in them. 5. Reward creativity Creative children should be encouraged through rewards for accomplishments that are not always in the intellectual area or always in the academic area. They are quite capable of breathe as well as depth in their achievement. Rigid curriculum, enforcement of harsh discipline and punishment hampers free thinking. It is essential that the school curriculum be sufficiently flexible to meet the changing individual needs of the students. Factors like conservation, faulty methods of teaching, rigid habits of work and authoritarian attitudes of parents and teachers are detrimental towards fostering creativity. At the same time, creativity as a natural endowment needs stimulation and nourishment. If not given proper training, education and opportunities for expression it results in wastage. Therefore, it becomes essential for the teacher as well as parents to realize the need of providing a non-threatening social environment for creative children to express their impulses and thoughts without having to repress or hide them. Children need a safe haven to express themselves without the fear of being laughed or ridiculed. I would like to leave readers with an important thought The greatest impediment a creative child faces is conformity. More often than not a child is told, “Children never do that” and “Children always do that.” If creativity is to really blossom, the tyranny of ‘never’ and ‘always’ should take a backseat. References: S.B. Kakkar, Educational Psychology and S.S. Chauhan, Advanced Educational Psychology “Degree of Thought is a weekly community column initiated by Tetso College in partnership with The Morung Express. Degree of Thought will delve into the social, cultural, political and educational issues around us. Tetso College is a NAAC Accredited UGC recognised Commerce and Arts College. For feedback or comments please email: firstname.lastname@example.org”
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Sonia’s food bill blocked on Rajiv’s birthday
New Delhi, August 20 (iANs): Congress chief Sonia Gandhi’s pet welfare legislation, the Food Security Bill, that is expected to provide cheap staple food to two-thirds of the nation’s population, could not be debated and passed in the Lok Sabha Tuesday, former prime minister Rajiv Gandhi’s birth anniversary, as the BJP disrupted the house demanding Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s statement on missing files related to controversial coal block allocations. The government’s hopes to pass the bill in the lower house Aug 20 were belied as the Congress managers failed to gauge the opposition strategy. However, Sonia Gandhi, while launching the ambitious food scheme in Delhi, described it as “unparalleled in the world”. Delhi was the first to roll it out after the government got the president to approve an ordinance in June. “We have people who still don’t get food and there are children who are malnourished. We decided to bring this scheme so that every poor gets food and no child sleeps without food,” Sonia Gandhi said at Talkatora Stadium, not far from parliament. “The guarantee of food provided by food security scheme on such a large scale is unparalleled in the world,” she said in one of her rare public appearances that was beamed live by TV channels. The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) did not let the Lok Sabha function over its demand for the prime minister’s statement as it was dissatisfied over the statement of Coal Minister Sriprakash Jaiswal made in the Rajya Sabha over the missing files on an issue that is being probed by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) for alleged irregularities. Though the BJP did not say it was opposed to the bill, party spokesperson Prakash Javadekar said they will not give up the demand for the prime minister’s statement on the “missing files”. The “missing files” pertain to decisions taken at various levels in the coal ministry and the government screening committees that decided on the controversial coal block allocations where the opposition alleges large-scale corruption at ministerial levels. “We want the government to pass our amendments to the food security bill,” he said, regarding the BJP’s support to the government’s flagship legislation. Congress managers hoped the bill will be passed in the current parliament session, saying there still were three working days left in the week and four in the next. “We will be trying our level best to get the food bill passed. We are talking to everybody (all political parties),” Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs Rajeev Shukla told reporters. Parliamentary Affairs Minister Kamal Nath said: “We will use all rules to ensure that the house runs.” Food Minister K.V. Thomas said he was confident of getting the legislation passed. “It is a very important bill.” However, with the government seemingly in no mood to succumb to the opposition’s pressure tactics and allow a statement by
Activists seek debate on RTI amendments
New Delhi, August 20 (AgeNcies): With amendments to the Right to Information (RTI) Act slated for consideration in Parliament this week, concerned activists including Aruna Roy met PM Manmohan Singh to press for a deeper examination of the bill. The activists, under the aegis of the National Campaign for People’s Right to Information (NCPRI) including Anjali Bharadwaj and Nikhil Dey, also submitted one lakh signatures along with a petition seeking deferment of the amendments. The activists have demanded that the bill, which has been introduced in both Houses of Parliament, be referred to a select or standing committee for public consultations and threadbare discussion. In a statement, NCPRI said the PM assured that he would convey this demand to his party. “The PM said that the amendments are being brought in as there is unanimity across all political parties on amending the RTI law to remove political parties from the purview of the RTI Act,’’ the statement said. The activists added that the impression the common man got was that political parties were united in shying away from accountability but had delayed other bills that would have made governments accountable. Among the bills that are pending in Parliament are the Whistleblower Protection Bill, Grievance Redress Bill and the Lokpal Bill. NCPRI said, “The PM expressed support for the Whistleblower Protection Bill and Grievance Redress Bill and said that he will convey the urgency of these legislations to the concerned minister. The PM said that the UPA is keen to move on the Lokpal bill.’’
Serving poor is the only goal: Sonia Gandhi
Highlights of proposed Food Security Bill The Food Security programme when implemented will be the biggest in the world with the government spending estimated at Rs 125,000 crore annually on supply of about 62 million tonnes of rice, wheat and coarse cereals to 67 per cent of the population. Major highlights of the Bill are:
Congress party President Sonia Gandhi, meets with Parmeshwari Devi, the first to receive the card, during its launch in New Delhi, on August 20. (AP Photo)
New Delhi, August 20 (AgeNcies): Congress President Sonia Gandhi launched the Food Security Scheme in New Delhi on the birth anniversary of former prime minister Rajiv Gandhi. Speaking at an event in Delhi which was also attended by Chief Minister Sheila Diskhit and Food Minister KV Thomas, the Congress President said that the scheme would ensure that the poor in the country would not go hungry. “Our country still has people who don’t get food to eat, their children suffer from malnutrition. This scheme will legally ensure food for the poor in India,” she said. “We have to be responsible for
the precious lives of the poor and that is why the food security scheme was introduced,” she said. Speaking about corruption, she said that through the Aadhaar scheme the Congress has made sure that corruption is kept at bay and the poor get the share that they are entitled to. Corruption and possible leakage which could end up in intended beneficiaries not receiving their dues has been one of the primary criticisms against the food scheme which intends to provide subsidised food grain to 67% of the population. Playing on the aam aadmi card, Sonia said, “The Congress has al-
the prime minister on the coal blocks files, the stage is set for a possible confrontation when the house meets Thursday after Raksha Bandhan holiday Wednesday. While Sonia Gandhi launched the food security scheme at a function in Delhi, party Congress managers said if the opposition deliberately blocks the food bill, they will go directly to the people and explain things to them as to who had opposed this legislation. Both the Samajwadi Party and the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) support the bill. BSP supremo Mayawati said: “We support the bill as it is for the poor, but we want certain changes for which we will move amendments.” The Food Security Bill, expected to be a game-changer for the ruling Congress ahead of five assembly polls this year-end and the 2014 general elections, aims
ways felt the pain of the Aam Aadmi. Serving the poor is the party’s only goal.” Heaping praise on the Sheila Dikshit government, Sonia said that she was certain the scheme would be successfully implemented in Delhi. “I applaud Sheila Dikshit and her co-workers for the work they have done. And I want them to continue fighting for the rights of the poor,” she said. She said that she wanted the women of the country to benefit from the various schemes introduced by the UPA government. She added that the eradication of poverty and development can be the only true tribute to Rajiv Gandhi.
to provide subsidised foodgrain at prices much below the market rate to around 67 percent of India’s 1.2 billion people. The bill is expected to benefit about 800 million people. The bill, which is part of the Congress manifesto for the 2009 polls, will bring electoral benefits, the party is hoping just as the rural job plan, the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme, is credited with swinging the party’s victory in the 2009 polls. The bill will cost the government around Rs.124,723 crore, the Congress has said. The bill was first introduced in parliament in December 2011. It remained with a standing committee for a year, before it was taken to the Lok Sabha for consideration and passing in the budget session that ended May 8.
An Indian widow, second left, gestures after tying a “rakhi” on the wrist of Bindeshwar Pathak, right, the founder of the Sulabh Intenational, a non-governmental organization to mark the Hindu festival “Raksha Bandhan,” in Varanasi, on Tuesday, August 20. In India, being a widow remains one of the worst stigmas. Sulabh Intenational works to improve the conditions of widows. (AP Photo)
# The proposed bill guarantees two-third population the right to 5 Kgs of foodgrains every month at highly subsidised rates of Rs 1-3 per kg. # Under the bill, every person belonging to ‘eligible households’ will be entitled to receive 5 Kg of foodgrains per person per month at subsidised rates from state governments under the targeted Public Distribution System (PDS). # With this, India will join select league of countries in the world that guarantee majority of its population foodgrains. # At Rs 125,000 crore of government support, the food security programme will be the largest in the world. # The Ordinance, which will guarantee 5 kg of rice, wheat and coarse cereals per month per person at a fixed price of Rs 3, 2, 1, respectively, will come into effect after President Pranab Mukherjee signs it. # However, about 2.43 crore poorest of the poor families covered under the Antyodaya Anna Yojana (AAY) scheme under PDS (Public Distribution System) would get entitlement to 35 kg of foodgrains per family per month. # The bill will provide more power to women as it will entitle the eldest woman (above 18 years) of the household to be head of the household for the purpose of issue of ration cards. # Under the proposed bill, every pregnant woman and lactating mother will be entitled to free of charge meal, during pregnancy and six months after the child birth. # The bill also guarantees free and appropriate meal to every child up to the age of 6 years, through local anganwadi so as to meet the nutritional standards. The children within the age group of 6-14 will be entitled to free mid-day meal everyday, government and government aided schools.
Parliament disrupted over missing files
New Delhi, August 20 (iANs): Both houses of parliament were Tuesday disrupted over the missing files on the allocation of coal blocks, with the BJP contending it was an effort to “shield” Prime Minister Manmohan Singh while the government said it has set up a probe panel. “The CBI has asked for 157 documents of companies which had applied prior to June 2004 but have not been allocated coal blocks, apart from few other files and documents,” Coal Minister Sriprakash Jaiswal said in a statement in the Rajya Sabha. “Since some documents could not be located in the coal ministry, I have constituted an inter-ministerial committee under the chairmanship of additional secretary (coal) on July 11 to look into the matter,” he said. “I would like to assure the house that my ministry would leave no stone unturned in tracing and providing the documents sought by the CBI,” he added, amidst sloganeering by the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) members. Jaiswal rejected allegations that files related to a family that was close to him were among the missing documents. “If these allegations are proven right, I am ready for any punishment,” he asserted.
His assurance could not pacify the BJP, which said it was an effort “to save the prime minister”, who held the coal portfolio during the period under probe. During the period under review, a total of 204 coal blocks were allocated to state-run and private companies - 132 by the screening committee and 72 by the coal ministry. Out of that, licences for 40 blocks were cancelled. A preliminary inquiry to examine the irregularities in allocation of coal blocks during 2006-09 was registered by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on reference of the Central Vigilance Committee in June 2012. In the Lok Sabha, Leader of Opposition Sushma Swaraj alleged that the now untraceable documents carried names of Congress leaders. “The prime minister should come in the house and clarify on the missing files. These files contain the names of Congress leaders involved and the decisions taken in the allocation of coal blocks,” she said. In the Rajya Sabha, her counterpart Arun Jaitley termed it as destruction of evidence in a case monitored by the Supreme Court and wondered why no FIR was lodged. “Files don’t disappear, they
rillas are trying to cross the LoC, part of a shift in focus to India ahead of the withdrawal of U.S. troops from Afghanistan next year that some feel has echoes of 1989. The foreign fighters bring weapons and inspiration, but they can only flourish with local support. There are signs that support is growing. “Anyone who comes across, we welcome them,” said Ishfaq. Jammu and Kashmir’s Chief Minister Omar Abdullah in June said the numbers of people joining the militancy was still extremely low, but conceded that a trend of young, educated youth joining the ranks of militants was “a serious concern”. Several factors are blamed for this creeping radicalisation. One security source pointed to the growing popularity of more conservative strains of Islam and to high unemployment. Many Kashmiris simply feel India has not made enough concessions despite several years of peace, making normal life difficult. Widely despised laws protecting security forces from trial are still in place, access to simple
technology such as text messagOthers look further back. ing is limited and the heavy mili- Parvez, the rights activist, says tary and police presence in the police shootings that killed state has not been lifted. more than 100 young protesters in 2010 and a campaign of Fertile Ground For Radicals arbitrary detention, documentThough the latest violence is ed by Amnesty International, small compared with the worst both helped radicalise opinion. years of the insurgency, when A security source with close thousands died in fighting an- knowledge of anti-militancy nually, some Kashmir politicians operations met Reuters on a warn that, left unchecked, the wooden bridge across the Jhesituation could quickly get out of lum river that runs to Pakistan. hand. “In 1989 there was almost He said some of the anger dino violence, but it exploded into rected at the police was justia full insurgency within a year,” fied because of rights abuses. said Yasin Malik, a former mili“There is a deepening of tant who now leads a political radicalisation and a slight inmovement calling for a Kash- crease in recruitment of lomiri nation independent of both cals,” the source said, adding India and Pakistan, which polls that he feared next year’s elecshow is what most people in the tion would be fertile ground Kashmir Valley want. for violence from militants Some trace the latest uptick seeking to undermine the vote. in violence to the execution in Ishfaq and his friends, already February of Afzal Guru, a Kash- halfway to going underground, miri convicted of a 2001 attack say they are in no mood to back on India’s parliament. Fearful of a down. “We are hopeful a day backlash, the Indian government will come when there will be imposed a week-long blanket results and until there we will curfew across the state immedi- keep fighting. We want indeately after Guru was hung, infuri- pendence from both India and ating much of the population. Pakistan,” he said.
are made to disappear. These files were the evidence of crime and now there is a possibility of culprits escaping.” “This is a case of destruction of evidence of a case monitored by the Supreme Court. I want to know from the minister has any FIR been filed in the matter,” asked Jaitley. The BJP targeted the Congress saying Jaiswal’s statement about files prior to 2004 missing is misleading as the CBI had told the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) that files between 200607 were missing. “Congress stands exposed today and this is yet another effort to save the prime minister, who was the coal minister during the period,” BJP spokesperson Prakash Javadekar told reporters here. Stating his party should not be blamed for disrupting the houses, Javadekar did not guarantee the BJP will let the house function on Thursday. The Left too questioned the government on the issue. Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M) leader Sitaram Yechury said: “We have asked the prime minister to make a statement as he was the (then) coal minister.” “Why is government not transparent in the matter... are they protecting anyone,” he added.
In Kashmir, angry youth flirt with armed militancy
sRiNAgAR, August 20 (ReuteRs): Ishfaq first threw a rock at an Indian policeman six years ago. Now he’s thinking about arming himself with a gun. The 21-year-old is the human face of a trend that is worrying security sources, politicians and a rights group spoken to by Reuters - the revival of violent anti-Indian sentiment among the Kashmir Valley population just as New Delhi fears a renewed onslaught from Pakistan-based militants. Ishfaq and his friends were among thousands who took to the streets across the Muslimmajority Himalayan state following the July 18 killing of four men by Indian border police during a day of protests against an alleged desecration of the Koran. Three weeks on, hiding from police in a crowded bazaar of the lakeside city of Srinagar, Ishfaq said several years of unarmed struggle against India’s rule had been met only with violence. “If the same situation persists, the day is not far away when we go back to the gun,” said Ishfaq, who
asked for his second name to be withheld. “We cannot fight without weapons.” Rising attacks on security forces and evidence that more young people are slipping into the grasp of armed militants risk undoing years of security gains in Indian-controlled Kashmir. The timing could not be worse for India. A looming general election has prompted accusations that some politicians are manipulating the instability. Meanwhile, intelligence sources say militant groups may turn their fire on India again when Western troops leave Afghanistan next year. “People generally feel pushed to the wall here,” said Khurram Parvez, an activist with rights group the Jammu and Kashmir Coalition for Civil Society whose grandfather was shot dead by security forces at a protest. His own leg was blown off by a militant bomb in 2004. “In the last three or four years they have tried to criminalise protesters and curb public speaking. Unfortunately this pressure and violence from the
state is starting a new sense among people where violence is getting legitimised.” That is certainly the view of Ishfaq, who spoke to Reuters in a room gruesomely decorated with photos of victims of alleged torture at the hands of Indian security forces. With separatist leaders frequently under house arrest and banned from public speaking, and no sign of dialogue that could lead to a political solution, he feels betrayed by India. “We are on the threshold, we cannot bear it, we cannot tolerate it any more,” he said. Rise In Fatalities Last summer was the most peaceful in the disputed South Asian region since an armed insurgency exploded in 1989 as Soviet troops withdrew from Afghanistan. Ashok Prasad, the chief of police in the state of Jammu and Kashmir, said the number of attacks by militants was actually down this year. But the fall in the number of attacks disguises a sharp rise in the number of fatalities. Eight soldiers died in a single brazen
ambush on an army truck in heavily defended Srinagar the day before Prime Minister Manmohan Singh visited in June. According to the South Asia Terrorism Portal, which tracks the violence, 42 members of the security forces have been killed so far this year, up from just 17 in all of 2012. That reverses a decade-long trend in which fatalities fell annually as militants laid down arms and protests and riots replaced bullets and bombs. The violence coincides with an upswing in tension along the Line of Control (LoC) that divides Kashmir between India and Pakistan, who have been quarrelling over the region they both claim in full since freedom from British colonial rule in 1947. Tit-for-tat artillery exchanges regularly rattle the de facto border. Two weeks of shelling between India and Pakistan has followed an ambush that killed five Indian soldiers on August 6. Pakistan denied any involvement in that ambush. But Indian security officials suggest a new wave of Pakistan-based Islamist guer-
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Musharraf charged in Bhutto killing RAWALPINDI, August 20 (AP): A Pakistani court on Tuesday indicted former president and army chief Pervez Musharraf on murder charges in connection with the 2007 assassination of iconic Pakistani Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto, deepening the fall of a once-powerful figure who returned to the country this year to make a political comeback. The decision by a court in Rawalpindi marks the first time Musharraf, or any former army chief in Pakistan, has been charged with a crime. Musharraf, who took power in a 1999 coup and stepped down from office in disgrace nearly a decade later, now faces a litany of legal problems that have in many ways broken taboos on the inviolability of the once-sacrosanct military in Pakistani society. He is currently under house arrest in connection with one of the cases against him. The retired general was charged with murder, conspiracy to commit murder and facilitation for murder, said prosecutor Chaudhry Muhammed Azhar. He did not specify what exactly Musharraf was accused of doing but prosecutors have previously accused him of failing to provide enough protection to Bhutto. Under Pakistan’s legal system he had previously been arrested on accusations he played a role in the assassination but Tuesday’s legal proceedings mark the first time the government has formally charged him with a specific crime in Bhutto’s slaying. The former army commando appeared in person during the brief morning hearing Tuesday and pleaded not guilty, said Afshan Adil, a member of Musharraf’s legal team. “These are all fabricated cases. There is nothing solid in all these case,” she said. Bhutto was killed in 2007 during a gun and bomb attack at a rally in the city of Rawalpindi, the sister city to the Pakistani capital, Islamabad. The daughter of former Prime Minister Zulfikar Ali Bhutto, who was executed in 1977 after being deposed in a coup, she was respected in Pakistan for her political commitment — she was jailed
In this April 20, 2013, file photo, Pakistan’s former President and military ruler Pervez Musharraf arrives at an anti-terrorism court in Islamabad, Pakistan. A Pakistani court Tuesday indicted Musharraf on murder charges in connection with the 2007 assassination of iconic Pakistani Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto, deepening the fall of a once-powerful figure who returned to the country this year in an effort to take part in elections. (AP File Photo)
multiple times — and her condemnation of militancy and support for Pakistan’s poor. But her terms were marred by accusations of widespread corruption against both her and her husband. She returned to Pakistan under a deal with Musharraf allowing her to take part in upcoming elections, and his supporters point to the deal as proof that he had no objections to her return. Her assassination set off a wave of protests across the country and helped propel her Pakistan People’s Party to office and her husband, Asif Ali Zardari, to the presidency. A 2010 U.N. report on the circumstanc-
es surrounding her death was highly critical of steps taken by investigators, including the hosing down of the crime scene, the failure to perform an autopsy and their media conference the day after in which they blamed a Taliban commander. The report also said Musharraf failed to make serious efforts to ensure Bhutto’s safety. His supporters have dismissed the report’s findings. The judge set August 27 as the next court date to present evidence. Musharraf returned to Pakistan in March after nearly four years outside the country and vowed to take part in the country’s May elections. But he has little
popular support in Pakistan and ever since his return has faced a litany of legal problems related to his rule. Musharraf has repeatedly vowed that he returned to lead his supporters in the election and that he would clear his name of all charges. But many questioned why Musharraf decided to come back considering the legal problems he’d be facing and his almost non-existent popularity. His return and legal troubles have put the military and newly elected Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif in a delicate position. Pakistan has undergone three coups since the country’s inception in 1947, and the military is considered the most powerful institution. The military’s top leadership is not believed to have supported Musharraf’s return from exile but they also would likely not want to see one of their own put behind bars or treated unfairly. The case is also part of a strange changing of places for Sharif and Musharraf. It was Sharif who was deposed by Musharraf in 1999, and then forced into exile. But Sharif eventually returned to Pakistan, waited out five years in opposition and then led his Pakistan Muslim League-N to a resounding victory in the May 11 elections. Sharif must tread carefully with the man who once put him in handcuffs. The new prime minister has his plate full of other problems and pushing aggressively for Musharraf’s conviction could force a confrontation with the military that Sharif would prefer to avoid. Musharraf has been confined to his house on the outskirts of Islamabad, and was brought to court Tuesday amid tight security. In addition to the Bhutto case, Musharraf is involved in a case related to the 2007 detention of judges and the death of a Baluch nationalist leader. The government is also pursuing a treason case against him in connection with the judges’ detention case. Musharraf has faced threats from the Pakistani Taliban who tried to assassinate him twice while he was in office and vowed to try again if he returned.
Muslim Brotherhood chief arrested as death toll mounts
CAIRO, August 20 (AFP): Egyptian authorities said on Tuesday they had arrested the supreme guide of the Muslim Brotherhood, as they stepped up a campaign to crush the party of ousted president Mohamed Morsi. The arrest stoked fears of an escalation in the already tense situation in Egypt, where nearly 900 people have died in days of clashes nationwide between security forces and Islamist supporters of Morsi. In the latest bloodshed, militants killed 25 policemen in the restive Sinai Peninsula, just hours after 37 Muslim Brotherhood prisoners died in police custody. The interior ministry said police picked up Brotherhood chief Mohamed Badie, 70, near Rabaa al-Adawiya square, where more than 200 Morsi supporters were killed on Wednesday as police cleared their protest camp. Senior members of the Muslim Brotherhood organisation, including Badie, have been accused by Egypt’s military-backed authorities of inciting the violence that the deaths of protesters. And judicial sources said fresh accusations had been levelled against Morsi himself, who has been held in a secret location since the military deposed him on July 3. Meanwhile, former president Hosni Mubarak won conditional release in the third of four cases against him, but re-
mained in detention on the fourth. The bloodbath sparked by the crisis showed little sign of abating as militants fired rocket-propelled grenades at two buses carrying police in Sinai on Monday -- the deadliest attack of its kind in decades. The interior ministry blamed the attack on “armed terrorist groups” and officials later said the border with the Palestinian Gaza strip, near where the attack occurred, would be closed. Security sources said another policeman was killed in the northern city of ElArish, bringing to at least 75 the number of security force members killed in Sinai since the army toppled Morsi. The attack followed the death of 37 Muslim Brotherhood detainees as they were being transferred to a north Cairo jail. Authorities said they died after police fired tear gas in a bid to free an officer taken hostage by prisoners. But the Brotherhood, the oncebanned movement from which Morsi hailed, held the police accountable, accusing them of “murder”. They said the incident affirmed “the intentional violence aimed at opponents of the coup, and the cold-blooded killing of which they are targets”. United Nations chief Ban Ki-moon said he was “deeply disturbed” by the deaths and called for a “full investiga-
tion to ascertain the facts surrounding this incident.” The fresh wave of unrest came hours after military chief Abdel Fattah al-Sisi pledged a “forceful” response by security forces to any violence from protesters. “We will never be silent in the face of the destruction of the country,” said Sisi, who overthrew Morsi after mass protests against the Islamist’s single year of turbulent rule. And Egypt’s foreign minister Nabil Fahmy said Monday in Sudan that his country was on the “right path.” The international community has fiercely condemned the violence, with rights group Amnesty International decrying it as “utter carnage”. And Human Rights Watch called on Egypt’s rulers to “urgently reverse” instructions for police to use live ammunition against protesters. The group’s secretary general Salil Shetty warned the country’s government had “stained its human rights record”. In response to the violence, EU ambassadors were recalled from their summer break for a meeting in Brussels, with foreign ministers due to review the bloc’s ties with Egypt at an emergency meeting on Wednesday. The European Union has pledged nearly 5 billion euros ($6.7 billion) in aid to Egypt but has cautioned this was under “constant review” after Morsi’s ouster.
In this July 5, 2013 file photo, Muslim Brotherhood leader Mohammed Badie speaks onstage as military helicopters fly overhead before tens of thousands of supporters in Cairo. (AP File Photo)
N-Korea criticizes S-Korea-US drills sEOuL, August 20 (AP): North Korea on Tuesday criticized South Korea-U.S. military drills with milderthan-usual language that’s seen as a sign of its interest in keeping up diplomacy. North Korea typically speaks with warlike rhetoric against any South Korea-U.S. exercises because it considers them as a rehearsal for invasion. But it has not made any such harsh statements against the annual Ulchi Freedom Guardian drills the United States and South Korea began Monday. On Tuesday, Pyongyang’s Committee for the Peaceful Reunification of Korea broke the country’s earlier silence and called the training “big anti-(North Korea) war drills” and warned South Korea could face unspecified “uncontrollably catastrophic consequence.” An unidentified North Korean committee spokesman also accused S-Korea’s President Park Geun-hye of making “bellicose remarks” Monday by calling for a military readiness to ensure peace. The spokesman said via state media that Park’s comments “chill the hard-won atmosphere for dialogue” between the Koreas. Park’s office didn’t confirm the comments attributed to her, but the South’s Unification Ministry called the North’s criticism of the drills “the same old” rhetoric and urged the country to act responsibly. North Korea has made similar threats in the past, and Tuesday’s language is not as intimidating as its previous rhetoric such as threats of nuclear wars the country made during springtime drills between the allies. “It’s not something that overturns its current policy on South Korea,” said Chang Yong Seok, a senior researcher at Seoul National University’s Institute for Peace and Unification Studies. After high tension earlier this year, there have recently been signs of easing tension on the divided peninsula, with Pyongyang ratcheting down its rhetoric and perusing dialogues with Seoul and Washington. The 2 Koreas last week agreed to work toward reopening a shuttered jointly run factory park, and Pyongyang on Sunday accepted South Korea’s offer for talks on reuniting families separated by war. Four North Koreans were to visit South Korea this week to attend a U.N.-organized youth leadership program. Despite the recent conciliatory gestures, some analysts in South Korea are wary of the North’s intentions, saying Pyongyang often follows provocations and threats with a charm offensive meant to win aid. North Korea agreed to South Korea’s offer for talks on the family reunions but proposed another set of talks Thursday on resuming lucrative tours of Diamond Mountain, implying it wants the tourism restart in return for allowing the reunions. The mountain tours had provided a legitimate source of hard currency to North Korea before they were suspended after a 2008 shooting death of a South Korean tourist in the resort. The Ulchi Freedom Guardian drills that continue until Aug. 30 are computer-simulated war games involving 30,000 American and 50,000 South Korean troops, according to South Korea’s Defense Ministry and the U.S. military command in Seoul.
Bullying in childhood can have negative impact in adulthood
LONDON, August 20 (IANs): Being bullied in childhood can have lasting negative impact such as poor social relationships, inability to keep a job and illnesses, among others, say scientists. It has long been acknowledged that bullying at a young age presents a problem for schools, parents and public policy-makers alike. Though children spend more time with their peers than their parents, there is relatively little work done on understanding the impact of these interactions on their life beyond school, reports Science Daily. The results of this research, published in Psychological Science, highlight the extent of which the risk of health, wealth and social problems is heightened by exposure to bullying; and in doing so is the first study to look into the effects beyond just health. Dieter Wolke of the University of Warwick and William E. Copeland of Duke University Medical Center led the team that looked beyond the study of victims and investigated the impact on all those affected -- the victims, the bullies themselves, and those who fall into both categories ie. ‘bully-victims’. Wolke said: “We cannot continue to dismiss bullying as a harmless, almost inevitable, part of growing up. We need to change this mindset and acknowledge this as a serious problem for both the individual and the country as a whole; the effects are long-lasting and significant.” The ‘bully-victims’ presented the most significant health risk for adulthood, being over six times more likely to be diagnosed with a serious illness, smoke regularly or develop a psychiatric disorder.
Snowden reporter: Won’t be silenced by detention
In this undated photo released by Janine Gibson of The Guardian, Guardian journalist Glenn Greenwald, right, and his partner David Miranda, are shown together at an unknown location. Miranda, the partner of Greenwald, a journalist who received leaks from former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden, was detained for nearly nine hours Sunday, August 18, 2013, under anti-terror legislation at Heathrow Airport, triggering claims that authorities are trying to interfere with reporting on the issue. (AP Photo)
RIO DE JANEIRO, August 20 (AP): An American journalist who has written stories based on documents leaked by former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden said he’ll publish with more fervor after British authorities detained his partner. London police detained David Miranda under anti-terror legislation as he arrived at Heathrow Airport in London airport Sunday. Miranda, who is in a civil union with reporter Glenn Greenwald, arrived Monday in Rio de Janeiro, where he lives with the journalist. A defiant Greenwald, who reports for the Guardian newspaper in Britain, promised he was going “to write much more aggressively than before” about government snooping. “I’m going to publish many more things about England, as well,” he said in Portuguese at Rio’s international airport when Miranda arrived. “I have many documents about England’s espionage system, and now my focus will be there, too. I think they’ll regret what they’ve done.” In Washington, White House spokesman Josh Earnest said the U.S. government was tipped off by Brit-
ish counterparts that Miranda would be detained, but the U.S. had not requested the action. The spokesman didn’t respond to a question about whether U.S. officials may have discouraged British officials from stopping Miranda. The Brazilian government objected to Miranda’s detention, saying it wasn’t based on any real threat. London’s Metropolitan Police defended the decision to detain Miranda, saying the examination was both “necessary and proportionate.” The statement said an attorney had been offered to Miranda, but the Brazilian later told the Guardian in an interview that he refused to use the lawyer out of fear of the British government. Miranda told the Guardian that agents questioning him “were threatening me all the time and saying I would be put in jail if I didn’t cooperate.” Miranda said he was seized almost as soon as his plane landed at Heathrow. “There was an announcement on the plane that everyone had to show their passports. The minute I stepped out of the plane they took me away,” he said. Agents confiscated Miranda’s computer, external hard drive, cellphone,
DVDs, memory sticks and some paper documents. In London, a British lawmaker called for police to explain why Miranda was detained and why it took nearly nine hours to question him. Miranda was held for nearly the maximum time that British authorities are allowed to detain individuals under the Terrorism Act’s Schedule 7, which authorizes security agencies to stop and question people at borders. Keith Vaz, chairman of Parliament’s Home Affairs Select Committee, told the BBC that “you have a complaint from Mr. Greenwald and the Brazilian government — they indeed have said they are concerned at the use of terrorism legislation for something that does not appear to relate to terrorism. So it needs to be clarified, and clarified quickly.” Vaz said it was “extraordinary” that police knew that Miranda was Greenwald’s partner and that the authorities were targeting partners of people involved in Snowden’s disclosures. The case drew the ire of watchdog groups. “It’s incredible that Miranda was considered to be a terrorist suspect,” said David Mepham, the British director at Human Rights
Watch. “On the contrary, his detention looks intended to intimidate Greenwald and other journalists who report on surveillance abuses.” Britain’s laws are not unique. U.S. customs officials can search the electronic devices of anyone entering the U.S. without a search warrant. According to a 2011 internal Homeland Security Department report, officers at the border can search the devices and in some cases hold on to them for weeks or months. The DHS has said such searches help law enforcement detect child pornographers or terrorists. Greenwald has written about NSA surveillance programs based on files disclosed by Snowden, who now has temporary asylum in Russia. The Obama administration wants Snowden sent back to the United States to be tried for the leaks. Miranda, a 28-year-old university student, was traveling home to Brazil after visiting Germany, where he met with Laura Poitras, a U.S. filmmaker who has worked with Greenwald on the NSA stories. A spokesman for Prime Minister David Cameron said that “Schedule 7 forms an essential part of the
U.K.’s border security arrangements,” but added that it was for the police to decide “when it is necessary and proportionate to use these powers.” Brazil’s Foreign Minister Antonio Patriota and his British counterpart, William Hague, spoke by phone Monday, the British Embassy in Brasilia said in a statement. “They agreed that Brazilian and U.K. officials will remain in contact on this issue. This remains an operational matter for the Metropolitan Police,” British Ambassador Alex Ellis said in an emailed statement. The Guardian said that it paid for Miranda’s flights but that he was not an employee of the newspaper. “As Glenn Greenwald’s partner, he often assists him in his work,” the newspaper said in a statement. “We would normally reimburse the expenses of someone aiding a reporter in such circumstances.” In an email Monday to The Associated Press, Greenwald said that he needed material from Poitras for stories he was working on with her relating to the NSA, and that he had things she needed. “David, since he was in Berlin, helped with that exchange,” Greenwald wrote.
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Classy Man City send warning to rivals
MANCHEstER, AuGust 20 (REutERs): Manchester City started their Premier League campaign in scintillating fashion on Monday with a stylish 4-0 win at home to 10-man Newcastle United that will ring alarm bells for the rest of their title rivals. With City spending around 90 million pounds on attacking talent for new manager Manuel Pellegrini, it was notable all the goals came from players in last season's squad - David Silva, Sergio Aguero, Yaya Toure and Samir Nasri. Any sense of dressing room unrest last season under Roberto Mancini had evaporated as Pellegrini's charges, assisted by new boys Fernandinho and Jesus Navas, showed they had listened to his call for an attractive, attacking style of football. "The most pleasing aspect is way the team played for 90 minutes," the Chilean told a news conference. "We had from the beginning the attitude to play as an aggressive team, offensive team. First, always the most important thing is to win but after is the way we did it today." Last season's runnersup took just six minutes to open the scoring with Silva heading in after Steven Taylor failed to deal with Edin Dzeko's shot across the goal. They doubled their lead on 22 minutes when a low shot from Aguero, set
to handball another Aguero effort before being sent off before halftime. The visitors, who had left out midfielder Yohan Cabaye after an approach from Arsenal, had also lost Jonas Gutierrez to injury just before the break to make the task of playing a whole second half against a hungry City with 10 men even more daunting. Not one to leap around mani-
captain of the Indian cricket team earned $31.5 million between June 2012 and June 2013. The list places Dhoni above F1 racer Fernando Alonso, who is ranked 19th, Lewis Hamilton at 26th place, Novak Djokovic at 28th place, Rafael Nadal at 30th spot and Usain Bolt at 40th rank. The calculation is based upon the earnings estimates which includes salaries, bonuses and prize money from both club and national teams, as well as endorsement income. Dhoni has moved up 15 positions in this year's list. He held the 31st rank last year. Sachin Tendulkar is the only other Indian sportsman who features in the list with a rank of 31st and total annual earning of $22 million (Rs.125 crore). The list is topped by golfer Tiger Woods, who made $78.1 million, last year followed by tennis player Roger Federer who earned $71.5 million and basketball player Kobe Bryant, whose earnings stood at $61.9 million. According to Forbes, Russian tennis player Maria Sharapova topped the list of highest-paid female athletes for the ninth straight year by earning $29 million between June 2012 and June 2013. American Serena Williams was second on the list with earnings of $20.5 million, followed by Chinese tennis player Li Na on $18.2 million and Belarusian Victoria Azarenka on $15.7 million.
LONDON, AuGust 20 (REutERs): Kimi Raikkonen will not drive for Formula One champions Red Bull next season after talks broke down, his manager said on Monday. The Finn is out of contract at Lotus at the end of the season and was a leading contender to replace Mark Webber at Red Bull when the Australian moves over to endurance racing next year. Fellow Australian Daniel Ricciardo, from Red Bull's junior team Toro Rosso, now looks most likely to get the 2014 seat alongside world champion and current standings leader Sebastian Vettel. "Kimi will not be driving for Red Bull in 2014. We held some talks but a deal will not be happening," his manager Steve Robertson told www. autosport.com. A Red Bull announcement could come at this weekend's Belgian Grand Prix when the season resumes after a break. Robertson said staying
at Lotus was just one possibility for 2007 world champion Raikkonen who spent two years in rallying after being forced out of Ferrari in 2009. He has shone on his return to F1 with an unfashionable team. "We are pretty confident Kimi will be in F1 next year," he said. "There are options - and that is plural - out there and I will continue to talk to teams. I am hopeful we will sort something out in the not too distant future." Raikkonen, second in the current standings and third last year, has even been linked in the media with a return to Ferrari to replace the underperforming Felipe Massa but the Italian team have played down the speculation. The F1 rumour mill even suggested Ferrari's number one driver Fernando Alonso could be heading to partner Vettel next season after his manager was seen entering the Red Bull motorhome at the Hungarian Grand Prix last month.
Manchester City's David Silva, centre right, scores past Newcastle's goalkeeper Tim Krul, right, during their English Premier League soccer match at The Etihad Stadium, Manchester, England, Monday Aug. 19. (AP Photo)
up by a neat flick from Dzeko, went in off the far post. City's job was made even easier just before the stroke of halftime when defender Taylor was sent off after swinging an arm at Aguero and they made the man advantage count five minutes after the break with Toure's sizzling free kick. The hosts made it four on 75 minutes when substitute Samir Nasri slotted
home and could have had many more if it had not been for some excellent saves by Newcastle keeper Tim Krul as they sent a clear message of intent to their title rivals. The main victim of Krul's dives and parries was the outstanding Dzeko, who seemed to have been given a new lease of life after some below-par showings under Mancini and the
ray, who won the 2012 title. Federer was seeded No. 1 at 18 consecutive Grand Slam tournaments from 2004-08. He hadn't been seeded outside the top three at the U.S. Open since he was 13th in 2002. The last time he was seeded fourth or worse at any major tournament was when he was No. 4 at Wimbledon in 2003 when he went on to win his first Grand Slam title. The U.S. Open women's seedings will be announced Tuesday; the draw is scheduled for Thursday. Play at the year's last major tournament starts next week.
DIMAPuR, AuGust 20 (MExN): The first Taekwondo Championship organized by the Faith in Action Foundation is scheduled to be held from September 13 to 14 at Honili Memorial School, Lhomiti Village Dimapur. A press note informed that the Faith in Action Foundation which is affiliated to Taekwondo Board of India is organizing this event for both the male and female category. Around 5 schools and 6 academies which are under Faith in Action Foundation will participate from different parts of Dimapur and team from Northeastern ergion are also expected in this championship. The medal winners will be selected to represent the state in the forthcoming 1st Korean Ambassador’s Kukkiwon Cup, India Open National Taekwondo Championship-2013 from October 4 to 6 at New Delhi.
Federer seeded 7th at US Open; Djokovic No. 1 man
NEW YORK, AuGust 20 (AP): Roger Federer is seeded No. 7 for the US Open, his first slot outside the top three at any Grand Slam tournament in a decade. Federer's ranking dropped two slots to seventh Monday, and the US Tennis Association's seedings followed the ATP standings. Federer's record 17 Grand Slam titles include five at the US Open. He's among five former champions in the men's field, including No. 1-seeded Novak Djokovic, No. 2 Rafael Nadal, and No. 3 Andy Mur-
chester United thumping Swansea City 4-1 in their opener on Saturday and Chelsea beating Hull City 2-0 on Sunday, City were keen to demonstrate that they too meant business. Their cause was helped by hapless Newcastle defender Taylor, who only half cleared Dzeko's shot that set up Silva's opener, was outpaced by Aguero for the second, appeared
cally like his predecessor Mancini, Pellegrini celebrated the goals with dignified fist pumps but inside must have been jumping up and down at the uplifting sight of his team's eyecatching moves and dominance. The entire stadium was on its feet when Toure netted the hosts' third with a thumping free kick over the wall and out of reach of Krul. Newcastle's woeful defending was exposed yet again with 15 minutes to go when Nasri, who had come on for the lively Aguero around the hour-mark, had plenty of space to send in a low left-footed shot. "After the sending off obviously we were just digging in," Newcastle manager Alan Pardew told a news conference. "The spirit and commitment the guys showed in the second half, I was actually quite proud of them. "These teams in terms of finance and quality make it very difficult for the rest of us in the Premier League ... There will be better teams than us who will struggle at this ground, that's for sure." Considering new signing Alvaro Negredo, the Spain striker who scored four goals in his final La Liga game for Sevilla, was only introduced 10 minutes from time and had a goal wrongly disallowed for offside, City fans have good reason to believe there could be plenty more goalfests to come this season.
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Bosnian was unlucky not to score from a host of chances he conjured. "The new manager has come in and given us something different and given me more confidence," Dzeko, a towering figure in front of the slight and pacy trio of Aguero, Silva and Jesus Navas, told Sky Sports. Pellegrini reckoned this would be just the start of things for the striker.
"I am sure we are going to see this season the Edin Dzeko that Manchester City bought two seasons ago," he said. "I think this is a very important player." The only blot on the day for City was the sight of captain Vincent Kompany limping off with what looked like a groin problem and Pellegrini said it was too soon to tell how long he could be sidelined. With champions Man-
MS Dhoni 16th highest Raikkonen will not drive for Red Bull in 2014 earning athlete: Forbes
NEW DELHI, AuGust 20 (IANs): Indian cricket team captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni has been ranked 16th in the latest Forbes list of highest-paid athletes with an earning of $31.5 million (around Rs.180 crore), placing him above the likes of Rafael Nadal and Usain Bolt. As per the latest Forbes list of highestpaid athletes in the world, the 31-year-old
Sports as important 'Super Dan' takes swipe at BWF as text books: Jacob
Chairman DAN, N Jacob Zhimomi, MLA, speaking at the inaugural function of the 5th Dimapur district GHSS & GHS tournament, Tuesday.
DIMAPuR, AuGust 20 (MExN): The 5th Dimapur district government higher secondary and high school tournament kicked off Tuesday here at GHSS ground with chairman, Development Authority of Nagaland, N Jacob Zhimomi, MLA as chief guest of the inaugural programme. The DAB chairman in his address said extracurricular activities like games and sports are as equally important as knowledge gained from text books for overall development of a student. Encouraging the participant students to take part in the tournament with all
seriousness, Jacob said “today may be a small event but tomorrow you will be representing the state or nation if you have what it takes.” Jacob also said that young and like-minded legislators are willing to sponsor and help young sportspersons. Admitting that much needs to be done by the state government and department concerned for the welfare of students, the chief guest at the same time told the students that they must also prove themselves worthy to avail opportunities and avenues. Stating that games and
sports is one platform that cut across barriers of race, colour, culture and nations; the chief guest exhorted the students to display the true spirit of games. Jacob said that though winning is the ultimate goal of every sportsperson; it should not be at the cost of forfeiting sports spirit. District education officer, Dimapur, Nungshila Shohe delivered the welcome address and PET GHSS Dimapur, Vinolie Medom, officiated the administration of oath. Three GHSS and 10 GHs are taking part in the 3-day tournament.
HONG KONG, AuGust 20 (AFP): Chinese superstar Lin Dan took a swipe at badminton's global governing body after his record fifth world title win was hit by controversy, just a year after a scandal at the London Olympics. In a rare interview, "Super Dan" questioned whether the Badminton World Federation (BWF) understood players' needs after the body investigated the apparent failure of the air-conditioning during his victory over world number one Lee Chong Wei. And the 29-year-old great also took aim at the BWF over last year's embarrassing episode at the Olympics, when eight players, including two from China, were disqualified for deliberately trying to lose matches. Witnesses at this month's men's world final in Guangzhou, southern China, said the stadium air-conditioning, which had been affecting players at one end of the court, went off at the start of the second game, when Lin switched to the breezy side. Lin, who lost the first game, won the second to level the match and, with temperatures soaring in the decider, took the title when Lee was stretchered off with cramp when facing match point. Lee's coach, Tey Seu Bock, blamed the lack of air-conditioning for the cramp and retirement, adding that the player could hardly breathe in the stifling conditions. Chinese officials denied turning off the cooling system, saying it was simply set too low. But Lin said conditions were the
same for both players and he suggested that losing the air-con helped "bring out a higher level of competition". "First, you don't need to ask me about that because when I'm on the court, I'm not aware of anything," Lin told AFP via email. "Second, I think the conditions were equal. Third, and most important, if the air-conditioning is switched off, then I hope it was because it would bring out a higher level of competition from the players." He added: "Many people, including those from the BWF, don't really understand what the main problems in badminton are, and what it most needs, because many officials are not competitors. "The biggest problem for badminton is wind direction and lighting. If those problems are not solved, it seriously impacts players' performances on the court. "If a high-level player's perfor-
mance is affected by these factors, they suffer setbacks and cannot be fully satisfied on the court. "The ones suffering are not just the players, but also the fans and audience, so we shouldn't overlook these two factors. In fact, they are the main factors allowing high-level players to perform at the top of their game." The row came 12 months after badminton was rocked at the London Olympics, when eight women's doubles players were kicked out for playing to lose group matches, in the hope of gaining an easier quarter-final draw. But Lin said the players -- who included China's newly crowned world champions Wang Xiaoli and Yu Yang -- were not at fault, adding that the Olympics' unusual group system was open to manipulation. "I think we cannot blame those Chinese players for making this
mistake. It is not fair to them... it is the Badminton World Federation that should take the responsibility for this issue," said Lin. "The rules of the game which they set are not perfect, and have loopholes. And I think it is normal for players to exploit these loopholes to reach their goal." The BWF declined comment on Lin's views when contacted by AFP. The body has pledged to crack down on match-fixing following the London incident. Lin's fifth world title win added another chapter to an extraordinary career, especially as he effectively took a year off post-Olympics and needed a wildcard to compete in Guangzhou due to his low ranking. He said China's dominance of badminton in recent years was simply due to "diligence". But he admitted the team were disappointed to win only two gold medals at the world championships. The lower tally came after a clean sweep of all five titles at the previous two world tournaments and at the 2012 Olympics. "The performance of Chinese players is not as ideal as it was before. We are a little disappointed," he told AFP. "But we will be striving to perform better next time.... It is our responsibility, but not burden, to be champions." Lin also called for badminton to be better promoted globally and said that when both he and 30-year-old Lee retire, other superstars will emerge. "I hope wholeheartedly that badminton will be as popular and respected as tennis one day," he said.
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Azhonuo Rhetso and Vizosietuo Mets, now Miss & Mr Kohima College 2013 respectively in a declaration made during the 47th freshers’ day- cum- social gathering of the Kohima College held on August 20. (Morung Photo)
Weekend Gala: Kohima Calling
A glimpse of Rattle & Hum lounge. (Photo by Rokovor Vihienuo)
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he denizens of Kohima no longer have to sulk about boring weekends from now on with weekends packed with local events and a chance to experiment exquisite Indian cuisines courtesy of two event centres coming up in the capital town. For every music and food lover in Kohima Rattle & Hum lounge and Life pro cafe have become household names to spoil themselves after a tiring week at work. Adding more flavour to the fun has been the introduction of
the Music Task Force initiated Live Series which has given a platform to aspiring musicians to promote their music with a steady income being generated from their performance. Three months into the live series, both the cafes have successfully managed to host three gigs each; the last being at Rattle & Hum lounge featuring new solo artists. Life Pro Cafe had the heritage band, clueless attention and blueprint headlining the live series while Rattle & Hum lounge had Origin Unknown, Po-
lar Lights, Nohonu Savi and Neiba Dzüvichü headlining its gigs. With the two cafes successfully completing the third phase of their live series Kohima can surely look forward to more good times at these two happening places every weekends in the form of the Darter's Night, Karaoke Saturdays and the MTF live series. So if you happen to be in Kohima and are lost for ideas on how to spend your weekend spoil yourself and drop into these two destinations, you will not be disappointed.
The source of the news item “Edwin Jamir wins K-Pop India finale” published on August 19 is PoumaiNaga. The link of the story is- http://poumainaga.com/edwinjamir-wins-k-pop-india-finale/
website and a fan page on social networking sites back last year when Sidharth was promoting his debut movie Student of the Year. They claim that they had met the actor and shared their plans with him. They even managed to get his approval for the same. The duo were in for a rude shock when their idol threatened to sue them. Instead of appreciating their efforts, Sidharth sent them a legal notice and asked for a whopping amount. Re-
ports suggest that the website was making lot of money and the actor allegedly wanted to cash on its popularity by wanting to be the owner of it. We tried to contact Sidharth's team and they accepted that they have sent a legal notice to the kids. They allege that they were selling merchandise on the actor's name, and they thought that they were misusing his name. The frightened kids have withdrawn
rince William has revealed how the birth of his ‘little rascal’ son has changed his life. In a candid interview, his first since becoming a father, he admitted the days following George’s arrival had been ‘emotional’, and affected him more than he thought possible. But the prince could not resist joking about the sleepless nights and endless dirty nappies of fatherhood – and how his newborn son reminded him of his younger brother, Prince Harry. Asked about what legacy he would like to leave George, he quipped: ‘At the moment, the only legacy I want to pass on to him is to sleep more and maybe not have to change his nappy so many times.’ William gave the interview, his first since George’s birth on July 22, to CNN’s royal correspondent Max Foster as part of a documentary about his determination to preserve wildlife in Africa. Prince William’s Passion: New Hope, New Father airs on the American channel on September 15, but excerpts of the interview have been released today. He was interviewed in the gardens of Kensington Palace on August 2, when his son was 11 days old. On being a new father, William said: ‘I think the last few weeks for me have been just a very different emotional experience. Something I never thought I would feel myself. 'And I find, again it’s only been a short period, but a lot of things affect me differently now. He recalled the ‘daunt-
ing’ moment he introduced George to the world on the steps of the Lindo Wing at St Mary’s Hospital in Paddington, and made clear his determination to give his son as normal a life as possible. On leaving hospital, he said: ‘I think more shock and dauntingness [sic] was the feeling I felt but … I think I was on such a high anyway, and so was Catherine, about George that really we were happy to show him off to whoever wanted to see him. ‘As any new parent knows, you’re only too happy to show off your new child and, you know, proclaim that he is the best looking or the best everything.’ But asked whether he was comfortable with the experience, William admitted: ‘Again it’s not somewhere I enjoy being, [but] I know that the position I’m in ... that’s what’s required of me to do. ‘It’s nice that people want to see George, so, you know – I’m just glad he wasn’t screaming his head off the whole way through.’ The prince revealed that his decision to take the wheel as they drove away from hospital was intended as a public demonstration of his determination to do things his way. As William hoisted George’s car seat into his Range Rover in front of the world’s media last month, every parent watching held their breath. William admitted: ‘I was terrified that … it was going to fall off or it wasn’t going to close properly. So, I had actually practised with that seat – but
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ing Mean Girls, I was 17 or 18. I was around people so I wasn't lonely, and I didn't pay close enough attention to people being around for the wrong reasons. I was making too much. I wasted so much money; I was living at a hotel, and I had an apartment. I wasn't really being guided. I didn't think about it, and I didn't listen to my family when they told me, 'Come back to New
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This image taken by Michael Middleton, the Duchess's father, in early August 2013 and supplied by Kensington Palace, shows the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge with their son, Prince George, in the garden of the Middleton family home in Bucklebury, England, with Tilly the retriever, seen left, a Middleton family pet, and Lupo, the couple's cocker spaniel. (AP Photo)
only once.’ He said: ‘Where I can be I am as independent as I want to be, the same as Catherine and Harry. We’ve all grown up differently to other generations. And I very much feel if I can do it myself, I want to do it myself. ‘And there are times where you can’t do it yourself and the system takes over or it’s appropriate to do things differently. ‘But, I think driving your son and your wife away from hospital was really important to me. And I don’t like fuss, so it’s much easier to just do it yourself.’ Asked by Mr Foster if he was sending a message to the world, he replied: ‘I think so. I’m just doing it the way I know … if it’s the right
ing Khan once again proved that he is the Badshah of Bollywood with the tsunami effect that his latest film Chennai Express has created in the country. It has broken all box office records in all fronts.Be it the first day collection of Rs33.12 crore or 1st week collection of Rs157 crore,
the website and are still reel-
Chennai Express raked in fabulous figures. In the second week also,the movie dampened business for the new biggie Once Upon A Time In Mumbai Dobaara! SRK-Rohit Shetty's movie is also setting new records in the international arena. Despite bad reviews Chennai Express broke all previous records.The movie has already crossed
way then brilliant, if it’s not – if it’s the wrong way – then I’ll try to do it better. ‘But I’m reasonably headstrong about what I believe in, and what I go for, and I’ve got fantastic people around me who give me great support and advice.’ And he joked: ‘And I didn’t stall! It’s an automatic, so it’s alright.’ Asked about baby George’s character, William said affectionately: ‘Well, yeah – he’s a little bit of a rascal, put it that way. ‘So he either reminds me of my brother or me when I was younger. I’m not sure. ‘But he’s doing very well at the moment. He does like to keep having his nappy changed.’ And William con-
firmed that he changed his son’s first nappy while still at hospital, describing it as a nerve-wracking experience. ‘I did the first nappy, yeah,’ he said. ‘A badge of honour, exactly. I wasn’t allowed to get away with that. I had every midwife staring at me, “You do it. You do it”. ‘He’s growing quite quickly actually. But he’s a little fighter. He kind of, he wriggles around quite a lot. ‘And he doesn’t want to go to sleep that much, which is a little bit of a problem ...’ Mr Foster asked: ‘So you’re up a little bit at night?’ ‘A little bit,’ William replied. ‘Not as much as Catherine. But, you know, she’s doing a fantastic job [she’s doing] very well.’
gether, thanks to its clean content. Once Upon A Time In Mumbai Dobaara! got badly affected due to the Chennai Express wave. The weekend figures are below the mark, except in U.A.E.-G.C.C. where it has fared the best. Chennai Express was released in as many as 3,500 screens in the domestic market, and 700 screens overseas. The promotion of the film was very well planned. Chennai Express, it's safe to say, has eaten into the share of Once Upon A Time In Mumbai Dobaara!. Raking in Raksha Bandhan, Shah Rukh Khan has created yet another innovative marketing strat-
egy. As a promotional offer, Chennai Express gives out one free ticket for every two bought at cinemas all across India. As for the Box office updates till 19 August, 2013 the total amount collected was Rs185.73 crore. Chennai Express has become the third highest grosser film ever in the overseas market, taking down Shah Rukh Khan's Jab Tak Hai Jaan from its fourth position. On the other hand, Shah Rukh Khan is on a record-smashing spree in UK as well. The film collected £ 258,598 on Friday, making it the highest opening day for a Hindi movie in UK.
Rs157 crore in a week and was the fastest film to cross 100 crore in three days. The film boasts a glorious cast with all the right formulas to create a loaded masala entertainer that makes for a perfect family evening. Before the release, SRK described it as a family entertainer and true to this, all the family members can thoroughly enjoy it to-
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her legal dramas and her most recent spell in rehab, insisting her problems began after she found fame as a child and moved from her native New York to Los Angeles. The 27 year old admitted she made a lot of money during the early days of her career, but she blew it all as she didn't have proper guidance. She said, When I moved to L.A. after film-
Chennai Express dampens Once Upon A Time In Mumbai Dobaara's business, collects Rs185.73 crore
'I Was Overpaid As A Child Star' indsay Lohan is convinced she was making too much money as a child star and squandered her fortune after moving to Los Angeles as a teenager. The actress has opened up about her personal problems in a candid interview with Oprah Winfrey which aired in America on Sunday night. During the Oprah's Next Chapter chat, Lohan spoke about
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Sidharth Malhotra threatens to sue his young fans wo Delhi-based school students, who are ardent fans of newbie Sidharth Malhotra, were in for a shock when their idol allegedly threatened legal action against them. Their crime is that the two boys have opened a fan club dedicated to the actor. Sidharth has allegedly asked for an unbelievable amount of Rs 10 crore for launching a fan club in his name. The story goes that these two brothers had apparently launched their
York.' When Winfrey asked her how it feels to be held up as an example of a child star gone wrong, Lohan replied, I hate that label and that title. That's not what I ever aspired to be. The Mean Girls star also insisted she is in a different head space now and vowed to get her career back on track following her latest courtordered rehab stint.
MADRAS CAFE termed as Anti-Tamil
ohn Abraham-starrer Madras Cafe has run into trouble after leaders of Tamil nationalist parties and outfits termed the movie as nauseatingly 'anti-Tamil'. These groups, who watched a special show of the movie on Sunday, feel that the movie portrays LTTE and its leader V Prabhakaran in a negative light and hence have vowed not to allow its screening anywhere in the country. Reports suggest that these groups feel that since the story is about Rajiv Gan-
dhi's assassination, this movie could be sponsored by leading party Congress to open the wounds of the Rajiv Gandhi assassination and get sympathy that will help them in upcoming national elections. Many Tamil filmmakers also feel that the movie is anti-Tamil and hence its screening would erupt many protests across the country. The movie shows John Abraham as a Malayalee Research and Analysis Wing officer, who paired with Nargis Fakri, is trying to discover the plot to kill Rajiv Gandhi.
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We must try day-night Tests: Dravid Meriema FC, HQ IGAR, Adroit Boyz wins 19TH CLASSIC CUP 2013
Our Correspondent Kohima | August 20
Meriema FC, HQ IGAR (North) and Adroit Boyz, Zubza today registered win in their respective match at the day three of the ongoing 19th Classic Cup 2013 here at the Kohima Local Ground In the first match of the day, Meriema FC overpowered Ablaze FC 7-6 via a tie-break while HQ IGAR (North) defeated Hilly Boys United FC 3-1 in the second match. Adroit Boyz, Zubza defeated Chedema FC 4-1 in the last match of the day. Khriesi Vimerha fetched a hat-trick for Adroit Boys while Megovibei Kitshu netted another goal for the team. A solitary goal for Chedema FC came through Kikrusalie Rhiepfu.
new Delhi, August 20 (reuters): Former India captain Rahul Dravid wants cricket administrators to approach the introduction of day-night Tests with an open mind to bolster the dwindling popularity of the longer format among spectators. The idea of floodlit Test cricket, possibly played with a pink, orange or yellow ball, in more spectatorfriendly hours has found acceptance in a wide section of the cricketing fraternity in recent years. While doubts still remain about its technical viability, the International Cricket Match in action between Adroit Boyz, Zubza and Chedema FC Council (ICC) last year ap4-1 at the ongoing 19th Classic Cup at the Kohima Local Ground proved the idea of day-night Test matches but left it to on August 20. Morung Photo member boards to decide on the hours of play and the AUGUST 21 MATCHES colour of the ball. Speaking at an event organized by IST MATCH (12:00 NOON) ESPNcricinfo in London on Nagaland Police vs Silver Fox, Kohima Monday, Dravid highlighted 2ND MATCH (1:30 PM) Chakroma Sports Association vs Tyrantâ€™s FC Khuzama 3RD MATCH: (3:30 PM) Addax FC vs Mekylidvnt United, Daklane
the primacy of Test cricket and suggested ways for bolstering the acceptance of the longer format of the game across the world. "If it means playing day-night cricket, we must give it a try, keep an open mind," Dravid, the third-highest run-scorer in Test cricket, said. "The game's traditions aren't under threat if we play Test cricket under lights. "I know there have been concerns about the durability of the pink ball, but I have had some experience of it, having played for the MCC, and it seemed to hold up okay. "It could be an issue at places where dew sets in at certain times of the year, but scheduled at the right places at the right times, it could get Test cricket what it needs most: some more people in the stands." Dravid, who also scored more than 10,000 runs in the 50-over format,
felt Test cricket should not be sacrificed at the altar of the popular shorter formats and should be ready to adapt with changing times. "Moving with the times does not mean embracing only T20 and trashing Test cricket," Dravid, who retired from international cricket last year, added. "It means finding a way to retain the best form of the game in a contemporary environment. "Remember, while it did take long, there's even a roof over Wimbledon Cen-
tre Court these days. "Daynight Tests remain a work in progress but we can start by sorting out the scheduling around Test cricket, to ensure that teams can complete their home and away cycles against each other over a four-year period." Dravid, 40, also slammed the current trend of holding two-Test series between countries to accommodate T20 matches as "nothingness of a nothing" and backed a successful launch of the world Test championship.
Germany's Klose set to retire after WC
Berlin, August 20 (AFP): Veteran Germany striker Miroslav Klose, who is set to break Gerd Mueller`s goal-scoring record, has said he will retire from international football after next year`s World Cup. "I assume that is what will happen with regards to the national team," he told German magazine Kicker when asked if he would retire after the Brazil 2014 World Cup. The 35-year-old Lazio star has made 128 appearances for Germany and scored 67
goals -- just one short of Germany`s record scorer Mueller. The ex-Werder Bremen and Bayern Munich forward has claimed 14 of those goals at three World Cups, leaving him just one behind the competition record of 15 held by Brazil`s Ronaldo. Klose could finish the 2014 World Cup with two personal records, but said his priority is winning the world title with the German team. "The title with the team has top priority," he said. "If I can win the
2014 World Cup in Brazil that would be the greatest for me. Everything else would be secondary." Klose, who is now in the final year of his Lazio contract, has said he could be prepared to return to the Bundesliga next summer. "I want to play a good season, play the World Cup and then take it from there," he said. "I am still fit and still feel like playing football, then certainly the Bundesliga is an option. "I can really imagine finishing my career in Bundesliga."
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