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Dimapur VOL. VIII ISSUE 287
Life consists not in holding good cards but in playing those you hold well Death toll in India from toxic liquor rises to 42 [ PAGE 08]
Amitabh on his health getting better, work continues
Fashion entrepreneurship, a new trend in the career industry [ PAGE 02]
Challenger wants Maldives’ president to resign
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GHC takes a step forward in separating judiciary from executive in Nagaland Morung Express news Guwahati | October 20
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‘Volcano-like eruption’ in Tusom Village
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iMPhaL, OctOber 20 (Pti): A suspected volcano-like eruption has been reported in a remote village of Manipur near the India-Myanmar border which forced locals to evacuate the area, official sources said on Sunday. According to locals in Tusom village in Ukhrul district of Manipur, a deafening sound was followed by the rolling down of a huge boulder from a nearby hilltop which then released a lava-like liquid that charred trees and plants on the hill slopes. Although the incident reportedly occurred on October 13, road link between the district headquarters and Tusom was so bad it took the villagers several days to reach the information about the matter to the officials concerned, sources said. The district headquarters is 120km away from the village. No casualty was, however, reported in the incident. Official reports from the district said mud, water and other discharges were still flowing from the hilltop. Villagers have moved to safer places in the neighbourhood, they added. Sources said it would take time to assess whether the event was a volcanic eruption or not. Deputy speaker of Manipur assembly, MK Preshow said he would lead an official team to assess the damages. Tusom village falls under his assembly constituency of Chingai. Preshow said he would ask officials to take precautionary measures in the area, which falls near border pillar No. 129. Villagers in the said area rely entirely on the Somra area of neighbouring Myanmar for their items of daily use, Preshow said. However, since the road to Somra was blocked following the incident, steps would be taken by the state government to supply the villagers with essential items, Preshow added.
The Naga Students Union Delhi presenting a Naga dance during the finale of the Golden Jubilee Celebrations, which was organized under the theme ‘the motto@50: Pause, Rewind and Play,’ at the Thyagaraj Sports Complex Hall, InA, New Delhi. The Chief Guest for the event, Dr. Aryo Shishak, a retired Surgeon and also the first President of the NSUD (1963-1964) encouraged the nagas to have a vision, and to make nagaland a land of opportunity. He said that in order to be successful one should have courage, dreams and determination. He urged the nagas to never give up because neither is success final, nor is failure fatal. (Story on page 5)
ten ne parties form common political platform nagaland cM neiphiu rio is convenor of nerpf Guwahati, OctOber 20 (Pti): Ten regional parties of the North East on Sunday formed North East Regional Political Front (NERPF), a platform that will consider putting up joint candidates in the forthcoming Lok Sabha poll. Nagaland chief minister Neiphiu Rio will be the NERPF Convenor, while Asom Gana Parishad president Prafulla Kumar Mahanta will be its chief advisor. Rio said, “This (NERPF) is a political party. It is a
federation of the regional parties... We will discuss about putting up joint candidates.” Besides NPF and AGP, the other members of NERPF are Hills State Democratic Party, Meghalaya United Democratic Party, Manipur Peoples Party, Manipur State Congress Party, Manipur Democratic Peoples Front, Indigenous Peoples Front of Tripura, Peoples Party of Arunachal and Mizo National Front. On the Front’s relation with
Congress and BJP, he said, “We will be equidistant from them and we will have equi-closeness with them.” Asked if NERPF would work for formation of a Third Front at the Centre, he said, “It is pre-mature to talk about it.” “We have resolved to form this Front to safeguard the territorial, cultural, social, political and economic front of the region. We will strive to protect its ethnic identity ... Lok Sabha election will be the
first thing for us,” Rio, who is a senior leader of Naga People’s Front, said. NERPF will have its permanent headquarters here and will deliberate on national and international issues affecting the north east, he said. “Delhi has always looked at us as one entity, that is North East and Assam is the mother of this region. That is why we have formed this platform to fight for the common issues,” he added.
In its continued attempt to separate the judiciary from the executive in three sectors in the North East, namely the States of Nagaland, Arunachal Pradesh and Dima Hasao and Karbi Anglong districts of Assam, the Gauhati High Court (GHC) has passed an affable judgment in September this year. This has been necessitated in order to protect the liberty of citizens by preserving the rule of law through the independence of judiciary. On September 21, 2013, the GHC, in a judgment passed by Justice A.K. Goel and Chief Justice A.K. Goswami, implied that the administration of justice through judicial officers under the control of the High Court should be in accordance with the provisions of the Criminal Procedure Code (CrPC) and Civil Procedure Code (CPC). “We hold that the Bengal, Agra and Assam, Civil Courts Act, 1887 (Civil Courts Act), is applicable to…Nagaland. The Administration of Justice Rules applicable in the State of Nagaland…will give way to the provisions of the Civil Courts Act…in relation to functioning of Court manned by members of cadre of judicial service,”
stated the 38-point judgment acquired by The Morung Express. “We further hold that CPC and CrPC are applicable to the regularly constituted civil and criminal Courts without in any manner affecting operation of Article 371A or the functioning of village, customary or any other courts other than the regularly constituted civil and criminal courts in the State of Nagaland manned by members of judicial service.” The exclusion of the CrPC and CPC from the State of Nagaland, noted the GHC, will now be “applicable only to village councils/courts or the customary courts or authorities exercising judicial powers under the administration of justice rules and not regular courts manned by member of Nagaland Judicial Service taken to have been constituted under the Civil Courts Act.” It may be noted that till date, in certain areas in the jurisdiction of the GHC, administration of justice was entrusted to Deputy Commissioners, their Assistants and other village functionaries under Rules applicable. In Nagaland, they are termed the Rules for Administration of Justice and Police, 1937. The High Court has felt the application of the CrPC and CPC in its courts necessary in order to “preserve the rule of law
and protection of liberty of citizens.” Thus, for the Nagaland Judicial Service Rules, 2006, to help courts in Nagaland function smoothly and independently, to work, the Civil Courts Act has to be made applicable. To give teeth to all of this, the CrPC and CPC have been made to apply both in letter and in spirit in regular courts manned by judicial officers. This judgment has been the result of a suo motto Public Interest Litigation (PIL) filed by the GHC, informed Amicus Curiae for the petitioner, Senior Advocate D.K. Mishra, who also informed that the 1937 Rules of Administration and Justice in Nagaland will apply only to customary administration of justice henceforth. The respondents in this case were B.J. Talukdar, Government Advocate (GA) of Assam, A.K. Sarma, Addl. AG, Mizoram, A.M. Buzarbaruah, GA for Arunachal Pradesh and T. Ao, GA for Nagaland. The State of Nagaland has been given the liberty to approach the GHC for any clarification on the order before the next date, i.e. November 12, 2013. But before this date, the State of Nagaland will have to submit a report to the GHC on the steps taken for improvement of infrastructure in terms of the Court’s order.
‘expedite construction of Designer to present the Naga Story in New York nagaland house in delhi’ The road to be a Ashikho Pfuzhe
In this image released to the media, the naga Students’ Federation is seen visiting the nagaland Guest House, which is undergoing construction work at the RK Puram Delhi.
New DeLhi, OctOber 20 (MexN): The Naga Students’ Federation (NSF) has urged the Government of Nagaland to expedite the work for completion of the Nagaland House in New Delhi, as well as the Staff Quarters at Dwarka, which have been pending construction for many years now. The non completion of the Nagaland House, informed the NSF in a press release today, has been causing “undue hardship” to Naga people, especially students, who go to New Delhi for work or study. The NSF visited the Nagaland House R.K. Puram, under construction since October 2010, and also the construction site of Staff Quarters at Dwarka on October 20, 2013 in order to find out the reason for slow progress of the proposed works. “All the work order was issued for construction of the Nagaland House at R.K Puram to M/s CONFOSS
Construction in 2007, with an amount of 1802.48 lakhs, but the actual work on the ground started only in October 2010,” noted a press release from the President of NSF, Tongpang Ozukum and its Assistant General Secretary, Christopher Ltu. The reason for this, according to the NSF, being that “the Government of Nagaland kept delaying the work reasons best known to them and even the contractors did not care to start the work on time and for which, after a lapse of 6 years, only 45% of the works are completed so far.” As for the Staff Quarter at Dwarka, the NSF alleged that “the Government of Nagaland messed up the allocation of the contract work to two Construction Companies, namely M/s Ansari & Co. and M/s Gupta Bros (INDIA), by allotting the contract work to the two companies mentioned
above for constructing the same building in phase wise manner attributing to the delay of the construction works.” The NSF pitted the reason for the slow progress of work on several factors following interaction with the firm in-charge and the government officer incharge of the construction. “The basic reason for the slow progress of the work is due to non release of fund in time by the Government of Nagaland,” the NSF observed. However, the Federation did not express total satisfaction with this “justification” as it believes that the delay is because “many a times the construction companies used to delay the works in order to escalate the rate and this case appears to be one of such instances.” Nonetheless, it has urged the Nagaland State Government and the companies who have been contracted with the work to expedite the construction without further delay. “Whatever may be the reason, the Federation is disheartened with the progress because due to delay of the construction work, many people, particularly the students community have been facing undue hardship ever since the dismantling of the building in the early part of 2009,” stated the apex Naga students’ body. “Therefore the Federation urges both the Govt. of Nagaland and the three firms to expedite the works and complete them by later part of next year.”
Morung Express Feature
Come spring next year, a young Naga designer will be on her maiden flight to New York to showcase her designs to the world. Twenty-six year old Ikali Sukhalu won the ‘Best Designer’ title of Northeast India Academy of Performing Arts (NIAPA) Award 2013, confirming a flight ticket to realize her ‘American dream’ in the fashion world. She, along with two other designers from India, will represent India at the glitzy Couture Fashion Week New York to be held in February 2014. “I was shocked because I did not expect to be the winner. I was expecting to be at least in the top five and I would have been happy with that. But in the end when they announced my name, I was like...oh my God! I am going to New York,” she said of her reaction after she was declared the NIAPA awardee. In the interim, she has fully immersed herself in her work: “I have already started doing the ground work like research and designing. I have to design 12 ensembles. Three designers will be representing India this time in New York and I am doing the finale.” Pacing up and down the small studio at her Thilixu residence, Ikali said she is continually searching for ideas and motifs to inspire her. Asked for a peep show into her preparations and creations for the big event,
Designer Ikali Sukhalu displaying one of her creations.
she politely declined and said they are reserved for the ultimate moment on the ramp. She however confided that her favourite creations are a fusion of modern and Naga ethnic wears. Ikali’s passion for fashion goes back to her doll days. “Ever since I can remember her as a child, she was always busy stitching clothes for her Barbie dolls and she always used to say that she was going to be a designer someday,” Ikali’s mother Hutoli Sukhalu said. The unassuming designer whose favourite designer is Christopher Bailey admits that fashion design-
ing, being an unconventional career choice, had her parents skeptical initially but seeing her determination made them finally relent. “Ever since then they have been supportive all the way, especially when I was trying to find my feet in the fashion world.” On problems faced by designers in Nagaland, Ikali, who has come back from Mumbai, said, “it is an uphill task being a designer here - getting quality material and trims is one hindrance, finding skilled and committed workers is another. There is a very vast gap between the interna-
fter passing standard XII from Bishop Cotton Girls School, Bangalore, Ikali Sukhalu completed Advance Diploma in Fashion Technology from Wigan & Leigh College, Mumbai, and Access to HE Fashion Business from London College of Fashion, UK. Before heading home, her stints in the fashion industry include Drastha Designs (Assistant Stylist for Indian Idol 2008), ‘The Mole’ movie (Additional Costume Assistant 2008), Fashion & Lifestyle Magazine, October ’07 issue (Fashion Illustrator), Lakme Fashion Week, 2006- 2008 (Backstaging Crew), Katherine Elizabeth Millinery, London, 2011(Millinery Assistant), Nadia & Ikali Designs, Mumbai (Creative Head & Designer).
tional and local standard of quality product, it is a struggle to bridge the gap between the two.” On her daughter’s big break in the fashion circuit, Hutoli said, “I am happy for her. But I am also a little apprehensive about her going to New York as it is a totally different world out there and I heard they are really finicky about standard and workmanship. Anyway, I thank God and I pray that she will do well and make Nagas proud.” Whatever the difficulties, Ikali will be presenting to New York the ‘Naga story’ interwoven into the fabric of her designs.
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The choice of menswear in Nagaland has always been a weak point in the retail market of Nagaland. While boutiques and in-house selling of women’s clothing fast mushroomed, the range of men’s clothing available was limited and prices found to be expensive. However, several new brands and independent designers are now entering this part of the field with much zeal and enthusiasm. And to this, brand new Company “Emboss Fashion Enterprise” has entered the retail scene in Nagaland. This independent brand offers clothes which are suited to the ‘Naga physique’, fashion taste and also caters to the user’s comfort. Fashion entrepreneurs Bendang Jamir and Ingdong Imchen have a concern that since the physique of Nagas is ‘different’ as compared to ‘others’, what usually happens is that most people end up having to refit the readymade garments available in the market. To act as remedy to this problem, customers of Bevura are given the option to choose their own
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Fashion entrepreneurship, a new trend in the career industry Akangchila Longchar
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(L-R) Men clothing on display from the line ‘BEVURA’. I. Bendang Jamir (top) and Ingdong Imchen (bottom), entrepreneurs of Emboss Fashion Enterprise.
designs, colors and order it in available fabrics and have it fitted perfectly to their size. Bendang Jamir and Ingdong Imchen kick started the company on April 18, 2012 in New Delhi. After seeing the lack of menswear in the state and the potential of retail, the duo soon launched a clothing line for men under the brand name ‘BEVURA’ which means master piece/outstanding. It is derived from the word ‘Bravura’. In the partnership, Ingdong Imchen is based in Dimapur and deals with the marketing, promo-
tions, client management packing, quality analyzing etc. He holds an MBA with specialization in Human Resource from New Delhi. He also has four years of work experience in sales and marketing in insurance, telecom & other investment sectors. Meanwhile, Bendang Jamir is based in New Delhi, and is involved in all the areas related to designing starting from fabrication. He also holds an MBA in Retail management and Sales & marketing, and has five years of experience in retail and fashion industry. He has worked with Zara at Select Citywalk as super-
SJC students display diverse talents at Annual Literary Fest Jakhama, OctOber 20 (mexN): The Department of English, St Joseph’s College (SJC), Jakhama held its ‘Annual Literary Fest 2013’ on October 17 and 18. The two-day programme was conducted at the College auditorium for 320 B.A English Honours students. Earlier, it used to be a day long programme known as ‘Literary Day’. According to a press note, the fest was filled with various competitions. On day one, the fest saw declamation, duet, folk song, dance, extempore speech, poetry composition, story writing and literary quiz competitions. On the second day, there were poetry recitation, joke narration, stage presentation and debate on “Literature: the mirror of life”. The group which presented the drama - ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ won
the coveted stage presentation prize. During the fest, Rev. Fr. Dr. Abraham Lotha, Principal of the College urged the students to communicate only in English so the culture of Nagamese, Mother tongue and other language usages in the college diminishes and eventually all the other students follow suit. He said it was a great skill to converse in English fluently for the Nagas in particular and tribals in general. Meanwhile, James H.K, the Head of Department (English) presented the Annual Report. He encouraged the students to explore their God’s gifted talents during the fest. He pointed out that “we are never indispensible and yet God has been so good to have granted us the capabilities and abilities to create memory which can
be done in just two ways: firstly, in the fond positive manner and secondly, in the loathsome negative manner.” And, he said, it all depends on each individual “how we create even if we all go through this life’s journey just one go.” Calling the students to create memories in the first manner while in the college, he stimulated the gathering to participate in the fest and leave the manifold “sweet memories” while learning and growing. Earlier, the fest began with invoking God’s blessing by Rev. Dr Sr. Kaisa Rosalind CMC. Newry, the president of English Department extended the welcome address. Tsakhale Sangtam, General Secretary of the Department proposed the vote of thanks. The fest concluded with a ‘Literarian Family’ meal.
visor, and also worked for two years with New Delhi based designers, most importantly Mayank Prasad, a renowned designer in Delhi who always guides and provides mentorship. The clothing line ‘BEVURA’ is Ingdong and Bendang’s first business venture together. The duo profess that the brand was born with the motto of delivering fast fashion, edgy and taste of glamour for every fashion forward individual. “We strive to make Nagaland state one of the fashion market destinations in the country by offering quality merchandise with affordable price,” they
said. “If we see the taste and needs of the north east people especially our Nagas, we are very much fashion forward and conscious compared to the other states in India, and the difference in our physique, complexion and the style." This, the duo said is how "we Emboss Fashion Enterprise meets all assortments of sizes and styles to accommodate all varying body styles and shapes.” Ingdong and Bendang also have a dream to set up a manufacturing unit in Nagaland in the coming years. “Our mission is to generate employment opportunity in the state by exporting our merchandise in the future, as Northeast is becoming one of the hotspot in India for fashion.” They also strive to harness and foster the talents of local designers and help to achieve recognition in fashion industry in local and international community. For now, Bevura is retailing clothes in Dimapur, Mokokchung and Kohima. The brand is also doing a modest operation through online catering. To place an order or check out the products, you can also login to www.facebook.com/pages/EmbossFashion-Enterprise.
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CREATING AWARENESS ABOUT HIV/AIDS THROUGH MUSIC: Brand ambassador of NSACS' ZERO (Music for Zero) campaign, Clueless Attention seen at Town Higher Secondary School, Mokokchung. Clueless Attention is visiting schools and colleges across Nagaland with a message for youth to be safe and responsible.
Craftsmen trained in bamboo furniture making
The craftsmen with the furniture created during the training organized by NBDA in Peren.
PereN, OctOber 20 (mexN): As part of its Enterprise Development Initiative, Nagaland Bamboo Development Agency (NBDA) organized a five days training on ‘Bamboo Furniture Making’ from October 14 to 18 at Mhainamtsi, under Peren district. Altogether, twelve bamboo craftsmen, hailing from 4
villages namely, Mhainamtsi, Heningkulwa, Jaluki-B and Gaili attended the training. In a press release, Member, NBM-IT, NBDA Dr. Tolto Metha informed that the agency will be conducting such trainings in different places to generate interest and awareness on the necessity of skill-up gra-
dation and potential of the bamboo industry as an effective medium for poverty alleviation among the rural poor. The State already being a forerunner in bamboo industry in the country, the note stated, the Agency has been conducting such mass-based activities since its inception to further promote bamboo enterprise.
Ray of hope for water scarce village
meNguzuma, OctOber 20 (mexN): Menguzuma village, located between Kohima and Dimapur has been without water supply for more than 10 years, and is continually in water crisis. The villagers fully rely on water fetched from "traditional wells" in the outskirts of the village. The village authority had already submitted grievances to the department concerned for early solution to their demand, but nothing substantial had been done. However, the Village Council Chairman is now thankful to the Public Health Engineering Department (PHED) for constructing water harvesting tanks, which he hoped will PHED and villagers inspecting the construction of rain harvesting tanks at Menguzuma village. According to a press Er Kevisekho Kruse, in a lenges and for supplemenbring much relief from the plight of water scarcity dur- release received here, phone conversation said, tary needs and sustainthe Chief Engineer, PHED to meet the emerging chal- ability, the department is ing winter.
constructing 25 water harvesting tanks of 5000 litres each. The Chief Engineer also informed that the department is working hard to cater the need of water supply to Menguzuma village, but the village itself is situated at the hilltop and there is no proper water source. He however, pointed out that the only water source to supply Menguzuma village is through Dzümha water source from Mezoma village. Er. P. Jakpou, EE, PHED, Rural Division, accompanied by SDO, Rokovituo Vizo, Junior Engineer Tiakumla and VCC Menguzuma village, who inspected the site, said the water harvesting tank is a centrally sponsored scheme under National Rural Drinking Water Programme (NRDWP).
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NNC observes Martyr’s Day in Wokha
WOkha, OctOber 20 (mexN): The Lotha Regional Council of NNC observed the 61st Martyr’s Day at Wokha Town on October 18. Chairing the event, Yilow Humtsoe, Vice President of Lotha Region stated that October 18 is a very memorable day for the Nagas, as it was the day when the first sacrifice was made for Nagas’ freedom by late Zasibito Naga. He also requested the Nagas to co-operate and unify as one for the betterment of Naga society. A press release issued by Yilow Humtsoe informed that a special prayer was dedicated to late Zasibito Naga and all the Naga freedom fighters who have laid down their lives for Naga sovereignty.
Kuda Kewhimia Krotho meeting held
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DimaPur, OctOber 20 (mexN): The new team of Kuda Kewhimia Krotho had its meeting at its President Vihielie Sekhose’s residence at Burma Camp, Dimapur on October 18, 2013. A press note issued by Joshua Solo, Publicity Secretary, Kuda Kewhimia Krotho Dimapur stated that besides a consultative meeting, there was a formal introduction of the new members with the women folk - Kuda Kewhimaiapfii Krotho office bearers. The Woman president Khonuo Keretsii apprised the members that Kuda Kewhimaipfii Krotho will take up various welfare activities for the needy and old aged persons above 80 years old residing in Dimapur, for which she requested the "parent body" to extend their co-operation. For membership renewal, the Kuda Kewhimai Krotha has requested all the members residing in Dimapur to contact their Khel representatives as follows: For L-Khel contact
Kruyie Vizo 9436266804, D-Khel contact Acha Kire 9856516631, TKhel contact Joshua Solo 982466458 and P-Khel contact Neivotsolie Mich 9436012654. The meeting also resolved to review the present guest house located at Bank colony and to take up repair works. This guest house was constructed by the predecessors primarily to meet the need of travelling students and working people who need temporary shelter during the transfer and transits. Meanwhile, the list of new office bearers are as follows: President: Vihielie Sekhoshe, Vice President: K. James Vizo, General Secretary: Kevi Mepfu-o, Assistant Secretary: Kruyie Vizo, Treasurer: Neivotsolie Mich, Food Secretary: Acha Kire, Publicity Secretary: Joshua Solo, Statistical Secretary: Kevilhouleii Suho and the advisors are K.Linyi, Be-o Vizo, David Kire. The new members’ tenure will be for three years -2013 to 2016.
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The Morung express
21 October 2013
The scared teachers of Assam seek transfer to ‘safer places’ Samudra Gupta Kashyap
The authorities are investigating whether the assault on her –—while the medical report is awaited, rape has been unofficially confirmed — was prompted by her taking on the School Management Committee over her students being deprived of midday meals. Of the five arrested by police, one is Mustafizur Rahman, member-secretary of the committee, who is also accused of misappropriating funds meant for school infrastructure. The other four are Muslimuddin, Joynal Abedin, Samer Ali and Abdul Ali. Police are trying to determine whether they were hired by Rahman. The authorities have transferred the rape victim to a school closer to her home in Mangaldoi town now. However, in the fortnight since the assault, at least 50 women teachers of Darrang district alone have also applied to the Inspector of Schools in Mangal-
doi for a transfer to "safer places". "The teachers are now scared of travelling to remote places where their schools are located," says Rajlakshmi Sarma, an officer in the Inspector's office. Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi has constituted a three-member committee to look into the safety of women teachers posted in remotely located schools.The committee will also formulate a transfer-and-posting policy for them. In Darrang district, since June 2012, 1,561 primary school teachers selected through the Teachers' Eligibility Test have been appointed, 843 of them women. As many as 62 have been transferred after they said they felt "unsafe". Nabanita Das of Daipam Lower Primary School, Rupshree Baruah of Besimari Na-mati Lower Primary School, and Rupa Hazari-
'Rape' of an Assam teacher who had been protesting against the missing midday meals confirms the worst fears of her women colleagues. Now many want jobs out of remote areas
her verbally. "I just kept my ears shut. Luckily he dared not touch me. Probably he didn't find the opportunity," she said. While acknowledging that midday meals had not been served for nearly two years, Gopal Soren, president of the School Management Committee, claimed Rahman was solely to blame. "Neither does he call a meeting of the committee, nor does he show us the accounts. He also made me sign several cheques," claimed Soren, quiet on his own role in the matter. "Yes, there have been gross anomalies in this school," said Umit Mardi, vice-president of the local unit of the Assam Chah Mazdoor Sangha (ACMS). "We have been complaining about the non-supply of midday meals for a long time. This teacher has created awareness about it." Two of the 20-yearold's students admit that
they hadn't got midday meals for a long time. "Baideu (sister) always told us to ask for them," said Suprina Lakra, a Class III student. "We heard that they give midday meals in all other schools," adds a Class IV student. With the alleged rape taking the lid off a wellknown secret, State Education Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma admitted there have been anomalies in the midday meal scheme across the state. "It has become a major problem since the Centre vested the responsibility of handling midday meal funds to the member-secretary of the School Management Committee, who in turn has to be a teacher," he said. While Rahman is actually a teacher posted at the Khairakata Lower Primary School, he is member-secretary at as many as three schools. The minister also admitted that the 20-year-old
ImpHAl, OctOber 20 (NNN): BJP national spokesperson Nirmala Sitharam today said people of North East region should take the forthcoming Lok Sabha poll seriously. She alleged that in the last five years, the government did nothing in the region though the people voted for them. Nirmala Sitharam was speaking at a 'Public Lecture' held under the theme, "Parliamentary Election of 2014 - What it means for the North East India," at Tribal Research Institute, Imphal organized by The Centre for Social Studies, Manipur (CSSM). The national BJP leader said the North East people should ask their elected representatives the things they had done in the region in the past five years. She added that the people should also ask their representatives about the plans they will do in the next five years. Expressing regret, the spokesperson said, "There are no industries, no propWild elephants stand at the Deepor Beel wildlife sanctuary on the outskirts of Guwahati, Assam. Wild elephant herds often visit the sanctuary to swim in er railway lines and no well maintained airports." the waters and later return to their habitat. (AP Photo/Anupam Nath)
She also said that no remarkable development is seen in the region. "If at all there are developmental works undertaken by the government the process is too slow." She then lashed out at the Congress government of neglecting the people. "This Congress government is ignoring the poor section of the society and the minorities." She also accused the Congress government of taking interest in corruption and communal politics. Nirmala Sitharam then said the BJP government at the Cemtre had come out with many development plans and policies but due to the 2004 Lok Sabha poll defeat they could not be implemented. Meanwhile, taking a dig at the Congress party, the BJP leader accused the former of protecting the criminals and law offenders. Former union minister Th Chaoba, former Manipur cabinet minister Prof Gangmumei Kamei, former Manipur assembly speakers Dr S Dhananjoy and Dr Borobabu and many others attended the programme.
The Indian Express October 1 had begun as any other day for the 20-yearold. Since she cleared the Teacher Eligibility Test in 2012 and started work at a lower primary school in Darrang district, she would get up early, catch a public transport on NH-52, and walk the remaining 2 km through a tea estate. Once inside her class though, the hassles of the travel would be soon pushed back as the school's 72 children would swarm around her, seeking the chocolates and toffees she always had for them. Those days are over. That afternoon, as she was returning from school the same way alone — the other teacher was on leave — four men accosted her, dragged her into the tea bushes and at least two allegedly raped her. There was no one around as the tea estate workers had gone for lunch.
NE has lot to offer to tourists: Arunachal CM ItANAgAr, OctOber 20 (tNN): The second edition of the International Tourism Mart (ITM) went off to a colourful start on Saturday at the picturesque Tawang town, bordering China, with Arunachal Pradesh chief minister Nabam Tuki inaugurating the three-day tourism extravaganza. Tourism ministers of all the northeast states were present at the programme. The event has been organized by the Union tourism ministry in association with the northeast states and West Bengal to highlight the tourism potentials of the region in domestic and international markets. Delegates from across the country and abroad are participating in the tourism festival. "Northeast, which has been aptly referred to as 'the Paradise Unexplored', is indeed a destination with huge tourism potential that is yet to be adequately exploited. With such diversity not only in its geography but also in our lifestyle, the region has a lot to offer to any tourist visiting this part of the country,' Tuki said. The region is a treasure house for adventure seekers. There is mountaineering, trekking, white water rafting and angling. Arunachal Pradesh has massive tourism potential which is being tapped in a holistic manner and this event is a step forward in that direction, Tuki said. Appreciating the hospitable attitude of the people of Tawang, which has result-
ed in the massive flow of tourists to this far-off land against all odds and for the innovative homestay facility, the CM appealed to the locals to maintain the spirit to make it a model for the entire country. "Our government has attached top-most priority to promote the tourism sector, the only sector which can generate massive self-employment avenues while enriching the state exchequer," he said. The state government is pursuing New Delhi for implementing the proposed tri-national highway linking Arunachal with Bhutan via Bleting and Myanmar via Pangsau Pass through the historic Stillwell Road to link the rich Southeast Asian countries, Tuki said. This would herald a new chapter in international trade and tourism and would be a harbinger of bilateral relations among the Southeast Asian nations and northeast India and in turn would help end insurgency, mushrooming of youth organizations and crimes confronting the region due to lack of socio-economic development, he added. While Guwahati airport has been made an international airport to facilitate air services to most of the Southeast Asian countries to give an impetus to the tourism industry, air services in this land-locked state would improve once the seven airfields at Ziro, Tezu, Pasighat, Mechuka, Anini, Wallong and Tuting are upgraded by the Indian Air Force.
ka of Pub Chukabahi Lower Primary School are among those seeking transfer. All these schools are located in remote areas where, in the absence of public transport, teachers have to walk several kilometres through tea estates, paddy fields or sand-bars on the bank of the Brahmaputra. The 20-year-old, who belongs to Darrang district, questioned why her students, mostly belonging to deprived families, had not had midday meals for months. "You people must demand for it, it is your right," she would often tell
parents, who are illiterate or semi-literate tea estate labourers. Fakhrul Islam, Additional SP, Darrang, said the rape victim as well as another teacher had complained that the accused Rahman threatened them for complaining against him, following which the district authorities had ordered a probe last month. A teacher of another school, who has also sought a transfer, said the member secretary of her school would often accompany her on her way to and from school, and harass
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Tripura CPI-M leader sacked over bed of money
AgArtAlA, OctOber 20 (IANS): The ruling CPIM in Tripura expelled a local leader, Samar Acharjee, after he was caught on a mobile phone camera napping on bundles of Indian currency notes in fulfilment of a "long-cherished dream", party leaders said Sunday. A local television channel Thursday telecast the 55-year-old Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M)leader lying on several bundles of notes, worth about Rs.20 lakh, at his home in Bankumari on the outskirts of state capital Agartala. Acharjee, a small time contractor, took up government work on contract
basis in partnership with others. "Acharjee's actions were against the communist ideology and principles. His deeds badly affected the image of the party. Hence, he was expelled from the party and removed from all posts he has been holding," CPIM's Dukli divisional committee secretary Subrata Chakraborty told reporters. "The party leaders, before taking disciplinary action, heard the views of Acharjee and examined his bank balance and other assets. He has no immovable assets except his ancestral home. Acharjee told us that his wife has Rs 2,28,000 in the bank," Chakraborty said. Quoting Acharjee,
Chakraborty said that he had been engaged in constructing low cost sanitary latrines for households on the outskirts of Agartala. He had recently drawn Rs.15,12,060 from the bank (sanctioned by the government authority) to disburse among four partners including himself. "Before taking the final decision to push out Acharjee, we held a series of meetings in the presence of senior leaders including the party's central committee member Khagen Das," Chakraborty said, adding that the CPI-M would never protect leaders or members engaged in immoral practices. The CPI-M initiated
disciplinary action against Acharjee soon after a local television channel aired the video of the leader on a bed of money. "Recently, I got Rs.20 lakh against pending bills of Rs.70 lakh from the government for constructing sanitary latrines in the Agartala Municipal Council areas. I've had the dream of lying on currency notes," Acharjee told an anonymous person who caught the action on camera. The incident is reported to have occurred Oct 10 and was aired on TV Thursday and reported in local newspapers Friday. On the video aired on TV, Acharjee was seen saying: "I am a rich man now.
gUWAHAtI, OctOber 20 (tNN): The Assam State Commission for Women (ASCW) under the project titled 'Targeted Intervention and Prevention of Witch Hunting in Affected areas of Assam' has launched a survey and various awareness drives, besides sensitization programmes to fight this social evil. The commission has conducted survey at two places - Sila Senduri Gopa near Sangsari in Kamrup (rural) district and Amchang Jorabat. More such surveys and awareness camps will be organized in the districts of Goalpara, Kokrajhar, Udalguri, Baksa, Chirang, Sonitpur, Morigaon, Dibrugarh, Dhemaji, Cachar, Jorhat, Sivasagar,
Kamrup (rural) and Kamrup (metro) in phased manner. The ASCW has undertaken the project with an aim to eliminate witch hunting, increase the level of awareness especially regarding health aspect, raise the level of literacy and to bring economic empowerment among the people through various government schemes. According to the data provided by the commission, around 12 cases of witch hunting were registered during 2012-13. ASCW member secretary Monideepa Borkakaty said there has been various incidents wherein both men and Women have been brutally killed by vil-
lagers accusing them of being witches. The commission has been taking several steps to prevent witch hunting in society by visiting the affected places, holding awareness meetings and sensitizing people, NGOs and the local administration. "However, the ASCW felt that this was not enough. So the commission has decided to conduct a separate project entirely dedicated for eradicating witch hunting. As of now we've started conducting surveys at two places. Later it will be extended to other affected districts of the state," Borkakaty said. According to Borkakaty, the survey revealed that two persons were killed at Sila Senduri Gopa
near Sangsari in Kamrup (rural) district on the suspicion that they were witches. Another incident of witch hunting was also reported from Amchang Jorabat where the woman was later on rescued. Moreover, there are people who practice witchcraft due to lack of education, besides poor health and hygienic conditions in some areas. It is also found that incidents of witchcraft are reported more during summers when people are more prone to diseases like malaria, typhoid etc. Borkakaty said in our society, labeling a woman as a witch is a common ploy to grab land, settle scores or even punish her for turning down sexual advances.
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I am not a hypocrite like other party members who depict themselves as proletariat though they have huge amount of money." CPI-M state secretary Bijan Dhar said the party could not support such immorality. Opposition Congress leader Ratan Lal Nath, Trinamool Congress state president Surajit Datta and other opposition leaders have demanded a judicial probe into the incident and the arrest of Acharjee. "The incident shows just how corrupt the CPI-M party members are. It is established that CPI-M leaders made a huge amount of money by misusing public funds," Nath told reporters.
wasn't the first to raise her voice among the new set of selected teachers. "Some also directly informed me," Sarma said. According to him, what made Darrang's case worse was that the block elementary education officer had appointed Rahman as School Management Committee secretary for several schools, in violation of government orders. It is also the case in some other districts, he said, adding that he has now ordered that this practice must stop. However, as Sarma pointed out, not posting women teachers to remote areas could hardly be the solution. "In fact, teachers selected through the eligibility test were meant for remote areas. I have requested the chief minister to constitute a special court, so that the culprits are identified and awarded exemplary punishment," he said.
Suspected militants ambush AR personnel
ImpHAl, OctOber 20 (tHe HINdU): Suspected militants ambushed a column of 24 Assam Rifles personnel at Nambisha in Ukhrul district on Sunday afternoon. A remote controlled bomb was detonated while the personnel were on foot patrolling in the mountain road. Though sources said that there were some casualties no official confirmation is available as yet. In another incident a Chinese-made hand grenade was hurled on Sunday at the house of Ranjit Takhellambam, collector of Thoubal district. Family members found the unexploded grenade early in the morning. Several women staged a sit-in protest at Pishum Oinam Leikai in Imphal where the house of the collector is located. Meanwhile the Zeliagnrong Students' Union, All Tribal Students' Union Manipur and Naga Women's Union have strongly condemned the arrest of three alleged militants by personnel of 10 Assam Rifles at Noney in Tamenglong district on October 17. The arrested persons identified as J. Panmei, K. Kamei and L. Panmei were accused of being militants of National Socialist Council of Nagaland (Khaplang). They were duly handed over to the police the following day. Talking to reporters the activists demanded immediate and unconditional release of these persons contending that they are innocent persons.
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he Western Sumi Kukami Hoho is constraint to issue a rejoinder to the article “LVC rejects Ezong Committee report on inter district boundary” particularly confining to their statement “the age old traditional boundary of Lamhai people reaching Temaki (Dhansiri River)” and the subsequent article “APO-ZB (AMN) agree on boundary” particularly confining to their statement “there is no land ancestry owned by any tribe or village ........ till the land of Lamhai and Chumukedima in the North-West” that appeared in the local dailies dated 02.10.13 and 17.10.13 respectively. Time and again certain organizations have been making unwarranted claims by concocting historical facts to suit their purpose and the above article is one such which needs to be set right for the record and in the interest of the Naga people. The claims of the LVC chairman Haibamko and Head GB Amezi seems to reflect their utter ignorance of the historical background, being having migrated from neighbouring states of Manipur and Assam
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WSKH rejoinder to news item in the fifties, sixties, seventies. Nay, even as late as eighties, the authors seems to forget that several tribal villages were already inhabited and established between the present Lamhai village and the Chumukedima prior to the existence of the Lamhai village. The first tribal village duly established within this area was Shoxuvi village in 1926, subsequent to the formation of the Western Sema Block out of the “Sarkari Land” or “Vacant Land”. The term “Vacant Land” can be justified from the actual position of the Survey Map of Rangapahar Reserve No.83 GG/9-13 published in 1922 under the direction of Colonel C.H.D. Ryder, Survey General of India. Three years after the Colonel Ryder’s map became official document. Shoxuvi village was established with an extensive area between Khova River and Disagophu river (1926). Thereafter, Kiyevi village was established in the year 1938, Zutovi village was estab-
lished in the year 1948 and several other tribal villages mushroomed during nineteen fifties and sixties etc. The boundary line between the villages of Chumukedima and Shoukhuvi in the east was settled in 1939 which was reaffirmed in pol. case No. 1 of 1953. The relevant portion is being reproduced below: “.........The village of Shoukhuvi or Tsesephema was started sometime in 1926 under orders of the Deputy Commissioner......The region falling between the two rivers of Khova on the east and Langlong on the west is generally known as the western Sema Region and settlement in this region was granted to the Sema on the explicit understanding that the entire land was Sarkari....The river Khova should continue to be boundary lines between the two villages of Chumukedima and Tsesephema”. A brief historical background is narrated for consump-
tion of the Nagas in particular. By the Treaty of Yandaboo in 1826, Assam and Manipur were brought under the sovereignty of the British Imperialists. The Nagas came into contact with British for the first time in 1832 when captain Jenkins and captain Bemberton passed through the Naga countries with 800 soldiers. The expedition proved to be a costly affair without returns. Thereafter, the British Indian Government adopted the policy of non-interference in respect of the Naga tribes. The Nagas imagined themselves to be unassailable in their strong holds in the hills. To protect their subjects, the British administration sent as many as 10 expeditions to suppress the Nagas but the Naga raids on the British subjects remained unabated. In order to check the Naga raiders, the British administration created the Naga Hills District with its headquarters at Samagutting in 1866 and adopted forward
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policy thereafter. By 1881, the British administration could establish its authority over some of the Naga tribes with its headquarters at Kohima. The responsible Government was first introduced in the British India under the Government of India Act 1919 known as the Dyarchy System. Under the system, forest was included in the Transferred subjects. To meet the administration convenience of the Assam Provincial Government, Naga Hills Reserved Forests were transferred to the Districts of Nowgong and Sibsagar by drawing the 1925 boundary line. There were uninhabited areas lying vacant in between the 1925 boundary line, Rangapahar Reserve Forests, Kachari settlers and Intangki Reserve Forests on the one hand and the villages inhabited by the Angami Nagas and the Zeliang Nagas on the other. The then Deputy Commissioner, Naga Hills district, who virtually ruled over the entire
District of the Naga Hills expressed his desire that the uninhabited areas should be inhabited and ordered the Nagas to settle in the region. In response to the expressed desire of the D.C., Naga Hills District, some Sema village chiefs established villages in the region known as Western Sema Region. It is to be noted here that the Deputy Commissioner did not prohibit any other Nagas to settle in the region. As a matter of fact, when Shoukhuvi, or Tesephema village was established in 1926, one Lhoudelie an Angami D.B. accompanied the Sema settlers to establishe the village. The boundary between the villages of Chumukedima and Shoukhuvi also was settled by Lhoudelie in 1939, which was reaffirmed in Pol. Case No. 1 of 1953 as stated above. The Western Sumi Kukami Hoho would also like to remind the Lamhai village that the representatives of Zeliangrong Baudi and Western Sumi Hoho
had jointly decided on 30th March 2001 at Hotel Tragopan, Dimapur, vis-a-vis the demarcation of Dimapur and Kohima (Peren District) that the issue is returned to the Inter-District Boundary Committee for final settlement and both the apex bodies will continue to extend full cooperation to the InterDistrict Boundary Committee. This decision was witnessed by T. Mhabemo Yanthan, the then SDO (Civil) of Jalukie and Moang Aier, the then ADC of Dimapur. From the facts stated in the foregoing paragraphs, it is clear that the petitioners are ignorant about the historical background. In their endeavour to justify their illegal or unlawful activities they have attempted to rewrite the history. However, much as they wish to conduct the historical facts, well-documented and well-recorded historical facts cannot be twisted to suit their purpose. Should any arise for producing the material documents, we will be willing to furnish at any time. Isahoto Zhimo President, Western Sumi Kukami Hoho
NMA seeks clarification from Thepfulhouvi Solo
he Naga Mothers’ Association has taken serious note of the defamatory statement made by Mr. Thepfulhouvi Solo against the NMA, in his article published on the 3rd October 2013 in leading dailies. The NMA strongly objects to his sweeping statement that the NMA including other NGOs have failed to protect the interests of the Nagas of Nagaland. It is most unfortunate that Mr. T. Solo has not only revealed his ignorance about the Constitution of the NMA , but also his inability to recognize the contribution of the NMA in upholding the interests of not only Naga women, but men and children in the state of Nagaland, since the formation of the NMA. Therefore, the NMA is compelled to make the following clarifications: 1. The Naga Mothers Association is the bonadfide Apex Organization of the following tribe women organizations residing within the state of Nagaland: Angamimiapfu Mechu Krotho, Sumi Totimi Hoho, Chakesang Mothers Association, Pochury Mothers Association, Kyong Eloe Hoho, Kuki Mothers Association, Zeliang Mepui Organ-
isation and Rengma Mothers’ Association. 2. The NMA also closely works in collaboration with the Watsu Mongdang, six tribe constituents of the Eastern Naga Women Organization and the Naga Women Hoho Dimapur, on all issues related to protection of Naga women’s rights and violence against women and children, their welfare and security. 3. The NMA does not have any constituent units from other Nagas outside the State of Nagaland, nor is it affiliated to any. However, as a mother’s organization, the NMA has consistently raised its voice on violations of women’s rights and human rights, any forms of violence and advocated for peace, both within and outside the state, in the greater interest of the Nagas as a people. Over the decades of conflict and senseless killings, the NMA has been involved in peace building, peacemaking and peacekeeping processes through the NMA Peace Team as well as its tribe women units , living on its motto of ‘Shed no more blood”. The NMA is also represented in
the Forum for Naga Reconciliation through its nominee into the forum. As a frontrunner organization in bringing societal changes and accountability in governance, the NMA has continuously raised its serious concerns with respective authorities in the state on Education, Health, Corruption, Domestic violence and Crimes and Violence against women, women and child rights, Violations of human rights, Natural Resources and Environment. The denial and delay in implementation of Naga women’s right through reserved seats to the municipal and urban bodies has compelled the NMA and other women’s organizations to seek legal justice in the Supreme Court for Naga women residing in the state of Nagaland. We believe that as mothers we dream of a better future of the Nagas, our children, the society and our state of Nagaland, filled with peace and the hope of gender equity. We hope that in future such defamatory sweeping statements, not based on fact, will be avoided by the learned writer, who has now taken on the important mantle to lead the NTC. Naga Mothers’ Association
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Monday 21 October 2013
NSuD commemorates Golden Jubilee inspiration awards presented to 8 achievers
NSUD members showcasing the various hues of the Naga tribes during “Cultural Attire Walk” ar the Golden Jubilee Celebrations.
Dimapur, OctOber 21 (mexN): Celebrating its 50th year of existence at Tyagaraj Stadium in New Delhi, the finale of the Naga Students Union Delhi’s (NSUD) Golden Jubilee Celebrations was held under the theme ‘the motto@50: Pause, Rewind and Play’ on October 18, 2013. The first President of the NSUD (1963-1964), Dr. Aryo Shishak was the chief guest for the momentous occasion. In his special Golden Jubilee address, Dr. Aryo Shishak, who is a retired Surgeon, shared the story behind
the formation of the NSUD in 1963, and how God has rewarded them for their faithfulness with the completion of 50 years of the NSUD’s existence. He encouraged the Nagas to have a vision, and with sincerity make Nagaland a land of opportunity. In order to be successful, he said courage, dreams and determination were essential and to never give up because neither is success final, nor is failure fatal. He also encouraged the young Nagas to look beyond Government service, and em-
phasized upon the need to venture out beyond writing competitive exams. Reminiscing on the long and exciting journey that NSUD had travelled these past 50 years, President, NSUD Lhusisato Iralu, in his address said the celebration was not just about the mere existence of a union, but more importantly, about the unity that the NSUD has always sought to represent, and the unity that it has enjoyed these past 5 decades. He stated “Fifty years of completion of the NSUD is no
doubt an incredible achievement and a milestone, and therefore an opportune moment for us to reflect upon our past mistakes and flaws, and learning from them”. He reiterated the NSUD’s ardent desire would remain the oneness of the Nagas, and impressed upon the need for Nagas to be honest and transparent with each other, and that we must endeavour to be the best we can be, and be the change we desire to see. Stating significance of the event, NSF President Tongpang
Dimapur Mission Organization Fellowship held Dimapur, OctOber 20 (mexN): A meeting of several Dimapur Mission Organization Fellowships like NMM, CFCI, YWAM, IEM, Help International, Justice for the Poor, AEF, Hope Ministries, OCI, Soul Harvest Ministry, FMPB was held recently at NMM Office. Rev. Amos Humtsoe, Convener in a press note stated that there are already many Mission Organizations operating in Dimapur, and each of the Mission organizations has very good components addressed to the mental, health, physical and spiritual lives of people, and lead them to transforming their lives. Yet we do not know each other, stated the Convener in the note. Hence, the leaders of the Mission Organization felt that it is good to come together for fellowship. It was mentioned that sever-
n what has been described as an “important milestone” in the history of the Naga Students’ Union Delhi (NSUD) and with the objective of inspiring young Naga students to undertake similar feats in life, the NSUD has instituted the ‘Inspiration Awards’ for a total of eight categories namely Literature, Music, Academic, Entrepreneur, Administration, Missionary, Medical and Social Upliftment, as a mark of recognition of the recipients’ achievement in their respective fields. The award recipients in the various categories were (i) Monalisa Changkija, editor, Nagaland Page for Literature, (ii) Obed Zeme for Music, (iii) Zaren Odyuo for Enterpreneur, (iv) Keduovino Keditsu for Medical, (v) Prof. Darlando Khathing, Vice- Chancellor of Jharkhand University for Academic (vi) Luckson Seltun, for Missionary, (vii) Armstrong Pame for Administration and (viii) Tuisem Shishak for Social Upliftment.
Ozukum, said that the NSUD was formed in 1963, a period when the Nagas hardly ventured out of their own cocoon. He acknowledged that what NSUD is today, is because of the hard work, sacrifice and far- sightedness of the former leaders. The NSF President also made a passionate appeal to the Ao Students’ Union and NSUD to set aside differences and urged the ASUD to return to the NSUD fold. He emphatically stated the need for Nagas to forgive each other, to reconcile and live together as one people.
lions club to organize Mela on October 27
Dimapur, OctOber 20 (mexN): Lions Club of Dimapur will be organizing Deepawali Mela on October 27 from 11:00 am to 5:00 pm at Lions Centre, Midland, Dimapur (instead of Dimapur Club as declared earlier). A press release informed that the Mela would be a fun-filled one with lots of games & entertainment including Tambola, Musical Chairs, Tatoo making, Hit the Tin, Bouncy, Kids Gifts, Surprise Gifts etc. The release noted that the mela is the only fund raising project of Lions Club of Dimapur which enables the club to organize annual medical camps, annual free eye screening camps, annual peace poster contest, maintain Leo Club, Lions Health Centre, sports complex, relief to victims of fire & natural calamities, maintain parks at Lions Centre, School for Deaf, Pimla Village & Ram Janaki Hr Sec School, Oxygen Bank, provide drinking water & educational sponsorship, besides doing many other charitable works for the society.The Club has invited the public, media and patrons in particular for gracing the occasion in large numbers. Also, the winners of 26th Lions’ Annual Peace Poster Contest ’13 will be awarded on the occasion at 1 pm for which all the 64 participants from 23 schools of Dimapur have been requested to be present with their school representatives & well wishers.
KOhima, OctOber 20 (mexN): The Poumai Public Union Kohima (PPUK) expressed shock and sadness over the sudden demise of Wezulhi C. Krome at his private residence Midland Kohima on October 15. The union’s president C.D. John and general secretary P.H. Shesou in a note stated that his death was a great loss for the Tenyimi people in particular and the Nagas in general. The union said he was the founding member of the Tenyimi peoples’ organization then TCU (Tenyimia Central Union) and founding member of Nagaland wrestling association and his contribution for the welfare of the society will be ever remembered. The union conveyed its deepest condolence to the bereaved family members and prayed that God comfort them this hour of grief and also prayed for the departed soul to rest in peace.
GHSS Aghunato celebrates Golden Jubilee
aghuNatO, OctOber 20 (Dipr): 50th Anniversary of Government Higher Secondary School Aghunato was observed on October 17, 2013 at School campus Aghunato with Parliamentary Secretary Sericulture Women Development and Co-operation as the chief guest. Pukhayi while addressing the gath-
ering said that GHSS Aghunato was the first Education centre to be established in Aghunato area. He said that Golden Jubilee was a mark of maturity and a time to retrospect on how much it has toiled to commemorate this remarkable event. He also said that it is a time to remember teachers and persons who have contributed much and have
produced great personalities towards the community and society at large. He wished upon the school to endure to grow from strength to strength in achieving higher heights in its educational quest and in paving the path to a better life and better world. Earlier, the Parliamentary Secretary also unveiled the monolith.
MTLT 1st general conference on Nov 8 & 9
Leaders of various Dimapur Mission Organization Fellowships during a meet held at NMM Office.
al fellowship meeting have been organized in the past, and this is only a continuation of fellowship meeting. This fellowship is neither structured nor forming a new organization, but just to gather together for fellowship, prayer, share and encourage one another and to know each other. The Convener in the note informed that next
meeting will be held at United College of Theology and Mission (UCTM) at former MRC at 5th Mile at 2:00 pm on December 12, 2013. All the Mission Organizations and Agencies committed to Christ Centered objectives are requested to come and join the fellowship. The Convener also requested interested per-
sons to bring one page write up on their organization. For further communication please contact Rev. Amos Humtsoe-9402642538, Rev. Dr. P. Dozo - 9436017225 and Yicto Choppy 9436072058 or firstname.lastname@example.org. It was also further directed to confirm one’s presence through the contact numbers given.
Workshop on conservation of ground water
Dimapur, OctOber 20 (mexN): With an objective to deliberate and disseminate technical know-how, as well as to create awareness for judicious development and management of ground water resources, commemorating with the Water Conservation Year 2013, Geology and Mining Department is organizing a one day workshop on Judicious Development and Conservation of Ground Water on October 25, 2013 at Hotel Japfu, Kohima. Technical experts and resource personals from Central Ground Water Board, NER, Ministry of Water Resources, Government of India and Geology and
Mining Department will animate the workshop. T.R. Zeliang, Minister for Planning & Co-ordination, Evaluation and Geology and Mining Department, Nagaland will grace the inaugural function as chief guest. Director of Geology & Mining S.K. Kenye has invited interested departments and private agencies engaged in ground water development to depute officers/representatives to participate in the workshop. In a press release, the director expressed that in view of scarcity of water during lean period, particularly in hilly areas, coupled with the ease and simplicity of ground water
extraction, the pace of ground water development is gaining very fast in the state. However, it maintained that unless it is developed & managed scientifically, over exploitation of the vital resource will result in dwindling of this precious commodity and drying up of the phreatic aquifers leading to deterioration of ground water quality and quantity. The available water resources, particularly ground water which is already established in hilly terrain in the state needs to be developed judiciously and conserved at the same time before it becomes scarce, it added.
Thahekhu village youth repairs road
Dimapur, OctOber 20 (mexN): Youth of Thahekhu village has set a good example of an important role that youth or NGOs at large play towards the advancement and well being of society. In a befitting gesture, the Thahekhu village youth, on Saturday, took up a noble initiative to improve the deplorable condition of the road from Dhobinala (Signal Junction) to Thahekhu village gate. A group of youth led by Tokiho Chophy filled up the potholes along the said road. Group leader Tokiho was of the view that one cannot always depend on government alone, but as responsible citizens, one must realize that each and every individual has moral obligation towards the society and must contribute accordingly towards the well being of society. Thahekhu youth filling the potholes along the Dhobinala – Thahekhu road on Saturday.
mOKOKchuNg, OctOber 20 (mexN): The first general conference of youth organization Mokokchung Town Lanur Telongjem (MTLT) will be held on November 8 and 9, 2013 at Town Hall Mokokchung. Minister for H&FW, Imkong L Imchen will preside as the chief guest on the opening night and MLA Imtiwapang will be the guest of honour on the concluding night. Addressing a press conference, Aren Changkija, Organizing Committee member, said that the first general conference of the MTLT will have a number of activities like painting competition, concept note writing and panel debate. He disclosed that competition is open to all the residents in the Mokokchung town. For the painting competition, Aren Changkija informed interested artists to submit their entries latest by November 7, 2013. The winning entries will be used by the MTLT to produce a calendar for next year; besides the paintings will be auctioned, and if sold, fifty percent of the auctioned money will be
MTLT officials and Organizing Committee of Mokokchung Town Lanur Telongjem at its office chambers on Sunday, October 20. (Morung Photo)
given to the painter. The painting competition will be based on the theme Ethnicity and Environment with categories of oil on canvas, pencil sketch, water color and acrylic on canvas size 30” x 24” in landscape orientation. Concept writing under the theme “Vision Mokokchung 2025” is also open to all inhabitants of Mokokchung District with no age bar. The maximum word for concept writing is 5000 which will be entertained both in
Ememei (Mao) Welfare Society Shillong condemns rape
Ao or English language and last date for submission is 2nd November. Other highlights of the general conference include Mokokchung Inter-Ward Panel Debate and Beat Contest. The genres for Beat Contest will be soft rock, country and R&B. Apart from competition round all the wards of Mokokchung town will perform in between which is titled as ‘Creativity Round’. He also informed that there will be cash prize and certificate for the winners of all the
WSS strongly and vehemently condemns the brutal and inhuman rape of an innocent Mao Lab Technician on October 14 night at around 8:30 pm by the bodyguard of A. Puni, Member of the Collective Leadership of the NSCN (I-M). We are shocked and surprised that Chiithuyio, NSCN (I-M) gagged her mouth with clothes and dragged her out from the house threatening her that he has a gun and raped her. He not only raped her but attempted to murder her, but by the grace of God she recovered from her unconscious state. Had not this miracle of recovery, nobody would have known who the rapist was. It is very unfortunate that A. Puni holding the responsible position of the highest decision making body as Member of the Collective Leadership of the NSCN (I-M) was very indifferent and absolutely disrespectful to the victim and her relatives and on top of that the Mao public leaders, thereby giving serious doubt and suspicion for conspiracy to the crime. We appeal to the NSCN (I-M) top leadership to conduct necessary thorough investigation and take appropriate action in accordance with the law of the land. Law and justice should be allowed to take its own logical course and in order to restore the confidence of the Naga
competition. “MLTL has good intention of taking Mokokchung forward and higher and to develop sense of ownership, thus it needs collective participation from the citizen to come forward and contribute positively to the union for the betterment of Mokokchung” said Aren Changkija and added that the MTLT as it is in its nascent stage highly needs the ‘brotherly and sisterly care’ from every citizen of the district.
people in particular. We appeal all right thinking people to condemn such heinous crime of rape and attempt to murder by the so called national workers/ ‘freedom fighters’. Pfotokho Chachei President, EWSS, Shillong Mao Welfare Society, Shillong
Kaihrii Khrasi General Secretary, EWSS, Shillong Mao Welfare Society, Shillong
agaland Alliance for Child Rights condemn the rape of a young girl at Viola Colony on October 14th 2013. The Forum expresses anguish over the increasing incidents of violence against children and women despite protests and rallies being conducted. The executive members of the forum said “if we don’t take a strong preventive and punitive measure from now, it will be too late to curb such social evil in future”. NACR has urged all right thinking persons to condemn the barbaric act and let us all unitedly work together to create a peaceful and crime free society.
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The Power of Truth
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PM vs Aspirant
Responsibility to Oath of Office
n India, at the moment, there is a Prime Minister (PM) and then there is an aspirant to the PM’s office. The PM in question is Dr Manmohan Singh, heading the Congress led UPA government while the aspirant is Narendra Modi, PM candidate of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) for the coming 2014 General Election. It is obvious that the PM and the aspirant are poles apart when it comes to personality, style of leadership and ideology. However when it comes to putting on the mantle of such an office as the PM’s, certain establish principles will have to be observed. As they say, with power comes greater responsibility. It has been observed that ever since Mr Modi has been endorsed as the BJP’s PM candidate, he has become more vocal on issues of national interest. And rightly so as the PM aspirant, Mr Modi has started to publicly take on the incumbent PM including the Congress leadership. By doing so, Mr Modi has set the stage for his bid to become the next PM of India. There is nothing wrong to aspire for the highest political office in the land. However the question is whether Mr Modi can do all that he has been saying (as an aspirant) once he was to become the next PM? Perhaps not. One of the prominent traits about Mr Modi is his image as a Hindutva proponent. In fact the BJP’s PM candidate is not at all shy to project himself as a “Hindu nationalist”. While no doubt Mr Modi may say so because he was a born Hindu, nevertheless, does this country need to start making distinction on the basis of religion? Someone else may say I am a Muslim nationalist or a Christian nationalist. Every proponent of his or her religion may start to undermine the idea of an India when they give prominence or loyalty to their own creed. As the President or Prime Minister of a country as diverse as India, it is perhaps wrong to go around proclaiming one’s religion. The constitution clearly mentions that there is no official religion and the Government treats all religious beliefs and practices with equal respect and honor. Barack Obama as the President of the United States of America cannot go around saying in public that “I am a Christian nationalist” or that “because I am this or that I am more patriotic than others”. In fact in a polity as pluralistic as India, leaders and political parties must be careful not to divide communities or polarise society along communal lines. Coming back to Mr Modi, as an aspirant for the PM office, he will hopefully be aware of the responsibility of leading a country (as different from leading the BJP or RSS). As a person who wants to be PM, he should unite and not divide people. Who ever go on to become PM, he or she will have to abide by the constitution of India, which is described as a “sovereign, socialist, secular, democratic, republic. As mentioned in the Preamble, the unity and integrity of India must be secured. As the head of the constitutionally elected government, who affirms to bear true faith and allegiance to the Constitution of India, it is the responsibility of the PM to “faithfully and conscientiously discharge” the duties and “without fear or favour, affection or ill-will”. Responsibility to the Oath of Office taken is the duty of every PM. This applies not just to Mr Modi or the BJP but even the so called secular parties like the Congress or the Samajwadi Party. (Feedback can be send to email@example.com)
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Complexities of Struggle and Love
EE DANIELS’ The Butler, a century-spanning tale of race in the United States and service in the White House, is a dream of a film—by turns historically realistic and magically fable-like. It’s a perfect companion piece to last year’s Django Unchained, in that case a movie whose tastelessness wrapped up as fabulous entertainment forced audiences to engage with a deeper level of the shadow of U.S. history. Based on the story of Eugene Allen, a black man who served multiple presidents in a White House that took its own time to desegregate its economic policies for domestic staff, The Butler begins with a rape and a murder of plantation workers by the son of the boss. The ethical quality of the film is immediately apparent. This horror is not played for sentiment, nor even spectacle, but to evoke the very ordinariness of monstrosity. This makes The Butler a rare film: one more interested in confronting us with a kind of previously unspoken truth than in goading us to feel the catharsis of guilt-salving by association. (It’s the antithesis of films such as Mississippi Burning, which use white protagonists to tell black stories and appear to believe that we can somehow participate in the virtue of the civil rights movement just by watching a movie about it.) The makers of The Butler have told a kind of truth about the struggle for “beloved community” that has rarely been seen so clearly on multiplex screens. The film illustrates the serious and painful work of nonviolence and invites us to consider the political and cultural tensions within the black freedom struggle, while giving a more humane perspective on the presidency than is often the case. We can hope the door is now open to more reflective cinema about the unfinished business of the black civil rights movement, broken relationships, traumatic memory, and how we tell the story of who we are. Another film with service at its narrative core was recently re-released on Criterion Collection DVD/Blu-ray—the Danish parable Babette’s Feast, in which the sacrament of eating together in community becomes a means of grace. The religious adherents on the island where Babette lives don’t know what the sacred text is for. The mirror Babette furnishes for them lets their reflections become a holy gaze. Through the eyes of the other, people who have long since confused the letter of the law with its spirit become what they were made to be: lovers of life. Watching the film does that for audiences too.
The makers of The Butler have told a kind of truth about the struggle for "beloved community" that has rarely been seen so clearly on multiplex screens
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Syria's civil war plays out on social media A
mid all the bloodshed, confusion and deadlock of Syria's civil war, one fact is emerging after 2½ years — no conflict ever has been covered this way. Amateur videographers — anyone with a smartphone, Internet access and an eagerness to get a message out to the world — have driven the world's outlook on the war through YouTube, Twitter and other social media. The tens of thousands of videos have at times raised outrage over the crackdown by the regime of President Bashar Assad and also have sparked concern over alleged atrocities attributed to both sides. The videos have also made more difficult the task of navigating between truth and propaganda — with all sides using them to promote their cause. Assad opponents post the majority of videos, and nearly every rebel-held area or brigade has a media office that produces and disseminates them. To a lesser degree, regime supporters produce some videos — but they also pick apart opposition videos, trying to show they are fake. In the Vietnam War, the 1991 Gulf War and the second Gulf War in 2003, foreign media directly covered the conflicts, often with reporters embedded with or accompanying the American military. Media organizations, including The Associated Press, have sent teams to Syria to cover events directly, often at great risk. But they are for temporary stints and are limited both by government regulations and by war zone dangers, ranging from random bombardment to kidnappings. At least 28 journalists were killed in Syria in 2012. That has forced international media to cover the war to a large extent from the outside, and the flow of videos is one element taken into account in the reporting. The videos have undeniably ensured that details of a bloody conflict that has killed more than 100,000 people and ravaged the country do not go unnoticed, providing a look at the horrors of war: villagers digging with through destroyed buildings with their bare hands for survivors; massacre victims in pools of blood; children with grave wounds from heavy bombardment. "In the past, if the media wasn't there to cover an event, it was like it never happened," said Yuval Dror, head of the digital communication program at Israel's College of Management Academic Studies. The phenomenon of amateurs chronicling the war themselves "is changing the rules of war," he said. "There are no restrictions. It's cheap, it's easy and you don't need permission from anyone to do it." Magda Abu-Fadil, veteran journalist and director of the Beirut-based Media Unlimited, said that while some professionals in the field have covered the war, it has mostly been "citizen journalists, activists, warriors and anybody with a mobile device, Internet connection or functioning telephone line." "We're being bombarded with messages from every direction at breakneck speed, the likes of which we've never seen before," she said. The world's response to the use of chemical weapons in Syria was driven in part by opposition activists documenting a suspected sarin attack outside Damascus on Aug. 21, with images of choking, convulsing victims, as well as the bodies of victims, including children. The Syrian government denied it was behind the attack, blaming it on extremists among the rebels. The U.S. and its allies used those videos to build a case against Damascus, at first threatening to bomb Assad regime targets in retaliation, then agreeing to a compromise by which Syria would join the international treaty banning chemical weapons and give up a toxic arsenal it long kept secret. The White House assessment on the attack cited more than 100 videos and "thousands of social media reports from at least 12 different locations in the Damascus area," along with other U.S intelligence information. The report said the opposition "does not have the capability to fabricate all of the videos, physical symptoms verified by medical personnel and NGOs, and other information associated with this chemical attack." Jamal Flitani, a 24-year-old video activist, was among those who rushed to Damascus suburbs of Za-
ecently the Shillong Times organized a panel discussion the theme : '' Is Media the conscience keeper of the Nation ''? It was a very debatable subject but was also layered with ambiguity. The ambiguity was in this: should media actually be the conscience keeper of the country, or does it actually purport to be one, behaves as the conscience keeper? The discussion which in a sense flagellated the electronic media, concluded that the media should have its own ' conscience '. Now the point is: what is this conscience? Are we talking about sensational or exaggerated news which should be pruned down? Unfortunately although the voice of the print media still is, by and large temperate, the electronic media behaves in a manner, that the ultimate voice is its only! The discussion did deliberate on this. So, I feel that instead of having ' Big Fights', why do they not organize more sobering panel discussions, in which we are spared the travail of witnessing clenched teeth? The focus on ' fights ' give a discussion a negative connotation, and the public may or may not revel in such ' fights '. Then again we see the same people appearing again and again. Unfortunately the electronic media sells, and it is ' selling ' news. Being a pretentious conscience keeper is not what is desired. What is desired is a dispassionate presentation of news, and then the views and opinions by way of discussions. Having politicians on the panel complicates matters, because they have an agenda to fulfill. So, it is one agenda pitted against another. Then there is anger and boisterous talk. Mind you all this is couched in mostly very good verbiage. But the anger rankles.
This Monday, July 15, 2013, file image taken from leaked video obtained by Ugarit News, which has been authenticated based on its contents and other AP reporting, purports to show a fireball from an explosion at a weapons depot set off by rocket attacks that struck government-held districts in the central Syrian city of Homs. (AP Photo/Ugarit News via AP video)
malka and Ein Tarma to record the aftermath of the attack. "I honestly never thought our videos would be adopted by the U.S. administration and Western governments. ... We were simply doing our duty," he said. Flitani is an engineering student, but when the uprising against Assad began in early 2011, he and his friends began shooting video of protests with their cellphones. "Only after we saw similar videos and photos being used on satellite TVs and international agencies, only then did we start realizing the importance of our work," added Flitani, who now heads an opposition media office in Douma. Almost every opposition-held neighborhood now has a media center complete with high-definition cameras, satellite connections and software for secure uploading, many of them funded by Gulf Arab supporters. Syrian video activists regularly receive training from NGOs, with funds from abroad. The government and its supporters regularly post images and videos of rebel bombings inside regime-held territory. State media even airs rebel video claiming to show regime massacres, bringing in analysts to dissect the videos and suggest forgery. Government supporters challenged the video of the Aug. 21 attack. Mother Agnes Mariam al-Salib, a Catholic nun who has lived in Syria for decades, produced a detailed study after poring over dozens of the videos, citing alleged discrepancies she said showed they were staged. Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov cited her report to back up claims rebels carried out the gassing. Assad, who maintains a modern media machine that includes Facebook, Twitter and even Instagram accounts, ridiculed the U.S. reliance on such video. "We're not like the American administration. We're not social media administration or government. We are the government that deals with reality," he said in an interview with CBS News last month. The videos can be a double-edged sword. They provide a crucial glimpse into the war and sectarian massacres that may otherwise have remained secret, but they also are a potentially warped vision. Several videos on social media sites turned out to be hoaxes, including one that purported to show soldiers burying a rebel alive, and another that alleged to show Assad supporters pouring fuel on prisoners, striking a match and burning them. The news media's use of YouTube video as a primary source "is really unexplored territory," said Philip Seib, professor of journalism and diplomacy at the University of Southern California's Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism. "One of the biggest issues involves verifying the content because sometimes you don't know where these YouTube videos are coming from," Seib said. "There is a higher responsibility for
the news organizations that decide to disseminate YouTube videos to verify before they disseminate it." Asked if this is the first time a conflict is being mainly covered by YouTube and social media, Seib said, "In terms of the heavy reliance on YouTube, it probably is." But he added that there should be caution about "overstating the influence of YouTube. I think it is a big factor but not the determinative factor in shaping opinion about the war." YouTube, an arm of Google, Inc., did not immediately reply to emails from The Associated Press seeking comment. Like most news organizations, the AP runs usergenerated content to supplement its own newsgathering. It only uses the material from channels that have proven reliable in the past, with video that has been authenticated and verified, and always works to ensure the content is aligned with its own reporting. The AP also has a correspondent based in Damascus and uses a variety of other sources of information, including U.N. agencies, NGOs and relief and aid organizations, as well as journalists, doctors and others inside Syria. In addition, AP monitors Syria's state-run media for the government perspective and images, and AP teams have made numerous trips to Damascus when given permission from the Assad administration. Elliot Higgins, author of the popular Brown Moses blog, which has tracked the civil war since March 2012, said he scrutinizes videos for potential problems, including comparing them to satellite imagery. From his home in England, he monitors 650 YouTube channels daily, looking for images of types of arms being used and the evolution of rebel groups. Syria imposed a near blackout at the beginning of the uprising in 2011, expelling foreign journalists. The government continues to restrict the movements of local and foreign media, who have to go through a stifling process to get visas to Damascus. Journalists who sneak into opposition-held territory through Turkey face the threat of arrest, kidnapping, injury and death. The proliferation of amateur videos is all the more striking in a country like Syria, which had been a closed society for so long. When Assad's father, Hafez, crushed a 1981-82 uprising in the city of Hama, killing thousands of civilians, he was able to keep it almost completely hidden from the world. To this day, the final death toll is not known. According to the Committee to Protect Journalists, Syria is the most dangerous place in the world for journalists, with at least 28 killed and 21 abducted by various sides of the conflict in 2012 alone. To Dror, the absence of more traditional media has compelled citizens to try to fill the void. "It has almost become a survival mechanism for them. If the world didn't know, it wouldn't act," he said.
“big Fights…” Ananya s Guha
Why so much of anger, animosity and recalcitrance to see another point of view? Why only heaps and heaps of verbiage, to outdo another? At the end of it there are only lame conclusions. The electronic media reviles politicians, but finds it befitting to invite them for talks, big fight, small fight or whatever! And other discussions which do not have the nomenclature of '' Big Fight'' turn out to be ' fights ' anyway, an acid test to our patience, at least mine. If the media purports to be the honest conscience keeper, it must go about its job in a workmanlike honest manner, not dress its programmes with titillation and frills! For any event in society it is the collective conscience that matters, media or no media. True many of the things highlighted by the media as the grotesque and barbaric rape case in New Delhi in December 2013, can mould dialogue and public opinion, especially the youth. Similarly Anna Hazare's tirade against corruption, brought an entire an entire nation clapping on its feet. Fair enough, but sensationalism to ' sell ' to ' manufacture, as one of the panelists described it that day, can also be an aberration, which the intelligentsia may well discover. Years ago, about three decades back a Calcutta based daily published an article by Dr Ashok Mitra, well known economist and columnist on the film '' Gandhi '' where he found historical flaws and anomalies. A debate was
generated in the letters to the editor which continued for a month. Finally the editor politely closed the debates. Today's debates on television shows give the appearance of continuing ad infinitum, till a harried moderator says that he or she is running out of time. Time is now the great culprit. The media's focus cannot only be on politics, there are larger issues such as education and the arts. Many newspapers in the country actively encourage reader participation by inviting them to contribute. The media is not only a compendium of political news and antagonisms between fractious groups, it can and should gently arouse sensitivities, the good life and act as a creative dialogue with its readers. For example '' The Statesman '' had very popular columns : '' Now And Again '' and '' Calcutta Notebook ''. Similarly The Shillong Times has its interesting '' Shillong Jottings ''. Some of the prime dailies in the country have done away with the ' middle ' column, those sweet nothings or somethings of life. But The Shillong Times has kept this spirit alive. Kudos ! The media cannot espouse ' hard ' news, there is the lighter side of life as well, our '' little societies '', our daily encounters, sad or humorous. Instead we find newspapers, especially the supposed ' mainstream ' publishing advertorials only for pecuniary ad-
vantage. Once in a career counselling meet in Siliguri, about a decade back the editor of a well known national daily lamented that career guidance columns in newspapers, were not a guidance but only churning out information, to the patron who collated it and he or she was paid large amounts for just gathering such information. The media can play a larger than life role in disseminating education, and its portents for the youth. And again why do we not emphasize on positive actions of people, like one one community helping another in times of ethnic clashes? These untold stories wither away in the face of information explosion and animosities. History however has a strange way of recording them, but not the BIG FIGHTS! Years ago when the Assam movement was at its climax the well known intellectual giant Professor Hiren Gohain wrote that cultural assimilation, is the only solution to such vexed issues. His prognosis was a happy and positive one, and this is also taking place to a great extent today. Such asseveration can make a dent on the mind, and take society to positive paths, not only to roads of ignominy and rancid hatred. Similarly in the midst of violence in Assam in the eighties a short story was published in The Statesman about how against the backdrop of ethnic violence one member of a community helped another when there was trouble brewing between their communities, and racial hatred was simmering. The touching story left a distinct impression on my mind. So conscience or no conscience, the media should realize that through its inner resources it can make or break, it can also cement collective societal relationships and radicalize them.
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A Glimpse of AssAm
n 10th July 1991, my life changed forever. That year (1991) I was a class 8 student of Baptist English School (Now Baptist High). And on that day, 10th July, I broke both the bones in my left wrist while playing football with my brothers and neighbors in the small neighborhood ground here in lower L. Khel, Kohima Village. When the accident happened, both my parents were not at home. My father had gone down to Dimapur for some work and my mother had not yet returned from office. It was one of my younger brothers who held and guided me to our house from the ground. My uncle who was present at home was informed and he brought one elderly person (a self-taught bone specialist) from tinpati area and the two bones of my left wrist were seemingly fitted by hand and subsequently bandaged. After this treatment by this bone specialist, the pain subsided considerably and so I was comforted by the thought that the handling must have been successful and I started looking towards a full recovery. However, when I woke up the next morning, my left wrist had swollen considerably and the excruciating pain had returned. Therefore, my parents took me to a renowned orthopedist who observed the condition of my wrist and literally pulled my left broken wrist into place again. The orthopedist also prescribed some techniques through which the swelling could be controlled. However, two days later, when my left wrist was X –rayed, it was found that the bones of my wrist were still overlapping and had still not been fitted into its proper spot. Meanwhile, my mother had heard about another self-taught bone specialist in Kigwema village. Therefore, I was again taken to Kigwema where my left wrist was again monitored and treated by this traditional bone specialist. We returned home from Kigwema hoping for the best. The next day my hand was again X-rayed but the result was the same. While we were running up and down like this, one week had already elapsed since the accident on 10th July and those who observed the X–rays mentioned that unless the wrist was corrected in time, it would develop into a shorter and curving left wrist. The situation now became quite worrisome, desperate and unpredictable. Finally, someone recommended us to go to Dibrugarh in Assam where excellent facilities were available for this kind of complications. This was how I made my first journey beyond the borders of Nagaland into Assam. I was accompanied by both my loving parents. We made the trip in the third week of July 1991 in a white ambassador car driven by an experienced driver. My mother was a govt. employee in the Nagaland civil secretariat and during this time, she was attached to the office of the Home Commissioner. The ambassador car along with the driver was provided to us by the then Home Commissioner for the journey. We reached the recommended hospital in Dibrugarh late in the afternoon. The name of the hospital was G.M. hospital and it was situated just at the entrance of the Dibrugarh medical college. We were admitted to a small but comfortable room in the first floor and were told that a renowned orthopedist would be arranged for me. Late in the evening, the orthopedist was brought to our room by the medical superintendent of the G.M. hospital and we were encouraged when the doctor expressed that my hand was still treatable despite the fact that more than a week had elapsed since the accident. As per the explanation given by the doctor regarding
Straight From The Heart History, Politics, culture… the impending treatment of my left wrist, we learnt that a surgery would be performed on my left wrist whereby two steel rods would be inserted into my left wrist from my elbow. The two steel rods would help in keeping together my broken bones in its right positions. And after about one year, when my wrist heals, these rods would again be removed through surgery. The operation took place on a hot and humid afternoon. The doctor who performed the complicated surgery was one Dr. Lohakar. I remember that I was kept unfed and starving that whole day before the surgery in order for the anesthesia to have more proper effect during the surgery. I gained consciousness the following day and I was told that the surgery had been a total success and that I would lead to a full recovery. The first two days after the surgery were the most difficult. As I slipped in and out of consciousness, I could not even recall that I was far away from home and deep inside Assamese territory. We checked out of the G.M. Hospital after a months’ stay there. We returned to Kohima and I made a full recovery but my left wrist was bandaged for many months. I was also haunted by the fact that I had to go to Dibrugarh again to remove the steel rods in my left wrist. My father and myself again went to Dibrugarh in April 1992 to remove the steel rods in my wrist. In between the first and second trip to Dibrugarh, my father and Dr. Lohakar corresponded regularly through hand-written letters. It was one of Dr. Lohakar’s letters which informed us to come to Dibrugarh in April 1992 for the second surgery. We made this second trip by Blue-Hill night bus service and as such we landed in Dibrugarh early in the morning. We straightaway went to the clinic-cum-residence of Dr. Lohakar and had him examine my wrist. We even gave the doctor a shawl woven for him by my mother. Dr. Lohakar told us to get admitted in the same G.M. hospital as the removal of the rods in my wrist would also be done through surgery.
We did as we were told and the two steel rods in my left wrist were successfully removed. Contrary to our expectations, the second surgery turned out to be much more complicated and serious than the first one. After the second surgery, I was under medication and constant observation of the doctors for two weeks in the G.M. hospital. My father and myself returned to Kohima in May 1992 satisfied and praising God as the two surgeries were able to retain and restore the shape and length of my left wrist. Had we been a little late in going to Dibrugarh in 1991 or had any of the two surgeries been unsuccessful, my story could have been very different. These two trips to Dibrugarh in 1991 and 1992 are very special and memorable to me for some reasons. This was the first time that I traveled beyond the borders of Nagaland. This was also my first glimpse of Assam and its people. In general, the Assamese people were friendly and not that difficult to deal with. I also got the opportunity to witness the flow of the grand Brahmaputra river standing on its bank. There was a restaurant near the G.M. hospital and my father and myself had our meals at this restaurant during our stays in Dibrugarh. In particular, we really relished the mutton curry which was available at this restaurant. It was cooked in Assamese style I guess and it had a very enticing and captivating odour that kept you licking your fingers long after the meal had been eaten. Besides, these two trips are also memorable for me because it was during this time that I watched movies on the big cinema screen for the first time. Both in 1991 and 1992, when I was taken to Dibrugarh for surgeries, my parents told me that I had nothing to worry since the surgeries were just minor ones. They probably told me so because they wanted to comfort me and didn’t want me to panic. However, in the following years, as I grew up, I came to know that the surgeries which I had in 1991 and 1992 were not at all minor ones….but very serious and major surgeries….
How children's books can transform the world
Political children's literature has always existed. Clementine Beauvais reads three children's stories about the possibility of another, better world
ommitted literature, according to Jean-Paul Sartre, is an imperative call – both a demand and a gift. It is a transformative act, involving a free writer and a free reader. By reading my book, says Sartre, you are taking responsibility for the world with me. We will transform it together. I would like to say 'no pressure', but actually, for Sartre, there is pressure. A good novel – by which he means a committed one – must press the reader to yearn for, and act towards, the improvement of society. What happens if the reader is a child? Politically committed children's literature has always existed, alongside and sometimes set against more passively ideological works. These books, which can also be called radical, subversive, or transformative, attack or defend particular political positions. They can be aimed at very young children as well as teenagers. They can be leftist, anarchist, or reactionary. They often tackle themes which, as Philip Pullman would say, are ‘too big’ for literature aimed at adults. Committed picturebooks are especially fascinating. Revolution (2008) by French artist Sara, tells the tale of a martyr in a time of popular upheaval. A col-
lage of ripped papers and angular cardboard cuts, this wordless picturebook presents, in just three colours (red, white and black), a nameless revolution repressed by an army. An anonymous young protester’s death turns him into a blood-red lion, which walks into the flag, a symbol of courage and strength for the crowd to rise again. The book manages to be lyrical without using words, pressing the reader to react without spelling out an imperative. Other children’s books subtly address the imbalance between the power of adults and children. The Tooth (2008), an American picturebook by Avi Slodovnick and Manon Gauthier, denounces both adult indifference to homelessness and also the many adult-imparted myths which prevent children from fully engaging with the world. Little Marissa has a tooth removed by her dentist. Her mother tells her she should put it under her pillow: the tooth fairy will replace it with a coin. But on the street, Marissa decides to give her tooth to a homeless man instead, since he could certainly do with an extra coin. The homeless man smiles at her, and she smiles back, but the book ends with these words: “Now all he needed was a pillow.” The harmless myth of the tooth fairy is equated with the much less harmless adult desire to protect children from social reality – to preserve the blissful assumption that anyone, even a homeless man, will obviously have a bed to sleep in. There are children’s stories from many countries about domestic abuse against women and children; stories of war, rape, murder, sexual harassment, racism and environmental destruction; stories of death and political action; and above all, stories about the possibility of another, better world. Such books can worry adult gatekeepers like librarians, parents and teachers because of their political agenda. If a book tells the child how to make the world better, isn't it akin to a propagandist pamphlet? It has an ideology after all. But it would be naïve to ignore the fact that 'normal' children's books are also soaked in ideology, albeit often passively. Openly political children's literature is unmistakably pedagogical because it spells out its transformative purpose. It wants the child reader to act upon the messages that are transmitted. This can make such books heavy-handed in their style and content, but not always. And it makes them less dangerous, not more so, than the soup of domestic tales and school stories which charmingly and silently cultivate assent to multiple forms of social inequality, such as Enid Blyton’s
perennially-reprinted works. Children's literature is a battleground between conserving the status quo and transforming it; between continuity and change. Of course, committed children’s literature strengthens some values and beliefs just as it strives to weaken others. The celebrated Click, Clack, Moo! Cows That Type picturebook series, written by Betsy Lewin and Doreen Cronin between 2002 and 2004, humorously presents to children the benefits of workers’ unions and strikes. In these books, a herd of cows, suddenly literate thanks to a typewriter they have found, pressures the nasty farmer into improving their life conditions (with electric blankets no less). Meanwhile, a clever duck, acting as middleman between the farmer and the cows, takes advantage of the situation to make his own requests to the boss – in the form of a diving board for the duck pond. The message is clear, but the books’ gently Marxist critique of exploitation in farmyards and factories never goes as far as to question the unsatisfactory distribution of labour at its roots. Regardless, committed children’s literature can be extremely perturbing and subversive, shamelessly wishing for another world and encouraging the child to achieve the necessary changes. Who is the dreamtof, ideal child reader of these transformative books? Sartre would probably refute the idea that truly transformative literature for children is possible. From his perspective, children are, by their situation, devoid of effective freedom. They depend on adults to tell them what to think and how to act. They take the world as a given. They are in bad faith – going on with their lives in blissful ignorance of their ability to transform them. What, then, is the point of addressing children as if they also have their own agency and power? The point is that, of course, they do – at least potentially. Committed literature for children exists because despite the effectively disempowered status of children in society, and despite the general conformism and conservatism of educational practices, adults still believe that children will be more powerful than themselves in the future. The child can and will change the world which the adult failed to transform. This tacit assumption of child potency by adults, this call for powerful child readers, may be idealistic but it is also transformative. It is a declaration from one generation to another – and from the authoritative to the subservient - that they trust them, and that they want them to fulfil the potential that they themselves have failed to fulfil.
Moral instruction in schools important for moulding children Venkatachari Jagannathan
he scrapping of moral instruction classes in the schools, the near absence of physical sporting activities and lack of adequate parental supervision at home are some of the reasons for students turning into killers or committing suicides, a cross-section of people in this southern metropolis say. The general lowering of tolerance levels in society, the influence of social media and teachers becoming more focussed on completing the syllabus are some of the other reasons, they added. "Research studies have found that the foundation of a person's moral values solidifies by his seventh year. Parents and teachers should take extra care to inculcate good values during this period which will guide the person till his/her end," Chitra Aravind, a city-based consultant psychologist, said in response to an IANS survey on what ails society today. Children absorb values and other things happening around them till they are eight or nine years old, and after that they start analysing. "In these days of nuclear families, schools play an important role in shaping a person's moral values. Sadly, we see parents and schools consider their wards to be syllabus-cramming machines rather than children," Nitya Varadarajan, managing editor of Parent Circle parenting magazine, told IANS. According to her, with attitudes changing fast due to communication technology, social media and nuclear families, schools should focus more on inculcating moral and human values in children. "Parents too should change their attitudes. Moral values, soft skills are more important during a child's formative years than marks," Aravind remarked. The hacking to death of L.R.D. Suresh, 53, principal of the Infant Jesus College of Engineering and Technology in Tuticorin district by three students for suspending one of them has shocked the state. Last year, a Class 9 student of St. Mary's AngloIndian School here stabbed his Hindi teacher, Uma Maheswari, to death for complaining to his parents about his poor academic performance. Way back in 1996, John David, a student of medicine at Annamalai University, Chidambaram in Tamil Nadu, killed and chopped his junior Pon Navarasu's body into several parts and scattered them in different places. Violent clashes amongst college students who possess dangerous weapons is becoming common. There is also the trend of students and girls committing suicide after getting upset over minor matters. "In our parlance, there are two kinds of anger - anger-in and anger-out. Generally the girls suffer from anger-in, they do not let out their problem and resort to suicide. But it is anger-out for boys, who let out their anger on others, sometimes violently," psychologist Aravind said. She said parents have an important role to play when their children are in the 15-16 age bracket and they cannot shift their responsibility to teachers. "The education system that many years ago also used to impart good values in students is now only focussing on making students secure marks. This is the main reason for this degradation," PMK founder S. Ramadoss said. "Big and small screens (cinema and television) are to blame for this situation. Further, schools have discontinued moral instruction classes and this is also one of the reasons for students behaving in a violent manner," M. Ponnavaiko, vice chancellor of SRM University, told IANS. Fifty percent of the population falls in the lesthan-25 years age bracket, Ramadoss pointed out, adding that if the country is to become a superpower, a lot needs to be vested with this group. "It is important to restart the moral instruction period in schools and colleges. There should be counselling of students. The government should take steps to close the liquor shops," he added. In addition, educational institutions should give importance to sporting activities amongst students. "While sports inculcates several positive aspects in a person it also helps in draining out the student's energy which otherwise will get used in aggressive, harmful action. For a 20-year-old youth controlling emotion impulses is difficult. The youth should have a goal-oriented life and work towards it," Aravind said. She said educational institutions should make their students drain their energies through physical activities. "There is a large number of students who do not play any games - outdoor or indoor. Most of them play games on their mobile phones or computers or watch television. When I was in school/ college I used to go out, meet friends and play. But such a thing is not seen today," M. Karthikeyan, a private sector employee, told IANS. Parents should allow their children to go out and play with others of their age-group. "Only then children will be children; otherwise they will be child-adults with an `I am right' attitude," he said. Aravind said the solution to this problem is a long-term one and has to be multi-pronged, but the beginning is always at home and with parents. Small things like orderly parking outside schools by the parents while dropping their wards, observance of traffic regulations, respect for elders at home and fear of god will go a long way in moulding the character of a child, Karthikeyan said. A senior official in the state education department, not wanting to be quoted, told IANS: "The moral values and soft skills are taught as part of a subject now rather than having a separate period." According to Parent Circle's Varadarajan the lessons and the teaching methods should be made interesting. Further, these classes become the casualty as the schools are interested in completing the portions.
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IndIa, RussIa MOScOw, OctOber 20 (iANS): India and Russia are “very close” to clinching a commercial deal on the third and fourth reactors for the Kudankulam nuclear power plant in Tamil Nadu with only the legal vetting of the deal left to be done, said informed sources Sunday. As Prime Minister Manmohan Singh arrived in Moscow on the first leg of his visit to Russia and China, informed sources, however, said the commercial agreement on the third and fourth nuclear reactors would not be inked during the current visit. “We are very close to an agreement, we have settled most of the issues ... it is with the lawyers of both sides at present ... In any case, it won’t be signed in Moscow during the prime minister’s visit,” the source said. Russia has set up two 1,000 MW nuclear reactors in Tirunelveli district of Tamil Nadu of which the first is set to produce electricity in a few months and the second one is slated to attain criticality in six months’ time. With regard to the third and fourth reactors, Moscow had voiced concern about India’s civil nuclear liability laws, according to which the onus falls on the supplier in case of an accident. “It is only for the lawyers to say yes, it is in
the last stage,” the source added. To a question on the liability clause, the source said it was because of that
set to form a major component of the talks between Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and President Vlad-
would be seeking to go in for exploration in oil and gas, especially in the Arctic region and the Far East of
New Delhi, OctOber 20 (AgeNcieS): Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Sunday said he aimed to boost strategic and economic ties besides exploring new avenues for cooperation and addressing a long running border dispute as he headed to Russia and China on one of his last major visits abroad ahead of national elections due in 2014. Singh’s 20-22 October visit to Russia is mainly for the annual summit meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin. On the second leg of his visit, Singh will arrive in Beijing on 22 October for talks with the Chinese leadership. This will be Singh’s third major interaction with China’s new leadership that took over in March this year as part of the once in a decade leadership change. Singh’s visit to Beijing is also significant that this is
the first time since 1954 that India and China have exchanged visits at the prime ministerial level in the same calendar year. In his departure statement, Singh described the annual summit with Russia as “an important feature of our special and privileged strategic partnership.” “The scope of our relationship with Russia is unique, encompassing strong and growing cooperation in areas such as defence, nuclear energy, science and technology, hydrocarbons, trade and investment, and people-topeople exchanges,” Singh said adding he would use the visit to “strengthen our partnership in every possible way.” On his visit to Beijing, Singh said that during his two terms as prime minister spanning nine years he had worked with the Chinese leadership to “establish a strategic and
cooperative partnership and put in place comprehensive mechanisms for cooperation and dialogue and to address bilateral issues between our two countries.” “Together, we have reached important consensus on maintaining peace and tranquillity on the border and made preliminary progress towards settlement of the India-China boundary question,” Singh said in a reference to the festering frontier problem that has bedevilled ties for more than half a century. “During my visit, I will discuss with my Chinese interlocutors ways and means to consolidate our common strategic interests....We hope to take forward our engagement in many of these areas during my visit,” Singh said adding that he would be discussing “areas of concern” with China.
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aspect that the agreement is being vetted by lawyers from both sides. “Everything has been settled, all that is done.” Energy cooperation is
mir Putin Monday when the two meet for the annual India-Russia Summit. With Russia known to have one of the world’s largest hydrocarbon reserves, India
Russia. But no agreements are expected to be signed on the issue during the visit, a source said. Manmohan Singh and Putin would also discuss
Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh reviews the honor guard upon his arrival, at the Government Airport Vnukovo-2 outside Moscow, Russia on October 20. Singh arrived in Moscow on an official visit on Sunday, where he will take part in the 14th annual Russia-India summit. (AP Photo)
international issues, especially Syria and Afghanistan. Both sides have a similar approach On Syria -- that the issues in the violence-wracked country have to be settled through a political process, the source added. Around 100,000 people have been killed in the ongoing civil war in Syria where rebels are seeking to overthrow the government of President Bashar al Assad and
hundreds of thousands have fled the country. India has consistently opposed any proposal for military intervention by the West in Syria. On Afghanistan, both sides are very concerned about any return to radicalism and extremism and both sides have cooperated to prevent this earlier too, the source said. Both share a “lot of fundamental commonality” on issues concern-
ing Afghanistan. India has done a fair amount in terms of economic support to Afghanistan. On the security situation, especially with the international forces set to drawdown in 2014, both have the principle of “no boots on the ground” though India does train Afghanistan police and military. Boosting trade, especially in pharmaceuticals, would also be an issue in
the talks. Commerce Minister Anand Sharma had been to Russia thrice this year. Trade between India and Russia stands at just $11 billion, a far cry from what it is with the US and China. Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and President Vladmiri Putin are set to go over the main pillars of the bilateral strategic partnership, including defence, energy, space, science and technology, economy.
viduals, he said. “All members of the associations are agitated over it. If somebody is corrupt, hang him at the lamp post. But the honest must be protected,” Reddy said. “We will be meeting Prime Minister, Minister of State for Personnel, Cabinet Secretary and Secretary, Department of Personnel and Training and will give representation to them. If need be, we will meet President Pranab Mukherjee,” he said. The Association members yesterday held meeting to discuss issue of Parakh. The IAS officers body, which has also recently changed its constitution to cover all IAS officers working in central and state government departments across the country, said they wanted the same safeguards for members of other services like Indian Po-
lice Service (IPS) and Indian Forest Service (IFoS). IPS and IFoS associations have also rallied behind Parakh. IPS officers’ Association has suggested a provision of compensation for a retired bureaucrat who is named in a case and later found not guilty by a court or any such competent authority. “An FIR is based on prima facie evidence. Then there are searches, seizures and recording of statements, etc. Then only you come to a solid conclusion,” association’s Secretary Pankaj Kumar Singh said. There may be genuine cases and there may be a wild goose chase, but an honest officer must not be harassed, said Singh, who is working as Inspector General in Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF). The Indian Forest Service (IFoS) Officers’ Associa-
tion said it stands by honest bureaucrats. “We stand by honest bureaucrats in service or those who have retired. This is something ridiculous (CBI’s action),” IFoS association President A R Chadha said. “I have worked with him (Parakh). He is a man of high integrity,” Chadha said. There are about 11,00 members of the three services -- around 4,737 IAS, 3,637 IPS and about 2,700 IFoS officers -- working across the country. CBI has registered a case against Parakh and industrialist Kumar Mangalam Birla on charges of criminal conspiracy and corruption in connection with alleged irregularities in the allocation of two coal blocks in Odisha in 2005. Parakh has dubbed as “baseless” the allegations levelled against him by CBI.
Death toll in India from toxic liquor rises to 42 IAS officers body seeks safeguard for bureaucrats
lagers, who were celebrating the Hindu “Dussehra” festival in Azamgarh district last week, Sharma said. The region is 300 kilometers (185 miles) southeast of Lucknow, the state capital. Deaths from
drinking illegally brewed alcohol are common in India because the poor cannot afford licensed liquor. Illicit liquor is often spiked with chemicals such as pesticides to increase potency.
New Delhi, OctOber 20 (AgeNcieS): Agitated over CBI’s FIR which named former Coal Secretary P C Parakh as an accused in the Coalgate scam, central IAS officers’ association has decided to approach highest authorities in the government to ensure necessary safeguards for bureaucrats who make honest decisions. “We are going to give our representation at the highest level in the government. Officers who are honest and made honest decisions in public interest should not be hounded. Necessary safeguards need to be there,” central IAS officers’ association secretary Sanjay R Bhoos Reddy said. In the present regime, an officer can be booked by investigating agencies for making a decision which benefits a company or indi-
uNiteD NAtiONS, OctOber 20 (Pti): India has expressed hope that more nations would contribute greater number of women military and police personnel for UN peacekeeping operations as they can play a major role in post-conflict reconstruction of traumatised societies. Participating in a Security Council session on
‘Women, Peace and Security’ here on Friday, visiting member of Parliament and senior leader of the Congress Party M Krishnasswamy, said India was the first nation to successfully deploy an all-women police force as part of the UN peacekeeping operations. “By deploying women to deal with conflict situations, including women
peacekeepers as well as women protection advisers, we have demonstrated that we can assist in empowering women to deal with the crime of sexual violence in armed conflict and play a major role in post-conflict reconstruction of traumatised societies,” he said. Krishnasswamy expressed hope that more nations would con-
tribute greater number of women military and police personnel for UN peacekeeping operations. “The national governments have the primary responsibility for prosecuting and deterring violence against women including sexual violence,” he said. Given that India is one of the leading contributors to UN peacekeeping operations
with over 160,000 peacekeepers under the blue flag during the past six decades, Krishnasswamy said the Security Council must make available the resources that are required to implement the expanded scope of peacekeeping mandates. He said that nations must not lose sight of the difficulties in ascertaining credible and verifiable
information from armed conflict zones. “It is our firm view that capacity building should be a key focus of UN efforts as affected countries emerge from armed conflict situations. To ensure sustainable peace and stability, State institutions, including in the area of security, rule of law and justice, need to be augmented and strengthened,” Krishnasswamy said.
Puri, OctOber 20 (iANS): Gajendra Jena, 55, kept his radio switched on for updates when Cyclone Phailin, the strongest storm to hit India’s eastern coast in 14 years, was nearing. He packed essential items such as beaten rice, sugar, clothes, money and his radio set and went to the nearby cyclone shelter along with his wife and two small children, immediately after a special radio bulletin said people needed to evacuate. The bulletin warned those who are staying within five km of the coast in dilapidated, thatched house or homes with asbestos roofing to move to safer places, Jena said. “Our house got damaged which we will rebuild, but thank god we could save our lives. It was the radio which informed us about the danger,” the cyclone survivor told IANS while sitting near his de-
stroyed house less than two km from the coast at the beach town of Puri, about 56 kms from capital Bhubaneswar. The storm ripped off the asbestos roof of his house and destroyed both the rooms. Only some broken bricks are scattered around. Jena has been trying to resume his life at the site where he returned a day after the storm crossed the coast, tearing apart hundreds of thousands of houses like his. Not only Jena, the radio helped a large number of families make their plans ahead of the storm and decide their next course of action.The very severe tropical cyclone that struck October 12 night near state’s port town of Gopalpur in Ganjam district, left a trail of destruction, bringing heavy rain and causing floods. Although damage to property was estimated
at several thousand crore rupees, the loss of humans was minimal compared to the 1999 super-cyclone that claimed over 10,000 lives. The toll from the latest cyclone and flooding has so far remained at only 44. The fewer casualties have been attributed to the evacuation of more than one million people to safety hours before the disaster. While government officials played a major role in the evacuation, without mobile phones and the radio it would not have been possible to achieve this, a senior official in the disaster management department admitted. Arun Kumar Subuddhi, the owner of Time and Sound that deals in Philips radios in Bhubaneswar, said the demand was so high that he sold more than 600 sets within hours after the first warning of the cyclone was sounded.
“Three days later, people were still looking for radios and we sold more than 100 sets,” he added. The state-run broadcaster All India Radio (AIR), which reaches more than 80 percent of Odisha, particularly the interior rural pockets, prepared days before the cyclone struck and stocked adequate diesel to ensure uninterrupted transmission from its various centres. “Radio penetration is very high in rural areas. Any village you go to, you will find at least one batteryoperated radio. Therefore, we had made elaborate arrangements,” AIR Bhubaneswar station director Sudha Mishra told IANS. “We started airing information related to the disaster three days before the cyclone struck and continued until it had weakened. We also broadcast special bulletins and were advising people what to do and
what not to do hours before it struck,” she added. Besides, AIR, which has its main centre at Cuttack and smaller centres in several district headquarters, also aired a few live phone-ins to enable people relate what was happening around them she said. “Mobile phones, which were working in most of the areas despite adverse weather conditions, also helped us a lot to connect with people and staff,” Mishra said. “We had asked our people to get SIMs of multiple operators. If one stopped working, they could use another and this trick worked very well,” she said. Mobile phones also helped many to get up-todate information about the severe weather conditions. In 1999, there were only a few hundered mobile phone users in the state. Today, there are more than 20
million users, while staterun Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) alone has three million subscribers, an official said. BSNL sent weather update SMSes to 1.5 million people, mostly in the coastal belt, on Oct 11 and 12, BSNL Odisha circle general manager (Mobile) Balaram Pal said. S.C.Sahu, director of the Bhubaneswar meteorological centre, said sent sending SMS alerts to some 150 people, mostly top functionaries of the government, railways and airport officials updating them about the weather conditions. “I had kept my mobile switched off for hours to save the battery. When the cyclone neared, I switched it on and listened to the weather bulletin using the radio avilable in the mobile,” internationally acclaimed sand artist Sudarsan Pattnaik said, recollecting the horror.
Indian policemen carry away illegal bootleg liquor seized from a well at Narawn village in Azamgarh district, some 300 kilometers (185 miles) southeast of Lucknow, India, Sunday, Oct. 20, 2013. Dozens of people died and some 40 people are being treated in hospitals after drinking the toxic drink in Uttar Pradesh state, police said. Deaths from drinking illegally brewed alcohol are common in India because the poor cannot afford licensed liquor. Illicit liquor is often spiked with chemicals such as pesticides to increase potency. (AP Photo/ Rajesh Kumar Singh)
lucKNOw, OctOber 20 (AP): Another 10 people have died in hospitals after drinking toxic bootleg liquor in northern India, police said Sunday, raising the death toll to 42 in the past three days.
Some 40 people are being treated in hospitals in Uttar Pradesh state, said District Magistrate Neena Sharma. Police arrested 32 people for illegally brewing and selling the toxic drink to the vil-
Lalu Prasad violates jail manual, faces threat: Police
rANchi, OctOber 20 (iANS): RJD president and former Bihar chief minister Lalu Prasad, sentenced to five years in jail in a fodder scam case, faces security threats as he leads a life of comfort as a prisoner, Jharkhand Police has said. The special branch of Jharkhand Police has alerted the jail administration about Lalu Prasad’s security. “Lalu Prasad may face a security threat, and should be given adequate security in the jail,” an official of the special branch said, expressing concern. Lalu Prasad has been kept in the upper division of the jail, where he is separated from other prisoners. He has also been provided all facilities extended to VIP prisoners -- a separate bedroom, a mosquito net, cot and other facilities. There is also a TV set in the cell, and he is allowed to watch Doordarsan news and read newspapers every day. “Jail authorities have been asked to keep a proper vigil on the security of Lalu Prasad. We have also informed police in Ranchi about the need for heightened external security of the jail,” a source from the Birsa Munda Central Jail told IANS. Jail sources say there are two counts on which security for the former Bihar chief minister is a concern: First, he receives many high-profile visitors; second, Maoists are among the prisoners in the jail. The jail sources say scores of people meet Lalu Prasad each day. Some visitors are high-profile, like Jharkhand Tourism Minister Suresh Paswan and Water Resources Minister Annapurna Devi, who belong to the Rashtriya Janata Dal. The RJD is a partner in the Jharkhand Mukti Morcha-led coalition government of Chief Minister Hemant Soren. Former union minister and Ranchi Congress Lok Sabha MP Subodh Kant Sahay was also among those calling on Lalu Prasad in jail. Lalu Prasad reportedly spends a few hours each day in the chamber of the jailor, meeting people and discussing various matters. He is also reported to have issued some jail officials veiled threats. A Public Interest Litigation has been filed against the comforts that Lalu Prasad is allowed in jail. “As per the jail manual, relatives can meet a prisoner once in 15 days. Jail manual 1001 says there should be no political discussion in the jail. Lalu Prasad meets around 100 people, including political leaders, everyday. He holds political discussions in jail,” said Rajiv Kumar, the lawyer who filed the PIL.
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Challenger wants Maldives’ president to resign
MALE, OctObEr 20 (AP): The leading candidate in the Maldives’ troubled presidential election demanded Sunday that the president resign and allow the parliamentary speaker to take over the government and oversee a fresh poll. Speaking to reporters a day after police stopped officials from holding a scheduled revote of last month’s election, Mohamed Nasheed accused President Mohamed Waheed Hassan of working with the country’s defense minister and police chief to obstruct the vote. The move by the police to stop Saturday’s revote came as the latest blow to this Indian Ocean island nation, which has seen much upheaval in its first five years as a democracy. Failing to elect a president by Nov. 11, when Hassan’s term ends, could bring about a constitutional crisis in the country. The Supreme Court earlier this month annulled the results of the Sept. 7 election, agreeing with a losing candidate that the voters’ list had made-up names and names of dead
people. Nasheed led that election with more than 45 percent of the vote, but failed to secure a majority for an outright win. Nasheed said Sunday that he had lost all hope that an election will ever be held during Hassan’s tenure, accusing Hassan, Defense Minister Mohamed Nasim and Police Chief Abdulla Riyaz of wanting to stay in power without having a new vote. “It is very evident that they have been obstructing the election and it is also very evident the game they are trying to play,” Nasheed told reporters, adding that Hassan, Nasim and Riyaz want to take Maldives into a “constitutional void” and stay in power for a long time. “We believe that the only prudent way forward and a possible solution is for Dr. Waheed (Hassan) to resign and the speaker of Parliament to take over government until Nov. 11, for the election to be held under his tenure and not under the unelected ... rule of Dr. Waheed,” Nasheed said. Presidential spokesman Masood Imad denied
Nasheed’s allegation, and said Hassan would not step down. “I don’t think anybody in this country doesn’t want an election. The president more than anybody else wants to have an election,” Imad said. Hassan said Saturday that he did not intend to stay in power even if no president was elected by the Nov. 11 constitutional deadline, even though the Supreme Court had ruled that it would allow such a provision. He opted out of the election after losing badly in the annulled first round, getting just 5 percent of the vote. Hassan stepped in Saturday to mediate in the crisis, proposing to the Elections Commission that a new vote be held Oct. 26. The commission, however, has not announced a date yet. Nasheed’s supporters started civil disobedience protests Saturday, occupying main roads in the capital, Male, and on at least one other island to protest the Maldivian soldiers keep guard near the residence of President Mohamed Waheed Hassan after cancellation of a presidential revote in Male, Maldives on October 19. Maldives sank further into political disarray Saturday when cancellation of the revote. Following the election police blocked officials from conducting a presidential revote, saying that holding the election would violate a Sulast month, Nasheed was preme Court order. (AP Photo)
WASHInGtOn, OctObEr 20 (AP): President Barack Obama is not an overtly religious man. He and his family rarely attend church, and he almost never elaborates in public about his own relationship to his Christian faith. But far away from the public eye, his longtime advisers say, the president has carefully nurtured a sense of spirituality that has served as a grounding mechanism during turbulent times, when the
obstacles to governing a deeply divided nation seem nearly insurmountable. Every year on Aug. 4, the president’s birthday, Obama convenes a group of pastors by phone to receive their prayers for him for the year to come. During the most challenging of times, prayer circles are organized with prominent religious figures. And each morning for the past five years, before most of his aides even arrive at the White House,
Obama has read a devotional written for him and sent to his BlackBerry, weaving together biblical scripture with reflections from literary figures like Maya Angelou and C.S. Lewis. “I’ve certainly seen the president’s faith grow in his time in office,” said Joshua DuBois, an informal spiritual adviser to Obama who writes the devotionals and ran Obama’s faithbased office until earlier this year. “When you cultivate your faith, it grows.”
The image of Obama as someone who draws heavily on faith to guide his daily life contrasts with his public persona. An intensely private person, Obama has shied away from all but the most general descriptions of his spiritual life. “Sometimes I search scripture to determine how best to balance life as a president and as a husband and as a father,” Obama said in February at the National Prayer Breakfast. “I often search for scripture to figure out how I
can be a better man as well as a better president.” In his final years in office, Obama plans to continue with the morning meditations, the birthday call with pastors and ad hoc prayer circles, said a senior administration official, who wasn’t authorized to comment by name on Obama’s spiritual life and requested anonymity. Privately, Obama also speaks to staff of being mindful of his own spiritual responsibility to the nation,
LOndOn, OctObEr 20 (AP): A violin believed to have been played on the Titanic before the doomed vessel sank was auctioned for more than 1 million pounds ($1.6 million) Saturday, a fantastic figure which one collector said may never be beaten. The sea-corroded instrument, now unplayable, is thought to have belonged to bandmaster Wallace Hartley, who was among the disaster’s more than 1,500 victims. The story of Hartley’s band, which stoically continued playing on the ship’s
deck until the disaster’s final hour, is a memorable part of James Cameron’s “Titanic,” when Hartley and his colleagues are seen playing “Nearer, My God, To Thee” as the passengers around them scream and drown in the icy water. The incredible story, and its heart-rending portrayal in one of the world’s most popular films, likely played a role in pushing the instrument’s price to 900,000 pounds, or past 1 million pounds when the buyer’s premium and tax are taken into account. “It’s a world record for
a Titanic artifact,” said Peter Boyd-Smith, a Titanic memorabilia collector at the auction, hosted by Henry Aldridge and Son in the western England town of Devizes. “The only other items that are probably worth that kind of money are the items salvaged from RMS Titanic if they are ever put up for sale and those are in the exhibitions that go around America and Europe. “It may never get beaten.”
The violin, with Hartley’s name on it, is believed to have been found at sea with the musician’s body more than a week after the Titanic sank. “Mr. Hartley and the band were very brave people ... standing by their posts to the bitter end,” auctioneer Andrew Aldridge said ahead of the sale. Henry Aldridge and Son said the violin has been subject to numerous tests to check its authentic-
ity since it was discovered wished in 2006. It said earlier this anonyear that the violin was Hartley’s “beyond reasonable doubt.” The violin, of German make, was a gift from Hartley’s fiancee Maria Robinson, and was engraved with the words: “For Wallace on the occasion of our engagement from Maria.” Andrew Aldridge said the buyer, who bid over the phone,
set for a runoff with the second-place finisher, a brother of the country’s longtime autocratic ruler, when the Supreme Court ordered the revote. The court also set forth 16 guidelines for the Elections Commission to follow during the new poll, including having the voters’ register approved by all candidates. Nasheed’s two rivals have refused to approve the register, citing flaws in the list. The Maldives held its first multiparty election in 2008, with Nasheed defeating the country’s 30-year autocratic ruler, Maumoon Abdul Gayoom. Nasheed resigned last year after weeks of public protests against his order to arrest a senior judge he perceived as corrupt and partial. Hassan, who was Nasheed’s deputy, took over presidency. Nasheed has since accused Hassan of helping to orchestrate a coup. A local commission has ruled out Nasheed’s claim of a coup, but the country, best known as a luxurious vacation destination, has since been politically polarized.
Out from the spotlight, Obama nurtures his faith Filipino sultan who the official said. In times of crisis, from devastating hurricanes to tragic school shootings, many Americans look to their president as a source of strength and comfort. “This office tends to make a person pray more,” Obama said last year in an interview with Cathedral Age magazine. “And as President Lincoln once said, ‘I have been driven to my knees many times by the overwhelming conviction that I had no place else to go.’”
Titanic violin sells for over $1.6M at auction
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A violin, believed to be the one played by Titanic bandmaster Wallace Hartley, is displayed at auction house Henry Aldridge and Son in Devizes, England on October 18. The auction house, which specializes in Titanic memorabilia, expects the violin to fetch more than 200,000 pounds (US$323,300) when it goes on sale on Saturday. (AP Photo)
Australia facing worst bushfire threat in 40 years
In this photo provided by the New South Wales Rural Fire Service the remains of a structure are in a crumpled pile after a wildfire destroyed the building, at an unknown location in Australia on October 17. Nearly a hundred wildfires are burning across Australia's New South Wales state, more than a dozen of which are out of control, as unseasonably hot temperatures and strong winds fanned flames across the parched landscape. (AP Photo)
SydnEy, OctObEr 20 (AFP): Australian fire crews were bracing on Sunday for some of the worst conditions in decades as several major blazes threatened to merge into a mammoth firefront that could reach Sydney. More than 200 homes have already been destroyed and another 120 damaged by the wildfires,
which broke out across New South Wales state in unseasonably warm weather last week, fanned by extremely high winds. The worst of the blazes, in the Blue Mountains west of Sydney, plunged the city last week into an eerie midday darkness as plumes of smoke and ash filled the sky. One man has died so far
trying to protect his property. Three separate infernos continued to burn in the Blue Mountains on Sunday. Grim forecasts of intensifying heat and winds prompted NSW Premier Barry O’Farrell to declare a state of emergency giving firefighters the power to forcibly evacuate people, with penalties for refusing. “This is not an action
taken lightly... but it’s important the Rural Fire Service (RFS) and other emergency services have the powers and the resources they need to combat this threat,” said O’Farrell. “We are planning for the worst but hoping for the best.” Officials issued dire predictions about the worsening weather forecasts through to Wednes-
day, with a RFS spokesman saying there was the “very real potential that these three fires -- (one) in Lithgow and the two in the (Blue) Mountains -- could form as one fire over the next couple of days”. “We can understand the magnitude of that as it would then creep into the bottom end of Sydney. It’s certainly something that we’re very concerned about,” the spokesman said. Sydney’s suburban outskirts are just across the Nepean River from the foot of the mountains. Embers jumped its banks on Thursday, starting a fire at Castlereagh near Penrith. Some 76,000 people live in the Blue Mountains while the population of Sydney is 4.4 million. NSW RFS Commissioner Shane Fitzsimmons said there would be several extremely difficult days ahead for fire crews, with temperatures set to soar and a return to dangerously high winds. “We’ve got what would be unparalleled (conditions) in terms of risk and exposure for the Blue Mountains and Hawkesbury communities throughout this week,” Fitzsimmons told reporters. “If you are to draw a parallel, and it’s always dangerous to draw a parallel, at best you’d be going back to time periods in
claimed Malaysian region dies at age 75
the late 60s.” “The reality is, however, these conditions that we’re looking at are a whole new ball-game and in a league of their own.” A total ban on starting open-air fires for barbecues or other reasons was in place in Greater Sydney and three other regions across the state until further notice. An emergency warning was issued for the Blue Mountains village of Bell, where residents were urged to evacuate due to the immediate threat of fire. Other township residents were told to shelter in their homes or warned that they faced several days of isolation without electricity. State Assistant police commissioner Alan Clarke said mandatory evacuation orders would be enforced in some areas, describing the risk as “far more extreme” than in past fires. “Police will be doing forced evacuations if the risk is necessary,” Clarke told reporters. “At the end of the day we hope we have buildings standing, but if we don’t have buildings standing we don’t want bodies in them.” Wildfires are common in Australia’s summer months, which run from December-February. But an unusually dry and warm winter and record spring temperatures has seen the 2013/14 fire season start early.
In this Febuary 26, file photo, Sultan of Sulu Jamalul Kiram III answers questions from reporters at his house in suburban Taguig, south of Manila, Philippines. The Philippine sultan, whose armed followers invaded a vast Malaysian region to revive an old territorial claim and sparked a security crisis in February, has died of multiple organ failure. He was 75. Kiram's wife Fatima Celia said her husband died in her arms early on October 20, at a Philippine hospital. (AP Photo)
MAnILA, OctObEr 20 (AP): A Philippine sultan whose armed followers invaded a vast Malaysian region, sparking a security crisis that left dozens of people dead earlier this year, died Sunday of multiple organ failure. He was 75. Sultan Jamalul Kiram III’s wife, Fatima Celia, told The Associated Press that her husband died in her arms at a Philippine hospital. She said that before he died, he ordered his family and followers to keep alive the historic territorial claims to Sabah state in neighboring Malaysia. Although largely forgotten and dismissed as a vestige from a bygone era, Kiram’s Muslim sultanate, based in the southern Philippine province of Sulu, stirred up a security crisis in Malaysia when his younger brother and about 200 followers, dozens of them armed, barged into Sabah’s coastal village of Lahad Datu in February. Stunned, Malaysia responded by sending in ground troops and launching air strikes. Dozens of people were killed in weeks of sporadic fighting before the standoff eased. Malaysia has governed the resource-rich frontier region of timberlands and palm oil plantations in northern Borneo as its second-largest federal state since the 1960s. The Kiram sultanate, which emerged in the 1400s, built a legend for its wide influence at the time and its feared Tausug warriors. Chinese and European leaders once sent vassals to pay homage to their powerful forebears, sultanate spokesman Abraham Idjirani said. The Sulu sultanate preceded both the Philippine republic and Malaysia by centuries. But overrun by history, the Kirams now carry royal titles and nothing much else. “I’m the poorest sultan in the world,” an ailing Kiram said in an interview in March at his rundown residence in a Muslim village in Manila, the Philippine capital. The Kirams claim Sabah has belonged to their sultanate for centuries and was only leased to Malaysia, which they say pays them a paltry annual rent. Malaysian officials contend the payments are part of an arrangement under which the sultanate has ceded the 74,000 square kilometers (28,000 square miles) of Sabah territory to their country. Philippine presidents have relegated the volatile feud to the backburner despite efforts by the Kirams to put it on the national agenda. Kiram’s sultanate still has hundreds of followers in Sulu and nearby southern provinces, which are among the Philippines’ poorest and are troubled by Muslim rebels, al-Qaida-linked extremists and outlaws. Kiram’s family said he would be buried in his hometown of Maimbung in Sulu. He had eight children with two wives and will likely be replaced by a younger brother, Esmail Kiram II, in a succession often marred in the past by clan infighting and claims by fake descendants of the once-powerful Muslim royalty.
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Barca, Atletico stumble and miss out on record
MADrID, OctOber 20 (reuters): Barcelona and Atletico Madrid dropped their first points of the season on Saturday, missing the chance to equal the record for the best-ever La Liga start. Champions Barca, who visit AC Milan in the Champions League on Tuesday, were held 0-0 at Osasuna. It was the first time they failed to score in a domestic league game in 65 matches since a 0-0 draw at Villarreal in January 2012. Atletico also lost 1-0 at Espanyol as Real Madrid's record nine straight wins to kick off the 1968-69 campaign remained intact. Third-placed Real won 2-0 at home to Malaga, Carlo Ancelotti's side closing within three points of leaders Barca ahead of next week's 'Clasico' at the Nou Camp and two points shy of Atletico. Real won thanks to a goal from Angel Di Maria and a stoppage-time Cristiano Ronaldo penalty, won by world record signing Gareth Bale who was a late substitute. Barca were unable to breach a well-drilled Osasuna defence in Pamplona and Atletico were thwarted by an Espanyol side who have made a strong start to the season under Mexican coach Javier Aguirre. The only goal of the game
Lucky to be alive, Ryder ready to return
WeLLINGtON, OctOber 20 (reuters): Batsman Jesse Ryder will return to top-level cricket in New Zealand next week, ready to put behind him a year in which he served a six-month doping ban and survived an assault that left him in a coma with serious head injuries. The 29-year-old, who had been in self-imposed exile from the New Zealand team following another breach of team discipline, makes his return to the field for his new first-class side Otago against his former team Wellington next week. "After this year, you could probably say that I've been through the worst things you could go through, for my career at least anyway," Ryder told Fairfax Media on Sunday. "The drug thing, that could have been my career over if I'd been given a two-year ban, which had been a possibility. Then with what happened in Christchurch, that too could have easily been the end of it for my career. "I wouldn't look at it like I've been given a second chance at life. I'm just lucky, I guess." Ryder spent almost a week in hospital in late March after an incident outside a Christchurch bar left him with a fractured skull and rib injuries. He was kept in an induced coma for more than two days. While he was recovering from the assault, he was informed he had tested positive for two stimulants which are banned in competition and handed a six-month provisional ban on April 19. Ryder said he had checked the weight-loss supplement on the Internet and sought advice, a fact that New Zealand's top antidoping authority, Drug Free Sport NZ, took into consideration when imposing a six-month ban rather than a two-year penalty. "You do all the research and you find there is nothing wrong with the product. The one mistake I made was that I didn't ask Drug Free Sport New Zealand about the product," he added. "But if I had asked them, they would have basically said they couldn't find anything wrong with the product but that taking it could be a risk."
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Martino not panicked as Barcelona fire blanks
FC Barcelona's Neymar of Brazil, second left, looks at the ball in front Osasuna's goalkeeper Andres Fernandez during their Spanish League soccer match, at El Sadar stadium, in Pamplona northern Spain on Saturday, Oct. 19. (AP Photo)
at Espanyol's Cornella-El Prat stadium in Barcelona came in the 54th minute when the ball deflected into the net off the outstretched leg of Atletico goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois. Argentine Lionel Messi, who had not played since the end of last month due to a thigh strain, came off the bench for the final 25 min-
utes of Barca's game but not even the World Player of the Year could conjure a goal for the champions. "We knew it was going to be tough," said captain Carles Puyol after making his first appearance in almost eight months following knee surgery. "It's always difficult playing at this stadium," the 35-year-old told Canal Plus.
"We were missing some effectiveness in the final pass but it's one more point. Now we have to recover from this and prepare well for Tuesday." Barca dominated Osasuna, who sat back looking to catch the visitors on the break, and came closest to scoring midway through the second half when Ney-
mar just failed to get on the end of a low Martin Montoya centre. Cesc Fabregas had two golden chances but fluffed an attempted chip before sending a wild shot sailing over the crossbar. Real warmed up for Wednesday's Champions League game against Juventus with a victory. It was hardly the sparkling display
Robert Stieglitz of Germany, right, lands a punch to Isaac Ekpo of Nigeria during their WBO Super Middleweight Championship title bout in Leipzig, central Germany, Saturday, Oct. 19, 2013. Stieglitz retained his title. (AP Photo)
Captain dhoni supports bowlers
MOHALI, OctOber 20 (tNN): Despite some dismal performances by a few players, India skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni today came out strongly in their support, saying that frequent changes might hamper the team in the long run. "It will be unfair that all of a sudden when you lose one or two matches and you want playing eleven bowler to be removed and thrown out of the team by saying he is not good," said Dhoni at LONDON, OctOber 20 (reuters): England striker Wayne Rooney has the potential to be one of the standout players of the 2014 World Cup in Brazil and should not be judged on his past disciplinary problems, said manager Roy Hodgson. The Manchester United forward has been in terrific form for his country, scoring in their last two World Cup qualifiers to take his tally to seven goals in his six games in the campaign as England finished top of their group. However, the 27-yearold's performances at past major tournaments for England have been less than stellar. Rooney, who played in the 2006 and 2010 World Cups, has yet to find the net at the finals and has a less than perfect overall disciplinary record in internationals, having twice been sent off. "If the question is, do I believe Wayne Rooney has got the ability and can be a star at the World Cup playing for England playing like he is at the moment?, I would say: 'Yes of course I believe it, of course I think he can do it'," said Hodgson at a media briefing this week. "You can't keep judging people on
the post-match press conference here last night. "It's very important to persist with them, to give them experience because they are the part of the side. They are the most talented people and let's back them," he added. Dhoni defended his decision to entrust struggling pacer Ishant Sharma to bowl the 48th over, which yielded 30 runs to hand the third ODI to Australia from a winning position. "If you see the performances, then
you may need to change the whole team. There are some batsmen who have not made runs, there are some bowlers who have gone for runs. "If you compare bowlers of the two sides and you feel they (Australians) are better and quick, even they have gone for runs," the skipper pointed out. Dhoni made it clear that with regard to the team selection he will speak only to the selectors and not at a press conference. The 32-year-old Dhoni
said that the new bowlers waiting in the wings can wait a bit longer. "It is often seen that once somebody goes out of the side, tendency is that he is forgotten and people talk about the new bowler. I always feel that people who are in the side should be given the rope, doesn't matter if he is a bowler or a batsman. Once he goes out of the side, the new guy who comes in you again, the principle should be applied.
coach Ancelotti wanted to dispel doubts after some unconvincing performances this term but the Italian was happy about a general improvement from his expensive squad. "Today I am pleased," Ancelotti told a news conference. "Everyone was focused on defending, we pressed well and recovered possession quickly.
MADrID, OctOber 20 (AFP): Barcelona manager Gerardo Martino blamed an off day in front of goal after his side dropped points for the first time this season in a 0-0 draw at Osasuna. With Lionel Messi only introduced as a substitute 22 minutes from time, Marc Bartra, Neymar and Cesc Fabregas all missed clear chances as Barca failed to score for the first time in 64 league games. However, Martino insisted he was satisfied with the performance of the team other than their finishing in front of goal. "In the first-half I thought we missed a bit of accuracy in the final pass. Pedro, Neymar and Cesc all tried and all just missed the pass by milimetres," said Martino. "In the second-half we had at least four clear chances, but the good thing is we didn't concede. The movement of the ball and rotation of players on the pitch was all good, but we just couldn't find the goal." It was a disappointing start to a crucial week for Barca as they face AC Milan in the Champions League on Tuesday before hosting Real Madrid next weekend. Martino, though, doesn't believe the setback against Osasuna will affect their preparation for the next two games. "I would be worried if I saw deterioration in the performance of the team, but I didn't see that. "It is obviously a big week with firstly Milan then Madrid, but I am not annoyed because I am happy with the performance of the team." The one positive piece of news for Barca was the return of captain Carles Puyol after seven months out due to knee surgery. The 35-year-old completed the 90 minutes without ever looking flustered and is looking forward to a prolonged run in the side after a frustrating few months. "I have had a number of days training with the team, every day I feel better," he told Canal Plus. "I am happy about what I felt during the game, albeit not the result. The past few months were tough but that is now in the past. Now the good part comes and I have to enjoy it." The draw leaves Barca just three points ahead of Real Madrid heading into next Saturday's El Clasico.
gareth Bale says concerns over health exaggerated
MADrID, OctOber 20 (AP): Gareth Bale says speculation concerning his health following his record 100 million euros transfer to Real Madrid has been "blown out of proportion massively." Bale went on late to help Madrid beat Malaga 2-0 on Saturday, making his fourth appearance in eight possible matches after recovering from his second leg injury since his blockbuster move this summer. "It's nice to get over the little injury I had," Bale said. "It's been difficult getting back obviously after not having a preseason. It's great to get back on the pitch, get a few minutes under my belt, and make a good impact." The Wales winger went on with 15 minutes to play and earned a questionable penalty after a brush with Malaga defender Weligton. Cristiano Ronaldo converted the spot kick in injury time to double the lead established by Angel Di Maria. Bale's most recent absence due to a sore left hamstring led to sports daily Marca publishing that he had a back hernia that could require surgery. Madrid responded that this was false, instead saying
Real Madrid's Gareth Bale. (AP Photo)
that Bale had a "disc bulge" that wouldn't affect his ability to play. Bale didn't mention his suddenly infamous back after Saturday's win. "It was just a little thigh strain," Bale said. "I think the fact that I haven't had a lot of game time and preseason games or training or running, you always pick up little niggles. I think everything was blown out of proportion massively." Madrid's drawnout negotiations with Tottenham that lasted to the end of the transfer window meant that Bale was kept from training this summer
Changed Rooney should not be judged on past
the past and errors they've made in the past. If there's been temperament errors, he's been lambasted for them and paid the penalty for them but you can't keep on dragging that up," added the 66-year-old. Rooney was infamously sent off against Portugal in the quarter-finals of the 2006 World Cup after stamping on Ricardo Carvalho and pushing his thenUnited team mate Cristiano Ronaldo. England lost the as Rooney was concerned match 3-1 on penalties to and cited the forward as bego out of the competition. ing a shining example to the younger squad members. "If we look over the last SARCASTIC COMMENT Four years later in South 10 games we've played in Africa, Rooney drew criti- these qualifying tournacism after sarcastically ments ... his discipline has commenting to television been fantastic," the mancameras "nice to see your ager said. "His discipline home fans booing you" around the place, his inas he walked off the pitch fluence and his example at the end of a lacklustre to the other players, I can 0-0 draw with Algeria in a only judge like that. I'm not group game. He later apolo- really prepared to concern myself with 'well in this gised for the incident. Rooney was also shown tournament this, or in that a straight red card in a Euro qualifier that'. "I'm only 2012 qualifier against prepared to judge Wayne Montenegro for petulant- on how he's been with me ly kicking out at Miodrag since I've known him and Dzudovic and missed the he's been very, very good first two matches of the both as a player and in tournament. Hodgson in- terms of his discipline so timated he wanted to let why should I doubt him?". bygones be bygones as far After a sometimes less than
convincing World Cup qualifying campaign, England ended with a flourish with dominant performances against Montenegro and Poland to finish unbeaten. Rooney was prominent in both matches and while Hodgson has played down England's chances of winning the trophy he is content with the way his team played. "I would like to think the footballing public have been satisfied with us so far and have even got a certain degree of excitement with the players we've got coming through now and the way we're trying to play," he said. "This could be an interesting tournament."
with his new club. "I have to take it one step at a time," Bale said. "I haven't had too much training or games. It's all about building me up now. Obviously, I will do what the manager says, but I need to introduce myself and prepare myself right now for the rest of the season." Madrid hosts Juventus on Wednesday in a highly anticipated Champions League match with the Italian champion. Madrid then travels to play at fierce rival Barcelona next weekend in what will be Bale's first clasico.
Wayne Rooney (AP Photo)
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lovers Dimapur witnessed the best in Naga music industry as top Naga artists came together under one roof to kick start
the first Music Task Force Live Series at Upstairs, Dimapur on 19 October 2013. The show started with a acoustic set by Alobo Naga accompanied by Fung Wall-
ing on the bass and Theja Khate playing the Kajon. Imsa presented a cover of Katy Perry’s hit song “ROAR” with Sumika Yepthomi on the guitar, who is also the
proprietor of Upstairs. Renbeni Odyuo treated the audience with an acoustic version of her original songs accompanied by renowned guitarist Mhaseve Tetseo.
SUPERMAN’S WIFE FILES FOR DIVORCE Trinny & Charles have not even attempted to make their newTom found relationship a secret After
on his health Getting better, work continues Megastar
Amitabh Bachchan, who has not been keeping well for last few days, appreciates people’s concern towards his health, but says there is nothing to worry as the ‘work continues’. For the sake of his well-wishers, he informed through his post on his blog that Saturday he shot for an ad and also attended an award ceremony. “Concern after my health has reached an unjustified proportion, undeservingly. More has been attributed to it than was factually correct,” Big B wrote on his blog Saturday. On October 14, Amitabh Bachchan had informed that he was down with fever and a stomach infection. “I am getting better by the day... But your concern is legitimate, and I do appreciate your fond get wells,” he wrote. On Oct 14, Big B had informed that he was down with fever and a
stomach infection, but Oct 17 the 71-year-old had resumed work on ‘Kaun Banega Crorepati’. “Work continues... So did an ad shoot for a client (on Saturday) and had a surprise visit by Priyanka Chopra who was shooting next door... looking stunning as ever! And when that was over, by 9 drove off to receive a youth encouragement award ceremony by the Society Magazine,” he furter wrote in his post. The megastar was honoured with the award at the Society Young Achievers Awards 2013, organised by Society magazine.
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Upcoming rapper Rhokz Ngouri from Kohima mesmerized the crowd with his tongue twisters and original songs ‘T-Shirt’ and ‘Fight Until Calamity Kills’ which talks about his personal struggles as a young musician. Alo Wanth and Mhaseve received an encore with their beautifully crafted covers and originals. The show ended with a special performance by Yanpvuo Kikon and Alobo Naga who had the crowd crooning along with the duo. Music Task Force has been providing different platforms to encourage musicians in Nagaland through unique initiatives such as the Live Series where our local artists are encouraged to sustain their talents which will gradually contribute towards the growth of our music industry.
Welling is like Kryptonite to his wife -- she’s filed to divorce the “Smallville” star ... TMZ has learned. Jamie White Welling filed the docs on October 16, and in the papers she cites “irreconcilable differences” as the reason for their break-up. Jamie is asking for spousal support. According to the docs, Tom and Jamie separated in December 2012 after 10 years of marriage. Tom and Jamie spent most of their time in Vancouver ... near where “Smallville” was filmed -- but moved to L.A. in 2011. The estranged couple does not have any kids.
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Harry Styles and Nick Grimshaw bromance continues to blossom – so much so that they are even investing in matching pieces of art. Radio 1 DJ Nick splashed £10,000 on a sizeable painting depicting London’s East End by artist Richard Galloway during a trip to the Royal Academy Summer Art Fair earlier this year. The piece now sits across an entire wall of the Primrose Hill flat that Nick, 29, shares with his beloved Jack Russell, Lex – and where One Direction star Harry is often a guest. Now I am told that Harry, 19, is eagerly awaiting the completion of a sister piece by Galloway so he can snap it up and install it in his home, just like his pal Nick. ‘Harry has expressed an interest in the piece,’ said a source. ‘But it would rob Nick of a complete pair – something that would be worth tens of thousands in years to come.’
for rock legends the Faces to reunite have broken down over the pay demands of lead singer Rod Stewart – and the fact that Ronnie Wood will be touring with the Rolling Stones. The hotly anticipated reunion of the group, who split in 1975, was shelved because Rod wanted the lion’s share of any tour profits. According to a source close to the group, the 68-year-old argued that as the lead singer he remains the most famous member of the band’s original lineup. ‘Rod’s team wanted him to get a larger share of the profits because he was the original frontman of the group,’ said the source. ‘But Ronnie has made a name for himself as a huge star with the Stones since being in the Faces and the rest of the band didn’t agree that Rod should get such a big cut of the money. ‘They couldn’t agree on an arrangement that would suit them all and thought it best to leave it alone to maintain their friendships.’ Another nail in the coffin of the proposed reunion of the influential band – whose hits included Stay With Me – is guitarist Ronnie’s plan to tour with the Stones next year. ‘They are arranging dates around the world,’ a source added. ‘They will also headline the opening of Australia’s revamped Adelaide Oval cricket ground next year.’ Rumours the Faces were planning a reunion started in June with drummer Kenney Jones saying: ‘We all want to do a Faces tour to get it off our chests. We parted in the wrong way and it would put that wrong to right.’ Rod – who famously had six consecutive No1 albums as a solo artist – added: ‘I’d like to return. Ronnie and I talk about it, and when the Stones finish – Mick [Jagger] is several years older than me – we’ll have an opportunity, if we’re not on Zimmers.’
an evening out at Scott’s on Friday evening, the pair were seen enjoying a lunchtime date on Saturday - this time at a different eatery, Colbert, in London’s Sloane Square. The chosen restaurant is close to Saatchi’s marital home with with ex wife Nigella Lawson, who he divorced in July after he was spotted holding the TV chef round the throat in his favourite restaurant Scott’s. Their daytime date comes amid claims in the Daily Star Sunday that Trinny has been sleeping over at the house Saatchi once shared with Nigella. A close friend revealed: ‘Trinny has more or less moved in, she’s been staying over loads. ‘Some people may think it’s a bit creepy and far too soon but Trinny and Charles are so caught up in their romance they just don’t mind.’ Never one to look unfashionable, Trinny was dressed in a simple yet stylish pair of skinny jeans, grey Cheslea boots, a grey T-shirt and leather jacket for the lunchtime date on Saturday. She accessorised her day look with a black shoulder bag, large stone ring and white-framed sunglasses, whilst keeping her honey locks loose and straight in a chic middle parting, and wore a touch of pink lipstick. Saatchi too dressed up smart for the occasion in a blue suit, buttoned up white shirt and black shoes. The pair arrived at the Sloane Square venue around 1pm on Saturday, and opted to sit at a table for two outside. They were smoking and drinking, with not a scrap of food to be seen as they watched passers-by whilst enjoying each other’s company. The chosen restaurant is close to Saatchi’s marital home with with ex wife Nigella Lawson, who he divorced in July after he was spotted holding the TV chef round the throat in his favourite restaurant Scott’s. Only the night before, Trinny and Saatchi made their seventh trip to the Scott’s restaurant in just a month. The pair looked in good spirits as they enjoyed a bite to eat and drink of wine at one of Saatchi’s preferred outside tables, with Trinny keeping her purple coat wrapped around her to stop herself getting cold. Trinny and Saatchi also don’t appear to have run out of conversation just yet, with the mogul keeping his fashionista date enthralled with his chatty offerings. Following their meal, the pair shared a cab home together, smiling as they were pictured in the back of the vehicle. Trinny appeared to have dressed up for the occasion in a navy dress, tights and blue shoes, while Saatchi coordinated in a midnight blue suit. Seafood restaurant Scott’s was where Saatchi was famously spotted holding his ex-wife Nigella Lawson by the throat while they sat outside for lunch back in August. It was first reported that Trinny and Saatchi appeared to be dating just six weeks after his divorce from TV chef Nigella was finalised. Meanwhile, Trinny - who shot to fame with Susannah Constantine on the BBC Two fashion show What Not To Wear - has been single ever since she split from her husband of ten years, businessman Johnny Elichaoff, 53, in 2008. According to the Sunday People, Saatchi’s friends have been actively encouraging him to go on dates in the wake of his highly-publicised split from Nigella. ‘They actually lined up five dates with five different women to throw him back into the social whirl,’ a friend told the paper. ‘They have been trying to set up cosy little suppers. But in the end he said he couldn’t go through with all of it. He did however agree to go out with Trinny.’
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Halep beats Stosur to win Kremlin Cup
Romania's Simona Halep kisses the trophy after defeating Australia's Samantha Stosur during the final match at the Kremlin Cup tennis tournament, in Moscow, Russia, Sunday, Oct. 20. (AP Photo)
MOScOW, OctOber 20 (AFP): Romanian Simona Halep's superb year continued on Sunday as she captured her fifth title of the year beating Australian
Samantha Stosur 7-6 (7/1), 6-2 in the final of the Kremlin Cup in Moscow. The 22-year-old fifth seed -- ranked 18 in the world -- took 1hr 41min-
utes to defeat her seventhseeded opponent and 2011 US Open champion and record only her second win in five meetings with the Australian. "It's an incredible year for me and I am enjoying every moment of it," said Halep, who is projected to break into the Top 15 after her latest win. "Now I already have all of my thoughts about the Tournament of Champions in Sofia (the second tier end of season tournament, the top event taking place in Istanbul in the coming week). "It's a very special event for me and I'm preparing thoroughly for it and hope to perform there at my top level." Halep and Stosur, who was looking for her second successive title having won in Osaka last Sunday, were evenly -matched throughout the first set but the Romanian took a firm grip on the tie-break to take the set in just over an hour. Stosur, 29, started the second set brightly breaking her opponent immediately but Halep, who has won all of her four previous finals this year, stepped up a gear and broke back before breaking Stosur's serve on another two occasions to ease to victory. At the award ceremony the winner Halep received a silver trophy by Cartier and a $132,470 cheque, while runner-up Stosur pocketed $70,728. Later on Sunday top seeded Frenchman Richard Gasquet will face Kazakhstan qualifier Mikhail Kukushkin in the ATP final.
Miguel Oliveira of Portugal crashes on turn four during the Moto3 race at the Australian Motorcycle Grand Prix in Phillip Island, Australia on Oct. 20. (AP Photo)
Lorenzo wins in dramatic Aussie MotoGP
PHILLIP ISLAND, OctOber 20 (AFP): Spaniard Jorge Lorenzo kept alive the race for the world championship with victory in a controversial Australian MotoGP at Phillip Island on Sunday. The Yamaha rider pulled to within 18 points of Marc Marquez at the top of the championship with two races left after Marquez was sensationally black-flagged for ignoring a mandatory pit stop in the middle stages of the race. The Australian MotoGP was shortened to 19 laps from a scheduled 26 laps amid safety concerns over Bridgestone tyres degrading on the new tarmac surface at the Phillip Island track. Riders were required to make a mandatory pit stop by the 10th lap of the race and change to a replacement Yamaha rider Jorge Lorenzo of Spain celebrates after winning the machine. Marquez instead stayed on MotoGP race at the Australian Motorcycle Grand Prix in Phillip Is- the track on his Repsol Honda for an land, Australia, Sunday, Oct. 20. (AP Photo) extra lap and incurred a black flag from
race officials. He was forced to re-pit, where he left the race. That enabled Lorenzo to make up a maximum 25 points and keep alive the world title race. "Today was a crazy race and much different than a normal race with the change of bikes in the middle of the race," said Lorenzo. "Twenty five points, the best result possible, and we now have opened the world championship, but it is still very tough. "Let's see what happens in Motegi." Marquez led Lorenzo by 43 points coming into the Phillip Island race and would have become the youngest ever MotoGP champion if he had managed to outscore Lorenzo by eight points. Marquez's Repsol Honda teammate Dani Pedrosa was second, 6.936sec adrift of Lorenzo, with Yamaha's Valentino Rossi making the podium in third place. The two races to come are at Motegi and Valencia.
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