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Courage is never to let your actions be influenced by your fears

Kiran Bedi ready to be BJP’s Delhi chief ministerial candidate

Abhishek drooling over Aishwarya Rai’s golden Cannes look

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‘Enhancing status of women’ [ PAGE 2]

India salvage pride with win over Germany

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Thai army chief assumes role as crisis mediator

demands cancellation corruption rampant in south Asia ofENSF twenty-nine appointments

• South Asia now is the worst region in the world when it comes to corruption • Lack of political will on the part of government makes law ineffective • Anti-corruption agencies and judiciary need be strengthened

The Contractor gave us something to remember him by.

Kejriwal arrested, sent to Tihar jail NEw DElHI, MAY 21 (IANs): Former Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal was sent to the Tihar Jail after a Delhi court Wednesday sent him to two-day judicial custody following his refusal to furnish a personal bail bond in a defamation case filed by BJP leader Nitin Gadkari. Kejriwal, who was kept for more than half-an-hour inside a lockup in Patiala House court complex after the court ordered him to be taken into judicial custody, was taken to Tihar in a police van. He reached Tihar around 6.30 p.m and after medical examination was shifted to ward number 14 of Tihar’s jail number 4. “Kejriwal has been kept in a 16X10-foot separate cell,” said Tihar’s spokesperson Sunil Gupta. “He has been provided a blanket, two bedsheets and a mat to sleep on a floor of the jail while a bedding taken by his family for him has also been allowed,” said Gupta. Metropolitan Magistrate Gomati Manocha sent Kejriwal to judicial custody and fixed Friday as the next date of hearing when the Aam Aadmi Party leader refused to furnish a bail bond of Rs.10,000. Kejriwal was summoned by the court for describing former BJP president as a “corrupt” person.

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DIMAPUR, MAY 21 (MExN): The Nagaland Tribes Council (NTC) extended its “unflinching solidarity” to the cause spearheaded by PCCI, PTYS, and ACAUT Phek Unit expressing resentment against the action of one NSCN (K) functionary, who had allegedly assaulted and threatened business owners in Phek town. The NTC in a statement condemned the incident and urged all sections of people to respect citizen’s right to peace and security. It censured the “absence of governance and rule of law,” whereby citizens of the state were subjected “to the mercy of unruly elements.” The NTC further urged the Nagaland state government to gear up its machineries to enforce the rule of law and provide peace and security to the people.

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KATMANDU, MAY 21 (AP): South Asia is the most corrupt region of the world and governments must strengthen their antigraft agencies to prevent political interference and protect whistleblowers, Transparency International said Wednesday. The watchdog group found serious problems with anti-corruption efforts in Bangladesh, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka. “South Asia now is the worst region in the world when it comes to corruption based on our studies,” said Srirak Plipat, the group’s regional director for Asia Pacific. All six countries have public bodies charged with stopping corruption, but “their hands are tied by political control over the staff appointments and budget,” the group said in a report. “The lack of political will on the part of the governments to make laws work means that government action to fight corruption is largely ineffective,” the report added. The group urged the governments of the six countries to strengthen their anti-corruption agencies and judiciary by ensuring that appointments, transfers and removal of the heads of the agencies are conducted independently. The report also said

that political interference means that the agencies are selective in conducting investigations, and in most of South Asia are powerless because they need government approval before starting a probe. In Nepal in 2013 the chief justice of the Supreme Court was appointed prime minister, which Transparency International said blurred the line between executive and judicial powers. Khil Raj Regmi did not resign from his judicial position, although he stopped hearing cases. In Bangladesh, the government has appointed 48 judges to the Supreme Court since 2009. Pakistan is discussing a right to information law but in Sri Lanka this is non-existent, the report said. It said India has been making attempts to dilute its right to information law, which currently is one of the strongest in the world. Plipat said Transparency International will monitor India’s newly elected government to see if it follows its promise of cleaning up graft. He said the Indian government should implement an Ombudsman Act that was passed by Parliament last year and also push other anti-corruption bills, including amending whistleblower laws to protect people in the private sector.

Calls for fresh open recruitment against the vacancies

FILE - In this Jan. 4, 2014 file photo, Bangladeshi people cross a ferry terminal bridge under general election campaign leaflets in Dhaka, Bangladesh. The governments of south Asian nations as India, Bangladesh, Maldives and Sri Lank need to end political interference on anti-corruption agencies and judiciaries, strengthen the right to information laws and protect whistleblowers to control corruption in the region which is now the worst in the world, an international anti-corruption agency said in a report released Wednesday, May 21. (AP Photo)

Corruption inducing poverty

KATHMANDU, MAY 21 (AgENcIEs): Rampant corruption is preventing people of South Asia from breaking the barrier of poverty despite the fact that the region has attained strong economic growth over the past several years, a global anti-graft watchdog said here today. “How does a region with such strong economic growth still have such high levels of poverty? It is corruption, which allows the few to profit without answering for their actions,” said Srirak Pilpat, Asia Pacific director at

Transparency International (TI), while releasing a report titled ‘Fighting Corruption in South Asia: Building Accountability’. “As long as nobody brings the corrupt to justice, South Asia’s leaders run the risk that future growth only benefits the powerful, doing nothing to help the half billion South Asians, who still live in poverty,” he pointed out. Governments in corruptionstricken South Asia must allow anti-graft agencies to investigate and prosecute corruption independently,

TI said in the first comprehensive study on transparency and corruption prevention in the region. The TI report analysed how well 70 national institutions in Bangladesh, India, the Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka stop corruption. In South Asian countries, government and people who want to expose and investigate corruption face legal barriers, political opposition and harassment that allow bribery, secret dealings and the abuse of power to go unchecked, the report warned.

TUENsANg, MAY 21 (MExN): The Eastern Naga Students’ Federation (ENSF) has written to the Commissioner and Secretary, School Education and SCERT, requesting cancellation of twenty nine appointments made through a notification dated February 27, 2014. It further demanded that the department conduct fresh open recruitment against the said vacancies. The appointments include twelve lecturers (class-1 gazetted), four research associates (ra) asst. professor (class-1 gazetted), eight work experience teachers (class-11 gazetted) and five trainingcum-research assistants (class-11 gazetted). The ENSF, in the letter, stated that the Department of School Education & SCERT, via a notification dated February 27, 2014 had appointed four Research Associates (RA)/ Asst. Professor (Class1Gazetted) under the establishment of SCERT in the pay band of Rs 1560039100 and grade pay of Rs 5400 and five Trainingcum-Research Assistant (Class-11Gazetted) in the pay band of Rs 9300-34800 and grade pay of Rs 4600. Twelve Lecturers to the vacancies of Lecturers/Asst. Professor (Class-1Gazetted) under the establishment of DIET in the pay band of Rs 15600-39100 and grade pay of Rs. 5400 and eight Work Experience

Teachers (Class-11Gazetted) in the pay band of Rs 9300-34800 and grade pay of Rs. 4600 were also appointed through the same notification, the ENSF informed. However, it referred to the Nagaland state government Notification No: PAR-B/6/2008(Pt), dated August 30, 2011, informing that the Nagaland Governor had passed the Nagaland Public Service Commission 6th Amendment Regulation 15 (1) (i). This amendment regulation states that, “direct recruitment/appointment can be made as per the service rules concerned by an authority other then the Governor only to a post on a scale of pay, the minimum of which is less than Rs 5200-20200 per month with grade pay of Rs 2800 per month.” It stated that failure to implement the said government notification, dated August 30, 2011 “in letter and in spirit” has “invited the attention of ENSF to intervene in this matter.” The ENSF further stated that many appointments had been made on contractual basis without adhering to the prescribed rules and procedure in various categories of posts. This, it lamented, has “seriously affected or rather defeated the effective implementation of the Reservation policy in the directorate level, as a result of which many deserving students from the backward tribes are deprived of their basic Fundamental Right to Equal Opportunity in the government services.”

nagaland cM’s speech resolve border issue, urges JAc Urges Karbi, Naga bodies to step under congress scrutiny DIMAPUR, MAY 21 (MExN): Criticizing Nagaland Chief Minister, Neiphiu Rio’s speech at the NDA parliamentary meeting on Tuesday, the Nagaland Pradesh Congress Committee (NPCC) today lamented that Rio could have used the platform for a “better agenda.” Instead, the NPCC stated, that Rio, who is the MP elect from Nagaland state, had chosen to “indulge in talking points which were out of context and had no relevance in that given moment of political opportunity as the state’s representative.” NPCC media cell, in a press note, stated that Rio had “stooped to a low level of politics in the vain hope of convincing his new found mentors.” Referring to the Nagaland CM’s statement that he had decided to contest the Lok Sabha elections after meeting Narendra Modi, the NPCC alleged that this “implies that his decision to contest was not out of his concern for the Naga’s as he had proclaimed all along during his election campaign.” It said that Rio’s statement is “an insult to the people of Nagaland, especially for those who had voted for him.” The NPCC reminded that the previous BJP led NDA government had wiped out the deficit of Rs 365 crores when the DAN government came to power in 2003. It added that Rs 400 crores was sanctioned for four laning of Dimapur-Kohima Highway. However, 11 later, the NPCC said that, “Rio has only himself to blame for ensuring that the work never took off.” The NPCC stated that after the Congress led UPA came to power in 2004, Nagaland state had been “flooded with hundreds and thousands of crores through UPA flagship schemes and in which Rio remains the biggest beneficiary.” It fur-

ther said that besides funding from various flagship schemes, the Congress led UPA had sanctioned Rs 712 crores in 2010 for the state to implement the 6th RoP for its employees. As such the NPCC questioned the Nagaland CM’s statement that he was “badly suppressed and punished by the UPA during the past 10 years.” NPCC took further jibes at Rio by stating that “the growth of his wealth and fortune tells a different story.” It pointed out that “establishment of luxury resorts, owning countless commercial buildings in Kohima and Dimapur, procuring thousands of acres of land all across the state and large scale investments in both immovable and movable assets outside the state were all done during his years in power while the state infrastructure slipped into dilapidated conditions.” Regarding the imposition of Presidents rule in January 2008, the NPCC pointed out that the DAN government had “lost the no confidence motion in December 2007, but managed to hang to power by misusing the office of the Speaker.” “By dismissing his minority government, which had lost the no confidence motion, the principles of democracy prevailed,” it added. The NPCC further alleged that the NPF had won the next two elections “on the support of gun and money power as the entire process of democracy was subverted to force a purchased mandate.” Stating that the DAN government has created “so much of liability in the state” during the last 11 years, the NPCC questioned the Nagaland CM’s assurance to BJP leaders that the state would not be a liability to the nation and that it would be a “contributor to nation building.”

DIMAPUR, MAY 21 (MExN): The Joint Action Committee (JAC), comprising of Rangapahar S Hukavi Zhimomi Colony, Sangtamtila village, Muruse village, Thahekhu village and Thahekhu Block-7, has expressed hope that the consultative meeting of Naga and Karbi bodies on May 13 would be successful in amicably resolving the border issue “once and for all.” This, the JAC asserted, needs to be done in order to ensure peaceful coexistence between the two communities. The JAC, in a press note, lamented that “people at the helm of affairs” in both As-

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sam and Nagaland had failed to pay heed to the border issue and stated that “some innocent lives could have been saved, easing border tension.” “However, it is better late than never. It is encouraging to learn, that at last Karbi-Naga organizations feel the necessity to discuss the border issue,” the JAC added. It called upon both sides to “exercise optimum wisdom and restraint so as to arrive at a feasible and logical conclusion.”

The JAC listed three points which it stated need to be given “serious consideration.” Firstly it stated that the permanent inter-state boundary demarcation is “non-existent.” It then added that the reserved forest demarcation “has never been or will never be” considered an inter-state boundary. It informed that as per the interim agreement 1972, the reserved forest(s) under disputed areas shall remain under supervision of

July 4 Dimapur Murder case: defendant charged for forgery Morung Express News Dimapur | May 21

Five months into the July 4, 2013 Dimapur murder trial, police levelled fresh charges against one of the four defendants facing trial. Defendant, T Yapang Ao who was on bail was re-arrested in March last for forgery and subsequently granted bail. The arrest was made after the Special Investigation Team (SIT), probing the murder case, discovered an appointment letter dating to June 2013. The letter contained an office memo declaring the appointment of the murder victim to the post of sectional assistant in the PWD, which was reportedly appended by an official whose identity has not been

disclosed. As stated in the letter, the memo came from the office of the PWD, Kohima, sources said. According to the sources, T Yapang had allegedly facilitated the acquiring of the appointment as a middleman. As this particular aspect was separate from the murder probe, a fresh investigation was launched, resulting in the re-arrest of T Yapang. The defendant was booked under IPC sections relating to forgery and fraud, remanded to police custody and forwarded to the court and subsequently granted bail in this regard. During the course of the fresh probe, investigators obtained certain ‘files’, which according to the sources could well open a pandora’s box relating to appointments.

The investigators also obtained a document containing a list of names said to be of candidates, who were appointed around the time the deceased victim received the appointment letter. The sources further said that the official whose signature was found appended in the appointment letter was also questioned by investigators. To verify its authenticity, a specimen of the signature was sent for handwriting analysis, it was disclosed. Furthermore, the discovery of the letter and the subsequent investigation has resulted in the PWD initiating an internal departmental inquiry. The police investigating the case have not yet been informed about the outcome of the inquiry.

the Assam Forest Department during the “dispute period only.” However, it said that the forest under disputed area “does not belong” to either Assam or Nagaland. Lastly, the JAC made it clear that the Dimapur Rangapahar Army cantonment fencing can never be considered as an interstate boundary. It may be noted that the Naga Hoho had called for a consultative meeting of Naga and Karbi bodies to discuss the border issue on May 23. In this regard, the JAC called upon the leaders to “willingly step forward” for the “common good” of the two communities.

NSCN (IM) blocks Manipur trucks Newmai News Network Imphal | May 21

The All Manipur Fish and Egg Traders Association (AMFETA) today apprised the Home Minister of Manipur to address their woes in transporting goods stranded at Dimapur and Mao Gate (Manipur-Nagaland border), after the NSCN (IM) had barred them from entering Manipur. H Kunjalata Devi, president of AMFETA informed that some new traders in collaboration with the NSCN (IM) are playing monopoly on the trade of fish and eggs. According to the AMFETA president, 5 loaded trucks carrying fish and eggs are now stranded at Dimapur and another 5 stranded at Mao Gate. She said AMFETA has also apprised the Director General of Police, Manipur to address the matter at the earliest.

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Women dev dept textile & weaving project gain popularity Our Correspondent Kohima | May 21

A textile and weaving project introduced by the state’s department of women development fetched high admiration from many quarters. The textile and weaving project aims to capture the best design and weaving practices of Naga women, enhance the skills of women, stimulate the production of local fibre and yarns as well as provide support and assistance to the community weavers. “Through research and documentation of traditional Naga motifs, styles and designs and incorporating them into modern designs; the project works to conserve millennia old spinning, weaving and dyeing methods integral to (R) A collection of textile and weaving project by women development department, Naga cultural history and identity, and at the same time new Nagaland. Morung photo/Chizokho Vero

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Kohima, may 21 (mexN): In a welcome move to encourage the students, the Chakhesang Students’ Union (CSU) during its recent union assembly at Pfutsero, has approved the institution of CSU scholarship programme. CSU president Seve Vadeo said that this scholarship programme will be launched officially during the 68th CSU General Session to be held at Sakraba and will commence from the 2015 academic session. Stating that the Chakhesang people, especially in rural areas, still struggle in the field of education, the

successfully implemented. “With the new drilled wells, the drinking water problem has been addressed and the burden of our womenfolk who has to fetch water has been considerably reduced,” the release added. The two dried wells were inaugurated by the BDO on May 15 in the presence of the public of Chetheba and leaders from neighbouring villages. The Committee has acknowledged the BDO Vihesanuo Solo and Rural Development Department for addressing the much-felt need of the people.

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Kohima, may 21 (mexN): The Second Super Saturday of U-Link programme initiated by Education and Communication Department of Nagaland Baptist Church Council (NBCC) will be held on May 24. The highlights of the program are as follows. (a) Growth Group 1 (G-g1) – Praise and Worship; Venue – Peraciezie Baptist Church, Highschool, Kohima ; Time – 10:00 am; Contact – 9862705348/9089203554 (b) Growth Group 2 (G-g2) – Choreography & Dances ; Venue – Sumi Baptist Church, Daklane, Kohima; Time – 12:00 noon; Contact – 9436646492/9774493080

(c) Growth Group 3 (G-g 3) – Arts & Crafts; Venue – Zeme Baptist Church, Midland, Kohima; Time – 1:00 pm; Contact – 9436607475 (d) Growth Group 4 (G-g 4) – Bible Trailers; Venue - City Church Kohima; Time – 1:00 pm; Contact – 9402636363 (e) Growth Group (G-g 5) – Games & Sports; Venue – Highschool Ground, Kohima; Time – 10:00 am; Contact – 9856185990 (f ) Growth Group 6 (G-g 6) – Music & Music; Venue – Chakhesang Baptist Church, Kitsubozou; Time – 10:00 am; Contact – 9436063838 (g) Growth Group (G-g 7) – Creative Worship; Venue – Konyak Baptist Church,

Union said the CSU Scholarship aims to identify/select hard working students from the rural areas with scholastic potential and assist them in acquiring books, uniforms and paying of tuition fees in well reputed educational institutions in Nagaland. Initially the scholarship will be targeted for classes 8 through 10 in order to prepare them for the matriculate examination, the CSU official said. However, the scope of this scholarship can be expanded to Higher Secondary, College and also competitive examination tuitions in future, de-

pending on the funds and success of the project in the years to come. The scholarship may be availed by any bona fide members of the Chakhesang Community while primarily focusing on rural areas. The candidate has to have secured a minimum of 70 % aggregate in grade V, VI and VII and the candidate must prove their genuineness of the need for financial assistance. The candidate shall maintain a minimum aggregate of 75% to continue availing the scholarship, adding that the scholarship

Kohima, may 21 (mexN): A team of plastic surgeons from Shija Hospitals and Research Institute Pvt. Ltd., HealthCity, Langol, Imphal, Manipur will be available for Smile Train Shija Cleft Project – Mission Nagaland, 21st phase at Oking Hospital & Research Clinic (P) Ltd., Kohima from May 30 to June 1. Smile Train Shija Cleft Project ,Mission Nagaland project is a joint initiative of Smile Train Shija Cleft Project, Oking Hospital & Research Clinic (P) Ltd., Kohima, Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan (SSA) - Nagaland and Explore Nagaland towards rendering new smile, new hope and new life to all the

cleft lip and cleft palate patients by rendering absolutely free of cost corrective surgery. Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan – Nagaland has been supporting this project by sponsoring travelling and food allowances to the cleft lip and palate patients who are in the age group from 6 to 18 years. A cleft is a separation or gap in the body structure. Two major types of oral – facial clefts are cleft lip (involving the lip) and cleft palate (involving the roof of the mouth or the soft posterior tissue inside the mouth). Most cannot eat, drink or speak properly. Due to shame, they cannot even attend school or hold a job and

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Lalminlun Hangsing  CGPA 10/10       

Lophro Sophia Chajiinamei  CGPA 10/10 

   

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Thungbeni Humtsoe CGPA 10/10

Tolika Sumi CGPA 10/10 

Azenla Aier CGPA 10/10

Linovi H Yeptho  CGPA 10/10 

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can be revoked if the candidate’s behavior is found to be unsatisfactory to the school authorities. In the event of fraudulent representation of facts (documents and/or financial status) a fine of Rs. 3000 will be levied from the respective Unit/Village and be brought to the attention of the Union Assembly and its members shall be barred from applying for scholarship for 2(two) years. Members of any Unit/Village shall be barred from applying for CSU scholarship for 5 (years) if the Unit/Village failed to comply to the imposed fine.

lead a painful life in isolation. Till date, 214 cleft patients from Nagaland have availed of free corrective surgical treatment under this project. All the social workers, church leaders and teachers are requested to extend kind cooperation and support in disseminating the information for the forthcoming free cleft lip and palate surgery camp to be held at Kohima. For further information and advance registration, contact: Oking Hospital & Research Clinic (P) Ltd., Kohima @03870 2290080; Explore Nagaland, Nino Zhasa @+91 9856343037, 9089801821; and SSA, Nagaland Chuba @ +91 9862156986

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The destruction board committee comprises of the Superintendent of Excise & Prohibition Kohima as chairman, representatives of district administration, Superintendent of Police and KMC as members. The Superintendent said, “Destruction of this nature taking place from time to time shows that we as enforcing agent are fighting a losing liquor battle, since banned liquor is abundantly available even after seizures are made significantly. The efforts of the enforcing agencies appear to be futile exercise, unless cooperation is extended from all quarters to fight this social evil of alcohol, which has become a menace to this Christian society of ours.”

Bayavu Youth FIRST DEATH ANNIVERSARY Org elects new office bearers

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moKoKchuNg, may 21 (DiPR): A one day seminar on ‘Marriage, Divorce and Inheritance’, organized by Nagaland State Commission for Women (NSCW) in collaboration with National Commission for Women was held at Mokokchung Town Hall on May 21 aiming at enhancing status of women without creating conflict with the unique Naga customary laws. In her introductory remarks, Asangla Cholong, NSCW Member said that the objective of the seminar is to attract more discussions involving intellectuals, leaders of various organizations, Village council chairmen etc on empowerment of women saying that status of women ‘our own mothers, sisters and daughters’ is still far from

IMFL worth 21 lakhs destroyed in Kohima

DELHI PUBLIC SCHOOL, DIMAPUR 

‘Enhancing status of women’

Free treatment for cleft lip & cleft palate

Midland Kohima; Time – 12:00 noon; Contact – 9436608831 (h) Growth Group 8 (G-g 8) – Brainteasers; Venue – Rengma Baptist Church, below new NST Kohima; Time – 10:00 am; Contact – 9856231789. For more information regarding each Growth Group, contact the numbers given above. Those children who have newly signed up may kindly take note of the time and place of the program. Parents are encouraged to send their children prayerfully to participate and be blessed. U-LINK T-Shirt will be available at a subsidize rate of Rs. 150/- for children and Kohima, may 21 (mexN): In view of liquor prohibition in force in the State, the Rs. 200/- for teachers. district Superintendent of Excise & Prohibition Kohima conducted IMFL destruction worth 21 lakhs on May 20 at KMC dump Meriama in the presence of destruction board constituted by the Commissioner of Excise. … Shaping the future of your child everyday A total f 8498 bottles of 750ml IMFL, 140 bottles of 375ml IMFL, 8 bottles of 275ml IMFL, 299 bottles of 180ml IMFL, 2516 bottles of 650 ml beer, 16,628 numbers of 100% result in CBSE Std X Examination 2014  can beer 500ml were destroyed. The monetary value of the destroyed items stands roughly at 21 lakhs, informed a press release issued by Superintendent of Excise & Prohibition Kohima, Katoho Sumi.

 

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Seminar on ‘Marriage, Divorce and Inheritance’ conducted ness it is high time to ponder whether there is space to accommodate women ‘within the unique system’ to enable them to play bigger role. DC Mokokchung, Murohu Chotso while exhorting the participants, thanked the NSCW for organizing the seminar on such im-

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portant issues in Mokokchung town and hoped that it would open eyes and ears towards women status and their empowerment reasonably. He also shared his views on the subject. Temsumeren, P.A to D. C Mokokchung, Dr. Sangyu Yaden, Ao Senden President, Lemtimenba, President AKM, Marlepden, President GBs Union, Mokokchung district, and President Ward’s chairman dwelt at length on the topic followed by discussions. Asangla Cholong said that before Mokokchung, the NSCW conducted seminar on the same topic in eight districts and the remaining two districts will be covered shortly. NSCW Member Mrs. Kakheli Jakhalu presided over the programme.

CSU union assembly approves scholarship program

Drinking water problem addressed at Chetheba

chetheba, may 21 (mexN): Chetheba town has a perennial water source from K. Bawe village which was laid in the late 1960’s and owing to spanning several years; there are wear and tears for which safe drinking water has become an acute problem. Chetheba Town Adhoc Committee Vice Chairman Sulupoyi Swiho in a press release said that recognizing the need of the people, Vihesanuo BDO Chetheba has undertaken excavation of two drilled wells at Chetheba and upon which was

techniques/technology is being employed to produce Naga themed modern apparel,” stated the annual administrative report of the department tabled in the last assembly session here. The report stated that latest computerised dobby and jacquard looms are being utilized to promote more efficient production, adding that latest digital printing technology have also been introduced and with the induction of highly qualified fashion designers, graphic designers, weavers etc. Naga themed modern apparel have been designed and developed from locally produced fabrics. The report also stated that so far 120 Self Help Groups (SHGs) have undertaken silkworms rearing in a bid to provide raw materials and six clusters for spinning and weaving in six districts have been developed.

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“ Missed by us all”

Kohima, may 21 (mexN): A new team of office bearers of Bayavu Youth Organization (BYO) Kohima Ward No.2 was elected in a meeting convened by the Bayavu Area Panchayat (BAP) Kohima on May 17. A press release from BAP Kohima chairman Povotso Lohe informed that following office bearers were unanimously elected by the House for the next three years tenure: President – Diethonguzo Miachie-o; Vice president – Yhunkvulo Tep; General secretary – Neiphrelie Metha; Asst general secretary – Jemite Jamir; Social & Cultural Secretary – Abou Khruomo; Games & sports secretary – Chulo Keppen; Treasurer – Vimetuo Chiesotsu. Since all the posts of office bearers could not be elected on that day, the remaining six posts will be filled up in due course of time, informed the note.

Scholarship will be cancelled/withheld on the failure to submit a copy of the students’ annual progress report. Referring to scholarship fund, the CSU stated that though not mandatory, CSU Units are encouraged to contribute towards the scholarship. Necessary funds for the Scholarship are to be raised by the Scholarship Committee. The scholarship will cover only admission fees, books, uniforms and tuition fees of the selected candidates. The tuition fees will be paid directly to the school to which the candi-

date is enrolled. A separate bank account shall be maintained exclusively for the scholarship. Selection of Candidates: The Scholarship Committee shall set the dates for submission of applications. Applications received shall be scrutinized and shortlisted to a minimum of 10 candidates by the Scholarship Committee. Further, the Union said the scholarship will only be applicable for schools in Nagaland selected by the Scholarship Committee.

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ATMA Kohima conducts farmers’ sales day Kohima, may 21 (DiPR): ATMA Chiephobozou conducted Kisan Goshti (farmers’ sales day) at Government High School junction, Kohima on May 17. Twenty five farmers from Tsiesema village attended the sales day where varieties of their produce comprising vegetables, fruits, manures, rice and processed food products were showcased and sold out successfully. The Goshti was assisted by Mvudzuviu Shüya, BTM, ATMA and Keneisetuo Khro, ATM, ATMA.

BAN concerned over threat & assault in Phek Town PheK, may 21 (mexN): Business Association of Nagas (BAN) has expressed serious concern over the assault and threat meted out to the business community of Phek Town. “In fact the business community in Nagaland has been at receiving end of anti social activities for far too long,” stated Mar Longkumer of BAN in a statement. “BAN condemns such barbarity in the highest terms possible.” BAN further demanded that the administration and the police leave no stone unturned to serve justice to the business community and ensure that such incidents do not happen again.

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St. Mary’s Church Punanamei invites DimaPuR, may 21 (mexN): The Catholic Community of St. Mary’s Church Punanamei invites all the Catholic members of Punanamei who reside outside the village for the blessing of the renovated Church by His Grace Rt. Rev. Dominic Lumon DD, Archbishop of Imphal, on May 24, Saturday at 9.30 am. This will be followed by the felicitation, informed a press release issued by St. Mary’s Church Punanamei.

DMC directs open vendors to shift DimaPuR, may 21 (mexN): In order to avoid traffic congestion as well as movement of public pedestrian in between the Dhobinalla traffic point to Holy Cross traffic point, all the open vendors are directed to shift their business at Zeliangrong Village Dhobinalla area from May 21. DMC administrator K tarep Imchen in a press release informed that necessary action would be initiated against the defaulting vendor who fails to comply with this order.

SBC convention on June 12 DimaPuR, may 21 (mexN): The Sumi Baptist Convention is conducting one day seminar on June 12 at Sumi Baptist Church Diphupar (B) where Ordained ministers and Licensed holders of Sumi Church leaders are invited to attend. The seminar will focus on the present issues facing in the Sumi Churches. The program will start at 7:00 am. The participants are requested to reach the venue on time. For further query, contact the Director SBC @ 9436815325.

Sumi Hoho executive meeting ZuNheboto, may 21 (mexN): The Sumi Hoho Executive Meeting is scheduled to be held on May 23, 10:00 AM at Sumi Hoho Ki, Zunheboto. All the executive members are requested to attend this meeting positively.

Written exam for sec teachers under RMSA DimaPuR, may 21 (mexN): The District Education Officer Dimapur Nungshila Sohe has informed all the intending candidates that the written examination for the post of Secondary Teacher under RMSA Dimapur district will be held on May 24, 10: 00 Am to 11:30 AM at Government Higher Secondary School, Dimapur, Half Nagarjan. Further, candidates are informed to reach the exam venue by 9:30 AM.

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Assam's little reporters: Agents of change for neglected communities DIbRuGaRH, May 21 (IaNS): They are perceptive, have no biases, are honest and don't mince their words. Articles by children reporters of Mukta Akash (Free Sky), a unique newspaper in Assam, nimbly drive home their point as they write simply, yet strongly, on issues affecting them. The local administration is left with no option other than to adopt various remedial measures in response to these little journalists' reports on health, education, social traditions, and child rights. Started jointly by the Kasturba Gandhi National Mission Trust (KGNMT) and UNICEF in 2009, Mukta Akash is an initiative to promote and nurture child rights. It aims to empower children of vulnerable communities, like the tea gardens and

river islands, with the pen to be able to identify issues that need to be talked about, and to actually bring about change. Safe drinking water and sanitation in schools and Anganwadi centres, for instance, is big on the children's agenda. In the October 2013 issue of the four-page, quarterly newspaper, 15-year-old Mustafa Ahmed and 13-year-old Iptifa Begum highlighted a case study of the absence of a hand pump in an Anganwadi centre in Borborua in the Dibrugarh district of Assam. "Due to the absence of a hand pump, children going to the Anganwadi centre don't have access to clean drinking water," their report said, quoting people living in the vicinity who said the children come to the villagers' homes when thirsty. No amount of com-

Northeast Briefs Tarun Gogoi to resign today NEW DELHI, May 21 (TNN): Assam chief minister Tarun Gogoi will resign from his post on Thursday (22 May, 2014). Gogoi, earlier, had attributed a bit of "arrogance and complacency" within himself and the Congress for the party's poor show in the the Lok Sabha elections in Assam. Gogoi arrived in New Delhi on Tuesday to offer his resignation to Congress president Sonia Gandhi and seek her directives on his future role. Gogoi's decision comes after dissidents once again called for change of leadership following the party's debacle in the Lok Sabha polls. The Congress won just three Lok Sabha seats in Assam. A group of rebel ministers and legislators have carried out a signature campaign for the leadership change. Pro-Gogoi ministers have countered this by asking the chief minister to form a new cabinet. "We have proposed to the chief minister to call for resignation of all ministers so that he gets a freehand to form a new cabinet. I have also talked to few ministers and we are all ready to submit our papers," forest minister Rockybul Hussain said. On Monday, pro-Gogoi legislators met the chief minister and pressed for new faces in the cabinet, who can deliver before the 2016 assembly elections. The group asked Gogoi to form the new cabinet within 15 days. Significantly, the pro-Gogoi group wants the chief minister to call off the alliance with Bodo People's Front after several organizations and people alleged it had instigated recent killings of Bengali-speaking Muslims.

NSCN(K) woman cadre arrested ITaNaGaR, May 21 (PTI): A woman cadre of NSCN (K), who was collecting information about the movement of security forces, was arrested from Changlang in Arunachal Pradesh, police said today. Likjong Mandak was caught by security forces when she was found collecting information about the movement of security forces and extorting money yesterday, Changlang district SPVijay Kumar said. Mandak, who had undergone training across the border in 2010, revealed during interrogation that women cadres were trained for the purpose of conducting recce and collecting information about movement of security forces.

NPP wants Meghalaya CM to quit over student's death SHILLoNG, May 21 (IaNS): Meghalaya's opposition National People's Party (NPP) Wednesday demanded the resignation of Chief Minister Mukul Sangma and Home Minister Roshan Warjri over the custodial death of a student in an assault case involving 12 women. Balsan Marak, 20, one of the 10 accused of illegal confinement, kidnapping and torture of 12 women, including a pregnant woman, died at the Tura Civil Hospital in West Garo Hills district. Marak was arrested May 13 and sent to 14 days' judicial custody. Family members of the dead man asked the government to recommend a CBI probe into the matter. The NPP also demanded the immediate removal of district police chief Mukesh K. Singh. On May 9, police arrested five women for the illegal confinement, kidnapping and torture of 12 women, who were held captive for eight days at the residence of Jaynie Ningring N. Sangma, leader of the Civil Society Women's Organisation. Five men were also arrested May 13 on charges of abetment, criminal intimidation of one of the confined women, who is six months pregnant. Balsan Marak's mother said her son was innocent, and he had no role to play in the case. All businesses closed for two hours Wednesday evening following a call by several groups condemning the custodial death.

plaining to the authorities has helped, they added. Damayanti Devi of the KGNMT in Guwahati recalls one of the several surveys that the children reporters carried out in the Kamrup district. "The survey was in a village in Sualkuchi on potable water and how many households had access to it. The children went door-to-door for the survey and also prepared a report on the presence of toilets in each household," Devi told IANS. The report was then shared with the village panchayat, and the ill effects of unsafe drinking water and open defecation -- water borne diseases and diarrhoea -- were discussed. They also drew the conclusion that diseases don't just affect health but also lead to absenteeism in school. "The report was also

Pawan Chamling sworn in as Sikkim CM for record fifth time GaNGTok, May 21 (PTI): Pawan Chamling was today sworn in as Sikkim Chief Minister for the record fifth consecutive time. Governor Shriniwas Patil administered the oath of office to Chamling and 11 ministers at a function in Raj Bhawan. The Chamling-led Sikkim Democratic Front (SDF) had secured a twothirds majority in the Assembly elections winning

ity and other watchdogs to speed up the execution of hydropower projects. Some of the proposed projects by Patel Engineering, Sew Energy, Athena Energy, Reliance Power, Jindal Power and Jaiprakash Associates will be put on fasttrack while the fate of their other projects is unclear. Among other developers, Abir Infra, Coastal Infra, Navayuga Engineering, Mountain Fall India, L&T Power, Sai Krishnodaya Industries, Meenakshi Power, Velcan Energy and Adishankar Power have not been able to progress with their projects on schedule and some of them may be cancelled, an official said. The government had allocated 35,000 MW of hydroelectric projects to developers in the state. A majority of them are stuck due to issues ranging from delayed forest clearance and lack of infrastructure

22 seats out of 32. He was yesterday elected as the SDF Legislature Party leader following which the Governor invited him to form the government. In power since December 12, 1994, the 63-year-old Chamling has already completed two uninterrupted decades as the CM of the erstwhile Himalayan kingdom which had merged with India in 1975.

taught the basics of reporting, interviewing, conducting surveys, writing and editing, and usage of cartoons in communication. The newsletter is in Assamese and is distributed in government offices among others. "The coming together of an edition of the newsletter is a community-based process, because the children discuss their ideas and consult the village panchayat as well. They also take the help of the ASHA and Anganwadi workers. The children are divided into different groups and at the moment there are 1,200 children involved in 67 groups," said Hima Baishya, consultant with Unicef and involved in the project. Writing sensitively about their counterparts is given great care by the young reporters. Sunita Maji, 17, of the tea gar-

den community, for instance, says, "We must be conscious of our responsibility, and seek the consent of the children we want to write about, taking care that they are not affected adversely because of our writing." Maji had recently written on the right to education while mentioning the example of 13-year-old Amiya Begum who has to babysit her young sibling even as her dream of going to school remained just that. Child marriage again is an important issue taken up by the children. A common practice in the tea gardens as well as among the minority community living on the river islands, Assam's child marriage prevalence of 40 percent may be lower than the national average of 43 percent but in these pockets the numbers sway higher.

SHILLoNG, May 21 (PTI): In a historic judgement, the Meghalaya High Court has said that Bangladesh nationals who have settled in this north eastern state before March 24, 1971 should be treated as Indians and they be enrolled in voters' list. The judgement was based on a petition by over 40 refugees from Bangladesh, who were denied enrolment in the electoral roll by the district administration citing their

citizenship was doubtful. These refugees hailing from Amjong village near the Assam-Meghalaya border in Meghalaya's Ri-Bhoi district moved the High Court after their citizenship certificates were seized by the deputy commissioner. Justice S R Sen, in his May-15 order, directed the district Deputy Commissioner Pooja Pandey to return the seized certificates to the petitioners and enrol them in voters' list

IMPHaL, May 21 (NNN): Social activist from Manipur Irom Sharmila said today that she will meet Prime Minister-Elect Narendra Modi when she goes to New Delhi on May 27. Sharmila told this to the waiting reporters today when she was produced before the court of Chief Judicial Magistrate (CJM), Imphal East district. "I have full faith that Modi will fulfill the demand to repeal the Armed

before the next elections. Justice Sen said there was an understanding between the two countries as to who should be allowed to stay and who should be deported back to Bangladesh. "It is clearly understood that the forefathers of the petitioners entered India much before March 24, 1971. As such there is no question of deporting them at this stage when they have acquired the right of permanent reha-

India, Bangladesh set up border markets aGaRTaLa, May 21 (IaNS): Work for the setting up of the second of the four proposed 'border haats' (bazaars) along the India-Bangladesh border in Tripura began Wednesday. The work for the first 'border haat' is on in southern Tripura's bordering town Sabroom, 135 km south of here. "Work for infrastructural development of the second border haat has begun today (Wednesday) at Kasba (25 km west of Agartala) along the India-Bangladesh border. Both India and Bangladesh have allotted some portion of lands for the border haats," an official said. Senior district administration officials of Tripura's Sepahijala district and Bangladesh's Kasba district

to opposition from locals. "We are reviewing the progress of hydro projects on weekly basis since there is barely any progress in execution due to various reasons. The ministry has recommended the Arunachal Pradesh government to deallocate about 45 projects where developers have not even applied for forest clearances," added the official. "It will be prudent to focus on only promising projects where developers are willing to work according to the schedule." The state government has already started acting on the recommendation, the official said. This could not be confirmed with Arunachal Pradesh's power department. According to the ministry official, the government is "trying to pluck lowhanging fruits" at the earliest to increase the share of hydroelectricity in the country's energy basket.

were present at a ceremony organised for the purpose. The official said India and Bangladesh have agreed to set up border haats along their border in Tripura, Assam, Mizoram and Meghalaya to boost local trade and economy. One was set up at Meghalaya's border with Bangladesh in 2012. The official said: "The Tripura government has proposed to set up four 'Border Haats' along the border with Bangladesh. Both Indian and Bangladesh government have also agreed to this proposal." India's commerce ministry has been providing Rs.2-3 crore to develop infrastructure in these border haats. The haats are to be set up within five km of the international border.

Karishma Nath, 14, wrote the story of 13-year-old Sumi who was married off by her widowed mother. "Sumi was not ready for marriage, physically and mentally. She was tortured by her in-laws and suffered a lot, but kept quiet. When her mother realised her daughter's agony, she brought her back home. By then her health deteriorated and she became very timid," Nath wrote poignantly, highlighting the ills of child marriage. Ravi Tanti, 14, says that reporting and writing on issues affecting children as well as on civic issues has made him more conscious as an individual and confident as well. "My school did not have a dustbin and I raised the issue at the child cabinet. As a result it got installed. Earlier, I wouldn't have put too much thought about this," Ravi told IANS.

Irom Sharmila to meet Modi in Delhi

Irom Sharmila

Forces Special Powers Act," expressed Sharmila. Much to the wish of Sharmila the Chief Judicial Magistrate, Imphal

'Pre 1971 Bangladeshi settlers are Indians'

Power ministry asks Arunachal to scrap hydro projects in limbo NEW DELHI, May 21 (ET): Faced with inordinate delays in their execution, the power ministry has suggested Arunachal Pradesh to scrap as many as half the nearly 100 hydroelectric projects awarded to private and state-run developers in the state, a senior ministry official said. At the same time, the ministry has also offered assistance to Arunachal Pradesh for fast-tracking 13 projects with 13,600 MW of capacity as it wants to utilise the vast potential of the mountainous northeastern state for generating hydropower. It has offered to expedite issues related to clearances and road infrastructure to move equipment in the state where most project locations are in difficult-to-reach places. The ministry is also rationalising the process for approval of project reports by the Central Electricity Author-

sent to the state health department," she said. In another instance, a broken bridge -- the only connecting link of a village in the Nalbari district -- inspired the children to take up the issue. The child cabinet of the local school invited the deputy commissioner and handed him their article on how the bridge is the village's lifeline, and that being broken was an open invitation to a big mishap. "The DC immediately ordered the bridge to be mended," Devi said. This initiative is, at the moment, in two districts of Assam -- Dibrugarh and Kamrup -and targets children of vulnerable communities like those of the tea tribe and those living in the river islands. Before venturing into writing, they are given a four-day training in which they are

They will sell local agricultural and horticultural products, spices, minor forest products (excluding timber), fresh and dry fish, dairy and poultry products, cottage industry items, wooden furniture, handloom and handicraft items. Trading in these bazaars would be held once or twice a week, and a spending cap of $50 will be imposed per head. No local tax will be imposed on the trading. Both Indian and Bangladeshi currencies will be accepted, the official said. Four north eastern states - Tripura, Meghalaya, Mizoram and Assam - share a 1,880 km border with Bangladesh, while Mizoram, Manipur, Nagaland and Arunachal Pradesh share a 1,640 km unfenced border with Myanmar.

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bilitation in Amjong village," he said. Ruling out that they are Bangladesh citizens, the court said there was no scope for their deportation and directed the state government and the Centre not to disturb them, but to give them proper rehabilitation. The state government had earlier argued that the petitioners and their forefathers were not permanent citizens and were rehabilitated temporarily by the autonomous district council.

LOST NOTICE I, Ms CHUNGAILU RONGMEI applying for a duplicate copy of HSLC Admit Card and Mark sheet as I have lost them.

East district had permitted her to go to New Delhi to appear in a court there on May 13. Earlier, Sharmila had lamented that the Manipur government did not permit her to appear before the court of the Metropolitan Magistrate, Patiala House Court, New Delhi because once in Delhi she will be exposed to the national and international media. On the other hand, the state government had expressed sometimes back

that the fund crunch as the reason for not allowing Sharmila to go to Delhi. Sharmila will leave on May 27 and will appear before the court on May 28 and returns to Imphal on May 29. She will be accompanied by a doctor, two nurses, a police constable and a jail staff. A case is pending against her in the court there in connection with her agitation at Jantar Mantar, Delhi, demanding the repeal of the AFSPA 1958, some years ago.

INVITATION

The Catholic Community of St. Mary’s Church Punanamei invites all the Catholic members of Punanamei who reside outside the village for the Blessing of the renovated Church by His Grace Rt. Rev. Dominic Lumon DD, Archbishop of Imphal, on 24th May, Saturday at 9.30 am and thereafter for the felicitation. S/d Chairman/Secretary St. Mary’s Church Punanamei

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IndiGo wins Airbus award

MuMbai, May 21 (agencies): Indigo, has received Airbus award for best operational excellence amongst 311 airlines who use Airbus planes. IndiGo was selected based on data covering two years of operations and taking into account the number of aircraft in the fleet, daily utilisation rate, technical reliability and the number of delays caused due to operational reasons. Aditya Ghosh, President, IndiGo said, “To be recognized at the world stage is indeed an exhilarating and yet overwhelming feeling. We are less than 8 years old and to be compared against some of the world’s largest airlines is an honour in itself and then to come out ahead, is amazing!”

RBI wants all new ATMs as talking machines

MuMbai, May 21 (agencies): To make banking services more accessible to persons with disability, the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has asked banks to make all new Automated Teller Machines (ATMs) installed from July 1, 2014 as talking ATMs with Braille keypads. An April 2009 circular by RBI had advised banks to provide ramps in all existing and future ATMs, and make at least one third of new ATMs installed as talking ATMs with Braille keypads. Banks have also been told to take necessary steps to provide all existing ATMs / future ATMs with ramps so that wheel chair users/ persons with disabilities can easily access them. However, RBI has said that in cases where it is impracticable to provide such ramp facilities, whether permanently fixed to earth or otherwise, this requirement may be dispensed with, for reasons recorded and displayed in branches or ATMs concerned.

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had been refraining from commenting on the BJP’s political ideology and its recent victory in the Indian general elections because; basically it is none of a Naga’s business. But while that fact is true, it is also undeniably true that all Nagas will also be affected by the BJP Government and its policies because through the 16th Point Agreement, we have been compelled to join the Indian Government for the time being. So allow me a few comments on the BJP’s political ideology and agenda. The Bharatya Janata Party (BJP) which in English would mean,The Indian People’s Party, is a Hindu political party of post independence India. It has its roots in the Bharatiya Jana Sangh of 1951and became BJP in 1980. Like the BJS, the BJP is also considered to be the political wing of the Rastriya Swayamsewak Sangh (RSS) which was formed in 1925. The RSS has in turn, its roots in the Arya Samaj of 1857. The RSS is a paramilitary volunteer Hindu nationalist organization with its militant wing called the Bajarang Dal. Both the BJP and the RSS subscribes to the Hindu cultural political ideology of Hindutva. Hindutva in English would mean“Hindu-ness,” and the goal of Hindutva is to create a Hindu nation in the form of Hindustan. As for the BJP’s political policies, the key issues are (1). The abrogation of the special constitutional status to Jammu and Kashmir under Article 370 of the Indian Constitution,(2). The building of the Ram Temple in Ayodhya, and (3). The implementation of a uniform civil code for all Indians based on Hindutva principles. The BJP advocates the Hindutva ideology that seeks to define Indian culture in terms of Hindu values and Hindu culture. The ideology at its es-

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lame-Game, it is one of the oldest game man has ever indulged in. Adam blamed Eve and she blamed the serpent. If the serpent was a little bit intelligent like us, it would have blamed God, for creating the apple. Theretiringpresidentofacompanyafterastandardfarewell,gavetwoenvelopes marked No.1 and No. 2 to the incoming president, and said, “Whenever you run into a management crisis you cannot handle by yourself, open envelope No.1. At the next crisis, open the envelope No.2.” A few years later, a major crisis cropped up. The president went into the safe and pulled out the first envelope. It said, “Blame it on your predecessor.” A few years later a second crisis occurred. The president went for the second envelope, and found it written, “Prepare two envelopes for your successor.” When the Britishers were ruling over us, we blame them for keeping us illiterate & poor. But after independence things become worse. Now we have added few more feathers in our cap of glory like unemployment, corruption, poverty, illiteracy, terrorism and naxalite. Today nobody is as bereft as we are. We feed our ego and justify ourselves saying that, “Once India was known as ‘golden bird’ before the Mughals and the Britishers came and robbed us.” But what we forget is that blaming is a waste of time. No matter how much fault we find with one another, and regardless of how much we

sential core, had borrowed a lot of ideas from Mussolini’s Fascism and Hitler’s Nazism. For example, both Nazism and Hindutva believe in the supremacy and racial purity of the Aryan race. Both are driven by Nietzsche’s atheistic, evolution based, philosophy of “The will to power” and the survival of the fittest. The BJP Hindutva ideology is opposed to the secular policies and practices of the Indian National Congress. It advocates Hindu cultural nationalism. According to Hindutva writers like Savarkar and Golwalkar, other minority groups like Christians and Muslims are all foreigners in India’s Hindustan. Golwalkar in his book “We, or Our Nationhood Defined”, wrote: “The foreign races in Hindustan must either adopt the Hindu culture and language, must learn to respect and hold in reverence Hindu religion, must entertain no ideas but those of glorification of the Hindu race and culture… or may stay in the country, wholly subordinated to the Hindu nation, claiming nothing, deserving no privileges, far less any preferential treatment- not even citizen rights.” (Source: “India: The Grand Experiment” by Vishal Mangalwadi p.285) Modi is called the workaholic Chief Minister of Gujarat who is alleged to be married to the BJP ideology of Hindutva. Hindutva, as already explained, is “Hindu-ness” or the Hindunisztion of India through a common Hindu religion based civil code. Politically, what they imply is that, if a Muslim, Sikh, Buddhist or Christian wants to be a citizen of India, they must add the Hindu tag along with their religion as “Hindu Muslim Indian” or “Hindu Buddhist Indian” etc. In their election speeches, The BJP had hinted that Bangladeshi Muslims should be deported and article

370 should be removed from the Constitution of India. (This Article 370 is there to safeguard the Muslims of Kashmir from possible religious persecutions). Faroog Abdullah had therefore stated that if this article is removed, Kashmir will join Pakistan. Mamata Banerjee on the other hand retorted that she should be the first Bengali to be deported back to Bangladesh! For Nagas too, please remember that article 371 (A) comes right after 370 and gives special protection to Naga Christians. Article 371(A)(a) (i) states that without the consent of the Legislative Assembly of Nagaland, no Acts of Parliament will be applicable to Nagas as far as “Religious or social practices of the Nagas” are concerned. Now if some drastic changes in the Constitution are brought about under BJP rule, Punjab, like Kashmir, may join the Faroog Abdullah exit train. This is because Sikhism, though an offshoot of Hinduism, is a religion that rebelled against Hinduism. Sikhs have also still not forgotten the desecration of their Golden temple at Amritsar or the post Indira Gandhi assassination killing of their community members in 1984. Hyderabad which is also a Muslim state that was formerly annexed to India through force may follow next. This could be followed by the whole of Southern India who are racially Dravidians and hate North Indians who try to impose their Aryans supremacy notions on them. I am not an advocate for India’s disintegration, but if the BJP commits some blunders with their Hindutva ideology, then we could witness the disintegration of India right in front of our own eyes in our generation! It is true that 80.5 % of India’s population is

Hindu, with Muslims having only 13% and Christians, 2.3%. Therefore, the Hindu majority of India could quite well impose their Hindutva policies upon the other minority races and religions. However, one hopes that Hindu historians and intellectuals will admit that Christians have also been in India right from the 1st century AD. Muslims on the other hand, have ruled India from 1526-1761 (more than 3 centuries). The Muslim conquest if India by the descendents of Genjis Khan began from 1000 AD through Mahmud of Ghazni. Such historical facts cannot be just wished away as mere fiction or Muslim imagination. But if Modi and the BJP try to impose their Hindu cultural rule over the rest of India’s ethnic races, India could implode from within. We also must remember that Muslim religious fanaticism would be much more dangerous than Hindu extremism if the two should come to a physical confrontation. Way back in 1992, right after the demolition of the Ram Temple at Ayodya on December 6, Mr. Ashok Singhal the then President of the Vishnu Hindu Parishad had claimed: “The events of this day have demonstrated that the will of the people is above the rule of Law.” What he seemed to be advocating was the rule of “mobocracy” rather than democracy. One hopes that Modi and the BJP will not follow in Singhal’s footsteps. In conclusion, though I am a Naga and not an Indian, I still wish Modi all the best. Modi is a hard working, well disciplined and uncorrupt Indian politician. Hence, we might see some sudden growth in Indian economy and also some measure of eradicating corruption. But let us wait and see what happens next. Kaka D. Iralu

Check That Blame-Game

blame others, it will not change us. Truth of the matter is we are culturally rich, emotionally balanced and intellectually well-established. When the rest of the world wore leaves, we were busy inventing steel. When the rest of the world had not yet awakened to the light of learning, we were studying science. We had invented the zero much before the others saw the dawn of civilization. But today, unfortunately, the present scenario of our country makes us realise that India is a rich nation inhabited by poor people. And the evidences which make us draw that conclusion are; • Every night 300 million people go to bed hungry (exceeding the combined population of Canada & the USA). Whereas, if all the food grain lying unused in our warehouses were to be packed in a gunny bags and placed one after the other, it would make a path to the moon and back. Yet this country bears the cross of over 300 million starving Indians. • Of the 350 million people living below the poverty line, nearly half of them die before the age of 40 due to malnutrition and lack of medical attention. While we’ve one Indian doctor for every 2400 Indians, we’ve one Indian doctor serving 1325 Americans in the United States. • There is a backlog of more than 30

million court cases in India, and, on an average it takes 20 years to resolve a dispute. While we’ve 10 judges to every million people in India, the USA has 120. • Other countries are planning to settle life in other planets and we are struggling for food, shelter, water and electricity… • Once we were known as the world’s teacher but today 30% of the world’s illiterate population hails from and resides in India. We can give our life and can take any action without hesitation in the name of caste, tribe, religion, church, temple and mosque but are afraid to stand against corruption, terrorist, illegal taxation, mafias and gundaraj etc. For these we always depend and blame the Government for not taking any action. Dear fellow Indians, by seeing the present condition of our nation, nobody will believe that once our country was known as ‘The Golden Bird’. We need to do something to prove it because ‘seeing is believing.’ In Nagaland, the game of blaming is quite popular. From the layman to the leader, everyone seems to be busy justifying themselves, drawing their own neat conclusions, at times basing their comments on preposterous mere ‘information’. A wise saying goes, “The

tree which bears more fruits is liable to get more stones.” So particularly those people whom the public has given the responsibility of leadership should check that blame-game and work with integrity, honesty and sincerity. For once, stop blaming politicians and leaders. In the last 64 years, we have been playing this game only, now it’s time to find our own weakness. Today’s politicians and leaders, 64 years back, were blaming other politicians and leaders and today they are getting the same. If we also busy ourselves in blaming them without checking our weakness and shortcomings, we are going to fall in the same pit. Today what ever is happening in our state and in India in general, our politicians and leaders are not to be blamed totally. On the contrary, it is the public who is the main culprit for spoiling this beautiful nation. Every time we blame this or that minister for poor development or for misused of public funds, but this hardly strikes us when we receive cash or kind or a promise for government job, in favour of casting our votes. Here is a reality checklist for every layman to give a thought to before blaming politicians and leaders: Do we go to office regularly and sit there till the last office hour? Do we ask bribe for putting our sig-

nature on a piece of paper? Do we give our best service even when our boss is not looking at us? Do we follow traffic rules? Do we pay our taxes? Do we give bribe? Do we spoil Government & public property in agitation? Whether Service provided by us is money oriented or service oriented? Even in educational settings, when a child fail in exam, the parents blames the child; the child blames the teacher; the teacher blames the principal and the principal blames the parents. Friends, we have our own commonsense; stop living on others’ commonsense. Accept your mistake and improve it so that you won’t repeat next time and thus leave no room for people to blame you. For instance, when we as public are not satisfied, we blame the Government for illiteracy. But we should not forget that the Government is looking after the illiteracy problem of the entire nation. Therefore the need of the hour is that the wealthy and educated people of a particular colony or village should join hands, then the illiteracy problem of that area can solved within a minute. And as we join hands to build churches, temples, mosques, we ought to make it a point too to fight against corrupted Government or communalism. Then many man-made problems can be solved automatically. Ajay Chakraborty & Aosenla Pongen

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Kohima Police to enforce order on siren, red light, etc Kohima, may 21 (mExN): Kohima Police has informed that as per Supreme Court guidelines and a Government of Nagaland order, it will begin enforcing the guidelines and order of the government on misuse/unauthorized use of siren, red light, designated plates, flag posts, use of tinted glass etc. Any unauthorized use of the same

if found, will be removed on the spot and defaulters will be prosecuted as per the law, stated a press note from the SPDO Kohima. Kohima Police further informed that it will be checking over speeding, overload, riding two wheelers without helmets etc. It further requested all concerned to co-operate with the Police.

KDCC and NCSU condoles Kohima, may 21 (mExN): The Kohima District Congress Committee (KDCC) has expressed shock at the sudden demise of Chuba Walling, former general secretary of KDCC on May 21 at Naga Hospital Kohima. KDCC in a message shared the pain and agony of the bereaved family and prayed that the almighty God grant them solace to overcome the tragic irreparable loss and wished that the departed soul rest in peace.

Meanwhile, the Nagaland Contractors’ & Suppliers’ Union (NCSU) head office Kohima also expressed deep sorrow over the sudden demise of Chuba Walling, bonafide member of NCSU. “In his death we have lost a great leader, and the vacuum created by him would be difficult to fill,” stated NCSU vice president KL Setuo Rutsa and its secretary Hoshito Assumi. The union conveyed condolences to the bereaved family and prayed for their solace.

Thursday 22 May 2014

Social and legal awareness seminar at Yaongyimsen village Dimapur, may 21 (mExN): Yaongyimsen Village Council organised a one day seminar on social and legal awareness at the village on Tuesday. It was attended by Village Council and VDB members, Church leaders and students. A good number of advocates from Dimapur and Mokokchung were also present. The resource persons were Mayang Lima, Registrar, Gauhati High Court & Member Secretary, Nagaland State Legal Services Authority; K.Temjen Jamir, Editor, Tir Yimyim; Tali Pongen, President, All Nagaland VDBs Association; and Bendang Yaden, Development Officer, ICDP, Cooperative Societies, Nagaland. In his presentation on availability of free legal services, Mayang Lima enlightened the participants that the Legal Services Au-

thority provides free legal services to the Scheduled Caste & Tribe, victims of human trafficking and beggars, women and children and persons with disabilities. He also advised all the Naga married couples to register their marriage under the relevant Marriage Act and obtain certificate from the Marriage Officer which may be required during child admission in educational institutions and application for passport or visa. Mayang Lima also informed the gathering that the free legal services may be availed in all cases of civil nature, criminal offences and cases of violation of fundamental rights as guaranteed by the Constitution of India. Free Legal Services are available in all the district headquarters in Free Legal Clinic manned by the advocates appointed by the State Legal Services Authority, he said.

K.Temjen Jamir, while sharing his thought on present and future sociopolitical situation, observed that the common people are found to be economically retarding and political status is reduced to marketing commodities owing to the undesirable and immoral practices during the state election. He said that election itself becomes an industry for “us”, where “we” fully depend for “our” survival that it diminishes the spirit of hard work and make “ourselves” irresponsible. He encouraged the people to start thinking about the needs of the people and try to deliver it as a contributing citizen. He also encouraged the students in particular to think beyond text book and government jobs so as to make “our” society progressive and prosperous. Tali Pongen highlight-

ed about the rights and responsibilities of the Village Council and Village Development Board. He also brought awareness about the various schemes and flagship programs meant for the villagers that are sponsored by the central government so as to enable them to avail and use it judiciously. Bendang Yaden spoke about the importance and benefit of the Cooperative Movement with particular reference to social life in Naga society. He encouraged the villagers to organize themselves in collective farming and avail assistance from the financing institutions through Cooperatives department. The Yaongyimsen Village Council has thanked the resource persons and all the participants for their contributions and participation and making the seminar fruitful.

NPF youth wing appeals DAN Disaster management awareness legislators to remain steadfast programme in Phek district Kohima, may 21 (mExN): NPF Central Youth Wing in its meeting held on May 19 resolved to appeal to all the DAN legislators to remain steadfast to the commitment made to the new leadership and ensure smooth functioning of the government and party in the days to come. According to a press release issued by the president of the youth wing, Kakuto Shohe, the house resolved to extend its sincere appreciation to NPF President Dr. Shurhozelie Liezietsu, senior party functionaries, all the DAN legislators for en-

suing smooth and safe transition of the new leadership. It further congratulated TR Zeliang who was unanimously elected as the new leader of the NPF led DAN Legislature Party and resolved to extend its full support and cooperation to the new leadership. The meeting also resolved to appeal the BJP leadership at the Centre to accord/accommodate Neiphiu Rio in the NDA Ministry as per pre-poll commitment of the BJP. The NPF Youth Wing, the release said, had a thorough deliberation on the

post Lok Sabha Election result of the outer Manipur Parliamentary Constituency and resolved to express its profound gratitude for their support to the NPF candidate, though the latter lost by a slight margin. The NPF felt that with the defeat of the NPF candidate, Nagas in Manipur have lost the best ever opportunity in the political history of Manipur. The house, however, resolved to work towards reconsolidating and strengthening the position of NPF party in Manipur in the days to come.

Pilgrim School students learn to recycle papers

Dimapur, may 21 (mExN): The Eco-Club members of Pilgrim School, Dimapur on May 17 went to the Nagaland Pollution Control Board (NPCB) to learn how waste papers are recycled. According to a press release received here, 15 students with three teachers – Nza-

nbeni, Hukali and Therali visited the NPCB paper recycling unit. They were led by teacher-in-charge of Eco-Club Birender Shah. Nagaland Pollution Control Board staff, Mhasizonuo, demonstrated how used papers can be recycled into paper. She told the students to use it for

Massive turn out at youth crusade in Kiphire KiphirE, may 21 (mExN): Kiphire Town Baptist Lithro organized a three days youth crusade on the theme "Heart surgery" from Ezekiel 36:2627 with Rev Robert Kikon, minister under Faith Christian Fellowship (FCF) International as the speaker. The crusade held from May 16-18 was attended by nearly 2000 youths from different tribes as also parents and church elders, informed a press release received here. The speaker spoke about depending on God and taking responsibility for the brokenness in our society and going deeper in Christian life. He challenged the gathering to have God’s heart and bear fruit and to search God for the real comfort. Parent and child relationship was also addressed. According to the note, the last service on Sunday saw massive attendance of both young and old where the speaker spoke on missions and influenc-

ing “our” offices, schools, profession for Christ’s glory and to never compromise with the evils in “our” land. “Our destiny is our responsibility. No one but we determine our destiny. Our responsibility is to ensure that we create a right environment that will help us to impact the next generation," asserted the speaker. Counselling sessions were also conducted and the sick were prayed for during the crusade. Brother Levi a missionary also under the FCF International spoke on living our dreams and shared about his experience while serving for 7 years as a missionary in South East Asia. Selongchem Thonger, a prayer counselor also shared his testimony from being a drug addict to Christ addict. The organizers have thanked everyone who attended the crusade and spoke and prayed that Kiphire will be transformed through the glory of God.

making envelope, greeting cards etc. The students also learnt to make papers manually, the note informed.

Members of Dreamz Unlimited performing at Phek Local ground on May 17.

phEK, may 21 (mExN): The Nagaland State Disaster Management Authority, Home Department, along with the 1st Bn. National Disaster Response Force (NDRF), Guwahati, is conducting familiar-

ity exercise/ community awareness programme on disaster management in Phek district. The programme was also conducted in Phek Village on May 15. The same exercise will be conducted in Meluri,

Kohima, may 21 (Dipr): As part of ATMA district activities, ATMA Kohima conducted a district level training on Organic Farming for farmers of Tuophema village on May 17. About 45 farmers and two ATMA functionaries attended the programme and were trained

on various aspects of organic farming. Speaking as the main resource person Dr. Ketholezo Sorü, BDS, BAMT, MD, PHds highlighted the scope and potentials of Japanese organic farming system for our rural poor farmers to boost their health and economy, thereby im-

CMA supports ACAUT Nagaland’s initiatives phEK, may 21 (mExN): The Chakhesang Mothers’ Association (CMA) has lauded the “commendable initiatives” of the Against Corruption and Unabated Taxation (ACAUT) Nagaland, where a public rally was organized at Phek Town on May 15 last “instilling the right prospect to the people of how to go about with the illegal taxation.” According to a press note appended by CMA

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MEx FILE One arrested in Dimapur Dimapur, may 21 (mExN): Following a tip off, the Dimapur police and Special Branch arrested an "extortionist" on May 19 from Notun Basti. The accused identified as Vishika Yepthomi (Vika) was found threatening a non-local businessman and demanding Rs.10,000/- in the name of NSCN(K), stated a press note issued by Addl. Superintendent of Police/ PRO Dimapur. The release said that a demand note in the name of the organization was recovered from the possession of the accused. Police have registered a case in this connection.

Kohima police arrest three Kohima, may 21 (mExN): The Kohima Police on May 19 arrested one person identified as Kuzholuto Lohe of Yoruba village, who escaped from Phek SubJail on April 15 along with four others. According to SDPO & PRO, DEF Kohima, Lohe was arrested from Capital Hotel, Kohima and was later handed over to Phek Police in connection with Phek Police station C/No. 0011/14 u/s 120B/224/34 IPC. In a separate incident on May 19, the Kohima Police detected and seized 23 packets of ganja each weighing 10 Kgs (230 Kgs) from a Bolero bearing R/No. Nl-07-7484 at Peducha and arrested two persons, namely M. Mahung (45) of Hungdung village, Ukhrul and YS Ningreishang (25) of Teinem village, Somdal. A case has been registered at Sechu Zubza Police Station and investigation is on, stated the release.

DEOs & SDEOs informed Kohima, may 21 (mExN): Principal Director of School Education, Kesonyü Yhome has informed all District Education Officers/ Sub-Division Education Officers to submit the Pre-Matric Scholarship for minority communities 2014-15 to the Directorate of School Education on or before May 30, 2014.

NRC on Mithun mourns Dr. R Zinyu’s death Dimapur, may 21 (mExN): The director and all the staff of NRC on Mithun, ICAR, Medziphema has expressed deep sadness at the sudden demise of Dr. R Zinyu, member of Institute Management Committee and Research Advisory Committee of NRC on Mithun. Dr Zinyu was associated with the institute for a long time and fruitfully contributed for the progress of the institute in many ways, stated the director of NRC on Mithun in a condolence message. “He will be greatly missed and remembered in the institute and everyone here is saddened by his untimely passing,” added the note. It further prayed for the departed soul to live in peace. “Our thoughts are with Mrs Zinyu and other family members and friends during this difficult time.”

Pfutsero and Wokha. As part of the awareness programme, a skit on disaster management was also performed by Dreamz Unlimited, a theatre group based in Dimapur on May 17 at Phek local ground.

ATMA Kohima conducts district level training Eco-Club members of Pilgrim School with their teachers and NPCB staff Mhasizonuo during their visit to NPCB on May 17.

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President Zaposhelu Venuh, the general public of the town specially the mothers while spending a doubtful moment in view of the public illegal taxation, the ACAUT Nagaland team at length highlighted the present trend of taxation all over the state thereby clearing the doubts of the general public during the recent rally. “The mothers were hopelessly suffering with

proving their living standards. Dr Sorü also taught the farmers about low cost natural cold storage for rural farmers to improve the shelf life of their perishable commodities. The day long programme was chaired by Thepfüchalie, Farmer Friend, Tuophema where he encouraged the farmers to put into practice whatever lessons were taught. Vote of thanks was pronounced by Krutsolie.

Zunheboto monthly ASHA meeting held ZuNhEboto, may 21 (Dipr): The monthly ASHA meeting for Zunheboto Sadar was held on May 20 at CMO Office, Zunheboto. The ASHAs were briefed about the importance of maintaining monthly reports and VHND. They were also reminded to maintain ASHA diary properly and were encouraged to work hard for the community and bring about positive change. ASHA uniforms, HB stick, and Uri-stick were distributed during the meeting. Altogether 32 ASHAs from the block attended the meeting.

NSF to felicitate Naga toppers Kohima, may 21 (mExN): The Naga Students’ Federation (NSF) is organizing felicitation programme for Naga HSLC toppers 2014 on May 23, 11:00 am at Zonal Council Hall, Kohima. Kesonyü Yhome (IAS), Principal Director, School Education will grace the function as chief guest, Watienla Jamir, Director, Horticulture will exhort on behalf of the toppers’ parents, and Vevotolu Kezo, Top No 3 will deliver speech on behalf of the toppers. Invocation prayer will be pronounced by Vikuo Rhi and special number will be presented by Binthu Newmai. The NSF has invited all the senior leaders, federating units/ sub-ordinate bodies, Naga Toppers 2014, parents and guardians of the toppers to attend the programme.

irreparable wounds for so long, however after the ACAUT highlighted its principles of touring the state, the mothers greatly felt that big wounds in the mothers heart were healed and relieved as well,” stated Venuh. The CMA further urged all sections of the people to support the initiatives of ACAUT Nagaland. It also wished them success in their future endeavours.

Jesuit scholastics annual meet held Dimapur, may 21 (mExN): The scholastics of the Society of Jesus, popularly known as ‘Jesuits’, belonging to the Kohima Region met at St. Paul’s Institute of Education, Phesama, from May 16 - 20. It was a home-coming for all the scholastics because this is the place where they began their journey as Jesuits, stated a press release received here. The scholastics are doing their studies in Ahmedabad, Bangalore, Chennai, Hyderabad, Jakhama, Kolkata, Pune, Delhi and some are working in various Jesuit institutions in the North East, said the note. The theme for this year’s

meeting was “Rebirth”. The theme was chosen because this year, Jesuits all over the world celebrate the bi-centenary of the restoration of the Society of Jesus. “The Jesuits were suppressed in the year 1773 and restored in the year 1814. At the time of suppression, many Jesuits remained true to the charism of the Jesuits and kept the spirit of the Jesuits alive despite the excruciating torture and inhuman treatment by the tormentors,” stated the note. According to the note, during the five days meeting, the Jesuit scholastics had various activities and intensive sessions on the ‘Suppression and Restoration’ of the Society of Jesus.

They also had group building sessions where they came to know and learned from each other and shared their experiences of life. Through the annual meeting, their love for the Society of Jesus is more intense and their love for each other has grown profoundly, it added. Reverend Fr. Anand Pereira, SJ, Regional Coordinator for formation for North-East Jesuit Scholastics in his address, appreciated and encouraged the scholastics for all the good works they are doing and challenged them that they should keep up the Spirit of MAGIS – a Jesuit terminology which means “a restless desire to do more”.

Voice of Nagaland – I: 12 contestants out of 21 have entered the semi final of Voice of Nagaland – I. The semi final is scheduled to be held in Kohima. Seen in the picture are the semi finalists. (Photo Courtesy: Heutinggumbe)

ATMA Zbto and KVK NU train farmers ZuNhEboto, may 21 (mExN): ATMA Zunheboto block and Krishi Vigyan Kendra, Nagaland University organized a daylong training cum demonstration on May 20 at Newland and Kheshepu village Tizu post. Y Vishito Assumi S.O, Soil Dept/BTT Convenor ATMA, chaired the programme and Pinili, women leader pronounced invocation prayer. According to specific

needs of the farmers, resource person Edenly Chishi, SMS (Horticulture) discussed on the storage of seeds, fruits and vegetables after harvest. She explained on the different methods of storage. Sentimenla Jamir, Subject Matter Specialist (Soil Science) spoke on the importance of bio-fertilizer, which is the only alternative for improving soil fertility. In the practical session,

Edenly Chishi demonstrated on construction of small unit Zero energy cool chamber and Sentimenla on seed treatment with biofertilizers. Biofertilizers were distributed to the 20 farmers who attended the programme. The programme concluded with farmers/subject expert’s interaction and vote of thanks was delivered by farmers friend Shitokhu.


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have lived in Philadelphia, in poverty, for most of my life. I remember the smell of mold and mildew. I would watch as my most valuable possessions were destroyed by them. The smell of decay was all around me. I remember being cold and being in houses with no heat or hot water. My stepfather would use gray duct tape to wrap around the cords of the heaters when they burned out, so we could keep using it. Yes, it was a fire hazard, but who cared – the heater was keeping us warm. On occasion you would hear a sizzle and a pop from the heater. Despite our efforts we were still cold. We never had a working kitchen. My mom would cook food at her parents’ house and then we would take the food back to wherever we were staying at that moment. Most of the places we lived in had no running water and were very unsanitary. We would also go to my grandparents’ house to take baths and we got used to defecating in shoe boxes, putting it in plastic bags, getting on the bus and just throwing it out the window into a lot or something. People who are raised like this simply pass it on down the line. And you grow up thinking that it is ok to live like this. As for food, we didn’t starve. But we were hungry. We ate whatever we could afford. This is where the past affects the present. Today I’m somewhat of a food hoarder – I’m afraid of not having enough food for my family and me. I know what it feels like to be hungry but not have the food that you need or want. I have to constantly remind myself that I no longer live that way. But it’s the only way I’ve ever known. I don’t take showers, only baths, because I’m not used to it. If I do get cold or hungry I have learned how to deal with it. It’s like when you are being raped and you go out of your body to survive. That’s what it’s like when you are born into hunger and into a dirty, unhealthy environment. This kind of living goes back in time, too. If your parental figure is used to living that way, it’s likely because their childhood was the same way. You are stripped of your dignity. You are ashamed. Your soul feels like a bottomless pit. You feel less than human. The hell that I know came from the environment that I was born into. Now I am in my thirties, and I’m still haunted by the trauma and food insecurity. My scars run long and deep – they will always be there. The long lasting effects of trauma stick with you. But I refuse to let my past dictate my future. My memories keep me humble. I’m shaped not by the commonly accepted “fact” that since I grew up in poverty I have to live in poverty now. Instead, I’m shaped by the idea that while you can’t change the past, you can change the future. When I go into a market and see and smell food I feel bliss. It’s like I just won the lottery. To know that I can buy a steak if I want to or some seafood is a very priceless feeling. To be able to run hot and cold water is a blessing. Today I am far from my childhood of mold, cold, and hunger. But even though I’ve healed so much and don’t have to live that way anymore, the effects of early poverty and trauma are still a part of my being. They shape me into the woman I am today. A woman who is motivated, and works hard to make sure that her daughter will have more opportunities than she had growing up. I take what I saw and experienced as a child, and use that to drive me to be a better person for myself, for my family, and for others who live through the trauma of poverty.

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Anuraag Baruah Himal South Asian

The clamour for land in Assam

As land scarcity increases in Assam, government mismanagement and class tensions are manifesting themselves in dangerous ways

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rom far-flung hamlets they arrive early on buses, minivans, trucks, and even bicycles. The morning chill fails to dampen their spirits as they rush to reach the protest site to hear their leaders speak. Most of them are daily wage earners sacrificing a day’s pay to turn up for the rally. The Krishak Mukti Sangram Samiti (KMSS) is demanding 12 bighas and 1.5 kothas of land be allocated to the landless in rural and urban areas respectively. This is a revolution for them, a revolution that gives voice to their aspirations for land ownership. Uncomfortable questions, however, cannot be avoided. Never before has the clamour for land been so intense in Assam. On 29 January, more than 10 people lost their lives in fighting at the Assam-Arunachal Pradesh border at Behali reserve forest in Sonitpur. Violence on 7 January between the Karbi and Rengma Naga tribes that left 16 dead illustrates the depth of ethnic animosity in the region while the self-immolation and subsequent death of a KMSS protestor on 24 February outside the Assam Secretariat speaks volumes about the intensity of the struggle for land. The Tarun Gogoi-led government was busy distributing land pattas on the same day as the immolation, though only to a select few. Both the government of Nagaland and its inhabitants have been at constant loggerheads with Assam over land issues. While the government of Assam is accusing the Naga administration of aiding land theft, it is lobbying the Centre to demand the return of territory that has been encroached upon. As the Assam police carry out indiscriminate reprisals on villagers, clashes have become a regular affair in the bordering hamlets of Sibsagar and Jorhat. Tea gardens dominate the region, which means labourers often bear the brunt of violence. Although the adjacent conflict with Arunachal Pradesh is nothing new, its seriousness has been underscored by recent deaths, capturing the attention of the public as well as the authorities. Claims emerging from the intelligence agencies that Maoists are setting up footholds in the border areas of Assam and Arunachal Pradesh are cause for concern. The Chief Minister of Assam Tarun Gogoi asserted that recent land-based conflict with Arunachal Pradesh was aggravated by Maoists attempting to implicate locals in an active confrontation with armed encroachers. That corruption and ineffective governance in the handling of land titles was instrumental in the Maoists establishing a presence in Orissa provides an ominous precedent for current events. Meanwhile, xenophobia among the Assamese middle class is rising, with widespread concern over the rate at which land is being sold to non-Assamese outsiders. The upward aspirations of Assam’s middle class have resulted in the sale of generations-old land to facilitate their joining the elite in Guwahati. While the abandonment of spacious houses in surrounding towns in favour of migrating to cramped high-rise apartments is perplexing, it is part of a more insidious problem. High-rise buildings are often constructed by companies who illegally occupy land in Adivasi belts, or purchase it from the government at inordinately low prices, giving weight to accusations of corruption. The hand-in-glove relationship between the land mafia and the authorities has culminated in Guwahati becoming a high-rise city. Most of the land in small towns is now owned by this vigilante merchant class, resulting in the declining land share of the indigenous Assamese.

A farmer walks with his cow through a dried paddy field at Mayong village about 40 kilometers (25 miles) east of Gauhati, Assam, India on Wednesday, April 30, 2014. Rising temperatures coupled with scanty rainfall is badly affecting farmers in many parts of this north-eastern state. (AP Photo/Anupam Nath)

ever, persisted since Independence. In 1964 the Assam Pradesh Congress Committee adopted a resolution to expel ‘illegal’ immigrants in accordance with the 1951 National Register of Citizens. The agreement failed to be enforced due primarily to intra-party tensions, with many suspecting the pernicious influence of vote bank politics. In the absence of effective governance via systemic corruption and opportunism, class tensions have once again manifested themselves in potentially explosive citizenship-based grievances. The 11th hour striking down of the Illegal Migrants (Determination by Tribunal) (IMDT) Act by the Supreme Court in 2005 is testament to the government’s flawed approach to the issue. While the legislation was clearly draconian, unconstitutional and unworkable, the char areas have nonetheless suffered in the absence of regulation. Continuously appearing and disappearing due to the torrents of the mighty Brahmaputra, the chars are now a haven for the land mafia. With Bangladesh just a few kilometres away, the lack of effective land allocation has seen local goons and landlords profit at the expense of vulnerable populations from both sides of the nominal ‘border’. Maintaining land records has proved a herculean task due not only to relentless river-borne erosion, but also an ad-hoc land management system operating in a region completely lacking official oversight. These char areas have become labyrinths in which indigenous and undocumented migrants live precariously in immense poverty and devoid of basic amenities. The issuance of voter ID cards, ration cards and land pattas to these communities has been counteracted by political disputes and business interests. Within this context, the issue of citizenship is critical: even if the government agrees to allocate the land pattas demanded, the point of reference for their allocation will be contentious. The All Assam Students Union (AASU) demands the NRC of 1951 be implemented with 1971 as the cut-off date, while minority bodies including the Assam Minority Students Union (AMSU) oppose this, demanding a fresh NRC on the basis of the 1971 voter list. The eviction and dispossession of Adivasis from traditional lands is prompting some, however well-intentioned, to posit the problem of land scarcity as an either/or scenario, giving voice to a dangerous discourse. Ongoing efforts on behalf of the KMSS to secure Adivasi land for 80,000 to 85,000 families conflicts with official census statistics that put the number of legitimate candidates at around 65,000. Accusations that the 20,000 difference is a Difficult questions Within Assam, the KMSS has led protests and dhar- result of interloping ‘illegal’ settlers underscores the nas throughout the state demanding land pattas for highly charged nature of the final ruling on the NRC peasants. As these demands increase, the question of cit- and what it means for those seeking land. izenship cannot be avoided: in Assam, both are intricately related, with citizenship often treated as a fluid issue. Legal obstacles The age-old Assam Land and Revenue Rule Clauses within the Assam Accord, which asserts 1971 as the ‘deciding year’ upon which citizenship is based, are (1868) is of a vintage unfit to address issues of land yet to be implemented. With the KMSS demanding the conflict in the region. A new, more comprehensive immediate allocation of land pattas to landless peasants land policy is vital. The Assam Land Grabbing (Prothroughout the state, anxiety concerning undocument- hibition) Act (2010), supposedly drafted to protect ed immigrants profiting at the cost of the indigenous indigenous people from land theft, has failed miserpeople of Assam has been an unfortunate byproduct. Is- ably in achieving its stated goal. Rather, the Act insues related to undocumented immigrants have, how- verts the equation, positing the landless as criminals

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t is very difficult to see your own reflection in a puddle. I tried it in the park the other day: what you get is a silhouette of yourself against the sky. Even if there was enough light falling on your face to fill in the details, you’d still get the view from underneath, looking up the nostrils; not a good angle, especially as the years march on. To see yourself full-face, albeit with the equally unflattering tug of gravity, you’d have to lean quite far over the puddle and tilt your head forward, at which point you run the risk of overbalancing. Perhaps Narcissus couldn’t swim, and that is how he met his end? For millennia, such an imperfect, low-angle, high-risk glimpse was all that was available to Homo sapiens. Can you imagine not knowing what you look like? Today we are not only surrounded by mirrors, everywhere from the bathroom to the gym to the lift, but also by incidentally reflective surfaces. Car windows, computer screens, the oven door, vast cityscapes of plate-glass. It’s hard to avoid your own reflection, even if you want to. That we have been looking at ourselves for some time is, er, reflected in our language. To say that someone is self-regarding is not a compliment. If you are asked how you see yourself, you don’t reply “I look in a mirror,” because you know it is an abstract ques-

while safeguarding the interests of the land mafia. With tribal and agricultural land illegally used by business groups for non-agricultural purposes, Right to Information applications highlight the consistent violation of the Land Ceiling Act, which restricts the individual possession of more than 50 bighas of land. A lack of transparency and a corresponding dearth of knowledge among landless peoples have created uncertainty over what exactly constitutes tribal land, forest land, eksonia land or myadi land. Officials agree that though formal transfers have been minimal, the temporary alienation of land is common. Though the sixth schedule of the Constitution has adequate provisions to restrict land alienation, they are formal, individual-based and fail to understand traditional Adivasi laws which recognise community ownership. This has led to the concentration of land in the hands of a few wealthy chiefs while the majority of Adivasis are landless and remain vulnerable to eviction. The non-tribals living under these council areas in the meantime complain of being discriminated against and allege that their political as well as socio-economic aspirations are endangered. Land has been one of their primary greivances as many seek a transfer or stay of the land, demanding the intervention of the revenue department in Dispur rather than the relevant local council. Meanwhile, the existing autonomous councils under the aegis of the Sixth Schedule have given birth to demands for separate states, adding to the clamour for land. Though many cite historical kingdoms to justify their demands for the demarcation of new states, the present versions of those kingdoms reflect the incongruity of the proposals. While government reports state that over 80,000 hectares of Assamese land is being illegally encroached upon by its six neighbouring states, outrage at the possibility of a land swap deal with Bangladesh makes clear the politicisation of anything land-related. As opposition parties such as the BJP make apparent their opposition to a land swap deal, the Assom Gana Parishad has staged protests throughout the state citing the proposed ceding of land as a failure on the part of the government to protect the land rights of the indigenous Assamese. They have instead demanded a ‘repatriation treaty’ with Bangladesh that will aid in ‘cleansing’ Assam of ‘illegal’ immigrants. By now, it is clear that a land swap deal will help both sides reiterate the border in a definitive way, thereby providing a citizenship framework for thousands of stateless people to pursue their basic rights. Sensationalist discourses concerning land in general and Bangladesh in particular are largely responsible for the misrepresentation of a land swap deal as a ‘selling off’ of land to Bangladesh. The fact that this land deal can contribute in a major way to a permanent and secure border mustn’t be overlooked in the current frenzy. Until a new Act is drafted, a land swap implemented, corruption brought to an end and the land mafia made solvent, ongoing conflict between Adivasis and undocumented migrants is likely. There will be no winners. Anuraag Baruah is a Delhi-based writer and poet and this article was published in Kathmandu based magazine Himal

The Tyranny Of The Mirror rebecca Willis Intelligent Life tion. That’s how fused the literal and metaphorical aspects of seeing have become. But it is worth detaching them a bit if we want to remain sane in a culture that exhorts us to change what we see in the mirror—by buying this object, or having that procedure—in order to feel better. Consumer culture is based on the sophistry that looks and feelings are congruent, but despite the linguistic blurring, what we see and what we feel are discrete. I can’t prove it, but I have a hunch that eating disorders were not such a problem before mirrors came along. And I doubt that the Fast Diet was big news, either. The earliest mirrors, found in Anatolia, date from 6,000BC and were made of polished stone. From about 2,000BC there were mirrors of polished copper in ancient Egypt and of bronze in China. All these surfaces would have shown a much dimmer reflection than we are used to today: although the Romans knew how to coat blown

glass with molten lead, for centuries the privileged few who owned mirrors only saw themselves through a glass darkly. It was not until the early Renaissance that mirrors made with a tinmercury amalgam became more common in Europe—and thank goodness, because without them we wouldn’t have Dürer’s self-portraits. Even then, they remained one of the most expensive things a person could own, and the church disapproved because they led to the dangerous path of selfworship. It had a point. In 1835, a German chemist invented the silvered-glass mirror that ushered in the world as we know it, with mirrors, mirrors everywhere. They have great benefits—solar power, precision telescopes, spinachfree teeth—but what is it doing to us, meeting our own reflection at every turn? I can’t help feeling that humans weren’t designed to know what we look like, and that we haven’t adjusted very well to doing so. Before the look-

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ing glass, we could only see part of our bodies and nothing of our faces, and we looked out at the world from within them: it was an inside-out process. Now it is partly reversed: our interior selves are bombarded with information about our exteriors—along with suggested improvements. The self-consciousness that was the curse of Adam and Eve was surely only heightened by the arrival of the mirror, which has made us subject and object at the same time. A few months ago, I saw this advice from the fashion designer Erdem in a newspaper: always look in a full-length mirror before you leave the house. Soon afterwards I was chatting to Anna, the owner of a fashion boutique I know, and she said the opposite: “Once you’ve got dressed, don’t look in the mirror again. That last glance can be fatal.” I’m with Anna: it allows the sliver of self-doubt to slip in. Now that even our phones can show us ourselves, and the word “selfie” has entered the dictionary, the time is ripe for a backlash against the tyranny of the mirror. I’m going to start by not looking in one before leaving the house, by not preparing, J. Alfred Prufrock style, “a face to meet the faces that you meet”. Let’s all step into the street unseen by ourselves. If beauty is in the eye of the beholder, surely life will be easier when the beholder is not you?

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ichael Kelly thinks he has killed pacifism. In an editorial in the Washington Postof September 26, 2001, he cites George Orwell’s 1944 description of pacifism as “objectively pro-Fascist.” “If you hamper the war effort on one side you automatically help out that of the other,” Orwell reasoned. Applied to “America’s New War,” Kelly finds the logic irrefutable. “Organized terrorist groups have attacked America. These groups wish the Americans to not fight. The American pacifists wish the Americans to not fight. If the Americans do not fight, the terrorists will attack America again. And now we know such attacks can kill many thousands of Americans. The American pacifists, therefore, are on the side of future mass murders of Americans. They are objectively proterrorist.” Hence the pacifist position is “evil.” Would that life were so logical! For what Mr. Kelly overlooks is a third way, neither passive nor aggressive. For millions of years his error has been endlessly repeated. It is the fight/flight response. But that third way has occasionally been tried, and, wonder of wonders, it has frequently succeeded. Religions pioneered the third way as a nonviolent protest against those two invidious alternatives. Starting with the Hebrew midwives, nonviolence was elaborated by Jainism and Buddhism, given political bite by Jews like the prophets and Jesus, articulated by Christians like St. Francis and Martin Luther King, Jr., and made programmatic and practical by the Hindu Gandhi and the Muslim Badshah Khan. Nevertheless, I agree with Mr. Kelly that pacifism must go. It is endlessly confused with passivity. In the nations in which Christianity has predominated, Jesus’ teaching on nonviolence has been perverted into injunctions to passive nonresistance, which, as we shall see, is the very opposite of active nonviolence. Jesus had said, “You have heard that it was said, ‘An eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth.’ But I say to you, do not resist an evildoer. But if anyone strikes you on the right cheek, turn the other also; and if anyone wants to sue you and take your outer garment, give your undergarment as well; and if one of the occupation troops forces you to carry his pack one mile, go two” (Matthew 5:38-41). As it stands, this saying seems to counsel supine surrender. If you are a woman and you are struck by your spouse on one cheek, turn the other; let him pulverize you. If you are sued for a piece of clothing, give all your clothes voluntarily, as an act of pious renunciation. And if a Roman soldier forces you to carry his pack one mile, be a chump: carry it two. And the crowning blow: don’t resist evil at all. For centuries, readers of this advice have instinctively known something was wrong with this picture. Jesus always resisted evil. Why would he tell us to behave in ways he himself refused? And that’s where the trouble starts. The Greek word translated as “resist” (antistenai), is literally “to stand (stenai) against (anti).” The term is taken from warfare. When two armies collide, they were said to “stand against” each other. The correct translation is given in the new Scholars Bible: “Don’t react violently against the one who is evil.” The meaning is clear: don’t react in kind, don’t mirror your enemy, don’t turn into the very thing you hate. Jesus is not telling us not to resist evil, but only not to resist it violently. Jesus gives three examples to explain his point. The first is: “If anyone strikes you on the right cheek, turn the other also.” Most people picture a blow with the right fist. But that would land on the left cheek, and Jesus specifies the right cheek. A left hook wouldn’t fit the bill either, since the left hand was used only for unclean tasks, and even to gesture with it brought shame

"I don't see myself as a pacifist. I see myself rather as a violent person trying to become nonviolent"

on the one gesturing. Jesus is speaking about striking the right cheek with the back of the right hand. This was not a blow to injure. It was symbolic. It was intended to humiliate, to put an inferior in his or her place. It was given by a master to a slave, a husband to a wife, a parent to a child, or a Roman to a Jew. The message of the powerful to their subjects was clear: You are a nobody, get back down where you belong. It is to those accustomed to being struck thus that Jesus speaks (“if anyone strikes you”). By turning the other cheek, the person struck puts the striker in an untenable spot. He cannot repeat the backhand, because the other’s nose is now in the way. The left cheek makes a fine target, but only persons who are equals fight with fists, and the last thing the master wants is for the slave to assert equality (see the Mishnah, Baba Kamma 8:6). This is, of course, no way to avoid trouble; the master might have the slave flogged to within an inch of her life. But the point has been irrevocably made: the “inferior” is saying, in no uncertain terms, “I won’t take such treatment anymore. I am your equal. I am a child of God.” By turning the other cheek, the oppressed person is saying that she refuses to submit to further humiliation. This is not submission, asthechurches have insisted. It is defiance. That may sound a bit idealistic, but people all over the globe of late have been taking their courage in their hands this way and resisting, nonviolently, those who have treated them thus. Jesus’ second example deals with indebtedness, the most onerous social problem in first century Palestine. The wealthy of the Empire sought ways to avoid taxes. The best way was to buy land on the fringes of the Empire. But the poor didn’t want to sell. So the rich jacked up interest rates—25 to 250 percent. When the poor couldn’t repay, first their moveable property was seized, then their lands, and finally the very clothes on their backs. Scripture allowed the destitute to sleep in their long robes, but they had to surrender them by day (Deuteronomy 24:10-13). It is to that situation that Jesus speaks. Look, he says, you can’t win when they take you to court. But here is something you can do: when they demand your outer garment, give your undergarment as well. That was all they wore. The poor man is stark naked! And in Israel, nakedness brought shame, not on the naked party,

but on the one viewing his nakedness. (See the story of Noah, Genesis 9.) Jesus is not asking those already defrauded of their possessions to submit to further indignity. He is enjoining them to guerrilla theater. Imagine the debtor walking out of the court in his altogethers. To the question what happened, he responds, That creditor got all my clothes. People come pouring out of the streets and alleys and join the little procession to his home. It will be a while before creditors in that village take a poor man to court! But, of course, the Powers That Be are shrewd, and within weeks new laws will be in place making nakedness in court punishable by fines or incarceration. So the poor need to keep inventing new forms of resistance. Jesus is advocating a kind of Aikido, where the momentum of the oppressor is used to throw the oppressor and make him the laughing stock of the community. Jesus is not averse to using shame to kindle a moral sense in the creditor. Jesus’ third example refers to the angeria, the law that permitted a Roman soldier to force a civilian to carry his 65 to 85 pound pack. But the law stipulated one mile only. At the second marker the soldier was required to retrieve his pack. By carrying the pack more than a mile, the peasant makes the soldier culpable for violation of military law. Again, Jesus is not just “e x t e n d i n g himself ” by going the second mile, as the popular platitude puts it. He is putting the soldier in jeopardy of punishment. So you can see why I agree with Mr. Kelly. The examples Jesus gives are something more than nonresistance. They are gutsy, courageous, and aggressive. So I don’t regard myself as a pacifist. I see myself rather as a violent person trying to become nonviolent. Mr. Kelly and I concur that the “flight” option is cowardly, irresponsible, and ineffective. But where he is still mired in the “fight” option, I am prepared to risk active, even militant, nonviolence—a third way. Far from proving impractical, nonviolence has been about the only thing that has been working of late. In 1989-90 alone, fourteen nations involving 1.7 billion people underwent nonviolent revolutions, all but one successfully (China). During the twentieth century, 3.4 billion people were thus involved. Yet the churches have, since the time of St. Augustine, embraced the Roman “just war theory,” convinced that nonviolence won’t work,

that only violence can save or redeem us. (I call this “the myth of redemptive violence.”) The current crisis challenges both Mr. Kelly and me. Mr. Kelly, because he is unable to point to many successes for the “fight” option in the last two decades. And he is impaled on the spiritual law that says, “If I win, I lose.” If we destroy the Taliban and Osama bin Laden, tens of thousands will stand in their places. All out war with Arab Muslims could lead straight to World War III, complete with biological and nuclear weapons. At the very least, we can expect a world unsafe for Americans, even in our homeland. Civil liberties will be lost, and we may find ourselves in a situation “objectively pro-Fascist.” If we win, we lose. Our very lust for retaliation is proving the truth of the adage that violence can only lead to more violence. There are causes for this war, and most of them should have been taken care of years ago. Most of what Osama bin Laden claims to be fighting for should have been the basis of America’s Middle Eastern policy. We should have lifted the sanctions in Iraq, which have killed upwards of a million people, over half of them children under five—a war crime of which we are guilty. We could have easily withdrawn our troops from Saudi Arabia, since it is offensive to pious Muslims to have non-Muslim troops in their holy land. After all, it was Kuwait we fought to save; let Kuwait harbor our troops. We should have used our enormous influence to stop Israelis from settling in the West Bank, and secured for Palestinians a state. And we should quit propping up anti-democratic dictatorships in the region, many of which would collapse without our support. Not that these unjust situations adequately account for Osama bin Laden’s vendetta against America. The rationale of terrorists is terror, and reasons given today may shift tomorrow. The terrorist who regretted being caught before he could kill 250,000 Americans betrayed the game. It is simply to kill Americans. No pretext can ever excuse the slaughter of innocents, whether Americans in the Twin Towers or Afghan civilians in the Middle East. But the current crisis also challenges me. I distinguish between force and violence, arguing that force, rightly exercised, is the legitimate use of restraint to prevent some from doing harm to others. Violence, by contrast, is injurious or lethal harm deliberately intended, and can never be justified. I am struggling with that distinction today. Is there a continuum from force to violence, or from police action to war? How, then, do we know how much force we can use before it becomes violence? Could we have sent in special forces to seize Mr. bin Laden and bring him to trial at the World Court? But we didn’t know where to look! (But neither do our soldiers.) Didn’t the “restrained” use of force already escalate to violence the moment President Bush declared war? Can these distinctions be anything but rationalizations unless we have committed ourselves to nonviolence from the outset? It’s easy to see why Bush declared war. It was in response to the killing of our civilians. But when we kill innocents—inevitable in a war where innocents are mingled among combatants—we write them off as “collateral damage”— as if real people weren’t involved. We watch as the full military resources of the world’s most commanding military are devoted to destroying an entire sector of the Afghanistan population. I cannot see how we can regard this war as anything but immoral. Doing justice in the Middle East will not mollify true terrorists. But it could remove the source of much outrage, and thus dry up the reservoir of recruits for holy war. To that end, we must act with vulnerability and compassion to remove the causes of anger, even as we ferret out those whose terrorist violence led to the tragedy of September 11, 2001.

Libération Covering a Civil War: Its own sarah Moroz The New york Times

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hat would Jean-Paul Sartre say? Libération, the left-wing newspaper co-founded by the French philosopher and critic in 1973, is fighting for its life. In February, Libé’s staff got wind of a memo sent to shareholders that said the paper’s new owners wanted to eliminate the print edition and publish only on digital platforms. While that may sound none too surprising these days, the rest of the plan was more contentious. Libération’s principal shareholder, Bruno Ledoux, said he also wanted to convert the newspaper’s headquarters into a media hub, complete with TV station, startup incubator, cultural center and cafe, named Planète Libé. Ledoux said that commercializing Libé’s intellectual reputation would help the owners cut the newspaper’s net loss, which was 4.5 million euros ($6.2 million) in 2013. After the memo surfaced, Libé’s staff went on strike, and no paper was printed Feb. 8. The next day it published a bold front-page statement declaring fidelity to the paper’s roots under the title “Nous sommes un journal,” or “We are a newspaper.” This was followed by a list of everything Libé was not – a restaurant, a social network and so on. In interviews, Libé’s journalists said they were willing to adapt – to a point. Tonino Serafini, who sits on Libération’s works council and covers the real estate market, said that the changes had to make sense and that any diversification had to maintain the backbone of the paper. “The paper was started with very little capital and has had many crises but never been in such deathly danger,” said Serafini, who has been at Libération for 28 years. Given the paper’s history, poli-

tics and values, the uneasy reaction from journalists has hardly been surprising. First published on Feb. 3, 1973, Libération was initially run as a collective, with all staff members receiving the same salary. The paper was founded on left-wing Maoist politics, but its radicalism diminished over time. During a financial squeeze in the 1980s, it began to allow advertising and brought in shareholders. The role of the shareholders has increased in the past decade, causing internal friction. In 2006, after a major rift with Édouard de Rothschild, a shareholder, Sartre’s co-founder, Serge July, was ousted. Soon thereafter, the Libération journalists Pierre Haski and Pascal Riché left in disgust and founded Rue89, one of several news websites that are gaining in popularity. “That should have been what Libé became,” said Frédéric Filloux, who worked at Libération for 14 years before leaving in 2000. Since the one-day walkout, Libé’s staff members have been living a double life: producing a daily paper while venting their spleen on multiple platforms. A Facebook group, a Tumblr blog and a Twitter handle (@nousjournal) have sprung up around the “Nous sommes un journal” theme. During the months following the Feb. 8 cover, the newspaper’s front page carried the motto on the lower right corner of its front page. As many as two full pages of each issue were dedicated to celebrating Libé’s legacy and criticizing management, which has not stopped the articles. “Nous sommes un journal” is a somewhat knotty rallying cry. As Vincent Glad pointed out on Slate. fr, Libération may not want to be a restaurant or a social network, but it has long capitalized on its reputation. Its website sells Libérationbranded American Apparel hood-

ies, iPhone cases and umbrellas, as well as English-language lessons and a “box gastronomique,” containing lentils, wine and chocolate. To others, the slogan reflects a media vision that is too conservative. Frédérique Roussel, a 15-year stalwart of Libé’s economy desk, said in an email that some readers found “Nous sommes un journal”

an outdated mantra. “Someone who reads articles from Libération through Facebook or Twitter told me they thought it was a negative approach: ‘You say newspaper rather than media, which is not modern. And you negate everything else,”’ she said. Still, she stands by it, saying it was “courageous and departure in 2006. He

went on to co-found Slate.fr. “Before the Internet, Libé had a strong voice – it represented the radical gauche française,” Hufnagel said. Not staying on the cusp of new communication has made it seem less incisive, he said. When asked if he still read Libération, Hufnagel replied, “That is the meanest question you could ask,” and admitted that he no longer does. Hufnagel is hardly alone; Libération’s readership has plummeted significantly. François Moulias, a principal shareholder, said Libération lost 4.5 million euros in 2013 alone, in contrast to years earlier, when it suffered no financial losses. Bruno Ledoux Holding Media promised to bail out the paper with 18 million euros in several installments. Ledoux had to prove in bankruptcy court that he could keep the paper afloat. The court ratified his plan on April 28. A 4 million euro loan has already been disbursed, 3.5 million euros of which went directly to Libération. The rest paid off a debt to the printers. Without this money, Libération editors said, the publication would not have lasted through May. The shareholders stated that the promised 14 million euros extra would come from a BLMH capital increase, of which 6.4 million euros are to be debt protection paid in installments through 2017. How the remaining funds will be used is, to date, unspecified. This lack of clarity is precisely what has kept the Libé staff on edge. An article published May 5 said the identity of an investor behind Ledoux had been concealed and that the first 4 million euros of the paper’s recapitalization were coming through a related company based in the financial haven of Luxembourg. Moreover, the financing deal’s fine print, reviewed by Libé journalists, also included a previously undisclosed reference to a reduction of 50 employees.

Moulias countered that a confidentiality clause prevented the disclosure of the investor’s name. He has since been revealed as Patrick Drahi, the chairman of the holding company that controls the Numericable cable company. Moulias also said that the staff reduction would be voluntary. Employees of media outlets are permitted to leave with severance pay when a company changes ownership. Given the vociferous in-house unhappiness about the current state of affairs, “it would have been irresponsible to not anticipate,” Moulias said. Moulias defended the diversification plan as first and foremost a means to cover the publication’s losses. As for the internal friction and vocal discontent, he was quick to downplay any concern. “It’ll calm down,” he said. “It’s fine that the journalists express themselves.” He added that “the money right now is more important than being polemical.” There are signs that the staff reluctantly understands that drastic transformation is necessary if the publication is to survive. One editor, Hervé Marchon, said he had seen Libé struggle for 13 of the 15 years he had worked there: 2011-12 were relative successes because of captivating world events like the Japanese tsunami, the Arab spring, the Dominique Strauss-Kahn scandal and the French presidential election. Marchon said he felt that the shareholders had “the force of funding, we have the force of the work itself: the brains, the imagination, the ideas.” Despite the clamor, he said, for the most part the staff ultimately would “rather change than disappear.” The future of the paper still hangs in the balance. “There has always been a kind of nostalgia around this paper,” Hufnagel said, noting that people have been saying, “Libération was better before” since the very year it was founded.

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Arvind Kejriwal apologizes for quitting, seeks fresh election

Pak PM invited for swearing-in ceremony

Kiran Bedi ready to be BJP’s Delhi chief ministerial candidate

In this April 3, 2014 file photo, India’s Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), or common man party, chief Arvind Kejriwal speaks in New Delhi. Anti-corruption campaigner Kejriwal apologized Wednesday, May 21, for stepping down as New Delhi’s top elected official just 49 days into the job, after his spectacular rise in the capital failed to translate into national prominence.(AP File Photo)

New Delhi, May 21 (PTi): A day after dropping hints of joining politics, former IPS officer and Team Anna member Kiran Bedi today said she was ready to become the BJP’s chief ministerial nominee in Delhi if such an offer was made to her. “I will consider myself to be ready for it if such an offer is made,” she said. The former IPS officer was asked if she would become the BJP’s chief ministerial candidate in case of fresh elections in Delhi. The BJP had project-

ed Harsh Vardhan as the party’s chief ministerial candidate in the Assembly polls in December last year. Vardhan has won the Lok Sabha election from Chandni Chowk and there is speculation that Bedi may be considered the BJP’s chief ministerial candidate in the next assembly polls. Bedi, who has been heaping praise on Narendra Modi in the past couple of months, yesterday dropped hints of joining politics. “I no more rule out entering Indian political

service on capability basis. I am moving towards some flexibility in this,” she had tweeted. Bedi, who was part of core team of Anna Hazare during his agitation for a strong Lokpal legislation, has openly been hailing Modi’s leadership saying he could lead the country effectively. “The country seems to be in post-Independence euphoria once again. One of hope, joy, anticipation, anxiety, revival, ethics, merit, gratitude,” she said on Twitter.

New Delhi, May 21 (iaNS): AAP leader Arvind Kejriwal Wednesday apologized to the people for resigning as the Delhi chief minister in February and sought a fresh election. Kejriwal made the statement here a day after he told Lt. Governor Najeeb Jung not to dissolve the house so that he could explore the possibility of again forming a minority government. “The chances of forming a government in Delhi are almost negligible. In such a situation, holding discussions does not make sense,” he said, looking pensive. “We have decided that we will prepare

gress was pushed to a distant third in all seven Lok Sabha seats, a section of its legislators sent feelers that they were willing to again back an AAP government. Initially, the AAP leadership refused the offer. But there was pressure from a section of its own legislators to explore the possibility of government formation. Kejriwal said Wednesday that the people of Delhi wanted him to again form a government. “Since the Lok Sabha election ended, I have been going around Delhi and people have said that we made a mistake (by resigning) and that we should not

repeat the mistake. “They (public) asked us to form a government... Otherwise, they said, they will not forgive us,” he added. Kejriwal vowed to continue his meetings with the people of Delhi. “We will apologize to the people and (seek) a majority in the house so that we can form a government for the next five years,” he said. “We will form a corruption free government.” Kejriwal’s presser followed a meeting he had with party legislators at his residence. The Congress said it won’t prop up an AAP government “at any cost”. Its general secretary Shakeel Ahmed told IANS: “The

AAP is exposed now. Kejriwal is a hypocrite of the highest degree. “On the one hand you chase us for our support and then tell people that you want fresh elections,” he said. BJP leader Harsh Vardhan, a member of the Delhi assembly who has now been elected to the Lok Sabha, said his party wanted fresh polls. “We are ready for elections in Delhi and have been saying this since December when the results (of the hung assembly) were declared,” Harsh Vardhan told IANS. “We are not bothered by what the AAP or Congress is up to. A fresh election is the only option.”

for elections (in Delhi).” “We made a mistake, and I apologize for it,” said Kejriwal, referring to his Feb 14 resignation after a 49-day stint following his failure to get the Jan Lokpal bill passed. On Tuesday, Kejriwal met Jung and asked him not to dissolve the Delhi assembly for a week. In a letter to Jung, he said AAP wanted to hold public meetings across Delhi to obtain people’s views on government formation. After the December 2013 election produced a hung assembly, the Congress, with eight legislators in the 70-seat house, extended support to the 28-mem-

ber AAP to form a minority government. Two independents also backed the AAP, which had fought its first election after its birth the previous year. But the AAP government -- later short of one party member -- was shortlived. Kejriwal abruptly resigned Feb 14 after the Congress, BJP and all others refused to let the Jan Lokpal bill pass in the house. Since then, Delhi has been under President’s Rule but the assembly was not dissolved. The AAP demanded fresh elections in Delhi. The situation changed after the BJP won all seven Lok Sabha seats in Delhi this month. After the Con-

Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif. (File Photo)

New Delhi, May 21 (aFP): Prime minister-elect Narendra Modi has invited Pakistan’s Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif as well as other South Asian leaders to his swearing-in ceremony next Monday, a spokeswoman for his party told AFP. Nirmala Sitharaman, from the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), said all heads of government from the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (Saarc) “have been given invitations to be present at Modi’s swearing in.” Modi is to take the oath as Prime Minister on May 26, ten days after a landslide win for the BJP which secured the first majority by a single party in 30 years. A senior official from the foreign ministry confirmed that it was examining a proposal to welcome foreign heads of governments, but said that invites had not yet been sent. “We have not sent any invite yet. There is a proposal but we can’t share the details yet,” the official told AFP. Sharif has hailed Modi’s “impressive victory” with many diplomats hoping the two men can engineer a thaw in ties between the nuclear-armed neighbours. Sharif has cited his working relationship with Atal Bihari Vajpayee, India’s last Prime Minister from the BJP, as a reason for optimism, according to diplomatic sources. In 1999 during Sharif’s second term in power, Vajpayee rode a bus to Lahore to sign a peace accord, raising the prospect of normaliszd ties. Three months later, however, the countries embarked on the Kargil conflict in Jammu and Kashmir. India and Pakistan have fought three fully fledged wars since independence in 1947 and bilateral ties broke down after attacks on Indian commercial hub Mumbai in 2008 in which 166 people were killed by Pakistani gunmen. Relations have warmed slightly since under outgoing Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, but remain frosty amid mutual distrust and regular skirmishes on Line of Control. Modi had warned during campaigning that talks could not be held with Pakistan until all violence stopped.

Modify order on SIT to probe black money: centre

Naveen Patnaik takes oath as chief minister of Orissa

BhuBaNeSwar, May 21 (aGeNCieS): With an incredible consecutive victory in the assembly polls, Naveen Patnaik today took oath as chief minister of Orissa becoming the first politician in the state to become a CM for the fourth time. Despite all naysayers predicting a tough challenge from Congress and BJP in the polls, Naveen (67), simply blew away the opposition winning 117 seats in the 147-member assembly, bettering his 2009 record of 103 seats. So far, JB Patnaik of Congress has become CM of the state for three times. Naveen’s father Biju Patnaik was CM only twice. At a glittering function on the lawns of Raj Bhawan here this morning, Naveen was sworn in by Governor SC Jamir with a team of 21 other ministers – 11 Cabinet and 10 Ministers of State. The eleven who were sworn in as cabinet ministers are Dr Damodar Rout, Debi Prasad Mishra, Pradip Kumar Amat, Bijayshree Routray, Badri Narayan Patra, Bikram Keshari Arukh, Lal Behari Himirika, Pradip Maharathi, Usha Devi, Puspendra Singhdeo and Jogendra Behera. The ten ministers of state are Atanu Sabyasachi Nayak, Arun Kumar Sahu, Ashok Kumar Panda, Sanjay Dasburma, Sudam Marandi, Pradip Panigrahi, Ramesh Chandra Majhi, Prafulla Mallick, Pranab Prakash Das and Snehangini Chhuria. However, portfolios have not been decided yet. Ministers like Debi Prasad Mishra,

Damodar Rout, Bikram Keshari Arukh, Bijoyshree Routray, Arun Sahu, Usha Devi, Badri Patra were in the previous ministry. The major omissions are Surya Patro and Bijay Ranjan Bariha. Among 10 Ministers of State, seven were first-timers except Atanu Sabyasachi Nayak, Arun Sahu and Ramesh Majhi. Unlike the last time, there is only one royal family member in the ministry – Usha Devi who was elected from Chikiti in Ganjam district. Soon after the swearing-in, Naveen reached the State Secretariat where he was given a huge welcome by the government employees. “We have to keep on working for the development of the state,” said Naveen, who addressed over 160 meeting during this election, almost double of what he addressed last time. Though Naveen tried to work out regional balance, he left districts like Balasore, Malkangiri, Sundargarh and Sambalpur unrepresented. Of the 22 ministers, 10 are from coastal districts of undivided Cuttack, Balasore and Ganjam and Puri. There were two women faces – Usha Devi and firsttimer Snehangini Chhuria. There are speculations that Naveen may make Pramila Mallick, who was minister in his previous Cabinet, the Speaker of Assembly as a tribute to the women voters backing him. Mallick, a Dalit, who represents Binjharpur in Jajpur district, would be the first woman to become Speaker.

Congress party president Sonia Gandhi, second left, sits with India’s outgoing prime minister Manmohan Singh, left, son Rahul Gandhi, third right, daughter Priyanka Vadra, right, and son-in-law Robert Vadra, second right, at a function to mark the death anniversary of her husband and former Indian prime minister Rajiv Gandhi in New Delhi on Wednesday, May 21. Rajiv Gandhi was killed by an ethnic Tamil suicide bomber in May 1991 as he campaigned for a return to the post of prime minister. He was 47 years old. (AP Photo)

Obama lauds Manmohan for fostering Indo-US ties

New Delhi, May 21 (iaNS) After a farewell phone call to Manmohan Singh shortly after he demitted office, US President Barak Obama also wrote to the former Indian prime minister appreciating his role in strengthening the Indo-US strategic relationship. On May 17, Obama made a farewell phone call to Singh barely hours after the latter demitted office and described him as one of the few public leaders whom he “admired” and that he would “miss” working with him on a “day-to-day basis”. In his subsequent letter, Obama appreciated Manmohan Singh “for his efforts that lifted millions out of poverty

and positioned India for its transformation into a global leader”. “I have tremendous gratitude for the critical role you have played in defining and expanding the strategic partnership between India and the United States,” said Obama. He said Manmohan Singh’s “leadership helped strengthen a strategic relationship that will have a long-lasting impact on our citizens and is already making the world a safer, more prosperous place. With boldness and vision, during your 10 years in office, you challenged our two nations to deepen our defence ties, engage in civil nuclear commerce, expand trade, and collabo-

rate on clean energy technology while working through our differences. Obama said he has always “greatly admired your dedication to alleviate India’s poverty, primarily through economic reforms”. “Your efforts lifted millions out of poverty and positioned India for its transformation into a global leader. I particularly commend your resolve to reach out to Pakistan, which showed the path to a stable, peaceful South Asia. “I am proud that the United States could play a role in your efforts to build a dynamic, prosperous nation, which I believe will bring great benefit to our countries and the world,” Obama said.

New Delhi, May 21 (iaNS): The central government Wednesday moved the Supreme Court seeking modification of its earlier orders on setting up a Special Investigation Team (SIT) to investigate the flight of black money to tax havens abroad and bringing it back. The apex court is likely to hear Friday the centre’s plea seeking modification of the court’s direction to constitute the SIT. The Centre Wednesday urged the court to give it another two weeks’ time to issue the notification on setting up of the SIT. The court by its May 1 order had given the government three weeks’ time to issue a notification setting up the SIT to be presided by former apex court judges Justice M.B. Shah and Justice Arijit Pasayat as chairman and vice chairman to guide and direct the investigation. The three weeks’ time ends May 22.

Anandiben Patel to become Gujarat’s next Chief Minister GaNDhiNaGar, May 21 (iaNS): Narendra Modi confidante Anandiben Patel was Wednesday unanimously elected leader of the BJP Legislature Party, paving the way for her to succeed her mentor and become the first woman chief minister of Gujarat. Modi quit as chief minister Wednesday after leading his party to a stunning victory in the general election. He is to be sworn in as India’s next prime minister Monday. Teacher-turned-politician Patel, 73, promised to carry forward the glorious traditions set by Modi and leave no stone unturned for the development of the state. Addressing members of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) Legislature Party after her elevation, Patel said she would live up to the expectations of the party and people in her new role as chief minister. “I shall not betray the trust imposed in me by the party and

people of the state, there shall be no let up in the progress of Gujarat,” a teary-eyed Patel said in her acceptance speech in chaste Gujarati at the Town Hall here. Paying rich tributes to Modi, Patel said Modi ensured tremendous progress of the state during his reign and she would take it further. “He (Modi) is now leaving the banks of Sabarmati river and going to the banks of Yamuna river,” Patel said, referring to the rivers flowing near the Gujarat capital and the national capital New Delhi. Earlier, in a brief meeting of the BJP-GLP in the presence of Modi, BJP national secretary Amit Shah and other senior state and central leaders, Patel was unanimously elected its leader. Patel will be sworn as the new chief minister here Thursday. Congratulating Patel, Modi lauded her teaching skills and leadership abilities both as a minister and a party worker. “She was a strict teacher. At

From a teacher to political bigwig

Anandiben Patel, center, an Indian politician and member of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) speaks to the media after attending a legislative meeting in Gandhinagar, on Wednesday, May 21. (AP Photo)

times, it is good for the pupils,” Modi said in a mischievous note amidst laughter, but dropped a hint at Patel’s future tenure as chief minister. “I governed the state for 4,609 days, and was elected four times as chief minister. I am thankful to the people of Gujarat for giving me an opportunity to serve them. I have served them and experienced

the longest tenure as CM of this state. Gujarat has touched new heights of development and will continue in future. Now, I am a former chief minister,” Modi said. Bursting of crackers and fireworks greeted Patel’s election as chief minister in Gandhinagar, Ahmedabad, Vadodara, Mehsana and other places by jubilant party workers.

ahMeDaBaD, May 21 (iaNS): Some 25 years ago, without a second thought, a woman school teacher plunged into the Narmada river and rescued two young girl students who were drowning. The teacher was 47 years old then. Today, at age 73, Anandiben Patel is all set to become Gujarat’s next and first woman chief minister, succeeding Narendra Modi. Both Patel and Modi, 11 years younger, studied at the N.M. High School in Visnagar village in Mehsana district. Patel’s act of bravery in 1987 won her many national and state honours. Now the focus is again on the softspoken Patel as she prepares to govern Gujarat. After her act of bravery, Patel was coaxed by BJP activists to join politics. It was finally her husband and RSS functionary Mafatbhai Patel -- they separated later -- who convinced her into taking the political plunge. She did that, reluctantly. A few months later, the young Modi became general secretary of the Gujarat Bharatiya Janata Party and made her the BJP women’s wing president. Partly due to Modi’s backing and partly because Gujarat had no other woman leader from the powerful and affluent Patel community, Pa-

tel’s stars were on the ascendant. She got a Rajya Sabha nomination in 1994. She quit the Rajya Sabha in 1998 to fight her first election in Gujarat. “Behind her soft exterior is a tough and decisive woman who knows exactly how to deal with the bureaucracy and get work done without any excuses or compromises,” said former journalist Bashir Pathan, who has watched her political career for two decades.The farmer’s daughter showed dedication in running her departments efficiently, besides managing the show in Modi’s near-total absence from Gujarat. Patel has earned laurels for unprecedented enrolment in schools, comprehensive land surveys and digitization of all land records. In the corridors of power in Gujarat, most fear the soft-spoken ‘Ben’ (Anandi-Ben) as an alter ego to the stern ‘Bhai’ (Narendra Bhai) Modi and consider her as probably the most capable to take over the reins of the state administration after Modi’s meteoric rise in national politics. Patel’s early life was dedicated to teaching at the M.K. Vidyalaya in Ahmedabad, involving herself in educating widows and poorer sections, and promoting women’s self-help groups.


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Thai army chief assumes role as crisis mediator BANGKOK, MAy 21 (AP): Thailand’s army chief assumed the role of mediator Wednesday by summoning the country’s key political rivals for faceto-face talks one day after imposing martial law. The meeting ended without any resolution, however, underscoring the profound challenge the army faces in trying to end the country’s crisis. Residents, meanwhile, tried to make sense of the dramatic turn of events after six months of protests aimed at ousting the government. Around Bangkok there was little sign of tension, and most soldiers that had occupied key intersections in the capital a day earlier had withdrawn. Across the country, people went about their work normally. Students went to school, and the usual tourist droves crowded luxury resorts, relaxing on white sand beaches unfazed by the crisis. Martial law for now appeared to be playing out primarily behind closed doors, as army chief Gen. Prayuth Chan-Ocha “invited” the key powerbrokers in the political crisis to meet for the first time since it escalated six months ago. The army interrupted regular programming on national television to announce the Wednesday afternoon meeting at Bangkok’s Army Club, which it

Thai soldiers march while providing security inside the Army Club in Bangkok, Thailand Wednesday, May 21. Thailand’s army chief Gen. Prayuth Chan-Ocha assumed the role of mediator Wednesday by summoning the country’s key political rivals for face-to-face talks one day after imposing martial law. The meeting ended without any resolution, however, underscoring the profound challenge the army faces in trying to end the country’s crisis. (AP Photo)

said was being called “to solve the political conflict smoothly.” Many of the country’s highest-profile political figures were summoned. They included the acting prime minister — who sent four representatives in his place — and anti-government protest leader Suthep Thaugsuban, as well as Suthep’s rival from the pro-government Red Shirt group, Jatuporn Prompan. Also summoned were lead-

ers of the ruling Pheu Thai party and the opposition Democrat Party, as well as the five-member Election Commission and representatives from the Senate. Officials said the bitter political enemies would resume talks again on Thursday afternoon. Prayuth invoked the military’s expanded powers Tuesday and issued more than a dozen edicts that included broad powers of censorship over the media, the In-

ternet and vaguely defined threats to prosecute opponents. The military insisted it was not seizing power, but said it was acting to prevent violence and restore stability in the deeply divided country. Prayuth told a news conference Tuesday that without martial law imposed, the political opponents would never come together to broker peace. “That’s why martial law was needed, or else who would

listen?” said Prayuth. “If I call them in, they have to come.” Prayuth has provided little clarity on a path forward, amid speculation both at home and abroad that the declaration of martial law was a prelude to a military coup. Known to be gruff with the media, the army chief deflected questions about the likelihood of a coup with flippant answers that added to the confusion. Asked if a

coup was taking shape, he replied: “That’s a question that no one is going to answer.” Asked if the army was keeping in contact with the government, he answered: “Where is the government right now? Where are they now? I don’t know.” The army banned demonstrators from marching outside their existing protest sites and banned any broadcast or publication that could “incite unrest.” Fourteen politically affiliated satellite and cable TV stations — on both sides of the political divide — were asked to stop broadcasting. But for most people, there was no tangible change in their everyday life. “After 24 hours of martial law, I have not spotted a single soldier,” said Buntham Lertpatraporn, a 50-year-old vendor of Thai-style doughnuts in the capital’s central business district along Silom Road. “I’ve only seen soldiers on TV.” “My life has not changed at all,” he said Wednesday. “But in my mind I feel a little frightened, because I don’t know how it will end.” In Washington, the top American diplomat for East Asia, Daniel Russel, called for the early restitution of democracy and free and fair elections. Human Rights Watch criticized the Obama administration for failing to call for the immediate reversal of mar-

tial law. The group issued a statement that called the army’s move and its broad restrictions “effectively a coup that threatens the human rights of all Thais.” Thailand, an economic hub for Southeast Asia whose turquoise waters and idyllic beaches are a world tourist destination, has been gripped by offand-on political turmoil since 2006, when former Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra was toppled by a military coup after being accused of corruption, abuse of power and disrespect for Thailand’s king. His overthrow triggered a power struggle that in broad terms pits Thaksin’s supporters among a rural majority against a conservative establishment in Bangkok. The army action came a day after Thailand’s caretaker prime minister refused to step down, resisting pressure from a group of senators calling for a new interim government with full power to conduct political reforms. It also followed threats by antigovernment protesters to intensify their campaign to oust the ruling party, and an attack last week on protesters that killed three people and injured over 20. The military, which has staged 11 successful coups since the end of absolute monarchy in 1932, is widely seen as sympathetic to the protesters seeking to oust

the current government. It could play a key role in mediating a compromise to the political divide, said Thitinan Pongsudhirak, director of the Institute of Security and International Studies at Bangkok’s Chulalongkorn University. But if it fails to do so, the losing side will likely launch more protests and spark more turmoil, he said. The latest round of unrest started in November, when demonstrators took to the streets to try to oust then-Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra, Thaksin’s sister. She dissolved the lower house of Parliament in December in a bid to ease the crisis, and later led a weakened caretaker government. Earlier this month, the Constitutional Court ousted Yingluck for abuse of power. But the move, which left the ruling party in charge, did little to resolve the conflict. The anti-government protesters want an interim, unelected government to implement vaguely defined reforms to fight corruption — and to remove the Shinawatra family’s influence from politics. Critics at home and abroad call the idea unconstitutional and undemocratic. Jatuporn, the leader of the pro-government Red Shirt movement, has said his group could accept martial law, but wouldn’t tolerate a coup.

Nigerian rocked by twin bomb blasts Mubarak sentenced to three years jail JOS, MAy 21 (AP): Rescue workers armed with body bags on Wednesday dug into the rubble of buildings destroyed by two car bombs in a central Nigerian city as people searched for loved ones missing in the market attack that killed at least 118. Most victims are women and children vendors, said Mohammed Abdulsalam of the National Emergency Management Agency. “We expect to find more bodies in the rubble,” Abdulsalam said. “Allahu akhbar!” some young Muslim men yelled provocatively at an AP photographer near the scene, using the war cry of Islamic militants that means “God is great” within hearing of soldiers at a checkpoint. Jos is tense with fears the attack blamed on Islamic extremists could inflame religious rivalry. The city in central Nigeria sits on a volatile fault line dividing Nigeria’s mainly Muslim north from the predominantly Christian south and has been a flashpoint in the past for deadly conflict between adherents of the two religions. Boko Haram, the group suspected in the attack, wants to impose an Islamic state under strict Shariah law in Nigeria, though half the country’s 170 million people are

Smoke rises after a bomb blast at a bus terminal in Jos, Nigeria, on Tuesday, May 20. Two explosions ripped through a bustling bus terminal and market frequented by thousands of people in Nigeria’s central city of Jos on Tuesday afternoon, and police said there are an unknown number of casualties. (AP Photo)

Christians. Officials in at least three other central and centralnorth states have suggested the extremists are feeding into local tribal and religious tensions to spread the insurgency from its stronghold in the northeast into an area where thousands have been killed in recent years in disputes over land, water, religion and tribe. At the Jos marketplace, earthmovers demolished buildings weakened by the blasts and resultant fires and moved heavy debris, allowing rescuers to search for more bodies. Gloria Paul was among a hand-

ful of people searching for loved ones at Bingham University Teaching Hospital. She was looking for her husband but all she had found was his car parked near Terminus Market, its windows all shattered. Dozens of wailing people crowded outside the morgue at the Jos University Teaching Hospital next to the bomb site, waited their turn to see if family members were among the dead. The search for survivors was halted Tuesday night by fires ignited in buildings by the massive blasts that were heard miles (kilometers) away. Firefight-

ers fought through the night to douse the blazes that collapsed buildings, Abdulsalam of the national emergency agency told The Associated Press in a telephone interview. At least 118 bodies were delivered to hospital morgues Tuesday, and 64 people were hospitalized, he said. No group has claimed responsibility. Boko Haram’s 5-year-old uprising has grabbed international attention with the abduction of nearly 300 schoolgirls who the extremists are threatening to sell into slavery.

CAIRO, MAy 21 (AP): A Cairo court on Wednesday convicted ousted Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak of embezzlement and sentenced him to three years in prison. The graft case against the 86-yearold Mubarak, who is kept in custody at a military hospital, is one of two against the former president who was ousted in a popular uprising in 2011 after nearly three decades in power. He is being retried over the killings of hundreds of protesters during the uprising. Mubarak’s two sons, one-time heir apparent Gamal and wealthy businessman Alaa, were also convicted Wednesday of graft and sentenced to four years in prison each in the same case. The three Mubaraks were convicted of charges that they embez-

zled millions of dollars’ worth of state funds in over a decade toward the end of Hosni Mubarak’s rule. The funds were meant for renovating and maintaining presidential palaces but were instead spent on upgrading the family’s private residences. Hosni Mubarak “had an obligation to restrain himself and his sons from stealing state funds ... but instead, he gave himself and his sons license to embezzle them,” Judge Osama Shaheen said as he handed down the verdict. The three Mubaraks were also fined 21.1 million Egyptian pounds ($2.9 million) and ordered to reimburse 125 million Egyptian pounds ($17.6 million) to the state treasury. They have the right to appeal their conviction before a higher court.

The Mubaraks had returned around 120 million Egyptian pounds to the state in connection with this case, but the proceedings against them continued. Four other defendants in the case were acquitted. Mubarak, who turned 86 this month, attended Wednesday’s hearing in a suit and tie. His two sons wore white prison uniforms. They have all been held in custody since 2011 but only time in custody in connection with this case — about a year since the embezzlement charges were raised — will be deducted from the sentences. Under Egyptian law, maximum sentences for embezzlement vary depending on the nature of the crime, but 15 years’ imprisonment is not uncommon.

China calls for new Asian security structure

SHANGHAI, MAy 21 (AP): China’s president called Wednesday for the creation of a new Asian structure for security cooperation based on a regional group that includes Russia and Iran and excludes the United States. President Xi Jinping spoke at a meeting in Shanghai of the Conference on Interaction and Confidencebuilding measures in Asia, a little-known group that has taken on significance as Beijing tries to extend its influence and limit that of the United States, which it sees as a strategic rival. “We need to innovate our security cooperation (and) establish a new regional security cooperation architecture,” said Xi, speaking to an audience that included Russian President Vladimir Putin and leaders of Central Asian countries. Xi made no mention of Beijing’s conflict with Vietnam over the deployment of a Chinese oil rig in a disputed portion of the South China Sea. CICA, whose 24 member nations also include South Korea, Thailand and Turkey, should become a “security dialogue and cooperation platform” and should “estab-

lish a defense consultation mechanism,” Xi said. He said it should create a “security response center” for major emergencies. The proposal is the latest effort by Beijing to build up groups of Asian and developing governments to offset the influence of the United States and other Western nations in global affairs. In 2001, it founded the Shanghai Cooperation Organization with Russia and four Central Asia nations to counterbalance rising American influence in the region and combat Islamic and separatist political movements. Beijing also is a force in the BRICS group of major developing countries with Russia, India, Brazil and South Africa. CICA was formed in 1992 at the initiative of Kazakhstan but has been little more than a discussion forum. Other members include U.S. allies such as Israel, Mongolia and Uzbekistan. Japan, also seen by Beijing as a strategic rival, is an observer. The group is unlikely to produce a real security alliance, said Ross Babbage, chairman of Australia’s Kokoda Foundation, a security think tank.

Hunger menace could return to Somalia MOGADISHU, MAy 21 (AP): Two-year-old Mohamed Aden has sunken eyes and protruding ribs. A picture of living hunger, Mohamed’s fragile posture has been seen many times in Somalia’s recent past, and doctors and aid leaders fear the child could be the forefront of a new wave of mass starvation. Two Somali children died of malnourishment last week, said doctors at Mogadishu’s Banadir Hospital. A lack of food in many parts of the country could lead to many more such deaths, according to the U.N. Much of Somalia has seen no or erratic rains in recent months. Fighting between African Union forces and the Islamic extremists of al-Shabab is cutting off food shipments to many parts of the country and discouraging farmers

from planting. As a result, 50,000 children are severely malnourished, says the aid community. The troubling situation may sound familiar. A crushing famine hit Somalia only three years ago, killing an estimated 260,000 people. The same conditions are now in place for a repeat of those dreadful scenes of hunger, aid workers say. The U.N.’s top humanitarian official for Somalia is pleading for more money. Philippe Lazzarini says food distribution programs will soon be shut down because only 17 percent of the U.N.’s requested aid of $940 million has been given. “This situation has troubling, troubling similarities with the situation that prevailed before the famine in 2011,” Lazzarini told a news conference in Nairobi, Kenya on Monday. “There is

ongoing conflict. We have a drought. The funding has shrunk. We have today a series of early warnings telling us if no due attention is given we take the risk of turning back to a situation which prevailed only two years ago.” More than 1 million people live as internally displaced refugees in Somalia. One in five children dies before reaching the age of five. Sadiya Haji tried to comfort her son Mohamed with whispers and smiles. The toddler weighs 5 kilograms (11 pounds). “He’s very fragile. We had to travel to here to get him treated,” said Haji, who traveled from Walaweyn, 90 kilometers (55 miles) north of the Somali capital. “There was no hospital, food or medicine. Life was very tough back home.” The U.N.’s Lazzarini ap-

pealed for international donors to find $60 million so aid groups can continue feeding the malnourished children, and so aid can be transported into less accessible areas, a reference to territory controlled by al-Shabab rebels. UNICEF is on the verge of cutting health services for more than 2 million people, he said. “What we have for Somalia today is half of what we had at this time last year,” he said. Lazzarini outlined three main reasons why aid groups have been reduced to pleading for money only three years after famine. First, he said, there is an aversion to providing funds for south-central Somalia, where al-Qaida-linked militants controls large chunks of territory. Second, there are competing crises in Syria, South

Sudan and Central African Republic. But government aid budgets have not increased alongside those increasing needs. Third, he said, the security agenda in Somalia is taking priority over the humanitarian agenda. The arrivals to Banadir Hospital create a somber mood in the corridors as nurses move children on stretchers from room to room. “I brought my elderly, malnourished mother and my 4-year-old,” says Habiba Muhyadin, a mother of six who traveled from Elbur, in central Somalia. “Farms were dry. We had no food and we spent days in the bush before coming here.” The trickle of destitute women with young, malnourished children strapped to their backs arriving at Banadir Hospital,

Abdulahi Musa, a malnourished five-year-old boy, sits on his mother’s lap at Banadir hospital in Mogadishu, Somalia Tuesday, May 20. Much of Somalia has seen no or erratic rains in recent months and fighting between African Union forces and the Islamic extremists of al-Shabab is cutting off food shipments to many parts of the country and discouraging farmers from planting - as a result, 50,000 children are severely malnourished, says the aid community. (AP Photo)

worries the medics. “There’s no funding, medicine or even paid staff here,” said Lul Mohamed, a doctor. “The challenges are

much harder than before, as we are facing an influx of malnourished patients coming for treatment ... The worst thing we see is

that patients do come here frail and in some cases in a coma. Most of them fled from the regions with no food to eat.”


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Atletico inspired by spirit of ArAgones

Madrid, May 21 (aFP): Atletico Madrid face Real Madrid in the Champions League final on Saturday attempting to put to bed one of the club's most painful nights. Los Rojiblancos missed out on the European Cup by a matter of seconds to what became an all-conquering Bayern Munich side 40 years ago. Bayern, featuring Franz Beckenbauer and Gerd Mueller, went on to win three European Cups in a row, and yet they almost never won the first, as they went into the final minute of extra time 1-0 down. The goal had been scored by Atletico's greatest player of all-time, Luis Aragones, just six minutes from the end of extra time, but the Spaniards were denied when Miguel Reina -- father of current Napoli goalkeeper Pepe Reina -let Hans-Georg Schwarzenbeck's hopeful effort slip through his grasp. In the days before penalty shoot-outs, Bayern went on to win 4-0 in the replay in Brussels just two days later. On Sunday an estimated 200,000 Atletico Madrid fans crowded round the Neptuno fountain and surrounding streets in the centre of the Spanish capital to celebrate their side's first La Liga title in 18 years. However, amongst chorus upon chorus of chanting, it wasn't inspirational manager Diego Simeone or top scorer Diego Costa who was the most prominent name, but that of Aragones.

real seek to win 10th champions league crown

Madrid, May 21 (aP): In four days, Real Madrid has the chance to satisfy an obsession that has eluded them for 12 years. Madrid plays city rival Atletico Madrid in the Champions League final on Saturday, when a victory in Lisbon would provide the Spanish giant with its record 10th European Cup — or "La Decima" as it is known in Spanish. It's been a long wait since Zinedine Zidane scored one of football's iconic goals to lead Madrid to its ninth title, such that even Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti noted upon his arrival in the Spanish capital: "You could taste the desire to win 'La Decima' in the air." "I remember that after we won the ninth (European Cup) that the next day we were already being asked about the 10th," said Madrid goalkeeper Iker Casillas. Madrid was doing its best to avoid terming its infatuation with perhaps the most important trophy in club football an obsessive affair, despite the very make-up of the club being shaped by it. Madrid's recent record in Europe's top competition has only bred further impatience to increase its record trophy tally, which led FIFA to bestow it with the title of top club of the 20th century. Madrid won Atletico's coach Diego Simeone from Argentina, right, points his finger as he celebrates the Spanish first division title ''La the European Cup six times between 1955 Liga'' with his team players at the Neptuno fountain in Madrid, Sunday May 18, 2014. A 1-1 draw against Barcelona on the and '66, including a record five conseculast match gave Atletico its first La Liga title in 18 years. (AP Photo) tive titles. The man who also coached Spain to the first of three successive major tournament victories at the European Championship in 2008, died on February 1 this year aged 75. Since then he has become an inspiration for arguably the most successful season in Atletico's 111-year history. A picture of Aragones adorned the plane that took the players to the away leg

of their Champions League in the last eight. Even after last-16 tie against AC Milan. clinching the title with a hard-fought 1-1 draw away 'Win, win and win again' to Barca on Saturday, SimeOnce the seven-time one thanked all those at the European champions had club who had helped bring been easily disposed of 5-1 about the success. Among on aggregate, it was one of that list he included AraAragones' famous decrees gones, who he said "was "win, win and win again" surely defending in our box that met the players in a during the second half." Despectacular display by the feat to Bayern in the '74 final Vicente Calderon crowd was not just heartbreaking. as they hosted Barcelona It helped mould a culture of

pessimism around the club that was generally sustained despite the odd trophy for the following four decades. Yet, under the Simeone revolution, the tide is turning within the Spanish capital. Since the Argentine's arrival two and a half years ago, Atletico have won more trophies than Barcelona or Real Madrid. Far from being the selfconfessed "cursed ones",

Atletico beat Real in their own backyard to end a 14year hoodoo in the Madrid derby and win the Copa del Rey final little more than a year ago. The day after Aragones' death, they went top of the league for the first time in 18 years and, despite being briefly knocked off their perch, had the mental fortitude to get back and stay there. "The capacity to motivate comes from

But following the ninth cup win in 2002, Madrid went seven straight seasons without advancing from the first knockout stage despite president Florentino Perez's enormous spending on the likes of Brazil striker Ronaldo, David Beckham and Cristiano Ronaldo. The arrival of coach Jose Mourinho in 2010/11 reversed that trend with Madrid reaching the semifinals for three straight years. But never the final, until now. "In the last couple of years we've played well in this competition and we are always just one step away, so I think our fans deserve to experience this, reaching a final after 12 years," said Madrid defender Sergio Ramos. "To feel pressure would be a problem. You have to go out convinced that you can win it." Normally teams only produce T-shirts to commemorate final triumphs. Not Madrid, which felt such a release following the semifinal victory against Bayern that it had one ready for the players at the whistle reading "Now for the 10th!" Now, a first final between clubs from the same city stands in the way as Atletico comes off winning its first Spanish league for 18 years with an opportunity to win its first European Cup 40 years on from its lone appearance in a final. "La Decima is the trophy all Madridistas want," Cristiano Ronaldo said in reference to Madrid supporters.

showing them the shirt of this club. The motivation is to play for Atletico Madrid not against whoever is in front us," says Simeone. However, the chance to not only win their first Champions League title but also continue Real's 12-year wait for their treasured 10th European crown would be the strongest signal yet that the balance of power has tipped to the red and white

icc: Mccullum is not SC restores Sethi as chairman PCB under investigation

WELLiNGTON, May 21 (aP): International Cricket Council chief executive Dave Richardson says leaks of testimony given to the sport's Anti-Corruption and Security Unit by New Zealanders Lou Vincent and Brendon McCullum have dealt "a devastating blow" to trust in the unit and its work to stop match fixing. Richardson told Radio New Zealand in an interview Wednesday he is "extremely dismayed ... disappointed" that evidence provided by former test batsman Vincent and current New Zealand captain McCullum to the ACSU has been published in British newspapers. He said the ICC would make every effort to determine who is responsible. The leaked testimony allowed media organizations to name ex-New Zealand allrounder Chris Cairns as 'Player X,' the figure reportedly identified by Vincent and McCullum as being a ringleader of fixing operations. Cairns followed up with two statements within 24 hours in which he conceded people would think

he is Player X, but said allegations he was involved in match fixing were "a complete lie" and he would prove his innocence. Richardson said the leak of the Vincent statement probably occurred last Friday. "That was not too much of a surprise to us because it was in the public domain already that he had come forward and was cooperating with the ACSU in their investigation," Richardson said. "But, certainly when the McCullum statement leaked yesterday the extent of the possible leaks hit home and we really were concerned." He said McCullum was not under investigation, and rejected the notion that the leaks meant the work of the ACSU was now in tatters. Staff in the ACSU "have got collectively years and years of police experience," Richardson said. "They've made tremendous progress in the last few years. "Their approach has changed and I don't think you should measure their success in the number of prosecutions. The work they've done in the preventative side, in edu-

cating players has been tremendous. "The landscape is changing. We're finding domestic T20 leagues becoming the target for corrupt individuals trying to persuade players and other people involved in the game to get involved in fixing ... and the ACSU unit is adapting. The latest leak reportedly relates to a sworn, 10page document from Vincent's ex-wife Emma Riley, apparently provided last October. In the document, obtained by Television New Zealand, Riley said Vincent's involvement in fixing began in the Indian Cricket League when Cairns allegedly offered him US$50,000 a game to manipulate results. Riley said two weeks later she received a call from Vincent, who was crying, and who said he had lost Cairns $250,000 because a fix had gone wrong. She alleged that she confronted Cairns in Manchester in 2008, concerned that Vincent's involvement would be discovered, but Cairns assured her he was safe.

Bayern renew call for goalline technology in Bundesliga BErLiN, May 21 (rEUTErS): Bayern Munich have again called for the introduction of goalline technology in the Bundesliga, only days after the double winners benefited from a lack of it during the German Cup final on Saturday. Bayern beat Borussia Dortmund 2-0 with both goals scored in extra time but the losing side were aggrieved that a Mats Hummels header midway through the second half was not allowed to stand. Television replays clearly showed the entire ball had crossed the goalline before it was cleared. Clubs from Germany's top two divisions voted against the introduction of goalline technology two months ago but Germany's football league (DFL) said this week they would review the matter if a club filed another request.

"We submitted this application for the introduction of goalline technology only for the Bundesliga at the earliest possible moment so as to protect referees," Bayern CEO KarlHeinz Rummenigge said in a statement. "It is unbearable to see referees who do not have replays, slow motion or even mathematical calculations to be pilloried in public." Earlier this season Bayer Leverkusen's Stefan Kiessling scored a 'phantom goal' against Hoffenheim when the ball went in through the side netting. In the March 24 vote by the 36 clubs from the first and second divisions, only half of the top-flight clubs including Bayern and Dortmund - were in favour of goalline technology while only three of 18 second tier teams backed the idea.

A two-thirds majority is needed and many clubs are against it because of the technology's cost. This is why Bayern's request refers only to the top division, Rummenigge said. "From media coverage of the issue it seems cost is the main reason why second division clubs overwhelmingly rejected it," he said. The English top-flight became the first domestic league to use technology in August and the system worked well throughout the entire season. Dubbed Goal Decision System (GDS) and developed by the Hawk-Eye company, the system gives referees a ruling within a second, their watch buzzing to tell them when the ball has gone in. Goalline technology will also be in use at the World Cup in Brazil in June and July.

iSLaMaBad, May 21 (aP): Najam Sethi was reinstated as chairman of the Pakistan Cricket Board by the Supreme Court on Wednesday, four days after a lower court replaced him with Zaka Ashraf. The Supreme Court ruled on a petition from the government. On Saturday, the Islamabad High Court invalidated Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif's decision to get

rid of Ashraf in February. Sharif appointed a management committee which elected Sethi, a journalist, as interim chairman. The Supreme Court on Wednesday suspended the high court move, and Judge Anwar Zaheer Jamali said the next hearing will be on Tuesday. "It's a clear message for those who are playing the musical chair," Sethi said. "We do respect the Su-

preme Court's decision." The turmoil in Pakistan cricket started a year ago when Ashraf was elected as PCB chairman, but it was challenged in the high court by former cricket administrators in Rawalpindi. The high court termed Ashraf's election process as "polluted." Ashraf was restored in January by a divisional bench of the high court, before Sharif was

made patron of the PCB. Sethi's mandate was to conduct fresh elections for chairman, which will be held in June, and streamline the PCB. He terminated 25 employees, chose a new chief selector and national team coaches. His committee also amended the constitution, which awaits approval from Sharif and the Ministry of InterProvincial Coordination.

Ribery says this is his last World Cup

PariS, May 21 (aFP): France star Franck Ribery declared on Wednesday that the 2014 World Cup finals would be his last but the Bayern Munich forward left the door open to compete at Euro 2016. Ribery, 31, who burst on to the international scene at the 2006 World Cup in Germany. "This will be my final World Cup," he told

RTL radio. Assessing his chances of leaving the World Cup stage on a high in Brazil he said: "We have to go there to achieve something, to try to win the World Cup, quite simply." In 2006 he helped steer France to the final where they lost in a penalty shootout against Italy. His 2010 World Cup experience

proved vastly different, with France's knocked out in the first round and Ribery involved in an infamous players' strike at a training session. Ribery will join 17 of France's World Cup squad at Les Bleus' training headquarters at Clairefontaine outside Paris later Wednesday. He travels to Brazil

having won the German league and cup double with Bayern. France, under manager Didier Deschamps, who skippered the French to the 1998 World Cup title on home turf, are drawn in Group E. They open against Honduras on June 15, before tackling Switzerland on June 20 and Ecuador five days later.

side of Madrid. Yet, Atletico's need is also urgent. Any such power shift is likely to be fleeting. The motivation to play for that shirt is complete right now, but unlikely to last long as Europe's big spenders circle to pluck off their best players and possibly Simeone himself. Saturday's date in Lisbon represents their best shot of European glory for 40 years.

3rd Under 20 Summer Soccer Meet

diMaPUr, May 21 (MExN): The 3rd Edition of the under 20 summer soccer Meet tournament organized by Excel Football Club Chukitong will commence from June 17 under the theme “Friendship through Sports” at Chukitong Football ground. Tsenlumi Lotha, Block Development Officer RD Block Chukitong will grace the opening ceremony as chief guest. Further, all interested teams/clubs from Wokha district and Chukitong range are informed to obtain entry forms from BPH Electronics near Airtel Office Wokha. Submission of form will be on June 14. For any information one may contact Senjamo Ngullie, President EFC Chuktiong at 9612992533.

Heat fight back to beat Pacers

iNdiaNaPOLiS, May 21 (aP): LeBron James scored six straight points to spark a decisive 12-2 run, and the Miami Heat beat the Indiana Pacers 87-83 on Tuesday night to leave the Eastern Conference finals tied at a game apiece. James had 12 of his 22 points in the fourth quarter. Dwyane Wade had 23 points, 13 in the first half when the Heat desperately needed them to stay close, and 10 more in the fourth quarter when they had to rally. Game 3 is Saturday in Miami. Lance Stephenson tied his playoff career high with 25 points for the Pacers. Paul George scored 14. The Heat trailed 73-69 with 7:19 left. But James hit a 3-pointer, and then scored the first six points in the rally and the Heat defense gave up only eight points over the final five minutes. Miami has won 11 straight games following a playoff loss and still has not trailed 2-0 in a series since the first round of the 2012 playoffs. At times, the rough-and-tumble night took on the aura of a football game, especially late. George and Wade banged knees while chasing a loose ball, then returned following the ensuing timeout. James crashed hard awkwardly to the floor

Miami Heat forward LeBron James, left, fouls Indiana Pacers guard C.J. Watson during the fourth quarter of Game 2 of the NBA basketball Eastern Conference finals in Indianapolis, Tuesday, May 20. The Heat defeated the Pacers 87-83 to tie the series at 1-1. (AP Photo)

when West was called for a flagrant one foul in the fourth quarter — a call later changed to a common foul following a replay review. "That's what's it's about," James said. "It's not going to be pretty. Not in the Eastern Conference. It's never pretty basketball in the Eastern Conference. It's about

who can sustain runs. You know, who can get defensive stops? Who can not turn the ball over and who can get great shots? I think we did that in the fourth." Defense clearly was the theme of Game 2. Two days after allowing the Pacers to score 107 points, their most in this year's postseason,

Miami rallied in the first half by holding Indiana to just nine points over one 10-minute stretch. And they flipped the game late with a suffocating defense, too." It was not easy against a Pacers team that chased home-court advantage all season — only to squander it in the first two games of

each of the first three playoff series. Now they'll need a win at Miami to get it back. The home team had won all five of this season's previous five games between the Eastern powers, and eight straight overall, including last season's playoff series. Indiana was in a strong position when it went on a 10-2 third-quarter run to retake a 47-45 lead and eventually extended the lead to 63-56 with 2:07 left in the third quarter. But James found Chris Bosh and Norris Cole for open 3-pointers to close the quarter, getting Miami within 63-62. Indiana again had a chance to take control after George hit a 29-footer to make it 73-69 with 7:19 to go. James then took over again. He hit a 3 to make it a one-point game, and after Roy Hibbert made a 6-foot hook shot, James scored six straight to start the 12-2 run that put the game away. "We're never satisfied until we close out the series. We've got a lot of work to do," James said. "We've got a couple days off. Those are mental days for us to go through the film, see the ways we can get better even though we played a great game. We're going to get after it when we get back to Miami and get back to our home fans."


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harrell Williams has criticised Iranian authorities after several music fans were arrested for starring in a video tribute to his hit song Happy. A clip of three men and three women dancing to the popular track on the streets and rooftops of Tehran was uploaded to YouTube.com

last month (Apr14). Police in the conservative country launched an investigation and have allegedly detained a number of people in connection with the making of the video. Tehran Police chief Hossein Sajedinia said, “After a vulgar clip which hurt public chastity was

released in cyberspace, police decided to identify those involved in making that clip.” After hearing of the arrests, Williams took to his Facebook.com page to denounce the move, writing, “It is beyond sad that these kids were arrested for trying to spread happiness.”

ill Smith and wife Jada Pinkett Smith are under investigation by child protective services over a photo of their 13-year-old daughter Willow lying on a bed with her friend, Moises Arias, 20, according to a report. The controversial black and white snap, which was posted on social media, depicted former Hannah Montana actor Moises shirtless with Willow slouched fully clothed in front of him. Willow's mother Jada, 42, defended the image earlier this month, saying there was 'nothing sexual about it'. Now the Los Angeles Department of Children And Family Services has launched a probe, according to RadarOnline. The website reports the investigation was launched last week and that Will, 45, and Jada have been 'extremely cooperative'. A source told the website: 'Social workers will also be talking separately with Willow, and they also want to talk to the young man in the picture with her as well. 'This won’t just be one or two visits with the family, and it will

likely be an open investigation for at least a month, out of an abundance of caution.' MailOnline has contacted both Will and Jada's representatives and awaits comment. Moises posted the picture earlier this month on social media. It was then noticed on their friend Kylie Jenner's Tumblr account, leading to a media furor. When asked about the photo, Jada lashed out at photographers and videographers as she arrived at Los Angeles Internation Airport on May 7. Speaking in a video on TMZ she said: 'Here's the deal. There was nothing sexual about that picture of that situation. You guys are projecting your trash onto it … and your acting like covert paedophiles and that's not cool.' TMZ also cited sources at the time as saying Will and Jada had 'no issue' with the b&w boudoir snap since Willow is 'very mature.' The Hollywood couple of 15 years considered the image - which has since been taken down - as 'an expression of art' and 'innocent fun.' 'We don't do punishment,' Will told Metro last year.

as long as you can explain to me why that was the right thing to do for your life.' And when fans were outraged in 2012 over the homeschooled pre-teen's extreme hairstyles, Jada wrote on Facebook: 'I made a promise to endow my little girl with the power to always know that her body, spirit and her mind

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Gala on May 22, and they're sure to be one of the hottest couples of the evening. The actor is busy shooting 'All Is Well' and completing his professional commitments in India before joining Ash in Cannes. In the past, Aishwarya Rai has faced much flak for her red carpet choices at Cannes. Especially after the arrival of fashionista Sonam Kapoor, who no doubt never fails to impress with her fresh, experimental looks on the red carpet. But this time Aishwarya's mermaid-cut pattered gown and her Miss World-cumdiva poses at the red carpet saw a flurry among the photographers. The L’Oreal Paris lady was picture perfect, and her Cavalli gown accentuated her curves. To finish off her look, Aishwarya opted for a voluminous, soft curl hairdo and ruby red lips. The shimmering eye make-up added the hotness quotient as she attended the photocall.

Usher-ing in a new era! Departing judge leaves victorious as protege Josh Kaufman wins The Voice

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Aishwarya Rai Bachchan poses on the red carpet for the screening of Two Days, One Night (Deux jours, une nuit) at the 67th international film festival, Cannes, southern France, Tuesday, May 20. (AP Photo)

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outcome. ‘I would like to sign her to my label,’ he said on the live show. Blake Shelton was also mourning for his contestant Jake Worthington, a Texas-based sweetheart who had been dubbed as the ‘most likeable’ contestant by some pundits. Before Josh was awarded the coveted title, and million dollar deal with Universal Music Group, the finale focused on live music from a litany of stars. Coaches Shakira and Usher will not be returning to the panel next season so Blake and Adam took the time to hug them goodbye. ‘Adam is always hugging Blake,’ observed Usher with a grin. The ‘most soulful male vocalists’ of this season were dubbed as Delvin, Jake, Morgan, Patrick and Stevie Jo. They stood in a boyband style lineup to sing Hall & Oates mournful 1974 ballad She’s Gone.

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to pop music and celebrating holidays. She also explains that she pretended to speak in tongues to appear closer to God, and insists her time at the church left her wracked with anxiety and guilt. She writes, I began connecting religion, God and church with judgment, anxiety and guilt... The times that bound us together became the ties that strangled us. Our family had fallen into religious extremism. Unbreak My Heart A Memoir was released on Tuesday (20May14).

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Rory McIlroy Calls Off Wozniacki Wedding

India salvage pride with win over Germany

NEW DELHI, MAY 21 (PTI): The Indian men’s team on Wednesday salvaged some pride with a thrilling 3-2 victory over Germany in their inconsequential Group C tie to end its campaign at the Thomas Cup badminton tournament on a positive note at the Siri Fort Sports Complex here. Indian men had lost 1-4 to Malaysia and 2-3 to Korea in their last two ties to put paid to their quarterfinal hopes. After two losses in the last ties, K Srikanth gave India a good start as he edged out Marc Zwiebler 21-18 18-21 21-18 in a 56-minute match. However, Michael Fuchs and Johannes Schoettler whipped India’s doubles pair of Manu Attri

and B Sumeeth Reddy 2115 21-6 as Germany drew parity at 1-1. Captain Parupalli Kashyap tried his heart out in the second single but could not get past Dieter Domke, who eked out a hard-fought 23-21 14-21 2114 to give his team a 2-1 lead. The doubles pair of Akshay Dewalkar and Pranaav Jerry Chopra then brought India back into the hunt with a thrilling 21-9 17-21 21-19 win over Peter Kaesbauer and Josche Zurwonne in the second doubles. With India’s fate hinging on the third singles, R M V Gurusaidutt edged out Lucas Schmidt 14-21 21-19 21-19 in a come-from-behind high-octane match during which the noise made by the crowd hit a

crescendo. Guru produced a brilliant fightback in the second game after losing the first as he repaired a sixpoint deficit from 5-11 to first claw back at 18-18 and then wrest the lead with a smash. He finally roared back into the contest with a cross court net dribble that found Lucas napping. In the decider, Guru opened up a lead early on and maintained it, moving from 14-11 to 14-19. Lucas breathed down his neck and made it 19-20. But with his return finding the net, Guru burst into celebration. Earlier, Srikanth mixed his strokes, covered the court and varied the pace well to push Marc into committing errors. The Indian fought back

from 9-11 down at the interval to draw parity at 1818 and then surged ahead when Marc’s return found the net. A bodyline smash earned him another point and then with the German hitting long meant Srikanth pocketing the first game. In the second game, Marc led 11-9 again at the break but this time he went on to win the game, despite Srikanth threatening to make another roaring comeback as he reduced a seven-point lead at 10-17 to come as close as 20-18. In the decider, Srikanth dominated proceedings from the start and led 11-6 and even though Marc clawed back to make it 1916, the Indian sealed the match in his favour when R.M.V. Gurusaidutt on way to victory against Schmidt Lukas (Gerthe German hit long. many) in the Thomas Cup match in New Delhi on Wednesday.

F1 needs new winner in Monaco to maintain suspense

Rory McIlroy and Caroline Wozniacki (AP File Photo)

LONDON, MAY 21 (AFP): Rory McIlroy on Wednesday announced he had broken off his engagement to Danish tennis player Caroline Wozniacki only days after sending out the wedding invitations. The 25-year-old Northern Irishman and two-time major champion said the issuing of the invitations had made him aware that he was not ready for marriage. "There is no right way to end a relationship that has been so important to two people," he explained through a statement issued by his Dublin-based communications consultants. "The problem is mine," McIlroy said. "The wedding invitations issued at the weekend made me realise that I wasn't ready for all that marriage entails. "I wish Caroline all the happiness she deserves and thank her for the great times we've had. I will not

be saying anything more about our relationship in any setting." The golden sporting couple announced their short-lived engagement on last New Year's Eve. The former world number ones in their chosen sports posted pictures of themselves on Twitter with a diamond ring. "Happy New Year everyone! I have a feeling it's going to be a great year!! My first victory of 2014 #shesaidyes!!" McIlroy wrote. Wozniacki posted: "Happy New Year everyone! Rory and I started 2014 with a bang! ... I said YES!!!!" The engagement came after rumours of a split in 2013. McIlroy captured his first major title at the 2011 US Open and added another at the 2012 PGA Championship. Wozniacki, 23, still seeks her first Grand Slam title, her deepest run in a major event being to the 2009 US Open final.

LONDON, MAY 21 (AP): Formula One desperately needs a different winner at the Monaco Grand Prix this weekend to maintain any semblance of suspense. Championship leader Lewis Hamilton goes for his fifth straight win, with the F1 season taking on an air of inevitability, just like last season when Sebastian Vettel's Red Bull dominated with crushing ease by winning the last nine races, and 13 from 19 overall. With Mercedes unmatchable for speed, Hamilton looks like he could beat even those incredible numbers, with four-time defending champion Vettel rapidly drifting away from contention. "The last few races have been just incredible. I honestly never expected I'd win four consecutive grands prix in my career, and I'd love to continue that run here," Hamilton said. "The car has been strong at every race so far, and I'm sure it'll be the same in Monaco, so we should be set for an entertaining weekend."

A Red Bull car is seen in the Red Bull motorhome in Monaco, Wednesday, May 21, 2013. The Monaco Formula One Grand Prix will be held on Sunday. (AP Photo)

Although Hamilton leads teammate Nico Robserg by only three points, that is because Hamilton retired from the seasonopening Australian GP with engine trouble. Rosberg won in Melbourne, meaning Mercedes has won every race so far, and it looks like being a straight contest within Mercedes as

to who wins the title. "The championship battle is very close, and to regain the advantage at my home race would be fantastic," said Rosberg, who grew up in Monaco and won his maiden F1 race here last year. "So I'll be pushing harder than ever to make that happen." Vettel is down in fourth

spot overall, and already 55 points behind Hamilton, the 2008 champ. His more realistic contest is getting the better of his new teammate, Daniel Ricciardo, who is just six points behind him. Rule changes have blighted Red Bull, which is unable to generate the same speed as before, and beset by technical glitches.

Besides switching to a 1.6-litre V6 turbo engine instead of last year's 2.4-litre V8 engine, the rule changes focus on boosting cars' energy recovery systems, which generate energy from braking and through waste heat from the engine. F1 has also lowered fuel to 100 kilograms per race, down from 160 kilograms,

increased the car's weight, and forced alterations to gearboxes, exhaust, wings and nose height. Mercedes has made a far smoother transition, and is a mammoth 113 points clear of Red Bull and 131 ahead of Ferrari in the constructors' championship. "More than any other 2014 race, I think this event will show us the most pronounced difference between 'old F1' and the new formula we have," said McLaren driver Jenson Button, the 2009 F1 champ. "There's far less of an aerodynamic influence here; it's just about bolting as much to the car as possible in a bid to find grip - so I think the engine's influence will be greater." Over the past 12 months, only three drivers have won a race: Hamilton, Rosberg and Vettel. Some contrast to two years ago, when there was a different winner in the first seven races. The last time F1 was so predictable was when Alain Prost, Gerhard Berger and Ayrton Senna won all the races during an 18-race period in 1987-88.

Fan makes replica World Cup trophies Churchill & three other clubs axed from I-League FIFA launch 'Favela World Cup' in Brazil

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Fan Jarbas Meneghini, 46, poses for a photo while holds replicas of FIFA World Cup trophies at his home in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Tuesday, May 20, 2014. Meneghini, a mechanic, makes replicas of the trophy since 1996, after he saw former soccer star Dunga holding up the trophy in 1994 tournament. (AP Photo)

RIO DE JANEIRO, MAY 21 (AP): Brazilians have high hopes for the World Cup giving their country a big boost from its monthlong run that begins June 12. That includes soccer fan Jarbas Meneghini, a 46-year-old mechanic who has carved out a side business of making replicas of the trophy that goes to the winner of international soccer's biggest tournament. Meneghini came up with the idea as he watched now retired soc-

cer star Dunga holding up the World Cup trophy after Brazil won the 1994 tournament. He started selling his replicas two years later and he's still at it, producing a small version that he sells for the equivalent of $11 and a large one that goes for $23. Most of his sales are done by phone or through his Facebook page. Sometimes he delivers orders to clients by meeting them during games at Rio de Janeiro's Maracana stadium.

Meneghini doesn't say how many he has sold, other than to say sales have been slow. He says he has used part of the proceeds to fix up his street so it will look nice during the World Cup. Another benefit, Meneghini says, is that his replica business led to him meeting Brazilian national team coach Felipe Scolari as well as players. His most prized posession is one of his replicas that soccer star Neymar autographed. This one he plans to keep.

RIO DE JANEIRO, MAY 21 (AgENcIEs): FIFA secretary general Jerome Valcke took to the pitch Tuesday with Brazilian great Ronaldo in a Rio de Janeiro favela to launch a project promoting sporting opportunities for disadvantaged youths during the World Cup. Valcke, best known in Brazil for haranguing local World Cup organizers to pay more attention to deadlines, showed a lighter side as he kicked the ball around a small pitch with Brazilian Sports Minister Aldo Rebelo, two-time World Cup winner Ronaldo and a group of children and teens at the "Football for Hope" launch event. The project is "a unique and global movement program that uses the power of football to achieve sustainable social development," according to FIFA. In Brazil, it will see 32 teams from local social programs participate in a tournament in Rio`s Caju favela from July 7 to 10 -just before the World Cup final at Rio`s Maracana stadium on July 13. "There will be a final in Caju, too, just as important as the one played in the Maracana," Valcke said. "We`re not just here to organize a megatournament, but also to organize social programs, to show that football can be and is the greatest sport in the world."

NEW DELHI, MAY 21 (PTI): In a stunning development in Indian football, two-time champions Churchill Brothers were today thrown out of the ILeague along with three other teams for failing to fulfill the AIFF's club licensing criteria. The All India Football Federation's Club Licensing Committee - First Instance Body - took the decision after its meeting here. Two Kolkata clubs -United SC and Mohammedan Sporting -- and Rangdajied United of Shillong were the other three teams which failed to clear the licensing criteria. All the four clubs will be out of the I-

League for at least a year. Interestingly, all the four clubs finished at the bottom four in the 13-team I-League (2013-14) which ended last month, with Mohammedan Sporting finishing last and Churchill 11th. Under the AIFF's Club Licensing Regulations, the clubs are expected to meet several legal, administrative, sporting, infrastructure and financial criteria. Licensing is an annual process where all clubs eligible to compete based on sporting merit need to have a License under the AIFF's Indian Club Licensing system. Last year, only Pune FC met the requirements with all other clubs being

given a once in a lifetime one-year exemption. Churchill had been one of the top club sides in the country in the last few years. They won the I-League title in 2008-09 and 2012-13 seasons and they are also the reigning Federation Cup champions. Churchill are also one of the few clubs to have played in the AFC Cup. ILeague Chief Executive Officer Sunando Dhar told PTI that the four clubs can come back in the I-League 2015-16 but through the second division league. "These licensing criteria are on annual basis. They can come back in the 2015-16 season if they fulfil the cri-

teria by then. But they will have to play in the I-League second division and qualify from there," Dhar said. Bengaluru FC, Dempo SC, Pune FC, Salgaocar SC, East Bengal, Mohun Bagan, Sporting Clube de Goa, Mumbai FC, and Shillong Lajong FC were the nine clubs which passed the licensing criteria. "Based on the documents provided by all the parties concerned and the Inspection conducted by the AIFF Inspection Team in the month of April/May, the Committee found that nine out of the 14 applicants have made the grade while four have failed," the AIFF said in a statement.

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