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Dimapur VOL. IX ISSUE 51

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A person of knowledge lives by acting, not by thinking about acting

Sharad Pawar takes U-turn, slams Modi for Gujarat riots [ PAGE 8]

Obama meets with Dalai Lama, upsetting China

Hepatitis C- An emerging epidemic: HepCoN [ PAGE 2]


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Serena upset by Cornet in Dubai semis [ PAGE 10]

raising a voice for the voiceless


By Sandemo Ngullie

Assisi Centre celebrates Hope Day 2014 for underprivileged children Morung Express news Dimapur | February 22

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Dimapur DFO office responds to NTTU statement


DIMAPUR, FEBRUARY 22 (MExN): The Office of the Divisional Forest Officer, Dimapur has issued a clarification with regard to what it termed as “the malicious and defamatory press release issued by the Nagaland Timber Traders’ Union (NTTU),” which appeared in local dailies on Thursday. The NTTU statement had alleged malpractice in allotment of wagons by the Nagaland Forest Minister and the Dimapur DFO. In response, the DFO, Kocha Meyase, who is also the conservator of Forest (Wildlife), clarified that the Wagons are allotted by the department as per guidelines of the SIT constituted by the Supreme Court. He informed that under the guidelines farmers having registration under the Nagaland Tree Felling Regulation 2002 and registered transporter and tree farmers are considered for allotment of wagon, provided, they clear all state government dues. He added that registered transporters and tree farmers are considered for wagon allotment when their timber is converted from an HPC Cleared Unit; thereafter, screening and physical verification of the converted timber in the HPC Unit is done for final allotment of wagon. “As such, without confirming to the guidelines, the question of depriving the Naga tree farmers and plantation owners of their rights does not arise,” it stated. It further termed allegations that the DFO had handed over collected money to the Forest Minister as “false, defamatory and malicious.” It added that the authorization for allotment of wagon given to the DFO Dimapur was done by the Government, a month after the alleged transaction of money. The note then informed that the department had earlier allotted some wagons to some members of the NTTU. However, according to the note, the allottees failed to meet the required criteria, “thereby resulting in lapse of such allotted Wagons and causing a loss to government revenue.” It therefore urged any aggrieved party/parties to approach the DFO, Dimapur during office hours “so as to clarify the matter before going to the press.”

Some little girls and a not-so-little boy donned folded up lungis and goggles on the stage of Assisi Hr. Sec. School, Dimapur, stirring up the audience with their ‘Lungi Dance.’ They and many more, who performed at the Assisi Centre for Integrated Development (ACID) organized Hope Day 2014, are from underprivileged backgrounds, most of them landing up as labour instead of in a school. Hundreds of such children, mostly from Assam or eastern Nagaland, serve as ‘domestic help’ in Naga houses. But till date, their work remains unrecognized in Nagaland as a form of child labour. There exists no State policy for child rights. Based on the theme ‘creating space for children,’ Hope Day was organized on February 22 to reiterate the need for safety and protection of children under the directorship of Sister Therese Vanlalhruaii, who has played a key role in bringing education, hope and guidance to children domestic workers, and children of domestic workers in Nagaland. One such child, Sazia Begum, while presenting an appeal to the Nagaland State Child Protection Arsenal’s Bacary Sagna, left, and Santi Cazorla, right, fight for the ball with Sunderland’s Fabio Borini, during their English Premier League soc- Society (NSCPS) noted, “Many of our brothers and sisters are cer match, at Emirates Stadium, in London on February 22. (AP Photo)

Children’s appeal to the Society Director, Nagaland State Child Protection Society: • • • • • •

We appeal to you that State Child Protection Society put up big hoardings on child rights in strategic places, on highways, schools and in Church campus. Child rights awareness to all the colonies, Gaonbura and Chairman and forming child protection committees in all the colonies by village Gaonbura and village council through District Child Protection initiative. State Policy on Child Rights at the earliest. Let there be total ban of child labour especially in the form of domestic work, illegal adoption. Let there be schools properly run and manage so that our brothers and sisters are not denied of education from the warmth of their homes and loved ones. We appeal to you that the Government must make sure that every child in Nagaland has rights that are listed in the rights of the children.

brought to homes for education but what do they receive? They are denied education, some are in government schools while some of them never see books but brooms and sticks. Many of them continue to suffer knowing well that our parents are poor, they have no power of knowledge, money..they have no means to defend our rights.” Hope for these children means “to reach out safety, protection, shelter, healthcare, nutrition, education, rehabilitation and a family for life.” “This Hope Day is an attempt to give them their childhood—to raise our voice for the voiceless,” said Sister Therese in her address to the audience of children, parents and other well-wishers. She

pointed out that India was one of the first signatories to the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child that are interdependent and indivisible, and enshrine some of the minimum inalienable rights and freedoms that a child below the age of 18 should enjoy regardless of race, gender, language, religion, opinion, origins, wealth, status and ability. Given the condition of children in India, and Nagaland, these rights remain unfulfilled dreams. Why? Sister Milly Fernandes, Provincial Superior, Ursuline Franciscan Sister, North East, quoted Pope Francis to point to the “globalization of indifference.” “We are no longer attentive to the world in which

we live; we don’t care; we don’t protect what God created for everyone, and we end up unable even to care for one another! In this globalized world, we have fallen into globalized indifference. We have become used to the suffering of others…” The NSCPS, said its Director, Khehoto Sema, is attempting to reverse some of that through its policies and programs. “Having domestic helpers has become a fashion and ego in Nagaland. The department has asked ENPO to have all children coming from east Nagaland registered but this has not been done yet,” highlighted Sema, who was chief guest at the program. In the meantime, the NSCPS has opened 2 special homes and 8 observation homes for children across the State. 10 districts have already been sensitized on child rights and the Juvenile Justice Act—parents have been informed that children being sent out of Nagaland should be kept in the Society’s radar. “All adoptions have to be legal. All NGOs for children have to be registered or they will be closed down,” said Sema. The Day was also attended by Chairperson of Child Welfare Committee, Dimapur, Akali Sema, and various children’s clubs and homes from Dimapur.

NSF, DNSU uncover ‘recruitment scam’ Ukraine parliament votes to oust Prez

DIMAPUR, FEBRUARY 22 (MExN): The Naga Students’ Federation and the Dimapur Naga Students Union informed that they have uncovered a recruitment scam, involving a welfare society called the ‘North East Region ExServicemen Army, Assam Rifles Welfare Society, Shillong, Meghalaya.’ NSF, in a press note, informed that the welfare society had conducted recruitment examination for both teaching and nonteaching staffs on February

22 at Dimapur and Kohima. NSF and DNSU officials inspected the examination hall in both the districts, and discovered that the proposed recruitment was done “against a non-existent school in Chimonger, Tuensang.” NSF informed that on questioning, the Managing Director of the welfare society, Sedongchem Sangtam disclosed that “they are yet to apply for the permission/recognition of this proposed school from the school education depart-

ment.” He also admitted to having contacted several students to offer him money if they want to be selected, NSF added. Apart from the examination fee, he has received Rs.1,20,000, from one aspirant candidate till the time of conducting the fake interview, according to NSF. It was informed that NSF and DNSU officials have stopped the recruitment process and have lodged an FIR. 204 candidates have applied for the 10 Hindi post and 24 assistant teacher

‘China should shed expansionist mindset’ No power on earth can snatch Arunachal from India: Modi

India’s main opposition Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) prime ministerial candidate narendra Modi addresses a gathering at a public rally in Pasighat on February 22. (AP Photo)

PASIGHAT, FEBRUARY 22 (PTI): Wading into a foreign policy issue for the first time, Narendra Modi on Saturday asked China to shed its “expansionist mindset”, making it clear that no power on earth can snatch Arunachal Pradesh from India. “China should shed its expansionist policy and forge bilateral ties with India for peace, progress and prosperity of both the nations,” the BJP’s prime ministerial candidate said addressing a

meeting here in his current election campaign. “Arunachal Pradesh is an integral part of India and will always remain so. No power can snatch it from us. People of Arunachal Pradesh didn’t come under pressure or fear of China,” he said. “I swear in the name of this soil that I will never allow the state to disappear...breakdown and to bow down,” Modi said to a thunderous applause from people gathered near the mighty Siang River. He said China should

shed its expansionist mindset because the world of today does not accept it. The entire world is moving towards development, he said. “China needs to change its stand. China should shed its expansionist mindset and adopt the plank of development. Focus is on the development all over the world,” the Gujarat Chief Minister said. Lauding the patriotic nature of the people, Modi said that because of the people, who were guarding the state as well as the country as sentinels, Arunachal remained an integral part of the country. “The people here are real patriots as they salute their counterparts with ‘Jai Hind’ and are zealously protecting the state’s territory..... They gave a befitting reply to the advancing Chinese army during 1962 and the British and several army personnel from the state also fought with Pakistan during the Kargil war,” he said. While directly referring to the January 29 murder of Arunachal Pradesh youth Nido Tania in Delhi, Modi cautioned the UPA government against underestimating the people of the state and added that it was the duty of the entire nation to protect the people and the state’s territorial integrity.

and IV grade staffs for the said recruitment. For refund of examination fee (Rs.400), candidates based in Dimapur and other districts have been requested to collect from DNSU office from 11:00 am to 2:00 pm from Monday to Friday. Candidates based in Kohima are requested to contact the federation office on Monday during office hour. NSF informed that the officer in charge of west police station has assured to register a case once the refunding process is completed.

KIEV, FEBRUARY 22 (REUTERS): The Ukrainian parliament voted to oust President Viktor Yanukovich on Saturday and set an early election for May 25, after Yanukovich abandoned the capital but refused to resign. The 450seat parliament backed the motion by 328 votes, declaring Yanukovich unable to carry out his constitutional obligations. It following mass defections from Yanukovich’s Party of Regions. Deputies stood, applauded and sang the national anthem.

Reading the motion to the chamber, speaker Oleksander Turchynov - newly appointed from the opposition benches - said Yanukovich had “abandoned his constitutional responsibilities, which threatens the functioning of the state, the territorial integrity and sovereignty of Ukraine”. Citing the risk of “mass violations” of the rights of the people, lawmakers endorsed the motion declaring the president had “unconstitutionally given up his responsibilities and is unable to carry out his

duties.” They set a presidential election for May 25, bringing the vote forward from March 2015. Yanukovich, who was believed to be in the northeastern city of Kharkiv, had earlier denounced what he called a “coup d’etat” after protesters peacefully took control of his Kiev offices and opulent residence 15 km (10 miles) outside the capital. In a television interview, Yanukovich said he had no intention of resigning or leaving Ukraine, and that all decisions taken by parliament on Saturday were illegal.





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pated in the meeting. A press release stated that the resource persons Abou and Ketho of HepCoN, spoke on various subject matter regarding the alarming number of HCV reported cases in the context of Wokha, Phek and Kohima district. Topics for the programme also include basics of Hepatitis and its types including HCV, its routes of transmission, prevention, and treatment services in Nagaland. The programme started with keynote address by Ketho with a slide presentation of some available data, which highlighted a high HCV prevalence rate (IBBA, R-2) in Wokha with 20.8% and Phek district with 8.7% and a general population data of Naga Hospital Authority Kohima (NHAK) of 1.8% prevalence rate. He described the dif-

Nukhu inaugurates Ura College of Teacher Education



Kohima, February 22 (mexN): Ura College of Teacher Education (UCTE) was inaugurated here on February 20 last by parliamentary secretary for higher education and SCERT Deo Nukhu. This college was undertaken by Ura Academy. Speaking on the occasion, Nukhu was optimistic that the inauguration of this college would go a long way in increasing the volume of trained teachers in Nagaland. He was appreciative of the Ura Academy for taking up such venture under the presidentship of Dr. Shurhozelie Liezietsu. Expressing concern over the low percentage of trained teachers in the state, Nukhu stressed on the need to address the untrained teachers with urgency. He also informed that the Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD) agreed to start Institute of Advance Studies in Education in the state which would offer various courses in B.Ed side by side. Dr. Shurhozelie Liezietsu in his dedicatory ad-

NUHM to be launched in Nagaland

Kohima, February 22 (mexN): The launching ceremony of National Urban Health Mission (NUHM), Nagaland, an initiative of the Ministry of Health & Family Welfare, Government of Nagaland will take place on February 24 at 11:00 AM at the Directorate of Health & Family Welfare, Kohima. Minister for health & family welfare Imkong L. Imchen will grace the occasion as the chief guest. Welcome address will be delivered by Dr. Neiphi Kire, principal director health & family welfare while keynote address will be given by Dr. Neikietuo Chiesotsu, mission director NRHM. Beiu Angami, secretary health & family welfare Nagaland will chair the function while vote of thanks will be proposed by Dr. Sukhato A. Sema, additional director & nodal officer NUHM.


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Hepatitis C- An emerging epidemic: HepCoN

Dimapur, February 22 (mexN): Hepatitis Coalition of Nagaland (HepCoN) expressing its concern on the HCV disease burden in Nagaland, stated that “if Hepatitis C (HCV) is not addressed with a collaborated effort, then the day is not far when the epidemic proportion may go beyond control.” Highlighting the need of prevention through mass awareness campaign at all levels as the key to containing the Hepatitis C Virus in the state, HepCoN and NUN in partnership with IDS, FDS TDUN, TUN conducted a one day sensitization meeting at Tuensang Town Hall on February 21. Total 80 representatives from NGOs and various Health Service Centers including Grace Chapel, ART center, DAN, and some participants from Tuensang OST Center partici-




dress lauded the pioneers in developing Tenyidie language, adding that base on the foundation they had laid, the nomenclature of the literature committee was changed into Ura Academy in 1971 to broaden the horizon. The basic objective of Ura Academy is to update the language and to impart training to teachers. Tenyidie seminar was initiated in 1972 and it became an annual feature from there. This platform brings the language teachers together to exchange their views and how to produce teachers and enhance their skills to teach better. Dr. Liezietsu strongly believed that UCTE would produce many trained teachers and bring quality education in the state. Earlier, Prof. D. Kuolie, secretary general Ura Academy highlighted the background of UCTE. The function was chaired by Vipralhou Kesiezie, chairman Management Board, UCTE while vote of thanks was proposed by Pheluopfhelie Kesiezie, treasurer Ura Academy.

ferent existing types of Hepatitis Virus such a HAV, HBV, HCV, HDV, HEV and HGV. On describing these kinds of Viruses, He mentioned where the viruses are found, how it is transmitted, how it is not transmitted and how it can be

drug injecting Paraphernalia, sharing of tattoo equipments, personal care items like toothbrush, comb or even razors. He also mentioned as to how the virus is not transmitted such as shaking hands, sharing of glass

prevented. Special concentration was given on discussing the nature of Hepatitis C virus by explaining on the presence of the virus in the Human Blood, while small amount can be found in the semen and the vaginal secretions during sex. The routes of transmission explained were through the sharing of infected Needles and syringes and

and utensils, using public toilets. He also spoke on its preventive measures such as using clean needles and syringes, not sharing personal equipments like razors, combs, Tattooing needle and inkwells, always practicing safer sexual practices. Abou Mere spoke on the types of diagnostic test, which are Antibody test

Alarming number of HCV reported cases in Wokha, Phek and Kohima

followed by confirmatory test through Viral Load and Genotyping test. He also mentioned the symptoms while also of the drugs that are used to treat HCV with a combination therapy of Pegylated interferon and Ribavirin of 24 and 48 weeks depending on the genotype. He announced that the drug is available but because of the high price many are not able to initiate on their treatment and people on treatment also undergoes some side effects like Insomnia, fever, Joint pains etc. He stressed on adopting a positive lifestyle if one is tested positive for HCV like avoiding fatty food, fast foods, doing light exercise, avoiding or minimizing alcohol and drugs consumption and following up with doctor six monthly for monitoring. A member from HepCoN shared his experience as a

person living with Hepatitis C. He shared that recently through HepCoN, he came to know more of HCV and went to NHAK for testing. He was tested antibody reactive but not disheartened. He encouraged the participants to always practice safe methods and to spread awareness at their own organizational level. Earlier, Thapli Lama of TDUN delivered the welcome address and Imsii Pongen, Program Officer NERO-DAC, pronounced vote of thanks. HepCoN has conducted similar programme in Dimapur, Kohima, Wokha, Peren, and Zunheboto district. HepCoN aims to reach out to all the remaining five districts within the next few months. HepCoN also informed that one could avail free HCV testing facilities at NHAK, FPAI in Kohima and Dimapur Civil Hospital.

Jail: A reformative and correctional place Our Correspondent

Meeting of Chakhesang residing in Kohima today


Kohima, February 22 (mexN): The Chakhesang Hoho Kohima informed all concerned that a meeting of the Chakhesang residing in Kohima is convened on February 23 at Jubilee Hall Chakhesang Baptist Church Kitsubozou right after the Sunday service. All the Chakhesang village unions Kohima, have been requested to send two representatives to the meeting. Further, Chakhesang Public Organisation, Chakhesang Student’s Union, Chakhesang Youth Front, Chakhesang Students Union Kohima, Chakhesang Service Association officials have been requested to attend the meeting. In addition all the different church denominations have been requested to send two representatives to attend the meeting. It is also informed that all the Chakhesang Gazetted Officers and concerned citizens to attend the meeting without fail.

ANTA Dimapur unit informs

Dimapur, February 22 (mexN): All Nagaland Taxi Association (ANTA) Dimapur unit has directed all the taxi owners and drivers to avail yearly renewal registration and drivers’ identity card for the year 2014 on or before March 31. A press release from the Association general secretary Ahoshe Chophi and president Tohozhe Awomi cautioned that stern action will be taken against defaulters. ANTA Dimapur also requested all the registered taxis to be vigilant. It warned that any taxi found transporting alcohol, drugs, and indulging in criminal activities will be terminated from the Association. Further, for drivers driving under the influence of alcohol, their ID cards will be confiscated on the spot and expelled from ANTA membership.

Cultural competition 2014

Kohima, February 22 (mexN): A cultural competition in commemoration of Sekrenyi festival will take place on February 27 at Kohima Village Ground Ziekezou under the aegis of Music Task Force (MTF) and organized by Dolphin Club, Kohima. The programme will start from 10:00 AM onwards. Kohima village head GB Neivose Dzüvichü will pronounce elder’s blessing. Cultural songs, war cry and indigenous games will mark the event. Rs. 1.35 lakh is set as the prize money.

Kohima| February 22

“Jail is a reformative and correctional place where you should plan and decide to become better persons. We believe that one day when you are released from the jail, you will also serve the society,” said Mezivolu T Therieh, Chief Judicial Magistrate and Deputy Secretary, District Legal Service Authority (DLSA), during the seminar on ‘legal awareness and para legal volunteers training’ held on February 22. The Kohima District Legal Service Authority at the Kohima District Jail organized the seminar. James Yalie, Panel Lawyer, chaired the programme while the Jailor, District Jail Kohima, gave a welcome address. In the three presentations of the seminar, Mezivolu T Therieh spoke on ‘Access to Justice for All’, James Sheqi, Panel Lawyer on ‘Rights of Prisoners’ and ‘Para-legal Volunteers’ (PLV) was shared by Alemwapang Ao, Trainer of Trainees, PLV. Mezivolu Therieh shared the various barriers to access justice such as

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Digitized map of new capital complex Mezivolu T Therieh, Chief Judicial Magistrate and Deputy Secretary, DLSA speaking during the seminar on ‘legal awareness and para legal volunteers training’held on February 22. (Morung Photo)

illiteracy, social backwardness, physical, geographical, social, mental and psychological incapacity that denies justice to common people. Those whose income are below 1 lakh, victim of trafficking, mass disasters, ethnic violence, caste atrocities, industrial disasters, women, child juvenile can access legal services. Mezivolu also concluded that to access legal justice is not just the job of the judiciary but that, “Every right thinking citizen should be a part of the legal service authorities.” While speaking on the rights of prisoners, Joshua

Sheqi also shared a few points on the rights of the person when arrested such as the right to remain silent, right to call a relative or friend, right not to be handcuffed, banning of third degree torture. Some of the rights that prisoners can avail are free legal aid, medical aid, humane treatment, right to live in hygienic conditions with physical exercises, equitable remuneration when released, right to complain and express views of ill-treatment or abuse inside the jail. Alemwapang Ao asserted that the two objectives of legal services are

to access justice for all and para-legal volunteers and that the job of the PLVs is to identify the problems of the inmates and report it to the legal service authorities. A written test was conducted for the selection of PLV among the inmates followed by discussion hour. Legal service authority seeks to promote free and competent legal service to the weaker section of the society so that justice is not denied to any citizen due to any disabilities, and to organize lok adalats for the promotion of justice on equal opportunity by the legal system.

Nagaland farmers receive certificate of recognition

Dimapur, February 22 (mexN): Altogether 52 progressive farmers, representing 11 districts of Nagaland led by three ATMA officials Akam Zeliang, Dy. Project Director, Vicaho Chophi, Dy. Project Director and Dr. Khrienguno Mepfuo, Block Technology Manager attended Krishi Vasant 2014. The mega event jointly organized by Ministry of Agriculture, Government of Maharashtra and CII was inaugurated by Pranab Mukherjee, President of India and was attended by lakhs of progressive farmers across the country During the event, total 51 achiever farmers from different states were awarded certificate of recognition for their contribution and achievement in the field of agriculture and allied secNagaland Multispecialty Health & Research Centre (NMHRC) organised free tors. Three farmers from medical camp at Lengirjan, Dimapur on February 22. Some 150 patients, rang- Nagaland received the presing from infants to 80 years of age were examined at the camp led by Dr. Chuba tigious recognition. The farmers are G Kahuto Zhimomi of Kumzuk Longchar, MD (Paediatrics). (Morung Photo)

Ghotov Village from Dimapur for Muga silkworm rearing; Burremba Pongener of Aliba village from Mokokchung for off-season cultivation of cucumber; and Asangla Chang of Chendang village from Tuensang for vegetables. Kerangzuteile of Peren district, Sanyi Dukru of Phek district and Mezhuvituo of Kohima district received the best questionnaire during the farmer-scientist interactions. The Krishi Vasant is the biggest gathering of farmers from the entire country, agroindustries, research organisations, Krishi Vigyan Kendras, state governments, financial institutions and other stakeholders at Nagpur, Maharashtra from February 9 to 13. Simultaneously, live webcasting of the Krishi Vasant event was organized in all the districts by ATMA Nagaland supported by NIC/DIC and was viewed by over 2500 farmers of Nagaland.

Kohima, February 22 (Dipr): Deputy Commissioner, Kohima, W. Honje Konyak has informed that the digitized map of the New Capital Complex (New Civil Secretariat area) of Kohima has been prepared and notified and displayed in the office of the Deputy Commissioner's Office Kohima for public information. The map has indication of both government acquired areas and private land. Therefore, the concerned individuals, general public and the land owners of the un-acquired areas, etc have been requested to inspect/ verify the map and submit claims and objections if there is any within 1 (one) month from the date of the publication of this notice, after which no further complaints/ objections whatsoever will be entertained and the map will be taken as final.


DSO Wokha informs

WoKha, February 22 (mexN): Directorate of Economics & Statistics will be imparting training to Notifiers, ASHAs and Anganwati workers on Civil Registration System on March 3, 2014 at LTC Hall, Wokha Town. In this connection, District Statistical Officer (DSO), Wokha has requested all concerned to attend the training without fail.

Essay competition in Dimapur

Kohima, February 22 (mexN): In observance of National Rural Drinking Water and Sanitation Awareness week from February 20-25, PHED Rural division Dimapur is organizing an essay competition on February 25 at Little Star School auditorium, 1:00 pm for Class 8 to 10 school students in and around Dimapur. Essay topic is “Water, sanitation and their impact on human health”. Prize money will be Rs.5000/-, Rs. 3000/-, and Rs.2000/- for first, second and third winners respectively.


Excise conduct raids

Dimapur, February 22 (mexN): On February 20, Excise Mobile Squad raided liquor joints and shop at Court area and Supply directorate area in Dimapur and six (6) persons were arrested and charged under relevant section of NLTP Act ’89. The seized articles are kept in MS Malkhana for future destruction. The raids teams were led by KakihoYeptho and HevitoZhimomi both Inspectors.

GSUK executives selected for 2014-16

Kohima, February 22 (mexN): Following persons have been selected as executives of Gorkha Students’ Union Kohima (GSUK) for the tenure 20142016: President – Jit.L.Chettri; Vice president – Ankur Sangpang Rai; General secretary – Rubina Siwa; Asst. general secretary – Shridhar Thapa; Joint secretary – Sebu Gurung; Finance secretary – Sanjana Khawas; Cultural secretary – Sarna Rai; Asst.cultural secretary – Anuraag Rai; Literary secretary – Jenny Lamechane; Asst. literary secretary – Rohit Ratne; Games & sports secretary – Rajesh Lama; Asst. games & sports secretary - Monica Rana. This was informed in a press release issued by Chief Election Officer PK Thapa.

Tovihoto inaugurates Tsithrongse GMS building

Dimapur, February 22 (mexN): Parliamentary Secretary for IT&C, Science & Technology, Technical Education and Taxes, Tovihoto Ayemi on Saturday inaugurated GMS building at Tsithrongse village. Speaking at the programme, Tovihoto said it was the collective responsibility of both teachers and parents in imparting education to a child and that they should work in close coordination with each other. “Both the teacher and parent play an equally important role in the upbringing of a child,” he said. He pointed out that there was teachers’ negligence prevailing in many places

and said that such practices hampering the education of a child should be stopped. Tovihoto also said that the school authority, school management committee should also come forward in making the schools progress instead of always waiting for the government and relegating the responsibility to it. ADC (SSA) Dimapur, Freda Angami, head GB Tsithrongse of Tsithrongse village and others also spoke at the program. Parliamentary Secretary, Tovihoto Ayemi inaugurating the GMS building at Tsithrongse village on Saturday. (Morung Photo)


REgional 3 'We must accommodate Hindu Bangladeshi migrants' Security tightened along Sunday

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SILCHar, February 22 (PTI): BJP's prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi on Saturday said Hindu migrants from Bangladesh must be accommodated in the country and detention camps would be done away with once his party comes to power. "As soon as we come to power at the Centre, detention camps housing Hindu migrants from Bangladesh will be done away with," Modi told a public rally at Ramnagar here. "We have a responsibility toward Hindus who are harassed and suffer in other countries. Where will they go? India is the only place for them. Our

government cannot continue to harass them. We will have to accommodate them here," he said. Stating that this did not mean that Assam has to bear the entire burden, he said "it will be unfair on them and they will be settled across the country with facilities to begin a new life." Earlier, Hindus from Pakistan had arrived in Gujarat and Rajasthan, but Atal Behari Vajpayee during his prime ministership evolved schemes to accommodate them in different states, he said. Modi alleged that the Assam government as a part of its vote-bank poli-

tics had violated human rights of Hindu migrants in detention camps. Speaking on the issue of "doubtful" voters, Modi said this was also a part of the Congress' vote bank politics of denying a section of the people their right to vote. He urged the Election Commission to remove the tag of doubtful voters and give these people the right to vote to ensure free and fair polls. Modi said that there were two kinds of people who came from Bangladesh to Assam; those brought as a part of a "political conspiracy" for votebank politics of a particular party and others who were ha-

rassed in the neighbouring country. He said that those brought for vote-bank politics and smugglers from Bangladesh should be pushed back, while the second category must find a place in the country. "Bangladesh is next to Assam, while Pakistan is next to Gujarat. “Assam Bangladeshi se pareshan hai par pura Pakistan mujse pareshan hai” (Assam is harassed by Bangladesh whereas Pakistan is bothered by me), the Gujarat chief minister said at his second meeting of the day in the northeast. "You have to decide whether you will continue to tolerate Bangladeshi harass-

aIZaWL, February 22 (NNN): The Church's crusade against the Mizo customary practice of infant death, called Hlamzuih, has been opposed by the Central Young Mizo Association (C-YMA). The YMA said today that the practice should not be done away. The YMA said when an infant dies in a locality or village, Hlamzuih should be followed. The Central Young Mizo Association directed all its branches to make sure that Mizos do not defy this practice. According to Mizo custom, if a baby dies before attaining one year of age, it is regarded as Hlamzuih, and as per Hlamzuih, the dead

infant does not deserve a full funeral ritual. The infant dead body would not be buried in a village cemetery but within the premises of the deceased’s house. The custom still exists in the post-Christian Mizo society with little modification. However, in the post Christian era, Hlamzuih is applied when a baby dies before completing 90 days and not one year. Such infant dead body is to be buried in a local cemetery without community funeral. According to Hlamzuih after an infant's death, the body is placed in a small coffin and buried immediately without the usual customs that accompany

the dead. The deceased infants, in many cases, don't even make it to cemeteries but families burying them quickly in their own yards. Despite the churches in the state having voiced their proposition to do away with 'infant burial' practice, so as to accord more worth and humanitarian value to infants, but the largest NGO in Mizoram the Young Mizo Association (YMA) has taken a decision to protect earlier practice. Central YMA said that any earlier Mizo practices to do with death should be continued. This is in compliance with the resolution adopt-

ed in the last YMA General Conference 2013, according to which a review over the customary practice would be held this year, the CYMA said. Steps are being taken to hold the review on the customary practices at the next YMA General Conference, 2014.

YMA opposes Church's crusade against Hlamzuih

district) and Kuki Women Union (Tamenglong district) supported by KSOGeneral Headquarters (KSO-GHQ) and Zeliangrong Students Union, Manipur (ZSUM) have begun their bandh in protest against the alleged perpetual encroachment of the 'tribal lands' in Tamenglong district. The tribal bodies further

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Indian aerospace industry faces Apple products prone to hacking talent shortage: HAL chairman

bangalore, February 22 (IanS): Shortage of skill-based workforce was posing a challenge to the growth of the Indian aerospace industry in the absence of synergy between policy, industry and academia, HAL chairman R.K. Tyagi said Saturday. "India needs better training and education infrastructure with a pragmatic policy-industry-academia ecosystem to tap the huge employment potential in the aerospace industry," he said at the first aerospace round table conference here. Delivering the keynote address on "Challenges and Opportunities for Talent Management in the Aerospace Industry" at the day-long conference, Tyagi said due to lack of

vocational skills, the aspiring youth required extensive training to match the high standards of the industry. "For instance, in the Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) Tejas project, we had build technologies from scratch and build an industrial base due to technology denial and shortage of vocationally skilled workforce," he said. The Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd (HAL) is the sole manufacturer of the fourth generation fighter Tejas, designed and developed by the Aeronautical Development Agency (ADA) of the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO). Noting that a mere two percent of Indian population had vocational skills as against the ratio of 75

percent in Germany, 96 percent in Korea, 80 percent in Japan and 68 percent in Britain, Tyagi said coordination, direction and role definition were some of the human resource challenges HAL had faced during the LCA's development. "Though we had to involve multiple agencies to build a talent pool for the LCA project, absence of large trained workforce poses HR challenges to the medium multi-role combat aircraft (MMRCA) project in terms of supply chain and technology," Tyagi observed. Outlining the challenges faced by his company in executing multiple projects, he said besides skill upgradation and cross training, specific education to maintain aerospace

life-cycle at the entry level was imperative. "Leadership development for mid-level management, succession planning across levels, attrition and retention are some of the HR challenges we face on the research and development (R&D) and offset fronts," Tyagi pointed out. In this context, he said global aerospace majors were citing capability and capacity within the Indian industry as impediments to meet offset commitments and seek international certificates for indigenous products and overseas marketing. "Facilities for basic and specialised training have to be reviewed to develop infrastructure and improve curriculum for upgrading the skill base," Tyagi noted.

San FrancISco, February 22 (reuterS): A major flaw in Apple's iOS mobile operating system could allow hackers to intercept email and other communications that are meant to be encrypted, the company said. If attackers have access to a user's network, such as by sharing the same unsecured wireless service offered by a restaurant, they could see or alter exchanges between the user and protected sites such as Gmail and Facebook, experts said. "It's as bad as you could imagine, that's all I can say," said Johns Hopkins University cryptography professor Matthew

Green. Apple did not say when or how it learned about the flaw in the way iOS handles sessions in what are known as secure sockets layer or transport layer security, nor did it say whether the flaw was being exploited. But a statement on its support website was blunt: The software "failed to validate the authenticity of the connection." Apple released software patches and an update for the current version of iOS for iPhone 4 and later, 5th generation iPod touches, and iPad 2 and later. Without the fix, a hacker could impersonate a protected site and sit

Public DiscoursE An appeasement of Khekiye K. Sema Value Of Life T R esponding to ‘Petrified Khekiye K. Sema’ which appeared in Nagaland dailies on 22nd February, 2014. It is well known and obvious that such type of response from Khekiye K. Sema is not unexpected. Also knowing fully well endless exchange of words on

wild allegations is wastage. As a Secretary writes on behalf of his government, the letter was signed by me to caution you, which is simple and clearly understandable, so that is it. And it is not a personal matter between Khekiye and Khrovete. By and by, the policy of

Mokokchung, February 22 (Mexn): Orientation meeting on RTI/ STI for medical officers, Block Programme Managers (BPM) and Block ASHA Coordinators (BAC) from all the blocks in Mokokchung was held at IDSP Hall, Imkongliba Memorial District Hospital on February 21. Deputy CMO Dr. Kibangkumba in his speech as resource person highlighted the prevalence of Reproductive Tract Infection and Sexually Transmitted Infection (RTI/STI) in the district. A press release informed that 6% of the adult population is infected with one or

more of these problems. An individual with RTI/STI has a higher chance of acquiring or transmitting HIV. The resource person observed that if RTI/STI is controlled then HIV infection rate is also reduced. Common RTIs and STIs prevalent in the district were discussed along with their compilations. One of the common causes of infertility and reproductive morbidity among the patients was because of RTI/ STI, he added. He stated that younger women are more vulnerable to these infections because of their anatomical reasons. For proper control of the problem, both

Naga National Council and here are three questions that speaks in my mind are: FederalGovernmentofNagaland is to maintain peace and 1. Why we have come to this world? tranquility in the land; the notion for Khekiye’s fear of 2. Where are you now? AK47 is unnecessary unless 3. Where are you heading to? one drags oneself into trouThe above answer which ble, for which government cannot be held responsible. clicked my mind when I went Khrovete Nuh through “Morung Express” Editor Dy. Secretary, FGN. Column date 14/02/2014



























Simple Rules - There is just one simple rule: “Fill in the grid so that every row, every column, and every 3x3 box co ntains the digits 1 through 9.”

Game Number # 2800



A perspective on Rongmei Tribe Recognition



AAroN & DAwN MAloNey.

contribute ourselves, by helping ourselves and by spending few minutes in stretching, twisting, bending, acupressure etc. in your simple wooden blank bed. While doing so you should do slowly with your breath rate. This you can do with the support of bed frame where one can cure 42 (Forty two) kinds of pains, joint pains, aches, spasm and numbness in the body etc. Lastly our life is surrounded by three destructive agents: 1. Disease is always there to attack you. 2. Sinful food is always there to attack you. 3. Satan is always there to capture your body system. Let us prevent from those destruction, by preventing it, you are preventing your diseases and preventing Satan is “DISEASE FREE”

Tribes of Nagaland? And is the word ‘Aborigine’ one of the criteria for recognition of Scheduled Tribe under the Constitution of India/ Nagaland? My simple question given in the above is my individual not my community view and it is without any intention of blaming or defending any group.

G. Gaingam United North Block ‘B’ Burma Camp, Dimapur.

Readers may please note that the contents of the articles, letters and opinions published do not reflect the outlook of this paper nor of the Editor in any form.



swallow the food. Take only 80% of normal food, keep 20% space for air to enable the machine (small intestine) to grind your food freely. Common sicknesses are constipation and indigestion, flatulence of stomach, piles, liver, gastritis, appendices, difficulty in breathing etc. 3. Faulty life pattern in this high tech age, common diseases are eye problem, giddiness, head ache, cervical problem, gastritis, body ache, laden blood circulation etc.

What Dalai Lama has stated above human life, that is some thing 1. Wrong postures in sleeping, to ponder upon. And secondly, who sitting, standing and walking ever wishes to live and enjoy in this create wrong alignment in beautiful world should imagine in the body. Common sicknesses To achieve a valued life, firstly, real life and bring forth the picture are chest pain, cervical pain, for a thought concerning to life. His upper back pain, shoulder cultivate a healthy life style and a statement has inspired me to share pain and pain in lumbar re- healthy living with pure mind and a few words about life and its sickgion etc. body with cleansing thoughts and nesses. When a family member falls 2. Wrong eating habits are FOOD. Secondly, we can avoid dismany, but the first and fore- eases by amending our all traditionthe partners are to be treat- sick the sickness strikes the whole family including out-laws and inmost thing is, chew the food al habits and by adopting a disease ed together. RTI/STI being laws etc. Like wise when there is no till saliva comes out then only free routine life. Thirdly, we should included in the module for ASHAs, the ASHA Coordinator and BPM should have a clear knowledge about these problems, he added. BPM &ASHA coordinawish to put my humble to be treated as Tribeless essary but the question is inet or under the Act of State tors were asked to prepare and simple questions for people? whether the 1313 Rongmei Assembly by the Cabinet dea checklist for checking the your kind clarification. 2. If I’m not mistaken, all who fulfilled the criteria to cision/recommendation? reporting system of the 1. The 1313 Rongmeis Naga Tribes in Nagaland are be Indigenous people in the 4. Some writers freASHAs and different health in Nagaland is declared as not separately recognized State of Nagaland will be quently mention in their units. He also stressed on the Indigenous people by the as Scheduled Tribe except treated as one of the Naga statement that recogniimportance of Adolescence Government in accordance “Nagas” Scheduled Tribe. Tribes under the nomen- tion of Scheduled Tribe will Reproductive Sexual Health with the recommendation Under this nomenclature clature of “Naga Scheduled be done only to ‘Aborigine (ARSH) clinics in the dis- of a Special Committee set all Naga Tribes of Nagaland Tribe”? Tribe’. Here, my humble trict hospital and CHC’s and up by the Government for are treated as Scheduled 3. On the subject of rec- question is - all the five to utilize the service of the the purpose. Here, my hum- Tribe. As such, my humble ognition of Scheduled Tribe, Scheduled Tribes of Nacounsellors in the ARSH clin- ble question is - under what understanding of separate is it to be done under the Act galand i.e. 1. Naga 2. Kuki ics. The meeting concluded condition this 1313 Rong- Rongmei Scheduled Tribe of Parliament by the recom- 3. Kachari 4. Mikir and 5. with a group discussion. mei will be treated? Are they Recognition is also not nec- mendation of the Union Cab- Garo, are they the ‘Aborigine’

local Orientation meeting on RTI/STI held in Mokokchung district


health in the family there is no development in the society. We accumulate and purchase different kinds of diseases at different rates in a hurry you pay your last money at the last moment, Alas! we die in pain, we die in tears. ADIEU to your loved ones, ADIEU to the world at happens just. At the right time when you are about to give your best to the society. Some diseases are caused by our faulty living habits such as :

in the middle as email or financial data goes between the user and the real site, Green said. Apple did not reply to requests for comment. The flaw appears to be in the way that well-understood protocols were implemented, an embarrassing lapse for a company of Apple's stature and technical prowess. The company was recently stung by leaked intelligence documents claiming that authorities had 100% success rate in breaking into iPhones. Friday's announcement suggests that enterprising hackers could have had great success as well if they knew of the flaw.


















Killing under construction

Humankind often would annoy over damage Of seedling from the seed bed; And wouldn’t ye lose temper if one pulled down Your under structuring? Selfish human often dismays over failure of titchy plan; And wouldn’t ye definitely be irritated If one knocked down your loved ones? Revenge rather ye would be sought.

Answer Number # 2799



1. Cavalry weapon 6. Untidy one 10. Corrosive 14. Positive pole 15. Novice 16. Ice cream holder 17. Merchandise 18. Ends a prayer 19. Fourth sign of the zodiac 20. Footnote 22. Hindu princess 23. A promiscuous woman 24. Shoelace hole 26. Pay attention to 30. Consumed food 31. Little bit 32. Competent 33. Style 35. Carnival attractions 39. Farm vehicle 41. Favorable position 43. Submarine detector 44. 365 days 46. Modify 47. Detachable container 49. Gorilla 50. Sleep in a convenient place 51. Sexual desire 54. Learning method

56. Plunder 57. A 20th century art movement 63. Dwarf buffalo 64. Largest continent 65. Cowboy sport 66. Glove 67. Lady’s escort 68. Delicacy 69. Dull pain 70. Border 71. A low evergreen shrub

DOWN 1. Epic 2. Nameless 3. Godsend 4. Cocoyam 5. Relaxes 6. Legal 7. Not excessive 8. Chocolate cookie 9. Hood 10. Recognized 11. Reef material 12. Absurd 13. Ledger entry 21. San Antonio fort 25. Tale 26. Derbies or berets 27. River of Spain 28. Distinctive flair

29. Behead 34. Change into a vapor 36. Carpenter’s groove 37. Auspices 38. Collections 40. Stepped 42. Mountain crest 45. Anagram of “Angrier” 48. A measured portion of medicine 51. Andean animal 52. Classical Greek 53. Kiosk 55. Our planet 58. Utilized 59. Old stories 60. Notion 61. Chair 62. Sweater eater

Ans to CrossWord 2810

Don’t ye rem’ber that Abraham at hundred And Sarah at ninety blessed a baby named Isaac After a long tired of waiting on God? Abraham laughed to himself in disbelief, “How could I become a father at the age of hundred? Besides, Sarah is ninety; how could she have a baby?” But that God has planned That n’er would betray His covenant. Don’t ye see some fellow barren in life Albeit they tried to bear? No matter how legally or not ye mateth— One night stand, hasty encounter or else It conceived tho’ you do not like it. You gonna have an offspring! God has purpose for this unhatched child.

Do not kill him/her in the womb, Do not treat ill for it doesn’t owned by you, Do not provoke God to anger.

Your womb isn’t a war field; How could you kill the embryo That he/she longed for his/her world? Ye shalln’t decide the fate of others! Human’s law scarcely stood for gender ratio, And a fool may count the life of visibly death, But a precious life vanished in The womb comprise in His count!

Bausha Pauwung Buchem Longleng


The Morung Express

Sunday 23 February 2014

‘language is our identity and heritage’ Dimapur, February 22 (mexN): Along with the rest of the world, the International Mother Language Day was observed on Friday at Diphupar under the aegis of the youth of Ao Baptist Church Diphupar and Ao Students’ Union, Diphupar. It was observed under the theme “Our Language, our Identity,” with the Tir Yimyim Editor, K,Temjen Jamir as main speaker. A press note informed that the program was conducted in two major Ao Mother tongues, Jungli and Mongsen by two comperes: Sakulemba Jamir and Merensangla Longkümer. Some selected youths had privilege to speak briefly in their own accents on various topics. A play on the role of parents in teaching their children to speak their own mother language was performed by a youth group from Aoyimti Baptist church. Speaking on the occasion, the Editor of Tir

Ao bodies observe International Mother Language Day



Lost and foUnd

A file containing two Admit card for SCERT, (N-TET) of one Toshitula Jamir has been found and is kept at South Police Station. The owner may come and collect it from the Police station.

annually on February 21 all over the world, since 2000, to promote awareness on K.Temjen Jamir. linguistics and cultural di“Our language is more versities and multilingualthan any other languge for ism. The date represents the the reason that it has prov- day in 1952 when students en as a powerful instru- demonstrated for recogni- WVC call to expedite peace talks ment that educates not only tion of their language, Banourselves but enabling us gali as one of the two nation- WOKHa, February 22 (mexN): The Wokha Vilto educate and liberate oth- al languages of the then East lage Council has urged upon the Government of India ers in many dark corners of Pakistan. Four of them were and the various Naga Political Groups to expedite talks our land. That becomes our shot and killed by the police on the Indo-Naga political issue and “bring about peridentity and heritage today in Dhaka, which is the capital manent peace to our land.” This was resolved at the Annual General Meeting of Wokha Village held on Februand we are responsible to of present day Bangladesh. ary 22. A press note from the WVC also informed that continue such pioneering The day is celebrat- over the last sixty years, “Nagas have suffered untold and selfless effort without ed in memory of the four miseries and sufferings and have not developed accordlosing the value of our own students who were killed ing to our talents and potentials because of our unremother language,” said the while fighting for their solved political issue.” “It is time Nagas get opportunity Editor, Tir Yimyim. mother language. It was to progress in all developmental spheres - human, infraHe also proposed to first announced by the structure and economy free from fear and in peace,” it open Mother Language UNESCO in 1999 and sub- added. The meeting also resolved to support the decischools in urban areas sequently recognized by sion made by Nagaland Chief Minister, Neiphiu Rio to where audio-visual teach- the United Nations. contest the upcoming Lok Sabha polls. Appreciating the Youths participating at the observation of International Mother Language Day ing materials may be used In commemoration of CM for his efforts towards the welfare of the village, the held in Diphupar on February 21. and in order to make this the ‘International Mother WVC wished him the best in all his endeavors. Yimyim, K Temjen Jamir publishing an Ao Naga dic- while she was traveling by project possible, he offered Language Day ’, a mock Ao acknowledged the valuable tionary in 1911. train from Florida to New a sponsorship to talented Primary school class was contribution made by Rev Even after the death York, she was seen sing- young people to make edu- conducted at Diphupar. The Dr Clark and his wife Mary of Rev.Dr.Clark in Florida ing a Hymn composed by cational animated films for program was organized by Mead Clark in promoting in 1913, Mary Mead Clark her husband in the Ao lan- nursery students in their the Youth department of Ao Baptist Church, Diphupar Ao language as a medium to was so emotionally and guage. It was great joy and Mother Language. The International Moth- and Ago Students’ Union spread the gospel in Naga spiritually attached to the delightful moment for the Dimapur, February uted only two (2) times in soil, even to the extent of Ao language that in 1914, people around her, said er Language Day is observed Diphupar. 22 (mexN): The Federa- the last 9 month i.e. April tions of Dimapur Urban 2013 to January 2014 in Colony Council Chairman the higher rate than fixed (DUCCCF) and GBs Union by the authority. The presDimapur held joint meet- ent household numbers project….” ment cannot be ‘urged to’ ing on February 4, 2014 in every colony are within Conceding that the gov- delineate from its plans at and discussed the present 500 to 1000. However BPL ernment has been pursu- the behest of non-technical total failure of K-Oil distri- Card holders are hardly ing the construction of the views.” While acknowledgbution system in Dimapur within 40 to 50 families in Foothills road for many ing the involvement of variurban area through fair every colony. years now, a press note ous organizations in impleprice shops. K-Oil is the basic essenfrom the Principal Secre- mentation of the project, it The joint meeting ap- tial commodities sanctioned tary for Works and Hous- called for cooperation and pealed to the authorities by the central government ing, Temjen Toy stated, “it appealed against passing concerned that for the last for distribution to the genmust be understood that “sweeping comments and Attendees of the GPRN/NSCN general meeting cum political class. many years, K-Oil distribu- eral public for entire poor such a project did not exist judgment over technical Dimapur, February briefed on the history of the The Naga freedom struggle tion was being carried out people. Therefore, the house due to funding constraints, matters.” 22 (mexN): The GPRN/ Naga freedom struggle. The was a genuine cause, ev- by the colonies representa- appeals to the authority conand hence the question of It further assured that NSCN Secretariat staff held chief secretary, Khekiho Cho- ery member should place tives, GBs systematically/ cerned to immediately abolabandoning for forty years the government is still ac- a general meeting and also phy and Ghukiho Jimo, home the cause before anything successfully to the general ish the present system and does not arise.” tively pursuing funding for a conducted political class secretary also exhorted the else,” stated a press note public to every household restore the system which He added that works the bigger Foothills Road on February 22 at desig- secretariat staffs to abhor from the MIP. The meet- in the colonies ward 1 to 23 were followed till March on the connectivity has project, the alignment for nated camp, Khehoi. Home all forms of corruption, thus ing was attended by all the under urban area. 2013 so that all the needy been taken up systemati- which will not necessarily Kilonser, Hevukhu Yeptho- strengthening their will to Head of departments and The present distribu- public will be equally bencally as per the work plan follow that of the present mi conducted the political work towards the common ministries along with their tion system is totally a fail- efited and get their share class, where members were goal of Nagas. “Adding that subordinates. and said that the “depart- connectivity project. ure since they have distrib- without discrimination.


total failure of K-oil distribution system

Works & Housing department clarifies GPRn/nsCn conducts political class

KOHima, February 22 (mexN): The Nagaland Works and Housing Department has clarified that the project currently underway in the foothill areas of the state is for foothill connectivity, funded by the Nagaland state plan, “and not the Foothills Road.” This was stated in response to a statement by the Convener of the NFHRCC saying that, “the foot-hill road was abandoned for the past 40 years by the State Government, following which a committee was constituted comprising of 10 tribes to take up the ‘extra ordinary

DEO Mon gets new office organizations express concern over nWHd organise nRdWsa seminar

intrusions in 'disputed area'

C.L. John along with DC, mon, S.P, Mon, Director Evaluation, and other officials.

mON, February 22 (mexN): Parliamentary Secretary for Rural Development CL John formally inaugurated the new office building of District Evaluation Officer, Mon on February 20. Speaking at the function, the chief guest called upon the departmental officials to discharge their official duties with punctuality, sincerity and humbleness under the new office building. Emphasizing on cleanliness and ownership of Government properties, CL John termed the peons, chowkidars and the sweepers as the real owners of the office, and said that the management of the building, to protect and to maintain cleanliness, would become impossible without their sincere service. He appealed to the employees to adopt sanitation in the office and set example to other employees of other offices and at the same time to discharge their respective duties with utmost sincerity for the people. Stressing on the activities of the evaluation department, he said the department has a major role to play for developmental scheme for evaluating even the highest offices of the district like DC and SP offices and urged upon the departmental officials to assist the people of Mon to avail the service of the department in the developmental process. Deputy Commissioner, Mon, Angau I Thou, IAS, said that the evaluation department is a crucial department to carry the developmental activities of the Government in the right

perspectives. She asserted that the department is an independent body to study and formulate various developmental schemes of the government and provide suggestions to the policy makers. It is a department to retrospect the development of the past, redefine the present and shape the future, she added. She was also optimistic that the department under the new DVO and with separate new building would discharge their activities with utmost satisfaction and cater to the needs of the people. She also urged upon the public to have a sense of ownership of government properties in the district. Director, Evaluation, Kevileno Angami, in her welcome address, stressed on the activities of the department. She said that the primary duty of the department is to supervise whether the developmental activities of the government reach the people or not. In Mon, the department was functioning under the Malkhana of the Deputy Commissioner. She said the proposal for a separate office building was urged by the DVO to enable them to function smoothly for the welfare of the people. The Deputy Commandant, VG, Mon Chingshom and DVO, Mon also delivered short speech. Earlier, Pastor KBCM proposed invocation prayer while Huhie Zeliang, Assistant Director, Evaluation, pronounced vote of thanks. The function was presided over by W. Chubala, Joint Director, Evaluation.

Dimapur, February 22 (mexN): The Rangapahar crossing sub- urb, S. Hukavi Zhimomi colony and SangtamTilla village joint committee have urged the Dimapur Deputy Commissioner and the state government to take appropriate measures to “protect the mutual dispute agreement between Assam and Nagaland government declared jointly during 1971 and subsequently re-affirmed in 1979.” A press note from Sunil Dutta, Chairman, Elders’ Committee Rangapahar Crossing; Y Hotoi Awomi, GB of S Hukavi Zhimomi Colony and Sekyuchem Sangtam, GB of Sangtamtilla stated that “over the years the government of Assam has been taking undue advantage and utterly


failed to uphold the terms of agreement.” It said that the vast tract of green forest in the disputed area left under its protection has “diminished and has been laid barren.” It added that despite non permission to any form of permanent structures, RCC constructions, electrification, water supply, black topping etc. have been undertaken in the disputed area. “Over and above which, several villages have been established by outsiders and illegal immigrants holding Assam government Patta under the nose of Nagaland government, nullifying the deed of agreement,” it added. It stated that the word ‘dispute’ “implies that neither Assam government

nor Nagaland government enjoys the sole authority over the said land,” that, “permanent boundary demarcation does not exist till date.” Hence, it asserted that as per the term of the agreement, officials from both the states in the rank of DIG should be allowed to supervise and monitor the matter. In the best interest of both the parties, a neutral force should be engaged to man the border till the dispute is settled, it added. It further appealed for the government of Nagaland to take prompt necessary action to stop all kinds of “intrusion in the disputed area,” “failing which, we shall be compelled to take every necessary step to keep our border secure and intact.”

Participants at the NRDWSA seminar held in Dimapur on Saturday.

Dimapur, February 22 (mexN): Naga Women Hoho, Dimapur as part of the National Rural Drinking Water and Sanitation Awareness Program organised a seminar at Dhansiripar, Dimapur on February 22. According to a press release, the program was sponsored by the Nagaland PHE department and saw participation from women leaders representing Dimasa Women

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Union, Sumi Totimi Hoho, Self Help Groups, Village Council Dhansiripar Block, Youth Organisation Dhansiribar, and WATSAN. The release stated that NWHD president, Hukheli T. Wotsa while delivering the keynote address outlined the importance of clean water for the survival of the human race. Stating contaminated water as a major cause of ailments such as typhoid, dysentry,

cholera, diarrhoea, the release quoted Wotsa as stating that clean drinking water is a must for the health of the community. Ruby Kent, finance secretary, NWHD, spoke on sanitation, it was added. While lauding the PHE department for initiating the programme, the NWHD, in the release called for a change in mindset “so that our state may become one of the cleanest state in India.”

corPoral PuniShment: Under the scales

pare the rod or end up in jail. That’s the latest warning to teachers who resort to corporal punishments. The Ministry of Women and Child Development has issued a new set of guidelines that bans physical punishment of students. First violation of the ban will invite you to one year in jail, or a fine of Rs.50000 or both. For subsequent violations imprisonment could be extended to 3 year with an additional fine of 25000 rupees. Heads of the school will be responsible to prevent corporal punishment. Teachers found guilty could be denied promotion. This ban comes amidst an angry debate on the issue of corporal punishment in schools across India. The debate was sparked off by the death of Rouvanjit Rawla, the 12 year old who committed suicide in February,

2010, days after being humiliated and caned by the principal of his school, the prestigious La Martiniere School Boys in Kolkata. The Indian penal Code is supposed to protect children from being subjected to punishments in schools in India. However there are loopholes in the law that aids the use of such brutal punishments in school. According to IC section 83, any child who has not done homework or has not dressed in an appropriate fashion should not incite any form of punishments in schools. All children under the age of 7 are soused to be exempted from criminal liability and any mistake they have done. The Indian penal code, section 88 provides the Headmaster or a guardian the freedom to inflict pain through corporal punishment in schools as long as the reasons are

justifiable. We can imagine the consequences of the complete ban on corporal punishment. An important measuring rod is being removed. We can relate the importance of disciplinary rules everywhere. Discipline is not only mandatory in schools; it is a necessity wherever human civilization seeks to thrive. Should teachers be counseled for or against spanking? The true effects of corporal punishment require drawing a boundary line between punishment and abuse. We can always use mild and moderate punishments. A punishment will help a lot in halting future misbehavior. A reflection of our childhood days is filled with fun- filled memories, but we were all spanked by our parents. It was never a bitter experience. We were all spanked for good.

Our parents wanted us to stop doing the ‘wrong’ and start doing the ‘Right.’ It was simply a disciplinary requirement. The same story can be understood in schools too. Apart from the few abusive teachers who dare to punish students in a sub-human level, the rest of the teachers have a genuine responsibility towards the students. The teachers of this generation have a lot of challenges to face. Facing rowdy students in class and not being able to use a rod surely takes the student on the joy- ride. They know the fact that corporal punishments cannot be practiced anymore so there is no law to correct them. It is amazing to see how raw students come to school for learning. They are ill-mannered, full of wrong attitudes, undisciplined lot, spoilt by poor

parenting and only God knows where all their I.Q has vanished. Is this an adverse impact of modern technology, mix-match of cultures or globalization? The school and the teachers alone cannot correct the young children of this generation. The parents are solely responsible for building their foundation first. The context of education in Nagaland is very different from other states in India. Every child is spoilt by the spoon feeding tradition followed by the teachers and the parents here. Unless you use a rod, Naga boys and girls will never succumb to instructions. We cannot implement the environment of Indian schools in Nagaland. Our context, environment and mentality are totally different from each other. Therefore if banning is deemed as a

necessity there, it cannot be applicable everywhere. The Supreme Court’s decision on this issue must be amended. There is no clear winner in this category- banning corporal punishment. Practicing it may have adverse psychological impact on the child, but we cannot imagine our lives anywhere without discipline. Maybe it’s time we need laws to imprison any student who misbehaves inside the class. Maybe it’s time we need to seriously ponder upon how a child should be taught to behave at home and at school. There is no greater good done to us by banning corporal punishment. The children of this generation are all our future. Spare the rod and spoil the child. Allan Aley Dimapur

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Sunday 23 February 2014





The Great Indian Jeer

Our homegrown racism targets everyone equally Palash Krishna Mehrotra


he shocking death of 19-yearold student Nido Tania has again brought to the surface the casual racism that is endemic in our society. We have been victims of colonialism; we have ourselves been subject to attitudes of white superiority. This still hasn't prevented us from inventing a racism of our own. As the world's largest democracy, we have remained true to our ideals even in this. Our homegrown racism targets everyone equally - Africans, Caucasians, and those from the North-East, or those with 'Oriental' features. I will come to the subject of racism in a moment, but, before I do that, it might be worthwhile to talk about our intolerance of physical appearance in general. Remember, it was also Nido's blonde coloured hair, apart from the fact of his being an Arunachali, which caught his attackers' attention.

Square What constitutes our appearance? Hair, clothes, mannerisms and skin colour are some of the elements that go into making us look what we look like, how we appear to people. Surprisingly, for a country of our size and diversity, where one would have thought that people would have gotten blasé about how differently we speak from each other or look from each other, we have, as a people, continued to remain mired in provincial attitudes to difference. Indians are probably the squarest-looking people on the planet. Just because you are poor or middle-class doesn't mean you can't add a bit of attitude and individuality to the way you look. Think about Africa or Latin America, for example. By and large, this remains a country where oiled side-parted hair rules the roost for men, and women tie back their hair in an asexual style. Kids from the North-East or Africa are marked out, not just in terms of genetic features but also by their fashion sense derived from Hollywood and MTV. Chinese and Japanese teenagers are far more adventurous and experiment far more with the way they look than their Indian counterparts, who, more often than not, dress in a manner that their grandparents and parents would approve of. In school, when my friend Amit would try something sartorially 'daring', like wearing a bandana, his elder brother would take it off and say, "You are from good family. Sharifo jaise kapde pahna karo." From then on, Amit stuck to simpler stuff, like moving the parting of his hair from left to right and back again after a couple of months. After that he got married and the parting settled permanently on one side. Those from the North-East and Africa are not the only ones at the


receiving end of the great Indian jeer. Indians who dare to look different suffer as much. Consider these examples, all to do with hair. Two music producer Indian friends of mine cannot find a place to rent because they have dreadlocks. They get stopped at police check posts at night and questioned, even though they have their car papers in order. My father wears his hair long and often gets calls like, 'Abe dekh Saddam.' I had a ponytail in college. In Redline buses, co-passengers would say, 'Peeche se pata nahin chalta ki ladka hai ki ladki.' My mother doesn't wear saris or salwars. At the age of seventy she still gets asked why she doesn't do so. Any Indian of any class, caste or region feels superior to those not like him. We laugh at alternate sexualities and camp mannerisms and those with accents different from ours. With people from other nationalities, these attitudes get worse, and get concretised into racism.

Regionalism When I was living in Delhi University's International Students' House, my Gambian friend Kebba complained of routine harassment (chants of 'Kaloo, kaloo') from the balconies of the neighbouring Mansarovar hostel. The Biharis in Mansarovar would also get into regular fights with Jats from another hostel. It was difficult to believe that such regionalism and racism was still rife in one of the best universities of country.The Indian love for fair skin is well known. That doesn't stop us from making fun of Caucasians. Pankaj Mishra's Butter Chicken in Ludhiana begins with an incident at Delhi's ISBT, where an Indian man calls a white tourist a 'bandariya' - a reference to her pinkish-white skin.

Differences There have been calls for an antiracist law in India. Laws will not stop the Indian in the street from thinking or saying what he wants. And whatever law is made needs to be matched by a positive effort to integrate young people from the North-East into the national mainstream. The private sector needs to do more. Already, employment opportunities have been opened up in hospitality, publishing and the media. My roommate at St Stephen's was from Nagaland. One night when I woke to go to the toilet, I found him doing push-ups in the verandah. He was getting ready for a protest rally the next day. With every push-up, he'd say, "I'm Naga, not Indian.' This sense of difference is worrying and needs to be bridged. On their part, young people from the North-East also need to play a more integrative role. In college, North-East students were exempt from ragging (their decision), and most voluntarily did not participate in college societies. They held their own exclusive parties; even the intermingling of the sexes was restricted to between their own. In other words, they led parallel lives. This kind of self-inflicted ghettoisation doesn't help the cause either.

recent street brawl in New Delhi that spiralled out of control and led to the death of a young student from India's Arunachal Pradesh has brought into focus what people from the northeast have always bitterly complained about without getting much of a hearing: racial discrimination that they routinely face in the rest of the country for their Mongoloid looks. Since Nido Taniam was killed in late January, the complaints have grown louder and northeasterners have taken to the streets in large numbers across India to highlight the discrimination. Every year thousands of young people from the northeast migrate to New Delhi and other cities for higher education and jobs. The seven states known as "Seven Sisters" are connected to India with a sliver of land that spans over the northern top of Bangladesh, and are plagued with chronic underdevelopment and separatist conflicts. It is common for the people from the northeast to be called "Chinkies" - a word so common that many have become immune to it but derogatory enough for the government to punish its use with five years jail term. Harassment from landlords, employers and assaults on the street are commonplace. Now India's northeastern community is campaigning for an anti-racism legislation. But they say most Indians including the government are in denial that Indians are racists. Some of them speak to Al Jazeera, sharing what they are forced to endure for being from India's northeast:

(The writer is the author of The Butterfly Generation)

Hundreds of students protested after Nido Taniam was killed in a street brawl [EPA]


y 12-year-old daughter gets exasperated easily. Maybe it's because she's 12. She gets even more exasperated because she says I seem to have a saying for everything: Patience is a virtue. You can catch more bees with honey than with vinegar. Never judge a book by its cover. When you assume, you make an ass out of you and me. The last two seem to be the most relevant as they apply to racism and racist acts in India. It saddened me to hear about the recent attacks on Ugandan women in Delhi. As a darkskinned AfricanAmerican woman who lived in New Delhi for nearly four years, the stories quickly brought back memories of my daily experiences and the assumptions that were made about me and how I was treated. I constantly felt I was on display. I was stared at in restaurants, elevators and even in my car on the street. Random people would come up to me when I was shopping at Khan Market (usually men) to let me know that they knew someone from Uganda, Nigeria, or the Congo. My response would be: That's nice. I'm American. The most disturbing incident happened when my husband, Raju, and I were walking back home from a restaurant down the block from our house in New Friends Colony. A young boy of about 8 was riding on the back of his bike with his father. As they passed us, he

racism alive in India Story of Kim Barrington Narisetti, an African-American professional hurled a huge rock the size of a fist at me. It landed with a thud on my sunglasses and my head snapped back. If I weren't wearing huge aviator sunglasses, I likely would have lost my eye. My chivalrous husband chased down the bike, pulled the boy off and gave him and his father a tongue lashing in Hindi and made him apologise. The boy conceded that he threw the rock because he thought I was African. Therefore, his rock-throwing would certainly have been justified. Daily, I would have my cook pack up in foil any leftover breakfast, whether it were omelettes, idlis, crepes or just bread and butter. I would hand it out to the kids begging for food on the street on the way to my children's school. When I rolled down the tinted window, the same kids who were begging for something to eat seconds earlier, would then proceed to laugh and point at me. I easily could have gotten angry and refused to continue to do what I did or cower and have my driver do it instead, but I didn't. That's not the kind of person I am. They made assumptions about

me and there was really nothing I could do about it. But the racist acts toward me also came at the hands of people who were obviously well educated, well-traveled and should know, well, better. At the Oberoi Hotel in Rajasthan where we stayed when my family came to visit from Maryland, a boy started jumping up and down like a monkey and pointing in our direction as we were relaxing on the sofas in the lobby. His parents laughed. They stopped laughing when I went over to them and asked them what was so funny. Surely they and their son had seen pictures of people who looked like me. Obama was my president; Will Smith was the biggest movie star in the world at the time (my apologies to Shah Rukh Khan); and "That's so Raven" was one of the top kids' shows on Disney in India. Coming back to Delhi from the US after summer vacation, we were held up at customs by an official who turned my daughters' OCI cards and my PIO card over and over and over again. The questions came fast and furious: How did we get it? How long have I been mar-

India's North East speaks out against racism from northeast for any party they are having. As if we are party girls. They keep nagging us saying, 'Lets go grab a beer, a drink.' Why don't they ask other women and why ask only for drinks and parties? Even when we say no, they don't give up. "It becomes very difficult because most of the time they are our managers. If the rent is 5,000 rupees ($80.42) for any normal Indian, for us it is 7,000-8,000 ($112 - $128) "When we ask for a rent agreement to get a phone connection etc, they make us buy it in black for 300-500 rupees ($4.83 - $8.04)."

Bruce K. Thangkhal, Journalist, Delhi "When people call me Bahadur, China, etc, I ask them politely, 'Why do you call me this? I am also an Indian.' But in response they pull my shirt, twist my arms or grab my neck. "A few months ago my sister and I went to Sarojini Nagar Market in Delhi. Someone called me King-Kong, Chow-chow, momo in a low tone voice but loud enough for me to hear. "When I confronted they roughed me up. A crowd formed and they enjoyed the show. They pinched my cheeks. The men tried to pull my sister’s hair, touched her back. "Last year, I was travelling in the metro in the general compartment. Two seats to my left were reserved for ladies and physically challenged people, where some men were sitting. I was at the third seat. "A woman, who was wearing formal clothes, so it was clear she was an educated woman said, 'You stand up.' I did not hear her because I was listening to music so she shouted. I asked, "Why don’t you ask them who are sitting at the wrong place, why me?" She said, "You don’t respect women?" I was so embarrassed, a crowd gathered and they made me feel as if I was harassing the woman. This same incident happened to me five times last year. To them I am an easy target.

Al Jazeera speaks to people from seven states who say they are discriminated against in the rest of the country Bijoyeta Das and sisters in my rented apartment in Gurgaon. "The landlord and his son came to our room at midnight to ask for rent. "They kicked our door, so when we went out they beat my brother. 'All we said was why are you asking for rent at midnight and we have never been late in paying.' "But we had to be quiet because our sisters were with us; we were scared they would do something to them. "We can't complain to the police. Then no one will rent us rooms in the locality. The police don't even take us seriously. It is only a waste of time. "Even when I am with my sisters or girlfriends, they look at our women and say, 'It will be so much fun to be with you.' "We avoid confrontation; they will only beat us and maybe kill us like Nido."

Kim, Call centre worker from Manipur, now working in Haryana "Men in Delhi treat us as if we are loose women. Just the other day, I was standing at the pickup point for my office cab to take me to Faridabad. There was another woman next to me from northern India working for a tech company; we both were in formals. A car pulls up and the man asks, 'Madam do you need a ride?' His look and his voice Jackson Gonmei, Student, Delhi made it clear what he was looking for. "I was working at call centre in Delhi as"But the point is why he asked me and D. Yirang Jimbe, Call sociated with a California-based company not the other woman? "At our workplaces, Center worker, Haryana the men always invite me and other girls "Two years ago, I was with my brothers since 2012. In June, they asked me to stop

ried? Where exactly in Hyderabad is my husband from. He stopped short of asking what could have compelled a Hyderabadi boy with a wheatish complexion to marry an African-American. I drew the line when one of the men in the small crowd that had gathered proceeded to touch my youngest daughter's hair and stroke the arm of my eldest. Did he think the colour would rub off ? Having visited India for 13 years as a tourist to meet my husband's family and friends, before living in Delhi for the four years, I realise a lot of the behavior toward me and people who look like me stems from the infatuation that Indians have with light skin. Unless I told people I was American, the assumption was that I was African. But that is really neither here nor there. Dark skin has a lot of negative connotations attached to it whether you're Indian or of African descent, hence the bustling skin lightening market. I could only hope that attacks such as these don't continue to happen. We recently celebrated Martin Luther King Jr's birthday in America on January 20. He hoped that one day we would live in a nation where people will not be judged by the color of their skin, but the content of their character. (Kim Barrington Narisetti is publisher of Urban Crayon Press. She also held editing positions at The Wall Street Journal,; Advertising Age and The Source magazine.)

Alana Golmei, North East Support Centre and Helpline (NESCH) "We receive an average of 20-30 calls a month. Most are related to non-payment of salaries to northeasterners working in BPOs and physical assaults. "When we call the employers, most of them are in Haryana so they say, 'I am Haryanvi. I am a local man. You are an outsider, what can you do?' "Verbal abuse is something very small because people encounter this everyday. "They keep it to themselves and don't complain. We are little immune to it. We have been facing it and not speaking up and this has led to more serious assaults like the death of Nido Tania."

coming with no notice. But till date they did not clear my last month's salary. "Every time I call they challenge me saying, 'try and do whatever you want.' They are rude and misbehave. "I have started the legal process through the northeast helpline. "For months I asked for an employment letter but they refused. "Because we are treated as outsiders, they get away with suppressing us. I am not chasing the money; I think it is time that I have to speak up. "On the streets people comment, 'Are you from Nepal or China?' Do you know Karate, Kung-fu? Do you eat Binalakshami Nepram, Activist, Manipur "I have handled five dead bodies of snakes, dogs?" young people from the northeast. A week before Nido Taniam died, two women from Phurpa Tsering, Northeast Manipur were molested in broad daylight India Forum Against Racism "Our demands are the enactment of the in south Delhi. A 27-year-old woman from anti-racism law and that the pending cases Manipur was sexually assaulted and murof violence against northeasterners be put dered in her own flat by the landlord and his brother-in-law in Chirag, Delhi. in fast-track court. "A young boy died in Safdarjung hospital "We recognise that there is racism in India not only against northeast people but because he was denied a bed in the hospialso against south Indians, adivasis (tribals). tal. Now we say: enough is enough. We don’t That is why we want a cohesive and com- want to be treated as second-class citizens. "They call us chinki. Who is making us prehensive law that addresses racism in the country. "Even the prime minister, uses the feel different? Is it us? Or the people of the word prejudice, which is a very milder form other parts of India?" and does not address racism. The media is biased. For example, when the police lathi- Aruni Kashyap, Author, Assam "The word remote is a problematic modcharged protesters on February 14, the media said it was mild. But I was there and I ifier to stand in front of 'Northeast.' "Remote - for whom and from which have seen people with broken limbs, bones; standpoint? Do people in Delhi use the word it was not mild at all. "Prior to the post-mortem, the Asian Age remote to describe Chennai or Kottyam? It shows the psychological disconnect newspaper wrote on February 4 saying Nido Tania died of drug overdose. This falls in line people of mainland India has with our region. "Prejudice against Biharis/outsiders in with stereotyping. Northeastern women are northeast should be condemned no doubt, seen as morally loose, easy to get. "Men are portrayed as drug addicts, but this is often a topic that comes up when we drop outs, good for nothing, scumbags. talk about racism against northeastern people These events, like Nido's killing, rape cases and often used as a conversation blocker. "It is like saying Indians in the western are very polarising. It makes you very conscious of your race. Who you are? What you countries have no right to complain about racism because Indians are racists themselves." are? This will result in isolation."

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THE MORUNG EXPRESS 23 February 2014



hy do we go to church?” asked one student in a gathering. The question was simple and direct, yet it displayed a genuine search for meaning. For a generation that seem to have become disillusioned with organised-institutionalised-religion, yet feeling that there are very little answers elsewhere, this question is important. There are others of us who go to church week after week, and yet we cannot help but wonder if we have missed something important. Someone said the problem with the church is that it is made up of people. Imperfect people. The church is for imperfect people, because God is willing to partner with imperfect people to fulfil his purposes for the world. St. Augustine pretty much summarises the viewpoint of many people when he wrote: “The church is a whore, but she is still my mother.” Why is the church important? Allow me to present to you a few points:

church, in the form of monasteries, laboriously copied and preserved the Bible while barbarians were tearing down civilizations. When we reject the Church as organised religion, we have to be careful because we come against 2000-year-history of God’s patient dealing with his people, the church.

(1) Christ loved the Church and gave himself for the church. (Ephesians 5:25). The Bible calls the Church the Bride of Christ. This symbol of the “bride” is significant. She is the bride forever. Imagine watching a wedding video with all the details of things people do in a wedding. When the video shows the image of the bride at her best appearance in all her beauty and glory, you pause the video and freeze that frame capturing her glory forever. The bride remains always fresh, always new, always the centre of attraction, always loved and renewed by the love of Christ. That is the church in the eyes of Christ. The Future Reference: The Bible talks about the Church not so much with reference to the past, but with reference to the future glory she will have. We often talk of institutions as “living in past glory”, but the Church today is only mere shadow of its “future self”. Kedo Peseyie God has much bigger things in store for the Church. The Church is the only organisation in the world that is heading towards perfection and which will last forever. tribal and cultural identities should be erased. Rather, The church is a movement, not a stationary institution; that God enhances them for his purpose and glory. a living organism, created and sustained by God’s Spirit. (ii) The Holy Spirit is given to ALL, so that ALL may (2) The church is where God Pours out His Holy minister to each other. In Acts 2:17-18, the pouring of Spirit. In Acts 2, when the Holy Spirit came upon the the Holy Spirit reaches everyone: the old and young, disciples, two important characteristics of the church male and female, servants and masters. No one is excluded or excused. The church in Acts had very little emerged: (i) They started speaking in “different languages” organised structure. It was only later that structures (different tongues). Someone said the church is the and organised systems came into the functioning of original multinational corporation: all others are cop- the church. But they came in not to replace the Holy ied. The church is multi-lingual and multi-cultural. Spirit’s guidance but to enhance the power in partThis is one aspect of the church we must work hard to nership with the Holy Spirit. Many rebel against the institutionalised strucpreserve. Today we claim to live in a globalised world, but ethnic, cultural and tribal identities are becoming ture of the Church, but this structures has served stronger than ever. Jesus calls us to die to our self. This in providing valuable life-skills and quality educaincludes our ethnic, cultural and tribal identities. I am tion through its programs, Sunday school and many not saying that when we join the church, our specific others. Even during the so-called “Dark Ages”, the

(3) The important sacraments of the church: Baptism and the Lord’s Supper: Baptism: Baptism is a public declaration of our faith in Jesus. It confers on us a new dual identity: (i) The forgiven identity and, (ii) The forgiving identity. We bring our individual identities and surrender them to God, and take on this new identity which is essentially relational and communal. Lord’s Supper: Often, the Baptist church only talks about “Remembering the work of Jesus on the Cross”. But I believe celebrating community is as important. One important part of our preparation to celebrate the Lord’s Supper is that we “discern the Body of Christ”. If we don’t see ourselves as part of the Body of Christ and see others as valued members; if we are always critical and unproductive in fellowship; if we are always unsupportive to the church and not working for unity, we have failed to “discern the body”, and could be eating unworthily, and thereby eating and drinking judgment upon ourselves. Part of the meaning of Lord’s Supper is Celebration of Community and fellowship. It is not about us, but it is about mutual encouragement, mutual support, about forgiving one another and above all about loving one another in Christ. It is the church’s practice of the Lord Supper that could change our world, because in it, we celebrate unity of different communities, not base on ethnicity, but based solely on Christ. This can happen only in Christian fellowship. Think about the power it holds!

(4) The church is God’s primary agent to bring about transformation in the world. Pauls says in Ephesians (1:21-23), that all the rulers and authorities, power and dominion, which includes society, government, institutions, arts, culture, businesses, etc., will be brought under the Lordship of Christ, who is the head of the church. The church, just by faithfully being herself-the true church, becomes an agent of transformation in the world. The church is where the Gospel is preached; where people of all languages, tribes, culture and economic status affirm their unity; where we affirm our ‘forgiven’ identities, and practise the ‘giving of forgiveness’ freely to others; where love is genuine; and where the power of God is present. What else do we need to bring about change and transformation? And that is why we must never give up on the church, because God has not chosen another agent. God has not given up on the church. And neither should we. Like Paul, we must fight, strive and give our best so that God’s purposes will be fulfilled in the church and through the church.

‘All I can say is, Grace, Grace and More Grace’ Darlene Zschech declares after losing her hair during round one of chemo


opular worship leader Darlene Zschech updates fans on her condition while coming to an end of round one of chemotherapy. The former Hillsong worshipper says she has started to lose her hair as she begins chemo treatments but she hasn't lost her desire to worship. Zschech, announced on her blog in December that she was diagnosed with breast cancer after attending a routine mammogram, say is, 'grace, grace and more grace',” she shared on her blog update. “I am learning to rest in every promise from Jesus. In fact, it's His Word that is giving me the strength to inhale and exhale, moment by moment.” The Psalmist said she made a new friend while undergoing treatment who


is a week ahead of her in the process. She goes on to say her friend describes Chemo treatments to a popular quote from the movie Forest Gump. “'Chemo is like a box of chocolates, you never quite know what you are going to get! '. I have come to understand that this is the truth, indeed,” Zschech wrote. She candidly shares that the loss of her hair has been difficult for her. “To be completely honest, this has been very confronting. It definitely makes me look sicker than I feel. In saying that, I am finding great freedom through this. Mark [her husband] keeps reminding me how much money we'll save over the next while on hairdressers!” Zschech said. The successful songwriter is remaining hopeful and says that God has been with her every step of the way. “With the occasional ambulance trip all of this, thus far, has been a quite a ride on an emotional roller! I can say that through it all, I am as-

he Hollywood husband-and-wife team that made “The Bible” miniseries a smash hit is hoping to parlay that success onto the big screen with their new biblical movie, “Son of God.” Actress Roma Downey, best known for her leading role on the TV series “Touched by an Angel,” and her husband, reality TV show producer Mark Burnett of “Survivor,” “Shark Tank” and “The Voice” fame, are the creative team behind “Son of God,” which opens nationwide on Feb. 28. “Jesus hasn't been on the big screen for 10 years since 'The Passion of the Christ,'“ Downey said. The couple is hoping “Son of God” will strike a chord with a new generation of moviegoers. “We're aware that many people learn through visual storytelling,” Downey said. “And for so many people, people who don't go to church, people who maybe have never read the Bible, this movie, 'Son of God,' will be the first time that they hear and see the story of Jesus come to life.” “It was profoundly moving to step into the role, because we know Mary was the mother of the son of God, but she was also the mother of a son,” she said. “She knew that he was born to be extraordinary.” Last year, Burnett and Downey produced “The Bible” mini-series for the History Channel. The Sunday school epic was wildly successful, becoming the number one drama series of 2013 with more than 100 million viewers — more than “Breaking Bad,” “Mad Men” or “The Walking Dead.” “Our finale beat both the 'Game of Thrones' premiere and 'The Walking Dead' finale,” Burnett said. “Son of God” is the first of several old-fashioned Bible movies due out this

sured of God's love for me,” she adds. The Australian native goes on to say that writing has been a great comfort to her during this season. She said she plans to release songs birthed from this trying experience. “I have songs and thoughts that I will share with when I am on the other side of this mountain,” she shared. “In fact, we are already planning a Thanksgiving service at our church in November, where we will record songs birthed during this season.” “We simply want to fill the place with praise for all that God has done,” Zschech wrote. Many have labeled Zschech as a “pioneer of the modern worship movement.” Her biggest song to date is, “Shout to the Lord” as it has become one of the most famous modern worship songs of all time being sung by an estimated 25-30 million churchgoers since the song's release. Along with her husband they currently senior pastors of Hope Unlimited Church.

Jesus returns to the big screen in biblical movie ‘Son of God’ Source:

year. There's also “Noah,” starring Russell Crowe; “Exodus,” with Christian Bale in the role of Moses; and “Mary, Mother of Christ.” All have 2014 release dates. Ever since Charlton Heston parted the Red Sea as Moses in the 1956 epic “The Ten Commandments,” Hollywood has had a thirst for more. In today's dollars (adjusted for inflation) “The Ten Commandments” and “Ben Hur,” Heston's other Bible epic, are counted among the most successful Hollywood movies ever made. “I grew up in Ireland and I was raised on all those old Bible movies,” Downey said. “We would sit there on rainy Sunday afternoons on the couch. ... I couldn't consider thinking about Moses and not, in some way, remember Charlton Heston.”



The Gospel stories too have a precedent on the big screen, most notably in Mel Gibson's “The Passion of the Christ.” It may be the only movie ever made in Aramaic and it has grossed more than $600 million worldwide. Pope John Paul II, after a Vatican screening, reportedly said, “It is as it was,” and gave the movie his blessing. Despite its huge success, “The Passion” drew protests from the Jewish community over allegations of anti-Semitism. Burnett said he and Downey took great pains to make sure “Son of God” was sensitive to Jewish concerns. “We had a massive responsibility in making this movie, and we enlisted the help of over 40 academics and church leaders across all faiths, including rabbis, Catholic leaders, Protestant leaders, to make sure that we were faithful to the text and considerate and respectful across faith,” he said. Even before the critics have weighed in, “Son of God” has a built-in audience. Just as Mel Gibson made the rounds at mega-churches a decade ago to market “The Passion of the Christ,” Burnett and Downey have been spreading the word about “Son of God.” They have enlisted support from archbishops and the pastors of mega-churches, including televangelist Joel Osteen, to make their movie a teaching tool. Pastor Rick Warren of Saddleback Church in Orange County, Calif., reportedly plans to fill up the local megaplex on opening night with parishioners. “If you didn't know Jesus and you came to this movie for the first time, I think you would get a beautiful understanding of what he came to do, of how he loved,” Downey said. “We've tried to tell the movie as a thriller to create the tension and the drama to make it compelling, to keep you interested.”

The Naga who taught Billy Graham Servant-hood


Mezhiisevi Mark Ziitso

ately, I was musing on the thought of Servant-hood. The idea to be an ideal in this virtue itched in me and the impulse pulsed all over my heart. Latterly, the idea got nailed with an incident while travelling in the suburbs of the city, Bangalore. I was on a bus at the bus stand intending to go back to the seminary after the fatiguing weekend ministry. I saw an old lady, she looked familiar intriguing me to mull over where I saw her or met her. She was trying to haul a bucket on the bus but she couldn’t for apparently no matter what was inside the bucket it was humbling heavy for her. She squinted and scratched around with the desperate anticipating look on her pale face, hoping some sturdy lad will come to her rescue. She waited in vain, she tried lifting the bucket again against the clock for the bus could leave anytime soon but her effort went futile. If guilt could kill and the story ends here, I’d be dead. As the reel of the old lady runs real time, I was watching her like a hawk as she struggles up the creek. But it wasn’t a sight for my sore eyes, as my conscience was pricking me beyond my call of duty (I thought). My conscience screeched as loud as a megaphone, “help, help, help her!” I tried rationalizing; this is just a ship that passes in the night, others will help her, that bucket is not that heavy, blah blah… My rationale was embarrassed when swiftly and softly the Holy Spirit rang the bell of servant-hood. These many days He was trying to teach me to serve and this beyond doubt was my acid test. I never resisted the Holy Spirit, I said I will serve but not here, not now, and not this one. Then I remembered an adage my professor told us at class, “The way you do anything is the way you do everything.” Alright, that’s it, I had enough. I sprang up acting high and mighty, went down, pulled the bucket (awfully heavy, no wonder she couldn’t), placed it near my seat, she came and sat next to me as merry as a cricket. She was grateful but to point the fact, I was thankful. Service was no longer weighing on my mind, as free as the air and as clear as crystal, I thought, “this is it, there is no secret to servant hood you just serve and there is no excuse whatsoever for failing to serve.” Few days after that grateful incident, my friend Imtipokyim told me a story that intrigued me. It was about a Naga whom Billy Graham mentions in his autobiography. I thought why Graham would care to mention a Naga personally. I went to the library, checked out Graham’s autobiography, “Just as I am” and saw for myself, never to regret what I read. Allow me to quote the whole pericope for you to see for yourself in Graham’s own words; “…. A few hours later, when we arrived at the soccer field at which we were scheduled to hold meetings, there were 90,000 people already inside, with thousands more outside. They arranged by tribe, and each tribe had its own interpreter with a public address system pointed to their area. As I spoke, I paused after each sentence. There followed a cacophony of sound as all seventeen bullhorns blared at once, each in a different dialect… … at the dinner, the schedule for the next day was discussed. “We have early-morning Bible studies,” he said. “Of course, we would like you to preside, but because you have several other things during the day, if you want to send one of your associates, we’ll accept that.” May be Charlie or Cliff could take that meeting,” I replied. “By the way, how many people do you expect?” “About 100,000,” he said without hesitation. “Well, I believe I’ll take that meeting after all,” I managed to say. When Charlie, Cliff, and I were shown to our quarters in the government house, we were introduced to Nihuli (actually Neihulie); he was the person who would handle our baggage, make us tea, and do whatever else needed doing. He took our shoes to wipe the mud off them. “We can do that,” I told him. “No, Please let me,” he said. As he was brushing the shoes, I asked him about the early morning service. I especially wanted to know, I said, who would be teaching the Bible before I arrived. He didn’t reply. When I pressed him further, he admitted that it was he who would be teaching the Bible to that huge crowd (100,000). The man cleaning my shoe had just taught me a lesson on the servant attitude and the spirit of ministering so often adopted by Christ Himself. I have never forgotten it.” (Billy Graham, Just As I Am (Carmel: Guideposts, 1997), pp. 278-279.)

For those of you who don’t know Neihulie. He was a pioneer and the first president of Nagaland Christian Revival Church (NCRC) at its formation. He was also the founder of the first Bible College in Nagaland, Kohima Bible College. He has a Bachelor of Theology (B. Th) from Doon Bible College, Dehradun in the year 1962. Achieved post graduation from South Western Assemblies of God University, Texas: USA in 1969. He was honoured and ordained as Reverend by the same University. The incident and the tale of Neihulie served me enough to know the meaning of servant-hood. Then it made perfect sense to me what Christ said, “For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.” (Mark 10:45). I knew this verse by memory but it came alive as fresh as a daisy after I learned my lesson. We are all called to serve and not to be served. There is no secret to servant-hood, you just have to serve wherever, whenever and whoever you can. Serve and just serve.

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68 bills lapsed at end of 15th Lok Sabha

New Delhi, February 22 (iaNS): The 15th Lok Sabha goes into history as the one passing the lowest number of bills, with 68 lapsing. These include a bill to reserve 30 perceent of seats in parliament and the legislatures for women and another for reserving 50 percent of seats in panchayats for women. This Lok Sabha passed 177 bills of the 326 it had listed for consideration and passing in its five year tenure, as per data compiled by thinktank PRS legislative Research. This is the least number of bills passed by a full fiveyear-term Lok Sabha. In comparison, the 13th Lok

Sabha passed 297 bills, and the 14th Lok Sabha passed 248 bills. A total of 128 Bills are currently pending in Parliament. Of these, 60 are pending in Rajya Sabha and 68 in the Lok Sabha. The bills in Lok Sabha will now lapse, the highest ever. Of the lapsing bills, 12 are of the finance ministry, 10 of the human resource development ministry, eight of the department of personnel, public grievances and pensions, which is under Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, seven of the law ministry and five of home ministry. Some of the important

bills to lapse are: The Constitution (108th Amendment) Bill to reserve 50 percent of seats in parliament and the legislatures for women. The Constitution (110th Amendment) Bill for reserving half the seats in panchayats for women. The Constitution (112th Amendment) Bill reserving one-third of elected seats in municipalities for women. The Judicial Standards and Accountability Bill, 2010: It was meant to to lay down enforceable standards of conduct for judges. It also requires judges to declare details of their and their family members’ as-

sets and liabilities. The Mines and Minerals (Development and Regulation) Bill, 2011: This bill, which promised more transparency, was brought after several cases of illegal mining came to light. The bill requires every person to obtain a license or lease for carrying on mining or related activities. The Electronic Delivery of Services Bill, 2011: This landmark bill required public authorities to deliver all public services electronically within a maximum period of eight years. The Micro Finance Institutions (Development and Regulation) Bill, 2012: The Bill sought to provide

a statutory framework to regulate and develop the micro finance industry and empower the Reserve Bank to regulate them. A parliament panel last week advised the government to reject this bill and bring a new bill. The Small Industries Development Bank of India (Amendment) Bill, 2012: The Small Industries Development Bank of India Act, 1989 established the Small Industries Development Bank of India (SIDBI) to promote, finance and develop ‘industrial concerns in the small-scale sector’ The Civil Aviation Authority of India Bill, 2013: It proposed to establish a

PaTNa/MuzaFFarPur, February 22 (PTi): After BJP opened tea stalls to hard sell Narendra Modi’s image of a leader rising from a humble background, RJD too has done the the same in the name of party chief Lalu Prasad claiming that he was the “real” tea seller. Besides providing free cuppa and biscuit to people, the partymen at the ‘Lalu chai dukaan’ would tell them about the alleged “falsehood” of the BJP’s Prime Ministerial candidate. An unfazed BJP, however, said such a “monkey trick” would have no impact on the voters. Alleging that Modi’s claim of being a tea vendor in childhood was false and asserting that unlike him its

chief Lalu Prasad was a “real” tea seller, RJD has opened roadside tea shops at strategic locations in Muzaffarpur district for its own brand of “Chai per charcha” (discussion over tea). ‘Lalu chai dukaan’ followed the RJD chief questioning the authenticity of Narendra Modi selling tea in childhood and claiming himself to be the “real” tea seller at a shop of his brother in Patna during his student days. “We distribute about 1000 cups of tea along with biscuits to people free from ‘Lalu chai dukaan’ during an hour long discussion every evening to tell people about truth of Prasad and Narendra Modi,” Muzaffarpur RJD spokesman and the man behind the tea programme Iqbal Shami told PTI.

New Delhi, February 22 (TNN): Renowned writer and thinker Rajmohan Gandhi joined the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) on Friday in a significant coup for the newbie political party. Gandhi appeared disenchanted with the Congress — that his grandfather Mahatma Gandhi helped build to a national party — calling it only for the “khaas aadmi’’ (special people.) While speculation is rife that Gandhi may be asked to contest against Gujarat CM Narendra Modi in Gujarat, party sources also said that a Delhi seat may also be considered. When asked if he was open to contesting against Modi Gandhi said that it was a

“long shot.” Drawn by the party’s fearless opposition to corruption, Rajmohan Gandhi said that it was close to Gandhi’s single focus on ‘salt’ that spurred the Civil Disobedience Movement. When asked why he chose to join electoral politics Rajmohan Gandhi said, “No party is perfect. But Congress today has become a party for the “khaas aadmi’’, BJP for the “ameer aadmi’’and only AAP is left for the aam aadmi.” He said that the party had a single-minded focus on corruption and had risen from the grassroots. “It is a people’s party above all. Secondly, it is a party that is fearlessly opposing corruption. These to

me are the most compelling reasons. Plus the very fact that so many people who have been drawn to it have felt some kind of hope from it. I have also felt that. I have genuinely felt that here is something new, something fresh ...there is something, something with its focus on grassroots politics, with its focus against corruption. So I am quite drawn to it,’’ he said. When asked why he did not join Congress, Gandhi said, “Because I have seen the performance of the Congress party. I have been pained by it. I have been disappointed by it...But I could not feel that I could put my heart and soul at this fairly advanced age into anything other than the AAP.’’

New Delhi, February 22 (iaNS): The Aam Aadmi Party Saturday alleged the Congress and the BJP were hand-in-glove in denying Delhi residents the 50-percent subsidy in power tariff that was extended when the Arvind Kejriwal government was in office in the capital. “AAP is shocked over the central government’s decision to ignore the proposal of the Kejriwal government to continue the re-

lief for the next six months till September,” said an AAP statement. The party said that as per the interim budget passed by parliament Friday, the relief of 50 percent in electricity bills for those consuming up to 400 units each month, provided by its government from January, will be discontinued from April 1. “When preparations for the interim budget started, the AAP government had

clearly made a provision for this relief to continue and the power department was ready with a proposal,” the party said. “The Congress-led United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government’s decision to reverse this pro-people’s measure is a betrayal of the people of Delhi,” it said. “The BJP is an equal partner in this anti-people decision,” the AAP statement added.

The party said that despite the BJP promising a 30-percent cut in electricity bills in its manifesto for the Delhi elections, it did not protest the central government’s decision when the interim budget was tabled in parliament. According to AAP, more than 90 percent of the legislators in the Delhi assembly, except for the eight from Congress, had agreed that electricity bills should be reduced by at least 30

percent. “Then how could the central government ignore such an overwhelming majority,” it asked. “People of Delhi are watching this match-fixing between the Congress and the BJP to increase the woes of the common man. The BJP’s mysterious silence on president’s rule is a clear signal it wants to deny the people their right of having a democratically elected government.”

SriNaGar, February 22 (iaNS): A guideline to Kashmiri journalists not to wear ‘pherans’, a traditional Kashmiri attire, to Army press briefings has triggered a row, with Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Omar Abdullah Saturday calling it “unacceptable”. An invitation to the press briefing for Saturday of the commander of

Army’s Srinagar-based 15th corps said that journalists should not come wearing ‘pherans’ during the briefing. Local journalists on Friday protested the Army’s guideline saying a ‘pheran’, which is a tweed over garment worn by Kashmiris during the winter months, is a traditional Kashmiri dress. Omar Abdullah tweeted on Saturday: “If the

Army has in fact told journalists not to wear a pheran to Corps headquater events that is unacceptable and the order should be withdrawn. “People wear their pheran with pride. It’s part of our identity aside from the best way to stay warm in the cold. Can’t ban pherans.” The Army’s Srinagarbased PRO has withdrawn the guideline, saying it had been inadvertent.

‘Tea seller’ politics hots up as Lalu ‘chai dukaan’ opens

Rajmohan Gandhi joins AAP

Civil Aviation Authority of India (CAA) to replace the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) as the civil aviation safety regulator, under overall oversight of the Ministry of Civil Aviation. The Coal Regulatory Authority Bill, 2013: This bill which was bought after the alleged coal scam, sought to establish an independent regulatory authority for the coal sector. The Prevention of Bribery of Foreign Public Officials and Officials of Public International Organisations Bill, 2011: One of the anti-graft bills that was on priority list but could not get passed,

this bill criminalised acceptance or solicitation of bribes by FPO and OPIO for acts or omissions in their official capacity. The Direct Taxes Code Bill, 2010: This bill consolidates and amend the law relating to direct taxes such as income-tax and wealth-tax. The Foreign Educational Institutions (Regulation of Entry and Operations) Bill, 2010: One of the most important education bills, it was meant to regulate the entry and operation of foreign educational institutions in the country. The National Accreditation Regulatory Authority for Higher Educational In-

stitutions Bill, 2010: Seeking to maintain academic quality, this bill sought to make it mandatory for every higher educational institution to be accredited by an independent accreditation agency. The Educational Tribunals Bill, 2010: It sought to set up educational tribunals at the national and state level to adjudicate disputes involving teachers and other employees of higher educational institutions and other stakeholders such as students, universities and statutory regulatory authorities. *Figures and data on bills provided by PRS Legislative Research

Cong-BJP nexus denying power bill relief to Delhi: AAP

Cong mulls post- Indian army guideline on Telangana options Kashmiri attire triggers row

New Delhi, February 22 (iaNS): Congress president Sonia Gandhi on Saturday held talks with state cabinet ministers Kanna Lakshminarayana and Uttam Kumar Reddy, who come from Andhra and Telangana regions respectively. With Chief Minister N. Kumar Reddy’s resignation, the Congress is in a dilemma to whether impose President’s rule in Andhra Pradesh or name his successor or wait for a few days to install two chief ministers in two states -- Telangana and successor state of Andhra Pradesh. Kanna’s name was doing rounds for last few months as possible successor to Mr. Kiran Reddy after the latter revolted against the leadership over its decision to split the state. The agriculture minister, who did not defy the leadership, held talks with some central leaders few weeks ago. Uttam Kumar Reddy is also considered a loyal and non-controversial leader. Ms. Gandhi on Friday held talks with former state Congress chief D. Srinivas and Minister Geeta Reddy, both from Telangana. The leadership is believed to be considering

various options including appointment of two presidents of the party in the two states. It is also trying to take Telangana leaders into confidence for naming a leader from Seemandhra as chief minister for the undivided state. As the overwhelming view in the party is against imposing President’s rule in the wake of ensuing simultaneous elections to Lok Sabha and state assembly, the leadership is toying with the idea of naming a leader from Seemandhra as Chief Minister till the elections. Party sources said there was also possibility of the leadership waiting for the next few days for two new states to formally come into being. However, Mr. Kiran Reddy has already conveyed to the governor that he would not like to continue as caretaker Chief Minister for long. The leadership is also discussing the pros and cons of appointing two chief ministers and two party chiefs. As the leaders from Telangana are demanding that the elections be held in two separate states, the central leadership may have to finally exercise this option, sources said.

India’s ruling Congress Party supporters burn an effigy of Tamil Nadu State Chief Minister Jayaram Jayalalitha during a protest in Kolkata, India on February 22. The protest was in response to the Tamil Nadu state, which had ruled on Wednesday that seven prisoners serving life sentences for the 1991 assassination of former Indian Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi should be freed as they have served more than 20 years in prison. India's top court on Thursday stopped Tamil Nadu state government from releasing three of the seven prisoners. (AP Photo)

Sharad Pawar takes U-turn, slams Narendra Modi for Gujarat riots

Sharad Pawar

MuMbai, February 22 (PTi): NCP chief Sharad Pawar, who had recently deprecated Narendra Modi’s condemnation over Gujarat riots, on Saturday took a U-turn and targeted BJP’s PM candidate for “mass murder”, drawing sharp criticism from the opposition party. “The Chief Minister of a neighbouring state speaks about his development agenda...What is development?...Is it bringing allround development in the lives of the poor and bring-

ing smile on their faces? They speak of changing the face of the country but the entire country has seen how mass murders took place,” Pawar said addressing a meeting to discuss the status of minorities, without naming Modi. Pawar slammed Modi’s development model and accused him of ignoring certain sections of the society. “These people are asking for complete power... But their attitude is to ignore certain sections of the society,” Pawar, Union Agri-

culture Minister, said. Pawar had recently said there was no need for a debate on the 2002 Gujarat riots after courts had ruled on Modi’s role during the communal conflagration. “If courts have given their verdict, then the question of holding a debate on it does not arise. We accept the court’s order and there won’t be any debate on it,” Pawar had said. Pawar’s criticism of Modi drew a sharp response from BJP whose spokesman Prakash Ja-

vadekar said the NCP chief has the habit of making communal statements ahead of elections. “For four years nine months, Pawar talks like a secularist. However, when the elections come close, he becomes a communalist. The NCP leader has a pecularity to make communal statements ahead of the elections,” Javadekar said. Pawar also criticised former Mumbai Police Commissioner Satyapal Singh for quitting IPS to join BJP. “Till the other day, he was in charge of law and order of the city and suddenly one finds he has joined BJP. Recently, a top official of the Ministry of Home Affairs (Home Secretary RK Singh) also joined communal BJP,” the NCP chief said. “..Ideology is not framed overnight, those in the administration are expected to be fair and impartial in a secular country. These

people are part of administration for 20-30 years and suddenly (they) join a political party,” he said, adding the presence of such people in government could be “dangerous”. “I have no objection to them joining politics but their presence in government is dangerous...All secular parties should think about this,” he said. Javadekar also took a swipe at Pawar for his criticism of Satyapal Singh, saying the Maratha strongman was unhappy as Mumbai’s former top cop had not joined NCP. “Till the other day, he was in charge of the law and order of the city and suddenly one finds he has joined the BJP. Recently, a top official of the ministry of Home Affairs also joined the communal BJP,” the NCP chief said. “..Ideology is not framed overnight, those in the administration are expected

to be fair and impartial in a secular country. These people are part of administration for 20-30 years and suddenly (they) join a political party,” he said. Pawar said the presence of such people in government could be dangerous. “I have no objection to them joining politics, but their presence in government is dangerous...All secular parties should think about this,” he added. BJP, however, took a jibe at Pawar, saying the NCP leader has a peculiarity of making “communal” statements ahead of elections. “For four years and nine months Pawar talks like a secularist. However, when elections draw closer he turns communal,” BJP leader Prakash Javadekar said. On Pawar criticising the former Mumbai police commissioner for joining BJP, Javadekar said, “Pawar is unhappy as the top cop did not join NCP”.

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Obama meets with Dalai Lama, upsetting China

WASHINGTON/BEIJING, February 22 (Reuters): President Barack Obama held low-key talks with the Dalai Lama on Friday, prompting the Chinese government to ask why the White House ignored Beijing’s warnings that the meeting with the exiled Tibetan spiritual leader would damage ties. China’s vice foreign minister, Zhang Yesui, summoned Daniel Kritenbrink, charge d’affaires of the U.S. embassy in China, on Friday night to condemn the meeting as interference in China’s internal affairs, the Chinese Foreign Ministry said. China calls the Dalai Lama, who fled to India after a failed uprising in 1959, a “wolf in sheep’s clothing” who seeks to use violent methods to establish an independent Tibet. The Dalai Lama says he only wants genuine autonomy for Tibet and denies advocating violence. Obama’s private meet-

ing with the Dalai Lama, a Nobel Peace Prize laureate, lasted for about an hour. Obama reaffirmed his support for Tibet’s unique religious, cultural and linguistic traditions and human rights for Tibetans, the White House said. Obama said he did not support Tibetan independence from China and the Dalai Lama said he was not seeking it, the White House said in a statement. The White House sidestepped questions about whether it was worried about the reaction from China. “We are committed to a constructive relationship with China in which we work together to solve regional and global problems,” White House spokesman Jay Carney told a regular news briefing, noting that Obama and other U.S. presidents had previously met the Tibetan leader. China’s foreign ministry, in a statement on its website, cited vice foreign minister Zhang as saying

the meeting was “a wrong move by the United States that seriously interfered in China’s internal affairs and seriously violated the U.S. promise of not supporting ‘Tibet independence’”. “The United States’ insistence on doing so would seriously damage China-U.S. cooperation and bilateral relations, and would also harm the interests of the United States itself,” Zhang said. “The United States must take concrete actions to gain the trust of the Chinese government and people.” The uproar is expected to be one of many challenges for the new U.S. ambassador in China, Max Baucus, who was sworn in to his new role on Friday by Vice President Joe Biden. Human rights groups say China tramples on the rights of Tibetans and em-

US President Barack Obama and Dalai Lama

ploys brutal methods to enforce its rule. More than 120 Tibetans have set themselves on fire since 2009 in protest against China. Most

have died. “We’re concerned about continuing tensions and the deteriorating human rights situation in Tibetan

on her right cheek. She has been volunteering as a nurse in the opposition’s sprawling tent camp on the Maidan for nearly three months, sleeping in tents, in dormitories set up in several administrative buildings seized by protesters, and in the homes of sympathetic Kiev residents. “I am apolitical, I am not member of any party. I am simply with the people,” a weak and pale-looking Zhukovska, her neck bandaged, told the AP. “I couldn’t watch this on TV. I had to be with the people.” She said she was shot as she walked around the camp with several friends. She became disoriented and thought that a grenade had exploded near her. “And then they told me: ‘Sweetheart, a sniper has shot you,’” Zhukovska recalled. “Then I looked at my hands and they were covered in blood, and I said, that’s it, I am dying.” One photo making the rounds on social media shows Zhukovska looking shocked, her eyes closed, clutching her bleeding neck and being led away by activists. As soon as she was taken to an ambulance, she said, she grabbed her phone and with fingers covered with blood, she tapped out “I am dying,” on her Vkontakte account, the local equivalent of Facebook. It is also linked to her Twitter page. Then, a doctor in the ambulance took the phone away. Soon, Twitter exploded with expressions of sorrow

and rage, as many users feared she was dead. As of Friday night, Zhukovska’s post has generated more than 6,200 retweets. After hours of agonized waiting Thursday night, Oleh Musiy, a top medic for the protesters, told AP that Zhukovska had survived. Mykola Dyomin, head doctor at Hospital No. 17, where Zhukovska was admitted, said she has undergone surgery and should be discharged in about a week. “I am alive! Thank you to all those who are praying and supporting me,” she tweeted Friday. “I am in the hospital; my condition is stable for now!” Health Minister Raisa Bohatyryova, a top Yanukovych ally, visited the hospital where Zhukovska and scores of other injured activists were being treated Friday. She condemned violence against Zhukovska and said the government was not to blame. “Everything should be investigated,” she told reporters. “But if today, we as society, start assigning grades to everyone or passing personal judgments, it would be wrong, it wouldn’t be safe.” Bohatyryova’s words fell flat with one protester at the hospital, who shouted at her with his voice trembling with rage: “If only you knew, bitch, what I have lived through! I will never forgive you for what you did.” Zhukovska’s spirit was unwavering. “As soon as I get better, of course, I will go to the Maidan,” she said.

tion Friday from U.S. based watchdog group Human Rights Watch, which said “Venezuelan security forces have used excessive and unlawful force against protesters on multiple occasions since February 12, 2014, including beating detainees and shooting at crowds of unarmed people.” The report also said “the government has censored the news media, blocking transmission of a TV channel and threatening to prosecute news outlets for their coverage of the violence.” The U.S. news channel CNN said Friday four of its journalists were notified by the Information Ministry that they are no longer allowed to report in the country. They include CNN en Espanol anchor Patricia Janiot. The U.S. State Department also issued a warning Friday to U.S. citizens in Venezuela to “maintain a low profile and to avoid all areas of civil disruption.” Later, Secretary of State John Kerry issued a statement criticizing Venezuela’s government for confronting protesters with force, imprisoning students, limiting freedoms of expression and assembly and revoking the credentials of CNN en Espanol reporters, among

other things. “This is not how democracies behave,” Kerry said, urging all sides, including the protesters, to refrain from violence. Maduro has insisted that the protesters are “fascist” elements intent on fomenting a coup and pledged to crack down. On Thursday, a judge determined there was enough evidence to detain opposition leader Leopoldo Lopez, who surrendered to authorities a day earlier. The charges against Lopez include arson and criminal incitement related to a massive Feb. 12 rally. Speaking Friday to international media, Maduro called out what he said was a “campaign of demonization to isolate the Bolivarian revolution.” Carmona, who was in her final year in a marketing program at a university in Valencia, was not ardently political, friends and family said. Her uncle said she was drawn to the rally by the dismal economic conditions that the oil-rich country has experienced after 15 years of socialism-inspired policies and that her mother had gone with her to protect her. “There’s no food, no milk, no baby food ... It is horrible what is happening in this country,” Gil said. “That’s why she was out at the protest.”

I am dying: Volunteer Medic tweeted after being shot in neck

In this February 20, photo, Olesya Zhukovska, left, is helped after being shot in her neck by a sniper bullet, in Independence Square, the epicenter of the country's current unrest, Kiev, Ukraine. “I am dying,” Olesya Zhukovska, a 21-year-old volunteer medic, wrote on Twitter, minutes after she got shot in the neck by a sniper’s bullet as deadly clashes broke out in the center of the Ukrainian capital between protesters and police. The tweet, accompanied by a photo of her clutching her bleeding neck and being led away under fire, went viral, as social media users around the world presumed she had died and shared their grief and anger. But Zhukovska survived. (AP Photo)

KIEV, FEBruAry 22 (AP): “I am dying,” Olesya Zhukovska, a 21-year-old volunteer medic, wrote on Twitter, minutes after she got shot in the neck by a sniper’s bullet as deadly clashes broke out in the center of the Ukrainian capital between protesters and police. The tweet, accompanied by a photo of her clutching her bleeding neck and being led away under fire, went viral, as social media users around the world presumed she had died and shared their grief and anger. But Zhukovska survived. She has become a symbol

of the three-month protest of President Viktor Yanukovych’s government and a movement for closer ties with the West and human rights. “We stand for freedom, for our rights, for social independence, for democracy, for freedom of speech, for everything, for a normal life,” she told The Associated Press from her hospital bed in Kiev. Zhukovska was injured Thursday morning, when government snipers began firing at protesters on Independence Square, known as Maidan, a bastion of the demonstrations that began in November to

protest Yanukovych’s decision to freeze ties with the European Union and seek financial aid from Russia. Scores were killed and hundreds injured in clashes this week in the deadliest violence Ukraine has seen in modern history. In the course of the protests, police have deliberately targeted journalists wearing press identification and medics labeled with white crosses, prompting an international outcry. Zhukovska, from a small town in western Ukraine, is a jolly paramedic with wavy dark hair and a birth mark

areas of China,” Carney told reporters. “We will continue to urge the Chinese government to resume dialogue with the Dalai Lama

or his representatives without pre-conditions as a means to reduce tensions,” he said. It was the third time Obama had met the Dalai Lama, whom the White House calls “an internationally respected religious and cultural leader.” Previous meetings were in 2010 and 2011. In what appeared to be a small concession to the Chinese, the visit was held in the White House Map Room, a historically important room but of less significance than the more prestigious Oval Office, where the president normally meets visiting leaders. The Dalai Lama did not speak to the media after the meeting, unlike in 2011 when he spoke to reporters after meeting Obama. The Global Times, an influential Chinese tabloid run by the Communist Party mouthpiece the People’s Dai-

ly, said the meeting “embarrassed” China. “The sudden meeting between Obama and the Dalai Lama at a time of complex Sino-U.S. relations will only irritate China and make the Chinese pessimistic about U.S. sincerity in developing positive relations,” the paper said. China had urged the White House to cancel the meeting with the Dalai Lama after it was announced on Thursday evening. Jonathan Pollack, an analyst with the Brookings Institution think-tank, said it was extremely unlikely that China would takes steps such as canceling high-level meetings over the visit, given there was so much at stake in China-U.S. ties. “Obviously the Chinese are predictably and ritualistically agitated, but their words, compared to what they have said in the past, are, if anything, a little less sharp,” he said. The Dalai Lama was not seen by the White House press corps and the White House did not give photographers access to the meeting.

Pink To Appear At The Oscars For The First Time

Pop superstar Pink is set to grace the stage at the Academy Awards for the first time ever. The Grammy winner will make a special appearance at the 86th annual prizegiving on 2 March (14), although it is not yet known if she will be performing or simply presenting. A statement from show producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron reads, We are very excited to welcome Pink to the Oscar stage for the very first time. She is regarded as one of the greatest voices in pop music and one of the best performers of her generation, and we are thrilled to have her join us for a highly anticipated moment on the broadcast. The awards’ broadcast will take place at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood and will be hosted by U.S. Tv personality Ellen DeGeneres.

Slain beauty queen mourned in Venezuela

(Left) In this undated photo, Genesis Carmona, model and Miss Tourism 2013 for the Venezuelan state of Carabobo, poses for a photo in Valencia, Venezuela. (Right) Genesis Carmona is driven away on a motorcycle after she was wounded during an antigovernment protest in Valencia on February 18. Carmona was allegedly struck by a bullet when unknown gunmen on motorcycles opened fire on opposition protesters, said Enzo Scrano, mayor of a Valencia district. Carmona died from her wounds on February 19. (AP Photo)

VALENCIA, FEBruAry 22 (AP): A university student beauty queen was mourned Friday in the provincial Venezuelan city where she was slain this week during a political protest, a victim of what government opponents say is indiscriminate violence used by President Nicolas Maduro and his supporters to stifle dissent across the country. Family members and friends of 22-year-old Gen-

esis Carmona say the former Miss Tourism 2013 for the central Venezuelan state of Carabobo was shot down by members of the armed militias known as “colectivos” who opened fire on a demonstration in Valencia on Tuesday. The government says the incident is under investigation, and Maduro said at a news conference Friday that it has been “wellestablished” by ballistics

experts that shot came from the opposition protesters. Mourners at the private Mass and graveside memorial for Carmona said they have no doubt which side fired the fatal round. “She wanted to support her country and, well, look what it cost her for going out with a flag and a whistle. Killed by government mercenaries,” said Jose Gil, an uncle of Carmona. The violence drew condemna-


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Who has the power to remove Dhoni as captain? Veturi Srivatsa


hat went wrong with the Indian cricket team on their just concluded tour to New Zealand? A ritualistic post-mortem has greeted the team when it returned home. It has to, as usual, start at the top. Should Dhoni continue as captain after his team's string of defeats overseas in the last couple of years? Does he deserve a place in the Test eleven as a wicketkeeperbatsman? Above all, have India the stomach to fight it out overseas? The jury is still out. Some former captains want Dhoni to stay because the World Cup is barely a year away and he deserves to defend the Cup he won for India after 28 years. Some others want him to go from the Test side to start with, suddenly finding him too defensive after hailing him as an imaginative and innovative leader not very long ago! The lone former India captain who was a witness to the happenings in the series from the ringside seat as a commentator takes a charitable view, saying the captain is only as good as his team even as he took potshots at India's super-power status in world cricket. Sunil Gavaskar should know, having been part of the musical chairs in his playing days with Kapil Dev. The “remove captain” campaign is a

sickeningly old pastime. Before the advent of the 24X7 television channels and their TRPs, some of the broadsheet newspapers took on the role of tabloids by going to town with polls for getting the captain sacked after a couple of disastrous tours overseas. Those were the days when an overseas defeat was not deemed serious enough to dump a captain. In the last decade or so, the Indian cricket fan has started believing that the team can win overseas, more so in the 21st century, though India won a Test in Australia way back in 1980-81 and rain deprived them a series-win the next time they were down under in 1985-86. Of course, they narrowly lost to Kerry-Packerhit Australia 2-3 in the 1977-78 series. Nowadays the decision to appoint or remove a captain is no longer in the hands of the paid national selectors and they don't complain too much either if their decision is overturned unless the selector happens to be a Mohinder Amarnath, who paid with his job for asking for Dhoni's head a year ago. There was a time the board had more than one selector who happened to be a powerful cricket administrator. Unlike in the days of gentlemen cricketer-administrators like Ghulam Ahmed, who could be trusted with any role, today the selectors are on the board's roster on a fat salary. They constantly keep looking over their shoulders to check whether their acts are likely to annoy the powerful board bosses. Captains and coaches in the last two decades have been removed at the specific request or complaints of the 'khalifas' in

the team. Even Kapil Dev and Sandip Patil could not escape the wrath of the senior players when they were coaches. Gavaskar was smart enough not to accept the role after briefly holding the baby in Sharjah when Ajit Wadekar had a sudden health problem. Then came a phase when the players helplessly watched captains gain enormous powers with the backing of powerful board officials. There was that comic story of a tobacco-chewing national selector apparently going out of the meeting for a spit, but actually stepping out to call the board chief to alert him that his colleagues had decided to dump the captain. By the time he returned to the meeting the chairman had changed his mind after getting a call from the chief! There was a time when fringe players sought transfers to the state association presided over by a powerful board official and some of them did get a national call. The scene is more or less the same now, except this time the state association is different. Today a player need not play for the state, it is enough if he is a member of the Indian Premier League (IPL) side led by the national captain to find a place in the India squad. The Indian captain is not only the captain of the IPL side, but he is also a top executive of the company that owns it. What chance do the selectors have to even suggest that he be replaced? Dhoni himself has somewhat defused the situation by pulling out of the Asia Cup with a side strain. With nine more overseas Tests

coming up in England and Australia, he himself might take a call sooner than later. He had already dropped hints last year that he may not play in all three formats for long. Interestingly, the reactions to India's showing in the antipodes, too, are predictable. All those who are opposed to India hijacking the International Cricket Council (ICC) in the name of reforms are drawing vicarious delight in seeing India lose the records-filled two-Test series 0-1. There has been widespread media criticism in New Zealand, as in some other parts of the world, of the manner in which India, in the company of England and Australia, sought to ride roughshod over poorer boards and dubbed its administrators “arrogant jerks”. While Cricket New Zealand counted its dollars under the new dispensation, their cricketers showed they are well worth the megabucks on cricketing merit. Cricket New Zealand stands to benefit to the tune of $70-100 million from the ICC revenues as against $2 million now! Others are also seeing virtues in falling in line. That's cricket!

Wayne Rooney signs new WIndies end Irish hopes of history Serena upset by Cornet in Dubai semis Manchester United deal KiNgstON, FebRuARy 22 (iANs/CMC): A herculean face saving effort put history on hold allowing West Indies to pull off an 11run victory over persistent Ireland and draw the two match T20 international series here at Sabina Park. Captain Darren Sammy grabbed three wickets to lead a late counter-attack as West Indies Friday stormed back from poor batting performance to deprive the visitors of a first series win against a Test playing nation, reports CMC. Ireland restricted West Indies to an embarrassing 96 for 9 in 20 overs, their second lowest total in completed innings, since making

79 for 7 against Zimbabwe in 2010. The visitors, at one stage, appeared to be inching to victory until Sammy's diehard bowling display, a three-wicket haul in the middle overs which sent their effort into a tail spin. Ireland had slumped to 22 for three when Gary Wilson arrived and occupied the crease long enough to move the game gradually away from the hosts. Wilson was the inspiration to the run chase with a gutsy top score of 35 with four boundaries. However, an unpopular decision by Sammy to bring Dwayne Bravo back into the attack for a second spell paid off with the wicket of Wilson.

As the crowd voiced their disapproval at Bravo's return, Wilson went for a huge shot, but ended up hitting the ball high into the air for the Trinidadian all-rounder to settle under it. Sammy had Andrew Poynter caught for two, bowled Kevin O'Brien for three and had Stuart Thompson caught for seven to settle the issue. West Indies raised their game in the field clawing their way back as Ireland subsided under a combined bowling effort which saw a wicket each for Krishmar Santokie, Samuel Badree, Sunil Narine and Bravo. The only other Irish batsman to reach double figures was Ed Joyce who scored 10.

Silver T-20 tournament

DiMAPuR, FebRuARy 22 (MexN): The 5th edition of the Silver Cup T-20 Cricket Tournament organised by Youth Department of Nepali Baptist Church Kohima under theme “Peace and unity through cricket” will commence from March 17 at Kohima Local Ground. Silver Cup is an annual feature of the Youth Department of NBC Kohima as part of its sports ministry. Interested teams/clubs are hereby informed to collect the entry forms from the following shops: Kohima - Sports World, Main Town and Dimapur - Universal Sports, Nyamo Lotha Road. The forms can be submitted at the same shops till March 12. Further information can be collected by contacting: 9774039646 / 8974984619 / 9774416162.

Arsenal Mesut Ozil, left, nudges the ball from Manchester United's Wayne Rooney during their English Premier League soccer match between Arsenal and Manchester United at the Emirates stadium in London, Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2014. (AP Photo)

LONDON, FebRuARy 22 (AP): Less than a year after pushing to leave Manchester United, Wayne Rooney committed his longterm future to the struggling Premier League champion on Friday by signing a lucrative new contract through June 2019. The 28-year-old striker's future at United has been mired in uncertainty since Chelsea tried to sign him last year, and he had only 18 months remaining on his current Old Trafford deal. But Rooney now looks set to end his playing career at the club he has been at since 2004 after signing a new contract, reportedly worth up to 300,000 pounds ($501,000) a week. The deal makes Rooney the league's top earner, and softens the blow of potentially not playing against Europe's elite clubs next season. In the first season since David Moyes replaced Alex Ferguson, United is seventh in the league with 12 matches remaining, 11 points from the fourth Champions League qualification place. "It's not a massive concern for me," Rooney said on his personal website. "This is because I know the direction that this club is going in, and if we don't make it this season then we will come back stronger and claim a Champions

League spot next season. "Let's not forget we still have a chance this year. Some of the other teams are playing well, but we have a strong squad here and if we have a positive end to the season then who knows what can happen." The England international has been at United almost a decade, since leaving an Everton team then managed by Moyes. In 403 United appearances, Rooney has scored 208 goals, putting him fourth on the club's career list, 41 behind record-holder Bobby Charlton. "Wayne has been the best player in England since I put him into the Everton first team in 2003," Moyes said. "Since becoming United manager in July last year, I have enjoyed working with him and seeing just how he has developed his incredible talent. "With his ability, his experience and his desire to succeed, he is a vital part of my plans for the future and I'm absolutely thrilled he has accepted the challenge." As part of the new contract, Rooney will become a club ambassador when his playing career ends. And already, he is central to the club's global marketing operation, as one of the team's most high-profile players. "I've been here since

I was 18 and this contract will take me through to my 30s, which is almost my entire professional career," Rooney said. "I've played most of my best football here and am looking forward to hopefully playing even better football in the next few years." Moyes is delighted to have prevented Rooney from joining a rival. "Everyone would want him in their team," Moyes said. "There were clubs who did want him. There were clubs who would have wanted him (had he not signed a new deal) but there was never going to be a chance he was going to leave Manchester United, certainly not on my watch." Convincing Rooney to stay, having already broken the club's transfer record to sign midfielder Juan Mata last month, should help Moyes persuade other players to join as he looks to strengthen the squad. "Part of the rebuilding (process) is making sure that you keep the players you really want to keep," Moyes said. "We are looking to bring the best players in the world to the club. I think Wayne Rooney is one of them. I will be looking to make more signings in the summer and hopefully add to the quality we already have got."

DubAi, FebRuARy 22 (AFP): Alize Cornet, recovering brilliantly from a mighty collapse in career fortunes, scored her bestever win by beating world number one Serena Williams 6-4, 6-4 and preventing an all-Williams sisters final at the Dubai Open. The 24-year-old Frenchwoman, who is about to return to the top 20 after a dismal five-year interval in which she fell from the top 100, made a mere handful of errors as she manoeuvred and harassed the legend to a stunning defeat. Cornet often rallied valiantly when the powerful American landed her biggest blows, but even more often she found changes of direction and angles to disrupt Serena's rhythm. That this happened more often than usual to the favourite was unsurprising considering that this was her first tournament since injuring her back in last month's Australian Open.

Serena later pronounced herself "a wee bit embarrassed" by the result, which denied her the chance of a final with older sister Venus Williams, an earlier winner against Caroline Wozniacki. She also had a fit of incongruous laughing as she claimed that she had "not made that many errors in a match in, I think, at least three years, maybe four years", and had not felt good all week. In truth, Serena did enough to have beaten most other opponents. But this one was unusually smart and courageous as well as skilful and levelheaded, and took her rare opportunity with tremendous panache. "It's my best ever win but I haven't realised it yet," Cornet said, still hopping up and down with joy during the on-court interview. "I played a very good match. Most of the time I didn't even realise who I was playing, and that's the way I had to be.

Magic fight back to beat Knicks in 2 OTs

ORLANDO, FebRuARy 22 (AP): The Orlando Magic have made no secret that the future of their franchise will depend on how well they can develop their young players. Rookie Victor Oladipo is a key cog in that group and provided a glimpse of what team officials hope that future will look like. Arron Afflalo scored 32 points and Oladipo had 30 points, a career-high 14 assists and nine rebounds as the Magic rallied to beat the New York Knicks 129-121 in double overtime on Friday night. The Magic trailed by as many as 14 points, but got 25 points and 10 assists from Oladipo after halftime to stave off the Knicks. Tobias Harris added 22 points. "Every game I control one thing — my energy that I bring to both ends of the floor," Oladipo said. "I'm just trying to do that every game, whether it's a good game or a bad game." Orlando snapped a three-game losing streak in its first game following the departure of Glen Davis, who had the remainder of his contract bought out earlier in the day. Magic coach Jacque Vaughn said he thought Oladipo played a complete game. The rookie logged a team-high 49 minutes. "He got what he wanted to on both ends of the floor," Vaughn said. "On

New York Knicks' Carmelo Anthony (7) looks for a shot as Orlando Magic's Nikola Vucevic (9), Arron Afflalo (4) and Tobias Harris (12) defend during overtime of an NBA basketball game in Orlando, Fla., Friday, Feb. 21. (AP Photos)

the offensive end, in a lot of different places we kind of let him go and it was his decision to make." Carmelo Anthony led the Knicks with 44 points, but only 14 came after the third quarter. The Knicks' loss ended their eight-game win streak over the Magic. It was also

the latest head-scratching loss for a New York team that has last four of its last five and is yet to post backto-back wins this month. "Every game right now is important," Knicks coach Mike Woodson said. "They made the run at the start of the fourth and we couldn't

get it back. It's a tough loss." Afflalo found Oladipo for a layup to put the Magic in front 117-113 in the second overtime. But Afflalo injured his right ankle in the process by stepping on Raymond Felton's foot and didn't return. He will be evaluated before the team's upcoming four-

game road trip. Orlando was dealt another blow on the Knicks' next possession when center Nik Vucevic was whistled for his sixth foul. Anthony then hit a pair of free-throws to get New York back within a basket. Oladipo answered, getting fouled when he fought past Tim Hardaway Jr. for a layup. He completed the three-point play to push the lead back to 120-115. The Knicks got it back to a point before another three-point play by Oladipo made it 125-121 with 30.7 seconds left. Felton had a 3-pointer rattle out on the other end, forcing the Knicks to foul and Orlando sealed the win at the free throw line. "It is just another game that I feel that we gave away," Anthony said. "We were up and had a comfortable lead. They fought back and never quit." Felton hit back-to-back jumpers to put New York up 113-111 with less than three minutes to play in the first overtime. Oladipo quickly countered on the other end with a driving layup before Felton sprinted ahead and found Tyson Chandler for a reverse slam. But the ball bounced off Chandler's head and popped up and out of the basket. Chandler was called for offensive interference and the basket was waved off.















Chelsea stretch lead with 1-0 win SL beat B'desh

Chelsea will remain top of the English Premier League for another week after beating Everton 1-0 in injury time

LonDon, February 22 (aaP): John Terry scored a 93rd-minute winner as Chelsea snatched a 1-0 victory at home to Everton on Saturday that sent them four points clear at the Premier League summit. Jose Mourinho's side looked destined to drop vital points until Terry marked his return to the team after a three-game absence by toeing Frank Lampard's free-kick past visiting goalkeeper Tim Howard in stoppage time. Victory means that Chelsea are assured of first place until next weekend at least, although Arsenal and Manchester City can both trim their lead later on Saturday. Second-placed Arsenal host Sunderland, while third-placed City, who now have two games in hand, tackle Stoke City at the Etihad Stadium. Despite losing January signing Lacina Traore to injury in the warm-up, Everton made a confident start

in the sunshine at Stamford Bridge and kept the ball from Chelsea for long periods of the first half. Chelsea manager Mourinho introduced Fernando Torres and Andre Schuerrle as the hosts pushed for a late breakthrough and saw Ramires lash a 25-yard shot narrowly wide in the 90th minute. Time looked up for Chelsea, but in the third minute of injury time Terry threw himself at Lampard's left-wing free-kick and managed to squeeze the ball past Howard. Everton remain in sixth place in the table, eight points below Liverpool, who currently occupy the fourth and final Champions League qualifying place. Wayne Rooney will hope to celebrate his new Manchester United contract with a goal when his side visit Crystal Palace later on Saturday, a day after he committed himself to Old Trafford until 2019. M e a nwh i l e , Fe l i x Magath will take charge of his first game as Fulham manager when the league's bottom club visit fourthbottom West Bromwich Albion. The 60-year-old, hired to succeed Rene Meulensteen last week, is the first Chelsea's captain John Terry, left, jumps to control the ball to go on and score against Everton during an English Premier German to manage a club in the Premier League. League soccer match at the Stamford Bridge ground in London on Feb. 22. Chelsea won the match 1-0. (AP Photo)

Vatican city, February 22 (Pti): Pope Francis has confronted temptation of an unusual sort. Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff gave him a national team jersey signed by football great Pele and a ball signed by Ronaldo during an audience yesterday. Francis joked that with such gifts, he might be encouraged to support Brazil over his native Argentina at the upcoming World Cup. Rousseff asked at the very least for neutrality, the Vatican said. Francis, a lifelong fan of the Buenos Aires club San Lorenzo, has amassed an enormous collection of jerseys since his election. Pele signed the newest addition, No. 10: "To Pope Francis with respect and admiration," while Ronaldo signed the ball "to Pope Francis, a big hug from your friend Ronaldo." Rousseff was in town to see Rio`s archbishop formally made a cardinal.

Schumacher showing 'responses': Massa


Dhaka, February 22 (aFP): New-look Sri Lanka trounced Bangladesh by six wickets in the third and final one-day international in Dhaka on Saturday to sweep the series 3-0. Seamer Dhammika Prasad claimed three wickets in his first match of the series as the tourists restricted Bangladesh to 240-8 after electing to field in the daynight match. Kusal Perera, a 23-yearold left-handed opener, then hit a maiden one-day century as Sri Lanka surpassed the target with 15 deliveries to spare at the Sher-e-Bangla stadium. Perera hit a belligerent 106 off 124 balls with six boundaries and five sixes, sharing a third-wicket stand of 138 with Dinesh Chandimal, who scored 64. Sri Lanka ended the month-long tour on a high, having also won both the preceding Test and Twenty20 series. But the victory on Saturday was sweeter as Sri Lanka took the field without either of their three veterans, Mahela Jayawardene, Kumar Sangakkara and Tillakaratne Dilshan, for the first time in a one-dayer since 2000.

J ayawa rd e n e a n d Dilshan were nursing injuries, while Sangakkara was rested ahead of the five-nation Asia Cup which opens in Bangladesh on Tuesday. The bowling was also depleted in the absence of pace spearhead Lasith Malinga, who was given a break, and the injured duo of seamer Nuwan Kulasekara and spinner Rangana Herath. Sri Lankan captain Angelo Mathews said the series provided useful preparation for the Asia Cup, where the other contenders are India, Pakistan, Afghanistan and the hosts. "It was nice to win even without the senior players," said Mathews. "This was a good test for our bench strength. It will put us in the right frame for the Asia Cup." Prasad was well-supported by new-ball partner Suranga Lakmal, who finished with two for 24 in 10 overs on the slow pitch. The hosts missed premier all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan, who was handed a three-match ban for a lewd on-camera gesture during the second one-dayer on Thursday.

Amla, Morkel put SA in strong position

Pope Francis jokes he might support Brazil at World cup


by six wickets

berLin, February 22 (aFP): Formula One legend Michael Schumacher, who is slowly being brought out from a coma following a ski accident, showed several responses during a recent visit, a friend was quoted as saying Saturday. "He is sleeping, he looks normal and he showed a few responses with his mouth," the German Bild daily quoted Schumacher's friend and former teammate Felipe Massa as saying. "I was very happy to be able to spend some time with him," said Massa. "I spoke with him a lot, about how the team was doing, about the new car." "I tried to give him the best possible energy," he said. "He is a very strong person and I really hope that he will again be able to enjoy life." Brazil's Massa, who raced with Schumacher as a member of Ferrari team in 2006 and currently drives for Williams-Mercedes, did not say when he visited his friend. Schumacher has been lying in a coma in a French hospital since the December 29 accident when he crashed into a rock so hard that the impact cracked his helmet. He had been skiing with his son and a group of friends. After surgery to reduce bleeding and bruising he was placed in a medically induced coma and his body temperature lowered to reduce the risk of further damage. Schumacher's family announced on January 30 that the drugs used to keep him in a coma were being reduced with a view to bringing him back to consciousness.

Port eLiZabeth, February 22 (agencieS): South Africa were in a strong position on 192 for four at stumps - a lead of 369 - on the third day of the second test against Australia at St George's Park, in Port Elizabeth, on Saturday. When the players left the field, Hashim Amla was on 93 and Quinton de Kock had nine. Earlier, South Africa moved to tea on 58 for two. South Africa led by 235, with Hashim Amla (24) and Faf du Plessis (1) the not out batsman at the crease. Graeme Smith fell to Mitchell Johnson in the fifth over of the innings as South Africa lost their first wicket on 20. Smith got an inside edge and the ball cannoned into his leg stump as he left the scene for 14. Dean Elgar made 16 before he was out caught Brad Haddin off the bowling of Peter Siddle, as South Africa fell to 42 for two. Earlier in the session, South Africa bowled out Australia for 246. Vernon Philander (3/68) and

Morne Morkel (3/63) both returned good figures as the hosts achieved a 177 run first innings lead. Steve Smith (49) was the last recognised batsman to fall for Australia, caught behind by AB de Villiers off the bowling of Morkel. Though the onfield umpire gave it not out, the South Africans went for the review and the decision was overturned. In the morning session South Africa took four wickets. It was not all good news for South Africa though, as both Amla and Wayne Parnelll went off the field with injuries during the session. David Warner (70) after adding five to his overnight score was out slashing Philander, caught Smith at first slip, as Australia lost their fifth with the score on 120. Warner had been dropped the previous day by De Villiers when the batsman was on 43. Nightwatchman Nathan Lyon (15) soon followed Warner back to the change room. Lyon played-

on, off the bowling of Morkel. Lyon had also been dropped when he was on 12 on Friday by JP Duminy. The third catch was put down by South Africa in the 37th over. Substitute fielder Robin Peterson (on for Amla, who dislocated his left ring finger as he dropped a half-chance) dropped a regulation catch at square leg as Aussie batsman Steve Smith was on 24. In the 40th over of the innings, Parnell was forced to leave the field in the middle of his ninth over with a groin strain. Parnell had bowled three balls in the over when he pulled up in his run up with the injury. It was later revealed he would be unable to bowl again in the test. Dale Steyn picked up his first wicket of the innings with the wicket of Australia's batsman Brad Haddin is bowled by South Africa's bowler Dale Steyn, for 9 runs Brad Haddin for nine. Steyn on the third day of their 2nd cricket test match against South Africa at St George's Park in got the ball to jag back and Port Elizabeth, South Africa, Saturday, Feb. 22. (AP Photo) smashed into the top of middle stump to leave Australia on 168 for seven. Mitchell Johnson was clean bowled by Duminy for 27, in the over before lunch.


England knock India out of U-19 World Cup


Dubai, February 22 (ianS): Defending champions India were knocked out of the ICC Under-19 World Cup in the quarterfinal by England at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium on Saturday. Electing to bat, India posted 221/8 in their 50 overs which was chased down by the English side with five balls and three wickets to spare. India were reeling at 24/4 in the ninth over when skipper Vijay Zol (48) played a patient 85-ball knock to take his side to safety. The defending champions kept losing more wickets but top scorer Deepak Hooda (68) and a late surge by Sarfaraz Khan, who remained unbeaten on 52, helped India reach a respectable 200-par total. English pacer Matthew Fisher clinched three wickets in his quota of 10 overs while Jack Winslade, Rob Sayer and Ryan Higgins took a wicket apiece.

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