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By Sandemo Ngullie
Kisama, September 22
Ten mountain and hill states of India today joined the 1st Indian Himalaya youth summit which is underway here as part of the Sustainable Mountain Development Summit-III Nagaland. Joining this two day summit, 52 participants from Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Sikkim, Assam, Nagaland, ManiGovernment office-thats pur, Mizoram, Tripura, good i want to buy it. Meghalaya and Arunachal Pradesh share their views The Morung Express and ideas on sustainable POLL QUESTIOn development and challengVote on www.morungexpress.com es, which will continue till SMS your answer to 9862574165 September 23. Gracing the inauguShould VIP security be ral function, Minister for reduced and instead Youth Resources & Sports be redeployed towards Merentoshi Jamir thanked public security? the Indian Mountain Initiative (IMI) for its initiative to Yes no Others sponsor the various SusWill the ‘death penalty’ tainable Mountain Develdeter incidents of rape and opment Forums, of which sexual-violence? Kohima is the third edition. Yes 30% He asserted that moun42% no tains have been perceived 28%
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Boshi Vamuzo passes away
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Kohima, September 22 (mexN): Thupusato Vamuzo (Boshi), son of former chief minister Vamuzo passed away today. Boshi, born on 17.7.1972, served as general secretary of the Naga People’s Front (NPF) central office. Several people paid respect at the send-off service held here at Seikhazou this afternoon. NPF President Dr. Shurhozelie Liezietsu, Nagaland Legislative Assembly (NLA) Speaker Chotisuh Sazo, Trustee of Initiatives for Change India Niketu Iralu, representative from Yorubami Welfare Organization Kohima and several others spoke at the service. Minister for Roads & Bridges Kuzholuzo (Azo) Nienu, parliamentary secretaries Deo Nukhu, Neiba Kronu, Zhaleo Rio and Yitachu, former minister Zachilhu Vadeo, former NLA Speaker Zhovehu Lohe, former minister N. Theyo and several other dignitaries were also present at the service. The send- off service was led by Chikhungo Puro, associate pastor CBCK while senior pastor Rev. Khrotso Mero delivered a message. After the service, Boshi’s mortal remains were sent to Yorubami village in Chozuba SubDivision of Phek district.
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as remote and fragile regions of the world and viewed from the perspective of scenic beauty, tourism, trekking or climbing. Stating that people often lose perspective of the contribution that mountains have made for the survival of human kind, he said the great Himalayas contributed largely towards the cooling of the planet thus creating conducive atmosphere for life forms to exist. Jamir stressed on the need to identify and utilize eco services the mountains can give us. He said living in the mountains has drawbacks as it cannot have communication services like road, rail and air services as in the plains. The high level of poverty in the mountain region is another major handicap along with backwardness and being disaster-prone. There is an urgent need, stated the minister, to refine and redefine the developmental parameters that are often forced on us based on policies designed
10 mountain states join Indian Himalaya youth summit at Kisama
Expected Output: By End Of Summit, Participants Will-
for the plains. “We are a privileged generation that has complete access to all modern technologies and we need to harness these technologies to make our mountains sustainable,” he said. The minister termed the summit as necessary and important for moun-
a forum to address common goals in creating a sustainable future for “our mountains and our generations.” MLA Mmhonlumo Kikon, chairman MARCOFED in a keynote address said, “This gathering of youths from all the western and eastern Himalayan states and the other states of
• Have an enhanced understanding about concept of sustainable development and sustainability challenges • Have an understanding about complexity of sustainability and the action possible at individual or community level to combat the challenges • Have reflected upon their own choices and lifestyle and resolve action for change, if necessary • Have developed a declaration with recomMinister Merentoshi and MARCOFED chairman Mmhonlumo with participants of mendations to integrate youth summit as part of Sustainable Mountain Development Summit-III on September youth perspective 22 at Kisama. (Morung Photo)
SMC falls into liabilities as edu dept releases ‘meager’ funds
Dimapur, September 22 (mexN): Representatives of the School Management Committee (SMC) of Dimapur are dismayed over “the system of fund sanction for construction of GPS/GMS under SSA.” Referring to Government Primary School and Government Middle School under the Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan Scheme, chairmen from various colonies (Y. Zhimo Colony, Chakhesang Colony, Kacharigaon, K. Sachu Colony and Zeliangrong Ward-18) of SMC Dimapur have said that as per guidelines from the Nagaland Education Depart-
ment, “the construction was supposed to be completed by March 2013. In this respect, the SMC keeping in view the importance and welfare of the students’ community had taken up the construction work with every possible source from our end along with the first installment sanctioned last year (November 2012).” According to the SMC team, “the sincere effort of the SMC has enabled the 2013 academic classes inspite of some inconvenience faced by the students and teaching faculty staff due to construction activities.” However, after a gap of ten (10) months, a
three promotions: Literacy Promotion: Peace Club members will promote two illiterate persons to attain literacy. Peace promotion: Killing selfishness, fighting against all ‘ism’, working for common brotherhood, universality, inner peace, importance of peace and promoting dialogue. Environment promotion: To plant more trees, cleaning the surrounding and recycling the waste materials. Delivering a message on the occasion, Most Rev. Dr. James Thoppil, Bishop of Nagaland said “Peace is not absence of war. It is the condition for harmonious and integral growth and development of each and every person. Without peace there is no progress
ister said that sustainable development is the most important issue for “our generation” as the reality of global climate change has emerged during “our times.” He also stated that Youth Summit has become crucial as it is necessary for the youth of the mountains to come together and establish
“meager amount of about 10%” was allegedly sanctioned as second installment. “Owing to the delay and inadequate allocation process, the SMC has been put into liabilities. Practically, this is the most disappointment moment for those SMC who are truly under taking construction work in terms of quality and sincerity.” In this regard, the SMC representatives have made an appeal to the authority concerned to “provide adequate allocation of fund for time bound completion” so that the education of students may remain safe and secure.
Call for youth to be agents of peace
Dimapur, September 22 (mexN): Youth should be the agents and icons of peace and bring changes in society with a positive attitude. Speaking at the valedictory function on Sunday at the 6th North East Youth Peace and Cultural Festival at Holy Cross Higher Secondary School here, Deputy Commissioner Dimapur, Hushili Sema (IAS) and the Bishop of Nagaland, Most Rev. Dr. James Thoppil called upon the youth gathered on the occasion to be the agents and icons of peace in society. Speaking as chief guest, Hushili Sema urged the youth to be salt of the earth, and torch bearers of the world. She expressed that peace plays a vital role for growth and development in society and people should work together to bring peace in the society, at home, the environment and the world. Stressing on the struggle for power and greed for money in today’s world, DC Dimapur asked the youth to develop a positive attitude and spread the message of peace and love in society. The chief guest also declared Peace Channel’s “Peace campaign 20132015” launched in view of Peace Channel’s 10th anniversary. The campaign will have
tain states not only to discuss and understand what the mountains are all about but to spread the message of how to take care of them and make them sustainable for the benefit of the whole of mankind. Referring to the participation of youth in sustainable development, the min-
India is an important event for the youth of the mountain states of India to collectively address issues of common concern, especially that of the environment and sustainable development in the mountain states.” Kikon said that climate disaster over the past few years in the mountain and hill states have only served to reinforce the notion that we share one ecological space and hence we must share the duties and responsibilities as one ecological citizenship. He said ecological citizenship has become a prerequisite for maintaining a sustainable society. Anja M. Rasmussen, senior manager, Knowledge Management & Communication ICIMOD and Bhawana, director Programme and Operation, LEAD India also delivered short speech. Abokali Jimomi made a concluding remark of the inaugural session. The programme was chaired by Joshua Sheqi of YouthNet.
and no growth.” Expressing his joy to see so many young peace activists, peace lovers and peace makers at the Festival, the Bishop said it was a clear sign that peace is possible and people want peace. He expressed hope that through the hard work and commitment of Peace Channel, “the possibility of peace is brought closer and our commitment to peace stronger daily.” The Peace Channel award for Peace 2013 was awarded to I. Vitokhe Assumi, former president Sumi Hoho and peace initiator from Littami village of Zunheboto district for his commendable contribution towards peace building and reconciliation in society. The award was sponsored by State Bank of India. 76-year-old Assumi said he lives with the maxim “Unity first, solution next.” Peace Channel also awarded the model peace clubs of schools including St. Paul Hr. Sec School Dimapur, St. Clare HSS Dimapur, King David High School Dimapur, Little Flower HSS Kohima, All Saints HSS Peren, Don Bosco HSS Kohima, Christ King HSS Kohima, Corner Stone School Zunheboto, AG School Wokha, and Fairyland High School Guwahati, Assam.
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NE has to be open to peace: Dr. Wati Aier Morung Express news
Dimapur | September 22
It is not common for a speaker at an “interfaith” congregation to whistle into the mike. But today’s speaker at the 6th North East Youth Peace and Cultural Festival 2013, being held at Holy Cross Hr. Sec. School here, is not known for deploying common methods. Rev. Dr. Wati Aier, Principal of Oriental Theological Seminary and Convenor of the Forum for Naga Reconciliation, was met with the enthusiasm he showed by the children and youth in packed attendance for today’s message on the Festival’s theme, “peace building through reconciliation.” Dr. Wati whistled to get the boys at the congregation to cheer for the girls in attendance, drawing loud ovation in response, with some girls raising a high-five. “Women are not second class beings to be mistreated. Do not violate them, and treat them with respect,” Dr. Wati advised.
6th North East Youth Peace and Cultural Festival concludes His message was heard with rapt attention. “The world is in chaos— in the midst of this, you and I havethisopportunitytomeet and talk about peace and reconciliation,” spoke Dr. Wati loud and clear, engaging in a dialogue with the delegates, asking them to believe in the uniqueness of each of their being. The Festival, hosted by Peace Channel and People’s Forum for Peace, is being attended by more than 600 delegates today. Since the conflicts of the 21st century revolve around lines of ethnicity, conventional methods or government systems of resolving conflicts will not work, explained Dr. Wati. Non government organizations, as well as churches, will play an important role to bring peace through their activism. “We are in conflict with the world in a positive way,”
he stated. Referring to the myriad peoples who inhabit the North East region of India, he asserted that “we do not want to be marginalized or subjugated anymore. We are not satisfied with the inhuman, divided world. Thus, we must be different in order to change this world.” The North East, he said, must be open to peace and hope for future transformation of state through “reconciliation in god.” In that, “we are fortunate to transcend our local organizational and denominational lines to come together in a cumulative manner like this,” he said. Dr. Wati made a reference to the “bitter hatred” that is making people kill each other today. Through ‘isms’ as well as the principalities (ideologies, tribes, etc.) and powers derived from this world, he reflected, “we often become involved
in destructive social arrangements without being aware of it. This makes us partake in the evil of ‘collective sins’ especially through the actions of an agency or party. Young people have to take the initiative to change this situation; to fight it.” He quoted the example of Yousafzai Malala from Pakistan who was shot at by extremists at the age of 15 for being a woman and daring to seek education. She survived and later took up the cause of equal education for all. Thus children, said Dr. Wati, should not take their life and opportunities for granted. There is no age limit, he held, to stand up against injustice. Simple acts like keeping the city clean could contribute towards peace. Moreover, the youth should talk about curbing ‘isms’. “We are ethnically different but in a modern world, isms should give way to a common humanity through such congregations,” he maintained, referring to the ongoing Festival, which concludes today.
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ENSF calls for equal opportunities
DimapUr, September 22 (mexN): The Eastern Naga Students’ Federation (ENSF) has submitted a representation to the Director of SCERT requesting for decentralization of the TET Examination in the four district of Eastern Nagaland. A press note from the Acting President and General Secretary of the ENSF also demanded for priority to PSTE candidates in the matter of appointment. The Federation also appreciated the efforts taken by the authority in formulating modalities and norms for the conduct of Teachers Eligibility Test (TET) as per guidelines laid down by the National Council for Teachers Education. However, it stated that based on the proposal made by the Nagaland state government vide its letter dated July 9 under sub-section (2) of section 23 of the
Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education Act, 2009, the central government has approved for the relaxation under subsection (1) of section 23 of the said Act. In this regard, the ENSF expressed the view that in matter of appointment of teachers within the jurisdiction of Eastern Nagaland, priority should be given to those eligible candidate of 6 (six) ‘backward tribes’ who have completed Pre-Service Teachers Education (PSTE). Only thereafter should other eligible candidates be considered with the relaxed qualifications as per No: 2. (iii) of the MHRD Notification New Delhi 28th September 2012 (Annexture-B, TET Guidelines).
Whereas, on matters with regard to Centralization of TET examination, the Federation stated that considering the larger picture of the socio-economic and educational backwardness of the six ‘backward tribes’ of Eastern Nagaland, the ENSF said it is mandatory that equality of opportunity should be maintained which is the basic fundamental right to equality. As such, it stated that district wise TET Examination should be arranged exclusively for the six ‘backward tribes’ of Eastern Nagaland as per No: 8.(2) of TET Guidelines. Further, ENSF reminded the SCERT Director to take note of the earlier notification of the Nagaland state goverment while
Kohima, September 22 (mexN): The 8th intercollege debate competition organized by Sazolie College, Jotsoma with the theme “Hornbill festival is promoting the Nagas” will take place on October 5 at 10:00 AM at the college auditorium. Rano M. Shaiza former MP Nagaland will be the guest of honour while Dr.
Buno Iralu, lecturer Shalom Bible Seminary SechuZubza will act as critic. Judges for the competition include Bano Haralu, Eastern Mirror, Viyelo Doulo, tourist officer, Topongchuba Chang, executive member ENSF and Yanpvuo Kikon, founder of The Naga Blog. The programme will be chaired by Narola Dangti,
assistant professor, department of English while welcome speech will be given by Dr. Kangzangding Thou, principal Sazolie College. David Sachu, assistant professor, department of political science will be the moderator while vote of thanks will be proposed by Aphrenuo Pienyu, associate professor, department of sociology.
Demands decentralization of TET exams in Eastern Nagaland
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making any appointment. It informed that under Notification/Order No: EDS/1-7/2008, dated Kohima the 9th Jan’ 2009; Clause-1 (i) says, ‘all the vacancies arising within the Eastern Nagaland Jurisdiction shall be filled up by the 6 (six) inhabitant tribes of the same.’ Further, with regard to the appointment of Maths & Science teacher, the Federation during its Presidential meeting held on October 17 resolved that first preference would be given to the 6 (six) ‘backward tribes’ of Eastern Nagaland. However, in cases where there is no candidate from the Eastern Nagaland, the vacancies may be made open for recruitment as part of a one time relaxation, it added. The Federation adopted this resolution so as to prioritize the importance of education A crab fished out of a river in Dimapur on Sunday, September 22. The shell of this particularly crab had imprints which reover employment issues. sembled the face of a wolf. Photo by Manen Aier
Data dissemination workshop venue change Kohima, September 22 (mexN): The directorate of census operations Nagaland informed that the venue for two day workshop on data dissemination has been changed to Zonal Council Hall, Kohima (September 26 ) and NIELIT, Meriema (September 27) due to some unavoidable circumstances. The other details of the programme will remain the same.
KNCS seminar from October 2
DimapUr, September 22 (mexN): The Kyong Naga Cultural Society (KNCS) will be organizing a one day seminar on October 2 at the DC Conference Hall, Wokha Town, hosted by the KNCS Wokha Unit. A press note from the Chairman of the KNCS stated that three resource persons will give presentations on different topics. The main theme will be “Our Culture: Our Identity” under which two topics, ‘Our Dialect’ and ‘Our Festivals’. The main objectives for the seminar are to educate the younger generations about the Lotha’s Naga culture and traditions which are on the verge to vanish.
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NCRC Sumi Pastor’s Fellowship jubilee committee
Through this column, we the bereaved family members express our deepest heartfelt gratitude to one and all who stood by us physically, materially, financially and with constant prayer support during the prolonged illness and demise of our beloved Lt. Vikuolatuo Miasalhou, Head GB Medziphema Village and a Pensioner on 17/09/2013.
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Our special thanks goes to : 1. Dr. Athiko, Zion Hospital, Dimapur 2. Doctors and Nurses, Zion Hospital Dimapur 3. Shri. Zhaleo Rio, Parl. Secy. Urban Development, Govt. of Nagaland 4. Shri. Rokonicha, Ex. Minister 5. Shri. Khrievotso Chase, Medziphema Village 6. Pro-Vice Chancellor, Dean, Faculties and Students of NU SASRD, Medziphema 7. Medziphema Village Council 8. Medziphema Village Youth Organisation 9. Pensioners’ Association Medziphema Unit 10. Mezo Kuotsu 11. Tsiepama Village Council 12. Khanakhurü Village Council 13. Baptist Church Medziphema Village 14. CRC Medziphema Village 15. Taxi Union Medziphema 16. Chakhesang Community Medziphema Town 17. Gorkha Union, Medziphema Town 18. Eastern Nagaland Peoples’ Union Medziphema. We regret to mention each and every one of you by name but it is our humble prayer that the Almighty God will bless you abundantly. Loving wife, children and relatives
Children performing at the Kumlong Baptist Church, Christian Education Department during commemoration of the International Day of Peace on the theme, “Peacemaking Through Music”. Altogether 14 groups participated in the program. Moanaro Imchen, Christian Education Director expressed gratitude to all the teachers, parents and children, who have worked ceaselessly in heralding peace through love and music and called upon the congregation to ask God to make each personal self an instrument of peace.
Workshop on mainstreaming PWDs held
moKoKchUNg, September 22 (mexN): In an effort to mainstream people with disabilities (PWDs), the Care & Support Society Mokokchung organized a workshop on “Mainstreaming of PWDs” on September 20, 2013 in Mokokchung. Representatives of village council and student leaders from Ungma, Khensa, Chungtia, Aliba, Kinunger and Longmisa attended the workshop. A press note received here informed that Moanungsang, CBR Coordinator highlighted the various aspects for mainstreaming PWDs, and comprehensive approach towards mainstreaming. During the group discussion the participants resolved to exert efforts to institute Mokokchung Disabled Home; to share responsibilities between village councils and Community Based Rehabilitation (CBR) project to ensure that PWDs become beneficiaries under various schemes and plans; to encourage churches to observe World Disabled Day. Imkongnungchet CBR worker led the workshop and representative from Chungtia Village Council, Moanungsang CBR Coordinator Longmisa Village Council, student leaders from Ungspeaking on “Mainstreaming of ma and Khensa addressed the workshop on positive contribution towards mainstreaming of PWDs. PWDs”.
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(06/10/1974 - 16/09/2013)
God saw you getting tired, When a cure was not to be, So He closed His arms around you, And He whispered “Come to Me”. You do not deserve what you went through, And so He gave you rest, God’s garden must be beautiful, For He only takes from the best. In time we saw you sinking, We watched you fade away, Our hearts were almost broken, You fought so hard to stay. But when we saw you sleeping, So peacefully from pain, We could not wish you back, To suffer that again. If you had spoken before you died, These are the words you would have replied, “Weep not for me, but courage take, And love the Lord and one another for my sake.”
Thank you everyone for loving her. May our faithful God bless you all! Temsuienla, Samuel & Lanuteka Imchen
Kohima, September 22 (mexN): The NCRC Sumi Pastor’s Fellowship jubilee committee will hold its meeting on October 8 at 8:00 AM in the residence of its banker, Nito Sumi. The fellowship chairman informed the committee convenor, editorial board, finance committee, programme committee and all advisors to attend the said meeting positively.
Oriental college informs
Kohima, September 22 (mexN): The Oriental College, Kohima students who will be repeating BA & B.Com. 2nd and 3rd years, have been asked to fill up the Nagaland University form from the college office on or before October 11. This was stated in a release issued by college principal Dr. Ketshukietuo Dzuvichu.
Orientation training on management of child care institutions
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Kohima, September 22 (mexN): The state child protection society under the department of social welfare Nagaland is going to organize an orientation training on management of child care institutions from September 23 to 24 at Zonal Council Hall, Kohima. The department has requested all the members of JJBs and CWCs, observation homes and special homes’ functionaries (superintendent /POs/House Fathers/House mothers and counsellors , all recognized children homes in Nagaland and NGO run home in Pfusero and Tuensang to attend the training without fail. T. Kiheto Sema, secretary social welfare will deliver keynote address while Khevito T. Shohe, director social welfare will deliver welcome address. Khehoto Sema, society director SCPS will chair the function while Dr. Sanghamitra Barik will brief the objective and importance of the training.
‘Grow flowers for income generation’ moN, September 22 (Dipr): One day training on Flower Arrangement and Indigenous Flower Show Competition was organized and sponsored by Eastern Creative Society and District Horticulture Mon respectively at Council Hall, Mon on September 19, 2013. Deputy Commissioner Mon Angau I. Thou, IAS in her chief guest address
said that growing flower is one of the areas where people can sustain their lives. She encouraged the participants and the entrepreneurs to learn the method and process of arranging and growing flowers, and inculcate them in order to sell for income, instead of buying or keeping it for beautification. She cited that destruction of forest in the
district has increased the humidity level in Mon and appealed to the participants to disseminate the need to preserve and protect forest. She also thanked the department concerned and Eastern Creative Society for organizing such training, which is first of its kind in the district. She was optimistic that training will provide platform for the
entrepreneurs to come forward. Assuring cooperation from her end, she said Mon district will start organizing indigenous flower show competition in the coming years so as to encourage and give platforms to the upcoming entrepreneurs. She also requested the department concerned to set provision to help genuine entrepreneurs of the district.
Schedule for private schools
Kohima, September 22 (mexN): In agreement with the date fixed by the Department of School Education for receiving applications from private schools for grant-in-aid, the Kohima District Planning and Development Board has framed a schedule to be implemented during the year 2014, while recommending the cases to the government. Therefore, the private school authorities who intend for grant-inaid, permission for opening
Sl/No Month (2014) Schedule 1 January and February Collection of application forms from Directorate of School Education 2 March Submission of duly filled in application to the respective DEO/SDEO 3 April 1st and 2nd week Scrutiny of the applications/inspection of schools by DEO/SDEO 4 May 3rd and 4th week Submission of verification report along with applications to the DPDB screening committee 5 June 16 Approval of DPDB 6 June 30 Submission of recommended list to the Directorate of School Education new school, up-gradation of classes have been asked to note the schedule given below and apply accord-
ingly. A press release issued by the Assistant Development Commissioner & M/ Secretary, DPDB Kohima
informed that application received after the deadlines will not be entertained under any circumstances.
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Fourth phase of IPL agitation to begin today Newmai News Network Shillong | September 22
Civil society organisations pressing for the implementation of Inner Line Permit (ILP) in Meghalaya are all set to enter their fourth phase of agitation from Monday. The fourth phase of agitation will include a fiveday night road-blockade and two days office picketing in Meghalaya from September 23, to pressur-
ize the State government to implement the Inner Line Permit (ILP) at the earliest. The Mukul Sangma government wanted other mechanisms instead of implementation of the Inner Line Permit (ILP) to control the influx issue in Meghalaya but the civil society organisations rejected the state government's proposal. Khasi Students Union (KSU), FKJGP, HNYF, Garo Students Union (GSU), JSSU, CSWO, KWWADA, ADE and
RBYF have been spearheading the demand for the Inner Line Permit in the state. These ongoing series of agitations have begun after the break-down of the August 29 meeting between the Mukul Sangma government and the NGOs in Shillong. Meanwhile, sources said the decision on the mode of agitation regarding the fourth phase was taken at a meeting of the ten NGOs held at an undisclosed location on Saturday.
The 8 pm to 5 am night road blockade which will be effective in the 11 districts of the state will commence from September 23 to September 27. The sources said, the road blockade will also be followed by a two days office picketing fromSeptember 26-27. "We have decided to go ahead with our next course of action in protest against the adamant attitude of the state government towards
the recommendation of the High Level Committee on Influx (HCLI) to implement the Inner Line Permit (ILP)," one of the NGO leaders stated. Stating that there is no turning back, the NGOs' spokesperson further said, "We would continue to intensify our agitations until our demand for ILP is achieved," adding, "Our stand remain that only the ILP is the best mechanism to tackle illegal influx."
The ten NGOs in the meeting have also made it clear that they are least bother about the proposed so called legal action threatening by the state government. During the past three weeks of agitations, only in East Khasi Hills district there are as many as 45 – 50 cases related to arsons, stone pelting, burning of vehicles, torching of offices and assaults registered by district administration.
Meanwhile, the NGOs have further expressed their appreciation to the people of the state for their support and cooperation on the issue even as they urged all citizens to extend the same in the coming days. "We appeal to the people of the state to continue to support the NGOs on this issue till the government is ready to implement the ILP which will help in curbing unabated illegal influx into the state," he stated.
Thadou students' body demands Imphal, September 22 (NNN): The Thadou Students’ Association (TSA), General Headquarters (TSAGHQ) in a press note received here said it is very much shocked to learn that the Social Welfare Department tender held on September 7 was declared “pre-plan or corrupt practices”. It stated that the news appeared in the local newspapers in the last three days by civil body organisations and students’ body i,e. Saikul Area Naga People Organisation (SANPO), Village Authority Council of Tamenglong (VAC) and ATSUM. The TSA-GHQ demanded in the note that the Deputy Chief Minister who is also the in-charge of Chief Minister should immediately see the matter and bring a solution before things get worse and fulfill the demand of re-tender in the interest of the public and punish the person(tenderer) and terminate the department officials i,e. Tender Committee involved in the conspiracy to disqualify the other tenderers, “Therefore, the Deputy Chief Minister is appealed to kindly intervene to solve this problem amicably so that the so called pre-plan tender does not repeat again in this state of Manipur," the apex Thadou students' body said. Mahouts ride on elephants near the Pobitora wildlife sanctuary in Assam. (AP Photo/Anupam Nath)
Book on Manipur land act released
Imphal, September 22 (NNN): A book on Manipur land act entitled, "An Introduction to Land Tenure in Manipur and The Manipur Land Revenue and Land Reforms Act, 1960" authored by H Jugeswar Singh was released today by Justice N Kotiswar Singh, Judge of Manipur High Court. The release function was held at Keishampat Leimajam Leikai, and attended by prominent personalities of Manipur including retired chief justice of Gauhati High Court RK Manisana and many senior journalists and editors. Speaking on the occasion, Justice N Kotiswar Singh said few books on law are available in Manipur but there are large number of books on fiction. He said this book is quite encouraging saying it will definitely benefit law students, revenue officers and others. Justice Kotiswar then said that Manipur is at a crossroad "so we need to choose the path which is the best way for our progress." He also said that the people ought to respect the rule of law.
500 Congress workers, 22 leaders join Tripura Trinamool
Manipur opp to stage stir against border dispute
Manipur NCP express discontent
Imphal, September 22 (NNN): The Manipur unit of NCP is not happy the way the government of India deals in connection with the Indo-Myanmar border issue. The NCP said issues pertaining to international boundaries should be dealt by the Union government, but that is not the case here. NCP legislator L Ibomcha Singh while talking to the reporters said it so happens here that the state government of Manipur needs to constantly press the Central government to bring a tangible solution regarding the missing or displaced border pillars and for proper demarcation of Indo-Myanmar border. According to the NCP legislator, in the year 2002, he had raised in the state legislative assembly in connection with the missing border pillars and had sought clarifications from the state government. "In his reply, the chief minister had furnished that border pillar numbers 101, 66, 78 and 79 were found missing," said L Ibomcha, but the reasons for the missing of the border pillars were not known by the state government that time. The NCP MLA then said to ascertain the facts, a joint survey team comprising representatives from India and Myanmar 11 years ago. "Now, we are interested to know whether the reports of that joint survey team were submitted to the Union government," demanded L Ibomcha. He also demanded to know as to what extent the state home department had pursued the matter to the Union home ministry. According to L Ibomcha, the chief minister had informed assembly then that the state home department had apprised the matter relating to the border pillars missing to Surendrakumar Singh, the then joint secretary of Ministry of Home Affairs incharge of North East. The NCP legislator suggested that the outcome of that appraisal be made public. L Ibomcha then suggested that advanced satellite imaging techniques with Global Positioning System (GPS) will be able to determine the exact border line. Meanwhile, appealing all the political parties and civil society organisations to shed their differences and come forward in addressing the border issue. He also said all political party meeting will be convened in the near future to discuss the issue.
border with Myanmar. On August 22, the Myanmarese army had tried to set up a platoon camp at Hollenphai village, 3 km south of Moreh police station, by felling trees. They claimed that the area lies within Myanmar's map. Though security has been beefed up in the border areas following the intrusion, Hollenphai villagers are still feeling insecure.
Won't name any candidate for prime ministerial post: Congress G u wa h at I , S e ptember 22 (ptI): Congress today said it will not declare any names for the party's prime ministerial candidate for the 2014 Lok Sabha elections. "We've never had a tradition of declaring a candidate for the post of prime minister before the election. We do not need any name for the PM's post," All India Congress Committee (AICC) Secretary, Avinash Pande, told a press conference here. Asked specifically whether the party would refrain from announcing a name this time as well, Pande said, "When I said we never did (declare names), it means for this time also." Pande also said Congress was "not bothered" by the BJP's announcement of Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi as its prime ministerial candidate. Meanwhile, another senior AICC official, who did not wish to be named, said, "People know about the prime ministerial candidate of our party. We do not need to name him."
Alleged Satan Worshipper arrested in Mizoram Top government official
aIZawl, September 22 (NNN): as he had promised earlier. and ‘Rainmen’ use to appear in flesh. One Lalrinmawia of Champhai Kanan On being interrogated, Lalrin- While Belfatas is active among drugs Veng of Mizoram who identified him- mawia said he belongs to Kanan Veng addicts, Rainmen is active among self as a worshiper of Satan and also (Village), Champhai and is an ardent singers, he added. a swindler, was arrested by Bawng- and true worshiper of Satan. He conSources informed that the kind of kawn and Vaivakawn police two days fessed before the police that once he Satan which Lalrinmawia worshiped ago, a delayed report said today. was a Christian counselor and a true is much powerful and mightier than The arrest came following the worshiper of the "Almighty God". While the evil worshiped by majority of Mizo information received from one fam- he was working as a counselor he was youths. According to Lalrinmawia, ily living at Bawngkawn regarding tempted by the disciple of Satan named they have a group of follower called the man claiming himself as having ‘Belfatas’ to follow him. But as Lalrin- 'DARK OF PRINCE' and there are healing power through prayer. But as mawia declined, the disciple of Satan only around 10 members in Mizoram the man did not mention the name making himself visible only to Lalrin- among them includes female worshipof "Almighty God" during the time of mawia then started torturing him that ers. They usually worship Satan and prayer to heal a sick girl and since he compelled the latter to follow Satan. practice its cult on first Wednesday of demanded Rs 3000 from the girl’s The disciple of Satan according every month. As he confessed about family, they became suspicious of to Lalrinmawia is such a handsome his satanic cult, he is afraid that the the man. After a report was filed on and well-built body guy that none of disciple will haunt him. He thus reSeminar on “Rural Tourism Bawngkawn police station Lalrin- the males in the world can supersede quest help and prayer from true God in Assam: Problems and Prospects” mawia was arrested by the local po- and overcome him. He said that two worshiper to free himself from satanic Jorhat, September 22 (mexN): A two day na- lice when he came back to the family disciples of Satan namely ‘Belfatas’ worship, the sources said. tional level seminar on “Rural Tourism in Assam: Problems and Prospects” is going to be organized by the Department of Economics, D.C.B.Girls’ College, Jorhat on September 27 and 28, 2013 . This was informed in a press note received here. The note mentioned that many aca- aGartala, Septem- the Congress, Chakraborty isters, earlier this month Tripura chief minister and demicians, environmentalists, NGOs, planners and poli- ber 22 (IaNS): Over 500 said that the TMC would joined the TMC, headed by ex-state party chief Samir cy makers will be presenting papers .The centre of this Congress workers and 22 lo- now be the key opposition West Bengal Chief Minister Ranjan Barman's son Sutheme will be agri-Tourism in India with special refer- cal leaders joined the newly party to oust the ruling Left Mamata Banerjee. dip Roy Burman, first as ence to North-East and Assam, Constraints and Prospects formed Tripura unit of the Front from the helm of afBanerjee appointed Tripura Congress head and of Rural Tourism Development, Eco-Tourism and its im- Trinamool Congress (TMC), Datta and Saha as the then as leader of opposifairs in Tripura. pact on environment, Economics of Rural Tourism, Tourthe party's chairman in the Chakraborty along with president and vice-chair- tion in the state assembly, ism marketing and Management, Employment avenues state, Ratan Chakraborty, former Tripura Congress man of the Tripura unit of claimed that the present of Rural Tourism, Rural Tourism and women, etc. Also, DR.R.K.Behera, Dean of social sciences, Patkai Christian said Sunday. In the presence chief Surajit Datta and the TMC. The disgruntled leadership of the Congress of the leaders and workers former opposition leader leaders, who were against helped the Left Front reCollege will be the chief guest for this occasion. who joined the party from Jawar Saha, all former min- the elevation of the former turn to power in Tripura.
Imphal, September 22 (tNN): Demanding that the government resolve the India-Myanmar border fencing dispute along Manipur's Moreh sector, representatives of non-Congress parties will stage a demonstration at Keishampat in the heart of Imphal on Monday. A decision to this effect was adopted during an all-party meeting that was held at the Manipur People's Party's (MPP) office here. Representatives of MPP, Trinamool Congress, NCP, BJP, CPI, CPI-M, Lok Jana Shakti and NPF attended the meeting. According to political analysts, the border dispute will be a key agenda for the opposition front in the next Lok Sabha election. While discussing about the imminent loss of a large portion of Manipur's territory to Myanmar due to a faulty border fencing exercise, the meeting decided to take necessary steps until there is a permanent solution. Besides the opposition parties, several civil bodies have already demanded that the Centre stop the fencing exercise unless the international boundary is clearly demarcated by the two neighboring countries. Manipur shares a 398-km
Some of them alleged that they were not allowed to work on their land by the Myanmarese troops. To boost the ongoing Indo-Myanmarese commercial activities in the border town of Moreh, the state government has already planned to set up new township at Hollenphei. MPP Chanura Marup (women's wing) has urged Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to finalize the bound-
ary demarcation first and take up the border fencing work, following standard international norms. The Centre should understand that compromising Manipur's land in the name of border fencing to please Myanmar would only trigger an atmosphere of enmity between the Manipuris and Myanmarese, which could eventually affect the unity of India, it said in a statement.
abducted from Assam
GuwahatI, September 22 (IaNS): A top official of the National Hydroelectric Power Corporation (NHPC) has been abducted from Sonitpur district near Assam-Arunachal Pradesh border, police said Sunday. Anil Kumar Agarwal was posted as general manager in the NHPC's 800 MW power project, under construction at Tawang in Arunachal Pradesh. He was abducted late Saturday by suspected cadres of a faction of the National Democratic Front of Bodoland (NDFB) led by I.K. Songbijit, which is opposed to peace talks, police said. Additional Director General of Police A.P. Raut said an operation has been launched to rescue the abducted official. "It is the handiwork of the NDFB (Songbijit) faction. The outfit has substantial presence in areas bordering Assam and Arunachal Pradesh. Our investigation is on and police have so far recovered one of the four motorcycles used to kidnap the official," Raut said. There has been no ransom demand from the
outfit so far, Raut said. Police said the abduction took place when the NHPC official was on his way to Tezpur from Tawang in Arunachal Pradesh. Four motorcycleriding youths stopped his vehicle near Bhalukpong and whisked him away at gunpoint on their motorcycles. Agarwal's driver rushed to the Assam Rifles establishment at Chariduar and informed officials about the abduction of Agarwal. No one has been arrested so far. Officials say the NDFB anti-talk faction has been carrying out massive extortion near the AssamArunachal Pradehs border. Sambhu Singh, joint secretary of the union home ministry, who recently visited Guwahati, has asked the state government to deal with the matter urgently. An NHPC spokesman confirmed the abduction on condition of anonymity but said the organisation has no further information. The NHPC spokesman said Agarwal was supposed to go to Bangalore Sunday.
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3 time lucky? Singapore Airlines sets sights on India rd
SINGAPORE, SEPtEmbER 22 (REutERS): Almost 13 years after pulling the plug on its last attempt to enter the Indian market, Singapore Airlines Ltd is taking another stab at the country by again teaming up with the Tata Group as part of a broader strategic shift. Last week, the two companies applied to set up a new New Delhi-based full-service carrier, pledging a combined $100 million to get it going. This follows an unsuccessful attempt to do the same in the mid-1990s and a failed attempt to buy state-owned Air India in 2000. The new carrier, if approved, will initially serve the 1.2 billion Indian market. Barring no political or regulatory obstacles, it could be airborne in about a year. SIA, which will have a 49 percent stake in the carrier, will be banking on its success. Intense competition on its mainline medium and long-haul markets
from Gulf carriers like Emirates Airline and neighbours such as Garuda Indonesia and Malaysian Airline, and weak demand on services to Europe, means that SIA, Asia’s second-biggest airline with a market value of $10 billion, has changed course in recent years. Sources familar with the airline’s strategy say that the management, led by low-profile chief executive Goh Choon Phong, is pushing ahead with a “portfolio” strategy that revolves around increasing the company’s exposure to the fast-growing Asia Pacific and the low-cost markets. By diversifying its revenue streams and creating new ones, like the Indian joint venture, Goh and his team plans to reduce SIA’s dependence on the flagship carrier over the medium term, say investors and analysts. “They just have to address why their brand should still be at a premium. They still have a lot to
do to actually get investors to be a bit more confident of their prospects,” said Kristy Fong, an investment manager at Aberdeen Asset Management, which holds a stake of about 4 percent in SIA. CASH POWER Despite the near term pressure on profits, SIA’s cash pile of $4.5 billion the biggest among Asian airlines - means that it has the ability to invest in existing and new airlines, the Centre for Aviation (CAPA) said in a report. It started Scoot, a long-haul low-cost airline, last year to tap the low-fare leisure markets that SIA left behind as it focused on the premium business. Its one-third stake in short-haul LCC Tiger Airways Holdings Ltd could also potentially go up to 46.5 percent. SIA bought a stake in Virgin Australia Holdings Ltd in late 2012 and increased this to 19.9 percent, ensuring access to
the important Australian market. Silkair, SIA’s fullyowned regional subsidiary, will retire its fleet of Airbus A320s and induct new Boeing 737s over the next few years as it grows its network of Asia-Pacific services. SIA itself has ordered dozens of new Airbus A350s, and Boeing’s 777-300ERs and 787-10s.
ers. “Free apps currently account for about 60% and 80% of the total available apps in Apple’s App Store and Google Play, respectively,” said Gartner Research Director Brian Blau. The research firm expects free app downloads to touch 92.88 billion in 2013, 127.70 billion by 2014, 167.10 billion by 2015 and 211.31 billion by 2016. While, the paid-for mobile app downloads are projected to touch 9.19 billion in 2013, it would be 11.11 billion by 2014, 12.57 billion by 2015 and 13.50 billion by 2016, it added. According to Gartner data, share of free app downloads is expected to grow continuously. They constituted 89.6% of the total downloads in 2012 and are expected to contribute 91% in 2013, 92% by 2014, 93% by 2015, 94% by 2016 and 94.5% by 2017.
mumbAI, SEPtEmbER 22 (PtI): Having been surprised by the repo rate increase on inflation concern, analysts expect new Reserve Bank governor Raghuram Rajan to hike the key rate by another 0.50 percentage points this fiscal. The repo rate hike “indicates that the new governor is focusing more on inflation than growth. We now expect RBI to increase repo rate by 0.25 per cent each at the next two policy meetings to 8 per cent by end of 2013,” house economists at British lender Standard Chartered said. Stating that the Reserve Bank has shifted to an “inflation targeting framework” without explicitly saying so, Japanese brokerage Nomura said it expects a 0.50 per cent hike in repo rate this fiscal. “We are changing our policy call because of this sudden regime shift. Our baseline view has been a continuation of the status quo on policy rates in FY14, followed by a 0.75 per cent repo rate cuts in FY15. We now expect repo rates to be hiked by 50 bps to 8 per cent in FY14, followed by a prolonged pause,” it said. Without quantifying the expected hikes, the Credit Suisse economist also said they expect one or two more repo rate increases from in the next few months. Rajan, a celebrated monetary economist from the Chicago Business School, spooked
Kalanithi Maran, his wife top paid executives with Rs 56 crore package
Singapore Airlines Ltd stewardesses pose next to a business class seat at Changi Airport in Singapore July 9, 2013. (Reuters File Photo)
Free mobile app downloads to touch 239.95 billion globally by 2017
NEw DElhI, SEPtEmbER 22 (PtI): The number of free mobile app downloads is expected to hit 239.95 billion by 2017, while paid-for app downloads will touch 14.78 billion mark during the same period, research firm Gartner has said. According to
the data available with Gartner, free mobile app downloads stood at 57.33 billion in 2012, while 6.65 billion paid-for downloads were made during the same year. A mobile application (or mobile app) is a software application that runs on smartphones, tablets among oth-
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and profitability rare for the country’s airlines. SIA’s competitors in the fullservice segment are beleaguered Air India, which survives only because of the hundreds of millions of dollars New Delhi has pumped into it, and Jet Airways (JET.NS), in which Etihad Airways is buying a minority stake.
‘Another 0.50% repo hikes in the offing’
The Indian venture has its challenges. SIA must successfully chart a course around India’s political and bureaucratic minefield for regulatory approval. Under existing regulations, it must serve the domestic market for five years before it can operate international flights. Taxes and airport fees are high,
the markets at his maiden policy announcement by increasing the repo rate by 0.25 per cent citing increased worries on inflation. Reacting to the move, Pratip Chaudhuri, the chairman of the country’s largest lender State Bank of India, said he would be forced to increase the lending rates, much to the dismay of the borrowers. The support for growth came from the decision to cut the marginal standing facility by 0.75% to 9.5%, which according to the ratings agency Crisil will help bring down cost of funds for banks by 0.4%, if we go by past references on their borrowings. The Standard Chartered economists clarified that even the two actions on the repo and MSF look contradictory, their aims are not different. The MSF hike in July was to arrest the steep fall in the rupee and we should expect more cuts as the currency stabilises while the repo is aimed solely at inflation numbers, which grew to 6.1% at the wholesale level and the consumer inflation continued to remain over 9%. Nomura said that the new framework being charted out by Governor Rajan lays a greater focus on the retail price rise. “We see the RBI action as a medium-term positive as it should bring down inflation expectations and help correct macroeconomic imbalances,” it added.
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NEw DElhI, SEPtEmbER 22 (PtI): Sun TV promoters Kalanithi Maran and his wife Kavery were the top paid corporates in India in the last fiscal with a package of Rs 56.25 crore each among the listed companies, replacing Jindal Steel’sNaveen Jindal from the pole position. However, the impact of slowdown on Indian economy was visible on their pay packages as all three of them took some kind of cut in their packages in the last fiscal. Jindal (at 3rd position with Rs 54.98 crore package) had over 25 per cent cut in his Rs 73.42 crore remuneration of 2011-12, while the Marans took a marginal cut of 1 per cent in their packages. Interestingly, the top paid list has been dominated by the Marans and Jindal in last four years, who have shared the top spot twice among themselves -- Marans (2009-10 & 2012-13) and Jindal (2010-11 and 2011-12). Aditya Birla group chairman Kumar Manglam Birla, who was paid Rs 49.62 crore by his five listed firms together, was at the fourth position. Hero MotoCorp’s father-son trio, Brijmohan Lall Munjal (Rs 32.72 crore), Pawan Munjal (Rs 32.80 crore) and Sunil Kant Munjal (Rs 31.51 crore), occupy the next three positions in the top 10 highest paid executives list. The collective pay of the 10 top-paid executives rose by only Rs 15 crore (4 per cent) to Rs 402 crore in the last fiscal, giving a reflection of the downturn in the economy. The pay packages include salary, perquisites, commissions, profit-linked incentives, sitting fees and other benefits. The data has been taken from the annual reports of the companies that have so far been published. Ramco Cements’ (formerly Madras Cements) P R R Rajha (Rs 30.96 crore) was ranked 8th, followed by Maruti Suzuki’s former Managing Director Shinzo Nakanishi (Rs 30.90 crore) and Divi’s Labs Murali K Divi (Rs 26.46 crore). BGR Energy’s BG Raghupaty (Rs 13.19 crore) and Tata Motors’ former chief Carl-Peter Forster were the two notable omissions from the top 10 list. While Raghupaty’s package declined by 50 per cent in last fiscal due to the downturn in the business, Forster had left Tata Motors in 2011. Interestingly, industry titans like Mukesh and Anil Ambani, Azim Premji, Anand Mahindra andSunil Mittal does not figure in the top 10 highest paid persons list. While Mittal (Rs 24.33 crore) is at 11th position, Amara Raja Batteries’ Jayadev Galla (Rs 23.48 crore), Larsen and Toubro’s A M Naik (Rs 21.06 crore), Hindalco’s D Bhattacharya (Rs 20.61 crore) and JSW Steel’s Sajjan Jindal (Rs 20.25 crore) occupy the next four slots in top 15 list. Mukesh Ambani, once the country’s highest-paid executive, is at 16th position with a remuneration of Rs 15 crore, which has remained unchanged for the fifth consecutive year now. There are only six Sensex companies, whose top executives figure among the ten top-paid executives. However, majority of the Sensex companies, considered as top-30 blue chip firms, saw their top executives’ packages rise in 2012-13. DiMAPuR Civil Hospital:
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chief Minister Rio extends condolences
KohIMA, SEPTEMBER 22 (MExN): Chief Minister of Nagaland, who is currently abroad on tour has expressed sadness over the news of the “untimely demise” of Thepusatou Vamuzo, alias Boshi Vamuzo, general secretary, NPF Central early September 22 morning at CIHSR, Dimapur. Adviser & Sr Principal Secretary to the Chief Minister Lalthara said this in a condolence message addressed to Awele Vamuzo. The note read that Boshi Vamuzo, who died after a brief illness had been a pillar of support to both his “famous” parents – late Vamuzo, former chief minister of Nagaland and Sano Vamuzo, first chairperson of Nagaland Women Commission and a well known social worker. Boshi was a successful
businessman in his own right, it said, at the same time, he followed the footsteps of his “illustrious” father and gave his mind and soul to public service. He was an active youth leader of the NPF party at the time of his death. His untimely death is a great loss to the NPF party and the Chakesang community, it added. The Chief Minister further extended his heartfelt condolences to the wife, two sons, mother, and other family members of the deceased. He prayed that the Almighty God grant them peace of mind and mental strength to bear the “irreparable” loss. NPF, 5 Ghaspani-II A/C mourns Meanwhile, NPF, 5 Ghaspani-II A/C and its constituency MLA, Zhaleo Rio, Parlia-
mentary Secretary for Urban Development have also deeply mourned the demise of Boshi Vamuzo, general secretary, NPF Central. A press release appended by 5 Ghaspani-II A/C president and its general secretary stated that the deceased had been an inspirational pillar for people from all walks of life, especially the “outcasts and downtrodden” youngsters whom he “loved, cared and motivated personally into restructured lives.” The constituency, while lamenting the “colossal loss” of such a “noble leader” and the void created by his mortal absence, prayed that the Lord Almighty grant abundant grace upon the bereaved family so they may endure the sorrow of the hour and be a blessing to others everywhere.
Mon DPDB focuses on developmental projects
Monday 23 September 2013
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MoN, SEPTEMBER 22 (DIPR): Mon District Planning & Development Board (DPDB) held its monthly meeting on September 16 under the chairmanship of N. Thongwang Konyak, Chairman NKVIB & DPDB, Mon at the conference hall of the Deputy Commissioner. The Chairman appealed the members to have coordination among the members and urged for proper implementation of the developmental projects for the welfare of the people. He also said that the elected members are ready to disMinister for roads & bridges Kuzholuzo (Azo) Nienu with media persons during the cuss and take up any important issues, if arises in one day media seminar organized by Kohima Press Club on September 21 in Kohima. the district, for the benefit of the public. (Morung Photo) The board had a lengthy discussion about damage and missing pipes lines between Lapa Lampong and main reservoir at Tizit town. In this connection, the board decided to keep vigil and protect all public properties and punish the culprits as per the provision of the law. The ADC (Planning) & Members Secretary DPDB, Mon, Those Angami apprised the LADP verification committee to conduct spot verification for proper implementation of the projects and to avoid any complaint from the higher authority. The Deputy Commissioner, Mon Angau I. Thou in her welcome note appreciated Ilika Zhimomi EAC Mon for her outstanding peformance.
NPF Youth Wing on Boshi's death Tovihito vouches support to his constituency
KohIMA, SEPTEMBER 22 (MExN): The NPF Central Youth Wing has expressed its deepest sadness and sorrow over the sudden demise of its colleague Boshi Vamuzo. In a condolence message, the Youth Wing recognized late Boshi Vamuzo as a leader who had a loving heart and soul and who always tried to work for the betterment of the society as a whole. In his death, the NPF party and Nagas in particular have lost an upright and vibrant leader who would be irreplaceable, it added. The Youth Wing also conveyed heartfelt condolences to the bereaved family members and prayed for God to DIMAPUR, SEPTEMgrant them strength and peace in this dark hour. BER 22 (MExN): Parliamentary Secretary for IT&C,
Lions Club organizes eye camp
DIMAPUR, SEPTEMBER 22 (MExN): Lions Club of Dimapur organized first eye camp for the Lionistic year 201314 on September 21 and 22, 2013 at Lions Center, Midland colony, Dimapur. A press release received here informed that all together 571 patients were screened, out of which 154 patients were forwarded to Jorhat for IOL surgery. Lions Club will bear all the expenses pertaining to the cataract operation, it said. The Chairman, Lion Pawan Maheswari along with the Club members have thanked each and every person for their support and co-operation in making the “Mega Lions Project” a grand success The chairman also specially thanked Leo Club of Dimapur members, Lions Club of Dimapur Blue Vanda members and well wishers of Dimapur and media persons for the support.
Science & Technology, Technical Education and Taxes, Tovihoto Ayemi graced the Cultural Nite organized by Baba Loknath Mandir Committee at Railway Netaji Colony Dimapur on Sunday evening. Tovihoto in the programme said such programme was one of the many ways of spreading peace and unity to the society, according to a press release issued
DALT celebrates foundation day
DIMAPUR, SEPTEMBER 22 (MExN): The Dimapur Ao Lanur Telongjem (DALT) turned one September 22. Commemorating the milestone, the DALT held a programme at the IMC Hall, Dimapur on Sunday. The celebration also marked the launch of RTI and Grievances Cell of the DALT. President of Ao Senso Telongjem Dimapur, Supu Jamir, speaking at the occasion, lauded the DALT (Dimapur Ao youth forum) for the various activities taken up by
Just a Thought
t's almost a century with the existence of celebrities in the world. But it is our recent belief that celebrities are anti christ and anti-christ leaders. I don't know the actual truth but to me, it sounds dumb and annoying. And Im not in a state to believe it. There are many believers in our state and Every Sunday, churches are full. Being christians, we go to church, we pray, we say 'we Love God' but do we really mean it? Do we really take ourselves as a christian? Do we? But my point here is not to talk about how to be a christian. I just want to share some situations which I came across and to justify my thoughts. Firstly, I don't believe celebrities have sold their soul to become famous. I believe, they are good human beings who became famous through their hard work and with blessings from above. Celebrities in general, are nothing Evil. The Only negative impact is when people keep someone as their role model and that someone lived an actually bad life which does not encourage the person to be a better person. But that does not make him an anti christ. He is just someone like you and me who makes mistake while living their life on this earth. The only difference between us and that celebrity is, that person has talent and was born in the right place. If only we are lucky, there are many Nagas trying to pursue their dream i.e becoming famous. One day it could be you, your own child, your sisters or brothers and cousins. Will you believe that they sold their soul to become famous? Or will you thank God for making yours and their dream come true? Im sure if any one of you turns out to be a celebrity I won't look up at you and say, "You became famous because you sold your soul". Secondly, it's true when people tells me, "Keep your own view to yourself" on this matter. Im no one to destroy your beliefs. But, a certain sentence which hurt me was when someone told me "people like you become the anti-christ leader" just because I shared my view that Celebs are not what they think. It was hard and I could have easily answered it back like "What do you know about my relationship with
God?", "Do you know God's judgement?", ''Who are you to judge?" but I kept quiet. Because no matter what, in the end God will be the only judge. I do not care what human judgement is because its not important. And to be quite honest, I don't know where and how I am in the eyes of God. Thirdly, to those who believe celebrities are anti-christ leaders and are evil, Why are you still listening to their songs and still watching their movies?? And how is it possible that only the Hollywood Industry is Evil and not the rest?? Sometimes I feel like it's a joke or something because it really is funny. And if you say yourself and act yourself like a true believer than why are you still stuck on their music and movies? Isn't that hypocrisy? Is it not what antichrist do? Knowingly doing something which you know is bad. At this field, I really need someone to clear my head and give me some more background. Arenjungla Kichu
War cannot bring peace
by the press secretary of the parliamentary secretary. Deputy Commissioner (DC) Phek office complex under construction at Phek district Tovihoto expressed happi- headquarters. (Morung Photo/Chizokho Vero) ness that the Railway Netaji Colony and several other organizations which fall under his constituency were also involved in various community works. Tovihoto told the people he would continue to be by their side and together work for the betterment of the society.
he concept of imperialism and intolerance among the powerful nations has instigated two world wars in the past. History reminds us that even before the Great World War was fought, the world was in the midst of tension especially among the powerful European nations to increase their territory. Killing of the Archduke Franz Ferdinand (heir to Austria throne) by Gavrilo Pricip (Serb terrorist) ignited the First World War in 1914 which ended in 1918. This war awakened the world which brought political, social and cultural change. Revolution was the order of the day. Despite of tension and uprising the powerful nations were busy expanding their military power to revenge the First World War. The Treaty of Versailles in-spite of working out a long-term peace in the world imposed “war guilt” on Germany and Austria-Hungry. Had they given “peace” importance than the world could be much better place to live and the Second World War might have been avoided. The humiliating Treaty of Versailles is directly or indirectly responsible for the rise of Adolf Hitler. Of the many reasons which caused the second Ward War in 1939 is the Adolf Hit-
the forum during the past year. According to Jamir, the DALT fought a good fight during its first year of existence. “And we salute you for that,” he said. While urging the youth to rise above “cosmetic politics” and rampant corruption in these testing times, Jamir said that the DALT must set for itself a vision to The department of veterinary & AH Tuensang conducted a mass vaccination of pigs fight for truth. Deputy Commandant of 1st against swine disease on September 13 in Tuensang town. The vaccination drive was NAP, I Sungit Longkumer and the president done to prevent and control the outbreak of diseases in the swine population. of Watsu Mungdang Dimapur, Alila Wai also spoke on the occasion.
ter’s desire to dominate the world. With the end of horrifying war in 1945 the international community vowed never to repeat such horrifying war like this to happen again. To restore and maintain peace and harmony in the world United Nations General Assembly on 10th December 1948 adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Up to certain extent, the United Nations had done justice to its aims and objectives in bringing normalcy in the world. However, the destructions and misunderstanding created by two world war combined with divisive policy of the emerging super power continue to instigate numerous conflicts in the present world. The continuing tension and bloodshed in Afghanistan, Iraq, between South and North Korea, Israel and Palestinian, the bloody civil war in Syria etc to name few is the indication that war and violence cannot bring peace in the world. History tells us that, Mahatma Gandhi (Father of the Nation) took control of the national struggle and fundamentally transformed the Indian national movement against the British imperial rule. His non-violent movement finally pulled down the British rule in India. Indian sovereignty was achieved on the strength of non-violence. The extremist concept of national struggle has witnessed much violence and bloodshed without much breakthrough in the struggle. Non-violent has triumph over extremist. The Indo-Naga political conflict had witnessed much violence, bloodshed and retaliation for the past several decades without any settlement. It was a visionary decision when Government of India and Naga Nationalist took the path of non-violence to solve the problem and signed peace talk in 1997. Although no honourable solution is at sight but it has drastically reduced the violence and bloodshed in the state. Whether it is a decadal Indo-Naga political conflict, insurgency problem in Northeast or recent Naxalite Maoist insurgency in India, every issue has a reason. War and violence might bring the conflict to halt for sometime but it can never achieve long-term peace. India has a long term border conflict with Pakistan and China and numerous wars have been fought. Every war has deteriorated the relation in the region. Despite of the recent tension and face-off between India and Chinese troops in Ladakh sector and Arunachal
Pradesh our Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh is expected to meet Chinese Premier Wen Jiobao during the Association of South East Nation (ASEAN) summit in Thailand. In this regard Foreign Secretary Nirupama Rao said “I think it is a good development and it is a positive factor that both countries are determined to resolve these issues” . This is a clear indication that both leaders have faith in diplomatic solution rather than war as the 1962 Sino-Indian war couldn’t bring solution to the problem. The see saw relation between India and Pakistan is going through a rough surface in recent time due to ceasefire violation by Pakistani troops. Government of India has shows utmost restraint in dealing with the situation. These situations provide opportunity to opposition party to come down heavily on Government when Prime Minister decided to engage Pakistan across the table. BJP President Rajnath Singh said “the UPA government has failed to give a befitting reply to Pakistan”. How many befitting reply should India give to Pakistan and what positive achievement it got from war? We have witnessed 1947 Indo-Pakistan war (Partition), 1971 war (Bangladesh Liberation war), 1965 war (Second Kashmir war), 1999 war (Kargil war) and numerous encounters, intrusion, ambush, Pakistan trained suicide attack in Indian cities. These events show that wars and violence only intensifies intolerance and misunderstanding in the region. Politicising the situation to gain political mileage will only worsen the situation. The present bloodshed and violence in the world is all a sequence of yesterday’s war and divisive policy. On May 2011 Osama Bin Laden was killed by American troops. This might have quenched the American desire for revenge but there is high prospect that it may have given birth to many Osama Bin Laden. Osama Bin Laden was not born terrorist. Terrorist is an invention of war and divisive policy of the super powers. All religion preaches peace, compassion and love for humanity but where is this teaching when one takes decision on war against humanity? If war and retaliation are the option to handle the crises than we are not very far from another great world war. Dr.Soyhunlo seb Telecom ward Tseminyu Town
On the occasion of World Ozone Day on September 16, Eco Club members of Sacred Heart Hr Sec. School Chizami organized cleanliness drive and tree plantation. 70 members of Eco Club participated in the event and planted 70 trees around the school campus. The need to maintaining the forest wealth, growing more trees and keeping the environment clean dominated the programme. Seen here are the Eco Club members with others.
Poumai Baptist church Dimapur conducted fathers camp on September 14 & 15 with Dr. Rev. Woba James lecturer Eastern Theological College, Jorhat as the speaker of the theme “Father and his relationship” (Family, world and God) at Youth Oasis Center Dimapur. Around 55 fathers attended the camp. Seen here are the fathers.
NCRC Sumi Purana Bazar youth department celebrated its special service on September 22. Hokali, wife of Rev. Joseph from New York, shared from Psalm 8. She reminded the youth that humans are created by God to be rulers over his creation, and angels are ministers of God's people.
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n September 13, 2013, the State government through the Chief Secretary responded to the ten point memorandum which had been submitted to the Chief Minister on August 30, 2013 by the Action Committee Against Unabated Taxation (ACAUT). Rightly so, the State government in its response has sought more time pointing out that “actions on the issues raised will take time to implement due to various reasons including deeper deliberations and formulation of action plan for implementation in view that some of the issues are very sensitive”. ACAUT on its part has given another one month’s time for the government to act on its demand (as mentioned in the August 30 memorandum). Naturally going by the response of the State government or the lack of it, the ACAUT has expressed its dismay. As mentioned by the ACAUT, the government has not addressed any of the points raised. The only thing worth mentioning is the point stated in the Chief Secretary’s letter to ACAUT that the matters raised in the memorandum “are already under consideration by the Administration and the Police”. This is however vague and non-verifiable. Now the ACAUT has given a period of one month to fulfill its demands. So what happens if after this deadline is over, the State government is still unable to meet the demands of ACAUT? As already stated in the media, the ACAUT has planned for an ‘indefinite bandh’. Are we then heading for a collision course? This may lead to unwanted situation. At the end, it is the ordinary people who are likely to suffer. A way out has to be found for both the ACAUT and State government to try and resolve on the important issues that have been raised in the memorandum. In fact if you carefully study the letter written by the Chief Secretary to ACAUT, the former has clearly mentioned that “there are essentially no differences of opinion between the views of ACAUT and the views of the State Government”. If indeed there is already a meeting point, as indicated by the government’s response, why can’t the two sides meet and work through the memorandum instead of issuing ultimatum and counter justification. While the ACAUT’s deadline of 30 days could be construed as somewhat arrogant and harsh, the State government’s justification to seek more and more time is also obviously something that cannot be relied and trusted upon given its track record of being ineffective and not sincere in its intent. Having remained largely silent all these months since the movement against unabated taxation began, it is only expected that public faith and confidence on the present dispensation is low. People now expect the government to act and take the much needed leadership. While it may not be possible to meet each and every demand on the dotted line, the government must make the effort and demonstrate that it is trying. So far even this is missing. In fact, instead of just seeking more time, which is justified as regards some of the points raised in the ACAUT memorandum, the government if it is sincere can act on those that are less complicated. One way forward could be for the State government to appoint, in consultation with ACAUT, some kind of a cooperative mechanism, perhaps a joint action committee, with representatives from both sides, who will be entrusted to fast track the points raised in the memorandum without the need to confront each other or issue deadlines. Perhaps this could be a better way to arrive at a realistic solution. (Feedback can be send to firstname.lastname@example.org)
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Art goes pop at United Art Fair
rt has always inspired its creators to paint society's turbulence and turmoil in grim hues. Cut to the ongoing United Art Fair, where contemporary artists, through the medium of pop art, are presenting dark humour in florid colours at the Pragati Maidan. Artists like brothers Manil and Rohit Gupta, Sushant Panda, and Akhlaq Ahmad have taken cues from everyday life and interspersed them with their works that are a testimony of the growing "pop" art scene in India. "I look at the word pop as a language that is popular and uses colours to represent the cultural dilemma we are living in. Usually dark humour or the message in this flush of colours gets lost, but clever eyes and neat observation can understand what the artist wants to say," Rohit Gupta told IANS. The duo has five works at display with the circus as their theme and pig as a metaphor to take a dig at manhood and the human race. "Life is a circus and we are all a part of it. We are the joker of the circus who is happy but we don't realise that we are the biggest jokers - like puppets whose strings are in someone else's hand," he added. For Delhi-based Ahmad, his association with bright colours dates to his days of painting name boards of fruit juice shops with popular Bollywood faces. "I used to paint posters of Bollywood films in 2002 in Mumbai and then I started painting boards of juice outlets in Delhi. We had to use bright and happy colours, and my fascination for bright colours began from there," Ahmad told IANS. His works are a collage of hoardings, Bollywood posters and fruit juice-shop paintings reminiscing a bygone era. "That was popular culture once and it still will be if art is kept alive. Usually, people think that only if you paint in bright colours, it represents kitsch and pop. I am here to break that thought process. For me, the bygone is pop and it will always be popular. We just need to connect to the audiences," he added. "Popular culture or pop art finds direct resonance with today's audience, and has power to attract the younger crowd," he added. Orissa-based Panda has capitalised on the popular folk culture of Ganjam district and brought it to the art fair. "There is a popular culture of performing tigers in Ganjam district. I have used that and added fashion elements and alphabets that lend it a pop status. The use of bright colours comes from the folk culture of body painting we have," Panda told IANS. "I come from a small town and my association with Bollywood and the fashion world has introduced me to two different worlds. I have, through these works, tried to bring together both street culture and the glamour of entertainment," he added. Though art is believed to deliver a message, Rohit Gupta pointed out that art should draw out people and not preach to them. "We are not trying to preach to anyone. How you look at is what matters," he added.
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Sovereignty– at what price?
Sovereignty matters, but so does preventing mass atrocity. A doctrine like the Responsibility to Protect (R2P) permits us to override inertia and inaction to alleviate mass suffering, although in Syria we haven’t yet seen an effective plan for doing so
overeignty matters. It is not right for distant – or even neighbouring – countries to constantly interfere in the affairs of another country, undermining its legitimacy and independence. Those, myself included, who were born in states newly emerging from colonial rule, understand this only too well. People have the right to govern themselves, without interference from other states – but only up to a point. Nations earn their legitimacy and independence by acting responsibly. When they cease to act responsibly, there have to be mechanisms in place to protect civilians. History is littered with examples of incompetent and malevolent governments ignoring the suffering of their people and not doing enough to protect them, or deliberately killing them. The human rights conundrum is understandable: the primary obligation to protect human rights rests with states, and at the same time, the biggest abusers of human rights are states. Many governments fail to live up to commitments they have made to their own people and to the international community. Many more do not adhere to the treaties they have signed. Several governments routinely violate international norms, and too often the international community looks the other way. While the international community accepted the doctrine of Responsibility to Protect (R2P) in 2005 in an attempt to bring some order after the selective use of the humanitarian intervention doctrine in the 1990s, it did so with an important caveat: approval by the UN Security Council, including of course the P5 - China, France, Russia the US and UK. But given their competing strategic interests, it is clear that collective action will only be undertaken when a humanitarian crisis occurs in a country of limited strategic importance to these big powers. And that means that in the vast majority of cases, an unacceptably large number of civilians will die before some yardstick is applied to justify military intervention (and so far, even the use of chemical weapons the Syrian case has not unified the Council for military action). As we have seen in the Syrian case, and in other past conflicts where civilians are dying in large numbers, the international community needs time to build a consensus in favour of intervention. The countries that want to intervene to protect civilians have relied
n 13 September, the Additional Sessions Judge Yogesh Khanna will sentence the four men he convicted of rape and murder in the Delhi gangrape case. The people, we keep being told, want the death penalty. “The common man will lose faith in the judiciary,” newspapers reported the special public prosecutor as saying, “if the harshest punishment is not given.” We have all seen the pictures of the protests both now and back in December, the posters calling for everything from chemical castration to death. Judge Khanna is in the unenviable position of having to deliver both justice and national catharsis. Let’s not try and do his job. Whatever his judgment, the law will take its longwinded course. But what should be addressed is the growing belief that the death sentence is some sort of healing salve. Executing criminals, however depraved, is society’s way of letting itself off the hook. Despite the daily headlines, we should not confuse the world with horror movies — demons can’t simply be exorcised; a stake through the heart of the vampire doesn’t rid us of evil. For decades, India had more or less stopped executing people. Dhananjoy Chatterjee was hanged in 2004 (incidentally, for rape and murder) and before him it was the serial killer ‘Auto’ Shankar in 1995. Since Chatterjee though, both Ajmal Kasab and Afzal Guru were hanged within a few months of each other. And in April, the Supreme Court rejected the appeal of Devinderpal Singh Bhullar, the engineering
on R2P. Countries opposing it are concerned about unwarranted intrusion in a government’s internal affairs. Many southern governments are particularly skeptical of any military intervention in which western governments intend to take the lead. Yet such concerns are often disingenuous. We should welcome, and where appropriate applaud - and not bemoan - a doctrine that allows the international community to override inertia and inaction to alleviate mass suffering. Any military intervention will lead to more deaths, and many of those may be civilian. But non-intervention may make us complicit in a continuing cycle of violence and repression, and allow a vicious, brutal regime to consolidate its power. The Security Council approved intervention in Libya, but even there some states, including Russia and China, later grumbled that the NATO intervention changed the rules of the game, by replacing the original objective – protecting civilians – with the goal of regime change. But could civilians in Libya really be protected without removing the Qaddafi regime? And by not intervening in Syria at the moment has the international community brought peace for Syrian civilians? It is far from an acceptable outcome that a country that genuinely wishes to intervene to prevent mass atrocity cannot do so because of arcane politics at the UN Security Council. Countries from the so-called global South may see imperial designs in allowing the will of great powers to be imposed on weaker nations, as Professor Chimni argues. But large countries within the global South have often resisted international pressure not out of a commitment to any high principle, but to defend their own record. China claims steadfast devotion to the principle of sovereignty, even if it thinks nothing of violating the sovereignty of its neighbours. Given its own record in Kashmir and its north-east, India is not about to agree to any doctrine that allows intervention in the affairs of other countries. Indonesia’s commitment to nonalignment was as much because it wanted to deal with its own internal insurgencies in its own way, as any nostalgia for the spirit of Bandung. Sri Lanka has resisted scrutiny of its conduct over its total war against the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam. Those people in the global South who suffer under repression shielded in the name of sovereignty, may view foreign interference quite differently – they often call for sanctions (think of South Africa and Myanmar), external military aid and, sometimes, direct intervention. The cost of state’s posturing over sovereignty is the loss of human lives. The interventions discussed in previous essays in this series, including those by Kwesi Aning and Frank Okyere, and David Petrasek, have all dealt with conflicts since the end of the Cold War – the Balkans and Kosovo; Sierra Leone; Cote d’Ivoire; Libya; and the non-interventions in Rwanda, Darfur and Syria. But go back a little further, and there are three clear examples of military interventions by neighbouring countries, the result of which had positive humanitarian consequences. India intervened successfully in 1971 in East Pakistan in the wake of the Pakistan army’s brutal suppression
of the Bengali independence movement, which had killed hundreds of thousands and led millions of refugees to flee to India. In 1978-79, Tanzania sent troops into Uganda to overthrow the murderous regime of Idi Amin; and in December 1979 Vietnamese troops invaded Cambodia and overthrew Pol Pot’s genocidal Khmer Rouge regime. In each of these instances, the intervening country was a neighbour, responding either to border skirmishes or attacks, or to a refugee crisis. In each instance, the intervening country acted primarily to protect its interests, but the outcome led to the removal of a regime that had lost any moral right to rule. The motives of the intervening country may or may not primarily be humanitarian, but had India, Tanzania, and Vietnam not acted, the suffering of Bangladeshis, Ugandans, and Cambodians would have been further prolonged. Even in the absence of the R2P doctrine, these countries acted. No doubt, military intervention in Syria has become more difficult precisely because of the legacy of the Iraq war. While it is debatable if military action in 2003 was justified for the many atrocities the Saddam regime committed against Kurdish and Shi’a populations - mainly between 1988 and 1991 - such reasoning would at least have had the virtue of being fact-based. But instead of making a moral case about punishing Saddam for past misdeeds – even if it would have been questionable legally – the US and UK built the case on the imminent threat posed by Saddam’s alleged weapons of mass destruction. That no such weapons were later found significantly weakened their credibility; so much so, that even the relatively unambiguous evidence of the Assad regime using chemical weapons in Syria didn’t move the Security Council. The Iraq episode at least partly influenced major powers not to take any action in Darfur. The lack of consensus at the Security Council in the Syrian case isn’t a failure of the R2P doctrine; it is the failure of the Council to play its proper role. However, the real question that Syria poses today is not whether R2P remains a valid doctrine, but whether intervention on the terms proposed - aerial bombardment alone - is an effective way to protect Syrian civilians. And on this point, there is reason to be doubtful, as other commentators, especially Lorena Ruano, have noted. Aerial bombardment may make the great powers feel they have done something, but an effective intervention must be linked to a clear plan for deploying peacekeepers and assisting Syria through a lengthy political transition. It is an unhappy state of affairs, where broader concerns of realpolitik and an odd commitment to a doctrine of sovereignty itself breached by many powerful nations, have together tied the hands of the international community from intervening when necessary. Indeed, a military intervention might lead to civilian casualties. The criteria Gareth Evans sets out in his essay are eminently sensible. But if military intervention is never going to be an option, then the diplomatic efforts better show results soon. To preserve the architecture of international law, should another hundred thousand civilians have to die – if not by being gassed, by mortars, shells, and gunshot wounds?
The death penalty is society’s way of letting itself off the hook shougat Dasgupta Source: Tehelka
We must set the moral example, not adjust our behaviour to reflect that of murderers professor-turned-convicted-terrorist, to have his death sentence commuted. According to a report in The Hindu, 18 other death-row prisoners are next in line, having had their “mercy pleas” rejected by the President. You don’t have to be a so-called bleeding heart liberal, a jholawalla, an idiot (a worrying number of people with Internet connections think that these are synonymous) who wastes his tears on terrorists and rapists, to think it’s time now — as we become increasingly comfortable with the idea of hanging as fitting punishment for certain crimes — to, once and for all, abolish the death penalty.
As a society, with the likes of land acquisition, food security, NREGA, we are ready to acknowledge (with legislation) that economic progress cannot leave behind, or be achieved at the expense of, the poor, the disadvantaged and the disenfranchised. Capital punishment, of course, disproportionately affects the poor, the disadvantaged and the disenfranchised. Rich, powerful people are not hanged. If we are striving for a modicum of fairness, for somewhat equal opportunity even for those most discriminated against, how can we, as a society, continue to tolerate the death penalty? In commuting the death sentence of a tailor who murdered his family, Supreme Court Justices SJ Mukhopadhaya and Kurian Joseph — on the same day that the four rapists were found guilty — ruled that “poverty, socioeconomic, psychic compulsions, undeserved adversities in life” were “some of the mitigating factors”. Their judgment, even if specific to a particular case, acknowledges the role society plays in the formation of criminals. Chat show and dinner table talk of atavism, of bestiality, of the rapists’ partic-
ular savagery, is the easy way out. It absolves us of responsibility; it enables us to continue the illusion that by excising one tumour we have cured ourselves of cancer, that tumours don’t metastasise. Then there is the question of what effect capital punishment has on criminals. What effect has our collective outrage had on incidences of rape? Certainly, rapes haven’t stopped, even if we argue that the media is reporting incidences of rape more assiduously, or indeed that victims themselves are more emboldened to report rape. In the same way, hanging terrorists will not stop politically or religiously motivated terror. Andrei Sakharov, the Soviet physicist and human rights activist, wrote that in the case of terrorism “the death penalty serves only as a catalyst for the larger psychosis of lawlessness, revenge, and savagery”. His point is simple. Society must set the moral example, not adjust its behaviour to reflect that of murderers. Whatever Judge Khanna’s sentence, death penalty or not, let’s do something that politicians never do, that the media never does — shut up and introspect. What kind of society do we want to create? Is working towards that goal more useful than howling imprecations in the wind? Crime and rape cannot be eliminated but a number of things from better policing to better education can help. Killing people, however satisfying, will not. This article was first published in Tehelka Magazine, Volume 10 Issue 38, Dated 21 September 2013
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How Can a Smart Kid Be So Bad at Math? Let's Bring Humanity Scientists search for the cause, and treatment, of a mathematical learning disability called dyscalculia
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teph Zech graduated from high school this spring with an admirable academic record. She especially loved chemistry, writing and literature — though she has some reservations about Dante. A bright and diligent student, she took two Advanced Placement classes her senior year, sailing through both. But when it comes to math, Steph has struggled mightily. At age 17, she still counts on her fingers to add 3 and 5. She doesn’t know her multiplication tables. She can’t understand fractions, process concepts of time such as “quarter after” or read dice without counting the dots. She did recently figure out that if something costs 75 cents, the change from a dollar should be 25 cents. But when asked what the change would be if the price were 70 cents, she considers at length before venturing, “15 cents?” There are many reasons for a bright student to be bad at math, including poor learning environments, attention disorders and anxiety. But Steph’s struggles typify a specific math learning disability known as developmental dyscalculia. “A lot of people say, ‘I’m not good at math’ because they couldn’t handle pre-calculus or something,” says cognitive neuroscientist Edward Hubbard of the University of Wisconsin-Madison. “People with dyscalculia struggle to tell you whether seven is more than five.” Although dyscalculia, which affects about 6 percent of people, is about as common as the analogous reading disorder dyslexia, it is far less well-understood. According to one analysis, studies on reading disabilities outnumber those that look at math deficits by a ratio of 14 to 1. One reason for that disparity may be the belief that literacy is more important than numeracy. “People freely admit at dinner parties that they are poor at math, while few would admit that they are a poor reader,” notes cognitive neuroscientist Daniel Ansari of the University of Western Ontario. From calculating restaurant tips to navigating investment decisions to following medication instructions, the ability to understand numbers is essential to functional living. In one study conducted in the U.K., researchers found that at age 30, people with low numeracy tended to have less education and were more likely to be unemployed, in trouble with the law, and mentally and physically sicker than others the same age. But now, thanks to advances in brain imaging techniques and improved understanding of numerical cognition in general, new insights into the disorder have begun to emerge. Researchers have tracked dyscalculia to a fold in the back of the brain known as the intraparietal sulcus, or IPS. This area, they’ve learned, is crucial for perceiving and approximately comparing quantities — say, a group of dots on a page, or spades on a playing card. This core mental capacity, known as approximate number sense, is important for arithmetic and much higher-level math. New research “helps isolate the potential causes of dyscalculia and points to impairments in very basic number-processing abilities that can be measured before children enter formal schooling,” Ansari says. “This in turn can inform early diagnosis and intervention.” Numbers Don’t Stick Steph was in second grade when she decided she must be stupid. “We had those little one-minute math tests, and I would always be working till the last second, and everyone else would have [their papers] flipped over,” she says. “I felt extremely isolated.” Teachers at her school in Wisconsin dismissed her troubles, concluding that because she did well in
the rest of her schoolwork, she must have been lazy when it came to math. That assumption still hurts, because Steph knows better: For more than 10 years she and her mother, Susan, have spent countless hours hunched over math homework, trying to make the numbers stick in Steph’s brain. They’ve tried flashcards, computer games, videos, math songs, summer tutors … but “there’s nothing that has particularly helped” her truly understand, Steph says. While Steph was learning to compensate for her disability, partly through clever memorization tactics and partly through sheer effort, scientists far removed from the school where she struggled were probing the disorder’s biological roots. Studies had shown for nearly a century that some brain injuries can cause impairments in quantity processing. Beginning in the late 1990s, neuroimaging studies showed that a specific area of the parietal lobe — the IPS — is important for very basic numerical magnitude processing, such as deciding which of two numbers is larger. Only a few neuroimaging studies have examined numerical processing in children with developmental dyscalculia. In a 2007 study, Ansari and colleagues scanned the brains of dyscalculic children while they made judgments about quantities of squares presented on a screen. When asked to identify which clustering had more squares, the children made more errors and responded more slowly than those in a control group. In addition, unlike their peers, children with dyscalculia showed no difference in IPS activation when they were comparing pairs of numbers that were closer versus further apart in value, suggesting that their brains were less efficient at discerning the relative distance between numbers. Other studies since have found similar effects. Recently, some researchers have proposed that in some cases, dyscalculia may arise not from a “core deficit” in the ability to compare quantities, but instead from an “access deficit” — a problem in how the brain links perceptions of quantity to number symbols such as Arabic numerals, or in how it maps numbers onto verbal or spatial processes. So far, the evidence for “core” versus “access” subtypes of dyscalculia has been mixed.
Rebooting Number Sense? Over the years, Steph persevered through multiplication tables and ratios, fractions and decimals. It was never fun — and geometry in particular is an adventure she’d prefer to forget. Her junior year, she transferred to a different school where the teachers were more helpful and willing to make some accommodations, like letting her use a note card to remind her of basic math facts during tests. She stuck with math through high school, earning straight A’s in pre-calculus her senior year. Though her performance on some elementary parts of the ACT math test was abysmal, she did fairly well on some of the more advanced parts, which involve more reasoning than arithmetic. Her overall score was respectable — good enough, in fact, to land her a slot at a small private college in Iowa this fall, with academic scholarships. Steph is more fortunate than many young people with dyscalculia, whose difficulties in math — and the anxiety their troubles tend to stir — can set them on a path of overall underachievement. Many children with dyscalculia, and especially highly intelligent ones, tend to go undiagnosed. By the time someone notices the discrepancy between their math ability and general performance, it may be too late to shore up shaky foundations. But the advances in understanding how dyscalculia works suggest it might be possible to do better. Recently, researchers have focused their efforts on identifying faulty number sense earlier, in hopes of finding ways to blunt its effects. Ansari and others are designing behavioral tests that evaluate the processing of number symbols and the basic skills underlying math, such as comparison of quantities and numbers, dot counting and relationships between numbers. “These tools move beyond just testing children on calculation skills to assessing the underlying skills — the basic foundational or scaffolding abilities,” Ansari says. Several recent studies have shown that rudimentary number sense — an ability to discriminate between varying quantities — emerges by the time infants are 6 months old. In a 2010 study, cognitive psychologists Melissa Libertus and Elizabeth Brannon, then both at Duke University, found that infants
gazed longer at images of black circles when the number of circles changed, compared with when the quantity was always the same, as long as the ratio between the number of circles was always at least 2-to-1. And although all infants improved by age 9 months, those whose abilities were keenest at 6 months remained so a few months later. The study is important, Hubbard says, because “it shows that we can reliably measure something about number sense and that the number sense is stable over time.” As such, he says, individual differences in number sense might predict later math abilities. Several research groups are testing the prospects for rebooting dyscalculic children’s approximate number sense or their ability to map quantities onto symbols or a mental number line. One example is a computer game called The Number Race, developed by Stanislas Dehaene at INSERM (the French National Institute of Health and Medical Research) and his colleague Anna Wilson, now at the University of Canterbury in New Zealand. In the game, which is designed to strengthen the brain circuits that support number sense, the child tries to beat a cartoon opponent to the end of a number line disguised as a colorful racetrack. Along the way, the child must practice several different foundational math skills, including comparing quantities of objects, counting and ordering numerals, and matching quantities with symbols. The game adapts in difficulty depending on the player’s success, so that it stays challenging without being frustrating. Initial tests of The Number Race’s effectiveness with children who struggle in math have been encouraging, though “not a slam dunk,” Hubbard says. Young children who play the game do show improvements on basic numerical cognition, but it’s unclear how long these improvements last. Clues from Dyslexia Nonetheless, Hubbard is cautiously optimistic that early and intensive training can help children with dyscalculia. Part of that optimism, he says, stems from research on dyscalculia’s sister disorder, dyslexia. Reading research, he observes, has long shown that a key aspect of dyslexia is the child’s difficulty in understanding the sounds of language — a deficit that is similar to the faulty number sense seen in dyscalculia. But even though understanding the sounds of language is key to learning letter symbols, many studies have shown that learning letter symbols actually improves dyslexic children’s ability to hear the sounds of language. Hubbard suggests it may be that the same is true with numbers: that learning the symbols of math changes how the brain actually perceives quantities. “Because number symbols are exact — a number is either a 3 or it isn’t — this may help ‘tune up’ the brain networks for non-symbolic numbers,” he says. “Once children are aware of the fact that numbers can be exact, they may then focus more on counting up the right number, which could in turn sharpen their ability to see even non-symbolic quantities more precisely.” Whether that is true and, if so, exactly what kinds of training might jump-start the process are not yet clear. But what is key, Hubbard says, is that the brain a child is born with “may not be the brain the child is stuck with.” Last winter, when Steph met with Hubbard to discuss her math problems, an online test (see “How Good Is Your Number Sense?”) confirmed that her number sense was truly impaired. The information provided no fix — just vindication, and the wish that dyscalculia could be more widely understood. “I want math teachers to be educated about it,” Steph says. “Think about all the other kids that don’t have as much motivation, or don’t have as caring parents as I do.” Whether adults with dyscalculia, like Steph, can eventually tap into the tools that researchers are currently developing for children remains unknown. Hubbard says it may be possible, though harder, both because adults have missed opportunities to learn when they’re younger and because with age, the brain changes less in response to learning. As for Steph, he says, “There are places in life where this will always cause her difficulty. But I get the feeling that she’s a very determined young girl and that she’s going to figure out how to have a very successful life no matter what happens.”
The Morung Express
Back Into Our Stuff Christa Hillstrom
"If I define my neighbor as the one I must go out to look for, on the highways and byways, in the factories and slums, on the farms and in the mines, then my world changes."
Gustavo Gutiérrez,Peruvian theologian and founder of Liberation Theology
ast April, I met a 24-year-old Bangladeshi seamstress who broke her arm and leg jumping from an upper-story factory window to escape a fire. Sumi Abedin worked at Tazreen Fashions in Dhaka, sewing 4,000 seams a day for major Western clothing brands. Management kept the exits locked to prevent theft; when the building caught fire in November 2012, workers were trapped inside. As smoke filled the building, Abedin and a coworker leaped from the window. "I thought if I saved my body from burning, my parents would be able to identify it," Abedin said. She survived the fall; her companion did not. That day, 112 workers died. I asked Abedin, who was in the United States campaigning for safety improvements in major brands' supply chains, how it felt to see Americans up close, buying $50 garments made in Bangladesh when that country’s minimum wage is $38 a month. She smiled and slightly shook her head. She had no words. Just hours later, the Rana Plaza factory outside Dhaka collapsed, killing more than 1,100 workers. They had noticed an ominous crack in the building but were ordered to work anyway. Fear of losing their livelihoods outweighed the risk of losing their lives. We all know our stuff doesn't grow on store shelves, but the images from Bangladesh as we've worked on this issue have lent a sobering urgency to the question of where our stuff comes from, and who pays its price. We have more access to cheap stuff than ever, but much of it has been drained of meaning. We casually toss what we're tired of and rarely know who made it. Factories have almost disappeared from our communities; we no longer buy stuff made by our friends and neighbors. When our things come from all over the world—mined in the Congo, picked in Uzbekistan, woven in India—we're less likely to see and understand the consequences of our consumption. Some of the same policies that have helped shift production overseas have also contributed to the emptying of the global countryside. More than half the world's bursting population now lives in cities—often in extreme poverty—and most of us are just beginning to understand the related crises of forced and child labor, human trafficking, sweatshop exploitation, and all of their attendant ills. So our system, like Rana Plaza, is cracked. And the longer we refuse to see its dysfunction, the greater the human cost will be. Of course, many of us know this. We try to be mindful of our consumption and waste, and we buy fair trade when we can. But when we act on our own, we hardly make a dent. In this issue, we look at how we can rehumanize our relationships with those who make our stuff. How can we, together, shape a culture that honors and protects those to whom our stuff connects us—especially those at the bottom? And how do we heal the harm this fixation on stuff does to our well-being? The good news is, people all over the world have already started answering these questions. Business owners, workers, buyers, and activists are bringing humanity back into stuff through innovations like direct trade with farmers, less destructive electronics design, worker-led factory monitoring, and creating stuff that has meaning again. Five years ago, when I started Human Goods, my blog on these issues, few people even knew what human trafficking was. Today, it seems most do—because countless activists, leaders, survivors, and communities have worked to bring its human cost to light. If, as Gustavo Gutierrez suggests, we radically redefine our neighbors as those who, like Sumi Abedin, are removed, obscured, and easily discarded, it expands not only our sense of accountability, but also of possibility. We can do stuff differently.
Will the ‘death penalty’ deter incidents of rape and sexual-violence? Some of those who voted YES had this to say: which upholds the death penalty, rape and murder are • If the death penalty does not deter a rapist, what penstill being committed. In fact, in Western European counalty will? In fact those convicts must be hanged in pubtries where there is no death penalty, there are fewer inlic. On the day of hanging people must celebrate as stances of rape. What is it is the victory of justice and triumph of democracy. required is not the death Why human rights organizations try to interfere as this penalty, but a good educaconvicts are beasts instead they must go and perform tional system, where from other duties then to plea on behalf of this animals, or a young age, children are are they being bribed? My advice here is don’t let mertaught to respect all hucy plea or clemency petition interfere the decision of man beings. the court. We want our women to live in peace, dignity • An old saying "Rules are and liberty to live a life of their choice. The defense made to be broken" so counsels who went beyond the ambit of law and exwhatever be the punishtremely trying to interfere with the decision of the Court ment such act will exby undignified behavior in the kind of cases should be ist here or somewhere. arrested and charged for contempt. Through in-depth case • Yes i would say.. "death penalty" may not completely prestudy on such cases, we vent/deter incidents of rape and sexual violence but in find multiple reasons for my opinion it will surely put some fear in to some of the committing it, some inculprits or who are morally weak..and i believe that it will dividual situation makes reduce the amount of violence against woman. them to involve, some for • The guilty should be given a choice: 1. Death (2). Castrahunger of lust, some peotion (3). The p**** must be cut. ple for revenge, perverts • I guess death penalty is not to deter sexual violence but etc... So though it also it is the prize for his deed/crime. Law has to take its own invite death penalty like course whether it deter others from committing or not.... murder case, still I doubt • No matter how the perfectionists or idealists or activists it will deter that effectively out there logically advocating the abolition of death senas expected. tence; I am afraid that there would always, God forbid, be • The slogan which say, the wicked who raises its evil head by taking advantage ‘why kill people who kill of this imperfect civilized world. I am a strong believer of people to prove that killthe stat quo not because it is the best weapon to fight ing is wrong’ is an approsuch a despicably unimaginable act of crime but it is, priate slogan against the undoubtedly, proven to act as an effective deterrent to death penalty, because it those who are capable of being committed as such. really does not solve the problem; and more imSome of those who voted no had this to say: portantly does not deter • In Nagaland, where the legal system is weak and the future instances of either judicial process have still not taken shape, the people do rape, murder or any other not look at these institutions for answers and solution. crime. Rather they are often seen as part of the problem. • No, the death penalty no • Death penalty does not solve the problem and neither will longer has a place in any YES no it deter future crime. If the death penalty was an effective democratic and civil socimethod, then why in countries where the death penalty ety. Instances of rape and is commonly used are there so many crimes still being other sexual violence and crime also is an indicator that committed. Just look at the United States of America, of the failure of the society. In our own Nagaland state,
we as a society are not taking the appropriate measure own course of action according to the deeds. May the to fight against rape. Just holding protest march and ralgood things prevail in our society. lies will not do. In schools, Sunday schools, the children • Agreed that the severest punishment must be remust be taught about sexuserved for such heinous crimes but whether it will ality, respect and other valbring down the mentioned crimes is another matter. ues, which will prevent fuTough laws always produce hardened criminals who ture crimes from occurring. will go all out to destroy evidences and escape the • Granted that the punishment for their misdeeds. I think in a country like capital punishment should India a change in mindset would do more than just be awarded in the rarest of tough laws. Yes stern laws has to be there but I think in rare cases. This also means a country where female foeticide is rampant and one that the judicial system must out two female infants are purposely malnourished so that they will not make it (Its the society's death penbe fair, corrupt free, and alty against a girl child) a greater strategy/campaign is founded on justice. Howneeded. Yes to the severest punishment but more is ever, in the case of India I needed than symptomatic treatment. have my doubts where the Indian courts are fair and • Awareness campaign at all levels especially for girls/ women is one of the practical measures need to be free. This is even more comtaken to address the rising number of sexual violaplicated in Nagaland where tions .... What to do in a given situation, who to rethe judiciary is still in its inport to, what can be defined as sexual violation. How fancy. When the character of to encourage them to report even minor violations. the institution responsible for The police should also start taking what seems to awarding the death penalty be small incidences seriously when it comes to sexis questionable, I don’t think ual violence and records be kept of perpetrators and the death penalty should be make known to them that are on the watch-list. Sexleft to them. ual violence can be defined as including verbal assault even without physical contact so even though Some of those who voted its a serious offence could it merit death sentence? OTHERS had this to say: In India the death sentence is only meant for rarest of • Till today we haven’t rare cases and it will only follow murder/treason recome across death penlated cases. So instead of speculating whether such alty though sadly, many inlaw(death penalty) can be preventive "if" enacted, let nocent women had fallen us start taking small violations seriously and book to their prey. In Nagaland, rate of raping and sexualthe culprits which will go a long way. We can have violence has been increaslaws where failure to report sexual harassment/moing day by day. It is a threat lestation by witnesses, offices, institutions and so on to our sisters and to our bedeemed a serious offence/abetting crime. loved ones. I am sure death • A thief doesn't start of his career by breaking a bank penalty would deter incifirst. It started in small things where he could get away dence of rape and sexual with until he went up to big heists. So if concerned auviolence but if we look the thorities deal with small incidences such as eve teasOTHERS other side of the coin, huing, verbal sexual remarks etc with stern hands, it would man life is precious in the probably deter/change the destiny of potential future sight of Jesus Christ though whatever it may be. As for rapists. Govt. and institutions (especially schools) must me its better to cut-off private part. May the law take its be sensitized about this alarming trend in our society.
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Monday 23 September 2013
The Morung Express
‘UPA committed to welfare of poor, women’
PachPadra (rajasthan), sePtember 22 (Ians): UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi Sunday highlighted the “unique” food security step and the rural jobs scheme to emphasise that the government’s focus is on welfare of people from the weaker sections and women. She was addressing a large gathering after laying the foundation stone of a Rs.37,000 crore, nine million tonnes per annum-capacity refinery and petrochemical complex at Pachpadra in Rajasthan’s Barmer district, some 410 km from Jaipur. “The UPA government’s focus has always been on strengthening of people from the weaker sections and women. Our priority is that development should happen and every section of society should benefit from it,” said Gandhi. In her 10-minute speech, Gandhi praised the welfare schemes launched by the United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government. “The
UPA government has taken revolutionary steps and enacted laws for overall development. For example, the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme has ensured employment for people in the rural areas.” To root out starvation and malnutrition, the government has brought in the food security bill which will directly benefit 80 crore people, she said. “It is a unique step,” she said. “Questions were raised over the availability of resources when we tried to implement the food security bill, but we were of the view that the resources would have to be mobilised for the welfare of 80 crore people,” said Gandhi. She said that to curb corruption in the public distribution scheme the government was trying to connect the basic facilities with the Aadhar card scheme. “Likewise, using the Right to Information Act, anybody can get informa-
Police to announce cash reward for information on Usmani
mumbaI, sePtember 22 (agencIes): Maharashtra Police plans to announce a cash reward for information on Indian Mujahideen (IM) operative Afzal Usmani, who recently fled from court premises. Various police teams, specially formed to track down Usmani, have fanned out across the country but have been unable to find any clue about his whereabouts so far, a police officer said here today. A cash reward may be announced for information leading to Usmani’s arrest, if he is not traced in the next few days, a police officer said, but did not divulge the amount that would be offered. Suspecting that Usmani might attempt to cross over to Nepal, police forces of Bihar, Uttarakhand, Uttar Pradesh, Sikkim as well as West Bengal have been alerted and photographs of the terror suspect have been circulated. Police teams have also been dispatched to Usmani’s home state Uttar Pradesh and the neighbouring state of Bihar, the officer said, adding that he had built up a good network in the two states, during his heydays. Usmani’s photographs with his beard and without his beard, his case details, possible places he could be found, his fingerprints, as well as details about his relatives, friends and neighbours, have also been provided to police teams and informants in Aurangabad, Thane, Pune, Vashi in Maharashtra, besides Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka and other neighboring states. On Friday, 37-year-old Usmani was brought to the Maharashtra Control of Organised Crime Act (MCOCA) court along with 22 others from Taloja Central Jail in Navi Mumbai, for a hearing. Around 2.45 pm, when the court assembled for the hearing, the policemen realised that Usmani was missing. Assistant sub-inspector Sanjay Deshmukh, who was guarding Usmani, and his immediate superior, assistant police inspector Ram Chopde, were suspended for negligence on the very same day. According to the police, after Usmani escaped from the court, he met his brother’s friend in the city, took about Rs 700 from him and went away. The Maharashtra ATS has interrogated the person who gave the cash to Usmani, sources said, but remained tightlipped about the outcome of the interrogation. The police believes that Usmani is lying low, so that he is not tracked by security agencies. “The dreaded terrorist knows how to hoodwink security personnel to avert arrest. He is lying low right now. Once he becomes active, he will surely be caught,” the officer said. Usmani’s brother Faiz died in police custody in 2011 after the crime branch brought him to its Chembur unit for interrogation. His wife, Ruheda, claimed that he was tortured to death, but an inquiry report showed that Faiz died of “heart attack”.
On fast to save Ganga, academician gives up water
new delhI, sePtember 22 (Ians): Environmental engineer and former IIT professor G.D. Agarwal, continuing for the 102nd day Sunday his fast unto death to save the Ganga river, has now given up water too, a close aide said. Agarwal, 81, has been on fast in the Matr Sadan Ashram of Haridwar in Uttar Pradesh. He has been demanding that the government take steps to save the Ganga river and its ecology, and ensure that the flow of the river water is uninterrupted. “He is a noted scientist and has been fasting so many days for saving the Ganga. It is so shameful that the government has not even bothered to reply to his letters,” said Acharya Jitender, a close aide of the environmentalist. Jitender said Agarwal on Sep 19 wrote to President Pranab Mukherjee, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Chief Justice of India P. Sathasivam in this regard, but has not yet heard from any of them. Three members of the National Ganga River Basin Authority -- Rajendra Singh, Ravi Chopra and Rashid Siddiqui -- quit from the authority Saturday over this and other issues. Last year, Agarwal had called off his indefinite fast following an assurance from the prime minister that he would look into the matter. A retired professor at the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) - Kanpur, Agarwal is unhappy over the unsatisfactory and ineffective functioning of the National Ganga River Basin Authority (NGRBA), a central government-constituted agency for cleaning the Ganga. Besides, Agarwal has opposed the ongoing construction of dams, barrages and tunnels on the Ganga, which he says would totally destroy the natural flow and quality of the river water. Agarwal was a foundermember and secretary of the Central Pollution Control Board, the country’s premier anti-pollution authority, and helped put together environmental legislation in India. This is the fourth indefinite period fast he has undertaken in the last four years.
‘Power is all opposition cares for’
jaIPur, sePtember 22 (Ians): United Progressive Alliance (UPA) chairperson Sonia Gandhi Sunday warned that the opposition was interested in nothing but power, and warned people against them while addressing a large gathering in Rajasthan. Gandhi was in the state to lay the foundation stone for the Chambal-Bhilwara drinking water project and a Mainline Electric Multiple Unit (MEMU) coach factory at Asind in Bhilwara district, some 250 km from Jaipur. “All they care about is tion from government departments,” said Gandhi, pointing to the anti-corruption steps taken by the UPA. She said the government had never ignored the welfare of farmers. “To ensure that nobody can snatch away land from a farmer, we have introduced
power. For this, they are indulging in conspiracies. People should stay warned,” Gandhi said. She said that despite the several commendable welfare schemes launched by the UPA government, the opposition spread rumours and pointed fingers at the government. “I want to ask them: Who stopped them from launching welfare schemes when they were in power? Why didn’t they do it?” Gandhi asked. She accused the opposition of creating hurdles to the food security bill. “We introduced it to
root out the problem of malnutrition and hunger from the country,” Gandhi said. The UPA chairperson also praised various government schemes, including the Right to Information, the land acquisition bill and the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme (MGNREGS) launched by the government. “We have provided scholarship to lakhs of talented youth. Girls were given priority. We have also worked towards women’s empowerment,” Gandhi said. She said that the Cham-
bal-Bhilwara project will end the problem of shortage of drinking water in the area. “Youth will get employment and the region will witness growth and development after opening up of the MEMU coach factory,” said Gandhi. Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot also addressed the gathering. Earlier Sunday, Gandhi laid the foundation stone of a Rs.37,000 crore, nine million tonnes per annum capacity refinery and petrochemical complex at Pachpadra in Rajasthan’s Barmer district.
the land acquisition bill,” said Gandhi. She added that the proposed refinery and petrochemical complex at Pachpadra showed the willpower of the central and state governments towards ensuring development. “The refinery will bring with it over 25,000 jobs.
The region will witness unprecedented development in the coming years. The revenue generated by the state government’s share in the refinery will be used for the welfare of the common man,” said Gandhi. She praised the public welfare schemes including the free
health check-up and medicine scheme launched by the Ashok Gehlot-headed Congress government in Rajasthan. Petroleum and Natural Gas Minister M. Veerappa Moily said people in the Barmer region will benefit from the jobs created by the refinery.
policy response.” The RBI has been fighting against inflation for nearly three years without much success. Rajan’s predecessor Duvvuri Subbarao was often criticised as “hawkish” for maintaining a tight monetary policy post the 2008-09 global financial crisis, despite the slowdown in economic growth. Inflation gradually declined from the second half of the last financial year and fell below five percent in April, the first month of the current fiscal 2013-14. The headline inflation had come within the comfort zone of the RBI for the first time in
more than three years. Inflation remained below five percent in May and June. But it accelerated to a six-month high of 6.1 percent in August. The more worrying was food inflation that surged to 18.18 percent, the highest level in nearly three years. Kuntal Sur, director, KPMG in India, said Rajan’s debut monetary policy was in tune with the policies of his predecessor Subbarao, where the focus was on controlling inflation. “The RBI has given priority to controlling inflation,” Sur said. “The governor has stuck to his mandate of managing
the monetary risks which continue to be highly prone to inflationary and currency devaluation risks,” said Sanjay Dutt, executive managing director for South Asia at Cushman & Wakefield. It’s not just the August inflation data, but what is worrying more the economic policymakers, including the RBI, is the inflation expectations. Most analysts feel inflation would worsen in the coming months led by food and fuel price rise. “We hope inflation will cross seven percent in October. It will remain at elevated level in the subsequent months also,” Arun
Singh, senior economist at Dun & Bradstreet, told IANS. Singh said the RBI would not help much in controlling the inflation as prices of primary articles were rising due to structural problems in the economy. “There has been an upward pressure on inflation, but this is largely due to the spikes seen in prices of food articles. Dealing with such inflation calls for structural changes in the supply chain of food products as well as improving productivity through higher agri-investments,” said Naina Lal Kidwai, president of FICCI. Chairman and man-
Primary objectives of the mission are to demonstrate India’s technological capability to send a satellite to orbit around Mars and conduct meaningful experiments such as looking for signs of life, take pictures of the red planet and study Martian environment. “The committee has given the go ahead”, an ISRO official said. Former ISRO Chairman U R Rao, noted space expert Roddam Narasimha and Professors of Indian Institute of Science Bangalore were
among those part of the eminent panel. The October 21-November 19 launch window has now been pushed forward by a week, and it now starts on October 28 though final date of the window remains the same (Nov19). “We would like to utilise the first available opportunity”, the official said, adding, the launch can be expected on the afternoon of October 28, weather permitting. The Rs 150-crore Mars Orbiter Mission (MOM) spacecraft
is currently underoing vibration and acoustic tests at ISRO Satellite Integration and Testing Establishment here, and is slated for shipment from here on September 30 to the Sriharikota spaceport after a pre-shipment committee review on September 26. Launch campaign has already commenced in Sriharikota spaceport from where the 1,350-kg MOM spacecraft is slated to be launched by the Rs 110 crore Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV-
C25). The first stage of the PSLV-C25 with strap-ons has already been assembled, with the rocket ready for satellite integration by October ten. The satellite will carry compact science experiments, totalling a mass of 15 kg. There will be five instruments to study Martian surface, atmosphere and mineralogy. After leaving the earth’s orbit, the spacecraft will cruise in deep space for about ten months using its own propulsion system and will reach Martian
new delhI sePtember 22 (Ians): Yoga guru Ramdev on Sunday targeted Congress President Sonia Gandhi by holding her responsible for his detention at tye Heathrow Airport. He was allowed to go ahead with his programme in London after he was detained and questioned on Saturday. He said, “A foreign origin woman sitting in India was behind my detention at the Heathrow Airport.” He was detained and quizzed by
customs officials for over six hours on landing in Britain. According to sources, his questioning by airport officials was related to him travelling on a visitor’s visa instead of a business one. Ramdev arrived at Heathrow Airport this evening with British Indian MP Keith Vaz to meet the chief immigration officer. The immigration officer later gave Ramdev leave to enter the UK lawfully and carry on with his programmes.
Emerging from the nearly 20-minute meeting, Ramdev claimed the Indian government may have had a hand in his detention. “I’m sad to say that our government did not support us. I’ll wait for all the details but what happened indicates that the UK authorities may have been misguided by the Indian government. I believe a red alert was attached to my name,” Ramdev had said. Earlier, the yoga guru had
told reporters he had “never done anything unethical or wrong”. He had said, “I have been travelling to the UK and the US for eight years and I have never been treated the way I have been treated this time. “Since Friday, I have been asking the UK officials to tell me what my fault is,” he had said. Ramdev had further said he had followed all rules and visa conditions of the British government. “I would only expect that
the way we respect the UK, they will show India and Indians the same respect. I’ll accept whatever they decide.” He is in Britain to chair a series of ‘yoga shivirs’ and talks organised by the Patanjali Yog Peeth (UK) Trust. The UK Home Office refused to comment on what it described as an individual’s questioning over immigration issues. Ramdev’s spokesperson SK Tejarawala had dismissed reports that he
was detained for carrying some medicines. “He was not carrying anything with him except a small bag of personal effects. It is for the British authorities to explain why he was detained,” he had said. His detention had been criticised by the BJP which urged the Centre to intervene. BJP President Rajnath Singh termed the detention of the yoga guru as “serious” issue and asked the Centre to take cognisance of the matter.
new delhI, sePtember 22 (Ians): Muslims who saw armed gangs drag out innocents and slaughter them in Muzaffarnagar in Uttar Pradesh are refusing to go back to their villages, a Muslim leader said Sunday. Zafar Islam Khan, president of the All India Majlis-e-Mushawarat, also said that the horrendous communal riots were the work of Hindutva forces but the Uttar Pradesh government was also to blame for inaction. Khan told IANS after his second visit to Muzaffarnagar in a week that those Muslims in refugee camps who witnessed their own neighbours indulge in cold blooded killings were adamantly refusing to return to their villages. “There are two types of Muslims in the refugee centres,”
he said. “One is those who saw people being killed or burnt. They are so traumatized that they have said they won’t go back (to their homes), come what may.” Such people, he said, belong primarily to four villages including Lakh, Lasadh and Pataudi. “The others basically fled their villages out of fear. They have started going back,” said Khan, 64. The Sep 7-9 conflagration shattered the myth that only urban communities are prone to communal violence. Much of the violence in farm-rich Muzaffarnagar district, 130 from New Delhi, occurred in villages where Hindus and Muslims have lived mostly in peace for generations. The riots, officials say, claimed 48 lives, injured scores and forced more than 40,000
people to flee their homes, a scenario that forced the government to deploy the army. Police officials admit most of those killed were Muslims. Khan, one of the
those aligned to the BJP,” he said. “Gujjars, Baniyas and Brahmins were not involved. And Jats who tried to restore sanity were told to shut up. This was a JatMuslim clash.”
Muslim leaders who met Prime Minister Manmohan Singh after the latter’s visit to Muzaffarnagar, said rightwing Hindu groups allied to the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) lit the communal fire. “It will be wrong to call what happened in Muzaffarnagar as a HinduMuslim riot. Only Jats were involved and, that too,
He denied that the alleged harassment of a Hindu girl by a Muslim thug led to the violence. “Like so much else, this is propaganda. There have already been some 100 small and big riots in UP since the Samajwadi Party took office (last year). “What really happened in Muzaffarnagar was a fight between
a Jat youth and two Muslim youths last month after their motorcycles were involved in an accident,” he said, his account based on numerous conversions in the region. “The Jat boy went to his village and brought a gang which killed the two Muslims. Then the two Jat boys were killed in retaliation. “Had police arrested the killers in both cases, there would have been no explosion.” But tensions did simmer, leading to a mass gathering of Jat villagers Sep 7. When some of them came under attack from Muslims, all hell broke loose. “Police did not act,” Khan said. “Not only this, when Muslims were targeted, the police were either spectators or, in some cases, colluded with the killers.” According to Khan,
Hindutva groups - which deny the allegation - have been trying to polarize Hindus for some months in Uttar Pradesh in a bid to create a wave in their favour ahead of the 2014 Lok Sabha elections. Will there be long-term consequences of these riots? Khan told IANS: “This will depend on the government. If it does not act against the killers, then the virus will spread. But if the guilty are punished, then a strong message will go out that this is not acceptable.” But despite the violence, Muslims in Uttar Pradesh may not dump the ruling Samajwadi Party, he said. “This is because Muslims don’t have too many options outside of the SP and BSP (Bahujan Samaj Party). The Congress has no structure in UP.”
India’s ruling Congress party president Sonia Gandhi, center, fans herself with a portion of her saree to beat humidity during the foundation stone ceremony of a refinery and petrochemical complex at Pachpadra in Barmer district of Rajasthan state, India on September 22. (AP Photo)
Inflation demon back to hound Indian policymakers
new delhI, sePtember 22 (Ians): When Raghuram Rajan moved to Mint Street in Mumbai earlier this month, expectations were high that he would ease the monetary policy to support growth. Contrary to expectations, Rajan hiked the key policy interest rate in his debut policy review announced just a fortnight after he took charge as the Reserve Bank of India governor Sep 4. Rajan termed the situation “worrisome” and said headline inflation would remain much higher than the earlier projection in the absence of an “appropriate
aging director of Angel Broking Dinesh Thakkar said the RBI is today more worried about the inflationary pressure than it was a couple of months back. “There are some nearterm respites but the worries on inflation and growth strike a note of caution for the outlook for cyclical sectors in the economy,” Thakkar said. “Going forward, the direction of exchange rates, export growth, investment rate in the economy and the inflation and growth expectations will continue to play a role in the overall outlook for markets,” he said.
India’s Mars mission to be launched on October 28
bangalore, sePtember 22 (PtI): India’s Mars Orbiter Mission is slated to be launched on October 28 after a national committee of experts gave the go ahead for the Rs 450 crore ambitious venture after threadbare deliberations. The committee held deliberations over two days on Thursday and Friday last and reviewed the status after senior Indian Space Research Organisation scientists gave an indepth presentation on the mission.
transfer trajectory in September 2014. The spacecraft subsequently is planned to enter into a 372 km by 80,000 km elliptical orbit around Mars. The main theme of MOM appears to be to seek to reveal whether there is methane, considered a “precursor chemical” for life, on the red planet. Methane sensor, one of the five payloads (scientific instruments) on board the spacecraft, would look to detect the presence of Methane.
Ramdev blames Sonia Gandhi for his detention
‘Muslims scared of returning home’ “One is those who saw people being killed or burnt”
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Monday 23 September 2013
Islamist gunmen holed up with hostages in Nairobi siege, 59 dead
Nairobi, September 22 (reUterS): Islamist militants were holed up with hostages on Sunday at a shopping mall in Nairobi, where at least 59 people have been killed in an attack by the al Shabaab group that opposes Kenya’s participation in a peacekeeping mission in neighbouring Somalia. A volley of gunfire lasting about 30 seconds interrupted a stalemate of several hours, a Reuters witness said, speaking from close to the shopping centre that has several Israeli-owned outlets and which is frequented by expatriates and Kenyans. Foreigners, including two diplomats - one from Canada and another from Ghana - were killed in Saturday’s attack at Westgate mall, claimed by the Somali Islamist group al Shabaab. Shortly after the shots were fired, troops in camouflage ran crouching below a restaurant terrace along the front of the building that had been buzzing with customers when assailants charged in. One witness said they first told Muslims to leave. For hours after the bra-
zen attack, the dead were strewn around tables of unfinished meals. At one burger restaurant, a man and woman lay in a final embrace after they had been killed, before their bodies were removed. Pop music was left playing. Scores of Kenyans gathered at a site overlooking the mall, awaiting what they expected to be a violent denouement. “They entered through blood, that’s how they’ll leave,” said Jonathan Maungo, a private security guard. President Uhuru Kenyatta, facing his first major security challenge since a March election, said some of his close family members were among the dead, and vowed to defeat the militants. “We have overcome terrorist attacks before,” he said. The assault was the biggest single attack in Kenya since al Qaeda’s East Africa cell bombed the U.S. Embassy in Nairobi in 1998, killing more than 200 people. In 2002, the same militant cell attacked an Israeli-owned hotel on the coast and tried to shoot down an Israeli jet in a coordinated strike.
Interior Minister Joseph Ole Lenku told reporters the death toll had risen to 59, and that security forces were doing everything they could to rescue hostages still inside the mall. COMBING THE MALL He added that 175 people had been taken to hospital after an assault that could prove a costly setback for east Africa’s biggest economy, which relies heavily on tourism revenues. More than 1,000 people were evacuated in the standoff. The dead included children, and the wounded ranged in age from 2 to 78. Many victims were at a cooking competition when assailants opened fire on them, witnesses said. The focus of attention on Sunday was on Nakumatt supermarket, one of Kenya’s biggest chains. Soldiers joined the security operation backed by armoured personnel carriers in the hours after the attack that was launched around 12.30 p.m. (0930 GMT) on Saturday. Security forces have been combing through the mall, clearing the floors. As helicopters hovered
over the capital, a paramilitary officer at the scene, a rifle slung over his shoulder, said: “They will be arranging how to attack (the assailants).” One woman emerged on Sunday morning after hiding under a car in the basement. She held one shoe and looked dazed, while making a frantic phone call to her husband who later met her. France said two of its citizens were killed, and Canada said two Canadians died, including a 29-yearold diplomat. Ghanaian diplomat and poet, Kofi Awoonor, was also killed, as was a Chinese woman, according to China’s official news agency. U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, who offered assistance to Kenya in the incident, said several U.S. citizens had been hurt and the wife of a U.S. diplomat working for the U.S. Agency for International Development was killed. Al Shabaab, which is battling Kenyan and other African peacekeepers in Somalia, had repeatedly threatened attacks in Kenya if Nairobi did not pull its
troops out of their country.
The group appeared to taunt the security forces, saying on its official Twitter handle @ HSM_Press that there would be no negotiations whatsoever with Kenyan officials over the standoff. “10 hours have passed and the Mujahideen are still strong inside #Westgate Mall and still holding their ground. All praise is due to Allah!”, the group said late on Saturday, although its account on Twitter was suspended on Sunday morning. Relatives of hostages still trapped in the mall kept vigil overnight at a nearby religious community centre, and people queued up to donate blood across the country, responding to media appeals. Kevin Jamal, who had joined Kenya Red Cross Society volunteers, was awaiting news of his sister who he said was held inside. He said security forces could have done better. “They should not allow themselves to be outmanoeuvred by less than 20
people,” he said. A private security firm would normally search patrons of the mall using metal detectors and open the trunks of cars entering parking areas, but the guards would be unarmed. Nakumatt closed its other stores on Sunday, local media reported, while the mall was cordoned off and surrounded by police and paramilitary forces. Ole Lenku said the government believed that there were 10-15 attackers who
dant expresses contrition. The charges had likely been tailored to offer a lighter sentence had Bo cooperated with prosecutors, but he declined to play along, said Willy Lam, an expert on Communist Party politics at Chinese University in Hong Kong. “He was punished for his disobedience and defiance,” Lam said. Bo also became the highest-level politician convicted for corruption under Chinese President Xi Jinping, who has staked his reputation on combatting graft among Communist Party members and cleaning up their image of luxurious lifestyles that has angered the Chinese public. “The leadership wants to send a signal that this is a serious matter,” Yang said. The court sentenced Bo to life in prison on the bribery charges, 15 years for embezzlement and seven years for abuse of power. The court rejected Bo’s defense that he did not know about the $3.5 million in bribes from two business associates in the form of cash and valuable gifts to his family — including a French villa, expenses-paid trips and fancy delicacies such as abalone. However, the court said a small portion of the bribes alleged by prosecutors, about
$160,000, were not proven in court. The court also found that Bo embezzled $160,000 from a secret government project in the northern city of Dalian. The trial proceedings had been publicized through partial transcripts that gave a measure of legitimacy to a trial seen by many observers to have a foregone conclusion of guilt because of the party’s control over the court system. “This is a big victory for Xi Jinping’s leadership, because you cannot say this is a secretive trial. It is at least a semi-open trial,” said Li Cheng, an expert of elite politics at Brookings Institute. “Bo’s political career is zero, and the trial really transformed Bo from a charismatic leader to a selfindulging person.” Han Deqiang, a Beijing university professor and a supporter of Bo, expressed his disappointment with the verdict, saying it negated Bo’s policies aimed at narrowing the wealth gap in China. “If the gap continues to widen, the left will only become stronger,” Han said. “He has no chance to come back under the current political system, but how long can the current political system last? Then, he may have a chance.”
the Tamil Tiger rebels, who were fighting to create an independent state. At least 80,000 people were killed in the war, and northern cities, including many on Jaffna peninsula, were reduced to rubble. While the TNA won the north, Rajapaksa’s ruling United People’s Freedom Alliance coalition swept to wins in two ethnic Sinhalese-dominated provincial councils — Central and the North West— in a sign of the existing ethnic polarization. Much of the Sinhala south strongly backs Rajapaksa for winning the war and his hard-line stand on devolution Government spokesman Keheliya Rambukwella said the two victories were an endorsement of the government, adding the TNA victory was a reflection of democracy in the Indian Ocean nation. Rambukwella said the government had expected the TNA to win, and that it was now an opportunity for the TNA to prove itself. On calls for wider autonomy, Rambukwella said
only changes within the existing constitution would be allowed. Tamils have been demanding regional autonomy to the country’s north and east, where they are the majority, since Sri Lanka became independent from Britain in 1948. The campaign took the form of nonviolent protests for many years, but in 1983 civil war broke out between government forces and armed Tamil groups calling for full independence. The provincial council was created in 1987 as an alternative to separation. But the Tigers — the strongest of the rebel groups, and eventually the de facto government across much of the north and east — rejected it as inadequate. The fighting that followed prevented the council from functioning. The military defeat of the Tigers meant Tamils were back to where they had started 60 years earlier, with no tangible achievement, tens of thousands of deaths and losing another million people who fled the country as refugees.
Somalia's Ambassador to Kenya, Mohamed Ali Nur, centre,speaks to journalists during the burial of a 41 year old Somali man and an 18 year old Asian woman in Nairobi, Kenya on September 22,. Both of them were killed during Saturdays mall shooting in Nairobi on September 21, believed to have been the work of Somali militant group. (AP Photo)
Chinese politician Bo Xilai gets life sentence
JiNaN, September 22 (ap): A court sentenced Bo Xilai to life in prison for corruption Sunday, burying the career of one of China’s most up-and-coming politicians and lowering the curtain on a scandal that exposed a murder and illicit enrichment among the country’s elite. The former Politburo member and Chongqing city party leader was con-
victed of bribery, embezzlement and abuse of power Sunday in a case that was set in motion by his wife’s poisoning of a British business associate in late 2011. It was also was widely regarded as a political prosecution and a sign that top leaders had turned against the charismatic populist. The Jinan Intermediate People’s Court deprived Bo of political rights for life
and confiscated all his personal assets. Although Bo could appeal the verdict, he was widely expected to have little chance of success. “It’s a political death sentence for him,” said Dali Yang, a political scientist at the University of Chicago. “As long as the current circumstances stay, he cannot come back.” Despite fears of public strife or brutal political in-
fighting spearheaded by Bo’s supporters within the leadership, there has been no major groundswell of backing for Bo, either within the Communist Party or in the public — although he remains popular among many Chinese. The party deftly managed the potential aftershocks of the case partly by keeping the charges focused on Bo’s corruption and keeping politics out of the trial, said Jonathan Holslag, a research fellow at the Institute for Contemporary China Studies at the University of Brussels. “The leadership has been successful because it had a clear criminal case against Bo, because it deterred Bo’s entourage from politicizing the trial, and because it matched Bo’s populism with its own promises to rip out corruption, boost growth and build a strong country,” Holslag said. In a departure from the choreographed proceedings of other recent political trials, Bo had launched an unusually vigorous defense while on the stand last month. He denied all charges and blamed the corruption on others in his inner circle, including his wife, forgoing the leniency customarily given in Chinese courts when a defen-
JaFFNa, September 22 (ap): A former political proxy for Sri Lanka’s defeated Tamil Tiger rebels swept the country’s northern provincial election, according to results released Sunday, in what is seen as a resounding call for wider regional autonomy in areas ravaged by a quarter century of civil war. The country’s elections commission announced that the Tamil National Alliance will form the first functioning provincial government in the northern Tamil heartland after securing 30 seats out of 38 in Saturday’s election. President Mahinda Rajapaksa’s coalition won the other seats. The win provides a platform for the party to campaign for an autonomous federal state, although the provincial council is largely a toothless body. The Tamils have fought unsuccessfully for six decades — through a peaceful struggle and then the bloody civil war — for self-rule. The elections are seen by the United Nations and
the world community as a test of reconciliation between the Tamils and the majority ethnic Sinhalese, who control Sri Lanka’s government and military. “We asked the people (for votes) and the people have given. Now it’s our turn to reciprocate,” the chief minister elect, retired Supreme Court Justice C.V. Wigneswaran, told The Associated Press. “The government has to learn from the victory of ours. The people have spoken democratically...the people have shown in no uncertain terms what their aspirations are. So I am sure the government will take stock of the matter and help us to make democracy work in the Northern Provincial Council,” he said. Rajapaksa called the election after much international criticism that he had delayed fulfilling wartime promises to share power with the minority Tamils. And the largely successful carrying out of the election could deflect some pressure off the government ahead of a meeting of Common-
wealth country leaders in Colombo in November. The government has rejected international calls that it has not thoroughly investigated alleged war crimes committed by its troops, especially at the end of the war when, according to a U.N. report, they may have killed 40,000 Tamil civilians. The Tigers have also been accused of widespread war crimes, including forced recruiting of child soldiers. The election result also suggests that a vast majority of voters prefer self-rule over Rajapaksa’s effort to win them over through infrastructure development. However, the provincial council is largely powerless and the new government led by Wigneswaran will have to contend with a center-appointed governor who will control most of the council’s affairs, which could cause rifts between the provincial and central governments. But the two-thirds majority on the provincial council means Wigneswaran can follow
through with his threat to call for a no-confidence vote against the governor — a retired military officer. The central government retains control over taxes and has financial autonomy in the province, so it could withhold money to frustrate any council plans it disagrees with. Wigneswaran said before the vote that winning would give his administration the public backing to lobby for wider powers based on federalism. But he will have to face a two-pronged challenge — from Colombo unwilling to part with any power and an influential expatriate Tamil lobby insisting that the party work for total independence. The central government is against devolving any substantial power and says even existing powers in provincial hands, such as those over land and policing, are a threat to the country. The country’s ethnic divisions widened with the quarter-century civil war that ended in 2009 when government troops crushed
In this photo released by the Jinan Intermediate People's Court, fallen politician Bo Xilai, center, is handcuffed and held by police officers as he stands at the court in Jinan, in eastern China's Shandong province on September 22. The Chinese court convicted Bo on charges of taking bribes, embezzlement and abuse of power and sentenced him to life in prison, capping one of the country's most lurid political scandals in decades. (AP Photo)
Sri Lankan Tamils vote for wider autonomy
security forces had been able to “isolate”, but no communication had yet been established with them. Those rescued said at least one of the assailants was a woman. One militant was shot and arrested in clashes following the initial siege, but died shortly afterwards at a hospital. Witnesses said the attackers were armed with AK-47 rifles and wore ammunition belts. Police said they stormed in during a children’s cooking compe-
tition hosted by a radio station at the mall, just as the winners were about to receive prizes. Kenya sent troops into Somalia in October 2011 to pursue militants it blamed for kidnapping tourists and attacking its security forces. Al Shabaab’s last big attack outside Somalia was a twin assault in nearby Uganda, targeting people watching the World Cup final on television in Kampala in 2010, killing 77 people.
Suicide attack on Pak church kills 52 people
EDS NOTE: GRAPHIC CONTENT - A Pakistani man carries the lifeless body of a girl from the site of a suicide attack at a church in Peshawar, Pakistan on September 22. A suicide bomb attack on a historic church in northwestern Pakistan killed scores of people on Sunday, officials said, in one of the worst assaults on the country’s Christian minority in years. (AP Photo)
peSHaWar, September 22 (ap): A suicide bomb attack on a historic church in northwestern Pakistan killed at least 52 people Sunday, officials said, in one of the worst assaults on the country’s Christian minority in years. The bombing in Peshawar, which wounded another 100, underlines the threat posed by Islamic extremists as the government seeks a peace deal with domestic Taliban militants. It occurred as hundreds of worshippers were coming out of the church in the city’s Kohati Gate district after services to get a free meal of rice offered on the front lawn, said a top government administrator, Sahibzada Anees. It was not immediately clear whether one or two suicide bombers carried out the attack. Witnesses said they heard two blasts, the second more powerful than the first. One police officer, Zahir Shah, said he believed both blasts were caused by suicide bombers. “There were blasts and there was hell for all of us,” said Nazir John, who was at the church. “When I got my senses back, I found nothing but smoke, dust, blood and screaming people. I saw severed body parts and blood all around.” There were at least 400 worshippers at the church when the attack occurred, said John. Survivors wailed and hugged each other in the wake of the blasts. The white walls of the All Saints Church were pockmarked with holes likely caused by ball bearings or other metal objects contained in the bombs to cause maximum damage. Blood stained the floor and was splashed on the walls. Plates filled with rice were scattered across the ground. The number of casualties from the blasts was so high that the hospital treating the victims was running out of caskets and beds for the wounded, said Mian Iftikhar Hussain, a former information minister of surrounding Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province who was on the scene. The dead included several women and children, said Sher Ali Khan, a doctor at the hospital. “What have we done wrong to these people?” asked one of the wounded, John Tariq, referring to the attackers. “Why are we being killed?” Tariq’s father was killed by the blasts, he said. No one has claimed responsibility for the attack, but suspicion will likely fall on one of the country’s many Islamic militant groups. Islamic militants have been blamed for previous attacks on the Muslim country’s Christian minority, as well as Muslim groups they consider heretics. Islamic militants have carried out dozens of attacks across the country since Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif took office in June, even though he has made clear that he believes a peace deal with the largest group, the Taliban, is the best way to tamp down violence in the country. Pakistan’s major political parties endorsed Sharif’s call for negotiations earlier this month. But the Taliban have said that the government must release militant prisoners and begin pulling troops out of the northwest tribal region that serves as their sanctuary before they will begin talks. Sharif condemned the church attack in a statement sent to reporters, saying, “the terrorists have no religion and targeting innocent people is against the teachings of Islam and all religions.” “Such cruel acts of terrorism reflect the brutality and inhumane mindset of the terrorists,” he said.
Monday 23 September 2013
State Taekwondo players lauded
DImApuR, SEptEmBER 22 (mExN): A programme to felicitate Taekwondo sub- junior players of Sports Academy Indira Gandhi Stadium who won medals at the recently concluded Taekwondo Championships (31st National Taekwondo Championship and 59th National School Games) was held on September 20 at Indira Gandhi Stadium Kohima. Director of Youth Resources and Sports, Kelei Zeliang graced the programme and spoke on the occasion. Addressing the players, the Director lauded the participants and winners for bringing laurels to the state. He further urged them to set higher goals, going beyond state and national levels and to aim for Olympics and international events. Visabiu Peseyie, State Taekwondo Coach also spoke on the occasion. He informed that two sub-junior gold medallists from Sports Academy, Indira Gandhi Stadium have been selected for World Taekwondo Championship 2013 to be held in London and called upon the Department for financial assistance to enable their participation. The felicitation programme was chaired by Teisobou Sekhose, Administrator, Indira Gandhi Stadium. Winners at 31st National Sub- Junior Taekwondo Championship 1. Keyinchigongbe Zeliang (35- 38 kg) Gold medal 2. Heutingyi Zeliang (29- 32 kg) Gold medal
Winners at 59th National School Games 1. Heutingyi Zeliang (29- 32 kg) Gold medal 2. Ngaiching Phom (32- 35 kg) Silver medal 3. Repinkiu Tikhir (38- 41 kg) Bronze medal 4. Iteipet Zeliang (41+ kg) Bronze medal.
Six Nagas to participate in South Asian Championship DImApuR, SEptEmBER 22 (mExN): The All Nagaland Karate Do Association have selected a six member team to represent the state in the forthcoming South Asian Championship 2013 at Thimpu, Bhutan on September 28 and 29. A press note informed that the state team will be led by Sensei Thsathriba, Karate Instructor and Chief Instructor and Chief Instructor of Main Branch Dojo, ISKF-India. The team will participate under the banner of ISKF-India with the Style Chief, Sensei Mutum Bankim Singh as the Chief team coach. The association has wished the team success in the championship and to bring laurels to the state and the nation as a whole.
Bahamas runner gets back stolen Olympic gold
BRADENtON, SEptEmBER 22 (IANS): Police in Florida have made an arrest in the theft of Bahamian Demetrius Pinder’s Olympic gold medal, and have recovered the precious medal. The Olympic gold, which hangs from a purple lanyard and has images representing the 2012 London Olympics on both sides with 4x400m inscribed on the bottom portion of the front side, was stolen from Pinder’s truck after he accidentally left it in the centre console. Pinder said he typically carries the medal with him because he likes to show it to kids and, while its worth is only about $1,000, the emotional value it holds for him is priceless. Thursday, detectives in Bradenton located the man suspected in the theft, 22-year-old Allen Jeffrey Nichols and he was arrested. At the time of his arrest, Nichols did not have the medal on him. Good news came Pinder's way by nightfall though, when officials announced they found the medal and had it in their possession. Nichols was charged with grand theft, a second degree felony. Detectives are now seeking further leads to determine if anyone else was involved in the theft. "It feels as if I'm back on the podium again," said Pinder, worrying that he might not ever see the medal again. Pinder won the gold, after he alongwith Chris Brown, Michael Mathieu and Ramon Miller ran a national record time of 2:56.72 to snatch the gold away from the US, who had a 60-year stranglehold on the Olympic title. The US were second in 2:57.05, and Trinidad and Tobago finished third in 2:59.40.
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Barcelona Beats rayo to stay perfect BARCELONA, SEptEmBER 22 (Ap): Pedro Rodriguez scored three goals and Victor Valdes saved another penalty in Barcelona's 4-0 win at Rayo Vallecano on Saturday, keeping the defending Spanish league champions perfect through five rounds. Pedro scored from a pass by Lionel Messi in the 33rd minute and added two more goals in the 47th and 72nd after Valdes saved his second penalty in four days following his stop in Wednesday's 4-0 over Ajax in the Champions League. The Spain forward has five goals this season, making him the league's secondleading scorer along with Atletico Madrid's Diego Costa behind Messi with six. Cesc Fabregas capped the rout in the 80th with Rayo searching for a consolation goal. "We knew the difficulties Vallecas Stadium presents, it's a tough ground to win at," Pedro said after his first career hat trick for Barcelona. "They have a competitive team, but we were able to find the spaces we needed to score." Atletico also got its fifth win in as many rounds to lie level on points with Barcelona after a no-nonsense 2-0 victory at Valladolid. Atletico's defense limited Valladolid to one shot on goal while midfielder Raul Garcia and forward Diego Costa both scored goals set up by Jorge "Koke" Resurreccion in the second half. Moments after goalkeeper Diego Marino saved his header, Garcia scored in the 56th with a no-look header from Koke's cross that Marino could only watch float over him and into the net. Koke then lobbed a delicate through ball down the middle of the pitch for Diego Costa to seal the result in the 72nd. "It was a question of waiting for our moment," said Atletico coach Diego Simeone. "Valladolid played well in the first half. It didn't generate scoring chances, but nor did it let us play like
Barca second best in possession since 2008
mADRID, SEptEmBER 22 (REutERS): Possession-kings Barcelona had less than 50 percent of the ball for the first time in five years when they won 4-0 at Rayo Vallecano in La Liga on Saturday. The Spanish champions always take pride in their technical ability and the amount of possession they enjoy but Barca have been undergoing something of a change in strategy under new coach Gerardo Martino. The Argentine has been encouraging the team to mix up their playing style to avoid predictability and the sight of goalkeeper Victor Valdes and his defenders drilling long passes from the back has become more common this season. Against lowly Rayo, who also value possession highly under coach Paco Jemez and who have the second highest percentage figures behind Barca in La Liga, the champions finally met their match. Rayo edged them 51 to 49 percent on Saturday to end a run of 316 games where Barca have controlled possession, according to the sports and media company Infostrada. "Rayo pressured us a lot, and high up the pitch, and at times made it difficult to play the ball out from the back with short passes," Martino told a news conference after winning the game with a hat-trick from Pedro and a goal by Cesc Fabregas.
FC Barcelona's Lionel Messi from Argentina, left, in action with Rayo Vallecano's Saul Niguez, right, during a Spanish La Liga soccer match at the Vallecas stadium in Madrid, Spain, Saturday, Sept. 21. (AP Photo)
we wanted. But we talked about it at halftime and my players had a great response." Barcelona and Atletico opened up an overnight five-point advantage over Real Madrid before it hosts Getafe on Sunday. Atletico visits Madrid next round in their first meeting since Atletico beat Madrid in the Copa del Rey final last season. Encouraged by its raucous fans, Rayo set a brutal pace from the start, and Valdes was called into action in the third minute to turn back Alberto Perea's header. "Valdes is having an
exceptional run," said Barcelona coach Gerardo Martino. "He's among the three best goalkeepers in Spain. It's my turn to enjoy having him as my player, even though you don't always want to see your goalkeeper having to make three or four decisive saves." Barcelona matched Rayo's intense pressure and a ball stolen by Alex Song led to Barcelona's opener. Messi took the ball, drew in the hosts' defense, and laid off for Pedro arriving down the right side to drive a low shot into the net. It was then Valdes' turn to shine again
this season, his last with the Catalan club which he seems determined to make his best. Rayo was poised to level in the 35th when Barcelona defender Adriano fouled midfielder Roberto Trashorras in the area, but Valdes stood firm and had little trouble parrying Trashorras' spot kick. "In the first half our team was able to cause Barcelona problems," said Trashorras. "If I had scored that penalty, they would have had even more trouble. Having studied him I thought that Valdes was going to dive to
one side, and I tried to shoot down the middle since he had gone to one side the other day. But he did well to wait." Pedro scored his second goal when he raced in to stab Fabregas' cross home after the former Arsenal midfielder forced Rayo into losing the ball deep in its own half. As Rayo's players tired while its fans continued to urge them forward, Neymar started and extended a flowing move by squaring for Pedro to tap in his third goal before Fabregas took the fourth. Also, Real Sociedad's scoring drought reached
three games when Malaga held the Basque club to 0-0 at home, while Levante rallied to 2-2 at 10-man Almeria. Sociedad, which lost its Champions League group opener on Tuesday, increased its winless run in the domestic competition to four rounds. Despite selling several players this summer, firstyear coach Bernd Schuster has Malaga on a three-game unbeaten streak. The promoted Almeria remained winless through five rounds after squandering a secondhalf lead for the fourth time this season.
our fans have been disappointed about a few performances going into these games so we wanted to give them something to cheer," Mikel said. But the season is barely a month old, enabling Mourinho to dismiss the early criticism. "To lose is a normal thing and it looks like for us it's the end of the world," Mourinho said. "Some of (the teams) started the Premier League in a brilliant way, we started in a very bad way ... I read it was a disaster." Chelsea's ability to remain among the title contenders will hinge on rediscovering the cutting edge that's been missing. To achieve that, Mourinho has shown he's willing to risk antagonizing his squad with public criticism. Midfielder Juan Mata and defender David Luiz were both in Mourinho's firing line on Saturday as they were left out of the squad and saw their abilities called into question. Mourinho knows his return to Chelsea after six years has not matched the expectations of fans who were ecstatic when the season began with a pair of wins. A draw and a loss domestically was followed by a losing start to the Champions League group stage,provokinga smattering of boos at Stamford Bridge after Wednesday's loss to Basel. "Sorry about your disappointment," Mourinho wrote in the matchday program. "But we will give you happiness." Maintaining harmony in the squad will be as important. The ostracizing of midfielder Mata, last season's player of the year, has baffled many.
ShILLONG, SEptEmEBER 22 (mExN): Shillong Lajong brought down fiveime national league champions, Dempo SC, humbling the Goan giants by 3-0 in home turf. at the Duler Stadium in Goa. The Reds made a confident start at the lush Duler Stadium acquiring control of the ball. The possession paid off in the 30th minute. Cornell Glen getting the ball from Uilliams, dribbled past through two defenders and finished with a brilliant curling shot to the back of the net. The goal surely marked a sign of intent from the Reds, who looked bent on breaking the ‘away’ jinx. Eight minutes later, the visitors earned a free-kick outside the box. Midfielder Boithang Haokip successfully converted it sending
the ball past the right corner of goal. The match went to break with the home side trailing by two goals. The home team never seemed to recover from the fist-half jolts, as it struggled to maintain rhythm. Making their first substitution in the 55th minute, with Indian International Jeje replacing Mandar Rao, Dempo tried to consolidate while taking an attacking intent. But a stellar defensive display from the Reds thwarted any of the home side’s attempts at goal. The match was decided in the 67th minute, when Lajong Captain Minchol Son found Glen with a long ball. Glen grasped the opportubnity, turned and managed score from a difficult angle. The match won, Lajong made their
first substitution in the 73rd minute when Subash Singh replaced Uilliams. With 12 minutes remaining, Dempo created a good chance when a shot by Beto found substitute Joy Ferrao , who unfortunately hit the top right corner of the post. Cornell Glen was later substituted by Tuboi , who made his first I-league appearance after a year. The win handed Lajong its biggest away victory while earning 3 crucial points. The match would be remembered as one of Lajong’s most memorable victories, and if the win was a sign of things to come, the 2013-14 seasons would be the season for the Reds to capitalise on the positive start, as they begin their rite of passage in the I-league, yet again.
Chelsea ends 4-game winless Lajong humble five-time Dravid likes professionalism run by beating Fulham national champ Dempo and calmness in win JAIpuR, SEptEmBER 22 (ptI): Rajasthan Royals skipper Rahul Dravid was impressed with the way the young batsmen remained clam while chasing Mumbai`s total and termed the performance as professional. Dravid hailed batting of Sanju Samson, Ajinkya Rahane and Stuart Binny as Rajasthan beat Mumbai Indians by seven wickets. "A very professional performance in all departments, especially with the ball. There was a calmness to the batting as well and its really good to start off the tournament like this," Dravid said at the post-match press conference. "The batting was really good, with Rahane and Sanju playing two composed innings. They showed a lot of maturity and then Stuart, the ball he bowled to Sachin was a beauty, he`s exactly the kind of player you want at No. 6 or 7 in T20," he added. Dravid said they let the rivals score a bit too much considering their good start but it was not unexpected as the rival batting line-up was quite good. "We switched the bowlers around, and they did really well in the first ten. We may have given them a little too much in the last ten, but that happens when Rohit and Pollard are there in the middle." Royals` paceman Vikramjeet Malik was adjudged Man-of-the- Match for his three-wicket haul. "I knew the condition well. As advised by Darvid I was just looking to find a good length to bowl and hit the deck around off stump and to move the ball."
BccI summons ajit chandila, may face life ban
NEw DELhI, SEptEmBER 22 (ptI): The BCCI has summoned tainted Rajasthan Royals player Ajit Chandila, currently out on bail, to decide the future course of action on his career. Chandila, was an absentee at the last disciplinary committee meeting where sentences were pronounced on Sreesanth and four other players in the scandal. Chandila will meet Ravi Sawani, the chief of AntiCorruption and Security Unit (ACSU) on September 29 in New Delhi. While the IPL scam-tainted players S Sreesanth and Ankit Chavan were slapped life bans by BCCI, the fate of Ajit Chandila was undecided. As per reports he is likely to face ban for life. After meeting the player, Sawani will submit a report to the BCCI which will then leave the matter to its disciplinary committee. The committee will give the verdict after giving the player a chance to present his case. Sreesanth, Chavan and Chandila were arrested on May 16, along with 11 bookies, and were charged under the Indian Penal Code section 420 and 120B, which deal with fraud, cheating and criminal conspiracy. The scandal led to an overhauling of the guidelines for players and owners in the IPL. The BCCI drew up an action plan called `Operation Clean-up` which envisaged a series of measures to curb corruption in the IPL.
Chelsea's John Terry, third right, jumps to head the ball during the English Premier League soccer match between Chelsea and Fulham at Stamford Bridge, London on Sept. 21. (AP Photo)
LONDON, SEptEmBER 22 (Ap): John Obi Mikel's first English Premier League goal helped to end Chelsea's four-game winless run in a 2-0 victory over Fulham on Saturday. After Oscar powered in the opener early in the second half, Mikel sliced the ball into the net in the 84th minute of the west London derby. "They have been killing me about it — going to the national team and scoring but not here," the Nigeria midfielder said. "I'm sure the guys will give me a lot
of stick." Mikel had previously scored only twice for Chelsea, in the FA Cup in January 2007 during Jose Mourinho's first reign as manager. Mourinho's return has not gone to plan, presiding over the club's worst start to a season since Roman Abramovich's investment started a decade ago. This victory, however unconvincing, enabled Chelsea to dislodge Liverpool from the top of the standings ahead of Sunday's games. "We know
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Gujarati lost-and-found story The Good Road wins the chance to represent India at 2014 Academy Awards
Lunchbox may have moved critics and audiences around the globe, but it has failed to move members of the Film Federation of India (FFI). For they have gone ahead and picked Gujarati movie The Good Road as India’s official entry at next year’s Oscars in the Best Foreign Film category. Gyan Correa’s debut movie, a lost-andfound story of a small boy, saw off strong competition from films such as The Lunchbox, Bhaag Milkha Bhaag, English Vinglish, Malayalam film Celluloid and Kamal Haasan’s Vishwaroopam to make the cut. There were 22 entries for consideration this year. Films like The Lunchbox, Bhaag Milkha Bhaag and Vishwaroopam were short-listed but it was a unanimous decision by the 19-member jury to select The Good Road. “In fact, The Lunchbox was a very strong contender,” Gautam Ghosh, chairman of Oscar selection committee of the Film Federation of India, said. He said the jury had a five-hour-long discussion before finally selecting The Good Road, which won the national award for the best Gujarati film. “The
Good Road surprises as it shows the unknown India through the story of a boy who gets lost and is then found while his family is on a holiday trip to Kutch,” Ghosh added. Correa, 42, who teamed up with local people like truck driver Shamjibhai to make his documentary-style road drama, said the selection is only the beginning of a journey. “It’s fabulous that The Good Road has been nominated for the Oscars and I congratulate each and every member of the film, for this moment. It’s the recognition of all little people of India like Shamjibhai and all their great stories to tell. And it’s just the beginning of the journey now,” he said. Produced by National Film Development Corporation (NFDC), the film stars Keval Katrodia as seven-year-old Aditya who loses his way in the desert. It also stars Sonali Kulkarni and actor Ajay Gehi as Aditya’s parents. The news, however, has not gone down well with The Lunchbox coproducer Anurag Kashyap and presenter Karan Johar, who took to Twitter to express their anger.
Bullock was ‘heartbroken’ over ex-husband’s infidelity
Bullock admits she was blindsided by exhusband’s infidelity. The Gravity actress, who has a three-year-old son Louis, whom she adopted in 2010 shortly after her split from motorcycle mogul Jessie James, admits it took her a long time to get over the fact he cheated on her multiple times. She told the UK’s Daily Mirror newspaper: ‘I’ve been on the floor and I’ve been heartbroken. I didn’t know how I was going to stand up. But I just gave it
time. ‘You don’t think it will pass when you’re in the middle of it, but it does. I’m so lucky to have what I have. I have a beautiful child and friends and family I adore.’ Sandra’s marriage to Jessie ended two years ago after revelations that he cheated on her with several women became public. The Oscar-winning actress credits Louis for helping her to look at the world differently and giving her a new sense of perspective. She said: ‘I was OK about being alone but when you have a child
everything is about exploration and being around other kids and being out in the world and seeing things. ‘So now I see things through his eyes. I haven’t ever gone out and explored and done things before like I have in the last three years. ‘I have the best life right now because I’m enjoying every single moment of this amazing human being. I’m learning how to have a good time through him... I’ve got everything I want, and it couldn’t be sweeter, better or more fulfilling.’
Saturday Night Live alum Andy Samberg ties the knot with singer Joanna Newsom
Cara Delevingne is dating co-star of her new film
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the title of Cara Delevingne’s new 54, is as much in demand in the fashion movie – Kids In Love – prophetic? industry as her daughter. She is being The 21-yearwooed for a senior role old is now dating her at Marks & Spencer by co-star Aki Omoshaybi, executives who want to who has been filming tempt her away from with her since August. her role as stylist for VIP At the Cafe Royal last customers at Selfridges. week, Aki was keen to M&S has even offered scotch rumours Cara Pandora the opportuis dating Harry Styles. nity to appear in one of ‘Cara is definitely not its new ‘Leading Ladies’ dating Harry,’ he said. advertising campaigns, ‘People always assume which currently feature she’s dating the guy Ellie Goulding, Dame she’s seen out with beHelen Mirren and Traccause she’s so friendly.’ ey Emin. ‘They are desAki took Cara home perate to steal her from in a taxi. Cara’s mother Selfridges to join their Pandora Delevingne, team,’ a source revealed.
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A small but enthusiastic audience was treated to a sterling show of funky acoustic and electric blues numbers when Blue Print performed at Upstairs on September 21. Seen in the image here is Imtisenla (2011 Naga Orpheus first runner-up) joining the band at Upstairs monthly gig “Saturday Night Live”. Blue Print comprises of a four-member band: Guitars: Tali Temsu Jamir, Guitars: Tiatoshi Jamir, Bass: Rajeev Lama Drums: Wabang Pongener.
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Vettel wins Singapore GP to extend F1 lead Resta retires, 10th place for Sutil at Singapore GP
Red Bull driver Sebastian Vettel of Germany, holds the trophy during the awards ceremony the Singapore Formula One Grand Prix on the Marina Bay City Circuit in Singapore on Sept. 22. (AP Photo)
SINGAPORE, SEPTEMBER 22 (REUTERS): Red Bull's Sebastian Vettel cruised to a third straight Singapore Grand Prix victory on Sunday and moved 60 points clear of Ferrari's Fernando Alonso after a dominant drive under the floodlights at the Marina Bay Street Circuit. The German led from pole to flag and lapped on average almost two seconds quicker than his rivals to finish 32.6 seconds clear of Alonso and take another big step towards a fourth successive title with six races remaining. Kimi Raikkonen shrugged off back pain to climb from 13th on the grid to third for Lotus in a challenging race that was held up by one decisive safety car period when Daniel Ricciardo crashed his Toro Rosso into the barriers on lap 26. "Yes, yes, that's what I call in control," Vettel shouted over the team
radio after chalking up his seventh win of the season and 33rd of his career. "The car felt absolutely fantastic. This is absolutely a team effort." Red Bull team principal Christian Horner said Vettel, who was again booed on the podium from some in the crowd below, had been in a league of his own after "one of his best ever drives". Vettel was challenged briefly by fellow-German Nico Rosberg, who was second on the grid, on the run to the first turn but once he held off the Mercedes, he controlled the race. Alonso again used a charging start and brilliant strategy to climb from seventh on the grid and keep his title hopes alive. He gambled on pitting for a change of tyres during the safety car period and nursing his Ferrari all the way to the flag on medium tyres. "We knew we didn't have the pace today so we
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MT youth club, Alpine, UEC, SNC wins
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MT Youth Club, Alpine, United Engineers Club and Southern Naga Club on Saturday registered wins in their respective matches at the ongoing 14th NSF Martyrs’ Memorial Trophy here at Kohima Local ground under the aegis of Angami Students’ Union (ASU). In the first match of the day, MT Youth Club beat Spartan FC 1-0. The winning goal came through Hoinato Ayemi in 20th minute. Alpine FC downed Maple FC by 1-0. Stephen netted a goal for Alpine in 45th minute. United Engineer’s Club defeated Seiyhama SU by 2-1. Scorer for UEC -Ngullenthang Singson in 5th minute and Mhasi in injury added time. Khriesamhalie Metha netted a goal for Seiyhama SU in 34th minute. In the last match of the day, Southern Naga Club beat Khulazu Bawe YO by 4-1. SNC scorers; Samgaipou Pamei in 9th minute, Philemon in 13th and 31st minute and Keibung Kamei in 47th minute. Khulazu Bawe YO scorer: Thovoyi Tetseo in 22nd minute.
MATCHES FOR SEPTEMBER 23
Ist Match : Rooster Club, Phesama vs Mt. Olive College @ 10:00 AM 2nd Match: Kigwema SU vs Hoodwink FC @ 11:30 AM 3rd Match: SASU vs Phesazou SC @ 1:00 PM 4th Match: Tangkhul SU vs Kohima College @ 2:30 PM
SINGAPORE, SEPTEMBER 22 (PTI): Paul di Resta suffered his third retirement in a row and Adrian Sutil sneaked into the top-10 in the last lap as Sahara Force India added one point to their tally from the exciting Singapore Grand Prix, where fortunes swung like a pendulum for the Indian F1 team. A bizarre accident involving Daniel Ricciardo had hurtled Di Resta into the points contention and he was driving as high as sixth in lap 34 but with just five laps from the finish, the Scot hit the nose of his car to the barriers at turn seven, ending his race. It was Di Resta's fourth retirement of this season. Sutil was running 11th till the penutimate lap but Mark Webber's Red Bull gave in the last lap following an engine issue, which enabled STOL to take the last available point from the only night race on F1 calendar.
had to invent something with a different strategy from the other teams," said the Spaniard. "It paid off at the end. "We are in a position in the championship where we have nothing to lose." Raikkonen, who will join Alonso at Ferrari next season, duplicated the Spaniard's strategy and was able to hold on for third place from the fastcharging Mercedes duo of Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton, who opted to stay out behind the safety car. Alonso's Brazilian team mate Felipe Massa finished in sixth place with McLaren's Jenson Button and Sergio Perez claiming the next two spots ahead of Nico Hulkenburg's Sauber and Adrian Sutil in a Force India. Vettel's team mate Mark Webber briefly climbed up to fourth place in the closing stages but his Red Bull lost power on the last lap and he slipped out of the top 10.
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Arsenal's Oliver Giroud, left attempts an overhead kick on goal under pressure from Stoke City's Ryan Shawcross during the English Premier League soccer match between Arsenal and Stoke City at Emirates Stadium in London, Sunday, Sept. 22. (AP Photo)
LONDON, SEPTEMBER 22 (AGENcIES): Mesut Ozil continued to repay his £43million transfer fee with a creative role as Arsenal moved to the top of the Premier League after a 3-1 win over Stoke at Emirates Stadium. Ozil, signed from Real Madrid on deadline day, had a hand in three of Arsenal's goals as Arsene Wenger's men finally ended the resistance of Mark Hughes' well-organised team. Aaron Ramsey smashed in his seventh goal of an impressive season so far after Ozil's fifthminute free-kick was parried by Asmir Begovic, but Geoff Cameron swept in a deserved equaliser for the visitors. Ozil's class, though, proved the difference again as his corner was flicked home by compatriot Per Mertesacker to give Arsenal the lead again be-
fore half-time and another pin-point deadball delivery made sure of all three points when Bacary Sagna looped in a header on 72 minutes. Arsenal have responded with seven straight wins since they were beaten 3-1 at home by Aston Villa on the opening day of the season - and if Ozil continues his impressive displays, Wenger's squad could just be set for a long-overdue sustained assault on the Premier League title. Wenger was forced into a late change to his starting XI when Theo Walcott suffered a minor abdominal strain during the warmup and was replaced by youngster Serge Gnabry. Nicklas Bendtner was on the bench for the first time this season, having seen a move away during the transfer window blocked. It did not take long
for Ozil to have an impact, as his 20-yard curling freekick was parried out by Begovic - and Ramsey was first to the loose ball to slot home. Ramsey wheeled away in delight, his finger to his lips in front of the Stoke fans, some of whom are always quick to remind the Wales midfielder of a double-leg break suffered in a tackle from Potters defender Ryan Shawcross at the Britannia Stadium in February 2010. For his part Shawcross continued to be roundly booed by sections of the home crowd every time he was on the ball. To their credit, Stoke slowly grew into the match and were level on 26 minutes. Arsenal's defence were caught square by a deep ball through the penalty area from Steven Nzonzi on the right and Marko Arnautovic crashed
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his volley against the base of the far post. The rebound fell back out to Cameron, who kept his effort low to beat Wojciech Szczesny's in the bottom right corner. Arsenal were soon back on the offensive, and it was 2-1 on 36 minutes. Ozil's corner from the right was flicked on at the near post by Mertesacker. His header dropped inside the far corner where Laurent Koscielny had looked to get the final touch in front of the goalkeeper. At the start of the second half, Gnabry - another German hoping to impress watching national-team manager Joachim Low was flattened by Robert Huth as Arsenal broke quickly. Referee Mike Dean played a good advantage as Olivier Giroud got clear to fire in a shot from 20 yards which was palmed over by Begovic before Huth was
shown his due yellow card. Just after the hour, Ozil was played through into the right side of the penalty area by a knockdown from Jack Wilshere, but Begovic saved the German's low, angled drive. At the other end, Szczesny showed he was still alert to push away a 20-yard shot from Marc Wilson. Arsenal made sure of the three points and topspot in the Premier League when, on 72 minutes, Ozil's deep free-kick was headed back over Begovic and into the far corner by defender Sagna. Ozil was substituted himself shortly afterwards, leaving to a standing ovation, as midfielder Mikel Arteta made his first appearance of the season after a thigh injury - and on this evidence, the playmaker could well give Arsenal fans more to cheer about before the medals are handed out in May.
SEOUL, SEPTEMBER 22 (AP): Top-seeded Agnieszka Radwanska rallied from a set down on Sunday to beat Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova 6-7 (6), 6-3, 6-4 and win the Korea Open. Radwanska hit five aces and took advantage of 10 double-faults by the third-seeded Russian player to win her third title of the year and 13th overall. "It was a very close match, tight sets, all of them," Radwanska said. "But I was just a little bit better in the important moments today." Pavlyuchenkova rallied from 3-0 down in the first set and fought off four set points in her 5-6 service game before taking a one-set lead. But the momentum shifted when Radwanska won the first three games of the second set. The Pole stayed on serve with Pavlyuchenkova through the first nine games of the third set before one last break to close out the match in 2 hours, 45 minutes. "It's tough losing this match after fighting so long and coming so close," Pavlyuchenkova said. "It's difficult and frustrating, but in tennis you can be up then down." Radwanska's previous two titles this year came in the first two weeks of the year, in Auckland and Sydney. She is the fourth player to win three or more titles so far this season, after Serena Williams (9), Simona Halep (4) and Victoria Azarenka (3). Radwanska, No. 4 in the world rankings, improved to 3-1 in head-to-head matches Poland's Agnieszka Radwanska holds up her winning trophy after defeating Russia's Anasagainst Pavlyuchenkova, who is tasia Pavlyuchenkova at the final match of the Korea Open tennis championships in Seoul, ranked 32nd. South Korea, Sunday, Sept. 22, 2013. (AP Photo)
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