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2014 must become year of healing: Prez ‘Today is the day to reflect’
Cautions that fractured government after polls will be catastrophic
nEw DElhi, January 25 (pTi): Favouring a stable government after the coming elections, PresLet us make Sunday a day ident Pranab Mukherjee of rest. Please! today warned that a fractured government will be hostage to “whimsical opportunists” and be “cataOn account of national strophic” to India. holiday, The Morung Asking the voters not Express will be closed to “let India down”, he said on January 26, 2014 2014 must become a year and will re-open only of healing after the fracon January 27, 2014. tured and contentious poliThe next issue of the tics of the last few years and newspaper will be whosoever wins must have available in the market have an undiluted commitment to stability, honesty on January 28, 2014. The Morung Express and development. Addressing the nation on the eve of 65th Republic The Morung Express Day, the President said he not a cynic because he POLL QUESTIOn was knew that democracy has a Vote on www.morungexpress.com marvellous ability to selfSMS your answer to 9862574165 correct. “It is the physician that heals itself and 2014 Do you think that must become a year of healsocial media is being misused in Nagaland? ing after the fractured and contentious politics of the last few years,” he said. Yes no Others Mukherjee said the year 2014 was a “precipice
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Nagaland govt. agrees to HPC Dimapur, January 25 (mExn): Action Committee Against Unabated Taxation (ACAUT) has informed that the State Home Commissioner, Temjen Toy, agreed in principle to set up a “High Powered Commission.” A press release issued by ACAUT’s media cell informed that on December 19, 2013, ACAUT members met the Home Commissioner at the latter’s invitation at Chumukedima police complex to discuss the formation of a High Powered Commission, as per the October 31 rally Public Resolution held in Dimapur. “Accordingly, the ACAUT submitted 2 (two) names to be part of the Commission. The ACAUT submitted the names on January 11, 2014 giving ample time to the government to tackle the two unfortunate incidents in Mukalimi and the exodus of Rengma Nagas from Rengma Hills, Karbi Anglong, Assam”, the release stated.
Pedestrian run over by truck
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Dimapur, January 25 (mExn): A pedestrian was run over by a truck on NH-29 stretch at 4th Mile, Saturday afternoon. Sources said the truck, loaded with goods, was proceeding towards Kohima when the incident occurred at around 12:30 pm. The victim, identified as one Bakaruddin (62 years), hailing from Lanka in Nagaon district, Assam, was a resident of Old Showuba, Dimapur. He died on the spot. The driver of the truck fled from the scene after the mishap occured, sources said.
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Indian paramilitary soldiers stand guard in Srinagar on Saturday, January 25. Security has been beefed up in most parts of the country ahead of the country’s Republic Day which will be celebrated Sunday. (AP Photo)
moment” in India’s history and it should re-discover that sense of national purpose and patriotism which lifts it above and across the abyss and back on the road to prosperity. “1950 saw the birth of our Republic. I am sure that 2014 will be the year of resurgence.” He said the youth should be given jobs and they would raise villages and cities to 21st century standards. “Give them a chance and you will marvel at the India they create. This chance will not come if India does not get a stable government. “A fractured government, hostage to
whimsical opportunists, is always an unhappy eventuality. In 2014, it could be catastrophic. Each one of us is a voter; each one of us has a deep responsibility; we cannot let India down. It is time for introspection and action,” he warned. “Each one of us is a voter; each one of us has a deep responsibility; we cannot let India down. It is time for introspection and action,” the President said. He said India was in a turbulent part of the world where factors of instability have grown in the recent past. He admitted that the promise of India, a history of
ideas, philosophy, intellect, has sometimes been mislaid by misfortune and at other times by our own complacence and weakness. “Destiny has given us another opportunity to recover what we have lost; we will have no one to blame but ourselves if we falter,” he said. Mukherjee said a democratic nation is always involved in argument with itself. “This is welcome, for we solve problems through discussion and consent, not force. But healthy differences of opinion must not lead to an unhealthy strife within our polity,” he said. Detailed news on page 8
Dimapur, January 25 (mExn): Calling for reflection, Nagaland Governor, Dr. Ashwani Kumar today underscored the need to reorient Nagaland state’s existing policies and plans for achieving rapid agro-economic progress and industrialisation. Greeting the people of Nagaland on the eve of Republic Day 2014, the governor in his message said, “I think it is now time for us to embark on the path of rapid agroeconomic progress and industrialisation. Let us create quality infrastructure like roads, water and electricity.” Kumar also emphasised developing the skills of the youth and generating employment and livelihood opportunities for them. “In order to achieve these objectives we will have to reorient our existing policies and plans; review land use, its ownership and transfer,” the governor said. Kumar referred to the Preamble of the Indian Constitution that strives to secure “justice, social, economic and political; liberty
of thought, expression, and worship; equality of status and opportunity; and promote fraternity, dignity, unity & integrity” for all citizens. “Today is the day for us to sit down together to review and reflect how far we have succeeded in achieving these lofty ideals,” he said. The governor said India
initiating religious, education and democratic institutions. “We have been able to preserve and promote our arts, culture, customs and traditions. We are also on the road to making progress in the fields of agriculture, horticulture, animal husbandry and health. These are great achievements and very positive indicators”, he said. The governor also said the recent initiatives taken by the State Government to commence construction of the Foothill Road, establish Special Development Zones and create Modern Townships are praiseworthy and commendable. The governor said one immediate need is to “codify our customary, civil and criminal laws” in order to provide fair, quick and inexpensive justice, not only to the people of the state, but also to those who visit Nagaland and do “business with us.” “Change is a law of nature. In order to make progress we have to keep changing and continuously evolving ourselves, our policies and our practices,” he added.
Nagaland Governor says let us create quality infrastructure like roads, water and electricity is a Sovereign, Democratic, Republic where all the constituent States play equal role, enjoy similar powers and have same responsibilities, and that among all the States, Nagaland occupies a special position in our Constitution. “This gives us additional responsibilities with regard to our culture, religion and social practices; administration of civil, criminal and customary laws, as well as, ownership and transfer of land and its resources”, he added. Kumar said the State has made tremendous progress
NMA saddened by ‘inhuman torture’ lost innocence!
Dimapur , January 25 (mExn): The Naga Mothers Association (NMA) has in the strongest term condemned the abduction and “inhuman torture” of a woman by four persons including a woman on January 17 in Kohima. NMA in a press release said such “inhuman treatment and the nature of crime committed to a woman is shameful and beyond human comprehension which cannot be accepted in a civilized society. No amount of excuses can justify under the law to commit such crime.” Express-
ing pain at the recurrence of rape incidents, NMA also condemned the January 12 incident, wherein a teenage girl was allegedly abducted and gang-raped at the State Stadium, Dimapur. “Such savage act has no place in society. As mothers, it saddens our heart to see such devilish acts taking place in our own place. Just a word of condemnation is not serving any purpose, and we appeal not to use women as objects”, NMA said. The association demanded strong punitive action against the culprits in consonance with the law.
‘Violence against women severe now’
KolKaTa, January 25 (ians): The world is facing “great crisis” because of “severe” violence against women, said American feminist and social activist Gloria Steinem. Speaking at the inaugural session of Kolkata Literary Meet (Kalam) here Saturday, she said violence against women is an indicative factor of a country’s tendencies towards damaging actions. “We are in a time of great crisis because violence against women is so severe... whether it’s the preference for a son or domestic violence...it’s so severe all over the world,” she said. “The biggest element that determines whether a country is violent inside itself or towards other nations is violence against women, not poverty or religion or other factors.” Steinem also contended that women “are no longer marginalised...we are no longer half of the human race”.
one-third of voters want Modi for PM
Opinion poll forecast upper hand for BJP
nEw DElhi, January 25 (rEuTErs): A third of voters want Narendra Modi to be their next prime minister, placing him well ahead of his rivals in general elections due by May, according to the latest in a series of opinion polls that show rising support for the opposition candidate. The survey, conducted by pollsters CSDS for the CNN-IBN television channel, also forecast that Modi’s Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) would win 192-210 seats in the 543-seat assembly, while the ruling Congress party would only bag 92-108 seats. Given India’s diverse and fragmented electorate, neither the BJP nor any other party is expected to win the 272 seats needed for an outright majority. The biggest party will seek to form a coalition with regional parties. Modi, who has pre-
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sided over rapid economic growth during more than 12 years as the chief minister of Gujarat, has been wooing voters by pointing to his track record as a leader who cuts red tape and attracts investment. “People are looking forward to leadership, they think a strong leader will solve their problems,” said CSDS director Sanjay Kumar. “They don’t want a dictator, but they want someone who can take strong decisions.” By contrast, Congress has shied away from naming its prime ministerial candidate until after the polls, even though many party workers had wanted Rahul Gandhi, a scion of
the Nehru-Gandhi dynasty that leads the party, to take on the role.
SCANDALS After a decade in power, Congress faces public anger over a string of corruption scandals, slow policymaking and economic growth hitting a decade-low. While 34 per cent of voters surveyed picked Modi as their first choice for prime minister, only 15 per cent chose Gandhi, according to the CSDS poll. Sonia Gandhi, Rahul’s mother and Congress party chief, was in third place with five per cent. The survey’s nationallevel forecasts were re-
leased on Friday, while state-level forecasts were released in stages earlier this week. Another survey released on Thursday, conducted by pollsters CVoter for the India Today media group, found that almost half of respondents wanted Modi versus 15 per cent who backed Gandhi. The CVoter poll forecast that the BJP would win 188 seats in the election, more than double the expected tally for Congress. India’s diverse political landscape makes election results notoriously hard to forecast, particularly in terms of how many seats a party might win, versus the more straightforward calculation of a party’s share of the overall vote. The CSDS poll surveyed just under 18,600 voters in 18 states, with a margin of error that varied from state to state. CVoter surveyed almost 21,800 respondents across all of the 28 states, with a three percent margin of error at the national level and five percent margin at the state level.
A young boy leaps in the air as he plays with a ball. Evan Bailyn reminds us: Childhood is the source of our imagination, our hope, and first treasured memories. (Photo by Ato Lemanghu)
naro Longchar Kohima | January 25
One wintry Kohima morning, the sun was yet to rise from its sleep and the sky had not cleared from the cold night. The entire town seemed asleep, as most stayed within the warmth of their homes. All but few dared to tread in the freezing cold. As the bitter chill bit through the air, wearing nothing but an old school sweater and worn out pants with a basket on his head, was a boy not more than seven to eight years old. Probably on his way to fetch water, he dragged his cold feet as he stared down at the ground with a lost forlorn look. He stood out among the few morning joggers, a small little figure shivering in the frosty winter morning as his breath fogged the air around him. He is the face of countless children that we see every day. Children, who work in our homes, cook and clean for us, some even as young as four or five years old. “We do not often realize that we are part of human trafficking, we bring chil-
dren from border areas and from various villages of the mostly eastern areas. We bring them to help us in our domestic work with the promise of providing them education. But, sometimes and in some cases these children are not properly treated”, says Rev. Narola, Women Secretary, Naga-
Somebody warned them that the branch will break and they will fall and hurt themselves. They quickly responded saying that, “It does not matter because we are just people’s servants.” One must seriously question whether these children brought as domestic help under the veil of providing education is in fact a form of human trafficking and, thereby, a violation of human rights. It is time to examine how certain forms of structural oppression that are direct violations of human rights have become normalized in our society. Clearly, we justify our stance on domestic helpers in our homes by providing them with clothes, food and education. Rather the question is whether we are contributing to the loss of their childhood. The naïve wonder of innocence that a child holds in his eyes is no longer there. It is replaced by the mature understanding that he is no longer a child because he cannot engage as a child in his own life, being loved, nurtured, playing, growing and treasured.
‘We do not often realize that we are part of human trafficking’ land Baptist Church Council. Most often, we seem to forget that these so called ‘domestic help’ are just children. We expect them to do the same work as an adult, with their tiny little hands and very small undeveloped body. These children know that they do not have the same luxury as other children, the luxury to be a ‘child’. Once, while passing through a government primary school, some children were playing on the branch of a small tree.
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National Voters’ Day observed
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A call for young to effect change in the political behavior of the country by being proactive Dimapur, January 25 (Dipr): National Voters’ Day was celebrated in Dimapur at the office premises of the Deputy Commissioner, Dimapur on the theme ‘Ethical Voting’ on January 25. Editor of Nagaland Page, Monalisa Changkija graced the occasion as chief guest. In her address, Changkija said that National Voters’ Day is very important in the life of any self-respecting democracy because it underscores the supremacy of the people and determine the destiny, which is scripted by the people and for the people. When one does not exercise their franchise, which may be due to apathy or because one is prevented through muscle or money power it invites disaster, even catastrophe for the Nation. “Ours is a parliamen-
tary democracy fashioned along the west minister system, which is based on the principle of one-person-one vote. Each individual is regarded as the nucleus of the State; therefore, everyone has responsibilities, duties and rights, which are very unambiguously enshrined in our constitution,” said Changkija. Every citizen who has attained the age of 18 years has the constitutional duty to cast one vote and has the right to enjoy all rights, liberties and freedoms as per our constitution. When one does not exercise his/her franchise, you have no right to demand any rights, she stated. One of the major responsibilities of the young is to effect change in the political behavior of the country by being proactive, which is expected from the new young voters. Therefore, she called
Monalisa Changkija Editor, Nagaland Page, addressing the National Voters Day occasion at Dimapur on January 25. (DIPR Photo)
on them to exercise their franchise on the principle of one-person one vote, to endeavour to make the right choice of your representatives and to ensure that your family members, friends and
neighbours are registered in the Electoral Roll. Likewise, the youth are also expected to see that the personnel of the Election Commission do their job as per the laid down norms of the Election Commission of India and not as per vested interests of power circles, centres and cabals which are crucial component for ethical voting. Citing the example of Nagaland, she said that tribalism in its worst from eclipses all senses during election. Elections are contested along tribal, clan range and village lines consequently merit is sacrificed at the altar of narrow tribal considerations and calculations. Therefore, she called on the new young voters to make it a bounden duty and moral obligation to ensure that merit is prioritized over all other considerations in a
election to bring the much needed change. Be vigilant, imbibe the essence, the ethics, the culture, the legalities and Technicalities of parliamentary democracy and be socially and politically responsible. On the occasion, badges were given to all the newly enrolled voters. Citation along with some cash was also awarded to the best booth level officer from the five area constituencies of Dimapur District. Earlier SDO (C) Dr. Kadambari led the gathering in reading out the voter’s pledge while SDO (C) Moatemsü delivered a message by the Chief Election Commissioner of India, V.S. Sampath. The programme was chaired by DC & DEO, Dimapur N. Hushili Sema (IAS), while ADC & ERO, Dimapur K. Tarep Imchen, proposed the vote of thanks. Menfolk from Yimchunger tribe participants in the fire making competition during the comRelated news on page 5 memoration of 50 years of Statehood day at Kiphire district recently. (Morung Photo)
Zutovi gets Village Exploring non-traditional methods of teaching Legal Aid Clinic
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Kohima, January 25 (mExn): National inauguration of Village Legal Services Clinics was held at Supreme Court with Justice P. Sathasivam, Chief Justice of India, along with the rest of the nation. Dimapur District Legal Services Authority also joined on this significant day and inaugurated Village Legal Aid Clinic/Centre at Zutovi Village. “This is an earnest effort initiated by the National Legal Services Authority to reach out to the people in the remotest part of the Country and States,” stated a press release received here. Veprasa Nyekha, Secretary, Dimapur District Legal Services Authority, District & Sessions Judge, Dimapur inaugurated the Zutovi Village Legal Aid Clinic. Seyielenuo Mezhii, Judicial Magistrate 1st Class, Dimapur delivered keynote address where
she stressed on legal aid entitlement and who can access to justice under Legal Aid Services. Atokhe Aye, SDO (Civil), Dhansaripar and Victo Assumi, Head GB, Zutovi Village also presented exhortation and welcome address. DDLSA Panel Advocates Esther K Aye and Limasenla Longkumer also spoke about Domestic Violence, Gender Equality, Para Legal Volunteers and activities of free Legal Aid Services and beneficiaries under Nagaland State Legal Services Authority. GBs, Dobashis from around the cluster of villages, SGHs, Women Leaders and Students attended the inauguration programme. It maybe stated here that, a total of 2,648 legal services clinics opened in villages across India on Friday in a significant step that will bring legal aid to the people's doorsteps.
(Seated third from left) Athono Nuvocho, Administrator, Apple Kindergaten and Preschool, Puarana Bazar along with resource persons and participants on January 25. (Morung Photo) Morung Express News Dimapur | January 25
Studies show that the early formative years of a child’s life play an enormous role on their success - in school, work and life. This being the case, Apple Kindergarten and Preschool, an affiliate of Apple Educational Trust, organized a three-week long training programme for preschool
teachers, training them on innovative and non-traditional methods of teaching along with an age-appropriate curriculum. Participating teachers were trained to plan lessons systematically and to impart lessons by using thematic approach. The teachers were also encouraged to use visual aids while teaching and at the same time, trained on cost effective
ways of teaching by recycling junks. Further, participants were trained on Integrated Interactive Learning Approach, or, IILA - a teaching technique, where different subjects are combined under a single topic. The training is unique because, unlike in a Montessori where a child is encouraged to learn independent of an adult, this teaching technique encourages an
adult to guide a child. Earlier, the training got underway on January 7, with resource persons from Early Childhood Education Centre Pvt. Ltd. Kathmandu, Nepal. The training culminated with a graduating ceremony on Saturday, where certificates were awarded to the 15 participating teachers. Athono Nuvocho, Administrator, Apple Kindergaten and Preschool, informed that the training programme is an initiative of an educational society based in Norway. Nuvocho further informed that the training course was launched last year to commemorate Apple Kindergarten and Pre-School’s 10th anniversary. She added that the school would make this training programme a yearly event. Participating schools in the training programme included Little Angel Preschool (Phek), CWWS Creche (Pfutsero), Tabitha Enabling Academy and Mt. Sinai Higher Secondary School (Kohima), Stepping Stones and Apple Kindergarten and Preschool (Dimapur).
Educating womenfolk to become responsible Christian
Tobu, January 25 (mExn): Realizing the crucial need, a seminar was conducted at Tobu with an aim to educate and remind the womenfolk to become responsible Christian women in family, church, and society. Tobu Town Baptist Church, pastor Chingjau in a press release said that Tobu Town Baptist Church in collaboration with Tobu Village, Out Post Police Fellowship, Revival Church and Catholic women conducted the seminar was from January 17 to 19 with Pusuinla Longkumer, Women Secretary of Nagaland Police Baptist Churches Association, as the speaker. Stating that when women are weak, family, church, and society is weak, Pusuinla said, “this does not mean that men do not have responsibility; they too have their equal share of responsibility in all these three areas of life.” She affirmed that when a woman gets married she become a mother, she gives birth to her child,
‘Walking in the King’s Highway’ DVD released
WoKha, January 25 (mExn): The much-awaited video DVD of selected Christian hymns titled ‘Walking in the King’s Highway’ by the Children Choir Wokha was released on January 24 at Hornbill Restaurant Wokha. WTBC, Associate Pastor, Abemo Jungio officially released the DVD with thanksgiving and blessing prayer. Recording
and mixing of vocals, videography and editing was done by Khyopenthung Tsopoe, Proprietor, Dream Records (dR), Audio-Visual Studio, Wokha. The Directors informed that the Children Choir was formed in the year 2012 with the objective of imparting basic knowledge of music to the younger generation and preparing them to excel in
the field of singing. The three directors and the choir members express their heart-felt gratitude to all individuals, families, churches and well-wishers who had contributed in making this dream project become a reality. The DVDs will be available at M/W Printing Press, Ground Floor, below Hornbill Restaurant Wokha.
Kohima, January 25 (mExn): The Nagaland SSA Teachers' Association (NSSATA) has inform all its A group of men engaged in community fishing at Langzanger village in Kiphire district in the month of December 2013. During such community fishing, the course of the river is strategically diverted to facilitate the fish catching. Often, the districts and sub divisional preparation for the fishing operation takes days. No chemical chemicals, pesticides or dynamite blasting are allowed to be units that a meeting has used for the fishing. (Photo by Lipichem) been called by All Nagaland
School Teachers' Association (ANSTA) on January 28, 11:00 am at CANSSEA office conference hall, Sepfuzou colony, high school road, Kohima. The Association in a press release has in-
formed that at least 5 representatives from all districts and sub divisional units are to attend the said meeting positively and failing which would be consequential to no further inclusion.
NSSATA meeting on January 28
AYLA third general session held
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Dimapur, January 25 (mExn): The Aniwuzahlim Yimchungru Lliberu Arih-Ako (AYLA) Western Yimchungru Woman Organization celebrated its third general session at Old Showuba village local ground with Nyathei Phom, wife of Pangnyu Phom, minister for industries as guest of honor on January 24. Speaking on the occasion, Nythem Phom said that it is very important to have a society in order to build relationship among the community and to uplift traditional culture identity. She asserted that role of women has very important impact on the society. She encouraged all to work towards the development of the society. Stating that many part of the region is completely dominated by illegal immigrants, she
A women group presents a cultural item during the Aniwuzahlim Yimchungru Lliberu Arih-Ako third general session at Old Showuba village local ground on January 24.
discouraged marriage of “Naga women with nonlocal” and said, “We should collectively spread the message to our younger generation not to take false
decision.” Meanwhile, Tsuyimla, women pastor SBC invoked God’s blessing, welcome addressed was delivered by Ajila Kiri, vice president
AYLA, exhortation by Alemla Throngso, Chumukidima AYLA unit and Showuba AYLA unit presented special numbers and Khetoni Mure delivered vote of
thanks followed by concluding mass prayer. This was stated in a press release issued by AYLA general secretary Asola L Akang.
raises her children, manages her home and become a vibrant contributor in the society. When a woman does all these in the fear of the Lord, automatically society becomes good. “Her children arise and call her blessed; and her husband praises her” (Prov. 31: 28). A mother has every right to teach moral values to her children. She has the right to teach not to steal, and not to kill. Home is the best school for children. She questioned the women, “are we teaching religious, cultural, moral and ethical values at home? Where are we today?” The speaker also addressed some of the existing issues on women and economics, human trafficking, clean election campaign, homosexuality, problems of internet, mobile, and face book friends, extra marital affairs, divorce, and violence in the society. She concluded by encouraging the women to seek God, fear Him and to grow in His wisdom and knowledge.
Fly past Indian Air Force helicopter
Dimapur, January 25 (mExn): The Indian Air Force will be flying the Russian origin Helicopter during the RD parade at the Civil Secretariat Kohima. The Captain is Wing Commander Tarun Chaudhari, Shaurya Chakra and Co - pilot will be Flight Lieutenant Abhishek Shukla. The high performance aircraft from the 110 Helicopter Unit IAF based at Silchar, Assam along with highly qualified crew have been especially detailed by the Indian Air Force to participate in the RD parade at Kohima. The fly past will take place at be at 9:45 am. This was stated in a press release issued by Director Sainik Welfare Nagaland.
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ABAM Sunday School Teachers’ Triennial Conference
moKoKchung, January 25 (mExn): The 9th Ao Baptist Church Council (ABAM) Sunday School Teachers’ Triennial Conference will be held at Impur from February 4 to 6 at ABAM Mission Centre, Impur. Informing this in a press note, the ABAM Sunday School Promoter, Sashi Walling requested all the churches affiliated with ABAM to arrange and send the Sunday school teachers to the conference. It also informed that a ‘mess hall’ will be opened during the conference, and added that the mess charge will be Rs 850 per head. The note also informed that Sunday school books will be sold during the conference and therefore asked the delegates to come prepared. It further asked the concerned churches or individuals to contact mobile number 9436831782 for further details.
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Security tightened in Assam for R-Day Assam Police announces cash awards on KLO militants
Guwahati, January 25 (ianS): The Assam Police Friday announced cash awards to the tune of rs.5 lakh on some leaders of the Kamatapur Liberation organisation (KLo). Additional director General of Police (Law and order) A.P raut told media persons here that cash awards have been announced on seven KLo rebels. "The KLo, which mainly operates in Assam and West Bengal, had been able to regroup and reorganize itself in Myanmar," Raut said adding that the outfit increased its cadre strength to 200 in last two years. While rs. 5 lakh each had been announced on KLo general secretary Keshab Barman, commander-in-chief Shyam ray, assistant organizing secretary Lal Chand deka and cultural secretary digambar rai, rs.3 lakh had been announced on three other cadres of the outfit - Dhananjoy Dayal, Samar Barman and Hiranya Ray. On Monday, police had released the photographs of five top leaders of anti-talk faction of the NDFB leaders including its chairman I.K. Songbijit and announced cash awards to the tune of Rs. 10 lakh on a total of 15 senior leaders of the outfit.
the police", Sarma said. Security forces have been deployed in the vulnerable areas, including airports, railway stations and tracks, vital installations such as oil fields, refineries, DDK and AIR stations, etc., police said. Patrolling along the highways and on important bridges were intensified, while vehicles were checked
on the roads of Guwahati and other cities and towns to detect transportation of explosives by ultras, they said. Surveillance by CCTV was also on in Guwahati and the district headquarters to detect subversive activities, they added. The border areas with Bangladesh and Bhutan were specially monitored with the BSF and SSB on
high alert in both the frontiers, respectively. operations were also launched against insurgents resulting in the arrest of four Karbi Peoples Liberation Tigers (KPLT) militants, including an 'area commander' with a 7.65 mm pistol, ammunition and extortion demand notes in Kaziranga area, the sources said.
dreds of innocent civilians including women and children have been tortured and killed by the central military forces and personnel who misuse their power under the Act. The protestors shouted slogans like “repeal AFSPA, 1958” and expressed their disappointment with Prime Minister dr. Manmohan Singh who, according to the women, had failed to
fulfill his promise of lifting the draconian act from Manipur even after the verbal assurance given by him to the people when he had visited the state. The protestors also pointed out that AFSPA is still imposed in the state even as the dates for general elections are drawing very near. The angry protestors were kept under control by women police
after minutes of scuffle between the two. Meanwhile, some 40 representatives from the All Manipur riskshaw drivers and Pullers Welfare also staged a simultaneous protest against AFSPA at Gandhi Ghat, uripok in Imphal. The representatives wore black badges around their arms and put up black flags on their rickshaws to express their resentment.
Womenfolk protest against AFSPA
Newmai News Network Imphal | January 25
Around 50 women from different parts of Imphal Saturday noon gathered at the historic Kangla Fort gate in the heart of the city demanding for repeal of Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA) from Manipur. The women folk alleged that under AFSPA, hun-
Dr Kishan murder verdict postponed again Newmai News Network Imphal | January 25
THE vERDICT ON the triple murder case of dr Kishan, Token and Rajen involving self-styled lieutenant colonel Hopeson Ningshen of the NSCN-IM has been differed for the second time till February 15 as the CBI lawyer appearing for the victims is now on a tour to Mumbai. CBI Special court at Patiala, new delhi on Saturday postponed the matter to February 15 as CBI lawyer AK Singh was reported to be on a tour to Mumbai, joint action committee (JAC) for Dr Kishan, Token and Rajen told newmai news network. It said that Superintendent of Police, CBI Manipur branch, Balasubramaniyam besides two persons from the victims’ side were present in the court today. dr Kishan and the two staffs abducted by nSCn (IM) were found dead at Taphou along National Highway-29 on February 17, 2009. The final hearing and argument of the case was completed recently in the Special CBI Court after a three-year long trial. The CBI court had earlier fixed the pronouncement of the verdict on January 18, but it was deferred till January 25. on Saturday, it again postponed the matter to February 15.
Ex Nagaland- Manipur ultras in Tripura to escape reprisal
aGartala, January 25 (the hindu): Several surrendered extremists from Manipur and nagaland have settled down in Tripura to evade attacks of reprisal in home states, a police officer said on Saturday. The whole gamut has come to light after the arrest of a former member of national Socialist Council of nagaland (nSCn) in connection with murder of a policeman at Takoma in Santirbazar police station limit in south Tripura district. Shety Sema, 24, currently lodged in judicial custody at district headquarters Belonia after his arrest, was staying in Tripura since his surrender to the 131 battalion of the Border Security Force (BSF) a few years ago. Though the BSF arranged his vocational training, he was not considered for rehabilitation package like other returnees who eschewed armed movement. “Sema married to a local tribal girl, but they separated over family disputes. However he continued to stay in the area”, said a police officer who requested anonymity. Poverty led the former naga rebel who was trained in armed jungle warfare in nSCn camps in Bangladesh to work as a construction worker. He found a place to stay at the residence of dickson Chiru, who inter-
estingly was a member of an outlawed group in Manipur. Chiru too became a carpenter to earn a living. He tied knot with a Mog tribe girl and they have children. “Chiru also did not return home after his surrender before Shema. Actually they were facing threats on revenge attacks in their home states”, the officer stated. Police sources said several outsider extremists; some of them may have not surrendered, found Tripura as ‘home’ to live after shunning violence. They are married to own communities or beyond to look way forward.
There are intelligence inputs about the militant uLFA-Independent, ndFBSongbijit and Kamatapur Liberation organisation (KLo) striking on repulic day. The uLFA-I, four north East militant outfits and the Coordination Committee (CorCom) have jointly called a boycott of the r-day celebrations and a 'general strike' that day in the entire region "as a symbolic rejection of India's Constitution". The underground groups are uLFA-I, Meghalaya based Hynnewtrep Liberation Council (HNLC), Kamatapur Liberation organisation (KLo) operating in Assam and Bengal, national democratic Front of Bodoland (ndFB) in Assam and Tripura based national Liberation Front of Twipra, besides Manipur's CorCom. According to the ultras joint statement, the 'general strike' "will begin from 1 AM today and end at 5 PM tomorrow covering all forms of transportation, movement of all kinds of vehicles, all forms of entertainment including cinema and theatre shows, all activities of trade and commerce". "However, the media, medical services and religious ceremonies shall be kept outside the purview of the general strike", it added.
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Guwahati, January 25 (Pti): Special security measures have been put in place in Assam for republic day and in view of militant strike threats on Sunday and their boycott call of the day's celebrations. "For peaceful celebration of republic day tomorrow across the state the police, army and paramilitary forces have taken all the necessary security measures", the state's director General of Police Khagen Sarma said. "uLFA threats have been there for the last 30 years in Assam. Police is capable of tackling them", Sarma told reporters today while inspecting security arrangements at the central r-day celebration ground at Khanapara here. "We need the cooperation of civil society. If people have any information about militant attack, they should immediately inform
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Rupee logs worst weekly fall in 5 months
MuMbai, January 25 (PTi): The rupee snapped its two-week of gaining string and closed down by a whopping 112 paise - biggest weekly fall in last five months - to twomonth low of 62.66 against the greenback following heavy dollar demand from importers and weak USD overseas. The rupee declined in four sessions out of five during the week. The dollar demand was so strongthatfirmlocalequitiesand sustained capital inflows could not able to stop the rupee fall. The rupee plunged by 73 paise on Friday as dollar shortcoverings by some banks was triggered at 62.45-62.50 level. Weak in Chinese as well as US manufacturing data and fears of Fed’s tapering plan in its two-day monetary policy meeting on January 28 and 29 also weighed on the rupee at the weekend. At the Interbank Foreign Exchange market, the domestic unit commenced lower at 61.65 a dollar from last weekend’s close of 61.54 and moved in a wide range of 61.45 to 62.73 before settling the week
at 62.66, exhibiting a fall of 112 paise or 1.82 percent. In last two weeks, it had gained 62 paise or 1.00 percent. Previously, it had slumped by 250 paise or 3.96 percent in last week of August, 2013. The benchmark S&P BSE Sensex washed out major part of its early gains on last day selling, still closing up by 70 points or 0.33 percent while FIIs infused USD 189.89 mln on the first four days of the week,
new Delhi, January 25 (bS): India today invited Japanese companies to take part in two proposed semi-conductor Wafter Fabrications (FAB) manufacturing facilities. The Cabinet recently gave in-principle approval to set up the two FAB manufacturing facilities and announced subsidy scheme for the same. In a meeting with Hiromasa Yonekura, Chairman, Keidanren (Japan Business Federation) along with other Japanese Business representatives here, commerce and industry minister Anand Sharma urged all FAB manufacturers in Japan to avail subsidy, other benefits
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demand from oil importers weakened Rupee. “Also the Fed tapering speculation over a sustained recovery in US dented the Rupee movement further. Expect Rupee to depreciate further in next week and trade near 63.00 levels. The trading range for the spot rupee for the week is expected to be within 62.00 to 63.00.” “The USD traded lower during the week after data showed strength in the euro-zone
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as per Sebi data. The dollar index also suffered on the last two days of the week following positive European manufacturing data and hopes of Fed’s tapering from January 2014. Pramit Brahmbhatt, CEO, Alpari Financial Services (India) said, “Equities closed on a positive note for the second straight week. But Rupee posted its biggest weekly loss in five month as the month end dollar
manufacturing sector in January, beating analysts’ expectations and providing further evidence the region is recovering,” he added. The rupee premium for the forward dollar remained weak on sustained receipts by exporters. The benchmark six-month forward dollar premium payable in June declined to 2131/2-215-1/2 paise from last weekend’s close of 224-1/2226-1/2 paise and far-forward contracts maturing in December also moved down to 457459 paise from 459-461 paise. The RBI fixed the reference rate for the US dollar at 62.1770 and for the euro to 85.0894 from 61.3518 and 83.5223 last weekend, respectively. The rupee fell back sharply against the pound sterling to 103.92 from last weekend’s close of 101.22 and also tumbled against the euro to 86.00 from previous weekend’s close of 83.71. It, too, reacted downwards against the Japanese yen to 61.41 per 100 yen from preceding weekend’s close of 58.94
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new Delhi, January 25 (bl): Standard Chartered Bank expects the Reserve Bank of India to most likely keep the policy rates unchanged for the rest of 2014. The status quo looks like the most likely scenario for this year unless the consumer price index (CPI) based inflation falls below 8 per cent, said a StanChart research note released ahead of RBI’s policy review meeting on Tuesday. For January 28 review, StanChart has maintained its view that the RBI will keep the repo rate on hold. This will be the case especially with headline CPI now trending lower. The RBI
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will wait for the lagged disinflationary effects of its earlier (September and October 2013) rate hikes, according to the research note. Repo rate, the rate at which banks borrow from RBI, is currently pegged at 7.75 per cent. Rate cuts unlikely Standard Chartered Bank also sees little scope for policy rate cuts in 2014 if the monetary policy framework recommended by Urjit Patel committee is adopted. However, if headline CPI dips below 8 per cent and moves towards the next target of 6 per cent, the chance of rate cuts will rise, according to this foreign lender.
The rates market perceives the Urjit Patel committee’s recommendations as hawkish, as the proposed CPI inflation target of 8 per cent for the next 12 months is substantially below the current level of 9.87 per cent. G-Secs yields For the remainder of 2014, the pace of implementation of Urjit Patel committee recommendations is likely to influence the trajectories of G-sec yields. Given StanChart’s expectation of stable policy rates and improving inflation dynamics in second half of 2014, this foreign lender expects G-sec yields to peak in H1-2014.
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‘Mozambique can meet India’s LNG needs’
new Delhi, January 25 (ianS): Mozambique, where hydrocarbon discoveries are drawing droves of foreign investors, is ready to satisfy India’s natural gas needs, according to a minister from the southeast African nation. “If the Indian government, or anybody, wants to buy LNG (liquefied natural gas) from Mozambique, we are ready to meed the demand,” Mozambican Minister of Mineral Resources Esperanca Bias, here for the recent Petrotech 2014 international oil and gas conference organised by the Oil and Natural Gas Corp (ONGC), told IANS in an interview. Mozambique plans to produce 34 million tonnes of LNG from its biggest gas field - the Rovuma Area 1 offshore block where state-run ONGC Videsh Ltd, Oil India and Bharat Petroleum Corp have recently bought 30 percent stake in Mozambique, and will also participate in the LNG project. “I think the natural gas project will boost our relationship furthur. The Rovuma basin is ex-
pected to start production from 2018 and we will make sure that India will start getting LNG by 2019,” Bias said. India currently has 18,000 MW of power capacity lying idle due to gas shortage, with another 10,000 MW in the pipeline awaiting commissioning. The petroleum ministry has indicated to the Mozambican delegation an initial assessment of requiring 15-20 million tonnes of LNG. Petroleum Minister M. Veerappa Moily is to visit Mozambique next month to finalise the agreement for developing the project and the attached LNG terminals. Ten LNG terminals are likely to be set up, each with a yearly capacity of five million tonnes of gas. US-based Anadarko Petroleum Corp is the Rovuma 1 project operator. Other partners include Empresa Nacional de Hidrocarbonetos EP of Mozambique, Mitsui of Japan and PTT Exploration and Production of Thailand. “I believe that through this PPP (public-private partnership) project our relationship will get a good boost,” Bias said.
Elected leaders are undermining the Naga political movement - NSCN K
he Nagas of Arunachal Pradesh, inhabiting the districts of Tirap, Changlang and Longding who are divided into tribes like Nocte, Wancho, Ollo, Tangsa, Tutsa are again subdivided into more smaller groups like, Hakhun, Ha-shik, Ha-vi, Ha-man, Bongtey, Wakka, Kimsing-sankey, Morang, Mossang, Tikhak, Lungchang and many more. The majority of these group are in Eastern Nagaland which is in the present day Myanmar in Sagaing division. They are also known as Tang-shang (erstwhile Pangmi) which means the descendants of Tang and Shang. The Tangshang or the Noctey, Wancho, wakka, ollo, Ha-shik, Ha-khi, Ha-khun, Haman, Morang, mossang, Tikhak, Kimsing, sankey etc ... etc... are inhabiting right from Khamti to the South in Sagaing division and Tanai to the east and Pangsau to its North. They form the largest and the biggest group among the Nagas of Eastern Nagaland. They have been playing the most important and significant role in the Naga political movement. Hundreds of youths from the tribe has laid down their life fighting the Burmese and the Indian forces. Because, they wanted to identify themselves as Naga and not Burmese or for that matter Indian but, their brothers who got settled on the Indian side were more domicile and accepted the Indian and its law without any resistance though every law enforced were alien and new to them.
Today, the situation has come to this extent that, they do not want to get themselves associated with their own people. They do not want to identify themselves as Nagas. The Indian money and their self vested interest has made them so short sighted that, they are urging the Union Minority affairs Minister, GOI to delete the word Naga from the ST certificates issued to the inhabitants of these three districts on an excuse that, they do not get equal representation in a competitive examination especially the UPSC. In other words they want to identify themselves only as the Noctey, Wancho, Tangsa or Tutsa like any other tribes of Arunachal Pradesh for eg. the Adi, Nishi, Apatani, Khamti etc..etc.. This is nothing but an attempt to disassociate themselves from the Nagas and the Naga political movement and also a deliberate attempt to undermine the hundreds and thousands of sacrifices made by the NSCN’S for the sake of Nagas. We condemn the wisdom of the leaders in strongest terms and question their integrity towards their people and community. The silence maintained by all the elected leaders and not bringing the issue for Public debate is also highly questionable. They have no right whatsoever to play with the public sentiment according to their own whims and fancies. Secretary Ministry of Information and Publicity, NSCN/GPRN
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LOCAL Nagaland promotes ethical voting Guv remits sentences National Voters’ Day commemorated for some prisoners
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Kohima, January 25 (Dipr): Nagaland observed fourth National Voters’ Day with the theme ‘Ethical Voting’ on January 25, 2014. In Kohima, a programme was held at Hotel Japfu with Chief Information Commissioner Lalhuma as the chief guest. Lalhuma said it is important to take note of unethical means of voting to have clean election. Correct electoral roll, right census and accountability have to be taken into consideration to have political reform, which should be based on people’s participation, to have fair and clean election, he added. The chief guest expressed what is morally wrong can’t be politically right, while adding, nobody can bring political reform for the Nagas; it is the Nagas alone who can bring changes to “our” own political system. The chief guest also gave away cash prize of Rs. 2000 each and a certificate to best seven Booth Level Officers (BLOs) from Kohima district. He also awarded badge to young voters who were enrolled for the first time in the electoral roll and administered the National Voters Day pledge. General Secretary NBCC, Rev. Dr. Anjo Keikung in his short speech said the church does not have the power to enforce like the election commission, but its goal is to promote the society by awakening the conscience of the people. He appealed to the election commission to issue voters’ card to the right voters, install CCTV at the polling and counting centre and work transparently. Anjo also presented PowerPoint on the role of NBCC on Clean Election. YouthNet also presented a PowerPoint presentation on Clean Election. KIPHIRE: Considering the growing urgency to imbibe among voters, the necessity to exercise their right in the most responsible and informed manner, DEO & DC Kiphire, Kesonyu Yhome IAS, at the 4th National Voters’ Day celebration in Kiphire, urged the newly enrolled voters to protect their voting rights
vigorously and not allow their voting right to be misused by any person including their family members and local authorities. The most ethical voting is to cast your own vote on Election Day to a candidate of your own choice and conviction, he stated. Yhome informed that the broad objective behind the celebration of National Voters’ Day is based on two fold - enrolment of all eligible citizens in the electoral roll and to educate, encourage and motivate enrolled voters to exercise informed and ethical franchise to enhance the quality of our electoral democratic process. DC said that according to 2010- 11 census, there are around 8.5 lakhs polling station across India, however, only 25% from age group of 18 – 20 years turned up to register their names. As part of SVEEP (Systematic Voters’ Education and Electoral Participation), efforts are on to encourage young voters to participate in a more meaningful and effective election process. MOKOKCHUNG: Mokokchung district commemorated the National Voters’ Day with M.B. Longkumer, Sr. Advisor, MCCI, as the chief guest. In his speech, M.B. Longkumer stated that National Voters Day is an affirmation and celebration of the power that a citizen derives from the power of a vote. He added if “we understand and exercise it properly the power of a single vote can shape the future of our nation.” The Chief Guest exhorted that the meaning and power of democracy lies in the Adult Franchise, as in democracy, “Government is of the people for the people by the people.” He also presented award to Booth Level Officers, felicitated new voters and administrated the voters’ pledge. MON: In Mon, president of Konyak Union, Manlip Konyak graced the National Voters’ Day as chief guest. He shared about the right to vote and participation in policy making for a stronger democracy. He further
articulated on how to restore democratic value, duties and responsibilities by avoiding unfair means like bogus voting, selling of vote etc. The chief guest also awarded certificates to selected BLOs Deputy Commissioner, Mon, Angau I. Thou, IAS, read out the message of Chief Election Commission of India in the function and also presented key note address. TUENSANG: Tuensang district also celebrated the National Voters’ Day. The programme programme was attended by many new enrolled voters, district administration officers, BLOs and general public. Assistant Commissioner Tuensang C. Shanavas Ummar, IAS, exhorted the public to enjoy the freedom to vote with dignity, which will suffice the meaning of democracy. He initiated felicitation of newly enrolled voters and also gave away the award to the best performing BLOs. ZUNHEBOTO: In commemoration of the day, Zunheboto also organized a programme chaired by Assistant Election Officer Chisho K Swu. The keynote address was presented by Chief Election Commissioner and voters’ pledge was said by ADC Anthony Ngullie. The ADC spoke on the importance of registering as a voter if a person attains 18 years of age, while cautioning against manipulation of age while registering. He also said BLOs have an important role to play in generating awareness to the people of their respective areas on registering as a voter. Six BLOs from Zunheboto district were felicitated. PHEK: National Voters’ Day celebration was held in Phek attended by newly enrolled electors, head of departments, political parties, NGOs, BLOs, ward Chairmen/ GBs in the district. Deputy Commissioner Neposo Theluo in his address as chief guest stated clean electoral roll is very important, for which, he called upon the gathering/ BLOs to be more sensitive while discharging their duties.
Kohima, January 25 (mExn): In view of the Republic Day celebrations in Kohima, the Superintendent of Police, Kohima, Rothihu Tetseo today issued a circular to the media containing details of traffic regulations which will be enforced on January 26, from 6:00am in the state
capital. The traffic regulations, which are part of the security arrangements states that “only vehicles with appropriate car pass will be allowed entry to the Secretariat Plaza.” Furthermore, no vehicle will be allowed to be parked by the roadside from 0600 hours onward from the
BSNL Telephone Exchange till M/S. Classic Island, and from the Raj Bhavan to New Secretariat Complex. The SP informed that the police “will be compelled to tow away any defaulting vehicles on the above mentioned stretch of road and towing charges shall be realized from the defaulters.”
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Kohima, January 25 (mExn): In commemoration of Republic Day 2014, Nagaland government has decided to remit sentences against certain categories of prisoners, who have been convicted by courts (other than Court Martial), having criminal jurisdiction in the state of Nagaland and sentenced to rigorous imprisonment. An order issued by State Home Commissioner Temjen Toy informed that, in exercise of the power conferred by Subsection 1 of Section 432 of the Code Criminal Procedure, 1973 (Act No. 2 of 1974), the Governor of Nagaland has granted remission of sentences to different categories of prisoners, lodged in the jails of Nagaland and outside, apart from whom the sentence is inflicted for an offence against the Order referred to in Sub-section 6 of Section 432 of the said Code passed under any law relating to which the Executive Powers of the
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Union extends. The scale of remission of sentence for different categories will be as specified in the box above. However, the following convicts will not be entitled for the aforesaid remission: Sanjay Kumar and Aseba Sangtam of Central Jail, Dimapur. The remission order will take effect from January 26, 2014. Further, according to the Home Commissioner’s order, the aforesaid remission will not be applicable to the following categories of prisoners: • Prisoners convicted under Foreigners Act • Prisoners convicted under Passport Act • Prisoners convicted under Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act • Prisoners convicted under Section 3 to 10 of Of-
ficial Secrets Act, 1923 • Prisoners convicted under Section 2 to 3 of Criminal Amendment Act, 1961 • Prisoners convicted under Section 121 to 130 of IPC • Prisoners convicted under Section 107/109 of CrPC • Prisoners convicted under Prevention of Corruption Act • Prisoners convicted of rape, attempt to rape or assault on women • Convicted prisoners found violating jail rules and discipline such as threatening/ intimidation/ quarrelling/ beating of fellow prisoners/ staff and smuggling of contraband and prohibited articles • Foreign National convicted under any Acts.
Farewell held for Mukalimi victim at Chekiye Dimapur, January 25 (mExn): Western Sumi Hoho (WSH) organized a brief farewell programme for Nipulo Chishi, who succumbed to his injuries caused during the Mukalimi siege, at Chekiye ground on January 24. Western Sumi Kukami Hoho president, Hokiye said though Nipulo is no more he will be etched in the history of the Sumis. “This son stood up for justice to be delivered to his people. Let this sacrifice be an example to all the Nagas,” he said, adding “Today our land needs justice.” Nagaland Tribes Council representative said that the sacrifice made by Nipulo was against injustice. Central Nagaland Tribal Council representative pointed out that Nipulo died while agitating to
Kohima, January 25 (mExn): “Sharing one’s testimony to the people is the biggest message on earth,” said Rev. Zotuo, pastor, Koinonia Baptist Church, on the eleventh day of the ongoing Transformation Crusade at Local Ground here January 25. Speaking on the life of Paul in the New Testament (1Timothy 1:14-16), Rev. Zotuo said God’s love is true and unchanging and urged the congregation to give their soul to Jesus as “our God is a living God and he never left us while Satan is
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The Chamber of Commerce Mon District in a press release informed that it will conduct regular checks of the rates charged and any violations/irregularities will be brought out for penalization. It also cautioned all the shopkeepers to avoid selling APL and BPL rice. Action will be taken against those found selling the said rice. Further, it stated that digital weighing machine should be available in all the shops, including butcher shops selling pork, beef and buff and fish. If anybody found without digital weighing scale/machine, then action will be taken by Chamber of Commerce, it added. Mobile Top-up, TV recharge and any other things should be sold according to maximum retail price (MRP), the Chamber of Commerce informed. If anybody found charging more than MRP, action will be taken against them, it cautioned.
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MEx FILE NNC approves new president of Lotha region Dimapur, January 25 (mExn): Naga National Council (NNC), under the leadership of Z. Royam Yimchungrii (Acting President) and V. Nagi (General Secretary), has approved and recognized the leadership of Yilow Humtsoe as president of Lotha Regional Council, elected by the Region Election Commission on January 21, 2014 with all procedures and members having voting right. Stating this in a press release, Information & Publicity Wing, NNC informed that the central authority of NNC has congratulated Yilow Humtsoe for being elected the leaders to run the office of the region for five years term. NNC further appealed to all the members of the Lotha Regional Council to support and strengthen the region in the interest of all concerned.
BAN to organize workshop for local businessmen
Dimapur, January 25 (mExn): Business association of Nagas (BAN) in collaboration with Christian Business Mentors council of India (CBMC) is organizing a sixhour workshop to train local businessmen on some “very important and crucial, but easy and simplified methods to manage their business and finances” on February 7. The resource person will be Rev. Johnson Samuel from Mumbai. Therefore, BAN has urged its registered members to avail the benefit. Non registered members can also attend the workshop by getting registered on the day of the workshop. BAN also requested the interested parties to confirm their participation before January 29, 2014 as material will be bought accordingly. For further queries or to confirm participation, call Mar Longkumer (information and publicity BAN) at 8974055990. Time and venue will be let known during confirmation call, BAN said in a press release.
KMK condemns torture of woman in Kohima
Kohima, January 25 (mExn): The Kewhimiapfu Mechu Krotho (KMK) has expressed anguish and resentment over the “inhuman, heinous, and barbaric act” committed on a woman in Kohima on January 17 allegedly by Nganuo Kelhoukreinuo Pienyu along with three men, namely Ruokuokhozo Kiewhuo, Neikielhoulie Chatsu and Ruokuotuo Vimerha. In support of the demand of Chiechama Women Society, KMK in a press release appended by its secretary, Neilhoukieu Solo and president, Khrienguu Kesiezie, has requested the law enforcing agency to bring justice at the earliest.
Kohima Sumi Hoho mourns People gather aound the casket of Nipulo during the farewell programme held at Chekiye on January 24.
safeguard common cause and added “his sacrifice is exalting.” The CNTC said it would fight injustice perpetuated to any of its members as and when called for. Dr. Hotokhu on behalf of the Sumi Aphuyemi Kuqhakulu Dimapur said that the Aphuyemi people will be with Sumis in all good and bad times. “No force can divide the Sumis,” he added. Representatives
from Western Sumi Totimi Hoho, Western Sumi Kukami Hoho, Sumi Officers’ Union Dimapur, Chekiye village and mother of Nipulo also spoke at the programme. ENPO leaders were also present at the programme. WSBAK Executive Secretary Rev Vitoshe Swu said the invocation while Pastor of Chekiye Village Baptist Church said the benediction.
a false and defeated spirit.” According to a press release, speaking among thousands of young and old people present, Rev Zotuo stressed on the secret that one should maintain with the Holy Spirit. Everyone has a secret in different ways, and the bible says one should have a secret with the Holy Spirit, he added. One should maintain the three secrets: Read and meditate the word of God, give and pray without ceasing. “When you maintain these secrets you’ll re-
ceive the reward openly,” he said. Earlier, Neiphizo Kesiezie, who was a follower of Satan for 15 years, shared his testimony to the people, the release stated. Koinonia Baptist Church Praise Team led the praise and worship, while Magdeline, Asst. Pastor FHC led the evening programme. A special prayer was held for the students present. Around 50 people suffering from various sicknesses were healed, the release added.
Kaka D. Iralu
lic day which is March 22, 1956 and had been celebrated every year since 1956? The question that arises in my mind as I ponder this question is: “When the British were ruling in India, did Indians enthusiastically participate in Queen Elizabeth’s birthday celebration which was a national day for the British?” I am sure no Indian citizen who knew their own history and culture ever celebrated the Queen’s birthday with enthusiasm when their country and civilization were under British foreign rule. That thought brings me to the conclusion that the Nagas who have been enthusiastically celebrating India’s Republic day in Nagaland for all these years must have been doing so, because though they are Nagas by blood, they do not know their own Naga history or republic. For the sake of these ignorant Nagas allow me to express a few salient features of our own Naga
Maintain secret with the Holy Spirit: Rev. Zotuo
Chamber of Commerce Mon issues directives mon, January 25 (mExn): Chamber of Commerce Mon has fixed the rates for ferrying/carrying goods on head, loading and unloading of goods by the daily wage labourers in and around Mon Headquarters as seen in box.
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Kohima, January 25 (mExn): The Kohima Sümi Hoho has deeply mourned the untimely demise of Nipulo Chishi, who sustained serious injury at Mukalimi during the NSCN (IM) “flush out” by “Sümi Volunteers”. A condolence message appended by the Hoho president Edward K Zhimomi stated, “He had sacrificed his life for the good cause of Sümis which will remain as an exemplary courage for years to come.” The Hoho further extended deep condolences to the members of the bereaved family.
New bus between Kohima-Ghathashi
Dimapur, January 25 (mExn): For the convenience of public, the NST Department is introducing a new bus between Kohima-Ghathashi EAC (Hq), Kohima district covering route length of 80 KM w.e.f. January 30. The service will ply service No.499 UP and No. 500 DN from Ghathashi to Kohima.
General Officer Commanding greets on Republic Day
Dimapur, January 25 (mExn): On the occasion of 65th Republic Day on January 26, 2014, General Officer Commanding of 3 corps has conveyed his greetings to all ranks of the Army, Ex-servicemen, their families and the people of the states of Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Nagaland, Mizoram, Manipur and Tripura. In a press statement, he urged all to resolve together to uphold and promote the secular, socialist and democratic values enshrined in the Constitution of India and work united for making the country stronger and more prosperous, while hoping the resolve may usher in a new era of peace and happiness. The General Officer Commanding also appreciated and thanked the people of North Eastern states for their whole hearted cooperation in all spheres and assured them that the Army will continue to be people friendly in all spheres. Further, he paid homage to all the “heroes and martyrs, who laid their lives for our today.”
Public SPace Some Thoughts On Indian Republic Day Celebration In Nagaland
ndia is a great republic with an Aryan history stretching three thousand years and a tribal and Dravidian history stretching another 2000 years into the annals of ancient world history. It became a modern Democratic Republic on 26th January, 1950. But prior to this, for more than 200 years, India’s glory and grandeur in world history was trampled under British Colonial rule. Today, after 64 years of self rule, India has once again taken her rightful place as an economic and political giant in modern history. We Nagas also must salute India achievements as it celebrates its 64th Republic day on January 26th, 2014. However as a Naga, I cannot understand why some Nagas have also been enthusiastically celebrating India’s Republic Day every year in Nagaland for the past 50 years. Do these Nagas have no knowledge about their own Repub-
democratic and republic’s history. Not to talk of the Indian invasion of our lands in the mid 1950’s, even prior to the advent of the British in 1832, Naga villages had always existed as Sovereign Independent Democratic Republics. This history of sovereign self rule stretches as far back as A.D. 150 in recorded history. In their ancient history, Nagas have never bowed to any king or kingdom in the world. Far from it, even centuries before the advent of the British, our Naga forefathers had intermittently but relentlessly fought our neighboring kingdoms like the Meite Kingdom, the Ahom kingdom and the Tripuri kingdoms right from the 3rd century to the end of the early 19th century. For all these long centuries, our forefathers courageously defended our territories from any external threat or invasion. As for the mighty British Imperial power, our grandfathers fought them
from 1832 to 1947. In this period, from 1880 to 1947, the British were able to administer their rule over only 30% of Naga territory for 67 years. The rest defied the British power for 115 years- i.e. 1832-1947. Then from 1947 to the present, we Nagas have been defying the Indian and Burmese invasion of our lands for the past 67 years. As for the nature of our republics, it was a purest form of democracy where there was no Kings and subjects, no high or low class, but a classless society of equals having equal land ownership rights and also practicing one of the most efficient legal systems in the whole world. In the light of all these unique political, cultural and legal systems that our traditional republican history has, I just simply cannot understand why some educated Nagas are so enthusiastically celebrating India’s Republic Day in our lands.
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Most shocking and heart touching photographs ever taken A collection of iconic photographs which shocked the world. All these pictures are mere proof, heartbreak of loss, the tremendous power of loyalty and the triumph of the human spirit. Loyalist Militiaman at the Moment of Death by Robert Capa, This Picture by Robert Capa, was taken on september 5, 1936. The person in this picture is identified to be anarchist federico borrell Garcia.
Taken by James Natcheway. This Picture tells the genocide which took place in rwanda. This Hutu man was in one of those concentration camps who was brutally tortured. He then managed to survive once freed.
Taken by Dorothea Lange, The photograph that has become known as â€œMigrant Motherâ€? is one of a series of photographs that Dorothea Lange made of Florence Owens Thompson and her children in February or March of 1936 in Nipomo, California.
Taken by John Filo, May 4 1970. This picture bagged Pulitzer prize for describing the moment of a fourteen year old crying over a body of Jeffrey Muller, who was shot by the Ohio National Guard.
Pele and British captain Bobby Moore trade jerseys in 1970 as a sign of mutual respect during a World Cup that had been marred by racism.
Taken by Elliot Erwitt. Symbolises the apartheid in africa, the discrimination they faced against the oddness.
Taken by Don McCullin. It was in Biafra, almost more than 3 years of war have ruined the lives of more than a million people . He was petrified in seeing the scene of more than 900 children living in a camp almost close to a point of death.
Taken by Mike wells, shows us the hand of an Ugandan Boy holded by a missionary. This image strikes us a reminder about the disparity in this world.
Taken by Lewis W. Hine an American Photographer. It shows the condition of child labor and the hardlives of people in coal mine Located in the south Pittson Pennsylvania.
This Picture shows the reunion of Mother and child. The times of war and how cruel a departure can be to a family.
Again an one during the Vietnam war, shows the atrocity of war and its brutal behavior which is carried over by Humanity.
Taken by Carol Guzy. This is the Picture of a refugee Agim Shala, two years old, who was passed on to the hands of her grandparents at a camp in Albania run by UAE.
Taken by Mads Nissen. This shows a Man distressed with himself after watching the scenes of a 8.0 Size Earthquake hitting the Sichuan Province China.
A 4-month-old baby girl is miraculously rescued from the rubble by soldiers after four days missing following the Japanese tsunami.
Taken bu Oded Balilty. This moving picture winner of pulitzer prize shows us the heroic moment of this woman fighting against those militia. Taken by Claude P. Dettloff. Titled as Wait for me Daddy, is more than an emotional statement on the conditions of war. This kid was seen running away from his mother to his father, Private Jack Bernard. This Picture was made to drive war bonding.
PoW Horace Greasley defiantly confronts Heinrich Himmler during an inspection of the camp he was confined in. Greasley also famously escaped from the camp and snuck back in more than 200 times to meet in secret with a local German girl he had fallen in love with.
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INSPIRATIONAL STORIES, MESSAGES, POEMS & SPIRITUAL EXPERIENCES
COMPASSIONATE RECONCILING JUSTICE Pope Francis: Abortion Is “Horrific,” “Compassionate Reconciling Justice is not simply the opposite of injustice, but it cuts right through erasing and reversing it.”
n today’s world, the idea of justice is confusing, almost chaotic as injustice itself. This is so because everyone has his or her own expectations and demands on what justice should be like and how it should be served. Every tribe and every organization, legal or illegal, comes up with their own demands of justice whenever faced with a situation of injustice. We recently saw how a Kangaroo court ordered the gang rape of a girl for an alleged affair; a few young men executed for molestation and assault on some girls; a divorced woman meting out her own brutal justice; and villagers demanding that the culprits in a crime “be handed over to them” so that they can mete out their own punishment. The examples are numerous. Why do we often find ourselves in such difficult situations? There may be several reasons [or errors in our thinking]. To name a few: (1) We don’t have enough faith in our law and order system to do their job in punishing the guilty. (2) We think there are several concepts of justice coexisting and that ours is the best and most effective (Superiority complex). (3) We think that justice is something which we can see and experience right here, right now (Immediate results-almost Utopian). We think we can put an end to the reign of injustice and serve justice on a plate to our people. We think of justice only as punishment [or revenge], and not as a remedy to solve a problem long term. But what we think is not always right. The first reason is somewhat understandable, although not advisable. The other two are the more dangerous ones.
The Error of Superior Justice. The second error mentioned is that of superiority. As Christians, we are tempted to say that our “Christian-biblical” idea of justice is superior and therefore should be applied to all. After all, if God is the God of all peoples, the justice of God must be the justice of all people. Although I tend to agree with this, we have to be careful as it may lead to dangerous situations of conflicting justices. Following this line, we may even be tempted to think that our Tribal justice is superior to that of the Government. But Romans 13:1 says, “Everyone must obey state authorities, because no authority exists without God’s permission, and the existing authorities have been put there by God” (Good News Bible). So we can conclude that the State gets its authority from God, and therefore has Divine sanction to rule over us. Obedience and submission to
this authority is a spiritual responsibility as Some Useful Virtues in well. our Pursuit of Justice. Love and grace in the Bible is best demonstrated within the framework of justice The Error of Fully-Realised-Justice. As for the third error—(Immediate re- as we see in the passion and the cross of sults and actions to fix all our problems)— Jesus. The great love of God was best disjustice is not something that can happen played in that terrible moment of justice on overnight, rather it is a process. It is not a the cross, symbolizing how love and justice huge mountain standing upright for all to can combine to bring about compassionsee [yet], but rather it is like a slow grow- ate justice. Sometimes, as the situation deing tree. It is not just a good idea, but it is mands, we may be required to sacrifice our more a lifestyle. I believe this is the picture rights and dignities—to be wronged, to be of justice the Bible gives. Right from Genesis blamed—for the cause of God’s Kingdom. It requires grace and love to walk this path. It requires a clear vision of the cross and its glory, where justice guarded in love and mercy. Bible commentators tell us that the right translation for dikaiousune (righteousness) is “compassionate, reconciling justice,” and not “individual righteousness” as we often understand it. This “compassionate-reconciling-justice” is not inward looking but outward. This is a compassionate justice that looks out for the common good and limits greed, reconciles enemies, feeds the hungry and challenges unjust systems in society. It is spiritual because it is social. It is powerful because it is selfless. This compassionate justice is not simply the opposite of injustice, but it cuts right through erasing and reversing it. It is best practiced within the framework of love and grace as displayed on the Cross by Christ. This justice is compassionate because it values the worth of even the evildoer and sees him or her as God’s image bearer within God’s purview of love and grace. Any justice system or practice that violates the person or community, any attitude that excludes and devalues the other in the search of a just society is an act of injustice even if it comes from the best religious system. Therefore, in our passionate pursuit of justice, firstly, we need to see Kedo Peseyie that it is not raw justice, but compasthe stone of justice is rolling, rolling toward sionate and reconciling. Without this, even us and will lead to the final Judgment Day our concept justice will soon turn into inwhen the whole world will face God, where justice itself. Secondly, justice simply put, God’s justice will stand like a full-grown is giving to each person what is due to them. And what is due them—according to the mountain for all to see. But this, of course, does not mean that Sermon on the Mount—is to do unto them we postpone our responsibility to take our what we would want them do unto us. We stance on justice and act accordingly. We give them their due when they are forgivcan learn a better attitude when we apply en and reconciled into the unity and grace wisdom and patience to distinguish be- which Christ has provided for everyone. tween our own idea of fully-realized-justice True justice is done when the sin and injusand God’s justice itself which is rolling in tice is removed, and when the evildoer find tune with God’s purposes for all creation. themselves reconciled to God. Is this compassionate-reconciling-jusWe need to learn to negotiate between them by applying other virtues such as discern- tice too strange? Maybe. But I believe this is what the Kingdom of God is like. ment, love and grace.
Are you suffering from the Jonah syndrome? Dr. Michael Brown
e all know that Jonah was the prophet who tried to run from God’s call. But do you know the reason he tried to run? Jonah was afraid that if he preached repentance to the people of Nineveh, who were Israel’s arch enemies, God would forgive them. In other words, Jonah had a problem with the goodness of God. He would have been much happier if God simply wiped out the people of Nineveh rather than had mercy on them, and he actually complained about this at the end of the book. But as shocking as it is to see the wickedness of Jonah’s heart, many of us are just like him. I call it the Jonah Syndrome, and in times past, it has affected me too. Let me explain exactly what I mean. We see from 2 Kings 14:25 that Jonah had no problem prophesying that the Lord would expand the borders of Israel, but when it came to going to Nineveh, the capital of Assyria, to warn the people that destruction was coming, he looked for a way out, knowing that the Lord was a merciful God and that if the Ninevites repented, God would forgive them. Did Jonah care about his personal reputation, not wanting to look bad if the prophesied judgment didn’t come to pass? That could definitely be part of it. But what we do know is that he had a real problem with the mercy of God. The Scriptures state that after the people repented in sackcloth and ashes, “When God saw what they did, how they turned from their evil way, God relented of the disaster that he had said he would do to them, and he did not do it” (Jonah 3:10). And how did Jonah react? This was the greatest response to any message preached in human history, the greatest altar
call ever given (to put it in contemporary terms). Did Jonah rejoice? Not one bit. In fact, the Word says, “But it displeased Jonah exceedingly, and he was angry” (Jonah 4:1). How remarkable! Jonah was terribly upset that God had mercy on more than 120,000 people. “And he prayed to the LORD and said, ‘O LORD, is not this what I said when I was yet in my country? That is why I made haste to flee to Tarshish; for I knew that you are a gracious God and merciful, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love, and relenting from disaster. Therefore now, O LORD, please take my life from me, for it is better for me to die than to live.’ And the LORD said, ‘Do you do well to be angry?’” (Jonah 4:2-4) But it gets worse. God caused a plant to shelter Jonah from the heat, but then it died quickly, and the prophet got even angrier. The Lord said to him, “You pity the plant, for which you did not labor, nor did you make it grow, which came into being in a night and perished in a night. And should not I pity Nineveh, that great city, in which there are more than 120,000 persons who do not know their right hand from their left, and also much cattle?” (Jonah 4:10-11) You might say, “Well, Jonah’s attitude was miserable, but certainly none of us have attitudes that bad.” Are you sure? Have you ever gone through a church split and found yourself upset because God still blessed the people on the “other side” (of course, the “wrong side” from your perspective)? Have you ever been hurt by a ministry and grumbled when the Lord continued to bless them and even work miracles for them? Have you ever been glad (rather than grieved) to see a colleague fall, as if this vindicated you? (If a brother or sister’s failure is
your success, you do not have the heart of the Lord.) These are all symptoms of the Jonah Syndrome, and the sooner we recognize them, the sooner we can repent and ask the Lord for a transformation of heart. A number of years ago, I was involved in a very difficult split, one which brought pain and confusion to many people, as much as we all tried to avoid it. Yet God sustained both of the entities involved, to our mutual surprise. “Lord, how can you bless those people when they treated us so poorly?” we thought to ourselves. “God, surely you won’t sustain them when they are so wrong in this matter!” those on the other side thought to themselves. Yet the Lord blessed and sustained us both while we struggled to find common ground in order to reconcile. The key that unlocked the door for reconciliation was the recognition that God was for both entities involved in the split, since He cared for both equally, loved the sheep involved in both groups equally, and wanted to bless all of us equally. (It’s also important to realize that none of us are ever perfectly righteous, whichever “side” we are on.) I remember well the night of reconciliation and the hugs and tears and laughs and renewed fellowship, and I remember well how we smiled at one another and said, “I bet you were surprised to see how the Lord came through for us and sustained us!” Yes, both “sides” were surprised to see that the Lord was for both of us. This past week, having received a tremendous amount of criticism from some circles for appearing on Benny Hinn’s TV show, it dawned on me that some of his critics did not rejoice when he reconciled with his wife, while others were upset to learn that he renounced some erroneous teaching more
than 20 years ago. They would rather see him fall than remarry his wife or repent of wrong teaching. Some even told me that his audience would be too spiritually dull to hear the true gospel coming from my lips, a sentiment all too reminiscent of Jonah’s feelings towards the Ninevites. How is this the spirit of Christ? (I shudder to think about some of the comments that will be posted in response to this article, as critics quote verses of judgment that rejoice in the fall of their enemies or that call for divine judgment on the “the wicked.” For my part, I am neither the defender nor the accuser of Benny Hinn’s ministry.) Let’s remember the Lord’s words in the Parable of the Workers in the Vineyard, where he rebukes those who had a problem with the owner’s goodness, asking, “Are you envious because I am generous?” (Matthew 20:15) And let’s remember the words of Jacob (James), that “judgment without mercy will be shown to anyone who has not been merciful. Mercy triumphs over judgment!” (Jam 2:13) As we have received mercy, let us show mercy, never forgetting there are not different “camps” or “sides” in the Body of Christ – even if we use those terms descriptively – but just one family with one Father, and He desires to do good to all his children. Can we share his heart? (Some of this article was adapted from Authentic Fire: A Response to John MacArthur’s Strange Fire. Michael Brown is author of Hyper-Grace: Exposing the Dangers of the Modern Grace Message and host of the nationally syndicated talk radio show The Line of Fire on the Salem Radio Network. He is also president of FIRE School of Ministry and director of the Coalition of Conscience.
Part of a “Throwaway Culture”
ope Francis spoke his strongest words yet against the moral behavior of individuals, particularly abortion, during a speech on Monday to the Vatican diplomatic corps. According to USA Today, Francis called abortion “horrific,” part of our current “throwaway culture” that wastes human life as quickly as it wastes food. “It is frightful even to think that there are children, victims of abortion, who will never see the light of day,” Francis said. Father Alistair Sear, a retired church historian, said Francis is a man of firm opinion. “Nobody would say [Francis] shies away from controversy, but he is making a point of making strong statements on many of the modern church’s hot-button issues,” Sear said. “This is the pope’s role, to protect human
life and help explain and spread the church’s long-held beliefs,” said Antonio Buzzanti, 55, a maintenance worker at a church just beyond the walls of the Vatican City. Rosa Sella, 40, a Rome office manager, agreed: “If this is the first time he has used this kind of language then I am surprised,” she said. “But I am not surprised he said this. It’s the teaching of the church.” These words are much harsher than the language Francis first used when talking about moral issues, telling an Italian Jesuit magazine reporter that the church should move beyond its “obsession” with polarizing issues like abortion and homosexuality and embrace mercy versus condemnation. Some more conservative Catholics wonder if the pope is preparing to make a change to the church’s teachings on abortion.
Rich Birch | ChurchLeaders
cops to not bother him. Those simple acts of kindness spoke loudly to him … he would slow down and explain how people helped him in detail. How can I perform acts of simple kindness next time I see homeless people rather than just walking by? 4. New Jersey is a divided state. I live in one of the most economically divided states in the country. We have campuses that are in communities amongst some of the wealthiest in the country and at the same time poverty is at a 52 year high in my home state. Over that last five years, the poor have gotten poorer while the rich have continued to reach new heights. How does our church respond to an increasingly economically divided community? 5. Homelessness = violence. Some of the stories that David told about life on the streets included horrific violence … people being set on fire, being slashed with box cutters, battery acid being splashed on people, being shot … but what was more unnerving was he spoke about this violence in a matter of fact manner. Violence is a constant companion to people living on the streets. What is it about our culture that lashes out in violence toward some of the weakest amongst us? 6. I am clueless about poverty. I’ve never considered myself to have any level of significant understanding when it comes to poverty in our country, but after spending this time with David, I felt profoundly stupid when it comes to this issue. How am I called to respond to poverty that is within the reach of my family? Rich serves as Operations Pastor at Liquid Church in the Manhattan facing suburbs of New Jersey. He blogs at UnSeminary.com and is a sought after speaker and consultant on multisite, pastoral productivity and communications.
Let this homeless survivor teach you 6 powerful lessons
oday’s post is more personal than what I normally write here … I’m attempting to understand something that happened to me last weekend when I had the honor of hosting David as he visited one of our campuses. David is a survivor of homelessness after having lived on the streets of New Jersey for over 12 years. He was a part of a special service we hosted where we highlighted the work of the New York City Relief Bus … a fantastic organization that our church partners with. I’m still trying to process everything I learned from my time with him. Here are a few lessons that I’m chewing on … 1. Slow down and listen. It’s amazing what you hear when you slow down and listen to a person just tell their story. On our first evening together, David literally talked for hours about his life, starting with when he was in a school play in the fifth grade through his experience of being shot and living on the streets for 12 years, to getting sober and getting off the streets. Why don’t I slow down to listen more? 2. Miracles still happen. Listening to David tell his story was awe inspiring. God still shows up in massive ways and chooses to step in and directly intervene in the human story. It was my privilege to listen to his story and how God moved in some dramatic ways. What does it say about my faith that stories of God stepping in and saving the day are the exception and not the rule? 3. Simple stuff matters. Over the 12 years that David was the on the street, there were times when people acted out in simple ways to help him … giving him a pair of clean socks, providing a few extra bowls of soup, people telling the
Demon Possession: The new confession of modern youth
don’t listen to secular radio. I haven’t listened to secular radio on purpose since I was saved and tossed thousands of dollars of secular CDs in the garbage. As dark as secular music was back then, mainstream music has taken on a whole new level of demonic influence, as popular radio songs work to get our youth to confess they are demon-inspired, if not demon possessed. This revelation came as I was driving across the state of Florida with my teenaged daughter recently and decided to take a listen to what type of music today’s youth finds appealing. I heard the typical Miley Cyrus and Katy Perry hits that were hardly wholesome but not especially wicked. But I also heard tunes from “artists” like Eminem, Rihanna and Imagine Dragons that shocked me. Consider the hook in Eminem’s “The Monster,” which features Rihanna: “I’m friends with the monster that’s under my bed/Get along with the voices inside of my head/You’re trying to save me, stop holding your breath/And you think I’m crazy, yeah, you think I’m crazy.” Then there’s Imagine Dragons, with its “Demons” hit that talks about the “beast inside” and proclaims, “No matter what we breed/We still are made of greed/This is my kingdom come/This is my kingdom come,” and then goes on to declare, “When you feel my heat/Look into my eyes/It’s where my demons hide/It’s where my demons hide/Don’t get too close/It’s dark inside/It’s where my demons hide/It’s where my demons hide.” And this is what much of today’s youth are listening to—rock stars confessing and glorifying their struggles with voices in their heads and demons in their souls. Even church kids are listening to this demon-inspired drivel, singing right along with Rihanna and Imagine Dragons, agreeing they have voices in their heads and demons in their souls when they should be agreeing with the voice of God and the Holy Spirit about who He is. You might say to me, “Jennifer, this is nothing new.” Maybe not. But the beats and lyrics of modern secular music are growing darker. We’ve moved from “Amaz-
ing grace, how sweet the sound” to Electric Hellfire Club with songs like “Kiss the Goat.” I know there’s plenty of satanic underground heavy metal music that never makes it onto the radio, but clearly Satan, who once led worship in heaven, or his demons are dropping lyrics in the minds of pop stars who have a mainstream radio platform. The key word is mainstream. This isn’t some dark underground music I’m talking about. These are top hits. What’s the danger? According to an Illinois State University study, male undergraduates behaved with more hostility toward women and were more likely to view aggressive behavior positively after viewing music videos that featured violent acts. And an Emory University study reveals black girls between 14 and 18 who viewed hardcore rap videos for 14 hours a week or more were 3 times more likely to hit a teacher, 2.5 times more likely to get arrested and 1.5 times more likely to get a sexually transmitted disease, use drugs or drink alcohol. Of course, there’s no particular study about what happens to teens who confess there are voices inside their heads and demons hiding inside them. But a spiritually minded person can connect the dots, and the final picture is disturbing. The power of death and life are in the tongue (Prov. 18:21). A generation of youth is confessing insanity and demon-possession over their lives. Again, you’re probably saying, “Jennifer, this is nothing new.” Maybe not. And maybe there’s nothing we can do to stop today’s youth from confessing they have voices inside of their head and demons inside while they are riding in the car with their friends or even sitting in their rooms with an iPod and headphones, blaring the demonic messages in their ears. But that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t be vigilant. That doesn’t mean we shouldn’t teach our youth the spiritual implications of singing along with their favorite heathen rapper. That doesn’t mean we should allow it in our homes and cars. That doesn’t mean we should bury our heads in the sand while a generation of youth is confessing demon possession and insanity, does it? (Jennifer LeClaire is news editor at Charisma. She is also the author of several books, including The Making of a Prophet.)
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Sunday 26 January 2014
Constitution does not stop CM from protesting: Kejriwal
NEW DElhi, JaNuary 25 (PTi): Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal, who faced flak for his protest in the heart of the capital, today said the Constitution does not prevent the chief minister from holding a dharna. “I read the Constitution, couldn’t find anywhere that a chief minister cannot hold ‘dharna’,” he said on criticism to his two-day dharna outside Rail Bhavan. He also charged that “the media was aligned with one party or the other and was doing negative stories on AAP.” Kejriwal’s role in leading a protest while holding constitutional office has come under the scrutiny of the Supreme Court which yesterday slammed law enforcing agencies for allowing unlawful assembly of supporters of the chief minister in the heart of national capital. In his Republic Day address at Chhatrasal Stadium here, the Delhi chief minister said the Jan Lokpal Bill is almost ready and will be passed at a special session in Ramlila Maidan in February. Holding that security of women in the national capital is “highly compromised”, he said the government has formed a committee under the chief secretary for the formation of ‘Mahila Suraksha Dal’ in the city. “Security of women in the national capital is highly compromised. It is our utmost duty and priority to provide security to women. We have formed a committee under the chief secretary for formation of Mahila Suraksha Dal,” he said. He said that it may not have powers like the police but the force will work like security guards stationed outside buildings and housing societies. “They will provide security to women. We will have retired army personnel, police and home guards as members of suraksha dal,” he said. Kejriwal also said the committee under the chief secretary will make provisions to ensure that rapists are sent to jail within 3 to 6 months.
We have failed to prevent crimes like rape: Bengal Guv
KolKaTa, JaNuary 25 (iaNS): In the wake of the gruesome gang rape of a tribal woman allegedly at the behest of a kangaroo court, West Bengal Governor M.K. Narayanan Saturday admitted that the administration has failed to prevent such crimes. “The most important thing is to prevent them (rapes), but unfortunately we have not been able to,” Narayanan said, reacting to the incident which has created nationwide uproar. While the Mamata Banerjee-led Trinamool Congress government has been facing flak over its handling of the matter, the governor sought to defend it saying “the government has taken adequate steps”. Narayanan also reiterated his demand for inflicting “corporal punishment” on the 13 culprits now behind bars and said there was no place for kangaroo or other self-styled courts under the law. The 20-year-old tribal woman was repeatedly brutalised by over a dozen men on the orders of the village headman after she was found “guilty of having an affair with a man outside her community”. The incident happened Monday night in Birbhum district’s Subalpur village. While the man, a married mason older than the tribal woman, was let off on payment of a fine, the woman and her family pleaded that the fine amount was too large and they could not afford to pay it. The state, of late, has witnessed a spate of crimes against women, including several cases of gang rape and murder.
Rickshaw puller inaugurates renovated Delhi hospital
NEW DElhi, JaNuary 25 (iaNS): A 60-year-old rickshaw puller, resident of a slum in the Connaught Place area, Saturday inaugurated a renovated hospital in central Delhi in the presence of Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal. Bijay Baba inaugurated the renovated Palika Maternity Hospital in Lodhi Colony after Kejriwal called him Friday night and asked him to do the honours. “This is a matter of great respect and dignity that a rickshaw puller has been chosen to inaugurate a hospital,” Bijay Baba said after inaugurating the hospital. “I have always seen MLAs and MPs coming with their bodyguards to inaugurate hospitals and malls, but only in the AAP government can people like us hope to get such respect,” Baba told IANS. “AAP just wants to make common people feel that their role is important for society,” a Delhi government official told IANS. Kejriwal, on this occasion, said that to achieve the objective of round-the-clock maternity and child welfare services, the strength of the beds at the hospital had been increased from 30 to 65 and upgraded facilities were made available. The renovated maternity hospital will also offer laboratory services and immunisation and distribute drugs free of cost.
Populist anarchy cannot be substitute for governance: Prez
NEW DElhi, JaNuary 25 (iaNS): Calling for a stable government after the Lok Sabha elections this year, President Pranab Mukherjee Saturday said a “fractured government” could be catastrophic and “populist anarchy” cannot be a substitute for governance. “Elections do not give any person the licence to flirt with illusions. Those who seek the trust of voters must promise only what is possible. Government is not a charity shop,” the president said in his customary address to the nation on the eve of Republic Day. “Populist anarchy cannot be a substitute for governance,” he elaborated. “False promises lead to disillusionment, which gives birth to rage, and that rage has one legitimate target: those in power.” The president did not name any individual or party but his allusion to the week’s political storm in the capital, during which Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal pompously declared “I’m an anarchist”, was not lost on anyone. “The aspirational young Indian will not forgive a betrayal of her future. Those in office must eliminate the trust deficit between them and the people. Those in politics should understand that every election comes with a warning sign: perform, or perish,” the president said in carefully chosen words in his address. The president said corruption was a cancer that erodes democracy and weakens foundations
Corruption is cancer, says President
NEW DElhi, JaNuary 25 (iaNS): President Pranab Mukherjee Saturday said that corruption was a cancer and noted that fault lines in democracy were handiwork of those who had made power a gateway to greed. In his address on the eve of Republic Day, the president said that democracy has never been betrayed by people. “Some cynics may scoff at
of the state. Terming 2014 as “precipice moment” in the country’s history, he said people must rediscover the sense of national purpose and patriotism. The president’s concern for the country’s political future was evident in the sentiments expressed. “This year, we will witness the 16th general election to our Lok Sabha. A fractured government, hostage to whimsical opportunists, is always an unhappy eventuality. In 2014, it could be catastrophic. Each one of us is a voter; each one of us has a deep responsibility; we cannot let India down. It is time for introspection and action,” the president said. He said the youth can transform villages and cities to 21st century standards. “Give them a chance and you will marvel at the India they can create. This chance will not come if India does not get a stable government,” the presi-
our commitment to democracy but our democracy has never been betrayed by the people; its fault-lines, where they exist, are the handiwork of those who have made power a gateway to greed,” he said. He said people feel angry, “and rightly so”, when they see democratic institutions being weakened by complacency and incompetence. “If we hear sometimes an an-
dent said. He said “rise of hypocrisy in public life” was dangerous. He said the rage will abate only when governments deliver social and economic progress “not at a snail’s pace, but with the speed of a racehorse”. The president said there will be a new government before his address next year and problems of the country will not disappear overnight. “Who wins the coming election is less important than the fact that whosoever wins must have an undiluted commitment to stability, honesty, and the development of India. We live in a turbulent part of the world where factors of instability have grown in the recent past,” the president said. He said communal forces and terrorists will still seek to destabilize the country but they will never win. “Mavericks who question the integrity of our armed
them of despair from the street, it is because people feel that a sacred trust is being violated,” he said. “Corruption is a cancer that erodes democracy, and weakens the foundations of our state. If Indians are enraged, it is because they are witnessing corruption and waste of national resources. If governments do not remove these flaws, voters will remove governments,” he added.
services are irresponsible and should find no place in public life,” the president said. He said fault lines in democracy were handiwork of those “who have made power a gateway to greed”. “If Indians are enraged, it is because they are witnessing corruption and waste of national resources. If governments do not remove these flaws, voters will remove governments,” he said. The president said he was not a cynic and democracy had marvellous ability to “self-correct... and 2014 must become a year of healing after the fractured and contentious politics of the last few years”. “I am sure 2014 will be the year of resurgence,” he said and noted that India can become an example to the world. Referring to the slowdown of economy in the last two years, the president said that it can be some cause of concern but none for
despair. “The green shoots of revival are already visible. The agricultural growth in the first half of this year has touched 3.6 percent and rural economy is buoyant,” he said. The president said that promise of India has sometimes been mislaid by misfortune and at other times by complacence and weakness. “Destiny has given us another opportunity to recover what we have lost. We will have no one to blame but ourselves if we falter,” the president said. The president said “passions were rising over whether we should have smaller states” and noted that the debate on the issue should conform to democratic norms. “The politics of divide and rule has extracted a heavy price on our subcontinent. If we do not work together, nothing ever will work,” he said. Noting that India must find its own solutions to its problems, the president said the country should not indulge in easy option of mindless imitation. “India has the intellectual prowess, the human resource and financial capital to shape a glorious future. We possess a dynamic civil society with an innovative mindset. Our people, whether in villages or cities, share a vibrant, unique consciousness and culture. Our finest assets are human,” he said. Calling for focus on quality of education, he said “we must usher in an education revolution that becomes a launching pad for national resurgence”.
India, Japan coming together can do wonders: Shinzo Abe
NEW DElhi, JaNuary 25 (iaNS): Pitching for closer cooperation between India and Japan, visiting Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe Saturday said the two countries coming together has great transformational potential. “A strong India and a strong Japan coming together can do wonders,” Abe told a gathering of business leaders of both countries at a session here organised jointly by industry chambers FICCI, CII and Assocham. “I am confident of the tremendous potential of cooperation between our two nations,” he added. The Japanese prime minister is on a three-day visit to India. He is accompanied by heads from companies like Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Sumitomo Chemicals, Toshiba Corporation, Mitsui, Daiichi Sankyo, Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi, East Japan Railway Company and Hitachi among others. Abe said the Japanese
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh shake hand as they exchange signed agreements during a meeting in New Delhi, India, Saturday, Jan. 25, 2014. Abe arrived Saturday on a three-day official visit to India and will also be the Chief Guest on India’s Republic Day parade, celebrated on Jan. 26. (AP Photo
industry has a “lot of things is one area, especially in many new medicines,” he Japan has a lot of agriculto offer that can help In- tackling life-threatening said. “India is primarily an ture-related technology dia”. “Medical technology diseases. There are also agricultural country and for cooperation.
‘Biggest’ global hacking network busted NEW DElhi, JaNuary 25 (TNN): In what is being termed as the biggest international hacking scandal, possibly involving corporates, associations and big individuals, coordinated raids were conducted by investigative agencies in India, China and Romania, on the basis of intelligence from Federal Bureau of Investigation about the “organised hacking” happening in three countries and others. In India, the Central Bureau of Investigation conducted raids at four places including Mumbai, Pune and Ghaziabad and arrested the alleged mastermind hacker in India - Amit Vikram Tiwari (31), son of a former army colonel, said sources. Interestingly, the controversial cricket league - Indian Premier League - is back in news again with the hacking scandal. According to highly placed sources, people connected to the IPL had approached Tiwari for hacking into some accounts but they reportedly had a dispute over money after which work was not reportedly completed. CBI is investigating the IPL connection with the hacking. Officials refused to divulge details but hinted that some people associated with the tournament wanted high-level hacking done. The primary investigations have revealed that corporates, individuals and even companies - “the clients” - had approached
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the hackers either for marriage disputes related issues or commercial purposes, which sources described as “corporate rivalry”. It is suspected that Amit Vikram Tiwari is main hacker in India but he was in touch with people abroad and master-hackers are based somewhere else. Sources also said that most of clients who approached Tiwari for hacking into email accounts and websites were foreigners. All possibilities -- national security, corporate hacking, financial fraud and hacking into government departments and secret units, are being probed by CBI in coordination with FBI. Officials say that 900 email accounts were hacked between February 2011 and February 2013 by international hackers including Tiwari and 171 accounts out of these belonged to Indians. “It has been alleged that a number of internet websites advertised that the website operators could get access to email account in exchange for a fee varying from $250 to $500. The customers desirous to get unauthorized access, submitted e-mail accounts to these websites. Upon receipt of the order, as well as the e-mail addresses, the website operators gained access to such e-mail accounts and sent a proof of such access to the customers. On receipt of payment from Customers these
website operators shared the password with the customers,” said CBI Spokesperson Kanchan Prasad. CBI has booked Tiwari and unknown hackers for criminal conspiracy, theft of information and Section 66 of Information Technology Act. Sources say that payments were being received by hackers through western union money transfer and web-payment portal paypal.com. What has baffled investigators is that FBI tracking the scandal. It is being suspected that some accounts related to United States government and big corporates there were also hacked after which FBI tracked the hosting sites, used for hacking, in India, China and Romania. In India, Tiwari and his fellow hackers were using two primary websites - and from Pune. CBI Director Ranjit Sinha said that this was part of an international law enforcement operation and CBI had registered two FIRs against suspect operators of hacking websites. “The operation is product of an international investigation coordinated by Federal Bureau of Investigation, Department of Combating Organised Crime (DCCO) of Romania, CBI and the Ministry of Public Security (MPS) of China and raids in three countries were carried out simultaneously,” said Sinha. The FBI officials had been reportedly having regular meet-
ings with CBI in New Delhi over past few months and a preliminary enquiry was registered last month itself and it was decided that coordinated raids would be conducted in all the countries. FBI has launched major operation against hackers located globally last year as part of which Romanian authorities have arrested a hacker known as ‘Guccifer’ on Thursday who was infamous for hacking into accounts of powerful leaders. It is alleged that Guccifer leaked online Colin Powell’s personal emails, an unreleased script of Downton Abbey, and the paintings of George W Bush. CBI sources say they had no information about arrests made in Romania and China as it was the domain of authorities in those countries and it was only concerned with the probe in India. CBI officials, after arresting Tiwari from Pune, were bringing him to Delhi for interrogation. He has initially given some inputs about his clients and people whose accounts were hacked. Agency has recovered his computers, laptop and hard-drives for retrieving the data. Sources say that Tiwari, who had reportedly done his engineering from Pune, had been arrested in 2003 as well for trying to defraud a Mumbai based credit card processing company. Mumbai Police had arrested him for the scandal.
“Seventy percent of India’s power is generated from thermal sources. Japan has the most efficient technology to reduce carbon dioxide emissions by 20 percent,” he added. Japan is currently involved in various projects aimed at revamping India’s infrastructure and building high-speed railway connections and industrial corridors between the cities of Delhi, Mumbai, Bangalore and Chennai. Pointing out that Japanese companies visiting India possess stateof-the-art technologies, Abe said the “high-speed railway is one area where we can contribute”. The two countries last year signed an agreement to undertake a joint feasibility study of a highspeed railway system on the Mumbai-Ahmedabad route. “Not only does India require Japan, but also Japan requires India, particularly for its human resources,” the Japanese prime minister said.
Developed cancer drug for ‘western patients’ who could afford, not ‘for Indians’
NEW DElhi, JaNuary 25 (aFP): GlobBut Dekkers added in the written comal medical charity Medecins Sans Frontieres ments he had been “particularly frustrated” slammed on Friday a statement by Bayer’s by the Indian regulator’s decision, which chief executive that the giant German firm marked the first time a so-called compulsory only developed its cancer drug Nexavar for licence of a patented drug had been awardpeople who could afford the medicine, not “for ed in India. Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) said on Friday Indians”. India’s conthat the Bayer troller general of chief ’s remarks summed up “evpatents angered erything that is Bayer in March wrong” with the 2012 when he multinational authorized a lopharmaceutical cal drugmaker to industry. produce a generic “Bayer is efcopy of Nexavar, fectively admitsaying the Gerting the drugs man company they develop are charged a price deliberately gothat was too costing to be rationed ly for most Indito the wealthiest ans. “We did not “We did not develop this medicine (Nexavar) for Indi- patients,” Manica Balasegaram, exdevelop this ans,” Marijn Dekkers. ecutive director medicine (Nexavar) for Indians,” Marijn Dekkers said at a of MSF’s Access Campaign, said. The medical little reported pharmaceutical forum last charity said big pharmaceutical companies month, according to the January 21st edition believe “research and development (R&D) can of Businessweek. “We developed it for west- only be rewarded by a patent and through high ern patients who can afford it,” Dekkers said, prices to recoup the R&D costs. “Those who and called the Indian regulator’s action “es- can’t afford to pay are basically cut out of the system,” Balasegaram said. sentially theft”. The Indian government gave local pharBayer said the statements attributed to Dekkers were accurate and forwarded written maceutical house Natco Pharma a licence to comments made later by the German chief ex- produce a copy of Nexavar, used to treat liver ecutive seeking to explain his remarks. Dekkers and kidney cancer, at a 97% discount to the said the comment had been a “quick response” original selling price of the Bayer product in at the industry forum to the Nexavar issue and India. Global drugmakers say India’s poweradded Bayer wants “all people to share the house generics industry and strict patent filfruits of medical progress regardless of their tering reduce commercial incentives to produce cutting-edge medicines. origins or income”.
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Egypt Revolution battered on 3 anniversary CAIRO, JAnuARy 25 (AP): As Egyptians mark the third anniversary of their spectacular revolt against autocrat Hosni Mubarak in the name of democracy on Saturday, there has been a powerful sign of the country’s stunning reversals since: letters of despair by some of the prominent activists who helped lead the uprising, leaked from the prisons where they are now jailed. The letters show a battered spirit, no longer speaking of imminent democracy, but of injustices and a failed struggle that they say has been robbed repeatedly. “What adds to my feeling of oppression is that I feel this particular lock up has no value. This is not struggle, and there is no revolution,” wrote Alaa Abdel-Fattah, one of the most prominent figures in the 2011 uprising. He was jailed several times in the past and was taken back into detention in November for calling for protests against Egypt’s current, military-backed government. The 18-day uprising launched on Jan. 25, 2011, rode on hopes for dramatic change in a country long ruled by an iron grip — for an end to corruption and police power, for freedoms of speech and political rights and for greater economic equality. Those hopes went largely unfulfilled in the ensuing political roller coaster, as a council of generals
took power for nearly 17 months after Mubarak’s removal, and a string of elections brought Islamists to political dominance. Their rise was crowned by the 2012 election of the Muslim Brotherhood’s Mohammed Morsi as president. Now the “Jan. 25 Revolution” has been swallowed up by another mass movement: The “June 30 Revolution,” named for the giant wave of protests starting on that date in 2013 against Morsi. It erupted after many Egyptians became convinced he
and his Brotherhood had violated the dream of an inclusive, democratic Egypt. The millions in the street prompted the military to remove Morsi within days. The demand of the June 30 revolt has become to restore stability, bringing together a military-backed government, the powerful police agencies and a broad sector of the public determined to crush Islamists they believe conspired to wreck the nation and change its identity. Security forces have arrested thousands of
Brotherhood supporters and killed hundreds. At the same time, the Brotherhood and its Islamist allies have adamantly stuck to a campaign of protests demanding Morsi’s reinstatement — a virtually impossible goal that the group vows it is willing to risk destruction to achieve. A campaign of violence by Islamic militants, apparently a backlash to the removal of the first Islamist leader of the Arab world’s largest country, has only heightened the public fears
fueling the June 30 movement. A string of bombings against police on Friday, particularly a dramatic truck bombing that smashed Cairo’s main security headquarters, killed six people and intensified a public backlash against the Brotherhood. Police and angry residents clashed with Brotherhood protesters around the country, leaving 14 more dead. Both sides are determined to use Saturday’s commemoration. The Brotherhood wants to
KInShASA, JAnuARy 25 (AFP): The United Nations on Friday called for continued support for the strife-torn eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, amid fears that aid efforts risked being overshadowed by the crises in Syria and the Central African Republic. “We would like to advocate for the situation in the eastern DRC to remain on the international agenda and to get the attention that
it needs,” said Yoka Brandt, deputy executive director of the UN’s children agency UNICEF. “This should not be a forgotten crisis.” Brandt was speaking at a joint press conference in Kinshasa with the UN refugee agency and the UN’s World Food Programme following a visit to the country’s restive east. “We are very much aware that we are dealing with an international context were
resources are constrained,” Brandt said, in a reference to the urgent humanitarian needs in DR Congo’s neighbouring countries South Sudan and the Central African Republic, as well as in war-torn Syria. Eastern parts of DR Congo have been wracked by violence for nearly 20 years. Following an offensive by the national army backed by a special UN brigade, the powerful M23 reb-
el group laid down its arms in November, in a significant victory for the government. But several dozen armed movements -- community-based militias, army defectors and rebel forces, both native to the DR Congo and from neighbouring Rwanda and Uganda -- remain highly active in the east and are often involved in the struggle to control its rich mineral resources.
In December, the UN’s intervention force, whose mission is to neutralise all the armed groups active in the impoverished country, boosted its presence in the area with the aim of taking back land seized by various militia. According to the UN, 2.9 million people are currently displaced by conflict in the DR Congo, including 1.1 million in the eastern province of North Kivu alone.
Egyptians hold national flags during a rally in Tahrir Square, in Cairo, Egypt, on Saturday, January 25. Egyptian riot police have fired tear gas to disperse hundreds of supporters of ousted Islamist President Mohammed Morsi protesting as the country marks the third anniversary of the 2011 uprising, as supporters of the military gathered in rival rallies in other parts of the capital, many of them urging military chief Gen. Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi, the man who removed Morsi, to run for president. (AP Photo)
build momentum for its protests, which have dwindled under the crackdown. Supporters of the military are coming out to urge the head of the military, Gen. Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi, to run for president in elections this year and save a country they describe as in a state of war. The activists behind the 2011 uprising are squeezed between them— as they have been from the start. The authorities’ campaign against terror has expanded into arrests of others showing dissent. Secular critics of the government are branded in the media as traitors and Brotherhood sympathizers at worst. “For the second time since the fall of Mubarak in February 2011, a government is in power with little apparent inclination to limit itself by respecting basic rights,” Human Rights Watch said in its annual report released earlier this week, referring to abuses by both Morsi’s government and its successor. The government shrugs off criticism, saying it is intent on pursuing democracy while stressing it is waging a war on terrorist groups. This month, it pushed a revised constitution through to adoption in a public referendum. Ostensibly more liberal-leaning than the previous one adopted under Morsi, it upholds equality for women and Egypt’s Christians and
guarantees political rights, but entrenches the power of the military as an institution above oversight. “We are continuing our march to the future,” presidential adviser Mostafa Hegazy told a press conference Tuesday. “As much as you’ve seen clockwork when it comes to the constitution, you’ll be seeing clockwork when it comes to the presidential and parliamentary elections” expected by this summer. The youth groups at the heart of the Jan.25 uprising are in disarray. A few continue protests calling for more freedoms. Other groups are abstaining, refusing to join ranks with Islamists. For Abdel-Fattah, the activist and blogger arrested from his home in a night raid in November, his latest imprisonment was a sign of the “miserable” state of their revolt. In a letter to his two sisters, also activists, published by one of them earlier this week, he says he spends most of his day in solitary confinement. Ahmed Maher, founder of the April 6 movement that led protests against Mubarak before and during the 2011 uprising, wrote to his children a letter published on the group’s website. He is serving a threeyear sentence for violated a law enacted in November that virtually bans protests. “I don’t know, kids, why I am in prison?” he wrote. “I didn’t steal. I didn’t kill or rob the country like Mubarak
and his cronies did. I didn’t kill protesters and I was not a police officer who tortured people. You will hear in the media one day that your dad is a traitor, an agent who receives money and you will study in history that your dad had a prime role in the January 25 ‘setback’. That is what they call it now.” “Everything collapsed,” he wrote. “And instead of your generation reaping the fruits of Jan.25, it is now up to you to start anew after Jan. 25 was exterminated.” Still, Jan. 25 earned many a voice they say they are not ready to give up. “When the revolution happened, I felt that the country was mine. I felt my value,” said Ayman Hegazy. “We were men when we stood up to injustice.” The 32-year-old sports a beard typical of ultraconservative Salafi Islamists but is a moderate, critical of the Brotherhood, the military and the Mubarak era. He survived one notorious disaster of the Mubarak era — a giant rockslide that crushed homes in Cairo’s Dweika slum in 2008, killing dozens. During the 2011 uprising, he was injured in clashes with police and Mubarak loyalists, then jailed for a month after clashes with police under military rule later that year. Now living in new government housing in Dweika, he runs a popular committee set up after the revolution to fight corrupt local officials and demand services.
KuALA LuMPuR, JAnuARy 25 (AP): The Philippine government and the country’s largest Muslim rebel group completed talks Saturday on a deal to end four decades of fighting that has killed tens of thousands of people and helped foster Islamic extremism in Southeast Asia. The accord between Filipino negotiators and the rebel Moro Islamic Liberation Front calls for Muslim selfrule in parts of the southern Philippines in exchange for the deactivation of the rebel force. Military presence in the proposed autonomous region would be restricted. Much now will depend on how the accord is enforced, in particular whether the 11,000-strong rebel forces are able to maintain security in areas they would come under their control. At least four other smaller Muslim rebel groups are still fighting Manila’s rule in the southern Mindanao region, and could act as spoilers. Officials from both sides announced the conclusion of talks in Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia, which has brokered the years-long negoti-
ations. The accord and three other pacts signed last year make up a final peace agreement that is to be signed in the Philippine capital, Manila, possibly next month, presidential spokesman Edwin Lacierda said. “This will give the just and lasting peace that our brothers in Mindanao are seeking.” said Lacierda, referring to the volatile southern region and homeland of minority Muslims in the predominantly Roman Catholic nation. Government negotiators, some teary-eyed, embraced each other after the conclusion of the talks. Chief government negotiator Miriam Ferrer hailed the progress and said “good luck to everyone on the next stage, the implementation stage.” Saturday’s accord marks the most significant prog-
ress during 13 years of onand-off negotiations with the Moro fighters to tame a tenacious insurgency that has left more than 120,000 people dead and derailed development in Muslimpopulated southern regions that are among the most destitute in the Philippines. The US and other Western governments have supported the talks, worried that rebel strongholds could become breeding grounds for al-Qaida-linked extremists who have sought sanctuary in the region in the past. Under the peace deal, the Moro insurgents agreed to end violence in exchange for broader autonomy. An existing 5-province Muslim autonomous region is to be replaced by a more powerful, better-funded and potentially larger region to be called Bangsamoro.
United Nations urges world not to forget ‘crisis’ in DRC Philippines, rebels clinch peace deal
Myanmar armed groups agree to sign ceasefire pact
yAngOn, JAnuARy 25 (IAnS): The six-day second conference of leaders of 17 ethnic armed groups in Myanmar ended in Law Khee Lar in southeastern Kayin state Saturday with the participants agreeing to sign a ceasefire accord with the government, according to a conference statement reaching here. Law Khee Lar, also known as Laywa, is an area controlled by the Kayin National Union (KNU). The leaders of the ethnic armed groups agreed in principle to the government’s framework proposal of “first ceasefire, then political dialogue” to achieve domestic peace and put forward the demand for political dialogue in their draft nation-
al ceasefire accord (NCA), Xinhua reported. The Law Khee Lar conference is the advance preparedness for holding a series of political dialogues after the ceasefire accord is signed, said the statement. The ethnic armed groups need to participate in the political dialogue in unison and to strive for establishment of a genuine federal union, it added. The conference, chaired by KNU chairman Saw Mutu Sae Phoe, that began Monday, was a follow-up of an earlier conference held in Laiza in northernmost Kachin state in October-November 2013, in which the ethnic leaders signed an 11-point framework agreement of their own.
The framework had been presented in the first round of talks with the government in November in Myitgyina, capital of Kachin state, for making a nationwide ceasefire deal. The Law Khee Lar conference will be followed by a second round of talks between the government’s Central Peace-Making Work Committee and the ethnic armed groups’ Nationwide Cease-fire Coordination Team (NCCT). The talks, originally scheduled for late January in Pha-an, the capital of Kayin state, have been put off and are expected to be held in the last week of February. During last November’s Myitgyina talks, in addition to the presentation of the eth-
nic armed groups’ 11-point ceasefire framework reached in Laiza, the government’s Central PeaceMaking Work Committee also put forward its draft nationwide ceasefire accord for future signing. The 17 armed groups include, among others, Kachin Independence Army (KIA), United Nationalities Federal Council (UNFC), Kayin National Union (KNU), Kayinni National Progressive Party (KNPP), Restoration Council of the Shan State Army (RCSS), Pa-O National Liberation Organization (PNLO), Democratic Kayin Buddhist Army (DKBA), New Mon State Party (NMSP) and Chin National Front (CNF).
Cameron, Bono link poverty to climate change
DAVOS, JAnuARy 25 (AP): Global leaders argued Friday that efforts to eradicate poverty must be linked to climate change, saying that rising temperatures will have widespread effects on everything from food supplies to education. Panelists at two separate sessions at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland — among them Bill Gates, Al Gore and U2 frontman Bono — underlined the importance of the issue. The United Nations is also making climate change a priority at Davos this year, pushing for a U.N.-brokered internationally binding climate treaty in Paris in 2015. At a debate sponsored by The Associated Press, British Prime Minister David Cameron said the next U.N.-led campaign to eradicate extreme poverty must make the climate a top priority. More than one billion people live in extreme poverty by the World Bank’s definition, living on less than $1.25 a day. “We do need to prioritize, but I would argue if we do want to help the one billion, we need to put in climate change,” Cameron said. The AP’s debate also featured Bono and officials from Nigeria, Save the Children International and Prudential Plc. It was looking ahead to the expiration of the U.N.’s “millennium goals” to reduce poverty, hunger and child mortality and combat disease by 2015, and to envision what goals should be set for the next 15 years. The session was moderated by
British Prime Minister David Cameron, left, listens to rock star Bono during the panel discussion “The Post-2015 Goals: Inspiring a New Generation to Act”, the fifth annual Associated Press debate, at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, on January 24. (AP Photo)
AP Senior Managing Editor Michael Oreskes. Cameron was co-chair of a highlevel U.N. panel that recommended 12 goals to replace the eight millennium goals. He asked Bono to help create a marketing campaign to help eradicate extreme poverty by the year 2030 — a request Bono took up with a note of irony. “Extraordinary things happen in Davos — no more extraordinary than an Irish rock star complimenting a Conservative British Prime Minister for his leadership in the fight against extreme poverty. Any-
thing can happen,” Bono said, before turning directly to Cameron. “Thanks dude. I’m a top-line melody guy, and I will try and help with the assignment. But I have a feeling it’s people not in this room that are going to execute it.” Good governance and fighting corruption are key. “Capitalism ... is not immoral, but it is amoral,” Bono said. “We need to give it some instructions.” “We need to talk when companies misbehave,” agreed Prudential Plc Group Chief Executive Tidjane Thiam. “Corruption gets in the way of mobilizing resources.”
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Liverpool ease past Bournemouth Anthony breaks records
with 62 as Knicks roll
Liverpool's Victor Moses, left, fights for the ball with AFC Bournemouth's Simon Francis, right, during an English FA Cup 4th round soccer match in Bournemouth, south England on January 25. Liverpool won the match 2-0. (AP Photo)
LONDON, JaNuaRY 25 (REutERs): Goals from Victor Moses and Daniel Sturridge eased Liverpool through a tricky FA Cup fourth round tie at Championship (second division) Bournemouth on Saturday although they had to work hard for a 2-0 victory. Moses settled some Liverpool jitters at a packed Dean Court, scene of Bournemouth's famous FA Cup defeat of Manchester United in 1984, with a low fin-
ish after 25 minutes. Sturridge then combined with Luis Suarez to finish off the hosts after an hour. However, the visitors were matched by Bournemouth throughout the match and survived a few scares before halftime. Lewis Grabban started and finished a flowing Bournemouth move only to see his shot deflected over the crossbar by Kolo Toure and shortly afterwards Tommy Elphick headed a great
chance over the bar from a corner. Bournemouth fell behind shortly afterwards when Moses, on loan from Chelsea, received the ball just outside the penalty area, took a step inside and drilled a right-foot shot through the legs of a defender and just inside the post. It was tough on Bournemouth who kept plugging away and were still very much alive in the early stages of the second half when they were denied a penalty after
Liverpool defender Martin Kelly blatantly grabbed the shirt of Simon Francis. Their sense of injustice was heightened almost immediately when Suarez slipped a perfectly weighted pass through the Bournemouth rearguard and Sturridge ran on to score. Liverpool join Arsenal in the draw for the fifth round after the Gunners beat Coventry City on Friday. Chelsea host Stoke City on Sunday.
Arsenal beat Coventry in FA Cup
LONDON, JaNuaRY 25 (aP): Lukas Podolski scored a brace in the first half on Friday to help give Arsenal a routine 4-0 victory over third-tier Coventry in the fourth round of the FA Cup. In a game that Arsenal dominated from the start, Podolski put the hosts ahead in the 15th minute by slotting home a cool finish after being set up by Mesut Ozil. He then doubled the lead with a close-range header from a corner in the 27th.
The win was never in doubt after that and Arsenal added two late goals as substitute Olivier Giroud struck in the 85th after replacing Podolski five minutes earlier, before Santi Cazorla slotted in the fourth. In Friday's only other FA Cup game, Nottingham Forest was held to a 0-0 draw at home against Preston. Playing in a steady drizzle in north London, it was the kind of comfortable victory Arsenal had hoped for as
it looks ahead to facing Bayern Munich in the Champions League knockout round, while trying to protect its slim lead atop the Premier League. Despite playing at home against third-tier opposition, manager Arsene Wenger named a surprisingly strong starting lineup with both Mesut Ozil and Jack Wilshere in midfield — perhaps worried about another upset after going out to Blackburn last season.
NEW YORK, JaNuaRY 25 (aP): Carmelo Anthony let it fly from halfcourt, and when it went in, he had proof of what was already obvious. "When I made the shot at the half, I told myself the zone was there," Anthony said. Soon, he had passed Kevin Durant. Next was Bernard King, and finally Kobe Bryant. Three records, all shot down in one scintillating performance. Anthony scored a career-high 62 points to break the franchise and current Madison Square Garden marks, and the New York Knicks beat the Charlotte Bobcats 125-96 on Friday night to stop a five-game losing streak. Anthony made 23-of-35 shots, one when he leapt from center court to beat the halftime buzzer, and even added 13 rebounds in the NBA's highest-scoring performance this season. Anthony had 56 after three quarters, bettering Durant's previous season high of 54, and stayed in for the first few minutes of the fourth to break King's Knicks record of 60 set in 1984 and Bryant's arena record of 61 set five years ago. "I made history tonight, with the performance, but just to be a part of that group of people, like I said, there's only a small group of people that knows what that zone feels like and tonight I was one of them," Anthony said. It was easily the highlight of the season for Anthony, on pace to miss the playoffs for the first time in his career and facing frequent questions about his future with the team as he heads into free agency this summer. That was all on hold for one night, the focus simply on Anthony's amazing scoring. He easily passed his previous career best of 50 points and possibly could've even passed 70 or more had
Arsenal's Lukas Poldoski, center heads the ball to score his second goal during their fourth round English FA Cup soccer match between Arsenal and Coventry City at the Emirates stadium in London, Friday, Jan. 24. (AP Photo)
the game been close. Instead, he checked out for good after breaking the records when he banked in a short jumper with 7:24 to play. "I've seen him score a lot of points, but that was some performance right there," said J.R. Smith, who was also a teammate of Anthony's in Denver. Smith noticed a different focus from Anthony before the game, a seriousness replacing the usual laughter. Perhaps some of it was some added pregame motivation after the team
watched a video featuring Muhammad Ali, one of Anthony's favorite athletes. With the Knicks desperately thin in the frontcourt after losing Andrea Bargnani on top of the injuries to Amar'e Stoudemire and Kenyon Martin, Anthony simply took on more of the scoring load as New York won for the first time on its eight-game homestand after dropping the first three. King, elected to the Hall of Fame last year, said he was proud of Anthony, who he considers one of
the best players in the game. "If anyone was to break my Knicks record that I have held for so long, I'm absolutely delighted that it was Carmelo," King said through the team's public relations department. Al Jefferson had 25 points and nine rebounds for the Bobcats, snapping his streak of four straight 20-10 games. Charlotte had won two in a row, holding division leaders Toronto and the Los Angeles Clippers to an average of 93 points.
cannot stop people to be happy," Mourinho said. United refused to negotiate with Chelsea in the offseason when Mourinho lodged two bids for Wayne Rooney, who was pushing for a transfer after losing his regular place in United's team. Mourinho said that hadn't been a factor in dealing with Mata. "Would Chelsea supporters be happy if we stop a fantastic person, that they all like, from being happy, if we say you only can go to Russia, China, to France or to Portugal, not England?" Mourinho asked. "To say now, 'You cannot go, Juan, to United because United refused in the summer to sell us Wayne Rooney,' I don't think it's fair to Juan. So if they decide not to sell (Rooney, it's) their decision." United will hope the arrival of Mata, who is likely to be in Spain's squad for the World Cup in Brazil, proves to be a turning point in its so-far lackluster season under new manager David Moyes.
BaRCELONa, JaNuaRY 25 (REutERs): The deal to sign Neymar cost Barcelona 86.2 million euros, including payments to the forward and his family, the club said on Friday after the player's father revoked a confidentiality agreement. The Brazil international's close-season move from Santos, which the Spanish club initially said was worth 57.1 million euros, is being investigated by a court for possible misappropriation of funds following a complaint from a Barca member. Sandro Rosell, who was named in the lawsuit but denies wrongdoing, stepped down as president on Thursday. He said he wanted to protect the club's image and alleged he and his family had been threatened. Barca had been reluctant to reveal all the details of the deal, citing the confidentiality agreement,
but after a board meeting on Friday, Rosell's successor Josep Bartomeu told a news conference Neymar's father had given them permission to go public. Barca director Raul Sanllehi reiterated the transfer on its own had cost 57.1 million euros including 17.1 million euros to Santos and 40 million euros as a "compensation fee" paid to a company owned by Neymar's parents. However, he also detailed other payments around the transfer such as a signing bonus of 10 million euros and various other fees paid to the family that took the total cost to 86.2 million. Barca are paying Neymar 8.8 million euros in wages per season for his five-year contract, said Sanllehi. "Neymar's father waived the confidentiality agreement because he considers what has happened (to Rosell) to be unjust," Bartomeu said.
No plans to wake ManU agrees deal with Chelsea to sign Mata ‘Neymar deal cost Schumi out of coma almost $118 million’
LONDON, JaNuaRY 25 (aNI): Doctors battling to save the life of Formula One legend Michael Schumacher reportedly have no plans to wake him from the coma. The seven-time German world champion has been in a medically-induced coma after he suffered severe brain injuries in a French Alps skiing crash in late December. According to the Mirror, neurosurgeons at the hospital in Grenoble where the former Ferrari racer is being treated have still not revealed any date when
they may try to bring him out of the coma, while some experts fear that he may remain in a permanent vegetative state for the rest of his life. The report mentioned that Schumacher is still classed as critically ill following the December 29 accident when he smashed his skull against a rock while skiing, and medical experts said that the prognosis for a recovery so long after being on life-support machines does not bode well. The report further said that the medical intention of an induced coma is to decrease the brain's need for oxygen to ease its workload and therefore give it time to recover, although the longer the coma is induced, the bleaker the chances become. It was the fear of a brain haemorrhage, if Schumacher is awoken, which has made his medical team keep him under, with an expert saying that even if Schumacher wakes up, his memory could be 'wiped out'.
MaNCHEstER, JaNuaRY 25 (aP): Juan Mata is on the brink of becoming the most expensive player in Manchester United's history after the Premier League champions announced Friday they have reached an agreement with Chelsea over the transfer of the Spain midfielder. United released a statement saying Mata will move for a club-record fee "subject to a medical and the agreement of personal terms." Although United didn't give any further details, the club this week made a bid of 37 million pounds ($61 million) for Mata, which would eclipse the 30.7 million pounds that United paid to sign striker Dimitar Berbatov from Tottenham in 2008. Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho said Mata had requested to leave Stamford Bridge after losing his place in the London club's starting lineup. "I asked him (Mata), 'Are you really happy to go?'" Mourinho
Juan Mata (AP File Photo)
said. "He said, 'Yes, I'm really happy to go.' "We hope he does well," Mourinho added in a news conference. "We are convinced he is going to do well. If Man United pays their record for a player, it's because they know exactly what they want from him. And they know exactly what he can give them." The 25-year-old Mata was Chelsea's player of the year for the last two seasons but has been marginalized at the London club this cam-
paign following the return of Mourinho as manager. He has largely been on the bench, with Mourinho preferring Eden Hazard, Willian and Oscar as his playmakers. "If he cannot be fully happy here because he is not playing 100 percent like he was the last two years, if he has a big club that wants him — even if it's a rival club and in England — the club decided, and I was on the club's side for this feeling, that you
Nadal win may intensify 'all-time greatest' debate
MELBOuRNE, JaNuaRY 25 (REutERs): Rafa Nadal has the opportunity to add another chapter to his storied career, and intensify an already robust debate, should he beat Stanislas Wawrinka in Sunday's Australian Open final. A victory would make the Spanish left-hander the third man to win all four grand slam titles twice, joining Australians Rod Laver and Roy Emerson, and also draw him level with Pete Sampras on 14 career major titles. It would also leave him three behind Wawrinka's compatriot Roger Federer, who Nadal beat in the semifinals, and would no doubt generate another round of debate as to who can justifiably be called the greatest player of all time. "Is there one greatest player of all time?" Sampras replied when asked by reporters if Nadal or Federer could be labelled with
that mantle. "I believe when you look at the history of the game, each decade has their player. "Certainly Roger has been the best player for the last 10 years. Rafa is up there with him. (Novak) Djokovic is pushing. So it's really hard to say. "Rafa has won all the majors, he's been number one. You could argue that he's well up there. If he plays the next four or five years, he could have 17, 18 majors. "Let's just appreciate what we're watching. It's hard to compare the numbers and the eras where we all did our thing." Both sides have a strong case in the Nadal v Federer debate. Fans of the Swiss suggest Nadal's record is skewed by his claycourt dominance over the years, while the Spaniard's supporters point to his 23-10 head-to-head record over Federer. If Nadal does beat Wawrinka, however, it is inevitable the question will be asked
whether he can achieve what no man has done since Laver in 1969 and win a calendar grand slam. Few would bet against him winning his ninth French Open title in early June. He has lost just one match - to Robin Soderling in the fourth round in 2009 - at the claycourt grand slam since 2005. And the manner in which he accounted for 17-times grand slam winner Federer, who had looked back to his fluid best at Melbourne Park after a dismal 2013, suggests he will be hard to beat at Wimbledon and the U.S. Open. Nadal, who has played the tournament with strapping across his left hand due to a painful blister, is only focused on the challenge posed by the 28-yearold Wawrinka. "He's playing better than ever ... he's a player that is ready to win against everybody," Nadal said. "If I don't play my best tennis ... I don't have (a) chance to
MAJOR CONCERN Nadal holds a 12-0 career record over Wawrinka but he has every reason to be concerned about the challenge from the quietly spoken Swiss, who has found a new level of consistency and seems confident he can reach the upper echelon of the men's game. He pushed Djokovic to five-sets in both the Australian and U.S. Open last year - the latter was in his first grand slam semi-final which capped off a year in which scored eight wins against top-10 opponents, the third-best total on the ATP Tour. Wawrinka started 2014 by winning his fifth career title at Chennai and then beat world number two Djokovic, again in five sets, in the quarter-finals at Melbourne Park, ending a 14-match losing streak to the
Serb. He handily beat seventh Tomas Berdych in the semi-finals. "I saw him play against Novak. I saw him play against Berdych. He's playing great," Nadal said. "He's serving unbelievable. He's hitting the ball very strong from the baseline. "If I am not able to play my best, I think I will not have chances because he's coming to this match with a lot of victories and playing great." Wawrinka said his past record against Nadal had not entered his thoughts and he was heading into his first grand slam final with a lot of confidence. "The record is not what I'm looking (at). That's what is it against Rafa (and) I don't care about having lost 14 times. "But I (had) some good match last year against him, close ones ... (and) I have more confidence in myself. "I know that when I go on court I can beat almost everybody, even in the big stage."
Rafael Nadal of Spain hits a shot during a training session, one day before his men's singles final against Stanislas Wawrinka of Switzerland at the Australian Open tennis championship in Melbourne, Australia on Jan. 25. (AP Photo)
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Best Actor (Critics): Rajkumar Rao for `Shahid` Best Actress (Critics): Shilpa Shukla for `BA Pass` Sony Trendsetter of the Year Award: `Chennai Express` Best Actor in a Supporting Role: Nawazuddin Siddiqui `The Lunchbox` Best Actress in a Supporting Role: Supriya Pathak for `Goliyon ki Rasleela Ram-leela` Best Music: Jeet Ganguly, Mithoon and Ankit Tiwari for `Aashiqui 2` Best Lyrics: Prasoon Joshi for `Zinda` from `Bhaag Milkha Bhaag` Best Playback Singer (Male): Arijit Singh for `Tum hi ho` from `Aashiqui 2` Best Playback Singer (Female): Monali Thakur for `Sawaar loon` from `Lootera` RD Burman Award: Sidharth Mahadevan. Lifetime Achievement Award: Tanujaa
Best Screenplay: Chetan Bhagat, Abhishek Kapoor, Supratik Sen and Pubali Chaudhari for `Kai Po Che`. Best Story: Subhash Kapoor for `Jolly LLB`Best Action: Thomas Struthers and Guru Bachchan for `D Day` Best Background Score: Hitesh Sonik for `Kai Po Che` Best Choreography: Samir and Arsh Tanna for `Lahu muh lag gaya` from `Ram-leela:Goliyon Ki Raasleela Best Cinematography: Kamaljit Negi for `Madras Cafe` Best Costume: Dolly Ahluwalia for `Bhaag Milkha Bhaag` Best Dialogue: Subhash Kapoor for `Jolly LLB` Best Editing: Aarif Sheikh for `D-Day` Best Production Design: Acropolis Design `Bhaag Milkha Bhaag` Best Story: Subhash Kapoor for `Jolly LLB` Best Sound Design: Bishwadeep Chatterjee and Nohar Rajan Samal for `Madras CafĂŠ`
ried to pop punk rocker Joel Maddon of Good Charlotte and they have two children, six-yearold daughter Harlow and four-year-old son Sparrow. And the tots have made her rethink her priorities. 'Motherhood makes you way more conscious of how you distribute your spare time,' she said. 'Kids are so precious that your priorities change completely.' But like all working mothers, balancing her
family life and career is tricky. 'I think that's a global struggle and we, all women, are constantly trying to find a solution,' she said. 'I'm like any other working mother trying to make things work and dealing with this situation one day at a time. I have an amazing family and they've all been very supportive, my parents live only 10 minutes away and my husband and his twin brother help me when I need it.' The February issue of Marie Claire Mexico and Latin America is out on Monday.
he Filmfare awards is one of the most awaited events in the Bollywood calendar. This year too there was much fanfare and some fabulous performances by the stars. `Bhaag Milkha Bhaag` stole the show with the maximum number of awards including Farhan Akhtar in the best Actor category and Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra for Best Director. Megastar Amitabh
Bachchan, who gave away Omprakash Mehra for the Lifetime Achievement `Bhaag Milkha Bhaag Award to Tanuja tweeted Best Film: `Bhaag Milkha about the backstage activiBhaag` ties of the function. Best Debut (Direction): Ritesh Batra for `The Here is a list of winners Lunchbox` in the mega event Best Debut (Male): DhaBest Actor: Farhan Akhtar nush K Raja for `Raanfor `Bhaag Milkha jhanaa` Bhaag` Best Debut (Female): Best Actress: Deepika Vaani Kapoor for `ShudPadukone for `Ram-Leedh Desi Romance` la: Goliyon ki Rasleela` Best Film (critics): Ritesh Best Director: Rakeysh Batra for `The Lunchbox`
'We'll always know each other' Nicole Richie opens up about Paris Hilton as she reflects on their Simple Life days
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hey famously fell out while filming reality show The Simple Life. Now Nicole Richie has talked about how she feels about her once best friend Paris Hilton to Marie Claire Mexico, according to E! News. 'Paris has been part of my life since I was two years old,' Nicole explained. 'There's a strong friendship between our families and we'll always know each other.' Ariadne Grant, editor in chief of Marie Claire Mexico and Latin America, added that Nicole 'seemed very mature in all the aspects of her life, even saying that she and Paris Hilton would remain forever in each other's lives.' The 32-year-old daughter of singer Lionel Richie credits the experience of shooting The Simple Life with hotels heiress Paris for shaping who she is now. 'I had already traveled a lot around
my country and abroad, but I had never experienced America quite like when we were doing the show,' Nicole told the magazine.
'Before that, my whole world was between Los Angeles, Miami, New York, Alabama and Atlanta, where my parents come from, but being in the central states was something completely new to us. 'Traveling is essential because it helps you grow. Learning about different cultures and beliefs is a wonderful process.' The friends didn't have much of a private life at the
time because they were being filmed constantly. 'We were filmed 24/7: in the bedroom, in the car, in the living room,' she recalled. 'That was the most interesting part about The Simple Life, because it was intended to show what we were experiencing in the most truthful way. This changed later on, but at the beginning it was reality at its finest.' Nicole, 32, is now mar-
China lifts three-year
ban on Lady Gaga's album 'Fire department shut it down!'
Snoop Dogg smoked so much in his hotel room firefighters thought he'd set the place ablaze
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o it wasn't a fire, it was just Snoop Dogg doing what he's famous for doing. Firefighters who rushed to a hotel room in Melbourne, Australia - after being alerted by an automatic alarm found the very mellow rapper in a ring of heavy smoke on Thursday morning. The first responders were reportedly surprised when the star acted like a fan of theirs, inviting them into his room and posing for photographs with them. The 42-year-old later posted a couple of snaps on Instagram with the messages, 'Blew it Down' and 'Fire dept Shut it down.'
The firefighters were delighted to be chatting with the star, who is in the city to play at the Big Day Out concert. He revealed that he had wanted to be in their profession. Some reports suggested they responded to smoke detectors in the musician's own room but an attending officer said it was a false alarm. They would not say whether weed was involved. The Faster Louder news site spoke to South Melbourne Senior Station Officer Trevor Bowen who confirmed the details. 'While we were there a very famous guy said to us that he had always wanted to be
a firefighter and he asked us if he could get a photo with us, and of course we knew who it was, and we obliged,' he explained. 'He's OK, he's fine and the coolest part of it was that he asked us for a photo of which we gladly obliged and then we took some ourselvesâ€Ś I might have to ask him to stop stalking me at this rate.' Melbourne Fire Brigade posted more pictures on its Twitter feed and took the chance to speak out about fire safety, adding: 'This is an opportune time to make sure you have a correctly fitted, working smoke alarm in your room.'
Sunday 26 January 2014
Naga Textiles and Beyond
agaland is blessed with a rich traditional textile heritage which needs to be preserved at all cost. This heritage has a peculiar story of its own to tell and should be told and retold to all naga generations to come. All the tribes of Nagaland have their own unique textile heritage which are vibrant and beautiful and a real treat to the beholders eyes. These very special heritage which has been passed on to us by our forefathers needs our love and respect. Only with respect, the need for preservation will arise. The present generation has a very important duty to preserve and promote it, without which our textiles will die out and in the process not only our identity but the coming generations identity will be lost forever. TRADITIONAL LOIN LOOM WEAVE: The age old practise of traditional weaving in loin loom is still very much in practise in Nagaland. Our unique textiles are woven tediously which is very time consuming, but the end result is so perfect and beautiful which cannot be compared with any other type of weaving. The traditional practise of weaving which is practised by all naga tribes should continue for making certain type of designs, eg: By changing the yarn count beautiful items of accessories and soft home furnishings can be produced for niche market both domestic and export market. It has become very urgent to create a market for our loin loom weavers as a very large section of weavers has given up weaving and moved on as they see no future prospects. FLY SHUTTLE LOOM: The fly shuttle loom which is a replacement of the traditional loom is one of the greatest invention of the industrial revolution. It was designed for the broad loom to save labour over the traditional process. It allowed a single weaver to weave much wider fabrics and also hundreds of metres of fabric in much less time. It can also be mechanised allowing for automatic looms. The time has come for our weavers to learn the use of the fly shuttle loom urgently if we want to compete commercially. The tra-
ditional naga design motifs can be incorporated in the fly shuttle weaves by the use of dobby and jacquard designs. This process involve pre punched designs on a continues role of paper, which is attached to the fly shuttle machine. These jacquard and dobby machines must be chosen according to commercial requirements. It is not economical to purchase jacquard machine if one can do with a dobby mechanism as it is more costly and require high skilled mechanism. PRESERVATION AND PROMOTION: The best and only way to preserve naga textiles is to promote it on a war footing without any delay. Any more delay will result in no more weaver and no more production. Commercialization is the need of the hour. Naga textiles specially naga shawls and naga bags are in huge demand but we have not been able to catch the market due to high price and little production. These products should and must be woven by the use of fly shuttle loom which can very easily replicate original naga design and mass produced. The Handloom and Handicraft Development Corporation has a very important role to play as a marketing agency. Its role is to give the market feedback to the cluster of weavers and SHG groups to make the kind of products that are in market demand. The engagement of a Textile Designer who understand the market and price logistics is a must to intervene with weavers. In this modern age where the market is very competitive, we have to make unique designs that will stand out. This is the only way to move forward in order to preserve our vast textile heritage, without which it will die out. The time has come for educated creative naga youth to get into the textile field and promote it in the right manner. DIVERSIFICATION: The textile products has to be diversified in tune with the changing times. New product range needs to be developed using new technology. Traditional loin loom weaves need to be encouraged but products need to improve in quality and design. We can produce very high quality soft home furnishing range,
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eg: cushion covers, runners, throws etc by using cotton and eri silk yarn for Europe, America and Japan which are very high niche markets. This will keep our weavers occupied for the whole year. The fly shuttle which can produce running fabrics in tons by dobby design application can be used for home furnishings like curtains, bedspreads, school uniforms, dress materials etc which are in high demand all over India. UNIQUE SELLING POINT (USP) It will be very important to bring out a uniform set of designs which buyers both domestic and international will be able to identify Nagaland with. This will be our unique selling point.eg: naga bags, naga shawls, soft furnishings can be our USP to be produced on a large scale so that people all over the world will know the product is from Nagaland. YARN DEPOT AND DYEING UNIT: For the production of textiles on a commercial level, dyeing and yarn depot is a must without which the whole project will fail. Natural grey yarn must be bought at mill gate price. A yarn depot set up in each and every district so that weavers dont have to travel long distance to procure yarn at extra cost. A dyeing unit must be attach to the yarn depot so that weavers can dye according to requirements. Chemical dyes can be used for local needs for its colour fastness and longevity but for special orders and exports use of natural dyes will be necessary. The above sums up my ten years of research and development of Naga textiles. My vision about naga textile heritage is very clear as I have been through the journey and I want to reach out to each and every naga weaver because I understand your plight and together we will travel this journey. I sincerely ask the Govt. of Nagaland we are still a very young nation with so many obstacles on the journey, but this journey called naga textile Heritage has a very bright future and please do not kill it by your short sightedness. If Govt sincerely wants to promote this sector it will have to implement all viable Ministry of Textile projects honestly that are meant for our weaver community
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Third-Time lucky li Na wins maiden Australian Open title MELBOURNE, JaNUaRy 25 (aFP): China's Li Na stormed to her second Grand Slam title on Saturday, battling past brave underdog Dominika Cibulkova 7-6 (7/3), 6-0 to become the oldest woman ever to win the Australian Open. The 31-year-old fourth seed was crowned the Melbourne Park champion on her third attempt after losing in the 2011 and 2013 finals, adding to the French Open title she won three years ago. In doing so, she became the oldest winner of the women's title, surpassing Margaret Court who was 30 when she became champion in 1973. The Chinese star also joins an exclusive list of just seven other players to win a Grand Slam at 30-plus, with her name now in the history books alongside greats such as Martina Navratilova, Billie Jean King, Chris Evert and Serena Williams. The win pushes her one place higher in the world rankings to three, just 11 points adrift of Victoria Azarenka in second behind Serena Williams. It was a gutsy effort by the Chinese star, who overcame the pressure of having lost twice before while bearing the weight of ex-
Li Na of China, right, holds the championship trophy with second placed Dominika Cibulkova of Slovakia in their women's singles final at the Australian Open tennis championship in Melbourne on Jan. 25.(AP Photo)
pectation from her homeland of 1.3 billion people. While the diminutive Cibulkova, nicknamed the "pocket rocket" has been in the best form of her life, Li was the favourite and used her experience to take out the Slovak after a tight first set lasting 70 minutes. Li got off to the best possible start, going 1-0 up on the Cibulkova serve when the Slovak gifted her the
game with a double-fault on a second break point. The Chinese star comfortably, with the 24-year-old Slovak struggling to produce any decisive returns as her shots repeatedly failed to find their mark. But she crucially came through the third game, fighting off two break points, one with a lovely passing shot, to stay in touch at 1-2.
Li held in the next as she dictated the rallies, but her first serve was becoming a serious problem. After three service games she had only got 13 percent of first serves in and was seen looking at her husband Jiang Shan in the crowd while pointing to her racquet. This opened door for Cibulkova, with two Li double-faults allowing her to break back for 3-3. A decisive service game then put
liamson (65) New Zealand felt confident enough to promote big-hitting Anderson up the order. But the move did not pay off. An-
derson went for eight and was quickly followed by Guptill, then Brendon McCullum (nought) and New Zealand were 230 for five.
Jadeja helps india tie 3rd Odi against New Zealand
the Slovak in front for the first time as the momentum began swinging in her favour. But Li soon ironed out her issues and it went with serve till 5-5 when she pounced, stroking a sumptuous cross-court backhand for break point. A Cibulkova backhand into the net put Li 6-5 up and serving for the set. But Li was unable to ram home the advantage
with the Slovak breaking back to force a tiebreak, in which Li finally prevailed after producing some scintillating winners. She kept up the pressure, holding serve in the second set then breaking Cibulkova, who pushed a forehand wide, to take a firm grip on the final. Li raced to a 3-0 lead then broke again as Cibulkova ran out of steam as the pressure got too much.
Li won on the Cibulkova serve when the Slovak sent a forehand long, raising her arms in celebration before climbing into the stands to greet her husband, Jiang Shan, and her coach Carlos Rodriguez. The victory helps Li, the poster girl for a huge push by women's tennis into Asia, make up for the misery of losing the final twice before. She was a set up before
falling to Kim Clijsters three years ago, and in 2013 was also ahead against Victoria Azarenka but rolled her ankle twice, banging her head hard on the court the second time. Despite her defeat, Cibulkova, who has impressed at Melbourne with her relentless energy and eye-catching shots, will move up to 13 when the new world rankings are released on Monday.
Indiaâ€™s Ravindra Jadeja dives to make his ground against New Zealand during the third one day International cricket match at Eden Park in Auckland, New Zealand on Jan. 25. (AP Photo)
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aUckLaNd, JaNUaRy 25 (aFP): Ravindra Jadeja kept India's one-day series against New Zealand alive as the tourists took 17 off the final over to tie an epic third match in the series at Eden Park Saturday. New Zealand were on the verge of sealing an historic series win over the world champions, after making 314 and then removing the cream of India's batting talent to have the tourists at 184-6 with less than 15 overs remaining. But Jadeja, who finished unbeaten on 66, and Ravi Ashwin who posted a career-best 65, ensured India stayed in the game. Between them they put on 85 runs in 55 balls for the seventh wicket before Ashwin fell to a spectacular catch by New Zealand century-maker Martin Guptill, leaving Jadeja to get India to the end as the tail-end batsmen fell around him. Despite Jadeja's heroics, India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni felt his side wasted an opportunity to seal a victory. "You're supposed to pick situations where we could have closed the game quite comprehensively. Those were the situations that we didn't grab
and there were a few of our batsmen who could have done that so that's a bit disappointing," he said. "But (it's also a) good result because it keeps us alive in the series. We can't win it but we can go for a draw." New Zealand, who won the first two matches, need to win one more to claim the series victory, while India need to win the remaining two matches to draw. All-rounder Corey Anderson, who finished with five for 63, had the role of bowling the final over to India and could not contain Jadeja who belted two fours, a six and a single to go with two wides. Three overs from the end, New Zealand believed they had Jadeja caught behind but umpire Rod Tucker turned down the appeal even though replays indicated the ball touched the bat. New Zealand, who lost the toss for the third time, were sent into bat on a fast-paced wicket and were all out for 314 on the last ball of an innings built around Guptill's 111. Guptill and Kane Williamson featured in a 153run stand for the second wicket and when it was broken in the 33rd over with the removal of Wil-
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