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Dimapur VOL. VIII ISSUE 210
Friday, August 2, 2013 12 pages Rs. 4
Don’t go around saying the world owes you a living. The world owes you nothing. It was here first Manmohan endorses PC as politically savvy [ PAGE 08]
By Sandemo Ngullie
4079 non- locals respond to ASU’s verification drive
Divorced in 70 seconds: Judge ends Nigella’s 10-year marriage
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Israel wins time with Palestinian peace talks
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India beat Zimbabwe, take 4-0 lead [ PAGE 12]
state + People = Good roads? Nagaland Government seeks cooperation from people to better roads
Plans put forth for nH-29
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Govt bans import of swine products Kohima, auGust 1 (DiPR): In view of the outbreak of Porcine Respiratory and Reproductive Syndrome (a viral disease of pigs), the Government of Nagaland has imposed ban on import of pigs and boar semen from Myanmar and Manipur as a preventive measure with immediate effect till further orders. A notification issued by the Veterinary and Animal Husbandry Department vide order No. ADS-1/2007-AHV dated July 31 has directed all concerned authorities to strictly comply with the Government Notification.
Assam: 12,857 raped in 8 years
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Guwahati, auGust 1 (Pti): Nearly 13,000 women have been raped in the last eight years in Assam, official sources said. State Home Department officials said 12,857 women were raped between 2005 and May 2013 and 59 of them were killed after rape. Of the 8,181 cases filed against rape, 76 per cent of them were acted upon with 12,216 people arrested for committing the crime, the officials said. The reasons for increase in crimes against women were attributed to rising population, social and family tension, gender discrimination, poverty, lack of job opportunity and insufficient manpower in the law enforcement agencies. Atrocity against women were not only limited to rape, it also included torture for dowry which claimed the lives of 1,069 women in the state. A total of 1,671 persons were arrested for cases related to dowry torture and death, they said. Another 66 women became victims of witch hunting and 408 persons were arrested in the 55 cases registered against such crimes. Meanwhile, officials said that due to various preventive measures and awareness programmes undertaken by the government, the incidence of witchhunting deaths have come down to 14 in 2012 from 29 the previous year. Thousands of women have been abducted in the previous years. Of the 19,902 cases of women abduction registered, 14,488 were related to marriage. A total of 9,032 people were arrested on abduction charge and 113 of them were jailed for the crime, the officials said.
Why are the roads so bad in Nagaland? The Department of Roads and Bridges (R & B), the Border Roads Organisation (BRO) and contractors are to blame. But another part of the blame has to be shouldered by the people of Nagaland. This was explained today with photographic evidence by Home Commissioner and Secretary (Works & Housing), Temjen Toy, at a meeting held at Niathu Resort here with village council representatives from Dimapur. Also present were the Deputy Commissioner (DC) of Dimapur, Chief Engineer, R & B and Officer Commanding, 89 RCC (GREF), Naga Women Hoho Dimapur and Dimapur Naga Students’ Union. While declaring that the R & B Department will soon begin the construction of a “service lane” on each side of the NH-29, the Commissioner asked for the cooperation of people. “The public has responsibilities as citizens and organizations. It is good to fight for good roads but some duties also need to be done,” he said. In a presentation, Toy showed how at various spots along the highway, the drainage system had been blocked up by garbage or filled up with sand. People insist on constructing over drains. The founda-
A handcart puller is seen here struggling through the roads of Dimapur. The nagaland government claimed today that both the government and the people are responsible for this condition of nagaland’s roads, and it is through cooperation that they can get better. (Photo by Manen Aier Photo)
tion of the 4th Mile bridge that leads to Niuland is being eaten away by excessive and ad-hoc sand/gravel quarrying. At Pherima, trucks are washed on the highway. Under MGNREGA, villages are constructing roads by the dozen without any expertise, and leaving lose soil near the highway, blocking culverts. Stone
quarrying is a consistent phenomenon on the way to Kohima that leads to road damage—if approached for road repair, people block the work as “this is my land”. In Dimapur, mini embankments are raised in front of shops to keep water from roads coming in, or drain pipes from homes leading directly onto the
highway, thereby “ponding” the highway. “The main objective of today’s meeting is to share some of these realities,” explained Toy, asking for people to cooperate with government agencies and district administration in keeping roads intact. Toy admitted that there are problems with the gov-
of the nominations would be carried out on August 19. August 21 has been set as the last date for withdrawal of candidatures. After the polls, counting of votes is scheduled to be conducted on September 7. The note said that the aforementioned dates have been set, “after taking into consideration various factors like, festivals, electoral rolls, weather conditions etc.” The Commission has decided to use Electronic Voting Machines in the byeelection at all the polling stations. It informed that adequate numbers of EVMs have been made available and that all steps have been
taken to ensure that the polls are conducted smoothly. The Commission has decided that voter’s identification will be mandatory in the aforementioned byeelection at the time of poll. It said that Photo Electoral Roll (PER) would be the main document for voter identification. However, it added that “in order to ensure that no voter is deprived of his/her franchise, if his/her name figures in the Electoral Rolls, separate instructions will be issued to allow additional documents for identification of voters at the time of poll in the said bye-election.” It further informed that
the Model Code of Conduct shall come into force with immediate effect in the district(s) in which the whole or any part of the Assembly Constituency going for bye-election is included, subject to partial modification as issued vide Commission’s instruction No. 437/ INST/2012/CC&BE, dated April 26, 2012 (available on the Commission’s website). It added that the Model Code of Conduct would be applicable to all candidates, political parties and the state government concerned. The Model Code of Conduct shall also be applicable to the union government for the state concerned.
DimaPuR, auGust 1 (mExN): The Chief Engineer of the Department of Roads and Bridges, D. Mero, today announced the construction of a “service lane” along each side of the NH29. This will be meant for the purpose of parking cars, which people often do on the road itself to go into a shop or otherwise, or for small vehicles to ply on. The Chief Engineer informed that the Department will try not to damage any structures though some will be destroyed for the construction of the additional lane. Since this will be a state funded project, no compensation can be given to land owners. Also speaking at Niathu Resort at the event was Officer Commanding, 89 RCC (GREF), Prabhat Kumar, who said that BRO has been sanctioned the re-surfacing of NH-29 from Nagaland Gate up to Kukidolon. He added that the money for drains by the side of this stretch has also been sanctioned but acquiring land for the purpose is difficult. Kumar mentioned that if the quality of work executed by the BRO is found to be wanting in his area, action will be taken on the same. Village council representatives
ernment department too. The PWD is in-charge of 11,000 km of roads in Nagaland, which require at least Rs. 250 crore to repair. This year the Department was allocated Rs. 42 crore, Toy said. Engineers of the department have become “table engineers,” doing less of work inspection and maintenance, and more of accountancy.
of Naharbari, Purana Bazaar, Diphupar (A & B) and Padam Pukhuri expressed problems that lead to roads in their respective areas to deteriorate. One of the things pointed out was that individual owners are given land pattas around the highway, who then build as close to the highway as possible or engulf the city drainage network. Some village elders requested the district administration not to grant land pattas around state installations like highways or drainage to individual land owners, but to village councils (under a guarantee), which can then make sure that drains and highways are not destroyed by individual owners. DC of Dimapur, N. Husheli Sema, acknowledged this, and asked for the village elders to cooperate with the district administration to implement the “road reserve plan”. Home Commissioner Temjen Toy also asked the DC to avoid issuing land pattas to individuals around highways and drainage. He acknowledged the points made by the village councils and promised to work on strengthening local self-governance.
“If our department officers are not doing work properly, please let us know and we will take measures to check this,” he requested the NGOs and public. In addition, he held contractors responsible for not doing their part of the work properly. “They (contractors) blame treasury/ finance deductions, com-
missions and underground taxation but they make a profit anyway. Even then if they cannot complete works properly, it is their fault,” asserted the Commissioner. Toy also asked the district administration to hold contractors responsible for their work so that people do not lose faith in the administration.
51-noksen bye-election on sept 4 NSF denounce ‘disturbed
DimaPuR, auGust 1 (mExN): The Election Commission of India has informed that bye-election poll for 51-Noksen (ST) AC is scheduled to be held on September 4, 2013 to “fill up” the “clear vacancy.” A press note from the ECI stated that electoral rolls for the constituency have been revised with reference to January 1, 2013 as the qualifying date and that the same was published on January 10, 2013. The note said that the notification for the byeelection would be issued on August 10 and that the last date for submission of nominations is August 17. It further informed that scrutiny
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DimaPuR, auGust 1 (mExN): The Naga Students’ Federation (NSF) today denounced the extension of the “Disturbed Area” status of Nagaland for another year under the Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFPSA). A press note from the NSF President and General Secretary said that “the draconian and anti- human law of AFPSA was enacted deliberately by India to suppress and subjugate the Nagas.” The NSF stated that for
declaring an area as disturbed, “there must be a grave situation of law and order.” However, it claimed that there is no such law and order problem in Nagaland. “Moreover, when cease fire agreement has been signed between the Government of India and Naga Political groups, why the GoI is hell-bent to repress the peace loving Naga people?” it queried. The NSF said that if the government of India is serious to maintain peace in the region, “they (GoI)
should encourage people to people communication and dialogue, instead of forcefully enforcing the AFSPA.” It added that AFSPA was “never a law to protect the people but just a tool of state abuse, oppression and discrimination.” The NSF therefore strongly urged upon the Government of India to remove the tag “Disturbed Area” labeled against the Nagas and to immediately revoke the decision extending the “Disturbed Area” status for Nagaland.
nnc condemns HIV+ve discrimination remains a challenge imposition of AfsPA
DimaPuR, auGust 1 (mExN): The Naga National Council (NNC) today condemned the imposition of the Armed Forces Special Power Act, 1958 in Nagaland by the Government of India. A press note from the Information and Publicity Wing of the NNC stated that the largest democracy of the world “is a mockery and hypocrisy in the eyes of the world for India’s military rule of imposition and occupation of Nagaland in particular and the North East in this part of the World since 1958.” The NNC questioned why the Government of India “is so cruel to suppress and oppress the very democratic rights of the Naga people for so long, instead of solving the very political problem of occupation of Nagaland, which is well known to the world for more
than sixty long years.” It also queried why the AFSPA has been imposed “in Naga Homeland when Cease-Fire prevails for the last sixteen years in Nagaland?” The NNC has called the Naga people and Naga National Political groups to “jointly and unitedly fight and defend the very political rights of the Nagas for Freedom.” The NNC has appealed for all democratic nations of the world, non-governmental organizations, human right groups and the United Nations in particular to strongly condemn and repeal what it termed as “this Black Law of dictatorial rule in Nagaland by the Government of India.” The NNC has asked all right thinking people of the North East and Nagaland in particular to strongly condemn this imposition again.
DimaPuR, auGust 1 (mExN): “One of the many challenges faced by the persons suffering from HIV+ve is the stigma and discrimination that surrounds the society,” State Project Officer for UNDP, J. Chiten Imsong stated today at the AIDA Conference Centre, Dimapur. Speaking at the concluding chapter for the two day skill building training for church leaders in response to HIV & AIDS, Imsong said that in close knit communities, people are ashamed to get tested for HIV for “fear of gossip.” Speaking on the scenario of HIV/ AIDS in Nagaland, he added that “A major route for the spreading and acquiring of the disease is through pre marital sex and promiscuity.” We do not want this situation but it is happening in Nagaland, he said. It was informed that 180 children in Nagaland, of which 78 in Dimapur alone, are undergoing Antiretroviral therapy. “There
Participants of the skill building training for church leaders in response to HIV & AIDS, which was held in Dimapur on July 31 and August 1. (Morung Photo)
are not enough funding provisions for those undergoing ART. That is why support comes from voluntary associations,” said Imsong. However he stated that there is need for this support to be constant. In addition, he said that workable action plans in supporting such causes must
be initiated, starting with a pilot program to see if it works well. Imsong also spoke on the topic “enhancing skills for church leaders in addressing HIV & AIDS”. Teli sheqi from SABAK Pughoboto, who has been running a community care centre for three years also extended her support
and said, “Some infected children don’t have parents or are living with single parents. There are also many neglected children, which is why we express the desire to work with National Developmental Outreach”. Interactions with DNP+ members were also held in the programme.
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Chang nagas Celebrates naknyulϋm festival
(LEFT) A participant trying to hit and topple one of the spinning tops of the other competitors on the second day of the festival. (RIGHT) Up keeping the tradition of Naknyulϋm, a man is seen cleaning the surrounding outside his house along with his children on the third day of the Chang festival. (Morung Photos)
celebration of the festival with members from different tribes will foster a sense of brotherhood amongst the different Naga tribes. President of ENPO also spoke on the occasion and articulated that the greatest inheritance we have is our culture and that “Lost
of culture is lost of identity”. The programme was led by T. Mongko Chang, General Secretary of CKS and welcome address delivered by S. Ato Chang, President, CKS. “Symposium” time was taken by Mongko, Hd. GB, K/Khel, Tuensang Village. A representative of the
Ao Union Tuensang also delivered a short speech who thanked the organizers on behalf of all the tribes for inviting them to the festival. Earlier, a brief account of the Naknyulϋm festival was narrated by Asst. Prof. A. Chubasangla. She expressed that the ancient
Changs believed in three heavenly Gods, viz, Lijaba, Sansangla and Shampoli; each God having their own powers and blessings. Naknyulϋm is celebrated to invoke their blessings and rituals are performed so that darkness does not engulf the world again.
‘Know the essence of the festival in true spirit’ Tsungremmong celebrated in Mokokchung dist
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RAIN OR SHINE: A perfect example of love, a perfect example of togetherness. Two elderly couple braving the rains to witness the Tsungremmong festival – the premier festival of the Ao Nagas – at Chuchuyimpang village on Thursday, August 1. (Manen Aier Photo) C Y K
‘The greatest inheritance we have is our culture’ Dimapur, august 1 (mExN): The Naknyulϋm festival of the Changs was celebrated with pomp and gaiety all over Nagaland from July 30 to 1 August. The festival is celebrated to please the heavenly Gods, signifying the conquest of the darkness by light. The Changs believe that the entire world was once engulfed in total darkness for three days and three nights and people were stranded in the fields, jungles, some at home and others wherever they were at that moment. At such a time a man named Namo killed a double-tailed tiger amidst the darkness. At that instance, the darkness suddenly burst into daylight. Following the culture, a programme organized by the Chang Khulei Setshang (CKS) at CKS hall, Tuensang was attended by its members and representatives of all Naga tribes at Tuensang and HOD’s on the second day of the festival, July 31. Speaking on the occasion, Naknyϋ Guest, T. Mhabemo Yantha, D.C., Tuensang, exhorted the gathering that “we must make a conscious effort to preserve our rich culture”. He also hoped the
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mokokchuNg, august 1 (Dipr): Celebration of Tsungremmong, one of the two remnants of pre Christian festivals of Ao Naga community began on August 1, 2013 in different parts of the State with traditional pomp and gaiety and the celebration which is traditionally done religiously before harvest will continue till the August 3rd. At Chuchuyimpang village, Tsungremmong festival was held with Minister for Youth Resources & Sports, Merentoshi as the chief guest. The festival, organized by Chuchuyimpang Riongsanger Putu Tatar Menden was attended by people from neighboring villagers not only from Ao but from neighboring Chang and Sangtam tribes besides the villagers.
The first day of the Naknyulϋm festival is observed with the womenfolk preparing flour from millet and sticky rice to make steamed biscuits. Selected animals for the festival are slaughtered on this day. All the villagers also use ezhehozea, a scented plant, be-
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Altogether, 4079 non- local inhabitant of the state capital responded to the weeklong verification drive by Angami Student’s Union (ASU) during the first phase of verification drive relating to ILP which ended on July 1 since it started on July 17 last. Revealing this to media-persons here on July 31, ASU general secretary Sede Angami said that as part of the first phase of the verification drive of ILP issue of the ASU for the 2013-15, 4079 non-locals, specially daily wage earners and business community responded to the call of the Union. As a follow up, ASU leader said that it would initiate surprise checking and the same is likely to
be worked out during its Union Assembly on August 3 at Hotel Vivor at 11: 00 am. As per the findings during the drive, ASU found that electoral card and other valid cards were not in accordance with criteria to substantiate Indian citizens. He questioned to district administration the criteria of issuing ILP, adding that the demographic threat does not rest on administration alone but it rest upon all section of the society to put a collective effort in tackling the menace. Sede drew that attention of the concerned individuals and government of the day that the criteria in issuing ILP should be more stringent so that the genuine Indian citizen and illegal immigrant are differentiated.
The Music Academy at Jotsoma under Kohima district will be inaugurated within this year and it will provide a centre for capacity building, performance, exchange programmes and learning for the entire music industry. Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio said this in his budget speech in the recently concluded state assembly session here. “We are partnering with young entrepreneurs and youth in all corners of the state in running music academies and training centres to groom musicians and teachers in order to make our policy of music as an industry become a reality,” he said. Maintaining that the state
positive image of Nagaland to global community
has made much headway in the field of music, Rio said, “Our musicians are making a mark in the hospitality industry, and even at international venues around the globe.” Under the Nagaland Conservatory of Music, supported by the state government, musicians from Nagaland performed at the several venues in the Scandinavian country of Norway during the current year. The 2013 Handshake Concert organised by Rattle & Hum Music Society in collaboration with
the Music Task Force was held at Jakarta in Indonesia, as part of the Jakarta Festival. Rio said that musicians and cultural ambassadors from Nagaland are not only impressed an international audience, but also projected a positive image of Nagaland to the global community. Already the government has announced that this year’s edition of the Hornbill Festival will become an international event, Rio said. The Chief Minister also informed that a popular programme of sponsoring music events, termed “MTF Live Series,” through private entrepreneurs in the districts of Mokokchung, Dimapur and Kohima is under active implementation and it will cover more districts in the next phase.
I & FC Department accords farewell to Er. T. Yanger Ao
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kohima, august 1 (Dipr): A farewell programme for retired Chief Engineer, Irrigation & Flood Control Er. T. Yanger Ao was held on July 31, 2013 at the Conference Hall, I & FC Department, Kohima. Retired Chief Engineer Er. T. Yanger Ao, in his farewell speech, expressed gratitude to the Government of Nagaland for giving him great privilege to serve the people for the last 35 years. He thanked God for His guidance and wisdom in leading the department with good health throughout his tenure as government servant. T. Yanger advised the departmental Officers and staff to maintain cooperation, understanding, recognition and respect one another throughout their retirement. He stressed on good relationship in working, helping one another and
developing trustworthiness as a team. He urged the staff to work harder for the department and the farmers particularly during their tenure. Parliamentary Secretary for Irrigation & Flood Control, Y. Vikheho Swu also conveyed his best wishes for the outgoing Chief Engineer. In his message that was read out by his representative, Y. Vikheho Swu expressed his appreciation to the outgoing Chief Engineer for his dedication and selfless service rendered to the department. Y. Vikheho Swu described T. Yanger as a simple, dedicated and an honest officer with a diligent drive in the workplace and added that his dedication to the department was known by his tireless effort in implementing the department’s plan and ideas in all the districts of the State. Y. Vikheho Swu stated
Retired Chief Engineer Er. T. Yanger I&FC speaking to departmental officers and staff at the farewell function organized in his honour at July 31at the Conference Hall, I& FC Department Kohima. (DIPR Photo)
that he has been the longest serving officer of the department who has been familiar with every inch of the department’s work and it would be difficult as well as a challenge to fill the vacuum created by his retirement. Y. Vikheho Swu also hoped that although Yanger Ao leaves the department,
his knowledge, ideas and expertise about the works of the department would be required by the department and hoped that he would continue to advice, assist and guide the department whenever needed. Incoming Chief Engineer, Er. Echongbemo Lotha in his speech said that
Er. T. Yanger Ao has had an illustrious career because he had made a mark on the society through his achievements. He said that Er. Yanger was also one of the few pioneers in the Irrigation & Flood Control department when it was born in 1988 on bifurcation from Agriculture department. The incoming Chief Engineer also hoped that the department will be renamed as Water Resources department. He expressed regret that the silver jubilee of the department which will be held this year could not be done so before the retirement of the Chief Engineer. Other Officers of the Department who also spoke at the programme highlighted the career of the retired Chief Engineer saying that he joined the service in 1978 as Assistant Mechanical Engineer and was regularised through NPSC
exam in 1980. After serving in different districts for many years, he became the Chief Engineer on 1st March 2011 and reached his retirement in service on 31st July 2013 at the age of 58 years after serving 35 years. They said that during his career he was known to be hardworking, approachable, efficient, warm-hearted and the ability to meticulously analyse problems. The well wishers also hoped that he will live more active life even after his retirement and shoulder greater responsibility in the society. The programme was chaired by T. Nungsang Ao, Additional Secretary to the Government of Nagaland (IFCD). The department’s Officers and staffs from the outposts joined the staffs from the head office in bidding farewell to the retired Chief Engineer.
popular game where players would try to topple another player’s top while the top is in spin. The womenfolk would play the Kongkin (mouth organ made of bamboo) and the youngest in the family would be busy doing errands and distributing the millet and sticky rice cakes with cooked meat to relatives, neighbours and friends. Uncooked meat is not exchanged in this festival. The exchange of the meat and millet or sticky rice cakes is still extensively practiced amongst the Changs. On the last day of the festival, young men beat log drums from dawn till morning, denoting the declaration of the people coming out from darkness and ushering the dawn of the morning. The villagers clean up their wells and ponds and spend the day clearing and constructing or repairing the roads to the villages and the fields. The Changs do not sing or dance folk songs and folk dances during Naknyulϋm. It is believed that rainfall during the festival is a blessing and brings good harvest to fill the granary.
In his address, the minister maintained that ‘we should know the essence of the festival and must observe it in true spirit to foster unity among the people and to promote ‘our culture and identity. He also called the youths to take up various entrepreneurial activities to strengthen the economy of the State. Highlights of the day-long celebration among others were folk dances presented by Longra and Chari, and Amok Lushi cultural club Chuchuyimpang and folk songs presented by Watsu Unit Chuchuyimpang. At Longjang village also the festival was celebrated with DC Mokokchung, Murohu Chotso as the chief guest. The Tsungremmong Festival celebration at Longsa village, one of the tourist destination villages in Mokokchung district will be graced by Minister for Tourism, Art & Culture and Election, E.E Pangteang on August 2, 2013 as Ao Naga men perform a folk dance during the Tsiingremmung festival at Chuchuyimpang in Mokokchung district on Thursday, August 1. (Caisii Mao Photo) the chief guest.
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lieved to ward off evil spirits. The second day is celebrated with many activities and much delight. The women would offer rice beer to their brothers, cousins and relatives and vice versa. Competitions are held for various games. Yans or top spinning is a
MEx File ENPUK informs on domestic servants
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Dimapur, august 1 (mExN): The Eastern Nagaland People’s Union Kohima (ENPUK) has notified to all the concern individuals / family that whosoever has employed domestic servants from the six tribes of Eastern Nagaland should approach their respective six tribal unions based at Kohima and do the registration of their domestic servants as per the rules of the respective unions. This was informed in a press note issued by David Thingchem, President and Yenso Konyak, General Secretary ENPUK. This information is reminded in view of the many unwanted incidents which have taken place from time to time. Any employer who fails to abide by this information shall be doing so at their own risk. It is also informed that all the registration should be done by August 31, 2013, failing which ENPUK shall take appropriate action on the defaulters.
NU notifies on admissions to M.A. English
Dimapur, august 1 (Dipr): The list of the selected candidates for M.A. in English, Nagaland University is published in the department of English, Kohima campus, at Meriema. Selected candidates are to appear for verification of Documents on August 2nd or 5th or 6th 2013 from 10 am to 1 pm along with their original Mark-sheets and Documents failing which their seats will be forfeited and allotted to those in the waiting list in the order of merit. This was stated in a press release issued by the Admission Committee of the Department of English, NU.
Dimapur, august 1 (mExN): Parliamentary secretary for CAWD, R Tohanba, has expressed grief at the sudden demise of M Biri Yimchunger, DB, who passed away on July 31, 2013 after a brief illness. The parliamentary secretary in a condolence message said late Biri Yimchunger was first appointed as DB of Aghunato on April 10, 1986, and later served as DB of Shamator town till his voluntary retirement on June 30, 2010. “During his long stint as DB, late Biri Yimchunger had served the people with dedication and commitment. His demise has deprived the area people of an upright DB who had concern for uplift of the people”, the condolence message stated. While praying for eternal repose of the departed soul, Tohanba also prayed the Almighty to give strength to the bereaved family at the hour of grief.
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Telangana effect in the North East Newmai News Network DIMAPUR/DIPHU/ IMPHAL | August 1 The Telangana effect is fast affecting the North East India region with Assam's Karbi Anglong district, bordering Nagaland witnessed violent protest of the people demanding a statehood status of the district. At least 15 people have reported injured in the protest. Speculations are fast doing the round that Nagaland and Manipur will very soon experience their share of the Telangana effect. The Frontier Nagaland issue in Nagaland has been giving immense headache to the Nagaland government since 2010, while the Kuki statehood issue and the Nagas' demand for 'Al-
ternative Arrangement' in Manipur are the big worries for the Manipur government. The Bodoland demand in Assam too may give sleepless nights to the Assam government, a senior journalist in Guwahati told NNN this evening. Though the intensity of the Garoland demand has been fast subsiding over the past few years in Meghalaya, there has been fresh apprehension that the Telangana effect may provide a renewed vigour to the Garo leaders in their demand for a separate Garo statehood. Meanwhile, when Newmai News Network contacted tribal leaders in the North East today about the development in Andhra Pradesh, none of them were willing to respond
Gogoi rules out further division of Assam GUWAHATI, AUGUsT 1 (TNN): The Congress Working Committee's (CWC) nod to creation of Telangana has put chief minister Tarun Gogoi on a sticky wicket. He is now facing renewed demands for separate states from Bodos, Karbis and Koch-Rajbongshis. But Gogoi is not keen on further bifurcation of Assam, which has already gone through three divisions to facilitate the formation of Meghalaya, Mizoram and Nagaland. Gogoi, instead, asked the Centre to wipe out the sense of alienation among ethnic groups of NE, which is giving rise to separatist demands, before leaving for New Delhi for a meeting with AICC vice-president Rahul Gandhi on "several key issues."
at the moment. However, the Eastern Naga Peoples Organisation (ENPO) that had just turned down the
"We do not want any more division of the state. We want to stay as one unit," Gogoi said here on Tuesday. "Separate state demands in our state are not new and some perhaps are older than Telangana. The situation is Andhra Pradesh is different from ours. We should work to remove the tendency of people asking for separate states by addressing their grievances," he added. The situation for Gogoi has become all the more trickier after leaders of Bodoland People's Front (BPF), Congress's ally in the state, on Wednesday met home minister Sushil Kumar Shinde and the home secretary to press for a separate Bodoland state. Gogoi said he is aware of BPF
Rs 300 crore package in lieu of Frontier Nagaland, is believed to be indulging in intense discussion on
leadership lobbying for a separate Bodoland state in New Delhi and said he cannot stop anyone from highlighting their demands in a democratic set-up. "In a democracy, people have the right to highlight their demands. I can't stop them but I'm ready to discuss their problems and address them," he said. Since Independence, Assam has gone through a series of divisions. First Nagaland was carved out of the state in 1963. With the passing of North Eastern (Reorganization Areas) Act in 1971, Meghalaya was separated from Assam and made a full-fledged state. Subsequently, Mizoram was separated and made a Union Territory in 1971. It was later made a state in 1985.
the matter over the last few On July 24, holding raldays. Attempts to contact lies in the four districts of the ENPO leaders proved Kiphire, Tuensang, Mon futile by this news agency. and Longleng, the ENPO
GJM's volte-face: Darjeeling hills shutdown now indefinite
DArjeelING, AUGUsT 1 (IANs): Hours after limiting its shutdown demanding Gorkhaland in northern West Bengal's Darjeeling Hills, beginning Saturday, to 96 hours, the Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (GJM) Thursday did a volte-face by declaring that the shutdown was indefinite. "The state government has procured central security forc-
es and wants to violently crush our movement. So we have decided to go back to our initial call for an indefinite shutdown," GJM general secretary Roshan Giri said. Earlier in the morning, the GJM in a climb down had announced to limit the shutdown to 96 hours in view of the oncoming Eid festival. "We had called for an indefinite shut-
down from Saturday. But we have now restricted it to 96 hours. There is Eid on Aug 8," Giri had said, announcing his party's decision on relaxing the movement. Following the Congress-led United Progressive Alliance's endorsement for a separate Telangana state, to be carved out from Andhra Pradesh, the Darjeeling hills have been
on the boil, with the GJM announcing that it would intensify its movement demanding a separate Gorkhaland. The GJM wants the new state to be carved out of parts of Darjeeling and Jalpaiguri districts of northern West Bengal. GJM chief Bimal Gurung has already resigned as the chief executive of Gorkhaland Territorial Administration (GTA) -
an autonomous and elected hill development council. The GJM leadership is slated to meet union Home minister Sushilkumar Shinde Friday with its demands. Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee Wednesday ruled out division of the state or the dissolution of GTA and asserted her government will take strict steps to maintain peace in the Darjeeling hills.
Security forces foil ZUF calls for better governance ULFA-GNLA terror plan sHIllONG, AUGUsT 1 (TNN): A 'give and take policy' seems to exist between the Assambased United Liberation Front of Asom (ULFA) and Garo National Liberation Army (GNLA) to further strengthen their designs in their respective states. Security forces in the Garo Hills have busted a major plan of GNLA, in connivance with ULFA's anti-talks faction, to carry out subversive activities in the region. In a series of operations over the last few days, mostly in West Garo Hills district, at least half a dozen cadres of the outfit were arrested and a large number of arms, including bomb-making materials, were seized. On Tuesday, an ULFA cadre was killed during the counter-insurgency operation.
The GNLA had hired the ULFA cadre, an expert in manufacturing improvised explosive devises (IEDs) and planting them, to carry out subversive activities at various places in the Garo Hills, a source said. The ULFA cadre, identified as Sanjit Rabha (24), was accompanying GNLA militants. He was killed during an encounter with security personnel at Rongkhugre in Dobasipara under West Garo Hills district. "The arrested GNLA cadres have given us more information about the movement of arms and their men," West Garo Hills SP M K Singh said. "GNLA and ULFA are linked... ULFA men cross the international border in connivance with GNLA and the Garo outfit takes ULFA's help for arms training and weapons," a senior BSF official said.
DIMAPUr, AUGUsT 1 (MexN): The Zeliangrong United Front has in a press note expressed concern over the “inefficiencies and disorders prevailing in the Zeliangrong region covering Assam, Manipur and Nagaland which caused immense hardships to the wanting populace.” The ZUF cautioned that any irregularity of the concerned government or non-governmental institutions should be improved instantly, failing which “stern action shall be taken up without compunction.” It said that the government departments have failed to deliver the goods to the targeted people. “Village leaders should not be corrupted in handling developmental schemes and man day wages like NREGS, Haliyali scheme and others,” it said. It said that education institutions, health services, judiciary proceeding to
safeguard human rights and protection of women against harassments should be smooth in their function. The ZUF said that it would immediate action against any defaulter. The ZUF also demanded that child trafficking,
kidnapping, rape, immoral behavior and corrupted elements would be liable to the follow up action. The ZUF acknowledged that the gang rape case of an umorok seller in Tamenglong district was disposed off within a short duration.
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leaders had demanded that the government of India immediately starts the dialogue on the 'Frontier Nagaland' state creation by carving out four districts from Nagaland. The ENPO's demand for the creation of 'Frontier Nagaland' peaked in 2011 accusing the successive Nagaland governments of meting out step-motherly treatments to the four eastern districts of Nagaland. Two years ago, Nagas
in four Nagaland districts had carried out massive public rallies demanding the creation of a new state christened as 'Frontier Nagaland' by bifurcating Nagaland. The ENPO, which is the apex organization of six Naga tribes including Konyak, Khiamniungan, Chang, Yimchunger, Sangtam and Phom inhabiting the four districts, had submitted a memorandum to the Prime Minister urging him to realize the demand.
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An opinion on Anti-Christ!
hat is this anti-Christ that we talk about? One evening as I sat to reflect about it, a thought struck me. We often tend to label a group that has openly declared themselves as antiChrist. Well this is not denied. If they have declared themselves as anti-Christ, they are and they will be. It all depends. Sometimes, they might come back. For me anti-Christ need not be people who openly declare themselves as member to it, but anything that goes against the value which Christ taught is anti-Christ. There are hundreds of examples that can be cited. Are we living in a society where we are free of being anti-Christ? If we justify, it will be a serious error. The society in which we live is never free of it. Therefore we should not rest assured that anti-Christ is labelled to few. It is not of recent origin, but we have been living with people of such tendencies in the here and now. People failing to love one another, killing one another for the well-being of the group,
stealing (openly and hidingly), murdering, raping, looting, pride, unable to forgive, do not want to be put down, etc. Are these all not anti-Christ? Christ whom we follow never taught us to do these things. Therefore, anything that goes against the teaching of Christ is none other than anti-Christ. I do not intend to deny the fact that there are organised groups. There are! We may be regular church goers and appear to be the best in the society through the means of wearing mask, but have deadly poison to outdo the other, then, it is anti-Christ. It is wrong to assume that we are free and do evil things under the pretext of good intension. These are silent antiChrist. This will be even worse than the open group. These can fission to even greater consequences. There are singers and musical bands who have openly declared themselves antiChrist. Scientists like Stephen Hawkins, Richard Dawkins are anti-Christ because they don’t believe in God. But sur-
prisingly, Stephen Hawkins interestingly would remark that he knows how to solve an equation but does not know how it works. He said there is something more than the physical law that makes it work. It looks to me that it is implied to God though he did not use the term God. We hear alarms today about a sect coming up who declare themselves as antiChrist. It has started long back. We have been living with people of such tendencies. We may be very comfortably going around spreading news that anti-Christ is spreading forgetting that we could be a member already. Because anything that goes against the teaching of Christ is an antiChrist. We may be someone who goes around asking people to be aware about the dangers of anti- Christ and have no love in our hearts, we are already anti-Christ. In warning others about the dangers of anti-Christ, we must not forget to look into our deep selves. This will help us to be more aware and help
‘Nagas are one by custom and culture’
some countries, or as if we don’t have rights. This is because Nagas do not know English meaning properly. Nagas doesn’t seem to clearly understand the meaning of Ceasefire, Reconciliation, Solution and Unity. Nagas are not standing for anything apart from Sovereignty, Independent nation. We are not for reconciliation and subsequent solution with a solution with India or Burma in the form of surrender; we cannot be under their constitution, or any imperial rule. Whenever it be Nagas will always have our own constitution (Yehzabo). Naga Christians kindly refer the holy bible Psalms 33: 12. Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord, the people he chooses for his inheritance. Hence, all these were planned and blessed by God for us. Hence, when Nagas stand in unison we can face and win the enemy with ease and then only Sovereignty solution will come to light. Hence, we the Nagas should first search and understand the meaning of Unity. For Nagas the road to unity is actually easy because Nagas worship Lord Jesus the prince of peace. The sacrifice and work of Naga National Workers is not for want of leadership but for the entire Nagas. Naga inhabited area is one for which much blood has been shed, and we continue to stand and will continue till our goal achieved. 1st Corinth 9:24. Do you know that in a race all the runners run, but only one gets the prize? Maj (Retd) Kewongkhum Yimchunger Education Kilonser NSCN (Khaplang)
The Most Neglected Dist Hospital Z’boto
Vodafone Maruti, Honda, Ford July sales launches high- up; Tata Motors, M&M struggle DELhI, AUGUST 1 (PTI): Car memorable month with its domestic sales speed 3G dongle NEW makers Maruti Suzuki, Honda and Ford going up by 26.15 per cent to 7,867 units in reported increase in July sales, while others including Tata Motors, M&M, Toyota and General Motors continued to struggle. Maruti Suzuki India (MSI) managed to grow on the back of increased sales of its mini segment cars, including M800, Alto, A-Star and WagonR, and compact sedan Dzire. Honda Cars India Ltd (HCIL) rode on the success of its new entry level sedan Amaze. Ford India posted its best ever monthly sales, courtesy its new compact SUV EcoSport. MSI said its domestic sales grew by 5.8 per cent during the month to 75,145 units, from 71,024 units in July last year. The mini segment car sales grew by 15.8 per cent to 33,587 units, and Dzire, 33.6 per cent at 15,249 units. HCIL reported over two and half-fold increase in its domestic sales for July 2013 at 11,223 units. “Honda Amaze has clocked its highest monthly sales of 6,515 units during July 2013 and is maintaining very good growth momentum having sold more than 24,000 units sold since its launch,” HCIL Senior Vice President (Marketing and Sales) Jnaneswar Sen said. Ford India also had a
agas are tribal mountaineers of Mongoloid race. From mountain to mountain it is occupied by different tribes with different dialects. But Nagas are one by custom and culture. Just like China, Burma or India, Nagaland is a Nation. Universal law-I states that no nation on earth exist without a concrete geographical land. But yes till today Nagas are not having a separate membership in United Nations. But for that date and time it belongs to Almighty God alone. Naga Christians let us refer to the Holy Bible Micah 4: 1. In the last days the mountain of the Lord’s temple will be established as the higher of the mountains; it will be exalted above the hills and peoples will stream to it. It was on 19th July 1947 when the Naga leaders approached Delhi for Naga Independence, Mohan Das Karamchand Gandhi even said why wait for 15th August why not today. Nagas have even right to be independent. Let me not compare with large countries but indicate about Vatican City. We know Vatican City is a notion with a mere area of 44 Sq. Km (Above sea level). Its population is around 10,000 only. For its National defence it has armed force with a strength of 1000. Yet it is a nation with a post of Prime Minister. (Ato Kilonser). Another example, East Timor was under the imperialistic rule of Indonesia. But since they had their right even if their army strength was around 700 and only around 400 arms with insufficient ammunitions. But they too got independence as we have all heard about it. What did Indonesia lose by giving independence to east Timor? But we Vekupa Rhakho have heard of packages granted to Indonesia by George Papal Seminary, Pune
us live as better Christians through our way of life. Otherwise our being Christian will be of no value. Mahatma Gandhi once remarked; I love Christianity but not Christians. Its implication is understood! There are people who still hold on to the ideology; an eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth. Still we respect them because of their social standing. We are already an anti- Christ if we do so. What did Christ on the cross do? He did not warn the soldiers and the leaders of the synagogue standing at the foot of the cross. Instead, he made the most beautiful prayer: forgive them Father for they do not know what they are doing. This is what we are called to do. Anyone who is unable to do this is already a member of anti-Christ. Let us all be aware that we sometimes become an antiChrist due to our human limitations.
MUMBAI, AUGUST 1 (BL): Vodafone India has launched a highspeed 3G dongle — Vodafone K3800 — with data transfer speeds of up to 14.4 Mbps at Rs 1,750. Plans for the Vodafone K3800 include a Rs. 175 prepaid plan that offers 1GB data valid 30 days and a Rs. 499 prepaid plan that offers 3GB data valid for 30 days. Postpaid customers can get 4GB data free for two months for Rs. 499. “The launch is timed to meet the demand for high-speed mobile data services. High speed of up to 14.4 Mbps, affordable price and live Web chat for support, will make high speed mobile internet accessible to a wider audience base,” Vodafone India Commercial Officer Vivek Mathur said. One of the unique features of the K3800 3G dongle is an interactive startup page that offers easy access to email and social updates as well direct access to live web chat support for the users. The dongle supports all major operating systems such as the Window 8, Mac, Linux, Fedora and Ubuntu.
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July this year, as against 6,236 units in the same month last year. Ford India Executive Director, (Marketing, Sales and Service) Vinay Piparsania said: “Despite the near-term difficulty in the economy, our customers have put their trust in the urban SUV EcoSport and with the Figo ranking as the best premium compact car in the prestigious JD Power India vehicle dependability study 2013, we are delighted to achieve the highest-ever sales in our history this month.” Renault India also reported two-fold increase in sales in July at 3,763 units from 1,776 units in the same period of previous year. Other car makers, however, continued to struggle in a market which has been on a prolonged slump due to weak economic growth, rising fuel costs and low consumer sentiment. Homegrown auto major Tata Motors’ total passenger vehicle sales in the domestic market stood at 10,824 units in July, down 58.75 per cent from 26,240 units a year-ago. Likewise, Mahindra & Mahindra’s domestic sales were down 19.41 per cent at 34,490 units as against 42,799 units in the same month last year.
he dilapidated building of Dist. Hospital Zunheboto which was constructed about 5 (five) decades back is considered as the most neglected Dist. Hospital in Nagaland. More than 75% of the patients prefer to go for outside treatment for obvious reason. It is now realized that the prayer and wishes of the general public for upgradation of Dist. Hospital Zunheboto has become futile. It may be mentioned here that the upgradation of Dist Hos-
pital ZBTO from 50-75 bedded hospital was announced by the Chief Minister during his visit to Zunheboto town, again within the next few years it was inaugurated by the CM himself. But the department has never complied with the initiative of the CM. As such the condition of Civil Hospital Zunheboto still remains the same. “WHOM TO BE BLAMED” It may be clarified that the entire area of Civil Hospital Zunheboto is non compensated land, and still has sufficient area which
is suitable for any project leaving aside the dilapidated building. Therefore while expressing our Co-operation, it is also clarified that the land owner shall have a reservation over the existing Hospital, if any new development works is shifted outside the area which has been demarcated as the hospital area by the district authority with undue influence. Nihoto Zhimomi Land Owner Hezukhu Memorial Hospital Zunheboto
o organizations or groups, including IM, K, and NNC/FGN, have any right to impose tax on, or to collect it from, individuals or businesses. Just because a group happens to be participating in peace-talks, or their group represents the original setup, does not entitle, endorse, or authorize them to collect tax in any form or manner. The only entity that can legitimately impose and collect tax is the one and only organization approved and accepted by the people of Nagaland to function as a legitimate government on their behalf. Until such an entity is created and established to conduct all matters of governance, anyone collecting tax does so illegally and falls within the definition of extortion, which is a criminal activity.No one should be obligated to comply with their demands. Stand up for your rights. There are laws that govern a country, a state, and even local jurisdictions. What has been happening
in Nagaland, whether in the areas of extortion in the form of “tax” or other criminal activities such as rapes and killings, reflects a state of lawlessness, created by these faction groups. I have not changed my position ever since I told the late A. Z. Phizo that we need to be pragmatic and not merely idealists or narrow-minded; in other words, we must sacrifice self-interest. What I told both of you, Muivah and Swu, during our meeting at your Bethel camp a few years ago, remains the same in that all the faction-groups must unite together for the good of the Nagas and form a unified, single organization that is acceptable to all the Nagas. To this end, I have already spelled out my views and recommendations in several articles appearing in local dailies under various titles, such as “Spears Cry Out”, “Spears Cry Out – Revisited”, and “The Indo-Naga Political Issue”. Dr. Vikuosa Nienu
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Free diabetes detection camp held
A patient being tested during the diabetes detection camp held in Ungma Village on July 30.
moKoKchuNg, august 1 (mExN): The Limasungba Trust, existing under the aegis of Ungma Theological Union conducted a one-day free diabetes detection camp in Ungma Village , Mokokchung on July 30, 2013.The camp was held in collaboration with medical personnel from Kohima, Dimapur, Mokokchung and MVD Health Plus Guwa-
hati. Apart from the medical personnel, four doctors from MVD Guwahati and two doctors from Mokokchung assisted the medical camp. The patients detected with diabetes or diabetic patients attending the camp can avail a special discount in undergoing further treatment at MVD Health Plus, Guwahati. This was stated in a press release received here.
Friday 2 August 2013
Appeal to soon translate Foothill Road into a reality Kohima, august 1 (mExN): For decades, the people of Mon, Tuensang, Longleng, Mokokchung and Wokha districts have been subjected to commute through Assam to reach a destination within their own state. Recounting the inconveniences of this, chairmen of Kohima Lakhuti Welfare Union, Mekukla Khumshum Kohima, Akuk Ekhung Kohima, Sunglup Ekhung Kohima, unions of Lotha villages in Kohima have issued a statement. It stated that over the period of nearly fifty years of statehood, the state government of Nagaland had not critically evaluated the cost of the unnecessary route. “Oftentimes, travelers from these places were subjected to various difficulties and even harassment along the
Assam state roads,” it said. “Many a traveler had lost their lives for no fault of theirs too.” The long torturous journeys meanwhile lead to loss of many man days and a high expenditure on fuel and on vehicular tear and wears. Needless to state that a huge amount of our economy is wasted on journeys along these routes, it added. In view of the above woes, the note mentioned that "conscientious members" of above mentioned unions and Yonchujo village union in a meeting expressed profound appreciation of the present government for understanding the hardships of the people of these districts and for undertaking a radical approach to addressing it.
The long felt need of a Foothill Road to cater to the transport needs of these District stands justified and it merits an attention of utmost immediacy, it stated. “This proposed road charters through the mineral-rich areas of the state which also is a very rich agricultural spread,” it added. “The contribution of this road, once constructed and put to use, will account for a considerable quantum of the state’s economy.” Further, it asserted that by itself, it will usher in a self-reliant agricultural produce even for the entire state. It will also shorten the travel space of the state. Therefore, it urged the government to spare no effort to translate it into a reality no matter what the investment amount may be.
It was also informed that the members of the meeting were highly appreciative of the resolve and pragmatic approach of the present government headed by Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio to provide forthwith the shortest route possible as an interim arrangement by identifying the Connectivity Road from Tizit to Dimapur via Tuli-Changki-Sanis-Ralan-and Niuland. The statement fervently appealed to the government to expedite the process of the construction of this road to ensure “we save more lives, money and above all time.” It also appealed to the people of these areas to be particularly supportive and co-operative to the concerns of the government and the departments involved.
ATMA Kohima conducts orientation prog Bank plants saplings to protect environment
Dimapur, august 1 (mExN): With an objective to effectively implement State Extension wing of Agri and Allied departments, ATMA Kohima conducted a two-day orientation programme for all stake holders at Hotel Japfü from July 30 to 31, 2013. This was informed in a press note issued by Nosezole, DAO & P.D (ATMA) Kohima. Speaking as the chief guest on the inauguration programme, Deputy Commissioner and Chairman Governing Board (ATMA) Kohima W. Honje Konyak challenged
all stake holders of ATMA from Agri and Allied departments to clearly set targets as per the local conditions and go forward to achieve them. Citing that Agri and Allied departments have enough human resources with specialized technocrats, he stressed it is time that all stake holders contribute effectively in transferring people’s friendly technologies as per the needs of rural poor farmers. He also dwelt strongly on the need of research and analysis at various capacities so that most benefit
is reaped by our farmers. He asked the gathering to strategize work implementation by identifying potential areas such as Horticulture based farming system which only can bring change in our dependent food system. The chief guest also released the 3rd Edition of ATMA news bulletin covering all activities of both district as well as the block levels for the year 2012-13. All members from Agri and Allied departments, BTT’s, BFAC’s, and FF’s participated in the programme.
Resource centre for ECCE inaugurated
Kohima, august 1 (mExN): State Council of Education and Research Training (SCERT) director Vipralhou Kesiezie inaugurated Resource Centre for Early Childhood and Care Education (ECCE) at Government Primary School, D.Khel and Baptist High School, Kohima on Thursday. Speaking on the occasion, Kesiezie said teachers play a very important role in the schools. “They play the role of a surrogate mother to the children and help them to nurture, develop and guide them for the future.” He fur-
SCERT director Vipralhou Kesiezie during the inauguration of ECCE at Baptist High School, Kohima
ther urged the teachers to take the profession with all seriousness as the responsibilities given to them are for Human Resource development. “After a survey, it is very sad to get not many Government schools which have got appropriate rooms
Disconnection of defaulting and illegal power consumers Dimapur, august 1 (mExN): The Power Department has informed all electricity consumers under Electrical Division, Kohima that disconnection of defaulting and illegal/unauthorized consumers will start with immediate effect. A press note from the Executive Engineer for Kohima Electrical Division have requested all registered consumers under Kohima town and rural areas under Electrical Division Kohima to clear their electricity bills at the earliest in order to avoid disconnection and inconvenience. It further cautioned that all illegal/unauthorized tapping and use of electricity is an offence and would invite penalty in the form of fine/imprisonment or both as per Electricity Act, 2003 and therefore urged all to desist from such activities. It also requested customers to read the information printed at the back of the electricity bill and to note that "non-receipt of bills is not a valid excuse for failure to make payment within due date.” The note also informed that duplicate bills may be obtained from the local office on demand.
Workshop on legal literacy and paralegals
Kohima, august 1 (mExN): A one day workshop on “Legal Literacy Awareness and Paralegals Training” will be organised by the Alder College Alumni Association in collaboration with the District Legal Services Authority, Kohima at the College premises on August 3 at 10:30 AM. Mayanglima, Registrar, Gauhati High Court, Kohima Bench and three other panel Lawyers will speak on the occasion.
to open as a (ECCE) resource centre in the State capital,” he regretted. Out of the four resource centres that have been inaugurated, only one is Govt. School and the others three are private schools. Vipralhou said the reason for
AR apprehends cadres
Dimapur, august 1 (mExN): 37 Assam Rifles under HQ 6 Sector Assam Rifles/ HQ IGAR (N) based on specific input apprehended one GPRN/NSCN cadre identified as Kelechutuo Doze (35), Rajapeyu of GPRN/NSCN while he was extorting money from local shopkeepers at Chumukedima market. According to a press release issued by the AR, one point 22 pistol, one magazine, five live rounds of point 22 and Rs. 350/- in cash were recovered from the individual. The cadre was handed over to the Diphupar Police Station. The residents of the town have expressed their gratitude to the Assam Rifles for “providing them relief from unabated extortion by the undergrounds.”
Kohima night HE Dept bids adieu bazaar opens
to Dr. Toshiba Echa Our Correspondent Kohima | August 1
The state’s Department of Higher Education today accorded farewell to its director Dr. Toshiba Echa, who retired on superannuation. Speaking on the occasion, parliamentary secretary for higher education and SCERT Deo Nukhu lauded the contribution of the retired director during his service in the department and also for being an inspiration to many. Wishing him a happy re-
tired life, Nukhu remarked Dr. Toshiba is retiring from the department, but not from the Naga society. Dr. Toshiba Echa in his speech acknowledged the staff for the co-operation and support rendered to him during his tenure in the department. The programme was chaired by joint director higher education Megono Liegise while Principal Kohima College Kohima, Chubatola Longkumer pronounced the invocation prayer.
opening the ECCE resource centre is to let the teachers experience firsthand in the activity based learning. The selected schools are provided with play materials in an aim to attract children to come to schools, as it is pre-dominantly activity based to make learning joyful for the children. Kesiezie informed that one year diploma course training will be given under SCERT for the pre-primary school teachers to professionally prepare them to make use of the play materials and also handle the children.
moKoKchuNg, august 1 (mExN): Axis Bank Mokokchung Branch today conducted its ‘Plant a Sapling’, tree plantation initiative at Dr. Imkongliba Memorial Hospital, Mokokchung. Under this initiative of Axis Bank, more than 1 lakh saplings will be planted in over 1000 locations across the country on August 1 and 2, 2013. Today’s initiative was conducted in the presence of T.Yashi Jamir, Divisional Forest Officer, Dr. Chubala Aier, Senior Specialist, Dr. Moa, Senior Dental Surgeon, Sister Achila, Assistant Nursing Superintendent and Imtikumba, FR1. Kevisetso Miachieo of Axis Bank, Mokokchung Branch said that ‘Green Banking’ is embedded in the philosophy and culture of Axis Bank. Over the past two years, Axis Bank propagated it as part of its endeavor to help protect the environment. He also said that Axis Bank is doing its best to ensure that most of their operational, procurement and consumption are eco-friendly. The Bank has also initiated solar based
Our Correspondent Kohima, August 1
Good news! Kohima night bazaar was opened here today near Ao Church, Midland. With this, one can go for shopping at night, which will open upto 8:00 PM. The night bazaar will have all kinds of vegetables, meat, fish, groceries, modular kitchens, furniture, computers, laptop, readymade garments, interior decorations, imported shoes, Christian literature, bite size bakery, medical consultation, pharmacy, muodi etc.
Axis Bank officials and others during the tree plantation drive on August 1.
UPS for running ATMs. Stating that Axis Bank has inculcated the principles of “Reduce, Reuse and Recycle” amongst the employees, Miachieo said that the Bank has also moved to e-greetings instead of the normal paper greetings used earlier.
Axis Bank also encourages its customers to subscribe for e-statements and other electronic formats of communication, thus significantly reducing paper consumption and deforestation. Axis Bank, Mokokchung Branch meanwhile expressed its gratitude
to the administration of Dr. Imkongliba Memorial Hospital, Mokokchung for granting permission to conduct the program within its premises, Dr Chubala Aier for her enthusiastic guidance and support and T. Yashi Jamir, DFO for providing the saplings.
2 FGN cadres at Tamlu
Axis Bank’s Go Green initiative
On July 26, troops of 31 Assam Rifles apprehended two FGN Civil Wing cadres near Tamlu town. It was informed in a press release issued by AR that, the cadres have been identified as Yimshau Phom, resident of Buranamsang, Longleng district and Manpa Phom, resident of Naginimora, Mon district. One 9mm pistol, one 7.65mm pistol, 6 live rounds and a booklet containing demand notes for extortion were found on them. The apprehension of these two cadres had been appreciated by local populace as the same will help in curbing the increased extortion activities by various factions in Tamlu area, it added.
Axis Bank and DAN officials during tree plantation drive in Dimapur on Thursday. (Morung photo)
29 AR apprehends DNLF cadre
Acting on a tip-off about a movement of a DNLF (Dimasa National Liberation Front) cadre, troops of 29
Assam Rifles tracked and intercepted the individual on Kalibari road, West Yard Colony, Dimapur. AR in a press release stated that one 7.65mm pistol with two magazines and 20 live rounds of 7.65mm caliber were recovered from him. He was later handed over to the Sub-urban Police Station, Dimapur.
Dimapur, august 1 (mExN): As part of its corporate social responsibility, Axis Bank Purana Branch, Dimapur in collaboration with Development Authority of Nagaland (DAN) planted tree saplings in DAN vicinity on Thursday. Speaking prior to the plantation drive, Assistant Vice President Branch
Head Axis Bank Purana Bazar, Sourav Bose said the Bank was planting 1 Lakh saplings across the country in 1000 places on August 1 and 2. “Apart from banking, the Bank also believes in taking care of the environment,” he said. Bose said other corporate social responsibility initiatives in
the offing included programmes for senior citizens, health camps etc. DAN was represented by EE Pathak. Other officials present included Axis Bank Branch Sales Manager, Kheghoto Sema, BDO Kuhuboto Phoishe, Er. Kihoto RD and M. Zachamo Ezung member of Green Foundation Nagaland.
was held at Heritage Village, Kisama. In his speech, Vikho-o Yhoshü said that Southern Angami area is blessed with fertile land where all types of vegetation could be grown. Hence, he added, it is everyone’s responsibility to preserve it in the right way. He urged the students’ body to maintain viable ecosystem and biodiversity in the form of protection, preservation and conservation. “The hotspot biodiversity areas such as Japfü Range, Dzükou valley and Kezol forest need to be protected and conserved from further exploitation,” he added.
Former President ASU, Voto Neikha who also spoke on the occasion, termed tree plantation as a yearlong activity that needs constant nurturing of the planted saplings. He stressed on the importance of educating people on forest preservation so as to limit deforestation, while lauding the SASU and all its affiliated units for the innovative gesture. Chairman, Phesama Village Council, Vikekuo-u Zashümo cited Khuzama Village as an example and appealed not only the students’ body, but also all frontal organizations to play an active part in tree plantation.
In an effort to preserve the beauty and protect the environment, SASU carry out tree plantation drive annually, SASU President Vilboto Hibo said. He further expressed deep gratitude to the Forest Department, Er. Kropol Vitsu, Er. Vikho-o Yhoshü, Dr. Nicky Kire, Parliamentary Secretary Law & Justice, Land & Revenue Labor, Phesama Village Council, Phesama Students Union, SAPO, SAWO, SAYO, senior leaders, village elders of all the Southern Angami areas, students and volunteers for their contribution in a making the drive successful. Meanwhile, SASU Gen-
eral Secretary Notsozo Vitsu stated financial constraint as an impediment for smooth functioning of the union. In this regard, he requested parliamentary secretaries, Er. Vikho-o Yhoshü and Er. Kropol Vitsu for consideration. Later in the afternoon, SASU team along with the students of Japfü Christian College, Kigwema jointly initiated a sanitation drive cum social work in the landslide area i.e. between Kisama and Phesama. The SASU expressed its sincere gratitude to the Principal, Vice Principal and all the students of JCC who volunteered.
SASU initiates tree plantation drive
Kohima, July 31 (mExN): Southern Angami Students’ Union (SASU) on July 31 carried out mass tree plantation along its National Highway as part of the Union’s campaign against global warming. Supported by the Forest Department Kohima, the plantation drive was jointly organized by SASU, SAYO, SAWO, SAPO and village councils. Parliamentary secretary for Housing, Treasuries & Accounts Er. Vikho-o Yhoshü, and parliamentary secretary for Information & Public Relations, Printing & Stationary Er. Kropol Vitsu also joined the plantation drive which
The Power of Truth
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fter the decision was taken by the UPA-II government and the Congress Working Committee (CWC) to bifurcate the State of Andhra Pradesh and create a separate Telangana, the question that is being asked is simply this: “If there can be a Telagana State then why not a Gorkhaland, Bodoland, Frontier Nagaland, Vidarbha, Purvanchal etc? Very good question. The answer to which will perhaps lie in the political discourse that is likely to take place in the days, weeks and months ahead. One important question that needs to be answered is this: whether the country is prepared for smaller states in the near future. Political parties will have to take a stand on this sooner than later. In particular, what the big parties like the Congress or the BJP says will matter. Already, Mayawati of the Bahujan Samaja Party (BSP) has favoured the bifurcation of Uttar Pradesh into Purvanchal, Bundelkhanad, Harit Pradesh and Awadh Pradesh. In fact the BSP government, when it was in power, had passed a resolution in the Uttar Pradesh Assembly to split the State into four. What we must also understand is that though people’s group may demand new States, it is the political party in power (whether at the Centre of State), which will have to take the political initiative. The opinion of a political party is therefore important. Of the two major national parties, the Congress has traditionally being cautious as far as forming new States goes. This has perhaps something to do with the decades of uninterrupted Congress rule at the Centre and the party’s inclination towards making the Centre strong at the cost of the units (States). The BJP on the other hand is a strong votary of smaller States, having created several new States during the Atal Behari Vajpayee led NDA government. Against this backdrop and in the light of having acceded to the demand for a Telangana State, it will be of interest to wait and watch how the Congress in particular handles the subject henceforth i.e. post-Telangana. Only a few days ago, this column had written about how the Government of India would have to start preparing for new States irrespective of the party in power. It was also commented in these columns that the creation of Telangana was “inevitable” and it was “only a matter of time”. And now that this has happened, Delhi will have to find the best way possible to resolve the new found assertion across India for greater autonomy from people’s based groups. As already mentioned, the list of those demanding Statehood is getting longer as time goes by, fuelled by socio-economic disparity, failure of development and political subjugation. Devolution of powers and creation of smaller states is going to be an issue that cannot be ignored anymore. Protests and bandhs have already started across regions where the demand for Statehood is yet to be fulfilled. What is required at this juncture is to set up another States Reorganization Commission so that better understanding and the way forward can be discussed for national consensus. This will also put in place sound principles and rules to guide the process of forming new States. The BJP has already expressed its support for such a commission. Rather than treat the issue in an adhoc manner and also in order to have better political management over the negative fallout arising out of Telangana and also taking into consideration the possibility of wide spread protest and large scale violence by disgruntled groups, the Congress should seriously reconsider the setting up of a Second Reorganization Committee to look into various aspects for creating new and smaller states. (Feedback can be send to email@example.com)
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How to Design Neighborhoods
iology is destiny, declared Sigmund Freud. But if Freud were around today, he might say “design is destiny”—especially after taking a stroll through most modern cities. The way we design our communities plays a huge role in how we experience our lives. Neighborhoods built without sidewalks, for instance, mean that people walk less and therefore enjoy fewer spontaneous encounters, which is what instills a spirit of community to a place. A neighborly sense of the commons is missing. You don’t have to be a therapist to realize that this creates lasting psychological effects. It thwarts the connections between people that encourage us to congregate, cooperate, and work for the common good. We retreat into ever more privatized existences. Of course, this is no startling revelation. Over the past 40 years, the shrinking sense of community across America has been widely discussed, and many proposals outlined about how to bring us back together. One of the notable solutions being put into practice to combat this problem is New Urbanism, an architectural movement to build new communities (and revitalize existing ones) by maximizing opportunities for social exchange: public plazas, front porches, corner stores, coffee shops, neighborhood schools, narrow streets, and, yes, sidewalks. But while New Urbanism is making strides at the level of the neighborhood, we still spend most of our time at home, which today means seeing no one other than our nuclear family. How could we widen that circle just a bit? Cooperative living and cohousing communities are gaining popularity, especially among young people. Yet, millions more people are looking for more informal arrangements with neighbors, where they share more than a property line. That’s an idea Seattle-area architect Ross Chapin has explored for many years, and now showcases in an inspiring book: Pocket Neighborhoods: Creating a Small-Scale Community in a Large-Scale World. He believes that groupings of four to twelve households make an ideal community “where meaningful ‘neighborly’ relationships are fostered.” But even here, design shapes our destiny. Chapin explains that strong connections between neighbors develop most fully and organically when everyone shares some “common ground.” That can be a semi-public space, as in the pocket neighborhoods Chapin designs in the Seattle area. In the book’s bright photographs, they look like grassy patches of paradise, where kids scamper, flowers bloom, and neighbors stop to chat. But Chapin points out these commons can take many different forms—an apartment building in Cambridge, Massachusetts, with a shared backyard; a group of neighbors in Oakland who tore down their backyard fences to create a commons; a block in Baltimore that turned their alley into a public commons; or the residential pedestrian streets found in Manhattan Beach, California, and all around Europe. The benefits of a living in such a community go farther than you might imagine. I lived in one while in graduate school, a rundown 1886 row house with a common courtyard near the University of Minnesota campus. At no other time in my life have I become such close friends with my neighbors. We shared impromptu afternoon conversations at the picnic table and parties that went into the early hours of the morning under Italian lights we strung from the trees. When the property was sold to a speculator who jacked up the rents to raise capital for the eventual demolition of the building, we organized a rent strike. And we won, which would never have happened if we had not already forged strong bonds with each other. Because the judge ruled that the landlord could not raise our rents until he fixed up the building, he abandoned plans to knock it down. It still stands today, and I still remain in contact with some of the old gang that partied in the courtyard.
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Time Runs Out
he subject is not new. In fact it is a repeat of what has already been said before. It is being repeated in the faint hope that people who sit at the helms of affair will finally hear this sound in the wilderness. This is a desperate voice of the last generation of Nagas who have seen the inhuman atrocities and cruelty of the Indian Army first hand in the early 1950s. We have seen Naga villages burned to the ground one after another. We have seen the only wealth that any rural Naga family ever had… their granaries, being torched to ashes devoid of any remorse simply to cut off the supply link to the brothers in arms. We have seen countless grandparents, Aunts, Uncles and little brothers and sisters starve to death all across Nagaland because of their heartless act. We have seen the concentration camps set up by the Indian Army throughout Nagaland, herding 5-6 village population together without elementary living conditions even for animals. The emaciated elders and starved children walking around like zombies helplessly unable protect themselves from the tyranny of the Indian Army. We had no right to exist. We have heard time and again how many of our Naga women had been sacrilegiously raped, degraded and shot within the confines of the Churches. We have heard innumerable stories of how hundreds of able bodied sons of the soil had been tortured and murdered, on mere suspicion by the Indian Army just so as to cripple our spirit and deny recruitment to the Naga Army. We have heard of captured Naga soldiers being hung by their feet, gun butted as a sport, smearing chili powder on a freshly sliced flesh then left to die a slow excruciating death. Many were bayoneted while desperately trying to cling on to life for days without food or water and their bodies finally thrown to the dogs to be ravaged. Even a decent burial was denied. We have heard of how Naga prisoners had been tortured with raw electrical wires being applied to their genitals and laughing at them as they screamed in excruciating pain. The sadistic extremity of human cruelty perpetuated by the Indian Army against the Nagas is beyond description. The Indian humiliation of the Nagas was complete. We were no better than an animal to them without a right to existence. This humiliation continues to this day with the Armed Forces Special Powers Act still in vogue and like the helpless generation before us we timidly accept our inhuman status. Our present day political leaders are very comfortable with this situation and oblivious to the plight of the common man, with M-O-N-E-Y fogging up their brains. Is there no pride left in us? A divine purpose had been served to let each Naga of that generation understand the price that was being paid and acknowledge the magnitude of the task before us that needs to be accomplished standing together as a family without apportioning blame to one another for better or for worse. We are the last generation who has seen the true picture of the supreme sacrifices made by the generation before us imprinted in our souls. How could we ever forget them so casually? Should not an honest thought be spared for those mothers who desperately held on to their dying sons crying bitter helpless tears yet courageously accepting their fate? Should not an honest prayer be offered for the sons who had died believing that we were born free? Their souls cry out to us for UNITY to achieve what they dreamt about and willingly died for despite being treated like an animal by the In-
Khekiye K. Sema, IAS (Rtd)
avita Burumle (not her real name) spent two years in coaching classes in Kota, Rajasthan, preparing for medical competitive examinations. She comes from a small rural town in Maharashtra and hence stayed in a hostel in Kota. Unfortunately, despite spending two years and substantial money in these coaching classes, she could not get into any decent medical school. Her days in coaching classes and self-study used to start from 6 a.m. and end around 9 p.m. Similarly, before she came to Kota, her parents would send her to private tuitions in her home town which were from 8 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Her regular school started at 12 noon and finished at 6 p.m. She had no time to play and this focus on competitive examinations robbed her of her childhood. Children all over India go through this grind year after year and for what? By creating a whole generation of uni-dimensional citizens we are playing with fire. This is not the only way for children to excel. There are other models of children's education which give well-rounded education. Such models exist all over the country but are few in number and need to be replicated. I will describe our small experiment in this area. When I and my wife came back in 1981 from the US to stay in a small rural town of Phaltan in Maharashtra, there were no good schools. Hence when the time came for our daughter's education we helped start a Marathi medium primary school and then a high school for them. Thus whichever class my elder daughter went into, the school added that. The basic premise of our school was to give a good all-round education. So there was ample time given for outdoor activities and other creative activities like arts and crafts. Also, attending
Should not an honest thought be spared for those mothers who desperately held on to their dying sons crying bitter helpless tears yet courageously accepting their fate? Should not an honest prayer be offered for the sons who had died believing that we were born free? Their souls cry out to us for UNITY to achieve what they dreamt about and willingly died for …. Should not the present Leaders of the Factions remember each of these sacrifices sincerely made and temper their greed and ego that now prevail glaringly within their fold and salvage unity amongst their flock? It is with the deepest sentiment such as this that this call for unity of our brothers in arms is being made. As long as we continue to insult the sacrifices of the generation that went before us we will never overcome the curse of their tears so bitterly shed for the sake of all our freedom, if we let them down.
dian Army. Should not the present Leaders of the Factions remember each of these sacrifices sincerely made and temper their greed and ego that now prevail glaringly within their fold and salvage unity amongst their flock? It is with the deepest sentiment such as this that this call for unity of our brothers in arms is being made. As long as we continue to insult the sacrifices of the generation that went before us we will never overcome the curse of their tears so bitterly shed for the sake of all our freedom, if we let them down. Time has a way of transforming all what happened to just another sad story of a distant past. For the younger generation, Nagas sovereignty has become a fading dream reinforced by the Faction’s use of sovereignty as a camouflage to tax the people in general and the young entrepreneurs in particular beyond their capabilities. With the rampant uncontrolled onslaught of taxation Nagas cannot hope to survive. Without taxation the factions cannot hope to sustain their existence. In a vicious cycle such as this we can only hope to perish together. If not there has to be a sensible restructuring and discipline in the manner taxation. The answer lies in the reconciliation and merger of all the factions, which can safely
lead us to ‘one tax for one Naga National Government’ without having to confront each other in a bloodbath. Today, the all round focus has shifted to the pursuit of easy money over sovereignty for the comforts and conveniences it provides. This is true across the board involving the Politicians, State Government functionaries, the Factions and the general public. This is our reality. One can’t help the feeling of pessimism when one considers the possibility of having this responsibility passed on to the next generation with the drastic change of mindset over the years. It is within the confines of such foreboding that some home truths have to honestly be acknowledged without bias. It is a fact that all the factions are seated on the fence annually extending the cease fire agreement, contentedly concentrating on raising taxes and killing one another for the same. The exception is the NSCN (IM) practically and visibly engaging the GOI for a negotiated settlement. Taking this ground reality into consideration it is imperative that Mr. Isac Swu and Mr. Th Muivah take time out to seriously do some soul searching and take a reality check very carefully. It is for them to understand with humility that they are spearheading the movement and holds the status of a father figure at this stage. It is for them to find a way to bring all the disgruntled children home. This can happen only if the father is bighearted enough to recall the children without expecting them to confess their sins and render an apology for their actions in the past. A responsible father would exercise a forgiving attitude and not be dragged down to the level of his irresponsible children. It would be in the order of things to remind them that God gives us all a time for existence. No one on earth can entreat with God for time extension of their lives because they have yet to finish their work on earth. They will go when their time is done as God divined. With the advanced age that they are in, every tick of a second hand in our watch brings them closer to the end. From a human standpoint, time is running out and running out fast. A year goes by in a twinkle of an eye. The critical need of the hour for them is to honestly, repeat honestly pray to their God for clarity of vision, magnanimity in their action, eliminating all unchristian egocentric human consideration. The ultimate good for the people must come to the fore at all cost. They must understand that this is a heavy responsibility which cannot be passed down to the next generation with a changed mindset as explained. While the time runs out on them, the GOI has all the time in the world to drag their feet to their advantage for the next thousand years. The GOI has patiently been hard at work for the past 50 years converting the Nagas into money worshipers. As much as we are aware of this so are they that the Nagas are now a purchasable commodity and sovereignty can be bought in the end. After all they have been working on this. The sacrifices of the generation that went before us would stand for nothing. The one thing that is not being questioned is that the elder generation still has the same blood of their identity flowing in their veins which will not be compromised so callously. If at all this strength must be used when we still can. What comfort can they find knowing well that all their unfinished life’s work will be undone by the generation that comes after they are dead and gone? It is for them to realize the ultimate unavoidable truth that time is running out on them. Time runs out.
Indian education: Creating zombies focussed on passing exams Anil K. rajvanshi Source: IANS
extra tuition classes was not allowed by the school. In the initial stages it was very difficult to get students because parents were horrified at the thought of sending their children to a school which did not focus on competitive examinations and cramming for the students. The principal, who was an American but naturalized Indian citizen, went from house to house requesting the parents to send their wards to our school. After our elder daughter got quite good marks in the state secondary board, the Phaltan residents woke up to the value of education in our school. And when our younger daughter got a position in the board, then suddenly people realized that it is one of the best schools in town. Today for 25 or 30 seats, we get around 150 to 200 applications. Our children benefited greatly from this school and education. Our elder daughter went to do her Ph.D. in mechanical engineering in the US and is at present a researcher in a major US company. Our younger daughter did her Masters degree in education from the Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS) and now teaches in our school. Most of the schools put a tremendous burden on the children to study for competitive examinations so that they do not have any time to play. Children are attending one class after another from morning till night. This robs
their childhood and in the process we are creating a whole generation of extremely focussed children who only know how to react to the pressures and inputs and have no time and inclination to think, reflect or get involved in any other creative activity. Besides, they are constantly in fear of failing or missing out on passing the competitive examinations. Thus we are creating a whole generation of Indians who start their life with fear. This fear creates life-long psychological knots and mental problems and in extreme cases leads to suicides that we witness with increasing frequency. Also, as children they would like to play and indulge in childhood activities but because of pressures of the parents and the school, they start telling lies to hide these activities. Inculcating the telling of lies in our children is the biggest tragedy, and this habit, learnt during the formative years, continues throughout their lives. This habit then gives rise to irresponsible behaviour and subsequently leads to corruption. Also, hardly any school curriculum has courses on moral science or on how to become good and responsible citizens. Hence, we are creating zombies who hardly learn any skills and are focussed only on passing exams and nothing else. It is also being increasingly observed that most of the students, af-
ter passing the entrance exams and entering into IITs, medical schools and management institutes, do not know very much about their subjects, but mostly excel in how to pass these exams. With the present quality of teaching, even in some of the prestigious colleges, leaving much to be desired, we are raising a whole generation of engineers, doctors and others who are very inadequate in their professions. This does not bode well for the country. Also, because of the focus on cramming for exams, children never learn to think independently and to develop curiosity. This is carried into their professional education and hence we are hardly producing any researchers or thinkers in the areas of science and engineering. So what is the remedy? We need to increase drastically the number of educational institutes in every sphere; give autonomy to them; have a good national watchdog for maintaining the quality of education and create one examination board for the whole nation. Besides there should be compulsory subjects taught at all levels on humanities, social sciences and how to become good citizens. Let a thousand flowers bloom in children's education. Healthy competition and demand for good schools will automatically lead to excellence so that we can help produce students who are able to think independently and are curious about everything around them and in their life. Besides, we also need to create avenues for gainful employment for children who want to do things other than engineering and medicine. All these efforts will take a long time to show their effect and hence the reforms in education need to be done now for the future betterment of the country.
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2 August 2013
PERSPECTIVE NEWS ANALYSIS, FEATURE AND DISCOURSE
An overview: Mandarin Role of weather in the life cycle of crops orange production technology M
andarin orange (Citrus reticulata) is one of the most common citrus fruit grown in India. Nearly 40% of the total area in India is under citrus cultivation. Citrus industry in India is the 3rd largest fruit industry of the country after mango and banana. India ranks 9th among top orange producing countries, thus contributing 3% to the world’s total orange production. Only 1.72% of the country’s production is exported. Mandarins are successfully grown in all frost free tropical and sub-tropical regions upto 1500 metres above mean sea level. An annual rainfall of 100-120 cm and temperature ranging from 100-350C is suitable for cultivation of the crop. It thrives well in a wide variety of soils but medium or light loamy soils with slightly heavy sub-soil, well drained with pH of 6.08.0 are ideal for cultivation. Nagaland along with Arunachal Pradesh, Karnataka, Maharashtra, Meghalaya, Punjab, Tamil Nadu, Tripura and West Bengal are the growing and potential belts for mandarin. Kinnow from Punjab, is a commercial cultivar, whereas ecotype of Nagpur mandarin is grown in different regions known by different names. Important varieties cultivated in India are Nagpur Santra, Coorg Santra, Khasi Santra, Mudkhed, Shringar, Butwal, Dancy, Kara (Abohar), SZ-IN-COM, Darjeeling Mandarin, Sumithra mandarin, Seedless-182 and Kinnow mandarin. Khasi mandarin is mostly cultivated in our state although the nomenclature varies from place to place. Mandarin orange is propagated by seeds and also vegetatively propagated by T-budding.Seedlings are mostly transplanted in the month of July-August after commencement of monsoon. Budding should preferably be done in last week of January or first week of February following the ‘T’ or shield budding method. The usual package of practices recommends planting oranges in pits of 50 cm x 50 cm x 50 cm size in a square system with spacing of 4.5-6 m, accommodating 350-450 plants/ha. In north-eastern parts of India, Khasi Oranges are very closely spaced (4.5 m x 4.5 m), accommodating more than 500 plants/ha. However, a spacing of 6 m x 6 m accommodating 120 plants/acre has been considered for the present model. Organic cultivation is advocated these days. However, the recommended fertilizer dose in terms of N, P & K is given in the following table: About one third of the recommended dose age of the plant
1 2 3 4 & above
year-wise fertilizer applied (g/plant)
N 150 300 450 600
P 50 100 150 200
K 25 50 75 100
of nitrogen should be applied through organic manures like FYM, cakes etc. In case of nonbearing trees, nitrogen should be applied in split doses during April, August and Novem-
ber; phosphorus in August and November and potassium in November. Nitrogen should be applied in three split doses in case of bearing trees during April, August and November along with 200 g. phosphorus in two split doses in August and November and 100 g. potassium in November for mandarin grown in black clay soil. Micro-nutrients viz. zinc, copper, manganese, iron, boron and molybdenum are required in ample quantities. Improper supply of nutrients may cause serious disorders which may lead to decline of the whole orchard. The micro-nutrients should be supplied through foliar spraying. Citrus plants respond well to irrigation. Water management constitutes an important input in citrus orchard, which determines productivity and longevity. Normally no irrigation is practiced in heavy rainfall areas of North-Eastern states. Plants that receive 1 or 2 irrigation during dry period have healthy growth and produce heavier fruits in these areas. Irrigation is provided at an interval of 10-15 days during winter months whereas during summer months it is provided at an interval of 5-7 days. Water requirement of citrus trees is generally higher than most of the other sub-tropical fruits due to recurrent growth and development. The water requirement varies from 900 to 1100 mm per year depending upon the location. Trees are trained to single stem with 4-6 well-spaced branches for making the basic framework. The lowermost branches are not allowed to grow below the height of 50 cm from the soil surface. Pruning is done during the initial years of planting. The bearing trees require little or no pruning. Main objective of pruning the bearing trees is to maintain the framework and to secure higher yields with better quality fruits. Pruning of bearing trees though differs with variety but chiefly consists of removal of dead, diseased, crisscrossed and weak branches. Removal of water sprouts and suckers of rootstocks is also highly essential. Pruning of non-bearing trees can be done at any time of the year, but for bearing trees the best time is after harvesting, during late winter or early spring when these are in somewhat dormant stage. Root pruning is also practiced in some parts of central and southern India to regulate flowering season. Mulching is done depending on the soil and the specific irrigation schedule, keep mulch at least 1 foot away from the citrus tree's trunk, and if soils are always irrigated, keep the soil immediately under the tree's canopy free from mulch. This is a fine balance between the benefit of mulch retarding weeds and retaining soil moisture for the roots while also allowing the soil and tree trunk to dry readily and not harbor fungus. At the initial stage of growth till they are not tall grown trees, certain crops can be grown in the spaces left unutilized in citrus orchards. Most of the horticultural scientists hold the idea that intercropping in citrus orchards should be stopped as soon as trees begin flowering and some think that it is harmful to orchards. It is a wrong impression. If inter crops are carefully selected, they are beneficial to the growing trees. Intercropping is harmful only when the inter-
crops remain for a longer time and are highly nutrients removing crops. Generally, intercrops are grown out of the periphery of the orchard trees and they should be given additional nutrition as per their need. Clean cultivation is more harmful than intercrops in citrus orchards. Due to clean cultivation, soil pan become hard, fertility of the soil is weakened and there is damage to the roots of the citrus tree. Such soils are also very poor in natural drainage of stagnating water. Intercrops for citrus orchards are selected according to the climate, soil, quantity and distribution of rainfall and sources of artificial irrigation available in a particular place. Generally, intercrops should be shallow rooted, early maturing and high yielding. They should also be efficient in preventing soil erosion, retaining soil moisture and should not compete for water and nutrients with main crop. Orchard soils which are deficient in nitrogen and other organic matters are suitable for growing pulse crops like gram, pea, guar, lobia, etc. Cereal crops like wheat, barley, etc. are unsuitable as intercrops. In the regions like northeast India where annual rainfall is high and soils are prone to erosion, soil protecting crops such as lobia, guar, sunhemp, dhaincha, etc. should be grown as intercrops. Fruit drop in mandarin orange can be controlled in early stages of fruit development by applying two sprays of growth regulators- 2,4 D (15 ppm) or GA3 (15 ppm) alongwith Benomyl (1000 ppm) and urea (1%) after fruit set at monthly interval in May and June. The same spray schedule may be followed in September and October in order to control the pre-harvest fruit drop. Focus Integrated Pest Management (IPM) efforts on using disease-free nursery trees, reducing infection sources (inoculum) by frequent surveys and diseased tree removal, suppressing the pest through use of various species of natural enemies and judicious use of chemical insecticides. Devitalization of plants due to poor fruit set, fruit drop both at bearing and maturity stage, stem tunnelling, bark removal, girdling etc., on account of the attack of the different insect pests viz. citrus black fly, citrus psylla, citrus leaf miner, bark eating caterpillar, mealy bugs, citrus aphids, citrus thrips, fruit fly, mites etc. results in poor performance by the tree in terms of quality fruit production. Some diseases reported are twig blight, gummosis, damping off, root and collar rot. The diseases can be taken care of after proper diagnosis by following the recommended cultural and biological management practices. Proper harvesting technique is vital for enhancing shelf life of the commodity. Fruits are harvested when they attain full size and 75% of peel surface have develop orange yellow colour with optimum sugar and acid blend. Fruits should be harvested preferably with clipper, shears or secateurs. Oranges should not be harvested in wet weather or during rains. The production technology would help our citrus growers to harvest a good yield in the coming years and thereby improve their livelihood. Dr. I. Moasosang Longkumer Research Associate ICAR Nagaland Centre
Keeping plant pathogens at bay – the organic way
agaland, the land of agriculture in diverse ecological habitats with rich diversity in flora and fauna has been the paradise for pathogens also. Agricultural crops aren’t able to perform to the utmost with many limiting abiotic and biotic factors. Biotic incitants of crop diseases are microscopic pathogens viz., fungi, bacteria, viruses, nematodes, phytoplasmas etc. but they can cause big problems, from rotting fruit to wilting and dying plants. Blast of rice, blight of maize, anthracnose of beans and chillies, bacterial wilt of solanaceous vegetables and ginger, blight of large cardamom, die-back of citrus etc. are becoming common in the state. Disease management is all about prevention is better than cure - it’s easier to stop a disease from occurring than it is to manage it once it starts spreading. Plant diseases are the result of coincidence and interaction of the three vital components–susceptible host, virulent pathogen and favourable environment. The subtropical humid climatic conditions of the state give ample scope for interaction of these factors. Practices aimed at preventing crop diseases usually focus on one of these factors at a time. However, adopting a holistic approach to target the three factors together is a better strategy. In organic and conventional agriculture, plant disease prevention practices are much the same with the major difference in the use of organic pesticides or fungicides instead of the conventional chemicals. Organic farmers are also supposed to use organic pesticides as a last resort; they need to do a really good job with preventive cultural practices. Growing resistant or tolerant varieties should form the basis of organic agriculture to avoid disease incidence. Resistant varieties do not allow the pathogen to grow and develop on them and thus, they sometimes produce very few or no symptoms at all. Tolerant varieties may
exhibit symptoms; however, they endure a disease without significant loss in yield. It is not always possible to have resistant or tolerant varieties against all diseases and for all the crops. Selecting the plants most suited to a particular area and selecting the less susceptible varieties is a better alternative especially in a region like ours bestowed with many indigenous and local cultivars. Use of certified and pre-treated (with organics) seed or planting material is another measure to escape from the risk posed by seed borne pathogens. Many of the beneficial bio control agents’ viz. Trichoderma harzianum, T. viride, T. koningii, T. hamatum, Bacillus subtilis, Gliocladium virens, Penicillium spp. etc. have been isolated and used against many soil borne pathogens such as Rhizoctonia solani, Fusarium sp., Sclerotinia sclerotiorum, Sclerotium rolfsii and others. Soil borne pathogens are conveniently spread with by moving sick soil from one place to the other. Sick soils can be most suitably treated or managed by incorporating adequate bio agents to the soil, soil solarization and also by crop rotation the latter being the most feasible option. Instances show that the bacterial wilt pathogen which affects the solanaceous crops like tomato, brinjal, chilli and also the rhizome crop ginger proliferates when these crops are grown in succession. The practice of crop rotation reduces pathogen population by starving them to death. Growing rice on the same plots after ginger will help to reduce the menace of wilt problem in ginger due to Ralstonia solanacearum. Soils may be mulched with a variety of materials (straw, grass, other beneficial plant materials, etc.) to help retain moisture. The optimum nutrient requirement of the crop should be provided through well-decomposed, dry manure and/or enriched compost. The water flowing out from an infested plot should not be used for water-
ing another area. Application of excess irrigation causes root damage, favours pathogen entry and build up where as water stress leads to wilting and dying of the plants. Plant the crops with the recommended spacing to avoid high humidity and moisture build up as diseases develop with more moisture content in the atmosphere. Always remove from the growing area plant materials that show signs of a disease and destroy them or place them in the trash. Maintaining crop hygiene is an essential step for successful farming. We in this part of the country are also blessed with the heritage of ITKs (Indigenous Technical Knowledge), which are good remedies for disease management. There is the practice of using locally available plants or to say botanicals which can take good care of some of the fungal and bacterial pathogens as well as the insect-vectors that carry and spread the dreaded viral diseases. However, the effectiveness of these and other such practices need evaluation and validation for wider acceptance. Finally, when there are still chances of a disease outbreak, as a last resort use of safe chemicals like copper, sulphur etc. becomes inevitable. The guidelines laid down in the context of use of safe fungicides (constituent compounds) under organic management strategies varies with the buyer. To select from the variety of products available in the market specific against a pathogen is cumbersome. Bordeaux mixture prepared with copper sulphate and lime works wonders in this context and is effective against most pathogens along with some insecticidal property. Practicing these simple prophylactic measures by our farmer friends can hopefully earn them a good harvest, perhaps always. Tasvina R. Borah Scientist, Plant Pathology ICAR Nagaland Centre
ost important weather elements which are significant in crop production are air, soil temperature, rainfall, wind and light. The significance of these, however, vary from stage to stage in the complete life cycle of the crops. Following crop growth stages are affected by weather parameters:
Sowing Optimum temperature is required at the time of sowing farm crops. Any variation from the normal temperature hinders proper development. If the soil moisture is not proper, sowing is affected. Light and wind have, but very little effect on sowing operation.
Germination Temperature provides the working conditions for all plant functions. Germination of seeds require specific range of temperature. If the temperature is within this range the germination will be maximum, if the temperature is above or below this range, germination is greatly reduced. Too high or too low spell of temperature may cut off the germination completely. The optimum range of temperature for most of the crop plants is 16-270C, below 40C very few crop seeds can germinate. Excess or deficiency of moisture leads to defective germination. Germination is quick and maximum when the soil moisture is adequate. Wind and light have no direct effect on germination.
Growth The temperature range for growth of most of agricultural plants is 50C to 450C. At temperature much below or above these limits, growth ceases rapidly. Sunshine in adequate as per photoperiodism is essential for proper growth of plants. In many plants flowering will not occur, if the light conditions are not optimum. Maturity Excessive rainfall, hailstorms at harvest may shatter the grains and may also affect the quality of the produce. Strong winds at the time of maturity may cause lodging, shattering and shriveling of the grains. Light conditions affect the grain setting.
Harvesting Light has indirect effect on harvesting. At low temperature and higher humidity conditions during harvest, the plants are cut with a greater difficulty than when they are cut in dry weather. Strong winds hinder harvesting operation and also cause inconvenience in transporting the harvested produce. The extremes of weather should always be avoided right from sowing of the crops to harvest and even during storage to achieve the maximum yield. Congenial weather conditions make the farm operations easy and provide optimum conditions for the crop to grow out to its full potential. Imtisenla Walling, Technical Officer ICAR Research Complex for NEH Region, Nagaland Centre, Jharnapani, Medziphema, Nagaland
Weather Based Advisory for the month of August Crops Field crops Paddy
Maize Horticultural crops Chilli ginger Vegetables (Okra, snake gourd, bitter gourd, sponge gourd etc)
• Intercultural operations- weed management / weeding should be carried out. • Visit paddy fields regularly and proper monitoring should be done against pest and disease. since relative humidity is high, there is a chance of sheath blight, bacterial leaf blight diseases to occur. Contact nearest Agriculture officer for proper diagnosis and remedial measures. Draining out the excess water from the maize field should be done as the crop is highly sensitive to water stagnation. spray neem base insecticides to check sucking insects. Avoid water logging, rouge out infected plants. • uprooting and destruction of affected plants should be done. • In case of cucurbitaceous crops attack of powdery mildew may been seen. Affected leaves become dull, chlorotic, and may show some degree of wilting in the afternoon heat; eventually they become brown and papery. In the initial stage, spraying the plants with water or heavy showers will take care of the disease.
Livestock • Animals to be screened for diseases like pneumonia, nasal discharge, wound and injuries regularly and the services of veterinary doctor to be taken for treatment. • the shed should be properly ventilated and dry. Maintain cleanliness in dairy, piggery and poultry sheds. Feed the animals during cool hours of the day. • In those district where it is raining consistently, fish farmers need to be vigilant; check the pH of the pond regularly as rain cause decrease in pH, thereby causing mortality of the fish. Such ponds should be limed, consulting the nearest Fishery officer. Agro Met Field Unit ICAR Nagaland Centre, Jharnapani, Medziphema
Entrepreneurship development through layer farming: A success story
r. Libemo Ezung is an educated unemployed youth from Home Guard Colony of Dimapur District, Nagaland. Considering the enormous demand for eggs in Dimapur district and absence of any layer farm in the region, he got interested in layer farming. On his own curiosity he undertook training on “Backyard Poultry production: way to enrich nutritional security and family income” at ICAR Research Complex, Nagaland during March 2013 and initiated a small scale intensive poultry unit with 400 Vanaraja chicken. He had constructed a poultry house with low cost bamboo and C.G.I. roofing material and used paddy husk for deep litter bedding. The overall survivability percentage was 87 % till 12th weeks. He had spent initially Rs. 30,000/- for housing, Rs. 20,000/- for birds and Rs. 68,000/- for feed and medicines in first six months. After 4 months, the male birds were sold for meat purpose at average live weight 2.50 kg and he earned about Rs. 25,500/- and maintained the fe-
Vanaraja birds Maintained in deep litter sustem. (Inset) Vanaraja birds eggs for sale.
males for eggs production. The hens started laying at 143 days of age and attained 50% of ‘hen-day egg’ production on 195 days of age. Presently, he is getting on an average 110 eggs daily and earning about Rs. 21,900/- per month. His monthly expenditure on feed and medicines is Rs. 12,500/- and presently he is making a profit of Rs. 9,400/- per month. Experience from his own farm and realizing the profit, he has extended the layer birds’ strength up to 600
and expect to make profit of Rs. 28,000-30,000 per month. His achievement has motivated the fellow villagers and unemployed youth to initiate poultry based entrepreneurship. ICAR Research Complex for NEH Region, Nagaland Centre is making a breakthrough by providing technical guidance, supplying improved germplasm and consultancy in animal health care. Dr. Manas Patra, Scientist, Animal Science, ICAR Nagaland Centre
ICAR Introduces Artificial Insemination Techniques for Pig
CAR Research Complex, Nagaland Centre introduces artificial insemination techniques for pig, first time in Nagaland. Superior quality of pig germplasm is declining in the state as majority of pig farmers prefers fattening the animal rather than breeding. Transporting adult female from one place to other is difficult when they are in heat and also, maintaining of breeding boar is costly affair for small and marginal farmers in Nagaland. Considering the need of farmers in the region, ICAR Research Complex, Nagaland centre has introduced artificial insemination program in Pig under the ongoing Mega Seed Project. The centre is preserving liquid semen of Large
Black, Ghungroo and Hampshire breed of pig for regular use in the research farm and in vicinity. Dr. Dilip Kr. Sarma, Director, NRC on Pig, Rani, Guwahati, on his recent visit to the piggery unit of the institute has appreciated the efforts made by Dr. Bidyut C. Deka, Joint Director; Dr. M. K. Patra, Scientist (A.R.) and his team for success in producing piglets through artificial insemination. Trainings on artificial insemination in pig are to be organized in near future by the centre, for veterinary graduate, technician, unemployed rural youth and pig farmers. To further popularize the insemination program ICAR, Nagaland centre has decided to supply liquid semen to the interested farmers of the locality.
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Friday 2 August 2013
Manmohan endorses PC as politically savvy New Delhi, August 1 (iANs): In what could be seen as a strong endorsement for P. Chidambaram, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh showered generous praise on his finance minister for being a key backer of reforms and said here was a man “intellectually brilliant” and “politically savvy” while being “capable of taking risks and asserting political leadership.” “He is not only intellectually brilliant and dedicated to end results, he is also politically savvy. It is these attributes that have made Shri Chidambaram a leader with an enviable reputation both nationally and internationally,” the prime minister said. Manmohan Singh’s musings were aired at a well-attended event Wednesday evening at his official 7, Race Course Road residence to release a book. “An Agenda for India’s Growth: Essays in Honour of P. Chidambaram”, that has articles by several eminent people, including Planning Com-
mission Deputy Chairman Montek Singh Ahluwalia. The fulsome praise for Chidambaram created quite a buzz as it came against the backdrop of the impending national elections in less than a year, the debate over a third term for Manmohan Singh at the helm and the reluctance of Congress party vice presient Rahul Gandhi to openly join the fray for prime ministership. Manmohan Singh recollected several instances to highlight why his finance minister was entitled to the observations about him right from 1986 when Chidambaram initiated min-career programmes for bureaucrats, kickstarting reforms in the process of governance. He then spoke about Chidambaram’s stint as minister of state for commerce in the P.V. Narasimha Rao government in 1991. “The fact that within a few weeks of taking over his first economic ministry, he (Chidambaram) brought
wAshiNgtoN, August 1 (iANs): As Secretary of State John Kerry flew into Pakistan, American officials said the US was very supportive of recent moves by India and Pakistan to normalise relations, but there was no change in its hands off Kashmir policy. “There’s no change in policy in terms of where we are on that,” a senior administration official accompanying Kerry told reporters on way to Islamabad Thursday when asked if he expected to have a conversation about Kashmir with the Pakistani Government. “We do not see ourselves or seek to be in the middle of any conversation between India and Pakistan on Kashmir,” he said according to a transcript of the background briefing released here by the state department. “But certainly we are very supportive of the moves that both India and Pakistan have made to normalise relations,” the official added. The new Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, he noted had “already begun the outreach to India and with good cooperation on the Indian side as well in trying to jumpstart the normalisation process.” The official said “the great strides in normalisation on the economic side have been very important the last few years and have really paved the way for better and more constructive conversations on the political side.” “So we’ll see where that continues to lead,” he said recalling
that during his India visit last month, Kerry had “called on the Indians to continue that process of facilitation, as well as the Pakistanis to do things like provide MFN (Most favoured nation) status to the Indians.” “And I’m sure that that will be part of the conversations that we continue to have,” the official said. “But we are external actors in this. We are in no way seeking to broker any sort of conversation on Kashmir.” In meetings with Sharif, army chief General Ashfaq Kayani and outgoing president Asif Ali Zardari, Kerry is expected to press the new government on eliminating militant safe-havens as US-led troops prepare to leave Afghanistan next year. Asked about Pakistan’s refusal to give up their use of proxies through certain domestic terrorist groups in the Indo-Pak context, the official said this would be a part of the conversation with the Pakistanis. “As we’ve said to them in the past, fostering or helping in any way to provide some sort of base for extremism is ultimately not in any of our interests, including in Pakistan’s interest,” he said. “We’ll have to see where the new government is on this and what they’re willing to do as how they see it as part of their broader efforts at promoting stability,” the official said. “That’s in large part one of the reasons we want to have to this conversation face to face and see how far we can move this forward.”
No brokering on Kashmir: US
about radical changes in trade policy, which many academics had advocated for many years, is a tribute to the high qualities of his leadership,” the prime minister said. Manmohan Singh even felt that if reforms continued after 1996, when Congress party lost power, it was in many ways thanks to Chidambaram. “The policies we had implemented in 1991-96 were not only not reversed, they were in many respects even taken forward. This must have been helped greatly by the fact that Shri Chidambaram, as Union finance minister in the United Front Government, contributed to a continuity of policy.” Drawing from his own experience in the government and that of Chidambaram which almost ran parallel for over a quarter of a century, Manmohan Singh underscored what it takes to pursue economic reforms successfully, and how it cannot happen unless there is a fine balance between politics
and economics. While doing that, he again praised Chidambaram for statecraft, recollecting the chain of events in 1991. “In those days, changes in import policy needed the approval of the commerce minister, the finance minister and the prime minister. It is indeed remarkable that Shri Chidambaram as commerce minister was able to get all the approvals in less than 24 hours.” The prime minister also found in Chidambaram what it takes to be a leader, saying young members of his council of ministers constantly look up to him for advice. “They seek inspiration from their senior colleagues like Mr. Chidambaram. He has shown that hard work can deliver results.” Finally, came the blessings: “With these words, I conclude by wishing Shri Chidambaram a long, healthy, purposeful and fulfilling life. He has done the nation proud. He has miles to go before he can rest. May his path be blessed.”
15 MLAs resign; Telangana State creation will take 6 months New Delhi, August 1 (iANs): At least 15 legislators from Rayalaseema and Andhra regions of Andhra Pradesh on Thursday submitted their resignations to protest the Congress’ decision to carve out Telangana state. While eight legislators including senior leaders JC Diwakar Reddy and Gade Venkat Reddy submitted their resignations to the legislature secretary at the assembly, two lawmakers submitted their letters to state Congress president. Five other legislators including one from the main opposition Telugu Desam Party (TDP) faxed their resignation letters to the speaker’s office. Two members of legislative council have also submitted their resignation to the chairman. Diwakar Reddy told reporters at the assembly that they submitted their resignations in deference to the sentiments of the people of Seemandhra (Rayalaseema and Andhra). He said they would now join the people’s movement for keeping the state united. Earlier, as many as 15 ministers and 26 legislators of the Congress party decided to submit resignations. They met at the ministers’ quarters here to chalk out their future course of action. The leaders demanded that Congress working committee (CWC) reconsider its decision to carve out Telangana state. An MP and six legislators had submitted their resignations on Monday, when Congress Working Committee took the decision to split the state Sixteen of the 17 legislators of YSR Congress party from Seemandhra had last week resigned to thwart any move by the Centre to carve out Telangana state.
‘Telangana creation will take six months’ Meanwhile, Union home minister Sushilkumar Shinde has said that the process to create the new state of Telangana would be completed in around six months. “The new state (Telangana) will be formed as per constitution. The process should take between five-and-half to six months,” Shinde told reporters in New Delhi. “There will be no all-party meeting. People can come and give their suggestions to the government on the issue,” he said. Shinde said he had called an all-party meet of state leaders December 28 last year to evolve consensus on the issue and barring two parties, all had reached agreement. The home ministry will now proceed as per the Congress working committee resolution on Telangana passed July 30. According to the home minister, his ministry will move a cabinet note soon and once approved, it will be sent to the president who would then mark it to the Andhra Pradesh assembly to be approved in a definite period to be decided by the president. After the yes or no from the state, the resolution will again go to the president who will then send it to parliament for its approval. After parliamentary approval, the resolution will again go back to the president and after his approval, the new state will come into being. Shinde said though the process should have taken around eight to nine months, it should be over in five-andhalf months to six months provided things moved quickly. The bill for Telangana state is expected to come up in the winter session of parliament scheduled in November, said Shinde.
Girl resisting rape set afire
kolkAtA, August 1 (iANs): An 11-year-old girl was set on fire by a man who allegedly tried to rape her in West Bengal’s Howrah district, police said Thursday. She is now battling for life in hospital. The incident happened in Salkia area Wednesday night. The girl is in a city hospital with 60-70 percent burns. No arrest has been made so far. “We are looking for the prime suspect who is a neighbour of the victim,” said Howrah Police Commissioner Ajay Ranade. The victim’s family alleged that the accused tried to rape here and when the minor resisted and threatened to reveal the identity of the man, she was set on fire. Last month, a 25-year-old woman techie received serious injuries after she jumped off a moving train near Howrah to save herself from the advances of a molester. Two days later, again in Howrah, a Mumbai-based TV anchor and her female friend were subjected to a similar horror An Indian man carries his belongings while wading through a flooded street after heavy monsoon rains in Allahabad, when an inebriated youth tried to force Thursday, August 1. India’s monsoon season, which runs from June through September, bring rains that are vital to himself on them. agriculture but also cause floods and landslides. (AP Photo)
Indian mothers still don’t see that breastfeeding is best: NGO
New Delhi, August 1 (iANs): Only 41 percent of Indian mothers initiate early breastfeeding. There is a lack of awareness of the benefits of breast milk in India, an NGO said Thursday. “There is low awareness about the benefits of early and exclusive breastfeeding in poor as well as affluent sections of society in India. Mother’s milk is effectively a child’s first vaccination, and can make the difference between life and death,” said Shireen Miller, director, advocacy and
policy of the NGO Save the Children. To raise awareness on the benefits of breastfeeding, the NGO is marking breastfeeding week from August 1 to 7. Celebrity mothers will be roped in to spread awareness during this week. “I always knew that breastfeeding was good for a baby but I never knew how important colostrum (first thick yellow milk) is to protect him from so many diseases,” said actress Nandita Das. Experts also suggest that exclusive breastfeeding for the first six mo nths
Lifestyle, stress leads to rising acidity in youngsters
New Delhi, August 1 (iANs): Did you know that your child’s recurring throat infection could be because of acidity? For reasons that are lifestyle-related and, therefore, well within our control, occurrence of acidity among youngsters is rising steadily and should be addressed with a visit to the doctor if it hampers daily life to avoid its longterm implications. A gastroenterologist at the Apollo Hospital, Ajay Kumar, attributes this rising trend among young children to their daily routine. “A schoolgoing kid has an early breakfast, which he or she eats half-heartedly because of time constraints. After a long break it’s tiffin time, but he or she hardly eats from the lunchbox, preferring to eat from the canteen instead,” he explained. “It’s seen that a lot of mothers try to pack appetising food for their children, like fried cutlets, or even a packet of chips. At the end of the day, you have moved from a high- fibre diet to a high-calorie diet. Obesity in kids therefore is rising, as also are cases of acidity,” Ajay Kumar told IANS. It’s a similar story for professionals. Long gaps between meals, junk
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food, no physical exercise and odd working hours all add to giving one that burning sensation in the stomach. “Stress also plays a big role in causing acidity. It accentuates the problem,” Deepak Lahoti, head of the gastroenterology department at Max Hospital, Patparganj, told IANS. A job that always keeps you on the tenterhooks or a gnawing problem at home can, therefore, also lead to acidity. What’s more, smoking and alcohol, both of which are increasingly becoming an accepted norm in society, can cause an acid reflux. According to Lahoti, the symptoms of acidity may not always be frequent burps and a burning sensation in the stomach. “In children, for instance, if there is a recurring throat infection, it could be because of acidity because the reflux can go high up to the tonsillar region. Complaints of food being felt stuck in the chest region, or slight bleeding with vomiting can all be caused by acidity.” Taking antacids over the counter, doctors say, is all right, unless the problem starts hampering your daily life. “Having acidity once in threefour weeks and then taking an antac-
id is Ok. But if it becomes a daily affair and starts hampering your routine, you should see a doctor,” said gastroenterologist Rajni Mehta, who practises at a number of private hospitals in the national capital. “Adults who are on painkillers are vulnerable to frequent acidity problems.” “If you are in the 40-50 age bracket and develop fresh symptoms like loss of weight, loss of appetite, blood in vomit, black stools, fall in hamoglobin level - all of which we call red flags - one should see the doctor and go for investigations,” Ajay Kumar said. A recurring acidity problem, despite acid suppressants, can lead to vitamin deficiency. “Also, as WHO has stated, frequent acid reflux can be carcinogenic. Which means, if it remains uncorrected, frequent acidity can lead to cancer of the esophageal pipe,” Lahoti pointed out. Since in most cases acidity is lifestyle-related, the best way to avoid the problem is to take small, frequent meals, go for regular exercise, and avoid eating excess in one go, be it fried food, ice cream or candies. “And ultimately, try and observe what causes the problem for you, and avoid that,” Lahoti added.
can prevent malnutrition in children. In the national capital, only 12 percent of women exclusively breastfed their children for the first six months; that is the second-lowest figure in the country, after Haryana, where it was just 9.4 percent, the NGO said, adding that advertising from manufacturers of formula foods could be to blame. “It is surprising that many mothers go for substitutes, but are not aware that breastfeeding has several benefits, and also heightens the
emotional and physical well-being of both the mother and the baby,” Miller said. The NGO said 16.5 lakh children die every year of easily preventable diseases like diarrhoea. Early initiation of breastfeeding alone could save the lives of at least 13 percent of babies, the NGO said. The union ministry of women and child development ran an advertisement campaign Thursday stating: “Only mother’s milk for fist 6 months. Give no other food.”
Akhilesh defends suspension, IAS body seeks centre’s intervention
luckNow/New Delhi, August 1 (iANs): Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav Thursday defended the action against IAS officer Durga Shakti Nagpal, saying the state was “within its right to suspend any errant official”, even as members of the service association demanded the central government’s intervention. Talking to reporters in Lucknow after a cabinet meeting, the chief minister said a unilateral decision of the suspended officer could have led to communal trouble and the government would in no way tolerate any such action that risks communal harmony in the state. “The government is within its right to suspend any errant official and we have done so in accordance to laid down norms,” he said. He rubbished charges that Nagpal was suspended under the pressure of the sand mining mafia. “There was nothing in the matter that is even distantly related to illegal mining, the chief minister said while pointing out that in the past too, action had been taken by the government against all those involved in illegal mining. Members of the All India IAS (Indian Administrative Service) Association meanwhile met Minister of State in the Prime Minister’s Office V. Narayanasamy in New Delhi and demanded the central government intervene to revoke the suspension. The association also submitted a representation demanding the amendment of rules to clearly list a prior course of action for suspension of an IAS officer. The minister later told reporters that the central government is waiting for a report from the Uttar Pradesh government over the suspension. “We will look into the matter as soon the reply comes. We will ensure that all rules are followed and the government looks into issues in a dispassionate manner. No need to worry,” Narayanasamy said. Members of the association said they would ensure that Nagpal gets justice. “As per the existing law, the centre can intervene in the
File photo of Durga Shakti Nagpal.
matter on the basis of new facts being brought to the government, or if revision is filed by the officer concerned. In that case, the decision of the centre will be final,” association secretary Sanjay R. Bhoosreddy said, adding that if Nagpal got no relief, the association would approach the court. IAS officer Durga Shakti Nagpal, who took on the sand mining mafia in Greater Noida (Gautam Budh Nagar), was suspended July 28. The UP government, however, cited a different reason for her suspension. It said she was suspended for ordering demolition of a wall of a religious place in Noida. A report of the Noida district magistrate has said that Nagpal had not ordered the demolition but Akhilesh Yadav however defended government move. “One has to look into the reports in totality. The government has done the right thing after study of various ground reports,” he said. The chief minister also vented his anger at the lobbying by the IAS association in favour of the suspended official and reminded how the IAS officials were not even able to speak during the times of his predecessor Mayawati.
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Israel wins time with Palestinian peace talks
JERUSALEM, AUgUSt 1 (REUtERS): Pressured by Washington, worried about its international standing and perturbed by Middle East turmoil, Israel had many reasons to return to peace talks with the Palestinians this week after a three year hiatus. On the surface, Israelis saw little reason to jump back into negotiations. The status quo in the occupied Palestinian territories was holding and the question of the so-called peace process had largely fallen off the domestic political agenda. But Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu may have realised he could not take the rap for cold shouldering U.S. efforts to revive the talks, and recognised that turbulent regional dynamics made it worthwhile to engage with the Palestinians once more. “Resuming the diplomatic process at this time is important for the state of Israel both in order to try to end the conflict and given the complex reality in our region, especially the security challenges from Syria and Iran,” Netanyahu told his cabinet on Sunday before it sanctioned the resumption of talks. The last round of U.S.-brokered negotiations collapsed barely after they began in 2010 in a row over continued Jewish settlement building in the occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem on land the Palestinians want for their future state. Although Netanyahu continues to reject Palestinian demands that he halt the construction, he has agreed to release 104 Arab prisoners as a goodwill gesture, drawing heavy criticism from rightist allies who say it will encourage terrorism. The fact he made such a politically sensitive concession suggests he was put under enormous pressure by U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry,
Palestinian women chant slogans and wave Palestinian and red flags, background, that represent the Palestinian Marxist-Leninist secular political and military organization, during a demonstration organized by the Democratic Front for the Liberation of Palestine, against resuming peace talks with Israel in Gaza City, on Tuesday, July 30. The rally was held against U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry’s attempt to restart Israeli-Palestinian talks after five years of diplomatic paralysis. (AP Photo)
who visited the region six times in just five months to try to revive the long-moribund peace process. “No one wanted to lose the blame game, so that’s why we went to Washington,” said Amos Yadlin, a former Israeli military intelligence chief who now heads the Institute for National Security Studies. The same is true for Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, and that pressure could also produce progress: “Whoever botches the Americans’ plans will have a price to
pay,” one Israeli official told Reuters still unclear, notably in neighbouring on condition of anonymity. Syria and Egypt, many Israeli politicians have urged Netanyahu to do Chaos However, U.S. arm-twisting alone nothing and wait for the storm to does not fully explain Netanyahu’s pass, which appeared to be his predecision to head back to the negotiat- ferred strategy until now. But Itamar Rabinovich, a former ing table. Turmoil in the region also played an important role. In the three Israeli ambassador to Washington, years since the last failed effort, the said the prime minister could not preArab world has been turned upside tend that Israel was not a part of the down by uprisings that have trans- Middle East and had to try to bring some calm and order to the chaos. formed the Middle East. “Middle East instability has a comWith the outcome of the rebellion
he is badly treated, that he is under pressure, or that he is not taking his medication, and these were conveyed to the West,” Ali said. “This step was part of a transparency policy and to refute such allegations. We have nothing to hide.” He said Morsi’s whereabouts were being kept secret for his own safety because “there are millions of people against him, and moving him is not considered appropriate at the moment.” It’s also possible, however, that if his place of detention were revealed, it would also attract throngs of Morsi supporters. He has already been moved at least three times between Defense Ministry facilities in armored vehicles under heavy guard, security officials told the AP, speaking anonymously because they were not authorized to discuss the details of Morsi’s case with the media. They said he is currently in a facility outside Cairo, but would not elaborate. The African Union delegation head, former Mali President Alpha
Oumar Konare, offered no clues to Morsi’s location. He told reporters he had a “very frank meeting” with him but gave no details. Egypt’s state news agency said it lasted an hour. “We had a very good meeting with President Morsi,” Konare said. “Permit me not to talk about it for the time being because probably there will be other meetings.” The African Union has suspended Egypt’s membership because of the coup. The military originally said it was holding Morsi for his own safety. But last week authorities announced he was being detained pending an investigation into allegations that he conspired with the militant Palestinian Hamas group to escape from prison during the 2011 uprising that toppled autocrat Hosni Mubarak. Morsi’s supporters have called his detention illegal. Ali, the military spokesman, said there are unlikely to be more visits by foreign dignitaries, now that two delegations have found him to be in good health.
Morsi’s whereabouts kept secret
CAIRO, AUgUSt 1 (AP): Egypt is taking extreme measures to keep Mohammed Morsi hidden. It says dignitaries are helicoptered to the deposed president’s place of detention after nightfall, flying in patterns aimed at confusing the visitors. The military also has reportedly moved Morsi at least three times. “Maneuvers have been undertaken during the nighttime helicopter flight so as to disorient (the visitors) in regard to where the location is,” Col. Ahmed Mohammed Ali, the military spokesman, told The Associated Press Wednesday, following a visit to Morsi Tuesday night by an African Union delegation. The Egyptian army has kept Morsi in hiding since ousting him in a July 3 coup. But the military-backed interim leadership is under international criticism about Morsi’s continued detention, and by allowing two highlevel visits in quick succession it apparently hoped to ease the pressure. “There are lies going around that
Fugitive Snowden slips out of Moscow airport for secret location
MOSCOw, AUgUSt 1 (REUtERS): Fugitive former U.S. spy agency contractor Edward Snowden slipped quietly out of Moscow’s Sheremetyevo airport on Thursday after securing temporary asylum in Russia, ending more than a month in limbo in the transit area. A Russian lawyer who has been assisting Snowden said the American, who is wanted in the United States for leaking details of secret government surveillance programmes, had gone to a safe location which would remain secret. After 39 days avoiding hordes of reporters desperate for a glimpse of him, Snowden managed to give them the slip again, leaving the airport in a taxi without being spotted. Snowden’s case has caused new strains in relations between Russia and the United States, which wants him extradited to face espionage charges. But a Kremlin official said ties would not suffer from what he called a “relatively insignificant” case. Grainy images on Russian television showed Snowden’s new document, which is similar to a Russian passport, and revealed that he had been granted asylum for a year from July 31. “He is the most wanted man on planet Earth. What do you think he is going to do? He has to think about
his personal security. I cannot tell you where he is going,” his lawyer, Anatoly Kucherena, told Reuters. “I put him in a taxi 15 to 20 minutes ago and gave him his certificate on getting refugee status in the Russian Federation,” he said. “He can live wherever he wants in Russia. It’s his personal choice.” He said Snowden, who had his U.S. passport revoked by Washington after he fled to Moscow from Hong Kong on June 23, was not going to stay at an embassy in Moscow, although three Latin American countries have offered to shelter him. Snowden, 30, was accompanied by Sarah Harrison, a representative of the anti-secrecy group WikiLeaks, which confirmed he had left the airport. “We would like to thank the Russian people and all those others who have helped to protect Mr. Snowden. We have won the battle - now the war,” WikiLeaks said on Twitter. Nicaragua, Bolivia and Venezuela have offered Snowden refuge, but there are no direct commercial flights to Latin America from Moscow and he was concerned the United States would intercept his flight to prevent him reaching a new destination. He was forced to bide his time in the transit area between the runway and
passport control, which Russia considers neutral territory. Kucherena had given Snowden Russian books to help pass the time and says he has started learning Russian. STRAINS IN TIES The White House has signalled that President Barack Obama might consider boycotting a planned summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Moscow in early September over the Snowden case. But a senior Kremlin official played down concerns. “Our president has ... expressed hope many times that this will not affect the character of our relations,” Yuri Ushakov, Putin’s top foreign policy adviser, told reporters shortly after news of Snowden’s departure from the airport. He said there was no sign that U.S. President Barack Obama would cancel the planned visit in September. It is not clear what Snowden plans to do in Russia, although he has said he would like to travel around the country. More than half of Russians have a positive opinion of Snowden and 43 percent wanted him to be granted asylum, a poll released by independent research group Levada said this week. Snowden’s arrival at Sheremetyevo put Putin in an awkward position. He has said he does not want
the case to undermine relations with Washington but would have risked looking weak if he had handed him over to the U.S. authorities. Both Russia and the United States have signalled they want to improve ties, strained by issues ranging from the Syrian conflict to Putin’s treatment of opponents and Western-funded non-governmental organisations since he started a third term in 2012. Putin has said Snowden must stop anti-U.S. activities, but it was not clear whether the American had agreed to do so. Snowden has said previously that he does not regard his activities as hostile to the United States, although Kucherena has said his client has agreed to halt such actions. There has already been diplomatic fallout from Snowden’s leaks, which included information that the U.S. National Security Agency bugged European Union offices and gained access to EU internal computer networks, even though the EU is an ally. China, Brazil and France have also voiced concern over the spying programme. U.S. relations with Latin American states have been clouded by the refusal of four U.S. allies in Europe to let a plane carrying Bolivia’s president home from Moscow use their airspace because of suspicion that Snowden might be on the plane.
plex, contradictory role. It is more difficult to make territorial concessions, but on the other hand, in a region that is undergoing such significant changes, Israel wants to be a player,” he said. “To do that it has to negotiate with the Palestinians.” Since the onset of the Arab world’s popular revolts in late 2010, uncertainty has become almost the only thing Israel can rely on, bringing it short-term gains and long-term concerns. Israel signed a peace treaty with Egypt three decades ago and had maintained a stable cold war with Syria for even longer, but the turmoil has hit both those big Arab nations hard. Although Israeli officials have kept quiet about the latest upheavals in Egypt, there is no doubt they are relieved to see the return to prominence of the army in Cairo and the downfall of Islamist President Mohamed Mursi - which in turn undermines Israel’s enemy Hamas, the militant group that rules Gaza. Likewise the civil war in Syria means Israel has been able to sit back and watch the erosion of a once powerful foe. However, the chaos has also allowed jihadi gunmen to build a presence along two previously dormant fronts and has sowed seeds of potential trouble in Jordan, the only Arab state to have signed a peace accord with Israel besides Egypt. Against this backdrop, Yossi Beilin, an Israeli architect of the 1993 Oslo Accords with the Palestinians, said the time was right to try to end the decades-old Palestinian conflict. “When around us you see all these crises, we might create with the Palestinians and the Jordanians and hopefully in the future with the Egyptians a group of peaceful countries which understand the importance of peace
and cooperation and have an impact on the whole region,” Beilin said.
Iran European Union diplomats have echoed this sentiment, and the 28-nation-bloc added to the pressure on Netanyahu to return to talks by announcing this month that it would bar financial aid to Israeli groups operating in the occupied territories - putting Israel on guard that its patience was running out. “In the past few months the price of continuing the status quo has become much clearer to Netanyahu and in his third term he may be thinking of his legacy,” said the former ambassador and peace negotiator Rabinovich. When it comes to establishing a legacy, Netanyahu’s allies say his primary focus has always been tackling Iran’s atomic programme. As he himself told his cabinet on Sunday, worries over Iran played directly into his Palestinian decision-making. The Israeli leader has said for years that Iran is planning to build a nuclear bomb and warned that this represents an existential threat to the Jewish state. Despite Tehran’s denials, Netanyahu believes time is running out to deal with the issue. Israeli leaders have repeatedly said Washington must take the lead in halting Iran - either through military means, economic sanctions or diplomacy. In this context, analysts said Israel could not risk rousing Washington’s ire by spurning Kerry’s extraordinary efforts. “Netanyahu has Iran on his horizon and has made a very calculated move in order to guarantee some American support on more concrete, assertive steps in the Iranian matter,” said Uzi Rabi, head of the Moshe Dayan Centre for Middle East Studies.
Lanka pulled up over aid worker massacre
NEw YORk, AUgUSt 1 (IANS): Sri Lanka has made no real progress in holding accountable those responsible for the execution style slaying of 17 aid workers seven years ago, Human Rights Watch said Thursday. On Aug 4, 2006, gunmen executed 17 Sri Lankan aid workers - 16 Tamils and a Muslim - with the Paris-based international humanitarian agency Action Against Hunger or ACF at their office compound in Mutur town. The killings occurred after a several-day battle
between government forces and the now vanquished Tamil Tigers for control of the town. The ACF team had been providing assistance to survivors of the 2004 tsunami. “The Rajapaksa government is good at throwing bones to the international community, but not at taking serious measures to find and punish those responsible for serious abuses,” said James Ross of Human Rights Watch. “If the families of 17 aid workers can’t get justice for their loss, it’s hard to be hopeful for any-
one else.” In July, the Rajapaksa government, in apparent response to increasing international pressure, took long overdue steps by directing state lawyers and investigators to review the case and prepare a comprehensive list of witnesses. This was one of several recent moves by the government to adopt previously disregarded recommendations of its Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission in 2011, cre-
ated following the defeat of the Tamil Tigers in May 2009. The Sri Lankan government has long had a poor record of investigating serious human rights abuses, and impunity has been a persistent problem, Human Rights Watch said. Despite a backlog of cases of unlawful killings and enforced disappearance going back two decades that run into the tens of thousands, there have been only a small number of prosecutions, it added.
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Hingis insists comeback limited to doubles only CARLSBAD, AUGUST 1 (AP): After a near six-year absence, former world No. 1 Martina Hingis is ready for a comeback to the WTA Tour. But Hingis, a five-time Grand Slam singles champion, insists her return will only be in doubles and not singles. Hingis, 32, begins her second comeback to the Tour when she plays Wednesday night in a doubles match with Slovakia's Daniela Hantuchova in the Southern California Open. Hingis has retired twice previously, the first time in early 2003 at 22 and the last time in November 2007. "I always had it in the back of my head in the last six years," said Hingis, who has been coaching for the last two years. "Now, being so much closer to it, being closer to the game, closer to the matches, I was like let's try it again and see if I can have a great time." Her last WTA match was a secondround loss to China's Peng Shuai at an event in Beijing in September 2007. But recent comments made by current tennis commentator Lindsay Davenport, the three-time Grand Slam champion and former No. 1 ranked player, that Hingis was using the doubles comeback to launch a full-fledge return to singles later this fall, has fueled rampant speculation. All of which the "Swiss
Miss" swatted away like a weak second serve. "It's a different world," said Hingis, a recent inductee into the International Tennis Hall of Fame. "Even Team Tennis now, it's brutal. It's only one set, but still like the next day I wake up and you have to put so much more effort into it. Playing tournaments, that's the easy part. It's all the grind behind it, behind the scenes that people don't see. The six straight hours of training. At 17, everything seemed to be so easy. Now. I'm almost twice the age." Hingis just completed her second season of playing Team Tennis, leading the Washington Kastles to the championship and earning her second consecutive MVP award, all of which has her ready for her next return. "It's kind of weird just to play doubles," Hingis said. "Team Tennis always gets you in great shape. Being the MVP, that helps, I guess, the confidence. I played a lot more the last two years than I did in the first three years when I stopped." Hingis' schedule after the Southern California Open includes two more warm-up tournaments at Toronto and Cincinnati before playing the U.S. Open, all with Hantuchova. "I don't have any expectations," Hingis said. "Obviously, I wouldn't put myself
in this position if I didn't feel fine enough to be able compete at this level. We'll see. Team Tennis, it was good enough. Will it be good enough in this world? It's another question." Hingis, who won 43 career singles titles, was also an accomplished doubles player with nine Grand Slam titles, including a calendar-year Grand Slam in 1998, and 37 doubles titles overall. A chronic ankle injury forced Hingis into her first retirement in 2003 and she was sidelined three years before she launched her first comeback in 2006. But her return fell far short of the standard set by the woman who held the No. 1 spot for 209 weeks, fourth longest in WTA history. Hingis was nothing like to the player who was the youngest Grand Slam singles winner at 16 years, three months when she captured the Australian Open in 1997 and later became the youngest female player to ascend to the No. 1 ranking. Hingis ended her first comeback under a cloud of controversy after she revealed in November 2007 that she tested positive for cocaine after losing in the third round at Wimbledon that year. Although Hingis professed her innocence, she said she was retiring Martina Hingis, of Switzerland, hits during her doubles tennis match against Germany's Julia Goerges and Croatia's Darija rather than fighting the Jurak at the Southern California Open tennis tournament Wednesday, July 31, 2013, in Carlsbad, Calif. Hingis and Daniela Hantuchova won 6-1, 6-1. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson) charges.
Ullrich: Armstrong should get Tour wins reinstated
BeRLiN, AUGUST 1 (AP): Lance Armstrong should have his seven Tour de France victories reinstated due to the prevalence of doping at the time, according to former cyclist Jan Ullrich. "I would give Armstrong the Tour victories back. ... That's how it was back then," Ullrich told the current edition of Sport Bild magazine. "It doesn't help anyone to draw a line through the winners' list." Ullrich, who won the Tour in 1997, finished second to Armstrong on three occasions — in 2000, 2001 and 2003 — but the German declined to stake a claim for his former rival's stripped titles. "I only want victories that I've experienced on the bike. I don't want to win anything at the green table," he said. Armstrong, the dominant cyclist of his generation, acknowledged in January that he doped for all seven of his Tour wins from 19992005. He was subsequently stripped of the titles. Ullrich
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admitted to Focus magazine in June that he received blood treatments from Spanish doctor Eufemiano Fuentes. "But I'd said that already a thousand times. There was nothing new in that," said Ullrich, who was stripped of third place in the 2005 Tour and banned for two years by the Court of Arbitration for Sport in February last year. Last month, a French inquiry uncovered proof Ullrich used EPO when he finished second to 1998 Tour champion Marco Pantani, who also used the banned blood-booster. Pantani died from a drug overdose in 2004. Ullrich was unapologetic when asked why he had not come clean about his doping past before. "I decided differently," he said. "In hindsight, perhaps I would have done some things differently. But I am no god that can see everything and do everything right." The 39-year-old Ullrich, who retired from racing in 2007, said he wanted to "firmly believe" that cycling is a now cleaner sport.
FILE - In this July 24, 2005 file photo, Lance Armstrong, center, waves from the podium after winning his seventh straight Tour de France cycling race, as second-placed Ivan Basso, left, and third-placed Jan Ullrich look on in Paris. Ullrich says Armstrong should have his seven Tour de France victories reinstated because of the prevalence of doping at the time. Ullrich, who won the Tour in 1997, tells Sport Bild magazine he would "give Armstrong the Tour victories back. ... That's how it was back then." Ullrich finished second to Armstrong on three occasions. (AP Photo)
Tottenham strikes deal for Soldado from Valencia
LONDON, AUGUST 1 (AP): Tottenham is breaking its transfer record to sign striker Roberto Soldado from Valencia. The Premier League club said Thursday that a deal has been reached with Valencia to sign the 28-year-old Soldado, subject to a medical examination. Valencia said that Tottenham has met Soldado's buyout clause, which the Spanish club's president, Amadeo Salvo, said last week was 30 million euros ($40 million). By paying that transfer fee, Tottenham will be breaking its transfer record for the second time this offseason, having already signed Paulinho from Corinthians for 20 million euros ($26 million). Soldado will be arriving at White Hart Lane fresh from helping Spain finish runner-up at the Confederations Cup, where he took his international tally to six
goals in 11 games. Soldado, who scored 80 goals in 146 appearances for Valencia, will provide competition for Emmanuel Adebayor and Jermaine Defoe up front at White Hart Lane. Tottenham manager Andre Villas-Boas could be denied the services of Gareth Bale in attack shortly, with Real Madrid in talks with Tottenham to sign English football's player of the year. "It is very difficult to speak regarding Gareth Bale because he is not a Real Madrid player as of yet, as of this moment," Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti said late Wednesday in Los Angeles. "We are waiting to see what happens." Madrid is reported to be willing to pay 100 million euros ($132 million) to sign Bale. "I am not involved in this negotiation," Ancelotti said. "I think that the club is speaking in this moment to find the solution."
to chair the working committee meeting. In case he does, we will move petition against him. It will be a clear violation of the court orders," Aditya Verma, the secretary of Cricket Association of Bihar (CAB), told reporters. "He has been given a clean chit despite the matter being subjudice. This shows their (BCCI) malafide intention," he added. Bihar has three cricket associations and none of them are recognised by the BCCI. One of them is Cricket
Association Bihar, who has been fighting for the recognition and the matter is lying in the Supreme Court. Verma alleged that an important BCCI functionary had contacted him to settle the matter out of court and even threatened him. "Whenever I was in Mumbai, BCCI members used to meet me. One day a powerful functionary of the BCCI told me that 'you would be requiring an affiliation from us. You think you will be able to fight against us. We
BRiDGeTOwN, AUGUST 1 (iANS): Nearly $1 million will be up for grabs in prizes in the inaugural Caribbean Premier T20 League, the organisers have announced. The array of prizes that the six franchise teams will be battling for over the next four weeks was unveiled as the tournament began on Tuesday. The prize money for the 21 preliminary matches adds up to $525,000 ($25,000 per match) and the semifinalists will battle it out in a winner take all final match worth $250,000. Along with the Man of the Match award of $1,000 per match across the full 24 matches, and additional player awards the total prize pot for the CPLT20 will exceed a whopping $800,000. Official partner El Dorado’s “Catch of the Match” award will go to the player in each of the 24 matches who takes the most thrilling catch. Virgin, the official airline of the CPL T20, will be staging the “Virgin Challenge” which encourages the players to hit balls high into the sky to try and strike the Virgin red balloon positioned over the stadium with the chance to win a round the world trip for two for the master slugger who rises to the challenge. In addition, title sponsor and Guyana Amazon Warriors franchise owner Limacol has introduced the Super Six award where $500 per match - 24 matches, $12,000 in total - will be given to the player who scores the most sixes in that match. “While being named the winner of the tournament is a great achievement in and of itself we also know that the substantial prize pot plus the fantastic challenges that the sponsors are putting in place will also be a great motivator for the players,” said CPL CEO Damien O’Donohoe.
Results from the first day of the 3rd Archer’s cup held in Kohima on August 1
Six Stars beat Centre Kids by 4 wickets Shrek Sixers beat Liberation Z by 16 runs Juggernauts beat Six Kings by 24 runs Midland youth organization beat Dabaang by 3 wickets 6 AM beat Scamper by 7 runs Blue Star (Dimapur) beat Maccabees by 8 runs Castle Wasps beat Spades by 1 run
Inbee Park begins her quest for history 'Srini has no authority to chair meeting'
Korea's Inbee Park tees off on the second hole during the first round of the Women's British Open golf championship on the Old Course at St Andrews, Scotland on Aug. 1. (AP Photo)
ST. ANDRewS, AUGUST 1 (AP): On a gray morning at the home of golf, Inbee Park set off on her bid to make history Thursday in the Women's British Open. The 25-year-old from South Korea already has won three majors this year. She is trying to become the first golfer, male or female, to win four in one season. It was only fitting that Park, dressed in a black rain suit, hit her opening tee shot in front of the Roy-
al & Ancient clubhouse at St. Andrews. With a slow, measured back swing, she drilled a low tee shot toward the Swilcan Bridge on the left side of the fairway. It's the hardest fairway to miss in golf. The challenge is the Old Course over the next four days, not to mention dozens of players who are trying to stop this amazing run even though they appreciate what Park has done. "I'd love to be the spoiler," Stacy Lewis said. It was un-
usual for Park to have such an early tee time — 7:03 a.m. in Scotland — for such a big moment. Then again, it was just after 3 p.m. in Seoul. With heavy air and a light rain, there were only about 50 fans holding umbrellas behind the tee and about 20 yards down the right side to watch her tee off. Park wasted no time getting off to a great start. She holed a 7-foot birdie putt on the opening hole and then showed why she's considered among the best put-
ters in women's golf. With perfect pace, her 30-foot birdie putt dropped into the center of the cup on No. 3 and she added an 18-foot birdie putt on the next hole after an approach that gave her a flat line between two ridges. On the sixth, Park made a putt from 35 feet for another birdie. She rolled in an 18-footer on the eighth hole, and she went to 6 under par through 10 holes with a 5-foot birdie putt. Even before lunch on Thursday, she was giving this tournament a feeling of inevitability. With a light rain and hardly any wind, conditions were perfect for scoring. Among other early starters, Brittany Lincicome was 3 under through eight holes and Rikako Morita was 2 under through eight. Ai Miyazato was 2 under through six. Defending champion Jiyai Shin wasn't teeing off till just before noon. Arnold Palmer had won the Masters and U.S. Open in 1960 and was on his way to the British Open — held at St. Andrews that year — when he created the idea of a modern Grand Slam comprised of the four professional majors. Palmer's dream ended with a runner-up finish. No one has achieved it, male or female.
New DeLHi, AUGUST 1 (PTi): After the Bombay high court declared the BCCI's probe into the IPL spotfixing scandal as "illegal and unconstitutional" on a PIL filed by Cricket Association of Bihar, it on Thursday threatened to move court again in the event of N Srinivasan chairing the working committee meeting on Friday. "The court has categorically termed the two-member probe set up by him as illegal. He has no authority
can settle the matter outside the court'," he said. The BCCI's working committee will meet here to discuss the Bombay high court's order amid indications that a defiant Srinivasan would return as president despite the furore. The president of the Cricket Association of Jharkhand (CAJ), Subodh Kant Sahai has also requested the BCCI members to voice their opinions against any such a move and force the Tamil Nadu heavyweight to resign.
Daniel Sordo, during the Ruuhimäki qualifying stage on the first day of the the FIA World Rally Championship, near Jyvaskyla, Finland, Wednesday, July 31. (AP Photo)
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Diana was to marry Pak doctor: Jemima
ritish socialite Jemima Khan revealed for the first time that princess Diana was planning to move to Pakistan with heart surgeon Hasnat Khan. According to the former wife of Pakistani cricketer turned politician Imran Khan, Diana
was madly in love with the surgeon and had made up her mind to marry him following a two-year courtship. Jemima, in an interview to Vanity Fair that will be published on April 1, said the Princess of Wales had secretly met Hasnat's family in Pakistan to discuss the possibility of a wedding. "Even if that meant living in Pakistan, and that's one of the reasons why we became friends," Jemima said. Jemima also disclosed that Diana visited her twice in Pakistan to help fund-raise for Imran's hospital. "Both times she also went to meet his family secretly to discuss the possibility of marriage to Hasnat. She wanted
to know how hard it had been for me to adapt to life in Pakistan," Jemima said. Hasnat was allegedly media shy and had nightmares about the media frenzy that would follow if they married in Britain. Jemima says it was Hasnat who is believed to have told Princess Diana that marriage was "a ridiculous idea" and the only way they could have a normal life would be to move to Pakistan, where the press wouldn't bother them. But in spite of her best efforts, it appears Diana fell on the wrong side of the family. "Son to marry an English girl is every conservative Pashtun mother's worst nightmare," Jemima said.
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Duchess of Cambridge makes best dressed list ritain's Duchess of Cambridge, Kate Middleton, made Vanity Fair's best dressed list for the fourth time since 2008, the magazine said on Wednesday, in an endorsement of her style choices leading up to the birth of her first child last week. This year's list, which does not rank its chosen style setters, includes China's new first lady, Peng Liyuan, American actress Kerry Washington, singers Justin Timberlake and Beyonce,
and Rolling Stone Keith Richards. When asked to name his favorite icon, Richards told the magazine, "Why should I ... I am one!" The magazine also praised Miami Heat basketball player LeBron James, New York Rangers hockey goalie Henrik Lundqvist and New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, whose wife, supermodel Gisele Bundchen, also made the list. "The three athletes cite their style icons as "007 James Bond and Bruce Wayne; Frank Sinatra and
Steve Jobs, respectively," Vanity Fair said in a statement. Actress Charlize Theron and Brooke Shields were among the Hollywood notables on the list, along with former Spice Girl and fashion designer Victoria Beckham, Spain's Princess Letizia of Asturias and Sweden's Princess Madeleine, who wore a Valentino ivory silk organdy and Chantilly lace gown for her 2013 wedding in Stockholm. The magazine also named Ronan Farrow to the list. The
writer and humanrights lawyer who is the son of director Woody Allen and actress Mia Farrow, said his style icon was another writer. "Mark Twain, who knew his way around a three-piece suit," he said.
pays tribute to the bankrupt home of Motown in inspiring music video
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s the home of Motown, Detroit's musical influence can still be heard in the charts today. And with the once-great city now suffering its darkest days Beyonce has filmed an inspiring music video to remind the world of its past. The video came when Beyonce paid tribute to the city's musical legacy with a soaring rendition of Sam Cooke's A Change Gonna Come during her concert in Detroit. Now the one-off performance has been made into a music video. Beyoncé arrived in the city of Detroit at its lowest moment, just two days after it had filed for bankruptcy in mid July. The financial crisis, following the decline of the American automotive industry, has seen residents desert the once prosperous metropolis. As the Run The World singer belted out the classic, a black and white montage of the some of the city's greatest moments and most famous musicians played on a large screen behind her. The video of her heartfelt performance, which premiered on Beyonce's Youtube page, opens with a scan of the crowded stadium as she announces: 'This song is dedicated to Detroit!' The statement draws an overwhelming cheer from the audience as the pop star begins her tributary performance. The visual narrative accompanying her cover song then rolls through stills of some of the city's monuments before settling on historical photographs. As Beyonce sings her way through the hopeful message, an image from Detroit's great automotive past is brought into focus. The photograph depicts an early moment in the Motor City's industrial history before shifting to a more recent image of a factory worker building a car. Detroit was once the Mecca of the American automotive industry, but some forget that the Mid-Western city was also home to some of Motown's greatest musicians - as well as an epicentre for rock and roll. The video montage cuts away from the industrial legacy of the city to pay tribute to some of its most famous musical icons. The moving photographic collage showcases such Detroit notables as Kid Rock and the White Stripes. But the visual nar-
rative's most extensive set piece involves the city's Motown heroes. Iconic images of Aretha Franklin, Smoky Robinson, The Spinners, Stevie Wonder, and Marvin Gaye roll by as the live audience can be heard roaring with approval. While the video pays tribute to some of Detroit's greatest moments, it also depicts the city's current struggle. Detroit was once the heart of the American auto industry, but has slowly declined over the years until it has reached its current state of nearly total economic collapse. The current filing for Chapter Nine bankruptcy will affect many public services and the pensions of union workers - who were once the backbone of the industrial city. Images of crumbling buildings, abandoned classrooms, and deteriorating urban streets slide by as Bey sings her heartfelt cover song. But ultimately, the pop queen's message was one of hope. Near the end of her performance the screen lights up with the statement: 'Nothing stops Detroit'. When the image hits the screen the packed stadium erupts into cheers, clearly pleased with the declaration. Beyonce then brings her rendition to a close as she says full of emotion: 'I love you Detroit!' The declaration of fealty is followed by a quote from one of America's greatest automotive pioneers, Henry Ford. 'Failure is simply the opportunity to start over, this time more intelligently.'
igella Lawson yesterday ended her ten-year marriage to Charles Saatchi on the grounds of his ‘unreasonable behaviour’ – in a hearing which lasted for just 70 seconds. The couple were granted a decree nisi at the High Court in London on the grounds that the marriage had ‘irretrievably broken down’, less than eight weeks after they had a heated row which saw Mr Saatchi grabbing his wife’s throat. Mr Saatchi – who initially described the incident as a ‘playful tiff’ – has now accepted a police caution for assault. Neither the 53-year-old television chef nor her art collector husband, 70, attended the hearing. However papers lodged at the High Court revealed it was Miss Lawson who petitioned for the divorce. She also answered ‘yes’ when asked if Mr Saatchi’s behaviour had continued. Lawson, who was the applicant in the case, also confirmed in the document that they were living apart. The document was signed by the popular cook and broadcaster on July 9. The pair now have to wait for a decree
absolute, which is usually issued six weeks and a day later, ending their marriage. Neither the couple or their legal representatives attended the hearing. In Court 9, Lawson and Saatchi's names were 12th on a list read out among 14 other divorcing couples. The judge asked: 'Does any party or person wish to show cause against decrees being made or in the question of costs?' When there was no reply she said: 'I grant the pronouncement of decrees.' A decree nisi is a statement saying the court sees no reason why a divorce cannot be granted. It is thought the divorce will be rubberstamped sometime in September. Lawson flew into Heathrow Airport last night ahead of the documents being presented at the High Court today. The pair, who are said to be worth an estimated £150million and shared a £12million home in Chelsea, are believed to have agreed never to publicly disclose the terms of the divorce or financial settlements. They are also understood to have signed a pre-nuptial agreement when they wed in 2003.
Cowell expecting a baby with socialite
imon Cowell is expecting a baby with married New York socialite Lauren Silverman. A close friend of X Factor multimillionaire Cowell confirmed the news to MailOnline and said that Lauren, 36, who is married to real estate mogul Andrew Silverman, said just a few weeks ago that she wants to marry the star. The couple, who have a seven-year-old son together, have been long friends with Cowell enjoying several holidays together over the past four years. But it wasn't until Lauren, and Andrew ended their relationship that around a year ago her friendship with Cowell turned to romance. A friend of Lauren's told of MailOnline: 'Lauren loves Simon, she says that she wants to marry him. And with the baby, she's going the right way about it! But I think this could be really good for Simon.' Another friend confirmed the baby news and said 'yes, all true'. Meanwhile, the star's mother, Julie, 87, seemed
thrilled at the prospect of becoming a grandmother, telling The Sun: 'I've not heard anything officially. But if it's true then I'm absolutely delighted. It's wonderful! He'll make a fantastic father. He'll be great.' Sources close to Cowell, who has previously said he would never want children, claim the pregnancy was not planned and that the music mogul was ‘freaked out’. But it is understood that Cowell accepts the baby is his. While some sources say he and Lauren are a couple, others say he is preparing for a legal battle over his £225million fortune, which could see a huge chunk spent on child maintenance. It is believed he has hired tough Los Angeles-based lawyer Marty Singer to help him handle the crisis, described by Cowell’s friends as being of gargantuan proportions. And the news is said to have caused a stir withing the star's close harem of female pals, including exes, Mezhgan Hussainy and Sinitta. On Wednesday, a friend
close to Cowell claimed: ‘Simon is in no doubt the child is his. The other girls can’t believe that she is the one who has [got his baby]. They’ve all met her, they know who she is and they have been reduced to tears by this. ‘She has apparently been going around telling people for the last three to six months that she is going to have his baby. Simon has been very stressed in the last few months with his various shows and juggling everything that he has in his life. ‘In the harem hierarchy, Lauren is regarded as the fun, party girl. Simon is [said to be] freaked out by this but there is no question that he will not support the child.’ Others close to Cowell said the pregnancy seemed out of character. One source said: ‘He is an incredibly well-prepared man who is very controlling and no one can believe in a million years that he would make this kind of mistake. ‘Knowing him and the way in which he controls every aspect of his life it’s astonishing that this has happened. He is not one of those men who would have [had] a child in this way – it just seems so out of character. There is a sense of astonishment amongst his circle of friends over this news.’ On Wednesday, Lauren's stepmother confirmed she was expecting a child with the music mogul. Rosy Davis, who is the wife of the socialite's father Steven, spoke of the fam-
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ily’s joy at the news: 'We are all excited for the baby. It’s beautiful. We feel blessed. Any kid is a blessing.’ However, Lauren's sister-in-law, also called Lauren, who works in real estate in New York told MailOnline: 'I have read the gossip. I have no knowledge whatsoever. I don’t know anything about it.' Lauren, is said to be 'around 10 weeks along' in the pregnancy, according to Us Weekly magazine. This will be the second child for the beautiful socialite. Lauren and her estranged husband already have a young child, sources told MailOnline. They left him behind when they joined Cowell on vacation in Barbados earlier in the year. And a friend said: ‘There was called some chatter about Adam, are how Lauren and Annow offidrew left their little cially sepaboy behind.’ Lauren has rated. It is been a constant presence not known by Cowell’s side over the whether Mr past few years. Another Silverman source said: ‘Lauren has filed the legal been on set at X Factor in papers afthe U.S, sitting in the front ter learning row, while Mezghan was of his wife’s sitting in the third row. She pregnancy had the plum seat.’ with Simon Sources have exclusively Cowell, altold MailOnline that property though their magnate Silverman filed for break-up does divorce from his wife earlier leave his estranged wife free this month. The couple, who to start a new life with the have a seven-year-old son music mogul.
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India beat Zimbabwe, take 4-0 lead
NEw DElHI, august 1 (PtI): All India football Federation (AIFF) today gave its go ahead to the IPL-style league with its executive committee agreeing to the holding of the tournament by its commercial partners IMG-Reliance early next year. "IMG-R gave a detailed presentation about the proposed tournament and we feel it will be the I-league which will sustain Indian football but this short league will be a booster dose for Indian football. "Through this tournament we are looking for the popularisation of Indian football and taking the game to the masses. Ileague and this tournament will go hand-in-hand," AIFF president Praful Patel told reporters. Patel said the league will have players
from across the world with plenty of experience in international tournaments. "They have made the presentation that they will sign marqueee who have played in the World Cup and major international tournament. It will be a combination of Indian and International players," he said. Since the idea of the tournament came to the fore, the clubs have been adamant that they will not release players for this league but Patel said there was no real issue among the stake holders. "There is no real issue among the AIFF, IMG-R and the I-league clubs. I-league is our number one priority and it will remain so in future also. We will strictly implement AIFF club licensing criteria for profes-
sionalising the clubs and all the issues will be sorted out amicably," he said. "I would just call these as grey areas which are expected to come up in the first year of any tournament. The league is going to be held for the first time and naturally there will be some issues and we will sort it out," he added. He said a committee of four vice-presidents -- Subrata Dutta, Srinivas Dempo, Larsing Ming Sawyan and KMI Mather -- to speak to the clubs. "Two members of the committee are themselves club owners and they will talk to the clubs to find an amicable solution to the issues and the important point is we have to see the largest picture which is to improve the profile of Indian football," he said.
Bulawayo, august 1 (PtI): A merciless India maintained their stranglehold over minnows Zimbabwe as they cruised to a resounding nine-wicket win in the fourth one-dayer to extend their lead to 4-0 in the five-match series on Thursday. Opting to field after winning the toss, India bowled out Zimbabwe for a paltry 144, and then chased down the target with 115 balls remaining at Queens Sports Club. For India, leg-spinner Amit Mishra scalped three wickets for 25 runs, while debutant Mohit Sharma (2/26) and Ravindra Jadeja (2/28) picked up two apiece. Mohammed Shami and Jaydev Unadkat also accounted for one wicket each. Rohit Sharma (64 not out) and Suresh Raina (65 not out) were the two main contributors with the bat as the visitors extended Zimbabwe's winless run. Raina struck six fours during his 71-ball knock while Rohit found the fence five times and cleared it once during his 90-ball innings. Chasing a small total, India suffered an early blow as they lost debutant Cheteshwar Pujara with the scoreboard reading 23 for one in the 10th over. The 25-year-old Saurashtra player was bowled by Tendai Chatara while trying to go for a drive to an incoming delivery only to see his leg-stump getting uprooted. Glimpses of the batsman's talent was evident as he creamed Michael Chinouya for two boundaries through the off-side before being dismissed. Pujara's wicket was the lone success Zimbabwe tasted as Raina along with Rohit shared a secondwicket partnership of 122 runs to take India home. Playing sensible cricket,
MaNCHEstER, august 1 (aP): Chris Rogers fell 16 runs short of his first international century as Australia reached tea on 180-3 against England on day one of a third Ashes test marred by another DRS controversy. Resuming after lunch on 67, Rogers moved to 84 before he was trapped lbw by Graeme Swann to end a fluent, test-best knock that contained 14 fours. Captain Michael Clarke lasted the whole session and looked in good nick on 55 alongside Steve Smith (20), with the series-hinging match well-poised. Earlier, Usman Khawaja was left aggrieved after
he was given out caught behind off Swann for one, despite replay technology showing the batsman hadn't touched the ball with his bat. Third umpire Kumar Dharmasena still upheld the on-field umpire's decision, triggering Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd to tweet that it was "one of the worst cricket umpiring decisions I have ever seen." England is 2-0 ahead in the five-match series and will retain the Ashes with a draw or victory. Australia has yet to reach 300 in its four innings so far this series, the reason why the team cur-
rently finds itself battling to stay alive at such an early stage of the summer. Criticized back home and scoffed at in England, the tourists' batsmen needed to find their form here and Rogers and Clarke produced some elegant, positive strokeplay in humid, hot conditions after Australia won the toss. The 35-year-old Rogers shared a 76-run opening partnership with Shane Watson (19) and splayed England's pace attack to all corners of Old Trafford, with five fours in the two overs after the drinks break bringing up his fifty off just 49 balls. He started getting
twitchy as he entered his 80s, playing and missing twice. He then became irritated by movement in his eyeline in the pavilion and Swann seized his chance, claiming his second wicket with the very next ball. Smith survived an lbw review by Swann when on nought and also a caughtbehind appeal from James Anderson on 18, with DRS indicating there was no nick on HotSpot and Dharmasena therefore seeing no reason to overturn the on-field umpire's call. Anderson and England's slip cordon looked bemused at the decision. Smith was happy to play second fiddle to Clarke,
India's Sandeep Sejwal competes in a Men's 200m breaststroke heat at the FINA Swimming World Championships in Barcelona, Spain, Thursday, Aug. 1. (AP Photo)
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Rohit Sharma and Suresh Raina added 122 runs for the second wicket to hand the Zimbabweans a heavy defeat in Bulawayo.
Indian batsman Rohit Sharma plays a shot during the fourth, one day international match against Zimbabwe, at Queens Sports Club, in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe on Aug. 1. (AP Photo)
the duo of Raina and Rohit brought up the fifty partnership in 61 balls. While Raina was more flashier of the two, Rohit looked content playing second fiddle to the lefthanded batsman who has not been in the best of form in recent times. Adopting a careful approach, Rohit however did not miss out on the loose balls. Brian Vitori's wide
Rogers, Clarke give Australia edge in 3rd test
half-volley was spanked through cover point and then guided Prosper Utseya through the same region. At the other end, Raina was playing freely after he got into the groove with a square-driven boundary off Chatara's bowling. In the next over, Raina stepped out of the crease to loft Utseya straight over his head. The off-spinner was then played towards the
long-of region for another four. Rohit meanwhile straight drove Utseya before pulling Sean Williams through deep square leg. Raina hit Chatara for two more fours in three balls before Rohit slashed one through the point and short third man region and lofted Vitori over long-on for a huge six to take India within sniffing distance of another big win. Earlier,
barring an 80-run sixth wicket stand between Elton Chigumbura (50 not out) and Malcolm Waller (35), Zimbabwe had very little to show for in their batting effort as they were bowled out in 42.4 overs. Such was Zimbabwe's struggle that only four batsmen managed double digit scores after being invited to bat by Virat Kohli. With the series already in their pocket after having won the first three games quite comfortably, India made two changes in their playing eleven, handing out debuts to Cheteshwar Pujara and Mohit in place of Shikhar Dhawan and R Vinay Kumar. Mohit impressed in his maiden ODI as he managed to extract pace and movement from the Queens Sports Club pitch. The 24-year-old from Haryana soon tasted success and registered his maiden international wicket in just his fourth over when he induced an edge from Sikandar Raza which Dinesh Karthik had no problems in accepting. Pitched on a good length on off stump, the ball nipped away off the seam just enough to take Raza's outside edge through to Karthik behind the stumps. Hamilton Masakadza (10) was the next to depart, caught short off the crease by a direct hit from Jadeja. Captain Brendan Taylor, Sean Williams and Sibanda departed in consecutive overs to make matters worse for Zimbabwe, who lost half of their side inside the 50run mark. While Jadeja accounted for the wickets of Taylor and Sibanda, Jaydev Unadkat removed Williams. But Chigumbura and Waller came to the home team's rescue with a 80-run sixth wicket before Zimbabwe witnessed another collapse.
who was rarely troubled in making his 28th test halfcentury and posting his best score of the series. With Kevin Pietersen recovered from a left calf injury, England was able to name an unchanged lineup as it looked to wrap up a third straight Ashes series for the first time since 1981. England hasn't won the first three tests in an Ashes series in 84 years. Australia made three changes, with batsman David Warner, paceman Mitchell Starc and spinner Nathan Lyon in place of Phillip Hughes, the injured James Pattinson and Ashton Agar.
Neymar living the dream with idol Messi
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B aRCEloNa, au gust 1 (REutERs): Barcelona's new recruit Neymar says he is living a boyhood dream after completing a high-profile move from Santos at the end of May and joining up with his idol Lionel Messi. The 21-year-old Brazil forward made his Barca debut as a late substitute in a 2-2 friendly draw at Polish side Lechia Gdansk on Tuesday and could make his first appearance at the Nou Camp when the La Liga champions play Santos on Friday for the Joan Gamper invitational trophy. "When I am training it feels like being in a dream," Neymar, the standout performer for his country in their Confederations Cup triumph in June, told a post-training news conference on Thursday. "A dream I had when I was a kid and that is coming true now," he added. "I turn my head and there is Messi. Or
FC Barcelona's Neymar, from Brazil, left, and Lionel Messi, from Argentina, attend a training session at the Sports Center FC Barcelona Joan Gamper in San Joan Despi, Spain, Monday, July 29. (AP Photo)
Xavi, (Andres) Iniesta or (Carles) Puyol. I feel complete, it is like a dream. I am really, really happy." Neymar is likely to occupy a position wide on
the left under new coach Gerardo Martino, with Argentine World Player of the Year Messi in his more central role, and Barca fans are eager to see how the gifted
pair will perform. Neymar said he saw no reason to change the way he plays and that he and Messi were fully compatible. "I have to keep on do-
ing my thing and fulfill this dream," he said. "He is wonderful, Messi. He is always happy, he is a great guy. We talk every day. "Don't worry, I am sure there is going to be no problem at all. He is my idol. For me, he is the best. I respect him a lot and I hope to be able to help him out." Neymar is ambitious for success in Europe and said Barca would be aiming to repeat their historic treble of Champions League, La Liga and King's Cup titles from 2009. "There is always pressure, and especially in a club like Barcelona," he told reporters. "But I am not worried. We need to stay calm when playing football as well as when training because we are always under pressure. It is a part of football." Barca begin the defence of their La Liga title, when they will be chasing a fifth triumph in six seasons, at home to Levante in just under three weeks.
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