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Dimapur VOL. VIII ISSUE 328
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NPCC reiterates December 3 bandh DIMAPUR, DECEMBER 1 (MExN): The Nagaland Pradesh Congress Committee has decided to go ahead with its 12 hr bandh (6 am to 6 pm) in Dimapur on December 3, for the removal of charge sheeted Health and Family Welfare Minister, Imkong L Imchen. NPCC in a press note stated that the decision has been taken, “since the State government remains non committal while remaining wholly engrossed in festive mood.” It appealed for all NGOs, Civil Societies, Student bodies, Business Organisations/ Associations, Trade Unions and all right thinking citizens to extend their co-operation. NPCC requested the District administration and the police to take precautionary measures to ensure that no untoward incidents occur during the bandh. The bandh will shutdown all business establishments, govt establishments including banks, vehicular traffic and total restrictions on movement which also extends to staffs of railways, airport/airlines except officials and volunteers on duty and those on exempted list, informed the NPCC.
Those exempted from purview of the bandh:
1. Military personnel and vehicles 2. Police and law enforcing agencies 3. Magistrates on duty 4. Medical staff 5. Media Personnel with proper identification papers 6. Guests for attending weddings with Invitation card within given timeframe 7. Students appearing board exams in full school uniform and in possession of ID Card 8. School Buses and Private vehicles including Auto Rickshaws carrying exam bound students only.In no case, the above mentioned vehicles will move without students.
GPRN/NSCN bans donations during the festive season
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DIMAPUR, DECEMBER 1 (MExN): The GPRN/NSCN has banned all forms of donation during the festive seasons. A press note from MIP cautioned all civil and military set-ups against seeking assistance/donations from business outlets and stated that “violators will be strictly penalized.” It further informed all business out-lets to call the Chaplee Secretary at 9862010000, if such incidents occur.
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Let Nagaland lead the way in building a new future: President Rio: 16 point agreement be honoured in letter and spirit
Kisama | December 1
The President of India, Pranab Mukherjee, today said the traditions and practices of the Naga people are “rich and unique” and called upon the people of India to “discover Nagaland,” contribute to the local economy and strengthen bonds. “Nagaland has come a long way since attaining statehood. Its achievements in human development and industrial growth are praiseworthy. Yet, there remains much to be done. In a modern globalised world, the expectations of our people are high. There is need for infrastructure and connectivity. Youth should have jobs. There should be visible improvement in the quality of life. Development should be inclusive, equitable and sustainable,” he said while gracing the 50th anniversary of Nagaland’s statehood and Hornbill Festival here this morning. He congratulated the people of Nagaland and the State government for completing 50 years as a State. The world, he said, is undergoing rapid changes in information and technology; that “distance and nationality are no longer restraining factors—education and infrastructure are the key factors to development.” “Let the dark days of violence and conflict be left far behind. Let us together
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President of India, Pranab Mukherjee, stands adorned in Naga traditional finery at the Nagaland State 50th statehood anniversary cum opening ceremony of the Hornbill Festival 2013 at Kisama Heritage Village, Kohima. Photo by Caisii Mao
move forward with faith in our common destiny. The Government of India is determined and duty bound to ensure that every Naga lives with dignity having equal rights and equal opportunities,” he said, adding, “Let Nagaland lead the way in building a new future for India. Let it set an example and show how the entire region can be transformed into an area of peace, stability and prosperity.” Stating that raising Nagaland to the ranks of leading states in the country is a goal which can be achieved
if there is vision, leadership and hard work, he said, “The central and state governments must join hands in a collective endeavour supported by all the people of the state and dedicate themselves to the attainment of this goal.” Considering the quality of its human and natural resources, Mukherjee maintained that the North East of India has “tremendous potential to achieve rapid, inclusive and sustainable growth.” “This region can become a magnet for ma-
jor investments from the rest of the country as well as abroad. It can turn itself into a major centre for trade and business. This region constitutes one of India’s most important opportunities of the future and it must be given the utmost importance and attention by our political leaders, policy makers, administrators and all other stakeholders,” he said. Also stating that India is making determined progress in every field of activity, he said, “I am confident that India will soon emerge
as a strong and powerful nation, our economy will continue to witness rapid growth and people will enjoy a high quality of life as well as freedom, justice and equality.” Also expressing happiness that many youth from this region are engaged in hospitality and information technology sectors, working in different parts of the country, he called upon the youth of Nagaland to “join hands with the young in the rest of our country and together forge the future of our nation.”
Stating that the State of Nagaland was created as a result of the 16 Point Agreement 1960, and Article 371 (A) inserted into the Constitution of India, Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio today said, “It is the prayer of the Naga people that the 16 points agreement and the special provisions of the Constitution be honoured in letter and spirit.” Conveying this to President of India, Pranab Mukherjee, during the opening ceremony of the Hornbill Festival and 50th anniversary of Nagaland’s statehood here this morning, Rio also hoped that the ongoing ceasefire and dialogue between the Government of India and Naga nationalist groups will bring an “honourable and acceptable” solution to the Naga political problem at the earliest and usher in an era of permanent peace and economic development. Extending greetings to the people of Nagaland on the statehood anniversary, Rio said, “Nagaland was born under very special and trying circumstances, involving many sacrifices on the part of the Naga leaders of that time. We honour and salute them for their contribution and sac-
rifice.” Rio challenged the people to remember and thank those political leaders, civil servants, church leaders, tribal leaders, the NGOs and leaders of civil society who had nurtured the State during its infancy and continue to work hard to bring peace and development. Nagaland Governor, Dr. Ashwani Kumar, greeted the people of Nagaland on the 50th Anniversary of Statehood and said that the Hornbill Festival is truly a “Festival of Festivals.” The Festival, he said, symbolizes an emerging Nagaland which is energetic, young and vibrant and is an opportunity to showcase “our rich cultural heritage.” The Governor called upon all to remember and pay respect to the erstwhile leaders and elders who are the architects of the State as they are responsible for creating a State which reflected an identity of simple people living in the hills. Dr. Kumar urged all the people and leaders to unite and strengthen the hands of the State government for greater progress, change and modernity in the society. “I am confident that all of us together will be able to overcome all the difficulties and realize the vision of a vibrant and economically developed Nagaland,” he said.
Commuters face traffic nightmare Do not suffer in isolation
KOHIMA, DECEMBER 1 (MExN): The inaugural day of the 2013 edition of the Hornbill Festival proved to be a traffic nightmare for many inter-state travelers, as well as visitors to the festival at Kisama Heritage Village. Traffic on the NH-29 stretch between Kohima and Jakhama was stranded for hours together on account of the visit President of India, Pranab Mukherjee, who graced the inaugural programme of the ‘Festival of Festivals’ as chief guest. Travellers and vehicles coming from Manipur side were stranded from 11:00 am till 2:30 pm. Visitors and local people
who started a bit late from Kohima to witness the festival did not fare better and many could not attend the inaugural programme. This year’s festival recorded the highest number of vehicles. From the main entrance gate to the venue, vehicles parked on both sides of the road stretched to Phesama village on one side and till Japfu Christian College on the other side. Some visitors had to alight from their vehicles and walk at least a kilometre from the road to reach the venue due to lack of parking spaces nearby. “Next time, the organizers should not invite VVIPs as chief guests to
Hornbill Festival as it creates hardships to common man and visitors. Especially in Kohima, the roads are too narrow and we don’t have alternative roads to travel when VVIPs come”, a local visitor commented. Many have stressed on the need to streamline traffic for convenience of both visitors to the festival and other commuters and vehicles plying on the highway. On Monday also, traffic on the NH29 stretch is not likely to improve, at least till noon, due to the traditional stone pulling ceremony organized by Viswema village, which is part of the Hornbill Festival.
‘Today eastern Nagaland is one of the darkest corners’
DIMAPUR, DECEMBER 1 (MExN): As Nagaland goes into its 50th year celebration, the Eastern Nagaland Peoples’ Organisation (ENPO) has stated that “while the very existence of the state is presently subjected to de-creation into two separate and distinctive entities in the form of perhaps two separate states.” This was reminded in the context of the ENPO demand for ‘Frontier Nagaland.’ “While the ENPO congratulates the state of Nagaland and the people of the so-called advanced tribes on the 50th anniversary of jubilation and celebration, the creation and birth of the state of Nagaland yet continues to be a focal and a central subject of the overall socio-political Naga spectrum,” noted a press release from the president of ENPO, Chingmak Chang, and secretary, ENPO steering commit-
tee for statehood demand, Toshi Wungtung. The ENPO reminded that “Historically and geographically, the erstwhile Tuensang Frontier Division of the then North East Frontier Agency (NEFA) and the former Naga Hills of Assam of the then British Raj in post independent India Assam state merged together to form the present Nagaland state for the viability and welfare dispensation of the people of the above with all expectations of a modern governing state establishment in par with the rest of the country and the rest of the world, at least in the context of a modality, if not a promising and an excellent delivery apparatus for the welfare and progress of the people within.” And this, it pointed out, came about in the form of the “controversial sixteenth point agreement,” between the Government
of India and “the people of the above in through the Naga Peoples’ Convention.” While appreciating “sincere efforts and sagacity” for the “various developmental initiatives undertaken by the various successive government” since the inception of the State, the press release asserted that “the volume and comparative magnitude of welfare benefits and changes between the people and area of the former two is only too glaring.” In that, the ENPO has alleged the “deliberate and a systematic form of suppression, exploitation and negligence in all sophistry and manipulation, in which, the acute regional imbalances between the two former entities is nothing but a betrayal of the laid down agreement (the 16th point agreement) where, all hopes and expectations of the mutually agreed one-
ness and sharing as fellow Naga fraternity is nothing but a failed subject for the people of the eastern Nagas and is today the area of eastern Nagas of Nagaland in contrast with the other areas of the state is one of the darkest and mournful corners of the country, and for which the people of the former Frontier Division of NEFA under aegis of the ENPO have resolved to de-merge and demand a separate statehood called ‘Frontier Nagaland’ from the government of India.” The ENPO has maintained that any “redressal” apart from the provision of a separate assembly will be “too little too late.” With its motto of “development for peace and peace for development,” the Organisation has reiterated its demand for separate statehood “based on the geo-political history and political rights of the eastern Nagas.”
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“The year 2013 has not been kind with respect to treatment, shortages of OI drugs, CD-4 Re-agents and CD machine break down,” stated Naomi, NNP+ President, during the observance of the 26th World Aids Day, held in Dimapur today. Speaking as someone living with HIV, she stated that the non-availability of viral load testing machine in the state is attributing to treatment failures and its risk. Does this help us in getting to a Zero prevalence rate, she questioned. The theme, “Getting to Zero should not only end on paper. We must see, feel, and experience actions targeting zero new infections, zero AIDS related death and zero discrimination”, she said. She further asserted that we have more questions than answers, as people living with HIV, with regard to “Getting to Zero”. “In Nagaland, till October 2013, there are 15,519 people living with HIV, out of which 4,382 are on ART treatment. Where are the balances? Are they not living contrary to the theme-“Getting to Zero”, she questioned. As such, Naomi informed HIV positive persons in Nagaland that treatment works, and encouraged them not to suffer in isolation for fear of stigma and discrimination. Instead, she urged them to
Stakeholders pledge towards an AIDS-Free Generation boldly come out and avail services that are provided free of cost by the government. She also made an appeal to stakeholders in the government as well as civil societies and the churches to make an honest effort to bring down the price of the costly life saving drugs. “Nagaland has one of the highest ratios of HIV/AIDS in the country, and it is not a laurel to consider,” stated Moa Phom from DNP+. Sharing concerns and perspectives of People Living with HIV (PLHIV), Moa stated that Nagaland’s present scenario related to HIV/ AIDS at the grassroot level is disappointing and lacking. He shared that PLHIV’s are going through hard times as the CD4 counting machine in the State is almost out of service, there is shortage of opportunistic infection medicine, no viral loading testing machine (funded by NACO but not sufficient because of limited fund) and lack of ART treatment literacy training. “Unabated Taxation, Corruption and HIV/AIDS are the three core issues that Nagas are facing today. It is time for us to address these issues because until we do so, we are bound
to become a failed society,” stated guest speaker, Joel Nilo Kath, Finance Secretary, Naga Council Dimapur. Sharing words of encouragement to the people living with HIV/AIDS, he said, “Please do not give up the fight. People like you are in the forefront, and only you can inspire us to take the step and to fight together.” He also urged people to reflect on if we are prepared to treat PLHIV with dignity, and not treat them as outcasts. Because, this is what “Shared Responsibility” means, and are we prepared for that, he asked. The seminar was held by the District AIDS Prevention and Control Unit (DAPCU), Dimapur in collaboration with District Level network (DNP+) and Partner NGOs. The theme for the programme was ‘Shared Responsibility: Strengthening Results for an AIDS –Free Generation.’ The programme was also supported by Nagaland State AIDS Control Society (NSACS), Kohima, Legislative Forum on AIDS (LFA) & NNP+ VIHAAN-Nagaland. Representatives from the Dimapur Naga Students Union (DNSU) and The Naga Blog also pledged to fight against HIV/AIDS and extended support towards an HIV/AIDS free generation. Also, showing solidarity, the Nagaland Motorcycle Club “The Naga Chiefs” from Dimapur and Kohima participated in the programme.
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Hornbill Festival 2013 kicks off with grandeur RCEMPA dedicated to the people
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Performers get ready to enthrall the audience at the Hornbill Festival celebration at Kisama Village, Kohima. Photo by Manen Aier Our Correspondent Kisama | December 1
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The opening ceremony of Hornbill Festival 2013 was significant for two reasons. It marked both the 50th year of the statehood of Nagaland, and the first day of another Hornbill Festival, that has over the years, garnered tremendous at-
tention all over the world. The opening ceremony has been named “Celebrating the Naga Way.” The ceremony, according to the organizer, was choreographed in the style of a celebration that commemorates a historic occasion. It exemplifies the energy, power, enthusiasm and the vibrancy of Naga youth- a youth that
has come of age after five decades. It celebrates a youth that has pride in its own culture and has the aspiration of finding its own footing in the environments of the global village, coupled with a new found confidence that “we are at par with everybody else.” The opening ceremony also celebrated the rich cul-
97 Handloom & Handicrafts Hornbill Master Chef stalls at Bamboo Pavilion competition starts today The Director, Industries and Commerce, Thekruneituo Kire inaugurated the Exhibition-cum-Sale of Handloom and Handicraft products at Bamboo Pavilion Naga Heritage village Kisama this morning which is being organized by the Department of Industries and Commerce. Exhibition and sale items include handloom & handicraft, indigenous craft, traditional shawl, dry flowers, wreaths and paper gift bags decorative items etc. Altogether there are 97 stalls on display at the Bamboo Pavilion. DIPR News
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Hornbill Master Chef, an indigenous Naga cuisine cooking competition will take place at Nagaland’s Hornbill Festival 2013 for the first time at Kisama Heritage Village. A press note received here stated that the competition will take place on December 2, 3 and from 5 to 9 starting from 11:00 am to 2:00 pm. On Monday, list of dishes to be prepared by hornbill master chef contestants on round one (Sekrenyi) are Khuo Ghacha by Ayang Kitchen, Methu Gacha by Nzano Tungoe, Thevii Gacha by LimaIGAR contingent to partici- la Sangtam, Thevochii Galhou by Temjen Thevii Gacha by Yenrothung and pate in WW-II Peace Rally Imsong, Thevochii gacha by Igomchebe Heraang. MExN During this WW-II Peace Rally, Assam Rifles contingent will also participate to create a history. Maj Gen MM Naravane, SM, IGAR Hornbill International (North) would be dressed up as Maj Gen John M. L. Grover, who commanded The Music fest begins British 2nd Division and Brig Pem Tshering Dy IGAR (North) would be dressed up as The Hornbill International Music FestiLt Gen Kōtoku Satō who commanded the val, 2013 kick-started on Sunday at Naga Imperial Japanese Army in World War II Solidarity Park, Kohima. The achieving during the battle of Kohima. These gener- musicians of the state –Naga Orpheus als of the opposing forces who fought dur- Hunt 2013 finalist, winners of Kids for ing the battle of Kohima will travel together Fame 2013, Clueless Attention (NSACS’s in the same Jeep to give away the message Brand Ambassador 2013), Making of peace and friendship. Merry(winner of NSACS Zero) Livika MExN Sue, BK & INA and special features bandBiuret, Republic of Korea took to the Exhibition cum sale of staged an enthralled the crowds . On December 2, the Identity EMC paintings by Naga artists presents “a tribute” to 50 year of stateHornbill Art festival sponsored by the hood -Methaneilie Jütakhrie and Zowe Government of Nagaland under the de- madrigal and mixed generation (Delhi) partment of Art and Culture in collaboration with Rattle and Hum society & The Hornbill International Rock Contest XL Nagaland has opened up Exhibition- (HNRC) 2013 from December 6 to 10 will cum-Sale of Painting at the WW-II mu- witness 27 bands from across the counseum site Naga Heritage village, Kisama. try and abroad nations and pecked at the Art and Culture Department along with highest prize money in the country. The Dreamcatcher has setup a stall showcas- contest will be part of the annual Horning various types of paintings by Naga bill Festival, the annual cultural extravaartists. Photos by some local photogra- ganza in Nagaland showcasing the rich phers are also being exhibited. Price of Naga culture, organized by the state govthe paintings ranges from Rs 2000 to as ernment’s Music Task Force (MTF), dehigh as 3 lakhs. Painting demonstration and competition are also being held at partment of Youth Resources and Sports and the event is managed by XL. the site. MExN DIPR News
tural identity and the age old traditions of the Naga people while showcasing the fact that over time, the culture and tradition has been preserved and protected, and simultaneously has adapted with other communities and people. “This celebration showcases the contributions of the Nagas in the nation
building process of this great country. From guarding the borders to providing the best minds in the field of leaderships and bureaucracy, to producing legendary sports persons and giving the country some of the most colourful musicians and bravest soldiers, Nagaland has immensely contributed to the growth and progress of India,” the management of the opening ceremony stated adding that the contributions of the people of the 16th state of the Indian Union has definitely enhanced the image and status of the world’s largest democracy. The sight of the first Naga recipient of the Arjuna Award, Chekrovolu Swuro during the opening ceremony signified new hope, the way forward and the future for many people. The Hornbill Choir reflects the positive influence of Christianity and the Girls Pipe Band reminds us of the British legacy. The ‘Unity Dance’ which is held during the closing ceremony, would further show the rich cultural diversity, the integrity and unity of the Naga people while the dance of the Nation is revealing of the fact that Nagaland is contributing member of the Indian Union.
Kohima, December 1 (mexN): The Regional Centre of Excellence for Music & Performing Arts (RCEMPA), Jotsoma, Kohima was formally inaugurated on Sunday before a host of distinguished dignitaries. Addressing the gathering, state chief minister Neiphiu Rio lauded the Music Task Force department of Youth Resources and Sport for successful completing the mega project and hoped that the RCEMPA would tremendously benefit the Naga musicians in all fields of music activities from now on, adding the Nagas has got lots of talents in Music and that should be turned in professionalism The chief minister asserted that RCEMPA is an state of arts facility at par at national and international standard and thanked the Jotsoma Village Council, Kohima Science College , the than MTF Adviser Dr Nicky Kire, present MTF adviser Khriehu Liezietzu and contractor Neibu Nagi for doing commendable job that the cherish project by making the dream come true. Brig. David Allfrey, MBE, Producer/chief Executive , Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo in his address express profound gratitude to the Nagaland for inviting him to the Hornbill festival to see the Naga culture and traditions , adding it was
a must visit for all book lovers
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State Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio, along with Merentoshi Jamir, Minister Youth Resources and Sports, Khriehu Liezietsu, MLA, Adviser MTF, G.Chishi PD MTF and Rev Moa Longchari at the Regional Centre of Excellence for Music & Performing Arts (RCEMPA), Jotsoma, Kohima.
an international standard with a triumph mixed with old and new with traditional and modernity . In his welcome address, Khriehu Liezietsu, MLA , Adviser MTF congratulated the state chief Neiphiu Rio minister for having a vision in conceptualising to established the state of art facilities-RCEMPA . He
said that at total of Rs.17.80 crores was incurred in 1st phase of the project included administrative building conference and cafeteria , while the 2nd phase which is expected to start depending on the financial position would have amphitheatre, creative arts blocks, music student blocks, students facilities block etc.
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Heritage Publishing House stall at Kisama
eritage Publishing House and Signet Books Nagaland is the first legal publishing house with International Standard Book Number (ISBN) in Nagaland, established in the year 2008 by Asangla Tzudir an alumnus of JNU, New Delhi. Most books printed in Nagaland are without ISBN codification, and as such, no library in India or abroad could reposit the same as part of their catalogue. Our stories; history, culture and literatures are yet to reach a wider audience as they do not meet the required standardization, besides being a
source for researchers. To quote Dr Asangla, “People are interested in the Nagas but we have nothing to offer,” and so, Heritage publishing house was birth with "the hope that the Nagas will have an opportunity to be represented, through literature, in our own way.” This is also an attempt to write our own stories from an insider viewpoint as against the larger historiography, where Nagas are represented from western and Indian superiority complex. It is also about creating space and recording our tales as part of human journey in time and space.
Asangla Tzudir holds doctorate in history from JNU, New Delhi and Asangba Tzudir, the Assistant Editor is also a doctorate in philosophy from the same university. They are serious students of Naga history and culture and they know what they are doing. You can expect to find quality works from heritage publishing house, as manuscripts are put through rigorous academic scrutiny before being published. Do not buy books from them to support them, but buy to keep your stories Buwang Konyak, Chief Angh of Hongphoi village invokalive. Our stories alive! ing traditional blessings at the opening ceremony. (MoCourtesy/Robin Temsu rung Photo/Chizoko Vero)
President releases Commemorative Stamp of Nagaland Our Correspondent Kisama | December 1
President of India Pranab Mukherjee today released the Commemorative Stamp of Nagaland and a book authored by the Governor of Odissa, Dr. S.C.Jamir entitled “Nagaland-50 years and Beyond” during the opening ceremony of the 50th anniversary of the statehood of Nagaland and Hornbill Festival of Nagaland here. Earlier, Nagaland Governor Dr. Ashwani Kumar released the Coffee Table Book on 50th Anniversary of Statehood wherein the first copy was presented to the President of India. The Coffee Table Book,
dedicated to the people of the State, is an attempt to capture the journey that the State of Nagaland has been on since that very momentous day 50 years ago. With combined elements of political history, social critique, travelogue and part compendium, the publication brings together a broad way of subjects, organized thematically- from the historical and political conditions, pre-Statehood to the very essence of what quintessentially Nagaland is today. Earlier, during the opening ceremony, chief Angh of Hongphoi village Buwang Konyak invoked traditional blessing for the ten days long festivity.
President of India Pranab Mukherjee releasing book authored by Dr. S.C. Jamir. (Morung Photo)
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Trade, travel hit by rupee ZSUM concerned by “illegal tax” slump, Bangladesh violence AgArtAlA, December 1 (IANS): With the depreciation of the Indian rupee against the dollar and political turmoil in Bangladesh, trade between the northeastern states and India's eastern neighbour has been enormously affected, officials and traders said. According to a senior official of the Tripura Industries and Commerce Department, the trade volume was Rs.343 crore last year (2012-13) and Rs.331 crore in the year before that (2011-12), when one considers trade only through the three Land Customs Stations (LCS) along the India-Bangladesh border with Tripura. "Through the Akhaurah checkpost, trade worth Rs.245 crore was done during the last fiscal; it was only Rs.75.16 crore during the first seven months of the current financial year. The trade volume would not exceed Rs.100 crore during the entire current fiscal through the Akhaurah checkpost," the official told IANS, adding that the trade through the other two checkposts at Raghna and Delonia was Rs.98 crore. Akhaurah checkpost is the biggest international land trading port in northeastern India and
India-Bangladesh border trade remained at a standstill at northeast India's biggest land port at Akhaurah near Agartala city. (Photo: P. Das)
the second-largest along the Bangladesh border after the Petrapol-Banepole checkpost in West Bengal. An average of 200 to 230 Bangladeshi trucks used to come to Tripura every day through this crossing. The Akhaurah land port, 150 km east of Dhaka and just one km west of the heart of Tripura capital Agartala, is one of Bangladesh's biggest trading routes with northeastern India. The official said trading between northeastern states and Bangladesh had almost stopped during the past several days because of the violent agitation by opposition political parties in that country. Tripura Chamber of Commerce and Industry
president Makhan Lal Debnath said: "There is no sign of improvement in the situation in the near future." Of the 32 land port customs stations along the 4,095-km India-Bangladesh border with West Bengal, Assam, Meghalaya, Mizoram and Tripura, a large number are not operational on a regular basis, according to reports available with the Tripura Chamber of Commerce and Industry. Debnath said: "The twin crises (decline of the Indian rupee against the US dollar and the political turmoil in Bangladesh), besides affecting trade, are also having an impact on the morale of traders." Bangladesh exports clothes, leather, food, con-
Ex-Cop among five held in M'laya for smuggling
ShIlloNg, December 1 (IANS): Five arms smugglers, including a former Nagaland Police official, have been arrested in Meghalaya and a cache of highfrequency wireless sets seized from them, police said Sunday. "Acting on a tip-off, we arrested five people Saturday night and seized six highfrequency wireless sets from their hideout at Maikhuli area bordering Assam's Kamrup district," Ri-Bhoi district police chief C.V.S. Reddy told IANS. The China-made TYT TH-F8 wireless sets smuggled from Myanmar were meant to be delivered by the smugglers to Rakkam D. Shira, finance secretary of the Garo National Liberation Army (GNLA). The outlawed GNLA is fighting for a separate Garoland carved out of Meghalaya. Robert Sangma, a former Nagaland Armed Police branch sub-inspector, and Moya Khohung were the first to be arrested from Byrnihat town in Ri-Bhoi district, he said. Sangma said he was working as a security commander at CMJ Breweries located at Byrnihat after taking voluntary retirement from the police force. Police later raided their hideout at Maikhuli and recovered the wireless
handsets besides nabbing three more smugglers -- Zamthoson Haokip, Suntak Prem Baite and Ramzan Khubang. Police said it was a major breakthrough since all five were supplying various types of arms and ammunition to the GNLA. Efforts are on to find out the actual suppliers and their links with rebel groups in the northeastern states. In recent months, Meghalaya and Assam Police have seized rocket launchers, shells and foreign-made pistols meant to be delivered to the GNLA. The GNLA is believed to have been formed with the help of the National Socialist Council of Nagaland-Isak-Muivah (NSCN-IM) with the intention of extortion in the coal-rich areas of the Garo Hills region. The Garo outfit, declared a terrorist organisation, forged an operational alliance with the United Liberation Front of Asom (ULFA) and the National Democratic Front of Bodoland (NDFB), which provided it access to sophisticated arms and ammunition. GNLA rebels, who number around 200, unleashed terror in the region in the past one year and killed over 50 people, including security personnel.
Ibobi invites insurgents for talks
ImPhAl, December 1 (the hINDu): Manipur chief minister Okram Ibobi Singh has appealed to the insurgents of all hues to come to the negotiating table for talks. The government is keeping its door wide open for them. He was speaking on the conclusion function in Imphal on Saturday evening of the ten day international tourism festival. He said that tourists do not want to come to Manipur in view of the alarming law and order situation. Though several businessmen and industrialists want to invest considerably in Manipur, they are having second thoughts since the insurgents are making their presence felt here and there. It may be recalled
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that some businessmen and foreigners had been kidnapped in the past for huge ransom. Manipur is facing growing unemployment. Out of hardly 30 lakh population, over 7 lakh educated youths are in the live employment register. If tourism is developed in a big way, many of them could get employ-
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ment, he said. Revenue from tourism will be of great help to the government which does not have much revenue sources. Apart from the natural beauty of this hill state, there are brow antlered deer and Shiori lily which are not found anywhere in the world. In the past, antisocial elements had taken refuge in the national park where the brow antlered deer are kept. He said that they had slaughtered the rare deer. But police and security forces have driven them out of the sanctuary.
fectionery, stone chips, cement and construction material, jewellery, processed food and fish. Tripura, Meghalaya and Assam export fertilizer, precious stones, fruit, spare parts and forest produce, among others, to Bangladesh. Indian traders said that successive strikes, agitations and violent protests in Bangladesh and the adverse security situation, coupled with depreciation of the Indian rupee against the dollar, have affected trade at all land custom stations in Tripura, Assam and Meghalaya. "With fall in trade, the northeastern states have been facing shortage of fish and commodities like stone chips, cement and electronic goods," importer Babul
Roy said. Bangladeshi truck drivers are unwilling to ply their vehicles in the trouble-torn scenario. "When we ply our trucks, the agitators attack us on the roads and damage our vehicles and goods," said Matiur Rahman, a truck driver from Brahmanbaria in eastern Bangladesh. "Over 700 workers are involved in the trading activities at the Akhaurah and other checkposts in Tripura. The majority of the workforce, besides drivers and their assistants, have become unemployed," Habul Biswas, general secretary of the Agartala Exporters-Importers Association, told IANS. The situation in Bangladesh has also led to the suspension of the DhakaAgartala bus service. "The bus service would be resumed after the situation in Bangladesh returns to normal,"saidRabindraReang, managing director of Tripura Road Transport Corporation, which operates the service. After the election commission set Jan 5, 2014, for Bangladesh's 10th parliamentary elections, major opposition parties have intensified violent agitations across the country, leaving at least 20 people dead.
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ImPhAl, December 1 (NNN): The Zeliangrong Students’ Union, Manipur (ZSUM) has drawn attention to the Superintendent of Police (SP), Imphal East district to give strong directives to all the police personnel and police posts in and around the Jiribam area to immediately stop collecting illegal tax from the people, who came from Tousen sub-division, Tamenglong district for selling their goods and products to the Jiri areas. According to the Zeliangrong student body, the people of the area informed ZSUM that they can no longer bear the tax
imposed on them by the police, while going down to Jiribam or Silchar to sell their products such oranges, bananas, vegetables as there are no market facilities due to the non-connectivity of roads to the district headquarter and Imphal. "The police should not take advantage of the innocence of the villagers. Instead they should help them in every possible manner in order to build confidence and trust of the people," ZSUM advised. ZSUM then wondered as to whether the Superintendent of Police, Imphal East has this knowledge
which has been going on for quite some time. "If not, the police officer should give strong instructions to immediately haul the system and stop acting like illegal organizations.” "The Union cannot remain just a silent spectator when our people are dragged and pulled just to fill their greedy pockets. Likewise, the concerned authority should also feel the same as they are also your people. If this trend continues, the Union will be compelled to take up agitation and action in every possible manner as this evil practice cannot go on for so long," ZSUM cautioned.
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The Reflection of A True Culture
n history we see the consequence of dedication of nations and lands to false deities. Cultic gods and deities cannot bless and protect a nation because the world and its contents are created by the Creator. Disasters and calamities are the results when a nation covenants and gives its allegiance to counterfeit gods and spirits. On the other hand, God loves a nation whose leaders dedicate their land to Him. For instance, some 393 years ago, American (USA) gave their land to God with God’s eye on their currency, inscription as ‘In God We Trust’ and regulated their national principles on the orbit of biblical foundation. No wonder, today, their President is practically the world’s President, their money is the world’s money, and their language and worldview become the world’s language. There is no mistake when a nation dedicates its land to God. Characteristics of Dedication to Deities Dedication means ‘Calling and invoking blessing upon a land in the name of native gods or spirits, a nameless god or a true God that is revealed in the
Bible.’ In case of dedication to deities, merry making, sorcery activities, ritual practices, possession by spirits and witchcraft, sacrifice in some forms, dancing and indulgence including drunkenness and vulgar festivities are performed. In case of the Israelites, a calf image was projected to be worshipped with a consequent loss of 3000 (Ex 32:2-29). One can also understand such a practice when Haiti was dedicated to Satan that failed to avert an earthquake that affected some 3 millions on January 12, 2010. Here it is ..... “.... on August 14, 1791 by voodoo priests who covenanted with Satan, dedicating their country to him if he would set them free of the French who were enslaving and exploiting them. Everyone present sacrificed a black pig in a voodoo ritual and hundreds of the slaves drank its blood, swearing an oath to Satan to serve for deliverance. The nation of Haiti was officially born in 1804 and ever since, the witch doctors have met there each August 14 to sacrifice to Satan. And since then its fortunes have turned to chains of poverty, despair, oppression, and untold tragedy.
A second time, in 1991 Haiti was rededicated to Satan on its 200-year anniversary by then president Jean-Bertgrand Aristide, a defrocked Catholic priest who made voodoo the official religion in Haiti. In his decree, Aristide said, “Voodoo is an essential part of our national identity.” On that day he had all the radio stations play nothing but Voodoo music. He flew in hundreds of Voodoo priests from Africa to take part. Haiti is the only country in the entire world that has dedicated its nation to Satan. Demonic spirits are consulted for decisions, to cast spells, to perform all that has to do with witchcraft. Haitian children are taught at a very young age all about Voodoo rites, services and rituals, about the book or witch doctor, and the power he has. They live their lives going to the witch doctor with requests that he cast spells of illness, malnutrition, misfortune or even death on others. Up to 75% of the population of Haiti practice Voodoo.” The Nagas, before the advent of Christian faith, dedicated a child, a plot of land, a festival or any significant event or occasion to deities who were
businEss Self Determination & Onion prices down Nagaland State Golden Celebration nearly 50% in 2 weeks nJubilee the history Nagaland’s Political New Delhi, December 1 (PTi): Onion prices have fallen by almost 50% in the last fortnight to Rs. 40 per kg in retail markets in the national capital region, with new crops arriving. The bulb was priced at Rs. 70-80 per kilogram two weeks ago. Potato prices have also declined to Rs. 19-20 in the NCR from Rs. 40-44 a kg a fortnight ago. Tomato, however, remained costly at Rs. 5860 a kg. Mother Dairy, which has about 400 retail outlets in the national capital region (NCR), is selling tomatoes at Rs. 58 per kg, onions at Rs. 40 per kg, Rs. 18-20 a kg for potatoes depending on the quality. “A substantial increase in supplies of onion and potato from key growing states has pushed prices downwards, whereas tomato supplies are more or less the same,” National Horticultural Research and Development Foundation (NHRDF) director R P Gupta said. He further said there has been a jump in supply of onion from Rajasthan and Maharashtra, while it continued from Karnataka too. In potatoes, supply is increasing from Punjab and Haryana. “Supply of tomato is still the same, but in coming days it is expected to increase especially from Madhya Pradesh and prices are likely to come down,” Gupta said. Prices might crash down in December, if the trend continued, according to traders.
Movement for self determination, the utmost fulfilling achievement is Nagaland State. Today we have Nagaland Legislative Assembly to self determine. The provisions of Art 371(A) have given us a land mark position in the Constitution of India with special safeguards. As we celebrate the Golden Jubilee of Nagaland’s Statehood, we pay gratitude to the founding fathers of Naga National Council (NNC) and Nagaland People’s Convention (NPC); for we owe all that we have today, to the wisdom and political foresight of our founding fathers. We are equally grateful to Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru for his recognition and magnanimous decision. Despite being small in number and size, their vision has preserved the ethnic identity of Nagas. Assassination of Dr. Imkongliba, President, Nagaland People’s Convention and T. Sakhrie, Secretary, NNC, cannot be forgotten by the generations for their courageous, righteous and noble decisions.
nameless, imaginary or speculative. But at the wake of the Truth (John 8:32, 36), some 141 years ago, we buried all the deadly cultural venoms and weapons used for headhunting and other gross and unscriptural activities in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ, the Prince of Peace. Communities and villages were reconciled at the court of Grace. We dedicated our land to the living God who bountifully blessed us in many ways in return. He is the one who protected us in jungle and in our hideouts, and all enormous but vigorous courses of political journeys. We must not forget the living God who delivered us from sin. Nothing can replace Him. He has sword and winnowing basket in His hand. The Lord Jesus said: Unless you repent, you also will perish (Luke 13:3). Roadmap to Cultural Revival There is a clear difference between cultural recovery and festive dedication to cults. The former has to do with resurgence of fossilized values of human culture and bringing it alive to a revitalization while the latter is deliberate act of
We do remember and pay our gratitude to Lt. Dr. Imkongliba, Lt. Vizol, Vice President, Lt. J. B. Jasokie, Secretary, and Dr. S.C. Jamir, Joint Secretary, and the dedicated team of founding fathers whom I am not able name all. God bless Nagaland. K. Therie Former Finance Minister & Member, AICC
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dedication to evil spirits. Our early missionaries overlooked the importance of our cultural values while presenting the Gospel to us. But we cannot condemn them; they came to us in their perspective. We impose our culture upon others as we also go as missionaries because, anthropologically, we have not properly learned other cultures. Cultural recovery must come through the relevance of youth generation and school systems today, not in a hectic celebration of extravagance. Practically, our headgears, leggings, sashes, bamboo ricebear cups, implements, attires and other celebrative features are not practical when we travel in trains, airplanes, sitting in classrooms, assembly or parliament, churches, and national or international gatherings. Our festival attires are occasional but our genuine and true culture is reflected by our daily honesty and integrity. Therefore, what is more important is ‘our culture of honesty and justice ’ which speaks louder than many culturally oriented things we do. Phuveyi Dozo
to dismiss him from the Cabinet on the advice of the party and subsequently he was later expelled from the NPF. He was also defeated in the 2008 general elections, the Rajya Sabha elections, the bye elections to the assembly and again in the 2013 general elections. His political graph indicates the fact that he is a leader without vision and lacks political commitment. He should not be calling others shameless, in fact it is he who is shameless. The demand of Mr. Therie and the Congress for President’s Rule once again highlights what the NPF has been saying all along. The Congress in Nagaland is totally dependent on its high command and Delhi for survival. They have lost touch with the people and are no longer genuine leaders of the people. They draw their strength from Delhi and do not depend on the people anymore, rather they are totally dependent on Delhi for their political existence. The Congress party in Nagaland has no policy nor any vision for the Naga people. They have become completely reliant on Delhi and their aim is to get power through the back door instead of going through the people and the door of democracy.
he NPF is issuing this press release in response to the outburst of Mr. K. Therie that had appeared in sections of the local media on 30th November, 2013. Mr. Therie calling others “shameless” is a case of the kettle calling others black. It is he who is shameless and has found himself in such a frustrated position due to his arrogance and blunders. It may be recalled that Mr. Therie was dismissed from the S.C. Jamir led Congress Government and later expelled from the Congress party due to his failures and arrogance. His political career was salvaged by the regional party and he was inducted into the DAN ministry. However his attitude, arrogance and failures Issued by compelled the DAN Government NPF Press & Media Bureau
The Morung Express
Can Nagas be Commoditized for the Sake of Tourist?
inister of Tourism will surely say “Tourism will boost the economy, the dollars will flow in. It will provide full and varied employment for all the people. Contact with other cultures must surely improve the texture of living.” This is promising but this can happen only when our people are commoditized for market needs. The nations of the world have devised ever more ingenious ways of attracting tourists. To entice them catchy marketing slogans are used. In Asia alone there is a plethora of these, including Incredible India, Amazing Thailand, Malaysia Truly Asia, Remarkable Indonesia, Beauty has an address: Oman, The Heart of Asia: Taiwan, Cambodia: The Kingdom of Wonder, Marvellous Melbourne, Infinitely Yours: Seoul, Hornbill Festival of Nagaland, etc. Tourism is ever hungry for land, water, electricity, and a variety of infrastructure. In most cases, these are generously provided by governments for the construction and maintenance of hotels, resorts, golf courses, amusement and theme parks, state of the art airports, highways, and other contributions like salary deduction of government servants in the case of Nagas to cater to tourists. In fact, most of these developments are continuously on the rise to cater to the growing numbers of tourists. Even though local communities themselves are obviously in need of these resources that are consumed by tourism operations, this sector continues to be given a priority on these over the local people. This is in the face of what is obvious to anyone that their poverty is in sharp contrast to the affluence enjoyed by a few, namely the tourism interests and the tourists themselves. Sensitive travelers would have observed this aspect of tourism in the countries, regions, and tourism areas specially in Nagaland they have visited. To meet the demand of the tourist, the hosts have to sacrifice many things including their culture and bodies. The social costs through abuse, including trafficking, of women and children. Due to the informal and underground character of this ‘business’, and its lack of transparency, it is difficult to arrive at exact figures of those exploited. However, estimates of women
and children victimised in sex tourism and slavery, both worldwide and regionally, are placed at consistently high levels. This is not surprising with the situation of entrenched poverty of communities and victims making it a strong push factor driving sex tourism. In an activity subject to the laws of supply and demand, a service or commodity that is desired is generally be met by those with a profit motive, intermediaries such as pimps and other middlemen in the case of sex tourism. The treatment of women as a service or commodity is in stark contrast to the countercultural attitudes and teachings of Jesus. With usually little education, hardly any skills, and negligible employment opportunities, these disadvantaged women, and children, take recourse to using the only asset they have – their bodies. Children are even more helpless. Trafficked women and children have little control over their situation brought about by the ruthless ‘merchants’ and their agents peddling sex tourism motivated mainly by the lure of money. Tourists who take advantage of such human beings, and those who enable this to happen, are exploiters of the poor in an unequal relationship of power and money. In most of the tourist destination, one will observe that local people are employed mostly as manual labour jobs like watchman, waiter, cleaner in hotels and massage parlors! Generate income for whom? Income goes mostly for hotels, tour agencies and government machinery. In the process of tourism development, local people are forcefully evicted from their ancestral places without adequate compensation. Along with denial of fishing, hunting and cultivation rights, their cultural assets are also increasingly marketed as tourism products by privatizing their land and natural resources. In the process of being re-packaged for visitor’s consumption, indigenous people’s historical and religious sites, rituals, festivals, arts and crafts are often unrecognized, distorted and commercialized. This creates poverty, indecent living style, identity and spiritual crises. Wati Longchar Dean, SCEPTRE, Kolkata
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Monday 2 December 2013
NagalaNd Statehood aNNiverSary obServed acroSS diStrictS
MON: Deputy Commissioner, Mon Angau I Thou, IAS graced the 50th Anniversary of Nagaland Statehood celebration at Mon Headquarter on December 1 as the Chief Guest. Recalling the history, Angau I Thou said after India’s independence, the un-administered areas bordering Myanmar were placed under India and some parts of Nagaland which were under North East Frontier Agency (NEFA) later merged with the Naga Hill districts to form Naga Hills Tuensang Area (NHTA), which eventually became a separate state of Nagaland, as the 16th state of the Indian Union on December 1, 1963. The history of Nagaland was marked by insurgency movement and the desire of the Nagas to settle the long standing Naga political issue, remain unfulfilled. With signing of ceasefire agreement with the various Naga Nationalist groups since 1997 and negotiation process gaining momentum, there is an air of hope for an early solution to the vexed Naga political issues, she expressed. She also enumerated achievements of the State in the field of roads, health care, education, forest, power, rural and urban development, communitization, etc. She informed that Nagaland has adopted a new development strategy of creating Special Development Zone (SDZ) in its foothills. The SDZs will facilitate the process of industrialization and urbanization through development of linear cities along the plains
Deputy Commissioner Mon takes the salute during the 50th Statehood Anniversary celebration in Mon on December 1.
of the foothills. The four lane foothill highway construction and a new railway line to be constructed along the foothills will provide the required connectivity to the SDZ areas. Cultural dances by Hahmongchi Cultural club and Shantham Cultural Club, and sale and exhibition stall by SHGs and Agri. & Allied Departments were the highlights of the celebration. (DIPR) DIMAPUR: Dimapur observed the 50th anniversary of statehood at DDSC Stadium on Sunday with officiating DC, Tarep Imchen as the chief guest. Tarep highlighted various achievements of the State
during the last 50 years in the field of health care and education, food grain production, rural electrification etc. He appealed everyone to join hands together to strive for peace, progress, upholding unity and community strength and partner for the growth of the nation and world community. During the programme, oldest male and female citizen award were given to Zughokhu (117) from Vihokhu village and Vineino (100) from Socunoma village. Yimchunger Cultural Club Old Showba, Dimasa Kachari Cultural Troupe Bamunpukhuri-II and others performed cultural items while Ethnic Group of Nagaland present-
ed ethnic wears.(MExN)
KIPhIRe: Kiphire celebrated the statehood anniversary with its Deputy Commissioner Kesonyu Yhome (IAS), head of departments, civil societies, well wishers and citizens. Deputy Commissioner greeted the people and read out the Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio’s speech, which stressed on the progress and development that the State has achieved in the past fifty years. The celebration created a space for HIV/AIDS community as the day was also World AIDS Day. Tia Sangtam of KpNP+ spoke on the occasion. Tia talked about the HIV/AIDS sce-
nario in the district and expressed gratitude to the district administration for creating space for People Living with HIV (PLHIV) and Network for Kiphire District people Living with HIV and AIDS (KpNP+) in the occasion. The day was marked by traditional dances from Singrep village, Yimchunger community and Sumi community. In archery competition, Laklichu Sangtam was adjudged the winner and in traditional fire making, Sangtam community was the winner. (MExN) MOKOKChUNG: In commemoration of Nagaland statehood anniversary, Mokokchung Deputy Com-
missioner Muroho Chotso today recounted the achievements and progress of the State over the past 50 years and saluted the former leaders and pioneers of the State who sacrificed for the Naga cause and guided the State during its infancy. The DC, speaking as the Chief Guest mentioned that in respect of few development indicators, such as literacy, infant mortality and human development index, Nagaland is above all India average. The State policy of communitisation of public institutions and services has been appreciated worldwide through winning the United Nation Award for Communitisation, he said. The programme was marked by presentation of Awards to the prominent leaders and pioneers of the district, government servants from different departments for their outstanding services rendered. NGOs and individuals from different fields were also awarded for their contributions to the society. Other highlights of the programme included special song by the students of CTC, Aolijen, cultural song and dance by Cultural Club, Khensa village and Sangtam community, Mokokchung town. (DIPR)
PheK: Phek district observed 50th Statehood anniversary at local ground. Nepotso Thuleo, Deputy Commissioner of Phek read out the State’s 50 years speech by Chief Minister, Neiphiu Rio, where he highlighted the extensive changes brought about
during half the century. He elucidated the vast progress of the state and its future developmental plans and also cited the importance of reviving the spirit of hard work and brotherhood to bring “peace for development and development for peace.” As part of the Statehood celebration, the District Administration conducted various competitions for schools and higher secondary students under Phek district on November 23. Nonie Chizho from GHSS, Phek won the first prize in the essay competition titled “Nagaland- Reflections on 50 years of Statehood”, while Vepitlü Ringa from Bishop Abraham Memorial School, Phek won the Science Olympiad award. Earlier, the Phek Chamber of Commerce and Phek Town Council visited the patients at Civil Hospital and Sub-Jail inmates and distributed provisions. To mark the occasion, an exhibition football match was played between Victorious Club and Brethren SC. (DIPR)
TUeNSANG: Tuensang celebrated the statehood anniversary at Tuensang local ground with Deputy Commissioner, T. Mhabemo Yanthan as the chief guest. He unfurled the national flag and took salute from contingents comprising of NAP, DEF, VG, ExServicemen and students. A Taekwondo display was also demonstrated. Chang, Sangtam, Yimchunger and Khiamniungan tribes presented cultural dances. Visitations to the patients
NPCC urged to call off proposed bandh The Tuensang Voice to renovate Clock Tower
DimaPUr, December 1 (mexN): The Dimapur Chamber of Commerce and Industry (DCCI) has appealed the Nagaland Pradesh Congress Committee to reconsider its move to call a 12-hour Dimapur bandh on December 3. Requesting the NPCC to defer its proposed bandh till the festive season is over, the DCCI said that it is not a political organization and is not against or in support of the proposed bandh. However, it expressed that as a concerned organization, “it is the moral responsibility of the DCCI to appeal on behalf of the general public.” “December is the month of festive season during which thousands of people from other parts of the state come to Dimapur for shopping and a time for weddings and other programmes which are taking place every day and most importantly, the on-going examinations of school children,” stated the DCCI in a press note. As such DCCI stated that “calling for a bandh during this time would not only cripple the normal life of the town, but would also spoil the festive mood of the people.” In a statement, Akashe Zhimomi, convener, Grievances Cell DCCI appreciated
the Naga political groups (NPGs) which declared not to collect any form of donation in the name of festive season. Meanwhile, the DCCI also strongly condemned the abduction and killing of a businessman Kishori Prasad. Lauding the Chekiye Youth Organization for helping the police nab those involved in the crime, the DCCI urged the law enforcing agency to leave no stone unturned in its investigation process to nab the absconding criminals and not grant bail to the ones involved in the crime. It further expressed condolences to the bereaved family. INTCWS appeals India Northeast Tribal Community Welfare Society, Notun Basti, Dimapur has also urged the NPCC to reconsider its proposed bandh in Dimapur on November 3 in view of the ongoing degree exams under Nagaland University. A press note from the Chairman of the INTCWS stated that even if exemption is allowed for students, “it will not be practical as most students commute to their schools and colleges by public mode of transportation from every nook and corner of the district.”
TUeNsaNg, December 1 (mexN): In continuation with its social work, Facebook group “The Tuensang Voice” is now putting effort to renovate the Clock Tower standing tall but forsaken at the heart of Tuensang town. “The tower has been neglected for a long time and the group is willing to undertake whatever it takes to renovate the tower,” said Chang Sanchu, an active member of The Tuensang Voice. Talking to The Morung Express, the active group members revealed that, earlier this year, they had approached the district administration to discuss the possibility to renovate the tower. The group disclosed that they were told the administration has no fund to renovate the tower. With permission from the administration, The Tuensang Voice is now on the drive to collect an amount of Rs. 1,50,000.00, the amount required to renovate the tower as estimated by an engineer. It was told the work would
Shrubs (circled) seen growing on the ledge of the Clock Tower at Tuensang suggesting years of negligence.
include putting up of railings, repair works, painting etc. Well-wishers of Tuensang from as far as Kerala has donated whatever they could and the “group is still in need of more than half the total estimated amount” stated Sanchu. Last year, the group had cleaned the
district hospital at Tuensang, did electrical repairing works and also constructed fixed bamboo benches among others. The group stated those willing to be a part of the project either through financially or physically may contact the numbers - 8575744790/9862090211.
and district jail inmates were sponsored by the Chamber of Commerce Tuensang. Band retreat was performed by Hauhyang Choba Bagpiper’s band. (DIPR)
WOKhA: Wokha district also celebrated the anniversary with Deputy Commissioner, Wokha, Vyasan R. (IAS) as the chief guest. He read out the Chief Minster’s message. The highlights of the function included, folk song by Wokha Town Lakhuti Women Cultural Club, Assamese dance by JNV Chukitong, violin recital and patriotic song by VKV School Doyang, special number by Shanchobeni, and Tug of War between DBs and GBs. Nine parade contingents took part in the march past, led by Parade Commander Limaonen, Assistant Commandant 7th NAP, Bhandari. (DIPR) PeReN: In Peren district, the celebration was held with ADC Peren, Smita Sarangi as the chief guest. After unfurling the national flag, the chief guest took salute from seven parade contingents comprising of DEF Peren, NCC Boys, NCC Girls, All Saints Hr. Sec School Peren, Baptist High School Peren and Band Platoon 18 Assam Rifles Peren. Highlights of the day's programme included cultural performance from Bana Colony and exhibition stalls. Nine stalls were put up by various Self Help Groups from Peren and neighboring villages, District Industries center, Department of Horticulture and ATMA Peren. (DIPR)
Urban Poor Project to be inaugurated
Kohima, December 1 (mexN): Housing for the Urban Poor Project at K. Badze under Basic Services for Urban Poor (BSUP), JNNURM will be inaugurated on December 3 at 2:00 pm by Dr. Girija Vyas, Union Minister for Ministry of Housing & Urban Poverty Alleviation (MoHUPA), Government of India as chief guest and Neiphiu Rio, Chief Minister, Nagaland as the guest of honour. All members of the forty two sector committees in Kohima Town under In-situ and Infrastructure programme have been requested to compulsorily attend the inaugural programme without fail.
Kohima, December 1 (mexN): Trained Nurses Association of India (TNAI), Nagaland Branch will hold its general meeting on December 4 at 9:00 AM at NHAK Auditorium, Kohima. Stating this in a release, TNAI general secretary Khuniho has requested two representatives each from all categories to attend the meeting positively.
KNOD advent Christmas at Wondang-Ki Passenger thrown out of running train in dimapur
DimaPUr, December 1 (mexN): A train passenger on November 30 was kicked out of the running train by the TTE as the train was leaving Dimapur platform, informed a press note from the Muslim Council, Dimapur. The note stated that the victim Joynal Haque (25) boarded the train from Lumding with an unreserved ordinary ticket on which the on duty TTE demanded extra Rs. 100/ to upgrade it. The victim paid a 500 rupees note to the TTE who returned Rs. 200/ and said that he would give the rest after he gets the change. KNOD members alongwith the children of Wondang-Ki, Fellowship colony, Dimapur on December 1. (Morung Photo)
DimaPUr, December 1 (mexN): Kyong Nchumchio Okho, Dimapur (KNOD) celebrated advent Christmas with the children of Wondang-Ki Charitable Foundation, Dimapur on Sunday, December 1. The event was made into a two-in-one affair as a health camp was also conducted simultaneously. The
KNOD acquired the services of Dr. Phyobemo Jami of Nagaland Multi-Specialty Health & Research Centre for the purpose. Living up to the spirit of Christmas, the KNOD handed away gifts to the children, besides sports equipments and embellishments for decorating the orphanage for the festive season.
KNOD advisor, Thungbemo Ezung, while lauding the selfless service of Wondang-Ki founder and Managing Director, NT Kikon, termed Kikon’s work as “herculean and at the same time noble.” “We believe and hope that all your good deeds are written in the book of life,” said the KNOD advisor of Kikon.
Even after the train started moving from Dimapur platform the TTE did not return and as such the victim re-boarded the train to ask for his money, stated the note. However, it was informed that the passenger was kicked out the running train by the TTE. The victim though injured, survived the fall. The victim is presently hospitalised at Civil Hospital Dimapur and a complaint has been lodged with
Muslim Council Dimapur appeals Dimapur Railway Police to enquire
World Disabled Day in Kohima on Dec 3
DimaPUr, December 1 (mexN): Nagaland Parents Association for the Disabled, in collaboration with National Trust of India is organising Badhte Kadam IV flag-in cum World Disabled Day at I.G. Stadium, Multipurpose Hall-B on December 3, 10:00 AM. Governor Dr. Ashwani Kumar will be the chief guest and Kiyaneilie Peseyie, Minister for Social Welfare Department the guest of honour. Bus will be available at following places at 9:00 am on December 3: Lerie Colony, BOC Bus Stand, TCP Gate Bus Stand, Keziekie Bus Stand, High School Junction Bus Stand. NAPAD has requested all parents of PWDs and NGOs working in the field of PWD to the program. PWDs who missed to avail their Handicapped I.D on October 22 to 26 have been informed to come along with a photo copy of their medical certificates, and 3 pass port size photos.
the Govt. Railway Police Station, Dimapur, stated the press note. The note further informed that as the victim was laying unconscious at the railway tracks after the train passed by, another Railway staff came and took away the ticket from the victim’s pocket without caring to save the life of the victim. The ticket was later recovered from the Railway staff by a Nagaland Police personal of the Railway
President of Mokokchung Press Club, Limalenden Longkumer receiving a certificate from the Deputy Commissioner of Mokokchung on the occasion of 50th year of Nagaland statehood celebration at Imkongmeren Sports Complex on Sunday, December 1, 2013. The Mokokchung district administration awarded certificates to different personalities from varied fields for their contributions to the society, and the Mokokchung Press Club was also acknowledged for their works in the field of media and news gathering. (Morung Photo)
Police Station after the victim was sent for medical treatment. The Muslim Council Dimapur immediately informed the matter and requested by email to the General Manager, N. F. Railway, Maligaon and Divisional Railway Manager, Lumding Division to take up the matter urgently and seriously. A Rahman, working president of Muslim Council Dimapur has appealed to all citizens of Dimapur to condemn this inhuman incident and also requested the Dimapur Railway Police to enquire into the matter and punish the culprit as per the law of the land.
World AIDS Day: Zhaleo urges not to stigmatize and discriminate
Kohima, December 1 (DiPr): Kohima observed 26th World AIDS Day today at Zonal Hall, Kohima with the theme “Getting to Zero- Share Responsibility, Strengthening Results for AIDS – Free Generation”. The event was organized by NNP+ and NMC. Parliamentary Secretary, Urban Development Zhaleo Rio was the guest speaker. He said AIDS is an epidemic disease in the world and its awareness should be disseminated in the society. Zhaleo assured that the legislative members and Government of Nagaland will provide financial assistance for those living with HIV/AIDS in the society. He encouraged and appreciated the patients who participated and shared their experiences on the day. Zhaleo advised to adopt safe practice and be aware not to transmit the virus to the members of the community. The
speaker urged the people not to discriminate and stigmatize the HIV patients, but share responsibility to strengthen to give positive response as free generations. He also challenged the people to physically participate and be an ambassador getting to Zero AIDS. Meanwhile, NNP+ President, Naomi Semy briefing on the objectives and programmes informed, there have been much HIV/AIDS and Hepatitis related deaths at present. She requested all to help and strengthen to end these diseases. Sentikumla Lemtur gave short speech on the topic of Right to Live. She said that affected or unaffected children of HIV/ AIDS live in silence with sorrow. She asserted they also have the right to live free of stigma and discrimination. Making Merry band presented special number on the occasion.
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State of Paralysis Disable at 50, time to move
t is a matter of debate or opinion but whatever critics may say about its formation, Nagaland Statehood is but a reality. Although peace talks are going on and a permanent solution is in the offing, many will appreciate the fact that Nagaland State became one of the catalyst for securing, in some measure, the Naga people’s right and identity, besides ushering in an era of order, peace and development—though imperfect. Add to this, today “many people” are dependent on the State (government) apparatus for their jobs, livelihood and wellbeing. One can well imagine what would have happened if Nagas did not have a State of their own, even if it meant being under the Indian Union. Instead of getting stuck on our divisive past, the way forward should be on how best the political status of the Nagas can be improved upon (including being more inclusive) from what we have at present. As far as Nagaland is concerned, it has been the unambiguous stand of its political establishment, irrespective of party or leadership that the State government will pave way in the event of a settlement that comes along, whenever that is. It is now up to the Naga Political Groups (NPG) to do the needful by reconciling and working together in bringing about a political settlement. Until that time, though, the present State of Nagaland will continue to be a stop-gap arrangement. Coming back to the 50 years of Statehood, it should be mentioned at the outset that the hallmark of Nagaland State was the constitutional safeguard provided under Article 371 (A). S.C Dev, a well respected former Commissioner of Nagaland in his book “Nagaland: The Untold Story” writes: “In fact, this means that Nagaland is completely independent in all matters except those of foreign relations and external defence” and also that Nagaland has got “complete self-government” for itself. But the question remains as to how far the State has lived up to its expectation. Have we availed of the opportunity provided by Statehood? Perhaps not in full measure. “Naga politics: A Critical Account” written by Chandrika Singh, has beautifully summed up the sorry state of affairs— the “irreparable loss of peace, prosperity and lives of the people”. Besides of course the obvious corruption prevailing, Chandrika observes that “the emergence of an affluent class in the Naga society due to mismanagement and misappropriation of the government funds has paved the way for growth of materialism and consumerism among the rich on the one side, and created utter dissatisfaction and disappointment among the poor and deprived sections, on the other”. Further, he writes that “uneven distribution of economic benefits has converted the classless Naga society into class-divisions inviting social tensions and conflicts”. Fifty years is not exactly a long time in history. We may argue that we are still on a “learning curve” and that we are bound to make mistakes along the way. However, the time to experiment is over. It is time to move forward. However in order to enable this, among many things confronting us, including the need for peace and reconciliation from within, the present paralysis and uncertainty arising out of the failure to arrive at a political solution with India will need to be addressed. If as Christians the Bible can be an inspiration, the larger point is simply this, “let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles” and “let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us” (Hebrews 12: 1-2). Or what Philippians 3: 13-14 enlightens us about: to forget “what is behind and straining toward what is ahead…I press on toward the goal”. Let 50 years of Statehood be a time for self-disciplining, renewal and the hope for a better future, if we so decide. The above is the second in a three part series of editorial under the theme of ‘Nagaland @ Fifty Years’ (Feedback can be send to firstname.lastname@example.org)
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The historic phone call
fter seeing off Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh after their summit meeting in September, President Barack Obama hurried back to his Oval office in the White House to make a historic phone call. Obama's 15 minute call to Iranian President Hassan Rouhani at around 2:30 p.m. on Friday Sep 27 - as the latter headed in a car to the airport after attending the UN session in New York - laid the foundation for the landmark nuclear deal between Iran and six world powers led by the US announced Sunday. "The two of us discussed our ongoing efforts to reach an agreement over Iran's nuclear programme," said Obama in a statement from the White House briefing room after the first conversation between the US and Iranian leaders since the 1979 Iranian revolution. What part Manmohan Singh played, if any, in Obama's decision to make the ice-breaking call to Rouhani is not clear, though they did discuss Iran at their summit hours earlier. As the India-US Joint Statement after the Obama-Singh Summit noted: "The Leaders stressed the need for diplomacy to resolve outstanding issues relating to Iran's nuclear programme, and called on Iran to comply with its IAEA and UN Security Council obligations." But media reports suggest that Obama's historic conversation with Rouhani was less of "a foreign-policy milestone born of a rush of last-minute diplomacy" than it was made out to be and "was more intricately choreographed" with an Indian-American official playing a key role. "Obama had empowered the administration's top Iran specialist, Puneet Talwar, for some time to have direct meetings and phone conversations with Iranian Foreign Ministry officials," the Wall Stree Journal reported citing unnamed US and European officials. "Talwar, an Indian-American steeped in Iran policy, has at times conveyed a succinct message for his Iranian interlocutors: The US wants to peacefully resolve the dispute over Tehran's nuclear programme," it said citing the officials. Talwar, special assistant to the president and National Security Council senior director for Iran, Iraq, and the Gulf States, earlier served as a senior staffer on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, chaired by then Senator Joe Biden, who is now vice president. While working for the Senate, Talwar was part of a small group of American academics, congressional officials and retired diplomats who met with Iranian officials during George W. Bush's two terms as president, the Journal said. Talwar, who joined the ObamaBiden team in 2008, has represented the White House at all of the formal negotiations conducted between Iran and the global P5+1 powers (Britain, China, France, Germany, and Russia), since 2009, according to the Journal. The Nov 24 "initial nuclear agreement" between Iran and the six powers announced Nov 24 freezes key elements of Iran's nuclear programme in exchange for limited sanctions relief and provides negotiators with a six-month time frame to work toward a comprehensive and lasting accord. As the six powers have agreed to freeze plans to further reduce Iran's crude oil sales, India, Iran's second largest customer, is expected to be one of the biggest economic benefactors from the interim deal, according to analysts. Without the sanctions India, China, South Korea and Japan, who have been given waivers by the US, would find it easier to lift the contracted supplies. India, which has reduced its crude imports from Iran from 12-14 percent to 7.2 percent post sanctions, would also not be under pressure to cut them down further.
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AN END TO AIDS?: Not through medication alone In the world of HIV, the allure of the bio-medical techno-fix still attracts many policy makers. Meanwhile a parallel world of care, support, community spirit and women’s resilience still beats quietly. On World AIDS Day Alice Welbourn considers the future of the AIDS pandemic
s we mark World AIDS Day once more, I am en route to Tanzania to work with colleagues in PASADA to support children orphaned by AIDS and their caregivers to build new relationships and resilience in the face of the catastrophe that has left them parentless. In this part of the world, where caregivers are often grandmothers, themselves living with HIV or trying to nurse their partners with HIV, caring for their grandchildren is something that they will, of course do. Yet these carers are also feeling bereft and desperate, at once both grieving for and angry with their adult children who have died on them and left them unsupported in their old age. They daren’t speak the “A” word openly, for fear that they and their children will be further stigmatised by this condition and the multiple secrets and deaths that engulf them all. They often have to take or keep the older girls out of school to help them look after their younger siblings. They have often also experienced the gender-based violence (GBV), which is both a cause and a consequence of HIV for so many women around the world, as I have often described. And yet these elderly women caregivers are some of the strongest, most resilient people on the planet and it feels an honour and a privilege to meet and work with them. Some of the most innovative work being done comes from and touches the heart, born out of the profound wisdom of living with this virus and knowing what is needed to support others with it. My colleagues Dominique Chadwick and Nell Osborne travelled first to Malawi, to meet Annie Banda and Steven Iphani of the Coalition Of Women Living with HIV and AIDS (COWLHA) and their colleagues. They worked with COWLHA members, their husbands and children in one community, trained them in participatory film-making and then filmed their collective account of how they have worked together to overcome the gender-based violence which has, until lately, also been endemic in their communities. COWLHA last year conducted a study of GBV amongst its members. This found that they often felt terrified that they would face GBV as soon as their partners and other family members learnt of their having HIV. The report also found that the main consequence of GBV was depression and thus women’s reluctance or inability to take their HIV medication. In many countries this fear of disclosure and its violent consequences has meant that women dump their medication in health centre latrines or enroute home, rather than daring to be found with it. Or they hide it in the bottom of flour bins, or in neighbours’ houses, which makes it hard to take regularly. So overcoming GBV is not just a nice idea – it is a crucial ingredient of enabling HIV medication to do what it is supposed to: ie to keep women healthy, happy and able to work. Using the community-based training programme, Stepping Stones, and related materials, the COWLHA women members, all rural women living with HIV, have supported one another to build new relationships with their husbands. Instead of anger, violence, blame and shame, they have moved to a new space of trust, mutual respect, sharing of income and consensual decision-making. As great-grandmother to be, Bianca Jagger, pointed out in her powerful Long-
t is difficult to anticipate what may cause a politician to stumble. When Narendra Modi was chosen by the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) as its prime ministerial candidate, his only disadvantage was his anti-minority image. It isn't surprising, therefore, that he has been working overtime to refurbish his reputation in this respect - short of wearing a skull cap. It is not known whether he has succeeded. But, in the meantime, he has been ambushed by a trait which cannot be easily rectified for it is a part of his personality and background. The characteristic is his inattention to historical details. Whether born of carelessness in the drafting of his speeches, or the outcome of his school record as an "average" student, as one of his teachers in Vadnagar testified, the flaw can divert attention from his message. However impressive his oration may be, even one "slip of the tongue", as an acolyte has explained, can spoil the overall effect. But the problem for the BJP, as is evident from the eagerness with which his supporters in the media and elsewhere are coming to his defence, is that his mistakes are piling up. Modi's first blunder was understandable. The erroneous claim that Nehru did not attend Sardar Patel's funeral was palpably motivated by his zeal to paint the first prime minister in darker hues than what history portrays, presumably because, according to Modi, he had usurped the Iron Man's
Activists of a non-governmental organization display red ribbons, symbol of HIV-AIDS awareness, as they pose for photographers during an awareness campaign on World AIDS Day, in a business district of Bangalore, India on Sunday, December 1, 2013. UNAIDS lists India as third worst Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) affected country with about 2.5 million infected people after South Africa with 6 million and Nigeria with 2.9 million. (AP Photo/Aijaz Rahi)
ford Lecture on the global gender based violence pandemic last month, “opinions, attitudes and prejudice are learned at home. It is family that first influences a child’s view of the world.” The women in the community in Malawi describe how their children can now laugh and play and grow happily together, now that gender based violence, through their community programme, is almost a thing of the past. The girls in this community can now move around safely, without fear of sexual assault. And, as the women in the film describe, their partners are now supporting them to take their HIV medication - and are also getting tested. In England too, inspiring work is afoot, also led by women living with HIV, supporting one another to make a difference. We have also trained women involved in the “From Pregnancy to Baby and Beyond Project” (FPBB), created and led by Angelina Namiba of Positively UK. The project has trained women living with HIV who are also mothers to make two films of their own about issues they face. It has also made a short documentary of the project. As volunteer peer mentors, they support other women with HIV, some of them newly diagnosed, as they go on their pregnancy journey. 99% of babies born to women with HIV can now be born HIV-free, through normal vaginal delivery. Again, however, women need care, respect and support to enable them to believe that HIV is no longer a death sentence and that, if they take their medication well, there is life beyond an HIV diagnosis. GBV is a big fear – and reality – for many women with HIV in the UK also. Navigating these issues during pregnancy, which is a time of heightened risk for GBV anyway, requires all the support a woman can find. As Specialist Nurse Midwife Kay Francis of the North Middlesex declares proudly, no baby has been born with HIV in her care since 1999. A proud record indeed. Her passion is shared by the other health staff in the London film: doctors Jane Anderson of Homerton Hospital and Alison Wright of the Royal Free, together with Matt Wills of Homerton who provides the social care support. They are all totally committed to high standards of care, respect, support and quality of life for all those with, or affected by HIV in their care. Working closely with the dedicated Positively UK staff and the FPBB project volunteers as they do, there is so much for other healthcare providers around Britain and across the world to learn from their example.
The plan with the film-training and documentary filming in London too is to share information about the work globally, to illustrate once more how funding for love, care, respect and support in the face of calamity can make extraordinary difference to people’s lives. One striking aspect of this filming in England is how few of the women feel safe to speak openly about their own HIV status, despite the inspiring work that they are doing, for fear of censure and rejection by British society. This is in marked contrast to the community spirit which COWLHA has achieved through its work in Malawi. Another curt reminder that labels of “developed/developing world” are curious to say the least. On a final note, Lancet Editor, Richard Horton last month, in a commentary entitled How close are we to an AIDS-free world?, commented upon his disappointment at a colleague writing: “I object to Orwellian news-speak, where the end is not really the end.” I also find this “news-speak” around “getting to zero” hard to stomach, especially when talking to colleagues in rural parts of Africa. To be fair, Horton does acknowledge the need for us to address the “neglect…. of key populations—for example, men who have sex with men, people who inject drugs, sex workers, migrants, and prisoners. The world will never reach low endemicity, let alone become AIDS-free, unless we do more to take these key populations seriously.” The multiple challenges facing these key populations, including criminalization, marginalization and lack of access to medication, do indeed need addressing, and urgently. Yet Horton concludes by still promoting research on vaccines and a cure to HIV as the bright way forward, as if we can still somehow medicate our way out of this pandemic. Sadly, vaccines and cures still haven’t rid us of polio or TB, both of which are, again, on the rise in different parts of the world, owing to politics and poverty – conditions which breed HIV also. By contrast, the leadership of women with HIV in Tanzania, Malawi, London – and many other points of the compass – has taught me that the way out of the HIV pandemic is not through medication alone but through nurturing respect, care, dignity, support, rights, happiness – and safety – for everyone affected by HIV, everywhere. I look forward – still – to the day when these women’s rights initiatives also will be given the credit and recognition they deserve. And they too need proper funding - not just the vaccine and cure initiatives of the "Brave AIDS-free World"
Modi: Stumbling on history Amulya Ganguli Source: IANS
rightful place in that office. But this was not the only occasion when Modi played fast and loose with history. His mixing up of two towering personalities of ancient India - Chandragupta Maurya and Chandragupta II of the Gupta dynasty - showed that he was out of his depth where knowledge of the past was concerned. This deficiency was substantiated by his assertion that Alexander was stopped by the Ganga. Considering that every schoolboy knows that the Macedonian conqueror met his match in Porus in Punjab, which is far away from the Ganga, the faux pas was inexcusable. As was the placing of two centres of learning a thousand miles apart Taxila in the northwest of the sub-continent and Nalanda in Bihar - in close proximity to one another. But perhaps Modi's most disturbing howler was telling a public meeting that Shyama Prasad Mukherjee died abroad when he meant Shyamji Krishna Varma, a Gujarati freedom fighter who is not very well known outside the state. The memory lapse was curious since Modi had gone abroad in 2003 to bring back Varma's ashes and dedicated a memorial to him in 2010. Al-
though he later apologized for his mistake, the mental confusion over the two names is odd since there is nothing common between them except the word "Shyam". Besides, as the founder of the Jana Sangh (the BJP's predecessor), Mukherjee had a major presence in saffron history and his name cannot easily be substituted with someone else's, especially by a person who began his political life at an early age as a pracharak (preacher) of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS). As a Congress spokesman pointed out, it is like confusing between Jawaharlal Nehru and Arun Nehru. That the BJP is worried by these blunders is evident from the decision to deploy what has been described as "in-house historians" to vet the draft of Modi's speech before his next major public engagement in Bengaluru. The party is obviously concerned that having built up Modi as a larger-than-life figure, it doesn't want to expose his feet of clay. Its worries are probably all the greater because having tried to portray Rahul Gandhi as "Pappu", or an immature youth, mainly through the saffron elements in the cyber world,
a smearing of Modi's image because of his inadequate acquaintance with history can be politically damaging since it will undermine the he-man's image among the intelligentsia. As it is, the Hindutva lobby's version of history is quite different from what is commonly accepted in the academic world - even if the saffronites dismiss it as a secular distortion. However, an understanding of how the saffron brigade sees the main trends of Indian history can be gauged from the following passage circulating in the Internet. It says: "what a pathetic country we are.. just ready to get screwed first by moghuls.. then brits.. then both.. then now another foreigner who has no interest in the country and then another half foreigner...come on folks...wake up..." This inanity is not very different from Modi's gaffes or Murli Manohar Joshi's attempt to rewrite history, when he was the human resource development minister, by describing the Indus Valley Civilization (3300 to 1300 B.C.) as Vedic to assert that India is the homeland of Aryans, unlike the claim in the "secular" version that they came from Iran in 1500 B.C. But there is a slight difference. The execrable taste displayed by the netizen can be said to have been replicated by Modi when he said rather tastelessly - that in view of Sonia Gandhi's "illness" (she is reported to have had cancer), she should make way for the shehzada (prince), or Rahul. Not only should Modi take lessons in history but also in good manners.
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PERSPECTIVE NEWS ANALYSIS, FEATURE AND DISCOURSE
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Are you sAtisfied with the progress NAgAlANd stAte hAs mAde iN the lAst 50 yeArs? Some of those who voted YES had this to say: • Yes, from the fear of Indian armies lurking every nook of our streets during Presidents rule to materialism. We have come thus far continuing to put old wine in new bottles. • Yes from the point of Indian government because they agreeing to the 16 point agreement was not solve the Naga political movement, but it was to destroy them. After 50 years, the Naga political movement has been splintered into so many groups of NSCNs and NNCs; our state politicians are corrupt and show no remorse for the people, our bureaucracy is not accountable or transparent to anyone and our most basic infrastructure is non-existent. So yes, as far as the Indian government and the enemies of the Nagas are concerned, the Statehood has done the job for them. Today, we Nagas are blaming each other for all these woes and the funniest part is that everyone thinks that they know what the solution is. Lets stop being idiots. Why do we Nagas keep dancing to the tune of the Indian government. • 100% satisfied, as before the statehood there was just one genuine group of freedom fighters who had been fighting against the Indians but after.. there are 5 or more of so called freedom fighters or shall i say 'Insurgents' who had been killing the Nagas bothers in the name of freedom. Some of those who voted no had this to say: • No, I am definitely not pleased with the progress our Nagaland state has made in this past 50 years. We could have done so much more and be more better than we are today but everything has a slow turning. Of course, there is no denying the fact that there has been some tremendous and laudable efforts of progress but overall it is a shame because everything are in a very bad shape. Not expected to be 50 at all. • There is no significant progress in the state. Economic disparity, regional imbalance and social disorganization is what we see in this Golden Jubilee State. • Because of Divide and rule policy, tribalism favour, etc • Somehow developing but still then I am not satisfied with the progress Nagaland state which has made in the last 50 years … • No, 100% of the poll is not satisfied....that means something something..... • No, one reason among thousands - very poor road connectivity • No, Because the politician are fighting for the money instead of developing the state. • No, what progress? The roads are still the same, pathetic. We still have water supply and electric supply issues. Imagine we have not been able to solve 3 basic needs in 50 years. speaks volumes of our incapable leaders • No, the condition of roads shows it all
• This is like asking a rich man, 'would you like to ically, politically and our social fabric is in dolbecome a beggar??'. The answer is definitely a big drums.. what do we have to show the growth?... NO. from pristine hillsides which was once the envy • A big no. I don't understand how the ministers, MLA of many, to a ravaged and pillaged land with no and bureaucrats will face this 50 years. Hope they recovery method set in is what we have today.. are painting their faces now. • NO!!!! though there is significant development and • No. The 16th state and our state is still in this state. progress in political ideals. • Million trillion zil• N O ! ! ! ! ! W h a t lion times NO the exactly h a s saddest n cruelest changed?????? I question ever guess NOTHING!!!!! • Come on! no one • Is there any progwill say yes. ress at all? just re• The roads are placing an old TV set churning our inwith a new one does ternals, disfigurnot imply developing us, some Govt. ment schools are. more • No, there has been than 50yrs above no progress Nagaand buildings are land achieved in the ready to collapse, last 50 years except hospiitals at sorry lies, treachery, corconditions, salaried ruption, etc. employees fear of • No, there are less non-payment, reprogress. Lets see tirement age rethe road condition – duced, no more its horrible. Power – pension, electricity hopeless and senseworst come rain or less. Water – under shine, economy nil, check. Other develelection expendiopment – to less comture growing in figparing to other states. ures,33% women Corruption must be reservation supvanished to be satpressed, youths isfied in Nagaland jobless, no sight of state. medical and engi• No. Hornbill Fesneering colleges, tival is just another yap yap yap....crab! cultural exploitation, I heard the crab a space where tourwalks backward. ists can view a living • 50yrs n things are museum in display. still intact as it is... Apart from those but yes political minimal cultural exideals have grown hibitions, the festival to higher levels of is overshadowed by selfishness. time elements of western doesn't make the civilization. difference when no works happen... Some of those who • NO.... what is the voted OTHERS had YES no OTHERS development that this to say: is so significant • There are few imthat we can claim to be at par with others.. Mayportant values of any progressive society(in adbe women education has had a significant jump dition to economy) accountability, freedom of but in all other ways we have regressed... our speech, less corruption, rule of law or civility ....our honesty and integrity along with the lack of destate is more like sub-Saharan African countries velopments have taken a complete toss... no where few families subject the entire population at significant developments educationally, economransom, micmic ostentatious lifestyle of the west
50th Anniversary? Khekiye K. Sema IAS (Rtd)
Forest Colony, Kohima
omewhere along the line the thinking box of DAN Government seems to have developed a very serious vacuum. The glorified hype on progress and development that we try and highlight is grossly overshadowed by a fast deteriorating character of a people sans honesty, traditional values, Christian values and every other value systems. The yawning gap between the haves and have-nots, the cancer of corruption which has inalienably filtered into every organisation including the Church, have all attained a solid status as a norm rather than the exception. In fact our moral standard has reached an all time low in our chequered history at this point in time where we shamelessly honour corrupted and criminally charge sheeted personality with a Cabinet Ministerial berth. It is only indicative of the depth we as a people have sunk. Public decency and propriety is no longer a virtue. In an environment such as this, celebrating the 50th Anniversary of Statehood does sound absurdly hollow. Take a look. The elementary and meaningful exercise starting from square one has been totally missed out. Be that as it may, we have no real choice but to acknowledge our existence and pretend that we are a worthy people. The only regret even within this sad scenario is the vacuum that I speak about. The lack of honourable and meaningful exercise for a start of such a celebration. The brains that be, ought to have considered the first elementary question: How did the State of Nagaland come to being and who were the architects of it all, for which we now want to celebrate? It surprises me that such an elementary question had not even occurred in the minds of the powers that be. It is here that I remember and endorse the view of Mr. I. Phom about the 'forgotten heroes', prompting the Government to rectify their forgetfulness. We have completely forgotten the souls who dared the impossible to make some of our dreams come true...and to think there are just a handful of them still alive, living a life of neglect and ignominy with the exception of Mr. S.C. Jamir. To the present genera-
tion, their monumental sacrifice might seem mundane and negligible. For the Southern Naga brothers in Manipur, many of them spit upon the 16 Points Agreement every time they open their mouth as a total let down of all the rest of the Nagas outside the State of Nagaland. Take a good look at our present circumstance. Everyone is suffering the brunt of excessive burden of taxation by the NPGs but the general public remain silent for fear of reprisal. We have almost become a nation of cowards, nay we are actually a nation of cowards when we assess the ground reality. With this stigma of cowardice chained around our necks we still have the audacity to undermine the contributions and sacrifices made by the generation that bravely walked this earth before us. Remember that the IBMs faced real threats of assassination attempts before and after signing this agreement with the GoI. It took them more than a mortal courage to make such a stand for the greater good of our people as they perceived it. They too were under gigantic life threatening pressure incomparable to our present circumstance and they too wanted to live like you and I and yet they did what they did. As a consequence a brave personality like Dr. Imkongliba Ao, as President of the Naga People's Convention, literally paid with his life. That is no mean sacrifice. What more greater a sacrifice do the Nagas expect to honestly acknowledge their noble deeds? For better or for worse we are who we are today because of their selfless sacrifices. They do not deserve our contempt by being swept under the carpet as nonentities and ignored in a time when their deed and achievement are in fact being celebrated. We only demean ourselves by doing so. They believed in what they were doing with that kind of commitment as will perhaps never be seen in the likes of the present generation. No one in the upper strata of the Government really seem to appreciate the severity of their predicament. We have reached a point where even the basic traditional honour has to be taught and reminded, something that should have happened automatically without being prompted. In my book they deserve the highest honour and recognition worthy of an iconic pedestal. And I thought I heard the NPF say this anniversary
has nothing to do with party politics. The hypocrisy of our leaders in every conceivable fields is downright detestable. Some of the Ministers have publically berated the 16 Points Agreement as a dishonourable agreement without realising that their very status is linked with it. It is nothing less disgusting than coughing up thick mucus into your hand, look around to throw it, find no place to dispose of it and swallow it again. Mr. SC Jamir is an exception in this left over crowd and would perhaps feel insulted if smaller insincere gestures are made by the Government but I do sincerely believe Government should honour those other IBMs still alive with a respectable pension and at least gift them with a usable vehicle according to their location of residence and let them feel wanted and respected before they depart. After all they worked for it and deserves to taste the fruit of their labour. Under normal circumstances no questions would have been raised for not remembering the senior retired bureaucrats at least for a significant function to commemorate the State Anniversary in its 50th year. In one small way or another each of them have made their contribution to the best of their abilities. Is acknowledging their service below the dignity of the present Government? Does it cripple the Government's funds to print a few additional invitation cards for them to participate? Somehow the traditional attributes of honouring its deserving people has been consigned to the dustbins by the present Government and it can only be described as... sad. The principle of decent etiquette is no longer applicable it appears. I too am a "tired retired Indian Government Servant" as accused by our "other brothers" but I do not really care whether an invitation is given to me or not. It only hurt my sentiment listening to some of the senior retired bureaucrats sadly lamenting about the height of indifference and insensitivity of the present Government. At least for their sake making amends would be a nice gesture. As for me, I would prefer not to attend a function where I am not wanted, even if invited as an afterthought. I write this for their sakes.
and hold's 95% of the state wealth.....that all we have done for the last 50 years......... • The Question should be" How much dissatisfied are you with the progress Nagaland State has made in the last 50 years? • Satisfied is an overrated term! The Disparities over the past years has been overwhelming, the division of society into haves and have not! The rich getting richer at the expense of the majority have-not, the birth of a new parasitic group of people, the corrupt government servant! Nagaland for Christ! Hallelujah! • Beginning from the early nineties everything went south. • 50 years is the prime time in a person’s life where success/failures are distinctively visible, leadership is at its best. 50 years of statehood – our development are still way behind, ie. Roads are horrible, hospitals are without medicines, government schools produce poor results, some govt schools are without teachers and some without students, 100% electrification without service, civic sense – minus 0 degrade, poor water management – somewhere overflowing and wasting, elsewhere not a single drop, my farmers who feed us with organic food are working like donkeys with bare foot and hands without improved technology, new generation – literate groups don’t want to do physical work. Hey this is our development in 50 years. Good governance, good planning and implementation – the need of the hour. “Economic independent first before political independent.” • Even one year of unjust and dishonest rule can destroy a civilization within days. • It has no good roads, produce nothing, officials and politicians corrupt • The 16th Indian State with the second oldest North Eastern State marking the 50th Statehood Day is a great day for the state and its bonafide people, but during the last five decades in terms of overall progress about Nagaland, with all due respect, in reality, there is no way in any barometer or index. I find great reasons to make feel great about my State as the dubious political history compounded by the lack of probity of leaderships and deficiency of credibility of the corridors of power made the current context more complex. The silver lining for Nagaland is the great sign of general awakening in the face of reality bite while the Naga big guns keep frolicking, na. • I am satisfied with unprogress Nagaland. For eg : Road, transportation, electricity, bad network and endless list. 50 yrs is not a matter of joke n Nagaland achievement in 50 yrs r corrupt politicians and more isms. • Seriously? Please! if indeed u think it necessary to have such opinion polls , do ask more sensible questions! seriously do u think anyone in d right frame of mind gonna answer in d affirmative here! This is such a disappointment really.
The fiftieth year of Nagaland statehood: merits and demerits Dr. E. Renphamo Lotha
Context: The sixteenth state of India: Nagaland is shortly celebrating the Fiftieth Year anniversary of Statehood from the 1st December to 7th December, 2013 with Pranab Mukerjee, the honorable President of India as the Chief Guest in the inaugural session. Unfortunately, however the ensuing celebration has been marred by the tug of war between the State and the 1,20,000 government employees owing to the forcible deduction of 10 per cent from the monthly salary of the government employees. Such warfare has proved beyond all reanable doubts that all were not well. Most surprising episode was that there was no budget, no plan for the great celebration. Hence, the maxim which goes, “morning shows the day” has taken place. Yes, of course, the Biblical saying, “where there is no vision people perish has taken place as well in the Fiftieth year anniversary of the State. In this context, people are fully confused as to how the State is going to celebrate the ensuing anniversary of statehood-sorrowfully or joyfully? Meaning of Fiftieth year anniversary Fifty year is half a century mark. The Macmillan English Dictionary for Advance Learners defines the word, “anniversary” as a date when you celebrate something that happened in a previous year that is important to you”. Hence, the fifty year anniversary of statehood on the 1st December, 2013 is an important day after undergoing several years of independent struggle led by the Naga National Council under the leadership of Late A. Z. Phizo. It is the very day on which the state was inaugurated by Dr. Radhakrishnan, the then President of India. The sixteenth state of India Union was born instead of an independent nation.
Significance of the anniversary In the life of a person, fifty year is half a century life span. In a church circle, celebration of fifty years is called Golden Jubilee, a day of freedom. A person has become a fully matured adult who is able to stand on his own feet. But unfortunately, even after attaining the age of adulthood, matured enough to stand on her own feet, the state is still in the stage of an infant. She is fully dependent on the Centre with as much as 98 per cent of financial requirement of the state. Further, she is fully dependent on the centre in all fronts-socially, economically, culturally and politically. Despite such dependency syndrome, she confronts the centre from time to time like a delinquent child without realizing her limitations which needs immediate correction. Merits of statehood The insurgent movement with violence, conflicts came to an end with the grant of statehood on 1st December, 1963. Such statehood brought peace, development and peaceful coexistence between the centre despite frequent outburst of clashes among the various factions of under-
ground for factional supremacy only.
Demerits of statehood The sufficient financial package from the centre to the state in terns of lakhs of crores of rupees within fifty years has fully spoiled the Nagas beyond repair. Today, she has become spoiled children without dignity of labour with endless demand of unlimited financial aids from the centre. Despite such sufficient packages, she has created 1000 crores of rupees deficit budget to the surprise of all right thinkers and doers. In this context, the Morung Express summed up the state of affairs in Nagaland today as follows: “Even though successive parties which formed the Nagaland State Government have made promises in the name of ‘development and progress’ the most infrastructure areas of water, power, electricity and roads remain sadly neglected. This inaction is an indicator that the governments do not support or respect the people need to improve their quality of life and well being”. State of affairs The state today is socially fragmented, economically bankrupt, culturally adulterated, politically handicapped and confused, religiously lukewarm. Despite the old age of statehood, on the ground, the state is still walking like an infant who cannot stand on his own feet carrying only for milk and money by becoming money addicts. Basic minimum expectations of citizens Since the state has fully failed to deliver the basic minimum needs as mentioned above, it is sincerely expected that the state will try to deliver atleast the needs to the public even after the celebration as credit cards to them. The following are the basic minimum needs of the people: 1. Good health care system; 2. Satisfactory safe drinking water; 3. Good motorable roads; 4. Satisfactory public delivery system; 5. Good educational system; 6. Regular power supply.
Conclusion Dear beloved citizens, let us retrospect and introspect as to what have taken place in the state within fifty years. Let us examine as to what kind of political leaders we have produced. So that we do not have atleast the basic minimum needs. Where have we invested the generous financial contribution of the centre? Instead of blaming the centre, let us blame the Naga political leaders from various parties. Because “when you point out one finger at others, four fingers are pointing at you”. After celebrating the Fiftieth Anniversary on credit, let us act like a mature person by forsaking childish behavior. So that we may become one of the oldest and matured states worthy to be called the sixteenth state of Indian Union.
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Monday 2 December 2013
The Morung Express
Tarun Tejpal remanded in police cusTody for 6 days
New Delhi, December 1 (AgeNcies): Tehelka magazine’s founder and former editor Tarun Tejpal, who was on Saturday arrested in sexual assault case, was today sent to police remand for six days following which Crime Branch officials began grilling him. Tejpal will now be interrogated through the day by a team of officers in Crime Branch. The police will be taking the veteran journalist to the scene of crime, where he will be asked to identify the lift where the alleged crime has taken place in the presence of two witnesses. Judicial Magistrate (First Class) Shama Joshi passed the order for Tejpal’s remand on police’s plea after the prosecution sought his remand for 14 days. Seeking remand of Tejpal for 14 days, the Goa Police said that while the victim’s statement was available with them, they were yet to take the version of the accused on record. Public prosecutor Francis Tavera argued the remand on behalf of Goa Police. Tejpal’s lawyer Geeta
Luthra said that the police had sought a remand of 14 days but the defence brought it down to six days. She was “satisfied with the outcome”. Tejpal’s lawyers opposed the demand for police custody saying he was cooperating with the Crime Branch. A woman journalist employed with Tehelka had accused its editor Tejpal of sexually assaulting her twice on November 7 and 8 in a lift in a five star hotel in Goa. He has been booked under Sections 354A (outraging the modesty of a woman) and 376 (2)(K) (custodial rape) of IPC. The Goa Police Crime Branch arrested Tarun Tejpal at 9.20 pm on Saturday after the Principal District and Sessions Court, Panaji, rejected his petition for anticipatory bail. Tejpal spent night in a lock-up in Panaji with two murder accused. He was referred for mandatory medical check-up at Goa Medical College near here at 12:30 midnight.TheTehelkafounder was taken to Panaji police lock-up at around 2 am, after his medical check-up.
Indian craft leaves Earth’s orbit on way to Mars
New Delhi, December 1 (AP): India’s Mars orbiter mission left Earth’s sphere of influence early Sunday after performing a maneuver to put it on its way to orbit the red planet. The spacecraft fired its main engine for more than 20 minutes to reach the correct velocity to leave the Earth’s orbit, the Bangalore-based Indian Space Research Organization said. “The Earth orbiting phase of the spacecraft ended. The spacecraft is now on a course to encounter Mars after a journey of about 10 monthsaroundthesun,”the statement said. It said that all systems onboard the spacecraft are performing normally. India launched its first spacecraft bound for Mars on Nov. 5, a complex mission that it hopes will demonstrate and advance technologies for space travel. The 1,350-kilogram (3,000-pound) orbiter Mangalyaan, which means “Mars craft” in Hindi, must travel 780 million kilometers (485 million miles) over 300 days to reach an orbit around Mars next September. If the mission is successful, India will become only the fourth space program to visit the red planet after the Soviet Union, the United States and Europe. Some have questioned the $72 million price tag for a country of 1.2 billion people still dealing with widespread hunger and
poverty. But the government defended the Mars mission, and its $1 billion space program in general, by noting its importance in providing high-tech jobs for scientists and engineers and practical applications in solving problems on Earth. Decades of space research have allowed India to develop satellite, communications and remote sensing technologies that are helping to solve everyday problems at home, from forecasting where fish can be caught by fishermen to predicting storms and floods. The orbiter will gather images and data that will help in determining how Martian weather systems work and what happened to the large quantities of water that are believed to have once existed on Mars. It also will search Mars for methane, a key chemical in life processes that could also come from geological processes. Experts say the data will improve understanding about how planets form, what conditions might make life possible and where else in the universe it might exist. The orbiter is expected to have at least six months to investigate the planet’s landscape and atmosphere. At its closest point, it will be 365 kilometers (227 miles) from the planet’s surface, and its furthest point will be 80,000 kilometers (49,700 miles) away.
ghAZiAbAD, December 1 (PTi): Jailed dentist couple Rajesh and Nupur Talwar will “not allow” any film or book on the murder of their daughter Aarushi and anyone taking up such a venture without their consent will face legal action, their lawyer said on Sunday. Manoj Sisodia, counsel for Talwars who have been convicted and sentenced to life imprisonment for the doublemurder of Aarushi and domestic help Hemraj, said the couple were “upset” with media reports on the issue and will not “allow any Hollywood and Bollywood film director to make films on Aarushi case.” “We have got to know through media reports that some international and national film directors and writers are interested in making film and writing book on Aarushi case. “Rajesh and Nupur are very upset that some persons wanted to make money by producing a
flick and writing a book on the murder of their daughter whom they loved so much,” said Sisodia. He said the couple are still “in shock” and “inconsolable” after their conviction. Sisodia said that if such a film is made on Aarushi case without Talwars’ consent, they would take legal action against the directors and writers involved. Since Talwars’ conviction by the Ghaziabad special CBI court, there are several media reports that some film-makers and writers are interested in making movie on the case. On Friday, Hollywood film director Clip F Runyard had also reached Dasna Jail to meet the Talwars to seek their consent to make a film and write a book on Aarushi. However, he had not been allowed to meet Talwars by the jail authorities. Sources had claimed the filmmaker had offered Rs five crore royalty to the couple in case they cooperate.
No film or book on Aarushi case will be allowed: Talwars
Centre cannot interfere in Tehelka case: Shinde
A talented, ambitious journalist, a flamboyant editor - Tarun Tejpal kept pushing the envelope till 2 days in Goa. (IE Photo)
mumbAi, December 1 (PTi): Union Home Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde on Sunday said the Centre cannot interfere in the sexual assault case against Tehelka’s former editor Tarun Tejpal. Replying to a question on whether Tejpal’s arrest came after much delay, Shinde, who was here to attend a function, said, “Our government does not protect culprits in any way. Since it (Tejpal’s) is a case of a different state, the Centre cannot interfere in it.” e refused to comment on the snooping controversy involving Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi, but when asked if Modi should face trial for misuse of state machinery, he said “inquiry will be conducted about all this and decision will be taken.” “Union and State Home secretaries have been authorised to take action on (illegal) snooping,” he said. Speaking about rationalist Narendra Dabholkar murder case, he said state authorities had told him that police had got some clues about the culprits. “I have also spoken to the state government. They are trying their best,” he said. Shinde, who is on the allparty committee formed for the construction of memorial of late Shiv Sena supremo Bal Thackeray, said he looked beyond Thackeray’s image as a leader of an “aggressive party.” “I do not look at Bal Thackeray as the late Shiv Sena supremo and as (leader of) an aggressive organisation. Balasaheb’s father Prabodhankar Thackeray had raised his voice against the atrocities on Dalits. Maharashtra cannot forget that. I will not talk about his (Bal Thackeray’s) other activities,” he said.
India wastes Rs 13,300 cr of fruits and vegetables annually
Mumbai, December 1 (PTI): India, the world’s second largest producer of fruits and vegetables, throws away fresh produce worth Rs 13,300 crore every year because of the country’s lack of adequate cold storage facilities and refrigerated transport, a report said. “The value of fruits, vegetables and grains wastage in India, at Rs 44,000 crore annually. “Fruits and vegetables account for the largest portion of that wastage. Eighteen per cent of India’s fruit and vegetable production valued at Rs 13,300 crore is wasted annually,” according to data compiled in a new report by Emerson Cli-
mate Technologies India, a business of the US-based manufacturing and technology company Emerson. The report says that two of the biggest contributors to food losses are the lack of refrigerated transport as also the lack of high quality cold storage facilities for food manufacturers and food sellers. Without improvements to its cold chain infrastructure, from farm harvest to table, food problems in India, which is the world’s second largest producer of fruits and vegetables, will remain vast and are likely to grow, warns the report. Currently, India has 6,300 cold storage facilities unevenly spread across the
country, with an installed capacity of 30.11 million metric tonnes. Studies have shown this is half the amount of cold storage facilities that India actually needs. Cold storage capacity for all food products in the country should be more than 61 million metric tonnes, it said. In order to reach that target, the report says an investment of more than Rs 55,000 crore is needed by 20152016 just to keep up with growing fruit and vegetable production levels. “While progress is being made, this report confirms the cold storage situation is more acute than many realise. Emerson is seeing this in the marketplace and we commissioned
this report to keep the spotlight on the issue,” said Pradipta Sen, president of Emerson’s India, Middle East and Africa region. “India has more than 1.2 billion people. Better protection of the integrity of our fruits and vegetables from harvest to table should be of paramount importance. Part of the solution is more effective, more efficient and wellthought-out cold storage infrastructure in India,” Sen said. Stating that financial investment in cold storage facilities and refrigerated transport is vital, the report highlights additional challenges faced by India’s cold storage industry today.
JAiPur, December 1 (iANs): About 29 million people voted across Rajasthan Sunday to pick a new 200-seat Rajasthan assembly in keenly fought elections which both the Congress and the BJP claimed they would
win. More than 72.49 percent of the state’s 40 million electorate had voted by 5 p.m., and the polling percentage could be higher when the final figures are calculated, officials said. Maximum polling of 85.5 percent was reported in Jaisalmer district and minimum of over 55 percent was reported from
Bharatpur. In state capital Jaipur, over 68 percent of voters cast their votes. Balloting took place in 199 constituencies Sunday, with 2,087 candidates in the race. Polling has been postponed in Churu to Dec 13 following the death of a Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) candidate. Voting was largely peaceful barring stray incidents of clashes between rival political activists. Police fired in the air at some places and used batons to break up the mobs. Clashes were reported from Dausa, Kekri, Sawai Madhopur, Thana Gaji and some other places. In 2008, Rajasthan recorded 66.25 percent voting. The Congress came
to power then. “I am confident the Congress will return to power with a thumping majority,” boasted Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot, who was among those who voted early. Gehlot dismissed claims that BJP prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi’s aggressive campaign would make a difference to the outcome. “I don’t see any Modi wave or factor here in Rajasthan,” he said. Former chief minister and BJP state president Vasundhara Raje was equally confident of her party’s victory. “People want to get rid of the Congress and are hungry for development. I am confident the BJP will come to power,” she said. The Congress and the BJP are contesting in all the seats while the National Peoples Party (NPP), led by Meena community leader Kirori Lal Meena,
has put up candidates in 150 and the BSP in over 100 seats. The state is witnessing a keen tussle between the BJP, which is determined to return to power, and the Congress, which is hoping for a second straight win. In the outgoing house, the Congress held 102 seats and the BJP 79. Mayawati’s BSP and NPP are trying to make a dent in the vote bank of both the major parties. The BSP won six seats in 2008 but all six legislators joined the Congress. Electronic voting machines broke down in some places. They were quickly repaired or replaced. The vote count in Rajasthan will take place Dec 8 along with Delhi, Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh. Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh went to the polls last month and Delhi will see polling Wednesday.
muNger (bihAr), December 1 (PTi): A day after Maoists shot dead three BMP jawans and injured two others in a running train, security forces today launched a massive combing and search operation to nab the perpetrators reportedly hiding in the forests of Bihar’s Munger district, a police officer said. Security forces comprising CRPF, STF, SAP and the district police have launched combing and search operations in Kanani, Rajasarai, Rishikund forests under Bhimbundh sanctuary since early this morning to nab those who carried out the fatal attack on the five BMP jawans near Jamalpur railway station last evening, Munger’s
Superintendent of Police Naveen Chandra Jha said. We have specific inputs about the Maoists hiding in the forests of Bhimbundh sanctuary, he said, adding that ambush teams have been deployed at sensitive points to confront the ultras. The Munger Range DIG, Sudhansu Kumar, was commanding the security forces, while he and SP (Operations) Naveen Kumar were part of the security forces conducting combing operation against the Maoists, Jha said. Armed Maoists had barged into the SahebganjPatna Intercity Express last evening and shot dead three BMP jawans and injured two others before looting five sophisticated weapons and other ammunition from them.
New Delhi, December 1 (iANs): With just a week left before results of five assembly polls are out, the Congress and the BJP appear confident yet a little wary of the high voter turnout. Not only is the reputation of incumbent chief ministers and likely prime ministers of the two national parties at stake, but the results could also impact the Lok Sabha polls only about six months away. High voter turnout in three of the five states that have gone to the polls so far - Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh and Mizoram - has led to varied interpretations and given the contesting candidates some anxious moments. While the Congress is viewing the high voter turnout in Bharatiya Janata Party-ruled Chhattisgarh and Madhya Pradesh as a sign of voter anger and anti-incumbency, the BJP is reading it as an overwhelming affirmation in its favour by young and first-time voters. According to officials, Chhattisgarh recorded
a polling percentage of over 75 percent, Madhya Pradesh of over 71 percent and Mizoram about 82 percent. Rajasthan is voting Sunday and Delhi will cast the ballot Dec 4. The BJP and the Congress are the main contenders in the Hindi heartland states of Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh. In Delhi, it is a triangular contest between the BJP, Congress and the Aam Aadmi Party. The poll outcome in five states is crucial for the BJP and the Congress who desire to form the next government at the centre. For the BJP, it is as much a popularity test for its chief ministers Raman Singh and Shivraj Singh Chouhan in Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh - as the litmus test for its prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi, who is the party’s lead campaigner. The election results would also reveal if issues of price rise and corruption, frequently raised by the BJP in its rallies, have traction with the voters.
The five assembly elections are equally significant for the Congress as the party’s base has gradually shrunk in the Hindi heartland states. Congress leaders said they have closed in on the BJP in Madhya Pradesh and have a good chance of forming the government in Chhattisgarh. They reckon Rajasthan to be the toughest among the five states going to the polls, and believe the Congress pitch in Delhi has been queered by the perceived undercurrent of support for Arvind Kejriwal’s Aam Aadmi Party and the BJP overcoming its initial leadership problems to project a professional doctor in Harsh Vardhan as its chief ministerial candidate. A 2-2 outcome in four Hindi heartland states would suit the Congress as it could then claim that Modi’s much-flaunted campaign had not yielded dividends. It could also target Modi as a leader who has limited influence outside Gujarat. But a 4-0 whitewash by the BJP or even its 3-1 score in
the Hindi heartland would demoralise the Congress ranks and raise questions about Rahul Gandhi’s leadership. He is widely seen as the Congress’s prime ministerial candidate though the party has not made any official announcement. BJP leaders feel the party will need at least a 3-1 score to gain momentum for the Lok Sabha polls. In the assembly polls, the BJP tried to make it a Modi vs Gandhi battle, but the Congress trashed the comparison saying that India is not a presidential form of democracy. Comparisons between the two leaders, nevertheless, continued to be drawn in the media. Aditya Mukherjee, professor at the Centre for Historical Studies at Jawaharlal Nehru University, said the Congress had not been entirely successful in blocking off comparison between Modi and Gandhi. The Congress should make up its mind whether Gandhi would be its prime ministerial candidate, he said. “Congress should do
much more. They need to catch the bull by the horns. They are not able to make up their minds,” Mukherjee told IANS. He said reports in a section of media tend to suggest that Modi was able to create a wave for the BJP, but there was another reality to it: Modi was “a better crowd puller than Rahul” but was “a divisive figure” for large sections of electorate. Referring to errors of history Modi made in his speeches, Mukherjee said his initial charm may have begun to wear off. BJP spokesperson Nirmala Sitharaman said the party’s prospects were “very bright” in the five assembly polls. “Our campaign is going on very well. There is very positive response from voters,” she said. The party will retain Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh, and wrest Delhi and Rajasthan from the Congress. Sitharaman said it was wrong to presume that higher voter turnout will work to the disadvantage of the party’s governments in Madhya Pradesh
and Chhattisgarh. “There was high voter turnout in Gujarat assembly polls also,” she noted. Congress spokesperson Meem Afzal said the party would win all five states. “In three states, the picture is clear and everyone feels we will win. In Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh, we will do better than in the last elections,” Afzal told IANS. Over 116 million voters were eligible to take part in the elections in the five states. For the first time, the voters are being provided with a “None of the Above” (NOTA) option on the ballot papers and electronic voting machines. Counting of the ballots cast in the four Hindi heartland states will take place Dec 8 and in Mizoram Dec 9. The Bahujan Samaj Party, Communist Party of India, Communist Party of India-Marxist, Samajwadi Party, Janata Dal-United and Nationalist Congress Party are among parties which have fielded candidates from some constituencies in the five states.
The three biggest challenges are high lifecycle costs for a cold storage facility that typically needs land and buildings to hold 6,000 metric tonnes of food; uneven distribution of cold storage facilities with 60 per cent of existing facilities located near the point of production in just four states and too few closer to distribution points in the other 24 states; and low awareness about the best storage practices among the industry players, it says. The report cites several positive measures implemented by the Union government to improve the cold chain infrastructure, including recognising cold chain as a sub-
sector of infrastructure in the last Union Budget, creating an additional budget to set up cold storages. It says the private sector needs to be encouraged to play a more significant role to develop the cold chain space further, including implementing proven cold storage refrigeration technology solutions available today. According to the report, these technology solutions range from multicommodity cold storage facilities to controlled atmosphere storage to advanced ripening chambers that can reduce operating costs, protect and improve food quality and be more energy efficient.
Millions vote in Rajasthan; BJP, Congress claim victory Massive combing and search
“I am confident the Congress will return to power with a thumping majority”
operation underway against Maoists
Assembly polls will impact not only states, Lok Sabha too
The Morung Express
Monday 2 December 2013
Call to critique unjust tourism structures and practices
KOLKATA, December 1 (mexN): Participants of an international consultation on “Theology of tourism” have urged churches and theological institutions around the world to analyze and critique unjust tourism structures and practices prevailing in the world. The consultation, called them to critique tourism from the point of view of the subaltern and subsistence communities, indigenous people, women and children, the displaced and others on the margin, applying the Kingdom values of equality
and equity, a press release said. Twenty two participants from Zambia, Switzerland, Philippines, Taiwan, Sri Lanka, Australia and India, attended the consultation organized from November 22-28 in Kolkata by SCEPTRE, the Senate of Serampore (University) with the help of people and groups concerned about the negative impact of tourism. Caesar D’Mello, former director of Ecumenical Coalition on Tourism and one of the organizers of the consultation said that among the objectives of
Vet & AH improves diagnostic facilities
KOhimA, December 1 (mexN): Department of Veterinary and Animal Husbandry has improvised its new diagnostic facilities to monitor various diseases of livestock and poultry of economic importance in the State. The new diagnostic equipments launched by the Director, Veterinary and Animal Husbandry, Dr. M Timothy Lotha on November 28 are implemented under Foot and Mouth Disease (FMD) project. A press release issued by the Director informed that the new machineries will be used for surveillance of various diseases of livestock and poultry for establishing the disease patterns, seasonal occurrences, route of transmission and to establish early warning system of the diseases in the State. Presently, the director said, the facilities will be used for
the consultation was to prepare and finalize a tourism curriculum that stimulated students to engage in transformative tourism that was formulated from the vantage point of the marginalized, such as subsistence communities, indigenous people, women and children. Another objective of the consultation was to bring out a theological resource book that would provide a basis for theological exploration into tourism for theological students, teachers and curriculum planners. Among the 12 papers pre-
sented at the consultation was on “Theological education: A curriculum on tourism for ministerial candidate” by Dr Wati Longchar, Dean of the Serampore University. He said that the objectives of the course, which is proposed to be called, “Mass tourism industry and marginal communities: A search for just tourism” will be, among others, to challenge and critique the nexus between the present profit-oriented paradigm of tourism industry, climate justice and survival of marginalized communities and to “pro-
to advocate and promote just tourism. While the consultation acknowledged the existence of some positive forms of tourism that bring beneficial incomes, it felt that “overall a superficial and unquestioned construct regarding mainstream tourism persists that does not correspond with the reality of community, social, environmental and economic damage flowing from the endeavor.” The consultation stated that “All human beings are created in the image of God and are
diagnosis and surveillance of Foot and Mouth Disease (FMD), Brucellosis, Porcine Reproductive and Respiratory Syndrome (PRRS), swine fever (Hog Cholera), Rabies, New Castle Disease (Ranikhet disease) etc. This new diagnostic facilities will facilitate the livestock farmers in the following ways: early diagnosis of the disease outbreaks in order to prevent and control of further spreading of the diseases. Farmers’ animal wealth will be safe and secured which would have been lost due to disease that might spread causing great economic loss, the note added. The director during the launching programme appealed to the livestock farmers to avail the service by reporting any disease outbreaks to the nearest Veterinary Health Centres, Rengma Nagas perform during Ngada festival at Aghonshu near Tseminyu on November 28. (Morung photo/Chizokho Vero) Veterinary Hospitals etc.
the subjects and not objects of creation. Any concept that pictures human beings as objects for enjoyment by commodifying them is a travesty of human values, and an insult to human beings. Modern tourism is centered on such an approach.” It also stated that, “Tourism needs to be prophetically challenged to understand that the earth and all its gifts are created by God, and belong to all, not just to the rich and the affluent, and to those who promote tourism or development that does not benefit the poor.”
DYRS conducts leadership seminar
KOhimA, December 1 (mexN): Directorate of Youth Resources and Sports (DYRS), Kohima conducted a seminar on leadership at Indira Gandhi Stadium, Kohima on November 28 with Rev. Luoliehu Yimsong, Coordinator, Global Indigenous prayers Network, Australia and Initiator and Ambassador at large, Overseas Nagas Association as the resource person. A press release from DYRS informed that Yimsong expressed he spend most of his time with young people to let them become a good and responsible leader of tomorrow in a society. He said that one should bow down and look into God with humbleness for help and support so a person from zero can be-
come a hero, while lamenting it was hard to find people who speaks the truth for the people. According to the note, Yimsong also stressed at length on the key factors such as character, relation, knowledge, intuition, experience, past success and ability to be a good leader. He also shared on how a successful leader should manage time, emotion, strength, courage and thought. He also deliberated on how to build a winning team. Earlier, Director, YRS Kelei Zeliang chaired the function and State Liaison Officer, NSS pronounced the vote of thanks. The seminar was attended by the DYRS Officers, staff and students from I.G.S Sports Academy, Kohima.
management, the district is effectively putting up with the proactive direction of district task force led by the district administration. While stating on human resources and its management during mock exercise, Ruangmei expressed his confidence that the district will manage during emergency if it is better equipped. He said that NSDMA will provide required equipments to the district by February next year for effective management. He also
thanked the district task force and the stakeholders who were involved in the mock drill exercise. He said that to create more awareness on disaster, the State would conduct mega mock drill on February 16, 2014. United Sangtam Tribal Council (USLP) Vice- President, Yangkhaba thanked the NDSMA and the District administration for organizing the awareness programme in the district and appealed to the public to come forward and be aware of effective disaster management.
Mock drill to create effective disaster management
Kiphire, December 1 (Dipr): “Our responses to disaster are largely reactive rather than proactive,” said Deputy Commissioner, Kiphire, Kesonyu Yhome IAS while speaking at the two-day mock exercise on Earthquake and Incident Response System at Kiphire. The programme is being organized by Nagaland State Disaster Management Authority (NSDMA) (Home Department) in collaboration with District Disaster Management Rongmei Students’ Union Dimapur officials along with Rongmei Council Nagaland officials during the inspection of the Customary Court Building construction at Chun- Authority (DDMA) Kiphire from November 29- 30. gaizaeng Colony, Burma Camp, Dimapur.
Home Based Care training equips PLHIV
JALuKie, December 1 (mexN): Two-day training on Home Based Care (HBC) for people living with HIV (PLHIV) and their family was organized by Nagaland State AIDS Control Society at Jalukie town on November 27 and 28, led by Tarepnokcha Jamir and Avilie Sekhose of NSACS. Stigma and discrimination being the root cause for PLHIV not accessing health care facilities, a press release informed, it was felt that imparting training on Home Based Care would equip the PLHIV with the knowledge on how to treat common illnesses and infections at home, thus improving their health as well as reducing their burden on extra health care expenses. The training conducted in co-ordination with the District AIDS Prevention Control Unit (DAPCU)
vide a new ministerial, missiological and theological perspectives on alternative just tourism.” A structural analysis of mass commercial tourism in light of Christian social teachings makes it a pertinent theological focus for churches in the world, the consultation said. The consultation wanted the church to study the potential of tourism as pilgrimage to stimulate an ethical engagement for mutuality, solidarity and a real discovery of human community, and to develop ways of empowering and sensitizing the church
Peren and Network of Peren District People Living with HIV/AIDS (NPDP+) was attended by 29 PLHIVs under Peren District. Dr. Joyce Z. Angami and Lanu were the resource persons in the training. Topics such as health, hygiene and nutrition, treating opportunistic infections, abscess management, bereavement counseling, care and support to the patient and the family were covered. The training was the first of its kind to be conducted in the district. The participants expressed that they benefitted from the training and that it was one of the best trainings they ever attended. They acknowledged that the session on making simple home-made cures for treating common illnesses was a significant learning experience.
HIV/AIDS sensitization with 164 Naga Regiment A’ Coy
TueNsANg, December 1 (mexN): Advocacy sensitization on HIV/AIDS with 164 Naga Regiment A’ Coy was held on November 27 at the regiment Camp in Tuensang. It was jointly organised by DAPCU Tuensang and 164 Naga Regiment A’ Coy and initiated by Nagaland State Aids Control Society. Rovikhoto Mor DPO, DAPCU chaired the programme and highlighted about the scenario on HIV/AIDS and facilities available for treatment. Imsu, PO NACO/ NERO shared on breakout of HIV/AIDS and highlighted it as a social disease. He talked about various modes of transmission of HIV – unprotected sex, transfusion of contaminated blood and mother to child transmission during birth. He approached the personnel to be more aware and use protection. DPO shared on HIV test and the kits/ facilities available for test. He explained it was important for individuals and partners to get tested for HIV, adding early detection of HIV can lead to healthier and happy life. 29 personnel were tested and counselled. The programme was attended by DAPCU staff, PO NACO/NERO, PM IDS NAP Area Tuensang, Lab. Technician District Hospital Tuensang and army personnel.
Yhome said that one of the growing concerns across societies including ours is the disturbingly increasing trend of frequency and magnitude of disasters and one of the biggest problems with disaster management is the casual attitude of authorities until disaster has struck. He stated there were two major components of effective disaster management mechanism, involvement of all stakeholders and effective and timely mobilization of all resources. He said such an exercise
was to reassess the weakness for better planning and preparation during disaster. He expressed optimism that the mock drill would help the District Task Force (DTF) to re-equip itself with more effective ways to manage disaster successfully. State Project Officer, (SPO) (NSDMA), Johnny Ruangmei while briefing on Incident Response System (IRS) and Mock Exercise said though the district is on its preliminary stage in terms of preparedness on disaster
Skill development training conducted at GHSS, Bhandari WOKhA, December 1 (mexN): Two weeks skill development training programme on ‘Basic Electrical Course’ was conducted at Govt. Higher Secondary School, Bhandari from November 18 to 29 by the Academic & Career Guidance Cell of the School in collaboration with Nagaland Tool Room & Training Centre (NTTC), Dimapur. Altogether 47 candidates attended the training. Lanu Jamir, Miaziekho Kehie and Mithu Das, faculty from NTTC, Dimapur were the resource persons of the programme. Intensive hands on training were provided to the participants on house wiring and repairing and maintenance of basic electrical appliances, informed a press release. Candidates who qualify the post training assessment test would be issued National Council for Vocational Training Certificates. The valedictory function of the programme was held on November 29 at the school premises with Er. Petehetuo Miasalhou, Asst. General Manager of NTTC as the chief guest
and Dr. Thejavinuo Keditsu, Medical Officer, Community Health Centre , Bhandari as the guest of honour. The chief guest while exhorting the trainees explained about various vocational training courses made available to the youth of Nagaland by the Govt. of Nagaland, Govt. of India and different NGOs working on the field. He stressed on the importance
of connecting the youth from the villages with the training centres in the towns and lauded that the initiation of the principal and teachers of GHSS, Bhandari is a mile stone in this regard. He urged the trainees to pursue vocational courses along with the secular education and asked the gathering to encourage school dropout children to utilise the training
programmes available in the State for the uplift of their lives. Dr. Thejavinuo in her short speech advised the students to make best use of the student life and urged them to work with determination for achieving their dreams. Moa, Branch Manager of SBI, Bhandari, appreciated the efforts of the school for organising the training programme and urged the students to further improve their skills so they could develop self dependency in life. The Principal of the school, Nellayappan stressed the importance of the school and the community working together for the development of the society and assured that the school would undertake more such training programmes in the coming years. B Elen Odyuo, Chairman, Lotha Hoho, Bhandari, Thungchanbeni Tungoe, President, Elo Hoho, Bhandari and Konthungia Odyuo, Secretary, PTA, GHSS, Bhandari also spoke on the occasion and assured the support of the society for the developmental activities of the school.
Volunteers organize free health camp at Aree villages
WOKhA, December 1 (mexN): A team of enthusiastic professionals, entrepreneurs and social workers organized a free health camp on November 23 at Aree Old and Aree New villages under Sungro Range, Wokha district. The team was led by Yanchum Jami, Proprietor of Jammies Enterprise, Wokha. This is the second health camp undertaken by the team with the aim to provide access to basic health care and essential medicines to the much deprived rural populace, stated a press note reMedical officer and In-Charge of Blood Bank, Dimapur District Hospital, during the blood donation camp at Vision Home Higher Secondary School, Diphupar, on November 30. ceived here. Altogether 157 paThe Blood donation camp was organised as part of the five-day National Social Scheme tients availed free health check(NSS) special camping programme of Vision Home Higher Secondary School. ups, oral and dental treatment and
medicines. The team has extended its gratitude to Dr. Zubon Lotha and Chumben Kithan for their generous contribution towards the success of the endeavor. The team observed that Aree PHC was one of the most neglected health centres in the district. The health centre has been left unattended for several years. Its “shoddy” building is overgrown with weeds and bushes, with no doors or windows, it stated. The team, on behalf of the poor and needy patients, has appealed to the department concerned to take necessary steps in providing basic infrastructure and health care services to the villagers. An attendant brings an elderly man to avail the free health camp on November 23.
The Morung Express SPORTS Adonis Stevenson stops Rory McIlory wins Australian Open Dimapur
2 December 2013
Bellew to retain WBC title
SYDNEY, DECEmBEr 1 (AP): Rory McIlroy birdied the 18th hole to snatch victory from Adam Scott at the Australian Open on Sunday, winning for the first time in 2013 and denying Scott the rare Australian triple crown. McIlroy started the last round four shots behind Scott but drew level when he eagled the seventh and birdied the eighth. Scott went a shot ahead with a birdie at the ninth then the pair went shot for shot over the back nine before the tournament's dramatic climax on the final hole. Scott's approach shot went over the back of the green and his resultant chip went well past the hole, with two putts bringing a bogey. McIlroy hit his approach to 10 feet and sank the putt to claim victory by a shot and end his long wait for a trophy. "I wanted to get a win and finally I've been able to get one," McIlroy said. "But more satisfying than
Rory MacIlroy of Northern Ireland holds up the Stonehaven Cup after winning the Australian Open golf tournament in Sydney Sunday, Dec. 1. (AP Photo)
that is being able to take one of the best players in the world down the stretch and come out on top. "Adam is a phenomenal golfer, a great competitor and probably an even better guy and I feel a bit sorry that I was
the one that ruined the triple crown for him." Scott was attempting to be only the second player after compatriot Robert Allenby in 2005 to win Australia's triple crown by claiming the Australian
Open, Masters and PGA titles in the same season. He carried his form from the Masters and PGA tournaments into the Open, shattering the course record with a 10-under par 62 in his opening round. He came into the final day at 16-under par, with rounds of 62, 70 and 68, four shots ahead of McIlroy who was a further four shots ahead of the next challenger. That effectively made Sunday's final round a shootout between the No. 2-ranked Scott and Northern Ireland's McIlroy, who was the world's top-ranked player last year. Scott was left to rue a series of missed birdie opportunities, failing to hole six putts from within 12 feet during his final round. "Nothing was going my way on the greens today," Scott said. "I could have put this thing away early on if the putter was behaving how it should have, how it did the rest of the week."
Rockets hold on to beat Spurs
Adonis Stevenson, left, of Canada, lands a left hand to the the face of Tony Bellew, of England, in their WBC light heavyweight title fight in Quebec City early Sunday, Dec. 1. Stevenson won the fight. (AP Photo)
QUEBEC CITY, DECEmBEr 1 (AFP): Canadian southpaw Adonis Stevenson retained his World Boxing Council light-heavyweight world title on Saturday with a sixth-round technical knockout of Britain's Tony Bellew. Stevenson dropped Bellew in the sixth with a heavy left to the jaw. Bellew beat the count, but Stevenson landed another left that sent the challenger staggering into a corner. The champion was unloading again on the defenseless Bellew when referee Michael Griffin called a halt at 1:50 of the round. Haitian-born Stevenson improved to 23-1 with 20 knockouts. He was plainly pleased to have made his point against Bellew after an ill-tempered build-up to the bout. "He said I'm a dwarf, and the dwarf
knocked him out," Stevenson said. "I told him, when he's going to feel my power, I'm going to drop him out." Bellew, who turned 31 on Saturday, fell to 20-2 with one draw and 12 knockouts. His only other defeat came in his only prior world title fight, a majority decision loss to Welshman Nathan Cleverly two years ago. Stevenson, 36, posted his fourth knockout in four fights this year. That included a one-punch first-round knockout of Chad Dawson in June to take the WBC belt. In September he made his first title defense with a seventh-round stoppage of American Tavoris Cloud. Bellew, from Liverpool, boxed smartly in the early rounds, and drew blood from Stevenson's nose early in the third. The champion responded with sev-
eral hard lefts, two of which snapped the challenger's head back. A wild exchange in the fourth round saw Stevenson go down, but it was ruled a slip after the fighters' feet tangled. Urged by his corner to vary his attack, Stevenson complied in the sixth, tapping Bellew with a right to the ribs to perfectly set up the left that sent him down. "I cut the ring very well because he was moving a lot, so I just cut the ring, took my time and gave it a good shot," Stevenson said. Stevenson said he thought his Canadian fans next want to see him fight Carl Froch or ageless American Bernard Hopkins, the 48-year-old International Boxing Federation lightheavyweight champion. But also in the mix is Russian Sergey Kovalev, who remained unbeaten with a
3rd Hornbill Half Marathon & Great Hornbill Run 2013
he 3rd Hornbill Half Marathon and Great Hornbill Run 2013 was flagged off by the Nagaland Athletic officials at New Secretariat junction on December 1, 2013. The event was organised by 3E Nagaland. The result of the Great Hornbil Run and Half Marathon are as follows:
Bahadur, GHSS Jalukie; sem Prem Devi Manipur; 4th Khekuto, Charity 2nd Linukchungla NagaSchool. land; 3rd Wahida Manipur; 4th Lungsuhei Nhai. GIRLS : 1st Khrieno Taso, GHS Zunheboto; The winners were 2nd Peilheiteile, GHS awarded cash prizes of Peren; 3rd Pelevonuo Rs. 50000/-, Rs. 30000/-, ,GHSS Dimapur; 4th Ma- Rs. 20000 and Rs. 10000 sinbui, GMS Meriema. respectively. The Awards were announced by SecHalf Marathon retary of Nagaland Sports MEN :1st Th. Sajit Event Management, Shillong; 2nd Ramjan Dzuvinguzo while ManGreat Hornbill Run Singh Meghalaya; 3rd M. aging Director 3E, Elvis BOYS : 1st Keneisao, Samananda Shillong; 4th gave away the prizes to R, GHSS; 2nd Pongi, GMS Thungdi Nagaland. the winners. Mokokchung; 3rd Bam WOMEN : 1st Sagol(DIPR News)
Winter Challenge badminton tournament
Winners of Winter Challenge badminton championship 2013 seen with the chief guest Y. Vikheho Swu, parliamentary secretary for Irrigation and Flood Control after the final match at Indoor badminton stadium, United Colony Dimapur on Saturday.
DImAPUr, DECEmBEr 1 (mExN): The two-day annual Winter Challenge badminton tournament organized by Dimapur District Badminton Association (DDBA) concluded on Saturday at Indoor badminton stadium, United Colony. Y. Vikheho Swu, parliamentary Secretary for Irrigation and Flood Control graced the occa-
sion as the chief guest. The tournament was held in three categories, namely – 35 plus, 45 plus and 55 plus age categories, all doubles where players including from Manipur also took part in the competition. The DDBA also felicitated the juniors players both boys and girls from Dimapur district for bringing laurels during the 37th Na-
galand Inter District & State Open Badminton Championships held at Wokha in the month August 2013. Results: 35 plus category: 1st- Tajen & Er. Wati, 2nd- Dr. Watizulu & Angam Shaiza 45 plus category: 1st- Temjen & Wati, 2nd- Y. Sema & Er. Wati 55 plus category: 1st- C Tinu & Mahajan 2nd: Sachopra & partner.
second-round knockout of Ukrainian Ismayl Sillakh on the same card. Kovalev burnished his own burgeoning reputation as a knockout artist, sending Sillakh sprawling twice in round two. The Ukrainian got off the deck after the first knockdown, but Kovalev promptly landed another massive right hand that spelled the end for Sillakh at 52 seconds of the second round. "I just did it," Kovalev said of the knockout. "This is the result of all my hard work in the gym." Kovalev improved to 23-0 with one draw and 21 knockouts. He made his first defense of the World Boxing Organization light heavyweight world title he captured with a fourth-round technical knockout of Cleverly in Cardiff in August -- the first defeat of Cleverly's career.
SAN ANTONIO, DECEmBEr 1 (AP): James Harden scored 31 points, Chandler Parsons had 25, and the Houston Rockets overcame a furious secondhalf rally to beat San Antonio 112-106 on Saturday night, handing the Spurs their first home defeat. Dwight Howard had 13 points and 11 rebounds, Terrence Jones added 10 points and 16 boards, and Patrick Beverly had 11 points for Houston (13-5). Tony Parker had 27 points, Tim Duncan added 20 and Marco Belinelli scored 18 for San Antonio (14-3), which has lost two of three. San Antonio outscored Houston 39-26 to open the second half, with Belinelli scoring 13 points after halftime to set up a furious finish. Harden's off-balance 3-pointer tied the game at 106 with 45 seconds left. Parker missed a driving layup over Howard, and Beverly tipped in Harden's miss to put Houston up 108-106 with 31 seconds remaining. Manu Ginobili missed a 3-pointer, enabling Houston to outlet to Parsons for a dunk and a 110-106 lead
with 16 seconds left. Houston responded to a late firsthalf spurt by San Antonio by opening the second half on a 13-2 run that Parsons and Harden opened and closed with 3-pointers. The run appeared to fire up Duncan, who scored seven of the Spurs' 13 points in one stretch, including an alley-oop-dunk in front of Howard. The Spurs were energized by their stoic leader showing some fire, closing within 81-80 with 2 minutes left in the third quarter. Belinelli hit consecutive 3s to give San Antonio an 85-83 lead early in the final quarter, its first since going up 12-11 with 6:34 left in the first. He added another 3 to give the Spurs an 88-83 advantage. Harden was shaken up after running into Danny Green's chest while attempting to create space. Harden fell to the ground, allowing Green to score an uncontested dunk with no foul assessed. Harden remained on the floor for a few seconds beHouston Rockets point guard Aaron Brooks, right, shoots fore getting up, grimacing against San Antonio Spurs power forward Tiago Splitter, of and then slamming his palm Brazil, during the second half of an NBA basketball game into the scorer's table in anSaturday, Nov. 30 in San Antonio. (AP Photo) ger on the non-call.
Bales nets 3 in Real win over Valladolid
BArCELONA, DECEmBEr 1 (AP): Gareth Bale scored three goals and set up a fourth to make sure Real Madrid didn't miss injured star Cristiano Ronaldo as it cruised to a 4-0 win over Valladolid in the Spanish league on Saturday. With Ronaldo out nursing a hurt hamstring for a second straight game, Bale took up the scoring duties in the 32nd minute before finding Karim Benzema to make it 2-0 four minutes later. Bale got his second in the 64th and third in the 89th against Valladolid's bewildered defense to give him five goals since Ronaldo was sidelined. Madrid's fifth league win in a row following its loss at Barcelona lifted it three points from the defending champions and Atletico Madrid, which won 2-0 at Elche on goals by Diego Costa and Jorge "Koke" Resurreccion. Barcelona can reclaim sole possession of the league lead from Atletico at Athletic Bilbao on Sunday. Bale, who joined Madrid on a world record 100 million euros transfer from Tottenham this summer, showed with his first hat trick for Madrid that he has certainly shaken off his injury problems from earlier this season. "His adjustment period is over," Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti said about Bale. "He has confidence, he is important to the team, and he played very well." Bale has seven goals in league play, leaving him third for Madrid behind Benzema's eight and Ronaldo's 17, which lead the league. Bale also has scored twice in the Champions League. Defender Marcelo, however, made it clear who Madrid's No. 1 is. "Gareth is a great player but you can't compare
Real Madrid's Gareth Bale from Great Britain, right, controls the ball followed by Valladolid's players during a Spanish La Liga soccer match between Real Madrid and Valladolid at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium in Madrid, Spain on Nov. 30. (AP Photo)
him with Cristiano because Cristiano is above all the rest," Marcelo said. Also, Real Sociedad rallied to a 2-1 win at Espanyol decided by Christian Stuani's own goal in the 88th to sit in sixth place overnight. Celta Vigo came back to beat Almeria 3-1 for its first home victory at Balaidos Stadium in eight attempts this season under first-year manager Luis Enrique. With Ronaldo unavailable, Angel Di Maria started and wasted little time in controlling a clearance outside the area before rattling the bar with a left-footed shot on either side of two Sergio Ramos headers that sailed high. The overmatched Valladolid rarely managed to shift the action out of its area, and Bale found himself in perfect position to nod in a rebound of Di Maria's curling effort that goalie Diego Marino parried directly to the Wales winger.
Bale's pinpoint cross picked out Benzema to put the result beyond doubt before halftime. Bale was again aided by a poor clearance for Madrid's third. This time it was defender Jesus Rueda who knocked Marcelo's cross back for Bale to fire home. But Bale wasn't finished and he started and finished off a late counterattack by tapping in Marcelo's low cross. "My team didn't recover from their second goal," said Valladolid coach Juan Ignacio Martinez. "Madrid makes you pay for any lost balls. They have great players on the break who always finish their attacks." With Elche hanging tough, Atletico coach Diego Simeone sent on Raul Garcia and Adrian Lopez and the changes paid off to earn Atletico's 17th win in all competitions to go with four draws and just one loss.
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Thai protesters step up action, PM forced to ‘leave’ building gluck and end her family’s more than decade-long influence over Thai politics, protest leaders urged supporters to seize 10 government offices, six television stations, police headquarters and the prime minister’s offices in what they are calling a “people’s coup”. Police said the protesters had gathered in at least eight locations. In at least three of them, police used teargas and water canons. National police spokesman Piya Utayo said troops were being sent to a government complex occupied by protesters since Thursday and the Finance Min-
istry, occupied since Monday. “We have sent forces to these places to take back government property,” he said on national television. It is the latest dramatic turn in a conflict pitting Bangkok’s urban middle class and royalist elite against the mostly rural poor supporters of Yingluck and her billionaire brother, Thaksin Shinawatra, a former prime minister ousted in a 2006 military coup. Reuters journalists waiting to interview Yingluck inside the police Narcotics Suppression Bureau were told by Natthriya Thaweevong, an aide for the prime minister, that she had left after protesters made it inside the outer part of the compound, the Police Sports Club, where the bureau is located. In the early afternoon, protesters massed in front of a police barricade outside Wat Benjamabhopit, also known as the Marble Temple. Police fired teargas as some protesters tried to heave aside the heavy concrete barriers. The
coming Hurricane Katrina drama “Hours,” which Lionsgate’s Pantelion Films is to release Dec. 13. He also stars in “Brick Mansions,” a remake of the French action film “District B13” in postproduction that Relativity plans to release next year. “Paul was an incredibly talent artist, devoted philanthropist and friend,” Relativity President Tucker Tooley said in a statement. He formed Reach Out
mAiDuGuri, DecemBer 1 (AFP): Suspected Boko Haram militants killed 24 people in two separate attacks in northern Nigeria, eyewitnesses said, just as the military vowed to ramp up security over Christmas. Seven fishermen were ambushed and killed in the first attack in Baga, a fishing community on Lake Chad in Borno state, one of three in the northeast of the country under emergency rule since May this year. Seventeen people died in a separate attack on Thursday, other eyewitWorldwide in 2010 to aid nesses said, when gunmen in people struck by natural disasters. A friend of Walker’s who attended the fundraiser Saturday, Bill Townsend, told AP Radio, “He was very happy. He was smiling at everybody, just tickled that all these people came out to support this charity. He was doing what he loved. He was surrounded by friends, surrounded by cars.” Walker is survived by his 15-year-old daughter.
An anti-government protester sits on sand bags in front of police barricade in Bangkok on December 1. Riot police fired tear gas at anti-government mobs trying to force their way into the prime minister's office complex and Bangkok's police headquarters on Sunday, deepening Thailand's political crisis and raising fears of prolonged instability in one of Southeast Asia's biggest economies. (AP Photo)
BANGKOK, DecemBer 1 (reuters): About 30,000 protesters launched a “people’s coup” on Thailand’s government on Sunday, swarming multiple state agencies in violent clashes, taking control of a broadcaster and forcing the prime minister to flee a police compound.
Police fired teargas on protesters who hurled stones and petrol bombs in demonstrations that paralysed parts of Bangkok and followed a night of gun and knife battles in which two people were killed and at least 54 wounded. A group of protesters forced Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawa-
fiery car crash north of Los Angeles has killed 40-year-old Paul Walker, the star of the “Fast & Furious” movie series, and one other person in the vehicle. Deputies found a Porsche Carrera GT engulfed in flames when they responded to a report of a collision Saturday afternoon in the community of Valencia, the Los Angeles County Sheriff ’s Department said. Two people who were found in the car were pronounced dead at the scene. Walker’s publicist Ame Van Iden confirmed the actor’s death. A statement on Walker’s Facebook page said he was a passenger in a friend’s car, and that Walker was in the area to attend a charity event for his organization Reach Out Worldwide. The Sheriff’s Department said that speed was a factor in the crash. The Santa Clarita Valley Signal reported that the Porsche crashed into a light pole and tree and burst into flames. The fundraiser, to benefit victims of Typhoon Haiyan, took place at a nearby racecar shop. Attendees rushed to put out the flames with fire extinguishers to no avail. “All of us at Universal are heartbroken,” Universal Pictures, which has released the “Fast & Furious” franchise, said in a statement. “Paul was truly one of the most beloved and respected members of our studio family for 14 years, and this loss is devastating to us, to everyone involved with the ‘Fast and Furious’ films, and to countless fans.” His “Fast & Furious” costar Vin Diesel posted a photograph of him and Walker arm-in-arm on Instagram with the message: “Brother I will miss you very much. I am absolutely speechless.” Walker rode the “Fast & Furious” franchise to stardom, starring in all but one of the six action blockbusters, beginning with the first film in 2001. The blond-haired, blue-eyed Los Angeles-native brought California surfer good-looks and an easy, warm charm to the popular street-racing series. The son of a fashion mod-
tra to evacuate to an undisclosed location from a building where she had planned to give media interviews, while hundreds seized control of state broadcaster Thai PBS, waving flags and tooting whistles. Declaring Sunday “V-Day” in a weeklong bid to topple Yin-
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el and a sewer contractor, Walker grew up in a working class, Mormon household in Glendale, California. The oldest of five siblings, Walker’s mother began taking him to auditions as a toddler. He was a child model beginning at the age of 2. Walker has said the early induction to show business wasn’t to start him on a career path, but as a way to help provide for the family. Though his stardom
didn’t make as much of an impact outside the “Fast & Furious” series, Walker continually drew praise from his co-stars and directors as a kind-hearted and eager collaborator. “Your humble spirit was felt from the start,” Ludacris, Walker’s “Fast & Furious” co-star, said on Twitter. “Wherever you blessed your presence you always left a mark, we were like brothers.” Walker stars in the up-
deep detonation of stun grenades, followed by the jeers of protesters, echoed across the historic quarter. “I just want the people named Shinawatra to get on a plane and go somewhere - and please, don’t come back to our country again,” said Chatuporn Tirawongkusol, 33, whose family runs a Bangkok restaurant. PETROL BOMBS Outside the Metropolitan Police Bureau, about 3,000 protesters rallied, accusing riot-clad police of being manipulated by Thaksin, a former policeman who rose to become a telecommunications magnate before entering politics and winning back-to-back elections in 2001 and 2005. Chamai Maruchet Bridge, north of Government House, the prime minister’s offices, was a scene of nearly nonsop skirmishes, as police repeatedly fired teargas into the stone-throwing crowd, Reuters witnesses said. Protesters gathered near barricades spray-painted with
the words “Failed State”. A Reuters photographer saw protesters hurl at least a dozen petrol bombs into police positions from a college campus across a canal from Government House. In one of the most dramatic events, state broadcaster Thai PBS was taken over by protesters, according to PBS and police. More than 250 mostly black-shirted protesters gathered in the parking lot, as others streamed in. The executive producer at Thai PBS, Surachai Pannoi, told Reuters the management of the station would share its broadcast line with Blue Sky, a broadcaster controlled by the opposition Democrat Party, starting this afternoon. STREET BATTLES Yingluck, who won a 2011 election by a landslide to become Thailand’s first female prime minister, has called for talks with the protesters, saying the economy was at risk after demonstrators occupied the Finance Ministry on Monday. Protest
leader Suthep Thaugsuban, a deputy prime minister under the previous Democratled government that Yingluck’s party routed 2011, has ignored her and told demonstrators that laws must be broken to achieve their goals. The Democrats, Thailand’s oldest political party, have not won an election in more than two decades and have lost every national vote for the past 13 years to Thaksin or his allies. Suthep has called for a “people’s council”, which would select “good people” to lead, effectively suspending Thailand’s democratic system. Yingluck has rejected that step as unconstitutional and has ruled out a snap election. Thailand faces its worst political crisis since AprilMay 2010, a period of unrest that ended with a military crackdown. In all, 91 people were killed then, mostly Thaksin’s supporters trying to oust the thenDemocrat government. Suthep faces murder charges for his alleged role in the ordering crackdown.
pick-up trucks torched more than 100 shops and vehicles in the Sabon Gari area of the Damboa district. There was no immediate confirmation of either attack from the military or local authorities. “They killed 7 fishermen, injured 15 others and burnt some local boats and nets used for catching fish,” fisherman Ibrahim Gambo said in Maiduguri. “It was a reprisal by insurgents because the soldiers have two weeks ago clamped down on them,” added another fisherman, Sheriff Bababa. Human Rights Watch
said Boko Haram fighters were carrying out reprisals on civilians in retaliation for intelligence on supposed militant activity passed to the military by civilian vigilante groups. It urged the militants to stop targeting civilians and the vigilantes to stop using minors in counter-intelligence and security operations. Boko Haram, which wants to impose a strict form of Islamic law or sharia on Muslim-majority northern Nigeria, has previously launched deadly attacks on and around the Christian festival.
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Tottenham holds ManU to a draw Playing without Sachin a challenge: Dhoni
LONDON, DECEMBER 1 (AP): Wayne Rooney scored a brace as Manchester United twice came from behind to extend its unbeaten run to 12 matches in all competitions with a 2-2 draw at Tottenham in the Premier League on Sunday. Rooney leveled the score from close range in the first half against the run of play after Kyle Walker had put Tottenham in front. Rooney then salvaged a point for the Red Devils from the penalty spot in the 57th minute shortly after Sandro had restored Spurs' lead with a superb strike in the 54th at White Hart Lane. The result left both teams unsatisfied as defending champions Manchester United now trail leader Arsenal by nine points. Ninth-place Tottenham is lagging 10 points behind the Gunners and will rue its missed chances though the draw will help under-fire manager Andre Villas-Boas. United was again without the injured Robin van Persie while Nemanja Vidic started after recovering from a head injury. Villas-Boas made three changes from the Spurs side that lost 6-0 to City last weekend, with Vlad Chiriches, Mousa Dembele and Nacer Chadli replacing Younes Kaboul, Lewis Holtby and Erik Lamela. Looking for its first home win against United in 12 years, Tottenham got off to a strong start and dominated possession in an entertaining first half. United keeper David De Gea boxed a corner from Walker in the first minute and the visitors were kept in their own half by strong pressing from Tottenham. United left back Patrice Evra was lucky to escape a booking when he fouled Tottenham Hotspur's Kyle Walker, left, and Sandro, center, competes for the ball with ManAaron Lennon, with refer- chester United's Wayne Rooney during their English Premier League soccer match at White ee Mike Dean playing the Hart Lane, London, Sunday, Dec. 1. (AP Photo)
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advantage. Spurs' first clear chance came when Tom Cleverley clumsily lost the ball before Lennon — who was excellent throughout the match down the right flank — threatened De Gea with a low shot. United responded with a move ignited by Wayne Rooney, who stole the ball from Chiriches before serving up Antonio Valencia. But the England forward's attempt at goal from Valencia's resulting cross was blocked by Sandro. Tottenham was logically rewarded for its dominance after a clumsy challenge from Jonny Evans led to a free kick that Walker converted from 20 yards (meters) with a low shot drilled under the jumping United wall in the 18th minute. Tottenham continued to press as a painfully slow United team struggled to string passes together. Spurs should have scored in the 28th after Roberto Soldado started a brilliant move with Paulinho, crossing the ball for the Brazilian who played it back for Soldado behind Evans. But the Spanish striker, alone in front of goal, fired his shot over. Tottenham was made to pay for its missed chances after an error by Walker, who flicked a cross back into Rooney's path. The United forward made the most of the golden chance and scored from close range with a clean finish in the 32nd, prompting chants of "Rooney, Rooney" in the away stand. The second half started slowly until Sandro turned Cleverley with a fine dribble and silenced the United fans with a superb swerving shot into the top right corner in the 54th. The lead hardly lasted as Spurs 'keeper Hugo Lloris fouled Welbeck in the box two minutes later. Rooney slammed the penalty past the Frenchman to equalize and move above Robbie Fowler into 5th place in the all-time Premier League top scorers, with his 164th goal. Lennon received a standing ovation as he came off to be replaced by Andros Townsend before Soldado was substituted by Jermaine Defoe, but Villas-Boas' attempts to shake United's defense did not pay off. Townsend failed to connect with Walker's precise cross in the 79th minute at the end of a counterattack.
MUMBAI, DECEMBER 1 (PTI): Mahendra Singh Dhoni says playing in alien conditions and that too without Sachin Tendulkar is a big challenge for his side but the Indian skipper is hopeful that playing Onedayers first will allow his batsmen settle well ahead of the Test series against South Africa. India will play three-match ODI series ahead of two-Test series in South Africa. "If you see there is always a new start," Dhoni said about absence of Tendulkar, who retired recently last month. Dhoni said his batsmen have plenty of experience in the shorter format of the game and playing ODIs first will give them confidence for the Tests. "Many of them have had good exposure if not in Tests, but in ODIs. It is
a new challenge for all of them and a new learning curve. It is always a challenge when you go outside. Which length to bowl and to adjust to the bounce of the wickets. It is good to start with ODIs. As the batsmen can play their shots and express themselves and carry it into the Tests," he said ahead of team departure. Asked who will perform the duties of the third
opener in Tests, which has only two regulars in Shikhar Dhawan and Murali Vijay, Dhoni surprised everyone by naming Gautam Gambhir, who is not part of the 17-member squad. "If you see, Gautam is definitely our third opener that we are considering. As of now, Vijay and Shikhar they have done really well for us. So third opener as of now is Gautam."
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