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Dimapur VOL. VIII ISSUE 208
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By Sandemo Ngullie
No money? Cheer up. We can still make the four lane road happen with these traffic cones.
ACAUT on ‘demand slips’ DIMAPUR, JULY 30 (MExN): The Action Committee against Unabated Taxation has taken “full responsibility for the July 26 press release wherein “demand slips” of NSCN (K) and GPRN/NSCN were published in many of the local papers.” A press note from the ACAUT Media Cell stated that the committee stands by its contention that the demand slips were “business-killing in nature.” It pointed out that the demand slip of NSCN (K) was issued 3 months back. It further added that “if any cadre/s of any factions has any issue arising out of our press releases, the contentious issue should be settled with the ACAUT.”
NSCN (IM) responds
DIMAPUR, JULY 30 (MExN): The NSCN (IM) today informed it has been taking its own course of action to stop illegal taxation and unauthorized collection from within and without. However, referring to the Action Committee against Unabated taxation, the note said that “ACUAT shall know that, the struggle of the Nagas since its inception is not about economic sovereignty as you proudly profess but it is about political sovereignty which supersedes all.” It added that “It will be better if members of ACAUT should sometime move out from the cocoon of taxation and see the bigger reason behind such happening.” It stated that ACAUT should “exist as a pressure group … within its bounds and limits.” Full text on Page 4
Murder accused convicted
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DIMAPUR, JULY 30 (MExN): In a judgment passed on July 29, the District and Sessions Judge of Dimapur, S. Hukato Swu, sentenced one Baburam Rai to 7 years rigorous imprisonment (RI) for the murder of one Kurban Ali. The murder was committed on March 13, 2010 in Nikhekhu village under Niuland sub-division. Four witnesses were examined during the trial of the case, which led to the case being proved successfully, informed Public Prosecutor Hutoyi Yeptho who conducted the case. On being proved, the Judge convicted the accused, Baburam Rai, under Section 304 IPC and sentenced him to 7 years RI.
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Telangana statehood in the making
NEw DELhI/hYDERAbAD, JULY 30 (IANS): Telangana is all set to become India’s 29th state as the Congress Working Committee (CWC) Tuesday urged the government to take constitutional steps in this regard. The new state will comprise of 10 districts including Hyderabad, which will be the common capital for 10 years, during which period the residuary state of Andhra Pradesh will build its own capital. The CWC, the highest decision making body of the Congress, passed a resolution after the United Progressive Alliance’s coordination committee endorsed statehood for Telangana earlier in the day. Congress leader Digvijaya Singh said the new state will come into being in four to five months. Congress spokesman Ajay Maken said the CWC meeting was presided over by party president Sonia Gandhi and attended by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh among others. Both strongly pitched for Telangana. Manmohan Singh told the meeting that the formation of Telangana was very much required “for the development of the entire Andhra region”. “It is resolved to request the central government to take steps to form a sepa-
• Set to become India’s 29th State • Hyderabad to be common capital
Factfile on Telangana
• Telangana means “land of Telugus” • Hyderabad State became part of India in 1948 after
Indian students of Osmania University celebrate after India’s ruling coalition endorsed the creation of a new state ìTelanganaî in Hyderabad, India, Tuesday, July 30. The large size of some of India’s 28 states makes them difficult to administer and has prompted movements to divide them. Telangana would become India’s 29th state. (AP Photo)
rate state of Telangana,” Maken said, reading from the resolution. Digvijaya Singh said the issue would go to the Andhra Pradesh assembly, whose resolution will be sent to the union cabinet, which will appoint a group of ministers to look into issues relating to sharing of water, electricity and safety and security of all three regions of the state. The CWC decision followed protracted discussions in
the party following divisions between its leaders in Andhra Pradesh favouring statehood to Telangana and those opposed to it. Earlier, the UPA coordination committee endorsed statehood to Telangana. “All parties unanimously decided in favour of Telangana,” Civil Aviation Minister Ajit Singh said after the meeting held at the prime minister’s official residence. Continued on page 3
an operation by the Indian Army as Nizam wanted to keep the state independent. Telangana became a state of Telugu-speaking people and was known as Hyderabad State till 1956 when it was merged with Andhra State, carved out of Madras province, to form Andhra Pradesh. • Number of districts in Telangana: 10 - Greater Hyderabad, Ranga Reddy, Medak, Nalgonda, Mahabubnagar, Warangal, Karimnagar, Nizamabad, Adilabad and Khammam. • Geography: Has contiguous area bordering coastal Andhra, Rayalaseema (parts of the existing Andhra Pradesh), Karnataka, Maharashtra and Chhattisgarh. • Area: 114,800 sq. km • Population: About 35.28 million • Languages spoken: Telugu and Urdu • The region situated at a high altitude in an up-land area. Two major rivers Godavari and Krishna flow through the region but most of the land is arid • The region sends 119 members to the 294-member Andhra Pradesh assembly and also accounts for 17 of 42 Lok Sabha seats from Andhra Pradesh
Telangana effect: Gorkhaland, Bodoland threaten agitation NEw DELhI, JULY 30 (PTI): Protagonists of Gorkhaland and Bodoland on Tuesday threatened to intensify their agitations for statehood stating that by creating Telanagana the Centre cannot deny them their ‘old and justified’ demands. Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (GJM) general secretary Roshan Giri and Bodoland People’s Front
(BPF) MP Sansuma Khunggur Bwiswmuthiary said they have no option but to intensify their movements for separate states to be carved out of West Bengal and Assam respectively. “After Telangana, the central government will now have to give us Gorkhaland. They cannot deny our old and justified demand. We will intensify our agitation,” Giri told PTI.
dent occurred on February 6, 2012 at East Block, Burma camp. The fifth accused, identified as Manik Ali, said to be the one who initiated the crime is absconding. Anwar Hussain, Haipur Ali and Saddam Ali were found guilty under section 376 (rape) of the Indian Penal Code. They have each been sentenced to 15 years in prison. Saddam Ali, who is physically challenged, was the one whom the victim identified as one of the perpetrators, leading to the arrest of the other three. Mainur Ali was found guilty under section 34 IPC (Acts done by several persons in furtherance of common intention: When a criminal act is done by several persons in furtherance of the common intention of all, each of such persons is liable for that act in the same manner as if it were done by him alone) read with section 376 (2) (g). The judge explained
that though he was merely present when the crime was being committed, he did not bother to stop his friends nor did he report the matter to the authorities. Mainur was given 10 years for connivance. Under pressure from the long held assertion of the general populace that courts are not coming down hard on crime and criminals; the judge, S. Hukato Swu interacting with media persons after passing the judgment said, “Our duty is to see that the society is satisfied with the functions of the court.” With regard to the gang rape trial, he said, “The courts are responding to the social cry against atrocities pertaining to women.” The case, in the Indian legal context, was disposed of rather quickly. Most trials last up to 5-6 years but this one was disposed off in little over a year, Swu added.
The GJM leader said Darjeeling hills and its adjoining areas were never part of West Bengal and therefore there was no reason ‘to forcefully keep us with West Bengal.’ The GJM has threatened that the ongoing three-day bandh, which entered the second day on Tuesday, would be converted into an indefinite one to press for Gorkhaland in case statehood
was conferred on Telangana. BPF Lok Sabha member Bwiswmuthiary said they have called a public rally in Kokrajhar, Assam, on August 5, to renew their demand for separate Bodoland. “Demand for Bodoland is several decades old. When the Centre can give Telangana, why not Bodoland,” he told PTI.
DIMAPUR, JULY 30 (MExN): ): Union Minister for Petroleum and Natural Gas, Dr. Veerappa Moily has assured the Nagaland government that the Centre will abide by the Constitution and if there is any misunderstanding it will be sorted out soon. The Union Minister will soon be holding a joint meeting of the Minister of Home Affairs and Law & Justice, “to sort out the matters”, informed a press note issued by the Deputy Resident Commissioner of Nagaland House, New Delhi. Nagaland State Planning, Geology and Mining Minister TR Zeliang and Minister of Forests and Border Affairs Y Patton, today had a meeting with the Union Minister in New Delhi. It was informed that the Ministers from Nagaland handed over the letter from the Chief Minister, clarifying the State’s position on the whole matter, relating to resolution of the Nagaland State Legislative Assembly on Petroleum and Natural Gas. The Union Minister was given a briefing from the visiting Ministers on the sequence of events from 1963 onwards, which led to three suspensions and finally the constitution of the Cabinet Sub Committee on Petroleum and Natural Gas. TR Zeliang conveyed to the Union Minister that Nagaland Government has no intentions to antagonize the Centre, but intends to go by the constitutional provisions of Article 371A. “The state of Nagaland will play its role within the state and Centre should play its role once the oil and natural gas are produced and ready to
be exported outside the state”, added the press note. “When the Naga people were not aware of the value of oil and natural gas, ONGC started exploration since 1962 to 1971 without the consent of the landowners and the state government”, the Union Minister was informed. In 1973, ONGC was permitted with PEL under Central Acts and started producing oil in Changpang from 1981 with trial production permit, till its suspension in 1994. In 2009 the government constituted a Cabinet Sub Committee and the proposed resolution was passed on July 26, 2010 reiterating Article 371A, to frame the rules and regulations for exploration, production and post production on oil and natural gas. Zeliang explained the land holding system in the state and that anything to do with land and its resources cannot be taken forward without involvement of land owners and tribal Hohos as per customary practices. Subsequently, the regulation was passed in 2012 and rules were placed in the State Assembly in March 2013, the Union Minister was informed. The Expression of Interest (EOI) was advertised in national and regional dailies and they are in the process of selection of companies to issue permits for exploration and production as per the new rules and regulations, the press note stated. It further said that the resolution clearly spells out that all the previous acts stand cancelled and that new modalities be framed.
Vehicular movement Four accused in gang rape get RI nAGAlAnD oil PolicY: Centre to hold consultation restricted on NH- 29 Our Correspondent Kohima | July 30
Vehicular movement along National Highway-29 between Phesama and Kigwema about 12 away from Kohima will remain closed for about a week for repair works with a new alignment. Sources told The Morung Express that movement of all kind of traffic will be completely restricted along the landslide portion of the Highway for a week from August 2. Officials of the 15th Border Road Task Force informed that the Commanding Officer of the BRTF, Col. Tejpal Singh; Nagaland Commissioner and Secretary for Home, Temjen Toy and other officials today visited the landslide area and that the BRTF put up the proposal to realign the road by cutting the ‘exit road’ of the Naga Heritage
Village, Kisama and connect it to Kigwema village with a span of 175 meters. Sources, however said that the time of closure of the Highway will depend on the weather conditions. It was also informed that meetings with the Nagaland Roads and Bridges Minister Kuzholuzo Nienu had discussed on the matter of realignment of the road to connect the other parts of Nagaland and Manipur. Advisory alternative routes for commuters include the Kohima-Chakhabama- Kidima- Viswema, Chakhabama- Mima, Kohima-Chakhabama–Pfutsero-Tadubi (in Manipur) and Kohima- Chakhamaba-Pfutsero- Chizami- Jessami (In Manipur). Earlier, hundreds of vehicles were stranded at the landslide area today following a mudslip. It was cleared at around 12:00 noon.
DIMAPUR, JULY 30 (MExN): Four accused in the shocking February 2012 gang rape of a woman in Burma Camp, Dimapur were on Tuesday sentenced to rigorous imprisonment (RI) ranging from 10-15 years. Justice to the victim came after one and a half year. The trial which was heard in the court of the District & Sessions Court, Dimapur over the last 17 months finally made a verdict on July 30. Prosecution counsels, Imtiakum and Hutoyi Yeptho, pleading on behalf of the victim, stated that the nature of the case was such that it deserved stringent action. The four accused, Anwar Hussain, Haipur Ali, Saddam Ali and Mainur Ali along with a fifth accomplice had attacked an unsuspecting married couple and after overpowering the husband, assaulted and raped the wife. The inci-
Naga leaders to strengthen reconciliation
DIMAPUR, JULY 30 (MExN): The signatories of the “Naga Concordant” led by the conveners of the High Level Commission met on July 21 and 23, 2013, with the Forum for Naga Reconciliation (FNR), to prepare for and convene a meeting with the highest level leaders. This was informed in a press note issued by the FNR. Subsequently, Isak Chishi Swu, Th Muivah, Gen. (Retd.) Khole Konyak, Kitovi Zhimomi, Brig. (Retd.) S. Singnya and Zhopra Vero, along with each group’s high level commission members met on July 27 and 29, 2013, “honoring the common cause of the Naga historical and political rights”.
In this image released to the media, Naga leaders: Gen. (Retd.) Khole Konyak, Kitovi Zhimomi, Brig. (Retd.) S. Singnya, Zhopra Vero, Isak Chishi Swu and Th Muivah are seen holding hands during a time of prayer. The leaders expressed the importance of Reconciliation and have agreed to further strengthen the present Naga Reconciliation Process –A Journey of Common Hope when they met on July 27 and 29.
Among the issues that were openly shared and discussed, the leaders expressed the importance of Naga Reconciliation and agreed to further strengthen the present reconciliation Process –A Journey of Com-
mon Hope. The FNR encouraged the leaders to “demonstrate their commitment by moving forward together based on lessons learned from the past”. “Since the intended goal is to honor and achieve common aspirations,
the FNR calls for all the Naga political groups to maintain the status quo and to refrain from any unwarranted activities in order to bring stability to Naga society”, it stated. Meanwhile, recognizing, what it termed, as “the
necessity for all Nagas to unite in the shared purpose towards achieving our Naga historical and political rights”, the FNR has informed that the Naga reconciliation process “remains open and accommodating to other Naga political groups that are committed to the Naga reconciliation process, as well as agreeing to abide by and uphold its principles”. FNR felt that Naga society has reached an important juncture in its political history and as such earnestly called upon the various organizations in all Naga areas to sincerely support, what was termed, as “the fullest positive realization through the Naga reconciliation process”.
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The Chang community of Kohima today celebrated its premier festival Naknyulüm here at the residence of Kejong Chang, parliamentary secretary for jail & home guard, village guards, DB and GB. Minister for school education C. M. Chang and MLA Toyang Changkong Chang, chairman NBRM also spoke on the occasion. Kejong Chang briefed the significance of Naknyulüm festival. Aoyemen Chang, Setshangbou, Chang Union Kohima delivered welcome address while vote of thanks was proposed by B. Bangjung, deputy secretary Nagaland Legislative Assembly. Indigenous bamboo flute and modern folk song also marked the festival. The programme was organised by Chang Union Kohima. Changs believe that the entire human race emerged from Changsang Mongko.
Chang youth presenting modern folk song during the celebration of Naknyulüm festival on July 30. (Morung Photo)
This is considered as one of the oldest settlements for the Changs and interestingly many primeval stories of Changsang are unique in its essence. Of all the festivals, Changs revere the Naknyulüm since it is believed that the whole world was
engulfed in utter darkness for three days and three nights. The darkness was so intense that it was considered as Nakshou-Nakyu or “the mother of all darkness.” Because of the acute darkness, people in Changsang were stranded in the
fields, some in the jungle, some in journeys and many were held up in homes or people were held up wherever they were at that moment of time. At such a time, when the people were striving hard to overcome the darkness, a man
Dimapur, July 30 (mExN): More than 60 beneficiaries of ICDP Zunheboto district registered for the three days training programme that kick-start from July 30 onwards. The Management of ICDP (Integrated Co-operative Development Project) Zunheboto organized an inaugural function of training programme on ‘Management of Co-Operative societies’ held in the conference hall of Nagaland State Co-operative Union (NSCU) Dimapur. The ICDP’s are microfinance agency where finance is received from the NCDC to provide financial support to primary cooperatives to make them viable in their functioning for the economic growth of their members. An introductory speech by Imtinungba, Monitoring Officer ICDP gave highlights on the topics of the training programme Principles and practices on cooperation, organizational analysis of PCS, business development planning, resource mobilization, credit business development, recovery of loan and NPA management, issue of good
B.P Chetri, Commissioner & Secretary Dept of Co-operation & Fisheries, the chief guest addressing the trainees before the start of the 3 days training programme. (Morung Photo)
governance and leadership development. Short speeches given by B.K. Thadani, MD, NSCB he said “Cooperative banking is by the members and for the members, there is hierarchy but all the members play an active role” he also spoke of the need for planning in maintaining a cooperative society and to take guidance from respective departmental officer. Velasa Nakho, CPO,ICDP also said “cooperative society is our culture, contributions
by every member of the society builds a cooperative society and taking loan from the ICDP is helping people in need but loan recovery should also be given importance”. B.P Chetri, Commissioner & Secretary Department of Co-operation & Fisheries the chief guest addressed the trainees on the need for judicious use of the various loans given by ICDP for the upliftment of the society; he said “the recognized society should
work hand-in-hand with the people in order to share the same opportunity and use the blessing such as the loan so that the scheme and project be implemented with success”. Presidential remarks were given by T. Imkonglemla Longkumer, Registrar of Co-operative societies Nagaland gave on which she said “The Cooperative society is to help the down trodden and the farmers by giving financial support and it is most useful to bring all the people as one”. She also made the trainees aware of the beneficiary in rearing of cattle which can incur major income. Cooperatives are people-centric institution, organized, operated and managed by people themselves on democratic principles given equality of rights, duties and privileges to each member. Irrespective of diversities of religion, culture or language and thus contributing to a goal of national integration and communal harmony. The training is provided to upgrade the management of the cooperatives by utilizing the fund received from the ICDP in the proper way.
Kohima, July 30 (mExN): All candidates who are seeking admission for MA in the Department of History & Archaeology, Nagaland University, Kohima Campus, Meriema are informed that there will be a Written Test on August 5, 2013 at 10:00 AM in the Department. The names of all eligible candidates
for the Written Test are placed in the Notice Board of the Department. Candidates who have failed to submit their marksheets along with their Application Forms are informed to furnish their marksheets during the Written Test. The candidates who qualify in the Written Test will be called for Oral In-
terview on August 7 and 8 at 10:00 AM. The qualified students are informed to produce their original documents on the day of the interview. Results of the successful candidates will be declared on August 12. This was stated in a press release issued by Dr. Ketholesie, Head Department of History & Archaeology, Nagaland University.
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named Namo Molo happen to kill a double tailed tiger amidst the darkness. At that instance, the entire darkness suddenly burst into daylight. Since then, in order to celebrate the victory of light over darkness, the forefathers of Chang-
sang resolved to please the heavenly God by celebrating Naknyu festival, signifying the conquest of darkness by light. The ancient Changs believed that that there were three heavenly gods viz Lijaba, Sansangla and Shampoli, each God having their own powers and blessings. In this festival, people offer prayers to the Gods to invoke their blessings. Special rituals are also performed so that the darkness does not over-rule them again. Naknyu festival is celebrated every year in the last week of July during the moonless night/month. The festival is firstly pronounced by the elderly person from the Oungh Clan and is celebrated for three days and three nights. Naknyu festival is marked by many rituals and restrictions, for instance, if a guest happens to accidently visit the home, he/she is required to come the following year for the Naknyu festival so as to avert ill omens.
Community first responder training commences in Kiphire
SP of Kiphire, Konjok Tashi Khampa IPS speaks during the training on disaster management for Kiphire district on July 30.
KiphirE, July 30 (mExN): The Nagaland State Disaster Management Authority (NSDMA), Home Department along with District Administration, Kiphire, organized training on disaster management for Kiphire district. Superintendent of Police (Kiphire) Konjok Tashi Khampa, IPS, as special guest, graced the brief inaugural function. In his speech, he urged the participants to imbibe a culture of safety. Stating that he is from Uttrakhand, a place, which had been in the news for the recent flood disaster, he said that trainings on disaster management were very crucial for interior districts where help may not arrive in time.
The Training and Capacity Building Officer from NSDMA gave a short introduction on the structure of Disaster Management at the national as well as state level. The youth of ICEU presented a special number while the vote of thanks was delivered by Benjamin Longkap (EAC,Hq). Earlier, Shelly Katiry (EAC Probationer) chaired the programme. The training will be held for three days (July 30 to August 1) with resource persons including Khrolou Koza, Training & Capacity Building Officer (NSDMA), Keren Rose (State Media Officer, NSDMA), Dr. Kevi Angami, Dr. Apila (Medical officers from District Hospital) and Keleseho Steven, OC, F&ES (Kiphire).
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AR contributes to Mongtikang village council
loNglENg, July 30 (mExN): As part of Assam Rifles civic action programme, troops of 31 Assam Rifles under the aegis of HQ 7 Sector AR donated one 500 liters water tank, twenty plastic chairs and a Shamiana to Mongtikang village council in Longleng district. The Assam Rifles in a press note stated that the items were required by the village council to be used during various functions and meetings held in the village. Y Mongko Phom, Chairman and Angdeng Phom, GB of the village conveyed their sincere gratitude to Assam Rifles for this noble gesture and requested for more such help in future.
ARSU appeal for better development
Dimapur, July 30 (mExN): The Amahator Range Students’ Union (ARSU) visited the Keor Road under Amahator Area, which was constructed two months back. The Union stated in a press release that “during our visit, we were surprised to see grasses growing abundantly in the middle of the road. The stones used for construction were also of low quality which can be broken easily even by a bare hand.” The Amahator Range Students’ Union has therefore appealed to the higher ups to take positive measures for better development.
CM extends festive greetings
Kohima, July 30 (mExN): The Chief Minister of Nagaland, Neiphiu Rio extends greetings and best wishes on the occasion of the upcoming festivals of Naknyulem and Tsungremong celebrated by the Chang and Ao tribes respectively. A greeting note issued by CMO’s office stated that the Chief Minister wishes that the festivals be celebrated under a spirit of peace and brotherhood and hopes that the festivities will bring the people of different communities closer towards unity and understanding. He also wishes successful conduct of all programmes.
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Agri dept reaffirms Vision Food
Kohima, July 30 (mExN): The state’s department of agriculture during its two day State Level Agricultural Officers Conference held here, has resolved to reaffirm its commitment with dedication towards achieving the Vision Food for all by 2025. Held from July 24 to 25 last at the Capital Convention Centre, it also resolved to strengthen crop zoning in consideration of suitability and climate mitigation.
ANSTA Peren visits rural schools
pErEN, July 30 (mExN): The All Nagaland School Teachers Association (ANSTA) Peren district held its second phase of educational tour in the second week of July at Nsong circle with an objective to promote education and impart quality education to the students who are studying the rural areas. A press release from the ANSTA Peren president Kailadinbo informed that ANSTA official team visited several schools. It expressed pride that the schools in the interior parts were functioning smoothly by “the dedicated and sincere teachers… giving co-operation to the Village Education Committee and parents body inspite of communication and transport problems.” ANSTA also interacted with the Village Education Committee and found that the SSA grant has been utilized in an efficient and effective manner, it added.
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Kohima, July 30 (Dipr): In the interest of public services, the Governor of Nagaland is pleased to designate Secretary, Women Development, Government of Nagaland as the State Level Officer to coordinate all issues connected with the welfare of women and children in the State of Nagaland including matter relating to sexual harassment of women and children. This was stated in a notification issued by the P&AR Administration Reforms Branch issued on July 26, 2013. The notification further stated that the officer Highland Dawn Media team with in CGNTV a worldwide Christian TV station based in should collect the required Seoul, Korea. information, if any, and arlier this year, Highland Dawn programmes given to CGNTV, and some of give suitable directions Media worked with American the best Korean musical artistes on TV pro- whenever necessary. Film Director Bryan Rose from grammes were handed over to HDM. Some Chicago. A TV drama written of these will be featured in the new music called ‘True Love will wait’ on various so- programme on Doordarshan Kohima. cial issues and other short films directed Last year HDM with partner Bob by Bryan were produced together. This Swaggerty, a broadcast Engineer from Coshort film will be telecast in ‘Music with lumbus Ohio, had co-launched Nagaland Purpose,’ on Doordarshan Kohima. Christian Radio. This is being broadcast Dimapur, July 30 Also in March this year, two members through the internet at www.nagaland- (mExN): Dr Ambedkar of HDM, Managing Producer and Video christianradio.com and has an increasing Foundation, Ministry of Editor Thejavizo had one month’s expo- listener base worldwide. This year, Terres- Social Justice of Empowersure and training at CGNTV, a worldwide trial Radio and other internet based new ment, Government of India, Christian TV station based in Seoul, Korea. media for Naga Christian media and Naga New Delhi has National Merit Awards for Susmita In a programme exchange, some Naga TV folk films, is being developed with Bob Das, daughter of Mukul Das, and Michael Nayak son evant short features, talk film based on various social with comments by the mu- of Anata Nayak for securing shows, and interviews. issues, a modern portrayal sicians on the meaning and 2nd and 3rd position in the HDM will also feature rel- of Naga society today writ- social/spiritual aspects HSLC 2012 under NBSE. DC evant short stories in TV ten by Easterine Kire. of their music. Musicians Dimapur N Hushili Sema, dram/short film formats. For the music side, of Nagaland are invited to IAS in a press release has The first episode of ‘Mu- HDM will feature, inter- come and perform such requested the concerned to sic with Purpose’ TV pro- view, and showcase music features and music video meet the SDO (Civil) during gramme will have a short by musicians of Nagaland, recordings at HDM studio. office hours without fail.
Dimapur, July 30 (mExN): Aos in Delhi are all set to celebrate the Tsüngremmong festival cum seminar on August 3 from 11:00 am at the Samaj Sadan Auditorium, Laxmi Bai Nagar, near INA, New Delhi. The celebration will be graced by Dr. Benjongliba, Parliamentary Secretary, Agriculture & Chairman NSAMB, Government of Nagaland as the Chief Guest along with K. Temjen Jamir, Editor, Tir Yimyim as speaker of the seminar. Delhi Ao Senso Telongjem Art and Culture Secretary, Aosunep Jamir while extending invitation to all the Aos and other communities to join in this festive celebration cum seminar added, Tsüngremmong festival being a festival for good harvest and to foster a spirit of unity and peace among the people.
NU History & Archaeology dept informs Highland Dawn Media launches new TV prog Kohima, July 30 (mExN): Highland Dawn Media (HDM) a multimedia production house in Kohima, Nagaland has been producing TV, radio, and multimedia programmes for the past 10 years, projecting a positive side of Nagaland outside the northeast region. After broadcasting regular Naga TV programmes on NETV, NE Hifi, Doordarshan, and Far East TV - FETV; HDM has again launched a new TV programme called ‘Music with Purpose - Reform your world,’ to showcase musical talent and discuss relevant social issues of Nagaland. This programme starting August 2, Friday on Doordarshan Kohima, will have a potential statewide audience and air at 6.30 pm every first and third Friday on the same channel. Through this TV programme, its fourth regular weekly TV programme, HDM will attempt to highlight social, spiritual, moral issues, and positive reform through music based, entertaining, and uplifting weekly TV programme. HDM had earlier produced the successful music Reality TV programme called ‘Virtuoso Nagaland’ for Doordarshan Kendra Kohima. Some social issues like integrity in life and work, entrepreneurship, widening and growing gap in society, and others will be brought out through rel-
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Gogoi for intensified ops against ULFA's anti-talk faction Assam CM reviews security arrangements with police officials and security agencies GuwAHATI, JuLy 30 (IANS): The Assam government has decided to intensify operations against the ULFA's anti-talk faction and asked all districts to beef up security arrangements in view of the possibility of more attacks ahead of the forthcoming Independence Day celebrations, an official on Tuesday said. Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi had reviewed security arrangements with the top police
officials and other security agencies Monday and held yet another meeting with the top police brass, including the state police chief, in his office Tuesday. "The Chief Minister had instructed us to take up all necessary measures to thwart any such attempt by the militants to carry out subversive activities," said Director General of Police J.N. Choudhury after the meeting. He said Gogoi had asked why CCTVs had not been installed at sensitive areas of the city. "We have briefed him on the situation. The chief minister had said that all the sensitive areas in the city should be covered under 24X7 monitoring through CCTVs. He had also instructed that proper lighting be arranged at all vulnerable areas of the city," Choudhury told
Prohibitory orders in several Assam districts GuwAHATI, JuLy 30 (PTI): A day after 15 people were injured in a grenade blast in the heart of the city, several district administrations clamped prohibitory orders under Section 144 CrPC with immediate effect. Kamrup(Metro) district administration, under which Guwahati city falls, has promulgated Section 144 CrPC for safety, security and maintenance of public peace and tranquility ahead of Independence Day. As per the order, pillion riding on any two-wheeler has been prohibited. There are few exceptions like persons above the age of 60, ailing persons travelling to and fro from any hospital, personnel of police and armed forces in uniform, physically handicapped and school children in uniform. Likewise, Barpeta district administration has also declared prohibitory orders. The order, which is enforced with immediate effect, will continue till August 20, Barpeta Deputy Commissioner Siddhartha Singh said. "We have taken this precautionary measure for the coming Independence Day so as to prevent any untoward incident," he added. The order was also imposed in Dhansiri sub-division of Golaghat district during the day. Earlier, prohibitory orders were declared in Cachar district by the administration. The Bongaigaon district authority also prohibited general movement of the public under the Section 144 of the CrPC. Last week, prohibitory orders was promulgated in Kamrup district with immediate effect.
media persons. The anti-talk faction of the United Liberation Front of Asom (ULFA) had triggered a blast at Paltan Bazar area of the city on Sunday injuring at least 15 people, including two policemen. Prior to Sunday's blast, the militants had triggered three blasts at Lakhimpur and Karbi Anglong districts killing one person and injuring several others last week. Following the Sunday's blast, the Kamrup (Metro) district administration - under which Guwahati falls - had issued prohibitory orders restricting pillion riding with some exceptions and assembly of group of people in the city. After Sunday's blast, Gogoi had announced that his government is going to appoint a
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700 trucks carrying essentials enter Manipur IMPHAL, JuLy 30 (TNN): At least 700 trucks carrying fuel, lifesaving drugs, oxygen cylinders and edible items, including baby food, entered Manipur through Jiribam subdivision along the deplorable Imphal-Silchar road on Monday morning. The flow of commodities in landlocked Manipur along the Imphal-Dimapur highway, its key supply route, has stopped owing to a massive landside near Kohima 17 days ago, triggering sudden inflation even as BJP leader LK Advani urged Union home minister Sushil Kumar Shinde to resolve the crisis urgently. The price of one litre of petrol has soared to Rs 150 in the grey market and Rs 90 for a litre of diesel. People were seen standing in long queues at certain outlets where the sale of fuel has been started under the government's supervision. Prices of onion, potato, pulses, baby food and certain household items also jumped up considerably in the open market.
Missing sisters found in Sikkim
GANGTok, JuLy 30 (PTI): Three taxi drivers were on Tuesday taken into custody in East Sikkim on charges of wrongful confinement, kidnapping and rape of two minors who were reported missing since Sunday. The two sisters, aged 16 and 12 years, who had gone missing from Singtam in East Sikkim were also traced, the police said. The sisters had been taken away by a taxi driver who allegedly sexually assaulted the younger sister while returning from Siliguri on July 22. The sisters were re- An Indian Muslim boy pours fruit juice to be offered for Iftar, or the meal that breaks the day's fast, during the holy month of ported to have been lodged in a hotel at Lall Bazaar in Ramadan at a mosque in Guwahati, Assam. Muslims throughout the world are celebrating the holy fasting month of RamaSingtam by two other taxi drivers. All the three taxi driv- dan, refraining from eating, drinking, and smoking from dawn to dusk. (AP Photo/Anupam Nath) ers were taken into custody by the police and the initial missing case converted to cover sections for wrongful confinement, kidnapping and rape, the police said.
Drugs worth Rs 18 lakh seized
kArIMGANJ, JuLy 30 (PTI): An alleged drug peddler was arrested and contraband worth about Rs 18 lakh was seized from her by a joint team of BSF and police today. Acting on a tip-off, the 37-year-old woman was apprehended by a joint team of BSF and Special Narcotics Bureau (Police) and 3.52 lakh Pheudoephedrine and 226 WY (World's Yours) tablets were seized from her possession, BSF sources said. The total value of the tablets is Rs 17.89 lakh, they said.
Telangana statehood in the making From page 1 It was attended by leaders of constituent parties like the Congress, the Nationalist Congress Party, National Conference and Ajit Singh’s Rashtriya Lok Dal. The decision by CWC fulfilled a five-decade-old demand of the people of Telangana. This will create two states for Telugu-speaking people. The announcement ended a chapter in the history of Andhra Pradesh, which was formed Nov 1, 1956 with the merger of Telangana (then known as Hyderabad State) with Andhra State. Andhra Pradesh will become India’s first non-Hindi linguistic state to be divided. Carved out of Madras State in 1953, it was the first state to be formed on linguistic basis. Andhra Pradesh was India’s fifth most populous state, with a population of 84.6 million. Spread over 275,000 square km, it ranked fourth among Indian states in terms of geographical area. Tuesday’s decision brought down the curtains on the controversial and violent movement for separate state.
Mizoram govt to elevate talks with HPC(D)
GuwAHATI, JuLy 30 (PTI): Mizoram government has decided to elevate ongoing talks with Hmar People's Convention (Democrats) from joint secretary level to secretary level, an official statement today said. This was decided at a meeting of the council of ministers chaired by the Chief Minister Lal Thanhawla last evening. The Manipur-based Hmar outfit had earlier expressed desire to elevate the official-level talks to the political level. Meanwhile, state Home Minister R Lalzirliana said ongoing parleys with HPC(D) would be resumed during August. On the issue of extension of the bilateral Suspension of Operations signed on January 31 and scheduled to expire by tomorrow, Lalzirliana expressed that there would not be any hostilities during the few days gap.
FAC decision on Tipaimukh Dam is just, SIPHRO says
DIMAPur, JuLy 30 (MExN): The Sinlung Indigenous Peoples Human Rights Organisation has said that the Forest Advisory Committee’s (FAC) disapproval for the diversion of 24,329 hectares of forest land in Manipur and Sinlung Hills, Mizoram for Tipaimukh Multi-purpose Hydro Electric Project “is a just decision; upholding and securing the interests and rights of the marginalized tribals that are dictated by a coterie from distant power corridors.” A press note from the SIPHRO said that the FAC decision will go a long way to save and preserve the land, forests and rivers on which thousands of invisible tribals are dependent for their livelihood. It expressed alarm that the total land requirement for Tipaimukh Multi-purpose Hydro Electric Project is more than one fifth of forest land diverted for execution of 497 hydel projects in India. “The issue of diverting that much area of land
bearing 78,16,931 trees and 0.27 lakh bamboo culms along with several endangered species cannot be romantically imagined; not in Manipur or Mizoram; never in any other parts of India,” it added. It further said that the FAC decision should stand valid to “save our rivers and forest, our people and our land from becoming a militarized zone.” The SIPHRO has expressed desire that “no one, in the future, should try to erase our existence here on earth by adopting unrealistic optimism and adventurous assumptions to dam our rivers and submerged our land and forests, which has been the source of our lifeline since time immemorial.” It also urged for the Government of Manipur and the Government of Mizoram to immediately stop projecting dams as the vehicle to redress our social, economic, and political exclusion. It said that the FAC report, findings and recommendations should be an eye
police commissioner in Guwahati by Jan 26 - an announcement he had made after the Oct 30, 2008 serial blasts, but which is yet to be materialise. Meanwhile, police sources said the government has also decided to seek the help of neighbouring states like Meghalaya and Arunachal Pradesh in carrying out antiinsurgency operations against the militants. Some of the cadres of the militant outfits take shelter in Arunachal Pradesh and particularly in the Garo hills region of Meghalaya and carry out subversive activities in the state by hiring petty criminals. The operation against them would be launched soon in association with the police of the state concerned, the sources informed.
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Response to ACAUT “The Real Expose”
was glad to read the “The Real Expose” by Media Cell of ACAUT appearing on Sunday the 28th July, 2013 issue of the local dailies in response to my rejoinder on “ACAUT gives proof of govt. dept levying illegal tax” with lots of derision of me, my sin being making the explanation of the empowerment of the M.V. Department under the provision of Motor Vehicles Acts against the likes of ACAUT. One can infer from the wordings of the leading para that ACAUT cannot be wrong therefore cannot be receptive of any correction, can declare the law to its liking “ACAUT stands by its statement that Rs. 1500/- was collected from the particular Deopani sand laden truck as MONTHLY TAX and therefore illegal even though the money was paid as compounding fees” and can also change the ground from “ACAUT gives proof of govt. dept levying illegal tax” to “The real Expose” In the 22nd July paper, the ACAUT raised the particular issue of collecting Tax of Rs. 1500/- vide official receipt No. 40527 dated, 19/07/2013 declaring it as illegal and asked the DTO to stop it but nowhere was there any mention of the monthly Jai pani expenditure. My writing was confined to this particular context explaining legality of the process of the compounding of offence in the larger interest of public knowledge as compounding involves not only the Deopani sand laden truck that concerns the interest and focus of ACAUT but all kinds of Motor Vehicles in public place. I have quoted the compoundable provisions from the Motor Vehicles Acts, 1988 and not on my own word so that public may read and know the legal provisions and can question if illegal activities of the Enforcement agencies are de-
tected, that is how I stated that there is bound to be instances of misdemeanor and exceeding of briefs and thereby given a lead to dilate. Although ACAUT have derided me with the ridicules remarks, yet they have now stepped into the exact point I mentioned of misdemeanor and exceeding the briefs and has now come out with the statement “engaged in illegal activities while maintaining the facade of squeaky clean image” and the “jai pani expenditure” in its “The Real Expose” thereby unconsciously vindicating my statement. While trying to firmly stand by what you said, you have now shifted the ground from the earlier Rs. 1500receipted voucher issue to the new ground of non vouched illegal collection “Jai pani” issue that is totally two different elements. Yes, I admit I am retired about three and half years ago and do not know so many things on the face of the earth comparing to the world known to ACAUT that’s why I quoted what is written in the law if it would benefit anyone. Throughout the country the state M.V. Department are maintaining revenue check gate at the inter0state border to monitor interstate movement of commercial vehicles for revenue checks. The ACAUT may not know that the M. V. Department too had a regular (24 hours) M. V. check gate at the Golaghat road earlier but was closed down some years back by the Department due to complain of misdemeanor and exceeding the official briefs by personal manning the gate although the other departments continued to maintain their check gate at the same place. In the Motor vehicles Act compounding of offence is prescribed only for t he 1st and the 2nd same subsequent offence. If the same offence is committed for subsequent
third time, the Enforcement agency is not empowered to compound the third offence but should seize/detain the vehicle, frame charge sheet and forward to Judicial Court for adjudication. Non seizure/detention and non charge sheeting of the habitual offender shall constitute clear dereliction of duty. Having established prima facie, had it been in other state, the ACAUT should have lodge criminal charges against the erring personnel but in more of Naga way implores upon the DTO to do the house cleaning. The DTO and the Enforcement Inspectors are equally conferred the power to compound offence therefore in the field the Enforcement Inspectors functions with full compounding powers whereas the DTO attends to in house works. The NGO like ACAUT would have been prudent to seize such opportunity of prima facie now available with them and file criminal suit against the offender for a change to cause exemplary punishment to caution the rest of the lot. I have restricted myself to only one issue to clarifying the legality of compounding fee of Rs. 1500/- vide receipt No. 40527 that the ACAUT jurisprudence has declared as illegal. I leave it to the legal pundits and luminaries to have a better conclusion. ACAUT may further come out with more derisive statement but further paper discourses will distract the main focus belittling the issue when ACAUT is doing herculean task and has great unfinished work to do therefore this will be my last response. Come whatever ridiculous derision may be, I am ready to swallow them with humility as I have no pride and ego to safeguard. T. Meren Paul, Transport Commissioner (Retd)
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Resolution for home coming is the need of the world
here is only one Creator of the heavens and the earth. The heavens and earth are created by one who has life. If there is no life, there will be no universe. God has life, so He created the universe. He has life but if He doesn’t have wisdom, He cannot create the heavens and the earth. He has life and wisdom, but if He doesn’t have power. He cannot create the heavens and the earth. He is the life, He has wisdom and power, so He could create the heavens and the earth by His life, wisdom and power. He has created the heavens and the earth but if He is not perfect, the creations cannot be in order, but He is perfect and cannot err, so the rotation of the earth and the revolution of the planets do not make even a second mistake and the power-house of the Sun never fails even a day forever! Let alone the heavens and the earth, human body, soul and spirit is created by His life, wisdom and power. Human body consists of innumerable parts which cannot be mastered by specialist doctors in their many years’ research. I am writing this piece of write-up because I have been enabled by my life, wisdom and power created by God by His life, wisdom and power. When I see myself, I see the life, wisdom and power of God and I am filled with the wonderfulness of God and meditating upon the wonderfulness of God is the most nutritious food for health because it makes us peaceful (Is. 26:3). Is there any co-Creator, co-Saviour, Redeemer and Sustainer? There is only one Creator and Lord. He is the Father of all human beings. (Mal.2:10). All human beings are of human family. In the context of a family, if the children have due respect and love for their parents according to children’s eth-
ics towards parents, the family is a decent family, and there is love among the children as brothers and sisters. Why is there turmoil and disorder in the world? Because countless of people in the world do not know the unseen Father, the Creator of the heavens and the earth. The children of God do not seek who the true God is and randomly worship anything other than the Creator which is the root cause of all evils in the world. One who really knows the Creator, he will believe in Him, if he really believes in Him, he will fear Him; if he really fears Him, he will obey Him (His righteousness); If he really obeys Him, he will have relationship with Him and the outcome of relationship with God is having experience of His peace, His joy, His love and His goodness maturing towards life in conformity with the perfect characteristics of God. But the world is full of prodigal sons and daughters whether we know it or not, believe it or not, the truth is the truth. I have experienced that I had been a slave of superstitious belief groping in darkness without knowing what real peace is. Countless of people in the world are slaves of superstitious beliefs as a result, human beings fear fellow human beings and are suspicious of one another. In view of all these things, the need of the people all over the world is to analyse where we are and have a resolution for home coming to the Father. Home coming is the only way of solution to all human problems. Let us know human ethics towards God “KNOW GOD, BELIEVE IN HIM, FEAR HIM AND OBEY HIM” The more the world gives attention to it the better. Rev. L. S Mhasi
Who is behind ACAUT ZPO takes stock on prevailing situation arrogance?: NSCN (IM)
‘Consumers can now file complaints by SMS, e-mail or post’
he menace of unabated taxation falling out of having too many nationalist groups in Nagalim and the pressure thereupon to the tax payer is regrettable. Thus, NSCN has been doing its own course of action to stop illegal taxation as well as unauthorized collection from within and without. It is of the concern to the general public that, when Action Committee against Unabated Taxation (ACAUT) was formed with an objective to stop multiple taxation, we have given our support and have extended as much cooperation as possible even beyond the demands made by ‘ACAUT’ yet the organization concern instead of responding with the spirit of oneness and camaraderie have been hurling salvo of unabated allegation without any standard of decency again and again. As expected, when we try to correct the ‘ACAUT’ from prowling in an area of having political implication, the serpent surfaced in the form of N. George former CFMG/CFSB chairman backing up their adopted child in no time (refer: Nagaland Post, 30th July 2013). This has made us question the credibility and sincerity of ‘ACUAT’. ‘ACUAT’ shall know that, the strug-
NEW DELHI, JULY 30 (PTI): Telecom regulator TRAI today proposed allowing customers to file complaint with operators in person as well as through SMS, e-mail, post or courier in addition to the current practice of doing that on voice calls. The changes have been proposed following Telecom Regulatory Authority’s direct communication with consumers across 20 cities wherein people appealed that the complaint and appeal handling mechanism should be made more accessible to the consumers. “To address this issue, it is prescribed through this amendment that the Complaint Centre shall also be accessible to consumers through SMS, e—mail, post and in person,” TRAI said in the draft. The regulator has proposed amendment to the rules on complaint redressal that was issued by it in January 2012 and has invited views of stakeholders on the draft change by August 14. TRAI has also proposed that consumers be allowed to appeal before top panel, the Appellate Authority, through consumer/customer care number. While analysing consumer grievances, TRAI noticed that no appeals were received by appellate authorities that look after grievances if it is not resolved by customer care executives and nodal officer. The regulator assumed that consumers may not be aware of appellate authority which is appointed by service providers.
gle of the Nagas since its inception is not about economic sovereignty as you proudly profess but it is about political sovereignty which supersedes all. It is also senseless that you have blamed taxation as the reason for the increasing immoral activities in Naga society. It will be better if the members of ‘ACAUT’ should sometime move out from the cocoon of taxation and see the bigger reason behind such happening. While taking up the cause of multiple taxations, ‘ACAUT’ is advised not to get too excited in their adventure. And also it is to inform you that NSCN is never under any organization. ‘ACAUT’, though, we shall continue to extend our cooperation must not in any way try to exert authority in the market but exist as a pressure group which we repeat, shall function “within its bounds and limits and not dilute its focus less the marauding adversaries turn them into another form of faction”. Let it also be known to all that, NSCN has a better thing to do then jumping in the bandwagon of press war which only fulfilled the purpose of the adversaries. Issued By MIP, GPRN
e it known unto all people that whatever information unearthed and so far partially published by the Zeliang People Organisation (ZPO) on the screwup scenario of Peren district for awareness of the public through any of its official and functionary are based on hard evidences accessible for scrutiny. This is in reiteration of the ZPO’s uncontaminated stance in defence of the legitimate, integral and inherent right of the Zeliang people of Nagaland. The effort of any vested party endeavouring to hoodwink the people would be futile and unfortunate. The ZPO, therefore, in its emergency meeting convened on 29 July, 2013 at Jalukie primarily to take stock of the prevailing situation of harassment meted out to its General Secretary through so called “Summon Letter to Mr. Kisamyi Iranggaung” jointly published in the paid column of The Morung Express issue of 21 July, 2013 by five signatories viz.,
Alak Ntung, Tatei Nren, Deuki Siarau, Namki Mpom and Kaidauping who perhaps in their complete confused state of mind failed to maintain the sanctity and neutrality of what a village council ought to be in performing its bounded duty but crouched down under the pressure of their habitual hobnobbing enticer already transforming themselves into purchasable commodities cheaper than local fowls but mustering such nerve to illogically accuse its General Secretary Kisamyi Iranggaung as unlawful and condemnable to the strongest term. Yet, to undermine any of these individual for their gross clanger is but unyielding so long as mental insolvency overrides their sensibility. In their own words, as depicted in another publication, “Open Letter to Kisamyi Iranggaung,” on 29 July, 2013 again signed by Alak Ntung, Tatei, Kaidauping, D.A. Paul, N.K. Zeliang and Haileusap, “under the patronage and behest of his shadowy masters”
they had only projected their own situation. If you become purchasable, your purchaser becomes your master and you the slave, whether you like it or not. But, for the ZPO and its functionaries, much as we stand and prevail on what is the truth we are not a purchasable commodity and never had the ZPO been cowed by any superfluous circumstance. Therefore, under the given circumstance, the ZPO resolved to initiate exemplary legal action upon the signatories of the aforementioned letter for attempt to hush material evidences of corruption and mislead the public as well resorting to personal attack of its General Secretary which tantamount to criminal offence. The perpetrators of this issue are therefore given seven days time to tender apology publicly from the day of publication of this statement. Media Cell, Zeliang People Organisation, Nagaland
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Land encroachment at premier institute worrying DIMAPUR , JULY 30 (MExN): Continuing land encroachment in Kohima Science College for many years now has led to villagers of Jotsoma to raise this issue through various forums in order to bring to light the failure till now, to take remedial measures. A letter was written to the Deputy Commissioner of Kohima as recently as on June 13, 2013 by Jotsoma Village Council members. As per that letter made available to the local media, the villagers reminded that as requested by the founding members of Kohima Science College in 1962, the people of Jotsoma had given sufficient land for the establishment of the Science College. When the Science College was taken over by the Government of Nagaland in 1964, some of the then senior most officials of the Government again asked the people of Jotsoma to give necessary land for a future University. The people positively responded to the request generously by accepting a nominal compensation, it was informed. After having built some
Jotsoma villagers write to DC Kohima on protecting Kohima Science College
necessary constructions, the Kohima Science College was shifted to the present site in 1968. However, further developments have been kept stagnant for many years, the letter to the DC mentioned. Unexpectedly, two of the most envied parts of the College area were given to P.H.E. Department and Doordarshan respectively, the letter stated while also pointing out that the District Authority also started allotting some plots of land to individuals and societies in various parts of the acquired land. As a result, the Village Authority submitted a Representation to the concerned Minister on 17 October 1990 A.D. stating that the whole area acquired for the Science College and a future University must be utilized solely for Educational purposes and allotment for other purposes should not be entertained. Accordingly, the concerned
Ministry of the State had directed the District Authority on November 29, 1990, not to allot any plot of land to individuals or organisations in Science College area. However, allotment of plots continued, stated the letter from the Jotsoma Village Council. It was informed that again on 19 February 1998, the then Deputy Commissioner Kohima gave an Order which says, ‘Notice is hereby given to all encroachers including allotees and landowners to remove all structures in the encroached area within a period of 15 (fifteen) days.’ Besides, some of the landowners have been pleading the concerned Authority from time to time not to allot any plot of land to individuals. “But it is very unfortunate and highly regrettable that the District Authority, the Science College Authority, other Societies and the Students Bodies have been slumbering for 23 years and remained as some mute spec-
tators to witness how the right thinking people of Jotsoma quarrel with the encroachers”, stated the letter. It has been found now that some allotment orders have been issued to individuals by the District Authority as recent as 2009, revealed the letter to the DC while pointing out that the “sincere will of the people of Jotsoma was and is to utilize the whole acquired area solely for the purpose of education for the interest of present and coming generations”. “Under the given facts, we the people of Jotsoma sincerely appeal to the concerned authorities and the different societies who have serious concern for Science College that if you are truly for the interest of the Kohima Science College Jotsoma and our young generations, the authority of Jotsoma is always ready to give full co-operation. But if you are not truly for it, please shed crocodile tear no more”, stated the letter, which was signed among others by the Chairman and Secretary of Jotsoma Village Council.
Wednesday 31 July 2013
MoKoKchUNg, JULY 30 (MExN): Massive mudslide has caused power failure in major portion of Kumlong Ward here, while threatening to swathe the electric power transformer located in the colony. The mudslide first occurred on July 13, 2013 evening, which was eventually cleared by the residents. However, due to incessant rains during the past few days, another mudslide occurred on July 29. Despite the efforts of the residents of Kumlong Ward to clear the mud, the rains make the work tedious, and the mud continue to slide down. The residents contacted the electrical department, the PWD and also the district administration and apprised them of the situation. The PWD (Me-
Kohima | July 30
Land excavator clearing the mudslide area in Kumlong Ward, Mokokchung.
chanical) arranged a private JCB excavator to clear the mud. It is learnt that all the excavators belonging to PWD (M) have been deployed to different areas
to clear landslides. The Mokokchung ADC, Chubawati Chang also visited the mudslide area and interacted with the colony leaders and UEMB members.
Johny G Rengma, National Vice President of the BJP Schedule Tribe Morcha today said that the Government of India should provide annual maintenance budget to those underground groups who have extended ceasefire with the GoI so that the groups may cease the practice of extortion or tax collection. Talking to media persons here this afternoon, Johny said leveling charges or allegation against each other cannot find common good. “I am not comfortable that the underground group, be it XYZ having to claim the exclusive solemn right fighting for the cause of the Naga people is not civilized assessment. Every
DIMAPUR , JULY 30 (MExN): The Nagaland Pradesh Congress Committee has claimed that the “mushrooming of parallel governments in the State has virtually hijacked the writ of the State and the NPF led DAN government has become a mute spectator to the happenings around, since it lacks the political will to enforce the rule of law”. A press note issued by the NPCC Media Cell pointed out that “the voice of the public and their resentments are growing day by day and well on course to snowball into a mass movement with headlong confrontations”. “The NPF led DAN government into their third term has been totally blinded by the greed to perpetrate the loot of the state exchequer with scant regards to matters of governance and cries of the people burdened by unbearable miseries imposed by nefarious ele-
ments”, stated the NPCC. In such an eventuality, the NPCC said that it would hold the NPF led DAN government solely responsible for letting the situation of lawlessness to unfold and prevail as a result of its (NPF) ineptness and lack of political vision to govern the state. The NPCC termed the present state of lawlessness as “deteriorating day by day with factional killings becoming a daily routine affair in taking away precious lives and the constant fear psychosis generated in the minds of the citizens has been precipitated by the inability of the NPF led DAN govt to maintain the rule of law leading to a total breakdown of law and order in the state”. The helplessness of the Nagaland state government according to the NPCC was clearly evident when Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio chooses to remain silent and the Home Minister G
Naga has the patriotism to fight for the cause of Naga people; not the underground alone,” he asserted. He also said that the ACAUT has highlighted the genuine grievances of the public. While maintaining that the state cannot generate employment without external economic investments, Rengma said that a peaceful environment is required for investment in the state. Thus, he said that the prevailing situation of tax collection and extortion needs to be contained. He also stated that the ceasefire monitoring group should incorporate this issue in their agenda. On Article 371 (A), Rengma asserted the land and its resources belong to the people of Nagaland, unlike Mizoram where the Consti-
tution is silent on its resources except for the land. With regard to the upcoming parliamentary elections, Rengma said that all national opinion polls along with the BJP’s internal assessments suggest that BJP led NDA government will come at the centre. In the case of north eastern states, he said the BJP led NDA alliance would increase its number considerably, after the election is held. He also expressed hope that several regional parties would engage in a working relationship with the NDA. “I am sure as we draw closer to the general elections, more clarity of NDA’s strength will emerge, thereby winning minimum 12 Lok Sabha seats out of 25 seats in the north eastern states,” he said.
AMEUW temporarily ‘Nagaland is an organic state by default’ suspends agitation Our Correspondent
WoKhA, JULY 30 (MExN): The Aggrieved Medical Employees Union (AMEUW) Wokha has temporarily suspended its ongoing agitation till August 20, 2013 with immediate effect following a marathon meeting held with frontier organizations of Wokha district on July 30. According to a release from AMEUW president Thungjanbeni Lotha, the meeting was convened to resolve the impasse, following the closure of the CMO office by the ag-
grieved members due to non-payment of salaries since May 2012. Apart from department official, representatives from Kyong Hoho, Kyong Eloe Hoho and Kyong Students Union took part in the meeting and assured the aggrieved members that they will find a means to resolve their pending issue before August 20, 2013. However, the members warned they will continue and intensify their agitation if there is no logical solution within the time frame.
Kigwema | July 30
Parliamentary Secretary for Science & Technology, IT and Communication, Technical Education and Taxes Tovihoto Ayemi on July 30 maintained that Nagaland is an organic state by default. Ayemi said this during organic certification programme here, which is a culmination of three years project, “Organic Agriculture Programme with Science & Technology Inputs in Nagaland”, under the aegis of NASTEC and M.R. Morarka- GDC Rural Research Foundation, Jaipur. He encouraged the farmers to adopt organic farming since it has
State’s writ hijacked by parallel govts: Congress
Mudslide cuts electricity supply Maintenance budget for groups favoured Our Correspondent
many benefits, not only for health but also for economy. He encouraged the farmers to spread in other districts with the use of organic technology, helping the neighboring villages in using the technology. Morarka Foundation, Jaipur was entrusted to implement the project with local agency Shibah Welfare, Nagaland. Tovihoto extended gratitude to them and the Department of Science & Technology, Govt. of India and Nagaland, while assuring to help the farmers by asking the help of the Central Government or private agencies. The parliamentary secretary also requested the farmers to disseminate the knowledge to their neighbourhood friends and villages so that Na-
galand can come up strongly even in the economical aspect. Ayemi expressed confidence that with this kind of support from the Central Government, the state will become self reliant, thereby improving the socio-economic conditions of the Naga people in particular and the nation in general. “We will try our best what Science & Technology can do for the benefit of the farmers,” he said. Vikho-o Yoshü, Parliamentary Secretary for Housing, Treasuries & Accounts and Dr. G.J. Samathanam, Advisor & Head, TDT (Technology Development Transfer) & Department of Science & Technology (DST), Govt. of India was also present on the occasion as the guests of honour.
Kaito Aye’s “guest appearance after every factional killings, making an appeal to all factions to desist from killings”, when according to the NPCC, the situation calls for enforcing the writ of the state to ensure safety and security of its citizens. “As brought out time again and again by the NPCC, law and order being a state subject, the state government cannot abdicate its responsibility when the lives of its citizens are burdened and threatened by nefarious elements”, the Media Cell stated. The NPCC also questioned whether the Home Minister’s idea of counseling the cadres of various factions to curb factional fights instead of arresting them by the Police, while he stated at a meeting of top state police officials on 21st March 2013, “has yielded any results so far, since the factional fights have increased after that famous statement”.
DIMAPUR, JULY 30 (MExN): All Naga business owners and entrepreneurs from “pan shop wallah to showroom proprietors” under Dimapur district have been requested to attend the launch of the Naga Business Owners Association of Dimapur District at Naga Council Unit Hall on July 31 at 2:00 pm. A press note from the Convener of the NBOADD and the Finance Secretary of the Naga Council informed that this programme would witness the formal declaration of the said body and unveiling of the first team of office bearers as well as ratification of the constitution. The note added that “this body is a culmination of the long felt need of coming together of all Naga business owners to have a representative body to address the economic plight of the state and the common good of all for a shared future."
Dmp orgs, village councils called
KohIMA, JULY 30 (MExN): Home Commissioner, Nagaland Temjen Toy has convened a meeting with the officials of National Highway and Roads & Bridges to discuss the conditions of roads and National Highway in Dimapur, on August 1, 2013 from 10:00 am onwards at Niathu Resort’s conference hall. Therefore, Dimapur Deputy Commissioner N Hushili Sema has requested the following organizations/ councils to send two officials each to the aforementioned meeting: Headquarter 15 BRTF, C/O 99 APO, Dimapur; Naga Council Dimapur, Naga Women Hoho, Dimapur; Dimapur Naga Students’ Union; Purana Bazaar Village Council; Naharbari Village Council; Diphupar Village Council. All concerned have been requested to attend the meeting positively.
NASU emergency meeting
KohIMA, JULY 30 (MExN): The Northern Angami Students’ Union (NASU) will hold an emergency meeting on August 1 at NAPO Building, Keziekie, Kohima at 3:00 PM. In this connection, all the unit presidents, general secretaries or representatives, and all the senior leaders of NASU have been requested to attend the said meeting positively. For any detail, call NASU General Secretary at 9862977797.
MA Pol Science admission result
LUMAMI, JULY 30 (MExN): All the candidates seeking admission to M.A. Political Science, Nagaland University, Lumami are informed that the list of provisionally selected candidates will be available on Nagaland University website as well as displayed on the notice board of the Department, Administrative block and all the Students Hostel in NU Lumami. The interview and admission for provisionally selected candidates will be held on August 6 and 7, 2013. The interview and admission for waiting list candidates will be held on August 8, 2013 in case any vacancies. Further, the provisionally selected candidates will be required to bring original documents such as Marksheet from HSLCC to B.A. Ist, IInd and IIIrd Year as well as Indigenous and Schedule Tribe Certificate at the time of interview. If any discrepancy is found in the marksheets/certificates etc., the admission of the candidates shall stand cancelled. This was stated in a release issued by Dr H John Sema, Head of Political Science department.
Bangkok workshop discusses indigenous Police seize banned liquor, drugs people’s issues; Naga journalist attends KohIMA, JULY 30 (MExN): As the Indigenous Voices in Asia (IVA) Project aims to ensure that indigenous peoples in Asia have access to all forms of media as enshrined in Article 16 of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP), a fourday Regional Networking Workshop and Developing Indigenous Media Strategy was organized in Bangkok from July 15 to 18, 2013 as part of the IVA Project. The workshop which was initiated by the Asia Indigenous Peoples Pact (AIPP), an organization of indigenous peoples’ movement in Asia, brought together Human Rights activists and journalists from several parts of Asia including India, Myanmar, Philippines, Malaysia, Cambodia, Indonesia, Nepal, Bangladesh and Thailand. The two participants from India were Suanmoi from Zomi Human Rights Foundation, Manipur and Vishü Rita Krocha from Kohima Press Club, Nagaland. The workshop, after thorough deliberations from the participating countries, recognized that
Participants with the AIPP officials seen here on the last day of the workshop in Bangkok.
the main barriers and challenges in mainstreaming indigenous peoples’ issues are ownership and censorship, geographical isolation and poor infrastructure, and unequalaccess to information. These barriers and challenges were mostly drawn from situations in partner countries including Cambodia, Philippines, Indonesia, and Nepal, and more inputs from other participating countries. It maintained that because of strict media regulations, harassment from governments and corporate owners’ interests, the journalists from mainstream media self-censor their reports on politically sensitive issues, such as in-
digenous peoples rights related issues and that, most of the mainstream media agencies are also stationed in Capitals. Further due to geographical isolation and poor communication infrastructures, mainstream journalists do not reach the indigenous communities, and indigenous communities are not able to bring their issues and concerns to mainstream media. Meanwhile, it was discovered that lack of real understanding about the indigenous peoples’ rights and issues among non-indigenous journalists lead to romanticizing, stereotyping and criminalizing indigenous peoples in mainstream media, and the lack
of media professional skills among indigenous journalists limit their representation in mainstream media. The lack of inclusiveness of indigenous journalists in newsrooms and editorial positions in mainstream media was also identified as one of the factors leading to under-reporting of indigenous peoples’ issues and concerns. Language was further noted to be a big barrier for indigenous peoples to have access to information while geographic isolation and poor infrastructure in remote areas limit indigenous peoples to access timely information from mainstream media. In the meantime, administration
red tape and legal restrictions to receive broadcasting license also hinder indigenous peoples to set up their own community media apart from limited media management skills, lack of women journalists in media industry and lack of coverage on indigenous women issues respectively. In this regard, the workshop recommended capacity building, advocacy and networking to address issues relating to indigenous peoples more effectively. It would be setting strategic priorities for capacity building trainings, regional skills exchange workshops, four national stakeholders’ consultation with government and civil society in four countries, two ASEAN regional consultation on media, ten dialogue workshop between media representatives and indigenous media/rights activists in five targeted countries under IVA project, award for outstanding reporting on indigenous peoples’ issues/rights and further looking at how social media can be used for advocacy amongst other recommendations and interventions.
(L-R) Bottles of liquor seized by Dimapur police, seized Spasmo Proxyvon with the accused.
DIMAPUR, JULY 30 (MExN): Dimapur police on July 29, 2013 recovered a huge consignment of illegal IMFL from a truck bearing R/No.AS 07C/5501 near Tetso College, Diphupar B village. According to the Additional Superintendent of Police/ PRO, police seized one thousand cases of He-Man, 9000 bottles of beer from the truck, which were being smuggled to Dimapur for distribution to other districts. The driver of the vehicle and another accomplice were arrested. The accused were identified as Robin Singh (32) of Wungching, Thoubal district, Manipur, and Amir Khan of Sara,
Thoubal district, Manipur. The two accused are presently residents of Signal Angami, Dimapur. A case U/S 44 NLTP Act has been registered at Diphupar PS and the accused persons have been remanded for further investigation into the case. Meanwhile, Dimapur police personnel at Chumukedima check gate recovered and seized a huge consignment of banned Spasmo Proxyvon drugs on July 29, 2013 from a Manipur bound Maruti Alto bearing R/No.MNO7L 1507. The illegal drugs totaling 1,01,600 capsules (one lakh one thousand six hundred) and valued
at around Rs thirty lakhs in the markets in Manipur were found neatly packed in Nutrela packets and concealed in travel bags and suitcases, the release informed. The two occupants of the vehicle were taken into custody and produced at Diphupar Police Station where they were arrested and a case was registered under the Drugs and Cosmetics Act. The two accused are identified as Katini (45) of Pudunamai village under Senapati district, and T Rockson (35) of Senapati district. The accused have been remanded for further investigation into the case, stated the release.
The Power of Truth
The Morung Express WEDnEsDAy 31 July 2013 vol. vIII IssuE 208
Recovering Lost Values
he Nagas are in crisis. There is something definitely very wrong in the Naga realm of the world. One does not need to search or look very far to find what is wrong, because today there are some fundamental and basic values that we have lost through past and current traumas. If we pause for a moment to stop, think and reflect, many things that have gone wrong will cloud our minds and we can lament the lost values. We are out of touch with our inner feelings and cannot hear our inner voice urging us to become who we are. It is time to look deeply into our hearts, allow ourselves to feel in order to recover the lost values that can guide us out of this crisis. Hence, let us all ...
Feel. Think. Act. Initiate. Recover.
lEfT wiNg |
M.R. Narayan Swamy Source: IANS
A hard-hitting autopsy
n Sri Lanka, where President Mahinda Rajapaksa's regime seems determined to undo key aspects of a 1987 pact with India touching upon the critical area of devolution of power, one would need courage - and deep political conviction - to write the book Dayan Jayatilleka has written. The so-called Tamil nationalists might dub him a closet man of the Sri Lankan state for having served it faithfully in his previous capacity as Colombo's envoy to the UN in Geneva at the height of the war. But that exposure probably only redoubled his understanding of what is good for Sri Lanka, where the Tamil Tigers' rout in 2009 hasn't led, unfortunately, to a comprehensive peace most people would have desired. What kind of a political framework is good for Sri Lanka? The debate rages on. There are many shades of opinion across the island nation, across its ethnic and religious divide. Should Sri Lanka be a Sinhalese/Buddhist-dominated society politically, even if it claims not to be one? Should it not be a land where different religions and ethnic groups enjoy equal -- and Book: Long War, Cold Peace: rights respect one anConflict and Crisis in Sri Lanka; other? Is provincial autonoAuthor: Dayan Jayatilleka; my a stepping Publisher: Vijitha Yapa stone to separation? Can the Publications, Pages 508; bloodied ethnic Price: SL Rs.1,490. war of over a quarter century be expected to heal wounds dramatically, now that the Tigers are history? Can those Tamils, who served as the LTTE's political arm be trusted to play a role in mainstream Sri Lanka? Can the situation improve? Will the wounds heal? If yes, when? A political activist-turned-academic-turned-political scientist, Dayan, as most of us have known him, brings together some of his powerful published writings with fresh candor to answer a string of questions related to the now vanquished LTTE, the war it waged, the counter war, and the politics of the Rajapaksa regime. It is important, he says, to learn the lessons of the conflict to prevent a recurrence. Sadly, as a nation, he says, "we have almost ceased to analyse, to think". The good thing about the book is that it does not follow a chronological order to relate the Sri Lanka agony - from 1983, the earlier period, the post-war scenario, the international dimension et al. Dayan is loud and clear. We know where he stands. A Marxist not at home with Sri Lanka's (fragmented) Left, he laments that his country never had a Congress party or a "political leadership (read Nehru) that was westernized in cultural terms, modernist, while not being pro-Western in political terms". Historically, Dayan tells us, this is the best time to effect a political reconciliation between the Sinhalese and Tamils, "for a moderate compromise". Unlike a section of his compatriots, Dayan underlines the importance of paying heed to Sri Lanka's friends, "local and foreign". Having won the war, Colombo can still lose the peace, he warns, if it fails to show generosity, flexibility, enlightenment and wisdom. Having dealt with 193 countries in Geneva, he knows what the world wants: that Sri Lankan Tamils deserve and require equal rights. Dayan is all for a "full (even) if graduated implementation" of the India-backed 13th amendment to the Sri Lankan constitution that would ensure "the fullest possible devolution of powers" to provinces -- and to Tamils. "Long War, Cold Peace" could not have come out at a better time. Not everyone will agree with his autopsy. But no one will be able to ignore it. Read it, now!
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Where Have All the Dreamers Gone?
Political dreaming in the Twenty-First Century
ll right, I confess: I have a dream. I bet you do, too. I bet yours, like mine, is of a far, far better world not only for yourself and your loved ones, but for everyone on this beleaguered planet of ours. And I bet you, like me, rarely talk to anyone about your dreams, even if you spend nearly all your time among politically active people working to improve the planet. Perhaps these days it feels somehow just too naïve, too unrealistic, too embarrassing. So instead, you focus your energy on the nuts and bolts of what’s wrong with the world, what has to be fixed immediately. I’m thinking that it’s time to try a different approach -- to keep feeling and voicing what Martin Luther King, Jr., called “the fierce urgency of now,” but balance it with a dose of another political lesson he taught us: the irresistible power of dreaming. "The world as we wish it to be is no mere fantasy. It is often our most reliable guide to knowing the truth." I started reflecting on this when I returned from a long trip and found my email inbox crammed with hundreds of urgent messages from progressive groups and news sources, all sounding the alarm about the latest outrages, horrors, and disgraces, punctuated by an occasional call for a new policy to right at least one of the horrendous wrongs described and denounced. Suddenly, I found myself thinking: Same old same old. The particular words keep changing, but the basic message and the music of our song of frustrated lament remain the same. We give the people the shocking facts and call them to action. And we wonder: Why don’t they listen? Then I looked at the calendar and noticed that the end of the summer would bring the 50th anniversary of Dr. King’s greatest speech -- and I realized what was missing from virtually all those email messages: Where was the dream? Where was the debate about what the world we seek would look like? In most of them I could dimly sense that the writer might indeed have a vision of a better world. But it was always hidden somewhere between the lines, as if in the century when capitalism had “triumphed” and nowhere on Earth did there seem to be an alternative, the writer was ashamed to speak such things aloud. Occupied Dreams It wasn’t always so. I remember how incensed I used to get in the 1960s when hearing the charge from the right: “Those hippie radicals. They don’t know what they’re for, only what they’re against.” “Those hippie radicals” knew what they were for: concrete changes in political policies that would turn their dreams into reality. And they talked constantly about the dreams as well as the policies. It was Dr. King, above all, who inspired them. If, on that hot summer day in 1963, he had only denounced the evils of racism and proposed policy remedies, we would scarcely recall his speech half a century later. It holds a special place in our public memory only because he concluded by confessing his dream. Daring to be a public dreamer propelled him to greatness. Now, I fear, we mostly talk only about what we’re against. The just-give-‘em-the-facts approach, so tilted toward denunciation (however well deserved), scarcely leaves room for any other impression. There are still a few dreamers. You can find them among environmental activists, who give us science fiction-like descriptions of technology that can create a clean, sustainable environment for the whole biosphere. Except that isn’t simply a fantasy: much of the technology already exists. You can also find dreamers in religious communities, sharing the words of holy scriptures informed by eschatological visions of a better future. Occa-
IVEN how hazardous it is to their health, why do smokers continue to smoke? It’s not that they are all hopeless addicts. Many smokers are capable of quitting. It’s not that they are ignorant. Studies show that smokers are at least as informed as nonsmokers about the risks of smoking — and possibly more informed. You might suspect, then, that smokers tend to be risk takers by nature. And some evidence suggests that smokers do take more risks than nonsmokers: they are more often involved in traffic accidents, less likely to wear seat belts and more likely to engage in risky sexual behavior. Women who smoke even have mammograms less frequently than their nonsmoking counterparts. But we don’t believe that smokers have a greater tolerance for risk. As we argue in a study published this month in the journal PLoS One, the personality trait that distinguishes smokers from nonsmokers is their relative inability to delay satisfaction and respect long-term considerations (like their health). In other words: it’s their poor self-control. Key to our study is a card game known as the Iowa gambling task, commonly used to measure risk taking. You are presented with four decks of cards. Each card reveals a financial outcome: “You won $100,” or “You lost $250,” for example. Your task is to keep picking cards from whichever decks you would like, trying to make as much money as
sionally, even a hard-boiled devotee of the facts like Noam Chomsky gives us a peek into his dream: a world without borders. Not long ago, you could find dreamers occupying parks and public spaces across the country, short-lived as their moment was mainly because of an onslaught of police violence. For that brief season, they showed us that our dreams had been occupied and needed to be freed. In the past, though, movements have persisted much longer, even in the face of massive state violence. The Occupy movement, however, emerged in a distinctly twenty-first-century world in which activists have long become accustomed to hiding their dreams. Without such shared dreams, political activism can easily feel like nothing more than an endless struggle against insurmountable odds -- like being part of a small band of good guys besieged on every side. Who can blame them for feeling overwhelmed, exhausted, and hopeless? Once most Occupiers were forced to retreat from public spaces, I suspect they, too, felt tired, cramped, hemmed in. Occupy could flourish only in the open, where people could share their dreams and imagine that all the boundaries that limit us might, in that open-air spirit, dissolve. Realism and Dreams Boundaries and limitations dissolving: that’s not merely Chomsky’s dream, it’s the essence of all dreaming -- to transcend the barriers that separate one person from another, one group or nation from another, and all humanity from its natural environment. "When our dreams are political, they help us sense what it might be like to escape the limits imposed by corporations, the state, the media, the advertisers, powerful forces of every kind. They help us imagine in new ways what is possible." Dreaming is the realm of pure freedom. In dreams, we can see, do, or be anything. When our dreams are political, they help us sense what it might be like to escape the limits imposed by corporations, the state, the media, the advertisers, powerful forces of every kind. They help us imagine in new ways what is possible. In our dreams, none of the powers that be can touch us. Freud said that every dream is the fulfillment of a wish, but political dreams aren’t about our private desires. They are visions of the public realm being freed from the artificial divisions and constraints of the present. There, as in our nighttime dreaming, we experience whole new worlds, constantly changing, often in remarkable detail. Dreaming is the realm of permanent revolution that the great political visionaries from Thomas Jefferson to Che Guevara spoke of. Constant change, pure freedom, the sense that anything is possible: combined, they can give us the daytime energy we need to work for change despite the obstacles and failures we inevitably face. When political life is infused with a dream, traveling without a map can feel exhilarating. In politics as in physiology, we must dream on a regular basis to restore our energy. But a political dream is quite different from the dreaming of sleep because it happens while we are wide-awake. It may even make us feel more awake, allowing us to pierce the pre-packaged version of reality handed to us by the rich and powerful, who demand that we take their distorted version of how this place, this country, this planet works as “realism” itself. When we see by the light of imagined futures, the present and its real possibilities come into clearer view, offering us a broader framework into which we can fit the chaotic pieces of current reality and the specific changes we are working for. We don’t have to wait for some distant fu-
ture to see our dreams realized. The essence of the nonviolent action that Dr. King preached is to pierce the lies and distortions in the here and now by acting out, with our bodies, the authentic reality we have seen -- to persist in what is really real (which is the best translation I know of Gandhi’s term satyagraha). So we should never let anyone dismiss our political dreams as “unrealistic.” The world as we wish it to be is no mere fantasy. It is often our most reliable guide to knowing the truth.
Never Stop Dreaming Whether they know it or not, everyone has their own dream of the world as it should be, and every dream is open to endless interpretation. Dr. King had his. I’ve got my interpretation of his. I’ve got my own, too. And you’ve got yours. The point is not to argue about who has the one “correct” dream, but to bring all of our dreams out of the closet and voice them openly, share our interpretations of each other’s dreams, and start a conversation about the politics of dreaming. When that kind of dream-sharing becomes part of political life, it begins to create myths. By “myth” I don’t mean a lie. I mean a story that a community tells itself to interpret its life, to express the fundamentals of its worldview and values, to give meaning and hope to events great and small. A myth, it is often said, is a collective dream. In myths, as in dreams, anything can happen. And once new myths start circulating, anything can indeed happen. There is a real chance that one myth (or several with much in common) will -- by some mysterious, unpredictable process -- grab hold of a big enough part of the body politic to stir it to action. The U.S saw that process at work in the 1770s (the dream of a republic), the 1860s (the dream of abolishing slavery), and the mid-1930s (the dream of basic economic security for all). In the late 1960s, the dream of radical democracy and equality for all took hold in millions of American minds. It happened surprisingly fast. In 1963, when Dr. King gave the nation permission to share our dreams, few could have imagined how radically the political and cultural landscape would be reshaped by new myths within just a few years. Of course, we should never confuse our dreams and myths with specific policy proposals. That would endanger the chances of achieving policies that could bring us a few steps closer to realizing those dreams. Policies, after all, are always political artifacts, produced by compromises between our dreams and the hard facts of the present. The coming commemoration of the “dream” speech should remind us of Dr. King’s recipe for meaningful political change: take one part facts to reveal the world’s evils, one part policy proposals to remove those evils, one part shrewd political strategy, and one part dreams -- shared aloud -- and stir artfully into a political movement. So don’t stop shouting from the rooftops about everything that’s outrageously wrong. Don’t stop the grinding political work of changing specific policies. But take the time to show how your outrage, policies, and politics are propelled by your dreams. Share those dreams: talk or write or draw or sing or dance them. Describe the kind of world you are working for and show how it could be linked to policies and politics. And don’t let anyone dismiss you as an “unrealistic dreamer.” Yes, it’s true, the world will never look exactly like our mythic dreams. But we can’t get to any better future unless we first imagine that future, together. A political dream is a magnet that pulls us toward our goals. It may also be an asymptote -a promised land that we can never reach. Yet even if we never get there, every dream takes us closer to a transformed reality.
Why Smokers Still Smoke Eyal Ert and Eldad yechiam Source: IHT
you can. The twist is that the decks have different payoff distributions: two of them offer higher risk (cards with larger gains and larger losses) but long-term overall losses; the other two decks offer lower risk (smaller gains and smaller loses) but long-term gains. Most participants, after selecting several dozen cards from the various decks, learn to stick with the two “good” decks and end up faring well. Studies have shown, however, that people with brain lesions affecting decision making tend to favor the “bad,” riskier decks and fare poorly. The same is true of chronic cocaine and cannabis users. But when smokers and nonsmokers perform the Iowa gambling task there are no significant differences between the two groups, as the psychologist Carl Lejuez and his colleagues have demonstrated. This strongly suggests that smokers are not, in fact, especially tolerant of risk. So what accounts for smokers’ risky-looking behavior? Our contention is that smokers exhibit poor self-control in the face of immediate temptation — which can look like a willingness to assume risk. (For in-
stance, you might choose to have sex without a condom not because you are comfortable with the risk but because you are too weak-willed to bother with the inconvenience.) To test our hypothesis we took 100 research participants (smokers and nonsmokers) and had them perform a modified version of the Iowa gambling task. We focused on a subtle difference between the two “bad” decks. One offers payoffs that commonly result in immediate satisfaction — it produces a gain of $100 in 9 out of 10 draws — but in 1 of 10 draws it produces a disaster: losing $1,250. The other bad deck is less immediately satisfying — the losses are smaller ($250) but more frequent, occurring about every second draw. Thus both decks are bad overall but the first is more satisfying in the short run. In addition, in our modified version, every time a participant selected a card from one of the four decks, we showed the outcomes that would have resulted from selecting from the other three decks. This increased the salience of the immediately satisfying deck, since when choosing any
other deck, 9 times out of 10 the player could see that this deck produced the best outcome. We found that as the game progressed, smokers selected this deck about 1.5 times more than nonsmokers. They could not resist the short-term pleasure despite the long-term disaster. (We also had our research subjects play another version of the game in which the good and bad decks differed in terms of risk but not in the immediacy of their satisfying outcomes. This change wiped out the differences between smokers and nonsmokers, confirming the Lejuez team’s finding that smokers are not more tolerant of risk.) Our finding is admittedly nuanced: it is not risk taking per se that drives smokers’ risky behavior; it’s a weakness for activities that are profitable most of the time yet hazardous eventually. This distinction may suggest strategies for fighting smoking. For example, hospitals and universities have started to ban smoking not only inside buildings but also at their perimeter; while originally proposed to address secondary smoking hazards, this may also have the benefit of imposing an additional short-term inconvenience on smoking. If we are right that smokers tend to have poorer self-control, such manipulations may be used to help sustain their willpower. Eyal Ert is a senior lecturer of behavioral and management sciences at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Eldad Yechiam is an associate professor of behavioral sciences at the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology.
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7 Good Morning, Sekruzu!
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31 July 2013
NEWS ANALYSIS, FEATURE AND DISCOURSE
susan Waten Founder of Holiday Abode for Writers & Artists (HAWA), Dimapur, Nagaland.
very morning I’m greeted by a wave of fog that seeps in leisurely though the wire gauze ventilator. The pine tree barks outside my window are perpetually damp, and tiny drops of rain hang like shiny pearls on the pine needles. Before long I will hear the footsteps and chatter of eager nursery school kids streaming in one by one. By the time I finish my morning tea, they call out enthusiastically, “Miss, miss, miss!” June is the month for planting paddy in the rice fields, and so parents drop off their kids to school on the way. They even reach an hour and a half early. Some kids walk on foot for 2 to 3 kilometers to reach school every day, and then another 2 to 3 kilometers to reach back home after school. All of these 26 kids are between the ages of 5 to 7 years. The real tiny ones appear younger than 5 years. 2013 being my personal “year of humanitarian service,” I chose to go to Sekruzu in Phek district for summer service. My gracious hosts, Vesalu and Vekuso Swuro run “New Creation Ministry” at their Oasis Resource Centre in Sekruzu. Their main focus is Evangelism, Education and Eco-farming. Their school, Zohusa Mission School started this year with classes A & B; and I had the privilege of becoming a nursery teacher for almost two months, with a short school break in between. Though my talent and experience with kids may be limited, I was focused on sowing some precious seeds into their young minds. They spoke only Chakhesang while I spoke only English, but somehow the communicative meaning prevailed. Every day they would soak up new learning like a sponge, and I was amazed to see how they progressed. Sometimes I felt I pushed them too hard, but my time was limited and so I put in oodles of extra effort. My intention was to inculcate in them from the very start, a sense of hard work and a certain “knowing” that education is not to be taken lightly. The love and affection was mutual, and the kids cooperated quite
joyfully in class. The day I left, Vesalu arranged a tea party with the kids. Many of them came with a “thank-you gift” for me – various kinds of organic vegetables from their home gardens, and even poultry. They sang for me all the songs they knew and recited all the Bible verses taught to them by their young teacher, sir Yovoye. During my stay at Sekruzu, I thought a lot about the first American Baptist missionaries to Nagaland, Dr. and Mrs. Clark. It was Mrs. Clark who opened a school for village children in Molungyimsen in the year 1878. Her first students were girls and later joined by boys as well. She cut out card-board pieces to teach the English alphabets as there were no books or even slates and blackboards back then. She gave them an attendance bead each time they came to school. Many dropped out half way, and the few who persisted wove necklaces with their attendance beads, and also grew up to become leaders. My great-grandmother Jongmayangla was Mrs. Clark’s student. At that time it was sufficient to know the alphabets and numbers, and to string basic words for functional speech in English. Jongmayangla, a bright and enthusiastic student, became Mrs. Clark’s assistant teacher after just 2 years in the school. I cannot visualize the kind of extreme hardships this American missionary couple must have endured in a land that was beginning to wrestle against headhunting practices and also trying to grapple with the new Christian faith. They entered an alien territory dominated by an ancestral belief-system and animistic way of life. To “civilize” and Christianize the “heathen” must have been quite a monumental task. They sacrificed their very lives and lived in tiny huts in the village, devoid of proper roads, means of transportation, electricity, and other very basic amenities and means of sustenance too. However, they survived and the purpose of their coming to the Naga Hills was fulfilled during that era. It’s been precisely 135 years since the first ever school opened, and yet the progress rate in interior Naga villages has been painfully slow. Sekruzu’s story is just one of the many stories prevalent in the rural areas of Nagaland. The two Government schools
ow much pocket money should you give your children? It’s important to get it right as the amount you give can be a great way to teach your kids the value of money, saving and spending, while gradually learning responsibility and financial independence. How much pocket money should you pay? There is no right or wrong answer to this. How much you are prepared to give depends entirely on what you believe is fair, what you want your child to get out of it, and how much you can afford. When it comes to deciding on pocket money for your child, start by considering what you think is appropriate for their age. Also, think about what else you give your child. If you are happy to buy the majority of things they want or need, you might not want to give them too much pocket money as well. It could also be handy to have a chat with other parents, particularly those of your child’s friends, about how much they give their children. But whatever you do, don’t get sucked into competing with them! Once you've decided an appropriate amount, sit down with your child and discuss it with them. You might like to make an agreement that they will get Dipankar Jakharia a ‘rise’ each birthday, or ‘bonuses’ for good work at home or school – this will give them something to look forward to, as well as some incentive to behave! money is withheld… well, even the youngest kids will learn from that trick of your’s! Of course, some parents may feel it unnecesTips: • Be consistent – if you are going to withhold pock- sary to pay their children for chores that should be et money for any reason, you will have to do it done anyway. In this case, perhaps you can divide the all the time. Likewise, don’t just cave in if you’re chores into things that need to be done (eg. – cleanchild pesters you for extra money or to buy them ing their room or helping in the kitchen) and extra chores they can earn pocket money from (like helpsomething else, or they will never learn • Be clear about whether or not your child can ing in washing the car). It’s a good way to show not only the rewards that spend their money on whatever they want, or if come from hard work, but also how important it is to they have to take your permission first. • Make them pay for certain treats out of their own contribute at home as part of the family. Making your money. This way they will start to see where their child “earn” their money will also help them to start appreciating its worth. money goes, and that it goes quickly! Once your child reaches highs school, there’s lit• You may like to give them extra cash every now and then so they can buy presents for tle doubt the whole pocket money issue will need to friends or family members, or encourage be renegotiated. Suddenly, your child is going to find them to use some of their savings to buy or they ‘need’ a lot more things – the latest iPod, new make something small as gifts (remember, it DVDs, and branded clothing etc. etc For a teenager, there’s a lot of pressure to ‘fit in’ is the thought that counts…) • Try not to double up on how money is spent. For – but don’t just cave in and give them more money example, if you buy sweets and treats anyway, when they’ve run out or buy whatever they want. Inencourage your kids to spend their money on stead, use this as an opportunity to teach them about the value of things and the importance of saving. something else. You might like to agree to pay for the necessities while giving pocket money for the entertainWhy not let them earn: Some parents prefer to set chores that need to be ment part, so decide with your child what you will done before their child ‘earns’ their pocket money. and won’t pay for. Extras could be things like going Again, this is entirely up to you and obviously will out with friends, fast food, snacks, beauty supplies, partly depend on how old your child is. Rest assured, and CDs or DVDs etc. For bigger purchases, perif your child DOESN’T do their chores and pocket haps you can agree to pay for half of it while they
Simplifying perSonal finance
here do not offer matriculation and students either drop out or head toward Chozuba town (12 kms away from Sekruzu) to complete basic schooling. Even then, they find it extremely hard to cope because of poor educational foundation and also family poverty. It goes without saying, the one main road is in deplorable condition, and electricity is highly erratic. While I was there, I sent my mobile phone to be charged in Chozuba because we didn’t have electricity for 5-6 days. We receive BSNL network coverage only in certain points in this settlement, and we are cut-off for the rest of the time, although Sekruzu is just 85 kms away from the capital city, Kohima. So near yet so far! Sekruzu is situated in the centre of 8 Chakhesang villages such as Dzulha, Phughi, Therutsuswu, Ruzazho, Ruzazho Nasa, Khutsa, Suthozu Nasa and Suthozu Nagwu. In 1964, the villagers decided to create a township of Sekruzu; but the population today consists of only 50 households (400 people approx.) Other than a stationed BDO, no other administrative head from the State Government exists. Even the CO post which was created in 1980 remains unoccupied because of shortage of EAC’s. What’s more the incomplete 6-bedded hospital structure has now turned into a cow shed. The PWD-SO is defunct. The Forest Independent Beat office, Police Outpost and Agri Inspector has absolutely no function whatsoever. The Argi Demonstration Farm, other than occupying territory, hardly produces anything substantial. But the most pathetic condition is the main road, starting from Chakabama (Zero Point) to Zunheboto via Chozuba which was hastily taken over by the State Government from BRO in 2011. The ‘dream’ to create a ‘national highway’ out of it remains unfulfilled because the sanction for crores of rupees got depleted too soon. What remains is incomplete attempts at road widening in random portions, causing land-slides and spoiling the natural beauty of the land. The only vehicles that ply this damaged road are occasional army trucks, the NST bus to Dzulha and one or two private vehicles in a day. It’s hard to imagine that this road used to be a bustling State highway once upon a time. In the face of all this disillusionment, the inhabitants of this hillock range badly need a concrete morale boost. Vesalu and Vekuso Swuro, dedicated missionaries for the uplift of rural people came to settle in Sekruzu in 2012, and they already represent a ray of hope for the people of this range. In fact their “Oasis Resource Centre” is like a magnet that attracts neighboring villages to awaken their innate human potentials and to envision a better future. Very symbolically they came yearly from Pfutsero to plant tree saplings since 1999 in this chosen spot; and when they finally settled here after more than 10 years later, they had over two thousand pine trees, beside other tree varieties adorning their beautiful eco-campus. It’s a sociological fact that old villages eventually become vacant as people make their way out in search of education, jobs etc. into towns and cities. If Sekruzu, the ‘oasis’ town adequately awakens to this challenge, many of the neighboring villagers will filter in for settlement here. There is no other way but for Sekruzu to embrace its township for real and begin to meet the needs of the migrating people. For this to happen, Nagaland and its State Government will have to participate in the growth of this little township which is just beginning to awaken from slumber. If God be on their side (and I’m sure of it), Sekruzu will surely rise. save for the rest themselves. The best time to pay your child is at the beginning of the month, which has to last them till the next month – this will start teaching them the importance of budgeting and make them think about what they spend their money on, rather than blowing it all in one go.
Tips to consider: • Show them that the most affordable clothes can still be stylish, and that there isn’t always much difference (other than price) between these and branded labels • You may be willing to pay for some more expensive items if they are happy to choose cheaper options elsewhere • Help them think for themselves by making them aware of peer pressure and advertising
Grandparents (or Uncle-Aunty) and pocket money Pocket money can be a tough subject even for Grandparents, so it’s no surprise that grandparents often feel a little unsure when it comes to deciding what to do. If you’re a grandparent wanting to give pocket money then do consider my previous advices, and give the money according to how you think is best. If you would like your grandchild to earn their money then put a list together of small tasks you know they could handle, keeping in mind their age and size. Windows need cleaning? You know who to ask! It’s probably a good idea to talk over your plans with your grandchild’s parents, this way you can avoid stepping on anyone’s toes. If the parents feel that their child is already receiving enough money, then consider investing what you was going to spend into opening a recurring account in the minor’s name. Pocket money can come and go, but savings may help your grandchild later on in life when they really need it.
Children saving pocket money We’ve spoken a lot about doling out pocket money and how it should be spent, but remember it can also be a useful tool for teaching your kids how to save. In a recent survey the children who took part said they would like to know more about saving, so make sure to guide them in the right direction. You can also encourage your child to keep some of their money for themselves, while putting the rest in a bank account, where they can watch their savings grow and save for something really special, like a bicycle or iPod etc. The writer is the Principal Financial Planner at EconPenny. You can chat-twit-mail him at @ dipankar.jakharia | @d_jakharia | dipankar. jakharia@ .com
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The past few weeks have been very eventful. We have had the State budget being presented and many issues arising out of taxation, apart from the usual twists and turns related to the political situation in our State and India as a whole. All these exercises seem to be geared towards one purpose and that is to make things better and bring about development. However, development can be easily hampered by many factors, one of which is corruption. Two brief write-ups submitted during “Renaissance Clique” - the bi-annual fest of the English Department, Tetso College are this week’s thoughts on the topic “Corruption is the Enemy of Development and Progress”.
Corruption and Progress Winning essay by Anubhav Tiakaba Kar,
BA 1st Semester English Hons.
orruption occurs when a person or a group does something to benefit themselves, and in the process, they affect others in a negative and harmful way. Corruption is no strange phenomenon in the 21st century. It is a major problem that is being faced by our society today. People are cheated in various ways. Corruption is like a cancer in today’s world, and its growth can be attributed to the fact that there is no strong opposition that can tackle corruption or the corrupt. A study of any sphere of our life will show us that corruption has a major influence, be it the Central Government, or even our election system. In Nagaland, corruption is drastically visible. The condition of roads in our state is horrible, and it is due to the officials who are responsible for the maintenance work. Since they are corrupt, we have broken roads with potholes to add to the misery of travelers. Talking about the many schools in rural sectors of the state, we have badly maintained classrooms with teachers who do not show much interest in teaching. A lot of these schools do not even conduct regular classes. The teachers appointed by the state get their salaries by doing half the work they are supposed to do. As a result, the students suffer immensely. These forms of corruption affect people in different ways. Development in the state is extremely slow because of corruption that occurs at various levels of the government. In the national level as well, corruption is a very common phenomenon. Every morning in the newspaper we find news stories about corruption. One of main reasons for so much corruption is that in today’s world everyone wants money but not all want to work hard for it. They seek shortcuts to earn money easily. Another reason for corruption is that most of the time, the people who are investigating cases of corruption are corrupt themselves. The corrupt are rarely punished. Thus, the level of corruption is increasing day by and is a major drawback for the progress and development of the country and its people. Everyone in the society needs to stand up against corruption. Our country itself is so corrupt, where the people in power are concerned about their own financial gains. Every now and then we hear people grumbling and complaining about corruption and corrupt officials. But is any action taken? Until and unless stricter anti-corruption laws are implemented and put into force, corruption will not stop. The officials must try and see beyond money. The government cannot function well until its people are honest. As long as corruption continues, there will always be a vast difference between the rich and the poor. The rich will continue to grow wealthy, while the poor will continue to lose money. We have the right to choose between good and bad. So we should always do the right thing and make the right decision because it will affect us one way or another. It is the progress and development of our state that is being affected due to corruption. Thus, we should all take a stand. Together we can stop corruption. It will not happen in a day. But as little drops of water make an ocean, so also we should give our best and do what we can to stop corruption for not only our own self, but also for our society, state, nation, to improve and develop the world we live in. Runners up essay by yanuo Pojar, BA 1st Semester English Hons. Man is a social animal. He lives in a society, a society that might be developed or underdeveloped, educated or uneducated. Whatever be the case, politics tends to play a major role in society. The public chooses its own leaders with the hope for progress and development, but many times the result is just the opposite. The people in power tend to work for their own benefit and prosperity. They make personal upliftment their main motive, and this paves the way for corruption to seep into society. In the present world, ‘corruption’ is a word we hear every day. Weak leaders with no interest in the development of the public bring about corruption. We know that Nagaland’s state budget is projecting a deficit. A main cause for this is the people in various levels of the government’s hierarchy who pocket the money kept aside for development. A good example would be the condition of the National Highway 29 between Dimapur and Kohima. We know that the Government allocates funds for the maintenance of highways across the country. Yet we see that the road is full of potholes. This lack of maintenance is a clear indication of corruption in society. Corruption of this nature is a universal phenomenon, which ultimately results in leaving the people, place, economy, and society underdeveloped. Development and progressiveness of the country is greatly dependent on the leaders. They are the ones who shape a country’s present and future. Where there is no corruption, there is always peace and harmony. Such a place sees development and progress, and enjoys the benefits of being a modern society. A society cannot develop when corruption exists in its veins. A good tree produces good fruit. But if the tree if poisoned, even a good tree cannot produce good fruit. In the same way, a society cannot prosper when there is corruption in its core. Corruption always brings a society down. Corruption and development can never go hand in hand. For a peaceful and harmonious society, corruption must be abolished. Like a mother hen who always rotates her eggs about fifty times a day to make sure that the yolk doesn’t stick to the sides of the shell, so also corruption must be vigilantly checked in all spheres so that it does not interrupt a society’s growth and prosperity. Indeed, corruption is the worst enemy of development and progress. “Degree of Thought is a weekly community column initiated by Tetso College in partnership with The Morung Express. Degree of Thought will delve into the social, cultural, political and educational issues around us. Tetso College is a NAAC Accredited UGC recognised Commerce and Arts College. For feedback or comments please email: email@example.com”
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Wednesday 31 July 2013
‘Indian Army most influential in Asia Pacific’
Washington, July 30 (Pti): The Indian Army is by far the most influential in the Asia Pacific region, a top American General has said, asserting that the US should work with partners like India and Egypt to shape a stable global order. “As is in many of the AsiaPacific countries, the army is the dominant service in those countries. India is a prime example. It is by far the largest service. It is by far the most influential,” US Army Chief of Staff General Raymond T Odierno said. “It is important for us to build army-to-army relations as we continue to re-balance the Asia- Pacific region,” he told a Washington audience. During his address, Odierno also encouraged the US Army to continue working with regional partners such as India and Egypt to help shape a prosperous and stable global order. Odierno recently returned from a trip to India during which he met his Indian counterpart and held a wide range of discussions with the top Indian military leadership. He also travelled to the Northern Command. “The first comments about India, specifically, is, one of things we have to remember is, we have to make sure they maintain their own strategic autonomy. And we do things in line with them to help build capacity, help learn from each other,” he said. “One thing we realised we have so much in common, the two largest democracies in the world, we are two very professional armies, and there is much we can do to learn from each other,” Odierno said in response to a question at the American Enterprise Institute (AEI) - a Washington-based think tank. “We talked a lot about the way ahead in the region, the importance of operations in the region. They took me up to their northern command, which is their most important command, which is responsible for the borders of Pakistan and China,” he said. “I had the chance to meet with their staff and their commanders, and what really caught me was the fact that, what they have been doing for the past 20 years, is what we have been doing for the past 12, counter-insurgency, protecting their space, there’s a lot of lessons learned that they have that we have. And so, there is a lot of knowledge that we can share,” the US General said. “So I think that will be the basis of the continued relationship, is the sharing of information about what they face on a day-to-day basis up in the Kashmir area, with Pakistan, as well with China, as you just talked about with a minor incursion not too long ago...,” he said.
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Batla House convict gets life term
neW delhi, July 30 (ians): A Delhi court Tuesday gave life term to Shahzad Ahmad, lone convict and a suspected Indian Mujahideen operative, in the 2008 Batla House shootout in which a police officer was killed, saying the incident “shocked the collective conscience of the entire nation”. Additional Sessions Judge Rajender Kumar Shastri, who July 25 convicted the 24-year-old man from Azamgarh in Uttar Pradesh for killing Delhi Police Special Cell Inspector M.C. Sharma in the shootout, awarded life term to Ahmad and also imposed a Rs.95,000 fine on him. “There can be no deeper wound on the rule of law than to attack a police officer, while discharging his official duty,” the judge said. The court said: “Ruminating facts of the case and also the circumstances of the convicts, I find mitigating circumstances more than aggravating ones and hence case in hands is not a ‘rarest of rare case’, which warrants death penalty upon the convicts.” Judge Shastri said out of the Rs.95,000 fine imposed on Ahmad, 40,000 would be given to the family of Sharma. Head constable Balwant Singh, who was injured in the shootout, would get Rs.20,000 out of the penalty amount. The court said the case did not come under “rarest of rare case” category. However, no one can attack a police officer, while he is discharging his official duty. “Masses from entire Delhi were seen weeping and mourning the death of that brave heart (Sharma). Traumatised intellectuals from all over the country went in pensive mood. All this is evident as how the incident shocked the collective conscience of the entire nation. This is also an aggravating circumstances,” the court said. The prosecution Monday sought death penalty for Ahmad saying it was in the category of “rarest of rare case”. The accused killed Sharma and injured head constables Balwant Singh and Rajbir Singh while they were performing their duty, so he be given death penalty, the prosecution said. The court said “po-
BJP demands Cong apology for calling encounter fake
Suspected Indian Mujahideen operative Shahzad Ahmed was found guilty of killing Delhi Police inspector M C Sharma. (File Photo)
lice is an integral part of our life. While in any peril, we rely upon the police. When we sleep, police awakes. It ensures our safety, day and night and wherever we are at home, in office or on roads”. “Being a law enforcing agency of state, the police has responsibility to bring the perpetrators of crime to book, consequently to chase them wherever they are expected to have hidden. Law obliges every person to assist the police in apprehending the suspect, whom the police is authorised to arrest,” the court said. “The convict of this case has been held guilty of obstructing police officers, killing Inspector M.C. Sharma and attempting to kill others, where one police officer suffered grievous hurt,” the court said. On the arguments of prosecution that five first information reports had been registered against Ahmad under various acts, the court said he was not found guilty in those
cases and “an accused is presumed to be innocent till he is proved guilty”. “God willing, the convict would have learnt values of civilised society,” the judge added. On the contentions of the defence that accused Ahmad be granted pardon or remission from sentence, the court said it had “no authority” in this. “Aforementioned powers have been granted to the executive by the Constitution itself. In my opinion, the courts have no authority to abrogate these constitutional powers, exercised by the executive,” the court said. The shootout between a Delhi Police Special Cell team and alleged IM operatives occurred Sep 19, 2008, days after serial blasts rocked the national capital Sep 13 claiming 26 lives. Ahmad was said to be present in house number L-18 in Batla House in south Delhi where the shootout took place. The court July 25 convicted Ahmad for offences including murder and attempt to murder.
‘Climate change affecting health in Sundarbans’
sundarbans, July 30 (Pti): Frequent climatic shocks in the form of cyclones and floods in Sundarbans is playing havoc with the health of 4.5 million villagers staying in the fragile islands, experts say. As a result of climate change induced sea level rise, instances of coastal erosion, flooding and cyclone incidences have increased manifold in the Sundarban swamps putting the villagers at greater health risks. Almost all types of communicable diseases primarily related to respiratory and gastro-intestinal systems are highly prevalent in Sundarbans, a UNESCO World Heritage site located few kms away from Kolkata. Prof Barun Kanjilal of The Indian Institute of Health Management Research (IIHMR), who has been studying the region, told PTI that children
are the worst affected with chronic malnutrition, diarrhea and other common childhood illness highly prevalent among them. “Transient climatic shocks have made the child health worse through the pathway of chronic poverty, low resilience, physical and social barriers to health seeking as well as ineffective service delivery system,” he said. When climate events destroy crops, lands or houses, it affects the food security of the people ultimately causing undernutrition through reduction in calorie intake. In addition to this, disease outbreaks causes additional suffering. During heavy rains, the low-lying villages get inundated and tubewells go under water. When the water recedes, it leaves behind a trail of impurities, most of it having also
entered the tubewells. A survey by international NGO Save The Children showed that about 25 percent of students are forced to occasionally drink pond water during disasters. Males, both adults and adolescents, use the river bank for defecation during disasters. In addition to lack of privacy and discomfort, open defecation serves to further pollute the waterlogged surroundings leading to widescale water borne ailments. Dr Samiran Panda of the citybased National Institute of Cholera and Enteric Diseases (NICED) said climatic shocks make people more vulnerable to water-borne diseases due to water contamination. “Water and sanitation hygiene infrastructure is usually the first to break down during disasters and remain out of
neW delhi, July 30 (Pti): The BJP on Tuesday welcomed the life sentence given to Batla House case convict Shahzad Ahmed and demanded that Congress should apologise for remarks by its leaders that the encounter was fake which “demoralised” the police and security forces. “BJP welcomes the court verdict in the Batla House encounter case. If we have to win the war against terror then strong punishment will have to be given to terrorists. We and the people wanted that Ahmed should be hanged as he had killed Inspector MC Sharma,” party spokesperson Prakash Javadekar said. Describing terrorism as ultimately a war against India, he said the crimes committed by terrorists are extraordinary crimes. The main Opposition demanded that Congress should apologise to the nation as its leaders had made comments about the encounter which were demoralising for the police. “They had raised doubts about the martyrdom of M C\ Sharma. Digvijay Singh had visited the homes of the terror suspects. Foreign Minister Salman Khurshid had even said that when he narrated the encounter to Congress President Sonia Gandhi she had cried,” Javadekar said. He alleged that these remarks and actions of Congress leaders were aimed at votebank politics. “Everybody knows that the voice of Digvijay Singh is the voice of Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi and so Congress should apologise to the nation,” he said.
reach for extended periods of time,” he said. Dr Kanjilal said in such a scenario, frequent climatic shocks aggravate health and nutritional deterioration of the people. According to a study by IIHMR, almost 3 out of 5 children among vulnerable groups in the Sundarbans are stunted. Besides climatic hazards, islanders are exposed to diseases and malnutrition also due to remoteness of the place, chronic poverty and poor health service delivery system. “It is clear that climatic shock and its interaction with chronic shocks against which inhabitants struggling for years are bringing health shocks to aggravate undernutrition-morbidity vicious circle among children living in blocks even with better service delivery system,” Dr Kanjilal said.
Trinamool Congress wins big in 2013 panchayat polls
KolKata, July 30 (agencies): Continuing its wining spree, Mamata Banerjee-led Trinamool Congress swept the three-tier panchayat polls in West Bengal, capturing 13 out of 17 Zilla Parishads, 213 out of 329 panchayat samities and 1763 out of 3215 gram panchayat seats. The state election commission Tuesday declared the results of 3200 out of total 3215 gram panchayat seats. Meanwhile, results of 325 out of 329 panchayat samities were announced today. TMC’s clean sweep in the zilla parishads in 11 of 12 south Bengal districts and two out of five north Bengal districts, demonstrated that the two-and-ahalf-years of incumbency and controversies, including the Saradha chit fund scam, by and large, failed to sway the rural people’s trust on the Mamata Banerjee government. TMC not only did well in south Bengal, but also breached the barrier in north Bengal where it
won Cooch Behar and South Dinajpur. The party won the zilla parishads in Howrah, Hooghly, North 24 Parganas, South 24 Parganas, Burdwan, Birbhum, Nadia, Coochbehar and South Dinajpur districts. The ruling party registered a huge victory in the three Maoist strongholds in Bankura, Purulia and West Midnapore districts. In adjoining East Midnapore district, the TMC registered a major win except at Nandigram, the cradle of Banerjee’s anti-land acquisition campaign, where the party had to struggle with former Trinamool supporters, who fought as Independents. In Nandigram block I and block II, out of 17 gram panchayat seats, official Trinamool candidates won 13 seats, while the independents bagged three seats and Left one. At Singur, the Trinamool bagged 12 out of 16 Gram panchayat seats, with Left bagging just one
and putting up a close fight in three others. In the five districts of North Bengal, which went to polls, the results showed that Trinamool had widened its reach in Congress dominated regions. The party registered spectacular victories in gram panchayat in Coochbehar and South Dinajpur, while making inroads in the Congress domain in North Dinajpur, the home ground of Congress minister and Mamata’s bete noire Deepa Dasmunsi. The Left Front which failed to recover much lost ground won Jalpaiguri as the TMC victoriously swept through its bastions in Burdwan, Hooghly, Cooch Behar. The Left bagged 13 of the 26 seats in the zilla parishad in North Dinajpur. In Malda district, Congress and the Left won 16 seats each in the zilla parishads with Trinamool coming a distant third with six.
A leopard skin burns as Indian officials and activists burn wildlife contraband including tiger and leopard skins, and bones as part of a campaign to save the tiger in Mumbai, on July 30. Despite conservation efforts, tiger numbers in India have declined due to rampant poaching of the cats for their valuable pelts and body parts that are highly prized in traditional Chinese medicine. (AP Photo)
States across India ignored mid-day meal complaints
neW delhi, July 30 (agencies): Bihar may be in the spotlight for its mismanagement of the Mid-day Meal Scheme but the human resource development (HRD) ministry has found that several state governments have failed to act on complaints about the programme year after year. Following the tragedy in Chhapra in which 23 students died after consuming the lunch served in school, the ministry compiled complaints about implementation of the scheme from 2011 to July 19 this year from across the country and found there were 106 in all. The list, accessed by The Indian Express, includes complaints about inedible meals making children ill, mismanagement, misappropriation of funds and corruption, among others and have been escalated to the ministry. Uttar Pradesh tops the list with 25 complaints. Bihar is nearly as much in the dock with 16 complaints, many of them serious and unresolved. Bihar, in fact, is yet to respond to serious complaints about diversion of midday meal scheme foodgrain for other purposes as pointed out in CAG reports. Haryana has 11 complaints to reckon with while Madhya Pradesh has 10. West Bengal does no better with nine complaints. Complaints about the “poor quality” of meals served abound, with liz-
After Bihar tragedy, FAO urges cut in hazardous pesticides
Milan, July 30 (reuters): Developing countries should speed up the withdrawal of highly hazardous pesticides from their markets following the death of 23 children from contaminated food in India, the United Nation’s Food and Agriculture Organization said on Tuesday. The children in Bihar died earlier this month after eating a school meal of rice and potato curry contaminated with monocrotophos, a pesticide considered highly hazardous by the FAO and the World Health Organization. “Experience in many developing countries shows that the distribution and use of such highly toxic products very often poses a serious risk to human health and the environment,” the FAO said in a statement. Monocrotophos is banned in many countries but a panel of government experts in India was persuaded by manufacturers that the product was cheaper than alternatives and more effective in controlling pests that decimate crop output. Although the government argues the benefits of strong pesticides outweigh the hazards if properly managed, the food poisoning tragedy underlined criticism such controls are virtually ignored on the ground. The FAO said many countries lacked the resources to properly manage the storage, distribution, handling and disposal of pesticides and to reduce their risks. “Highly hazardous products should not be available to small scale farmers who lack knowledge and the proper sprayers, protective gear and storage facilities to manage such products appropriately,” the FAO added. Monocrotophos is currently prohibited in Australia, China, the European Union and the United States, and in many countries in Africa, Asia and Latin America, the FAO said.
ards, insects, fungus and worms found in the food. And it is common to see children fall ill after such meals. Sample the nature of complaints against states: 126 students in a Delhi school fell ill
after consuming a mid-day meal at a Sarvodaya Vidyalaya in 2011; 42 fell ill after consuming a meal with a lizard in it in two Haryana schools the same year, insects were seen in a meal served at an
Assam school in November 2011; cockroaches in meal caused 22 children to fall ill in Delhi the same month. The year 2012 began with reports of lizards in meals making 85 students ill in a Madhya Pradesh school and ended with news of 100 taking ill after a meal in a Jehanabad school in Bihar. There have also been instances of teachers forcing children to eat a meal just like it has been reported from Gandaman in Chhapra this month. The December 2012 incident in Jehanabad is reported to have taken place after cooks and teacher in charge forced students to consume a meal. Corruption, misappropriation of funds and other irregularities are other major complaints. This year, there have been four complaints from Bihar, with three of them being about alleged corruption, while Chhapra was the fourth. The southern states appear to have done better. Barring Karnataka with two unresolved complaints, there is not a single complaint related to the programme from other southern states. Reflecting the state governments’ lack of seriousness, the data shows that the number of complaints have also been on the rise. While 36 complaints reached the HRD ministry in 2011, the figure rose to 44 in 2012 and has already touched 26 this year.
Dead biker’s mother demands CBI inquiry
neW delhi, July 30 (ians): The mother of the stunt biker who was shot dead by Delhi Police Sunday night has demanded a CBI inquiry into her son’s death. “I want a CBI (Central Bureau of Investigation) inquiry to be conducted because I do not believe in the investigation being conducted so far,” Manju Pandey, mother of the deceased Karan Pandey, told IANS Tuesday. A magisterial probe has already been ordered in the shooting death. Karan, 19, was cremated Tuesday afternoon at the Malviya Nagar crematorium in south Delhi. “The policeman who fired at my son should be arrested as he took his life without any reason,” Manju added. She also questioned the circumstances in which her son was allegedly allured by his friend to leave the house at the midnight without informing her. “I want authorities to probe this angle too,” Manju said. Karan befriended Punit a few months ago, a neighbour said. “Karan didn’t like to indulge in any kind of bad habit. Though he liked speed, he couldn’t perform stunts on bike,” said Dhruv, a common friend of Karan and Punit. “About a month back Karan invited us to his birthday party. Many of us consumed alcohol but Karan refused,” another friend, who did not wish to be named, told IANS. Meanwhile, Delhi Police are likely to arrest Punit. “We questioned him yesterday (Monday) night after he was discharged from hospital. He is now with his parents but he may be arrested soon,” Deputy Commissioner of Police S.B.S. Tyagi told IANS. Punit also received injuries after falling off the bike on the road when a bullet fired by inspector Rajneesh Parmar hit Karan. Stunt biking by around 100 young men led to a tragedy in the heart of Delhi early Sunday when Parmar opened fire, killing Karan, who was riding pillion on Punit’s motorcycle, police said. According to police, the officer fired at the tyre of the motorcycle after issuing three warnings but a bullet hit Pandey. The victims were rushed to Ram Manohar Lohia Hospital, where Karan was declared dead. A medical examination revealed that Punit was under the influence of alcohol. Some friends of Karan also held a silent protest march after the cremation, demanding action against the police officials responsible for Karan’s death.
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Wednesday 31 July 2013
cell phone use linked Mideast talks begin amid deep divisions Excessive to cancer, genetic mutations
WASHINGTON, July 30 (ReuTeRS): Israeli and Palestinian negotiators held their first peace talks in nearly three years on Monday in a U.S.-brokered effort that Secretary of State John Kerry hopes will end their conflict despite deep divisions. Top aides to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas began the talks over an iftar dinner - the evening meal with which Muslims break their daily fast during Ramadan - hosted by Kerry at the State Department. Kerry, who has prodded, coaxed and cajoled the two sides to resume negotiations in a flurry of visits to the Middle East during his less than six months in office, urged Israelis and Palestinians to strike “reasonable compromises.” It was clear, however, from some public statements over the agenda for the talks - which are expected to run for nine months - and comments by Abbas, that there are major disagreements over issues such as borders and security. “It is no secret this is a difficult process. If it were easy, it would have happened a long time ago,” Kerry said with his newly named envoy for Israeli-Palestinian peace, former U.S. Ambassador to Israel Martin Indyk, at his side. “Many difficult choices lie ahead for the negotiators and for the leaders as we seek reasonable compromises on tough, complicated, emotional, and symbolic issues,” Kerry added. The talks started over dinner with Israel represented by Justice Minister Tzipi Livni and Yitzhak Molcho, a close aide to Netanyahu, and the Palestinians by chief negotiator Saeb Erekat and Mohammed Ishtyeh. As the sides came together in Washington on Monday Kerry met separately with each, starting with the Israelis, before all came together around the dinner table. Kerry and his delegation of
Secretary of State John Kerry, second left, is seated with Israel’s Justice Minister and chief negotiator Tzipi Livni, second right, Palestinian chief negotiator Saeb Erekat, right, and Yitzhak Molcho, an adviser to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, at an Iftar dinner, which celebrates Ramadan, at the State Department in Washington, marking the resumption of Israeli-Palestinian peace talks, July 29. (AP Photo)
four, including new envoy Indyk, were seated on one side of the table and their guests on the other side, with the two main negotiators Livni and Erekat seated side by side. “It’s very, very special to be here,” Kerry told his guests. “There isn’t very much to talk about at all,” he joked. The parties have publicly sparred over how the negotiations will unfold, with an Israeli official saying all issues would be discussed simultaneously and a Palestinian official saying they would start with borders and security. Speaking in Cairo on Monday, Abbas struck a hard line, saying that ultimately he did not want a single Israeli citizen or soldier on Palestinian land. His comments were made despite Kerry’s wish that both sides refrain from talking publicly about issues. Israel has previously said it wants to maintain a military
presence in the occupied West Bank at the border with Jordan to prevent any influx of weapons that could be used against it. “In a final resolution, we would not see the presence of a single Israeli civilian or soldier - on our lands,” Abbas said in a briefing to mostly Egyptian journalists in Cairo. In an interview with Reuters Television in Washington, Livni voiced some hope about the talks. “It is not a favor to the United States or to the Palestinians, this is something that we need to do,” she said. Middle East analysts praised Kerry for persuading the two sides to resume talks but emphasized the difficulties ahead. “Right now, there’s almost no chance of achieving a conflictending agreement; yet by pressing the Israelis and Palestinians back toward the table, the United States has assumed responsibility for producing one,” Aaron David
Miller, a former U.S. peace negotiator, wrote in a New York Times opinion piece. “Nobody appears to have a stake in the talks except the United States, and Mr. Kerry,” added Miller, who is now at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars think tank. The United States is seeking to broker an agreement on a “two-state solution” in which Israel would exist peacefully alongside a new Palestinian state created in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip, lands occupied by the Israelis since a 1967 war. The major issues to be resolved in the talks include borders, the future of Jewish settlements on the West Bank, the fate of Palestinian refugees and the status of Jerusalem. Even Indyk, Kerry’s new envoy, who has previously served as the top U.S. diplomat for the Middle East, noted that when Kerry began his efforts this year almost
no one thought he would succeed in reviving the negotiations. “You took up the challenge when most people thought you were on a mission impossible,” Indyk said. Abbas and Netanyahu may have enormous difficulty convincing their own people to accept the compromises needed for peace, Middle East expert Rob Danin of the Council on Foreign Relations think tank wrote on Monday. Resuming talks is unpopular among some of Abbas’s supporters in his Fatah movement, which governs the West Bank, let alone with the Islamist Hamas group that rules the Gaza Strip and has condemned the effort. Netanyahu’s domestic politics are also difficult, with some of his coalition partners against the creation of a Palestinian state, Danin said, adding he may have to leave the Likud Party, as some of his predecessors did, in order to make concessions. “Both sides will be negotiating, not only with each other across a table, but also with their own people back home.” Indyk is a veteran of U.S. efforts to resolve the conflict. He was a senior official during former President Bill Clinton’s failed Camp David summit in 2000 after which violence erupted in Israel and the Palestinian territories. The last direct negotiations collapsed in late 2010 over Israel’s construction of Jewish settlements on occupied land it seized in the 1967 Middle East war. Previous attempts to resolve the conflict have sought to tackle easier disputes first and defer the most emotional ones like the fate of Jerusalem and of Palestinian refugees. In what it called a goodwill gesture to restart diplomacy, the Israeli Cabinet on Sunday approved the release of 104 longserving Palestinian prisoners in stages. Thousands more Palestinians remain in Israeli jails.
Obama, Hillary Clinton meet for lunch, sparking 2016 buzz
WASHINGTON, July 30 (AP): President Barack Obama and former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton shared a meal Monday. While only that much is known for sure, the political speculation machine nevertheless went into overdrive, highlighting how closely both are being watched for signs of their intentions in the 2016 presidential race. For Clinton, it’s a question of whether the former first lady will take the plunge, launching another presidential campaign eight years after she lost to Obama in a hard-fought Democratic primary. For Obama, it’s about dueling loyalties to two of his closest allies who would both covet his endorsement: Clinton and Vice President Joe Biden, who is also said to be eyeing the
White House. Such questions loomed over a midday lunch served al fresco on the patio just outside the president’s Oval Office. Would Clinton tip her hand? Would Obama offer his support? Or would the 2 dive deep into current events - bloodshed in Egypt, for instance, or a budding new round of Mideast peace talks that eluded Clinton as secretary of state? In all likelihood, none of the above. “The purpose of the lunch was chiefly social,” said White House spokesman Josh Earnest, calling it a “chance to catch up” and adding that Obama had initiated the invitation. “Secretary Clinton and the president have developed not just a strong working relationship, but also a genuine friendship.” Biden will have his own chance to catch up with his former Senate
colleague and 2008 primary opponen. The White House said Biden and Clinton will have breakfast together at the Naval Observatory, the vice president’s official residence. Monday’s lunch was not the first time Obama and Clinton got together since Clinton stepped down in February after four years as Obama’s top diplomat. They saw each other briefly in Dallas at the opening of former President George W. Bush’s presidential library in April. And in March, the Clintons shared a private dinner with Obama that wasn’t announced publicly until after the fact. In the meantime, Clinton has kept up a hectic schedule of speeches and public appearances that has provided further fodder to those urging her to run again.
Something fishy in Putin’s latest stunt?
In this photo taken on Saturday, July 20, 2013, Russian President Vladimir Putin shows a big pike he caught while fishing during a mini-break in the Siberian Tyva region (also referred to as Tuva), Russia. Putin said it’s his first pike of such a big size. (AP Photo)
MOSCOW, July 30 (ReuTeRS): There was a time when Vladimir Putin’s macho antics inspired pride among Russians, but many are finding it hard to believe the president’s latest stunt - catching a huge pike in Siberia. Video footage released by
the Kremlin last week showed Putin dressed in camouflage fatigues and sunglasses, fishing, driving a motorboat and petting reindeer in a remote region of Siberia with his prime minister and defense minister.
But the images of the 60-yearold president hauling in a pike which the Kremlin said weighed 21 kg (46 pounds) proved too much for some Russians to swallow. Within hours, online satirists were questioning whether the incident was staged and whether the pike was really as big as the Kremlin said. “Wonder who planted that fish for Putin to catch,” said a caption placed under two online pictures, one of Putin holding the fish and the other showing Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev emerging from a river in a wetsuit with a satisfied look. Experienced anglers posted photographs of large pike they had caught, questioning the size and weight of the ex-KGB officer’s catch. One photo caption called it “Churov’s Pike” - a reference to election commission chief Vladimir Churov who is accused by the opposition of conjuring victory for Putin’s party in elections which they say were marred by fraud. He denies doing so. Putin has often burnished his image since first coming to power in 2000 with outdoor exploits such as riding a horse with a bare torso and shooting a tiger with a tranquilizer. But the Kremlin admitted under pressure that a stunt in 2011, in which Putin found ancient artifacts at the bottom of the Black Sea, was staged. When he flew with migrating storks last year, he was widely mocked online. This time, the Kremlin stood firm. “I personally saw the scales and was present in the weighing. It was seriously more than 20 kg (44 lb),” Putin’s press secretary, Dmitry Peskov, told Interfax news agency. Putin remains Russia’s most popular politician, with a recent opinion poll showing his trust level at 45 percent, but his authority was dented by mass protests in Moscow and other big cities that began in late 2011 and carried on into 2012.
A political support network seeking to create a campaign-in-waiting in case she runs, Ready for Hillary, recently picked up support from some of Obama’s most prominent former campaign organizers. So it’s no wonder that each Obama-Clinton rendezvous is closely analyzed, elating some and prompting eye rolls from others who lament that barely six months in to Obama’s second term, talk about his replacement is already reaching a fever pitch. “In Democratic circles, it makes people fantasize and engage in all kinds of speculation, when in fact it may just be a tete-a-tete between the leader of the free world and the most important person in the Democratic Party,” said Hank Sheinkopf, a New York-based Democratic strategist.
WASHINGTON, July 30 (IANS): Excessive use of mobile phone can lead to oxidative stress in cells that is linked to cellular and genetic mutations which cause development of tumours, says a study. Oxidative stress is a process that damages all aspects of a human cell, including DNA, through the development of toxic peroxide and free radicals. Dr. Yaniv Hamzany of Tel Aviv University’s Sackler Faculty of Medicine and the Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery Department at the Rabin Medical Center looked for clues in the saliva of cell phone users to further explore the relationship between cancer rates and cell phone use. Comparing heavy mobile phone users to non-users, they found that the saliva of heavy users showed indications of higher oxidative stress. More importantly, it is considered a major risk factor for cancer. The findings have been reported in the journal Antioxidants and Redox Signaling.
Wednesday 31 July 2013
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Macau aims for another Vegas staple: boxing
In this July 27, 2013 photo, China's Zou Shiming, right, fights against Mexico's Jesus Ortega during their Flyweight bout at the Cotai Arena in Venetian Macao in Macau. The Chinese fighter’s victory at a Macau showdown brings the world’s top casino market a step closer to challenging Las Vegas for dominance of another Sin City staple: big-time boxing matches. Macau, which long ago eclipsed Vegas as the world's top gambling city, is now looking to add to its allure by holding the kind of boxing bouts that Las Vegas is known for. (AP Photo)
MACAu, JuLy 30 (AP): A Chinese fighter's victory at a Macau showdown brings the world's top casino market a step closer to challenging Las Vegas for dominance of another Sin City staple: big-time boxing matches. Macau, which long ago eclipsed Vegas as the world's top gambling city, is now looking to add to its allure by holding the kind of boxing bouts that Las Vegas is known for. The tiny Chinese enclave near Hong Kong is hosting a series of highprofile bouts this year featuring a pair of Asian stars: Chinese two-time Olympic gold medalist Zou Shiming and Philippine fighter Manny Pacquiao.
Zou made his professional debut in April, winning the "Fists of Gold" match at Macau's Venetian resort. He returned for a second installment of the series on Saturday night, defeating his Mexican opponent in a unanimous decision at the Cotai Arena. Zou's rise has helped boost boxing's popularity among fans in China, where the sport was banned until the mid-1980s. Chinese fans, mostly subdued for the six preliminary "undercard" fights, rose to their feet for the main event, calling out "Jia you!" — Chinese for "Let's go!" — and stomping their feet as Zou fought a six-round flyweight match with Jesus
DOhA, JuLy 30 (AP): Christian Benitez, a soccer star from Ecuador who led the Mexican league in scoring last season, died Monday a day after playing in a game for his club in Qatar. He was 27. The Qatari club El Jaish provided no details about the death but said Benitez did not complain about his health Sunday. The team is awaiting a medical report. El Jaish played Qatar Sports in the Sheik Jassim Cup, a warmup tournament for the upcoming season. The club said this was Benitez's first game with his new team. The game was played in hot and humid conditions typical of the Persian Gulf this time of year. Qatar will host the 2022 World Cup and the searing heat has prompted many in soccer to call for the tournament to be moved to winter. Benitez,
a powerful striker, joined El Jaish after helping his Mexican club America win the championship last season. "He was a player that over the short period he was here was regarded for his high moral character," El Jaish said in a statement. Benitez had 24 goals in 58 appearances for Ecuador and was on its 2006 World Cup team. He also scored against Chile in the 2007 Copa America and had four goals during qualifying for the 2014 World Cup Benitez also spent a season in England with Birmingham. In Mexico, he played with one of the country's most popular teams. On its website the team mourned "one of the most recent America idols, and shares the sorrow felt by the entire Benitez Betancourt family, and the sport in Mexico, Ecuador and the world."
Ortega. Now all eyes are on the "Clash in Cotai" in November, featuring Pacquiao for the main event and Zou on the undercard. Organizers say it'll be the biggest professional boxing match ever held in China. It'll also be the first outside of the U.S. since 2006 for the Filipino superstar, who has lost his two last bouts. Boxing's emergence in Macau is another reminder of how the global gambling industry's center of gravity has shifted to the East thanks to rising incomes in China. The former Portuguese colony, now a semiautonomous region of China, overtook the Las Vegas Strip in 2006 as the world's most lucrative gambling
market. Last year it raked in $38 billion in gambling revenue, six times more than the Strip. But authorities want Macau to be known for more than gambling and see big events as a way to turn the city, which has a lingering reputation for seediness and corruption, into a broader tourist destination. Zou's celebrated trainer, Los Angeles-based Freddie Roach, left no doubt about how the focus has changed in the boxing world. "I think I've got a new home," he said at a press conference last week, referring to the Venetian, the flagship casino resort of billionaire Sheldon Adelson's Macau casino arm, Sands
China Ltd. "Macau has become the capital of the boxing world." For promoter Top Rank, it's a chance to get a head start on bringing the sport to the huge, untapped market in China. Boxing was banned under Communist Party Chairman Mao Zedong for being too violent and too Western. It wasn't until 1986 that the ban was lifted. The sport is nowhere near as popular in China as soccer or basketball, but Top Rank boss Bob Arum sees a vast potential market of new fans. Key to his plan is Zou, who became a celebrity in China after winning a gold medal in the Beijing Olympics and another at the London Olympics. Zou
"has energized people who follow sports in China," said Arum. "The number of people who watched his last fight in China was quite remarkable, anywhere between 100 million to 200 million homes based on the surveys we've had done. That's outstanding. Most countries don't even have that many people." Top Rank put on a Vegas-style production for the Macau fights, complete with spotlights, scantilyclad "ring girls" and announcer Michael Buffer, best known for his catchphrase, "Let's get ready to rumble!" Arum said production costs for a Macau show amount to $500,000, about the same as for bouts in Vegas. Arum said he envisions Top Rank, which organizes 60 boxing shows a year, eventually holding four to six a year in Macau. Las Vegas, in comparison, is hosting a dozen pro bouts this year. For Arum, the big prize in bringing boxing to China is the potential for pay per view profits that would dwarf those in the U.S. Zou's fights were carried on state broadcaster CCTV. Arum had hoped to offer the Pacquiao fight on pay per view but he said lining up a deal with potential partners has been harder than expected. China's broadcasting industry is dominated by state-run broadcasters while premium cable and satellite channels have little role to play. One idea had been to offer the November fight for $5 in China on smartphones. That's a fraction of the $50-$60 typically charged to see a live bout on cable in the U.S but the sheer numbers of potential viewers in a country with more than 1 billion people would make up the difference. "We were hoping to do pay per view in China but we are not anywhere near ready to do it yet. That's something for next year and the year after," he said. "Once we get that going, it could be a monster," said Arum.
NPL to start from September DIMAPuR, JuLy 30 (MExN): The 2nd edition of the Nagaland Premier League 2013 is scheduled to start from the second week of September. A press note from the Nagaland Football Association has directed all clubs to register with their respective District Associations on or before August 31.
Delhi Police to apply for cancelling Sreesanth's bail
NEw DELhI, JuLy 30 (IANs): Delhi Police will apply for cancelling the bail of cricketer Sreesanth and 20 others who are allegedly involved in the Indian Premier League (IPL) spot-fixing scandal. "We are filing a chargesheet in the IPL spot-fixing case today (Tuesday) and we will apply for the cancellation of bail of all 21 accused including Sreesanth," S.N. Srivastava, special commissioner of police (Special Cell) told IANS. Till now, 29 people had been arrested in the IPL spot fixing case. Twenty-one of them are on bail, while eight are in judicial custody. Three Rajasthan Royals players - Sreesanth, Ankeet Chavan and Ajit Chandila - were arrested by Delhi Police from Mumbai, May 16. While Sreesanth and Chavan are out on bail, Chandila is still languishing in Tihar jail.
Court asks BCCI to reinvestigate spot-fixing
MuMBAI, JuLy 30 (AP): An Indian court on Tuesday said the spot-fixing allegations from this year's Indian Premier League should be reinvestigated after declaring that a panel set up by the Board of Control for Cricket in India was "illegal and unconstitutional." The panel had cleared two teams and its officials of the charges. "The entire incident needs to be reinvestigated," the Bombay High Court said in its order after the Cricket Association of Bihar filed a case against the BCCI. "There was disparity in the evidence collected by the probe panel." The order effectively strikes down the panel's report clearing Chennai Super Kings team principal Gurunath Meiyappan and Rajasthan Royals co-owner Raj Kundra of betting and keeping in touch with illegal bookmakers during the IPL. The report was to be discussed at an IPL governing council meeting on Friday when the teams and officials were expected to be formally cleared of the charges. Former BCCI secretary Sanjay Jagdale was originally the third member of the panel but his resignation after the spot-fixing controversy reduced the number to two. The spot-fixing controversy arose after the arrest of Rajasthan Royals players Shantakumaran Sreesanth, Ajit Chandila and Ankeet Chavan by Delhi Police, who claimed they had proof that the players had conceded more than a specified number of runs per over in return for money from illegal bookmakers. The three players were charged with cheating, criminal conspiracy and criminal breach of trust. Two other players - Sidharth Trivedi and Harmeet Singh - were also questioned by police. Sreesanth and Chavan are out on bail, while Chandila is in jail awaiting trial. Meiyappan, who is the son-in-law of BCCI president Narainswamy Srinivasan, spent nearly two weeks in jail after he was accused of spot-fixing, while Kundra admitted only to betting and was never arrested. Srinivasan, who is the managing director of the India Cements company that owns the Chennai Super Kings, was forced to step aside pending the investigations for fears of a conflict between his responsibilities and the allegations against Meiyappan.
Ecuadorian soccer star dies in Qatar after game Franklin cruises as she
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In this file picture taken May 26, 2013 America´s Christian Benitez reacts after missing a chance to score during a final match of the Mexican soccer league against Cruz Azul in Mexico City. According to his new club El Jaish, Ecuadorian striker, and also former Birmingham City player Christian ‘Chucho’ Benítez has passed away at the age of 27. (AP Photo)
Ferrari rebuke Alonso on his birthday
MARANELLO, JuLy 30 (REutERs): Ferrari dealt Fernando Alonso a rare public rebuke on his birthday on Monday for critical comments after Sunday's Hungarian Formula One Grand Prix. "All the great champions who have driven for Ferrari have always been asked to put the interests of the team above their own," the team website (www.ferrari.com) quoted president Luca di Montezemolo as telling the Spaniard in a telephone conversation to wish him a happy 32nd birthday. "This is the moment to stay calm, avoid polemics and show humility and determination in making one's own contribution, standing alongside the team and its people both at the track and outside it," he added. Alonso finished fifth at the Hungaroring and slipped to third in the
championship, 39 points adrift of Red Bull's triple champion Sebastian Vettel with nine races left. Asked afterwards what kind of car he wanted for his birthday, the double world champion told Italian reporters: "The one the others have". Asked also
what he planned to do over the August break, with the season now at its midpoint, the Spaniard had retorted: "I will pray". In a blunt assessment, the Ferrari website said Alonso's comments "did not go down well with Montezemolo, nor with anyone in the
team" and said the president had "tweaked" the driver's ear in their conversation. The polemic came after Alonso's manager was seen entering the Red Bull motorhome in Hungary, triggering paddock speculation that the champions could be considering the
Ferrari driver as a possible team mate for Vettel. Alonso has a contract with Ferrari to the end of 2016 and is the team's undisputed number one driver, with Montezemolo usually unstinting in his praise. Ferrari had earlier announced a reshuffle in their engineering department with James Allison arriving from Lotus as technical director from Sept. 1. Pat Fry will assume a new position as director of engineering and both men will report to team principal Stefano Domenicali. Allison, who worked closely with German driver Michael Schumacher in a previous stint with Ferrari, left his last job as Lotus technical director in May. Ferrari said Allison's arrival was proof of Montezemolo's determination to ensure the team had all the support and resources it needed.
BARCELONA, JuLy 30 (AP): Missy Franklin cruised through the water Tuesday morning, trying to use as little energy as possible with a tough double looming in the evening. Franklin posted the fifthfastest time in the 200-meter freestyle at 1 minute, 56.90 seconds. Camille Muffat of France, a silver medalist in this event at last year's London Olympics, was top qualifier at 1:56.53. Olympic champion Allison Schmitt shockingly failed to qualify for the team that came to Barcelona, leaving Franklin as the top American hope. She was fourth in London, missing a medal by a hundredth of a second. Now, she's competing in eight events at the worlds, hoping to join Michael Phelps as the only swimmers to claim eight golds in a major international meet. "When you have to swim each race three times, you really have to be smart about how you swim them," Franklin said. "So I knew the goal for today was to make it back for semifinals." It was a good morning for the American team after being shut out of gold the previous night. Tyler Clary led the field in the 200 butterfly, edging Olympic champion Chad le Clos of South Africa. Connor Jaeger posted the fastest time in prelims of the grueling 800 freestyle, just ahead of Sun Yang of China. Cameron van der Burgh of South Africa topped the prelims for the 50 breaststroke, a nonOlympic event. Christian Sprenger of Australia, who beat van der Burgh for gold in the 100 breast, advanced in fourth. Franklin already has a gold in the 4x100 free relay and is a big favorite to make it two-for-two in the 100 backstroke during the
United States's Missy Franklin prepares to start a Women's 200m freestyle heat at the FINA Swimming World Championships in Barcelona, Spain, Tuesday, July 30. (AP Photo)
evening finals. Then, with only a short break, she'll return to the pool for the semifinals of the 200 free. "I'm really looking forward to it," Franklin said. "Now that I have that race out of the way, I can really focus on my double tonight." The schedule is more favorable that it was at the Olympics, where the order of events was flip-flopped: the 200 free semifinals came first, then Franklin compet-
ed in the 100 back final. This time, she'll have her most important race first and merely needs to finish in the top eight of the other to earn a shot at another gold. "It's nice that it's different from London," Franklin said. "I'm really excited for that." Franklin swam in the next-to-last heat and trailed Katinka Hosszu, who is shaping up to be one of the big stars in Barcelona.
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ver since its establishment in July of 2003, NIAPA has become a name to reckon with in the fashion, beauty and wellness and entertainment industries. It has become a highly visible brand associated with the biggest events in Northeast India. In its ambit of experience, NIAPA has spearheaded some of major key events like the “North East Mega Model and Manhunt Contest” (2004), and in 2005 organized a show where International Superstar, Jay Sean gave a live performance at Kohima local ground, as part of the Hornbill Festival. NIAPA took over 3 days of the annual hornbill festival 2012 where it directed a theatre piece called, “Echoes from the Past”, on the first day, followed by the “Annual Hornbill Ball” for the second day, and for the final day presented the biggest fashion show of Nagaland called the, “NIAPA Fashion Night” where international models walked alongside national and local models showcasing acclaimed designers Annu and Amrit and Nagaland’s own Esther Jamir making her debut as a designer. The academy has always worked with top names of fashion and ever
A glimpse of some of the activities and shows organized by NIAPA since its inception in 2003. (Image Courtesy:NIAPA)
since its inception, India’s top choreographer and an advisor to the academy, Ajay Bisht has been choreographing and helping with our every show production. NIAPA also collaborated with FHM magazine, which is one of the top men’s magazine of India to host the first fashion party of Nagaland and also FHM’s
first venture into the northeast region. Apart from events, NIAPA has also been associated with charity works all over Nagaland. In 2004, it organized a fashion show in Kohima where the proceeds of the show were donated to the tuberculosis hospital in Khuzama, Kohima. For the past 2 years, every Decem-
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Katy Perry brought her 92-year-old grandmother Ann Hudson as her date to the 'Smurfs 2' premiere over the weekend. The popstar walked the special blue carpet alongside her 92-year-old grandmother Ann Hudson at the Los Angeles premiere of the new animated movie at the Regency Village Theatre in Westwood, California, on Sunday (28.07.13). Ann - who wore a T-shirt printed with the phrase, ''I've got the hots for Papa Smurf' - also sported a special jewel-encrusted walking stick.
bus connected with Justin Bieber's tour was reportedly stopped by police on Sunday night after it was suspected marijuana and drug paraphernalia was on board. The vehicle is said to have been held at the border between the American state of Michigan and Canada with Chief Customs and Border Protection Officer Ken Hammond telling TMZ a sniffer dog sensed there was marijuana on board. The Baby singer was not on the bus which was held at the Ambassador Bridge which separates Windsor in Canada and the US city of Detroit. The drugs which were reportedly found on board were confiscated and the driver of the bus is said to have been issued a citation. The driver and passengers were then apparently released following the con-
Robin Williams brings 'Crazy' moments
he freewheeling improvised comedy that made Robin Williams a star on 1970s sitcom "Mork & Mindy" will be on display in his new CBS comedy "The Crazy Ones," though the actor says the series will deliver a character that audiences relate to. Returning to TV for the first time since "Mork" went off the air in 1982, Williams will play an eccentric advertising executive who employs unorthodox methods to win and keep clients. "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" star Sarah Michelle Gellar plays the straightlaced daughter who battles to keep him from going too far. Williams said his character takes chances, and he hopes audiences will be drawn to his successes and failures as well as the relationship with his daughter. "You have to establish a character that people buy into," Williams told reporters at a Television Critics Association meeting in Beverly Hills. "I think people will buy into not just my character but the relationship with everybody else. He has good ideas and bad ones." Producer David E. Kelley, known for television hits like "The Practice" and "Ally McBeal," said Williams sticks to the script but also is given the freedom to add his own take. "He says my words perfectly," Kelley said. "Then he uses his. He manages inside the box, then we give him a few takes where he gets to take out of it." After playing the wildly comic space alien Mork, Williams built a successful career in movies, performing in comedies, dramas, big Hollywood flicks and low-budget art
ber 24th, NIAPA have been visiting and giving out gifts and basic necessities to orphanages around Dimapur; civil hospital was also vis-
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house films. He won an Oscar in 1998 for his role in "Good Will Hunting" and has been nominated three other times. "The Crazy Ones," which premieres September 26, is one of a handful of new shows CBS will air to plug the holes in its top-rated primetime lineup. The network is bringing back 20 shows, more than any of its competitors. "Crazy Ones" will include real-life companies as clients, such as McDonald's (MCD.N: Quote, Profile, Research), which is featured in the first episode. The hamburger chain did not pay for the appearance and did not give approval to the script, executive producer Jason Winer said. Geller said acting alongside Williams offered her a new challenge. "It's like when my three-year-old says something really inappropriate, and it's really funny but I can't laugh," she said.
fiscation of the items found on board. We have contacted a representative for Justin for comment. Rihanna's tour bus was stopped at the same point in March this year and it was reportedly held for the same reason. And this is also not the first time a bus associated with Justin's tour has been stopped by police. It was reported another bus connected with the star's tour was stopped in Sweden in April after an unusual smell was thought to be coming from the bus. A press officer for Stockholm police told local newspaper Aftonbladet at the time: "A colleague felt a strong smell of marijuana, like someone had been smoking in the bus." Justin went ahead with his show in the city at the time before moving on to his next scheduled performance in Helsinki.
ited last year on Christmas eve. As a part of the hornbill ball 2012, NIAPA organized the annual ball and gave out the total ticket sales of ru-
pees 4,00,000 to the spastic society, Nagaland. NIAPA recently ventured into technical education in 2011 and has, over a short term already established as arguably, one of the biggest institutes in the Northeast India. The courses offered at NIAPA vary from fashion to beauty to make up and hair to
wellness to theatre. Apart from the trainings, it organizes annual sports, Halloween cum prom and preChristmas for the students. In the near future, NIAPA is also looking at promoting young and talented musicians into the international market through our global network. NIAPA’s partnership
with the government of Nagaland, JCKRC and Chic Model Management in 2011 proved to be pivotal as it was able to provide 100% job placements to their students today. And on the entertainment side, it has lived up to expectations and has one of its own trained model, SubiTaba winning the first runners up at the Miss Northeast held recently at Guwahati in 2013. In February 2014, NIAPA will begin its global operations with its debut international show at the Couture Week, New York.The New York Couture Week is one of the world’s premier fashion events with over 200 press organizations covering it and TV viewership of more then 800 million over 139 countries reaching across 5 continents. As a prelude to the new York show, NIAPA would be organizing the first Nagaland designer contest called the ‘NIAPA Designer Award’ where the winner will get to showcase his or her collection at the couture week, NYC and the 4 finalists will get to showcase their collection at the Hornbill Festival where we it is organizing the ‘NIAPA Fashion Night’ again later this year. In all, with a debut at this level, NIAPA is poised to make its mark in the global industry map.
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he's Tweeted about her sleepless nights attending to a teething baby but there were no signs of bags under Fearne Cotten's eyes as she returned to modelling for Very.co.uk. The new mother - who gave birth to her son, Rex, in February - cuts a stylish figure showcasing her latest collection for the popular e-tailer. In one shot, the 31-year-old wears a figure-hugging fuchsia disco dress and sky-scraper black stilettos, while in another she dons a floaty purple dress with matching heels. While she was pregnant, Fearne turned to Tsali Lennox and DJ Leah Weller to model her previous two collections. But five months after giving birth, she returns in front of the camera to show off her Autumn/Winter 13 range. The TV and radio presenter turned fashion designer may have recently dyed her hair pink, but sports her trademark blonde locks for the shoot. Available in sizes 8-20, the range includes gold embellished tops and trousers with a gothic influence, along with bright printed dresses. The latest clothes, which cost from £22 to £69, form Fearne's tenth collection for Very.co.uk, who she has worked with since 2009. Last month she unveiled a homeware collection with them too. Jon Owen, retail director of Very.co.uk said they were delighted with their continuing collaboration with the star. 'Our customers always respond well to Fearne's collection as she is such a strong icon and great ambassador for her range,' he said. 'Fearne's AW13 collection gives our customers access to her signature style, and the ability to make it work for them.' Fearne will return to her role as a DJ on Radio One's mid-morning slot from September after Sara Cox has covered her maternity leave for the station.
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alman Khan seems to be in no mood for questions about his relationship these days. A few days ago, pictures of his alleged girlfriend Iulia Vantur with her husband had reportedly irked him. Now, the Mental star was recently asked to comment on his ex-girlfriend Katrina
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Kaif's leaked bikini pictures with rumoured beau Ranbir Kapoor. This was enough to blow Salman Khan’s anger out of proportion. Recently, when a reporter asked the actor about his reaction on Katrina-Ranbir’s vacation pictures, the actor verbally abused him (apparently, the worst of abuses) in Hindi. It seems the reporter was new on the job. Unmindful of Salman’s temper, he dared to poke him
with questions surrounding Katrina, his ex-girlfriend. This is not the first time Salman has hit back on a journalist. He has done that in the past as well, and mostly, in the context of his rumoured girlfriends. Salman has already been busy shooting for his films Kick and Mental, besides gearing up for Bigg Boss season 7. Salman is also facing a tough time amidst court hearings in the hit-and-run case.
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Ecclestone confirms no Indian GP in 2014
New Delhi, July 30 (iANS): Formula 1 boss Bernie Ecclestone Tuesday confirmed that the 2014 Indian Grand Prix will have to be dropped to tweak the racing calendar and that he is working with event promoters Jaypee to have one in the first half of 2015. Ecclestone, who has been the controlling the F1 empire for nearly 40 years, told IANS from his London office that he and his Formula 1 management always wanted the India round early in the season. "When we signed the five-year deal with Jaypee, we were keen on going to India in the first half and Jaypee wanted it to be in October. We gave in at that time, but now it looks we will have the race early 2015," Ecclestone, 82, told IANS. Shifting the Indian Grand Prix to early 2015 would mean the British Silver medalist Ginger Huber from the U.S., left, gold medalist Cesilie Carlton from U.S., center, and bronze medalist Anna Bader from Germany, right, pose during the podium ceremony magnate will not be celafter the women's 20 meter high dive final at the FINA Swimming World Championships in ebrating his birthday in India for the first time in Barcelona, Spain, Tuesday, July 30. (AP Photo)
four years, assuming he will be here for the October 2013 race. He said the 2014 round will not take place as it would be impossible for Jaypee to host two races within six months. As it is the hosts shell out $40 million (Rs 237.7 crore) for every F1 race at Buddh International Circuit (BIC) as licensing fee. "It (hosting one race in October 2014 and another in early 2015) was too close. Therefore, after speaking to promoters, we think it is best not to have a race in 2014 and have one in 2015," said Ecclestone, who will present the 2014 calendar to the governing International Automobile Federation (FIA) in September. However, Malaysia hosted two races in a short span of time when it organised the last race of 2000 in October and from the following year onwards the round is being held in March. Ecclestone said during the Hungarian Grand Prix
last week that the Indian Grand Prix was unlikely to happen next year and the reason for it was 'political'. It is interpreted as teams not being happy with the taxation policy of India and the red tape involved. Asked about the challenges facing the Indian Grand Prix, Ecclestone said: "There are issues that need to be sorted out in your country. I hope the organisers are able to deal with it at the earliest." Having a race at the start of the season means India will have to be clubbed with Australia, and the Asian nations Malaysia, Bahrain and China. Ecclestone did not spec-
ify how he would fit India on the 2015 calendar, merely saying: "We will have to club India with the four rounds in the Asia Pacific region." The F1 czar has a possible 22 races jostling for space on the calendar with teams expressing a strong preference for a maximum of 20. Russia is looking forward to its first race in the Black Sea resort of Sochi towards the end of next year, and a Grand Prix in New Jersey, US, is also planned for 2014. Austria is also keen on returning to the F1 fold after an 11-year break. India first hosted a Grand Prix in 2011 and this year's race is scheduled for October 27 as the 16th
round of the 19-event card. The two races in India have been won by Red Bull's triple world champion Sebastian Vettel. The inaugural edition was attended by 95,000 fans while the number dropped to 60,000 in the second year. "The second year is always difficult for the organisers. I hope bigger crowds turn up for the third edition," said Ecclestone. Asked whether he would want Indian GP to continue after the five-year contract, Ecclestone said: "I really want it to continue, but it all depends on a lot of other factors. The sport is expanding its base every year."
Forty-nine matches will be played in 14 venues across the two host nations, with Australia staging 26 games at grounds in Adelaide, Brisbane, Canberra, Hobart, Melbourne, Perth and Sydney. New Zealand will host 23 games in seven cities, including Christchurch where international cricket is set to return for the first time since the 6.3-magnitude quake which killed 185 people in 2011. The tournament, which was last staged in Australia and New Zealand in 1992, will also visit the cities of Auckland, Dunedin, Hamilton, Napier, Nelson and Wellington. The top four sides from
each pool will go through to the knockout stage.. (Also read: Dhoni confident of retaining World Cup) New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum said he was encouraged by the draw. "We've had recent success over both Sri Lanka and England in one-dayers, so to face them and a qualifying team in the first three matches is certainly an encouraging draw for us," he said. Ireland has already qualified but the other three other teams will be determined by the ICC World Cricket League Championship 2011-2013 in October and a qualifier to be hosted in New Zealand in January and February 2014.
ICC 2015 World Cup: India, Pakistan clubbed in same group
MelbourNe, July 30 (AFP): ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 launched: India and Pakistan grouped together, face off on February 15Cricket World Cup co-hosts Australia and New Zealand have been drawn in the same group for the 2015 tournament, while title-holders India will face off against longtime rival Pakistan, officials said on Tuesday. The first match of the prestigious one-day tournament will be held in Christchurch, the New Zealand city devastated by an earthquake in 2011, when the locals take on Sri Lanka on February 14. (Highlights from the ICC's launch of 2015 World Cup) Later that day, Aus-
tralia will face Ashes foes England at the Melbourne Cricket Ground -- also the venue for the day-night final match of the flagship tournament of the 50-over game on March 29. "The 2015 tournament will mark 40 years since the first World Cup in 1975 and that history of great contests and heroes helps make the tournament what it is - the most sought-after prize in our increasingly global game," said ICC chief executive David Richardson. "I'm absolutely confident that the success of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 will further strengthen the status of 50-over cricket as a successful and viable format alongside Tests and Twenty20 Internationals."
Australia and New Zealand, whose prime ministers attended launches at simultaneous events in Melbourne and Wellington, are grouped with England, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and two qual-
The Poland international enjoyed a sensational season, scoring 24 league goals and adding another 10 in the Champions League, including four in one game against Real Madrid. Dortmund, who lost out to Bayern in all three competitions last season, will not receive a transfer fee if Lewandowski leaves as a free agent after his deal expires next year. "When I am out on the pitch then Dortmund is all I think about. I want to give it all I got and be successful," he said. Lewandowski has already bagged his first silverware of the season, Dortmund winning the German Super Cup title by beating Bayern 4-2 last week. The 24-year-old showed no signs of disappointment over the failed transfer, setting up his team's first goal. "I hope this was not the last title," he said.
MelbourNe, July 30 (reuTerS): Blaming limited overs cricket for the struggles of Australia's Test batsmen is wrongheaded, according to former wicketkeeper Adam Gilchrist, who says their problems in the Ashes are mental rather than technical. Australia's specialist batsmen have been mostly woeful on tour in England, surrendering their wickets cheaply and putting their bowlers under enormous pressure to protect razorthin targets. Batting collapses in both innings at Lord's handed England a 2-0 lead in the five-Test series, and Australia head into the third match at Old Trafford on Thursday with forecasts of a humiliating whitewash ringing in their ears. Many pundits Down Under have attributed their batsmen's travails to the stand-and-deliver approach honed in Twenty20 cricket, leaving them illequipped to patiently graft their way through a long Test innings. Gilchrist, whose aggressive batting terrorised bowlers across the globe in a brilliant career of 96 Tests and 287 one-day internationals, said if that were the case, their opponents would also be struggling at
An Indian-Pakistan match is always eagerly awaited and this time - in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 - the arch rivals will battle each other on the second day of the tournament. Pool A England, Australia (co-host), Sri lanka, Bangladesh, New Zealand (co-host), Qualifier 2 (TBD), Qualifier 3 (TBD)
Pool B South Africa, India, Pakistan, West Indies, Zimbabwe, Qualifier 1 (Ireland), Qualifier 4 (TBD)
Matches scheduled for February and March 2015 ifiers in the contest, held once every four years. Title-holders India are pooled with Pakistan, South Africa, the West Indies, Zimbabwe, Ireland and one other qualifying team. (Complete list of In-
dia's fixtures) "This is one of the biggest events in world sport," Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd said of the tournament, which is expected to draw a global television audience of close to one bil-
lion people. "It will attract cricket fans from around the globe and also promote Australia and our close friend New Zealand internationally -especially in India and other parts of south Asia."
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berliN, July 30 (reuTerS): Borussia Dortmund forward Robert Lewandowski pledged his commitment to the Champions League finalists on Tuesday despite failing in his bid to move to treble winners Bayern Munich. Lewandowski, whose contract at Dortmund runs to 2014, had refused to sign an extension late last season and had said he hoped to be joining his "club of choice" very soon. After a months-long transfer saga and with Lewandowski set to become the second Dortmund player to be poached by rivals Bayern after Mario Goetze, Dortmund blocked the move which would have brought in millions of euros. "I will give everything I've got for Dortmund," Lewandowski told Bild newspaper. "It does not matter what happened. I am not interested about that on the pitch."
SyDNey, July 30 (iANS): Former Australian speedster Brett Lee is seeking David Warner's return to the national cricket side and wants him to open with Shane Watson in the ongoing Ashes series. Lee wants Warner to take the place of Chris Rogers who has failed to perform except for one half century in the first Test at Trent Bridge. "I reckon someone like Warner is a match-winner. You've got to inject him into the team. Nothing against, he's got good figures and he's done well, but get someone like a Warner to match up with a Watson - someone who won't back down to the English. Whether or not he gets any runs, he's going to give it to them," Lee was quoted saying in the Sydney Morning Herald on Tuesday. Lee was sure of Warner's ability as a match winner along with Watson and captain Micheal Clarke and was believes that Australia can turn the tide against a confident England team who lead 2-0 in the five-match series.
the crease. "I think our guys are showing a disappointing mental approach to (batting) and I'm sure they're disappointed as much as anyone with their own choices and decisions they're making within their innings," the 41-yearold said in an interview on Tuesday at the Melbourne launch of the 2015 World Cup. "A lot of people say 'Oh, T20 is ruining the game', but that's being played
"We've got that in Shane Watson, Michael Clarke when he's batting well. Why not give someone like David Warner a chance because he's a match-winner? England are looking very confident now. Gramme Swann is bowling with pure confidence and their batsmen are backing that up. We don't have that with the Australian team right now. It only takes one huge innings or one good bowling spell to get the boys back in the right frame of mind. I've got no doubt they can do it," Lee said at a promotional event in Sydney for the launch of the 2015 World Cup. Warner could be a part of the team for the third Test as he returned to form by scoring 193 for Australia A against South Africa A but coach Darren Lehmann said that it is still not certain that the explosive left-handed batsman will play. “He’s not a certainly no. He got 193 and played well, did exactly what we wanted him to do. Again we’ll have to look at the wicket and we come up with the top six,” Lehmann had said earlier.
globally. "England's top six, they all feature - if not in T20, certainly in the one-day format - they all play for England and they've shown an ability to adapt and mould their game around the scenario that's required. "It's not a skill or technique, it's a mindset as much as anything ... the challenge is you've got to get through what's required at the time and flourish later on. "I think a
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lot of players themselves would agree they've sort of been caught either in first gear or sixth gear and not much in between. I've got no doubt they're aware of that and they'll be trying to fix that up." Commentators alike in Britain and Down Under have written off Australia's hopes of staving off a harrowing series defeat, and Gilchrist said the team should forget about the scoreline.
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