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Management is doing things right; leadership is doing the right things
Kamal Nath sworn-in as pro tem speaker
Governor honour achievers of HSLC and HSSLC 2014
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Thursday, June 5, 2014 12 pages Rs. 4 –Peter Drucker
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Neymar leads Brazil win over Panama
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China on high alert on Tiananmen anniversary
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nagaland state and rising ‘air pollution’
By Sandemo Ngullie
An Environmental and Health Concern Vibi Yokha Kohima | June 4
Behold, unto us a new Union is born.
A woman closes her eyes as she joins tens of thousands of people attending a candlelight vigil at Victoria Park in Hong Kong Wednesday, June 4 to mark the 25th anniversary of the June 4th Chinese military crackdown on the pro-democracy movement in Beijing. (AP Photo)
R&B minister irked by NPG high handedness Kohima, June 4 (mexn): Minister for Roads & Bridges (R&B), Kuzholuzo (Azo) Nienu has expressed “serious concern” over the “high handedness” of Naga Political Groups (NPGs) in Phek town which resulted in the death of a civilian, Chivoveyi Nienu on June 3. The victim was physically assaulted by two members of NNC (N/A), identified as Vekuvo and Thomas on May 29 last, on alleged false conviction. Questioning the “inactivity and slackness” of the district administration and the law enforcing agencies in the district, the minister was of the opinion that concerned office heads should “relinquish their chairs if they cannot perform their duties towards the people.” Pointing out that the failure of the law enforcing agencies has “resulted” in the death of an innocent civilian, the minister questioned what more is needed for the concerned authorities to wake up. Condemning the murder of Chivoveyi Nienu, the minister has asked the Home minister to take up the issue on a serious note and ensure that no stone is left unturned in delivering justice to the innocent family members.
CM makes changes in appointment
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Kohima, June 4 (mexn): Nagaland Chief Minister TR Zeliang has made some changes in appointment of Members of Nagaland Legislative Assembly, who are to be appointed as Advisers of Government Public Undertakings/Mission Mode Programmes and Departments to assist the CM and other Ministers in respect of the Departments of the Government of Nagaland in the status of Cabinet Minister. Thongwang Konyak will be Advisor, DUDA, E.E. Panteang will be Advisor, Honey Mission & APMC, Merentoshi R Jamir will be Advisor, SIRD and Chairman NSMDC and Naiba Konyak Advisor, NEPED. Imtilemba- Chairman, MARCOFED, Amenba- Chairman, NBDA, NPCB, Namri NchangChairman, NIDC, Toyang Chang- Chairman, NBRM and Y.M. Yollow- Chairman, NKVIB.
Article 371 (A) an ‘agreement’ of accession of State to Union: Pusa
Kohima, June 4 (mexn): Congress today said Article 371(A) of the Constitution of India, which protects the rights of the Naga people, is an “agreement of accession of state to the union of India.” Reacting to the reports of possibility of abrogation of the Article by the BJP led National Democratic Alliance (NDA) government former president of Nagaland Pradesh Congress Committee (NPCC) and ex-candidate of recently held Lok Sabha elections, K V Pusa said Article 371(A)
is an “article of faith and accession” of Nagas to the Union of India and that any attempt to rewrite or abrogate the Article which protects certain rights of Naga people would tantamount to abrogation of statehood agreement signed in 1960-known as 16 Point Agreement. The Congress leader suggested the parties engage in dialogue to hammer out solution to the protracted Naga political problem to find an honourable and acceptable solution which would be
above Article 371(A), adding that any solution below the 16 Point Agreement would not only complicate the Naga issue but would amount to betrayal of the Naga issue. He said the Naga issue should be resolved with the consent and wishes of Naga people and that it should not be clubbed with any other issue, adding that Naga issue is a genuine political issue which has been pending for several years. On the possibility of a “Mizoram type solution,” Pusa reiterated that Naga
and Mizo issues cannot be compared at any cost. He said the Naga issue is “far more genuine” than any other issue in the country. The former congress president has congratulated TR Zeliang for assuming the office of the Chief Minister and expressed hope that the incumbent would deliver goods to the people who have been neglected for more than a decade. He asked the chief minister to protect the secular fabric in the State so that all sections of people could live in peace and harmony.
Dr. Thejasevi Chase, an ENT surgeon and consultant receives a minimum of two patients suffering from Allergic Rhinitis every day. Allergic Rhinitis is often caused by air pollution which further leads to sinusitis and throat related diseases. According to Dr. Chase, Allergic Rhinitis is increasing among Nagas and says, “Unless the environment changes, we cannot do much to prevent such diseases except prescribe medications.” The air quality monitoring prepared by the Nagaland Pollution Control Board (NPCB) in Kohima in two areas (Opposite War Cemetery and opposite NST Office) indicates that the Respirable Suspended Particulate Matter (RSPMin simple terms- the air we breathe) was highly concentrated in both areas which exceeded the permissible limit. The permissible limit for RSPM is 60. However the study shows that it was 92 in 2011, 100 in 2012 and 104 in 2013. The case was higher in Dimapur (Dhobinala) where the annual average concentration of RSPM in 2013 was 116. In both districts, the highest concentration of RSPM was observed during December and January. For Suspended Partic-
ular Matter (SPM- dust and smoke in the atmosphere) the permissible limit is 150 but in Kohima it goes up to 238 and in Dimapur it rises to 254. Yanathang Kithan, Research Associate at NPCB, opines that the increasing concentration of SPM is also a matter of concern. Increased number of automobiles, stone crushers, sand mahols, improper waste management, bad road conditions (which produces excess dust) and burning of wastes are causes for escalating air pollution in Nagaland. Rusovil John, Member Secretary, NPCB, is of the view that while the sites for dumping of waste is still an issue because of the absence of government landholdings, waste has also increased because of emerging lifestyles. Further there is lack of cooperation from the public. Proper waste management and careful segregation of biomedical waste are major concerns in Nagaland. How do we reduce air pollution in Nagaland? Waste management, Big advantage: Reduce waste at home. Segregate wastedry and wet. Recycle the ones that can be recycled. The greater advantage for Nagas is the practice of utilizing waste for rearing pigs where vegetable and food waste usually goes to back-
nagaland Police need to take r5: nurturing ‘radical’ leaders for change ‘prompt and proactive action’ Home minister addresses State police force at Chumukedima Police Complex Morung Express News Dimapur | June 4
Nagaland Home minister, Y Patton, today called upon the State police force to take “prompt and proactive action” while discharging their duties. “In the field of justice delivery, truly justice delayed is justice denied. Therefore, in every area of activities, policemen need to take prompt and proactive action whether in crowd control, detection of crime, maintenance of law and order, registration of FIR in police station and investigation of crime,” the Home minister said. Patton was addressing senior officers of Nagaland Police at Chumukedima Police Complex, his first meeting with the top brass of Nagaland Police, after taking over as Home minister recently. The Home minister said that since the Police department is the “most visible department” in the eyes of the public, police personnel have to maintain a very clean image while discharging their duties. “It is known to all that every good thing attributes to the word ‘POLICE’ as it stands for Politeness, Obedience, Loyalty, Intelligence, Courage and Efficiency....Therefore, as member of the police fraternity, one should take it as an opportunity as well as a challenge to prove oneself as worthy of being a policeman,” the Home minister said. Patton also stressed on the need for the police force to forge a close
knit relationship with the public, civil societies and NGOs to maintain peaceful atmosphere in the State. He said public cooperation is vital for effective crime investigation and prevention of crimes and therefore policemen have to actively cultivate the trust of the people. Referring to the recent clashes and violence in border areas, he said these are very “sensitive and thorny issues” which need to be handled in a matured manner and police have to play a proactive role in prevention of violence and protection of lives and property. While reiterating DAN government’s commitment to the ongoing peace process and early settlement of the Naga political problem, the minister said that Naga Political Groups should not take undue advantage of the “open mindedness” of the State Government but strictly adhere to the laid down ceasefire ground rules. “Police must bear in mind that the Ceasefire is no way an excuse to condone criminal activities of any individual or organization,” he added. The minister further said that though the present law and order situation in the State is “indisputably challenging,” he was optimistic about the future of policing, not because of the huge institutional strength of Nagaland Police but because of its “capability.” “I seek your co-operation and support to take our people into the new horizon,” Paton said. Earlier in the meeting, DGP Nagaland, Besesayo Kezo, delivered the opening remarks and IGP (HQ), G Akheto Sema gave a power point presentation, which was followed by interaction session. IGP (Range), PF Zeliang, proposed vote of thanks.
The first batch of graduates from the R5 Sinai Ministry School of Leadership during the inaugural Graduation Service held today at Life Spring Corner, Dimapur. (Morung Photo)
Morung Express News Dimapur | June 4
As Paul wrote in Ephesians 4:11–13, training is essential to the health and unity of the church. A group of students graduated today from the R5 Sinai Ministry Leadership School ready to make a radical change through five Rs—Revive, Recruit, Restore, Release and Reform. The R5 Sinai Ministry Leadership School is a platform structured around imparting Christian values and nurturing radical leadership among the youth to bring transformative change. Twelve boys and six girls completed a program designed to challenge ministry leaders to see, think, and act in ‘Kingdom of God’ dimensions. The young students were trained by experienced faculty and guest speakers from May 4-June 4, 2014 at Life Spring Corner, Dimapur. Having undergone ‘leadership training’ in Delhi as a Business Development Manager, Rovi, one of the graduates, termed the R5 Sinai Ministry leadership School a ‘total package’. Rovi heard about the event
from his local church. He wants to be a leader who can connect with people and understand their feelings. He commented that in the current scenario there is so much corruption in society, what is required now are leaders trained in line with the word and work of God. Another participant who travelled from Mon Town to participate in the training, Nokong Konyak, envisions himself as a ‘transformative leader’ in society. “I may not become a main figure in leading people, but even from the shadows I want to be a leader and transform society through my actions,” he stated. He shared that participating in the training has given a boost to his confidence and now he is ready to lead. “I am amazed by the teachings and glad to have come all the way or I would have stayed the same person. I have learned to love people. I’ve experienced so many things and met people who have the capacity to love, people with talents and skills.” Matsungla Imsong from Indisen Baptist Church, Dimapur shared that she learned many things but most importantly the ‘kingdom culture’. She shared
that she would encourage more people to participate in the training next time. “Wherever I go I want a royal mindset and servant heart,” she stated. Keneilhoukho-U Solo from Kohima also shared that she has learned to love people more and picked up communications skills along the training. “Here, there has been no distinction in status, experience. I found that I could be myself and still be accepted.” She wants to be a youth leader. The speaker for the Inaugural function was Pastor Moa Longchari. He spoke about distractions in life and how it will make one’s visions hazy. He reminded the graduates that every day they will be making important choices in life. “As you walk out from this place, you may have made many decisions about your life’s purpose and how you want to be a blessing to others. But you might be faced with setbacks. Hence it is very important to always compare and contrast your decisions in life,” he shared. He encouraged the graduates, “Discern what heads your destiny, what you want to decide and how you want to get it.”
yard farms. “People should not be ashamed to collect food waste for the pigs- it is part of our dignity of labour,” states Rusovil John, adding that this unique practice of the Nagas must continue which will further help in preserving the environment. Segregation of biomedical waste: Segregating biomedical waste is another crucial step. Theoretically 15% of biomedical waste is hazardous but if the segregation is not completed on time the bacteria will often multiply and infect all of the waste. Preserving existing trees: The importance of tree plantation has been encouraged to a certain extent however there is a greater need for the preservation and maintenance of existing trees. Rusovil John also asserts that the public should demand from the government what is rightfully theirs and help build a strong system. But, most importantly, environment management is the need of the hour in Nagaland. “When you talk about environment management, always think of your neighbor. When you are going to construct a septic tank or a pig sty, think of your neighbor,” advices Rusovil John, which according to him is the basis of environment management.
Shots fired in Dikoi DimaPuR, June 4 (mexn): 3-4 shots were fired in the Assam-Nagaland border today around 5pm. The Additional Superintendent of Police/PRO, informed that personnel of Dimapur West Police Station and IR rushed to the spot on receiving the information. On reaching the spot, it was learned that a boundary dispute arose between two groups of encroachers inside Daldali reserve forest and in the ensuing fracas, one group fired shots in the air. The Addl. SP informed that no arrests were made. Dikoi village people said that the shooting went on for about 30 minutes.
NU provisional results declared Lumami, June 4 (mexn): The Vice Chancellor, Nagaland University today declared the provisional results of the BA, B.Com, B.Sc, BBA three years integrated course, whose annual examinations were held during February-March, 2014. The general pass percentage in B.Sc stood at 86.57%, while the honours pass percentage for the same stood at 91.62%. The B.Com general pass percentage is 77.77%, while the honours pass percentage for the same is 85.85%. BBA pass percentage stood at 96.77%. The general pass percentage for BA is 86.39%, and honours pass percentage for the same is 91.34%. Result and other details can be seen at the NU website http://www.nagauniv.org.in
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The Morung Express LocaL Governor honour achievers DC Kiphire caution “paper farmers” Dimapur
5 June 2014
of HSLC and HSSLC 2014
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Kohima, June 4 (DiPR): Celebrating the bright success of toppers and rank holders of HSLC and HSSLC 2014 the Governor of Nagaland Dr. Ashwani Kumar honoured the achievers at an impressive function held on June 4 at the Durbar Hall, Raj Bhavan, Kohima. Addressing the students, Dr. Ashwani reminded them that one has to enter the arena of competition to be successful and for which one needs to struggle constantly to rise to the top. “The road ahead will not be easy so to realize your dream struggle constantly,” he advised. During the interactive hour with the students, the Governor of Nagaland revealed that the formula of his life was H2O which he denoted as Hardwork, Honesty and Obedience. To a query on why he joined CBI, Dr. Ashwani Kumar replied that he did so as he wanted to be on the side of the truthful and law abiding citizen. A curious student asked the Governor of Nagaland on whether a magistrate could become a Governor, to which he replied that besides the help from others only two criteria was required to become a Governor (1) Citizen of Indian and (2) should be above 35 years of age. Many students participated in the interactive session and the Governor rendered advices, suggestions and narrated his personal life experiences for the benefit of the students. Stating that analysis of the examination revealed improvement in the perfor-
Governor of Nagaland Dr. Ashwani Kumar, Parliamentary Secretary, School Education, Yitachu with toppers and rank holders of HSLC and HSSLC 2014 at the Durbar Hall, Raj Bhavan, Kohima on June 4. (DIPR Photo)
mance of several schools in comparison to previous years, the Governor lauded the efforts of NBSE for discharging the duties efficiently by conducting the exams impartially and for timely declaration of results. Pointing out that traditionally, focus of teaching was to provide maximum inputs to the students to make them learn more, Dr. Ashwani Kumar said that the focus has now become result oriented teaching. “Now the emphasis is from teaching to learning and going forward is the only answer by constantly being innovative to new things”, he opined. Parliamentary Secretary, School Education, Yitachu while reminding the students that hard
work and determination were the key to success, also encouraged them to be a contributor to the society by taking the right decision. “Being honoured by none other than the head of the state, you have started your life on a high profile so work hard and maintain that”, he exhorted the students. He further exhorted them to continue to seek God while persuing their career and cautioned that many toppers do not achieve later on in life, because of pride and complacency. Commissioner & Secretary School Education, M. Patton expressed concern for lack of teachers in Science and Maths and emphasized on the need for balance education for progress of the society.
“There may be times ahead where there will be no one to teach Science and Maths to the younger generation which would result in deficiency in doctors and engineers”, he said. The toppers of various stream also enlightened the gathering while sharing their success stories. Earlier, Chairman, NBSE Asano Sekhose delivered the welcome address, while students of Ministers’ Hill Baptist HSS, Kohima and Thejasenuo Kire added more colours to the programme by presenting songs befitting the occasion. Parents of the achievers, Head of Institutions, Education Department officials, NBSE officials and invitees attended the programme.
Our Correspondent Kiphire | June 4
Deputy Commissioner, Kiphire Nepuso Theluo while speaking at a program in Arkha Piggery farm forest ward, Kiphire stated that transportation facility for farmers to collect agri products of Kiphire district would be provided under BRGF after discussing with DPDB members. Addressing the farmers on the visit of Dr Bidyut C. Deka, Jt Director (HoD) ICAR & V. Chelladurai Manager NABARD, the DC warned that “paper farmers” in the district will not be tolerate but true and genuine farmers should
ICAR and NABARD extend support to farmers in Kiphire district
be encouraged. Sharing his observing the DC said that the district is rich in agro climatic condition but lack of awareness, transportation problem, innovation and entrepreneurship are the main hindrance that the district is not moving fore-ward in agri sector. The DC also said that it is time for us to be self-sufficient and not depend on other district for our daily kitchen needs. He added that many Naga farmers are buying foodstuff from market, which is very inappropriate and asked Kip-
hire farmers to produce surplus so that we supply to other district as well. The DC also asked the visiting officials to assist technical/ financial support to improve the farming system in the district. Dr Bidyut C. Deka, Jt Director (HoD) ICAR while addressing the farmer’s community highlighted the activities of the department and said that the institution can provide piglets or poultry to the farmers and give technical support for backyard farming. He also assured to extend support to Kiphire
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district under TSF fund. V. Chelladurai, General Manager, NABARD who also spoke at the occasion said that the objective of the department is to let Naga people have inclusive growth. “Dealing at length about the financial facility available for farmers under the institution,” the manager said, “Farmers are not aware of schemes available” and assured to extend all support for improvement of economy. Kilemsangba District Horticultural Officer Kiphire and P.T Aienla Lemtor Executive director Nagaland Centre for Human Development & Information technology also delivered speech.
Sustainable utilization of agro-waste
meDziPhema, June 4 (mexn): Central Institute of Horticulture (CIH), DAC, GoI, Medziphema on May 30 and 31, organized one-day farmer’s training on ‘banana and pineapple fibre extraction’ at CIH campus and Mhainamtsi village, Jalukie respectively. The aim of the training was to promote utilization of agro-waste of banana and pineapple for fibre extraction as a means of selfemployment avenue and for additional income at the farm level. The training for both the programme was graced by Dr. Lallan Ram, Director, CIH who stated that large quantity of agro waste are produced after harvest
of banana and pineapple where natural fibre can be extracted which is in high demand. He also encouraged the participants to incorporate this enterprise as a means of self-employment avenue through participation in the programme. Chelladurai, GM, NABARD who was the guest of honor on May 31 stated that such type of training would keep the farmers engaged throughout the year for additional income and also help the unemployed youth. Dr. R Sudhakar, Chief technical officer, CTRI, Rajahmundry, AP who was the resource person for both the trainings high-
lighted on the importance and uses of natural fibre, Banana & Pineapple fibre production as a means of self employment avenue, Selection of raw materials for fibre extraction and tips for quality fibre production. Practical hands on demonstration of fibre extraction of leaf and pseudostem by fibre extractor machine was also conducted. Video on different products made from the fibre was also showcased. The participants expressed their gratitude to the institute for conducting such new and relevant topic as huge numbers of labours are engaged in the removal of waste leaves and pseudostem and dis-
posal becomes a big problem which was not economically viable. They also requested Director, CIH to help them to provide some fibre extractor machines so that interest can be created among the farmers. Director CIH assured them of full support and stated that machines present at CIH can be lend for 2-3 months while GM, NABARD also assured to provide loan and help to procure some machine to interested groups for commercial fibre production. All together 79 banana and pineapple growers from Longleng district and Peren district attended both the training programme.
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Vikheho Swu visits CEO office, advocates clean election in Nagaland
Parliamentary secretary for irrigation & flood control and election Vikheho Swu along with the officials of election department during his visit to CEO office, Kohima on June 4. (Morung Photo) Our Correspondent Kohima | June 4
Parliamentary secretary for irrigation & flood control and election Vikheho Swu today visited the office of the Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) here and interacted with the officers on the overall functioning and activities of the election department in Nagaland. He said the main duty of the election department is to see that election is conducted fairly and without any trouble. The parliamentary secretary maintained that election can be held in a very clean way “if we all put our head together” and join hands together. He felt that it is the role of the election department to begin and should take the lead towards having a very clean election in Nagaland. Swu said, for such process, the department needs to be more transparent and
be more accessible and at the same time make an appeal to the people to exercise vote in clean means. Terming the clean election campaign launched by NBCC as very noble kind of campaign, he stated if time permits, the department will take some initiative in tune with such campaign by having sort of discussion with Hohos, students organizations and other NGOs and see that election is conducted in a very clean means. Further, after hearing the requirements and grievances of the department, Swu assured that he will do his best to see that atleast some of the problems are redressed. He assured to expedite the proposal for construction of the new CEO office. Earlier, the department officials informed the parliamentary secretary that the department is facing shortage of manpower as well as lack of infrastructural development.
Talk show on environmental issues
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Kohima, June 4 (mexn): The Doordarshan Kendra Kohima (DDK) in collaboration with the Nagaland Institute of Health, Environment and Social Welfare (NIHESW) has organized a “Talk Show” to commemorate World Environment Day, observed every year on June 5. NIHESW Director, Dr. Inakhe Sumi in a press release informed that the talk show will be on environment issues like waste management, water resources, forest and environment and others. Dr. Vizovol Mekro, Associate Professor in Geology, Kohima Science College Jotsoma & Executive Director of NIHESW will be the moderator and the following resource persons as panelist for the discussion: Er. Repang Longkumer, Superintending Engineer, Public Health Engineering Department; Zakiekhotuo Kiso, Superin-
KLCSU to observe WED
Kohima, June 4 (mexn): The Kohima Law College Students' Union (KLCSU) has requested its entire student to attend the one-day seminar on legal awareness-cum-observance of world environment day jointly organised by Kohima Law College, Nagaland State Legal Services Authority and Nagaland Voluntary Consumers' Organisation (NVCO) on June 5. The seminar will be held at Red Cross Conference Hall, Kohima at 10:00 am. A press note issued by Keyigabuing Ndang, General Secretary and Wekhrope Marhu, President directed that a fine of Rs. 200 will be imposed on absentees. The resource persons for the seminar are Dr. Temsula Ao, Chairperson, Nagaland State Commission for Women, Mayang Lima, Member Secretary, Nagaland State Legal Service Authority & Registrar Gauhati High Court, Kohima Bench, Kezhokhoto Savi, Advocate and President NVCO. dentent, Kohima Municipal Council; N. Hetovi Kappo, Secretary Bayavü Area Panchayat Kohima & Finance Secretary Sanitation Committee; Temjenyabang, Conservator of Forest (Publicity & Training), Department of Forests, Environment, Ecology & Wildlife (FEEW)
The “Talk Show” will be broadcast on June 5 at 5:30 PM in Doordarshan Kendra. Therefore, all are requested to view this discussion as it will benefit everyone and create awareness towards conservation and management of our environment.
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Centre warns M'laya over law & order situation Shillong, June 4 (iAnS): The NDA government Wednesday warned the Congress government in Meghalaya over the deteriorating law and order situation in the state's Garo Hills region where rebels shot dead a tribal woman in front of her children. "It is very apparent that the state government has been unable to tackle the rising crimes in Garo Hills. The situation in Garo Hills region is definitely cause of concern for us and the state government must wake up to tackle it," union Minister of State for Home Affairs Kiren Rijiju told IANS. "Over the last two months, the internal security reports from Garo Hills are very disturbing to us. The militant activities are on the rise...coupled with poor maintenance of law and order," he said. "They (Meghalaya government) have been mandated to maintain the rule of law. They are responsible to ensure law and order. Therefore, we expect the Meghalaya government
Garo woman killed in front of her children
will take prompt action to ensure the rule of law prevails," Rijiju said. Moreover, he said the central government has Shillong, June 4 (iAnS): A Rongat village bordering the India-Banalready sought a detailed 35-year-old Garo woman was shot dead gladesh border is about 360 km from report on the law and order in front of her children in Meghalaya by Shillong, the state capital of Meghalaya. Meghalaya Home Minister Roshan situation in Meghalaya and members of an outlawed militant group he would visit the north- after she resisted an alleged bid to rape Warjri condemned the killing, saying such a brutal act is not tolerated in a civieastern state soon after the her, a police officer said Wednesday. "Josbina Sangma was shot dead by lized society. "This gruesome incident ongoing parliament session ends June 11 to assess the (outlawed) Garo National Liberation should be condemned by all right thinkthe ground situation. The Army (GNLA) rebels after she resisted the ing citizens in strongest term. Such eleminister condemned the rebels' attempt to molest and rape her late ments have no place in a civilized society brutal murder of a 35-year- Tuesday," Lakardor Syiem, the district po- and the police are already on their job to old Garo woman by mem- lice chief of South Garo Hills, told IANS. nab the killers," Warjri told IANS. bers of militant group Garo Meanwhile, the home minister has diThe murder took place inside SangNational Liberation Army ma's house compound at Raja Rongat rected Additional Director General of Po(GNLA) late Tuesday after village when two of the five GNLA reb- lice in-charge Law and Order Y.C. Modi she resisted an alleged bid els' armed with AK rifles fired at the and Inspector General of Police in-charge to rape her. "It is a very disturbing incident and the woman's head in front of her children. Western Range H Nongpluh to rush in to "It is one of the most gruesome and the village to assess the situation. Meghalaya government The GNLA, one of the five Garo tribal inhuman cold blooded murder... they should apprehend the killers at once to ensure jus- used AK rifle and fired five to six shots rebel groups, is fighting for a separate at her head in front of the children while Garoland to be carved out of Meghalatice," Rijiju said. Josbina Sangma was her husband was prevented from com- ya. GNLA rebels, who number around 100, unleashed terror in five impovershot dead after she resist- ing out of the house," Syiem said. "One of the rebels who attempted to ished districts of Garo Hills in the last ed the GNLA cadres' attempt to molest and rape molest and rape her was identified as five years and killed over 100 people, her late Tuesday at Raja- Tengton," the police official said. Raja including security personnel. ronggat village, near the India-Bangladesh border Hills district, police said. cold blooded murder... they in front of the children while and about 360 km from "It is one of the most used an AK rifle and fired her husband was preventShillong, in South Garo gruesome and inhuman five to six shots at her head ed from coming out of the
'Illegal migration from Bangladesh a pOSTpOnED national problem': MoS Home Rijiju Queensberry Foundation Raffle new Delhi, June 4 (PTi): Centre today termed as "a national problem" the issue of illegal migration from Bangladesh and said action will be taken against those "infiltrators" staying in the Indian territory. "The issue of illegal migrants and infiltrators in the northeast, especially the issue of Bangladeshis, is a cause of concern for all of us...This is a national problem," Union Minister of State for Home Kiran Rijiju said. "We have to look at these things from the national perspective. So action will be taken but we have to work along with the state government," Rijiju said.
Chakmas boycott bypoll in Mizoram AizAwl, June 4 (PTi): The Chakma community members did not cast a single vote during the byeelection to the member of the Chakma Autonomous District Council in the Boranpansury-II seat on Wednesday after a boycott call by the NGOs and political parties. No ballot was cast in any of the three polling stations. The NGOs including the Young Chakma Association (YCA) and political parties boycotted the bypoll after the Mizo Zirlai Pawl (MZP) or the Mizo Students Federation displayed a signboard in Borapansury-I village where the student body has proposed to construct ‘Zofate Khualbuk’ or the ‘Mizos Inn’. The Chakma community members protested the allotment of government land to the MZP inside the area of the CADC. Reports from the election authorities at Borapansury-II said that while all the official polling parties were in the polling stations, not a single election agent or voter turned up to exercise franchise. The bypoll in the Borapansury-II seat of the CADC was necessitated after the seat was vacated by the former Chief Executive Member of the CADC Dr B D Chakma who was elected to the Mizoram legislature in the 2013 state assembly polls and later became a minister of state. Other bypolls held in two seats in Lai autonomous district council (LADC) and one seat in Mara autonomous district council (MADC) were held smoothly.
He said this when reporters sought his comment on BJP Assam unit's plan to launch 'Bangladeshi bhagao abhiyan (remove Bangladeshis)' in the state. Rijiju said his party BJP has never treated the issue of illegal migration as a political problem. "It has been an issue for all of us. Particularly our party. We consider this issue not as a political problem. This is a national problem," he said. Two days ago, BJP MP from Assam Kamakhaya Prasad Tasa had said a 'Bangladeshi bhagao abhiyan' will be launched by the party in Assam soon. The Jorhat MP had said the drive will start
from Jorhat district to be followed by other parts of the state. Addressing various election rallies last month, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had said illegal immigrants from Bangladesh would have to go back. Modi had also said he would only try to honour the Supreme Court's observation that infiltration was an act of aggression on India. "The Supreme Court has said that infiltration is aggression on India. I have no hesitation in giving respect to what the Supreme Court has said," Modi had said at an election rally at West Bengal's Krishnanagar.
I Shri. samuel son of Shri. Nungshi Imchen of Longkhum Village, permanent resident of Artang Ward, Mokokchung town, Police Station II – Mokokchung, district Mokokchung, State – Nagaland, do hereby solemnly affirm and declare as under: 1. That, my father’s full name is Shri. Nungshi Imchen. As such, in my Service Book and in my Saving bank account, bearing No- 20094877346, at S.B.I Bazar Branch, Mokokchung, my father’s name Shri. Nungshi Imchen has been recorded. Whereas, in my Educational Certificates and other official documents my father’s half name Shri. Nungshi is recorded. 2. That, my father’s name Shri. Nungshi Imchen and Shri. Nungshi are of the same person. As such, the above noted name stands for the same person, my father. That, the statements made above are true and correct to the best of my knowledge and nothing has been concealed therein. And I signed this affidavit on this the 4th day of June, 2014. Deponent
Solemnly affirmed and declare before me by the deponent on this the 4th day of June 2014 at Mokokchung. Notary Public: mokokchung
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The Benreului Baudi would like to convey its heartiest congratulation to Shri. t.R Zeliang on being chosen to be the new Chief Minister of Nagaland and Shri. Neiphiu Rio for winning the lone Lok Sabha seat from Nagaland. Further the Baudi thank all the DAN III legislators for rendering their support and co-operation and also extend our deepest gratitude to Dr. shurhozelie Leizietsu President NPF Nagaland. The Baudi wishes them a bright future in all their endeavors. We hope that you all will continue to work tirelessly far the welfare of Naga' s.
house," district police chief Lakardor Syiem told IANS. Meghalaya Home Minister Roshan Warjri condemned the killing and said police are already on the job to nab the killers. Meanwhile, Meghalaya's opposition National People's Party (NPP) submitted a memorandum to Rijiju, stating that the law and order situation in the state has deteriorated to such a level that the government was unable to control it and was looking completely helpless.
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The Morung Express
Unacceptable Formula For Nagaland – II
ndia’s political ethic often practices favoritism: One is set on an exulted position first and is then regularized subsequently with pucca Documents. This discordant practice is unconscionable; it was practiced recently in the Centre in the appointment of one suave but failed person as a Minister, and another attractive looser in the Election, as a learned Minister. The practice was also applied in the political settlement of Mizoram by discarding the elected Chief Minister and setting up an unelected Mizo National Front (MNF) Chief into the Chair. Reportedly there is a suggestion in the Centre to replace the legitimately elected Chief Minister of Nagaland Mr.TR Zeliang and his Government by the IM Chairman Isak Chishi in a solution to the Naga Political Problem with the NSCN (IM) in the pattern of Mizoram. Isak would then get himself elected from one of Constituencies of Nagaland within 6 months. As of now, there is only one vacant Seat in Nagaland, the one former Chief Minister Neiphi Rio has vacated but rumors are already doing the rounds that several names are vying for seat.
Alternatively the authorities may make a BJP MLA resign from his seat for Isak Chishi. Unfortunately there is no sitting Sema BJP and no Congressman or Independent may like to sacrifice for a BJP Government. If a Konyak or a Lotha BJP Member is made to vacate his Seat, it will result in a very prayerful Sema representing a whole Konyak or Lotha Constituency but Isak would not be able to converse with his Konyak or Lotha Voters, in event of such a thing actually happening! The exercise would however be a political anomaly in Nagaland Context. There may be one possible solution: Mr. Modi may hire ‘Rio Election Management Company’ for the job! The Mizoram Pattern of political Settlement has such a scenario, anomalous as you and I may find for Nagaland. a. Mizoram was a Union Territory of the 6th Schedule. b. Nagaland has never been a Union Territory. a. The Trouble in Mizoram was basically Economic in Origin long after Indian Independence. b. The Naga Case is Political, Pre-India Independence from British India days with
long political history continuing to date since 1929. a. The MNF Problem was confined to the Mizoram only. b. The Naga Case has implications far outside Nagaland. a. The Mizo Problem was confined to one Territory, one People and one Tongue. b. The Nagas Case is wide spread involving different Territories, different Tribes and different Languages. a. Mizoram and the Centre were under the same Congress Government. b. Nagaland and Centre are under different political dispensation. Nagaland and Mizoram Cases cannot be taken the same. When Mizoram Settlement was made, the Mizos were not divided into different MNF Groups; the single Mizo National Front enjoyed the Goodwill and Sympathy completely of all Mizos. The MNF never posed threat to the Civilians, they never killed each other; they did not involve in Terrorist activities. In consideration of the MNF suffering in the jungles for a long time for all Mizos, the OverGround majority accepted the GoI’s proposal for the Elected
Representatives to vacate the Power for the MNF. The condition in Nagaland is not so: The NSCN is divided into several ill-defined warring Groups and Factions. The Civilian population is in fear of all the Groups of NSCN, particularly the most ferociously armed NSCN (IM). They confine themselves mostly to their designated Camps, and if sojourning quietly in the civilian Areas; they are afraid to come out in the open without Arms hidden inside their clothes or inside their vehicles. They are nervous in the open public and the Public fear their violent Tactics, Demands, Taxations, Extortions, Abductions for Ransoms and frequent threats. The Groups and Factions are nowhere near enjoying the Goodwill or Sympathy of the civil population in Nagaland. The most damning point from democratic point of view about the IM however is: it is controlled by a small minority of Naga of one Tribe from outside Nagaland: An armed, even minor functionary from the Tribe, quite often, is the Power Centre over even his higher ups in the Pack. The litany of instances of public sufferings at the hands of
Phom Day: Looking Beyond Ceremony
une 06 is observed as Phom Day by the people of Phom Naga community. The day is observed in remembrance of June 6, 1952 when the elders of the Phom tribe made a pledge to stop the practice of head hunting. Untill that time Phoms were upholding head hunting culture. It was an era where killing and vengeance were glorified. Head takers were considered as heroes and they occupied higher social status. “Let someone else’s mother grieve than ours’ or ‘avenge the death of our men!” were the maxims they dearly embraced. Thus, fear and insecurity enveloped the Phom society of that time. When the rest of the Naga tribes were striving to catch up with the modern civilization by embracing Christianity, modern education and civilized way of living; with none to reprove them, Phoms wasted their time in seeking vain-glory. History tells us that as late as 1948, 1949 and 1950 there had been several instances of fierce inter-village head hunting raids resulting to the loss of more than hundred lives.
Thus, observing that peace was the urgent need of the day, the government administrative officer, pioneer Dobashis of Longleng like Hamnyei, Yongtau and their colleagues, and few church leaders have been persuading the village elders of the tribe to shun the evil practice. Consequently, on June 6, 1952 the village elders of the tribe were summoned at Longleng; a pit was dug and the village elders were asked to spit in the pit as a sign of pledge that here onward they will no more carry on the culture of killing one another. And swords and spears were buried inside the pit and a stone pillar was erected symbolizing the end of the head hunting era. Since that historic day, Phoms are observing the Peace day by organizing grand function by inviting chief guest, and various performers from villages, schools, college etc. They will be observing its 62nd anniversary this year. During the recent years, adding colour to the celebration, the ceremony have also been observed by collaborating with the government’s road
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ew Chumoukedi ‘B’ Khel was formed in the year 2002 with the initiative of 3 members and all the rules and regulations for the Khel was framed with GB (Govt.Appointee). Chumou ‘B’ Khel is a branch of New Chumoukedima Village only. lnorder to run the affairs of the Khel smoothly, (3) points were laid. 1. Three councils namely-Chumoukedi Village, New Chumoukedi and Chumoukedi ‘B’ Khel will work hand in hand with mutual understanding in all matters. 2. Nominated one member to settle matters with the Government for resolving B. Khel issues. 3. Nominated one member alongwith GB to oversee the B. khel functions and Share matters. Besides, The Creator Almighty, the Chumoukedi B. Khel land belongs to Chumoukedima Village and New Chumoukedima only. 1. B.Khel is now 12 years since its inception and any disputes/ matters that arose in due course of time, due to violating Angami customary laws and also without consulting and knowledge of the concerned Land owners should be amicably solve among themselves at the earliest. 2.Share has a certain limit, therefore, no new Shares should be introduce until pending cases and confusing among the old share holders are settle and clarify. 3. Council Members of B. Khel be re-constituted- whether the present incumbents be continue or new team be elect. Until such time no new shares should be introduced. Therefore, it is hereby clarified that, the press release issued by TL Angami — Dated — 20/May/2014 in Morung Express and 30/May/2014 — Capi Daily respectively pertaining to renew of shares under him on or before 31/ May/2014 is a confuse statement and hence, no renew of shares should be done without the consent of the land owner new Chumoukedima Village Authority. P. Beituo Hama Land Owner New Chumoukedi Village
of the state Nagaland, rather, it is all about the immoral plays and practices of an individual which is infectious and effect the other sequentially and ultimately resulted and end in corruption. Well, we understand the fact that we, human beings are never perfect and cannot be perfected. Therefore, we live to mend it. By the time we look back at our past mistakes, we could have realized it at the present time and mend our life and we must check ourselves first for better tomorrow which will benefit us individually and socially. Most of the time we dream and want our world to stay still in peace but then in reality, we are missing it and are provoked by corruption everywhere. So what we are missing today in reality is our introspective intention and our positive approach and responsibilities toward our society and the power of self dependency which can be rediscovered from exercising the willing power of saying “I will do it”. Most of the time we forgot to remember it and now we are the one to contemplate on that instead of depending on others for all the good things to happen. It is our keenness to know our actual existence and to live life
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ased on today’s populated world, one of the most important aspects to know by every individual i.e. (you and me) is the quest for “what is the real purpose of our life on this earth”. On my personal observation, the present corrupted society which is at mess is all because of the lack of self dependency which is not introspected by an individual. If each individual spends his/ her life idle, with no actual and proper planning, no planned objectives or goals and live a hesitant life, I opined, he/she deserves to live a complicated life in this busy and competitive world. In fact, it is one’s duty to know what real attitude, quality and talent he/she possesses. To know and understand and live a purposeful life, one is very much compel to reassure self and devise a strategic plan toward achieving to live a responsible, meaningful and purposeful life as a social being living in a competitive society, which is also the best source to combat Corruption and bring about a life and a society of Peace opposite to Corruption. The word “CORRUPTION” does not only apply to those selfish Dr. B. Henshet Phom, authorities or the financial crisis of Longleng the state alike the present context
schemes spearheaded by the student community are commendable and noteworthy. But still many more are required to be done. Provision of good road, drinking water, health care and proper educational facilities to the citizens which are the basic requirements for modern civilized living are still a dream to realize. Thus, in celebrating Phom Day present generation must draw inspiration from the past leaders to bring changes to their dwelling place. Phom Day also teaches a lesson to the Nagas that it is possible to bring permanent peace and understanding among the people. One positive character of the Nagas is that they can keep word. If they have forgiven each other, they will remain true to their words; the previous rivals can sit and eat together and would chat about the past with laughter. Can not the Nagas too dig a pit and bury the bitter past so that posterity will live in peace? We too can erect another Peace Pillar!
show programme. One cannot but appreciate the loyalty the Phoms uphold to the pledge made by their forefathers Looking beyond the normal celebration, one is also made to realize that head hunting was the major social evil of that time. And the government servants and community elders of that time took up the challenge to fight against that social evil and won over it. And Phom Day stands today as its testimony. With the dawn of peace in the land, Phoms also took up the path of progress and all round development of their community. Student leaders of the yesteryears played the major role in bringing community transformation by launching literacy campaign, sanitation movement, movement against the consumption of opium etc. One is told that student leaders even went to the extent of compelling some of the villagers who were still naked to put on the cloth. The clean examination movement, environment protection initiatives and campaign for the judicious utilization of government development
the Group is unending. To end an endless story: let Khaplang make Agreements with the Authorities in Myanmar for the best Interest of the Nagas there; may God bless him. And now that he is silent on Integration or on Sovereignty, leave Muivah to make Alternative Arrangement with Centre for the best Interest of the Manipur Nagas: Very good, may God bless him till the day in God’s good time. If the Government of India sacrifices the majority of Nagaland for political settlement with the NSCN IM covering Nagaland, the Nagas of Nagaland would not accept anything short of the Special constitutional provision they already have in Article 371A. Is there no one Sage, with white political hair of discernment, in this vast ancient Land of India? Let me add the words of an Indo-Naga political Observer: “It is strange irony that when initially the Naga Issue was a political Problem, the Government of India tried to treat it as a Law and Order Problem; and now, when the Issue with the Naga Factions is a Law and Order Problem, it is being treated as a Political One!”
New Chumoukedi ‘B’ Khel landowner refutes
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towards attaining our rightful God-purposed life which will be the best contentment in human life. But if we are still ignoring to introspect why on earth we exist, we will continue to be the culprit not knowing where our real stands are. Let’s remember the fact that it is US to change ourselves first but not the society to change you and me. It is impossible for all the Nagas to be a pastor, high officials, politicians or cultivators etc. but each individual with their own talents and purpose, serves the society and with this social dependency and structure, we can hope to see better society ahead. A tree that stands quietly and peacefully doing its purpose of bearing fruits differently with their own distinct taste is also a creation of God. Likewise, we human being should also understand one’s esteem purpose of life in this world and live a purposeful life as sent by God and serve the society with contentment which is one of the finest and the best vaccines to combat Corruption. “Do not say, ‘YOU’! Take the lead and say ‘I will’ for ‘US’ to see a better world to live in.” Iliasap Zeliang Oriental College Kohima
local Committees constituted for coordination between state departments and NEF
Kohima, June 4 (DiPR): The Government of Nagaland has constituted the following Committees for the purpose of proper and effective monitoring vis a vis close coordination between the State Departments and the Northeast Frontier Railway for execution of the Dhansiri (Assam) to Zubza Thizama (Nagaland) new railway line project. State Level Committee: Chief Secretary, Nagaland – Chairman; Director General of Police, Nagaland, Home Commissioner, Nagaland, Principal Secretary & Commissioner, Nagaland, Principal Secretary (Power), Nagaland, Principal Secretary (Works & Housing), Nagaland, Secretary (PHE), Nagaland,Secretary (Land Revenue), Nagaland – Members; Representative of the General Manager, Construction, N.F. Railway, Maligaon, Guwahati Co-opted Member; Representative of the Chief General Manager, Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited, NE-II Circle, Dimapur - Co-opted Member; The Commissioner & Secretary (Transport), Nagaland - Member Secretary. The Committee shall meet once in 3 (three) months and take report from the Departmental Committee pertaining to progress of works. Departmental Committee: Principal Secretary & Commissioner, Nagaland - Chairman; IGP (HQ), Office of the DGP, Kohima, Chief Engineer (R&B), Nagaland, Chief Engineer (Power), Nagaland, Chief Engineer (PHED), Nagaland, Director (Land Record & Survey), Nagaland – Members; Representative of the General Manager, Construction, N.F. Railway, Maligaon, Guwahati - Co-opted Member; Representative of the Chief General Manager, BSNL, NE-II Circle, Dimapur - Co-opted Member; The General Manager, Nagaland State Transport, Nagaland - Member Secretary. The Committee shall meet once in 2 (two) months and take report from the District Level Committee on the progress of works. District Level Committee: Deputy Commissioner, Dimapur/Kohima – Chairman; Superintendent of Police, Dimapur Kohima, Land Record and Survey Officer, Dimapur/Kohima, Executive Engineer (R & B), Dimapur/Kohima, Executive Engineer (Power), Dimapur/ Kohima, Executive Engineer (PHED), Dimapur/Kohima - Members; Representative of Deputy Chief Engineer, (Construction), N.F. Railway, Dimapur - Co-opted Member; Representative of Chief General Manager, BSNL, NE-II Circle, Dimapur - Co-opted Member; Representative of Powergrid Corporation Limited Dimapur Co-opted Member; The Assistant General Manager, NST, Dimapur/Kohima - Member Secretary. The Committee shall meet on a monthly basis and submit progress report of works to the Departmental Committee.
Public SPace/lOcal Khensa village youths apprehend suspected cadres
The Morung Express
moKoKchung, June 4 (mexn): Youths of Khensa village apprehended seven “suspected underground” cadres from its village jurisdiction on June 3 at 3:30 pm and recovered some arms, ammunitions, drugs and others from their possession. A press note issued by the Khensa Village Council chairman, Y Chuba Longchar and secretary, L Wati Kichu, stated that the seven persons were apprehended in an incriminating situation near the cemetery by the youth of Khensa village. The KVC identified the seven apprehended persons as: Imoyanger, Imkongtiba, Imnatoshi, Imnasashi, Zulutenzuk, Angem
Thangkhul and Hriiyio. The Khensa Village youths also recovered five pistols and twenty eight bullets from their possession. They also recovered 105 capsules of Spasmo Proxyvon and Rs 3850 amount of cash. Besides, eight cell phones, a Maruti Alto (Reg No. AS-01/1 4371, a Pulsar Bike (without number plate), one file book, one document, one domestic gas customer card, four ATM/Master cards and one driving license, were recovered. “All the seven men were arrested and items possessed by them were confiscated by the youth and were handed over to the
Five NSCN (IM) and two suspected NSCN (K) cadres: AR Khensa, June 4 (mexn): Assam Rifles has informed that youths of Khensa village had detained five NSCN (IM) cadres and two suspected NSCN (K) cadres in the Students Library of the village on June 3. On receiving the information, AR in a press release said, 31 Assam Rifles launched a Task Force. Agitated crowd had gathered outCouncil of Khensa Village. The Council in turn handed over the custodial power completely to the District Administration of Mokokchung,” stated the Khensa Village Council. When contacted, Mokokchung police simply said that
side the library and were demanding that the cadres be handed over to them, it stated. “Immediately two columns of 31 AR, alongwith the Police teams, blocked all the entry exit routes and another column established a close cordon around the library. On negotiation with youth leaders and the village council chairman, the cadres were handed over to Assam Rifles. 31
the apprehended persons are ‘suspected to be UGs’ and that ‘investigation is on’. Nonetheless, the Khensa Village council appreciated and thanked “the concerned authority for their timely help and swinging into action to bring the sit-
Assam Rifles apprehended the cadres and seized the arms held with them.” Further, it claimed that “deft handling of the situation and pacifying of the crowd by Assam Rifles prevented the situation from getting out of control which could have resulted into untoward incident.” The cadres and suspects were handed over to Police, it added.
uation under control and diffusing anxiety and unrest among the people.” “The Council of Khensa Village hereby, declares that henceforth, in connection with this unlawful incident, if any citizen of the Village is subjected to any
harm and endangerment, the Council would pursue the case relentlessly,” stated the press note while urging “all the people to take this incident as an example and continue to stand for justice, peace and order in the Village”.
5 June 2014
MEx FILE Career Mentoring Programme today Kohima, June 4 (DiPR): The Department of Commerce, Nagaland University, Kohima Campus is organising a one day Career Mentoring Programme at Lecture Hall, Department of Commerce on June 5 from 11:30 a.m. Pro-Vice Chancellor Nagaland University, Kohima Campus, Prof. A. Lanunungsang and Dean, School of Social Sciences, Nagaland University, Kohima Campus, Prof. P.K. Deka will grace the programme as Chief Guest and Guest of Honour respectively. Third Secretary (Pol) Embassy of India, Seoul, South Korea, Mijito Vinito Chishi (IFS) will be the guest speaker. Convenor & Head Department of Commerce, Dr. N. Martina Solo will be the Chairperson and vote of thanks will be proposed by Programme Coordinator & Faculty, Department of Commerce, Dr. Ratan Kaurinta.
5th Installation program of Rotaract Kohima, June 4 (mexn): The 5th Installation programme of Rotaract Club Kohima will take place on June 5 at 5.00pm at Orchid Hotel Kohima with Kezhokhoto Savi, Vice President, Rotary Club Kohima.
WDCC&I and ACVA apprehend tax collector CMA and CYF condemn killing in Phek Town Assam Rifles apprehend WoKha, June 4 June 4. According to a press said the release. “His writ- Kohima, June 4 punished as well without dent Zhopayi Nakro and Press Secretary Chikhotso (mexn): Strictly adher- release, the apprehended ten apology would also be (mexn): The Chakhe- any further delay.” Firmly supporting the Nienu, stated that every in- one with arm, seize IMFL ing to ACAUT Nagaland’s has been identified as CZ given to the law enforcing sang Mothers’ Association “One government one Tax”, the Wokha District Chamber Of Commerce & Industry (WDCC&I) along with the All Commercial Vehicle Association (ACVA), Wokha district, apprehended a “habitual extortionist” while trying to “extort” money from a filling station in Wokha Town on
Alan Ezung, a tatar of NNC (N/A) and a resident of Wokha Town. “Basing on his written apology, not to indulge in any extortion activities in and around Wokha district in the future, the WDCCI and ACVA officials accepted his apology and set him free with conditions,”
agencies and to his family members.” WDCCI and ACVA have requested all NPGs to co-operate with the unions’ decisions so as to avoid any confrontation in the future. The WDCCI also lauded the ACVA members for their untiring efforts to root out unabated taxations in Wokha district.
One NSCN (K) cadre apprehended mon, June 4 (mexn): One NSCN (K) cadre identified as “Seargent” Manki Konyak was apprehended by 33 Assam Rifles from Jail Colony, Mon Town on June 4. PRO, Assam Rifles in a press release informed that the AR team recovered one AK Rifle, one 12 Bore Rifle, one Pistol and huge quantity of ammunition and “warlike” stores from the cadre. “During the operation, which was based on specific intelligence from indigenous sources, the party of Assam Rifles searched house belonging to Tongmeth Konyak, who is a yellow card holder of NSCN (K). Konyak alongwith his bodyguard Foji Konyak were released as per Cease Fire Ground
(CMA) has condemned the “merciless killing” of Chivoveyi Nienu allegedly by Vekuvo and Thomas reportedly belonging to NNC, FGN (NA) at Phek Town on June 3. A condemnation note appended by CMA President, Zaposhelu Venuh, stated “killing its own brethren who claimed themselves to be from Naga Political Group fighting for the cause of the Nagas is never a welcoming gestures rather it is in high need to be condemned and
demand of public of Phek Town to handover the accused from the authority concerned within 48 hours and on failing to comply with, “resorting to flush out of the functionary in the town by imposing non-cooperation,” the CMA asserted that any functionary disrespecting the people’s mandate should leave its vicinity. Meanwhile, the Chakhesang Youth Front (CYF) also condemned the killing in its “strongest term”. A condemnation note jointly appended by CYF Presi-
dividual has the right to a fair and timely trial based on clear charges and proper investigation which the victim was denied. “The murder act was truly barbaric in nature and has no basis in our community and thus the CYF condemn this act unreservedly,” stated CYF. Calling for the immediate arrest of the accused Vekuvo and Thomas, the CYF further urged the relevant authorities to live up to their responsibility of maintaining law and order in the state.
DimaPuR, June 4 (mexn): Troops of 37 Assam Rifles launched an operation in Chumukedima and apprehended one individual along with .32 pistol and assorted ammunition on June 1. The individual was identified as Hokato Awomi, 20 years, resident of Chumukedima, Assam Rifles informed in a press release. The apprehended individual alongwith recovered items was handed over to Diphupar Police Station, Dimapur.
Meanwhile on June 2, during routine search in a Mobile Vehicle Check Post, personnel of 37 Assam Rifles intercepted two Maruti cars moving from Dimapur to Kohima in Lalmati area. 403 bottles of illegal IMFL were recovered from the vehicle. The occupants of vehicle, namely Thejanghlie Rio and Thonkenye Magh, both residents of Kohima district were apprehended and handed over alongwith recovered items to Excise Department, Kohima, Assam Rifles informed.
Wokha team visits Foothill Road Two burglars arrested in Dimapur
The apprehended cadre alongwith the recovered arms and ammunitions.
Rules,” the release added. “However, the unauthorized warlike stores recovered during the operation were seized.” The PRO stated that “the operation has once again sent a strong
message to the faction to restrict unauthorized storage of weapons, thereby maintaining peace and tranquility in the area and enforcing adherence to the Cease Fire Ground Rules.”
WoKha, June 4 (mexn): The Kyong Students’ Union (KSU), Wokha District Chamber of Commerce and Industry and Natural Nagas team made a joint visit to the ongoing Nagaland Foothill Road construction at its jurisdiction under Wokha District on June 3. They expressed appreciation to the State Government for the initiative, acknowledged the contribution and donation of the landowners while urging them to continue their support and cooperation for the
ongoing construction of the road, hoped that the project would be completed without any interference from any quarter and that roads and development would not mean the mass destruction of forest and its resources. The KSU stated that irrespective of who does the contract work, compromise of quality and standard of the road shall not be tolerated, and that it will keep vigil on the construction and maintenance of the road. The team assured their cooperation to making the dream road a reality.
DimaPuR, June 5 (mexn): Personnel from the Police Assistant Booth on the night of June 3 arrested two burglars at Hongkong market here. The two have been identified as Alung Zeliang (22) and Poureanlong Zeliang (19), both residents of Hebron
colony, Dimapur. Addl. SP/ PRO in a press release informed that the personnel had responded to information received from a shop owner regarding a case of burglary in which two burglars equipped with tools and implements were in the process to breaking into
his shop at Hongkong market. House breaking tools and implements consisting of a plyer, wheel range, Iron rod, hammer and a torch were seized from their possession, said the note. In this connection, O/C East P.S has registered a case for investigation.
Residents ask for alternative site for temples
Condolences offered to Munde's family Chief Minister TR Zeliang Chief Minister of Nagaland, TR Zeliang has expressed shock and sadness at the untimely demise of Gopinath Munde, Union Minister for Rural Development, in a car accident on June 3 in New Delhi. “Gopinath Munde was a grass root leader, who rose to become one of the tallest leaders in the country,” acknowledged TR Zeliang in a condolence message addressed to Munde’s wife. “He was the man who had scripted the rise of the BJP in Maha-
rashtra, as well as the spectacular victory of the BJP in Maharashtra in the just concluded Lok Sabha election.” In recognition of his great leadership qualities and his achievements, he was given the key portfolio of Rural Development in the new Central Council of Ministers headed by Narendra Modi, the message added. Further, stating that Munde’s death is a great loss to the nation, TR Zeliang on behalf of the Government of Nagaland conveyed heartfelt condolences to the bereaved family.
RD Minister CL John Minister of Rural Development & REPA Nagaland, CL John has expressed sadness and shock at the sudden and untimely demise of Gopinath Munde, Union Minister for Rural Development. “He was a senior leader of BJP and known for his concern for poorest of the poor people and farmers,” stated CL John in a condolence message. Acknowledging that Munde was a true mass leader, CL John said his untimely death is a great loss
to the nation especially to the NDA and its new born Union Government at the centre. “He will be remembered for ever for his valuable services rendered to the people of Maharashtra and the entire country.” The minister on behalf of the Department of Rural Development of Nagaland further conveyed heartfelt condolence to the members of the bereaved family and prayed to Almighty God to give them strength and courage to bear the “irreparable” loss.
BJYM Nagaland unit The Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha (BJYM) Nagaland unit has mourned the demise of Gopinath Munde, who was serving as union minister for Rural Development. BJYM in a condolence message stated that, Munde’s demise is a great loss for the nation as well as the government. BJYM, Nagaland unit further acknowledged his valuable contribution for the nation as well as the party. BJYM has conveyed condolences to the bereaved family members.
The Railway Authority of India along with the Nagaland Railway Contractors Union demolishing “illegal encroachments” on June 4, Wednesday, at Railway Colony, Dimapur (Photo Caisii Mao)
DimaPuR, June 4 (mexn): The aggrieved residents of Railway colony have condemned the ‘eviction drive’ by the Dimapur Railway authorities on June 4 in Railway Colony where
two temples were “totally dismantled at the spur of the moment without prior intimation.” The residents also informed that the devotees were not allowed to salvage the idols of ‘Lord
Sani’ and ‘Lord Shiva.’ They have requested the administration and railway authority to “arrange an alternative site” for the temples in the interest of “religious spirit.”
It is “INDIVIDUAL SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY” to protect Environment
oday we are celebrating World Environment day. The World Environment day was established by the United Nations General Assembly in 1972 on the day that United Nations Conference on the Human Environment began. The first World Environment Day was celebrated in 1973. Since then it is hosted every year by a different city with a different theme. World Environment Day falls in spring in the Northern Hemisphere and fall in the Southern Hemisphere, and midsummer in the Tropical regions. World Environment Day (WED) is the United Nations’ principal vehicle for encouraging worldwide awareness and action for the environment. Over the years it has grown to be a broad, global platform for public outreach that is widely celebrated by stakeholders in over 100 countries. It also serves as the ‘people’s day’ for doing something positive for the environment, galvanizing individual actions into a collective power that generates an exponential positive impact on the planet. In support of the UN designation of 2014 as the International Year of Small Island Developing States (SIDS), World Environment Day this year will adopt SIDS in the broader context of climate change as its
theme. The 2014 theme for World Environment Day will focus on 'Small Islands and Climate Change', the official slogan for the year 2014 is 'Raise Your Voice Not The Sea Level”. In the Nagaland context, Nagaland is rich with forests and biodiversity; it is one of the biodiversity hot spot falls under Indo- Myanmar biodiversity hotspot. The forest cover in the State, based on Forest survey of India report 2011 is 80.33% of the State’s geographical area. In terms of forest canopy density classes, the State has 1,293 km2 area under very dense forest, 4,931 km2 are under moderately dense forest and 7,094 km2 under open forest. Our forests are degrading because of large scale shifting cultivation; mining, indiscriminate felling of trees, poaching and killing of wildlife and unplanned development are creating problems. As per the Forest Survey of India Report 2011 there is a loss of 146 km2 of forest cover compare with previous report of 2009. The main reason for the change in forest cover is the shifting cultivation practiced widely across the State. Jhum cultivation is a way of life in Nagaland. Nagaland has tremendous capacity for wood production which has the potential to uplift the economy of the state and its people,
more potential for making Nagaland rich. These vast stretches of jhum areas can be planted with fast growing species to provide livelihood to our village communities and plantation in fallow areas will also act as carbon sink .Forest fires is one of the other reason for destroying forest the latest example is forest fire in Dzuoku valley, it took several day to stop the fire. For the first time indan air force choppers are used to stop the fire Nagaland is vulnerable to climate change as per the scientific reports of Prof Ravindranth of Indian Institute of Science. It is predicted that in a climate change scenario accentuated by our dwindling forest area, there will be gradual shifting of plant species to higher altitude. Our forest area is dwindling, there will be shifting of the plant species to higher altitudes and in due course of time some plant species will disappear. There is scarcity of water in different parts of the state especially during the winter. People set fire to forests and destroying the pristine forests of the state. This is happening many parts of the Nagaland. In recently concluded NBCC platinum jubilee adapted a resolution III on environment. • Baptist churches will initiate climate change adaptation strategies and other ecofriendly action
sensitive to conservation of forest and preservation of wildlife, and work closely with the community leaders and concerned departments for addressing the environmental alarm. • Abstain from using jungle meat during church gatherings • Discourage churches from offering wild animals during thanks giving service For the past one year we have witnessed a big conservation movement in Nagaland. Awareness programmes help people to become conscious about conserving our forests and biodiversity. The big example is conserving of Amur Falcon, Nagaland has got laurels nationally and internationally with citations from UNEP and Convention on Migratory Species (CMS) Old Jalukie Joint forest Management Committee and Forest department, Nagaland have been awarded the prestigious India Biodiversity Awards under co management category for adopting good practices for protection of old Jalukie community area. However we should not be complacent as there is still a lot to be done and the conservation movement started by the department should continue. Every year we celebrate World environment day but we have to im-
plement the green habits to protect the environment, world environment day should not be simple ritual. The need of the hour is creating awareness amongst all stake holders. It is only collectively that we can protect the environment. Plants act as natural sink of Carbon dioxide and other pollutants and therefore plant trees. Gift plants to your friends and relatives during birth days, marriage anniversaries etc. Every one should take Green pledge and implement in day today life. There are neary 2500 eco-clubs in different schools in Nagaland Education Department to introduce green pledge in schools so that every day our children take the pledge at that time of school prayer and they develop green habits to protect the environment.the children can act as green brigade to protect environment. Green Pledge I believe that Change Begins with Me! 1. I will always carry a cloth bag. 2. I will always reject polythene covers while shopping. 3. I will always close the tap when not in use. 4. I will always switch off Appliances when not in use. 5. I will always segregate dry and
wet waste in my house. 6. I will always send paper and plastic for recycling. 7. I will always plant a tree on Birthdays and Special occasions. 8. I will always prefer shared transport. 9. I will always use online tools and reduce wastage of paper. 10. I will always Share green living tips with others. It is our duty to protect the environment, reduce the consumption of resources and we should conserve and use our natural resources sustainably for our future generation. Everyone should do their bit in day to day life to save our God gifted precious natural resources It is individual social responsibility to protect our rich forests and biodiversity . Let us pledge to create awareness to adopt eco-friendly ways to save our natural resources including forests and rich biodiversity and make planet earth a beautiful place to live. The best time to plant a tree is 20years ago The second beast time is now A Chinese proverb M. Lokeswar Rao I.F.S Principal chief Conservator of Forests and Head of Forest Force Kohima:Nagaland
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The Morung Express THursDAy 5 JunE 2014 volumE IX IssuE 152 By Aheli moitra
Conservation in Nagaland
here are some young people from Chizami village in Phek district in their early 20s who work with young people of Fakim village in Kiphire district. The former train the latter in learning how to identify the flora and fauna they live amidst and spread the knowledge locally. In doing this, the people of Fakim village have learnt of the modern methods through which bio-diverse zones (and their constituents) are identified, and that their land happens to be one of them. Commonly known to be a bio-diversity hotspot, the area around Fakim, and in the range of the Mount Saramati, serves as home to a variety of species of all kinds. The people of Fakim find themselves in a strange crossroads of policy and market capitalism. The Government of India has proposed that in order to conserve wildlife, the quality of existing forests must be made better. In order to do this, a number of projects are being proposed, such as the tiger conservation efforts, that would keep these forests free of human habitation. This does not spell well for many indigenous inhabitants of these forests who have had a give-and-take relationship with forests for centuries. If communities are driven out of forests they have preserved themselves for such a long period of time, what would be their means of sustainability given the severe lack of education and other future prospects in these areas? But such policies of the Government of India are driven by the concern that large amount of timber is sourced from these forests by mafia to feed the furnishing demands, among other things, of the national and international markets. And today, these forests are depleted by their protectors as well to feed the demands of the market. While these policies may or may not apply to the State of Nagaland, one has to take notice of the illegal logging that places like the Mount Saramati range have fallen prey to. A recent report has highlighted how “rampant logging in the Saramati range in interior Kiphire district bordering Myanmar has rapidly decimated the tree population in this range, probably the last rain forest in Nagaland.” As the Government of Nagaland looks for ways to stop this illegal logging, and inevitable destruction of habitat for species of the forest, its approach must be multi pronged. First, it should go back to its indigenous roots to figure out what ‘conservation’ should mean for this Government. It should be able to stand by the people of the land who depend on the forests for small produce to fuel their survival, but also have policies that keep away facilitators of capitalism, like large trucks or machines that make timber logging easier in today’s date. Like the young people of Chizami, the Government also has to make some efforts to help people recognize the value of forests as of yesterday, and of today. Suppliers of timber to the market can fend off monetary luxuries only to the extent that they are supplemented with crucial services. And that the problem is created by the demands and those who facilitate them. Please forward concrete ideas to the government or to us at email@example.com
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Demographic dividends vs demographic burden
ndia is a country of a billion strong people which is expected to increase to 1.6 billion by 2050. Presently, a little more than 50 percent of the population is above the age of 25 and below the age of retirement. The figures may look very positive but would shift the entire demographics of the country as the population ages about 40 years by 2050. At present, the population above the retirement age of 64 is only eight percent; a very proportion of dependence compared to the high proportion of the working young in the population. However, the figures are going to show a dramatic shift as the ageing population would push 34 percent of the population above the age of 64 and the percentage of the population supporting them would fall to 34 percent as well. Age will soon play havoc with India and time is running out to fully realize the potential that youth can offer. The onus of India's growth lies on the population. The productivity and the efficiency of the population would determine the direction and pace of the country’s growth. A large population will lead to progress if right direction is given to its youth. It is imperative for the country to ensure that the demographic boon remains and the dividends youth can give are utilized to its full productive potential. India has to prevent the demographic dividends from translating to a demographic burden. It is crucial that the country's attitude changes towards its population. It is time India adopts a more sound economic perspective to its population. The changing attitudes however, are not restricted to just the size of the population. The quality remains an important aspect as India struggles to control literacy rates to create a more viable economy. The education of the masses will determine the productive potential of the nation without which it is humanly impossible to mobilize a billion strong people towards the goal of national development. The country faces a major challenge here as well as one third of the population would remain deprived of formal education by 2025 if measures are not undertaken to tackle literacy rates. To fully utilize the population in the growth of the economy, patterns would need to be identified and understood across different regions. What matters today is that correct directives and interventions must be done at the level of each region to enhance the productivity of the population. However, India faces challenges in the future as it faces shifting demographics in the next 40 years. What would matter for India is whether the country can perform on the global platform or would succumb to the young but an unemployable population that can work but not support the burden of pushing a billion strong on the path of progress. The world has great expectations from India, more than that, Indians have more expectations out of India, specifically as it poses a challenge to traditional approaches to commerce and trade. However, as India loses its youth to time, it needs to delve into alternate opportunities to exploit. India's population is its forte and the country needs to realize newer ways of combining the forte of the youth with its long- term goals of competitive growth. Amit Kapoor is chair, Institute for Competitiveness, and editor of Thinkers. The views expressed are personal.
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Commemorating World Environment Day 2014 About World Environment Day World Environment Day was established by the United Nations General Assembly to mark the opening of the Stockholm Conference in the year 1972. Celebrating World Environment Day is about the inspirational power of individual actions that collectively become an exponential force for positive change. World Environment Day (WED) is the United Nations’ principal vehicle for encouraging worldwide awareness and action for the environment. Over the years it has grown to be a broad, global platform for public outreach that is widely celebrated by stakeholders in over 100 countries. It also serves as the ‘people’s day’ for doing something positive for the environment, galvanizing individual actions into a collective power that generates an exponential positive impact on the planet. Objectives of World Environment Day Main objectives of United Nations behind declaration of World Environment day was to give a human face to environmental issues, empower to become agents of sustainable and equitable development, promote to change attitude towards the environment and advocate partnership between each human being and each society to ensure a safe future. World Environment Day is celebrated around the globe to promote alertness regarding scorching issues of environment pollution, drastic climatic changes, green house effect, global warming, black hole effect etc, among human beings on the planet Earth. When we see or experience the negative effects of climate change and environmental degradation, it is easy to blame others - governments for not prioritizing environmental policy; corporate organizations for raising greenhouse gas emissions; NGOs for not lobbying strongly enough for the environment; and individuals for not taking action. World Environment Day however is a day we put aside our differences and instead celebrate achievements made towards protecting the environment. By celebrating World Environment Day, we remind ourselves and others of the importance of caring for our environment. Remember that every action counts, so join us: every year, everywhere, every one! Past World Environment Day Themes year 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013
Themes Host City The Environment Adelaide, Australia Millennium – Time to Act Connect with the World Torino, Italy and Havana, Cuba Wide Web of Life Shenzhen, People’s Give Earth a Chance Republic of China Water – Two Billion Beirut, Lebanon People are Dying for It! Wanted! Seas and Oceans Barcelona, Spain – Dead or Alive? Green Cities – Plan San Francisco, United States for the Planet! Deserts and Desertification – Don’t Algiers, Algeria Desert Drylands! Melting Ice – a Hot Topic? Tromsø, Norway Kick The Habit – Towards Wellington, New Zealand A Low Carbon Economy Your Planet Needs You – UNite to Combat Mexico City, Mexico Climate Change Many Species. One Kigali, Rwanda Planet. One Future Forests: Nature at New Delhi, India your Service Green Economy: Does Brazil it include you? Think.Eat.Save. Mongolia Reduce Your Foodprint
Theme for 2014 World Environment Day is “Raise Your Voice, Not the Sea Level” World Environment Day 2014 falls during the International Year of Small Island Developing States, declared by the United Nations General Assembly to raise awareness of the special needs of this diverse coalition as part of the global discussion on how to achieve a sustainable future for all. The world’s small island nations, which are collectively home to more than 63 million people, are renowned as prized destinations: places of outstanding natural beauty, vibrant culture and music appreciated around the globe. While small in total, the land size of small island nations does not reflect their importance as stewards of nature’s wealth on land and sea. They play an important role in protecting the oceans and many are biodiversity hotspots, containing some of the richest reservoirs of plants and animals on the planet. Despite these assets, Small Island Developing States face numerous challenges. For a significant number, their remoteness affects their ability to be part of the global supply chain, increases import costs – especially for energy – and limits their competitiveness in the tourist industry. Many are increasingly vulnerable to the impacts of climate change – from devastating storms to the threat of sea level rise. Small Island Developing States have contributed little to climate change. Their combined annual output of greenhouse gases is less than one per cent of total global emissions, but their position on the front lines has projected many to the fore in negotiations for a universal new legal climate agreement in 2015. Others are leaders in disaster preparedness and prevention or are working to achieve climate neutrality through the use of renewable energy and other approaches. Small island nations share a common understanding that we need to set our planet on a sustainable path. This demands the engagement of all sectors of society in all countries. On World Environment Day, millions of individuals, community groups and businesses from around the world take part in local projects –from clean up campaigns to art exhibits to tree-planting drives. This year, think about the plight of Small Island Developing States and to take inspiration from their efforts to address climate change, strengthen resilience and work for a sustainable future. Raise your voice, not the sea level. Planet Earth is our shared island. Let us join forces to protect it Come, celebrate the biggest day for positive environmental action… In support of the UN designation of 2014 as the International Year of Small Island Developing States (SIDS), WED this year will adopt SIDS in the broader context of climate change as its theme. Our objectives are to help build momentum towards the Third International Conference on SIDS in September and
World Environment Day 2014 - What’s in it for me? Amba Jamir, Executive secretary, sDFn f late, celebrating World Environment Day every year on the 5th June is something that has become ‘just another event’ for many organizations and institutions across the world. Is that the way it should be? Should it be just a one-off event to show that one is environmentally conscious and that one cares for our Planet Earth? Doing that may be easy but what about personal commitments and actions in your daily life? It is time that we all care to learn more about such environmental issues and become a conscious and responsible global citizen. After all, we are all stewards for our one and only Planet Earth. We owe it not just to ourselves but to our future generation to ensure that the Earth they inherit is as wonderful as it is supposed to be. This year’s World Environment Day theme is about Island Nation States. One might even think, “What has it got to do with someone like me living almost 1500 meters above mean sea level here in Nagaland?” The theme proclaims “Raise your Voice… Not the Sea Level”, does it strike anything in your mind? Let us try and make the connections. Imagine that your family, your house, school, church, locality, community, village, town, state or even you is an island. Now let us imagine that all the garbage, pollution and negative environmental activities around us are melting ice and glaciers threatening your very existence. They are all melting and we are about to drown because the sea level is rising. Isn’t that a scary scene, even in your imagination? What would you do? You can’t just jump off the island and swim away. That’s all you have because everywhere else is water or hostile lands where outsiders or ‘environmental refugees’ are not welcome. Or worse still, imagine that our Planet Earth is an island about to be inundated by the rising sea level? Where else can we go? This is exactly what small island nations are faced with? Their very existence is being threatened not just because of their actions but due to the negative impacts of global warming which is being accelerated by unsustainable practices across nations. They are the victims of actions committed hundreds and thousands of miles away. Maybe each one of us, sitting pretty in Nagaland is also contributing to it. World Environment Day provides us that opportunity for us to reflect on our actions and commitments. It is a day of reckoning - to realise that our ‘mother’ is ill and we need to take care of her. The solution lies in ‘collective action and responsibility’. What each one of does every day has a direct impact on our environment. The impacts can be negative or positive. Which would you choose? I’d rather that we all choose the ‘positive’ and one of the easiest and simplest positive action is to simply ‘raise your voice’. 1. Observe, learn and talk about your concerns with friends, relatives, colleagues, strangers or whoever. 2. Try and positively influence others for positive change and action. 3. See if there are others who share the same concerns and responsibilities and maybe, you can even start to collaborate. 4. If you have information, knowledge or skills that might facilitate or promote positive thinking and action, share it. Information they say is knowledge, and knowledge may be power; but what’s the use of all the power if you do not use it? On the other hand, every time one commits a negative action it contributes to the garbage, pollution, destruction or unsustainable use of environmental resources. Such actions add to the ‘raising sea level’. We do not want that to happen. Let us stop it and realise that simple actions are all that is required to arrest the ‘raising the sea level’. 1. It begins with small things at home, school or even offices. Switching off unnecessary light/fan switches; closing dripping/running taps, reducing waste (for example, carry your own shopping bag to begin with and stop taking those polythene bags that not just clog up our drains but kill our rivers and streams); 2. Reusing stuff you just might have thrown away (of course, the first challenge is to even try and avoid buying things that are not really necessary); 3. Adopt simple principles like zero waste principles both at work and home; 4. Share available resources with friends and
family (e.g., organise car pools to drop and pick-up kids from school or to go to offices or simply put – just learn to share, even knowledge); 5. Adopt good and sustainable practices to conserve resources (make use of water harvesting systems or build homes that make use of natural light and energy, adopt good farming practices).
encourage a greater understanding of the importance of SIDS and of the urgency to help protect the islands in the face of growing risks and vulnerabilities, particularly as a result of climate change. We believe WED will be an excellent opportunity to raise a call for solidarity with the islands. "Planet Earth is our shared island, let us join forces to protect it." UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon at the launch of the 2014 International Year of Small Islands and Developing States Host City for 2014 World Environment Day Bridgetown, Barbados, 9 May 2014 - Barbados, a Caribbean island at the cutting edge of the fight against climate change, will host this year's World Environment Day (WED) global celebrations on 5 June 2014, according to a joint announcement made today by the government of Barbados and the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). Barbados, a 430-square kilometres nation with a population of 270,000, is considered to be highly vulnerable to the effects of climate change - from agricultural impacts to the destruction of its coastal ecosystems. However, this small nation has taken big steps to reduce its climate impact and to provide clean, renewable energy - as well as opportunities for green economic growth - to its people. Among other things, Barbados has pledged to increase the share of renewable energy across the island to 29 percent of all electricity consumption by 2029. This would cut total electricity costs by an estimated USD 283.5 million and reduce CO2 emissions by 4.5 million tonnes, according to the government. "Small Island Developing States the world over are facing a host of risks related to climate change, from temperature increases that negatively affect agriculture to sea level rise that threatens the very existence of some nations," said UN Under-Secretary-General and UNEP Executive Director Achim Steiner. "Barbados has put conservation and the transition
to an inclusive green economy at the heart of its national strategy. Through this framework, it has enacted a number of proactive, concrete measures to combat climate change, including incentives that support one of the island's fastest growing sectors - solar power." As the host of WED, Barbados will have the opportunity to showcase these initiatives and to act as an example for countless Small Island Developing States facing similar challenges. The country has shown tremendous leadership and political will, proving that the transition to a green economy is possible - even in countries facing the greatest threats when robust environmental policy is translated into action on the ground," he added. In 2012, Barbados and UNEP launched the Green Economy Scoping Study - Barbados Synthesis Report, which was designed to identify challenges and opportunities in the island's transition to a Green Economy, and to accelerate that transition. Projects and events in Barbados to celebrate WED will take place over five days. They will focus on climate adaptation technologies, business, sustainable resource management, protected areas, schools and Barbadian local culture, as well as spotlighting challenges and opportunities facing Small Island Developing States around the globe.
We are just kids! We are too old! We don’t have the resources! Is it really that hopeless? Isn’t that something we say or hear very often? It’s never too soon or too late for good things to happen. And good things don’t necessarily happen because resources are available. All that matters is interest, conviction and commitment. This will however happen only if one is aware – not necessarily educated. Do not confuse education with awareness. Educated people are necessarily people that are aware. To be aware, one must be willing to learn with a sense of discovery, empathy and curiosity. To be aware, one must use all of one’s senses so that one can learn, feel, sense, smell, see and even hear. One must also try and make the connections and see the larger picture. Once you are aware and have garnered the courage, commitment and sense of responsibility, ‘Raise Your Voice’ and communicate what it is that you wish to do or say. Even if you do not have the resources, do not worry… people usually ‘buy’ good ideas and purposes. Problem with most people – young or old – is that too often we are too comfortable in our own spaces and in the process we allow the ‘water level to go above our heads’. Do not let your own thoughts drown you or your ideas. Often many battles in life are lost not because the opposition is strong or opportunities bad but because we refuse to believe that we can do it. Margaret Mead said “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world: indeed, it is the only thing that ever does” Let 2014 be the year that you do something positive not just for you, your future generation for also for your one and only planet. Research, Organise, Network and Activate your thoughts and ideas. Here are some activities that you might want to try: 1. Organise your family, friends or community to discuss and deliberate upon the issue of “Raise your voice and not the sea level”; 2. Write articles or stories for your local papers, church bulletins or organizational newsletters; 3. Raise awareness of people by organizing events such as community workshops, fairs, concerts or even street plays; 4. Take advantage of and participate in church programmes and highlight the issues of “Raising your voice and not the sea level”. It could be a sermon, a song, a drama or even a poster display; 5. Write to your politicians, public leaders, government officials ‘raising your voice’ against the ‘raising sea level’ – remember to make the local connections (issues); 6. Visit schools, colleges and universities to ‘raise your voice’ and get people on board to be responsible citizens; 7. Organise essay competitions, painting competitions, collage making competitions, photography exhibitions or competitions; or whatever you think is possible to highlight the issue of “Raise Your Voice, Not the Sea Level”; 8. Look for collaborators – government agencies, private entrepreneurs, willing sponsors, village councils or even Sunday school groups – to help put into action your ideas; 9. Apply the Zero Waste Principles in all that you do. [If you are not sure of this, just google it for the information] 10. Even if you cannot do anything with others, at least, make a personal commitment to be a responsible and committed citizen and become an example for others. This world is our only island and unless each one of us contribute to the collective goodness and actions, nothing much can be achieved to save it. Let us be responsible and committed to a lifestyle that is sustainable and waste-free. After all, “in acting together…people can accomplish things that no individual alone can ever hope to accomplish” (Franklin Delano Roosevelt, 1822-1945).
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7 PERSPECTIVE Climate Activist on Anger, Love, and Sacrifice Thursday
THE MORUNG EXPRESS
5 June 2014
NEWS ANALYSIS, FEATURE AND DISCOURSE
sarah van Gelder
n the morning of December 19, 2008, Tim DeChristopher woke up knowing he would somehow protest an auction of oil and gas leases on federal lands in Utah’s red rock country. How he would make his views known, though, was a mystery. When an official at the auction asked him if he was there to bid on land parcels, he agreed. That seemed like a good place to start. At first, he bid on parcels to increase their prices— it didn’t seem right to him that the leases were going for as little as $2 an acre. But after more than half the leases had been acquired by oil and gas companies, he began bidding to win. He acquired the rights to 14 parcels—a total of 22,500 acres for $1.8 million—before he was escorted out of the auction, and held and questioned by federal officials. His civil disobedience galvanized activists concerned about the climate crisis and the fate of public wilderness lands. Some, including members of his Unitarian Universalist Church, formed the climate justice action group Peaceful Uprising. On April 1, 2009, DeChristopher was indicted on two felony counts: interfering with a federal oil and gas leasing auction and making false statements. He pled not guilty on both counts and rejected the offer of a plea bargain, so he faced 10 years in prison and a fine of $750,000. His supporters raised cash to cover the first payment on the leases he’d won. The auction of those lands—initiated under the Bush Administration—was later ruled illegal and rescinded. But DeChristopher was found guilty. He served 21 months in prison and paid a fine of $10,000. He was released in April 2013 and is now attending Harvard Divinity School. Tim DeChristopher was born in West Virginia, where his mother was an early opponent of mountaintop removal. He worked as a wilderness guide for at-risk youth and was studying economics at the University of Utah when he took part in the protest that made him famous. Rolling Stone called DeChristopher “America’s most creative climate criminal.” He was nominated for the 2011 Utahn of the Year by The Salt Lake Tribune, named a 2011 Visionary of the Year by Utne Reader, and was one of the “YES! Breakthrough 15” in 2012. The documentary Bidder 70 features his story, and he’s been interviewed by, among many others, Bill Moyers, Amy Goodman, and David Letterman. Sarah van Gelder: What was the moment like for you when you realized you were going to go to jail? Tim DeChristopher: Once I decided to start winning parcels of land at the auction, I pretty much knew I was going to prison. That moment was extremely liberating. It was the first moment that I felt like my actions were finally in line with what I felt was the scale of the crisis. van Gelder: I read that you decided to start bidding when you saw a friend burst into tears. DeChristopher: That was one of the things that pushed me to the edge. I was feeling outraged that most of the parcels were going for $10 or $12 an acre. Some were going for as little as $2 an acre. And I saw toward the back of the room someone I knew from my church, and she started crying. I think what drove her to tears was watching the inhumanity of it and the coldness of it—that there was absolutely no respect for what was being lost. The depth of her emotion justified the depth of my emotion; it made me feel like I wasn’t crazy for feeling outraged. van Gelder: Your description of a group of people calmly and bureaucratically proceeding to destroy something of immeasurable value reminds me of the phrase “the banality of evil.” DeChristopher: That certainly would’ve fit the room. That’s something that has always bothered me in the discourse around climate change; those who are choosing their own profits over people’s lives say, “Well, it’s just business.” They make it cold and calculating. It’s only “just business” for the people making profits. For a young person looking at climate change, it is personal. It is an older generation trading our lives for their own short-term interests, whether that’s fossil fuel executives trading our lives for profit or whether that’s baby boomer liberals trading our lives for their own comfort and convenience because they don’t want to take the risk of fighting back. van Gelder: That’s provocative! Do you want to expand on that? DeChristopher: I’ve never seen a place in this movement or in the discourse around climate change where it’s considered appropriate for young people to express their anger at old people. But it’s just under the surface. I don’t think we can have a healthy dialogue around climate change until young people are able to express that anger in an honest way, just like I don’t think we ever could have had really honest and productive dialogues around race without the expression of black rage. Certainly we need more than just rage, and on its own, it’s not productive. But if it’s not ever addressed, I think it’s hard to move forward in a trusting way. van Gelder: What is it that enrages you? DeChristopher: I’ve met very few baby boomer liberals who understand what it means to be a young person facing the reality of climate change. It means that we’re never going to have the opportunities that our parents’ and our grandparents’ generations had, and that we’ve got this massive burden weighing on our future. We constantly hear baby boomers saying to young people: “Stopping climate change is going to be the challenge of your generation.” Well, that’s not really true. We’ve known about climate change for 20 years, during the time when baby boomers were holding power in this country. Stopping climate change was the challenge of the baby boomer generation, and they failed because it would’ve meant making sacrifices and putting their children’s and grandchildren’s generations ahead of their own. They chose not to do that. Certainly a lot of the blame falls on fossil fuel executives and politicians, but a lot of it falls on comfortable liberals who changed their light bulbs, bought organic, and sat back and patted themselves on the back. Young people don’t have the luxury of feeling like that’s enough—like they can go to their graves content that
First the anger, then the love—overcoming generational anger to find the courage required for the difficult work ahead
us—what we’re going to tolerate and what we’re going to absolutely not accept. With a better idea of where that line is, we can respond more quickly, and our conscience can kick in faster. van Gelder: You’re at Harvard. You’re at this center of power and the elite. And you’re at the divinity school there—a center of spiritual inquiry, which you mentioned is ecumenical. What is this like for you, coming right out of prison? DeChristopher: The experience of the Harvard Divinity School is very different than the experience of Harvard. The experience of being at Harvard is just saturated with privilege in a really disgusting way. van Gelder: What is that like for you? DeChristopher: It’s disorienting. I’m probably one of the few people at Harvard who has spent time being homeless and in prison, and to now be surrounded by that level of privilege at times makes me feel guilty and at times just feels like a heavy responsibility. People refer to “Harvard Yard,” the old area of Harvard, and they’ll talk about a class in one of those buildings, and they’ll say, “It’s on the Yard.” And when I first started hearing that, I thought “Man, a year ago I was in prison, and when people would say ‘on the yard,’ that meant something very different.” The divinity school has a very different feel than the rest of Harvard. It’s a far more humane place. In the rest of Harvard, knowledge is a commodity that can be used for our purposes, and used against others. Whereas in the divinity school, it feels like knowledge is a relationship; it is something that connects us to others.
FILE - In this March 22, 2012 file photo, a pumpjack is silhouetted against the setting sun in Oklahoma City. On June 2, 2014, Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt said an Environmental Protection Agency plan to limit greenhouse gas emissions from power plants hampers the ability of states to devise their own ways to make the cuts. The plan suggests a 35 percent reduction of carbon emissions in Oklahoma by 2030. The state derives more than half its energy from natural gas and roughly 38 percent from coal. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki, File)
they drove a Prius and voted Democrat, so they don’t have to feel guilty about this catastrophe. van Gelder: That may be objectively true, but if you look at most young people, they’re doing as little as the boomers did. DeChristopher: If you look at the masses in the middle, that’s true. But the masses are never who change things. I think you have to look at the people who are engaged and paying attention to the world, which is a minority. I don’t know that there are necessarily more young people who are more awake and engaged, but I think those who are awake and engaged are looking at things in a different way than generations before, realizing that changing our consumer habits is not enough. We are going to be making sacrifices, both now in fighting this injustice and throughout our lives in dealing with the impacts of it. van Gelder: I’d like to go back to the moment when you stood in front of the judge and you said, “This is what love looks like.” Can you bring yourself back to that moment and recall what you were feeling then? Were you feeling love? DeChristopher: To some extent, yeah. That was the first chance I had to speak freely in the court. And so I spoke for probably half an hour. That last line, “This is what love looks like,” is the line I stole from a speech Chris Hedges gave when he was getting arrested outside of the White House, in 2010, I think. He said, “This is what hope looks like.” My speech was directed at the judge. I was saying, “I’m not looking for your mercy. I’m looking for you to join me.” But in a way, the judge wasn’t really my audience. I was speaking to a much wider public about why I was there. van Gelder: Were you trying to get through to the jurors? DeChristopher: No, the jurors had been gone for months at that point. I was never allowed to speak freely to the jurors. van Gelder: Do you think that if you’d had a chance to talk directly to the jurors you could have gotten through to them? DeChristopher: Yeah, I think that’s a possibility. van Gelder: What would you have told them if you’d had a chance? DeChristopher: There are things about myself and my case I would’ve wanted them to know. The biggest one is that the auction was later overturned and ruled illegal. That was something we were absolutely not allowed to tell them. Another was the fact that we offered to mail the Bureau of Land Management the money as a payment for the leases, and they wouldn’t take it. And we weren’t allowed to talk about climate change. Also, I would have liked to explain the reasons going through administrative channels for objecting to the auction felt futile. Two months before the auction, the House Resources Committee, chaired by Raul Grijalva, issued a report about how the BLM under the Bush administration was taking volunteers from the oil and gas industry to process the written objections to proposed leasing parcels. van Gelder: And you felt that the jury had the right to choose what is called “jury nullification”—to actually go against the specifics of the law. DeChristopher: And that would’ve been even more important: to remind the jury that their role is to protect our fellow citizens from the government. Juries are not just there to take orders from the government and to do whatever the government wants. It’s the opposite. They were created because our founding fathers were leery of too much power in the hands of government officials. That’s why we have human beings, not computers, doing this job. We need jurors to use their conscience. That is the role of a citizen. A citizen should always use their conscience in all their civic duties. One of the pivotal moments for me came during the jury selection when the judge called each juror, one at a time, into his chambers and asked them if they would do whatever he told them to do, even if it violated their conscience. And unless they said they were willing to do what they thought was morally wrong, they weren’t allowed on the jury.
Climate Activist Tim DeChristopher
That really clarified for me the power of conscience as one of those key factors that determines which road we’re going to go down—whether we respond to the climate crisis by turning against one another in fear or turning toward one another in love. I saw one juror after another say, “Yes, your honor, I’ll do whatever you tell me to do, even if I think it’s morally wrong.” And when I saw that, I saw how some of the great mass atrocities in history can happen. But I also saw the prosecutor freak out. I saw him panicked and terrified at the notion of citizens using their conscience when they’re exercising their civic duties. And just as powerful as understanding how atrocities can happen was seeing a U.S. attorney, who has the full power of the United States government behind him, terrified at the power of conscience. I saw that on the one hand if people let go of their moral authority, any atrocity is possible. But on the other hand, when people hold onto their conscience and the shared moral agency of their community, there’s no institution and no power that can’t be affected by that. That’s part of why I’m going to divinity school. I see this question of whether or not we have faith in our own moral authority as a spiritual issue. van Gelder: So how do you see your role? Once you’ve graduated, will you become a minister in the Unitarian Universalist Church? Do you see your role as helping people acquaint themselves with their own moral calling? DeChristopher: I’m not sure. I think if I had those answers, I wouldn’t be in divinity school. I’d just go do it. I’m there because I have an understanding of what the challenge is, and I know that whatever my path is, it needs the kind of spiritual foundation that I’m getting in divinity school. In terms of connecting people with their own moral authority, I think that’s deep, slow work that’s not done alone. I think that’s something that’s done in a community. van Gelder: I grew up in the Quaker tradition, which asks that of each person. There’s no minister—no authority to turn to—so each person is expected to figure out for themselves what action to take within the context of a spiritual community. But it tends to be slow work. It took many Quakers years to decide that they were going to release the slaves they owned and oppose slavery overall. But once they figured that out, they became the backbone of the abolition movement. It’s a quandary. We don’t have a lot of time. DeChristopher: We’re also not starting at the beginning—there is a strong critical mass of people who see the crisis that we’re in and are committed to resisting it and fighting for a healthy and just world. So that part of the choice has been made. It’s just building the discipline then of getting to the point where responding is automatic. van Gelder: But do we want our responses to be simple and automatic? Our moral quandaries are quite complex. I’m reminded of Thoreau’s response when Emerson asked what he was doing in prison, and Thoreau answered: “The question is what are you doing out there?” Because we could all be in prison every single day of our lives for the atrocities we’re allowing to go by. Each one is a choice. DeChristopher: True. And I think we need to spend more time understanding where that line is for
van Gelder: I realize there’s a lot of uncertainty, but as you look ahead, what do you think you will be doing next? DeChristopher: I’ve gotten involved with some folks from the Lakota Nation in Pine Ridge, South Dakota, to plan a unity concert in September in the Black Hills. This concert is an effort to try to create some trust across cultural divides in areas where trust has been repeatedly violated, so that we can unite to be more effective in the struggle for a healthy and just future. Also, there’s a case coming up in May of Jay O’Hara and Ken Ward, who anchored a lobster boat in front of the Brayton Point coal plant south of Boston, blockading a coal shipment. They’re going to trial in May. They might actually have the opportunity to argue in court that they acted to prevent the greater harm of climate change. I’ve also been in some conversation with Jonathan Moylan in Australia who did a Yes Men-style action there around a coal mine and issued a fake press release that caused a lot of bad PR for the coal company and the bank that was funding it. He is now facing 10 years in prison, and he’s going to trial in June. I don’t know the Australian legal system, but I do know a bit about using the trial as an organizing opportunity. van Gelder: Looking ahead further, how do you think the climate crisis will affect our future? DeChristopher: I think it’ll cause massive food shortages and disruptions of our agricultural system. At the same time, we’re looking at an ever-increasing number of migrants whose homes are under water and who are moving into areas that are already stressed—because of droughts, because of food shortages, because of a generally unworkable economic model. These communities are already insecure, and they’ll have waves of other people coming in who are completely insecure themselves, and we can see the conflicts that can come out of that. I think there’ll be plenty of opportunities for those in power to pit people at the bottom against one another, to say: All those hardships you’re facing, those are the people who are causing them—that group, whether it’s migrants, unions, religious groups, whatever it may be. And if we’re not ready for that as a society—if we’re not committed to a path of cooperation—then there’s a potential for us to create a really ugly society that could bring out the worst in us. People feeling insecure can be driven to do really ugly things to their fellow human beings. I think there’s also the potential for the opposite to happen. People in times of hardship can turn toward one another, and hardship can bring out the best in people. And those hardships, those shortages, could be an opportunity to reflect on what’s really important to us and to create new bonds. Look at the difference between the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina and of Hurricane Sandy. After Katrina, what filled the void was militarism, police power, and violence. And immediately following that was corporate power and the privatization of public resources. After Sandy, the first thing that filled the void was the people power of Occupy, and they were in every neighborhood. So people power created new bonds and even healed old wounds. One of the stories that came out of Occupy Sandy was of a young guy in Occupy who shoveled out the basement of a guy who turned out to be the cop who had beaten him up in Zuccotti Park. The cop was like, “Why would these horrible kids— these people we were told to beat up—why would they be shoveling out my basement?” It became an opportunity for a real connection: The kid could express his values and his worldview and the reasons why what they were doing in the park was the same thing as what they were doing shoveling out his basement. I think a lot of people looked at Occupy and said, “Why are they spending so much time sitting around talking?” Completely unproductive, right? But they built networks. They built relationships. They spent a lot of time articulating their vision and values and being reminded that this is their community—this is their society. When Sandy happened, we realized, that’s what they were doing. They were getting ready for whatever lay ahead. That’s why I think activism right now is so critical. The only thing inevitable about our future is that the status quo cannot continue. We know things are going to change. But we can go down very different roads from this point. There’s an opportunity now to build a society in the ashes of this one that is much more in line with our values. There’s the opportunity for this disruption to be sort of a mass reflection where we realize that basing society on greed and competition was not the best way to go about things. Maybe we can do better. But that’s not inevitable any more than the ugly path is inevitable, which to me is why our engagement now is really, really critical.
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Thursday 5 June 2014
16th Lok Sabha meet adjourned over Munde’s death
NeW DeLhi, JUNe 4 (iANS): The 16th Lok Sabha met for the first time Wednesday and was adjourned for the day as a mark of respect to union minister Gopinath Munde, who died in a road accident Tuesday. The adjournment of the Lok Sabha was the first instance of a newly constituted house having been adjourned on the first day following the death of a sitting member. As soon as the house assembled, pro-tem speaker Kamal Nath, who had taken oath earlier at Rashtrapati Bhavan, condoled Munde’s death. Following this, Lok Sabha secretary general P. Shreedharan tabled the list of newly-elected members as notified by the Election Commission. Kamal Nath then asked the members whether the oath taking exercise should be taken up Thursday. As the members agreed, he postponed the exercise to Thursday and adjourned the house for the day. “The house is being adjourned till 11 a.m. Thursday because of the sad demise of our colleague Gopinath Munde,” he said. The house also observed a twominute silence in the memory of Munde. Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who entered the house a few minutes before the sitting commenced, walked over to the opposition benches and greeted Congress president Sonia Gandhi and other leaders with folded hands. Modi, whose act of bowing his
Kamal Nath sworn-in as pro tem speaker
NeW DeLhi, JUNe 4 (iANS): Senior Congress leader Kamal Nath Wednesday took oath as the pro tem speaker of the 16th Lok Sabha at Rashtrapati Bhavan here. He was sworn-in by President Pranab Mukherjee. Vice-President Hamid Ansari and Prime Minister Narendra Modi attended the ceremony. Asked what can assure the Congress’ cooperation to the BJP-led NDA government in parliament, Kamal Nath said the “legislations left incomplete” during the previous government’s term should be “taken (up) on a priority (basis)”. “Of course, we will oppose but it will be constructive opposition. Not the kind (of opposition) the BJP demonstrated in the 15th Lok Sabha,” he added. Explaining further, he said the “first duty is that the interest of the nation and the interest of the people of the country should be served.” Asked if the Congress will get to be the main opposition party with Leader of Opposition from its ranks as it lacks the required numbers, he said it was for the “speaker to decide upon Leader of Opposition”. “It is necessary the house should have a leader of the opposition. This has been our parliamentary tradition. I believe the speaker will act according (to tradition),” he said. Kamal Nath, one of the longest-serving MPs, advised first-time members of the Lok Sabha to “remember that their first duty is towards their constituency. Otherwise, there will be no second time”. The Congress leader, who was the parliamentary affairs minister in the previous UPA government, was elected to the Lok Sabha for the ninth term from the Chhindwara constituency in Madhya Pradesh. forehead and touching the steps of parliament May 20 before his election as the Bharatiya Janata Party parliamentary party leader was widely noticed and commented upon, sought to reach out to the opposition Wednesday through his gestures. He occupied his seat on the treasury benches in his new role as prime minister and leader of BJP parliamentary party after greeting
opposition leaders, including Mallikarjun Kharge and Samajwadi Party chief Mulayam Singh Yadav. Earlier, BJP and National Democratic Alliance members stood up and some even thumped their desks as Modi entered the Lok Sabha. As he went along the front rows, more members stood up in their seats. The celebratory mood in the new Lok Sabha was tinged with sadness at the
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Indian girl, 13, becomes youngest to climb Everest
loss of a member and minister. Speaking to the media before entering the house, Modi expressed his gratitude to the citizens of the country for their decisive mandate in the Lok Sabha polls. He said his government will make all efforts to fulfill the hopes and aspirations of the people. He said: “The people of India have voted in unprecedented numbers, blessed their representatives and elected the 16th Lok Sabha.” Sumitra Mahajan to be next Lok Sabha Speaker Senior BJP leader Sumitra Mahajan, one of the most experienced Parliamentarians, is set to be the next Lok Sabha Speaker, becoming the second woman to occupy the key position. The acceptance of 71-year-old Mahajan, an eight-time MP from Madhya Pradesh, has been procured and a formal announcement about the nomination is expected any time, sources said. She was earlier sounded by BJP chief Rajnath Singh about the new assignment. The election for the Speaker will take place on Friday. If elected, Mahajan will be the second woman to hold the key position after the outgoing Speaker Meira Kumar. Mahajan has never lost the Lok Sabha elections since 1989 and was elected from Indore for the eighth time in the just-held polls by a margin of 4.67 lakh votes.
In this Sunday, May 25, 2014 handout photo, Malavath Poorna, left, holds up her nation’s flag on Mount Everest, Nepal. A social charity says the 13-year-old daughter of poor Indian farmers has become the youngest girl to climb Mount Everest. Poorna says she and a team of Nepalese climbing guides made it to the top on May 25 from the northern side in Tibet. (AP Photo
NeW DeLhi, JUNe 4 (AP): A social charity says the 13-year-old daughter of poor Indian farmers has become the youngest girl to climb Mount Everest. Malavath Poorna says she and a team of Nepalese climbing guides reached the summit on May 25 from the northern side in Tibet. A smiling Poorna told reporters Wednesday in New Delhi that she faced extreme cold, difficult terrain, personal fear and dead bodies on her
journey up the world’s tallest mountain. But she “shed joyful tears” when she reached the top and saw “mighty mountains and morning sunlight” all around. The Andhra Pradesh Social Welfare Residential Educational Institution Society said it sponsored Poorna’s expedition as part of its program to encourage underprivileged students. A 13-year-old boy climbed Everest previously.
SC again rejects Sahara chief Roy’s bail plea
NeW DeLhi, JUNe 4 (ReUTeRS): The Supreme Court on Wednesday once again rejected a bail plea by the chief of the Sahara conglomerate, who has been held in jail for three months over his group’s failure to repay investors who bought bonds that were later ruled to be illegal. Sahara Chairman Subrata Roy has been in a Delhi jail since March 4 after failing to appear at a contempt hearing in a longrunning legal battle between his group and the Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI). The court - which on Wednesday said Sahara’s liabilA young Indian girl walks back home carrying a canister of drinking water over her head filled from a public tap, in a shanty town on the outskirts of Jammu on Wednesday, June 4. There is no direct supply of potable water at homes in most of the poor neighborhoods in the country and people have to depend on regulated supply of water from public taps erected on roadsides, with a single tap catering to hundreds of households. (AP Photo)
‘Munde died of shock and hemorrhage’
NeW DeLhi, JUNe 4 (iANS): Union Minister Gopinath Munde, who was involved in a car accident here Tuesday, died of “shock and hemorrhage”, according to the preliminary autopsy report submitted by AIIMS to Delhi Police, officials said Wednesday. “In this case (it) is a shock and hemorrhage consequent upon blunt ante-mortem injuries to the neck and liver,” said the report that was submitted Tuesday night to police. The report, a copy of which is with IANS, added that these types of injuries are commonly seen in road traffic accidents. The report says there were two internal injuries in abdomen and neck due to the forceful impact of the accident.
“There was fracture separation of cervical vertebra between C1 and C2 (atlanto-axial joint) associated with transaction of spinal cord. The wound was associated with laceration of vertebral artery with other neck vessels and muscles and hemantoma measuring about 1,000 cc,” it said. The atlanto-axial joint is a joint in the upper part of the neck between the first and second cervical vertebrae. According to experts, this joint is the highest joint in the spinal column and it lies just at the base of the skull. And thus in view of its proximity to the brain stem and importance in stabilisation, fracture or injury at this level can be catastrophic. Doctors said Munde’s neck snapped due to the force of the accident.
ity was between 330 and 350 billion rupees ($5.6-$5.9 billion) had asked Sahara to deposit 100 billion rupees initially to secure the release of Roy on bail. Sahara, a household name in India as the former main sponsor of the national cricket team, has so far failed to do so. The court had previously refused Roy bail on four occasions after rejecting various proposals from the company, including one to pay the money in instalments. In their ruling on Wednesday, however, the judges allowed the group to raise funds by liquidating its bank depos-
its, bonds and securities worth about 25 billion rupees, according to a copy of the judgment. Sahara can also sell its real estate assets in nine Indian cities, estimated to be valued at about 25 billion rupees, the judges said, lifting an earlier freeze. In 2012, the Supreme Court ordered Sahara to repay, with interest, all investors who subscribed to bonds sold by two of its businesses, saying the company had not met with SEBI rules for public issues and the process was “dubious”. While Sahara says it has repaid most of the money and that the remaining sum owed is
about 25 billion rupees, the Supreme Court and the SEBI have disputed that. Sahara, whose assets include the landmark Plaza hotel in New York and Grosvenor House in London, last month offered to sell its three overseas hotels to meet the payment demands. The court said it had sought more information from Sahara, including approval from Bank of China, with which the assets are pledged. Sahara said after the court order on Wednesday that it was “thankful” for the clearances of bank accounts and certain properties, reiterating that it had already paid most investors.
‘Great to have so many women MPs in Lok Sabha’
NeW DeLhi, JUNe 4 (iANS): It is great to have so many women in the Lok Sabha this time, says the glamorous actor-turnedpolitician Moon Moon Sen, a first time parliamentarian from the Trinamool Congress. Clad in an off-white sari with a golden border, the stylish actor who is the daughter of legendary Bengali film star Suchitra Sen, says she has already begun her work as a parliamentarian back in her constituency Bankura. Sen pulled off a major upset in her poll debut this Lok Sabha election by defeating nine-time MP Basudeb Acharia of the CPIM in West Bengal’s Bankura Lok Sabha constituency. She triumphed by 97,511 votes over Acharia, who had been winning from the seat without a break since 1980. “I have already started work with the goals which my party promised like roads, water and other amenities,” the actress with her trademark red bindi, kohl-lined eyes and traditional jewellery, told IANS as she walked on the corridors of Parliament
House, which she was very impressed to see and set foot upon for the first time in her life. Wednesday was the first day of the 16th Lok Sabha, but it was adjourned in less than 15 minutes after condoling the death of union minister Gopinath Munde, who died in a road accident Tuesday. Asked how she felt on so many women being elected to the parliament this time, she exclaimed: “Isn’t it great”. The Lok Sabha this time has the highest tally of women MPs ever at 61. Sen also mentioned that it was a point to be noted that so many chief ministers of states were also women at present, including her own West Bengal, referring to the Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee. Questioned as to whether the women’s reservation bill could be passed now with so many women members, she said: “hopefully”. However, she was quick to qualify that
it was also the men who were responsible. “We can’t run the men down,” she added, rolling her expressive eyes. “It is their job too. Everybody should do it.” During a tour of Parliament House for the Trinamool Congress’ new MPs, conducted by senior party leader Mukul Roy Tuesday, Sen had said: “My mother (who passed away early this year) would have really felt proud.” She was also very impressed to see the impressive domes and corridors of India’s supreme legislative body. Known for her work in Bengali, Hindi, Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam, Marathi and Kannada films, Sen has also starred in Bollywood films. She received Andhra Pradesh state Nandi Award for best supporting Actress in 1987, for her role in the film Sirivennela. She has acted in 60 films and 40 Television series. Her two daughters - Riya and Raima - are also actresses.
Gang rape case highlights lack of toilets
LUCKNOW, JUNe 5 (AP): The two teenage girl cousins had walked out together at night, as they did every night, into the wild bamboo fields 10 or 15 minutes from their mud-and-straw huts to relieve themselves. Like millions of families across India, they had no toilet at home. In the dark, they were attacked, gang-raped and killed. The assailants then hung their bodies from a mango tree in their village. Beyond highlighting the rampant sexual violence in India, last week’s horrific crime is drawing attention to a glaring problem across the country that threatens women’s safety: the lack of toilets. U.N. figures show of India’s 1.2 billion people, 665 million — mostly those in the countryside — don’t have access to a private toilet or latrine, something taken for granted in developed nations. Some villages have public bathrooms, but many women avoid using them because they are usually in a state of disrepair and because men often hang around and harass the women. “Around 65 percent of the rural population in India defecates in the open and women and girls are expected to go out at night. This does not only threaten their dignity, but
their safety as well,” UNICEF representative Louis-Georges Arsenault said in a statement. Bindeshwar Pathak, founder of the Sulabh Sanitation and Social Reform Movement — a group that helps build low-cost toilets — estimates the country needs about 120 million more latrines. Since the attack, his group has decided to construct toilets in 108 houses in the girls’ village of Katra Sadatganj in the northern, densely populated state of Uttar Pradesh. Indian women aren’t alone in their vulnerability as they use either unhygienic public latrines or visit the fields to relieve themselves. From villages in Nepal to the urban slums of Cape Town, South Africa, women say that lack of safe access to toilets often puts them at risk of sexual violence and harassment. The 14- and 15-year-old cousins were dalits, at the bottom of Hinduism’s caste hierarchy, making them even more vulnerable to attacks from men, particularly of higher castes. They did not go out alone, but there were just two of them. Women generally gather in groups to go to the fields to relieve themselves. To avoid embarrassment they usually go at dawn and late at night. Male family members usually don’t go
with the women since modesty is a major consideration. After the girls had left, an uncle, Baburam, went out to make sure the cows hadn’t trampled his patch of mint, The Indian Express newspaper reported. He heard some screams and shone his flashlight toward four men dragging the girls away across the fields, he told the newspaper. They threatened him with a gun. “I was scared and I fled,” he said. “I now wish I hadn’t.” The state’s top police official made a clear link between rape and the lack of toilets. “More than 60 percent of the rapes in the state occur when the victims step out to relieve themselves because they do not have toilets at their homes,” Ashish Gupta told reporters in the state capital, Lucknow. “It is difficult to give protection to every woman who goes out in the open to relieve herself.” A lack of toilets is also a problem in urban slums, but the dangers are greater in rural areas because girls and women must go out into the fields, where they are more vulnerable. “The evenings are really scary. The young men, sometimes drunk, pass indecent remarks and we can do nothing,” said Sarita Kuswaha, a 50-year-old mother of two. She was
once attacked by a man when she was out in the fields in her village near Milkipur, a small town in Uttar Pradesh. “I told my mother-in-law, but she asked me to keep quiet because that person was a relative of the village head,” she said. New Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party promised “toilets before temples” in their election manifesto. The former Congress party-led government also promised to deliver sanitation services to villages and urban slums, but those projects lagged due to corruption, misuse of finances and a lack of political will. In Uttar Pradesh, a massive sanitation project was launched in collaboration with the federal government in 2002 to build toilets, yet the most recent data from 2011 show that only 22 percent of the state’s households have them. “This data clearly proves that the public money has been flushed away in the toilets,” said Alok Ranjan, a senior government official. While the village waits for Pathak’s group to build toilets, a local women’s rights organization issued an advisory for women. Their primary suggestion: move in big groups.
UN appalled by Badaun gangrape case, demands action UNiTeD NATiONS, JUNe 4 (PTi): Appalled by the brutal rape and murder of two teenaged girls in India, UN secretary general Ban Ki-moon has demanded action against sexual violence and appealed to the society to reject the destructive attitude of “boys will be boys”. “In just the last two weeks, we have seen despicable attacks against women and girls around the world — from Nigeria to Pakistan and from California to India. I was especially appalled by the brutal rape and gruesome murder of two teenaged women in India who had ventured out because they did not have access to a toilet,” Ban said here on Tuesday. Decrying the recent attacks against women and girls around the world, Ban stressed that “violence against women is a peace and security issue. It is a human rights issue. It is a development issue.” He said nations must respond on all fronts and achieve full equality for all women. “We say no to the dismissive, destructive attitude of ‘Boys will be boys’.Together, we can empower more people to understand that violence against women
degrades us all,” Ban said at the launch of a video campaign on ending sexual violence through gender equality. Calling on the society to join the outcry against sexual violence, Ban said, “I will be raising my voice — and I count on all of you to join our chorus demanding action around the world.” He said violence against women and girls is “totally unacceptable” but is unfortunately happening throughout the world. “We must put an end to these unacceptable, intolerable acts,” the UN chief said. Ban referred to the recent killing of three women in California in a shooting spree by 22-year-old Elliot Rodger who was frustrated over being rejected by women as well as to the tragic killing in Pakistan of a pregnant woman who was stoned to death for marrying the person of her choice. Earlier this week, the UN system in India had condemned the brutal gang rape and murder of the two teenage girls in Uttar Pradesh’s Badaun district. The violence against the girls highlighted the dangers, girls and women all over India are exposed to due to the lack of toilets, the world body said.
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China on high alert on Tiananmen anniversary BEIJING, JuNE 4 (AP): Heavy security blanketed central Beijing on the 25th anniversary of the bloody suppression of the Tiananmen Square pro-democracy protests on Wednesday, pre-empting any attempts to publicly commemorate one of the darkest chapters in recent Chinese history. Scores of police and paramilitary troops patrolled the vast plaza in the city’s heart and surrounding streets, stopping vehicles and demanding identification from passers-by. Accompanied or otherwise monitored by police, some relatives of the crackdown’s victims paid respects at cemeteries or at home, expressing frustration at being prevented from organizing public memorials. China allows no public discussion of the events of June 3-4, 1989, when soldiers backed by tanks and armored personnel carriers fought their way into the heart of Beijing, killing hundreds of unarmed protesters and onlookers. Yin Min, whose 19-yearold son, Ye Weihang, was killed in the crackdown, said she wept in grief as she hugged his ashes at home in the morning. “I told my son this morning, ‘Your mother is powerless and helpless, after more than 20 years I don’t even have the chance to appeal for support,’” Yin said in a phone interview from her home in Beijing, crying as she spoke. “I looked at his ashes, I looked at his old things, and I cried bitterly,” Yin said. “How has the world become like this? I don’t even have one bit of power. Why must we be controlled so strictly this year?” The government has largely ignored the relatives’ demands for an ad-
Dalai Lama urges China to embrace democracy
Chinese paramilitary policemen man a security checkpoint on Tiananmen Square in Beijing Wednesday, June 4, 2014. Authorities in Beijing blanketed the city center with heavy security Wednesday on the 25th anniversary of the bloody military suppression of pro-democracy protests centered on Tiananmen Square. (AP Photo)
mission of wrongdoing and for a complete, formal accounting of the crackdown or the number of casualties. Near the square in Beijing, reporters were told to leave following the daily crack-of-dawn flag-raising ceremony and there were no signs of demonstrations or public commemorations. Dozens of dissidents and other critics have already been detained by police, held under house arrest or sent out of the city. Activists say this year has seen a longer and more restrictive clampdown than usual, reflecting the increasingly conservative political atmosphere under President Xi Jinping, who took office last year.
“I regret I can’t to go to the square to pay tribute, but it warms my heart that those events and those sacrifices have not been forgotten after 25 years,” said veteran activist Hu Jia, who has been under house arrest for 101 days. Yin said the authorities’ monitoring of her family intensified this year, with round-the-clock police surveillance that started in April. The relatives’ plans for a public memorial like ones they had previously held every five years could not be realized, she said. “You’re not only reopening my scars, you’re spreading salt and chili powder into it,” Yin said she told her minders. “I said, ‘You are too inhuman.’”
Authorities allowed relatives of some of those killed in the crackdown to visit their loved ones’ graves, but they had to go quietly and under police escort, according to Zhang Xianling, a member of a group that campaigns for the crackdown’s victims. “The wound is still very deep. And though we might now shed fewer tears than in the past, our conviction is even stronger,” said Zhang, whose son, Wang Nan, was 19 years old when he was killed in the suppression. “We must keep struggling until the end. We must pursue justice for our loved ones.” Beijing’s official verdict is that the student-led protests aimed to topple the
ruling Communist Party and plunge China into chaos. Protest leaders said they were seeking broader democracy and freedom, along with an end to corruption and favoritism within the party. Activist lawyer Teng Biao said the government’s repression only betrayed its frailties and fear of dissent. “Although the government appears stronger, they are more fearful, less confident and have less sense of security,” Teng said from Hong Kong, where he is a visiting scholar at the city’s Chinese University. Foreign media in Beijing have been warned not to meet with dissidents or report on issues related to the anniversary. In an un-
DHARAMSALA, JuNE 5 (REutERS): Exiled Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama marked the 25th anniversary of the Tiananmen Square crackdown in Beijing on Wednesday by urging China to embrace democracy and offering prayers for the protest “martyrs”. The Dalai Lama, reviled by Beijing as a separatist, made the rare comments on the June 4, 1989, violence at a prayer meeting two years after he renounced politics. “I offer my prayers for those who died for freedom, democracy and human rights,” the Nobel Peace Prize winner said according to a statement posted on his web site (dalailama.com). “While great progress has been made to integrate into the world economy, I believe it is equally important to encourage
China to enter the mainstream of global democracy,” he added. Initiatives for China, a Washingtonbased group that campaigns for a peaceful democratic transition in China, earlier released the same statement together with the text of prayers led by the Dalai Lama remembering the Tiananmen victims. “In this anniversary of China’s young martyrs, let us pray that the Chinese leaders of today would turn their hearts away from fear and defensiveness, that they would reach out to the victims and victims’ families, and repent of the massacre of China’s youth,” the Buddhist religious leader said. China’s Foreign Ministry condemned the comments. “Everyone is clear about who the Dalai (Lama) is. His statement
has ulterior motives,” ministry spokesman Hong Lei told a daily news briefing. Despite his global renown, the 78-year-old Dalai Lama is viewed by Beijing’s communist leadership as a dangerous “splittist” who espouses violence. He denies the charges, saying he only wants genuine autonomy for his homeland. China has ruled Tibet with an iron fist since troops marched in 1950. The Dalai Lama fled into exile in India in 1959 after an abortive uprising against Chinese rule. The Tibetan government in exile, headed by Lobsang Sangay, will hold a seminar on Thursday in Dharamsala, its base in north India, outlining its so-called Middle Way Approach that seeks to bring autonomy to Tibet through peaceful change.
usual burst of activity, the Foreign Ministry and Cabinet office held news conferences and called in Associated Press reporters for meetings Wednesday. The Tiananmen protests remain a totem for political expression and Western-style civil liberties in Hong Kong, a former British colony that retained its own liberal social and legal systems after reverting back to Chinese rule in 1997. The city holds an annual candlelight vigil to remember the Tiananmen victims that’s attended by tens of thousands of people, with the numbers rising in recent years. Organizers said they were expecting about 150,000 people to attend
Wednesday night’s rally in a downtown park. For the first time, a proBeijing group, the Voice of Loving Hong Kong, was planning a counter-rally at the park’s entrance in support of the military crackdown, in a sign of increasing polarization in the former British colony. An annual survey by the University of Hong Kong released Tuesday showed that support for the student-led protests has slipped, although most still thought Beijing was wrong to condemn them. In the telephone poll of 1,005 people conducted May 17-22, 48.5 percent of people agreed that “the Beijing students did the right thing in the June 4
incident,” down from 54.1 percent a year ago. Pollster Robert Chung said in a statement that support for the protesters was strongest among those under 30. “This probably reflects the demand for democracy among the younger generation,” he said. The survey on Hong Kong’s attitudes toward the Tiananmen Square protests, which has been conducted since 1993, has a margin of error of three percentage points. Along with concerns about political unrest, China has recently been shaken by violence blamed on separatists from the far northwestern region of Xinjiang, adding to the increased security measures.
Brain rescues your China & Vietnam express support to Thai junta JuNE 4 (REutERS): sures taken by a foreign government ing explosives and grenade launchers, tongue while chewing BANGKOK, to hand them in before June 10. China and Vietnam have expressed since the change of regime.
NEw YORK, JuNE 4 (IANS): Ever wondered why you do not bite your tongue even when you do not pay attention to your chewing? Interconnected neurons in the brain that coordinate the movement of the tongue and jaw usually keep the tongue safe from injury, a new study said. “Chewing is an activity that you can consciously control but if you stop paying attention, these interconnected neurons in the brain actually do it all for you,” said Edward Stanek from Duke University School of Medicine in the US. Chewing requires a complex interplay between the tongue and jaw, with the tongue positioning food between the teeth and then moving out of the way every time the jaw clamps down to grind it up. Previous studies have shown that movement of the muscles in the jaw and tongue are governed by special neurons called motoneurons and that these are, in turn, controlled by another set of neurons called premotor neurons. But the exact nature of these connections - which premotor neurons connect to which motoneurons - was not defined. For the new study, researchers used a special form of the rabies virus to trace the origins of chewing movements in mice. They found that a group of premotor neurons simultaneously connect to the motoneurons that regulate jaw opening and those that trigger tongue protrusion. Another group that connects to both motoneurons that regulate jaw closing and those responsible for tongue retraction was also found. “Using shared premotor neurons to control multiple muscles may be a general feature of the motor system,” Stanek said. The study appeared in the journal eLife.
support for Thailand’s new military government, an army spokesman said on Wednesday, as pro-army groups planned to demonstrate at the Australian Embassy for downgrading relations after last month’s coup. Several foreign governments have voiced disapproval of the coup, which saw General Prayuth Chan-ocha take power after months of political unrest that undermined the government of Yingluck Shinawatra. “China’s and Vietnam’s ambassadors to Thailand met Supreme Commander General Thanasak Patimaprakorn yesterday and assured us that they still have a good relationship with Thailand and that they hope the situation will return to normal quickly,” Yongyuth Mayalarp, a spokesman for the military’s National Council for Peace and Order, told reporters. The United States scrapped joint military programmes with Thailand days after the May 22 coup while the European Union has urged the military to free political detainees and end censorship. Australia downgraded its ties with Thailand on Saturday, imposed a travel ban on junta leaders and cut defence cooperation, the toughest mea-
Pro-military demonstrators were expected to gather outside the Australian Embassy on Wednesday to protest at what they see as foreign meddling in Thailand’s internal affairs. The coup was the latest convulsion in a decade-long conflict between the Bangkok-based royalist establishment, dominated by the military, old-money families and the bureaucracy, and supporters of Yingluck and her brother, Thaksin Shinawatra, who are adored by the poor in the north and northeast. “Friends not foes” The army is determined to silence dissent and has summoned around 300 activists, journalists, academics and politicians since taking power two weeks ago. Many have been detained for varying periods of time and, in order to be released, have had to sign statements that they will step away from politics and halt anti-coup activities. The junta has deployed thousands of security forces across the country to search for weapons in a bid to crack down on armed groups on both sides of the political divide. It has ordered Thais who have “war weapons”,includ-
The order did not include registered handguns. On a per capita basis, Thailand has more guns than most countries in the world. However, the country in general has remained calm since the bloodless coup. There is little military presence on the streets and resistance to military rule has so far been peaceful. The junta lifted a curfew on Tuesday in the resorts of Pattaya, Phuket and Samui, in order to “relieve areas that are peaceful and free from political protests” and to support Thailand’s vital tourism sector. The midnight to 4 a.m. curfew has not been lifted in Bangkok but the junta seems determined to win over hearts and minds in the capital. Supporters of the military are trying to hijack a gesture used by demonstrators opposed to the coup, saying the three-fingered salute signifies the ills of the deposed government, and not resistance to the takeover. The salute, inspired by the hit film “The Hunger Games”, has been flashed as a symbol of defiance at street protests in Bangkok since the weekend. The military has warned demonstrators against making the salute.
Putin looks east to bolster ties with North Korea tOKYO, JuNE 4 (AP): Angry with the West’s response over Ukraine and eager to diversify its options, Russia is moving rapidly to bolster ties with North Korea in a diplomatic nose-thumbing that could complicate the U.S.-led effort to squeeze Pyongyang into giving up its nuclear weapons program. Russia’s proactive strategy in Asia, which also involves cozying up to China and has been dubbed “Putin’s Pivot,” began years ago as Moscow’s answer to Washington’s much-touted alliancebuilding and rebalancing of its military forces in the Pacific. But it has gained a new sense of urgency since Ukraine — and Pyongyang is already getting a big windfall. Moscow’s overtures to North Korea reflect both a defensive distancing from the EU and Washington because of their sanctions over Ukraine and a broader, long-term effort by Russia to strengthen its hand in Asia by building political alliances, expanding energy exports and developing Russian regions in Si-
beria and the Far East. For North Korea, the timing couldn’t be better. Since the demise of the Soviet Union and the largesse it banked on as a member of the communist bloc, the North has been struggling to keep its economy afloat and has depended heavily on trade and assistance from ally China. Sanctions over its nuclear and missile programs have further isolated the country, and Pyongyang has long feared it could become too beholden to Beijing. Better ties with Russia could provide a much needed economic boost, a counterbalance against Chinese influence and a potentially useful wedge against the West in international forums — and particularly in the U.S.-led effort to isolate Pyongyang over its development of nuclear weapons. “By strengthening its relationship with North Korea, Russia is trying to enhance its bargaining position vis-à-vis the United States and Japan,” said Narushige Michishita, a North Korea and Asia security expert at
Japan’s National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies. Michishita added that showing Washington he will not be cowed by the sanctions was “one of the most important factors” why Putin is wooing Pyongyang now. Moscow remains wary of having a nuclear-armed North Korea on its border. But over the past few months it has courted the North with promises of increased trade and development projects, high-level political exchanges and a vote in the Duma, the top Russian legislative body, to write off nearly $10 billion in debt held over from the Soviet era. It has pledged to reinvest $1 billion that Pyongyang still owes into a trans-Siberian railway through North Korea to South Korea — a project that is still in the very early stages. That, together with a pipeline, would allow Russia to export gas and electricity to South Korea, a potentially lucrative deal for all three. Michishita noted that the same day the United Nation’s General Assembly passed a reso-
lution condemning Russia’s annexation of Crimea, Russia and North Korea were busy signing an economic trade cooperation pact. The warming began around July last year, but it has accelerated as Moscow’s antagonism with the West has grown. Moscow sent a relatively low-ranking representative to the 60th anniversary of the end of fighting in the Korean War that month. But since then, it has hosted North Korea’s head of state at the opening of the Olympic Games in Sochi and, in March, sent its minister in charge of Far East development to Pyongyang. A three-day visit in April by Deputy Prime Minister Yuri Trutnev, who is also the presidential envoy for Russia’s far eastern federal district, marked the “culmination of a new phase in Russian-North Korean relations taking shape — a sort of renaissance if you will,” Alexander Vorontsov, a North Korea expert at the Russia Academy of Sciences, wrote recently on the influential 38 North blog. “It is still an
open question whether the current crisis in Ukraine will result in any more substantial shifts in Russian policy toward North Korea, particularly in dealing with the nuclear and missile issues,” Vorontsov said in his blog post. “With the West increasing pressure on Russia as a result of differences over Ukraine, the very fact that Moscow and Pyongyang are subject to US sanctions will objectively draw them together, as well as with China.” Since 2003, a series of multilateral talks have been one of the primary means of pressuring North Korea to denuclearize and to coordinate policy between the six main countries involved — China, Russia, the United States, Japan and North and South Korea. Though still seen as one of the best tools the international community has to pressure Pyongyang on the nuclear issue, the talks were fraught from the start because of the North’s unwillingness to back down and the lack of a unified stance among the five other nations.
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Neymar leads Brazil win over Panama
GOIANIA, JuNe 4 (AP): Neymar scored one goal and set up two others to help Brazil defeat Panama 4-0 in a World Cup warmup match on Tuesday. Neymar broke the deadlock with a well-struck free kick from just outside the area in the 26th minute, and then sent a perfect backheel pass for Hulk to score less than a minute into the second half. Neymar also started the move that led to Willian scoring in the 73rd. Neymar's Barcelona teammate Dani Alves had struck Brazil's second goal with a right footed shot in the 40th. Neymar's goal was the 200th of his career, and 31st with the national team. Despite his solid performance, he said he still has to improve for the World Cup. "I'm still not ready. I got tired there at the end," Neymar said. "Little by little in practice I'm improving and getting better physically. There are still nine days left." It was Brazil's second-tolast match before the World Cup opener against Croatia on June 12 in Sao Paulo. The five-time world champion will play Serbia on Friday, also in Sao Paulo. "It was a valid test," Brazil coach Luiz Felipe Scolari said. "We have to understand that we haven't played together for nearly three months and we only had seven days to prepare so far. You have to take that into consideration. We didn't play well in the beginning but I liked the team's performance during the rest
Scolari 'demanding more'
GOIANIA, JuNe 4 (ReuteRs): Brazil turned on an impressive second half performance in their drubbing of Panama on Tuesday but have a ways to go before they are ready for their World Cup opener, according to manager Luiz Felipe Scolari. Brazil struggled in the early minutes of their penultimate friendly until a goal from Neymar in the 27th minute and another from Dani Alves 13 minutes set them on their way. Hulk scored his team's third within seconds of the re-start and substitute Willian concluded the scoring during a 4-0 win that Brazil dominated. "We still have a week and a half left," Scolari, referring to Brazil's World Cup opener, told reporters after the match. "There's a good way to go. But keep calm, we'll get there. Today was reasonably better but I am still demanding more. "We had problems with the transition," Scolari added. "It was off in the first 20 minutes of the match and things could have been different against a better team. "If I had to choose one Brazil's Neymar, left, fights for the ball with Panama's Gabriel Gomez during a friendly soccer match at the Serra Dourada stadium in Goiania, Brazil, Tueshalf it would be the second day, June 3, 2014. Brazil is preparing for the World Cup soccer tournament that starts on 12 June. (AP Photo)
in which we showed more movement, better possession and more agility. I liked the end of the first half and the whole of the second." Scolari praised Neymar, one of the day's outstanding performers. In addition to scoring the game's first goal, the 22-year-old Barcelona striker had a hand in two more and was at the fulcrum of Brazil's play all afternoon. "Neymar is an athlete who does something different every day," said Scolari. "He improvises well, he is quick, agile and any coach is going to talk him up." Neymar was injured twice this season, his first in Europe, and Scolari said he would play him in Friday's friendly against Serbia to get him back into form. The Panamanian players sought out Neymar after the finalwhistle for souvenir photographs but when the ball was in play they did not spare him and Scolari warned his young star he cannot get caught up in incidents. "We’re working on that aspect,” he said. “If the oppositionprovokes him he can’t react, the one that has to take action is the referee."
of the match." Brazil had been struggling until the first goal and fans had started to jeer their team at the nearly packed Serra Dourada Stadium in the central city of Goiania. Panama was in control and created most of the scoring chances in the early stages, upsetting fans and prompt-
the World Cup. Police had to intervene to keep them from disturbing the players. The national team had already been targeted by demonstrators when it began its preparations in Rio. Protesters banged on the team's bus and attached dozens of stickers with comments against the World Cup.
ing Scolari to leave his bench several times to talk to his players. "In the first 20 or 25 minutes things didn't go well for us. The defense and the attack were too separated and we couldn't get a sequence of passes together," Scolari said. "After the goal we improved. But things could have been different if we had played
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against a team that was at a higher level." The more than 30,000 fans at the Serra Dourada were starting to jeer when Neymar was pulled down at the edge of the area for the foul that led to his goal. He curled a right footed shot over the wall and into the upper left corner of the net to get
the crowd behind the team again. Neymar several times turned to the fans and asked them to cheer and keep supporting the team. "I have to ask the fans to be a little bit more patient," Neymar said. "We started slowly but with time we improved and got the goals we needed for the victory." The squad was
The San Antonio Spurs will be looking to avenge last year's agonizing loss to the Miami Heat in the NBA Finals when the two teams return for a best-of-seven showdown that Hall of Famer Jerry West compares to an all-out brawl. "It's going to be a knockdown, tough battle for both teams," the former Los Angeles Lakers guard and 14-time All-Star told Reuters. "It's just a remarkable effort by both teams to get here again." Both teams tweaked their rosters since last year's epic series, won by Miami in seven games. The big question, however, is how the memory of last year's late-game meltdown by the Spurs in Game Six will be played out. The Heat overcame a title-busting, five-point deficit in the final Bosnia-Herzegovina forward Edin Dzeko (11) vies for the ball against Mexico defender Carlos Salcido (3) during the first half of an international friendly soccer match at Soldier Field in 28 seconds of regulation and held CHICAGO, JuNe 4 (AP): Bosnia and Herzegovina had lost its first two matches to Mexico in international soccer. The Dragons have midfielder Izet Hajrovic and goalkeeper Asmir Begovic to thank for turning their fortune around Tuesday night. Hajrovic scored in the 41st minute and Begovic made a pair of big saves in the second half of Bosnia's 1-0 victory over Mexico in a pre-World Cup friendly. "We must be careful," midfielder Zvjezdan Misimovic said. "The first game against Argentina (on June 15) is very tough. I think it's one level up from Mexico." Mismovic noted that many in his country remain homeless after massive flooding. "I hope we can put a smile on their faces for 90 minutes each game," Mismovic said. Hajrovic maneuvered into open space 8 yards from the net and leftfooted Sejad Salihovic's feed from the left side past diving keeper Alfredo Talavera. Senad Lulic also assisted. "Bosnia played a good game," Mexico coach Miguel Herrera said. "They played two good halves. Their goalie did really well." But Herrera complained that Bosnia's last-minute substitutions just before
the game, including forward Edin Dezko, were unfair. "The last minute, other players, that's dirty," Herrera said through a translator. "This is a friendly. It should have been stopped. That's no good. You won't see this in the World Cup. That's unacceptable." Dezko had Bosnia's best offensive chances in the early going. The Dragons' adjustments to their starting lineup created defensive confusion for Mexico for the first few minutes. Dezko took three shots, the first saved and the others floating over the net. Begovic got his squad's first shutout of the exhibition series. His two saves came late, on Francisco Rodriguez's header in the 86th minute and Miguel Ponce's 35-yard shot in the 92nd. Mexican favorite Javier "Chicharito" Hernandez rifled a shot off the left post 24 minutes in, prompting a loud groan from the largely pro- Mexico crowd of 60,707 at Soldier Field. Hernandez was held shotless thereafter, and replaced by Alan Pulido in the second half. "His determination was really good, just came up a little bit short," Herrera said of Hernandez. "He moved well side to side. Lots of effort."
‘Spain is primed to win Cup again’
WAsHINGtON, JuNe 4 (AP): Spain defender JuanFran Torres insists the World Cup is not about geography. "There are no advantages for anyone here. Everything will be pretty equal," Torres said in Spanish when asked whether Latin American countries will enjoy any advantage playing in Brazil. No European team has won a World Cup in the Americas since Uruguay hosted the first tournament in 1930. "The strongest team, the more competitive, the one with most appetite ... will take this
World Cup," he said. "And I see this squad very eager, with a lot of ambition and a lot of appetite to repeat." Juanfran said striker Diego Costa is in "wonderful" shape and is convinced his Atletico Madrid teammate will be "one of the best players in the World Cup. He will make this team great in this World Cup." Costa has been hobbled for weeks by an injured right thigh, but he did not appear slowed during training Monday before the team left for Washington. Santiago Cazorla, a midfielder for Arsenal, says
the team is in good condition. "Physically, I see people every day better," he said at the first news conference in Washington for the World Cup champions. "It has been a tough season for everyone. I do not think we are more neither less tired than other teams." Spain arrived to Washington on Monday and will train daily before they face El Salvador on Saturday, its last tuneup game before heading to Brazil. Spain plays its Group B opener against the Netherlands on June 13 in Salvador, then takes on Chile and Australia.
tion. Reserve midfielder Fernandinho also didn't travel to Goiania to work on his fitness, while Paulinho didn't make the trip because of a minor left ankle injury. Earlier on Tuesday, a few dozen people protested in front of the team's hotel to complain about the money being spent by the country on
Spurs seeking redemption versus Heat Steve Ginsburg
Chicago, Tuesday, June 3. (AP Photo)
loudly applauded after the final whistle. Neymar also applauded the crowd when it repeatedly chanted his name after he nearly scored with a bicycle kick late in the match. Brazil was without captain Thiago Silva, who stayed at the team's training camp outside Rio de Janeiro to improve his physical condi-
on in Game Seven at home to win their second straight championship. "We have four more (games) to win," San Antonio forward Tim Duncan said Saturday, seconds after the Spurs defeated Oklahoma City to win the Western Conference. "We'll do it this time." The series begins Thursday in San Antonio in a 2-2-1-1-1 format, where the Spurs, unlike a year ago, have the home-court advantage, based on their NBA-best 62-20 regular-season record. Miami, once again led by the so-called Big Three of LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh, went 54-28 this season, two games behind Indiana in the East. But the Heat beat the Pacers in six games to reach the championship round and are playing their best ball of the year. A four-time NBA MVP, James averaged 27.1 points this year and Wade, who was hobbled in last year's
playoffs but is now healthy, chipped in 18.7. James, the MVP of the finals the last two years, said of the Spurs: "They wanted us, they got us. "They don't like us. They don't," James said. "I can sense it from Timmy's comments over the last couple days. They wanted this. They wanted us. We'll be ready for the challenge. "We're confident. We're not shying away from them. We want them too." The Spurs are led by their own top-gun trio of Duncan, ball handler Tony Parker and veteran shooting guard Manu Ginobili. But greater output from Danny Green and Patty Mills and the improvement of Marco Belinelli make the Spurs better than they were a year ago.
NBA's Best West, the MVP of the finals in 1969 in a losing effort, said the Spurs and Heat are the best teams in the NBA, adding they're both supreme-
ly talented but in different ways. "The Spurs are the prettiest team in basketball to watch because of their ability to pass the ball, the way they play together and the efficiency of the way they run their offense. "San Antonio, from one to 10 is more talented than Miami, but Miami has a player that's like four players - I'm talking about LeBron James. He just keep getting better and better. "He looks like the perfect teammate. He makes those other guys a lot better than they would be with another team. But that's who he is. That's the greatness of LeBron James." Miami coach Erik Spoelstra said it's premature to talk of what it would mean to claim three straight NBA crowns. "You can't get caught up in that," he said. "That's the biggest challenge. What you have to do is prepare yourself to win possessions, win the first game and get into this seven-game competition.
Lampard not ready to quit just yet
MIAMI, JuNe 4 (ReuteRs): England's Frank Lampard will proudly lead out his country against Ecuador in a World Cup warm-up match at the Sun Life Stadium on Wednesday determined to savour every moment in the twilight of his career. The 35-year-old knows the sands of time are running out on his illustrious career at the very top of the game with a possible move to Major League Soccer on the horizon following his departure from Chelsea after 13 years at the club. He has been linked with the ambitious New York City franchise, which is partowned by Manchester City, and confirmed on Wednesday that a move to the United States is a possibility. “The America thing is an option, I make no bones about that," he told a news conference ahead of the Ecuador match. "I am looking at different options. The main thing is that I want to carry on playing, I feel very fit and fresh and I am enjoying it. So I will keep going for as long as I feel that way. I'd love to play for a few more years.” While he has several prospects at club level, his international career is winding down, although he cannot yet face the fact that he will soon be out of the picture like his former Chelsea team mates John Terry and Ashley Cole. Asked about retiring from international football, he said: “It is very difficult to get the words out
England player Frank Lampard gestures as he speaks during a news conference, Tuesday, June 3 in Miami Gardens, Fla. England plays matches at Sun Life Stadium, against Ecuador on Wednesday and Honduras on Saturday. (AP Photo)
to say that. I am very proud and very happy to play for England. "If we go and win (the World Cup) then I probably will certainly hang my (England) boots up. I don't like to say it because I love playing but it's kind of obvious that it comes in the end but I am just appreciating and enjoying every minute at the moment." Evergreen Midfielder Lampard is the sort of evergreen midfielder who gives the impression he could play on forever such is the ease with which he strokes the ball around the pitch and he has enjoyed some of his best moments late in his career. “I have had quite a few
opportunities. Most players sort of finish with England in their low thirties at the most and I have had some of my most enjoyable England years at the back end, in the last two years,” he said. “I have appreciated what I have got. When you are young you don't always appreciate it. I've enjoyed the squad, the ambience around the squad and that is why I won't write myself off yet." Lampard's departure from Chelsea was expected but the announcement on Monday still hit many fans hard because the midfielder is so much a part of the fabric of the club. “It was a mutual decision really. It was obviously thrown up a lot last year and it was a bit of a distraction through
the season, for probably everyone, it got its own legs in the end," said the club's alltime record goalscorer. "Chelsea have been fantastic with me throughout my career and it was mutual. That was the way I wanted to go. "I didn't want to go as maybe it would have gone last year, in a different way. I go away with a very happy feeling and a respect for the club that I think and hope is a two-way thing. "If you had asked me 13 years ago when I walked into Stamford Bridge, whether I would be there 13 years later with all the things I have got with me, I wouldn't have believed you. Very Proud "If I look back on it, in
that sense, I can be very proud and pleased with what's happened. “I never really thought I would see the day, that's probably from being young and not really thinking about it too much but I got so entrenched in the life at Chelsea, it overtook my life." Lampard joined the Premier League club from London rivals West Ham United in 2001 for 11 million pounds ($18.43 million) and scored 211 goals in all competitions for Chelsea. He played more than 648 games for the club - third on their all-time list. But Lampard also thinks the fact that his future is definitely away from Stamford Bridge means he can focus on England's World Cup campaign without the distraction of whether he might have another year-long contract at Chelsea. "It certainly (means) a clear head for me. I'm quite a big boy and I can handle it. I am quite pleased, it's a weight off my shoulders to a certain extent and I'm concentrating, as I've been for the past two weeks, on training well, playing well. “I do see my role here in a broader sense, as I think all the experienced players should, of helping things go in the right direction. We've been here before, we've been here when it hasn't been so great, we know the slight pitfalls at times and if we can bring that experience to help we can do that."
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The Morung Express
5 June 2014
Alobo Naga & The Band
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to release new video single
Collaborates with Grammy nominated music producer collaborates Tim Palmer 2012 MTV Europe Mu- cupine tree, the Mission duced to great music being are trying to give positive sic Award ‘Best Indian Act’ winner Alobo Naga & The Band from Dimapur, Nagaland will be releasing their new video single ‘All We Have Is Now’ worldwide on June 7. The song has been mixed by Grammy Nominated British music producer Tim Palmer, who has worked with notable international artist like Pearl Jam, U2, Robert Plant, Bon Jovi, Jason Mraz, Switchfoot, Goo Goo Dolls, Por-
UK, Mighty Lemon Drops, Gene Loves Jezebel, David Bowie’s Tin Machine, H.I.M., Blue October, The Polyphonic Spree, Tarja Turunen to name a few. 'All We Have is Now' is based on the prevailing political scenario in the world where the privileged class gets all the opportunities while those who work hard have to struggle for existence. ‘Once again, I am thankful to the internet for allowing me to be intro-
made far away...this time in India. The band are from Nagaland, but truth is, this song could be a hit any any country. The chorus hook is very infectious; it stays with you all day. The band blends their strong sense of pop melody with some cool guitar parts and rhythms. I think this song is going to be big success for the band’, says Tim Palmer. As Alobo Naga adds, ‘The song is inspired from true circumstance and we
message to the society as music is a very powerful tool.’ The music video is conceptualize and directed by Prithish and Puja Chakraborty of Creovaent Productions. The video single will be premiered on June 7, 2014 at VH1 under VH1 India Rules section. The song will be subsequently made available for downloads in other online music platforms across the globe.
RKD Singh IG (NE Frontier) (left) releases the debut DVD of Asst Comdt Yanger Toshi (Right) at Along Arunachal Pradesh on June 2 on the occasion of POP of non GD condensed. The Inspector General appreciated and commented that it is an asset to have officer like Yanger Toshi in ITBP and wished him all the best in his career.
Miss Nagaland campaigns on World EnvironmEnt day
iss. Nagaland Benjongmenla Jamir initiated a campaign in Dimapur on the awareness and importance of the World Environment Day and its theme ‘Raise your voice not the sea level.
In a message, Miss. Nagaland Benjongmenla said, “What I do today is just a tiny endeavour nothing comparable but together with you and me we can make a difference even on a single day so lets us participate with
action not words.” Miss Nagaland and her team of volunteers visited and distributed tree saplings Liz Woodland School, Dimapur Government College, El Shaddai Academy, Christian High-
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Miss. Nagaland Benjongmenla Jamir hand over a tree sapling to the principal of Christian Higher Seconda School, Dimapur during World Environment Day campaign held in Dimapur.
er Secondary School, GPS Duncan, Government High School Lengrijan, Excise Complex Lengrijan and various individual residents. While appreciating groups and individuals who came forward to her campaign, Miss. Nagaland Benjongmenla conveyed gratitude to Ranjit Singhvi CEO Agri-tech services, Tokha Kinimi ACF, C. Temsu Longkumer AHO, P. Sunep Jamir Youth director Rongpangmen and volunteers.
'Most of you have done NOTHING with your lives'
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ggy Azalea hits back at critics who slam her for achieving same chart topping feat as The Beatles She has just made history with her achievements in the music industry. So it's no surprise Iggy Azalea feels the need to hit back at critics who might dare to suggest she doesn't deserve praise for her hard work. The Australian singer took to Twitter to reprimand 'fans' on Monday who have tried to undermine the fact she has recently taken the No.1 and No.2 positions in the US Billboard Hot 100 charts - something which has only previously been managed by The Beatles. The rapper's hit Fancy topped the chart in the US last week while her collaboration with Ariana Grande, Problem, reached second place. While it is not exactly clear what caused her tirade on Twitter, Azalea has had to deal with a number of nasty comments in the wake of her success - one person branded the singer a 'racist and homophobic.' And an article published by Forbes magazine didn't help the situation. It dubbed Azalea 'the undeniable leader of hip hop' and said the music genre was 'run by a white blonde Australian woman,' which upset Nicky Minaj fans. They already believed the rapper had already been negative about the
former American Idol judge because she had suggested she didn't always sing live in a since deleted tweet which recently resurfaced recently from three years ago. To add fuel to the fire the article went on to criticise Minaj, an artist who has been seen as hugely influential in the hop hop field and said she had been 'oddly quiet for months.' The author - Hugh McIntyre was forced to change the title from its original 'Hip Hop Is Run By A White, Blonde, Australian Woman' because he was slammed over it not accurately reflecting the content of the piece. Website Bustle also said Azalea had her position of 'white privilege' to thank in part for her success. The issue exploded on Twitter with fans of both artists getting into a mud slinging match - the comments have since been removed from online. Last week, Minaj herself tried to calm the situation and phoned in to US station Power 105.1's Breakfast Club to congratulate Azalea on her success, although she did take some credit for it. She said: I think that congratulations is in order. Her single is doing really, really well and I think that’s a good thing. One thing I’m not is a hater.' 'If somebody is doing something and they did
it well, and their song is charting well, then congratulations. I just want female rappers to understand that I’ve kicked in a lot of doors for them and I just would appreciate if they would acknowledge that.' Azalea waded into the storm on Monday and tweeted: 'Just remember while you're all at home online cracking jokes about artists etc that Most of you have done NOTHING. NOTHING! With your lives.' The Beatles pulled off the feat in 1964 with I Wanna Hold Your Hand and She Loves You. The rapper continued with her strong message in a series of tweets, posting: 'Don't flex someone else's achievements. 'So many of you Internet kids quote the feats of others as if they were your own.
'And just to clarify for anyone who didn't understand that last statement goes out to people who bully others. 'Fan wars back and forth and all that s*** is all bulls***.' 'Someone who's music you love doing great should never be an excuse to be awful to others. That's my point I suppose. 'I just find it really disgusting.' The rapper finished off her message by telling people not to be cruel to one another and 'learn to understand how much work it takes to achieve anything in life.' 'Success should be celebrated and not used as an excuse to be awful to others, especially when it's not even your own. That was my point,' she said. 'It was a positive but aggressive point. Lol. Anyway it's my mans bday and I'm outtttt!'
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FIFA World Cup 2014 8 dAys to go... 10 greAt plAyers In the tournAMent's hIstory: pele Considered by many the greatest player in football history, Pele won three World Cups with Brazil. He was a teenager when he helped the "Selecao'' lift the trophy in 1958, then four years later he won again despite playing only one match because of an injury. Pele's career was at its peak when he led Brazil to victory in 1970. He remains the only player to win three titles. dIego MArAdonA Maradona was joint FIFA player of the 20th century with Pele. "El Pibe de Oro'' inspired Argentina to victory in the 1986 tournament. The English will never forgive him for his "Hand of God'' goal en route to winning in Mexico. And perhaps his own people, the Argentines, will never forgive him for being a terrible national coach four years ago in South Africa. But as a player, Maradona was peerless in his heyday, although drug problems marred the end of his career. ronAldo He is the most prolific scorer in World Cups with 15. He was a youngster in the Brazil squad that won the 1994 World Cup, then helped Brazil reach the final both in 1998 and 2002. He had convulsions hours before the 1998 final in France and didn't play well in a 3-0 loss to the hosts, but four years later in Yokohama he scored twice in the final to give Brazil its fifth world title. Ronaldo's last World Cup was in 2006. ZInedIne ZIdAne People who don't know football remember Zidane for the headbutt that put Marco Materazzi on the floor in the 2006 final. That earned Zidane a red card and an ignominious end to a glorious career. The connoisseurs cherish a player gifted with uncommon skill and technique, coupled with a penchant for big-game goals. The three-time world player of the year helped France win the 1998 World Cup on home soil _ scoring on two headers in the final _ and the 2000 European Championship. Soon after, he was sold by Juventus to Real Madrid for a then-record fee of $65 million. Just FontAIne Fontaine holds a record that is unlikely to be broken anytime soon: Scoring 13 goals in a single tournament. Fontaine took six games to achieve his feat in 1958 in Sweden, where he was a last-minute inclusion for France. Entering the tournament, the Moroccan-born Fontaine was a little-known forward outside of the French league. Yet he tormented opponents with his speed and finishing touch _ and even with someone else's boots. He had to borrow a pair after damaging his own boots in practice. FrAnZ BeCKenBAuer Beckenbauer defined the role of libero, and his elegant and effortless style earned him the nickname the Kaiser. Beckenbauer is the only man to captain (in 1974) and coach (1990) a team to the World Cup title. Beckenbauer made 103 appearances for Germany and is considered the football power's greatest player. He also served as coach and president of Bayern Munich, where he won every available club honor as a player. At 68, he has given up official functions but still works for television and remains vastly popular in Germany. JohAn CruyFF He never won a World Cup, never was top scorer and played only one final tournament. Yet it was more than enough to turn Johan Cruyff into a World Cup great because less than a handful of the game's greatest stars combined beauty, speed, vision and elegance like he did. At the 1974 event in West Germany, Cruyff led the Oranje with guile and cockiness as the Netherlands beat teams like Uruguay, Argentina and Brazil with free-flowing "Total Football'' to reach the final against the host team. In his finest moment, the lanky playmaker used his dumbfounding body feints and speed to cut through the German defense from the opening kickoff to force a penalty and give the Netherlands the surprise lead. Shockingly, with the cup for the taking, Cruyff and the Dutch machine sputtered and stopped. euseBIo Of all the spectacular moments in Eusebio's two-decade career, perhaps the most memorable was the comeback he inspired by Portugal against North Korea in the quarterfinals of the 1966 event in England. After Portugal fell 3-0 behind, Eusebio scored four goals in just over 30 minutes, demonstrating the athletic prowess and sure-eyed finishing that made him one of the world's top scorers in the 1960s. Born into poverty in Africa, Eusebio became known as the Black Panther for his agility and hard-charging attacks. He was awarded the Ballon d'Or in 1965, and twice won the Golden Boot - in 1968 and 1973 - for being top scorer in Europe. He died in January. leV yAshIn The only goalkeeper ever voted European footballer of the year, Lev Yashin helped to redefine goalkeeping, producing acrobatic saves and marshalling his defense as few had done before. After bursting onto the international scene with spectacular stops against eventual winner Brazil at the 1958 tournament, he led the Soviet Union to fourth place in 1966, a result the team has yet to better. During a 20-year professional sports career, Yashin's exceptional reflexes even allowed to be a multi-sport champion, winning the Soviet Cup ice hockey trophy with Dynamo Moscow.
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gIuseppe MeAZZA Regarded by many as the greatest Italian player, Meazza played in two World Cups, and Italy won both. Born and bred in a Milan suburb, the diminutive Meazza was 24 when Italy hosted the tournament in 1934. Used on the right wing rather than his favorite center-forward position, he unsettled defenses with his dribbles and set up the move that led to Angelo Schiavio's winner in the final against Czechoslovakia. Four years later, his only goal was from the penalty spot against Brazil in the semifinals, his last appearance in an Italy shirt. AC Milan and Inter renamed their venue Stadio Giuseppe Meazza (better known as San Siro) after his death in 1979. Source: AP
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Brazil vs Croatia Mexico vs Cameroon Spain vs Netherlands Chile vs Australia Colombia vs Greece Ivory Coast vs Japan Uruguay vs Costa Rica England vs Italy Switzerland vs Ecuador France vs Honduras Argentina vs Bosnia Herzegovina Iran vs Nigeria Germany vs Portugal Ghana vs United States Belgium vs Algeria Russia vs South Korea Brazil vs Mexico Cameroon vs Croatia Spain vs Chile Australia vs Netherlands Colombia vs Ivory Coast Japan vs Greece Uruguay vs England Italy vs Costa Rica Switzerland vs France Honduras vs Ecuador Argentina vs Iran Nigeria vs Bosnia Herzegovina Germany vs Ghana United States vs Portugal Belgium vs Russia South Korea vs Algeria Cameroon vs Brazil Croatia vs Mexico Australia vs Spain Netherlands vs Chile Japan vs Colombia Greece vs Ivory Coast Italy vs Uruguay Costa Rica vs England Honduras vs Switzerland Ecuador vs France Nigeria vs Argentina Bosnia Herzegovina vs Iran United States vs Germany Portugal vs Ghana South Korea vs Belgium Algeria vs Russia
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seMI FInAl MAtCh
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FInAl MAtCh oF FIFA World Cup
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