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Dimapur VOL. IX ISSUE 93
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‘US cop’s arrest has nothing to do with Khobragade case’ [ PAGE 8]
By Sandemo Ngullie
Oh. I thought they were shouting, Defeat defeat Modi, Defeat defeat Modi.
National Revival Crusade cum fasting April 10-13 DIMAPUR, APRIL 5 (MExN): The Yaruiwo (President), Isak Chishi Swu, has declared 3 days National Revival Crusade cum fasting program from 8 am to 12 noon from April 10-13, 2014 at CHQ, Hebron, under the banner of Council of Nagalim Churches. This was declared through an Azha today in view of “National necessities and in response to the call of the Almighty God,” and decided in consultation with the Collective Leadership. All National workers have been asked to attend the program positively.
District admin directed to keep check on election-related advts
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KOHIMA, ARPIL 5 (MExN): The Additional Secretary (BA) & ARO, Nagaland Parliamentary election 2014, Nagaland, L. Imsong, has informed that as per Section 77(1) of the Representation of the People Act, 1951, expenditure involved in advertisements in connection with the election of any candidate has to be added to the account of election expenses of the candidate, required to be maintained under that section. This was intimated through a notification Vide no. CN/LS- 2014/ PRINT-PAMP/325 dated April 3, 2014, directing all DCs, ADCs and DEOs in regard to advertisement in the local newspapers under the name of some organisation(s) or Village Councils, informed the media cell of the CEO office, Nagaland. It was observed by the concerned authority that “advertisements for and against particular political parties and candidates are appearing in local newspapers, and in many cases such advertisements are for the prospect of election of particular candidates.” In this, it was also informed that Section 171H of IPC prohibits incurring of expenditure, on interalia, advertisement, circular or publication, for the purpose of promoting or procuring the election of a candidate, without authority from the candidates. In order to “sub-serve the requirement of the provision of law,” all DCs, ADCs and DEOs have been requested to bring the above provision of law to the notice of all concerned for strict compliances.
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PHAse i: AcAUt gets nagaland to Lok Sabha battle begins affirm ‘One Government One Tax’ from the NE on April 7
DIMAPUR, APRIL 5 (MExN): The Against Corruption And Unabated Taxation (ACAUT) Nagaland continues to draw support and strength for its campaign on ‘One Government One Tax’. This was clear after the ACAUT Nagaland’s first phase of an all-Nagaland State tour from March 2429, 2014, covering the districts of Mon, Longleng, Mokokchung, Tuensang, Wokha and the subdivision of Tseminyu. While civil society, and the people, from these districts showed their “full support” to the ACAUT and its objectives, informed a press release from its media cell, every district brought some unique perspectives to the ACAUT team to discuss and deliberate on for the future. In Mon, president of KSU, Loung-ai Wangnao, raised the pertinent issue of NGOs in Nagaland going on numerous “donation drives,” to which the ACAUT Nagaland responded by passing a resolution that “no NGOs, including student bodies, should undertake any sort of donation drives in the market.” In Longleng, the Phom people promised to take up the slogan ‘One Government One Tax’ with all 37 villages in Longleng district. Importantly, the Phom leaders suggested that no village councils and tribal Hohos should give “Recommendation letter” to any individual seeking to join the Naga armed factions as it “contradicts the principle of One Government One Tax.” While leaders in Mokokchung, stated the press release, promised to take up the issue of ‘One Government One Tax’ at an “appropriate time,” the Mokokchung Chamber of Commerce and Industries expressed concern that government agencies
Seen here is a fish salesperson from Tuensang. The business community in Tuensang, the ACAUT learnt, has to pay five taxes to five different Naga armed groups. (ACAUT Photo)
like the police, veterinary, Forest and Excise department collect tax at the gates and other locations. A serious allegation of misconduct was shared where Excise personnel harass truck drivers by making them declare every consignment in the truck item wise if traders refuse to pay up. It was also learnt by the ACAUT that “Forest personnel collect money from shops which is clearly illegal.” Tuensang town, as per the people of the town, is plagued by syndicate system, termed Agencies. A respected citizen of Tuensang Town informed that the “police tax even the plying taxis and checking is more for Tuensang vehicles.” The ACAUT Nagaland expressed that “this is one reason why Eastern Nagaland people feel alienated.” One of the unions from the region stated that “tax deducted by Nagaland government is more than
UG tax.” He alleged that after deductions, contractors are left with only 25% of the work order amount to carry out the actual work. It was stated there that GBs in Tuensang “should not collect tax on behalf of the UGs.” It was also revealed that Tuensang Village, as well as the landowners of Tuensang town, have “not been paying tax to any of the factions in Nagaland since 1995 save for the period 200405.” Tuensang village, according to the ACAUT, is the “only village in Nagaland” to abide by the principle of ‘One Government One Tax’ for almost 20 years now. In Wokha, public leaders informed that “one of the UG factions had warned Kyong leaders not to set up local ACAUT in Wokha district.” Nonetheless, due to the untiring and bold effort of business and community leaders, the syndicate sys-
tem in essential commodities prevalent in Wokha till 2013 was “smashed.” Tseminyu sub division brought to the table that their MNREGA funds for villages in the area were not being properly sanctioned. A village chairman also complained that most of the tribal Hohos and church leaders in Nagaland have been “bought over by Bolero vehicles gifted by Ministers or are under the monetary influence of politicians and thus corrupted.” The ACAUT has expressed gratefulness to the people of these districts for welcoming it “enthusiastically into their midst.” During the course of our tour, the ACAUT Nagaland noted, “every arrangement was made for our comfortable stay and special appreciation may be made to the Chamber of Commerce of all the districts.” Full text on page 5
CS informs on violation of Model Code of Conduct of ECI
KOHIMA, APRIL 5 (MExN): The Chief Secretary, Nagaland, has issued a Public Notice on April 5, stating that “openly declaring and publicizing the support of the entire village to a particular candidate on behalf of all the voters” is “violative of the Model Code of Conduct of Election Commission of India (ECI), and should be strictly avoided till polling for the Parliamentary Elections in the State are completed.”
The Notice informed that it has come to the notice of the ECI that some village authorities are openly declaring and publicizing the support of the entire village to a particular candidate on behalf of all the voters. Such acts of declaration by village authorities are in violation of the provisions of the Representation of the People’s Act, 1951. The ECI has requested the State Government to take all necessary action to ensure that all
prospective voters cast their franchise as per the existing law and instructions of the Commission vide letter No.61/NL/2014/895 dated March 28, 2014. Accordingly, “it is hereby brought to the notice of all concerned that such actions are violative of the Model Code of Conduct of Election Commission of India, and should be strictly avoided till polling for the Parliamentary Elections in the State are completed.”
AgARtALA/gUwAHAtI, APRIL 5 (IANS): The ninephase Lok Sabha election begins Monday from India’s northeast, with polling in five of the 14 seats in Assam and one of the two constituencies in Tripura. The six are part of the 543 constituencies where polling will take place from April 7 to May 12. The results will be known May 16. The Congress is the major force in Assam which it rules while the Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M) is the dominant force in Tripura. But the opposition is aggressive in both states. An estimated 6.4 million people are eligible to vote Monday to pick representatives to the Lok Sabha from Tezpur, Jorhat, Kaliabor, Dibrugarh and Lakhimpur constituencies in Assam. According to the Election Commission, 51 candidates are in the fray Monday in Assam, which will elect the remaining nine Lok Sabha members April 12 (three) and 24 (six). Monday’s balloting will be held in 8,588 centres. Polling is expected to start at 7 a.m. and is likely to end by 5 p.m. Campaigning for the constituencies ended at 5 p.m. Saturday. Police and paramilitary forces have stepped up security, more so because April 7 coincides with the Raising Day of the outlawed United Liberation Front of Asom (ULFA). “There is no specific threat for the election but we cannot take chances,” said a senior official of Assam Police. He said a total of 240 companies of Assam Police and paramilitary forces had already been deployed in the state. Ten candidates are in the fray in Jorhat, nine in Tezpur, 13 each in Kaliabor and Lakhimpur
and six candidates in Dibrugarh. Among the prominent candidates in Assam are lottery baron Mani Kumar Subba, Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi’s son Gourav Gogoi, outgoing Congress MP Bijoy Krishna Handique, veteran Communist Drupad Borgohain, BJP state president Sarbananda Sonowal, union Minister of State for Tribal Affairs Ranee Narah, Mamud Imdadul Haque Choudhury of AIUDF, union minister Paban Singh Ghatowar, Rameswar Teli of the BJP and Anoop Phukan of the AGP. The West Tripura Lok Sabha constituency goes to the polls Monday. Election in the Tripura East constituency will be held April 12. According to officials, 1.2 million voters are eligible to vote Monday to pick one Lok Sabha member from among 13 candidates including a woman. In 2009, the CPI-M’s Khagen Das won defeating Congress’s Sudip Roy Barman by 248,549 votes. The Left has won from West Tripura 11 times since the first Lok Sabha election of 1952 and the Congress four times. The Congress For Democracy, a breakaway faction of the Congress, secured the seat in 1977. This time the main battle in the constituency will be between CPI-M’s Sankar Prasad Datta and Congress’ Arunoday Saha, a former vice chancellor of Tripura University. The CPI-M is focussing on the development work it has carried out in Tripura while attacking the Congress for poor governance and corruption in the country. The opposition is harping on poor governance, unemployment and rising crimes against women. Tripura Chief Electoral Officer Ashutosh Jindal said the Border Security Force (BSF) would seal the India-Bangladesh border during the polls.
Musical soiree “unifies” a community under one roof
standoff at rilan Yan again
Assam Police alongwith Assam Forest personnel dismantling a bamboo shed at the disputed site at Rilan Yan border village, Dimapur on April 5. (Morung Photo)
Morung Express News Dimapur | April 5
Another standoff between Rilan Yan villagers and the Assam Police occurred on April 5. According to villagers, the district administration of Karbi-Anglong has objected to the village’s move to cultivate a site, nestled on a slope overlooking a camp of the 6th Assam Police battalion. The April 4 standoff was replayed today after the Assam Police, along with the CRPF, moved
to the site alleging the villagers had not honoured an agreement arrived at the day before. Bamboo sheds set up by the villagers at the site were dismantled on April 4, while the villagers were asked to cease construction activity. Today, the villagers reportedly put CGI sheets for roofing a shed, which was said to have been dismantled the day before. The villagers, while maintaining that it is village land, objected to the Assam Police’s move to remove the roofing.
It was finally removed, nonetheless, after an informal understanding was reached. The Karbi-Anglong administration was led by Executive Magistrate & Assistant Commissioner, Jyotimary Daimary. From Dimapur, the SDPO, Niuland and the officer in charge of West Police Station were present. Karbi-Anglong EM & AC, Jyotimary Daimary, when queried on the status of the site, maintained that it is part of Daldali Reserve Forest, Assam; and that any kind of activity in a Reserve Forest cannot be allowed. Queried further on the status of a new settlement overlooking the disputed site, he replied that he had no knowledge of its existence till recently. “I came to know from my source that they have settled here just for cultivation.” He added that he had asked the DFO in concern to explain the status in writing. An Executive Member of the Karbi-Anglong Autonomous Council had recommended the setting up of the settlement, it was added. Meanwhile, Daimary hinted at a post-election meeting of Dimapur and Karbi-Anglong officials to discuss the dispute.
Unison Through Music: The Orchestra for ‘Handel’s Messiah’, a Worship concert celebrating ‘Oneness in Christ’ held on April 5 at DABA Church Dimapur. (Benjamin Sugathan Photo)
Morung Express News Dimapur | April 5
Simple but ambitious. That is the best way to describe the idea of the ‘Handel’s Messiah’ concert Organising Committee to bring together various Church Choirs of Nagaland, renowned musicians from Singapore and Kolkata, and professional musicians from Nagaland Music Schools—all under one roof. The Organising Committee envisioned a new path of unity: to unite people from the different tribes of Nagaland through music and also to reach all generations. The invitation was to witness the biggest Worship Concert ever held in Nagaland. This was also the first western classical music concert in Nagaland played by a full sized Orchestra. The concert was held at the Dimapur Ao Baptist Arogo (DABA) under the theme
‘Oneness in Christ’. Giving the opening word, Alongla P Aier shared with the audience how the concert was initially envisioned. She said, “Last year, when the ugly conflict of tribalism reared once again in Nagaland there was a man who wanted to do something about it. He knew that somehow music was the only tool to bring unity back to society. His relentless pursuit; going from one church to another is a result of how this beautiful choir was born. The man is also the conductor for the evening, Pastor Razo Vasa.” Alongla Aier also noted that many beautiful things have already begun as a result of this gathering. “We are here tonight for two main things. One is to glorify the name of God. Second is for better unity and love among churches in Nagaland. Let us all be blessed,” she exhorted.
After months of rehearsals and exhaustive organizing, the Choir and Orchestra joined hands and raised their voices to sing: ‘Glory to God’, ‘All We Like Sheep Have Gone Astray’, ‘Hallelujah’ and George Frideric Handel’s ‘Messiah’, one of the most widely performed and loved classical music oratorios to this day. The concert was conducted by Pastor Razo Vasa. The ensemble was joined by three renowned Soloists: Judy Senolos Honor (Tenor), Rubin Lukito (Bass) and Visahu Peseyie. The concert was warmly welcomed and highly praised by those who attended it. The audience awarded a standing ovation at the end of the concert. A clearly inspired attendee said: “I’m really excited to come to the concert and enjoy the music. It makes me want to join my church choir.”
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SDO (C) Kiphire Dr Tinojungshi Chang addressing the Two days orientation programme for private teachers organized by the Kiphire District Private Schools Society. (Morung Photo) Our Correspondent Kiphire | April 5
Two days orientation programme for private teachers organized by the Kiphire District Private Schools Society, which commenced on April 4 under the theme ‘alternative therapeutic intervention in education’ at Hopongkyu Memorial hall with SDO (C) Kiphire Dr Tinojungshi Chang as special
guest concluded today. Addressing the teachers in the inaugural session, Dr Chang said, “learning is an ongoing process that is also complex but with the responsibilities that is assigned to each one of us as teachers we have to discharge ones commitment with dedication and sincerity.” Lauding the private schools for dedicated service he said, “government
ANCSU 2nd union assembly
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Kohima, april 5 (mExN): All Nagaland College Students’ Union (ANCSU) 2nd union assembly will be held at NSF conference hall, Naga club building Oking, Kohima on April 25 at 11:00 am. Therefore, all the units are requested to send two representatives with proper authorization letter with seal and signature from the president or general secretary for the concern colleges in the said assembly without fail.
DBC alumni get together Dimapur, april 5 (mExN): There will be alumni get together cum seminar of Discipleship Bible College on April 12 and 13 at the College campus. DBC alumni coordinator Kilangsang Longkumer in a press release stated that alumnae are expected to arrive at 2:00 pm on April 12. Therefore, all the alumni of DBC are requested to attend the programme without fail.
DC Dimapur informs on burning of jungles
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Dimapur, april 5 (mExN): In view of the indiscriminate burning of jungles, OFC cables laid along and underneath the road are being damaged resulting breakdown of BSNL services. Election Commission of India has issued instructions for uploading of date and poll day activities to the ECI website, which make connectivity an important aspect for election related activities. The DC Dimapur Hushili Sema, IAS in a press release has directed all concern villages under Dimapur district to desist from indiscriminate jungle burning within their village jurisdiction. Violators of this order shall be fined a sum of rupees one lakh and also be prosecuted as per provision of law.
DC Peren informs on jungle burning pErEN, april 5 (Dipr): The Deputy Commissioner, Peren Peter Lichamo has informed that all village authorities under Peren district directing them to check any indiscriminate burning of jungles within their jurisdiction keeping in view the damage caused to OFC cables, thus impeding telecommunication especially with regard to ongoing electioneering process. Awareness on this matter is to be disseminated by the respective Village Councils and any violation of this order by any individual will be penalized as per the provision of law.
Global Reach office launching in Kohima Kohima, april 5 (mExN): The Global Reach Kohima office will be launched on April 13 at 8:00 AM at Old Taxi Stand, Kohima. It will be inaugurated by Rolf Baum, Regional Marketing Manager, Intueri Education Group, New Zealand. The function will be followed by press conference. Sept up in 1991, Global reach, pioneered the concept of education counseling in India and currently manages the marketing and representation of over 350 accredited foreign universities and institutions from Australia, New Zealand, UK, USA, Canada, Singapore amongst other destinations. Global Reach has 18 offices spread across five countries.
IDA Nagaland State Branch informs Dimapur, april 5 (mExN): The IDA Nagaland State Branch in association with Ivoclar Vivadent Marketing (I) Pvt Ltd presents Dr Kshitij Mawlikar (Mumbai), lecture on “Anterior aesthetic Restoration and Hands-on on Direct Veneer (Composite)” on April 17 at Dimapur. All the members are requested to attend the CDE and gain a credit of 6 points. For further information, contact IDANSB CDE convenor Dr. Imsuakum- 8974730531, President Elect Dr. Temjennungsang-9858094683.
Funeral service of
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Late Mr. Niren Kachari (Born 11th Sept. 1921 and died 5th April 2014) will be held at 10.00 a.m. on Sunday (April 6) at Khovanala village, near Chumukedima ‘A’ village hall.
has invested enough resource in government schools but result are better in private schools.” He added that as per the latest DISE survey of five years in Kiphire district, in HSLC exam private schools has pass percentage of 8090% where as government schools has less than 40%. Stating literacy as the indicative of education and the education as an indicative of development, he call upon the teachers present to play a dual role of education parents as well as children so that the society is progressive. Hemant Bhaskar Kamdi, IFS wild life warden Kiphire has also given a talk on environment issues and school children. He also distributed seed money of Rs 2500 to all the schools and a eco club conservation register to all the schools. Rev Fr. Dr Mathew Thuniampral, Rev Sr Philo MMS, Teresa Sote were the resource person for the two days orientation program.
Kohima, april 5 (mExN): Nagaland along with the rest of the world will be observing World Health Day on April 7 at Healthcare Laboratory & Research Centre, Naga Hospital Authority, Kohima (NHAK) from 11 AM onwards. The occasion marks the anniversary of
founding of World Health Organization (WHO) in 1948. The topic for 2014 is Vector Borne Disease “Small Creatures, Big Threat.” The day provides an opportunity for individuals in every community to get involve in activities that can lead to better health.
A one-day state level programme will be organized by National Vector Borne Disease Control Programme (NVBDCP) Nagaland where World Health Day will be observed followed by quiz competition among the nursing students. Dr. Neiphi Kire, principal director, health &
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family welfare will grace the occasion as chief invitee while Keyote address will be delivered by Dr. Takonuksung Lemtor, director (FW). This was stated in a release issued by Dr. P. Tia Jamir, joint director/SPO (NVBDCP), Directorate of Health & Family Welfare, Nagaland: Kohima.
Need to develop and improve communication skills
Kohima, april 5 (Dipr): Nagaland Board of School Education and Orient Blackswan, the national representative of Trinity Language Examinations organised two-days training on April 4 and 5 at the conference hall of the Board. Total 26 (twenty-six) English teachers from 13 institutions participated in the training. The training started with Asano Sekhose, Chairman, NBSE urging all stakeholders on the need to develop and improve the communication skills of the present day learners. It is worthwhile to mention that the NBSE had introduced communication skills in English at the secondary level in the year 2009 and gradually extended them
English teachers with the resource persons in the training at Nagaland Board of School Education conference hall. (DIPR Photo)
upto the higher secondary level. In order to strengthen the development of communication skills, the Board has collaborated with Trinity College London to introduce Trinity’s Graded Exami-
nation in Spoken English (GESE). In this pilot project, 13 registered institutions of the Board have come forward to provide its learners an opportunity to develop and progress their ability in
communicating in English. Students of classes 9 and 10 in the participating 13(thirteen) institutions will be taking a GESE grade in July 2014 and be awarded a Trinity College Lon-
don certificate. Trinity College, London is an International Examination Board that provides accredited qualifications in English language, Music and performing and creative arts throughout the world. Its qualifications are accepted by universities and employers worldwide. The resource persons in the training program were Sonie Thakkar, Trinity Examiner & Teacher Trainer and Fasiha Kader, Academic Coordinator & Trainer. The main focus of the training was to orient the teachers about GESE and also to help them facilitate the student’s development and progress in the use of communication skills.
APTMs to lodge FIR Awareness on PPV&FRA held in Longleng against defaulter
Dimapur, april 5 (mExN): Department of Power APTMs Cell under SE(E) Dimapur circle will be intensifying the APTMs activities by imposing additional penalties and lodging FIR against the defaulter in addition to the normal penalties. A grace period of 10 days is given to all electricity consumers who are illegally using power supply to rectify their illegal activities from the date of publication of this press release. All electricity consumers in Dimapur and Chumukedima area are informed that APTMs raids
activities was launched on July 11, 2013. The raid is continuing till date to discourage illegal use of electricity by means of hooking, meter bypass, meter tempering and breaking meter seal etc. Till date 363 cases has been detected and penalized but these activities has activities have not deterred the consumers from illegal practices, resulting heavy revenue losses to the power department every year. This was stated in a press release issued by Dimapur Electrical Circle, Superintending Engineer, G Chishi.
loNglENg, april 5 (mExN): Krishi Vigyan Kendra (KVK) Longleng under ICAR Research Complex for NEH Region, Nagaland Centre, Jharapani conducted ‘training - cum - awareness programme on Protection of Plant Varieties and Farmers Right Acts (PPV&FRA)’ sponsored by the PPF&FRA GOI, Ministry of Agriculture, New Delhi on March 28 at PBCA Hall Lempong. K. Libanthung Lotha, Deputy Commissioner, Longleng grace the occasion as chief guest. The programme started with welcome address by Dr. Manoj Kumar, Programme Co-ordinator (i/c).
The DC said that since the establishment of KVK, timely awareness programme on topic like PPV & FRA is being conducted for the privileged villagers. He also shared his views for development of farming community of the entire district and urged the villagers to gain knowledge from KVK through the participation of different programme organized by KVK. Resource person, Dr. Patu Khate Zeliang (SMS Plant Breeding) gave an overview of the PPV & FRA with its objectives & functions to establish an effective system for the protection of plant varieties, farmer’s rights, plant
breeders, to encourage development of new varieties and to recognize and reward farmers, communities, engaged in conservation, improvement, preservation of plant genetic resources and wild relatives. She recommended identification of the indigenous and unique crops of the village to put up for registration in the PPV & FRA and setting up of a village community/farmers association for seed banking. Altogether around eighty farmers from the different village of Hukphang, Yongam, Sakshi,Yongnyah, Orangkong, Pongching, Pongo, Leintak, Yongshei and Ayong participated a
day long programme. Spot registration process for four rice varieties and one colocasia were undertakn by Dr. Manoj Kmar (SMS & PC (i/c), Er. P. Chowdhury (SMS, SWCE) and Dr. Patu Khate Zeliang (SMS, Plant Breeding) and more registration will be done. The programme end with farmers’ interaction and E. Lireni Kikon (SMS Plant Protection) proposed vote of thanks. Overall co-ordination and registration of farmers programme was carried out by Lireni Kikon and Thungchano S. Ezung (Programme Assistant, Home Science) and Inderjit Singh (Assistant).
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Asufü Christian Institute undertakes educational tour No Science teacher Kohima, april 5 (mExN): The management of Asufü Christian Institute organized an educational and exposure tour to New Delhi for the final year BA/BSc students from March 17 to 26. The team comprising of thirty two (32) students and two faculty led by Kevi and Arche toured Delhi, its suburbs and Agra. The team visited some of the significant historical places in Delhi, such as the Qutab Minar, Red Fort, the Parliament House, The Supreme Court, the Rashtrapati Bhavan, educational institution such as Jawarharlal Nehru University and Delhi University and also visited historical sites of Agra, like the Taj Mahal, Agra Fort and others. The tour was sponsored by L. Dikho, chairman, Governing Council of Asufü Christian Institute and Member of Students of Asufü Christian Institute during the educational and exposure tour to Delhi. Manipur Legislative Assembly.
Animal, plant & soil health camp in VK town
ZuNhEboto, april 5 (mExN): KVK Nagaland University conducted a daylong health camp at VK Town in Zunheboto district. Animal, plant and soil health camp were conducted at the same time and at the same place so that the farmers get a common platform to solve the problems related to animals, plants and soil. Dr. Nongothung Ezung SMS (Animal Science) led animal health camp. It was found that most of the ani-
mals were severely infected with internal parasites, have poor growth rate. In poultry birds CRD was the main problem responsible for early chick mortality. Altogether 52 farmers and nearly 200 animals were treated and free medicines were provided. Wapangtoshi SMS (plant protection) who provided plant health support to 41 farmers who are currently facing problems in citrus, Banana, Mango, Paddy, Maize crops etc led plant health
camp. Bio-control agents for seed treatment, bio-pesticides and some insecticides were provided to the farmers for insect pests and diseases control on the crops. Sentimenla Jamir, SMS (Soil Science), led soil Health Camp. Soil samples collected from 45 farmer’s field were tested on various parameters such as PH, organic carbon, available nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium to know the status of their soils. Recom-
mendations on fertilizers, manuring and crops were suggested basing on the soil testing report. The Programme Coordinator Dr. Rakesh Kumar Chaurasia expressed his gratitude to MLA 31 AC Khekaho Assumi who was present during the health camp and motivated the farmers and appreciated the efforts taken by the KVK for extending their support to farming community to increase their productivity.
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Public appeals education department for appointment pfütsEro, april 5 (mExN): Zuketsa Area Public Oraganization (ZAPO) today reported in a press release that Government High School, Zuketsa has been running without a Science teacher since the transfer on promotion of the then teacher on September 2, 2011. The Government of Nagaland has upgraded the GHS Zuketsa in 2003. A press note appended by ZAPO General Secretary, Kewekope Marhu said that the School authorities and NGOs have made numerous attempts to enlighten this situation, public leaders had also made personal approaches, and even several representations and appeals were submitted, but till today, the department has paid no heed. The ZAPO and School authorities had appealed to the villages of the area to contribute from their respective village funds, to hire a private
science teacher to cater to the need of the students. Until today, this private teacher is being paid salary from the villages’ funds. “The question remains unanswered. The appeals and representations have fallen on deaf ears. Why is the education department, having being overloaded with teachers, not able to provide a Science teacher to a school that it recognized?” the Organisation questioned in the note. ZAPO firmly believes that there is no dearth of science teachers and that it was mandatory and possible for the department to provide at least one teacher by now. Therefore, such indifferent temperament of the School Education Department of Nagaland has compelled the issue of this press release, the note further stated. The ZAPO keenly awaits for the appointment of the aforementioned subject teacher by the department at the earliest through redeployment or appoint Kuwe Losou, who is presently teaching science at GHS Zuketsa so that, the burden of the villages in paying his salary is lifted.
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ATMA Dimapur intensify trainings for farmers
Dimapur, april 5 (mExN): Agricultural Technology Management Agency Dimapur Niuland Block organised demonstration programme at Zuheshe Village on April 4. Resource person James Kikon, SMS (Soil Science), KVK, Jharnapani spoke on the topics ‘Zero Energy Cool Chamber’ and ‘Cultivation Practices of Rice Bean (Naga Dali).’ He said that based on the principle of direct evaporative cooling zero energy cool chambers have been developed.
It does not require any electricity or power to operate and materials required like bricks, sand, bamboo etc. are available easily and cheaply. It is a double brickwall structure, the cavity is filled with sand and walls of the chamber are soaked in water. Cool chambers can reduce temperature by 10-15°C and maintain high humidity of about 95% that can increase shelf life and retain quality of horticultural produce. Small and marginal farmers can store a few days' harvest to avoid
middlemen. He emphasized that Ricebean is one of the summer legumes grown under diverse conditions ranging from marginal lands to rain-fed tars and drought prone areas in the hills. It is noted to be very rich in protein, minerals and vitamins, and has significance as nutritious fodder, green manure, and a crop for soil conservation. For proper intercropping, a farmer dibble seeds in between maize plants and it also has the ability to utilise atmo-
spheric nitrogen through symbiotic nitrogen fixation and thus, plays a key role in maintaining soil fertility. Rice bean is normally ready to harvest in 120-150 days after sowing. At Hozukhe village on April 1, resource person Asenla from Renlok SHG, a prominent SHG from Naga United Village demonstrated on the topics ‘Aloe vera soap making’ and ‘Detergent powder making.’ She encouraged women folks to take up such activities to generate income as well
as for personal usages. She also told the SHGs to be hardworking, innovative and be specific in time management. Later, she performed step by steps procedures and elaborated on the different types of ingredients and chemicals to be used for making Aloe vera soap and Detergent powder. Later, Dr. Marlin, VAS & BTT Convenor from the Veterinary Department demonstrated and conducted free vaccination and treatment of animal
diseases. She explained on the importance of vaccination as a necessary measure for disease prevention and mentioned commonly occurring animal diseases and its treatment and management. Moakumzuk, SMS, Niuland Block chaired the programme and around 50 people including SHGs and farmers attended the programme separately in both the villages which concluded with a vote of thanks by Demalu Hasnusa, BTM, Niuland Block.
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The Morung Express
6 April 2014
HNLC to boycott LS elections; Bandh called on April 9 SHILLONG, AprIL 5 (NNN): Major militant outfit operating in Meghalaya, the Hynñiewtrep National Liberation Council (HNLC) has announced today to boycott the Lok Sabha election in the state and thereby calling 12 hours bandh in Meghalaya on the polling day i.e., April 9. In a statement made available to Newmai News Network this evening by HNLC publicity secretary Sainkupar Nongtraw, the Khasi militant outfit said 67 years had passed since India had claimed its Independence but the status of the Khasis had been as of slaves. It alleged that the government of India had forcefully signed the Instrument of Accession and Annexed Agreement in 1948 at gunpoint without the consent of the Dur-
bar Hima and the Syiems. "This action of the government of India proved its political inability to solve matters related to the welfare of the Hynñiewtrep (the indigenous people of Meghalaya)," said the HNLC. The HNLC then said the outfit is against the Indian political system. "We have our right to self determination. Self-determination is defined as free choice of one's own acts without external compulsion and especially as the freedom of the people of a given territory to determine their own political status. It can also be defined as the ability or power to make decisions for oneself, especially the power of a nation to decide how it will be governed. The right to self-determination of peoples is a fundamental prin-
ciple in international law. It is embodied in the charter of the United Nations and the International Covenant on civil and political rights and the International Covenant on economic, social and cultural rights," pointed out the HNLC. "Common Article 1, paragraph 1 of these covenants provide that all peoples have the rights of self-determination by virtue of that right they can freely determine their political status, and freely pursue the economic, social and cultural development," the Khasi outfit added. According to the HNLC, this right is also set forth in the universal declaration of human rights, which is widely recognized as customary international law. "Today the people of the Hynñiewtrep (Meghalaya)
are one of the most endangered ethnic communities in the 21st century. Our distinct culture, religion, language and national identity face the real and imminent threat of total assimilation and extinction," it said. In addition to putting the Hynñiewtrep at an economic disadvantage, the continuing migration of massive numbers of non-tribal into the region progressively erodes the ability of the people to hold on to their distinct cultural heritage and ethnic identity. India has developed a policy of deliberately encouraging Indian immigrants to settle on a long-term basis in Hynñiewtrep. The aim of the government of India is to create infrastructure to facilitate the exploitation of the vast natural resources of Hynñiewtrep
and to encourage hundreds of thousands to migrate to the inhabited areas of the region, the HNLC also said. "If India really claims to be the champion of human rights then it must come up with a 'plebiscite' for our Hynñiewtrep region and let our people decide whether to stay with India or without the interference of India," the Khasi outfit also stated. "The Governor of Meghalaya should have been either Garo or from Hynñiewtrep tribe. This kind of governance is also against the interests of our people" said the HNLC and asks, "How would a non-Achik or nonHynñiewtrep understand the problems faced by our people?" According to the HNLC, election time is a time when corruption is at its peak level.
Supporters of Communist Party of India (Marxist) walk in a procession in support of their candidate on the last day of campaigning for the constituency, at Agartala, in the eastern Indian state of Tripura on Saturday, April 5. The first phase of several weeks long national elections will be underway when parts of the eastern Indian states of Tripura and Assam go to poll on Monday, April 7. (AP Photo/Saurabh Das)
Lightning Bandh imposed in Ukhrul
UKHrUL, AprIL 5 (NNN): Ukhrul district headquarter witnessed a deserted look this afternoon after a lightning shut-down was imposed by Tangkhul Naga Long (TNL) and other Tangkhul frontal organisations against the sudden transferring of the deputy commissioner of Ukhrul district. All
the shops were shut from 2 pm and the traffic along the Imphal-Ukhrul road was blocked. "The arbitrary transfer of the deputy commissioner is against all norms and it also violates the election model code of conduct," said Artax Shimray, president of Tangkhul Naga Long. Modal Hrisheekesh Arvind (IAS)
has taken charge as the new deputy commissioner from today replacing Dr Shailesh Kumar Chourasia. Being Sunday tomorrow, the agitation is likely to be relaxed but sources say that the Tangkhul frontal organisations will resume their agitation from Monday.
'Extra measures' in insurgency-hit M'laya districts SHILLONG, AprIL 5 (tNN): With just a few more days left before the state goes to polls on April 9, acting chief secretary P B O Warjri said 'extra measures' have been taken to ensure smooth polls in the insurgency-hit East and South Garo Hills districts. Warjri was on a two-day visit to oversee poll preparedness across the five districts of the Garo Hills. He was accompanied by director general of police Peter James Haneman. "The district administration and police in the
Garo Hills region have made elaborate arrangements for peaceful polling. We are convinced that law and order will be maintained with their strategies," Warjri added. At Ampati, South West Garo Hills, Warjri asked the district officials to refrain from getting complacent. "If you put in a little more effort and show full commitment, the district will have the most successful election," he told officials. South west Garo Hills SP R Muthu said no poll-related violence or clashes have
been reported in the area. Thirty polling stations in the district have been classified as hyper-sensitive, 14 due to vulnerability to group clashes and 16 due to militancy. Again, 17 polling stations have been identified as sensitive due to their proximity to interstate/ international border and remoteness. Over 192 arms were deposited in the office of south west Garo Hills district SP till March 31 after an order was issued by the district police to licensed arms holders to deposit arms.
KALIAbOr, AprIL 5 (DNA): Gaurav Gogoi, son of Assam chief minister Tarun Gogoi, is contesting elections for the first time but believes that his rural connect will see him through in his electoral battle. He is contesting as a Congress candidate from central Assam's Kaliabor. His uncle Dip Gogoi, who held the seat, made way for him by not contesting. An engineer, Gaurav, 32, studied at the St Columbus School in Delhi and has a degree in public administration from the New York University. He worked in the field of rural development for 10 years in Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and Uttarakhand prior to taking the plunge into politics. Gaurav was virtually unknown in Assam until his emergence ahead of the 2011 assembly polls. Soon he joined the Congress party and got actively involved in party activities. As he grew up far from home, the polls gave him an opportunity to experience the political dynamics of the state. Alongside, he moved around rural Assam, particularly Kaliabor, working with farmers in the field of entrepreneurship, apparently to
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lence of malaria and other vector-borne diseases in India's northeast is its topography and climate - hot and humid for most part of the year - making it the ideal breeding ground for mosquitoes. Add to this, the poor socio-economic condition of the tea tribe, lack of awareness and poor hygiene - and they become even more vulnerable. Assam accounts for more than five percent of the country's malaria cases and, according to a study in seven tea gardens by molecular entomologist Bipul Rabha and doctors of those gardens, the tea tribe community is the major contributor to such cases every year. "The tea tribe constitutes a community with poor socio-economic condition and continues to have high malaria infection with considerable anaemia. This study strongly finds evidence that despite a comprehensive malaria control programme, there are regions in India where the control programmes are inadequate," the study said, adding: "These are hyper-endemic for malaria and transmission rates are comparable to those found in many regions of Africa." The part about anaemia is especially significant because the tea tribe
women are nearly universally anaemic. A Unicef sample study found 95 percent women in the gardens to be anaemic. A reduced haemoglobin level among the tea tribe, the malaria study said, was not just indicative of poor nutrition but also of repeated attacks of the vector-borne disease. Either way, anaemia leads to a host of other health complications, especially for women during pregnancy, putting their and their baby's life at risk. "Children, especially those below the age of two, are at a high risk of malaria infection because they have under-development immunity. Studies have found that the risk of infection caused by P. falciparum parasite (transmitted by Anopheles mosquito) is high between the age of five and 15," said T. Talukdar, a tea garden doctor in Jorhat district. Steps have been taken by tea garden managements to curtail the annual incidence of vector-borne diseases. "Water stagnation is an open invitation to trouble, and we get insecticide sprayed in the garden and labour lines regularly once the rains hit (the dense and well-demarcated tea tribe colonies within the garden)," Talukdar said. The state government
use rural development as a political plank. "I am no stranger here (Kaliabor). I have been with the people for the last three years working in the area of rural economy," Gaurav told dna. The charitable and non-profit organisation 'Farm-2-Food' foundation, of which Gaurav is the founder, works to augment the income of farmers and support healthier and local food options for people. "I have been working in the field of rural economy and development for the past 10 years. I view politics as a platform to take my ideas on rural entrepre-
neurship and rural economy forward," Gaurav said. The Kaliabor Lok Sabha seat consists of 10 assembly segments. In 2009, threetime MP Dip Gogoi defeated his nearest rival Gunin Hazarika of the Asom Gana Parishad (AGP) by 151,989 votes. Gaurav believes that he will win by even a bigger margin. "Surely, the people will judge me and the Congress party before they exercise their franchise. They will vote for me for they have found in me a person who is committed. They will vote for the Congress for peace and development to continue," he claimed.
We, the family members and relatives would like to extend our heartfelt congratulations to Mr. S.Longnyei Konyak, son of Late. H.Sangmei Konyak for securing the post of Extra Assistant Commissioner in 6th position in the recently declared NPSC examination. May the Lord continue to bless you and grant you success in life. Family members and relatives
FELICITATION We, the family members and relatives congratulate Dr. Esther P.Konyak, daughter of Rev. Dr. W.Pongsing Konyak for being conferred the degree of Doctor of Philosophy by the centre for Historical Studies, School of Social Sciences, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, after successfully defending her dissertation titled “Transitions Along the frontier: A Study of South Eastern and North Eastern Bengal” on April 4th 2014. We praise our Almighty God for your achievement and wish you success in your future endeavour. Family members and relatives
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Small bite, big threat looms over Assam's tea gardens JOrHAt, AprIL 5 (IANS): It'sanannualaffairinAssam's lush tea gardens. As sporadic showers from March build up to a full-blown monsoon a few months later, what looms is the threat of malaria and other vector-borne diseases that often cause death, with children the most vulnerable. As WHO focusses on vector-borne diseases this World Health Day April 7, experts say that serious steps must be taken to stop the cyclic prevalence of these diseases among the tea tribe every year. "Malaria is a major health problem among the tea garden workers. Although there has been a gradual fall in morbidity due to the disease, the numbers are still alarming," N.K. Phukan, former chairman of the medical advisory sub-committee of the Assam Branch of the India Tea Association (ABITA), told IANS. He is also a doctor in a tea garden. For instance, there were 4,849 slide positive cases of malaria in the tea gardens (under ABITA) in 2008. The number fell marginally to 4,307 in 2009, but was still high. Globally, one billion people are infected and more than one million people die every year due to vectorborne diseases, says WHO. The most significant reason for the high preva-
rights of the common masses. The delay in implementing the Inner Line Permit (ILP) by the government has in fact made the Khasi outfit stronger, because educated youths who have been affected by the system have joined hands with the HNLC, it claimed. The longer the government takes time to implement the ILP the stronger will the council emerge, the outfit further said. "The Lok Sabha elections are just a ploy of the government of India to create more puppets in order to represent the Parliament according to their personal self interests. The HNLC would like to appeal to the people of Hynñiewtrep to boycott the drama of elections enacted by the government of India," the HNLC appealed.
Foreign educated Gogoi Jr banks on rural connect
Youth groups call to boycott Mizoram polls AIzAwL/AGArtALA, AprIL 5 (IANS): Six NGOs and students' groups have called for a boycott of the April 9 Lok Sabha polls in Mizoram to protest the Election Commission's decision to allow tribal refugees' living in Tripura's relief camps vote for the lone seat in Mizoram. Leaders of the six NGOs and students' bodies led by Young Mizo Association (YMA) held an emergency meeting in Aizawl Friday night and decided to urge people to boycott the polls. "We have also decided to observe a 72-hour statewide strike from April 7," YMA spokesman J. Lalsailova told reporters in Aizawl Saturday. Out of over 36,000 Reang tribal refugees, living in seven camps in northern Tripura for the past 17 years after fleeing their villages in western Mizoram, 11,500 were on electoral rolls in Mizoram and 71 percent of these have voted through postal ballots in three days - Tuesday to Thursday. The postal balloting was held under the close supervision of seven observers of Election Commission. Seven officials from Mizoram also came to the camps to assist the electoral process. "In view of the threat given by local NGOs in Mizoram to obstruct counting of postal ballot papers in Aizawl, the Election Commission has decided to count the postal ballots in Kanchanpur (north Tripura) May 16. An Election Commission observer would also be present on the day of counting," Kanchanpur Sub-Divisional Magistrate Nantu Das told IANS.
Big industrialists fund politicians to meet high cost of elections and ultimately to seek personal favour. Bribery to politicians buy influences and bribery by politician buy votes. In order to get elected, politicians bribe poor illiterate people of our Hynñiewtrep, who are slogging for two meal a day, the HNLC stated. It further said that this political system is the dirtiest in the entire world. The HNLC does not have any faith in this system. This election many constituencies in the Hynñiewtrep including West khasi hills have decided to boycott the MP Elections, and the recent statement of the CEO P Naik to arrest the people not participating in the elections are of sheer ignorance and is violating the
also distributes a 'Mamata' kit to new mothers after institutional delivery which contains a baby mosquito net apart from other things. Phukan however feels more measures need to be taken. "Good laboratory facilities in the garden hospitals is necessary for blood slide examination, early case detection and prompt treatment. Use of mosquito nets impregnated with synthetic pyrethroids is important (the Assam government distributed such nets to new mothers under a pilot project a few years back), periodic antilarval measures and health education in the community are crucial," he said.
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To know the truth is a first step for reconciliation Thomas, NNC Member
felt sad for the fighting among the Nagas which has taken place again on March 29, 2014 Saturday morning at Akhoya village jurisdiction in Ao Region right after the Forum for Naga Reconciliation (FNR) meeting held on March 27, 28, 2014 in Dimapur, but no wonder because such fighting always have been happened after the meeting of FNR in abroad and at home, and there the killings have been taken place and more factions have been created instead of reconciliation. It is therefore not a good sign for the FNR and has to consider that "Is FNR doing according to the will of God?" I am also feeling sad not because I oppose peace and reconciliation, but most of public leaders are applauding and welcoming the Lenten Agreement of March 28, 2014 without knowing what will happen if the agreement is implemented? Where does the new government will lead the Nagas? It was the fact that all Naga people applauded highly the NPC (Nagaland Peace Council) and welcomed Peace, because through the tireless effort of NPC, peace was restored once again in Nagaland in 1975 and save many periled lives. However, some of the same Nagas praised Isak, Muivah and Khaplang for they rejected the said peace brought by the PNC, and formed the so-called NSCN in January 1980 from the Eastern Nagaland jungle, which was done without their knowledge. They supported it without knowing where the NSCN will lead the Nagas, to the path of blood or peace. As they applauded them (Iask, Muivah, Khaplang) from the top of their voice and welcomed the formation of NSCN, they also welcomed factionalism and fratricidal killings among the Nagas. He who says, Phizo/ NNC has done wrong; he said, Muivah has done right and thus bears false witness. Because he/ she says wrong as right, and white as black. Our Bible says: "He who says the wicked you are right, the people will curse him, nations will abhor him". "He who justifies the wicked and he who con-
demns the righteous, both of them alike are abomination to God". (Proverbs 24:24, 17:15). After fierce fighting with their own Naga brothers for 17 years, Isak-Muivah (IM) group reached at the so-called ceasefire agreement with GoI (Government of India) in August 1997. Again some of Nagas welcomed the said ceasefire agreement and supported, without knowing they are extending to support various evil activities (killings, telling lies, burning dawn the villages including with granaries and churches, false accusations, torturing, intimidation, deceiving, abduction, money extortion etc. etc.) as well which have been committing by IM group before and after the ceasefire. The Nagas know, when Isak, Muivah ran away from the NNC, they have discarded the mandate of the Naga people and hence they have no right to represent Nagaland and its people, but some of Nagas supported their political negotiation with the GoI. In fact they know nothing what the ceasefire agreement was, and the stand of IM group for peace talk with the GoI. Later all Naga people came to know IM group submitted 31-Point competencies proposal to the GoI for their peace talk. The fact Nagas know about the first political talk with the Indian leaders on July 19, 1947 is: at the talk Naga leaders said, the Nagas are not Indians and Naga territory does not belong to India. And in turn, Indian leaders said, if you say, the Nagas are not Indians and your country does not belong to India, the matter ends there, you have every right to be Independent outside the Indian Union. This is the only way that we have to talk with the GoI. Therefore the Nagas have nothing to do with the NSCNIM's 31-Point competencies proposal. This is not other than a proposal to sell out Nagaland and who supported their talks, supported the selling process of Nagaland to a foreign country. On May 16, 1951, Naga national voluntary Plebiscite Day, Naga leader Dr. A.Z. Phizo asserted that." To give away Nagaland to please India is not the solution". My point is; we must know explicitly what we are doing and
must reject wrong as wrong and support right as right, but give pressure on the wrong doers by the public leaders and Church leaders till they give up their wrong doing. If they refuse to take heed the voice of the people, they should be rejected once and for all by the people. That is the need of hour what we should do at this juncture. The NNC supports and gives encouragement to those who are striving to bring peace among the Nagas. But the NNC never support who deny the truth and try to justify the killings and marginalize the NNC/FGN to a mere faction. This is the reason why the NNC does not involve with the FNR but encouraged it to work for the truth and justice. The FNR has done wrong to support illegitimate Singnya, Zhopra group who have been staying in Peace Camp for many years and ran away from it on their own accord in 2005 and killed many of their own people in Chakhesang Region. In Khiamniunga Region, this group has beaten many Naga Army and maimed them for life. Last year in 2013, Eno Longphu of Pashiu village who was brutally tortured by the said group died of his beaten injury. The Nagas are a nation and they have their own national Government and have their own Yehzabo (Constitution). The Nagas therefore elect their new leaders following their Yehzabo and form their new Government accordingly. No one has the right to claim as NNC/FGN leader by himself/herself outside the Yehzabo. Even if he/she do so, it is illegal and no one will respect or regard him/her as NNC/FGN leader. If they do not regard as such leaders by their own people, to whom they represent and signed the Lenten agreement of 28th March 2014? The Federal Government of Nagaland (FGN) is the only Naga National Government formed in 1956 by all Nagas (Ao, Angami, Chakhesang, Sema, Lotha, Konyak, Chang, Sangtam, Khiamniungan, Yingchunger, Phom, Pochuri, Shepoumarath, Zeliangrong). Some Nagas from remote Regions, such as Tangkhul. Heimi, Amanch, Somra could not partici-
pate in the formation, but later all joined the FGN. And the Nagas joyously celebrated the Golden Jubilee of their National Government on March 22, 2006. How then, the FGN would sign to form another new Naga national government, as claimed by the FNR. It is really a mockery. The Nagas are needed to be reconciled and should have peace among them, and I extend my support to anyone who is truly working for peace and reconciliation, and I myself am working for peace and reconciliation and thus telling the Naga people what truth is. Because to know the truth is a first step for reconciliation. The fact all Naga know that our nation had never surrendered its sovereignty to any foreign nation in this running history. And the NNC had never deterred here and there from the Naga national stand despite ups and downs political situation in the past more than sixty years of war with the aggressors. The Nagas therefore have no reason to condemn and reject the NNC/FGN and form another new political institution or government in this 21st century. The factional leaders, who went on astray and diverted their stand from the Naga national stand, should relinquish their illegitimate organizations and reunite with the their parent body NNC/ FGN is the only meaning that bears for reconciliation. In this year 2014, the NSCN celebrated its 35th Republic Day on March 21, and the FGN celebrated 59th Republic Day on 22nd March. When the Eastern Nagas youths noticed NSCN's 35th republic day celebration, they questioned why should the Naga national Day (Republic Day) be degraded to 35th celebration? even when the Kachins who started their Revolutionary from 1961, celebrated 54th revolutionary Day on 5th February 2014. The celebration of 35th republic day has shown to the outside world that the Naga national movement is too much younger than the revolutionary groups of Myanmar. Despite these entire past mistakes, the Lenten agreement has conceived another new Naga national government to be born in the near future. Will it not bring another setback to the Na-
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gas in the history? A day of overwhelming joy More than thirty years ago, in everything you do. we told Muivah, the Nagas have For you deserve the nicest already experienced a setback things the world could offer you. when the revolutionary government was formed in 1968, and Another year older and wisif we do form a socialist govern- er, and more beautiful too ment we will face another set- As you age so gracefully, it back in our history, thus fervently seems that time stands still. urged him not to repeat such Dreams of bright and beautiful things. mistake in our time. But he didn't take heed to our suggestion and Dance through all the funfilled hours. formed the NSCN, that is now a Today I just want to say history and cannot be corrected "Thank you Lord" it. Yet, what we can do at this time 'Cause without you, is, to analyze the past mistakes I would not have made it… correctly and should decide not You knew my value to commit another mistake in You knew my talent this generation again. The quesYou saw the best in me tion is: why should we destroy When I sometimes questioned it… the existing Naga national founMay your troubles be less and your blessings be more. dation which is built on the solid May nothing but happiness come through your door. rock and start to build another From morning till night, may your birthday be bright, and foundation on the sand? nicer than ever before. We should thank God, be- And, as years come and go, may your happiness grow, and cause even if we are not good folyour dreams be fulfilled even more. lowers of Jesus Christ, God our May you have God’s best in everything. Lord never forsake us, but has You are your age. How time can fly. been protecting our sovereignty There were trials, pain and victories from the beginning, and when Moments that required 'a try again' the Nagas reached at the brim of This special prayer for you I will say, “God bless you on your doom in 1975, for scorch-earth very special day.” operation was carried by the InWishing you a very happy birthday. From, dian Army against the Nagas, Your best friend… God our Lord has intervened the (Bangalore) war and restored peace in Nagaland without political comWe met without any expectation, mitment to accept the Indian Its really joyful moment to meet you, Constitution. Hence the Nagas And our friendship grew up very fast, have much alleviation from the And will go on till we meet again, sufferings in the hands of Indian Our friendship will never grow old, Army. But when some of Nagas Thats why together we are forever young , rejected the peace brought by May we always drink from the fountain of youth, God, He makes us to suffer again And swim together like the fishes in the streams of faith, in the hands of our own brothers Many more to wish you..but today … in the past more than thirty years. Wishing you a VERY VERY HAPPY BIRTHDAY & MAY YOU Yet, the Church leaders keep siLIVE LONG lent and mum, and perpetrators With Best Wishes From A FRIEND from MUMBAI. show no sign of remorse and repent for their mistake and sins. Why the Nagas failed to use On this auspicious day of your life a simple friend like me is delighted to express the feelings for a sweetest friend…, the peace brought by God our I should say thanks to the God that I have met a friend like Lord and fight against the enemy you in my life. through peaceful means with the The day when we met each other, I was impressed with truth and historical facts? Was it your smile & your personality. necessary for the Nagas to form I found a wonderful friend in my life. NSCN? Why the NSCN groups You have a very good academic career with you. signed peace agreements with the Lead this nation with your beauty and quality. You have a great combination of beauty and brain. enemies and continued to fight against their own Nagas? Should Not everyone is as lucky as me to be blessed with a friend like you. we continue to reject the God Thank you so much for being my friend. given peace, even after we have I wish you get all that you truly deserve. suffered from His divine punishHappy Birthday to you. ment? are the points to be scrutiWith best wishes from nized and pondered by the young your good friend from GUWAHATI generation of today.
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The Morung Express
Sunday 6 April 2014
ACAUT Nagaland report on 1st phase of Nagaland tour A
CAUT Nagaland underresponsible enough to under- of ACAUT and sessional chairtook the 1st phase of its stand that different districts man replied that since Konyak Nagaland tour from 24th paying tax to different factions people had first raised the cry of – 29th March and covered the disis only encouraging factional- “Unity First, Solution Second” the tricts of Mon, Longleng, Mokokcism to take hold and Naga civil ACAUT felt it appropriate to start hung, Tuensang, Wokha and the society is contributing to the their tour from Konyak soil. The sub-division of Tseminyu. The mess in the movement. president of MCCI also acknowltour was undertaken to highlight 6. The ACAUT adopted the slo- edged that the business comthe activities of ACAUT Nagaland gan “One Government One munity of Mon is suffering and and raise awareness on unabated Tax” at its 31st October, 2013 facing hardships as elsewhere taxation and illegal collections Public Rally attended by in the state. Later on, Konyak indulged in by NPGs and state 40,000 Naga public at Dima- leaders at the interactive session agencies both. ACAUT Nagaland pur. Armed with this man- supported in principle ACAUT’s interacted with tribal hohos, studate, ACAUT is committed to stand on One Government One dent unions, women organisaspreading the message of One Taxation. The president of KSU tions, youth bodies, GBs, DBs, Government One Tax in all the Loung-ai Wangnao also wanted village council authorities, chamdistricts of Nagaland. to know whether ACAUT activity ber of commerce and the general 7. The ACAUT is also opposed to was only to highlight unabated public and put forth the slogan of the usage of the slogan “Naga- taxation imposed by the NPGs. One Government One Tax to the land for Christ” by the NPGs- He opined that NGOs in NagaNaga people for its adoption. printed on taxation slips and land go for numerous donation letter pads- an act which jus- drives and whether such fall unEssentially the following tifies unabated taxation and der the ambit of ACAUT’s radar. points were forwarded to the other anti-social activities. Taking this query further, ACAUT people: 8. The ACAUT Nagaland is com- Nagaland has passed a resolution 1. The ACAUT movement is an mitted to the setting up of a that no NGOs, including student initiative of Naga civil society High Powered Commission bodies should undertake any sort and business community to (HPC) as resolved on 31st Oc- of donation drives in the market. fight unabated taxation, illegal tober public rally to investigate Free and voluntary membership collections and corruption by all sorts of unabated taxations drive was undertaken. Naga Political Groups (NPGs) and corruption. The governLongleng District: On 25th and established government ment risks facing a massive morning, the Longleng Chamboth. people’s agitation on this issue ber of Commerce and Industries 2. The ACAUT Nagaland is comif it fails to set up the HPC. (LCCI) received ACAUT team at mitted to fighting corruption 9. The ACAUT Nagaland is rid- the Mon-Longleng district borin any form since its acronym ing on the crest of a massive der and the team was greeted now stands for Against Corpeople’s movement to bring with the banner “Welcome to ruption and Unabated Taxaaccountability and transpar- Longleng, ACAUT Nagaland” tion (ACAUT) Nagaland. ency in the state and it shall fluttering at the entry point to the 3. The ACAUT believes that unnot stop till its objectives are town. The meeting was attended abated taxation can only be fulfilled. by Phom Peoples’ Council (PPC), stopped if the different warPhom Students’ Conference, ring NPGs come under a sinMon District: The open air Chairmen and GBs of Longleng gle umbrella. The ACAUT is public meeting in Mon was or- town, GB Association Longleng convinced that unabated tax- ganised by Mon Chamber of District, DBs, Chairmen of Longation is the cause of faction- Commerce on 24th afternoon leng villages and the business alism in the Naga movement and it was attended by Konyak community. The PPC and other and vice-versa. Union led by its General Sec- leaders expressed their full sup4. The ACAUT believes that for retary Hosea Konyak, Konyak port for the ACAUT movement. the sake of the Naga move- Students’ Union led by its presi- On behalf of PSC, its Assembly ment, the warring factions dent Loung-ai Wangnao, KNSK Secretary, K. Chingnyu also exshould be forced to reconcile (women organisation), business pressed full support for ACAUT and this is achievable if the community and members of the and he appreciated the latter for Naga people stop giving tax general public. Konyak leaders taking up the common cause of and this includes both House- acknowledged ACAUT for un- Nagas. The leaders also asked hold & Ration tax, the two tax- dertaking its first ever state tour ACAUT to mobilize grass-root es which legitimizes the fac- from Konyak soil and appreci- level support and in this regard, tions. ated the ACAUT movement. In the Phom people promised to 5. The Naga people should be turn, Chingten Konyak, member take up the slogan “One Govern-
NTC meeting resolves on issues Kohima, april 5 (mExN): The Nagaland Tribes Council (NTC), following its General Council on April 5, has resolved to “approve the proposal of the Executive Council to organise a seminar on Land and its Natural resources with special reference to the Article 371A and the existing laws on Transfer of Land etc.” This was informed through a press statement from acting president of NTC, Lendinoktang Ao, and its general secretary, Nribe-
mo Ngullie. The NTC has also resolved to approve the recommendations of the Executive Council to constitute a Committee to study the impact of RTE Act and its implementation in the State of Nagaland and a Committee on Border Affairs and Relationship with neighbouring states. It also approved formation of a study group on Border affairs, Relationship with neighbouring states and inter-tribal relationship. Having reviewed the
“ongoing issue on Recognition of Rongmei Tribe in the State of Nagaland,” the General Council of the NTC resolved to “take the matter to general public in the form of Public Rally to take public endorsement on the matter.” For this, it resolved to hold a public rally at Dimapur in consultation with ENPO and citizens of Dimapur District. The NTC’s 2nd General Council meeting was held at AIDA Conference Hall, Dimapur on April 5 at 10 am.
Sumi newsletter on women in agri released Dimapur, april 5 (mExN): A newsletter on women in agriculture written in Sumi dialect entitled “Mpe kupuzhu xathi” was today released by Dr. Bidyut C. Deka, Jt. Director, Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR). The newsletter is the outcome of one of ICAR’s Self Help Groups training programs conducted in the month of March 2014, informed a press release. This first issue covers mainly the “ICAR’s media collaboration with The Morung Express” which is published first Friday of every month. In his short speech, Dr. Deka appreciated Er. Picto Shohe, MLA & Chairman NHL, for showing keen interest in uplift of the grassroots level and weaker section, es-
Industries (CII), Nagaland Chapter President, Dr. Aotoshi justified the ACAUT movement from an economic perspective. Tuensang District: The meeting at Tuensang on 27th morning was represented by all the tribes of Tuensang, namely, Yimchunger Union Tuensang Town, Phom Union Tuensang Town, Khiamniungan Union Tuensang Town, Sangtam Union Tuensang Town and Chang Tribal Council. The ENPO, Chang Khulei Setsang, Pastors’ Union Tuensang Town, GBs Union Tuensang, DBs Union Tuensang, Tuensang Village Citizen Union, Confederation of Chang Students’ Union (CCSU) and a host of other organisations attended the meeting hosted by Tuensang Chamber of Commerce. Like Dimapur, Tuensang town is plagued by syndicate system, termed Agencies. The president of Pastors’ Union Tuensang Town shared that syndicate system is prevalent in many commodities including potato and pan-patta. A member of Chang GB Union Tuensang Town rued that taxation at the interstate gates is levied more for Tuensang bound vehicles. He also lamented that police tax even the plying taxis and checking is more for Tuensang vehicles. The ACAUT Nagaland is of the opinion that this is one reason why Eastern Nagaland people feel alienated. Yimchunger Union member opined that tax deducted by Nagaland government is more than UG tax. To bolster his point, he stunned the audience when he alleged that after deductions, contractors are left with only 25% of the work order amount to carry out the actual work. Phom Union said that GBs in Tuensang should not collect tax on behalf of the UGs. Both the Sangtam Union Tuensang Town and GB union came out in full support of One Government One Tax. The CCSU also cautioned the GBs from collecting Tax and extended its full support towards One Government
The newsletter written in Sumi dialect being released on April 5.
pecially the Women SHGs in his area. He said that unlike other trainees, this group of SHGs in Atoizu has developed good rapport with ICAR faculty members; come back with a newsletter in their own dialect which would empower the grassroots level. He hoped that this experience would be emulated by other tribes in near future. He also thanked The Morung Express for dedicating one full page to ICAR for articles on agricul-
ture science. The program was chaired by Hetoni, President STH, Atoizu and vote of thanks was pronounced by Khegholi K Chophy. The patron of the newsletter is Kitoli Naje, President of STH (Sumi Totimi Hoho). The program was well attended by the members of SHGs, scientists, SMS of ICAR and KVK and “Iza Sutoli Tsaikha Foundation,” the newsletter sponsoring family members.
added bonus to the people of Nagaland. It may be mentioned that all eight Independent MLAs in the present legislative assembly have pledged their support to Rio. With Rio in Delhi, Thomas said, Nagaland can expect speedier development in all fronts as Rio’s voice would definitely be listened to by central leaders. On development back in the constituency, Thomas said Sanis constituency has witnessed lots of development including infrastructure in the last one year under DAN government. He said within one year of DAN-III government, police stations and barracks have been established at Sanis and Sungro, Tourism Centre
set up at Sanis, BDO quarter and CDPO office at Sanis and primary health centre inaugurated at Sungro. And importantly, seeing the huge potential of rubber farming in the constituency, the Rubber Board of India had set up its branch at Sanis. “With all these developments and much more in the pipeline for Sanis A/C, I see no reason why our people should not vote for our dynamic leader Neiphiu Rio. Let us also acknowledge our gratitude to him (Rio) by giving him a landslide victory,” Thomas added. Public leader of the area, Dr. John Murry, also addressed the rally. Later, Thomas also addressed two more election rallies at Sungro and Lotsu circles.
One Tax. In a most heartening news, it was disclosed that, Tuensang Village, also the landowners of Tuensang town, have not been paying tax to any of the factions in Nagaland since 1995 save for the period 2004-05. Tuensang village has been implementing the principle of One Government One Tax for almost 20 years now and it is the only village in Nagaland to abide by this slogan. The Tuensang Chamber of Commerce revealed that business community in Tuensang pay tax to 5 different factions. Overall, there was huge support for the ACAUT movement. Wokha District: The Chamber of Commerce, Wokha organised the meeting on 28th March. Kyong leaders from all walks of life including Kyong Hoho, Lotha Youth Hoho, Kyong students Union, Kyong Women Hoho, leaders from neighbouring villages such as Longsa and Wokha village, GB Union Wokha District, DBs, ward chairmen and business people attended the meeting. All the Kyong organisations reiterated its support for the ACAUT movement and the slogan of One Government One Tax. An elderly leader also suggested that ACAUT nomenclature should read as Against Corruption and Unlimited Taxation. Later, at the interactive session, it surmised that one of the UG factions had warned Kyong leaders not to set up local ACAUT in Wokha district. Due to the untiring and bold effort of business and community leaders, the syndicate system in essential commodities prevalent in Wokha till 2013 was smashed. Tseminyu Sub-Division: The first stop was Kandinu village. ACAUT members halted at Kandinu with a view to reach out to the powerhouse called Naga village. ACAUT is of the view that One government One Tax may better take hold only if individual Naga villages make an informed decision to support it, that is,
through a bottom up approach. A public meeting was organised at Tseminyu town under the initiative of Rengma Hoho and attended by Rengma Students’ Union, Rengma Mothers’ Association, Rengma Village Council Chairmen Forum (RVCCF) representing 35 Rengma villages, Trade Union Tseminyu Town, Rengma GBs Association, DBs, ward chairmen and youths. Khekiye K. Sema appealed to the Rengma leaders to be the first tribe to stand up against unabated taxation and adopt One Government One Tax. He reminded Rengmas of their history when the 1st Naga national flag representing One Naga Government was hoisted at Parashen on 22nd March 1956. Just as Rengmas stood for One Government then, Rengmas should stand for One Tax and One Government now instead of patronizing the 7 factions fighting for 7 different kinds of sovereignty, he asserted. On their part, the Rengma leaders assured that ACAUT’s concern would be taken to the Rengma people. RVCCF leaders averred that taxation should not be forced upon the villages by any factions and if so, it’ll be against the will of the Rengma people. The village leaders also complained that MNREGA fund is not being properly sanctioned for the villages. A village chairman also complained that most of the tribal Hoho and church leaders in Nagaland have been bought over by Bolero vehicles gifted by Ministers or are under the monetary influence of politicians and thus corrupted. The ACAUT is grateful to the people of these districts for welcoming ACAUT enthusiastically into their midst. During the course of our tour, every arrangement was made for our comfortable stay and special appreciation may be made to the Chamber of Commerce of all the districts. Issued by Media Cell, ACAUT Nagaland
ASU raises environmental concerns Morung Express News Dimapur | April 5
Taking a serious note of the “senseless jungle burning and rapid destruction of forest” in Angami areas, the Angami Students’ Union (ASU) has resolved to protect nature by sensitizing the people on the need to preserve the environment. This was resolved during the 2nd Presidential Council Meeting of the ASU units held at Chumoukedima Village Council Hall on Saturday. Informing media persons on the outcome of the meeting, ASU president, Zakie Khate said the
ASU office bearers, its constituent units and NIT officials at NIT Campus Chumukedima on Saturday. (Morung photo)
various constituent units have been tasked to go back to their areas, and sensitize and create awareness among the public to desist from “thoughtless felling of trees.” He said the ASU is aware that it cannot fully stop the public from felling
KV Pusa assures to work for welfare of eastern Nagaland
Independent MLA Thomas bats for Rio SaNiS (WoKha), april 5 (mExN): Chairman, Nagaland State Mineral Development Corporation (NSMDC) and Independent MLA, Thomas Lotha, has made a strong appeal to his party supporters and electorate of 39 Sanis A/C to vote for DAN consensus candidate and chief minister, Neiphiu Rio, in the ensuing election to the state’s lone Lok Sabha seat slated for April 9. At an election rally in favour of DAN consensus candidate organized by Independent Party at Sanis Zero Point on Saturday, Thomas who represents 39 Sanis A/C, described Rio as one of the tallest leaders not only in Nagaland but entire North East Region and that Rio’s entry in the parliament would be an
ment One Tax” with all the 37 villages in Longleng district. Very importantly, the Phom leaders suggested that no village councils and tribal hohos should give “Recommendation letter” to any individuals seeking to join the UG factions as such contradicts the principle of One Government One Tax. Mokokchung District: The public meeting in Mokokchung was organised by MCCI under the aegis of Ao Senden 26th March and the main speaker was Khekiye K Sema, IAS (retd). The AKM, Watsu Mundang, officials of the 6 Ao ranges, officials of 20 odd Ao villages, the apex Ao youth organisation, GBs, Colony ward chairmen, Church leaders, business community and the general public attended the meeting. The President of Ao Senden, Prof. Sangyu Yaden opined that ACAUT should be transparent in its dealings and appreciated the movement against unabated taxation. The President of Watsu Mundang as well as the General Secretary of the AKM extended the full support of the organisations towards the movement. Later, in the interactive session, ACAUT Nagaland clarified that MCCI members giving tax to one faction is not in consonant with One Government One Tax policy. Rather, such is an encouragement of one faction over the others or propagating factionalism in the movement. The leaders of Mokokchung promised to take up the issue of One Government One Tax at an appropriate time. The MCCI expressed concern that government agencies like police, veterinary, Forest and Excise department collect tax at the gates and other locations too. A very serious allegation of misconduct was shared where Excise personnel harass truck drivers to declare every consignment in the truck item wise if traders refuse to pay up. It was also learnt that Forest personnel collect money from shops which is clearly illegal. The Confederation of Indian
Kohima, april 5 (mExN): Addressing his last leg of election rallies in Mon and Tizit, Congress candidate KV Pusa today assured people of eastern Nagaland that he would work for their interest so they could come at par with other communities in the state. He stated “indignation” of the people of Eastern Nagaland People’s Organisation (ENPO) was due to “step-motherly” treatment by the state government despite huge amount being pumped in the four districts - Longleng, Mon, Kiphire and Tuensang. “I will work for your welfare therefore elect me to represent you,” he pleaded. Asserting that successive Congress had performed well for the people of eastern Nagaland, but for the last 11 years of NPF led DAN government, people have been left to their own fate and development has come to a standstill, Pusa urged the people not to succumb to “false promises” of NPF. Pusa further stated that the gap between haves and have-nots in the state has been increasing at an alarming rate because of corruption. But, he assured equal distribution of funds and development if people send him to Delhi, while expressing confidence that Congress led UPA would come to power again at the centre. He also highlighted how public funds were pocketed
by NPF MPs during the last 10 years. Pusa cited that document obtained through RTI had revealed total misuse of Member of Parliament Local Area Development Scheme, but so far, neither the two MPs - CM Chang (Lok Sabha) and Khekiho Zhimomi (Rajya Sabha) nor the state government have reacted to the document. Pusa further underscored the “dismal” condition of schools, health centres, irregular power and water supplies, bad road condition, misuse of midday meal, government passing a resolution not to grant 33% reservation to women in the assembly, non-regularization of thousands of workcharged government employees, forced retirement to thousands of employees etc. He accused DAN government of failing in all fronts. He blamed the state government for the backwardness of the four eastern districts despite centre being "generous" to sanction funds for the development and welfare of the people. Stating that the Congress is a pro-people party which did not neglect the four districts during its rule, Pusa asked the people not to vote for NPF candidate Neiphiu Rio “who is hand in glove with a communal party like BJP which is all out to wipe out minorities like Christians from the country.” “Voting for Rio is voting for a communal party,” Pusa stated.
trees, but the Union wanted to bring down the rate of deforestation to a minimum. “Such senseless acts are causing a huge environmental impact and we need to stop random jungle burning,” Khate said. ASU also reminded the
State Education Department on the representation submitted with regard to non-detention policy under RTE. Khate said ASU was awaiting a written reply from the Department to look into the matter. In the representation, ASU had
also suggested that RMSA and SSA schemes should cover private institutions. Another point raised by the ASU was to include topics on Naga history, political, social and economic aspects in the school curriculum. ASU appealed the Education Department to treat this news publication as a reminder of the representation it submitted earlier. After the presidential council meeting, ASU members visited the NIT Campus at Chumoukedima and interacted with the NIT officials who apprised them of the various working systems of the institution.
NagalaNd lok Sabha PollS 2014 One Man, One Vote Additional Secretary (BA) & ARO, Nagaland Parliamentary election 2014, L. Imsong, has directed the DCs/ADCs and DEOs of various districts of Nagaland, to notify all the electors about their right to vote as provided under Section 62 of the Representation of the People’s Act, 1951: 1. No person who is not, and except as expressly provided by this Act, every person who is, for the time being entered in the electoral roll of any constituency shall be entitled to vote in that constituency. 2. No person shall vote at an election in any constituency if he is subject to any of the disqualifications referred to in Section 16 of the Representation of the Peoples Act, 1950 (43 of 1950). 3. No person shall vote at a general election in more than one constituency of the same class, and if a person votes in more than one such constituency, his votes in all such constituencies shall be void. 4. No person shall at any election vote in the same constituency more than once, notwithstanding that his name may have been registered in the electoral roll for that constituency more than once, and if he does so vote, all his votes in that constituency shall be void. 5. No person shall vote at any election if he is confined in a prison, whether under a sentence of imprison-
ment or transportation or otherwise, or is in the lawful custody of the police: Provided that nothing in this sub-section shall apply to a person subjected to preventive detention under any law for the time being in force. 6. Nothing contained in subsection (3) and (4) shall apply to a person who has been authorised to vote as proxy for an elector under this Act in so far as he votes as a proxy for such elector. Example Service voter who have opted for proxy voting and classified as 'Classified Service Voters'.
personnel including fourth grade staff have been directed to reach the said venue on time. He also informed the entire requisitioned vehicle under 13-Pughoboto Assembly Constituency to submit their vehicles on April 7 at 10:00 am at Pughoboto public ground, failing which, stern action shall be taken as per the Representation of the People’s Act 1951. Mon district gears up for election The final phase of training for all polling personnel of Mon district was held on April 4. DC Angau I. Thou emphasized on ‘One Man One Vote’ and ending proxy voting. She said polling personnel have every right to deny casting of proxy voting and directed them to strictly implement one man one vote. As part of the SVEEP awareness campaign, the Department of Information & Public Relations led by DPRO, Mon will also be screening short documentaries film on “My Vote is Precious & My Vote makes my Future” at Goching, Chi, Leangha and Totok village.
DC Peren informs on EDC DC & District Election Officer Peren, Peter Lichamo has informed all who have applied for EDC (Election duty certificate) under Peren district that EDCs will be issued during the third phase of training on April 7 at town hall, Peren. All concerned have been requested to produce their appointment order and appropriate photo ID card during collection. Police personnel have been informed to collect their EDCs from the Nodal Officer Final phase of training at for Police, Addl. SP Peren. Zunheboto The 3rd and final phase Final training for polling of training for polling offipersonnel of Pughoboto cials of Zunheboto was held ADC and Assistant Re- at District Cultural hall, Zunturning Officer Pughoboto heboto on April 4 and 5. On has reminded that the 3rd April 4, the training was held phase and final training for for Presiding officers and 1st polling personnel will be polling officers and on April held on April 7 at 10:30 am 5, for 2nd Polling and 3rd onwards at the ADC Office, polling officers. (DIPR News) Pughoboto. All the polling
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Sunday 6 april 2014
THE MORUNG EXPRESS
Himalayan glacier error was 'really serious', admits climate panel India's climate disaster in the making A Pallava Bagla
Dinesh C Sharma
he latest report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has once again brought forth the reality about climate change. Compared to earlier reports, the evidence presented is robust since it is based on a larger body of scientific, technical and socioeconomic evidence of climate change. The evidence of climate change impacts is "strongest and most comprehensive" for natural systems such as glaciers and oceans. The impact is already visible on agricultural crops. Based on many studies covering a wide range of regions and crops, the panel has concluded that negative impacts of climate change on crop yields have been more common. Climate change has negatively affected wheat and maize yields for many regions, while rice yields have been affected to a lesser extent. Human health too is getting impacted. Local changes in temperature and rainfall have altered distribution of some water-borne illnesses and disease vectors such as mosquitoes.
It is difficult for global reports such as those prepared by the IPCC to assess or predict the impact of climate change at a country level, as these reports largely rely on work done in several countries and regions. Nevertheless, they serve as important indicators of the changing climate and its impact on our lives. The unseasonal rains and freak hailstorms that lashed many parts of the country this past month have left a trail of destruction and loss of human lives. Sudden loss of standing crops has led many farmers to end their lives in Maharashtra and Madhya Pradesh. While it may take some time for scientists to analyse these events and tell us if they are part of a pattern of freak incidents, such incidents definitely fall in the category of "extreme weather events" whose frequency was predicted to go up due to climate change. The objective of IPCC reports is to alert policymakers and politicians and prod them into action. Unfortunately, politicians are not paying any heed to warnings coming from scientists.
India had prepared a National Climate Change Action Plan five years ago, but there has been little action on the ground. Several missions were planned under this action plan, but work is just beginning on some of them. For instance, the mission on sustainable Himalayan ecology was sanctioned just a couple of months ago. This mission is very critical as nearly one dozen Indian states fall in the Himalayan region, a large number of people live in this region and a bulk of Indian landmass is fed by Himalayan rivers. Besides the national action plan, every state is supposed to initiate its own climate change plan. If we are unable to take any steps to prevent climate change – such as reducing emissions of heattrapping gases - we can at least prepare ourselves to mitigate and adapt to impacts of climate change. Let's not wait till catastrophic impacts start unfolding. Climate sceptics - funded by fossil fuel lobbies - will continue to deny or seek to dilute impacts of climate change, but this is not going to change the situation on the ground.
midst the doomsday scenario pres e nt e d by t h e United Nations panel on climate change, there is one silver lining. The glaciers in the Himalayas are not disappearing for at least a couple of centuries. The billion plus people who inhabit the fertile flood plains of the Ganga, Indus and Brahmaputra can breathe easy that the rivers which nurture them are not drying up anytime soon. The Inter-governmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) had in 2007 asserted that the glaciers in the high Himalayas, also called the "third pole," would disappear by 2035. Now, in its latest report released in Yokohama, Japan on Monday, March 31, it said, "it is virtually certain that these projections (the current glacier melt rates) are more reliable than an earlier ERRONEOUS assessment of complete disappearance by 2035." What a climb down. From the highly alarmist prediction that the Himalayan glaciers would melt in another 11 years, to acknowledging that they will be around for much longer than our lifetimes. I am not a climate change denialist, but am certain-
ly against the trumpeting of exaggerated claims made only on the basis of extrapolation of mathematical models. The 2007 error, which has come to be known as the 'Himalayan Blunder or Glacier-gate,' has badly tarnished the reputation of the Nobel Peace Prize winning IPCC, which has 2500 of the world's best climate scientists. Now, Chris Field, the lead scientist for yesterday's report acknowledges that the Himalayan glacier error was "really serious". According to the French news agency, Agence France Presse or AFP, in the massive Fifth Assessment Report on
climate impacts the IPCC said Himalayan glaciers would shrink by 45 per cent by 2100, if the Earth's average surface temperature rose by 1.8 degrees Celsius. In a far warmer scenario of a 3.7 degree C rise in temperature, the reduction would be 68 per cent. Field says "we've tried to double check and triple check and quadruple check everything in this report." For its 2007 assessment, the IPCC had relied on unpublished grey literature to assert, that Himalayan glaciers "are receding faster than in any other part of the world and, if the present rate continues, the likelihood of them
disappearing by the year 2035 and perhaps sooner is very high if the Earth keeps warming at the current rate." In 2009, I began an investigation into the UN panel's claims on the state of glaciers in the Himalayas. That was a heady time for climate change, all eyes were on the Copenhagen climate summit and even to research a story that challenged the claims of that "holy cow" of climate change, the IPCC, was tough. I had heard subdued murmurs since 2007 that IPCC's Himalayan glacier claim was absurd, but like glaciers, glaciologists also move slowly in publishing their results and it
was an explosive Indian government report that provided a peg to hang the story I had been researching for almost two years, on. In 2009, then India's Environment Minister Jairam Ramesh released a study on Himalayan glaciers that suggested that they may be not melting as much due to global warming as it was widely feared. Jairam accused the IPCC of being "alarmist" and he told Science, "we don't need to write the epitaph for the glaciers, but we need a concentrated scientific and policy focus on the Himalayan ecosystem since the truth is incredibly complex."
Ten ways in which global warming will hit india Of Climate and
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he latest report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) says countries like India will have a high degree of vulnerability and exposure to global warming which will likely slow economic growth, impact health and development and erode food security. Here are 10 ways in which IPCC scientists say climate change will hit India.
ization, environmental degradation and HIV/AIDS, as has been shown in Tanzania, Ghana, South Africa, Malawi, Kenya Nayan Chanda and India. Economic diversity of farming very few years, democracies get a chance to choohouseholds within communities, in terms se policy options on critical issues and elect leadof farm and household size, crop choices ers to implement those policies. To judge by all and input use, will be important in deterthe noisy television debates, acres of news reports mining the impact of climate change, as will social relations within households and hundreds of rallies now in progress in India leading up to the April-May elections, a vital topic is not on that affect production. the agenda: environment. Unlike the 2009 elections, held a few months before the Copenhagen UN Climate 7. Tourism and recreation One study combines a meteorologi- Change conference, when all the major parties highcal indicator of exposure with indica- lighted their strategy to deal with climate change, the tors of sensitivity and adaptive capacity, subject is absent this year. This lack of concern misses and uses this to rank the vulnerability an opportunity for a national conversation on a subject of beach tourism in 51 countries. India that underpins all economic policies. This is ironic. The impact of climate change has become more urstands out as the most vulnerable and gent and definitely more evident than it was five years Cyprus as the least vulnerable. earlier. The intensity of extreme climate events has steadily grown — from unprecedented drought in some 8. Human health Extra costs will be incurred for treat- parts of the world to record rainfall and blizzard in othing additional cases of diarrhoea and ers. In order to sound alarm bells for the general public, malaria in India in 2030, depending on the world’s largest scientific organisation, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, has issued how greatly CO2 emissions rise. a sharp report on the “rising threat of climate change.” It says: “people [should] understand what we know: hu9. Labour productivity Higher temperatures are likely to im- man-caused climate change is happening, we face risks pact work productivity, particularly in of abrupt, unpredictable and potentially irreversible tropical and mid-latitude regions includ- changes, and responding now will lower the risk and ing India, Northern Australia, Southeast- cost of taking action.” While a particular climatic event cannot be definitively attributed to global warming, the ern USA. report made it clear that recent extreme events were likely related to rising temperatures caused by humans. 10. Droughts and floods Last year’s monstrous cyclone Phailin that took 60 More droughts and floods will intensify the pressure to send children out to lives and caused damages worth $4.15 billion in agwork, impacting their education. Indian riculture and power sectors in India, was a recent rewomen born during a drought or flood in minder of the growing threat. Extreme events aside, the 1970s were 19 percent less likely ever there is now a large enough body of studies predicting that with a 2 degree Celsius rise in temperature by 2030, to attend primary school than women of there will be significant shortfalls in rice and coarse cethe same age who were not affected by reals production in large parts of India. Already, parts of natural disasters. Studies in India have the country are reeling under power and water shortidentified temporary migration as "the ages (according to the WHO, 97 million Indians don’t most important" coping strategy in times have access to safe water ) and that situation is going to of drought in rural villages. worsen as water tables retreat and rising temperature
1. More severe cyclones hitting densely packed cities The five most populous nations occupying low-lying coastal areas are developing and newly industrialised countries: Bangladesh, China, Vietnam, India and Indonesia Tropical cyclones will cause powerful winds, torrential rains, high waves and storm surge, all of which can have major impacts on society and ecosystems. Bangladesh and India account for 86 percent of deaths from tropi- have led to changes in the behaviour of fish species in the River Ganga. As a recal cyclones. sult, less fish spawn is available for aquaculture in the river Ganga, but the breed2. Lower crop yields A rise in the amount of ozone in the ing period of carp has been brought troposphere, the lower atmosphere, forward and extended. since pre-industrial times has probably reduced global yields of major crops, by 4. Less water, more about 10 percent for wheat and soybean energy consumption Due to water shortages, water may and three to five percent for maize and rice, compared with what they would require significant amounts of energy have been without such a rise. Impacts for lifting, transport and distribution are most severe in India and China, but and for the treatment needed to use are also evident for soybean and maize in it or rid it of pollution. Groundwater accounts for 35 percent of total global the United States. water withdrawal and its use is gener3. Changes in breeding of river species ally more energy intensive than that of It is fairly clear that in India, changes surface water, irrigated food producin a number of climate variables includ- tion being the largest user. In India, ing a rise in air temperature, regional 19 percent of total electricity use in monsoon variation and a regional in- 2012 was for farming, much of this for crease in the frequency of severe storms, groundwater pumping.
5. Higher temperatures in cities Some Indian cities that are particularly large and crowded will become Urban Heat Islands, markedly warmer than the surrounding countryside, as a result of climate change. The current trend of increasingly frequent extreme events is expected to increase with climate change. Some urban centres serving prosperous farming regions are particularly sensitive to climate change if water supply or particular crops are at risk. Urban centres that are major tourism destinations may suffer when the weather becomes stormy or excessively hot, leading to a loss of revenue. 6. Livelihood pressures in rural areas Climate variability and change interacts with, and sometimes adds to, existing pressures on living and working in rural areas, affecting economic policy, global-
Adaptation only works alongside carbon cuts: Rajendra Pachauri Chair of UN’s IPCC science panel tells RTCC calls to focus exclusively on coping with climate change are misplaced
igher seas and more floods and heat waves will overwhelm efforts to prepare for climate change without early cuts in emissions of greenhouse gases, the head of a UN panel of scientists told RTCC. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) found that climate impacts were already “widespread with real consequences” and would become severe if emissions continued at high levels, in a report published on Monday. Some climate impacts could be managed, with steps such as selective crop breeding
to withstand higher temperatures, and strengthened coastal defences to prepare for sea level rise and bigger storms. Scope for such adaptations will diminish if warming continues, however, meaning it was a mistake to portray them as alternatives, said Rajendra Pachauri, head of the IPCC. “Adaption alone is not going to solve to the problem and we need mitigation at the global level,” he said. “The sooner you start mitigating the easier it is to adapt. Clearly we could get closer and closer to tipping points and thresholds which would make adaptation totally impossible beyond that stage.” One example was the difficulty of safeguarding low-lying islands from large sea level rise as a result of an irreversible melting of ice sheets. “You don’t want to experience going through those tipping points, you don’t even want to get close to them,” Pachauri said.
Deaths The world needed to consider the human consequences of climate change, especially for the world’s most vulnerable people, when deciding how urgently to cut emissions. He said monetary estimates of the damage from climate change were not sufficient, making a comparison with the loss of life from a plane crash. “If you look at a jet plane crashing with say 200 or 250 passengers on it, there is of course the monetary value on all that is lost, but the world wakes up when something like that happens simply because lives are lost, and I think policymakers have to look at both the human as well as economic dimensions of this challenge.” “To confine considerations only to economic estimates would be very limiting. We have to train our decision making, to focus on some of these human and social aspects of the impacts
of climate change. Otherwise I am afraid we could have very serious consequences which are already in some sense appearing as reality.” The IPCC’s report on climate impacts on Monday was the second in a three-part series documenting the problem of climate change. The panel publishes its findings once every six or seven years. The latest report on impacts went beyond previous assessments, Pachauri said. The panel now had “more daunting” projections of sea level rise. And it had a higher confidence in impacts on agriculture. “Clearly the overwhelming majority towards the end of the century is for a very substantial reduction in yields,” said Pachauri, referring to more than 1,000 studies of projections for changes in crop yields across the globe.
whether he would be invited to present the IPCC findings to a United Nations General Assembly conference of world leaders on climate change in September. The U.N.’s Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has convened the climate summit in advance of a conference next year in Paris, where world governments are due to agree targets to curb emissions from 2020. “I would hope that the major findings of the three working group reports will in some form be presented to the leaders that are gathered. They must realise the scientific urgency of taking action. It’s only when they are sensitised to this reality that they would go and instruct their officials to do something in the negotiations.” “I am not too sure about the format and structure of that General Assembly meeting. But if asked, I would be Pachauri was unaware of very happy to do that.”
dries up the Himalayan ice pack and riverbeds. The Water Resources Group estimates that by 2030, demand for water in India will outstrip supply by as much as 50 per cent. It is perhaps understandable that topics like climate change do not appeal to voters, especially in an election year when they are eager to see an end to corruption as well as economic growth and jobs. Politicians trying to garner votes will promise free or cheap water and electricity and blazing economic growth by promoting investment and cutting regulations. Unless politicians accept the need for sustainable development and measures to adapt and mitigate the threat of climate change they are putting in peril the future of the very electorate they are wooing — the youth. Responsible politicians should be aware of the cost of some of the goodies dangled before the electorate. While subsidised water for the poor can be justified, promise of free water would lead to harmful wastage. In their zeal to cut bureaucracy, politicians should not ignore the importance of environmental regulations to protect ecology. Outlining his economic vision BJP’s Narendra Modi said in passing that “bio & environment technologies must be evolved for future growth”. Greater emphasis requires to be placed on the need to wean India off the polluting coal — India is currently the world’s third-largest emitter of greenhouse gases. A recent Yale University national survey of 4,031 Indian adults found that 54 per cent wanted India to make a large or at the least a moderate scale effort to reduce global warming. A national conversation on the subject, especially before the general election, would have been more effective in defining India’s mission than an opinion survey.
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Supernatural Encounters: Smelling the fragrance of God
s I pen a prophetic devotional that will be released early next year, I’ve been spending hours upon hours in worship and prayer. The Holy Spirit has been speaking life-changing words to me that I believe will also be life-changing for those who read them in the years to come. The Holy Spirit’s words bring life, renew our minds to His way of thinking, and reveal His loving heart to us. Deep worship, abandonment and surrender—a willingness to yield to His every movement as you listen for the sound of His heart—ushers you into the Holy Spirit’s presence in a magnificent way. Sometimes you can even smell His fragrance. I’ve experienced the fragrance of God a few times, but never as strongly as this morning. I want to share with you what Scripture says about these supernatural experiences.
The Fragrance of His Knowledge Paul the apostle understood the sweet smell of victory—literally. When we follow the Holy Spirit no matter where He leads us, He will give us fresh power to be His witness and through us diffuse “the fragrance of His knowledge in every place. For we are to God the fragrance of Christ among those who are being saved and among those who are perishing” (2 Cor. 2:14). We may offer a repulsive smell to those who refuse Christ, but those who are seeking Him will smell His life upon our garments. The Fragrance of His Love When we walk in love, we give off His scent. God is love, and when we abide in Him, we will smell like Him. Inspired by the Holy Spirit, Paul wrote, “Therefore be imitators of God as dear children. And walk in love, as Christ also has loved us and given Himself for us, an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweet-smelling aroma” (Eph. 5:1-2).
His Name Is Like a Perfume In Song of Solomon, the Shulamite woman declares that God’s love is better than wine: “Because of the fragrance of your good ointments, Your name is ointment poured forth” (Song 1:3-4). Where the name of Jesus is exalted in adoration, the stage is set for you to enter into a se- The Fragrance of the Anointing cret place in which you smell that anointI’ve been reading about the Levitical ed ointment that’s poured fourth in your priesthood this year. Most of it reminds midst. me how grateful I am that Jesus went to
the cross and we have relationship rather than rules that allow us to find forgiveness of sin, approach His throne and fellowship with Him freely. But I appreciated the passages about the anointing oil, which was fragrant— and unique. Exodus 30:23-25 instructs, “Also take for yourself quality spices— five hundred shekels of liquid myrrh, half as much sweet-smelling cinnamon (two hundred and fifty shekels), two hundred and fifty shekels of sweet-smelling cane, five hundred shekels of cassia, according to the shekel of the sanctuary, and a hin of olive oil. And you shall make from these a holy anointing oil, an ointment compounded according to the art of the perfumer. It shall be a holy anointing oil.” The blend of herbs was used for the anointing oil and only the anointing oil. This was a type of the anointing of the Holy Spirit. A.W. Tozer, a 20th-century pastor, preacher, author, magazine editor and spiritual mentor to many, put it this way: “The fragrance of the anointing oil was unique. If someone went near an Old Testament priest, he could say immediately, ‘I smell an anointed man. I
smell the holy oil!’ The aroma, the pungency, the fragrance were there. Such an anointing could not be kept a secret.” The Anointing Abides Of course, if you are born again, the anointing abides: “But the anointing which you have received from Him abides in you, and you do not need that anyone teach you; but as the same anointing teaches you concerning all things, and is true, and is not a lie, and just as it has taught you, you will abide in Him” (1 John 2:27). This is true, and yet there is a another experience of the anointing—that fragrance of God, the sweet-smelling aroma of His presence. One way to get to that place is through deep worship, opening your heart up completely to Him, asking for nothing and ready to receive anything He might offer, and pursuing His heart with all of your heart. In the end, there’s no formula for entering into a place where the fragrance of God manifests. And that should not be our goal in intimacy, but oh, how sweet it is when He chooses to allow us to smell the fragrance of His knowledge, the fragrance of His love, the fragrance of His anointing! And if we’ll embrace that moment and allow that anointing to rest upon us, we’ll come out with a fragrance that will attract others to His heart. Amen. Jennifer LeClaire is news editor at Charisma. She is also the author of several books, including The Making of a Prophet.
Don’t Just Pray— Become a PRAYING Church
ost churches pray, but not all are praying churches. Most churches pause during their gatherings to pray, sometimes out of ritual, but certainly out of sincerity. But, how does a church make the leap to become a praying church, where prayer is the engine and fuel behind every spiritual advancement? 1. Prayer is modeled. Prayer is caught more than taught. Praying pastors model a prayerful life and those that are influenced by them tend to lead a prayerful life of their own. We just started 21 days of prayer and fasting with prayer meetings happening 24 hours a day. I am leading many of these meetings because I really do believe it is powerful when two or more gather to pray in unity. 2. Prayer is first. In a praying church, the first response to any difficult situation is to pray. When there is still
no solution, the answer is to pray again. Repeat as needed. 3. Prayer is proactive. When Jesus taught his disciples to pray, he told them to first ask for God’s Kingdom to come to the earth. Later in the prayer, he told them to ask for daily bread. It is true that the most attended prayer services are normally after a national or local crisis and that is certainly warranted. However, we should be proactive in our prayers, asking now for the Kingdom to come. 4. Prayer is the assignment. In Eugene Peterson’s classic book, Working the Angles, he writes that many church members make it difficult for pastors to spend unhurried time in prayer. It is easier to point to new buildings, compelling sermons and increased attendance as signs of their success. Instead, a praying church sees prayer as the primary assignment of their leaders. 5. Prayer is worship and worship is prayer. A praying church prays with a singing voice. Their songs are anthems, prophetic declarations and pronouncements of faith. We sing as we pray and we pray as we sing. A praying church believes in the power of words spoken and words sung. They believe God hears all of it and responds to all of us. Brady Boyd Brady is the Lead Pastor of New Life Church in Colorado Springs, CO. He is married to his college sweetheart, Pam and is the dad to great kids named Abram and Callie. He just wrote a book called "Fear No Evil" and he's really serious about caring for the people of Colorado Springs by opening numerous Dream Centers.
Skillet’s Heart: Reaching the ‘Unreachables’ Trevor Freeze t was an epic battle, between John Cooper and his mother. Cooper, the frontman of Skillet, was only a fifth-grader, but his friend kept talking up this new edgy band that he really should listen to. You’ll love it, he kept hearing. But his mom wasn’t having it. Or his dad, for that matter. “I couldn’t understand why they didn’t want me listening to Metallica,” said Cooper, a believer in Christ since the age of 5. “They wanted to do what was right. They believed rock and roll was evil. Drums were evil. Wearing black was evil. I was really bummed.” Cooper was a music junky. He blames his mother, who taught him to play piano at an early age, but raised in an ultra-conservative Christian home, there was no room for Metallica or even Michael Jackson. Until Cooper found what he thought was a heavy-metal loophole. “My friend said there’s this Christian band called Petra; your parents will love it,” Cooper told the BGEA. “Turns out, they didn’t love it.” And turns out, it was a defining moment in the relationship with his mother. “I fought and fought and fought,” Cooper said. “Finally, my mom said, ‘OK, I’ll take you to the show myself. And when they start praying to the devil, we’re leaving.’ “We went to the show and she became a big Petra fan. The presence of God was there. And she got it. “That was kind of my first breakthrough in the hope that I could do Christian music someday.”
‘Always talking about Jesus’ It’s been more than two decades since Cooper, at age 14, lost his mother to cancer. But he’ll be the first to tell you those early formidable years played a huge role in being able to use his musical talents for the Lord. “I had a huge hatred against legalism,” Cooper said. “That is why I am who I am today.” And in many ways it’s why Skillet is the band it is today. No, it’s not your father’s Christian band. Or in Cooper’s case, not your mother’s, either. But underneath the hard guitar rifts, eye makeup and massive pyro show, there’s a heart that loves Jesus and is certainly not ashamed of the Gospel. “We’re always talking about Jesus at our shows,” Cooper said. “It doesn’t
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matter who we’re playing with.” And Skillet‘s songs have reached non-believers in some of the most bizarre ways. One in particular comes to mind, a husband and wife who were filmmakers in the pornography industry, who heard Skillet‘s song “Hero” on an NFL promo. The husband liked it so much he did a little research. After finding Skillet‘s website, and other interviews about what the band is all about, they took in a show to see if Skillet was for real. There, they both heard about Jesus and accepted Christ. “So they were saved and they got out of that industry and have gotten into church,” Cooper said. “It’s something only God can do. And we are so honored He is using our music to do it.” ‘There’s nothing like it’ When they talk about crossover bands—those who have strong fan bases in both the secular and Christian worlds—none may be more popular than Skillet and its dedicated “Panheads.” In fact, only three bands hit the prestigious Platinum mark in 2012 (selling more than 1 million albums) — Mumford and Sons, The Black Keys, and Skillet for “Awake.” “Are we a Christian band?” Cooper repeats the question. “Well, yes, but not in a classic sense. We sing songs outside of Christian issues. “We sing about love, about life. And because of that, we’re hard to define. But, yes, we are a Christian band.” Skillet‘s summer tour lineup is about as diverse as the band itself: They’ll play secular events like SummerFest in Milwaukee and MusikFest in Philly, but in between they’ll hit Christian cornerstone events like Creation East and SoulFest. Cooper is amazed at how God has opened doors to open for some of the world’s heaviest bands — where many will get pelted with beer bottles — yet they continue to “proclaim Jesus.” The reaction from the secular music world has borderline shocked Cooper. Many have asked for prayer after shows; some have event accepted Christ, eventually changing lifestyles and even removed swear words from their lyrics. “Skillet has been very serious about not just playing our music and saying no to alcohol and drugs, but we’re very serious about proclaiming Jesus from the stage,” Cooper said. “It’s definitely leading to fruit.”
A personal highlight for Cooper has been playing at the Franklin Graham “Rock the River” events the past several years. “There’s nothing really comparable,” he said about playing the BGEA outreach events. “I was shocked when they asked us. But I love it and I’m proud to be a part of it.” His voice pauses for a second, as he recounts standing on stage after his set is over, supporting Franklin Graham, who gives thousands an invitation to surrender their lives to the Lord. “To see those young kids with Skillet shirts on raise their hands and give their lives to Christ,” Cooper said, “there’s nothing like it.” Reaching the ‘Unreachables’ Officially, Skillet is comprised mainly of John Cooper, his wife Korey (guitar, keyboard), Jen Ledger (drums) and Seth Morrison (guitar). But name recognition isn’t what this band is about. Skillet is on a mission to reach the lost — ”the unreachables of the world.” “It has been thrilling because I love evangelism,” Cooper said. “I think Skillet has begun to write songs we can all relate to, not just Christian people. “I kind of look at it the way Jesus wrote the parables. I’ve been a Christian since I was 5, and still when I read Jesus’ words I sometimes wonder why He wasn’t more clear about what he was talking about. Sometimes you have to dig in and watch it rise.” And “Rise” happens to be the title of Skillet‘s ninth album which dropped on June 25. It’s their first full-length “concept” album. “It’s basically about your typical American teenager coming into adulthood and being faced with how terrible the world is,” Cooper said. “The gigantic world problems — school shootings and bombings and flooding and depression.” One of the early tracks, “Sick of It,” is the lead single, but as the album progresses, songs like “Salvation” and “My Religion” and “What I Believe” complete the Gospel message. “‘My Religion’ is kind of boiling down what your faith is,” said Cooper, who wrote 72 songs for the 12-song album. “Your faith in Christ is not about dressing nice and smelling nice, the pews and the stained glass at church. “It’s about a relationship with Christ”
‘You shall not take the Lord’s name in vain’
t is amazing how intricate the human body is. God did this; He created us in His image. In so doing, He made us to look like Him, to love like Him and to live with Him. No wonder the Psalmist said, “I praise You because I am fearfully and wonderfully made” (Psalm 139:14). When Adam and Eve sinned against God, this beautiful fusion between God and His prime creation was shattered. People could no longer look like God, love like God or live with God. This is why the love of God in Christ Jesus is so wonderful. Jesus Christ came to this earth and gave His life so that all who believe in His name would once again be able to look like God, to love like God and to live with God forever. And so it is with the tongue. What a small instrument it is compared to the rest of our bodies, but as James 3 tells us, how great a fire can be set ablaze by the words it produces! When God spoke the commandment, “You shall not take the name of the Lord your God in vain, for the Lord will not hold him guiltless who takes His name in vain” (Exodus 20:7, NKJV), He was issuing a very serious warning to all people who in any way misuse His name. Of all the synonyms associated with the taking of God’s name in vain, the one most closely identified is blaspheme. Some others include curse, abuse, profane, desecrate and revile. The bottom line is still the bottom line: God is making it very clear that blasphemy is the use of His name in any way other than to glorify Him alone! This means we can blaspheme by speaking God’s name irreverently and by using God’s name unlovingly. One can hardly watch a movie these days without hearing God’s name or the name of the Lord Jesus used in this manner. I watched a supposed family movie recently and was once again treated to the repeated use of Jesus’ name as a curse word. Many in our world don’t even think about it anymore. God’s name is used to “inform” Him just how hot the weather is, and by athletes to describe how well they have just run or hit the ball. Beauty pageant contestants cover their mouths in shock as results are announced and proceed to use God’s name to emphasize their joy and triumph. Live microphones catch well-known politicians exchanging ringing criticisms and endorsements accompanied by blasphemies of every kind. When God issued this commandment to Moses from the top of Mount Sinai, He was not making a suggestion that people merely “soften” or “ramp down” their use of His name in any way other than to glorify Him. He was letting them know just how serious this sin is. Blasphemy is no joke. When God’s name is evoked, this is not the time for a simple “Oops!” Remember, the Bible says He will not hold anyone guiltless who misuses His name. Perhaps the rampant disregard for the name of our heavenly Father is symptomatic of the serious spiritual condition we find ourselves in today. This is why we have so much hope in and through the Lord Jesus Christ. Taking the Lord’s name in vain is not the unpardonable sin any more than any of the other Ten Commandments are. This sin can be forgiven because the Lord Jesus Christ came and gave His life. This is exactly what the cross is about. Moses was the law-carrier. If you want Moses to run your life, you will be limited by the law instead of by God’s grace. Jesus Christ came not to do away with the law but to fulfill it. This is why it is imperative for you to repent of all sin and trust in Jesus Christ by faith. The name of God has everything to do with all that God is. When His name is pulled down into the mass of human society, everything pertaining to His unique and sovereign ability is devalued. Think about this for a minute. The Bible tells us in John’s Gospel that Jesus came in the Father’s name (John 5:43), that Jesus performs miracles in the Father’s name (John 10:25), that we can ask anything in His name (John 14:13), and that we are kept safe in His name (John 17:11). In Acts 4:12, we are reminded that there is no other name under Heaven whereby anyone can be saved, and in Philippians 2:10, the Apostle Paul reminds us that it is at the name of Jesus that every knee will bow and every tongue will confess that Jesus Christ is Lord. I have always believed this is the reason why everyone, from Hollywood to Wall Street, never uses as blasphemy the name of another person, president or prime minister, bishop, evangelist or religious leader from any religion near or far–only the Lord Jesus Christ. In a strange, reversed sort of way, every time I hear the name of Jesus used as a curse word, I think God is affirming the truth of His Word. He is using the very ones who defame and demean Him to demonstrate that He is the One who is “the way, the truth, and the life” (John 14:6, NKJV). This is what blasphemy does: First, it discredits God’s name. Remember, it was the Lord Jesus who taught us to say, “Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name” (Matthew 6:9, NKJV). Second, it denounces God’s character. In the Old Testament, God’s name was written only with consonants so that no one could pronounce it. If God’s name is unpronounceable, and His person is untouchable because of His holiness, how more so is His character unutterable? Third, the misuse of His name crucifies Jesus all over again. Blasphemers are simply allying themselves at the base of the cross alongside all who screamed at Him and demeaned Him. Fourth, it aligns blasphemers with Satan himself. The devil is the one who opposes God in every way and demands to spread the ultimate lie that Jesus is just another ordinary man who can be reviled and spat upon. Fifth, and most serious, blasphemy places a serious question mark on a person’s salvation. All of the commandments have to do with the heart. If our words are a reflection of what is in the heart, then surely a person who knows and loves our Savior cannot utter His name in such a manner. And, what if you do blaspheme? Here it is again– my hope, your hope, every person’s hope–Jesus Christ loves you. Here are three things you can do. First, look in. Examine your own heart before the Lord Jesus. Next, look out. When you do look out you will see that God is exactly who He says He is–in word, name and deed. And finally, look up. Look into His face and live. He loves you. He died for you. He wants to forgive you. There is hope.
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Sunday 6 April 2014
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Poll panel orders extra security for Hema, Nagma BJP could clinch election win: polls
luCKnOW, april 5 (ianS): Actor-turned-politician Hema Malini and Nagma contesting the Lok Sabha election from Uttar Pradesh, will be given special police protection, officials said on Saturday. Congress candidate Nagma contesting for Meerut seat, has been subjected to teasing on at least three occasions. Yester-
year ‘dream girl’ fighting on a BJP ticket from Mathura constituency, has also been facing trouble as people are trying to get scaringly close to her during the campaign, an official said. The decision to increase the security cover to the two film stars along with BJP leader Uma Bharti, contesting from Jhansi Lok Sabha constituency,
was taken at a meeting between the Election Commission and senior police officials, ahead of the April 10 polls for Uttar Pradesh’s 10 Lok Sabha seats. Instructions have also been issued to provide extra security to Begum Noor Bano, Congress candidate from Moradabad. Umesh Sinha, chief electoral officer said that while secu-
rity for all women and film star candidates has been increased, instructions have been issued to all the district authorities to book mischievous elements and take strict action against those who try to disturb the election process. “The poll panel wants a peaceful elections, where people cast their votes in large numbers freely and fairly,” Sinha said.
nEW dElhi, april 5 (rEuTErS): Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) of prime ministerial hopeful Narendra Modi and its allies are set to emerge as the biggest group in an election beginning on Monday, heralding the end of a 10-year reign of the ruling party, two opinion polls showed. In the last major poll, Modi’s BJP and its allies are forecast to win 38 percent of votes, news channel CNN-IBN and Lokniti at the Centre for the Study of Developing Societies said. Another private news channel NDVT forecast a 32.9 percent vote share for the BJP and its alliance partners. A BJP victory could have repercussions for Indian foreign policy. Aides of Modi, a Hindu nationalist, have said that if he becomes prime minister India will take a tougher line in territorial disputes with China and in its old rivalry with Pakistan. The last phase of voting will end on May 12 and results are due on May 16. The CNN-IBN and
Modi will become next PM: Lk advani
gandhinagar, april 5 (ianS): Former deputy prime minister and senior BJP leader LK Advani said Gujarat chief minister Narendra Modi will become the next prime minister of India. Senior BJP leader LK Advani on Saturday filed his nominations from the Gandhinagar Lok Sabha constituency in Gujarat. Advani was accompanied by BJP’s prime ministerial nominee Narendra Modi when he filed his papers. Advani was confident about the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) winning the Lok Sabha polls and said the next government will formed under the party’s leadership. “Modi will become the PM of the country,” Advani said while addressing the media in Gandhinagar. Advani said he never intended not to contest from Gujarat. He said the areas that is now Gujarat had given him shelter after the country’s partition in 1947. Lokniti poll gave 234 to 246 seats to the BJP combine -- the National Democratic Alliance (NDA), while NDTV has forecast 259 seats for the NDA. The ruling Congress-led United Progress Alliance (UPA) is expected to win 28 percent of votes, entitling them to between 111
and 123 seats, according to the CNN-IBN and Lokniti poll. The NDTV survey gives Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s UPA 26.9 percent of votes, resulting in 123 seats in parliament. The forecasts bring the NDA within striking distance of forming the next government by reaching
the halfway mark of 272 in 543 parliamentary constituencies. Both surveys covered more than 300 constituencies. While the NDTV poll has a margin of error of plus or minus 2 percent, the CNN-IBN and Lokniti survey does not cite a margin of error for its results. Modi, who has presided over rapid economic growth during more than 12 years as the chief minister of Gujarat state, has been wooing voters by pointing to his track record as a leader who cuts red tape and attracts investment. Singh’s government has been hampered by its economic record, particularly its failure to tackle rising prices and falling economic growth. India’s retail inflation has remained near 10 percent for the last three years, mainly driven by higher food prices. Growth has struggled at a decade-low of nearly 5 percent. But Modi’s image remains tarnished by communal riots in Gujarat 12 years ago when more than 1,000 people were killed, most of them Muslims.
Lok Sabha ELEction 2014 BJP defends Amit Shah’s ‘revenge’ remark, Cong and AAP seek action against him
nEW dElhi, april 5 (pTi): The BJP on Saturday defended Amit Shah’s controversial “revenge” remarks in Uttar Pradesh, saying he has captured the “mood of the nation” and was asking the people to vote for party and Narendra Modi. BJP spokeswoman Nirmala Sitharaman used the opportunity to drag Congress president Sonia Gandhi into the controversy over her appeal to shahi imam of Delhi’s Jama Masjid, contending that the attempt to polarize the elections had been initiated by the “socalled secular” party. “There has been lot of discussion on what Amit Shah has said in a public meeting in Muzaffarnagar. He actually captured the mood of nation,” Sitharaman said. Shah has reportedly said in a recent election meeting that “this election is about voting out the government that protects and gives compensation to those who killed jats. It is about badla (revenge) and protecting izzat (honour).” Sitharaman said, “He (Shah) suggested the people to vote for BJP and Modi. When you support BJP and Modi government will be formed in Delhi and the SP government will fall on its own.” Seeing nothing wrong in Shah’s remarks, BJP vicepresident and Muslim face Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi said,
“UP government has insulted the people there. It is not a question of Hindus and Muslims. Those who went there for secular tourism, they have insulted the people. Instead of putting balm on the wounds of the victims, they sprinkled salt. Revenge should be taken for this insult.” Seeking to drag the Congress president, Sitharaman said, “Sonia Gandhi also seeking vote on religious grounds. The attempt of polarizing the vote was initiated by the socalled secular parties. We see nothing wrong in Amit Shah’s statement.” She said even UP Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav has been heard seeking votes on caste base. “He has admitted in Assembly that more than 250 communal violence has been occurred in UP under his A homeless Indian sleeps at a bus stop with an advertisement urging citizens to vote in New Delhi on April 5. India will hold national elections from April 7 to May 12, kicking off a vote that many observers see as the most important election regime,” she added. in more than 30 years in the world’s largest democracy. (AP Photo)
Congress moves EC seeking Shah’s arrest
Meanwhile, the Congress on Saturday complained to the Election Commission against Amit Shah over his “provocative hate speech”, demanding that he be arrested and banned from campaigning for “creating animosity between communities” in riot-hit western UP. The party also demanded “stern action” against
BJP and its PM candidate Modi, including derecognition of the party, for the alleged violation of mode code of conduct. “BJP, Modi and Amit Shah are trying to replicate the politics of hatred and communal divide like what was done in 2002 in Gujarat,” AICC spokesman Randeep Surjewala said. In its complaint, the Congress quoted a media report and said that Shah has made a “provocative hate speech”
a former Miss india with an agenda for chandigarh Chandigarh, april 5 (ianS): Gul Panag may be new to politics but the former Miss India has already proved she is no pushover in the election for Chandigarh’s lone Lok Sabha seat. When Gul -- as she is widely known -entered politics as late as last month as the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) candidate, she had to hit the ground running. It was very much needed. Both her main opponents, from the BJP and the Congress, are older to her and more experienced, and they have the backing of the country’s two biggest political partties. The Bollywood actor says she wants people, especially the media, to take her role as a politician seriously. “I don’t want to be judged as an actor or a former Miss India. Look at my work and see what agenda I have for the future and then take a decision,” Gul, 35, tells voters in Chandigarh. She has been adhering to a 20-hour work schedule for the last over 20 days to establish herself politically in Chandigarh. Gul is fighting it out against outgoing MP and former union railway minister Pawan Bansal and the BJP’s Kirron Kher for the April 10 election here. Bansal, a fourtime MP, is facing three women candidates, including the Bahujan Samaj Party’s Jannat Jahan, in this election. He is also dogged by
the taint of “railgate” in which his nephew was caught by the CBI with Rs.90 lakh of bribe money in a cash-for-job scam. “Pawan Bansal has not done enough for Chandigarh in the last 15 years. If I am elected as MP, I intend to take up the fighting role as MP,” Gul, daughter of retired Lt. Gen H.S. Panag, told IANS here. “In Chandigarh, there are good policies but there is a lack of intent in implementing them... The system in Chandigarh is run by unelected people,” she pointed out. On her own agenda for Chandigarh, Gul has a lot to say. “This city has a clear divide of the elite sectors and others. We need to bring them at par in terms of development. Every part of Chandigarh should have a harmonious, inclusive growth. The citizens here need to be heard. Chandigarh has the potential to be a world class city,” Gul said. Starting her day early with visits to residential colonies and villages to listen to problems faced by the have-nots, Gul walks for most part of her daily campaign trail. She is accompanied by a small group of supporters and activists, mostly family members, friends and AAP volunteers. Once Chandigarh votes April 10, Gul has her work cut out. She will be campaigning for AAP candidates in Punjab and a few other places.
in a Muzaffarnagar village “to cause animosity between two communities, where communal violence had taken place recently and a large number of innocent persons were brutally killed.” The party said that “the memory of the ghastly and deplorable incident is still vivid in the minds of the people.” Citing the contents of his reported speech, the Congress said, “the statements as report-
ed are with a calculated design to create communal hatred and tension between the two communities for seeking votes in the coming elections.” “This is also an appeal in the name of the caste and community and provokes communal feelings for the purpose of securing votes,” it said. The party said Amit Shah has committed “an offence under Section 125 of the Representation of Peoples Act, 1951 and it calls
‘Media soft-pedals riot coverage nEW dElhi, april 5 (ianS): The media has traditionally “softpedalled” coverage of violence during riots in the country, senior journalist Manoj Mitta said here Saturday. Giving examples of the 1984 anti-Sikh and the 2002 Gujarat riots, he said the media, except in some cases, largely remained silent when violence was being unleashed in certain worst-affected areas. He said a Special Investigation Team (SIT) report on Gujarat riots showed journalists did not ask a single question about the Gulbarg society massacre in Ahmedabad to Chief Minister Narendra Modi at a press conference held within an hour of the incident. “There is no explanation of why the media was unaware of the incident,” he said while delivering a lecture on “Riots and Media Cover-up” at the Press Club of India here. The lecture was organised by the Foundation for Media Professionals. “There is a tendency on the part of the media to soft-pedal these issues,” he added. Mitta, who has written separate books on both the riots, said the coverage of the Godhra incident in the Gujarati media “was termed as inflammatory by the Editor’s Guild of India”. “The coverage of the post-Godhra riots was also similar. This matter was taken up by the SIT,” he said. The senior journalist said the 24-hour TV channels extensively covered the Gujarat riots.
for immediate registration of FIR and his arrest along with other BJP workers for their common intention to commit this offence.” “In addition, since it is also a violation of the model code of conduct, immediate action may also be taken against BJP, Amit Shah and Narendra Modi for violation of the code,” Congress said. “It appears that they are incorrigible and a stern action including de-recognition of the political party
would be most appropriate in the given circumstance. It is therefore requested accordingly,” the party said in the complaint. Surjewala said, “We will make a demand to the state government and election commission that a criminal is lodged against Amit Shah and Muzaffarnagar riots accused MLA Suresh Rana and they should be prevented from campaigning in any part of the country. There should be a complete ban (on them).”
AAP demands action against Shah
The Aam Aadmi Party too grabbed the opportunity to assail the BJP for Shah’s remarks. Demanding a crackdown on Shah for his “objectionable remarks” on revenge in riot-hit Uttar Pradesh, AAP asked the Election Commission on Saturday to register a case against the former Gujarat minister for spreading communal hatred. “The EC should not allow such elements to create hatred at such a sensitive juncture, when the country is in midst of general elections. The remarks openly incite people of one community to take revenge against another religious community and annot be allowed to go unpunished. “It should immediately order registration of a crim-
inal case against the BJP’s national general secretary Amit Shah for his inflammatory remarks aimed at spreading communal hatred,” AAP said in statment. Shah, a former minister of state in Gujarat, had said in a public gathering that election in Uttar Pradesh, especially in western Uttar Pradesh, is an election for honour, for seeking revenge for the insult, and for teaching a lesson to those who committed injustice. AAP said that the BJP leader’s utterances, which have not been denied either by him or his party so far, clearly constitute a criminal offence under Section 153 of the Indian Penal Code, and should be booked without any delay for vitiating the “communal harmony” before elections. “These remarks are also a clear violation of the Election Commission’s model code of conduct,” the statement said. It also accused other BJP leaders of trying to stoke communal passions through their utterances. “Only recently, its Delhi election campaign incharge, VK Malhotra had named specific areas of the capital and allegedly termed those as terror hubs. “The AAP demands a severe crackdown on such elements who are trying to take advantage of the election period to further their nefarious designs,” the statement added.
‘US cop’s arrest has nothing to do with khobragade case’ nEW dElhi/WaShingTOn, april 5 (ianS): A New York police officer arrested at Delhi airport last month for carrying bullets in his luggage is out on bail, authorities in India said Saturday as officials dismissed US media reports terming it India’s revenge over the Khobragade affair. A senior official at the Indira Gandhi International Airport told IANS that the US police officer, Manny Encarnacion, was arrested at around 1.30 a.m. March 11 after three 9 mm bullets were found in the pocket of a jacket in his checked luggage. Harlem Police Officer Encarnacion was presented before a Delhi court, which granted him bail the same day. Dismissing US media reports that the US cop’s arrest was in retaliation to the arrest and strip search of Devyani Khobragade, India’s then deputy consul general in New York, an official told IANS: “If someone is carrying bullets in his baggage, it is against Indian law. There is a procedure to be followed in such cases.” “This is stand alone case, it has nothing to do with the Kho-
bragade case,” the official said. “He was booked under sections 25/54/59 of the Arms Act and produced before Patiala House court,” Deputy Commissioner
of Police (IGI Airport) MI Haider told IANS. According to the officer, Encarnacion, who is in his 40s, had come to India to meet his wife living in Pune. The New York Post has termed the arrest as India’s “revenge for Nannygate”. It said a security officer at the airport snarled, “You guys like to strip-search our diplomats,” as Encarnacion was arrested on felony charges under India’s Arms Act - punishable by anywhere
from three to seven years. Encarnacion has been barred from leaving India until his next court date April 19, the Post said. Two US lawmakers have asked Secretary of State John Kerry to demand that India release Encarnacion. However, State Department spokesperson Marie Harf Friday declined to comment “because of privacy considerations” beyond saying that it was “aware of the reports, obviously, that a US citizen has been arrested”. Asked if the US was afraid that the arrested person will “face any kind of retribution from the way that the Indian diplomat was treated” in the US, she repeated, “I just can’t speak to this specific case” because of “privacy considerations”. “But obviously, we’ve said we want to get past some of the tensions that have been there over the past several months and move on,” Harf said, adding, “I think we feel like we’ve moved past this and hope the Indians have as well.” Asked if India has shown that they can be trusted, the spokesperson said: “India is a very close partner. Yes, absolutely.”
the morung express
Sunday 6 April 2014
world at receiving end Deadline looms in MH370 ‘black box’ search ofPoor the global health research
PERTH, APRil 5 (AP): Search teams racing against time to find the flight recorders from the missing Malaysia Airlines jet crisscrossed another patch of the Indian Ocean on Saturday, four weeks to the day after the airliner vanished. A multinational team is desperately trying to find debris floating in the water or faint sound signals from the recorders that could lead them to the aircraft and help unravel the mystery of its fate. Finding floating wreckage is key to narrowing the search area, as officials can then use data on currents to backtrack to where the plane hit the water, and where the flight recorders may be. Beacons in the black boxes emit "pings" so they can be more easily found, but the batteries only last about a month. So far, there's been no sign of the Boeing 777. Officials have said the hunt for the wreckage is among the hardest ever undertaken, and will get much harder still if the beacons fall silent before they are found. "Where we're at right now, four weeks since this plane disappeared, we're much, much closer," said aviation expert Geoffrey Thomas, the editor-inchief of AirlineRatings. com. "But, frustratingly, we're still miles away from finding it. We need to find
A woman ties a message card for passengers aboard the missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370, at a shopping mall in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on Saturday, April 5. (AP Photo/Lai Seng Sin)
some piece of debris on the water, we need to pick up the ping." The search will get more complicated if the signal beacons fall silent. "What we may then do is start an enormous international effort to actually survey the Indian Ocean floor," he said. Such an effort "will take years and years to do." The recorders could help investigators determine why Flight 370, which disappeared March 8 while
en route from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing with 239 people aboard, veered so far off-course. Two ships, the Australian navy's Ocean Shield and the British HMS Echo, carrying sophisticated equipment that can hear the recorders' pings, returned on Saturday to an area investigators hope is close to where the plane went down. They concede the area they have identified is a best guess. Up to 13 military and ci-
vilian planes and nine other ships were also taking part in the search Saturday, the agency coordinating the search said. Weather conditions in the area, which have regularly hampered crews trying to spot debris, were fair with some rain expected, the Joint Agency Coordination Centre said. Because the U.S. Navy's pinger locator can pick up signals to a depth of 6,100 meters (20,000 feet), it should be able to hear the
plane's data recorders even if they are in the deepest part of the search zone — about 5,800 meters (19,000 feet). But that's only if the locator gets within range of the black boxes — a tough task, given the size of the search area and the fact that the pinger locator must be dragged slowly through the water at just 1 to 5 knots (1 to 6 mph). Officials said there was no specific information that led to the underwater devices being used for the
first time on Friday, but that they were brought into the effort because there was nothing to lose. Australian Air Chief Marshal Angus Houston, head of the joint agency coordinating the operation, acknowledged the search area was essentially a best guess, and noted the time when the plane's locator beacons would shut down was "getting pretty close." The overall search area is a 217,000-squarekilometer (84,000-squaremile) zone in the southern Indian Ocean, about 1,700 kilometers (1,100 miles) northwest of the western Australian city of Perth. The search area has shifted each day as investigators continue to analyze what little radar and satellite data is available while factoring in where any debris may have drifted. Australia is coordinating the ocean search, and the investigation into the plane's disappearance is Malaysia's responsibility. Australia, the U.S., Britain and China have all agreed to be "accredited representatives" of the investigation. Meanwhile, the Air Line Pilots Association, a union that represents 30,000 pilots in North America, said in a statement that the Malaysia Airlines tragedy should lead to higher standards of plane tracking technology being adopted by the airline industry.
WAsHingTon, APRil 5 (iAns): Forget money or compassion. Even death is not distributed equally around the world. In highincome countries, people typically die in old age of chronic diseases such as cancer or cardiovascular problems. While in lowincome countries, death comes primarily from infectious and perinatal diseases and strikes at a young age, research shows. Despite massive international efforts to improve global health, a new analysis of nearly four million scientific articles finds that research is disproportionately focused on diseases that primarily afflict wealthy countries. Correspondingly, less research attention is given to diseases of the developing world, increasing global health disparities. “Our study demonstrates that health research follows the market but likely not just because of the market,” said lead author James Evans, an associate professor of sociology at University of Chicago. “Countries want to fund research that burdens their populations. Where this leads to inequality in health knowledge is that the disease burden of rich and poor countries are different, and that rich countries obviously produce much, much more research,” Evans explained.
To conduct this research, Evans and co-authors JaeMahn Shim of University of Seoul and John P.A. Ioannidis of Stanford University drew upon data from the World Health Organisation (WHO) and MEDLINE, the National Library of Medicine’s database of biomedical journal articles. The researchers measured the global disease burden - the number of healthy life years lost to disease or disability - of 111 medical conditions. Though they expected to find at least a weak influence of disease burden on research, their analysis found no relationship between the two factors. For comparison, the researchers calculated the global “market” for treatment of each disease by multiplying the local disease burden for each country by the wealth of that country. Unlike disease burden alone, the global market for treatment showed a strong relationship with research, said the study published in the journal PLoS ONE. “For every $10 billion in wealth lost to a disease, the number of research articles on that condition rose by three to five percent,” Evans added. The researchers said the world’s poor are in “double jeopardy” - experiencing the highest health burden from diseases that are studied the least.
Afghans vote in landmark poll, undeterred by threats KABUl/KAnDAHAR, APRil 5 (REUTERs): Voting was largely peaceful in Afghanistan's presidential election on Saturday, with only isolated attacks on polling stations as a country racked by decades of chaos embarked on its first ever democratic transfer of power. A roadside bomb killed two policemen and wounded two others in the southern city of Qalat as they were returning from a polling station, while four voters were wounded in an explosion at a voting centre in the southeastern province of Logar. There were no reports of more serious attacks on an election that Taliban insurgents had vowed to derail, branding it a U.S.-backed sham, and many voters said they were determined to make their voices heard despite the threats. "I am here to vote and I am not afraid of any attacks," said Haji Ramazan as he stood in line at a polling station in rain-drenched Kabul. "This is my right, and no one can stop me." The United States, having spent $90 billion on aid and training for Afghan security forces since it helped
vanquish the Taliban in 2001, could point to its success promoting democracy as a major step towards leaving a more stable country. But the abiding Taliban threat and uncertainty over neighbour Pakistan's intentions leave the worry that Afghanistan could enter a fresh cycle of violence, and once again become a haven for groups like al Qaeda, after the bulk of U.S. troops leave by the year-end. Most people expect the election will be better run than the chaotic 2009 vote that handed the outgoing president, Hamid Karzai, a second term amid massive fraud and ballot stuffing. The stronger the next president's mandate, the less vulnerable Afghanistan could be to instability. One major concern is that it could take several months for a winner to be declared at a time when the country desperately needs a leader to stem rising violence as foreign troops prepare to leave. KABUL SEALED OFF About 12 million are eligible to vote in the election, and there are eight candidates, with former foreign ministers Abdullah Abdullah and
An Afghan woman casts her vote at a polling station in Jalalabad east of Kabul, Afghanistan on Saturday, April 5. Afghan voters lined up for blocks at polling stations nationwide on Saturday, defying a threat of violence by the Taliban to cast ballots in what promises to be the nation’s first democratic transfer of power. (AP Photo/Rahmat Gul)
Zalmay Rassoul, and former finance minister Ashraf Ghani the favourites. Karzai is barred by the constitution from running for the presidency again. But, after 12 years in power, he is widely expected to retain influence through politicians loyal to him. The
Taliban warned civilians ahead of the election they would be targeted if they try to vote, and dozens died in a spate of attacks in the preceding weeks. A veteran Associated Press photographer was killed and a senior correspondent of the same news agency
was wounded on Friday when a policeman opened fire on the two women in eastern Afghanistan as they reported on preparations for the poll. "The people of Afghanistan must answer the enemy's violence by using their vote. By casting your vote you reject fighting and confirm the peace," Interior Minister Umer Daudzai said on Twitter as the election began. More than 350,000 Afghan troops were deployed, guarding against attacks on polling stations and voters. The capital, Kabul, was sealed off by rings of roadblocks and checkpoints. In the city of Kandahar, cradle of the Taliban insurgency, the mood was tense. Vehicles were not allowed to move on the roads and checkpoints were set up at every intersection. Hamida, a 20-year-old teacher working at a Kandahar polling station, said more than a dozen women turned up in the first two hours of voting and added that she expected more to come despite the threat of an attack by the Taliban. "We are trying not to think about it," she said, only her honey-brown eyes visible through her black niqab.
RISK OF DELAY If none of the candidates wins over 50 percent of Saturday's vote, the two frontrunners would go into a run-off on May 28, spinning out the process into the holy month of Ramadan when life slows to a crawl. A long delay would leave little time to complete a pact between Kabul and Washington to keep up to 10,000 U.S. troops in the country beyond 2014, after the bulk of the American force, which currently stands at around 23,500, has pulled out. Karzai has rejected the pact, but the three frontrunners have pledged to sign it. Without the pact, far weaker Afghan forces would be left on their own to fight the Taliban. Uncertainty over the outcome could also stall crucial foreign aid and economic reform, foment ethnic tensions and leave a political vacuum in which the Taliban could gain ground. The election is a landmark after 13 years of struggle that has killed at least 16,000 Afghan civilians and thousands more soldiers. Nearly 3,500 members of the U.S.-led coalition force have died since deployment in the country over a decade ago.
Malaysia bans Noah film as ‘un-Islamic’ Idina Menzel reveals Frozen success has been ‘crazy’ M alaysia has joined other Islamic countries in banning the Hollywood biblical epic "Noah" starring Russell Crowe, decrying it as irreligious and saying it violates Islamic law against depicting prophets. A home ministry official on Saturday confirmed that Paramount's latest big budget film, which has sparked an outcry among Muslim groups worldwide, will not be screened in predominantly Muslim Malaysia. The film has already angered some Christian institutions in the United States over Crowe's reportedly unconventional portrayal of Noah, who is regarded as an important figure in both Christianity and Islam. Malaysia's home min-
This image released by Paramount Pictures shows Jennifer Connelly, left, and Russell Crowe in a scene from "Noah." (AP Photo/Paramount Pictures, Niko Tavernise)
istry's Film Censorship Board unit chairman Abdul Halim Abdul Hamid said a decision to ban the Noah film was made about two weeks ago. "Yes, I can
confirm that it has been banned by the board, the movie can cause quite a lot of anger and distress if it is shown in Malaysia," he was quoted as saying by The
Malay Mail Online. Abdul Halim said the main reason for the ban was the portrayal of Noah by Crowe, since Islam forbids visual depictions of any
prophet. Muslims make up 60 percent of multi-ethnic Malaysia's 30 million population, while Christians account for about nine percent. Neighbouring Indonesia, Egypt and United Arab Emirates have banned the film because of scenes they say contradict Islam. Malaysia has censored other movies on religious grounds in the past, including Brokeback Mountain and The Passion of the Christ. It has also occasionally pulled the plug on shows by foreign — usually Western — artists out of fear of angering conservative Muslims. Conservatives cry foul over concerts by Western artists whom they accuse of promoting promiscuity, corrupting young people or offending religious sensitivities.
There was no rivalry with Aishwarya: Sushmita
ormer Miss Universe, Sushmita Sen quashed all rumours about the ongoing rivalry between her one time rival and former Miss World Aishwarya Rai Bachchan. The Bengali beauty expressed her desire to work with her contemporary. Reports are that Aishwarya will make a comeback in adman Prahlad Kakkar`s directorial debut ` Happy anniversary` and supposedly Sush has also been approached for the same. She stated that the trio share a special bond which states back to their
1994 beauty pageant days, and she is looking forward to work with them. The real life couple Abhishek Bachchan and Aishwarya will be seen together in Gaurang Doshi`s `Happy Anniversary`, which will be her comeback to silver screen after the birth of her daughter Aaradhya in 2011. The `Main Hoon Na` actress has reportedly denied of any ongoing rivalry between Aishwarya thereby clearing the air. Sush said, “I’ve never known her well enough to call her a friend. But I think
she is a great human being. In those days, our lives ran parallel. Later, we chose different paths. But there was no rivalry. I live my life loving people.” The 38 year old actress might not have had a successful career in films but she is certainly the queen of many hearts and her fans are all set to watch her on-screen yet again. Now it will be quite a treat for all fans to see two supreme divas coming together and we only hope everything turns out well. The film is apparently to go on floors by next year and will be shot in South Africa.
dina Menzel has been in show business for 20 years. But it wasn't until she voiced the character of Nordic queen Elsa in the animated smash hit Frozen - which spawned the popular song Let It Go - that she has become a household name. And as she told People, all that attention has been so 'overwhelming,' the 42-year-old has been burying herself in her new project, If/Then. On Thursday the exwife of actor Taye Diggs belted out a song from that new Broadway musical on the Today show. After a brief chat about how she was heavily involved with the development of the character Elsa - who blossoms once she stops hiding her superpowers of being able to freeze anything in her path - the looker took to the stage. The NYU graduate chose the title song from If/Then as she stood in front of a dozen musicians and a conductor. The Frozen phenomenon (the film has made over $1 billion since its November US release) has put her in the spotlight in a big way, causing her to perform Let It Go at the Academy Awards - where John Travolta memorably flubbed her name by calling the Broadway vet 'Adele Dazeem.' 'I was so excited,' she said of singing at the Oscars. 'I wanted to
sing to my son, picture him out there,' the brunette, who has a four-year-old with Diggs, revealed to the magazine. The beauty, who looks a bit like fellow singer Lea Michele, is still taking it all in. It's been 'overwhelming at times,' the Wicked star told People. 'It's been crazy. So I've just focused on the show. 'More people know me. But having a four-year-old keeps me grounded no matter what else is happening.' And returning to Broadway - her first big hit was Rent - has
been helpful. 'It's like being back home,' she said. A December divorce from Taye wasn't easy either. 'I'm doing okay,' she said. 'We're doing good. Our focus will always be on our son. We were together for a long time and grew apart, but we're still close.' As far as being a single woman, Menzel admits she has 'self doubt' but is learning to be okay with who she is. 'As I've grown older, I want to be the kind of person who is courageous, who takes risks. And I want to give back.'
Sunday 6 April 2014
The Morung Express
Form, history give India edge over Lanka
MIRPUR, APRIl 5 (PTI): In sublime form through the tournament, India would be aiming to become the first team to win the World Twenty20 title for a second time but a gutsy Sri Lanka stands in the way in what promises to an exciting summit clash between the sub-continental rivals on Sunday. While Team India will be seeking to become the first country to win two World T20 titles, the team's skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni himself has a chance of walking into the pages of the record books by becoming the first captain to win three World titles. Australia's Ricky Ponting and West Indies' Clive Lloyd were the other two captains who have led the team to two world titles. Life will certainly come full circle for Dhoni if he lifts the coveted trophy at the Sher-e-Bangla Stadium on Sunday. In 2007, he had led a young team whom nobody gave a chance, to a brilliant triumph. Since then, India became the No. 1 ranked Test nation, won the 2011 World Cup and now they are back in World T20 finals. It started with the shortest format and it will certainly be an enriching experience being in that zone again for MSD and his boys. While current form and history of winning big finals certainly make the 'Men In Blue' favourites, one can't simply rule out the prophetic statement made by West Indies skipper Darren Sammy. "Almighty wants Mahela and Sanga to win a World Cup and leave on a high," he had said after the semifinal loss against Sri Lanka. Will there be a divine intervention? It is difficult to say. Can overriding emotions overpower a form team which in all practical terms has been cut above the others in this compe-
tition? Only time will tell. The Indian team has had a dream run in this tournament so far, winning five straight matches including the semifinal with an authoritative display. Be it about setting targets or chasing them, Dhoni's boys have been up for the task on each and every occasion. While the spinners led by Ravichandran Ashwin have set up games with superlative efforts, the batsmen, led by Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma, have ensured that they respect the contribution of the bowlers by winning the matches with minimum fuss. Such has been the impact of the younger crop of players that Dhoni, considered to be one of the finest players in this format, has not been required in trying circumstances. But then, the Indian captain is a 'Big Match' player. The Sri Lankan team and especially Nuwan Kulasekara would not easily forget that final 'Helicopter shot' that went soaring into the Wankhede Stands in the 2011 ODI World Cup final. The two teams will be meeting in another World Cup final after exactly three years and three days. The win will also give Dhoni a chance to complete a rare treble in one cycle having also won the Champions Trophy in England last year. India versus Sri Lanka matches have happened with such monotonic regularity that one has lost count. But since most of these matches were in the 50-over formats, the T20 will certainly add a new flavour to this rivalry. Since the players from both teams have been pitted against each other on so many occasions, there is little element of mystery left in the composition of the two teams. The Indians have a set team and with Ajinkya Rahane having a moderately
April 6 | 18:30 India Vs Sri Lanka, Final, Dhaka
MIRPUR, APRIl 5 (AP): Five things to know about the Indian team that has made Sunday's World Twenty20 final against Sri Lanka: CAPTAIN'S CHARM: India is in line to hold all three ICC titles at the same time under captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni. India won the 2011 World Cup at home and the 2013 Champions Trophy in England. SECOND STRIKE: This is only the second time that India reached the knockouts at the World Twenty20. India won the inaugural edition in 2007 but failed to get past the league stage in the remaining three tournaments despite the players' experience in the cash-rich and high-profile Indian Premier League that sees top players from around the world in action. RAMPANT KOHLI: Virat Kohli, who is known as one of the best batsmen in the world and has been compared back home with the legendary Sachin Tendulkar, goes into the final as the highest run-scorer with 242 runs. His best score in the tournament has been an unbeaten 72 against South Africa in the semifinals in which he dominated the Dale Steyn-led attack. SPIN TRICKS: Indian spinners have proved themselves to be match-winners on pitches aiding turn, justifying captain Dhoni's decision to play three slow bowlers in the tournament. Off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin is the most successful Indian bowler with 10 wickets while legspinner Amit Mishra has grabbed nine and left-arm spinner Ravindra Jadeja five.
India's captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni, left, and Sri Lanka's captain Lasith Malinga pose with the winner's trophy ahead of the ICC Twenty20 Cricket World Cup final match in Dhaka, Bangladesh, Saturday, April 5. (AP Photo)
good day in office against South Africa in the semifinals, the doors are shut on Shikhar Dhawan for the time being. Mohit Sharma was a bit nervous during the semifinal but Dhoni is not known for making changes readily though he has Mohammed Shami in the reserve bench. In 2007, it was the day of unheralded Haryana-lad Joginder Sharma to bowl the historic final over of the innings. In 2014, it will be another Haryana youngster Mohit,
who might have to raise his hand up if the circumstances demand. The rest of the team is set. Ashwin has gone from strength to strength in this tournament improving with each and every match. Even when the Amit Mishras and Bhuvneshwar Kumars were being punished by Faf du Plessis and JP Duminy, the other night, Ashwin came back unscathed with brilliant figures of three for 22. Virat Kohli was spot on in his as-
sessment of the bowler. "Had Ashwin not bowled brilliantly, the target could well have been 195 and credit to him for the manner in which he bowled," he said. For Sri Lanka, it will be shedding their inhibitions in a big final and at least try to be third-time lucky when it comes to T20 World Cups. They have lost in the 2009 and 2012 finals. Not to forget their loss in the 50-over final in the West Indies back in 2007 and against
‘England will be brave & risk defeat in Brazil’ Durant equals Jordan but Rockets win
lONDON, APRIl 5 (REUTERS): England manager Roy Hodgson has promised to be brave, risk defeat and allow his talented young players to express themselves at the World Cup in Brazil in June. Under his predecessor Fabio Capello, England were sterile and defensive at the previous edition in South Africa four years ago before being knocked out by Germany in the last 16.
"The way we will play in Brazil will be a continuation of the way we have been trying to play over the last year or so," Hodgson told Talksport Radio on Friday. "If you take the front players who played in the last game, Raheem Sterling, Daniel Sturridge, Danny Welbeck, and add them to people like Wayne Rooney and Steven Gerrard, just to name five players off the top of my head, they have great technical
ability, pace and athleticism. "We will be brave and we will believe in ourselves and we will risk defeat. We won't try and sneak our way through the games," Hodgson added. "With the type of players we've got that wouldn't suit us. I think we've got to allow the players to express themselves in the same way as you see them express themselves in the Premier League."
hOUSTON, APRIl 5 (AP): James Harden scored 39 points and the Houston Rockets ended a threegame skid and clinched their second straight playoff berth with a 111-107 victory over the Oklahoma City Thunder on Friday night. Kevin Durant scored 28 points and grabbed 12 rebounds for his 40th straight game with at least 25 points, the longest streak since Michael Jordan also did it 40 consecutive times in 1986-87. Durant’s 3-pointer cut Houston’s lead to one with 1:01 remaining, but Houston answered with four straight free throws. He made another 3 with 16 seconds left, but Harden made two free throws to push the lead to 111-107. Harden was 17 of 20 from the line and had nine rebounds and seven assists.
India in 2011. This is their fifth ICC tournament final in seven years and they will certainly want to win it for Mahela Jayawardene and Kumar Sangakkara. The two legends of Sri Lankan cricket would want to leave the T20 International arena on a high and also would like to know how it feels to be world champions. They have been champion players in their own rights. The Lahiru Thirimannes and Kusal Pereras would ideally
Rooney out with toe injury, doubtful for Bayern return
IPL PRESSURE: The Indian team could help administrators back home, who have been embarrassed with allegations of spot-fixing in the IPL. want to give a memorable parting gift to the Lankan legends by winning the Cup. On their part, Jayawardene and Sangakkara would also like to put up a good show in their final T20 International match. Especially Sangakkara, who has had a horrible tournament so far. But one big innings in the final would erase all that. The affable Jayawardene, who for once did not change his style of batting in the 'slambang' version, would like to show his artistry one last
time in this format. The pitch at the Shere-Bangla Stadium will not make much of a difference as both teams will be loaded with spinners and have batsmen who are adept at playing against slow bowlers. Regular captain Dinesh Chandimal might again have to sit out in order to accommodate Herath. But then winning finals is an art and this Indian team under Dhoni has perfected that in recent times. So it will be advantage India.
Mavericks strengthens grip on playoff berth
The Rockets were playing without Dwight Howard and Patrick Beverley, who both missed their fourth straight games. Howard has missed seven games recently because of a left ankle strain and Beverley is out indefinitely with a torn meniscus in his right knee. Serge Ibaka tied a career high with 27 points in a game that Russell Westbrook didn’t play because the Thunder were playing the second night of a backto-back. ment was bagged by Salen (Taurus) and Chandler Parsons addthe highest scorer went to Neichütuo ed 23 points for Houston (Taurus). In 5-point shooter Mebu, Virian and Terrence Jones had 16 and Victor bagged 1st, 2nd and 3rd prizes points and 11 rebounds. respectively. The prizes were given away Oklahoma City was up by by match patron Kezhazer Whuorie. one before Houston scored Altogether, 18 teams joined the tourseven straight points to nament. Wobenthung Patton, Superintake a 104-98 lead with less tendent of Observation Home, Wokha than three minutes left. under social welfare department graced The Rockets made four free the valedictory function as the guest of throws before a 3-pointer lOS ANGElES, APRIl honour. by Francisco Garcia. 5 (AP): On the night Dirk Nowitzki overtook Dominique Wilkins on the career scoring list, Brandan Wright was a human highlight film all by himself. Wright made all 10 of his shots to finish with a season-high 23 points off the bench, and the Dallas MANchESTER, APRIl other night. Whether we month. "It will be touch and Mavericks strengthened 5 (REUTERS): Manches- were going to play him or go for Wayne for Wednes- their hold on a playoff berth ter United's Wayne Rooney rest him, it doesn't matter. day," Moyes told report- with a 107-95 victory over "He's got a terrible toe ers. "It's a toe injury and the Los Angeles Lakers on will miss Saturday's Premier League game at New- and not only will it be a they are never easy. You Friday. "That's what he does castle United with a bruised problem for this game, it could see him limping in toe and is doubtful for next could be a problem for the the game towards the end for us," Nowitzki said. "He makes some great stuff week's Champions League Munich game as well on quite badly. "There is not an awful happen for us. Tonight he quarter-final second leg at Wednesday. So we need Bayern Munich, manager to monitor it. We'll get lot you can do with a toe didn't miss a shot. He was him treatment all over the injury. Sometimes you can phenomenal." Wright, who David Moyes said. The England striker suf- weekend and see if we can feel better quite quickly has come off the bench in with them and sometimes all 53 of his games this seafered the injury during the speed it up." began the day averagUnited, seventh in the you need an injection pos- son, second half of the 1-1 draw ing 9.0 points and a teamwith Bayern at Old Trafford league, are already missing sibly to play with it if it is best 67.5 percent from the last Tuesday. United face first-choice striker Robin bruising," Moyes was quot- field (199 for 295). the German champions Van Persie for up to another ed as saying by British me"I can't remember the in the return on Wednes- four weeks with a sprained dia. "With a lot of toe inju- last time I had a game where day. "Wayne's got a badly knee he picked up after ries you have to make sure I didn't miss a shot, so it's a bruised toe," Moyes told scoring a hat-trick against there isn't a hairline frac- good feeling -- plus, we got MUTV on Friday. "He Olympiakos Piraeus in the ture or crack in your toe. We the win," said the six-year picked it up in the game the Champions League last will have all that checked." veteran swingman. Nowitzki's 27 points increased Bayern's Bastian Schweinsteiger, left, argues with Manchester United's Wayne Rooney, bot- his career total to 26,778, tom, after he was sent off the field during the Champions League quarterfinal first leg soccer putting him in 11th place match between Manchester United and Bayern Munich at Old Trafford Stadium, Manchester, and within 32 of Oscar England, Tuesday, April 1, 2014. (AP Photo) Robertson. "Unbelievable.
Amplified wins 1st Open basketball championship
KOhIMA, APRIl 5 (MExN): Amplified team on Friday lifted the champion title of the 1st Open basketball championship organized by Quakers Group Kohima in memory of late Neiphrilie Linyü under the theme, “Brotherhood through sports” at Kohima Local Ground. Amplified team beat Taurus 48-45 and pocketed a cash prize of Rs. 30,000 with running trophy and certificates. Taurus received cash prize of Rs. 20,000 with trophy and certificates. Player of the tourna-
India target triple crown at the World T20 final
Dallas Mavericks guard Devin Harris (20) and Los Angeles Lakers forward Jordan Hill (27) reach for the ball during the second half of an NBA basketball game, Friday, April 4, 2014, in Los Angeles. The Mavericks won 107-95. (AP Photo)
It's been a crazy ride for 16 years, and it's been surreal," Nowitzki said. "I used to be a big fan of Dominique, watched all of his dunk contests and the many ways he could score. Sometimes he would miss his shot and be the first one there to dunk over two people. He was so much fun to watch." The Mavericks, back at Staples Center one night after beating the Clippers, played their first road game against the Lakers since beating them 99-91 on opening night of last season. They have won all three meetings with the Lakers -- the first time they swept the season series since this rivalry began in 1980-81. "I said it last night -- that a win against the Clippers meant nothing if we lost today. And that's how we came out," Nowitzki said. Jodie Meeks had 25 points for the Lakers, who have dropped 13 of their last 17 and are 2551 -- their most losses since finishing a franchise-worst 30-52 in 1974-75. "It was an up-and-down game," Wright said. "Coming off a physical, tough game last night and then playing a team tonight with
a lot of young guys and skill guys who were fresh and had nothing to lose, it was a recipe for a loss. But we took note of what they did to Phoenix the other night." Lakers center Pau Gasol was sidelined for the sixth time in seven games because of a severe case of vertigo. Xavier Henry is done for the season because of residual pain from an injured right knee and a torn ligament in his left wrist that has limited him to 43 games, and he will undergo surgery in the near future. Coach Mike D'Antoni, who hasn't had a full deck to work with for most of this injury-jinxed season, sent out a starting lineup consisting of Meeks and four others who had started a combined total of 23 NBA games entering this season: Jordan Hill (20), Kendall Marshall (three), Kent Bazemore (none) and rookie Ryan Kelly. "They're playing inspired basketball," Bazemore said of Dallas. "If anyone needs to win right now, it's them. It was definitely a total team effort from them, and Dirk Nowitzki kept us at arm's length all night, hitting big shots, and Brandan Wright was very good for them."
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City Beat SoutHampton to keep title HopeS alive
Australian women's cricket captain Meg Lanning, left, and England women's cricket captain Charlotte Edwards pose with the trophy ahead of their ICC Twenty20 Cricket World Cup final match in Dhaka, Bangladesh, Saturday, April 5. (AP Photo)
Murray sweeps Seppi to revive Cup bid
Britain's Andy Murray returns a ball to Italy's Andreas Seppi during a Davis Cup World Group quarterfinal match in Naples, Italy, Saturday, April 5, 2014. Andy Murray completed a straight sets victory over Andreas Seppi as Britain leveled the Davis Cup quarterfinal against Italy 1-1 on Saturday. Murray won 6-4, 7-5, 6-3 (AP Photo)
NAPLES (ItALy), APrIL 5 (AFP): Andy Murray relaunched Britain's bid for a long-awaited place in the semifinals of the Davis Cup after sweeping aside Italy's Andreas Seppi 6-4, 7-5, 6-3 in their postponed rubber to level the tie in Naples on Saturday. World number eight Murray had won the first set on Friday but had to save four set points on his way to levelling the second set at 5-5 before poor light stopped play. The Briton, who on Thursday had suffered a stomach bug, resumed in positive fashion at the Ten-
nis Club Napoli breaking Seppi at 5-5 when the Italian netted a weak return and holding serve to win the second set 7-5. Seppi gave Britain's sizeable travelling support a brief scare when he broke Murray in the fourth game of the third set after the Scot double faulted at 15-30 then sent a return into the tramlines to give the Italian a 3-1 lead. It seemed only to stiffen Murray's resolve, although the Scot met plenty of resistance on his way to breaking back in the next game after Seppi double faulted at serve. Seppi was less resolute
as Murray served out to level and then allowed his opponent to break again in the next game to pull 4-3 ahead. From then on, Murray had little trouble and as Seppi's confidence began to drain the Scot went on to seal the set 6-3 with relative ease. Murray said the difference from Friday was his improved service game: "I just think my ability to win more free points on my serve helped." British captain Leon Smith must now decide whether to select Murray for the crucial doubles, which is scheduled for 1200 GMT. Colin Fleming and Ross Hutchins are set to start but Murray added: "I would like to play doubles, you want to help the team as much as possible, but I have to go and speak to the team right now." On Friday Italy had taken a 1-0 lead in the World Group tie when national number one Fabio Fognini beat James Ward, ranked 161 in the world, 6-4, 2-6, 6-4, 6-1. Italy last advanced to the World Group semifinals in 1998 when they went on to finish runners-up to Sweden, while the last final-four appearance for Britain -nine-time winners but who last triumphed in 1936 -came in 1981. The eventual winners will take on either Switzerland or Kazakhstan in September's semifinals.
MANcHEStEr, APrIL 5 (AP): Manchester City kept the destiny of the Premier League title in its hands by beating Southampton 4-1 on Saturday, with the visitors' defeat further marred by a seriouslooking injury to England striker Jay Rodriguez. Yaya Toure set City on its way with a third-minute penalty at Etihad Stadium before Rickie Lambert equalized with a spot kick of his own in the 37th. Samir Nasri and Edin Dzeko both scored in firsthalf injury time for City. The hosts added an 81stminute fourth goal through Stevan Jovetic to gain three points that put the team a point behind leader Liverpool, with City having played a game less. Liverpool visits West Ham on Sunday and then hosts City in a crucial game in the title race next weekend. City will clinch a second league title in three years by winning its remaining seven matches. Rodriguez's chances of playing in the World Cup were jeopardized after he was carried off on a stretcher with a knee injury midway through the first half, having landed badly as he jumped to control the ball. He is one of the in-form strikers in the Premier League and is likely to be in England manager Roy Hodgson's plans for Brazil. "We need to analyze how he's doing," Southampton manager Mauricio Pochettino said, "but it's not looking good." Southampton was comfortably second best after the break but had City in some trouble at 1-1 after Lambert's 34th straight successful penalty for the club. The turning point of the match arguably was City's second goal, which arrived when David Silva received a pass when he was in an offside position before crossing for Nasri to apply a simple finish. "The linesman killed off the game, it's clear," Pochettino said. Toure scored City's opener after Dzeko was ad-
judged to have been fouled by Jose Fonte, and Dzeko almost doubled the lead when he headed against the bar from Nasri's cross. Southampton's penalty came after Jack Cork
was carelessly tripped by Pablo Zabaleta as he burst into the box and the visitors impressed until City's twogoal counter-punch in injury time. Jovetic came on for Silva to add the fourth,
tapping home from a cross by Jesus Navas, and there was still time for Toure to strike a shot against the post from the edge of box. "We knew it was going to be a big game and a very
difficult one, so we take a lot of positives and confidence out of this game," City captain Vincent Kompany said. "Not many teams will dominate a game against Southampton."
man united routs newcastle 4-0 Manchester United's Shinji Kagawa, right, vies for the ball with Newcastle United's Mike Williamson, left, during their English Premier League soccer match at St James' Park, Newcastle, England, Saturday, April 5. (AP Photo)
NEWcAStLE, APrIL 5 (AP): Juan Mata inspired Manchester United to a 4-0 victory at Newcastle on Saturday, securing a 10th away win in the Premier League that belies the champions' poor home form. The 25-year-old Spaniard, who
joined United from Chelsea in January, scored twice, including directly from a free kick, to take his tally to three goals in his last two games. Showing that United can cope without injured striker Wayne Rooney and Robin van Persie, Ja-
vier Hernandez and substitute Adnan Januzaj added further goals in the second half to hand Newcastle a fourth loss in five league games. David Moyes' United moved up to sixth place, while Newcastle stayed ninth.
Rosberg beats teammate Hamilton to Bahrain pole
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SAKHIr, BAHrAIN, APrIL 5 (AgENcIES): Nico Rosberg has secured pole position for the Bahrain Grand Prix after edging out teammate Lewis Hamilton in a tight inter-team battle on Saturday night in Bahrain. The German driver’s time of 1:33.185 was good enough to secure him pole after Hamilton made a mistake in Q3, costing him a shot at bettering his teammate’s time and forcing him to settle for second place. Rosberg’s first lap had been 0.279 seconds faster than Hamilton’s initial effort, allowing him to pit and save a set of tires. Daniel Ricciardo put in a good performance for Red Bull to line up third, but teammate Sebastian Vettel endured a disastrous session and dropped out in Q2 for the second time in three races. Qualifying got underway as night fell in Bahrain, and many of the drivers got out early in the first session in order to post a banker lap time. Esteban Gutierrez was the first driver to cross the line, but his initial effort was soon bettered by compatriot Sergio Perez and Force India’s Nico Hulkenberg, with the latter setting the first serious benchmark of 1:36.883. Daniel Ricciar-
Mercedes driver Nico Rosberg of Germany, who captured the pole position, center, second fastest time Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton of Britain, left, and Red Bull driver Daniel Ricciardo of Australia pose for photographers after the qualifying session ahead of the Bahrain Formula One Grand Prix at the Formula One Bahrain International Circuit in Sakhir, Bahrain, Saturday, April 5. (AP Photo)
do was the first to beat the German driver, edging him out by two-tenths of a second, and Fernando Alonso followed suit to move up into second place. Predictably, Mercedes quickly took control of the session with its first lap times as Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg moved into the top two positions, and enjoyed an advantage of more than one second
over the rest of the field. Williams opted to keep its drivers in the pits to begin with before making a late run, and Valtteri Bottas immediately went P2 on the soft tire behind Hulkenberg, who had also made the switch to softs, and their teammates rallied to fill out the top four come the checkered flag. As expected, the Caterham and Marussia drivers dropped out at the end of
Q1, and they were joined by Adrian Sutil and Pastor Maldonado, with the latter being edged out by his teammate by 0.009 seconds. At the end of the session, Sutil appeared to deliberately block Grosjean, and earned himself a visit to the stewards’ office. Q2 started in a quiet fashion as all of the drivers opted to sit in the pits for the first few minutes, but Bot-
tas, Massa and Hulkenberg soon broke the silence and came out on soft tires. As this was the first dry qualifying of the season, it marked the first time that the new rule about starting the race on the Q2 tire came into force, meaning that drivers had to be extra careful not to overwork their Pirellis. After seeing Hulkenberg and Kimi Raikkonen trade fastest lap times, Hamilton soon restored normal service to move up to P1, but the gap was smaller this time as Ricciardo and Fernando Alonso managed to get within one second of the Mercedes driver. Nico Rosberg refused to waver in his teammate’s presence, and moved up to first place. Williams opted to run on the medium tire in its first runs, whilst Sebastian Vettel remained in the pits and rested his hopes on one run at the end of the session. Mercedes’ advantage was so great that both Hamilton and Rosberg could stay in the pits and save a set of tires, whilst the remaining 14 drivers all headed out for a final run. Vettel’s one and only lap time was nowhere near being good enough, and he dropped out of qualifying as a result, lamenting a gearbox problem.
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