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Dimapur VOL. IX ISSUE 62
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By Sandemo Ngullie
Thursday, March 6, 2014 12 pages Rs. 4
Faith consists in believing when it is beyond the power of reason to believe Whether I become PM or not is immaterial: Rahul Gandhi
Hayden models wedding gowns for brides magazine [ PAGE 11]
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SBI donates ambulance under Corporate Social Responsibility
Asia Cup: India thrash Afghanistan by 8 wickets
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China vows tough reforms, stronger defense
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india to vote in world’s biggest election Voting from April 7 to May 12; results to be declared on May 16
Our new boss is untouched by corruption? mm. No wonder his wife left him.
Transfer and Promotion of IAS/ NCS/NSS officers Full list on page 5
Imtilemba appointed as Nagaland NCP President DIMAPUR, MARCH 5 (MExN): MLA Imtilemba Sangtam has been appointed as the President of the Nagaland state unit of the Nationalist Congress Party, with immediate effect. This was intimated by the President of the NCP, Sharad Pawar, in a letter addressed to the former, made available to the media. In a separate letter, the NCP national President also appointed MLA Mmhonlumo Kikon as Central Observer of the NCP for the North Eastern states, with immediate effect.
Bhaichung to contest on Trinamool ticket
KOlKATA, MARCH 5 (IANS): Film personalities Moon Moon Sen Deb, Shatabdi Roy, and former Indian soccer skipper Bhaichung Bhutia figure in the list of candidates of the Trinamool Congress for the coming Lok Saba polls, party chief Mamata Banerjee said on Wednesday. Bhutia will contest the election from Darjeeling, and Deb from Ghatal in West Midnapore district. Sen, daughter of legendary Bengali heroine Suchitra Sen and herself a film actress, will be in the fray from Bankura.
NEw DElHI, MARCH 5 (IANS): India will elect a new parliament over nine days in April-May in the world’s largest democratic exercise, with the Election Commission Wednesday saying the results will be declared May 16. Political parties across the spectrum, already in election gear, largely welcomed the staggered exercise. The BJP exuded confidence it will win the battle but the ruling Congress rubbished the claim. A whopping 814 million Indians -- almost the combined population of Russia, the US, Brazil and Bangladesh -- will be eligible to vote in the 16th parliamentary election to elect the 16th Lok Sabha, the House of People or what is called the lower house. This is an increase of some 100 million from the 2009 election -- and a sharp rise from the 176 million of 1951 when newly independent India conducted its maiden Lok Sabha election. Along with the Lok Sabha polls, Sikkim, Odisha and Andhra Pradesh states will elect new assemblies, Chief Election Commissioner V.S. Sampath said while unveiling the staggered election schedule at the Vigyan Bhawan convention centre. “Credible elections are the very soul and hallmark of any democratic system,” Sampath told the media. Polling will take place for 543 of the 545 Lok Sabha
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India’s Chief Election Commissioner V.S. Sampath, center, with Election Commissioners H.S. Brahma, left, and Nasim Zaidi take questions from the media after announcing dates for the country’s national elections in New Delhi, Wednesday, March 5. India said Wednesday it will begin national elections on April 7, kicking off a month-long contest in the largest democracy in the world. The election is held over several weeks for reasons of logistics and safety in a country of 1.2 billion. More than 810 million people are eligible to vote this year, an increase of 100 million from five years ago, according to the Election Commission. (AP Photo)
seats -- two members are nominated by the president -- on April 7, 9, 10, 12, 17, 24 and 30 and May 7 and 12. The millions of votes will be counted on May 16, the results coming out in a few hours, a feat perhaps unparalleled in the world. Sampath urged the people to “vote in an informed and ethical manner” and appealed to political parties and candidates to uphold India’s “democratic traditions ... by maintaining high standards of discourse and fair play”. The poll panel promised “free, fair and credible elections”. BJP’s prime ministerial candidate Narendra
Modi said the election was a “historic opportunity” to lay the foundation for a “developed India”. Modi asked people to “make the right choice”. The Gujarat chief minister added: “I call upon the people of India to bless us, give the BJP-led NDA (National Democratic Alliance) a majority and make Mission 272+ a grand reality for the prosperity of India.” The reference was to the number that would give a party or a coalition a majority in the lower house. The Congress rubbished the BJP’s victory claim. Congress leader and Law Minister Kapil Sibal said the BJP’s dream of winning would turn out
no casualties as the house is “currently uninhabited,” informed the SP, and that investigation is on. An FIR of the case has not yet been filed, however, confirmed SDPO of Bokajan, SB Raimedhi, also informing that if this is not done, a suo moto case will be registered soon; investigations have commenced from last night nonetheless. The Assam police have already looked at the place of occurrence, and initial investigation suggests a case of arson, stated the SDPO. The DC of Karbi An-
glong, P.K. Buragohain, noted that this was the work of “antisocial elements.” Both the SDPO and DC confirmed they do not apprehend any escalation of violence in the region that was badly hit in December 2013. It may be noted that both central and state security forces in the region have been reduced despite assurances on the contrary to the Rengma people, who continue to live in relief camps in Karbi Anglong in hundreds out of fear of going back home.
Court verdict for triple murder on March 24
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Nine-day process starts April 7, ends May 12 Spread across 28 states, seven union territories Simultaneous assembly elections in Andhra Pradesh, Odisha and Sikkim Entire election process through electronic voting machines (EVMs) Election to be supervised by 11 million officials Electorate: 814 million (100 million more than the 2009 election) Constituencies: 543 (Two Anglo-Indians are nominated by the president) Polling stations: 930,000 Vote count and result: May 16
Model code of conduct comes into effect
House burnt down in Balijan II, KA
A house was burnt down in the dead of night in a remote Rengma village of neighbouring Karbi Anglong, Assam. Last night, around 12:15am, “unknown miscreants” set on fire the house of one John Reso Rengma in Balijan II village under Chokihola Police Station, Bokajan Sub DIMAPUR, MARCH 5 Division, informed the SP (MExN): The Government of Karbi Anglong, MugdhaRegistered Electrical Con- jyoti Mahanta. There were tractors Union (GRECU) Dimapur District has cautioned against unauthorized persons carrying out internal electrification works and providing service connectionswithout test certificates. A press note from the Action Committee of the Union NEw DElHI, MARCH stated that this practice is “against the ethics of the de- 5 (IANS): A court here partment” and informed Wednesday fixed March 24 that the Nagaland Electri- for delivering the verdict in cal Contractors Union will a case against alleged milihenceforth keep vigil against tant Hopeson Ningshen, such unauthorized persons, who is accused of kidnapexecuting electrical works, ping and killing three goveither big or small. It further ernment officials in Maniinformed that the penalty pur in 2009. would be strictly enforced CBI Special Judge V.K. upon the person/party or Gupta scheduled the judgany government servant, lineman, assistant lineman, ment for March 24. Accordjugali or retired government ing to the Central Bureau of servant who carries out un- Investigation (CBI), Ningauthorized electrification shen is an activist of the works. In order to obtain in- National Socialist Council formation regarding electri- of Nagaland-Isak Muivah fication, the public have been (NSCN-IM). informed to intimate the regOn Feb 13, 2009, Thingistered contractors, who are nam Kishan Singh, sub-diassigned as area in charge within Dimapur district visional officer of Kasom or the Convener of the Ac- Khullen in Ukhrul district, tion Committee, Dimapur at along with five staff mem9436609368, 8731010818 bers was abducted by militants. The next day, three of or 9615687211.
GRECU Dmp cautions against unauthorized electrical works
Main features of the lok sabha election 2014:
the abducted people - Ram Singh Siro, Ramthing Singlai and Kapangkhui Jajo were released, the CBI said. On Feb 17, the bodies of Kishan Singh, Y. Token Singh and A. Rajen Sharma were recovered from the banks of Taphao Kuki River near Senapati, Manipur. An investigation pointed towards the involvement of Ningshen in the abduction and killing. The CBI arrested Ningshen May 25, 2009. The case was transferred from Manipur to Delhi on the direction of the Supreme Court in May 2010. The apex court order came on a CBI plea seeking transfer of the case saying there was apprehension of conflict between two communities and of a fair trial.
LS polls may delay constitution of HPC
DIMAPUR, MARCH 5 (NNN): The constitution of a High Power Committee (HPC) in connection with the United Naga Council’s demand of an Alternative Arrangement, pending Indo-Naga settlement, is likely to be delayed due to the Model Code of Conduct for the upcoming Lok Sabha polls. Sources informed Newmai News Network that the Ministry of Home Affairs has written to UNC leaders in Delhi re-assuring the formation of the HPC, but that an order to this effect was not issued. “Though the officials of the MHA had not revealed the reason for not issuing the order today, it appears that technical difficulties could have been the factor as the Election Commission of India has announced the schedules of the 16th Lok Sabha polls. Automatically, the Model Code of Conduct followed,” stated the sources.
to be a dream -- a la 2004 and 2009 when it lost to the Congress-led United Progressive Alliance (UPA). The AAP, the country’s latest political force, said it was confident of taking on both the BJP and the Congress despite having taken birth only in November 2012. “We will give a good fight to the Congress and the BJP,” Aam Aadmi Party spokesman Nagendra Sharma told IANS. Election Commissioner H.S. Brahma added: “We appeal to all political parties not to use any such words or language that is against decorum and decency.” Related story on page 8
NEw DElHI, MARCH 5 (IANS): The Election Commission announced that the model code of conduct has come into effect Wednesday with the announcement of the April-May Lok Sabha election schedule. Chief Election Commissioner V.S. Sampath later told the media that the code was vital to ensure a level playing field among various contenders for power. Money power causing concern The use of money in elections is a matter of concern, the Election Commission said Wednesday, adding that it will take steps to curb it in the April-May Lok Sabha polls. “The use of money power is a matter of concern,” Chief Election Commissioner V.S. Sampath told the media. He said
special emphasis was being given to “check the use and flow of money during the (coming) election process”. He said the poll panel will deploy flying squads and video surveillance teams among other measures to stop the possible use of money by candidates aimed at influencing voters.
Indians urged to vote in ‘informed, ethical manner’ The Election Commission urged people to “exercise their right to vote” in the coming Lok Sabha election “in an informed and ethical manner”. Chief Election Commissioner V.S. Sampath also appealed to political parties and candidates “to uphold the democratic traditions of the nation by maintaining high standards of political discourse and fair play”. “The Election Com-
mission,” he added, “reassures the nation of its solemn resolve and deep commitment to fulfil its constitutional mandate to conduct free, fair and credible elections.”
NOTA to be provided in general elections Voters will, for the first time, be able to exercise the “None of the Above” (NOTA) option for candidates in the Lok Sabha polls, the Election Commission said Wednesday. Chief Election Commissioner V.S. Sampath said the entire election will be held using electronic voting machines (EVMs), and that the NOTA option will also be provided. “The 2014 Lok Sabha polls shall be held with EVMs,” he said, adding that appropriate instructions will be issued regarding the NOTA facility.
nagaland to vote on April 9 NAGAlANd
PARlIAMENtARy CoNStItuENCy Sl. PC No. PC Name Type
Schedule No: 2 No of PCs going to poll 1 Issue of Notification: 15 March 2014(Sat) Last date for filling Nomination 22 March 2014(Sat) Scrutiny of Nomination: 24 March 2014(Mon) Last date for withdrawal of 1 26 March 2014(Wed) Candidature: Date of Poll 09 April 2014(Wed) Counting of Votes 16 May 2014(Fri) Date before which the election 28 May 2014(Wed) shall be completed
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The Election Commission of India has set April 9 as the date for polls to be conducted in Nagaland state, for the upcoming Lok Sabha Elections. The issue of notification for the polls is set on March 15, while the last date for filing of nominations is March 22. Scrutiny of nominations will be done on March 24 and the last date for withdrawal of candidature is set at March 26. The counting of votes will be done on May 16 and the election process is scheduled to be completed before May 28 Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) Nagaland, Sentiyanger Imchen, IAS, in a media briefing today, said that a total of 11,74,663 electorates comprising of 5,94,572 males and 5,80,091 females will be exercising their franchise in Nagaland state, spread across 2059 Polling Stations. The CEO for Naga-
land informed that elections to the 13th Lok Sabha in the State of Nagaland will be conducted with Electorate Photo Identity Card (EPIC). He informed that the printing of EPIC has started. The department expects the first consignment to reach within a few days. First, it will be covering Dimapur I & II, Tening and Kohima. He stated that the Election Commission desires that EPIC should be distributed, adding that this time voters will be able to vote only if they have EPIC. As of now EPIC is going to be compulsory for voting, he stated. He also said that Election Commission desires that along with the election process, before the voting take place, Systematic Voters Education and Electorate Participation (SVEEP) programme should be strengthened. In this, he said the election department through deputy commissioners would also be
carrying out this exercise to encourage the voters to come out and vote.
ECI lays down code of conduct With the announcement of election date, the Model Code of Conduct has been enforced. As per, the election code of conduct, the ECI has called upon the party in power not to use its official position for the purposes of its election campaign and issued directives for fairness in the use of public property for electioneering purposes. It also notified against Ministers combining their official visit with electioneering work and against the use of official machinery or personnel during the electioneering work. It further cautioned against the issue of advertisement at the cost of public exchequer in newspapers and other media and the misuse of official mass media during the election period for partisan cover-
age of political news and publicity. For the time of the elections, Ministers and authorities cannot announce any financial grants in any form or promises and cannot lay foundation stones etc. of projects or schemes. The ECI also directs against the making of any ad-hoc appointments in Government, Public Undertakings. The Commission further states that there shall be a total ban on the transfer of all officers/officials connected with the conduct of the election. Also, no fresh release of funds under MP including Rajya Sabha members — Local Area Development Fund shall be made in any part of the State where election is in progress. The commission further directs that official vehicles cannot be used for electioneering work. ‘Official Vehicles’ include all those belonging to the Central Government, State Government, Public Undertakings of the Central and State Government, Joint Sector Undertakings of the Central and State Government, Local Bodies, Municipal Corporations, Municipalities, Marketing Boards (by whatever name known), Cooperative Societies, Autonomous District Councils, any other body in which public funds, howsoever small a portion of the total are invested and vehicles belonging to the Ministry of Defense and the Central Police.
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SBI donates ambulance under Corporate Social Responsibility CHUMUKEDIMA, MArCH 5 (MExN): State Bank of India, the country’s largest bank, today donated an ambulance to People in Need Foundation, Dimapur (PINF). Dr. Ashwani Kumar, Governor, Nagaland, formally handed over the keys to Joe Ngamkhuchung, Chairman, PINF, in a function held at Police House, Chumukedima. The ambulance has been donated to enable PINF to provide better medical and relief services to the needy people of the villages surrounding Dimapur, and to render various humanitarian services like taking the sick and ailing poor patients of remote areas to hospitals. PINF Chairman, Ngamkhuchung, in a brief speech highlighted his association with HIV/AIDS. Giving a brief on the history of PINF, he informed that the foundation essentially started as organization working for HIV/AIDS, and “expanded to the differently- abled persons.” Ngamkhuchung thanked SBI for donating the ambulance and stated that the ambulance “would add quality to our service.” The Governor, in his speech, appreciated the no-
Dr. Ashwani Kumar, Governor hand over the keys of an ambulance to Joe Ngamkhuchung, Chairman, PINF at Police House, Chumukedima on March 5.
ble and dedicated service rendered by PINF and also lauded SBI Officials for donating the ambulance as part of their Corporate Social Responsibility. The Governor further urged SBI to continue to contribute for humanitarian works adding, “The more you give the more you get”. Stressing on the word ‘donation’ Dr Kumar cited an example from our state saying, “The best build-
ings in Nagaland are of the churches and they are built from public donations.” The Governor, highlighting the Buddhist concept of giving – called ‘dhan’ – stated that it was the noblest of concepts where one gives unconditionally and receives unconditionally without any attachments. Earlier, Binod Kumar Srivastava, Assistant General Manager, delivered the
welcome address and A K Choudhury, Dy. General Manager, gave a short address. David Kire, Chief Manager, delivered the vote of thanks. Meanwhile, a programme for handing over of bank draft (Amounting Rs. 7,81,234/-) for the cost of an Ambulance (Chevrolet Tavera) by State Bank of India Mokokchung Bazar Branch to Impur Christian Hospital (ICH) was held at
Regional Business Office Mokokchung on March 5. Asst. Gen. Manager (AGM) SBI Regional Business Office, Mokokchung, Sharma Khount, in his short speech mentioned that the donation of the Ambulance is undertaken as part of their Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR). He maintained that SBI which is one of the oldest Banking institutions in India is working for the welfare and betterment of the people and the society throughout the world and under CSR, SBI is carrying out donation works such as providing water filter and Fans to educational institutions, equipments & TV sets to hospital, plantation of trees etc. The AGM also said that since Impur Christian Hospital was started for a noble cause, the purpose of donating the ambulance was to help the poor people in rural areas. Executive Secretary Ao Baptist Church Council (ABAM) Mar Atsongchanger also mentioned his appreciation towards SBI for the generosity and mentioned that the service of the ambulance would benefit not only the Aos but people of the neighboring tribes as well. (With DIPR inputs)
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(Right) Joint secretary Sandeep Dave, IAS Government of India (GoI), Ministry of Rural Development, Department of Land Resources (DoLR) with Hoto Yepthomi additional director (DoLR) and Watershed Development Team (WDT) members at Khekiho village. The team visited the village to review the activities undertaken by the villagers under IWMP on Tuesday. (Photo Courtesy/Zacheo Murry)
Weekly bazaar opens at Mangkolemba town
MANgKolEMbA, MArCH 5 (MExN): A much-needed weekly bazaar was started in Mangkolemba town on March 5 much to the excitement of the public. For years, the people of Mangkolemba were yearning for a market. Seeing the necessity and the various facilities and opportunities that come with it, a group of 12 friends formed the Mangkolemba Town Marketing Committee (MTMC) in 2012 and initiated with the noble goal of starting the much required market for the public. A press note stated that a short prayer programme in the morning marked the
start of the Wednesday bazaar wherein Mangkolemba Adhoc Town Committee, local church leaders, Mangkolemba Ao Lanur Telongjem, all ward chairmen and gaonburas and people from all walks of life participated. Along Longchar, convenor of MTMC, chaired the inaugural programme. In his inaugural speech, president, MTMC, Medemkaba Walling highlighted the various market surveys done and the struggles faced in locating the right businessmen and vendors from Mariani and Nagachari in Assam and also from the nearby villages. He further thanked the
tal presentation. The Board also discussed agendas including establishment of ten bedded hospital at central jail Dimapur. However, as the concern department officials were not present in the meeting, the board decided to discuss in the next DPDB meeting. With regard to the applications seeking recognition and upgradation to
middle school submitted by Vikiye Farm proceeding ME School, Nikhekhu Village, the Board decided to discuss later, as there was no proper information. The Board entrusted Fishery & Soil and Water Conservation Departments to present their departmental activities in the next DPDB meeting. The meeting ended with a vote of thanks from the chair.
Office Assistants trained DPDB discusses bio-medical waste disposal at Dimapur on consumer rights DIMAPUr, MArCH 5 (DIPr): The monthly District Planning & Development Board meeting of the Dimapur District for the month of March was held on March 5 in the Conference Hall of the Deputy Commissioner. Deputy Commissioner and Vice Chairman DPDB, Dimapur N.Hushili Sema, IAS chaired the meeting. Reviewing the last
DPDB meeting minutes, the board discussed on the bio-medical waste disposal at Dimapur and suggested that Health & Family Welfare department and the Dimapur Municipal Council (DMC) convene a combine meeting with the District Administration to work out the matter and discuss in the next DPDB meeting. The Social Welfare department presented the Departmen-
Rotomi village to Lotoshokuba agri link road inaugurated
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Participants and resource persons during the training on consumer rights conducted from March 3 to 5 at ATI Kohima.
KoHIMA, MArCH 5 (MExN): With the objectives to create awareness on Consumer Protection Act and the Rights of the consumer in relation to goods and services, training on consumer rights was conducted from March 3 to 5 at ATI Kohima. Office Assistants from government departments participated in the training where Dr. A. Alem W. Longchar was the Course Coordinator.
Neithono, Advocate, Gauhati High Court, Kohima Bench spoke on Consumer Protection Act; Tongpang L. Jamir, Advocate, Gauhati High Court, Kohima Bench & Panel Lawyer, Nagaland State Legal Services Authority spoke on Consumer Protection : Our Rights & Duties;. M. James Richa, Chemist, State Public Health Laboratory, GoN spoke on Consumers Rights aware-
ness on food safety; Joshua Sheqi, Advocate, Gauhati High Court, Kohima Bench & Associate Director YouthNet spoke on Consumers Rights vis- a- vis case laws; Kezhokhoto Savi, Advocate, Gauhati High Court, Kohima Bench & President Nagaland Voluntary Consumer Organisation spoke on Consumer Protection Act and the Rights of the consumer in relation to goods and services.
DIMAPUr, MArCH 5 (MExN): Parliamentary secretary for Agriculture, Government of Nagaland Dr. Benjongliba Aier, in the presence of Er Picto Shohe, MLA & Chairman of Nagaland Hotels limited inaugurated an agri link road from Rotomi village to Lotoshokuba on March 4, 2014. Thereafter, Dr. Benjongliba Aier conducted an inspection to a stretch of 18 kms agri link road, stated a press release. In his speech, Dr. Benjongliba reminded the villagers not to depend only on subsidies provided by the government but to put hard work so that the government can grant additional programs. Er. Picto, the chief host in his speech requested Dr. Aier to consider some of the programs of his department, which will suit the village soil type and advised the public to be sincere in every sphere of life. A brief profile on agri & allied activities in the area was shared and a Geographical Information System (GIS) map of the constituency was presented to the chief guest. Departmental officials, Addl Di-
Dr. Benjongliba and Er. Picto along with the village elders of Rotomi village after the inauguration of agri link road on March 4.
rector Mero and Sr. Agriculture Engineer Achakpou mewmai accompanied the Parliamentary Secretary. The Parliament Secretary also has a bird eye view of the village, which has been declared as a Model village by the GoN and a Nirmal Gram Paruskar - National Award winner on clean village. He paid a brief tribute to the
stone laid during the 74th session of NBCC annual conference, which was hosted by the village in 2011. Phuhoto Shohe G/T chaired the program, welcome speech by Hukato, Chairman, Village Council, vote of thanks was pronounced by Hukuto Chophi G/T and invocation prayer by Ghoheyi, Pastor RBC.
various organizations for extending help and called for public support and cooperation for the success of this Wednesday bazaar. Nungsang Longkumer, vice chairman, MATC also spoke in the programme. “I am happy for we get fresh vegetables and goods of our choice now,” said a beaming Narola Pongen, a teacher. At the moment, there is no storage facility in Mangkolemba and constructing one with the assistance of either the state government or some businessman will be our immediate goal, averred Yanger, MTMC member “as this will facilitate in upgrading the bazaar into a daily market.”
Mkg to launch NYP-2014 & RGKA today
MoKoKCHUNg, MArCH 5 (DIPr): Launching programme of National Youth Policy and Rajiv Gandhi Khel Abhiyan will be held with a youth rally on March 6 at Imkongmeren Sports Complex, from 8:30 am at Mokokchung. The youth and students will take out rally after the launching from Imkongmeren Sports Complex to Main Police Point, Mokokchung and continue the rally to their respective schools. Centre has approved introduction of National Youth Policy, 2014 (NYP2014) for all round development and empowerment of the youth. Further, the Government has approved implementation of Rajiv Gandhi Khel Abhiyan, (RGKA) for providing all necessary infrastructure and facilities for promotion of sports in the country. To create awareness about these path breaking initiatives, the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports (M0YAS) GOI has decided to formally launch both NYP-2014 and RGKA, Nation-wide, in all the 623 having Nehru Yuva Kendras (NYKs) and through NSS in 299 Universities running NSS programme district headquarters across the Country.
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Heunambe Village at Peren dist inaugurated
Minister TR Zeliang along with others during the inauguration of Heunambe Village Poilwa at Peren District on March 4. (DIPR Photo)
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PErEN, MArCH 5 (DIPr): Minister for Planning & Co-ordination Evaluation & Geology & Mining, TR Zeliang, inaugurated Heunambe Village Poilwa at Peren District on March 4. In the inaugural function, he congratulated the people of Heunambe village and urged the people to live in peace and harmony between them and
neighboring villages. Stating that for any successful establishment of new village well plan infrastructure and development is must, Zeliang exhorted the neighboring villages to come forward in support of Heunambe village which can be viewed as a Model village in organic production. Koheuteung chaired the programme, invocation
by Pastor Pentecostal Heunambe village and Catholic Church Heunambe village presented a welcome song. Welcome speech was delivered by Heunambe founder of village while Chairman, Poilwa village delivered a short speech. Nepali Baptist Church, Heunambe village also presented a special number while vote of thanks was proposed by Kochituing.
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Parties welcome multi-phase polling in North East AgArtAlA/guwAhAti, MArch 5 (iANS): Several political parties in the northeast Wednesday expressed happiness over the multi-phased Lok Sabha polls, except for Assam's regional party Asom Gana Parishad (AGP) which said the dates will affect the Rongali Bihu, a major festival in the state. Congress leaders in Tripura, Assam and other northeastern states welcomed the election schedule announced by Chief
Election Commissioner (CEC) V.S. Sampath in New Delhi. While Assam Congress spokesman Mehdi Alam Bora expressed happiness over the dates, opposition Congress leader in Left-ruled Tripura, Sudip Roy Barman, said the two-phase election in the state "would help the authorities conduct the polls in a free and fair manner". Asom Gana Parishad (AGP) spokesman Manoj Saikia expressed unhappiness at the
‘Congress to get more seats in North East’
ShilloNg, MArch 5 (iANS): Exuding confidence that northeastern states would contribute more seats to the Congress' kitty, Meghalaya Chief Minister Mukul Sangma Wednesday reiterated that his Gujarat counterpart Narendra Modi will never become the prime minister because of his fundamentalist background. "We (Congress) are prepared for the elections. We are optimistic that the people in the region will throw their weight behind the Congress because of its revolutionary legislation and schemes launched by the party-led United Progressive Alliance government," Sangma told IANS. "We are going to do well in Assam, Mizoram, Manipur, and Arunachal Pradesh. In Meghalaya we will retain the Shillong parliamentary seat and we are also optimistic that the Tura parliamentary seat (represented by Nationalist Congress Party MP Agatha K Sangma) will go in favour of the Congress this time," he said. "Though Tripura and Nagaland are tough turf for the Congress, but nonetheless we are hoping to do better in both these states," added Sangma. Of the 25 seats in the region (14 in Assam, two each in Tripura, Meghalaya, Manipur and Arunachal Pradesh and one each in Mizoram, Nagaland and Sikkim), Congress secured 13 in the last Lok Sabha polls in 2009 while the Bharatiya Janata Party got four seats.
The Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M) won Tripura's two seats, while one seat each was bagged by regional parties Asom Gana Parishad, All India United Democratic Front and Bodo People's Front in Assam and the Naga People's Front and the Sikkim Democratic Front (SDF) secured the lone parliamentary seats from Nagaland and Sikkim respectively. "The Congress has strong roots in the region, and I am optimistic we will do much better this because of the performance of the Congress-led UPA government." Accusing the Rashtriya Swayamsewak Sangh (RSS) and the BJP to divide and polarize the country on religious communal lines, Sangma called for an allout struggle against communal forces and ideologies through the elections. Reiterating that he doesn't see Modi becoming a prime minister, he said: "Any person having fundamentalist background in this country cannot aspire to become prime minister. The whole issue (Modi's prime ministerial candidature) is being driven by this group which had hand in unpleasant things in the history of India. "What would happen to India if Modiji a hardcore RSS man becomes the next prime minister? Imagine they (RSS) are going to pull strings behind the functioning of his government which is going to be dangerous for this country," he said.
Lok Sabha poll dates, saying the dates will affect the Rongali Bihu, a major festival of Assam. "Rongali Bihu is like a month-long festival. As six constituencies will go to polls April 24, the Bihu festivities will be affected in those areas. The commission should have taken into consideration the sentiments of the people of Assam," said Saikia. Assam has the highest number of 14 Lok Sabha seats in the region, followed by Tri-
pura, Manipur, Meghalaya and Arunachal Pradesh with two each while Nagaland, Mizoram and Sikkim have one seat each. The Lok Sabha elections in 25 constituencies in the eight states would be held in five phases - April 7, 9, 12, 17 and 24. "There should be single-phase polling in small states like Tripura. The mafia might get scope for unlawful activities in multi-phase polling in small states," Bharatiya Janata Party national executive
committee member Sudhindra Dasgupta told IANS. The ruling Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M) in Tripura welcomed the multi-phase elections. "When there was a serious terrorist problem in Tripura and other northeastern states, there was single-phase polling on previous occasions," CPI-M Tripura state secretary and party's central committee member Bijan Dhar told IANS. "We do not know why the
election commission decided to conduct multi-phase elections. However, we have no problem with multi-phase polling," he said. Tripura Chief Electoral Officer Ashutosh Jindal said the state election machinery is gearing up for the polls. "Adequate security and other administrative measures would be taken for the elections in two Lok Sabha seats in Tripura," the CEO told reporters. Assam BJP spokesman Rupam Goswami also expressed
NPF Manipur responds to BJP statement SENAPAti, MArch 5 (NNN): Retorting to the comment of BJP candidate Prof Gangmumei Kamei that the Naga People's Front (NPF) is a Nagaland based political party, the NPF, Manipur State said today that any political party launched in a particular state does not mean the party belongs to that party. Driving home its point, the NPF, Manipur State said most of the political parties were launched from New Delhi but they are not considered Delhi based parties. "AAP, BJP, Congress, Janata Dal, CPI, CPI(M), etc., etc., are not considered Delhi based or Kolkata based parties," cited the NPF, Manipur State. On another comment of Prof
the condition put forth, the outfit will first highlight the situation through the media. Meanwhile, the KNF-N said the outfit somehow managed to get two cell phone numbers of the kidnappers of the two labourers. "Certain quarters had provided us two Aitel phone numbers. We contacted the kidnappers through those two numbers (8414874591 & 8119994660) and realised that the receiver of our call spoke in Manipuri with Tangkhul accent," claimed the KNF-N. According to the KNFN, these two phone numbers were passed on by the kidnappers to the concerned party for negotiation "but somehow we managed to get the phone numbers". KNF-N then said it is for communal harmony.
while the final days for withdrawal of their candidatures are March 26 for Outer constituency and March 29 for the Inner constituency. The Election Commission of India (ECI) has also scheduled the scrutiny of nominations to be conducted on Mar 24 for Outer seat and March 27 for Inner constituency. The counting of votes for the said election would be done on May 16, 2014 for both the Outer and Inner Constituencies of the state, Nabakishore maintained. Deputy Commissioner of Thoubal district T. Ranjit has been declared the Returning Officer (R.O) for the Outer constituency while deputy commissioner of Imphal West district, Kh. Radhakumar has been chosen as the R.O for the Inner constituency. Meanwhile, with the announcement of the Election Schedules by the ECI, the Model Code of Conduct comes into effect from March 5 which is applicable throughout the country in respect of all candidates, political parties, the State and the Union Governments, the CEO of Manipur added. With the announcement
check corruption in the state as present and pastchief ministers including ministers, MLAs, government officers and even NGOs are under its purview. The Lokayukta would consist of a chairperson who should be a judge of the Supreme court or a chief justice of a high court, two members, out of whom one would be judicial member and they would be from Arunachal Pradesh Schedule Tribe and one of them should be an woman.
A girl tries to pull a boat ashore near a paddy field in Mayong village, about 45 kilometers (28 miles) east of Guwahati, Assam on Monday, March 3, 2014. Agriculture is the source of livelihood for a majority of India's population with a number of festivals related to it. (AP Photo/Anupam Nath)
Manipur LS polls: MCC comes into force iMPhAl, MArch 5 (NNN): The Model Code of Conduct of the ensuing 16th Lok Sabha elections 2014 has come into force from today along with the announcement for the polls to be conducted in two phases in Manipur, according to chief electoral officer (CEO), Manipur O. Nabakishore Singh. Along with the announcement, the chief electoral officer also disclosed the Election Commission of India’s (ECI) election schedules for the Lok Sabha elections 2014. According to the chief electoral officer, the elections in the state will be held in two phases on different days, which fall on April 9, for the Outer Manipur (ST) Parliamentary Constituency and April 17 for the Inner Manipur Parliamentary constituency. The issue of notification for the Outer constituency has been scheduled on March 15 while for the Inner constituency; it has been fixed for March 19. The last dates of filling nominations by the candidates contesting in the elections are March 22 for Outer seat and March 26 for the Inner constituency,
Arunachal assembly passes Lokayukta bill
itANAgAr, MArch 5 (Pti): The deck is cleared for creation of a Lokayukta in Arunachal Pradesh, with the assembly passing the Lokayukta Bill by voice vote after a long debate. After tabling the bill chief minister Nabam Tuki said, it was mandatory for all the states to establish a Lokayukta within one year after the Parliament passed the Bill and notified on January 14 last. The state's Lokayukta Bill would be a strong tool to
Gangmumei Kamei that Nagaland chief minister Neiphiu Rio 'is no super-man', the NPF, Manipur State said no one has claimed Rio as a super-man. "Prof Gangmumei Kamei should not feel un-nerved with the meteoric rise of NPF leader Neiphiu Rio," it said. The NPF, Manipur State further said that Neiphiu Rio is 'no super-man but very much he is now a regional leader'. "Neiphiu Rio is the convenor of North East Regional Parties Front (NERPF)," reminded the NPF, Manipur State to Prof Gangmumei Kamei. Meanwhile, the NPF, Manipur State belittles Prof Gangmumei Kamei saying he is a 'confused person'. "At one point of time Gangmumei
Kamei would speak high of regionalism saying regional parties could only save our people and region but today his honey-lips are showering sweeties on the national party," stated the NPF, Manipur State. Prof Gangmumei Kamei was one of the founders of now-defunct Federal Party of Manipur (FPM) and now he is contesting in the Manipur Outer Parliamentary seat on the BJP ticket. The NPF then accused Prof Gangmumei Kamei of 'power-hungry' party hopper. "He is only for power hopping from one political party to the other but even the kids realised these days about his fickle-minded personality," alleged the NPF, Manipur State.
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SAiKul, MArch 5 (NNN): Kuki National Front-Nehlun (KNF-N) has washedoff its hand in the kidnapping of the two labourers of the Guwahati based construction agency ABCI Infrastructure Private Limited on March 2 from Ukhrul district of Manipur by six masked men. According to the KNF-N, though the outfit is not in the Suspension of Operation (SoO) with the Government, but said it will never carry out such kidnapping incidents. According to the KNF-N, the outfit is against any national or state project to be taken up in Kuki areas in case the construction agencies failed to assure the people that they will execute works with dedication for the welfare of the people. The Kuki outfit further said in the event of any work agency not meeting
happiness over the polling dates. "As the elections will be held in the middle of Bihu festival, there would not be a law and order problem and polling is likely to be peaceful," Goswami said. Aminul Islam, spokesman of the All India United Democratic Front (AIUDF), said: "We have a strong presence in all six constituencies which would go to polls April 24. So we are going to get more time to prepare and contest the polls in a better way."
of the election schedules and the Code of Conduct came into effect, the CEO has appealed to all the voters to cast their votes in the polling days mentioned. He also added that even if the voters do not feel like casting their votes, they should mark their presence by pressing the NOTA button present in the Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs), which is a new feature being introduced for the elections. Nabakishore also disclosed that any discrepancies, information or complaints regarding matters related to the ensuing elections can be reported to the Electoral Office through official phone numbers, 0385-2443711, 2447312 and 2447313 or through the office fax number 0385-24552979. There are 2662 polling stations in manipur. Adequate polling personnel will be provided in all the polling stations. Election authorty has attached Voter Verified Paper Audit trail (VVPAT) in EVMs. For the first time the VVPAT will be used in the coming Lok Sabha elections to know the whether the voter has cast his or her own vote.
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State Council of Education Research and Training (Board of Elementary School Education Nagaland Kohima) Certificate of Completion of Elementary Education 2013 This is to certify that Mr Likhumpi son of Mr Cholipa and Mrs Chumtongla has completed Elementary Education in the year 2013. Registration number:-B130011 Date of birth:-12-03-2000 Identification mark: - a mole on the tip of the nose Secretary Head of institute, BESE (SCERT)
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SUMI KIPHIMI KUQHAKULU (SKK) H.Q.Zunheboto: Nagaland.
The Planning Board, Platinum Jubilee (SKK) held a meeting with Western Sumi frontal, organizations on 8th February 2014 at Western Sumi Hoho office. The meeting resolved to hold a workshop on Entrepreneurship Development skill at Niuland in the month of April 2014. In connection to the ensuing programme it has constituted the co-ordination committee with the following members. 1. President, Western Sumi Hoho Convenor 2. Co-Chairman, Planning Board Co-convenor 3. President, Western Sumi Student's union Member Secretary 4. President, Western Sumi Kukami Hoho Member 5. Convenor, Programme Committee Member 6. President, Western Sumi Totimi Hoho Member 7. President, Western Sumi Youth Front Member 8. President, Western Sumi Sports Association Member 9. President, Western Sumi VDB Association Member 10. President, SKK Member 11. Chairman, Adhoc Town Committee Niuland Member 12. President, Sumi Officers Union, Dimapur Member 13. Chairman, Sumi Council Dimapur Member 14. Shri. Jacob Zhimomi Hon'ble MLA & Chairman DAN Nagaland Member 15. Dr. Khekugha Murru Member The meeting also endorsed President Western Sumi Kukami Hoho to propose the site for SKK building in and around Dimapur. It has also entrusted Dr.Khekugha Murru to tap the available resources for Niuland project and activities and report the progress in the next meeting.
DECLARATION Regd.No: 115/14
I, G.K.Rengma, s/o. Shri. Khetso Keppen, r/o. Thahekhu village, Block 1, Dimapur, Nagaland do hereby solemnly affirm and declare on oath as follows: 1. That I am bonafide citizen of India hailing from Rengma Naga community. 2. That I am the sole and absolute owner of land with standing buildings measuring an area of 1, 08,186 sq.ft situated at Sovima village 'E' Khel, Dimapur, Nagaland covered by village council Sl.No. 300 which is free from all encumbrances. 3. That I have not gifted my said immovable property with standing buildings to any persons even to my legitimate children. 4. That any persons dealing with my said immovable property with standing building by way of mortgage/ sale with my legitimate children or any third persons without my knowledge or consent is doing at his/her/their own risk and I am not held responsible. 5. That this declaration is made for the purpose of declaring that I am the sole owner of plot mentioned above and I have not gifted the said properties to any persons even my children. VERIFICATION
I, hereby verify that the contents made in paras 1 to 5 are true and correct to the beliefs my knowledge and beliefs and nothing materials is concealed therein. Solemnly declared before me by the deponent.
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6 March 2014
san Francisco, March 5 (reuTers): Yahoo Inc will stop letting consumers access its various online services, including Fantasy Sports and photo-sharing site Flickr, by signing-in with their Facebook Inc or Google Inc credentials. The change, which will be rolled out gradually according to a Yahoo spokeswoman, will require users to register for a Yahoo ID in order to use any of the Internet portal’s services. The move marks the latest change to Yahoo by Chief Execu-
tive Marissa Mayer, who is striving to spark fresh interest in the company’s Web products and to revive its stagnant revenue. “Yahoo is continually working on improving the user experience,” the company said in a statement, noting that the new process “will allow us to offer the best personalized experience to everyone”. The first Yahoo service to require the new sign-in process is Yahoo Sports Tourney Pick’Em, a service focused on the NCAA college basketball tournament which begins later this month. News of
‘India is the most difficult country to do business’
the change to Yahoo’s Tourney Pick’Em sign-in process was first reported by the technology blog Betanews. Since Mayer took the reins in 2012, the company has rolled out new versions of many of its key products, including Yahoo Mail and Yahoo Finance. Last year, Yahoo announced a program to recycle inactive Yahoo user IDs, letting new users claim email addresses that have not been used for more than 12 months. In eliminating the Facebook and Google sign-in features, May-
er, a former Google executive, is effectively reversing a strategy that Yahoo adopted in 2010 and 2011 under then CEO Carol Bartz. The change to the Tourney Pick’Em sign-in process began on Monday, the Yahoo spokeswoman said, noting that users could still access other services with Google or Facebook IDs. The sign-in buttons for Facebook and Google will eventually be removed from all Yahoo properties, the Yahoo spokeswoman, though she declined to provide a timeframe.
new Delhi, March 5 (PTi): New Delhi has emerged as the most difficult country to do business, followed by Indonesia and the Philippines, says a study by marketing firm SPAG Asia. Thailand and Malaysia have emerged as the easiest for foreign investors. “As the second term of the Congress-led coalition government comes to an end in India, its record has disappointed business. Policy paralysis and slow decision making have resulted in a weak macroeconomic situation, with high fiscal and trade deficits, high interest rates and high consumer inflation,” the study said. The study also pegs India as the country having highest external political risks due to security threats posed by Pakistan. This category listed 22 Asian nations. Social instability risks are also highest in India and Indonesia, while they are lowest in Vietnam and China, the study revealed. Insufficient efforts by the government and political leadership, regulatory and policy hurdles, aggressive tax regime, reversals in trade openness, sensitivity to intellectual property and economic slowdown have con- Bollywood actor Imran Khan poses for photographs during the launch of Vespa S scoottributed to making foreign investors wary, it pointed out. ers in Mumbai on Wednesday, March 5. (AP Photo)
Training on cash crop plantation
lize the resources for better implementation of the technology. Topics on package and practices for sugarcane and economic importance of cash crop cultivation were discussed by resource person Chingmak, Agricultural officer and Martina, SMS, KVK, Tuensang respectively. Besides, technical knowledge on control and management of termites was also highlighted. Altogether 34 farmers attended the training programme.
Tuensang, March 4 (Mexn): Department of agriculture Tuensang with AVA Farmers Club Alisopur jointly conducted training on cash crop plantation on March 4 at Alisopur village. Identifying the potential of cash crop cultivation in the area, the training programme was organised with an aim to impart technical knowledge to the farmers in the village. Earlier in the programme, R. Butang, DAO, delivered the keynote address, where he highlighted on the economic importance of the farmers to tap the potential of growing the crops in the region. Joint Director of Agriculture Rongseneinla in her short speech encouraged the farmers to grow cash crops with dedication and uti-
ATMA conducts interaction at Lumani
ZunheboTo, March 5 (Mexn): A daylong farmer-scientist interaction sponsored by ATMA, Zunheboto was held at Krishi Vigyan Kendra Lumami, Nagaland University. The main objective of the interaction was to find out the problems faced by the farmers
and find solutions, a press release informed. During the interaction, it was found that farmers are facing lot of problems in managing their pigs and poultry i.e., especially disease management in animals. The release informed that Programme Coordinator KVK, Zunheboto, SMS (Agronomy), SMS (Plant protection), SMS (Agri Extension) and SMS (Soil Science) led the interaction event, which was attended by 23 farmers from Lumami village. Subject Matter Specialist (SMS) plant protection highlighted on management of Chilli crop at nursery stage. Farmers also enquired about management of Gundhi Bug, which causes a huge loss in paddy fields. It was suggested to place rotten meat or crabs in and around the field for pest management. Management practices of citrus trunk borer, white ants, insect pest in colocasia, banana and mus-
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tard were discussed. SMS (Agronomy) discussed about the problem on maize cultivation and measures to overcome them. Problems on potato cultivation in regard of procuring planting materials and disease infestation were also discussed. The farmers were encouraged to go for True Potato Seeds (TPS) for increasing productivity. SMS (Soil Science) requested the farmers to get their soil tested in KVK for proper nutrient management and soil health. SMS (Agri Extension) discussed and demonstrated about the usefulness of Kissan Call centre (toll free No. 1800-180-1551) which can be utilized by farmers to get any information about agriculture and allied subjects in Nagamese instantly which will help to solve their problems. Farmers were provided with free veterinary medicines, bio pesticides, biocontrol agents and maize seeds.
public discoursE New Dawn, Old Gimmicks?!?
ith the inauguration of Nagalands first Medical college at Kohima, the Nagas can finally heave a collective sigh of relief and joy. It is indeed a historic and landmark event. A long cherished dream of our people and a truly laudable effort of the present government. There, however, have been a couple things playing at the back of my mind which (albeit hesitantly) I wish to share on this very public platform. First, I want to reassure anyone reading this, that, I am not politically affiliated or motivated, nor driven by any other agenda. Bringing a Medical college to the
State is tremendous feat, one that requires a lot of political will. As the wise say, give credit where credit is due, no one can deny them of their achievement. However, switching gears for a second, what’s confusing is the choice of location of setting up the institution. Kohima is the State capital, Angami are great people and the climate is chilly and nostalgic, but it has its drawbacks too. Horrendous traffic snarls, acute water shortage, steep roads not conducive to commute et al, to name a few. With 45% reservation for Naga students, it’s understood that the remaining 55% would be filled by
a pan-India intake. Dimapur with good rail, road and air connectivity seemed like a very strong contender. It’s a certainty, however, that Kohima was not chosen at random, like in a lottery. There, without doubt, are certain outstanding merits of Kohima which could not simply be overlooked by the State government. Now it’d be awful kind if the State Authorities could make public that knowledge so that every Naga denizen could better understand and appreciate their achievements and decisions. Puluto T. Chishi Chekiye Village, Dimapur.
Naga Youths Need to Learn a Lesson from the Life of Samson
agaland is one of the states in India which has the highest percentage of Christian. There are thousands of Christian institutions in Nagaland. The primary purpose of opening Christian institution is to educate the children in Christian environment, to build up each student in Christian life to produce boys and girls Christ like. There are thousands of the Churches in Nagaland each Church has its Christian education department. The primary purpose of opening Christian education department in the Church is to help the Christian children to carry out the commandment of Jesus. It helps and gives training to the children and young people to develop Christian personalities. In spite of having thousands of Christian institutions and imparting Christian education in the Churches in Nagaland, many Naga youths are walking in the path of wicked which is prohibits in the Bible and spoiling their lives and tarnishing the image of “Nagaland for Christ”. Some of the major Christian challenges prevailing in our society are Sexual Relation, Pornography, Rape sexual harassment, Gambling, Alcoholism, Aids, Drug Addiction, Suicide, killing and murder, Frustration. Many Naga Christian youths` life are spoiling and butchering by the above challenges. Therefore, Naga youths need to learn a lesson from the life of Samson. (Judges, 13:1-24). Samson was the son of Manoah Zorah from the clan of Danites whose wife was barren. Angel appeared to the mother of Samson and said, “you are sterile but you are going to conceive and have son, and told her not to drink wine and or
other fermented drink and unclean food, also told her no razor to be used on his head, because he will be the deliverance of Israel from the hands of the Philistines”. It was fulfilled and she gave birth to a boy and name Samson. He grew and the Lord blessed him. And the sprit of the Lord began to move on him. This is beginning of the Samson life. His name Samson means “Sunny”. Samson life begins with bright. Initially he did bring sunshine to his home and to the people of Israel, but ended in the darkness. Samson was dedicated to the Lord. His life was influence by spiritual life, because he was born in godly home but he rejected. Samson began his ministry blessed by the Lord and closed his life mocked by heathen crowd. Samson decision was opposed by his parents. But he refused the will of his parents and the will of God of Israel. Like Samson, Naga youths are born in Christian family, brought up in Christian environment, Like Samson many Naga youths are refusing to live in the will of their parents and God and ending their lives with mocking and humiliation. Therefore, learning a lesson from the life of Samson and shunning the path of Samson and living in the will of Parents and God is the only way for Naga youths to overcome the above Christian challenges and escape from the ending the life with mocking and humiliation. In conclusion, I request all the young readers of this article not only reader but put into practice for your bright future. P. Inaho Yeptho Pastor, Sumi Baptist Church, Mon Town.
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Major reshuffle of IAS/NCS/NSS officers in Nagaland Kohima, march 5 (DiPr): In the interest of public service, the Governor of Nagaland has ordered transfers & postings of the following IAS/NCS/NSS officers with immediate effect: 1. Rajiv Bansal, IAS, Principal Secretary, YRS will hold additional charge of H & FW. 2. Binchilo Thong, IAS, Pr. Secretary, Agri & APC, PHE & I&FC relieved of Agri & APC. 3. Imkonglemba, IAS, Commissioner & Secretary, School Education & SCERT, transferred and posted as Commissioner & Secretary, Agri & APC. Meanwhile, M. Patton, IAS, Secretary, on promotion, retained as Commissioner & Secretary, School Education & SCERT. 4. Kesonyu Yhome, IAS, Principal Director designate, transferred and posted as Joint Secy, School Education and will hold additional charge of Principal Director, School Education. 5. Wepretso Mero, Secretary, Home Department, transferred and posted as Secretary, Labour & Employment. 6. Anenla S. Longchari, Joint Commissioner, on promotion, transferred and posted as Secretary, PHE. 7. Khrupi Sothuo, Jt Secretary, School Education, transferred and posted as Joint Secretary, Labour & Employment. 8. Asenla Keitzar, Addl Secretary, Power, transferred and posted as Addl. Secretary, PHE. 9. Ahola Those, Jt. Secretary, Urban Development, on promotion, transferred and posted as Addl. Secretary, Higher Education. 10. Thangkhonei Singsit, Jt. Secretary, Women Development, on promotion, transferred and posted as Addl. Secretary, Home Department. 11. Y.Y. Sangtam, Jt. Secretary, Sc & Tech, transferred and posted as Jt. Secretary, Tourism. 12. A. Robin Lotha, ADC Tizit, on promotion, transferred and posted as Jt. Secretary, Border Affairs. 13. Temsu Longkumer, ADC Noklak, on promotion, transferred and posted as Jt. Secretary, Home. 14. Thejawhelie Gregory, ADC Medziphema, on promotion, transferred and posted as Joint Secretary, CMO. 15. Sehjang Doungel, ADC Tuli, on promotion, transferred and posted as Jt. Secretary, Excise. 16. Henkhohao Singson, Deputy Secretary, Cooperation, on promotion, transferred and posted as Jt. Secretary, IT&C. 17. S. N. Tsanglao, Jt. Secretary, N&RE, transferred and posted as Jt. Sec-
Business skills & management training in Mkg
m o Ko Kc h u n g, march 5 (mExn): Mokokchung Entrepreneurs Consortium (MEC) in association with the Business Association of Nagas (BAN) will be organizing a business skills and management training for local entrepreneurs of Mokokchung on Monday, March 10 at Longkumer Kilem, Mokokchung from 1:00 pm onwards. A press release issued by MEC chairman, Tsukti Longkumer informed that eminent resource persons from Maduraibased Christian Business Mentors Council (CBMC), India will be at the training. Participants will be trained on the basics of business management in subjects like book-keeping, financial management, inventory management, and logistics management. Resource persons for the training will be Richard Samuel, Secretary of CBMC and D.Sam Devavaram, Executive Director of CMBC. Interested individuals have been informed to collect registration forms which will be available at MEC Office, Longpok Mansion, adjacent to Post Office, Mokokchung during office hours. Interested persons may also contact MEC chairman at 9436006062 for further inquiries.
retary, Cooperation. 18. C. Ajung, Deputy Secretary, Vety & AH, on promotion, transferred and posted as Joint Secretary, Soil & Water Conservation. 19. Lhouchalie, DRC, Kolkata transferred and posted as Joint Secretary, Home. 20. Smita Sarangi, ADC Peren, transferred and posted as JRC, Nagaland House, Delhi. 21. Arenla Jamir, Dy. Secy, Home, transferred and posted as DRC, Nagaland House, Kolkata. 22. Angelina Tajen, Dy Secretary, IT & C, transferred and posted as Deputy Secretary, Agri. 23. Imsheshanen Jamir, ADC Phek, on promotion, transferred and posted as Joint Secretary, Horticulture. 24. Hokhuli K. Chishi, ADC (Hq), on promotion, transferred and posted as Jt. Secy, Evaluation. 25. M. Temsu Ao, Under Secretary, PHE, on promotion, transferred and posted as Deputy Secretary, F&CS. 26. Virul Khikhi, Under Secretary, Urban Development, on promotion, transferred and posted as Deputy Secretary, School Education. 27. Amenla Wati Anichar, Under Secretary, YRS, on promotion, transferred and posted as Deputy Secretary, Forest. 28. Lithrongla Tongpi, SDO Kohima, on promotion, transferred and posted as Deputy Secretary, Power. 29. Alongdimen Jamir, EAC Seithekiema, on promotion, transferred ad posted as Under Secretary NRE. 30. Tsuktimar, SDO Phek, on promotion, transferred and posted as Deputy Secretary, Works & Housing. 31. Chubakatila, Under Secretary, School Education, on promotion, transferred and posted as Deputy Secretary, H&FW. 32. C. Limayala, Under Secretary, W&H, on promotion, transferred and posted as Deputy Secretary, Women Development. 33. Dielienuo, Under Secretary, H&FW, on promotion, transferred and posted as Deputy Secretary, Labour. 34. Rongsenrenla, Under Secretary, H&FW, transferred and posted as Under Secretary, Higher Education. 35. Zaseru Demo, Under Secretary, H&FW, transferred and posted as Under Secretary, SCERT. 36. Sehkholun, Under Secretary, P&AR department, Personnel ‘A’ Branch, transferred and posted as Under Secretary, Vigilance Branch in the same department. 37. L. Adaha, Under Secretary, Geol-
ogy Mining, transferred and posted as Under Secretary IPR. 38. Chinnu Hangsing, Under Secretary, H&FW, transferred and posted as Under Secretary, Home Department. 39. Throngpen Thur, SO, TPT, on promotion, transferred and posted as Under Secretary, Vety & AH. 40. Y. Metchiu, SO, TPT, on promotion, transferred and posted as Under Secretary, Power. 41. T. Anar, SO, I&PR department, on promotion, transferred and posted as Under Secretary, PHE. 42. Lhiwete Chirhah, SO, RR & DM, on promotion, transferred and posted as Under Secretary, Eco & Stats. 43. Ayangla Longchari, SO, P&AR department, on promotion, retained as Under Secretary, P&AR Department. 44. Mhalo Humtsoe, EAC, Khezhakeno on promotion, transferred and posted as Under Secretary, IPR. 45. Akumla Walling, Under Secretary, F&CS, transferred and posted as Under Secretary, YRS The handing/taking over of charge should be completed on or before 14/03/14 positively. Transfer and postings of IAS/NCS officers
1. Vikeyie Kenya, Deputy Commissioner (Hq), on promotion, retained as Joint Commissioner, Commissioner’s Office. 2. Peter Lichamo, ADC Pughoboto, on promotion, transferred and posted as Deputy Commissioner, Peren. 3. Vikishe Sema, ADC Pfutsero, on promotion, transferred and posted as Deputy Commissioner, Hq. Commissioner's Office. 4. Sushil Kumar Patel, IAS, ADC Tuensang, transferred and posted as ADC, Aboi. 5. Robert Longchari, Deputy Secretary, IPR, transferred and posted as ADC, Tuensang. 6. Limawapang Jamir, Deputy Secretary, Urban Development, transferred and posted as ADC, Atoizu. 7. Tarep Imchen, ADC Dimapur, transferred and posted as Executive Officer, DMC, Dimapur. 8. Jamithung Lotha, Deputy Secretary, IT&C, transferred and posted as ADC, Dimapur. 9. Nungsangmenla, Deputy Secretary, Soil & Water Conservation, transferred and posted as ADC, Zunheboto. 10. Zhothisa Dawhuo, ADC, Commissioner’s Office, transferred and posted as ADC Medziphema. 11. P. Mono Khiamungam, SDO (C) Manyakshu, on promotion, trans-
ferred and posted as ADC, Seyochung with additional charge of EAC, Sitimi. 12. Razouvolie Dozo, SDO (C) Kohima, on promotion, transferred and posted as ADC, Noklak. 13. Dr. Kadambari Bhagat, IAS, SDO (C) Dimapur, on promotion, transferred and posted as ADC Peren with additional charge of ADC, Tening. 14. T. Nchumbemo Odyuo, ADC, Seyochung transferred and posted as ADC, Pfutsero with additional charge of EAC, Sakraba. 15. Renabemo, SDO (C) Chizami, on promotion, transferred and posted as ADC Tizit. 16. Sentiwapang, ADC Meluri, transferred and posted as ADC, Tuli. 17. Anthony Ngullie, ADC Zunheboto, transferred and posted as ADC, Commissioner’s Office. 18. Nokchasashi, SDO (C) Wokha, on promotion, transferred and posted as ADC, Pughoboto. 19. Vikhweno M. Meratsu, Dy. Secretary, Forest, transferred and posted as ADC, Tseminyu. 20. Lovitoly Sema, SDO (C) Pfutsero, on promotion, transferred and posted as ADC Phek. 21. John Tsulise Sangtam, ADC Aboi, transferred and posted as ADC, Meluri. The officers at serial number 2, 4, 5, 6, 8, 9, 12, 19 & 20 shall move first. Handing/taking over of charge should be completed on or before March 14 positively. All deputy commissioners have been directed to send the compliance report by March 18, 2014. More reshuffle of IAS/NCS officers
1. Kikumsungla Jamir, SDO (C) Zunheboto, transferred and posted as SDO (C) Akuloto, with additional charge of EAC, V.K. 2. T.L. Kiusumong, SDO (C) Akuluto, transferred and posted as SDO, Chizami with additional charge of EAC, Razeba. 3. Arikumba, SDO (C) Chen, transferred and posted as SDO (C) Tuli. 4. Phuleshe K. Yepthomi, SDO (C) Sanis, transferred and posted as SDO (C) Ralan. 5. Nchumbemo, SDO (C) Zunheboto, transferred and posted as SDO (C) Sanis, with additional charge of EAC Lotsu. 6. Kethosituo Sekhose, SDO (C) Ralan, transferred and posted as SDO (C) Kohima. 7. Wasu Katiry, SDO (C) Anjangyang, transferred and posted as SDO (C) Chen. 8. Chubatemjen, SDO (C) Noksen, transferred and posted as SDO (C) Anjangyang.
NYP & RGKA launched in Zunheboto district
ZunhEBoTo, march 5 (mExn): Zunheboto district launched the National Youth Policy (NYP) and Rajiv Gandhi Khel Abhiyan (RGKA) at Zunheboto public ground on March 3. Nehru Yuva Kendra Sangathan, Zunheboto Kendra under supervision of L. Akato Sema,
Deputy Commissioner, Zunheboto organized the programme. Kemciyile, Extra Assistant Commissioner, Zunheboto asked the youth of Zunheboto to be proactive and play the role of a good citizen with the rest of the country. She also encouraged them to
receive the benefit of the Policy, while the Government of India is realizing the importance of the youth and giving importance to them. A press release issued by NYKS Programme i/c for Zunheboto Ruokuovikho Chale informed that Khenatoli Yeptho chaired the
programme; Tokugha Jakha, Youth Pastor ZTSBC said invocation prayer; Ruokuovikho Chale delivered keynote address; Mughalu Awomi, Spokesperson, Zunheboto Town Youth Organisation said vote of thanks. The programme was followed by a rally.
aBoi, march 5 (DiPr): Departmental coordination meeting under Aboi headquarters was held on March 5. ADC Aboi, John Tsulesu Sangtam requested the head of offices to cooperate for developmental activities as well as law and order situation. He also urged the head of offices and staffs to be stationed at the headquarters for providing better services to the public. Issues regarding medical, PHED, power, price control, land encroachment, school education were discussed at length for imme-
diate redressal, especially Education department. As an act of Good Samaritan, all the departments and NGOs which attended the meeting contributed bench/desk towards Aboi GMS. MLA Eshak expressed satisfaction with the performance of some departments and cautioned the non performing departments to be more efficient and sincere in their duties. He also highlighted some developmental activities as well as purpose of works. Adhoc Town Committee Aboi, KU, ATSU, KNSK, DBs and GBs attended the meeting.
DimaPur, march 5 (mExn): At the ongoing Spring Festival-2014 being held in Dimapur, Jadu Samrat Vikram, "a noted young magician from Assam mesmerised the audience with his spellbound magic performance" at the NEZCC Park on March 5 evening. According to a press release, the performance was well received by the audience with great applause and cheer. He has been awarded with a Certificate of Honour by Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Ka-
lam, former president of India and the Government of Arunachal Pradesh with a Youth Achiever Award. Sensing the mood of the audience and keeping in view the public demand, the release informed, a repeat show of the magician’s will be held on March 6, 6:00 pm at NEZCC Park. Entry fee will be Rs.50/per person. Audience have been requested to be seated by 6:00 pm. Fun children activities will be made available simultaneously, the release added.
moKoKchung, march 5 (mExn): Mokokchung Chamber of Commerce and Industries (MCCI) held its annual general meeting here today at MMC Complex. Apart from the customary tabling and approving of departmental reports and agenda, the house deliberated on several issues pertaining to safeguarding the interests of business community and adopted a series of resolutions, according to a press release. The MCCI general body unanimously resolved to enhance the MCCI annual membership registration fee from the existing rate
to Rs.500, Rs.400, Rs.300 and Rs.200 for Grade A, Grade B, Grade C and Grade D businesses respectively. Declaring Mokokchung a free and competitive market, the house resolved to discourage monopolizing supply of goods in the market by “dubious, unauthorized, self-styled agencies, dealers and distributors.” The house also resolved to take up the matter of sanitation tax with the district administration and Mokokchung Municipal Council. The burden of paying for the sanitation and garbage disposal in the town should be shared by all the households spread
across 18 wards in the town area, which till date is being paid for by the business community alone, the house felt.The house also resolved to take up the matter of street sweepers employed by MMC with their employer as their service is found to be unsatisfactory. The meeting observed the gravity of the situation caused by unscrupulous private money lenders in the market in contravention with the provisions of the Nagaland Money Lenders Act and resolved to take the matter to the competent authority for initiation of appropriate measures. It further re-
solved that individuals/ groups/societies lending money to business persons in Mokokchung would be doing so at their own risk and community members of the borrower(s), friends, family members, trade association or MCCI shall not be held responsible should the borrower fail to repay the loan. The meeting was chaired by President of MCCI, Moasangba Jamir while MCCI Senior Advisor, Lanukaba exhorted the gathering. Guest speaker of the meeting was Dr.Lanusashi Longkumer who spoke on ‘Scope for entrepreneurial development in Mokokchung’.
Coordination meet at Aboi Magic show at NEZCC today
MCCI annual meet, several resolutions adopted
9. Hito, SDO (C) Thonoknyu, transferred and posted as SDO (C) Zunheboto. 10. Tiameren Chang, SDO (C) Wokha, transferred and posted as SDO (C) Tuensang, with additional charge of EAC, Sotokur. 11. Rajesh, IAS, SDO (C) Mokokchung will hold additional charge of EAC Kubulong. 12. W. Manpai Phom, SDO (C) Wakching transferred and posted as SDO (C) Medziphema. 13. Japeth Woch, SDO (C) Longleng will hold additional charge of EAC Sakshi. 14. Thsuvisie Phoji, SDO (C) Tening will hold additional charge of EAC Nsong. 15. Wennyie Konyak, SDO (C) Kohima will hold additional charge of EAC, Kezocha. 16. Mhathung Tsanglao, SDO (C) Noklak will hold additional Charge of EAC Nokhu. 17. Imsenperong Wati, SDO (C) Tuensang, transferred and posted as SDO (C) Noksen. 18. Chingyak Konyak, SDO (C) Suruhoto, transferred and posted as SDO (C) Wakching. 19. Neilezo Tep, SDO (C) Tuli, transferred and posted as SDO (C) Kohima. 20. Zapunuo Sophie, EAC Cheiphobozo, on promotion retained as SDO (C) Cheiphobozo. 21. T.Lanusenla, EAC Longchem, on promotion, transferred and posted as SDO (C) Mangkolemba, with additional charge of EAC, Longchem. 22. Renbomo, EAC Mangkolemba, on promotion, retained as SDO (C) Mangkolemba, with additional charge of EAC, Alongkima. 23. D. Robin, EAC Tamlu, on promotion, transferred and posted as SDO (C) Manyakshu. 24. Amentoli Anar, EAC, V.K, on promotion, transferred and posted as SDO (C) Nuiland with additional charge of EAC, Aqunaqa. 25. Anokha H. Assumi, EAC Nihokhu, on promotion, transferred and posted as SDO (C) Dimapur. 26. Mhomo Tungoe, EAC Chuchuyimlang, on promotion, transferred and posted as SDO (C) Wokha with additional charge of EAC, Sungro. 27. Moa Lemtur, EAC Aitepyong, on promotion, transferred and posted as SDO (C), Pfutsero with additional charge of EAC, Khezakheno and Zuketsa. 28. K. Furhesie Nguwi, EAC Meluri, on promotion, retained as SDO (C) Meluri with additional charge of EAC Phukungri. 29. Imokokla, EAC Chare, on promotion, transferred and posted as
SDO (C) Tamlu with additional charge of EAC Namsang. 30. Shaying Sheu, EAC Sungro, on promotion, transferred and posted as SDO (C) Thonoknyu. 31. Thungchangbemo, EAC, Commissioner’s Office, on promotion, transferred and posted as SDO (C) Atoizu with additional charge of EAC, Akahaito. 32. Chumlamo Humtsoe, EAC, Commissioner’s Office, on promotion, transferred and posted as SDO (C) Suruhoto. 33. Moa Tzudir, EAC Dimapur, on promotion, transferred and posted as SDO (C) Satakha, with additional charge of EAC, Satoi. 34. Er. Namang Sepong Chang, EAC Pughoboto, on promotion, retained as SDO (C) Pughoboto. 35. Dr. Kuzonyi Wideo, EAC Tizit will hold additional charge of EAC, Hunta. 36. James Swu, EAC Medziphema, transferred and posted as EAC, Dimapur. 37. Chonpenthung Ezung, EAC Pungro will hold additional charge of EAC, Khonsa. 38. James Khulu Tikhir, EAC Wokha, transferred and posted as EAC, Aitepyong. 39. Zuring Madeliang, EAC Aqunaqa, transferred and posted as EAC, Nihokhu. 40. Samuel Thyug, EAC Noklak, transferred and posted as EAC, Bhandari with additional charge of Champang & Baghty. 41. Kikato Chishi (P), EAC, Tuensang will hold additional charge of EAC, Sangsagnyu. 42. Thejakhrieno Nisa (P), EAC, Mokokchung will hold additional charge of EAC Chuchuyimlang. 43. Benjamin Longkap, EAC, Kiphire will hold additional charge of EAC, Longmatra & Amahator. 44. Zhoi Lohe, EAC, Longleng will hold additional charge of EAC Yongyah. 45. Mejazungba Jamir (P), EAC, Longleng will hold additional charge of EAC, Yachem. 46. Anyie Walliemp, EAC, Chazouba will hold additional charge of EAC, Sekruzu. 47. Hotulu Sema (P), EAC, Longkhim will hold additional charge of EAC Chare. 48. Asungba Walling, EAC, Satakha will hold additional charge of Saptiqa. The officers at serial number 1, 3, 4, 7, 10, 18, 29, 23, 27, 29, 31, 32, 33, 39 & 42 will move first. Handing/taking over of charge should be completed on or before March 14 positively. All deputy commissioners have been asked to send the compliance report by March 18, 2014.
NACR condemns DimaPur, march 5 (mExn): Nagaland Alliance for Child Rights (NACR), a network of NGOs working for women and Child Rights has strongly condemned “the act of the domestic helpers who used the helpless girl for their selfish gains in Zunheboto.” In a condemnation note, NACR stated, “It is unbelievable that human being can stoop so low to carry out such acts when they are paid to provide care and assistance to that very person.” It is unimaginable, it stated, “to think of a society where even the disabled are not spared by those hungering for wealth and lust.” NACR has demanded from the authorities concerned to give exemplary punishment to the accused befitting their crimes.
OTVGEU general session on March 8
WoKha, march 5 (mExn): The 22nd general session of Old Tssori Village Government Employees Union (OTVGEU) will be held on March 8, 10:00 am at the residence of Nzanthung Kithan, deputy director, Land Revenue at Mount View Colony, Dimapur. Therefore, secretary of OTVGEU, Alex Humtsoe in a press release has requested all concerned to come to the meeting with various agendas pertaining to the union’s welfare. The release cautioned that appropriate action will be taken against the absentees.
AAUD executive and elders meeting
DimaPur, march 5 (mExn): The Akuluto Area Union Dimapur (AAUD) has convened executive and elders meeting on March 8, 2:00 pm at banker Kashiho Chishi’s residence at LRC colony, Dimapur. All the members and invitees have been requested to attend positively.
DPRO Mon condoles
mon, march 3 (mExn): The District Public Relations Officer (DPRO) of Mon and his staff have expressed deep grief at the untimely demise of Ronshong Konyak, Information Assistant, DPRO office, Mon on March 5 at Mon town. In a condolence message, the DPRO stated that late Rongshong was a sincere and dedicated government servant who was loved and admired by his colleagues for his good personality.
He is survived by wife, two sons and three daughters. The DPRO and his staff have extended deepest condolences to the bereaved family and prayed that Almighty God grant comfort and solace to the family, and peace to the departed soul.
Chiechama indoor stadium inauguration postponed
chiEchama, march 5 (mExn): The proposed inauguration programme of newly constructed indoor stadium at Chiechama Village on March 6 by the chief minister Neiphiu Rio has been postponed indefinitely due to the announcing of the Lok Sabha election. Therefore, all the members concerned of Chiechama Village have been requested to bear the inconvenience. This was informed in a press release issued by Chiechama Village Council Chairman Mhalezolie Metha and Press Secretary Medo-u Dzeyie.
Woman found loitering in Phek
PhEK, march 5 (DiPr): A woman showing “symptoms of mental disorder” was found loitering in Satheri near Phek town. She has identified herself as Nyukam, daughter of Nokle belonging to Chuyu and speaking Burmese Konyak dialect. Her age appears to be in twenties, with dark complexion and a long black hair. Presently, she is under the custody of Women Cell, DEF Phek. Relatives have been asked to contact the district administration, Phek.
Zbto DPDB meet postponed
Kohima, march 5 (mExn): The monthly Zunheboto District Planning & Development Board meeting scheduled to be held on March 8 has been postponed to March 11 at 11:00 AM in the conference hall of the Deputy Commissioner’s Zunheboto. All the board members have been requested to take note of the change of date and attend the meeting positively.
DNSU meeting on March 8
DimaPur, march 5 (mExn): Dimapur Naga Students’ Union (DNSU) has convened a Presidential Council meeting on March 8 (Saturday) at 11:00 am sharp at its office to discuss students’ related matter and various issues concerning the public. Therefore, the Union has asked all its constituent unit(s) representatives, presidents and secretaries to attend the meeting without fail.
The Power of Truth
The Morung Express THursDAy 6 MArcH 2014 voluME IX IssuE 62 By Aheli Moitra
ndia has been a society based on discrimination for, our context, ever. Brahminical in nature, it has been segregated into “higher and lower” communities, and shut out the possibility of intermingling between these—Hindu “sacred” texts have legitimized this system. It allows a manual scavenger, or a teacher, no scope of aspiration except to live his/her “fate” as one and provide for their children thus. Though the constitution of India seeks to go beyond this system, the people with decision making authority in India do not. It is this framework, prescribed in Hindu religious texts through a set of rules around purity, through which India looks at people from what is now its North East. At the core of it is casteism, which perhaps gives rise to racism. If discrimination, and resulting violence in India, was about race, Hindus and Muslims in Gujarat or Uttar Pradesh would not massacre each other every decade—most hail from the same racial stock. Hindu “upper castes” would not violently punish and subjugate those from “lower castes.” Violence in India has been perpetrated centrally through caste. So where do the people from the North East of India fit into this framework? Most middle to lower income families, not to mention the vast rural hinterland, in India have never come across a person of Mongoloid origin; and often they are reduced to “impure” food habits (the Brahmins claim to be the judge of pure from otherwise). There is an air of condescension when “well educated” middle aged hierarchomaniacs in India ask, “They eat everything, right? Beef? Snakes? Dogs? Have you eaten?” By extension of this imagery, they are impure beings with principles and rules that do not fit into the “idea of India.” Anyone taking up these lifestyles is found to be outcast, which in the olden days would amount to social economic boycott. A word meant to uplift the status of discriminated minorities in India—scheduled—is used in tones of condescension and disgust. Today, the people from the North East have left their regional realm and entered the hinterland. They are meritorious civil servants, entrepreneurs, scholars—a workforce. In clothing and attire, they outdo the retrograde urban Indian styles. Politically, they are progressive in many ways. This is unfathomable for people who consider themselves superior, by birth and blood, to people of the “scheduled” castes and tribes. And it is these people who people from the North East have to continuously interact with in the urban centres of India they have to work in. Such deep rooted prejudice is difficult, if not impossible, to tackle with the help of a race commission or anti-racism law. This is a problem of equality in India—intermingling of people from varied backgrounds does not come easy here. For this, either the political system, as it is practiced, has to be broken down, or separate polities created that let people beyond caste aspire for and forge their own futures. The oppressed have already stated their aspirations and actions for decades; it is now for the oppressors to recognize this and break status quo for the sake of justice. Suggestions and comments are welcome at firstname.lastname@example.org
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Drawing children to schools
alman, 13, a student of a government school in this Haryana town, wants to become a computer engineer. The small town boy with modest hopes began dreaming big after his ill-equipped school was provided with a computer lab equipped with a dozen computers. Like the 10 other government schools in the area, Salman's Rewasan School is one of those to have benefited from a computer lab, a library, a playground and clean drinking water - and most importantly, separate toilet for boys and girls, under the Coca-Cola-NDTV Support My School campaign. "I came to this school when I was in Class 7 and this year when I came back, it had changed totally. We had so many new things," Salman told IANS, proudly showing the change through a collage. Rewasan School is the 300th in the country to have been facilitated with such infrastructure. A year back, getting a girl child admitted to the school was quite taxing but not so now - thanks to the separate toilets. "Since there were no separate toilets for girls, they had to go back to their homes, due to which their attendance used to remain very low," Rewasan headmaster Vaid Prakash Gautam told IANS. According to Gautam, apart from improving attendance, the dropout rate of girl students has also reduced. Rewasan School now has 255 girls among 738 students. "Building a toilet was very essential. Though there is still a need for more, we are thankful at least it has been built now," Shahizbi, a mother whose three daughters study at Rewasan, told IANS. At Rewasan, girls and boys are taught in different classrooms, so the importance of separate toilets can be easily be understood. "The culture of the place is such; so we have to respect their feelings," Gautam added. Similarly the school playground, which earlier lay barren, is now home to swings, merry-go-rounds and badminton and volleyball courts. "Having such a facility serves as an added attraction to the students. Such facilities are important for their development," Gautam said. Apart from providing infrastructure, the teachers at these schools have also been trained in modern methods of imparting education. "We want a holistic development of both the children and the schools, so that they can evolve into model institutions," said Suresh Reddy, director of SRF Foundation that has been engaged in training the teachers. There's one grey area, though. The schools are only till class eight and there's a question mark over the students after that. "I want to become a doctor but since our school is only uptil class eight I won't be able to study. My parents are scared so they won't send me away," Saiden, a student of Government Middle School Kanwarsika, told IANS. Like Saiden, many such girls request this visiting IANS correspondent to help upgrade their school at the earliest. "As this campaign runs on a golden triangle partnership model where the private sector, civil society, government officials and local leaders work together, we have been promised upgradation by government officials," said Sameer Pathak, public affairs and communication manager at Coca-Cola India.
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Chapo's Rise: From poor, abused to cartel kingpin
In this February 22, 2014, file photo, Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman, in handcuffs, is escorted to a helicopter by Mexican navy marines in Mexico City, Mexico. At least seven U.S. courts have indictments pending against him, and several are pressing for extradition. In Mexico, he faces organized-crime charges in four Mexican states and in Mexico City. He could, barring another escape, spend the rest of his life behind bars. (AP Photo/Dario Lopez-Mills)
t was nighttime in May of 1990, in the heyday of the cocaine boom across America. Twenty Mexican federal police officers and a handful of U.S. Customs agents, acting on a tip, descended on a stucco home on the edge of Agua Prieta, Mexico — a stone's throw from Arizona. "Policia," they yelled, guns drawn, before busting down the front door. The house was empty but looked lived in, with dishes in the kitchen and toys in the backyard. The officers moved quickly to a spacious game room, complete with a bar and a pool table, set atop a 10by-10 foot concrete panel on the floor. An informant had told them that what they were looking for was under the pool table. They moved it aside and went to work with a jackhammer. Then, a stroke of luck: One of them turned the knob of a faucet and suddenly the floor panel rose into the air — like a hydraulic lift in an auto shop, or something straight out of a Bond movie. A metal staircase led down to a stunning discovery: Beneath the house, connecting to a warehouse in the U.S. 300 feet away, was an underground tunnel outfitted with lighting, air vents and tracks on the floor to transport carts full of drugs. It was, at the time, unheard of, a new level of sophistication in the cross-border war on the Colombian and Mexican cartels that were sending tons of cocaine and marijuana north every year. "A masterpiece," retired Customs agent Terry Kirkpatrick, who was there that day, recalled of the tunnel that came to be known as "Cocaine Alley." But, he added: "None of us ... looked at it with the vision that this would be the future of drug smuggling." Nor did they know then who was behind it: The one they called "Shorty" because of his 5-foot-6 frame, a man who grew up poor and had no formal education but would rise from a small-time Mexican marijuana producer to lead the world's most powerful drug cartel. The tunnel marked the dawn of a new, craftier and more deadly era in the drug war: the beginning of the reign of "El Chapo." A week after his capture in the resort city of Mazatlan, Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman sits in a cell in Mexico's highest-security prison, a sprawling complex surrounded by barbed-wire fences outside of Mexico City where he is held along with other highprofile drug traffickers. It is a far cry from the life he lived as the head of Mexico's Sinaloa Cartel, and further still from his beginnings in the mountain village of La Tuna de Badiraguato, Sinaloa, on the country's Pacific coast. There, Guzman was one of at least six children of a man who supposedly raised cattle but, authorities have said, actually worked in the region's main industry — growing and smuggling opium and marijuana. As a boy, Guzman was physically abused by his father, according to Michael Vigil, a former senior U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration official. And yet, with no schooling to point him elsewhere, the young Guzman followed his father into the drug trade and began growing marijuana, operating independently from the man with whom he maintained an icy relationship. By the late 1970s — when Guzman was still in his 20s — Mexican kingpin Hector Luis Palma Salazar placed him in charge of transporting drugs from Sinaloa to coastal cities on their way north to the U.S., according to "The Last Narco," a Guzman biography by journalist Malcolm Beith. Low-key and less enamored of flashy homes and cars than his colleagues, Guzman rose quickly through the ranks. By the early 1980s, he was super-
vising logistics for Miguel Angel Felix Gallardo, the founder of the Guadalajara cartel. Guzman worked as a Gallardo lieutenant for years, then emerged as one of the dominant figures on the drug-trafficking scene as Gallardo was hunted by the DEA and eventually arrested for the 1985 murder of agent Enrique "Kiki" Camarena. "He shows up as an all of a sudden, overnight thing," said Edward Heath, who ran the DEA's Mexico office during the Camarena killing. "The guy was smart enough to pick up on how things get done." Guzman was ruthless as well, said Heath. "If someone did not perform well or you become a threat, he would set 'em up. A lot of people got killed. A lot of people got sent to jail." As he consolidated power, Guzman began showing a flair for inventive smuggling. According to U.S. prosecutors and federal indictments, he opened a business disguised as an air taxi service and used two Learjets to ferry drugs. He leased warehouses in Southern California, Chicago, Newark, N.J., and San Antonio to store his product. In 1989, cocaine concealed as boxes of Mexican soap was shipped into Southern California. In 1992, Guzman and his men opened a hardware store near Los Angeles to import rolls of chicken wire mixed with hidden fiberglass compartments to store cocaine. At one point a truck driver was arrested in Mexico hauling 1,400 cases of jalapeno peppers bound for Los Angeles, each individual can containing a kilo of coke — 7.3 tons in all. Then there were the tunnels. "You could call him the godfather of tunnels along the border," said Kirkpatrick, the Customs agent at the 1990 discovery. That passageway was the first of many linked to Guzman. About a half-dozen other tunnels were found in ensuing years in California and Arizona that ran the length of several football fields and were equipped with hydraulic lifts and electric rail cars. One stretched 1,400 feet from Tijuana, Mexico, to a warehouse near San Diego, according to court records. By the early 1990s, the DEA considered Guzman among Mexico's top 10 drug traffickers, but the Mexican organizations were a secondary concern to Colombia's Medellin and Cali cartels, said Robert Bonner, who headed the DEA from 1990 to 1993. The Mexicans were mere "transporters" for the Colombians, he said. All of that changed when Gallardo's group started taking payment in cocaine instead of cash, slowly gaining control of the cocaine chain stretching from South America to the United States. Then Medellin's Pablo Escobar was killed in late 1993, and the Mexicans eventually overtook the Colombians. Guzman and his cohorts became known as the Sinaloa Cartel, and they waged an increasingly bloody war with a gang of former allies, the Tijuana-based cartel run by the Arellano Felix brothers. The feud made global headlines in May 1993 when gunmen said to be hunting Guzman opened fire on a car carrying a Catholic cardinal, blasting the prelate 14 times at close range. The slaying jolted Mexican officials out of their longtime tolerance of, and complicity with, Guzman and his allies. They put out a $5 million reward for information. Though Guzman fled to Guatemala, he was arrested less than a month after the cardinal's killing. His case filled 14 volumes of evidence on a variety of crimes — among them drug-smuggling, murder and involvement in the cardinal's killing. In 1995, Guzman was convicted and sent off to a prison in Guadalajara, where many thought he'd never be
heard from again. They would be wrong. On Jan. 19, 2001, with 12 years left on a 20-year sentence, Guzman crawled into a laundry cart and was wheeled out of prison by a guard, according to the ex-DEA agent Vigil. Guzman ordered the guard to stop their getaway car at a convenience store and then vanished into the night. The escape fueled Guzman's near-mythical status, and he grew ever more powerful. He solidified his distribution networks in Los Angeles and Chicago, which became the Sinaloa Cartel's main U.S. hubs. He expanded to Europe and Australia, sending emissaries to develop local contacts who knew whom to bribe and how to set up distribution networks. To ferry cocaine from Colombia, he began using private airstrips in Guatemala, then moved the drugs over land to the U.S., where authorities say he controlled roughly half the 1,954-mile U.S.-Mexico border. He used a Boeing 747 jet, trucks, cars, boats and rail cars to move his drugs, according to one federal indictment in Chicago. From that city, drugs spread west to Vancouver, British Columbia, and east to Philadelphia and New York. After the U.S. cracked down on methamphetamine production, Guzman expanded to that market, importing chemicals from Asia and Europe to giant labs in Sinaloa. As Mexican authorities killed or arrested his rivals, Guzman stayed on, his hold on the trade growing seemingly stronger even after then-President Felipe Calderon launched an offensive against the cartels in 2006. All the while, he evaded capture, sparing no expense on communications gear and developing a security apparatus to rival that of some countries, said one senior U.S. law enforcement official. As a result, he moved freely, attending family bashes and marrying a beauty queen, Emma Coronel, in 2007 at a well-attended party in Sinaloa. (In all, Guzman is said to have at least nine children with three women.) Guzman outlasted contemporaries by forging temporary alliances with other traffickers and sharing intelligence on rivals with government officials who killed or arrested them, said David Shirk, associate political science professor at the University of San Diego. "The Sinaloa Cartel brought economies of scale and organizational capacity but, most importantly, they knew how to knock out their rivals," Shirk said. "There's more to this than knowing how to hide the drugs. It's about good intel and good working relations with the authorities." Guzman also was mindful of his image, avoiding some of the more horrifying public displays of violence used by other cartels. Forbes magazine named him one of the "World's Most Powerful People" in 2009, provoking an angry reaction from the Mexican government. For years he also was included in the publication's list of world's billionaires, alongside Bill Gates and others. Indeed, he ran his operation like a Fortune 500 CEO. Wiretaps indicated Guzman would accept a 20 percent loss on drug shipments, said Anthony Coulson, retired head of the DEA's Tucson, Ariz., office. Anything greater would prompt him to seek new methods. "He was a thug who had capacity for great violence but also had the capacity for great, great strategic planning," Coulson said. On Valentine's Day last year, the Chicago Crime Commission held a news conference to announce a new "Public Enemy No. 1." It was the first such declaration since 1930, when mob boss Al Capone nabbed the label. Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman, the commission said that day, was far more menacing than even Capone. "What Al Capone was to beer and whiskey during Prohibition, Guzman is to narcotics," said Art Bilek, the commission's executive vice president. "Of the two, Guzman is by far the greater threat. ... And he has more power and financial capability than Capone ever dreamed of." Capone was captured, convicted and imprisoned within two years of his "Public Enemy" designation. The hope, Bilek had said, was that the "the same thing will happen" to Guzman. The end came quickly and quietly. On Feb. 22, a U.S. wiretap directed Mexican marines to a fourthfloor condominium in Mazatlan. Guzman (whose age authorities have given as either 56 or 59) was found in a bathroom, with his beauty-queen wife and his twin 2 1/2-year-old daughters nearby. No shots were fired. At least seven U.S. courts have indictments pending against him, and several are pressing for extradition. He faces organized-crime charges in four Mexican states and in Mexico City. He could — barring another escape — spend the rest of his life behind bars. As for his organization, some predict it will go on. Drug lords come and go all the time, after all, and their empires persist when control is assumed by the next guy in line. And, certainly, not all in Mexico see Guzman or the cartel he spent much of his life creating in the same sinister light as do authorities. Wednesday night, hundreds took to the streets of Sinaloa's capital city to march in support of the man they see as a savior. "We support Chapo Guzman because he is the one who gives us jobs and helps out in the mountains," said protester Pedro Ramirez. Norteno musicians played trumpets while students in uniforms hoisted signs demanding the freedom of the native son who rose so high and, in the eyes of some, accomplished so much despite his final fall. As one banner read: "We Love Chapo."
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Reflections on the Creation of Telangana
istorically, geographically, culturally, economically as well as politically, there is absolutely no connection whatsoever between the new Indian state Telangana and the 50 years old Nagaland state. However, as I hear and read about Telangana, I cannot help making a comparison between the new state and the 50 years old state. And as I think about the manner in which Telangana has become the 29th state of India, I am once again reminded about the special, unique and extraordinary circumstances under which the state of Nagaland was born 50 years ago. And hence this article: The demand for a separate state of Telangana is 60 years old. Now Telangana state is a reality but it suffered birth pangs for 60 years. Modern India History tells us that Andhra Pradesh was created in 1956 and that it was the first Indian state to be created on a linguistic basis. However, right from that time itself, the Telangana region did not want to be part of the Andhra state that was carved out. Appeals for a separate Telangana state were made to the then Prime minister Jawaharlal Nehru but the prime minister did not take any decision. The agitation for a separate Telangana state intensified in 1969 and a few hundred people were even killed in the agitation. If Jawaharlal Nehru did not show interest in carving a separate Telangana state, neither did his daughter Indira Gandhi. Though the agitation intensified during her rule, Indira Gandhi as Prime Minister also made it clear that she was not in favor of a separate Telangana state. Thereafter the demand for a separate Telangana state remained practically dormant for over 20 years until 2001. In the years 2001, K. Chandrasekhara Rao (KCR) floated the Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) to revive the movement for separate statehood to Telangana. He even went on an indefinite fast in 2009 forcing the central government to announce that the process for formation of Telangana state would be initiated. However, in reaction to this announcement, counter-protests started in Seemandhra forcing the centre to hold consultations with all stakeholders. Thus it took a further five years for the ever elusive Telangana to take birth. Andhra Pradesh was 275068 sq. km in size (more the 16 times the size of the state of Nagaland). And now if Andhra Pradesh has been bifurcated to create two new states of Telangana and Seemandhra, the two new states would be approximately around 135000 sq km in size (still more than 8 times the size of Nagaland). It has also been revealed that the population of the new Telangana state would be around 3.5 crore and that it would comprise of 10 districts and have 17 Lok Sabha seats and 119 Assembly seats. In total contrast to the above story and figures of Telangana, Nagaland is only 16579 sq. km in size with 60 Assem-
rimea could remain under Russian control indefinitely as the current crisis – described by some politicians as Europe’s gravest since the end of the Cold War – threatens to turn into a “frozen conflict”, experts say. The Ukrainian peninsula is now under de facto Russian military control with Ukrainian military bases surrounded, and control of infrastructure and strategic buildings across the region in the hands of Russian commanders. And despite increasingly harsh rhetoric and threats of the strongest possible diplomatic action from U.S. and European leaders, many experts believe that there is little the West can do to loosen Moscow’s grip on the region. Ian Bond, Director of Foreign Policy at the Centre for European Reform (CER) think tank in London, told IPS: “Unfortunately, things have got to the point where it looks that the best case scenario for the development of the present situation is that Russian troops end up staying in Crimea, the situation there will remain as it is now, and this becomes a ‘frozen conflict’.” Crimea, today an autonomous republic in Ukraine, has long had close cultural ties with Russia. It is home to the majority of Ukraine’s ethnic Russians, many of whom came there during the forced repatriation of more than 200,000 Tartars – Turkic Muslims who lived in the region for centuries – in 1944. They were sent to labour camps in Central Asia and replaced by Russians on the orders of Soviet dictator Josef Stalin who was angry at alleged collaboration between local Tartars and the Nazis during World War II. Tartars today make up a significant minority of Crimea’s population. The Crimea was also part of Russia until 1954 when then Soviet leader Nikita Krushchev made it a part of Ukraine republic within the Soviet Union. Russia has maintained a physical presence on the peninsula in the form of its massive naval base in the Black Sea port of Sevastopol, which it holds under a lease agreement with Kiev and which gives Russian troops the right to move around parts of Crimea. Many in Crimea regard themselves as Russian, and since the break-up of the Soviet Union local secession movements have had varied levels of support. The Euromaidan protests in Kiev, a series of protests through winter to demand closer integration with the EU, failed to gain support on the peninsula. As the rev-
Straight From The Heart history, Politics, culture… bly seats and one Lok Sabha seat. And Nagas got their statehood as early as 1963 despite the fact that Nagas never aspired to be a state within the Indian union. No Nagas ever went on an indefinite fast or faced death, arrest and prosecution demanding statehood within India. (Of course, many Nagas died. But they did not die demanding statehood within India……they died asserting their independence and sovereignty against foreign invasion). Moreover the population of Nagaland is also only about 2 millions (20 Lakhs) which is not even one-seventeenth (1/17th) of that of Telangana. I do not know what the population of the Telangana region was when it first demanded for full-fledged statehood within the Indian union in the 1950s…..but it must be in terms of crores. But statehood was not given to them anyway. But in the case of the Nagas, the Nagas became the 16th state of the Indian union in 1963 despite the fact that their population was not even 4 Lakhs then. It is also worth noting that through out the long history of South India; the Telangana people had been some of the most prominent and advanced lot with their own unique history, rich culture and intellectual heritage. Of course, the Nagas (though small in number) also had their own unique history and rich culture. But when it came to the living standards, the Nagas must have been nowhere near the Telugu speaking people in the 1950s and 1960s…or maybe even now. However, despite being still a very backward lot, the Nagas were granted statehood while their much more advanced counterparts in South India were denied the same. Indeed, if we are to apply the general yardsticks of size, population or living standards, the Nagas did not (from any angle) deserve to be a full-fledged state then or even now. Then how is it that the Nagas became the 16th state of the Indian union as early as 1963 despite never asking for it and despite being very small in number as well as area. Let’s take a look: Like I mentioned in some of my previ-
ous articles, I still hold the view that Nagaland statehood within the Indian union became a reality only because of the Naga political movement. In other words, if there had been no Naga political movement, there would have been no Naga statehood. The Nehru government approved the creation of Nagaland as the 16th state of the Indian union in order to placate the Nagas and in order to present a picture to the outside world that the Nagas had willingly chosen to be a part of the Indian union. Indeed, the special and unique status of Nagaland becomes very evident when we recollect the fact that Nagaland was placed under the Ministry of Foreign Affairs after its creation (I think it was only in 1972 that Nagaland was shifted from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and placed under the Ministry of Home Affairs). All these make one to realize how intense, strong, noble and genuine the Naga national movement must have been that the Indian government even agreed to make the Nagas a fullfledged state in India even though the concept defies all logic and reason. The constitution of India says that a new state can be created if the union parliament decides that such a creation is needed in the interest of the nation. The constitution further goes on to say that the union parliament need not necessarily consult the concerned state or states for the creation of any new states. However, India is a land of multi-languages, multireligions, multi-races, multi-cultures and multi- philosophies. Therefore, whenever India decides to create a new state, it has always resulted in high dramas and unprecedented political tamashas. However, contrary to this usual phenomenon, the decision of the Nehru government to create a separate full-fledged statehood for the Nagas did not create much ruckus in the parliament – other than the intense debate that erupted over the name that was to be given to the new 16th state of the Indian union. Some members of the Indian parliament suggested that the new state should be called
Crimea Faces a ‘Frozen Conflict’ Pavol Stracansky Inter Press Service
Pro Russian soldiers guard Ukraine's infantry base in Perevalne, Ukraine on Tuesday, March 4, 2014. Russian President Vladimir Putin said Moscow reserves the right to use all means to protect Russians in Ukraine as U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry was on his way to Kiev. Tensions remained high in the strategic Ukrainian peninsula of Crimea with troops loyal to Moscow firing warning shots to ward off protesting Ukrainian soldiers. (AP Photo/Sergei Grits)
olution came to an end, calls for independence in Crimea grew louder, as did those for help from Moscow as clashes broke out among pro-Russian and pro-Kiev groups in some parts of eastern Ukraine. The calls were answered by Moscow with the Kremlin claiming its troops were needed to protect Russian citizens. The troops, although not universally feted by locals, have not faced any aggression. Locals in Crimea who spoke to IPS said that there was a wary peace in many towns and cities in the region and that the situation was far less tense than the media had been reporting. Alexandr Yakushechkin, 45, from Simferopol, said: “Things here are actually quiet and peaceful. There are Russian soldiers only in front of two main administration buildings in Simferopol but nowhere else.” He added that he did not expect Russian soldiers to stay in Crimea past a
March 30 referendum on the country’s future status. But others are already planning for the long-term presence of Russian soldiers and what that could mean for the economy in a region which relies heavily on tourism. Gala Amarando, who works in the local tourist industry in Simferopol, told IPS: “People in Crimea live for the tourist season and they know things this summer may be complicated. They are already thinking of having to slash prices and ways to attract holidaymakers.” With Moscow showing no signs of backing down on its intervention and moving more and more soldiers into the peninsula every day, some experts believe Russian troops could become a permanent presence, citing the 2008 invasion of the Georgian breakaway region of South Ossetia. Georgia had tried to bring the region to heel with force but Moscow sent in
“Naga Pradesh” while some others came up with the name “Naga Province”. Some of them objected the name “Nagaland” on the ground that it was too foreign and that it sounded more like a nation instead of an Indian state. However, Nehru decided to name the new state as “Nagaland” as it was what the Nagas wanted. Thus unlike the creation of other Indian states, the creation of Nagaland was not of much headache to the Indian government because of the prevailing situation that had surfaced out of the Nagas’ assertion of total independence and sovereignty. Rather the Indian government saw it as an escape route to deliberately sideline the Nagas’ political assertion. And the one event that had an immediate effect in the birth of the Naga statehood was probably the news of Phizo reaching London. It is said that the news of Phizo reaching London caused great shock and dismay to the Indian Prime Minister Nehru. After Phizo landed in London, Nehru must have thought that the chances of foreign nations or an international organization intervening in the Indo-Naga conflict were very high and therefore in order to avoid any untoward situation, Nehru created an escape route for himself by creating Nagaland state to give a picture to the outside world that the Nagas had willingly joined the Indian union. However, the episode certainly did not stop there for the Indian government. After Nagaland became the 16th state of the Indian union, slowly but steadily a situation arose wherein the Indian government could not avoid granting statehood to even the neighbors of the Nagas like the Meities, Mizos, Garos and Khasis, Arunachalis etc. Because the logic that erupted was this, “if even the Nagas could be a full-fledged state within the Indian union, why can’t the Meities, the Mizos, Garos and Khasis, Arunachalis also have the same status?” In this way, Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Arunachal Pradesh and Tripura were also born in the 1970s and 1980s giving birth to the so-called north-eastern states of India. Thus, in a way, even though the creation of Nagaland in 1963 was an escape route for the Indian government, it was also certainly a move which caught the Indian government on the wrong foot. Thus, even though many a times we speak of Nagaland as just another state within the Indian union, for one who knows these histories, it is not difficult to see the specialty and originality of Nagaland even as a state in the Indian union. The state of Nagaland came into existence as a result of the 16th Point Agreement signed between the Nehru government and the NPC (Naga People’s Convention). Thus, the state of Nagaland is the product of a political agreement and this is what makes the Nagaland state very special, unique and totally different from all the other states of the Indian union (including the new Telangana state and all the other so-called north eastern states)……….
troops amid claims that the people of South Ossetia were in danger. Georgia lost one-fifth of its territory in the ensuing battle and while the West imposed sanctions and Russia signed a ceasefire agreement saying it would withdraw troops, it never honoured it fully, and troops remained. This raises questions over the effectiveness of any potential Western sanctions against Russia this time around. The CER’s Bond told IPS: “What Russia learnt from the 2008 conflict in Georgia is that there were sanctions for a while and then they were forgotten fairly soon, and Barack Obama came into office and started to try and reset relations between Washington and Moscow. “What Vladimir Putin may be thinking now is that if no blood is shed, the consequences may not be that bad, and the next U.S. president may try and reset relations with Moscow again. Perhaps Putin is thinking it is worth the risk.” Some believe that targeted sanctions – particularly against the massive wealth of Russia’s ruling elite held abroad – may have some effect in making the Kremlin at least consider its position, others argue that Crimea will be used by Putin as collateral until he gets what he wants – a government that will have the support of all Ukrainian regions and honour previous deal he had made with Kiev. Nikolai Sokov, a Senior Fellow at the Vienna Centre for Disarmament and Non-Proliferation (VCDNP), told IPS: “The only thing that can change his mind [about holding Crimea] is an effective government in Kiev that can hold the country together and stick to earlier agreements.” However, there is a fear that Putin may, having successfully gained control of Crimea, try to intervene in other parts of East Ukraine where pro-Russian sentiment is also strong – with terrible consequences. Support for Russia and its military is seen as far less clear cut in regions in East Ukraine outside Crimea, and armed conflict between Russian troops and either the Ukrainian army or paramilitary prowestern groups would be almost certain. Bond told IPS: “While the best case scenario is a ‘frozen conflict’, the worst case scenario is that Putin intervenes in other parts of Ukraine. Then it would get really bad. The consequences of this, not just for Ukraine but the wider world as well, really do not even bear thinking about.”
a Letter to My american sisters Fawzia Koofi
fter 12 long years in Afghanistan, many Americans have concluded that the international community's involvement in the country was a failure, if not a mistake. As evident in recent opinion polls, a majority of Americans and others have come to believe that most of the goals of the international community, especially in regards to helping the women of Afghanistan, were not achieved. A constant barrage of negative media coverage of Afghanistan, which has focused on the progress of the war, not the Afghan people, has further reinforced such perceptions. And the Taliban have learned to exploit the situation by staging mass suicide attacks on Afghan and international targets that bear no military significance, but carry immense propaganda value. For those of us, especially the women of Afghanistan, who are on the ground fighting for justice and equality as mothers, sisters, wives, teachers, politicians, and, more importantly, as citizens, there is a different reality, which stands at stark contrast to what has been portrayed. It is true that Afghanistan is not a paradise for women. In fact, it's probably the most difficult place to be a woman. Violence against women is nowhere close to ending; many of our sisters have been killed and continue to lose their lives across the country. Indeed, we are far from where we should have been, and we face a very uncertain future with the upcoming elections and withdrawal of international troops. But if the world could only see through our eyes, they might get a glimpse of the fact that Afghan women have come a long way over the last decade. It has been a difficult journey, marked by blood and violence, but we have made significant gains and achievements, which would not have been possible without the generous support of the international community, especially the American people. Before 2001, Afghan women did not exist in public as a gender. And in private, they were often prisoners in their own homes. The Taliban banned women from going outside without a male blood relative and without the all-enveloping burqa. Stepping outside alone for a breath of fresh air was a crime, punishable by beatings and public humiliation. The thought of going to school was only a dream for Afghan girls. And talking on national media about women's rights was, well, not even imaginable. Twelve years ago, that all changed. Today, millions of Afghan women work as teachers, doctors, police officers, judges, and soldiers, among other professions. Millions more go to school to chase their dreams, even though they continue to suffer discrimination, harassment, and abuse. There are also Afghan women, like myself and hundreds of others, who have chosen to work as public officials, despite being increasingly targeted by the Taliban and other militants. But instead of celebrating these accomplishments, we see foreign analysts who are quick to point out that the gains of the Afghan people, especially women, have been limited to cities and that life has not changed much for those in the countryside, where they argue most of the Afghan population lives. In truth, major cities in Afghanistan have expanded exponentially in the last 12 years. Take Kabul, for example. Its population went from barely 1 million in 2001 to more than 5 million people today -- one-sixth of Afghanistan's total estimated population. Access to information is no longer limited to men, thanks to the growing influence of the telecommunications sector and modern technology. Today, almost 90 percent of the Afghan people, including 80 percent of women, own cell phones. When the first female television announcer appeared on Afghanistan's national network shortly after the Taliban regime fell in 2001, it created a sensation. But today, all you need to do is take a look at the Afghan media to understand the powerful presence of Afghan women, from female news anchors to hosts for a popular entertainment show. It's no longer taboo for a woman to read the news, talk about women's rights on a national program, or highlight the many issues facing them. As Afghan women, we also understand the importance of political participation. In fact, more seats in Afghanistan's parliament are held by women (28 percent) than in the U.S. Congress (18 percent). Yet despite all these achievements, the world continues to hear only about our failures. While no one can question the gains made by the Afghan people, especially the women, our achievements remain extremely fragile. This is partly due to the country's uncertain political future and doubts about the international community's long-term commitment, especially that of the United States. Afghan women have made it this far, but have also learned to lower their expectations and rely on themselves to move further. However, the women of my country and I also remain hopeful that the international community, including the United States, will not abandon our country and will help us a little more in fighting extremism, consolidating our gains, moving toward ending violence against women, and achieving something that all women around the world want: equality for both genders and for all. Fawzia Koofi is a female parliamentarian in Afghanistan and the author of The Favored Daughter: One Woman's Fight to Lead Afghanistan Into the Future
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Paid news: EC wants it to be made electoral offence
neW deLhi, mArch 5 (PTi): Recognising the malaise of paid news, Election Commission has proposed to the government to make it an electoral offence even as it continues to tackle it itself by monitoring the expenditures of candidates. Addressing a press conference here to announce the Lok Sabha poll schedule, chief election commissioner V S Sampath said paid news has three aspects — print media, electronic media and expenditure by candidates. “Since there is no law (to deal with paid news), we have made a proposal to the law ministry to make it an electoral offence,” he said. Meanwhile, he said, the Election Commission deals with the malaise by keeping a close watch on the expenditures of the candidates. “Election Commission is doing what is under its control. We have monitoring committees in districts and states. We add the expenditure to the expenditure account of the candidate concerned,” Sampath said. With regard to complaints about paid news in print media, he said the cases are referred to the Press Council of India. As far as complaints regarding paid news in electronic media are concerned, such cases are referred to the National Broadcasters Association (NBA), he said. To a question regarding demands for banning opinion polls, the CEC said it is for Parliament to decide. “We never hesitate to use powers that we can.
poll Election schedule in states Candidates’ expenditure to be uploaded neW deLhi, mArch 5 Manipur (1), Odisha (11),
Trinamool Congress party chief and Chief Minister of West Bengal state Mamata Banerjee, flashes victory sign as she leaves after a press conference where she announced the party candidates for forthcoming Indian parliamentary elections in Kolkata, on Wednesday, March 5. India said Wednesday that it will hold national elections from April 7 to May 12, kicking off a vote that many observers see as the most important election in more than 30 years in the world’s largest democracy. (AP Photo)
However, the issue of opinion polls is to be dealt with by the lawmakers. They have the legislative competence,” he added. The issue of banning opinion polls has been hanging fire since 2004. The chief election commissioner said a proposal to ban opinion polls was made in 2004 but only exit polls were banned. Existing law allows EC to ban opinion polls just 48 hours prior to voting. The poll panel has proposed that there should be a prohibition on publication and broadcast of the results of opinion polls starting from
the date of notification of elections till the completion of the last phase of polls to the Lok Sabha and state assemblies. Attorney general G E Vahanvati, whose view was sought by the law ministry, has supported this proposal. “As rightly pointed out by the EC, what is paramount is the necessity to have free and fair elections. One cannot disagree with the view of the EC that such opinion polls often tend to cause a prejudicial effect on the minds of the elector,” Vahanvati had said in his opinion. He said, “One must
also take into consideration the view of the political parties at the meeting held on April 6, 2004 and the unanimous view expressed therein.” Responding to questions on false affidavits, Sampath said there are provisions that the Returning Officer or any citizen can file a complaint against the candidate seeking action. Under the present provision, candidates found guilty of concealing, failing to furnish information or providing false information in the election affidavit face six months in jail and a fine. With regard to
(iAns): The following is the Lok Sabha election schedule in all states and union territories (seats in parenthesis): • April 7: Assam (5), Tripura (1) • April 9: Arunachal Pradesh (2), Manipur (1), Meghalaya (2), Mizoram (1), Nagaland (1) • April 10: Bihar (6), Chhattisgarh (1), Haryana (10), Jammu and Kashmir (1), Jharkhand (5), Kerala (20), Madhya Pradesh (9), Maharashtra (10), Odisha (10), Uttar Pradesh (10), Andaman and Nicobar (1), Chandigarh (1), Lakshadweep (1), Delhi (7) • April 12: Sikkim (1), Tripura (1), Assam (3) • April 17: Bihar (7), Chhattisgarh (3), Goa (2), Jammu and Kashmir (1), Jharkhand (5), Karnataka (28), Madhya Pradesh (10), Maharashtra (19),
convicted persons trying to contest polls, Sampath said, “There are sufficient safeguards”. He said a candidate has to furnish details such as disclosure of pending cases and convictions in cases. “Convicted people are not allowed to contest even as per law...in certain categories of conviction there is disqualification of nomination. We have got ample information about conviction of these people after the judgement of Supreme Court. We have also written to state governments to keep us properly informed,” the CEC said.
Prescription drug Whether I become PM or not is immaterial: Rahul mArch 5 Asking youth to enter can say it with love. Many peoabuse growing in shirPUr, (PTi): Congress vice-pres- mainstream politics, the Con- ple will be with you,” he said. Rahul Gandhi on gress leader said there should “If anyone, be it Rahul Gandhi India: UN report ident Wednesday said whether he not be even one youth who or Prithviraj Chavan, says he
UniTed nATion, mArch 5 (PTi): Prescription drug abuse is growing in India and the problem is serious in South Asia, according to a UN report which said drugs enter the region’s illicit markets through various channels, being diverted from India’s pharma industry and smuggled from Afghanistan. The International Narcotics Control Board (INCB), an independent UN body tasked with monitoring the production and consumption of narcotics worldwide, said in its annual report that governments in South Asia continue to respond strongly to the threat of drug trafficking and abuse in the region. “South Asia is facing a serious and growing drug abuse problem, including the abuse of pharmaceutical preparations containing narcotic drugs and psychotropic substances. Prescription drug abuse is growing in India,” the report said. “Drugs enter South Asia’s illicit drug markets through a number of different channels, including diversion from India’s pharmaceutical industry, illicit cultivation and/ or manufacture within the region, and smuggling from other countries, including Afghanistan (through Pakistan) an Myanmar,” it said. Pharmaceutical preparations containing narcotic drugs and psychotropic substances continue to be diverted from India’s pharmaceutical industry and are trafficked domestically or at the international level, including through illegal internet pharmacies, the report said. Despite efforts by India to tackle the problem, diversion from illicit channels in the country remains a major source of pharmaceutical preparations trafficked in the region. Globally also prescription drug abuse – often legally obtained medication by a friend or a family member who no longer needs it or is not using it for medical purposes is outpacing the rates for illegal drugs in some countries. “There is an erroneous perception that prescription drugs are less susceptible to abuse than ‘illicit’ drugs,” INCB President Raymond Yans said. Further, the report found that heroin smuggled into Bangladesh is mostly sourced from India. Cannabis is also smuggled into Bangladesh mostly from India and Nepal. “India remained one of the five main source countries for illicit cannabis resin mentioned by governments worldwide in seizure reports in 2011,” it added. Seizures of heroin in India have fluctuated since 2009 and increased from 528 kg in 2011 to 853 kg in 2012. The quantity of opium seized in India has been increasing since 2009, when about 1.7 tonnes were seized, to more than 3 tonnes in 2012. Cocaine trafficking has historically been very limited in South Asia but it appears to be rising significantly and 42 kg of cocaine were seized in India in 2012,up from 14 kg in 2011. India also continued to be a main source of illicit amphetamine-type stimulants manufactured and trafficked in South Asia. India is also frequently cited as a source country for ephedrine and pseudoephedrine smuggled into Myanmar. Investment in prevention and treatment of drug abuse can lead to significant savings in health-care and crime-related costs, and alleviate the suffering of drug-dependent users and their families, the report said.
becomes the Prime Minister or not is immaterial but what matters is that all Indians, including women and youth, feel it is their country. The Congress leader was interacting with tribal youth at an engineering college here, as he began his two-day Maharashtra tour. Responding to best wishes from a youth for becoming the Prime Minister, Rahul said, “My becoming or not becoming PM does not matter. What is most important is that everyone here, specially women and youth in country feel that this is their own country.”
says he is afraid in his own country. “I want to see MLAs, MLCs and MPs from amongst you in the next 10 years, maybe even a Prime Minister also,” he said. Comparing Mahatma Gandhi and Hitler, Rahul said the German dictator shouted as he lacked confidence. But did Gandhiji ever shout? That was because he was confident.” “Like Mahatma Gandhi, humbleness while speaking is a sign of extreme self-confidence. Confidence should not be seen as aggression,” he said. “There is no need for saying things aggressively. You
knows better than you, he is telling a lie,” he said. “My request to you, specially tribal youth, is to join mainstream politics,” Rahul said. “My message to the country’s youth is that the talent and capability the youth here have is not there anywhere else,” the Congress leader said. On the progress the country has made since Independence, Rahul pointed out that today there were several rich people in India. “Around 50 to 70 years ago there was not even a single rich person here. The only rich were maharajas and British,” he said.
Rajasthan (20), Uttar Pradesh (11), West Bengal (4) April 24: Assam (6), Bihar (7), Chhattisgarh (7), Jammu and Kashmir (1), Jharkhand (4), Madhya Pradesh (10), Maharashtra (19), Rajasthan (5), Tamil Nadu (39), Uttar Pradesh (12), West Bengal (6), Puducherry (1) April 30: Andhra Pradesh (17), Bihar (7), Gujarat (26), Jammu and Kashmir (1), Punjab (13), Uttar Pradesh (14), West Bengal (9), Dadra and Nagar Haveli (1), Daman and Diu (1) May 7: Andhra Pradesh (25), Bihar (7), Jammu and Kashmir (2), Uttar Pradesh (15), Uttarakhand (5), West Bengal (6), Himachal Pradesh (4) May 12: Bihar (6), Uttar Pradesh (18), West Bengal (17)
Voters can check names in electoral roll March 9
neW deLhi, mArch 5 (iAns): Special camps will be held across the country by the Election Commission March 9 so that voters can check if their names are present in the electoral rolls, Chief Election Commissioner V.S. Sampath said Wednesday. “The commission has received complaints that some people having EPIC (Elector Photo Identity Card) have in the past been denied the right to vote because their names were not found in the electoral rolls,” Sampath said. The camps will be organised March 9 in all polling stations, where booth officers will have the electoral rolls displayed, with requisite number of application forms. “We appeal to those who want to con-
test Modi’s claims that the state was a model of development. “There is no development here,” Kejriwal told the media and a large group of supporters even as several Modi backers waved black flags at him. “Modi is anti-farmer, Modi is completely anti-common man,” Kejriwal went on. “The only people who have benefitted in Gujarat are industrialists.” He said Modi was making exaggerated claims of developing Gujarat while address-
ing election rallies across the country and was rattled because he (Kejriwal) was “exposing the tall claims”. An Aam Aadmi Party leader told IANS that Kejriwal was detained allegedly on charges of violating the model code of conduct which came into effect after the Election Commission announced the Lok Sabha election schedule. Kejriwal’s aide said the AAP founder leader was on his way when police stopped the motorcade. Kejriwal, the
firm their names to avail of this opportunity before the election, so that if any people want to get enrolled can file applications,” he said. The commission also clarified that only those people will be allowed to vote at a polling station who are enrolled in the electoral roll there. “EPIC is only an identity document and does not confer the right to vote on any person whose name is not in the electoral roll,” the chief election commissioner said. The commission also made it clear that the law does not allow inclusion of names in the electoral rolls after 3 p.m. on the last date of filing nominations, till the electoral process is complete. “All people are therefore advised that they must check that their names are in the electoral rolls”.
A woman volunteer stands near the remains of several people that were dug out from an unused well in the premises of a Sikh temple in Ajnala, outskirts of Amritsar, on March 4. Experts are examining the claims that the remains exhumed here belong to hundreds of Indian soldiers who were executed in 1857 after they revolted against the British rule.(AP Photo)
After police detain him, Kejriwal blasts Modi
AhmedAbAd, mArch 5 (iAns): AAP leader Arvind Kejriwal Wednesday accused Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi of being “anti-farmer” and “anti-common man” after police detained him briefly. The former Delhi chief minister hit out at the BJP’s prime ministerial candidate after his 30-minute detention at a police station in Radhanpur in north Gujarat. The incident took place just hours after he began a four-day tour of Gujarat to
neW deLhi, mArch 5 (iAns): The expenditure of each candidate in the Lok Sabha polls will be scrutinised and uploaded on the website of the chief electoral officer for public viewing, Chief Election Commissioner V.S. Sampath said Wednesday. Each candidate will also be required to open a separate bank account for election purposes and pay all expenses from the said account by issuing cheques, the CEC said at the press conference held to announce the poll dates. Flying squads, static surveillance teams, accounting teams and video surveillance teams will be deployed to check distribution of cash or any other bribe among electors, Sampath said. The CEC said the commission has also ordered that a shadow observation register be maintained for the election expenditure of each candidate and after each inspection, it would be scanned and uploaded on the website for public viewing. The election commission said it will take effective measures to monitor production, storage and distribution of liquor during elections. It has asked the income-tax department and the financial intelligence unit of the government to keep a watch on movement of cash during the elections.
aide said, asked the police why he was being detained since he was not addressing any election rally - which would need official permission - and his car had no speaker. “Still they took us to the police station,” the aide said. “We were kept in the police station for half hour and then let off.” Kejriwal has said that he will tour Gujarat for four days in order to check the chief minister’s claims about the state’s allround economic progress.
End strike for patients’ sake: NHRC to UP doctors neW deLhi, mArch 5 (iAns): The NHRC Wednesday urged the Uttar Pradesh doctors to end their strike for the sake of suffering patients. Junior doctors and medical practitioners across the state went on a strike following police action and arrest of two dozen junior doctors of GSV Medical College, Kanpur as a result of a scuffle with an MLA Feb 28. In a statement released here, the National Human Rights Commission said it was “deeply concerned” following reports of health services being paralysed and leading to the death of many patients due to the strike in different parts of the state. “Repercussions of this strike may impact other parts of the country as the Indian Medical Association has reportedly said if charges against junior doctors are not dropped and action against the MLA and the SSP, Kanpur not taken, it would go on an all-India strike from Thursday,” the NHRC said.
2 faces of Gujarat riots come together for ‘Hindu-Muslim’ unity
AhmedAbAd, mArch 5 (Agencies): At a seminar organised in Thaliparamba in Kerala’s Kannur district on Monday, two men sat together, smiling and talking. Twelve years ago, these men had entered India’s collective consciousness through their pictures published in the news media — images that went on to become iconic reminders of the Gujarat riots of 2002. One of the men was seen as the victim, wearing a shirt streaked with blood, pleading for mercy with folded hands, his eyes brimming with tears. The other appeared as the ruthless perpetrator of the violence, wearing a black beard and saffron Bajrang Dal bandana, standing with a leg on a signboard and both hands aloft, in one of which he held an iron rod. Behind him burnt a large fire. The first picture — of a tailor named Qutubuddin Ansari — was taken in Naroda Patiya, which saw some of the worst violence of the
Qutubuddin Ansari (right) and Ashok Mochi, two faces of the 2002 Gujarat violence, at a function at Taliparamba in Kannur.
riots. The other picture, of Shahpur cobbler Ashok Bhavanbhai Parmar, or Ashok Mochi, was taken in Dudheshwar. On Monday, participating in a seminar called ‘A decade of genocide’, organised by the CPM, the two men showed they had come a long way since February 28, 2002, the day their pictures were taken in riot-torn Ahmedabad.
The men were brought together by journalist-activist Kaleem Siddiqui, who travelled with them to Kerala from Gujarat for the launch of a Malayalam edition of Ansari’s autobiography. Speaking at the seminar, Mochi apologised to Ansari and the entire Muslim community for the killings of 2002. The 40-year-old Ansari is now happily married with three
children; the 39-year old Mochi, by contrast, does not even have a voter’s ID, and has been deprived of the benefits of all government schemes. Ansari has been trying to stay out of the public eye ever since his picture was used in an email allegedly sent by the Indian Mujahideen. Mochi said he has decided to devote his time to working for Hindu-Muslim amity, and to “improving my image of a communal zealot”. “It is because of my unsound financial position that I have not been able to get married,” Mochi told The Indian Express over the phone from Kerala. In 2002 he lived in Kajimiya ni Chali in Shahpur with his elder brother. He now lives across the road in Haleem ni Khadki. Cases were filed against him for rioting. “I was acquitted in the lower court because they could not get any evidence against me from local Muslims. The government appealed against the acquittal, and a judgment is now pending,” he said. Ansari said at the seminar that
for him, “Mochi is far better than Narendra Modi because while Mochi has apologised to him and the community openly at the seminar, Modi is still to apologise for the killing of innocent Muslims”. “I have no intention of jumping into politics, but this seminar is giving a message to counter communal forces and expose their lies about welfare measures, so I am here, besides the release of my autobiography”, Ansari said. Mochi blamed the media for “demonising” him and “tarnishing his image”. “You can go to the place where I live and check for yourself if I didn’t helped local Muslims reach safety during the riots,” he said. Kaleem Siddiqui, the brain behind the seminar, said his objective was to expose the lie that Muslims had started supporting Modi, and that they would vote BJP in the coming polls. He said Urdu, English and Gujarati versions of Ansari’s autobiography would be brought out subsequently.
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China vows tough reforms, stronger defense BEIJING, March 5 (aP): China’s government responded to public demands for bold leadership with vows Wednesday to press long-sought market reforms, defend against terrorism after a horrific slashing attack, and heavily boost military spending amid rising tensions with Japan. The promises delivered by Premier Li Keqiang in his first annual policy speech also included cutting official waste, combatting persistent smog and pushing ahead with President Xi Jinping’s signature campaign to fight the rampant graft that has undermined public faith in the ruling Communist Party. Li announced an official growth target of 7.5 percent this year, signaling that the government would not let growth dip too low — or unemployment surge — while it carries out ambitious economic reforms. Li warned that reforms are at a critical stage as he pledged to open statedominated industries to private investment. Analysts welcomed Li’s pledges to reduce government influence, saying aggressive moves would be required to shrink the entrenched benefits and power of officials and staterun industries. While seen
China’s top leaders including Chinese President Xi Jinping, center, bow their heads to observe a minute of silence to commemorate the victims of the recent slashing incident in Kunming province during the opening session of the annual National People’s Congress in Beijing’s Great Hall of the People, China, on Wednesday, March 5. (AP Photo/)
as urgently needed to keep the economy from faltering, such changes are likely to encounter strong resistance. “It is like snatching food from the jaws of the tiger. Very difficult,” said Liu Shanying, a political scientist at the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences. “Premier Li has shown utter determi-
nation to get things done. The only uncertainty is how much of a backlash we will see in the future.” Li’s speech at Wednesday’s opening of China’s annual ceremonial legislature comes as the government confronts ethnic unrest in the far-western region of Xinjiang that has intensified over the past year. On
Studies show promise for HIV prevention drug
EXCITING RESEARCH suggests that a shot every one to three months may someday give an alternative to the daily pills that some people take now to cut their risk of getting HIV. The experimental drug has only been tested for prevention in monkeys, but it completely protected them from infection in two studies reported at an AIDS conference on Tuesday. “This is the most exciting innovation in the field of HIV prevention that I’ve heard recently,” said Dr. Robert Grant, an AIDS expert at the Gladstone Institutes, a foundation affiliated with the University of California, San Francisco. “Both groups are showing 100 percent protection” with the drug, Grant said of the two groups of researchers. “If it works and proves to be safe, it would allow for HIV to be prevented with periodic injections, perhaps every three months.” Until a vaccine is developed, condoms are the best way to prevent infection with the AIDS virus and many other sexually spread diseases. But not everyone uses them, or does so all the time, so public health officials have pursued other prevention options. A drug used to treat people with HIV — Gilead Science’s Tru-
vada — also is used to help prevent infection in people who don’t have the virus. A big study in gay men a few years ago found it could cut this risk by up to 90 percent, depending on how faithfully people take the daily pills. The new research tested something that could make this type of prevention much more practical — a long-acting experimental drug made by GlaxoSmithKline PLC. The studies tested it in macaques exposed to a human-monkey version of HIV. Researchers at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention gave six monkeys shots of the drug every four weeks; six others got dummy shots. All were exposed to the virus twice a week for 11 weeks. The monkeys who got the fake treatment were readily infected “but the animals that received the long-acting drug remained protected,” said study leader Gerardo Garcia-Lerma of the CDC. The results mirror what was seen in the CDC’s early research in monkeys on Truvada, the pill that’s available for HIV prevention now. In the second study, Chasity Andrews and others at the Aaron Diamond AIDS Research Center at Rockefeller University in New York gave eight monkeys two shots of the drug, four
caracaS, March 5 (aP): Hugo Chavez always said his socialist project would last decades, but a year after the Venezuelan president’s death even some of his most fervent supporters are having their doubts. The desperation of Venezuelans is growing along with the length of the queues outside staterun markets that reflect the economy’s downward spiral and helped trigger a wave of protests in mid-February which have claimed more than a dozen lives. “When the head of household is absent, as we say around here, things start to get out of control,” said Pablo Nieves, a community leader in the poor 23 de Enero district of Caracas. “If he were still with us, it would have never gotten to this.” President Nicolas Maduro, the hand-picked
successor of Chavez, organized 10 days of commemorative activities to mark Wednesday’s anniversary of the larger-than-life leader’s death from cancer at age 58. A civilian-military parade is to be followed by speeches by allied presidents expected to include Evo Morales of Bolivia and Daniel Ortega of Nicaragua as well as the debut on state TV of director Oliver Stone’s documentary “My Friend Hugo.” But while comrades may laud the man who transformed Venezuela during a 14year reign by championing its poor, many don’t agree with Nieves that Chavez could mend its compounding woes. And many blame mismanagement by Chavez himself. The opposition did not call any protests for Wednesday in the capital, though Foro Penal, which provides lawyers for de-
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Saturday, China saw the first big terror attack outside Xinjiang blamed on militants from that region — a slashing attack at a train station in Kunming that killed 29 people and wounded 143. In a rare departure from his prepared speech, Li condemned the attack and vowed a tough response.
“We must firmly attack all violent terrorist crimes that blaspheme the sanctity of the country’s laws and challenge the bottom line of human civilization,” he said while promising to protect the Chinese people. The meeting’s nearly 3,000 delegates from across the country observed a moment of silence
for the attack’s victims as the session opened. Chen Fengxiang, a delegate from Hubei, said during the session that the government would adopt stronger security steps following the attack by assailants armed with large knives. “They lost their senses, and we must crack down harshly and take strict measures in preventing the violence,” Chen said. China also announced a 12.2 percent increase in military spending to $132 billion. That followed last year’s 10.7 percent increase to $114 billion, giving China the second-highest defense budget for any nation behind the United States, which spent $600.4 billion on its military last year. Increases in China’s military budget have regularly exceeded both total increases in government spending and the nation’s rate of economic growth. That has allowed lavish spending on new hardware and better conditions for soldiers, raising concerns about how China intends to use its newfound power amid a rise in tensions with Japan over uninhabited islands in the East China Sea. China’s Foreign Ministry said it was reasonable
phasizing social wellbeing over breakneck growth. “The essential slogan that Li gave was a declaration of war on poverty and war on pollution,” said Dali Yang, a China expert at the University of Chicago. “It’s part of a stronger emphasis on the social safety net.” Li also promised to cut government waste, reiterating earlier decisions to ban the building of new government offices and reduce the number of government employees. He said the administration would try to be more responsive to the people’s concerns and penalize corrupt officials “without mercy.” Outside the Great Hall of the People where security was tight, two middleaged would-be protesters broke through a police cordon and ran onto Tiananmen Square. One of them threw leaflets into the air before paramilitary police dragged them off the square. Li emphasized that China’s many ethnic groups were all “equal members of the Chinese nation,” an indirect response to frequent complaints by minority Uighurs and Tibetans that they are discriminated against for jobs, passports and bank loans and unfairly subject to intense surveillance.
How scientists are rewriting the code of life
weeks apart, and dummy shots to eight others. The animals were exposed to the virus weekly for eight weeks. Again, all animals given the fake treatment were quickly infected and those on the drug were all protected. To see how long a single shot would last, they did a second study. The single shot protected 12 monkeys for about 10 weeks on average. The dose used in a single shot corresponded to what people would get from a shot every three months, researchers said. “This is really promising,” said Dr. Judith Currier, an infectious disease specialist at the University of California, Los Angeles. The research “supports moving this forward” into human testing, she said. Currier is on the program committee for the meeting in Boston where the studies were presented — the Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections. The New York study also was published online by the journal Science. Grant said the long-acting drug is chemically similar to certain AIDS medicines sold now that are “extremely safe, well tolerated and extremely potent.” A mid-stage trial testing the long-acting shots in people as a treatment, not a prevention, is already underway, he said.
NEw YorK, March 5 (IaNS): Scientists have stumbled upon a novel and path-breaking way to edit our DNAs which may lead to future therapies. A sophisticated immune system that bacteria use to fight viruses has been unlocked which may provide scientists with unprecedented power to rewrite the code of life, a new research shows. “It allows customising the genome of any cell or any species at will,” Charles Gersbach, assistant professor of biomedical engineering at the Duke University, US, was quoted as saying in a New York Times report. The molecular system, known as Crispr, is being used to
make genetically engineered laboratory animals more easily than before - with changes in multiple genes. Scientists hope Crispr might also be used for genomic surgery to correct errant genes that cause diseases, said the report. Agricultural companies might use Crispr to change existing genes in crops to create new traits. Crispr or ‘clustered regularly interspaced short palindromic repeats’ is part of an adaptive immune system - one that remembers a pathogen so it is ready the next time the same invader appears. “The Crispr region is like a tape re-
cording of exposure to prior invaders,” said Erik J. Sontheimer, a professor at the Northwestern University. Cheese and yogurt firms can examine Crispr regions to see if their bacterial cultures are immunised against particular viruses that could slow production. Some questions, however, have been raised over this method. For instance, Crispr can sometimes change genes other than the intended ones. That could lead to unwanted side effects, added the report. Scientists are trying to figure out how to make Crispr more specific.
Crimea will remain in Ukraine: PM Yatsenyuk
Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk talks with reporters during an interview with the Associated Press in Kiev, Ukraine, on March 5. (AP Photo)
KIEV, March 5 (aP): Ukraine’s new prime minister said Wednesday that embattled Crimea must remain part of Ukraine, but may be granted more local powers. In his first interview since taking office last week, Prime Minister Ar-
seniy Yatsenyuk told The Associated Press that a special task force should be established “to consider what kind of additional autonomy the Crimean Republic could get.” Since last weekend, Russian troops have taken control of much of the peninsula in the Black Sea, where Russian speakers are in the majority. Yatsenyuk blamed Russian President Vladimir Putin for causing one of the sharpest international crises in Europe since the end of the Cold War — and expressed fears about further possible Russian incursions. Asked if he was afraid that Russia might send troops to occupy other Russian-speaking areas of Ukraine, Yatsenyuk said: “Let me put it bluntly: yes, it’s still a concern and Russia is to realize its responsibility and Russia is to stick to its international obligation, to stop the invasion. “Mr. President (Putin), stop this mess,” said Yatsenyuk. The prime minister, approved by parliament Feb. 27, also denied a report that cash-strapped Ukraine was negotiating with the United States for deployment of U.S. missile defenses
Hugo CHAvez revoluTion CHAllenged tainees, did announce a march in the central industrial city of Valencia. In a stalemate, the opposition is struggling to broaden its support base against the socialist government that rejects it as “putschist” and has been aided in repressing demonstrations by menacing “collectives” of motorcycle-riding thugs. The protesters blame the “collectives” for some of the 18 deaths the government says the unrest has reaped. More than 1,000 protesters have been detained and 72 people face charges, including eight members of the SEBIN political police. Maduro’s government, meanwhile, has shown itself unable to halt 56 percent annual inflation and crippling currency controls that have fueled a growing scarcity of consumer basics — from milk to flour to cooking oil. The central bank’s scarcity index was its highest-
for the People’s Liberation Army to modernize. “Nothing to get fussy about. China’s PLA aren’t like scouts carrying spears,” spokesman Qin Gang said. While becoming increasingly assertive in its own territorial claims, Beijing has at the same time accused Japan of renewed militarism and dwelled on Tokyo’s history as an aggressor during World War II. “We will safeguard the victory of World War II and the postwar international order, and will not allow anyone to reverse the course of history,” Li said, in an obvious dig at Tokyo. On the domestic front, Li said the government will work harder to reduce pollution by shutting more coal-fired furnaces and controlling the tainting of rivers. He referred to the stifling smog spreading over increasing areas of China and the fouling of the country’s air, water and soil as “nature’s red-light warning against the model of inefficient and blind development.” More money will be spent on improving schools in underdeveloped rural areas and increasing government subsidies for health insurance, Li said, highlighting the administration’s stated goals of em-
ever in January at 28 percent. This nation with the world’s largest proven oil reserves is becoming, to some, as destitute as Cuba, the socialist ally whose economy it helps prop up with oil shipments. Former import-export and oil executives are driving cabs while workers from other collapsed industries struggle to find new lines of work. Hugo Faundes studied culinary arts after being fired from the state-run oil company, PDVSA, for what he said were political reasons. “Now that I’ve graduated there’s nothing to cook,” the Valencia man said with a dark laugh. Tens of thousands have emigrated, and not just in search of economic opportunities. They flee one of the world’s worst violent crime rates and a health care system nearing collapse. Students have engaged National Guardsmen in
the nearly nightly cat-andmouse street battles since the unrest exploded Feb. 12. They’ve turned the wealthy Caracas district of Altamira into ground zero, honeycombing its center with debris barricades. But most protesters have been peaceful. Maduro has tried to engage the opposition in a “peace dialogue” but it refuses, demanding he first release all political detainees, including top opposition leader Leopoldo Lopez, disarm the gangs that menace protesters and kick out the Cubans it claims pull the strings in the government and military. The government, in turn, accuses the United States of fomenting the unrest and it kicked out three U.S. diplomats last month. That move followed a pattern: The day Chavez died, it kicked out two U.S. military attaches. U.S. Secretary of State
in exchange for financial help. “This is not true,” Yatsenyuk told the AP. “We have no talks with the government of the United States of America on any kind of deployment of any military forces. The only negotiations we have is to get financial support, financial aid from the United States government in order to stabilize the economic situation in my country. It’s absurd.” On Tuesday, Putin said Ukraine’s current leaders had come to power as the result of an unconstitutional coup. In the interview, Yatsenyuk blamed Russia’s leader for the ongoing crisis and said Putin was the one acting outside the law. “A number of military forces of the Russian Federation are deployed in Crimea. We cannot figure out the reason why Russian boots are on Ukrainian ground. And it’s crystal clear that it was ordered personally by President Putin. This is Ukrainian territory and Russia wants to grab control over Crimea. But I will underline again, we will do our best in order to regain control over Ukrainian territory. The Russian military
is to be back in the barracks.” “What happened in Crimea is unconstitutional and resembles ... a coup supported by the Russian government and the Russian military,” Yatsenyuk said. “The Ukrainian government is legitimate. And let me remind Mr. Putin that this government was supported by the constitutional majority of Ukrainian MPs with 371 votes. We are legitimate and we must fulfill our responsibilities. And we strongly recommend to our Russian partners to build up relations with the new Ukrainian government.” A spokeswoman said it was the prime minister’s first sit-down interview since he assumed the post. Yatsenyuk, who spoke in English, said he hadn’t talked personally to Putin, “but it’s in the interests of our countries to start a dialogue.” “First we need to stop the invasion and afterward we want Russia to (be) our partners, real partners and to stop this zero-sum game, it is to be a win-win game where both Ukrainian and Russian interests are considered,” he said.
A demonstrators takes a break from the confrontations with police, next to graffiti written on a wall that reads in Spanish “Maduro killer, out”, during anti-government protests in Caracas, Venezuela, on March 4. After almost a year after the death of Hugo Chavez, Venezuela has been rocked by weeks of violent protests that the government says have left 18 dead. President Maduro appears ready to use Chavez’s almost mythical status to steady his rule as protesters refuse to leave the streets. (AP Photo)
John Kerry has lamented that his government is being blamed for things he says it never did. U.S. Rep. Gregory Meeks, a New York Democrat, has long praised Chavez’s commitment to improving the
lives of Venezuela’s poor and attended his funeral. But Meeks planned to sit out the commemoration, saying he was “a little nervous” about events in Venezuela. “There was always opposition, but when there
were demonstrations in the streets in the past I never heard of individuals being killed by anybody in the government,” he said. “It gives me real concerns as to where the country is headed.”
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Mkg to host Nagaland Badminton C'ship Pelicans beat Lakers Inter District and State Open Badminton Championship from July 22-25 at Mkg to snap losing streak Morung Express News Mokokchung | March 5
Mokokchung District Badminton Association (MDBA) will be organizing the 38th Nagaland Inter District and State Open Badminton Championship under the aegis of the Nagaland Badminton Association. The championship is scheduled to be held on July 22-25, 2014 at the Badminton Stadia, Imkongmeren Sports Complex, Mokokchung. In this connection, officials of the Nagaland Badminton Association led by its president and Parliamentary Secretary for Irrigation & Flood Controls, Vikheho Swu held a consultative meeting with the hosts Mokokchung District Badminton Association officials at Hotel Metsüben, Mokokchung here today. Dr. Watizulu Jamir and Dr. George Thira of NBA accompanied their president. Dimapur District Badminton Association officials Tali and Wati also attended
Nagaland Badminton Association president and Parliamentary Secretary for Irrigation & Flood Controls, Vikheho Swu along with NBA and MDBA officials.
the meeting. The meeting discussed at length on how to successfully organize the championship in the most systematic and successful manner. Vikheho Swu said that NBA being the apex badminton governing body in Nagaland will ensure that the championship is being held in the most professional manner in the highest standards possible. Claiming that badminton is the “most loved sport” of Nagaland where
almost every village has at least one badminton court, the NBA president assured that his team will strive to take the sport to the next level in the state and make avenues for the local shuttlers to go national. He claimed that arrangements will be made for live telecast of the championship. On the existing infrastructure in Mokokchung, Vikheho Swu expressed dismay at the “Youth Resources and Sports Build-
participants and well-wishers, K Sekhamo, President, Nagaland Chess Association (NCA) noted that NCA has produced 14 international players from Nagaland and a national champion, Mugaho Awomi who won two times in the national open championship in Delhi and Jammu. During the inauguration, a bi-monthly booklet titled ‘Checkmate- Annonated Games of The Greatest Chess Masters’ written by Yan Ezung was also released. The 14th Nagaland State Chess Challenger 2014 is open to all interested Chess enthusiasts. Each player is mandatory to play
nine rounds where their points will be calculated from all the rounds. 12 top players will be selected and along with the four winners of 2013 will play in the Nationals. More than 60 participants from seven districts will be participating in the competition with 61 years old Yekhavi from Dimapur as the oldest participant and seven years old Pulonito Hesso from Coragio School as the youngest participant.
ing which is in a sorry state and lying unutilized.” He also encouraged the MDBA to take the event as an opportunity to renovate the two indoor stadia particularly electrification, water supply and sanitation fixtures explaining that the championship is a matter of few days but the infrastructure will remain even after the games are over. He also encouraged the MDBA to network with all possible sources and individu-
als to successfully host the championship as the event is going to be a “district issue” for Mokokchung. Vikheho Swu informed all the respective District Badminton Associations to organize their district level tournaments and coaching camps by the end of June. He also informed that all districts must submit their players’ list by June while also adding that players’ age verification will be strictly implemented.
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New Orleans Pelicans forward Anthony Davis (23) works against Los Angeles Lakers forward Wesley Johnson, left, during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Tuesday, March 4, 2014, in Los Angeles.(AP Photo)
LOS ANGELES, MARCh 5 (AP): In one year, Anthony Davis has gone from Hornet to Pelican — and become one of the NBA's top young stars after getting selected with the first overall pick in the 2012 draft. Davis had 28 points and 15 rebounds a week shy of his 21st birthday, and the New Orleans Pelicans snapped an eight-game losing streak with a 132-125 victory over the Los Angeles Lakers on Tuesday night. The win ended a string of nine straight road losses to the Lakers and was only the third for New Orleans in the last 18 meetings overall — including a 96-85 victory Nov. 8 in which Davis had a career-high 32 points. "We needed this win to get back on track and we needed to get back in rhythm," Davis said. "We came out and played with a lot of intensity. I was just trying to come out and be aggressive. I know I didn't play the best in the last two games, so I had to be aggressive." The first-time All-Star made seven of his first eight shots, one night after missing his first 10 in a 96-89 loss at Sacramento while playing with a sore left shoulder. Davis is averaging 20.2 points, 10.0 rebounds and 2.9 blocks. He has a chance to become the first NBA player to finish a season averaging at least 20 points, 10 rebounds and three blocked shots since Shaquille O'Neal did it with the Lakers in 1999-00. "For a guy that sets such a high bar — to be 20 years
old and have all those expectations — who at 20 is playing like him? In the history of the game, there are very few," Pelicans coach Monty Williams said. "So when he has nights off, and everybody wonders what's wrong, he's entitled. The way he's played, and as good as he's gotten, I don't know who else is going to win Most Improved Player." Eric Gordon also had 28 points for the Pelicans and Brian Roberts scored 10 of his 19 during a 1½-minute span in the fourth quarter. Tyreke Evans had 24 points and 11 assists, helping New Orleans salvage the finale of a five-game road trip that included a 32-point loss to the Clippers on Saturday night at Staples Center. Pau Gasol had 29 points and 12 rebounds for the Lakers, who were attempting to match their longest winning streak of the season after beating Sacramento last Friday and Portland on Monday. The loss was their 27th in 35 games and dropped them back into sole possession of last place in the Western Conference, a half-game behind Sacramento and Utah. Newcomer Kent Bazemore had 23 points and Jordan Farmer added 20 off the bench for Los Angeles. Coming into the game, the Lakers had allowed an average of 48.2 points in the paint and 16.3 secondchance points, the worst figures in the league in both categories. The Pelicans, who changed their nickname from Hornets before
this season, ended up with 54 in the paint and 15 second-chance points. "The only way we're going to evaluate our team is not through stat sheets, but who shuts people down. And we have to get better at it," Lakers coach Mike D'Antoni said. "We had an emotional hangover at the start. You get so high on a good game like last night, you think you're ready — and you're not. It took us at least two quarters to get into anyone. The first 10 minutes looked like a layup drill for the other team." Gordon's jumper gave New Orleans a 74-53 advantage with 9:54 left in the third quarter, but the Lakers narrowed the gap to 91-85 on Ryan Kelly's 15-footer with 1:12 left in the period. That was as close as they got until a late push. Gasol made one of two free throws to cut New Orleans' lead to 128125 with 18.1 seconds to go. Gordon sank two foul shots at the other end, and Bazemore missed a 3-pointer from the top of the key. Anthony Morrow hit two foul shots with 11 seconds remaining to finish the scoring. "I like the fact that we were able to take a punch and then give it back and close out a game," Williams said. "Our guys deserve a lot of credit for their ability to hang in there and not give in. It almost got away from us early in the fourth quarter." Roberts made a 3-pointer, a 14-footer and five free throws — three of them after getting fouled by Farmar on a 3-pointer — to help the Pelicans open a 114-104 lead with 5:59 left.
KOhiMA, MARCh 5 (MExN): “Chess is a game of the brain and needs patience and creative ideas. We must prove ourselves worthy of such initiatives held in the state,” said Pukhayi Sumi, Parliamentary Secretary, Cooperation Sericulture and Women Development, Nagaland while gracing the inauguration of the 14th Nagaland State Chess Challenger 2014 & Under 16 category held on March 5 at the Red Cross Society Conference Hall, Kohima. The competition has been organized by the Nagaland Chess Association (NCA). While welcoming the
Nine years old Shenakali Hesso from Coraggio School is the only female participant in the 14th Nagaland State Chess Challenger 2014. She is a student of Class 4.
Puyol to leave Barca at end of season
Angami Sports Association (ASA) officials and wrestlers pose for the camera during their participation at the 24th Naga style, 9th senior & 5th junior free style tournament 2014 organized by Nagaland Wrestling Association (NWA) at Kohima from March 4 to 5. Atoto Kire representing ASA emerged the Naga style wrestling champion title. ASA also bagged the group champion in Naga style. (Morung Photo)
Messi does not need World Cup for greatness: Maradona
BUENOS AiRES, MARCh 5 (REUtERS): Lionel Messi does not need a World Cup winners' medal to be considered among soccer's all-time greats, fellow Argentine Diego Maradona said on Tuesday. "Messi doesn't need to win the World Cup to be the best player in the world," Maradona, who inspired Argentina to the title in Mexico in 1986, told La Nacion. "(If he did) it would
be great for Argentina, the fans and Lio, but (winning) a World Cup or not won't take away any of his achievements up to now to be among the greatest." Twice World Cup winners Argentina face Romania in a friendly in Bucharest on Wednesday as they begin to crank up their preparations for this year's finals in Brazil. Former captain and coach Maradona said everything appeared
in place for Messi to shine although Argentina's task would be tough with hosts Brazil, title holders Spain and Germany among the sides to beat. Maradona said Messi had had a great World Cup in South Africa in 2010 despite not scoring any goals. The Argentina team coached by Maradona lost 4-0 to Germany in the quarter-finals. "Messi had an exceptional World Cup with me... and
no-one said so. (Was it) because he didn't score? He turned all the goalkeepers into stars," he said. Maradona said he could not forget Messi's sobs when Argentina were eliminated. "I approached him and told him he'd have many World Cups to get revenge. I said it with all my heart. While the rest were thinking about our return (home) he was there, head bowed, crying."
BARCELONA, MARCh 5 (AP): Barcelona defender Carles Puyol has decided to leave the club at the end of the season, preferring to take some time off after several injury-filled seasons and putting his football future in doubt. The 35-year-old Puyol has spent his entire career with Barcelona, debuting in 1999. But he has made only 12 appearances this season after returning from a longterm knee injury in October. Puyol has been an essential figure in Barcelona's and Spain's recent achievements, including helping Spain win the 2010 World Cup and leading Barcelona to three Champions League titles. Puyol said Barcelona has agreed to rescind his contract at the end of the season despite two years remaining on his deal. "The recovery from my knee injury was more difficult than expected. I cannot perform anymore at the level I'd want," Puyol said Tuesday.
24th Naga style, 9th senior, 5th junior free-style meet ends Our Correspondent Kohima | March 5
A two day long 24th Naga style, 9th senior & 5th junior free style tournament under the aegis of Nagaland Wrestling Association (NWA) concluded here this afternoon at the Kohima Local Ground. A prize distribution ceremony took place today with NWA vice president Neivikuolie Khatsu as chairman while vote of thanks was proposed by NWA general secretary Rangsam N. Hau. Result of the various weight categories of free style conducted here today is as follows; Senior (Men): 55 kg- Ist Kepekhoto Miasalhou (Kohima), 2nd Mhashezokho Naleo (Kohima), 60 kg- Ist Vedukho Nienu (Phek), 2nd Mhiesilie Rhetso ( Kohima), 66 kg-
Naga style wrestling champion 2014 Atoto Kire and winners of free style with NWA officials on March 5 at Kohima Local Ground. (Morung Photo)
Ist- Meguvizo Visienyu (Kohima), 2nd Khriesavizo Rhetso (Kohima), 74 kg- Ist Visezhu Lhoungu (Kohima), 2nd Kuto Kapfo (Phek), 84 kg- Ist Vitseituo Chusi (Kohima), 2nd Neit-
seilie Zhunyu (Kohima), 96 kg- Ist Vezhopo Chuzho (Phek), 2nd Kelhouvakhrie Kire (Kohima). Senior (Women): 48 kg- Ist Venuzolu D. Vadeo (Phek), 2nd Rhiweu Kreo
(Phek), 51 kg- Ist Munuvolu D. Vadeo (Phek), 2nd Pfute-u Mekru (Phek), 55 kg- Ist Khrunezolu Rhakho (Phek), 2nd Muluvelu Venuh (Phek), 67 kg- Ist Rukuvelu Venyo (Phek), 2nd
Rukulu 24th Veshu (Phek), 72 kg- Ist Cizovolu Rhakho (Phek), 2nd Dzuthoshelu Venuh (Phek). Junior (Girls): 48 kg- Ist Dziesekhrie Zumu (Kohima), 2nd Megolhoukhono
(Kohima), 59 kg- Ist Ketoulhuno (Kohima), 2nd Thujokholu Venuh (Phek). Junior (Boys): 50 kg- Ist Vilazolie Rio (Kohima), 2nd Vizobeituo (Kohima), 55 kg- Ist Iranglung Hinglak
(Peren), 2nd Ropfukhelie Zhutso (Kohima), 60 kgIst Rokuvoto Khawakhrie (Kohima), 2nd Rukhielhovotuo Mechulhou and 66 kg- Ist Rokokhoto Lhousa, 2nd Eyongozo Yongo.
Prize for free style (both male and female in all categories) included; seniorIst Rs. 10,000 and 2nd Rs. 5,000. Junior: Ist Rs. 5,000 and 2nd Rs. 3,000. It may be recalled that Atoto Kire bagged the coveted champion title in Naga style yesterday while Vekuzo Vezhu, Vevohu Swuro and Thupukhoyi Swuro stood 2nd, 3rd and 4th position respectively. Angami Sports Association (ASA) emerged the group champion and awarded with a cash prize of Rs. 15,000 along with running trophy. Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio graced the occasion as the chief guest and minister for planning & coordination, geology & mining and evaluation T.R. Zeliang as the guest of honour. The next 25th NWA meet will take place in 2016.
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Dalai lama calls Hollywood a waste of time
he Dalai Lama isn't a fan of Hollywood. He made this amply clear in an interview to a website recently. When asked by the interviewer if he knew about the Academy Awards, he said he hasn't watched Hollywood movies in over 20 years, preferring instead to listen to radio.
Oscars pizza delivery man Edgar Martirosyan appears on Piers Morgan Live
e is the most famous pizza delivery man in the world. And Edgar Martirosyan - who handed out slices to A-listers
during Sunday night's Oscars - discussed his experience on Monday's episode of Piers Morgan Live on CNN. Bringing along three
zesty pies, the Big Mama's and Papa's Pizzeria co-owner immediately caught guest Maria Menounos' attention. 'Can I get in there? It smells so good,' Maria said tucking into her own slice on the programme. 'I'm loving it!' The Armenian business owner - clad in a smart tartan blazer - told the 48-year-old host he had no idea his delivery would end up being seen by 43 million people. 'I was shocked,' Edgar told the British presenter. 'They told me, "Wait, the pizzas are for writers, and then Ellen came out and told me, "I'm going to tell you to follow me."' Menounos laughed: '[You were] about to feed Brad Pitt.' Suddenly onstage Hollywood's Dolby Theatre, Martirosyan maintained his cool professionalism
It's very bad for my eyes, said His Holiness, the Dalai Lama, adding, And also, it's a waste of time! I think technology has really increased human ability, said the Buddhist teacher, who has 8.5 million followers online. But technology cannot produce compassion, he added.
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as he served Brad Pitt, Julia Roberts, Meryl Streep, Jennifer Lawrence, Bradley Cooper, Jared Leto, Harrison Ford, and Kerry Washington. 'I [was] thinking that's when you say the American dream, this is the real American dream,' he told Piers. 'I was just shocked. It was really a great moment for me.' Edgar's cell phone quickly blew up with calls from friends and family in Russia, Armenia, and the
States. He has since created his own Twitter handle - @ OscarpizzaEdgar - sharing backstage snaps of his talk show rounds. The Los Angeles chain reportedly nabbed more than $10 million in free publicity where adverts during the telecast normally cost $1.8 million. Martirosyan also appeared on Ellen DeGeneres' show Monday where he finally collected his $1,000 tip - $600 of which came from celebs.
atholic leader Pope Francis shocked wo r s h i p p e r s a t the Vatican on Sunday (02Mar14) when he accidentally swore during his weekly blessing. The Argentinian pontiff, who was born Jorge Mario Bergoglio, was delivering his speech in Italian at the weekend when he used the word cazzo, the equivalent of the 'f' word, in place of tive language is Spanish, caso, which means case. quickly realised his error The 76 year old, whose na- and corrected himself, but
his mistake didn't go unnoticed. Translated into English, the speech read If each one of us does not amass riches only for oneself, but half for the service of others, in this fk... in this case the providence of God will become visible through this gesture of solidarity. The embarrassing flub makes Pope Francis the first pontiff in history to ever let slip an expletive in public.
llEn DEGEnErEs branded ' transphobic' Hayden Panettiere models EEllen DeGeneres has been labelled a ''transphobic'' after she
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n ga g e d a c t re s s Hayden Panettiere has kickstarted her search for the perfect wedding gown by modelling designer dresses for a Brides magazine cover shoot. The Nashville star, who announced her engagement to Ukrainian boxer Wladimir Klitschko, 37, in October (13), recently admitted she had yet to start organis-
ing her big day, but she has geen given a head start on what to wear thanks to a new photo assignment. The actress tried on a variety of gowns by designers like Oscar de la Renta, Marchesa and Monique Lhuillier as she posed for the April/May (14) issue of the top bridal publication. In the accompanying interview, Panettiere revealed
her fiance's proposal was very sweet and simple and genuine, adding, It wasn't about being overwhelmed by fireworks or a mariachi band. I think it's amazing when people do that, but I like that mine was simple and from the heart. The actress, 24, also admitted she was already nervous about being the centre of attention at her
nuptials When eyes have been on me in the past, it's been because of an event, where people see me as a persona, as Hayden Panettiere the actress. For the aisle, you're the purest, most emotionally stripped down version of yourself, sharing this raw moment with the most important people in your life. It seems very overwhelming!
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fter playing a neta- a lot of threats. Honestly, I in-the-making in Kai won't recommend this to a Po Che, Amit Sadh lot of people, he signs off. will now be seen as a salesman from Bihar who comes to Amritsar to sell sarees in the Amit Roy-directed Running Shaadi.com, which has been written by first-timer Navjot Gulati. With the help of Taapsee Pannu, Sadh's character starts a website to help couples elope from opposing parents. When I was around 20, I used to work for a multinational company at Delhi's Connaught Place. I would go door-to-door selling shoes. Who would have thought that experience would come in handy today, he laughs, before adding, I feel every experience helps you grow as a person. Actors, especially, draw a lot from personal encounters. He even helped his manager elope with his girlfriend. Both were living in Patna, and one night we plotted their escape to Delhi and even got them married, he reminisces. As luck would have it, the bride turned out to be a distant relative of Lalu Prasad Yadav and Amit and his friends had to go underground. It was scary as hell, as we got
he talk show host who is openly gay - has been criticised by fans after she joked that Liza Minnelli looked like a drag queen at the glamorous event, held in Los Angeles, at the weekend. Ellen, who was hosting the awards, said to Liza at the ceremony ''Hello to the best Liza Minnelli impersonator I've ever seen'', before adding, ''Good job, sir.'' Viewers took to Twitter afterwards to hit out at Ellen for her remark. Bruce LaBruce wrote ''I did not appreciate Ellen's mean joke about Liza. I found it transphobic and disrespectful. (sic)''. While Greastzok tweeted ''are we going to address the fact that ellen blatantly called liza minelli a man you'd think she would know better im extremely disappointed. ‘‘I literally just sat there in disbelief when she said that i was like did she actually just say that (sic)''. However, Liza, 67, didn't appear to take offence from the joke and claims the 56-year-old comedian didn't mean ''any harm'' by it. She told TMZ.com ''I think she thought it would be funny, but she never stopped after she said it and said 'my friend Liza Minnelli.' So I think it went a little stray on her. I don't think she meant any harm at all, and she's a wonderful lady.''
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Asia Cup: India thrash Afghanistan by 8 wickets
DHAKA, MArcH 5 (Agencies): World Cup champions India ended their disappointing campaign in the Asia Cup with an eight-wicket romp over minnows Afghanistan in their final league match in Dhaka on Wednesday. Spinners Ravindra Jadeja and Ravichandran Ashwin shared seven wickets as India skittled Afghanistan for 159 af-
ter electing to field at the Shere-Bangla stadium. Openers Ajinkya Rahane and Shikhar Dhawan then put on a 121-run stand as India surpassed the modest target in the 33rd over of their innings. Rahane scored 56 and lefthanded Dhawan made 60 before both batsmen fell in successive overs, but Rohit Sharma and Dinesh Karthik saw their
team through in the one-sided contest. The first-ever one-dayer between the two teams had no bearing on the tournament because Pakistan and Sri Lanka have already qualified for Saturday's final. India finished the five-nation tournament with two wins against hosts Bangladesh and Afghanistan, but having lost key matches against Sri Lanka and
arch-rivals Pakistan. Afghanistan, preparing for their maiden World Cup appearance next year, were beaten in three of their four matches, their lone victory coming against the hosts. Samiullah Shenwari topscored with 50 and Noor Ali Zadran made 31, but eight Afghanistan batsmen failed to reach double figures in good
batting conditions. The batsmen appeared comfortable against the seamers, racing to 54-1 by the 12th over, before wickets collapsed in a heap against the turning ball. Left-arm spinner Jadeja, brought on to bowl the 12th over, struck with his first and third deliveries to reduce the Afghans to 55-3. With Jadeja and off-spinner
Ashwin quickly taking care of the next four batsmen, Afghanistan found themselves struggling at 95-7 in the 26th over. Shenwari boosted the total with six boundaries and a six in his fifth one-day half-century as the last three wickets added 64 valuable runs. Jadeja returned with four for 30, but Ashwin (3-31) and team-mate Mohammed Shami
(2-50) finished at the top of the tournament's bowling list with nine wickets each. They were one ahead of Saeed Ajmal of Pakistan (eight wickets) and two more than Ajantha Mendis of Sri Lanka (seven), both of whom have games in hand. Sri Lanka will take on Bangladesh in the last league match on Thursday.
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