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Changtongya citizens eagerly Chepoketa and Ikiye village waiting for ATM recalibration reconciles after 64 years Morung Express News Dimapur | January 10

While the 50-day waiting period for demonetisation process ended in December 30, problem still persists. It is no exception for the people of Changtongya Town, one of the oldest towns in Nagaland. The lone ATM in the town has gone kaput along with the old notes putting the citizens in severe hardship. It now merely stands as a decorative structure, town citizens complained. While the ATM was working intermittently before the demonetisation process, it reportedly stopped working completely after the 50-day waiting period ended. There are only two banks in the town – Nagaland State Co-operative Bank and State Bank of India (SBI), which opened last year and operates the lone machine. “We have a funny Cash Deposit Machine not an ATM. I have been able to deposit cash as late as December but withdrawal was out of question due to

The lone 'ATM' in Changtongya Town remains inactive for the want of recalibration.

calibration problem,” said a town citizen. However, talking to The Morung Express, the Branch Manager of SBI Changtongya said that the facility available in the town was only a Cash Deposit Machine (CDM), also known as Cash recycler – an ATM like machine that

allows customer to deposit cash directly into their account using the ATM cum debit card. The cash that is deposited to the recycler is also the cash that are dispensed from it and the CDM accepts denominations of only Rs. 1000/-, Rs. 500/- & Rs. 100/-.

As per the instruction, when the acceptance of old notes ended, we shut the machine, the manager added. On November 8, 2016, when the Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced the demonetisation of Rs. 500 and Rs. 1,000 notes, 50 days period was given to customers to exchange old notes in banks. In order to accept and dispense new notes the machine needs recalibrating, he said, adding that since it involves technicalities, few more days is needed to recalibrate the machine. The higher authority has already been informed about the same and the problem is not restricted to Changtongya alone, the manager further maintained. Meanwhile, the town citizen felt that with the 67th general session of Ao Student Conference (AKM) slated to be held in Changtongya village from January 18-20, where thousands of students’ delegates and others are expected to congregate, the machine needs urgent recalibration.

Members of Chepoketa and Ikiye village during the reconciliation meeting held at Chepoketa Baptist Church on December 20, 2016.

Phek, January 10 (Mexn): The reconciliation meeting between Chepoketa and Ikiye village was held “in the name of Jesus, our Prince of Peace” at Chepoketa Baptist Church on December 20, 2016. While informing about the meeting, Chepoketa and Ikiye Village Reconciliation Meet Chairman, Zhopra Vero in a press release said that the animosity between the two villages arose as a consequence of

an incident on February 20, 1952 where Late Sakiye Aye from Ikiye village was murdered by some men from Chepoketa village and in retaliation Ikiye villagers burnt down the entire Chepoketa village in the same year. “Since then there was no further communication on the matter although there had been no unwanted situation concerning the past event,” Vero stated. The reconciliation meeting was made possible

by the efforts rendered by JP Vikugha Jimo, DIG (Rtd.) who took initiative to pave the way for reconciliation to bring peace between the two villages. Rev. Vezopa Tetseo and Inato, son of Lt. Sakiye spoke on forgiveness on behalf of both the villages and pronouncement of blessing was done by Hekheto son of Lt. Sakiye, Head GB, Ikiye Village and Yesai Vero, Head GB, Chepoketa Village. As a sign of sincere rec-

onciliation by both parties, Holy Bible was exchanged and reconciliation papers were signed by both village leaders. Rev. Puduhu Khesoh was the minister of the reconciliation service, and the meeting was chaired by Zhopra Vero. The meeting was also supported and attended by neighbouring villages. “We give glory and honor to God, under whose mighty Grace we reconcile,” Vero added in conclusion.

Director General Assam Gaan-Ngai –Rongmei Naga tribe festival celebrated Rifles visits Nagaland state Morung Express News Kohima | January 10

CM of Nagaland TR Zeliang with Lt Gen Shokin Chauhan YSM, SM, VSM Director General of Assam Refiles on January 20th morning at the CM’s residential office, Kohima. (Photo Courtesy: CMO Kohima)

kohiMa, January 10 (Mexn): Lieutenant General Shokin Chauhan, YSM, SM, VSM, Director General Assam Rifles, visited Kohima on January 10. PRO, Assam Rifles, Kohima in a press release said

that on his maiden visit to the State as the Director General of the Elite Force, General Chauhan paid homage to the martyrs at the Kohima War Cemetery. He visited Headquarters IGAR (North) at Kohima

and the Assam Rifles garrison at Chiswema where he reviewed the security situation. During his visit to the Kohima Garrison, he complimented the troops of the Force for their dedication and devotion to duty and felicitated six outstanding personnel with the Director General Assam Rifles Commendation Card. The DGAR also called on PB Acharya, Governor and TR Zeliang, Chief Minister of Nagaland. The dignitaries had a discussion on wide ranging issue during the interaction. His Excellency the Governor and the Chief Minister of Nagaland complimented Lieutenant General Shokin Chauhan, YSM, SM, VSM, on assuming the coveted appointment of Director General Assam Rifles and conveyed their appreciation for the outstanding contribution of the Assam Rifles towards maintaining peace and tranquility in Nagaland.

Gaan-Ngai – the Rongmei Naga tribe festival was held on January 10 at Khuochiezie, Kohima local ground with Dr. Neiphrezo Keditsu, MLA & Chairman NSMDC as the chief guest and Pou. Namgai Gonmei, President, RNPO as the special conferrer. The celebration began with the fire making ritual of Gaan Ngai festival. Johnny Ruangmei, Advisor, Rongmei Council Kohima (RCK) who shared the significance of the Gaan- Ngai festival mentioned that the premier festival of the Rongmeis is celebrated after the harvest as thanksgiving for the bountiful harvest. It is a five day celebration to thank the Creator as well as pray for the fate of the New Year and the future cultivations. Another significance of the festival is that it is a celebration of both the living and the death, as highlighted by Ruangmai where on the first the day the best portions of the meat, rice beer

A cultural troupe performs at the Gaan-Ngai –Rongmei Naga tribe festival held on January 10 at Khuochiezie, Kohima local ground. (Morung Photo)

and food are taken to the graves of loved ones and kept on top of the graves indicating that even the dead celebrate with the living. The second day is marked by sports and games where the youth of the vil-

lage gather and celebrate with indigenous games and sports. The young also wrestle with the elders whereby they are selected and assigned their Morungs. On the third day, a mock drill on warfare is practiced and

showcased to the rest of the village. An essential part of the festival is the gathering at the village gate where an elder will narrate and interpret his dreams and predict the fate and destiny of the New Year.

Emphasizing on the importance of preserving the Naga customary values which are diminishing in the present day Dr. Neiphrezo Keditsu lauded the festival organizers because through such celebrations people understand the value of cultures and traditions. Dr. Keditsu also stressed on the importance of unity and fraternity stating that any tribe whether big or small should be united and choose good leaders to progress in the future. The MLA challenged the young generations to be self sufficient and venture into other professions apart from government service, further encouraging the young to take pride of their identities and their professions. Dr. Keditsu also urged the Rongmei community to spread valuable practices of the tribe with other communities. Reminding the gathering on the significance of the festival, Dr. Keditsu exhorted on the importance of loving each other and peaceful coexistence with each other for a better society.

Book on 'Church and its People' released Ao Students’ Union Diphupar attain 25 years Morung Express News Dimapur | January 10

A book titled, “The Church, its People” authored by Rev Dr Phughoto Sema was released on Tuesday by Executive Secretary WSBAK, Rev Dr Hevukhu Achumi at Kiyeto village. Speaking at the book release and dedicatory proRev Dr Phughoto Sema seen along with Rev Dr gramme, Rev Dr Phughoto Hevukhu Achumi releasing the book at Kiyeto village said the book was based on his on Tuesday. (Morung Photo) experiences and observations

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of the Church and its people which he analysed in his 35 years of service for the Lord. He also said that the book includes a discourse on divisive politics and illegal vote banks which negatively affects the Church and its people. "If we do not live properly today, there is a bleak future awaiting us," he said and added that the danger of today’s reality was also discussed. Rev Dr Phughoto informed that

the book was a second edition of a similar book authored by him in 1991. Earlier, Rev Dr Hevukhu pronounced a dedicatory prayer before releasing the book. Release of the book also coincided with completion of 35 years of Rev Dr Phughoto's service for the Lord as well as his 60th birthday. The programme was attended by a host of prominent Church leaders and well wishers.

CCRCCA Nagaland 9th General Session conducted

Kohima | January 10

The Chakhesang Public Organization (CPO) today held its 35th general session-cum- 3rd Chakhesang Day at Yoriiba village under Phek district. Speaking on the occasion as the speaker, KG Kenye, MP Rajya Sabha called upon the Chakhesang community to stay united and work in unison for the welfare and common interest of the community. Stating that our forefathers had live in unity in all front, he challenged the community not to talk about division of the Chakhesang community in any manner today. He said division should not be created among us. Maintaining that literature is our wealth, he stressed on the need to treasure the same to uphold the identity of the community. Nagaland Legislative Assembly (NLA) speaker Chotisuh Sazo shared greetings while Nagaland Pradesh Congress Committee (NPCC) president Kewekhape Therie exhorted the gathering. Earlier, CPO president Kekhwengulo Lea delivered presidential address. The programme was chaired by CPO vice president Ariyi Nienu. Act of blessing was pronounced by Rev. Dr. V.K. Nuh while welcome address was delivered by Yoriiba Village Council chairman Vesolhu Veswu.

Chakhesang Christian Revival Church ChildrenAssociation (CCRCCA), Nagaland members with Chotisuh Sazo, Speaker, Nagaland Legislative Assembly during the 9th General Session held at Sodzulhou CRC, Dimapur.

Phek, January 10 (Mexn): The Chakhesang Christian Revival Church Children Association (CCRCCA), Nagaland 9th General Session was held from January 6 to 8 at Sodzulhou CRC, 6th Mile, Dimapur under the theme ‘Living in God’s Light’. Altogether 22 churches from different districts of Phek, Kohima, Peren and Dimapur participated in the event. The total delegate registered was 775 on the first day and total

attendees on final day rose to 1300. The main speaker for the session was Dr Adela Mero, Administrator, Rainbow Academy, Resource Center and Rokosano Koza, Associate Pastor, CCRC (Upper PWD), Kohima. The Association also organized the ‘evening melodies’, a musical program on Saturday evening with Chotisuh Sazo, Speaker, Nagaland Legislative Assembly as the honoured guest in aid of CCRCCA office construction.

A press release issued by CCRCCA), Nagaland stated that the jam-packed crowds were enthralled by the special appearance of Nagaland Singing Ambassadors, Zenith Band, Ado Kezo, Vevo Ringa, Lhiwe-ü Rabvo and Tali Angh. On Sunday, January 8, a total of 27 Sunday school children were baptized by Rev. Zhowhüyi Nyekha. A new team under the president ship of Wekhrope Marhu was also installed for the tenure 2017 to 2019.

Jubilee choir presenting a special number on the occasion of the silver jubilee celebration of Ao Kakheshir Telunjem Diphupar (AKTD) at NEZCC Complex on Tuesday. Morung Express News Dimapur | January 10

The silver jubilee celebration of the Ao Kakheshir Telongjem Diphupar (Ao Students’ Union Diphupar) was held here at NEZCC Garden on Tuesday with former pro-vice chancellor, Nagaland University, Prof. A. Lanunungsang, as resource person and former minister, Kuzholuzo Neinu (Azo), MLA, as special invitee. Prof. A. Lanunungsang, in his address dwelled on the theme of the jubilee ‘Unifying to liberate’ and said at present Naga society is so much divided that unity seems to be a far-fetched cry. He said the need of the hour is for Nagas to remain united in order to fulfill their aspirations and also march forward to the future. Prof. Lanunungsang said if Naga people really desire to liberate themselves, then they must come together as one and march forward for a corruption free society. The former pro pro-VC also touched on the biblical context of celebration of jubilees. Kuzholuzo Neinu (Azo) in his address said jubilee is a time for reconciliation in its true spirit, beginning with one’s own brothers and sisters and extending to neighbours and even enemies. Elaborating on the essence of jubilee as per the

Christian Gospel, Azo said to receive blessing during jubilee time, one must forgive one another, let bygones be bygones and strengthen the brotherhood and humanity among all fellow citizens or villagers. Stating that in the past, Nagas have misused reconciliation resulting in more divisions and conflicts among brethrens, Azo said Nagas should learn from past mistakes and try to forge unity and brotherhood among Naga brethrens in they are to have a future. He further reminded that Nagas as Christians should imbibe and live upto the Christian principle of forgive and forget and strengthen the spirit of brotherhood. On the current imbroglio relating to election to the urban local bodies (ULBs), Azo expressed optimism that Christian wisdom would finally pave the way for an amicable solution. On the occasion, the former minister also released jubilee souvenir of AKLD. Latong Pongen chairman, ASTD, Kumlamo Patton, president, DNSU, Lanutoshi Aier, president, AKTD delivered short greetings while Tangit Jamir, president AKTD said the welcome and presidential address. First AKTD president Moayanger in his speech highlighted the reminiscence of AKTD.

January 11th, 2017  

The Morung Express Dimapur, Nagaland, India

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