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JACWR urges Nagaland State govt to complete municipal election process • Appeals Government to stand by its commitment to uphold, protect the constitutional rights of Naga women • Condemns use of force, intimidations by tribe organisations Kohima, January 13 (mExn): The Joint Action Committee on Women Reservation (JACWR) has urged the Nagaland State government to complete the election process for the municipal and town councils as per the directive of the interim order from the apex court. In its emergency meeting held in Dimapur, the Committee also condemned the “undemocratic use of force, intimidations, threats of banishment and otherwise by some tribe organisations in stopping the filing of nominations of candidates, including its women candidates for the municipal polls in the towns of Kohima, Mokokchung, Tuensang, Medziphema and forced withdrawal of candidates in some other towns,” according to a press release from Abeiu Meru, Convenor, JACWR & President, NMA and Dr. Rosemary Dzuvichu, Co-Convenor, JACWR & Advisor, NMA. The JACWR further questioned the sincerity of some of the elected representatives of the people, who after having passed the First

Amendment of the Nagaland Municipal Act passed the Second and Third Amendments in the successive Assembly sessions at the request of the tribal bodies. “They seem to have lost all sense of Constitutional allegiance and adherence to law by agreeing to withdraw bona fide candidates, who are now eligible for the polls after scrutiny of their nomination papers,” it stated. Applauding the courage of those Naga women, who in the face of such stiff resistance, filed their nomination for the forthcoming polls, the release asserted that the number of women candidates who had filed and were ready to file nominations in all towns of Nagaland “proves beyond any doubt, that Naga women are ready to take up such responsibilities of leadership.” The statements from different organisations, it lamented, seem to convey that for the Naga society, the voices of women, the fifty percent of the population, is not the voice of the people. “This is not the Middle Ages and while fully respecting age old traditions of our forefathers, with the changing times, we also uphold the democratic rights of women as equal citizens and as human beings under the Constitution. We are not trying to fight with men, we are seeking that our Constitutional rights guaranteed to us under the Constitution, the Parliament and passed by the Nagaland State Assembly

MEx FILE AR apprehend NSCN (K) cadre mon, January 13 (mExn): 35 Assam Rifles apprehended Corporal Cheimang of NSCN (K) on January 10 in Mon. The apprehended person was staying in Mon Town and carrying out tax collection for NSCN (K), a press release from AR alleged. “He also provided shelter and assistance to NSCN (K) cadres to carry out their nefarious activities to include extortion in Mon town,” it added. A .22 mm pistol along with ammunition was recovered from him.

AR apprehend two alleged arms dealers Dimapur, January 13 (mExn): Troops of 41 Assam Rifles along with police representative apprehended two alleged arms dealers at 6th Mile, Sovima Village, Dimapur on January 12. One 9 mm pistol, two laptops, two mobile phones and 25 bottles of Rexcod syrup were recovered from the two identified as Sadam Husain (25) and Kevi Yalie (37), informed a press release from Assam Rifles. The individuals along with the recovered items were handed over to Diphupar Police Station, Dimapur for further investigation, the release added.

is given to us. It is most unfortunate that the issue of reservation for women in Municipalities has been wilfully misinterpreted and politicised by vested interests,” it reiterated. Meanwhile, it termed illogical the demand of various organisations to withdraw the case (regarding the women reservation) in the Supreme Court. The State Government’s petition, it said, has made the case “infructuous and for Naga women, the case is over.” The Committee further pointed out that in the last six years there were enough observations made by the courts, including the apex court, that reservation for women has nothing to do with Article 371 A, and that it stands by it. “To defame women in public banners, that we are playing with the rights and future of the Nagas is highly objectionable, and it proves that there are vested politicised interests who are bent on misinterpreting the law or ignorant of the law,” it added. It mentioned that reservation for women is implemented in all municipalities and town councils in different parts of the country in various states. In major cities like Mumbai, Delhi, Kolkata and down south and in the North East like Tripura, it is 50% reservation for women. In the neighbouring states like Manipur, Assam, Sikkim, there is 33% reservation for women. Like Nagaland, Mizoram has the special provision of another clause of

Pochury Hoho reiterates to stand by Naga Hoho on ULB elections

mEluri, January 13 (mExn): The Pochury Hoho in its Executive Council meeting on January 13 deliberated on the Nagaland Municipal Act 2001 and reiterated its earlier discussion dated August 12, 2016, wherein it decided to stand by the position of Naga Hoho as its federating member. Therefore, the Pochury Hoho has appealed to the State Government to have further deliberation with all the stakeholders on the issue. The house also approved and regularized the decision

Woman found loitering in Kijümetouma

CM greets Chakhesangs on Sukrunye Kohima, January 13 (mExn): The Chief Minister of Nagaland, TR Zeliang has extended heartiest greetings to the Chakhesang community on the occasion of Sukrunye. “As the colorful festival marks the beginning of sowing season ahead, the Chakhesang community gears up and celebrate the most important festival with traditional fervor and gaiety as it symbolizes the sanctification of youth and a ceremony to ensure prosperous future for the community,” he said. The CM hoped that the festival will not only be a time for merriment but a time to recreate the flavour and purpose of the festival. Zeliang wished the community a joyous and peaceful celebration.

Meetings & AppointMents ENPO president calls meeting In view of the issues related to ULBs election in Nagaland and the subsequent diverse views expressed by the federating tribal units, the ENPO President has called for a joint consultative meeting at Tuensang HQ on January 14, 9:00 am at CKS Hall. Hence, all 6 tribal federation units, frontal organizations under ENPO and eminent leaders of all affected town councils within ENPO jurisdiction have been requested to attend without fail.

Kohima DPDB meet The monthly Kohima District Planning and Development Board (DPDB) meeting will be held on January 16, 10:00 am in the DPDB conference hall. Therefore, all the DPDB members of Kohima district have been requested to attend the meeting positively. This was informed by ADC Planning and Member Secretary DPDB, Kohima, Ketoho Luho.

NCD emergency meet An emergency meeting of Naga Council Dimapur (NCD) councilors will be held on January 16, 2:00 pm at NCD office. All the councilors have been asked to attend the meeting without fail, as an important agenda and action plan regarding the boycott of Urban Local Bodies’ election will be discussed.

CVO Dimapur informs The Chief Veterinary Officer (CVO), Dimapur has informed all the sectoral officers/ doctors under Dimapur district that there will be a district level co-ordination meeting on January 16, 1:00 pm in the CVO office chamber. All concerned have been requested to come prepared in brief about the targets and achievements for the financial year ending March 31, 2017 without fail.

the Article in the Constitution and has implemented 33% reservation for women without any fears of infringement, it stated. Reservation of seats, JACWR noted, is not forever and Naga women are not demanding that. The JACWR appealed to the tribe organisations to “remember their Christian ethics and desist from exposing themselves to the outside world with such unchivalrous behaviour, threats and unbecoming statements.” As Naga women and bona fide members of the respective tribes, it stated, “it is against the inherent, the very essence of Naga culture to declare a war on women, that violates democratic principles and our fundamental right. The kind of threats and intimidations to candidates, that are emanating from such respected apex tribal bodies, the last few days ,that has brought great shame to the Naga family.” The JACWR also urged the State Government to stand by its commitment to uphold and protect the constitutional rights of Naga women and the elected legislators to remember they are the guardians of all citizens, including women in the State. Further, it expressed shock over the “stoic silence” of the many churches which have been sloganeering for Clean Election and expected sane Christian voices to emerge and protect the constitutional rights of women.

Kohima, January 13 (mExn): A mentally challenged woman was found loitering at Kijümetouma Village in Kohima. Women Cell Kohima and the Women Helpline (181), Nagaland have admitted her at the State Mental Institute, Kohima, according to a press release from Women Helpline, Nagaland. Her name and identity is unknown. She is about 50 to 60 years old with a height of around 5’2 ft and has a mole on left cheek. Anyone who has information about her family, relatives or any known person may call Women Helpline (181), Nagaland or 9485239095.

of the Executive Council to accept the resignation tendered by Penthu, President, Pochury Hoho and Chusietho Joshou, Finance Secretary, Pochury Hoho. Further, it resolved to constitute Range Presidents as nomination/search committee to fill up the vacant posts within 25 days, said a release from M. Chuba, Acting President, Pochury Hoho. The meeting also endorsed Vice President M. Chuba as Acting President and present Treasurer

Khevitho Nyuthe to take dual charge as Finance Secretary till President elect and new Finance Secretary are installed. Meanwhile, the Executive Council pledged to commit and rededicate themselves to strengthen the sanctity of Pochury Hoho against all forms of internal and external elements. The meeting held at the office of Pochury Hoho in Meluri Town was attended by 13 executive members out of 19.

Alleged blast at DMC candidate’s residence Candidates write to Police Commissioner for security Dimapur, January 13 (mExn): In the backdrop of a purported blast at Ward 22, intending candidates for the Dimapur Municipal Council from the BJP has sought police security for one of its fellow candidates. The incident reportedly occurred around 9:25 pm on January 12 at the Veterinary colony (Burma Camp) residence of BJP candidate from Ward 22, Hokuto Zhimomi. In a letter to the Commissioner of Police, Dimapur, the candidates stated that “unidentified miscreants lobbed explosives” inside Zhimomi’s residential compound. The letter appended by BJP candidates of Wards 19, 17, 23, 10, 16, 20, 21, 1 and 7 stated that the incident has given rise to fear and panic within Zhimomi’s family and also reflects a “clear threat” to

stated, “While we the BJP candidates vehemently condemn the incident, we also appeal the Police to immediately book the culprits involved in the incident and also unearth the masterminds of the blast and book them as per the law of the land.” The police when contacted stated that a complaint of an alleged explosion at the residence of a DMC election candidate was received at around 10:20 pm on January 12. Following the receipt of the complaint police visited the alleged blast site to investigate. Stating that debris in the form of bits of paper and plastic were found at the purported site of impact, the police added that investigation was on to verify whether it was caused by a firecracker or a bomb.

Demands to book perpetrator(s) Dimapur, January 13 (mExn): The BJP Nagaland has condemned the act of throwing a "crude powerful homemade bomb" into the residential premise of Hokuto Zhimomi, a BJP candidate (Ward 22) for Dimapur Municipal Council elections, at Veterinary colony in Burma Camp on January 12. The party in a press release issued by its General Secretary (Media) & Spokesperson has requested that the culprits are booked at the earliest for the safety and security of the candidates, voters and the general public. It also requested the State Election Commission to ensure enhanced security for the BJP candidates in the ensuing polls to prevent any such re-occurrences anywhere in the state for a free and fair poll. Hokuto Zhimomi has also refuted the ongoing rumours of his withdrawal from BJP candidature, ac-

cording to the press release. He has clarified that when the NPF issued two party tickets to him and the other NPF candidate in Ward 22, he had withdrawn from the NPF party candidature from Ward 22 and not as rumoured. Meanwhile, the BJP candidates have been requested to coordinate with the State and District party office and presidents as well as the Election Commission offices at the respective districts and conform to the electoral rules and regulations while ensuring to avoid any rumour and misinformation. In a separate press note, the residents of Veterinary colony also condemned the blast. They have requested the district administration to look into the matter at the earliest and take necessary action by booking the culprits. The release from D Yongnyak Konyak, Chairman and S Tokiho Swu, Gener-

al Secretary of Veterinary colony further stated that the citizens of the colony in a meeting held on January 13 also resolved to take drastic action towards anyone who directly or indirectly tries to sabotage the peaceful atmosphere of the colony. They also decided to conduct clear and fair election by implementing one person one vote. Any proxy voter will be dealt with stern actions, the release stated. The council and the citizens also appealed to the administration to provide security for the colony. The NPF candidate of DMC Ward 22, Pukhavi Yepthomi has also condemned the incident. According to a press release, Yepthomi has urged the investigating agency to seriously investigate the matter and book the culprit(s) at the earliest as per the law of the land so that no miscreants can create a situation between the two parties.

LSU holds 50th general conference Boy Missing WoKha, January 13 (Dipr): Member of Parliament (Lok Sabha), Neiphiu Rio has maintained that education, as the most powerful weapon, can make a person an asset of the society and a positive agent of change but taking it for granted and misusing of knowledge can make one a liability for the society. Speaking at the 50th general conference of Lotha Ekhae Ekhung (Lotha Students’ Union) in Chukitong on January 12, he added that educating a child through synchronized participation of child, parent and teacher is important as the child learns to prepare to face the challenges of life ahead. Reflecting on the theme ‘Be an agent of change’, Rio said that positive change will not come as miracle but every concerned individual needs to work towards it as stakeholders in the society. He observed that the modern Naga society is an educated society, but in regards to the process of civilisation and evolution although we have achieved

many goals within a short period of time, “we are still a young society to call ourselves civilised.” He also observed that among the Nagas, the Lotha community has exceedingly achieved on many competitive platforms and have done well on social, education and economy ratings as well. Making a narrative of Naga history, he said that the Government of India and the world is now recognising the Nagas as a people. “Our political issue is no more known as law and order issue, but a political issue, and we are now recognised as a people with a unique history. Therefore, the present ceasefire and the dialogue is going on,” he stated. “It now depends on the Nagas whether we want to come together and unite and accept what is available or to reject and continue to fight.” President of Lotha Students’ Union (LSU), Amos Odyuo in his presidential address stated that he and his team had put in a great amount of time for the union's welfare during

which they faced countless hardship and constraining pressures but saw God's divine intervention and courage to lead on the student community thus far. He appealed to the Lotha intellectuals and leaders to learn to appreciate, encourage, and support the selfless social leaders who work relentlessly for the uplift and progress of the people. “Many things need to change to keep up with the changing times, but there are things which need our careful preservation, and those are our vibrant tradition, culture, costumes and the bravery and honesty of our forefathers,” said Dr. Abemo Odyuo, Controller of Examination, NU, who spoke on the theme, “Be an agent of change.” Subenthung Kithan, President NSF, in his greetings advised the student community to use social media carefully and wisely as irrational and destructive means of its usage will in the long run destroy the peaceful fabric of the society and even between people.

SKK: All Sumi Students Union (SKK) said ‘Baba’ Tokheho brought great name and laurel to the Sumi community and Nagas. Remembering the deceased as a visionary and enthusiastic person who uplifted the Naga people, SKK said the demise has created a vacuum not only for his tribe but for the Nagas in general. SKK prayed to God to grant peace to the departed soul and solace to the bereaved family. KSH: The Kohima Sumi Hoho (KSH) stated Tokheho was an active and outstanding leader of not only Zunheboto constituency but the entire Sumi community. “He played a very crucial role in politics during the early formative

years of Nagaland State. He continued his involvement in many important and critical events as a politician and also as an elderly and matured person,” KSH said in a condolence message. The Hoho further recognized Tokheho as a brave man with strong personality and significant influence “particularly during insurgency times in Nagaland.” In his death, it added, “we have lost a rare personality and a good human being. Sumis have truly lost a fatherly figure which is difficult to replace.” NPCC: NPCC President, K. Therie mentioned Tokheho was one of the senior-most founding fathers of Nagaland statehood who played a vital role as

Name: Puloto Sumi Age: 13 years Gender: Male Father’s name: Vighoto Sumi Mother’s name: Khetoni Sumi Date of missing: 8/01/2017 Address: Signal Nagagoan Village. If found, kindly contact: CHILDLINE No 1098/ 9856503877/ 03862-224151 or 9077114774.

Old Dhansiri Bridge closure: Traffic Police issues advisory

Dimapur, January ing Nagarjan to 3rd Mile. Meanwhile, pillion rid13 (mExn): Following the closure of Old Dhansiri ers on two wheelers have Bridge for re-construction been asked to use helmets since January 9, 2017, the compulsorily, adding that Dimapur Traffic Police defaulters will be penalhas announced again that ized. “With the increasing all vehicular traffic on that route is closed round the volume of vehicular traffic compounded by variclock. For smooth flow of traf- ous repair works, inconvefic, the exit of vehicles from nience to the commuters Walford to New Dhansiri is eminent. The Dimapur Bridge via Lorna School Traffic Police is trying its junction is prohibited. level best to minimize However, entry from Lorna these inconveniences and School junction towards ensure smooth flow of trafWalford is allowed, accord- fic along all the routes,” the ing to a press release from press release said. ComAddl. Dy. Commissioner of muters have been requested to co-operate with the Police/PRO, Dimapur. Owing to the heavy Traffic Police personnel traffic on the routes from by obeying traffic rules Purana Bazar to Tragopan and also assist by following the youngest Interim Body Point, commuters have single lane driving along Member and as Minister. been encouraged to use narrow stretches and avoid “An eminent social worker, the arterial route connect- overtaking. he was also a very upright and strong public leader who had a vision for the Naga people. His philanthropic works and leadership will continue to be remembered for generations to come,” Therie said. “The void created by his demise is a loss not only to the bereaved family members, but also to his community and the people of the state.” BJP: The Nagaland State BJP also mourned the loss of a veteran leader “whose void shall be diffi- Police in Mokokchung apprehended one Imsubenla for cult to be filled.” It prayed illegal possession of 6500 tablets of contraband spasfor the departed soul to mo-proxyon. The arrest was made at around 1:30 am on 13 at Longmisa junction from a Tuensang bound rest in peace and strength January night bus, according to the police. A case has been regisfor the family he has left tered in this connection at PS I Mokokchung vide 001/17 behind. U/S 27 DC Act.

More pay tribute to Tokheho Sema Kohima, January 13 (mExn): More people today grieved the death of Tokheho Sema, former minister and Padma Shri awardee on January 12 and conveyed heartfelt condolences to the bereaved family. Governor: Governor of Nagaland, PB Acharya described Tokheho as a prominent social worker and great human being. “Late Tokheho H. Sema dedicated his life for the welfare of the people of Nagaland in general and State in particular,” he stated in a condolence message. Stating that his contributions and sacrifices for the development of the State will be remembered by all, Acharya said his demise is a great loss to the people of Nagaland.

his life. While stating “such incidents would only create a feeling of terror not only among the other BJP candidates and party workers but also the common public,” the letter expressed apprehension that it would adversely impact the election environment. As per the letter, the blast took place not far from where a number of people were gathered in the compound. Stating that the candidate was not home at the time, the letter added that the alleged blast damaged “the concrete floored compound” and “splinters” hitting “some youth present in the vicinity but no injuries were caused.” Appealing the police to provide security to Zhimomi till the entire electioneering process is completed, the letter

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