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The Morung Express
Dimapur VOL. X ISSUE 130
Thursday, May 14, 2015 12 Pages Rs. 4
Never do anything against conscience even if the state demands it
Amendment in child labour law approved by Cabinet [ PAGE 8]
Vast array of delicacies at Naga food festival [ PAGE 2]
By Sandemo Ngullie
Dimapur | May 13
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DimaPUR, may 13 (mExN): The NSCN (R) today alleged that Chairman of the NSCN (K), SS Khaplang is “in the grip of Paresh Baruah,” the Commander in Chief of ULFA (I). A press note from the MIP of the NSCN (R) stated that Khaplang has “reduced himself to just a nominal head of the party,” and is being “utilized by outsiders to suit their agenda...” It added that Baruah is “trying to make maximum use of the situation in his favour,” and “trying to rejuvenate and restructure his own party by using the Nagas of eastern Nagaland and particularly the NSCN (K) as a launching pad.” The NSCN (R) referred to the recent Changlangshu ambush on AR personnel as an example of how “Khaplang has been misused, misguided and misled as any loss of life particularly on a Sunday is not only unethical as a Christian but is also new to the Nagas.” The NSCN (R) further questioned the NSCN (K) commitment to sovereignty of the Nagas and alleged that Khaplang “has miserably failed to understand that he has been unconsciously hooked by the other insurgent groups to serve their purpose and has reduced himself to just a mere facilitator for them.” Full text on Page 5
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Ceasefire abrogation impacts border villages Morung Express News
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• Indian security forces ban use of imported Chinese bikes • Villagers urge administration to issue licenses for imported bikes
Essh, too much frisking. We must change sides otherwise our business will suffer.
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Inhabitants of Noklak area and neighboring Naga villages under Myanmar are already facing the consequences of the ceasefire abrogation between the NSCN (K) and GoI and the subsequent May 3 killing of 8 security personnel at Changsanglu, Mon district. Against the backdrop, Indian security forces since Monday have reportedly put a ban on the most popular mode of transport and trade for Noklak inhabitants- Chinese bikes, which are run without valid license. With motor-able roads wanting in the Indo-Myanmar area, Chinese bikes imported from Myanmar are an important component. They are the preferred mode of travel and transport since it is ‘more robust and can easily negotiate narrow roads and
terrains.’ The ban has thrown trade between Noklak town and its surrounding villages bordering Myanmar and Naga villages under Myanmar out of gear, reports from the border town disclosed. Chinese bikes imported from Myanmar are run without any legal registrations- except for an ‘understanding for the sake of the existence of the ITC DAN.’ Therefore, its thoroughfare is allowed in Noklak area, courtesy of an ongoing informal trade between Nagaland and Myanmar at International Trade Centre (ITC), DAN, Noklak area. There are more than 50 Chinese bikes in Noklak and Naga villages of Myanmar for their daily trade and travel. “Since security forces banned movement of these bikes; villagers and traders alike are beginning to face many difficulties here,” a
A man rides a Chinese made dirt bike at Pangsha area, Tuensang district. With the abrogation of the Ceasefire with the NSCN (K), security forces on the Indian side of the border have banned the use of these imported bikes affecting trade in the region. (Morung File Photo)
citizen of Pangsha, the last village bordering Myanmar lamented. According to this citizen, the Assam Rifles suspect the presence of NSCN (K) cadres in Naga villages
under Myanmar. “So they have put a ban on the bikes for security reasons. Yes, we don’t have any registration papers…we cannot travel anymore, we cannot do anything,” he said.
According to the citizen who didn’t wished to be named, Noklak area depended on traders from Naga villages in Myanmar for import of ‘non narcotic’ items like hunting boots,
transceivers, Burmese swords and other accessories, while in return; essential commodities like food grains, sugar, salt etc were exported. “Without these bikes, how can we travel or transport goods?” he questioned. Noklak area is a strategic point since it shares a long border with Myanmar. Naga villages under Myanmar are considered as sheltering areas for the NSCN (K) cadres and other Naga political groups by the Indian security forces. Earlier, the area was infamous for drug trafficking and gun running. Since the announcement of the Look East Policy and the inauguration of the International Trade Centre (ITC), Dan, border trade of essential items existing between Nagaland and Myanmar, though informal, has been centered at Noklak area. The much awaited trans-national highway is paving its way –in the process of reaching Lahe town under Naga self administered zone of Myanmar. However the road is still not motor-able. “Why are we not al-
lowed to benefit from the trade which is supposed to exist between India and Myanmar?” another concerned citizen from Noklak questioned. “The Government of India and Nagaland should also come up with a plan to issue Indian license to Myanmar imported bikes. Whatever trade transpires, common people should also be allowed to benefit,” he added. A number of citizens appealed that the ADC, Noklak and the Indian security forces should issue some kind of registration to owners of the Chinese bikes after proper verification so that they can carry on with their normal tasks. The security forces have also banned use of transceivers, locally known as ‘Icom.’ Transceivers are essential instruments for communication in the area because of the dismal cellular service which virtually remains non-existent. Intelligence sources informed that security forces are trying to clamp the Myanmar border areas of Pangsha under Noklak under Tuensang district because of the strong presence of NSCN (K) cadres.
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‘Naga people must not be confused by masquerades’
DimaPUR, may 13 (mExN): “Nagas are one and must be one in the original home,” asserted the Federal Government of Nagaland (FGN) today, while clarifying on what it termed were “confusions presently prevailing due to unfounded statements made by renegades.” The FGN urged that the Naga people “must not be confused by the masquerade of Pseudo and defectors.” A press release from Captain Yirei Lungleng, Kilonser for Rali Wali, FGN stated that Nagas are inherently a sovereign independent people and a free nation by tradition. It recalled that the “democratic Naga people” had constituted the Naga National Council (NNC) on February 2, 1946 to represent the Nagas and safeguard the sovereignty
of Nagaland as a nation. Adinno Phizo, the FGN, added is the fifth “successive and legitimate President of the NNC as she was unanimously elected as President of the NNC by the Naga people on May 12, 1990 at Kohima.” She was conferred plenipotentiary powers in the national affairs by six thousand two hundred and thirty nine registered delegates from different Naga regions in the NNC General Meeting held on March 15, 1991 at Longmisa village, Ao region, it said. “This historical and political entrustment is inalienable and no one can hijack it,” the FGN asserted. Maintaining that Adinno Phizo as NNC President “alone holds the sole authority to call/summon the NNC General Meeting,” it
stated that any person or group calling an NNC General Meeting is “illegal and it is against the statute of the Naga nation.” “Any group or organization created by itself without the knowledge or consent of the Naga people is a self- styled group/ organization,” the FGN asserted. It further reminded that the under the banner of the NNC, the FGN was established on March 22, 1956 to govern all Naga territories at the extent of Yehzabo (Constitution) of Nagaland. As such, it said that Gen. (Retd.) Viyalie Metha is the seventh successive “legitimate Kedage (President) FGN.” The Naga people, it added, “did not set up any other National Council or other national Government so far except NNC and FGN.”
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15 year old diagnosed with non genetic Diabetes
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Kohima, may 13 (DiPR): Dr. Satya Agarwala, a Cardio Specialist while expressing concern about the health facilities scenario of Nagaland informed he had diagnosed a 15 year old child with diabetes. “Although diabetes is usually a genetic problem, this particular case is not genetic and we have to find out the cause, but due to lack of facilities, I have refereed the patient to Guwahati or Shillong,” he informed. Dr Agarwala is a member of the highly specialsed team of Doctors who are visiting Nagaland from Mumbai. Speaking to DIPR on May 13, the last day of a medical camp at NHAK, Dr. Agarwala also informed that out of about 900 patients examined 30% were found to be having cardiac disorders and attributed
Out of 900 patients examined 30% found to be having cardiac disorders drinking and smoking as the cause of it. “The worst part is that people chew gutkha,” he lamented. He opined that not enough preventive measures awareness are taken in Nagaland and said lots could be done by making people aware of what to do and what not to do. Dr. Agarwala also suggested organizing programmes comprising of both preventive and curative measures. Under preventive measures, awareness against drinking, smoking, taking gutkha and proper cooking of food should be focused while more facilities in hospitals should be provided as a curative measure. Stating that X-ray, ECG, EEG, MRI are the very basic facilities where hospitals
needs to be equipped, he expressed surprised that even X-ray machines are not available at places like Jalukie. Dr. Agarwala also informed that he has referred 4 patients outside the state one of which was stated to be serious with a huge infusion around the heart, most commonly caused by TB. He lauded the local doctors describing them as highly educated and wellinformed people yet cited lack of infrastructures as the main bottle-neck for proper health care delivery. “We can come periodically and arrange trainings for local doctors to upgrade their skills but cannot run the show from Mumbai”, he added. Dr. Lalita Palep (Gen-
eral Physician) suggested that more awareness needs to be created on vaccination, family planning and food intake. She observed that children in the rural areas are under nourished; under-weight and most mothers are found to be suffering from TB, anemic and lack cleanliness. Dr. Lalita said that during the medical camp held at Jalukie, communication problem was faced and felt the need for mass education of the farming community on health care issues. She suggested that more social workers with medical background and interns go house to house and explain health care measures required for children. She viewed the scenario of Kohima as a different picture and informed that most of the babies and mothers examined were healthy.
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Dimapur | May 13
“Conventional degrees only bring more and more unemployment,” Nagaland Governor PB Acharya stated while speaking during the Second Graduation Day of Mount Mary College at the Chümoukedima Town Council Hall, Chümoukedima on Wednesday. Stating that that there is a need for skilled people, the governor called upon universities and colleges to introduce skill-based courses in their curriculum, “whether it is carpentry, tailoring, fashion designing, Nagaland Governor PB Acharya speaks at Graduation Day of mobile repairing etc.” Governor Acharya Mount Mary College Chümoukedima on May 13. (Morung Photo)
MEx File Dimapur roads renamed after prominent personalities
maintained that there is no room for dialogue between trade/commerce and education and stated, “I am from Mumbai. I have 4 degrees but none of my degrees have helped in my career.” Further stating that more and more empowered youths from Nagaland are outside the state, Governor Acharya called for a reversal in the trend. “Let us not depend on Delhi,” the governor stated while calling upon the youths to join hands in making the state rich. During the convocation, the governor gave away awards to JN Veipuo Robert, BA Economics, for best attendance; and to N.
Chuhyem Konyak, B.Com for best academic performance. Chairman, Mount Mary College, M Chuba Ao, also presented certificates to the 59 graduating students from the college. Earlier, C. Teeya Imsong, Managing Director, Mount Mary Higher Secondary School & Mount Mary College delivered the welcome address. Tokali, Assistant Professor and HOD Education, said the words of encouragement while Watilemla, from the English Department, spoke on behalf of the valedictorians. Alobo Naga delivering a special song performed a rendition of John W Schlitt’s “There is someone.”
NDRF conducts community awareness on earthquake
Dimapur, may 13 (mExN): Consequent of receipt of applications for naming of roads after prominent personalities under Dimapur district and as per the recommendation of the District Planning & Development Board, the DC Dimapur Kesonyu Yhome, IAS has issued the names of the proposed roads and locations. The names are as follows: Dhobi Nallah Traffic point to PWD-Forest Junction- Sanchisao Lotha Road; PWD-Forest Junction to DC Court Junction- T Matong Longkumer Road; Burma Camp Junction via Veterinary Office to DMC Slaughter House- Gobindra Paira Road; and Army Supply Road Junction to Kalibari- Manik Bhattacharjee Road. The DC Dimapur has informed that the public notice has been given to all the public of the area for claims or objections if any, to be submitted within 30 days from the date of publication of this notice.
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Bayavü Hill colony mass social work today Kohima, may 13 (mExN): The Bayavü Area Panchayat and the Ward Adoption Committee under the DPDB, Kohima will be organizing a mass social work on May 14 from 6:00 AM to 9:00 AM at all places within the jurisdiction of the Bayavü Hill colony. Therefore, all residents of the Bayavü Hill Colony are requested to cooperate and participate actively in the mass social work to make the colony clean, healthy and pleasant to live in. All residents are requested to come with daos, spades, shovel, hoes, brooms etc.
ANSTA general conference on May 15
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Dimapur, may 13 (mExN): The All Nagaland School Teachers Association (ANSTA) will have its General Conference on May 15 at Agri Expo Dimapur under the theme, “Towards Restoration of Work Culture.” FP Solo Commissioner & Secretary to the Government of Nagaland Department of School Education, SCERT & HTE will be the chief guest with Kesonyu Yhome Deputy Commissioner, Dimapur as the guest of honour and Zaveyi Nyekha Director of School Education will exhort the Teachers in the Conference. In this regard, the Association has invited 15 delegates from each unit and sub-units except Dimapur unit where good number of teachers are expected to attend the conference. Meanwhile, two days casual leave have been granted to all the teacher delegates to enable them to attend the Conference.
HDFC Bank launches PMJJBY at Pihekhu Village Dimapur, may 13 (mExN): The HDFC Bank has launched Pradhan Mantri Jeevan Jyoti Bima Yojna (PMJJBY) Pradhan Mantri Suraksha Bima Yojna (PMSBY) on May 9 at Pihekhu Village (Niuland). Jenmei Rongmei (sales officer) and Vikaho H Sumi (Banking Correspondent) initiated the programme. For the conveniences of the customer the HDFC Bank had introduced Bank Mitra at Pihekhu Village where in a customer had the benefit to do the financial transactions there (Cash deposit, withdrawal, balance enquiry, opening new Bank account etc. The HDFC Dimapur in a press release acknowledged the Pihekhu Village Council, elders, youth, beneficiary for their necessary assistance and participation of the said programme.
Head of GHSS/GHS under Dimapur dist informed
NDRF personnel demonstrates mock drill during the two day community awareness programme on Earthquake at Town Hall Peren held on May 12 and 13. (DIPR Photo)
pErEN, may 13 (Dipr): National Disaster Responsive Force (NDRF) from 01 BN Guwahati in collaboration with Nagaland State Disaster Management Authority (NSDMA) Home Department and District Administration organised two day Community Awareness Programme on Earthquake at Town Hall Peren on May 12 and 13.
Inspector Rajesh Ranjan gave a power point presentation on the role, responsibility, capabilities, strength of NDRF, demonstration on life saving medical aid, mock drill, do’s and don’ts during disaster and aftermath, and exhibition of tools needed during earthquake. District Administration, Police Department, NGOs, Red Cross, Civil Societies
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Kohima, may 13 (mExN): With a view to provide better public services the Kohima Municipal Council (KMC) will be undertaking repairs/replacements of the buses on school duty. Therefore, all the schools, colleges and educational institutions hiring Kohima Municipal Council (KMC) JNNURM buses are informed that KMC JNNRUM buses will be off-road after the summer vacation. Kohima Municipal Council Administrator Kovi Meyase in a press note expressed regret for the inconvenience.
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expansive smile. It was now time to wade into the main course and this came together -red sticky rice, pork head, liver and trotters. “This kind of red sticky rice is available only in Nagaland,” Karen said as she served it out. The beauty about the food was that it could be eaten individually or together because the tastes had the ability to blend just perfectly.The pork head was done medium and required a bit of determined chewing, the liver just melted and the trotters were extremely crunchy. Another gleam, another "try this" and one was ready to take off into space. "Khatarnak hai (It's a whammer)," said Karen of the red chilli and olive oil accompaniment that goes with just about any dish from the main course. There was a lot more - pork shoulder, pork chops, spare ribs, minced pork, minced pork rice and pork salad
t's rare for a food festival to focus on only one object but the Naga Awoshi festival at Dzukou Tribal Kitchen has done just that by focusing on pork and serving up a mind-boggling 20 varieties -- literally from tip to tail. “I am a cook and I wanted to do something different. I have no background in the hospitality industry but I've become successful without any formal training,” Dzukou owner and head chef Karen Yepthomi told IANS over a refreshing vodka with just a trace of lime juice that was served up to beat the blistering heat. “We're still experimenting and I'm glad to say that 80 percent of our clientele are non-easterners,” she added as one took in the ambiance of the 50-cover outlet in south Delhi's Hauz Khas market: a rustic, earthly feel with uncemented brick walls and lots and lots of thatch on the roof, rattan chairs and long tables that can be divided into cosy sit-downs for two or four at the drop of a cloth divider. It was time for the starter and this came in the shape of succulent pork belly wrapped in a spinach leaf. “Ideally, it Trotters should be wrapped in a mustard leaf but that is hard to get here,” said - to name just a few -- and it all looked Karen, who sources all the ingredients very inviting indeed but with my small from back home. appetite I needed to call a stop. “Try this chutney,” she said with Dzukou Tribal Kitchen, in fact, goes a wicked gleam and the moment it much beyond being just a restaurant. touched the tongue, one knew why: the There are evenings with live music and, concoction of green chilli, garlic and to- earlier this year, an evening celebratmato was a bomb - to say the least. ing the success stories of people from Going down memory lane, Karen the eight northeastern states who have said the present location was the out- made a mark for themselves in fields like let's second in the city. “We opened in music, arts and fashion. 2012 in the Haus Khas Village with two “You see that thing there,” Karen said floors just off the lake. We had the fourth pointing to a square platform where a floor and the roof and it was quite pic- group was relaxing comfortably against turesque and eco-friendly but we had bolsters as they ate. “The rug and bolto shut down on some issues. Still, we're sters come off and it becomes a stage,” quite happy here,” Karen said. “Actual- she added. ly, I started out in 2011 marketing Naga That surely is ingenuity and the perhandicrafts but then the cook in me took fect end to a perfect meal on a perfect over and here I am,” she added with an afternoon.
Our Correspondent Tseminyu | May 13
Parliamentary secretary for housing Er. Levi Rengma today launched Swachh Bharat Abhiyan (Clean India Mission) here and called for adopting good sanitary practices for a healthier and cleaner Tseminyu Sub Division. Er. Levi made symbolic sweeping of Tseminyu streets as a mark of the official launching of Swachh Bharat mission awareness. It was followed by mass cleanliness drive around the road sides, residential and surroundings. “It is your responsibility to keep your surrounding clean to secure a healthy life,” Er. Levi said. Subscribing Swachh Bharat Mission as a mass movement, he called upon the people to involve actively in this mission and
Parliamentary secretary for housing Er. Levi Rengma and others during the launching programme of Swachh Bharat Abhiyan at Tseminyu on May 13. (Morung Photo)
be agent of cleanliness. time to take corrective measures Er. Levi called upon the citi- to prevent further destruction of zens of Tseminyu Sub Division to environment. conserve nature and at the same He also urged upon everyone
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within Tseminyu Sub Division to plant a tree each, adding that it would fetch great help to nature and the people will enjoy in return.
Expressing concern over water crisis across the globe, the parliamentary secretary encouraged the citizens to conserve water and also take up rain water harvesting on larger scale. Er. Levi also administered Swachhta pledge to the participants. Among others, it pledged to remain committed towards cleanliness and to devote 100 hours per year to voluntarily work for cleanliness and will neither litter not let others litter Earlier, Dr. Tinenlo Jemu, SMO Tseminyu delivered keynote address, while Rev. Haiwalo Apon, executive secretary CRBC prayed for the programme. Er.K.G Sumi, Director WSSO, Vikhweno M. Meratsu, Additional Deputy Commissioner and several other dignitaries also present on the occasion.
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Road inaugurated at River Belt colony Teachers from Mumbai visits Peren
Khrasi Welfare Forum condoles Dimapur, may 13 (mExN): Khrasi Welfare Forum, Dimapur has shared its deepest condolences on the demise of Sister Ashiphro Philomena, FMA, the first Catholic nun from Makhan village, who passed away on May 9 at FMA Provincial House, Guwahati. The Forum extended its prayerful support to the bereaved family members and to the FMA congregation.
and Students attended the programme from Peren Government College and Schools from Peren town. A team of twelve personnel led by Inspector Rajesh Rajen and SI Kipgen from NDRF, DPO (NSDMA) David and District Administration will be conducting one week awareness programme in Peren, Tening and Jalukie Town.
Vast array of delicacies at Naga food festival
Swachh Bharat Mission launched at Tseminyu
Dimapur, may 13 (mExN): All the principals/ headmasters and head teachers of Government Higher Secondary Schools and Government High Schools under Dimapur district have been informed that a review meeting will be held on May 19, 12:30 pm at DEO’s office, Dimapur. In this regard, Deputy District Education Officer R. Amongla Jamir has requested all to come prepared with the performance record of HSSLC/HSLC for the last 3 (three) academic years. All head of the institutions concerned have also been asked to attend the meeting positively.
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Commissioner of Police, Dimapur, Liremo Lotha IPS and DMC Administrator, H. Atokhe Aye during the inauguration of road at River Belt Colony Dimapur on Wednesday. (Morung Photo) Morung Express News Dimapur | May 13
A ro a d m e a s u r i n g 4515x6.3=2617 sq.m constructed by Dimapur Municipal Council (DMC) at River Belt Colony was inaugurated on Wednesday by Commissioner of Police, Dimapur, Liremo Lotha IPS. Addressing a gathering of colony members
and students of Don Bosco Higher Secondary School, Dimapur near the school, Liremo complimented the DMC Administrator, H. Atokhe Aye and his staff for the various developmental works that it has been taking out in the municipal areas. Highlighting about the commissionerate system, Liremo sought the support and cooperation of the
public in maintaining law and order and keeping Dimapur peaceful. He also solicited suggestions and advise from the public on any shortcomings of the police for better functioning and execution of duties and responsibilities. “Together, we can make Dimapur a better place,” Liremo added. DMC Administrator, H. Atokhe Aye said Wednesday’s road inauguration was the sixth road constructed by DMC during the last four and half months. He thanked the citizens of Dimapur for extending their cooperation towards the DMC in its developmental activities. He appealed the public to pay a monthly Residential Sanitation Tax of Rs 10 per month so that the DMC can utilize the amount collected for providing better sanitation in Dimapur. During the programme, GB River Belt Colony and Principal DBHSS also spoke lauding the DMC for constructing the road in their area.
Team of teachers from Mumbai with students of Government HSS Jalukie during the visit held on May 13. (DIPR Photo)
pErEN, may 13 (Dipr): A team of 13 thirteen teachers from Mumbai led by Principal of Gool Ghadiali visited school under Peren district. The people-to-people programme for national integration and faculties exchange programme is an initiative by Governor of Nagaland P.B. Acharya. The team visited various schools at Peren and on May 13, they visited Government HSS Jalukie. A short welcome programme was held where the students of GHSS sang and performed folk dance, on which the guest teachers were elated to see
beautiful traditional dresses and dance. During interaction session, the teachers shared their experiences and teaching methologies in India. They also visited Barail Valley School Jalukie, Government High School B. Jalukie and St. Xavier Higher Secondary School Jalukie Town. The guest teachers are from Gopal Sharma International School. Principal Gool Ghadiali; Rekha Palnitkar; Sangitavishwarao; Upsana Roy from Maneckji Cooper Education Trust. Principal Kashmira; Jesicadaruwalla;
Najma; Jyshree from Vidyanidhi School. Savita Thakur; Shailesh; Nitin from INFC Dilip Parajpe and Pooja Baroda (Gujarat). They were accompanied by Directorate of School Education Kohima Satemila (Dy Director); Chonpa (Asst Director); Khetoshe (Asst Director); Khriekethozo (Asst Director); Dendangmenla (Asst Director) and also from Peren Toshimenla Imchen (Dy DEO); Zuponi (SDEO). The guest teachers will be visiting more schools at Jalukie, Ngwalwa and Athibung circle till May 16.
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KRF allegedly kills 2 labourers in Manipur Our Correspondent Imphal | May 13
Two labourers were reportedly beaten to death by the Kuki Revolutionary Front (KRF) on Tuesday night in Thingsat area of Senapati district, following which an intense protest erupted in Patsoi Part-3 on Wednesday. A 12-year-old boy was also brutally beaten up by the KRF militants. The trio was kidnapped by the KRF on the charge of being informers of the underground group Kangleipak Communist Party (KCP), which the families of the victims denied saying they were labourers. The deceased have been identified as Moirangthem Dayananda and Maibam Premananda, aged around 20 from Patsoi Part-3. They were engaging in iron welding works in Mapao Khullen. The injured boy, Konthoujam Bishal from Haobam Marak in the district, is a Class 6 student
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of Nedi Home Academy at Mapao Khulen where he had been staying at his grandmother’s home. The KRF militants kidnapped the trio near Sekmai bazaar last Sunday. A combined team of Imphal West and East police commandos conducted a massive search operation in Thingsat area around 10:30 pm on Tuesday to secure release of the trio. But two of them were found dead in the custody of the KRF militants. The police team arrested eight KRF militants in the operation. But no weapons were seized from them, police sources said. The two bodies along with the injured boy were brought to Imphal by the police team. Shortly after the bodies were brought to Patsoi Part-3, protest erupted in the area. The irate locals blocked the National Highway-37 from early morning. The protestors shouted slo-
gans and demanded strict punishment to all culprits. Social Welfare Minister AK Mirabai Devi who is representing Patsoi constituency and Sekmai MLA Kh Debendra came to the site and consoled the bereaved families. A huge public meeting was held later, where leaders of United Committee Manipur (UCM), All Manipur United Clubs Organisation (AMUCO), Democratic Students’ Alliance of Manipur (DESAM) and All Manipur Students’ Union (AMSU) were also present. UCM president Elangbam Johnson stated that Manipur has been witnessing a series of killing of innocent people in recent times and cautioned that violence will flare up higher than ever in the State in the event of failure of the Manipur Government to tackle and prevent such violent incidents. KRF is a signatory to suspension of operation (SoO) involving both the State and Central Governments.
New Delhi, May 13 (iaNS): One union minister will be in each of the northeastern states every fortnight to personally oversee the plans and developmental aspects of the region, an official release said here on Wednesday quoting union DoNER minister Jitendra Singh. A delegation of MPs representing various northeastern states and six political parties led by former Lok Sabha Speaker P.A. Sangma had met Prime Minister Narendra Modi in New Delhi on Tuesday and given him a memorandum. Union Minister for Development of Northeast Region (DoNER) Jitendra Singh was present during the meeting and explained to the MPs the NDA government`s vision to develop the northeastern region, comprising eight states. "Following the Prime Minister`s directions, government has prepared a roster wherein eight union ministers would be travelling to different northeastern states every fortnight which, in other words, means that there would be one central minister in each of the north-
east states in every fortnight," the official release said quoting Singh in the meeting. The release said the prime minister, who is taking a personal interest in the development of the northeastern region, gave a patient hearing to the delegation and enquired about the observations made by the MPs on a wide range of issues. The DoNER minister said that the northeast is a part of Prime Minister Modi`s India Vision and has a high priority for the present government. He referred to the PM`s recent visits to the northeast during which he inaugurated the first ever rail link to Meghalaya and also announced the launch of giant hydro-electric projects. Recognising the aspirations of the youth of the northeast, Modi has also announced a Sports University for Manipur and six agricultural colleges for various states of the region, he added. "The prime minister is keen to bring northeast at par with the rest of India," said the release quoting Singh. The prime minister has also emphasised on
specialised areas like organic farming. Singh also referred to the recently introduced new innovative programme called "DoNER at Doorstep" wherein a Secretariat Camp of the ministry would be held every month by rotation in each of the eight different states of the region. The memorandum, submitted to the prime minister, described at length the various potential projects which could be taken up in each of the eight states in the near future. The memorandum broadly refers to a "10-Point Action Agenda" envisaging strengthening of institutional frameworks, maintaining peace to achieve prosperity, enabling growth through road, rail and aviation connectivity, strengthening power generation and transmission, managing natural resources, empowering northeast youth, creating jobs through industry entrepreneurship and tourism, harnessing the geological and cultural richness, realising the "Act East" vision and
ensuring better healthcare. Prominent among the MPs who were part of the delegation were minister of state for home affairs Kiren Rijiju (BJP-Arunachal Pradesh), Neiphiu Rio (Naga People`s Front-Nagaland), Prem Das Rai (Sikkim Democratic Front-Sikkim), Hishey Lachungpa (Sikkim Democratic FrontSikkim), Kamakhya Prasad Tasa (BJP-Assam), Shankar Prasad Dutta (CPI-MTripura) and C. L. Ruala (Congress-Mizoram) besides P.A. Sangma (National People`s PartyMeghalaya).
Eight dead in road accident raNgia, May 13 (PTi): Eight people, including a woman and a child, were killed and another man was seriously injured in a road accident in Kamrup district of Assam, police said on Wednesday. The car in which seven persons were travelling from Goalpara to Guwahati late last night collided head-on with a mini truck at Bamunigaon, killing the passengers and the truck driver on the spot, a police official said. The drivers of both the vehicles were among the deceased, they said.
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iTaNagar, May 13 (TNN): The All Arunachal Pradesh Students' Union (AAPSU) on Tuesday said the Union home ministry has agreed to relax its rules of engagement while conducting operation against outfits in Arunachal Pradesh under the Armed Forces Special Power Act (AFSPA), 1958. The chairperson of the AAPSU-constituted AFSPA Committee, Pritam Waii Sonam, told the media that Union home minister Rajnath Singh has agreed that the Armed Forces would not conduct random operations in police station areas that fall under the draconian law without consulting local police and village heads. "The decision was made after considering local sentiment and to avoid unnecessary harassment of
civilians," Sonam said. The AAPSU team, along with president Kamta Lapung, recently called on Singh and Union MoS for home Kiren Rijiju in New Delhi to discuss the extension of AFSPA in Arunachal. Tame said AAPSU, through the committee, would keep a close watch on the implementation of AFSPA in Arunachal. It will conduct a review meeting six months from the date of imposition of the law in Arunachal. The AFSPA Committee acknowledged the support extended by the civil society to its demand for the act's withdrawal. The May 5 notification of the Union home ministry says AFSPA will be applied to 16 police station areas in 9 districts of the state bordering Assam.
Two drowned in Aizawl aizawl, May 13 (PTi): Two young boys drowned in the river Kawlchaw in south Mizoram’s Saiha district, a police report said here today. When Lalchamliana (22) was drowning Beiriapha (19) dived into the river to save him and in the process both met their watery grave on Monday, a delayed report reaching here said. Both had gone to the river for fishing. Their bodies were recovered at around midnight on Monday.
New Delhi, May 13 (The hiNDu): The Supreme Court on Wednesday accused the Centre and the Assam government of “dragging its feet” about fortifying the country's “porous” Eastern border with Bangladesh despite its judgment last year that security chinks along the border is posing a risk to the lives of ordinary citizens. Deciding to have an independent look at what is going on the ground, a bench led by Justice Ranjan Gogoi appointed a court commissioner to visit the border and report back on the state of fencing and roads along it. In a December 17, 2014 judgment, the court directed the Centre to build motorable roads alongside the international border and install floodlights to prevent incursion and crossborder trafficking. It noted the estimated number of illegal Bangladeshi immigrants into India as on December 31, 2001 was 1.20 crore. The court said it would be monitoring the progress made by the Centre. However, on Wednesday, the
bench expressed its dissatisfaction with the Centre and Assam. “The court is left with the impression that Union and the State have been dragging its feet in implementing our orders on border fencing at the Bangladesh border at Assam and other connected issues. Time has come for us to do something," the bench ob-
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Govt ready with contingency plan to overcome poor monsoon
New Delhi, May 13 (Pti): The government on Wednesday said it has put in place a contingency plan for 580 districts to tackle any situation arising out of below-normal monsoon. As per the weather department forecast, monsoon would be below normal this year due to an impact of El Nino. Monsoon rains are expected to arrive on time this year, hitting Kerala on June 1. Last year, the country had received 12 per cent less rains, affecting production of grains, cotton and oilseeds. “We are ready with the contingency plan for 580 districts,” Minister of State for Agriculture Sanjeev Kumar Balyan told reporters. The Centre is also planning
been quite a few cases of farmer suicides. As per the second advance estimates released on February 18 this year, the country’s foodgrain production is estimated to decline by 3% to 257.07 million tonnes in 2014-15 crop year (JulyJune) over last year. The production may fall further as various states received unseasonal rains and hailstorms during March-April this year, affecting rabi crops, including wheat. Agriculture, which contributes only 15% to India’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP) but employs about 605 of population, is heavily dependent on monsoon as only 40% of the cultivable area is under irrigation.
to come out with new crop insurance policy for farmers, he said. The Minister expressed confidence that the Centre, with cooperation from all states, would be able to overcome the situation if the country receives belownormal rains. State governments have been asked to use television channels for dissemination of agro-advisories and come up with strategies based on the monsoon forecast. They have also been directed to keep ready adequate quantity of seeds besides other inputs such as fertilisers, micro nutrients and pesticides. After a poor monsoon in 2014, untimely rains during MarchApril this year have already put farmers in distress and there have
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Cabinet approves stake sale in Indian Oil, NTPC New Delhi, May 13 (iaNS): The union cabinet on Wednesday approved the sale of a 10% stake in Indian Oil Corp and a 5% stake in NTPC, a government source said here. The proposed sale of 5% stake in NTPC is expected to fetch the exchequer around Rs.5,500 crore, while that of 10% stake in IOC would bring in nearly Rs.8000 crore. As per stock exchange data, the government holds 74.96% stake in NTPC and 68.57% in IOC. It has an ambitious disinvestment target of Rs.41,000 crore through stake sale in public sector units, and another Rs.28,500 crore through strategic stake sale by transfer of management control, during the current fiscal. As on Wednesday, the market capitalisation of NTPC stood at Rs.111,313.77 crore while that of IOC was Rs.79,321.21 crore.
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10 RS members for land bill committee Flying gets costlier as airlines hike rates New Delhi, May 13 (iaNS): Ten Rajya Sabha members have been named for a joint parliamentary committee on the land acquisition bill. The members are Prabhat Jha and Ram Narain Dudi of the BJP, Digvijaya Singh, Jairam Ramesh and P.L. Punia of the Congress, Ram Gopal Yadav of the Samajwadi Party, Sharad Yadav of the JD-U, Derek O’Brien of the Trinamool Congress, Rajpal Singh Saini of the BSP and Sharad Pawar of the NCP, said officials. The Lok Sabha on Tuesday had referred the contentious land acquisition bill to a 30-member joint committee of the two houses. The committee is expected to
give its report by the first day of the monsoon session. The government in December last year passed an ordinance to amend the land acquisition act, and a bill on the lines of the ordinance was introduced in the Lok Sabha in the first half of the budget session. Despite getting through the lower house, the bill got stuck in the Rajya Sabha where the government is in minority. Subsequently, another ordinance was issued by the government after proroguing the Rajya Sabha and the relevant bill has now been brought in the lower house. The key points related to the consent clause and the social impact assessment study.
New Delhi, May 13 (tNN): All aisle and window seats on IndiGo flights will cost more, if prebooked. This follows the DGCA’s nod to airlines to pre-book all seats. Booking a seat in the front or emergency rows will cost Rs 600 and booking the window and aisle seats in rows 2 to 11 will cost Rs 300. IndiGo now offers window and aisle seats of rows 14 to 29 (12 and 13 are emergency exit rows that have extra legroom) for Rs 200. Jet Airways and IndiGo have also announced a steep hike in ticket cancellation charges. While IndiGo earlier had a flat fee of Rs 1,500 for cancellations made up to
two hours prior to departure time, it now has four slabs. People cancelling two to 48 hours before departure will have to pay Rs 2,250. The fee will be Rs 2,000; 1,500 and 1,250 for cancellations made 48 hours, seven to 30 days and more than 30 days before departure time, respectively. IndiGo used to charge Rs 2,000 for international tickets cancelled up to four hours before departure time. Now, it will charge Rs 2,500 for tickets cancelled from a week to four hours before departure time. Tickets cancelled more than a week before flight departure will remain Rs 2,000.
Jet Airways’ cancellation charge for domestic flights used to be in the range of Rs 1,000 and Rs 2,000 earlier. Now the slab has been widened to Rs 1,000 and Rs 4,000. Meanwhile, SpiceJet from Tuesday started new ancillary services where passengers can pay an extra amount of Rs 500 to Rs 35 for getting services like assistance from check-in to boarding and likewise on arrival; priority check-in at special counters; getting checkedin bags at priority and insurance for baggage loss, flight delays and cancellations beyond the usual compensation amounts.
Google to build largest campus outside US in Hyderabad hyDerabaD, May 13 (iaNS): Global Internet services company Google will build its largest campus outside the US in Hyderabad with an investment of Rs.1,000 crore, announced Telanagana Information Technology Minister K. Tarakarama Rao on Tuesday. The minister, who is on a visit to the US, said the state government has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Google, which will develop about two million square feet campus, the first in Asia. The global search engine giant will build the facility on 7.2 acres in Gachibowli, the IT corridor in Hyderabad, said a statement released by the state government on Tuesday evening. It will be one of the largest
facilities globally and Google’s first own campus in India. “Excited to announce that Google & Government of Telangana have inked an MoU to build their largest campus (outside US) in Hyderabad,” Tarakarama Rao tweeted earlier. “First campus in Asia. 2 million sq ft space would be built. Investment of Rs.1,000 crore and in four years employee size to double from 6,500 to 13,000,” said the minister. Google’s vice president, real estate & workplace, David Radcliffe, and Telangana IT Secretary Jayesh Ranjan signed the MoU on Monday at Google headquarters in Mountain View, California. According to Radcliffe, about 12 months will be spent on planning and
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Telecom giant Verizon acquires AOL for $4.4 bn New york, May 13 (iaNS/efe): Telecom giant Verizon Communications Inc. said it was acquiring digital content provider AOL Inc. for $4.4 billion. It is paying $50 per share for AOL, a premium of 17.4 percent over the stock’s closing price of $42.59 on Monday. “Verizon’s vision is to provide customers with a premium digital experience based on a global multi-screen network platform,” Verizon chairman and CEO Lowell McAdam said on Tuesday. “This acquisition supports our strategy to provide a cross-screen connection for consumers, creators and advertisers to deliver that premium customer experience.” AOL is a leading provider of digital content and advertising, and one of the pioneers of the Internet age. AOL chairman and CEO Tim Armstrong is staying on after the deal closes and will run the unit, Verizon said.“The acquisition will be financed with cash on hand and the issuance of debt, Verizon said.
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Towards a Just Society: 26th Levi urges public to come closer to govt NSF General conference begins Our Correspondent Chunlikha | May 13
Thangal Anleinao Jonlong presenting a cultural display during the 26th NSF General Conference at Khonoma on May 13. Morung Express News strengthen ideas and bring education as their primary Khonoma | May 13
Under the theme “Towards a Just Society” the 26th NSF General Conference started on May 13 at Khonoma Village with Kiyaneilie Peseyie as the Chief Guest. The conference is being hosted by the Angami Students’ Union. “Unless one feels the need of having an unbiased society we cannot aspire to have peaceful coexistence,” stated NMA President, Abeii Meru who focused on effective and equitable consideration for justice which is crucial to achieve social inclusion. Further asserting that collective efforts can ensure effective transformation and that more emphasis needs to be given on long term durability, Meru asserted, “Each individual participation can bring about transparency wherein we can achieve our goal that is a ‘just society’.” Meru ended her speech urging the delegates not to lose hope to commit again to collectively
about change in the society. Conference such as these have an impact on the people in the State, stated Kiyaneilie Peseyie who lauded the NSF for the conference. “NSF being the apex body carries the important responsibility of providing leadership and guidance to students’ organization across the state. In the past more than two decades, the NSF played a crucial role and contributory role in the social, political and economic matters of the state,” stated Peseyie who appreciated the NSF for standing up for the rights of the people of the Nagas. Further taking the opportunity of sending a message of brotherhood across the state, Peseyie urged, “Let us foster a spirit of brotherhood and prosper together so that we contribute towards the nation building process by being a country’s treasured asset. Here students play a vital role to play.” Peseyie also directed the student delegates and leaders to attaining proper
objective and focus on the subject of their studies to gain excellence in their respective field of studies and be responsible citizens in the society. “State and country at large should remember that education dispels the darkness of illiteracy and enlightens one’s mind. Peace prevails when our minds are enlightened and where there is peace there is prosperity and development,” concluded Peseyie. The introductory session was chaired by R S Jollyson, Speaker, NSF with an invocation by Shiirhiu Ziekrhii, Pastor, Christian Revival Church, Khonoma. An introduction was given by Eshuwo Krelo, Secretary Publicity and Information, NSF. A welcome note was delivered by the Convenor, Local Organising Committee while a cultural display was presented by the Thangal Anleinao Jonlong. The General Secretary’s report from the tenure of 2013 to 2015 was also delivered during the introductory session.
Parliamentary Secretary for housing Er. Levi Rengma today called upon the public to come closer to the government and extend their cooperation to the various departments for all round development of the state. Chairing the special meeting of Tseminyu Sub Divisional Planning & Development Board (SDPDB) cum picnic at Chunlikha village, he said the intention of holding SDPDB meeting on rotation basis in the grass root level within Tseminyu Sub Division is to connect the public with various government policies and programmes and to get their viewpoints and requirements. He said the government desires to go to the grassroot level and sit with the public to identify the priority areas and work together for the welfare and upliftment of the community. In this, the parliamentary secretary called upon public to give positive inputs to the government and at the same time asked them to take this (SDPDB) as an opportune platform to express their needs, suggestions and feelings so that government would come across the ground reality and incorporate the same into government policy for implementation accordingly. Kohima deputy commissioner Rovilato Mor in his address called upon the
officers to be in their posting place and deliver good service to the public. He also stressed on the need to have proper coordination among the departments for effective execution of the various projects and schemes. Also asking the public to extend cooperation to the departments, he called upon them to follow the directive of the elected representative so that Tseminyu Sub Division will move ahead. Sawathang Kez Seb, president Rengma Hoho, Ketoho Luho, Assistant Development Commissioner (Planning), Kohima, Zukeya Woch, chairman Chunlikha Village Council and others also spoke at the meeting. Agendas discussed at the meeting included; widening of approach road from New Terogvunyu Bazaar to Lonyiibwenjwe via Terogvunyu village, creation of HSSLC examination centre at Tseminyu sub division, construction of drainage and rostrum at
CRBC ground, Tseminyu town, financial assistance for construction of water tank at Don Bosco School Tseminyu, proposal for renovation of girls’ hostel, school fencing and water supply at GHSS Tseminyu, proposal for construction of rural organic market complex at Chunlikha and construction of new school building at GHS Chunlikha. Later, Tseminyu SDPDB felicitated Nupato Woch of GHS Chunlikha for securing highest pass percentage in HSLC among the Govt. High Schools under Tseminyu Sub-Division. He was awarded with a certificate of honour along with Rs. 10,000 (Rs. 5000 by Tseminyu SDPDB and Rs. 5000 by Er. Levi Rengma) Vote of thanks was proposed by Vikhweno M. Meratsu, Additional Deputy Commissioner Tseminyu. Later, Er. Levi Rengma along with Kohima DC and others inspected the various developmental projects being carried out under various schemes at Tesophenyu and Nsunyu.
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DiMaPur, May 13 (Mexn): Business Association of Nagas (BAN) held its second general meeting on May 8 at Hotel Acacia, Dimapur and resolved that Naga Business and Entrepreneurs will not pay any form of taxation to any NPGs till “One Government, One Taxation” is achieved. BAN extended support to ACAUT and resolved to set up a grievances cell at the earliest. A press release from the Media Cell, BAN informed. MK Mero, Commissioner & Secretary Industries and Commerce, graced the first session as special guest while Joint Commissioner of Taxes Wanchamo Odyuo, TA Paul, Public Relations Manager, State Bank of India, and TN Tsewutso,
DiMaPur, May 13 (Mexn): Dimapur Police arrested one person for extorting money from shops at Rail Bazar area in Dimapur. The arrest took place around 1:30 PM on May 11. A press release from the Addl. Dy.Commissioner of Police/
Branch Manager, Bank of Maharashtra, also joined the session as panelists. During the meeting, the house unanimously voted that the interim body should officially take over as full-fledged as per the constitution for the tenure of May 2015 to May 2018. On the issue of upcoming shopping complex at Forest Colony, Dimapur, the house resolved to press with the concern authorities to ensure that only genuine Naga Entrepreneurs are allotted the shops. Further on the allegation by some members that the complex had been leased to certain individual/company for 99years, the house resolved to leave no stone unturned to unearth and expose to the public if such allegations were true.
Nurses’ Day celebration
PRO, Dimapur identified the accused as Yehekhu Achumi (36 Morung Express News yrs), Under Secretary, GPRN/ NSCN and a resident of Model Kiphire | May 13 Colony, Purana Bazar, Dimapur. Accordingly a case has been reg- Along with the rest of the world, District Hosistered and investigations are on- pital Kiphire yesterday celebrated International Nurses’ Day with Dr Holiba Anar engoing, the PRO informed. couraging and appreciating the nurses for their sacrifices. Dr Holiba, Medical officer, Kiphire, encouraged the nurses and acknowledged their sacriment Office, District Rural De- fices and services. Although the district has little velopment Agency, Cooperation, manpower and facilities, the nurses are rendering information & Public Relations, their best undergoing all hardship for the welfare Information Technology & Com- of the patients, the medical officer stated. Touching on the role of the nurses, Dr munication, Urban Development, Passport Office and Motor Holiba asked the nurses to not only treat the Accidents Claims Tribunal. A no- patients but also to educate while performtification from the Home Depart- ing their duty. “Doctors will give multiple prement informed that the Dimapur scriptions but it is the duty of the nurses to be DC shall regulate the shifting of able to manage it,” he added. Urging the nurses to rededicate and reafthe District Offices. Shifting of the Deputy Commissioner's Office firm their commitment to the nursing profesfrom Dimapur Headquarter to sion, Dr Holiba encouraged them to follow in Chumukedima shall be decided the footsteps of Florence Nightingale so that at a later stage. they satisfy the noble profession.
Several offices shifting to Chumu
DiMaPur, May 13 (DiPr): The Nagaland state government has decided to shift various district offices etc located at Dimapur to the New District Complex at Chumukedima in a phased manner. The shifting will begin with those district offices which are housed in private buildings on rent and which do not have much interface with public. The offices to be shifted immediately include BSNL Ltd., Treasury, State Bank of India, Horticulture, District Planning Office, Block Develop-
MEx FILE ANSTA Peren informs Peren, May 13 (Mexn): The All Nagaland School Teachers’ Association (ANSTA) has informed all the government teachers under Peren District that a sum of Rs. 300 each should be deducted from the pay of May. A press release from Kailadinbo Nchang, President, ANSTA Peren, informed that from the sum deducted, Rs. 100 would go as welfare fund of ANSTA, while Rs. 200 would go as ex-gratia towards deceased teacher. All the Headmasters of Government High School, Head Teacher of Government Middle Schools and Teacher in-charge of Government Primary Schools in Peren district have been requested to extend cooperation for the same.
Nerhema Students’ Union informs KohiMa, May 13 (Mexn): The Nerhema Students’ Union has requested all its members who have passed HSLC/HSSLC 2015 exams to forward their details name, class and pass percentage to the following mobile numbers: 9856929875 and 977618612.
Meeting of PMGEP beneficiaries KohiMa, May 13 (Mexn): There will be an emergency meeting of all PMGEP beneficiaries (2014-2015) under Zunheboto district on May 15 at 10:00 AM at Piwoto GB residence below SBI main branch Zunheboto. All the members have been requested to attend the said meeting positively.
NPF Peren Div executive meeting Peren, May 13 (Mexn): The NPF Peren Division convened an executive meeting of Peren Division, NPF with all the Frontal Unit Executives of 6 Tening & 7 Peren A/C on May 15 at Zeliangrong Baudi Hall, Jalukie Town at 11:00am. All the executives are requested to attend the meeting positively.
ANAHTA Mkg convenes meeting MoKoKchung, May 13 (Mexn): The All Nagaland Aggrieved Hindi Teacher’s Association (ANAHTA) Mokokchung has convened a general meeting on May 16 from 9 AM at the Treasurer’s residence, near Assam Rifle’s ground. All executives and members under Mokokchung, Changtongya and Mangkolemba SDEO have been requested to attend the meeting. It also informed that the membership fee for 2015 will be collected on the above mentioned day.
MGHSS Platinum Jubilee Planning Committee informs MoKoKchung, May 13 (Mexn): The Planning Committee of Mayangnokcha Government Higher Secondary School Platinum Jubilee has announced that the celebration will be held in September 2016. The Planning Committee has informed in a press release that it has envisioned upgrading the Library and the Science laboratory as a Jubilee memorial. Therefore, it is the clarion call and appeal to the alumni, former teachers and staff, children of alumni and well-wishers to forward their necessary assistance and support towards the success of Jubilee projects and the celebration. For necessary information and assistance, please contact 9436603921/9862803425 or email it to firstname.lastname@example.org
TNAI Peren Unit observes International Nurses Day Peren, May 13 (DiPr): Trained Nurses Association of India (TNAI) Peren Unit observed the International Nurses Day at District Hospital Peren on May 12. The program was chaired by Mr. Philip, Male Nurse, DH Peren. Medical Officers and medical staff District Hospital Peren attended the programme. Exhorting and addressing the gathering, Dr Atsangla, Medical Superintendent spoke on the quality and the roles and responsibility of the Nurses. She contributed urging all the Nurses to give their best in terms of service provided and to keep upgrading themselves to provide proper service delivery. Introduction on the theme “Nurses: the force of change: care effective, cause effective” was given by Nzhule, Assistant Nursing Sister.
chairman of NScN (K), SS Khaplang under the grip of Paresh baruah: NScN (R)
r. S.S.Khaplang is in the grip of Paresh Baruah, the Commander in Chief of ULFA. Mr. Khaplang has reduced himself to just a nominal head of the party. He is more being utilized by outsiders to suit their agenda rather than by an insiders. The issue of sovereignty has also become merely a subject to keep his kitchen burning. ULFA which was totally grounded after the arrest of all their top leaders in Bangladesh was fed by the NSCN (K) for almost about a year. They completely ran out of cash and resources to run their organization and has been almost choked after most of their leaders were either arrested or surrendered and later choose to enter into ceasefire with the GOI. Taking advantage of Khaplang who is catching up with age Mr. Baruah is trying to make maximum use of the situation in his favour. He is trying to rejuvenate and restructure his own party by using the Nagas of eastern Nagaland and particularly the NSCN (K) as a launch-
ing pad. How long will our people from Eastern Nagaland in Myanmar and border area suffer for the nonNaga groups? How long will the non-Naga groups keep taking advantage of their nexus with Khaplang? How long will our people feed them and at the same time face atrocities in the hands of non-Nagas? Mr. Khaplang must know that, after imparting training and arming them, ULFA rose to one of the most potent outfit in the entire North East India during 1990’s. When they were at the helm of affairs all their top leaders choose to stay in Bangladesh rather than Burma. None of their top leaders visited Burma or came to the rescue of NSCN(K) when it was facing serious political and financial crisis. Was not Mr. Baruah enjoying a 5star life in Bangladesh while Khaplang was going through all thick and thin and sometimes even without food in his thatch house? Mr. Baruah is back to Myanmar only to save his head who has been pronounced a death sentence
in Bangladesh otherwise, he would have been never seen again. Someone has rightly said that, “the trust of the innocent is the liar’s most useful tool.” The recent attack on the security forces at Changlangshu on Sunday, regarded as sacred by the Christians all across the globe is the glaring example of how Mr. Khaplang has been misused, misguided and misled as any loss of life particularly on Sunday in not only unethical as a Christian but it is also new to the Nagas. This attack has clearly indicated that, Paresh Baruah is directly involved. Since he has a negligible presence in Assam, he is trying to use the dense and thick forest in the border areas along with some Naga cadres to make his presence felt on the Indian side. He is instrumental in convincing Khaplang to abrogate the ceasefire so that, he can use the Naga cadres and the Naga areas to serve his purpose. Therefore, the attack on the security forces is less to do with the Khap-
lang’s call for sovereignty than for Paresh Barua to make inroads in Assam to recreate a situation in his favour, which has been substantiated by Paresh Baruah openly claiming on the role of United National Liberation Front of (WSEA). If Khaplang is really serious about Sovereignty than why is he continuing ceasefire with the Union of Myanmar? Why is Khaplang silent on the Deed document signed for peace and National Reconciliation along with other ethnic tribes in Myanmar? If he is really serious on the Naga Sovereignty issue than why did he accepted 46 (Forty six) vehicles , (SUV’s and Trucks), 150 million Kyat and 7000 (Seven Thousand ) quintals of rice, and military uniform (at least twice) from the Myanmar Government? Or is he only interested in the sovereignty of Nagas of Indian side? Khaplang has not only made a mockery of the Naga Political movement but he has also diluted the most sophisticated Naga movement by lending
support to the ULFA and the Meitei’s who are otherwise staunchly negating all positive development in the Naga areas. Khaplang has miserably failed to understand that he has been unconsciously hooked by the other insurgent groups to serve their purpose and has reduced himself to just a mere facilitator for them. One should not wonder tomorrow, if Paresh Baruah starts talking about Naga sovereignty through the United Liberation Front of (WSEA). This precarious situation in Eastern Nagaland reminds me of Miss Malala Yousafzai, who in her Nobel Peace Prize (2014) acceptance speech in Oslo, Norway said that, I speak not for myself but for those without voice. For those who have fought for their rights. For those who have fought for their right to live in peace, their right to be treated with dignity, their right to equality of opportunity, their right to be educated. MIP, Secretary, NSCN-REFORMATION, Government of the People’s Republic of Nagaland
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Students of Classes 8 and 9 of Maple Tree School undertook a field trip to Central Institute of Horticulture, Medziphema, on May 12. Three teachers accompanied the students for the trip, which was conducted as part of their lesson plan.
CondolenCes Governor: Nagaland Governor PB Acharya has expressed deep shock at the demise of Dr. VC Kanito. In a condolence message, Acharya referred to late Kanito as "an intellectual among the Sumi community" who dedicated his entire life towards the welfare of the Naga society. Acharya prayed to the Almighty to grant strength to the family and also prayed for the departed’s soul to rest in peace. Neiphiu Rio: Nagaland Lok Sabha MP Neiphiu Rio has condoled the demise of Late Dr. VC Kanito, former member of the Nagaland Legislative Assembly. Rio, in a condolence message, remembered the departed person as a former colleague who was sincerely dedicated towards the welfare of the people, “especially the downtrodden weaker sections of society.” Rio prayed that the Almighty let the departed soul rest in peace and fur-
ther prayed for solace to the from YAN stated that Late bereaved family. Kanito was a man of strong principles who had conJacob Zhimomi: MLA cern for the Naga society 4-Ghaspani-1 A/C Jacob throughout his life. Zhimomi has condoled the death of Dr. VC Kanito. NPCC: The NPCC has exIn a condolence mes- pressed sadness at the desage, Zhimomi stated that mise of Dr VC Kanito. A late Kanito was one of the condolence message from first prominent scholars the Media Cell, NPCC reamong the Nagas and one ferring to the deceased as of the few true public ser- an “outstanding scholar” vants. “At his demise, I have and a “leader par excellost a fatherly figure,” Zhi- lence,” stated that his conmomi stated. “He will be re- tribution in the field of polimembered for his untiring tics that shaped the destiny services and contributions of the state during its forfor unity and peace of the mative years “will forever Nagas at various capacities remain etched in the hisat the crucial era in which he tory of the state.” lived,” Zhimomi added. Praying for the depart- Krichena Pfutta: Krichena ed soul to rest in peace, Zhi- Pfutta of Nagaland & Manimomi also prayed that the pur has expressed shock to Almighty grant solace to learn of the demise of Asosii the bereaved family. Daniel of Tadubi Village on May 10 at Kolkata. Krichena YAN: The Youth Associa- Pfutta, in a condolence tion of Nagaland (YAN) has message, called Daniel a expressed sadness over the hard working public leaddemise of its former advi- er and expressed heartfelt sor late Dr. VC Kanito Chi- grief and sadness over the shi. A condolence message demise of its leader.
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NSF for a just society
here is a piece of advice I always give to those looking to work with the Naga grassroots—work with the students’ unions. After the State and the Church, they have the maximum outreach, with representation drawn from the most local of polities (the village). They are in the unique position to weigh, in an educated manner, the lived reality on the ground. This puts them at an advantage of being the best critiques of institutions like the State and the Church—to project the voice of the Naga people and provide alternative solutions. And this is precisely what the Naga Students’ Federation (NSF) has done for the many years it has been around. It warded off unjust mining and corporations, twisted the hands of militarisation and made the State do sit-ups. Its leaders have given up their lives in defence of true Naga sovereignty. As young optimists, we dreamed of being in the league of the NSF—one hand stretched out, cape flying, to the rescue of justice and freedom. Today, that hand stands fractured. We need not go far to see this. Take a look at the NSF 2015 general conference list of invitees. With a theme of ‘Towards a just society,’ the Federation has invited the following (among others): the chief minister of a State whose concept it stands opposed to, the member of a parliament which deliberately oppresses the people NSF represents, minister of a neighbouring State that the politically and technically flawed Nagaland State was carved out of (creating an endless border issue), another minister of the latter and the interlocutor of peace talks drenched in, analogically speaking, crude oil. Did the NSF lead years of a political struggle to give a platform to what State politicians have to say? Are the people of India, who the NSF needs to open conversation and collaborations with, represented by an Intelligence Bureau(crat) who a handful of Indian people might have heard of? If the NSF was genuinely interested in the issues of the people, it would remain radical and draw from its tradition of struggle. It would question why clandestine oil dealings were done by some of the people on its current guest list. It would put its foot down on the deliberately drawn out political negotiations, making a joke of the peace process. It would spend its time carving out the meaning of sovereignty. It would be confident enough to invite bodies such as the Telangana Joint Action Committee consisted of, among others, 11 student unions—both traditional and contemporary—that recently achieved statehood. There is much to learn from these regional movements that have themselves been threatened or co-opted by the State at various points, later emerging with stronger and successful political campaigns. If the NSF has not made up its collective mind to become a front of the NPF, there are a host of other bodies it can work with—the People’s Union for Democratic Rights, All Burma Federation of Student Unions, All India Progressive Women's Association, Jawaharlal Nehru University Students’ Union— the list is endless of those who will understand and stand by all peoples’ rights to self determination. But for this, the NSF has to feel that the people it represents are an equal to the other peoples of the region. It should have the humility, drawn from critical thinking and activism, to share ideas with other such bodies of the region. It is pertinent for the NSF to generate resources but given the globalised world we inhabit, and the intellectual youth base it draws from, it does not need to depend on the State and its politicians to hand out these resources. Naga students, and the community of activists and thinkers, need the NSF for requisite direction on how best to inhabit the present world that is one big lopsided market. The State and its many branches will give up anything and everything for want of power for a few in such a set up. To maintain a just position for the Naga people amidst this, the NSF has to remain ideologically (and academically, if possible) grounded on sound principles. It should shed its attraction to power and get back to the roots. Only then organisations and people around the world too can approach the NSF for a legitimate direction to the Naga reality. Bricks and bats may be directed to email@example.com
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A brief history of student movements in India
n India Student Movements have more than 150 years of history. In 1848 Dadabhai Navaroji founded ‘The student’s scientific and historic society,’ as a forum for discussion. During this period, students questioned the education system itself. The first student strike was at King Edward Medical College Lahore regarding academic discrimination between the English and Indian people. This strike was a success. As part of the freedom struggle, many student movements emerged and engaged with the struggle. Between 1906 & 1918, 184 persons are convicted in Bengal in connection with revolutionary activities, 68 were students. “Charka Swaraj first, and education after” was the motto of the second all India College students Conference held at Ahmedabad in 1912. The students were fully committed to work for the freedom of the India. With Indian independence, there was a marked change of perspective in student movements. In place of mass student organizations, a number of local groups, mostly adhoc, developed. Agitations tended to be localized, focussed on university issues or local political conflicts, rather than on rational or broader ideological questions. In 1947 the All India Student Congress Federation (AISCF) split and converted into National Students Union of India (NSUI). It became the student wing of the Congress party. The different student movements were emerged locally specific. The Nav Niraman Student Movement in Gujarat (1973), Bihar Student Movement (1974), Asam Student Movement (1979), All Jharkhand Students Union (1986) are examples. There was growing awareness among a section of students and intellectuals that the struggle for national independence has to be linked with the struggles of workers and farmers for a better life, free from exploitation. For them ‘Freedom for Whom?’ become the vital question. The next phase of the student movements started with the beginning of the 1990s with the dawn of the Globalisation, Privatisation and Liberalisation agenda, proliferation of media and emergence of post modernity.
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Glenn Smith Foreign Policy In Focus
Taiwan’s Sunflower Revolution: A Year Later
As youth movements rise to the fore, Taiwan is undergoing a change of identity
n a sunny Wednesday morning, March 18, four activist groups assembled outside Taiwan’s Legislative Yuan, held a quick press conference, marched around its periphery seven times to echo the Biblical story of Jericho, and then quietly dispersed. Three weeks later, these same groups returned in the drizzle of a Friday afternoon, April 10, and formed a human chain around the law-making body before concluding with speeches calling for direct democracy through the reform of referendum and recall laws. The activists were commemorating the one-year anniversary of the Sunflower movement, when half a million Taiwanese citizens thronged the streets of Taipei last spring. They’d come out to support the students who had barricaded themselves inside the Legislative Yuan for 23 days to protest the cursory review of the Cross-Strait Service Trade Agreement (CSSTA), a bilateral agreement with Mainland China. “Taiwan society changed after the ‘Sunflower movement’ and its impact continues to spread,” legal scholar K.C. Huang told Agence France-Presse. “The people will rise again if the Ma government… hurts Taiwan’s national dignity or disregards the people’s opinions.” Yet the rallies of March 18 and April 10 were no replay of last spring’s carnival of democracy. Aside from some recognizable student activists, many protesters were well beyond their student years. Participants adhered to a dress code, wearing long pants, white tops, and traditional cone-shaped farm hats, and followed a command hierarchy, marching in single file behind leaders equipped with traffic batons and whistles. Since these rallies were scheduled during office hours, everyday citizens were missing from the crowd. Newspaper accounts of the March 18 event mentioned the low citizen turnout. Forbes, in a pique of ideological projection perhaps, declared in a headline, the “Petals Fall Off Taiwan’s Anti-China Sunflower Movement.” Two days before the April 10 follow-up rally, President Ma Ying-jeou told the Taipei Foreign Correspondents’ Club, “Cross-strait ties suffered a setback following the student movement last year, but the ties have since returned to normal.” The Forbes headline writer and President Ma were exercising their basic human right of wishful thinking. The State of Cross-Strait Relations The issue underlying the Sunflower movement was Taiwan’s sovereignty. The island’s independence from China, also referred to as the status quo under the U.S. Taiwan Relations Act of 1979, is currently just a de facto arrangement — an intractable problem that has plagued Taiwan’s polity for generations. The trajectory of the student movement coincides with President Ma’s economic and political rapprochement with China during the past six years of his presidency. Although momentarily quiescent, campus activism shows no signs of abating. “You can’t expect the people to be in a constant state of mobilization,” said Rwei-Ren Wu, an associate research fellow at the Institute of Taiwan History. “You don’t have a Million Man March everyday. How many times did Martin Luther King give his ‘I have a dream’ speech?” Wu, and others knowledgeable of the island’s grassroots political movements, see the occupation of the Legislative Yuan as the climax of a long process that began with protests in 2008. “The students were just the face of the Sunflower movement,” he stresses. When the Sunflower students, much to their own surprise, found themselves inside the Legislative Yuan on March 18, 2014, and logged onto social media, their message was received as an S.O.S. by a network of NGOs and foundations run by an older generation of activists who arrived on the scene within minutes and served as political advisors and problem solvers throughout the siege. Yet what gave the protest its legitimacy were the hundreds of thousands of citizens who descended on Taipei last spring to support the students and to register their collective angst over Taiwan’s expanding economic and political links with China. So where are the people one year later? “The energy unleashed by the Sunflower Movement was absorbed into the November local elections and resulted in a landslide victory for the Democratic Progressive Party,” said Wu.
widely viewed as frontrunner, even though the KMT has yet to declare its candidate for the contest. Ma’s rapprochement with China is on hold as well, knocked off course by two or three years. The cross-strait trade agreement remains in limbo, postSunflower. When he was elected in 2008, Ma said his plan of engagement with China targeted “economics first, politics later” and “easy tasks first, difficult ones later.” During his first term, he quickly plucked the lowhanging economic fruit. When re-elected in 2012, Ma was expected to pivot toward political objectives, and it seemed highly likely that Ma and a Chinese president, then Hu Jintao and now Xi Jinping, would meet at a third-country venue before his second term ended. Now, with Ma a lame duck, the chance of such a career-capping Taiwan-China summit is remote. Yet one thing unchanged in Taiwan-China relations is China’s intentions toward Taiwan. No one in policy circles East or West believes that China will ever give up its plan to annex Taiwan. Reclaiming Taiwan is an unfinished task of the founding of the People’s Republic China. Beijing has waited 60 years so far, and with Ma, it finally had a Taiwan leader it could work with. To Beijing’s delight, Ma pledged to adhere to the 1992 Consensus, under which there was but one China, with both sides allowed leeway to decide what that actually means. By contrast, Taiwan’s two previously popularly elected presidents, Lee Teng-hui and Chen Shui-bian, had been seen as jockeying the island toward independence. Now with Tsai as a DPP presidential hopeful, Beijing expected a purity pledge. On April 9, Tsai delivered with a position statement. “First of all, the basis for our handling of cross-strait relations is “maintaining the status quo,” preserving cross-strait peace, and continuing the current stable development of the cross-strait relations… as the goal for the DPP upon returning to power.” U.S. President Barack Obama repledged as well. When Obama visited Beijing in November 2009, 18 months into Ma’s first term, it was the first presidential visit to China in which Taiwan was not a major issue of contention. In November 2014, however, when Obama met with Chinese President Xi in China after Taiwan’s Sunflower Movement and while Hong Kong’s Umbrella Revolution was still unfolding, the diplomatic tone had shifted. At a press conference, Obama reaffirmed his commitment to the “One-China policy based on the Three Joint Communiqués and the Taiwan Relations Act,” hedging slightly by adding that cross-strait relations should be based on “dignity and respect, which is in the interest of both sides, as well as the region and the United States.” Changing Identifications Meanwhile, the Taiwanese are undergoing a transformation of identity. According to poll results issued by the Election Study Center, the percentage of respondents identifying as “Taiwanese” or “Both Taiwanese and Chinese” were at parity in 2008: 43.7 percent and 44.7 percent, respectively. By Ma’s sixth year at the helm, in 2014, “Taiwanese” (60.6 percent) were nearly double the latter (32.5 percent). Even the minority that identified as “Chinese” had dropped from 4.5 percent in 2008 to 3.5 percent in 2014. The poll also measured Taiwan’s voters views on independence versus unification. The results are difficult to summarize, but the percentage of respondents favoring the maintenance of the status quo increased, while those choosing eventual independence outnumbered those choosing eventual unification. Critics of Ma’s expansion of economic ties with China say only large corporations and the wealthy have reaped the benefits. For its part, China seems to have anticipated the charge. Prior to the Sunflower movement, Beijing gave ARATS — the Chinese body set up for crossstrait business — a new directive shifting its Taiwan outreach effort toward the “three middles”: medium-small enterprise, middle and lower classes, and middle and southern Taiwanese, as explained by the KMT’s National Policy Foundation. Instead of wooing the island’s captains of finance and industry, ARATS officers displayed a fresh concern for orchardists and fishermen and their economic challenges. Belatedly, after the Sunflower Movement, ARATS revised this slogan to “three middles and the young” to include students in their charm offensive. Some young people are ready to join up. In Taiwan, jobs are hard to find, and entry-level salaries have barely budged for nearly two decades. Chinese corporations recruit on Taiwan campuses. More than a million Taiwan-born people have already gone to China to seek their fortune.
Taiwan’s Elections The elections, held on November 29, put up for grabs 11,130 public offices spanning nine administrative levels from the county to the villages — hence their nickname, the Nine-in-One. The ruling Kuomintang, or KMT, lost ground even in its some of its traditional strongholds. The opposition DPP won 10 out of 16 mayoral and commissioner races. And, most surprising of all, a political outsider, a medical doctor, Ko Wen-je, became the first independent candidate to win the office of Taipei mayor, which is often a springboard for a later run for the island’s presidency. Taiwan newspapers declared it a rout, and it was perceived as such in Washington and at U.S. private think tanks. Clearly, Taiwan’s domestic politics underwent a sea change post-Sunflower. The DPP’s Tsai Ing-wen, who declared her candidacy on February Remaining to Protest But others intend to stay in their homeland, and 15 for the upcoming 2016 presidential election, is
they’re demanding a say in Taiwan’s future. Case in point: The coalition of activists that stood in the drizzle outside the Legislative Yuan on April 10. “410 Power to the People” is what they called their rally. Two of the four groups — Taiwan March and The Appendectomy Project — were launched as the Sunflower movement ended by K.C. Huang, the Academia Sinica legal scholar who recruited members from that base. A third, Citizen 1985, predates them, formed originally to protest the abuse of military draftees. Founded in 1994, People Rule is a political animal of another stripe altogether and demands “more patience and training” of participants, such as the wearing of uniforms. It also urges participation in “bitter walks” — long silent parades, its trademark method of street theater, according to its chairperson Lihkuei Chen. Members have marched the circumference of Taiwan four times to protest nuclear power and their leaders are in their fifties and older. The honorary convener of “410 Power to the People” is Lin Yi-hsiung, who is often hailed as the “Saint of Democracy.” Now 73 years old, Lin was part of the dangwai, the underground opposition during martial law. While he was in detention in 1979, his mother and twin seven-year-old daughters were murdered, a case yet unsolved today. Released in 1984, he entered politics and helped bring President Chen Shui-bian to office, and was afterwards appointed DPP chairman. Then, in 2000, he abruptly resigned, disillusioned with intra- and cross-party bickering. Ever since, he’s worked outside the system to change Taiwan’s politics. People Rule exhibits a culture of dissent far removed from that of the spontaneous, social-mediadriven activist groups on campus. “Two years ago, young people would not have gotten involved, but they show a growing maturity of their national consciousness,” said People Rule’s CEO Lau Mengsin. “They understand that if democracy is not achieved, then Taiwan will be Hong Kong-ized.” Young and old found common ground in their desire to mend Taiwan’s referendum and recall acts, both hamstrung by unattainable threshold requirements. “The key is to get the structure in place, as only then will Taiwan have a chance at achieving democracy,” said Lau. Through the use of recall, these activists hope to remove politicians unresponsive to the will of the people. For now, the potential targets belong to the KMT, as is hinted in the name of The Appendectomy Project, which in Mandarin literately refers to the medical procedure but is homonymous with “remove blue legislator.” Yet the blue-green, KMT-DPP divide may be losing its potency in Taiwan politics. Both parties are pro-business in their domestic platforms, while their “foreign” polices differ primarily in their approach to the Taiwan-China relationship. Lin withdrew his membership in the DPP in 2006 but has been linked to several new political parties, in particular the New Power Party. Asked if a third party wouldn’t just pull votes from the DPP, People Rule’s Lau countered that the goal was to offer an alternative vision that would temper the policy positions of the current power duopoly, KMT and DPP. The cadre of Sunflower’s former student leaders includes many with aspirations of political office. “The Sunflower Movement showed the possibility of a third way,” Joseph Lin, chairman of Judicial Reform Foundation, told Reuters. “It shakes up the pre-existing relationship between politics and moneyed interests.” Yet the “410 Power to the People” coalition is but one petal of the Sunflower bloom. On campus, activism is vibrant bouquet. “It is a multi-centered universe of causes, and I’m seeing groups that are more and more radical,” said Wu of Academia Sinica. “For them, shengji (Taiwan versus mainland China ancestry) doesn’t matter. I recently spoke with a group of 12 kids, and six of them — the more radical ones — were from deep blue families.” And the kids are getting younger. During the weekend of the anniversary of the February 28 Incident — now a national day of mourning for thousands of Taiwanese intellectuals murdered on that date in 1947 to soften resistance to Chiang Kaishek’s arrival — in cities around the island, statues of the Generalissimo were spray painted, and one even beheaded. High school students were suspected among the culprits. The radical chic that drew dabblers to the carnival of democracy that was the Sunflower Movement may have faded. But the people spoke during last November’s Nine-in-One elections. And for the young generation, the battle for Taiwan’s problematic future has just begun. Glenn Smith is a journalist who’s been based in Taipei for 30 years. He has contributed to more than 100 publications, including Foreign Policy In Focus
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14 May 2015
NEWS ANALYSIS, FEATURE AND DISCOURSE
The International Criminal Court at risk Getting our people out of I poverty and dependency n its first 12 years, the International Criminal Court (ICC) opened investigations in eight countries—Central African Republic, Cote d’Ivoire, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Kenya, Libya, Mali, Uganda and Sudan (Darfur)— resulting in 22 cases. These investigations and cases are a good start, yet they come nowhere near to meeting demand. In each of these countries, the ICC’s Office of the Prosecutor has more work to do to address underlying patterns of crimes, some of which will require bringing additional charges or cases. The court is also under pressure to expand its activities to other countries. Allegations of international crimes in nine other countries—Afghanistan, Colombia, Georgia, Guinea, Honduras, Nigeria, Iraq, Palestine and Ukraine—are being examined by the prosecutor and may require new investigations. Some of these situations have been under review for years. Victims and civil society organizations are calling on the ICC to act in other countries, such as Mexico. Furthermore, the UN Security Council has the power to refer situations to the ICC, and has done so with Sudan (Darfur) and Libya, though it refused to refer Syria. The reality is that the ICC’s current workload is vast; expectations are even bigger; and atrocities continue at an alarming rate around the globe with no decrease in sight. Yet, even as demand has grown, the Assembly of States Parties, the body that oversees the ICC, has scaled back on fulfilling the court’s requests for more resources. Some ICC member countries have raised concerns about the potential for spiralling costs and inefficiency in many aspects of the court’s work to justify holding back on spending. Between 2009 and 2011, a small group of the highest-contributing states called for zero-growth in the budget despite increases in the court’s activities. As a result, the ICC has sometimes been reluctant to ask for the full resources it needs, and, even when it has, annual increases have only been partially approved. The ICC can and should do more to heighten its own performance to address its workload, and court officials have shown an increased determination to do just that. Importantly, states parties have responded by providing some limited increases in resources to the Office of the Prosecutor. Nonetheless, the overall budget approach in recent years appears to be having a negative impact on the ICC’s ability to address crimes. The prosecutor, Fatou Bensouda, has stated that she has been obliged to scale down resources for investigations into ongoing crimes in Libya, in order to be trial ready in other cases beyond Libya. Her office has also claimed that resource constraints have delayed overdue investigations into crimes committed by all sides in Cote d’Ivoire’s 2010-2011 election violence. If the Office of the Prosecutor is struggling to manage its current cases effectively within available resources, it is unlikely that it will be able to deal
s India paid glowing tributes to Bhimrao Ramji Ambedkar, the architect of its constitution and a champion of the downtrodden, on his 122nd birth anniversary last month, public attention also swivelled to the glaring social and economic discrimination that plagues the lives of lower-caste or ‘casteless’ communities – who comprise over 16 percent of the country’s 1.2 billion people. The Right to Equality – enshrined in the Indian Constitution in 1950 – guarantees that no citizen be discriminated on the basis of religion, race, caste, sex or place of birth. The Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act of 1989 further lays down a penalty of imprisonment from six months to a year for violators. Yet, despite constitutional provision and formal protection by law, the world’s largest democracy is still in the grip of what erstwhile Prime Minister Manmohan Singh described as “caste apartheid”: a complex system of social stratification that is deeply entrenched in Indian culture. For millions of Dalits, or ‘untouchables’, existing at the bottom of India’s caste pyramid, discriminatory treatment remains endemic and continues to be reinforced by the state and private entities. A 2014 survey by the National Council of Applied Economic Research (NCAER) revealed that one in four Indians across all religious groups admitted to practising untouchability. This heinous practice manifests itself in multiple ways: in some villages, students belonging to higher castes refuse to eat food cooked by those who fall under the Dalit umbrella, which encompasses a host of marginalised groups. In parts of the central state of Madhya Pradesh – which researchers say is one of the worst geographic offenders when it comes to untouchability – Dalit children are ostracised, or made to sit separately in school and served food from a distance. A detailed study of the Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan, a government-sponsored programme aimed at achieving universal primary education, found three kinds of exclusion faced by students protected under the Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes (SC/ST) Act —
Elizabeth Evenson and Jonathan O’Donohue
With all-too-limited resources, the ICC is falling behind in the fight against impunity. Unless drastic measures are taken, it may never catch up
comprehensively with other situations where ICC intervention is warranted. This capacity crisis threatens not only the ICC’s effectiveness, but also its legitimacy. The ICC prosecutor already faces the unenviable task of choosing situations and cases to bring before the court, taking into account, among other factors, the scale and gravity of crimes that are all, by their very nature, heinous. She needs to do so with the highest degree of transparency and the strictest application of the law. Budgetary concerns can never be written out of the equation entirely; this is true of domestic jurisdictions too. But if the prosecutor lacks
the resources to conduct effective investigations or her choices are driven by resource constraints—especially when a small group of mostly Western states yield the most influence over the budget—this may lead to damaging allegations against the ICC of politicization and bias. And if the ICC is unable to deal with new situations due to a lack of resources, it risks becoming obsolete. To be sure, the challenges posed by the vast demand for international justice go far beyond the ICC. Under what is known as the principle of complementarity, the ICC should be a court of last resort. But states parties to the ICC’s Statute are failing to fulfil their primary obligation to investigate and prosecute genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes genuinely. This drives impunity. There is also too little recourse to other international justice tools, including the use of universal jurisdiction. These failings need to be addressed. But in the short term, efforts should focus on increasing the capacity of the ICC to ensure that it can conduct its existing investigations and cases effectively, and respond to impunity in other situations when necessary. To get there, a substantial change in discourse around the ICC’s budget is urgently needed. Although calls for zero-growth have largely subsided, the focus of current discussion remains what some states parties are willing to pay rather than the budgetary needs of the court or the global demands for international justice. States parties are considering a proposal to impose a budgetary cap on the ICC a full year in advance, limiting the possibility to base the budget on an accurate forecast of the court’s needs. It is safe to say that, if this approach is adopted, the ICC will never have sufficient resources. Instead, the focus should be on arriving at a common view of the ICC’s optimal capacity, and then building up the court’s resources to achieve it. At the end of this year, the ICC will move into its permanent headquarters in The Hague. It is a fitting time for court officials to take a hard look at the ICC’s ideal investigative and judicial capacity. They should present to states parties a clear action plan and scalable budget forecasts to achieve that capacity as soon as possible. States parties should also send a clear signal to the court that they are willing to consider such a plan. That is not to say that the ICC should be given unlimited funds. Nor should states parties relent on pressing the court to reform court practice, enhance budgetary transparency and strive for maximum efficiency. Indeed, if states parties get on board with an approach that focuses on increasing capacity, they will be better placed to achieve these goals. The ICC can be more efficient working at a higher capacity based on a transparent strategies, practices, and costs. Both the ICC and states parties should come to terms with the capacity crisis or risk hobbling the court, and with it, any real chance of overcoming impunity.
A Broken System Leaves a ‘Broken’ People Powerless Neeta Lal by teachers, by peer groups and by the entire academic system. This includes “segregated seating arrangements, undue harshness in reprimanding SC children, excluding SC children from public functions in the school and making derogatory remarks about their academic abilities”, among others. Legal protections, but no implementation India’s infamous caste system, considered a dominant feature of the Hindu religion and widely perceived as a divinely-sanctioned division of labour, ascribes to Dalits the lowliest forms of menial labour including garbage collection, removal of human waste, sweeping, cobbling and the disposal of animal and human bodies. Data from the 2011 census reveals that some 800,000 Dalits are engaged in ‘manual scavenging’ – though some estimates put the number at closer to 1.3 million. Despite enactment of The Employment of Manual Scavengers and Construction of Dry Latrines (Prohibition) Act of 1993, which provides for punishment, including fines, for those employing scavengers, hundreds of thousands of Dalits continue to clear human waste from dry latrines, clean sewers and scour septic tanks and open drains with their bare hands. In a blatant violation of this law, several Government of India offices continue to have such labourers on their payrolls. The majority of manual scavengers are women, who are forced to carry the waste on their heads for disposal in dumps, generally situated on the outskirts of towns or cities. Over the years, scholars, researchers and academics have echoed what the members of the Dalit community already know to be true: that caste in India largely determines the limits of a person’s economic, social or political life.
Denied access to land, education and formal job markets, Dalit peoples face an additional hurdle: routine sexual, physical and verbal abuse by higher-caste communities and even law enforcement personnel, making it nearly impossible to seek justice or even basic recourse against discrimination. Beena J Pallical, a member of the National Campaign on Dalit Human Rights, an umbrella group comprising various Dalit organisations, told IPS that even in the 21st century Dalits still remain the most vulnerable, marginalised and brutalised community in India. “There is systemic and systematic exclusion of this class mainly because the political will to empower them is missing despite a raft of policy guidelines,” she said. From as far back as India’s fifth Five-Year Plan (1974-75), provision has been made for channelling government funds into services and benefits for scheduled castes. Schemes like the Tribal Sub-Plan (TSP) for Scheduled Tribes and the Scheduled Caste Sub Plan were introduced to allocate portions of the government’s yearly budget proportionate to the size of each demographic in need of state funds. Currently, scheduled castes comprise 16.2 percent of the population, while scheduled tribes now account for 8.2 percent of the population. However, despite these policy guidelines, successive Indian governments have consistently ignored laws on allocation and lagged behind on implementation. According to Dalit activist Paul Divakar, analyses of federal and state budgets reveal that denial, non-utilisation and diversion of funds meant for the upliftment of scheduled tribes and castes are fairly routine practises. “This clearly demonstrates that economic development of this [demographic] is not the government’s priority,” Di-
vakar told IPS. “The Dalits continue to lag behind because of non-implementation of policies and lack of targeted development, which should be made punishable under Section 4 of The Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act, 1989. “A majority of these people continue to languish in extreme poverty and unemployment because of their social identity and lack of resources. A holistic state intervention is vital for their all-round development,” he added. Extreme violence According to the National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB), a crime is committed against a Dalit by a nonDalit every 16 minutes; every day, more than four untouchable women are raped, while every week 13 Dalits are murdered and six kidnapped. In 2012, 1,574 Dalit women were raped and 651 Dalits were murdered. Dalit women and girls, far removed from legal protections, also continue to be exploited as ‘temple slaves’ – referred to locally as ‘joginis’ or ‘devadasis’. In a practice that dates back centuries in India, Dalit girls – some as young as five years old – believed to be born as ‘servants of god’, are dedicated in an elaborate ritual to serve a specific deity. Bound to the temple, they are forced to spend their childhood as labourers and their adult life as prostitutes, although the custom was outlawed in 1989. Twenty-seven-year-old Annamma* a jogini at a temple in Tamil Nadu, recalls how men (including priests) raped her for five years before she managed to escaped to a women’s home in New Delhi last month. “It was as if I wasn’t even a human being,” she told IPS. “Men would shuffle in and out of my room at night as if I had no right over my body, only they did. It broke me down completely.” In Sanskrit, the word Dalit means suppressed, smashed, or broken to pieces. Sixty-seven years after India’s independence, millions of people are still being broken, physically, emotionally and economically, by a system and a society that refuses to treat them as equals. *Name changed upon request
ur Naga ancestors were a self-sufficient people. They had no beggars, no houseless person, and no property-ownerless family. In addition to personal properties, they had the common property resources which they prudently used to support their needs. Even when they had to cut down trees for firewood and use timber for building their houses, they always did so in a timely manner; they protected their forests and open areas for cultivation and animal grazing; they made sure that the spring wells were always kept clean for drinking; and they shared their river waters for their paddy fields. Today, we’re no doubt more educated and sophisticated. But the question is, are we still economically self-reliant as a people? The answer is yes and no: yes … in the sense that our earning is more and our standard of living is higher, but no…in the sense that we have become a dependent lot. As a matter of fact, even many of our so-called rich people have become too dependent on the Indian money supply and the benefits they can get out of the various Central Schemes or steal out of the welfare programs. If these “free goodies” from Delhi were to suddenly stop,even they may not be able to stand on their own feet or have nothing else to fall back on to support their lavish lifestyle. What, then, are the causes for our loss of self-sufficiency? Perhaps the main causes are as follows: Population growth: As our population is rapidly increasing, the size of our inheritable landed property is quickly decreasing per person---that is, the share per person is getting smaller and smaller from generation to generation because we have to further split our common “pie” (shares to wealth) into many more pieces. So, how do we address this problem? Having mentioned population growth as a reason for the decrease of our shares per person, some may assume that I would recommend family planning or birth control as a corrective measure. Well, that’s not what I have in mind, at least not for our Naga people group. Generally speaking, the entire Naga homeland can accommodate at least 50 million people (another topic for another time). Hence, the increase in our population is not likely to pose a threat to our economy for many more years to come. But when our population is left undeveloped, uneducated, deprived, sickly, and corrupt, then we will become a parasitic society that will eventually self-destruct. To avoid this danger, we need to really develop our human capital through education, nutrition, and health services. For example, providing nutritious meals for all our children at the primary school level can improve not only their health and school attendance but also boost the quality of their education. In the same way, investment in nutrition would increase physical and mental stamina for work and thus add to our work productivity. For one, I take 2 dietary supplement tablets everyday to boost my energy level. Also, the development of human capital requires that people have access to safe drinking water and proper sanitation such as having proper dumping facilities and clean streets. Not having toilets, or having to use filthy ones, also carries health risks and is a source of anxiety. These are basic health requirements needed for each person to be economically productive. Asset degradation/depreciation: Here we’re not referring to the price value of our private lands or our common property resources. Rather, I’m referring to things such as: our forest being destroyed because of commercial loggings and jhum cultivation; our greeneries being rendered unsightly like partially shaved heads due to widespread stone quarrying or unscientific mining; our rivers drying up and becoming unusable; and our hunting culture resulting in rapid extinction of our animal species. These careless actions of ours are not only depleting and degrading our natural resources but also polluting our environment, thereby causing serious adverse impact on our society in general and on our economy in particular.
Bad government: Today, many of the power structures in Nagaland create a suffocating atmosphere for those who are not quite part of their corrupt systems. That’s why those Nagas who aspire to have a decent living through honest means are left with no better alternative than to migrate to some other advanced countries. As for those who cannot get out of Nagaland, they are manipulated and exploited by our corrupt public leaders. Our politicians live off them by stealing their shares of funds or acquiring their inherited properties. Hence, the poor amongst us become poorer. Owing to this, the efficiency of the common people remains low and that leads to low productivity. It is because of this vicious cycle that they are poor because they are poor (“poverty is the cause of poverty and poverty is the result of poverty”). Or, even if they are able to fetch some income through hard work, all of their income goes to consumption, just to survive. They’ve nothing left for personal savings, which they can use as business capital to jump-start income-earning ventures. Our Naga people must have a responsible government to get us out from poverty and dependency. This could mean that our government must step in to do the following: provide loan facilities for the poor so they can start income-generating businesses. When the loan amount is high enough, the loan recipients can be enabled to break out of the poverty trap and begin growing economically on their own. Also, the government must help set up community-owned banks to provide micro credits to rural people so they can start micro-businesses or farm-related markets. But granting loans for businesses is not enough. For businesses to be successful, the government must also invest in roads that work year-round for the transportation of goods, rather than unreliable roads that are washed out each raining season. It must also supply electrical power that is reliable 24-hours each day so that businesses will not suffer because of unpredictable and sporadic power cuts. In addition to all these infrastructural and developmental needs, political stability is most critical for economic growth. When a government is able to enforce law and order, it creates an atmosphere of peace. And this, in turn, helps the people to develop confidence in the government. Accordingly, people venture out to make investments in diverse areas of economic activity which leads to creating more jobs and causing an increase in the income for everyone else. In a normal economy, things proceed smoothly toward rising incomes despite growing population and asset depreciation. In other words, a good government knows not only how to fairly divide the “pie” among its citizens but also how to increase its size so that everybody still gets more, not less. Japan, for example, is a country with very little natural resources, but it knows how to get every citizen of theirs to make a higherincome and thus enjoy a higher standard of living. And one of the things their government does is this: encourage its citizens to save for investment so they can climb out of poverty and get their foot on the ladder of economic prosperity. Similarly, this is the path our Nagas must take in order to get out of our poverty and move ahead as a people toward greater prosperity.
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Thursday 14 May 2015
Amendment in child labour law approved by Cabinet
New Delhi ,May 13 (PTi): Government on Wednesday gave its nod to a proposal allowing children below 14 years of age to work only in family enterprises or entertainment industry with certain conditions while completely banning their employment elsewhere. The original child labour law banned employment of children below 14 in only 18 hazardous industries. The amendments also make it clear that children between 14 and 18 years will also not be allowed to work in hazardous industries. The changes in the labour law also provide for stricter punishment for employers for violation. While there is no penalty provision for parents for the first offence, the employer would be liable for punishment even for the first violation. In case of parents, the repeat offenders may be penalised with a monetary fine up to Rs 10,000. In case of first offence, the penalty for employers has been increased up to
A child labourer walks home after a day's work at a construction site on the outskirts of the northern Indian city of Chandigarh. (Reuters File Photo)
two and half times from the existing up to Rs 20 thousand to up to Rs 50,000 now. In case of a second or subsequent offence of employing any child or adolescent in contravention of the law, the minimum imprisonment would be one year which may extend to three years.
Earlier, the penalty for second or subsequent offence of employing any child in contravention of the law was imprisonment for a minimum term of six months which may extend to two years. After the Cabinet nod, Government will move official amendments to the
Child Labour (Prohibition and Regulation) Amendment Bill, 2012 in Parliament. While child rights activists were opposed to the dilution saying it will promote child labour, those involved in business maintained that children need to be trained in traditional
arts at an early stage or they will not be able to acquire the required skills like weaving and stitching. The age of prohibition of employment has been linked to age under Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education Act, 2009. Exceptions have, however, been made in case of works in which the child helps the family or family enterprises. The condition is that such enterprises should not involved any hazardous occupation. Another condition set forth is that they should work after school hours or during vacations. Moreover, exemption has also been given where the child works as an artist in an audio-visual entertainment industry, including advertisement, films, television serials or any such other entertainment or sports activities except the circus. This exemption is also conditional and stipulates taking up prescribed safety measures.
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Surpeme Court prohibit photos of politicians' on government ads New Delhi, May 13 (iaNS): In a landmark judgment, the Supreme Court on Wednesday prohibited the use of photographs of political leaders, including ministers, in advertisements issued by the government and its agencies, saying that it leads to promotion of a personality cult. A bench of Justice Ranjan Gogoi and Justice Pinaki Chandra Ghose however permitted the use of photographs of the president, prime minister, Chief Justice of India and departed leaders, including Father of the Nation, in such advertisements. Holding that the government advertisements in connection with an event along with the photograph of a state or party functionary has a tendency of associating that individual with the achievements sought to highlighted, the court said that such media blitz has a "potential of developing the personality cult" around such state functionary. "Photographs, therefore, have the potential of developing the personality cult and the image of a one or a few individuals which is a direct antithesis of democratic functioning", said Justice Gogoi pronouncing the judgment. "We are, therefore of the view, there should be an exception (in carrying the photograph along with the advertisement) only in the case of the president, prime minister and Chief Justice of the country who may themselves decide the question," the judgment said. In this respect, the court departed from the recommendation of the N.R. Madhava Menon committee which had recommended publication of the photographs of the president, prime minister, governor or chief minister along with the advertisements.
The court said that the advertisements issued to "commemorate the anniversaries of acknowledged personalities like the Father of the Nation would of course carry the photograph of the departed leader". Two NGOs had approached the court seeking directions to restrain the central and state governments from using public funds on government advertisements that were primarily intended to project individual functionaries of the government or the party in power. While "approving and adopting" most of the recommendations of the Madhvan Menon Committee, the court did not accept recommendations on the appointment of an ombudsman, with regard to performance audit by each ministry and an embargo on advertisements on the eve of the elections. Not accepting the recommendation for an ombudsman, it said: "We are of the view that for ironing out the creases that are bound to show from time to time in the implementation of the present directions and to oversee such implementation, the government should constitute a three member body consisting of persons with unimpeachable neutrality and impartiality and who have excelled in their respective fields." Saying that it did not feel any necessity of performance/special audit as the "machinery available is adequate to ensure due performance as well as accountability and proper utilization of public money", the court said if government adhere to the "objects and parameters" mentioned by it, "we do not feel the necessity of imposing a special curb on government advertisements on the eve of the elections".
BUdGeT SeSSioN: Land boundary agreement, My visit to China will set 'new milestone' for Asia: PM insurance bills among key legislation passed New nese media, where I highlight- Modi. Delhi, May 13 (PTi): September last year. "I am looking forward to the ed the strong potential of IndiaThe only other leader Xi has Faced with irritants like the
New Delhi, May 13 (iaNS): Parliament's budget session that ended on Wednesday, finally saw the passage of a bill for operationalising land boundary agreement with Bangladesh. The session, spread over three months, saw 24 bills being passed with a spirited tussle between government and opposition on a range of issues including the land acquisition bill which was finally referred to a joint committee. Some of the important bills passed by parliament are: *The Insurance Laws (Amendment) Bill: The bill replaces an ordinance that was promulgated during the inter-session period. It hikes the foreign equity cap on domestic insurance companies from 26 percent to 49 percent. * The Mines and Minerals (Development and Regulation) Amendment) Bill, 2015: The bill requires every person to obtain a license or lease for carrying on mining or related activities. It provides for two methods of granting a mineral concession - competitive bidding where mineralisation is established and first-come-first-serve otherwise. * The Coal Mines Bill 2015: The bill allows private companies to produce coal, after about four decades of these firms being left out of this segment. * Foreign Income and Assets (Imposition of New Tax) Bill; 2015: it seeks to check the black money menace with stringent provisions for those stashing illegal wealth abroad. The Bill provides for separate taxation of any undisclosed income in relation to foreign income and assets. * Land boundary agreement bill: A constitutional amendment bill, it amends the First Schedule of the constitution to give effect to an agreement entered into by India and Bangladesh on the acquiring and transfer of territories between the two countries on May 16, 1974. * The Motor Vehicles (Amendment) Bill, 2015: It brings e-carts and e-rickshaws under ambit of the parent Act, so they can ply on roads across the country. The bill defines e-carts and e-rickshaws as special purpose battery powered vehicles with power up to 4,000 watts and having three wheels. It mentions that these vehicles can be used for carrying goods or passengers.
* The Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2015: This bill brings parity between provisions for Persons of Indian Origin (PIO) and Overseas Citizens of India (OCI) cardholders. * The Public Premises (Eviction of Unauthorised Occupants) Amendment Bill, 2014: It aims to provide for speedy machinery for the eviction of unauthorised occupants from public premises. The bill was amended following Supreme Court directions. * The Andhra Pradesh Reorganisation (Amendment) Bill, 2015: This bill provides for raising the number of members of Andhra Pradesh Legislative Council from 50 to 58. *The Companies Amendment Bill, 2014: The bill introduces certain amendments in relation to related party transactions, fraud reporting by auditors, making common seal optional and jurisdiction of special courts to try certain offences. *GST bill (The Constitution (One Hundred and Twenty-Second Amendment) Bill, 2014) (passed in Lok Sabha): The bill seeks to amend the constitution to introduce the goods and services tax (GST). Consequently, the GST subsumes various central indirect taxes including the Central Excise Duty, Countervailing Duty and Service Tax. The bill was passed by Lok Sabha and sent to a select committee of Rajya Sabha. * Whistleblowers Protection (Amendment) Bill, 2015 (passed by Lok Sabha): This amendment bill incorporate necessary provisions in the original law to strengthen safeguards against disclosures which may prejudicially affect the sovereignty and integrity of the country and security of the state among other things. * The Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection of Children) Bill, 2014 (passed by Lok Sabha): This bill which paves the way for children in the 16-18 age group to be tried as adults if they commit heinous crimes by amending the original act. * The Rights of Transgender Persons Bill, 2014 (passed by Rajya Sabha): The bill calls for equal rights and reservation to transgenders and envisages creation of a national commission and state level commissions for transgender communities.
No change in UPSC prelims pattern; CSAT to stay: Govt New Delhi, May 13 (PTi): The aptitude test will continue to be part of civil services preliminary examination and there is no change in the pattern as of now, it was officially stated here today. At the same time, Government said an expert committee will be constituted to take a holistic view of the aptitude test. “An expert committee would be constituted to comprehensively examine various issues raised from time to time namely, eligibility, syllabus, scheme and pattern of civil services examination,” a statement issued today by Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT) said. Till such time the government takes decision on the recommendation of the committee, the general studies Paper-II (Civil Services Aptitude Test or CSAT) in the civil services (preliminary) examination will remain a qualifying paper with a minimum qualifying marks fixed at 33 per cent, it said. “The English language comprehension skill portion from general studies Paper-II of civil services (preliminary) examination will continue to remain excluded,” the DoPT said. A controversy had erupted in
July last year over the pattern of civil services examination conducted by the Union Public Services Commission(UPSC) as students demanding change in CSAT or Paper II had took to the streets in protest. The students had claimed that mandatory English language and other questions asked in the paper put aspirants from rural areas or with Hindi background at a disadvantage. Following the protests, the government had decided that marks of the English section questions, asked in Paper II, will not be included for gradation or merit in the exam. The change had come in force from civil services examination, 2014, onwards. However, various students have been demanding change in the pattern of Paper II of civil services (preliminary) examination, saying it favours candidates of technical and management background. After today’s decision, the civil services examination, 2015 will be held as per the 2014 pattern, i.e. with questions on aptitude to be part of second paper and marks of English section not to be included for gradation.
boundary issue and China's plans for infrastructure projects in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK), Prime Minister Narendra Modi will have a tough task as he meets the Chinese leadership during his three-day visit to China from tomorrow which he hoped will set a "new milestone" for Asia. Modi, who is undertaking his first visit to China as Prime Minister, will reach the ancient city of Xi'an, the home town of President Xi Jinping, for a summit meeting, an unusual departure from normal protocol and seen as a reciprocal gesture by the Chinese leader who was hosted by Modi in Ahmedabad when he visited India in
trip to China... the 21st century belongs to Asia," the Prime Minister told Chinese media ahead of his visit. The Prime Minister, who spoke in Hindi, hoped that his visit will "further deepen" India-China relations and set a "new milestone" for Asia and developing countries. "I believe that my trip to China will not only deepen the China-India friendship, but also set a new milestone for the relations between developing countries in Asia as well as around the world. There is no doubt about that," he told state-run CCTV ahead of this visit. "Interacted with the Chi-
China ties," Modi tweeted. "I talked about our shared responsibility to help developing nations, especially in poverty eradication," he added. In another tweet, he said, "Asia, being the land of Buddha has the responsibility to ensure that this is a century free from war." Modi noted that he had met President Xi three times during the last one year and held extensive talks on a wide range of issues. This is first time since Xi took over power two years ago that he will be receiving a foreign leader outside Beijing and will spend considerable time informally interacting with
spent time walking around was with Barack Obama last year during APEC summit. But the list of problems both countries face are considerable, ranging from the festering border dispute to China's support for India's arch-rival Pakistan. President Xi had during his visit to Pakistan on April 20 announced a USD 46 billion package to construct infrastructure including highways and hydel power projects along the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor through PoK to the Gwadar port in Balochistan. New Delhi has lodged a protest with Beijing over the ChinaPakistan economic corridor.
SC judge to probe Vadra land deals; Cong awaits official word ChaNDigarh/New Delhi, May 13 (iaNS): Controversial multi-million rupee deals of Congress president Sonia Gandhi's son-in-law Robert Vadra are among land deals and other irregularities that will be probed by an inquiry commission, headed by a retired apex court judge, a senior Haryana minister said on Wednesday. State Education Minister Ram Bilas Sharma told media here that the commission under the retired Supreme Court judge would inquire into all irregularities committed in the past 10 years of the Congress rule in the state, especially regarding land deals. But the Congress party reacted cautiously to the statement saying that the Bharatiya Janata Party government in Haryana should first make an official announcement. In New Delhi, Congress spokesperson
Randeep Surjewala refused to acknowledge the development. "I can't react to it because there have been various BJP leaders saying this for quite some time now that they would get it probed but nothing happens... I would only react when Haryana Chief Minister (M.L.) Khattar or his government spokesperson confirms it," he said. The probe announcement came just days after the Congress hardened its stand on the land acquisition bill tabled by the Narendra Modi government in parliament and said that it would oppose the provision as it was not in the interests of farmers. Vadra was accused of accumulating land in the national capital region (NCR) area during the Congress government in Haryana led by Bhupinder Singh Hooda. In one particular deal in Gurgaon district, adjoining Delhi, Vadra's company,
Skylight Hospitality, sold a prime 3.5 acre plot in Manesar area to realty major DLF in 2008 for Rs.58 crore. The land had cost his company only around Rs.15 crore and was sold to DLF after obtaining change of land use (CLU) and other permissions from the Hooda government. Vadra made a clear Rs.43 crore but did not share the profits with Haryana's town and country planning department. But the Hooda government gave Vadra and his companies a 'clean chit'. The charge came after the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) blamed the Hooda government for showering undue favours on Vadra, who made millions in the controversial land deals. The CAG had indicated that the Hooda government had obliged Vadra with quick sanction of the permissions required.
Why Greenpeace is first on the chopping block New Delhi, May 13 (iaNS): As Greenpeace India struggles to stay afloat, the real reason why the government wants to shut down the global environmental NGO hasn’t got much attention: Coal, the single biggest source of primary energy in India, is at the heart of the Narendra Modi government’s ambitious plans to ramp up industrial production in the country. A total of 1,199 new coalbased thermal power plants with a total installed capacity of more than 1.4 million MW are proposed worldwide, the lion’s share — 455 plants — being in India, according to data from the World Resources Institute. India is overwhelmingly dependent on fossil fuels — coal, oil and gas — which meet more than three-fourths of the country’s energy needs, despite Modi’s plans to promotealternative energy sources. Of the fossil fuels, oil and gas account for just about 30 percent of India’s energy needs, the bulk imported (80 percent in the case of crude oil). India has abundant re-
government must have been Greenpeace’s targeting of two domestic entities that are also major global players in coal — the public-sector Coal India, India’s fifth most valuable company by market capitalisation at $35.9 billion (Rs.2.3 lakh crore) and the Gujarat-based Adani Group, whose promoter Gautam Adani is known to have a close relationship with Modi. Coal India is number one and the Adani Group number three on the list of the top 200 coal companies globally ranked by the potential carbon emissions content of their reported reserves, according to Fossil Free Indexes, a stock market index that promotes ethical investing. Greenpeace has campaigned against both companies, exposing their claims on reserves and financial health, and documenting environmental and other violations. Greenpeace’s Australia chapter has opposed Adani’s plans to develop the world’s largest coal deposit, the Carmichael mine in Coal India and Adani Queensland, which it acquired in the spotlight Especially irksome to the for $16.5 billion dollars. serves of coal, the fourth-largest in the world. Coal meets 54.5 percent of India’s energy needs and 61.5 percent of the installed power generation capacity, and plays a key role in industries like steel and cement. India is set to more than double its coal consumption by 2035 and become the world’s largest coal importer by around 2020, according to the International Energy Agency. The cheapest of fossil fuels, coal is also the most polluting in terms of carbon emissions. Coal-burning power plants are the single biggest cause of climate change, way ahead of the burning of petroleum in transportation. Greenpeace has been at the forefront of a global campaign against coal mining and burning, and its Indian wing has mounted several high-visibility campaigns against coalburning thermal power plants and coal mining in forest areas.
Breakneck industrialisation, Chinese style Companies like Coal India and Adani are expected to play a vital role in the Modi government’s grand plan for India to take over from China as the new ‘factory of the world’. With GDP growth dipping to seven percent for the first quarter of 2015 (the lowest since 2009), China is clearly slowing down. India seems intent on capitalising on this slowdown and the newfound limits on growth imposed by environmental and health concerns in China. The first signs that the Modi government is pushing for a Chinese-style industrialisation project came when it announced a clutch of mega projects under the Make in India initiative. Work is underway on the most ambitious of these projects, the Delhi-Mumbai Industrial Corridor, across six states, to be built at an estimated cost of $100 billion. For the government, one of the chief obstacles in this path is land acquisition, which is being tackled through amendments
to the existing legislation. The other big hurdle is energy, in which coal will continue to play the biggest part – and this is at the core of its grouse with organisations such as Greenpeace. Coal and Climate Change an existential threat The burning of fossil fuels — coal, oil and gas, in that order — releases massive amounts of carbon into the atmosphere, and has been proven to be the biggest culprit behind climate change. With carbon-dioxide levels at record highs—asIndiaSpend reported — only a fraction of the known extractable fossil fuel reserves, least of all, coal, can be burned without endangering the world’s future, the reason why campaigners like Greenpeace are dead set against the fuel. But for the Modi government, and India’s elites and middle classes in general, this would amount to the big prize being snatched away from sniffing distance. That’s why the shots fired against Greenpeace may be only the first in the long, bruising battle ahead.
the Morung express
Thursday 14 May 2015
How SEA has created its own humanitarian crisis Jocelyn Gecker
he waters off some of Southeast Asia’s most pristine beaches are the focal point of a regional humanitarian crisis. Yet nobody is rushing to solve it. More than 1,600 migrants and refugees have landed on the shores of Malaysia and Indonesia in the past week and thousands more are believed to have been abandoned at sea, floating on boats with little or no food after traffickers literally jumped ship fearing a crackdown. These aren’t just any migrants; they are the pariahs of Asia. Many are Rohingya Muslims fleeing persecution in Myanmar along with some Bangladeshis. By some estimates there are still 6,000 out at sea, but no country appears willing to take them in. Migrants ride on a truck as they are transferred from a temporary detention facility to a naval base on Langkawi island, Malaysia, on Wednesday, May 13, before being moved to a detention center on the Malaysian mainland. A crisis
A look at the role of na- involving boatloads of Rohingya and Bangladeshi migrants stranded at sea deepened as Malaysia said it would turn tions in Southeast Asia and away any more of the crowded, wooden vessels unless they were sinking. (AP Photo) elsewhere: in the last three years Bangladesh even though refugee agency. Even two fore moving them onto third chased tens of thousands many of their families ar- Muslim-majority countries countries, including neighMyanmar of people from their homes rived generations ago. willing to quietly accept boring Malaysia. The indusThe crisis stems from in the western state of RaThe Rohingya have them in the past are now try thrived thanks to corrupt Myanmar’s decades-long khine. been fleeing Myanmar by pushing them away. officials who turned a blind persecution of its 1.3 milThe Rohingya have lim- boat for years, but threats eye for pay. lion Rohingya, a Muslim ited access to education of deportations and linger- Thailand But on May 1, things minority who are denied and medical care. They ing questions about citiThailand has been at the started to change. Thai citizenship by law, mean- cannot move around or zenship have sparked one center of Southeast Asia’s authorities found more ing they are effectively practice their religion free- of the biggest exoduses the human trafficking industry than 30 corpses buried at stateless. Rohingya have ly. The government refuses region has seen. Since mid- for years. Syndicates have the traffickers’ abandoned endured violence at the to recognize them, even by 2012, an estimated 100,000 used the country as a tran- jungle camps bordering hands of the military and name, saying they are illegal Rohingya have fled aboard sit stop to offload migrants Malaysia and launched the extremist Buddhists, who migrants from neighboring ships, according to the U.N. at hidden jungle camps be- crackdown. A flurry of ar-
rests sounded an alarm to traffickers, who promptly abandoned their ships and left their human cargoes at sea without fuel, food and clean water. Thailand says it cannot solve the problem alone. Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha reiterated Tuesday what has become his mantra: “Thailand is a transit country. Their destination is not Thailand, so this has to be solved by other countries.” Thailand will host a one-day meeting on “irregular migration in the Indian Ocean” with representatives from 15 affected countries — but not until the end of May.
Indonesia Boats with nearly 600 Rohingya and Bangladeshis washed ashore on Sunday in Aceh, in western Indonesia, and those on board were given medical care and shelter. But a day later, the Indonesian navy stopped another boat from entering the county’s waters. It turned back the boat, crammed with hundreds of hungry migrants, saying it gave the passengers food, water and directions to Malaysia — their original destination. In the past, Indonesia has been fairly welcoming to Rohingya who have reached the country, many of them by accident after their boats failed to land in Malaysia. Many Indonesians
in the mostly Muslim country have sympathized with their plight, staging protests to condemn Rohingya persecution in Myanmar. The former president and foreign minister also openly pushed the Myanmar government to stop discriminating against the Rohingya.
Malaysia More than 1,000 migrants came ashore on Malaysia’s Langkawi Island in recent days, but the country has bluntly said it will turn away any more of the crowded vessels unless they are sinking. “We won’t let any foreign boats come in,” Tan Kok Kwee, first admiral of Malaysia’s maritime enforcement agency, said Tuesday. In a policy that appears to echo Indonesia’s, he said that boats deemed seaworthy would be given provisions and sent away. If the boat is sinking, they would rescue it, he said. Although the Rohingya are Muslims, the overwhelmingly Muslim countries of Indonesia and Malaysia appear to be putting their national interests ahead of religious solidarity with actions that send the message — it is not in their interest to welcome this potentially massive wave of boat people.
to the governments of Southeast Asia to step up search-and-rescue efforts, to keep their borders open and allow any boats at sea to bring passengers ashore. The agency itself has no mandate to carry out its own rescue mission but is working with governments and agencies “to channel information to the right people who can do something about it,” said Vivian Tan, a spokeswoman in Bangkok.
United States The U.S. has been a key international player in pushing for an end to the region’s trafficking problems. U.S. Embassy of Thailand spokeswoman Melissa Sweeney said Wednesday that Washington was “following the situation closely” and was “concerned” by reports of thousands of stranded migrants who may need help. U.S. officials are in contact with affected governments and U.N. agencies, Sweeney said, without elaborating. Last June, the U.S. blacklisted Thailand and Malaysia for failing to meet minimum requirements in fighting human trafficking. It downgraded the two countries to the lowest level —”Tier 3” — in the annual U.S. rankings of governUnited Nations ments’ anti-trafficking efThe U.N. refugee agen- forts. Its new report is due cy, UNHCR, has appealed out this June.
‘NKorea executed defense chief’ Gunmen kill 45 Shiite Muslims riding on a bus in Pak
A man watches a TV news program reporting that People’s Armed Forces Minister Hyon Yong Chol was killed by anti-aircraft gunfire, at Seoul Railway Station in Seoul on Wednesday, May 13. North Korean leader Kim Jong Un executed his defense chief for sleeping during a meeting and talking back to the young leader, South Korea’s spy agency told lawmakers Wednesday, citing what it called credible information. The part of letters on the bottom “Pyongyang, executed by anti-aircraft gunfire.” (AP Photo)
seoUL, MAy 13 (AP): North Korean leader Kim Jong Un executed his defense chief for sleeping during a meeting and talking back to the young leader, South Korea’s spy agency told lawmakers Wednesday, citing what it called credible information. National Intelligence Service officials told a closed-door parliamentary committee meeting that People’s Armed Forces Minister Hyon Yong Chol was killed by anti-aircraft gunfire with hundreds watching at a shooting range at Pyongyang’s Kang Kon Military Academy in late April, according to lawmaker Shin Kyoung-min. Shin attended the briefing. The office of another lawmaker, Lee Cheol Woo, released similar information about the NIS briefing. The NIS didn’t tell lawmakers how it got the information, only that it was from a variety of channels and that it believed it to be true, Shin said. The agency wouldn’t comment when contacted by The Associated Press. South Korea’s spy agency has a spotty record
of tracking developments in North Korea. Information about the secretive, authoritarian state is often impossible to confirm. Since taking power upon the death of his dictator father in late 2011, Kim has orchestrated a series of purges in apparent efforts to bolster his grip on power. Analysts are split on whether the bloody power shifts indicate a young leader in firm control, or someone still struggling to establish himself. Koh Yu-hwan, a North Korea expert at Dongguk University in Seoul, said Kim Jong Un appears to be using purges to keep the military old guard in check as they pose the only plausible threats to his rule. Koh said Kim could be resorting to a “reign of terror” to solidify his leadership but that would eventually have only a limited effect if he fails to produce breakthroughs in resolving the country’s economic woes. Last month, spy officials told lawmakers that North Korea executed 15 senior officials accused of challenging Kim’s authority.
KARACHI, MAy 13 (AP): Gunmen stormed a bus in southern Pakistan and ordered its Shiite Muslim passengers to bow their heads before shooting them, killing at least 45 people in the latest attack targeting religious minority, officials said. Who carried out the attack in the port city of Karachi wasn’t immediately clear, as a Pakistani Taliban splinter group and an Islamic State affiliate both claimed the attack. However, some Taliban fighters have pledged their allegiance in recent months to the extremist group that now holds a third of Iraq and Syria in its selfdeclared caliphate. “These are the people who are extremists, who are terrorists,” provincial police chief Ghulam Haider Jamali said of the assailants. “These are the same people who have been doing terrorism before.” The bus was in a relatively deserted area on the outskirts of the city en route to an Ismaili Shiite community center when six gunmen boarded it, Jamali said. Investigator Khadim Hussain said the attackers ordered the passengers to bow their heads and not look up before opening fire at close range. Shell casings at the scene suggested the gunmen used both pistols and machine guns in their attack before fleeing on three motorcycles, police said. Jamali said the attackers killed 45 people, including 16 women, and wounded 13. Qadir Baluch, a security guard
People visit a local hospital following an attack on a bus in Karachi on Wednesday, May 13. Gunmen killed dozens of people on Wednesday aboard a bus in southern Pakistan bound for a Shiite community center, in the latest attack targeting the religious minority, police said. (AP Photo)
at a nearby building, said he heard the gunshots and saw at least one of the militants wearing a police uniform. The attack riddled the bus with bullet holes, but its wounded driver still could drive it to a nearby hospital, said Mohammad Imran, a guard there. Imran said when he got on the bus later, he saw blood still seeping across its seats and floor. Blood stained Imran’s own hands and uniform. “I hardly saw any survivor,” he said. Pamphlets found nearby the site of the attack claimed an Islamic State affiliate carried it out, calling it revenge for the killing of their fellow fighters in Pakistan, Syria, Iraq and Yemen, police officer Najeeb Khan said.
Khan said the pamphlet read: “We swear that we will keep on making you and your families mourn in tears of blood.” Meanwhile, a man describing himself as a spokesman for a splinter faction of the Pakistani Taliban called Jundullah, or Army of God, claimed responsibility for the attack in a call to The Associated Press. The man, who identifies himself as Ahmad Marwat and has conveyed similar claims in the past, said “infidels were the target.” The Taliban and other Sunni militant groups long have had a presence in Karachi. Sunni extremists view Shiites as apostates and have targeted them in the past, though attacks on the Ismaili branch have been rare.
“They were innocent people,” said Qaim Ali Shah, the chief minister of Sindh province, of which Karachi is the capital. “We feel very sorry for this ghastly act.” Wednesday’s attack was the deadliest in Pakistan since December, when Taliban militants killed 150 people, mostly young students, at an army-run school in Peshawar. The Pakistani Taliban have been fighting for more than a decade to overthrow the government and impose a harsh version of Islamic law. Their attacks have killed tens of thousands of people. The Islamic State group, meanwhile, has demanded the allegiance of the world’s Muslims and has drawn radicals for its bloody propaganda videos, featuring mass killings or beheadings. A Pakistani government letter written in December and later obtained by the AP warned local officials that the Islamic State group claims the support of up to “12,000 followers” in northwest Pakistan. Pakistani army chief Gen. Raheel Sharif cancelled a three-day visit to Sri Lanka after the attack. “No efforts will be spared to apprehend and punish perpetrators of this terrorist act, their abettors, and backers,” a statement from his office read. Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif also condemned the bus attack, calling it “an attempt to create chaos.” “Terrorists have chosen a very peaceful and patriotic community to target in order to achieve their nefarious designs,” he said.
Nepal school system left shattered in aftermath of quake
Children attending a class provided by an aid organization at a primary school in Sankhu, near the Nepalese capital, Kathmandu, on Monday. (Reuters Photo)
CHAUTARA, MAy 13 (THe New yoRK TIMes): The concrete walls of the high school here shattered like a mirror, leaving a latticework of fissures that crisscross every wall and pillar. Engineers have condemned the school, Shree Gyan Mandir Mamuna
Higher Secondary School, fearing that the continuing aftershocks from the devastating earthquake last month could cause at least one of the structure’s two floors to collapse. That is what happened to the house next door, where the second floor is now the first.
While information is still sketchy about the extent of the damage across Nepal, officials say that thousands of schools have been destroyed and that tens of thousands of classrooms need replacing. “Almost one million children who were enrolled in school before the earth-
quake could now find they have no school building to return to,” said Tomoo Hozumi, Unicef’s representative in Nepal. “Prolonged interruption to education can be devastating for children’s development and future prospects.” While the government hopes to finish constructing 7,000 temporary learning centers made from tents and bamboo this week, officials say they cannot hope to replace all of the damaged schools in time. “Despite the huge damage to school infrastructure, we are planning on resuming classes from May 17 onwards,” said Khagendra Prasad Nepal, an Education Department spokesman. “We hope this will create a school environment where students will get to reunite and share personal experiences in a post-quake scenario. It will help us overcome the disaster.” Aftershocks have continued to rattle Nepalis,
including a 7.3 magnitude earthquake that killed at least 65 people on Tuesday. Here in Chautara, local officials continue to use the high school for storing and distributing relief supplies. Last week, a line of at least 150 people snaked around the schoolyard, and the school’s deputy principal repeatedly ducked into a damaged classroom to retrieve giant bags of rice. But officials say they will not allow the school’s roughly 350 students back into the building when classes restart on Sunday after a three-week national holiday in the wake of the disastrous 7.8 magnitude earthquake that destroyed some 90 percent of the buildings in this impoverished mountain district and killed more than 8,000 people across Nepal. Where classes will restart has yet to be decided, officials said. “We can’t decide what to do,” said Krishna Prasad
Dangal, the school’s economics teacher. “The government is going to have to make a decision.” Children’s advocates fear the earthquake could reverse decades of steady progress in primary school attendance, which stood at 95 percent just before the earthquake, up from 64 percent in 1990. Schools in Nepal were woefully inadequate even before the quake, and the country’s literacy rate of about 66% is among the lowest in Asia. Teachers often fail to show up for school, and families often decide that schooling is not worth the loss of labor around the farm, especially since many of the farms in Nepal are on steep slopes that require constant tending. Nepal’s dropout rate is high, with some 1.2 million children between the ages of 5 and 16 having dropped out or never having attended school even before the quake, according to Unicef.
High teacher absenteeism is widely seen as endemic in rural schools, and corporal punishment is routinely administered. With so much work to be done in reconstructing villages and rebuilding damaged schools, children’s advocates fear many children will never return to school. Even schools that are still standing have in many cases been taken over by homeless people who will be difficult to dislodge in the coming week as tents have been slow to arrive in the most seriously affected districts and the monsoon season is due to start within about five weeks. “It will take at least three years to overcome the earthquake’s damage and run classes in permanent structures,” Mr. Nepal of the Education Department said. The disaster would have been far worse if the earthquake had struck any
day besides Saturday, the only day schools and offices in Nepal are almost universally closed. Some 31 teachers, including one at Shree Gyan Mandir Mamuna, and 200 students died in the quake across Nepal, according to Mr. Nepal. In Chautara, children were playing on the one corner of the playground left to them where a rusting metal slide gave respite to the unrelenting agony of the past weeks. Watching the children play, Gopal Dangal, an elected representative from the district, said that even more than instructional materials, the children from Chautara needed ways to play so they could somehow forget the lives and property lost in repeated temblors that have shaken their confidence in the world. “Tell them we need balls, toys and other things for these kids,” he said. “Just tell them that, will you?”
Thursday 14 May 2015
The Morung Express
Low-key return as injured Manny Football for Peace in Wokha Pacquiao says retirement 'near'
Filipino boxing hero Manny Pacquiao, wearing a black shoulder brace and arm sling, waves during a welcome motorcade in Manila, Philippines on Wednesday, May 13, 2015. Pacquiao returned home to the Philippines on Wednesday nursing his right shoulder after surgery and weighing up whether to retire or push for a rematch with Floyd Mayweather Jr. (AP Photo)
Manila, May 13 (aFP): Manny Pacquiao made a low-key return to the Philippines on Wednesday after losing his mega-fight with Floyd Mayweather and said retirement was drawing closer as he recovers from shoulder surgery. Few signs of Pacquiao's early-morning arrival were visible at Manila airport, and he was later welcomed by modest crowds as he paraded the capital on the back of a flatbed truck. It was very different from previous joyous homecomings for the eight-weight world champion and congressman, whose fights bring the Southeast Asian country to
a standstill. A smiling Pacquiao, his right arm supported by a black sling, told reporters he hadn't yet decided on his future after his May 2 defeat by unanimous decision in Las Vegas. "I will focus first on healing my shoulder. After that, I will announce continuing my career or announcing retirement," Pacquiao said. "I'm not saying I am going to retire, but it's near. I'm already 36, turning 37 this December." Pacquiao said it could take six months to recover from the operation on his torn rotator cuff, which he underwent days after what
was billed as the "Fight of the Century". The American called Pacquiao a "sore loser" for blaming the injury for his defeat, and the Filipino is facing a law suit which claims he fraudulently concealed the problem. Asked about a possible rematch with Mayweather, Pacquiao said: "I (would) like that. I want that. But my focus right now is my shoulder, my work as a congressman and my family." - 'I won by two points' Pacquiao said he had accepted his defeat to Mayweather, but after reviewing the fight on video, he believed he won by a slim margin.
"I reviewed the fight and kept score. I won by two points... But a decision has been made and we have to accept it," he said. Despite the loss, officials still laid on the motorcade around Manila, where autographed T-shirts and CDs of Pacquiao's songs were flung to waiting fans. Later, the rags-to-riches "National Fist" was scheduled to pay a courtesy call to President Benigno Aquino. Asked about his own presidential ambitions, Pacquiao said: "I am considering that. I am thinking about it. "Our family has no other intention but to help our countrymen. We consider it an obligation." Pacquiao is not eligible to stand until he reaches the minimum age of 40, ruling him out of the next election in 2016, with 2022 likely to be his first opportunity. But he said his wife's worries over the enormous cost of higher political office -- both to their bank accounts and to their family -was making him cautious. "My wife said it's difficult because we are losing time for our children," Pacquiao said of his wife, Jinkee, with whom he has three sons and two daughters. "We've also been spending millions out of our own pockets to help the poor. We can't just shoo away people lined up at our door," he said. Pacquiao is on his second three-year term in the Philippines' House of Representatives, representing his wife's home province of Sarangani in the south.
Participants at the closing ceremony of the Football for Peace event held at Wokha.
WO K H a , M ay 1 3 (MExn): A three day Peace Counts program funded by Berghof Foundation was organized at the local ground Wokha from May 7 to 9 by Peace Counts North East India in collaboration with the Youth Department Wokha Town Baptist Church, Team Metamorphosis and Tsumang Youth Fellowship. A press note informed that more than a hundred participants representing Forest Youth Fellowship,
Tsumang Youth Fellowship, GA/CC/PWD Youth Fellowship, Etsuchuka Youth Fellowship, Nepali Baptist Church, Ao Baptist Church Youth Department, and Tsumang Youth Organization participated. The three days event covered lots of activities like Peace Seminar, painting competition on the theme Peace for children where Roney Odyuo of Nepali Baptist Church won the first prize. A Handprints campaign was also conducted
followed by Human chain. To commemorate the event, a peace feast was offered to all the participants. One of the great attractions was the Football for Peace, a new concept in football where boys and girls played together in mixed teams. There were no referees but mediators and the teamers (coaches), rules were set by the players before the play and members were encouraged to share their experiences of playing the game. The first goal was to be
scored by a girl; only then the goals scored by boys were counted; a sign of inclusiveness, women empowerment and unity. Winners were decided through the goals, fair play points and the bonus points scored. Forest Youth Fellowship emerged as the champion of the tournament by defeating Tsumang Youth Fellowship. The team also visited Christian Model High School and Springdale School for short peace talk.
Pietersen makes front & back pages after England snub lOnDOn, May 13 (REUTERS): Kevin Pietersen dominated the front and back pages of Britain's newspapers on Wednesday with many sympathising with the controversial batsman whose England comeback bid has been thwarted by new cricket director Andrew Strauss. The flamboyant South Africanborn right-hander, who hit a careerbest 355 not out for Surrey at The Oval on Tuesday, has said the snub has left him "absolutely devastated". His former captain Strauss, the England and Wales Cricket Board's new director of cricket, said there was a "massive distrust" between them but Pietersen had not been banned. The Guardian's front page was dominated by a huge photograph of the maverick batsman under the headline "Kevin Pietersen 355 not
out. Except he is." The Sun's back page had the headline "Traitors" with a double page spread headlined "Retired .. Hurt" while the Daily Mirror back page screamed "Betrayal", highlighting Pietersen's remarks "They say they don't trust me, but how can anyone trust them?" The incident has also dominated social media discussions. "Anyone else struggling to explain to their nine-year-old that Pietersen isn't allowed to play for England?" tweeted former England captain Michael Vaughan. Another former captain Nasser Hussain said: "The ECB have shot themselves in the foot again. After the appalling way Peter Moores' sacking (as coach) was handled, they need to get their act together."
Former South Africa captain Graeme Smith also joined the debate and tweeted "I see the head boy (Strauss) is making English cricket a laughing stock again." Somerset all-rounder Peter Trego said: "Has "trust" ever won a game of cricket ? I thought it was runs and wickets. Is there a new World Cup of trust England are hoping to win." The fallout went beyond cricket with former England soccer skipper Gary Lineker saying "Strauss's decision seems extraordinarily petty. I have never been in a dressing room where I have liked or even respected everyone. You deal with it." Broadcaster Piers Morgan, a friend of Pietersen's, added: "Trust? Trust? I wouldn't trust Andrew Strauss to run a bath let alone English cricket."
Dimapur Riphyim Union clarifies Admission woes in Phek hq town
n reference to the declaration of Lt. Sanchisao Lotha road from PWD junction to DC junction basing on the following credentials and justifications: 1. 41. He was the first settler among the Lotha's tribe in Dimapur (1941). He served in the Naga Hills District Assam Police from 25th Feb 1942 to 16 Nov 1948. 2. Served in Frontier intelligent Branch in 1944 during WW II till the end of the war under Naga Hills District Assam Police. 3. He was the first G.B of Duncan Bosti, Dimapur since the inception from 1950 till such time he was succeeded by Late Ayim Ao ( Reference to DC's order dated Kohima the 29 April 1964.) Duncan Bosti was established under the patronage of late Sanchisao during the administration of Lt. Duncan, the then Deputy Commissioner. 4. He was one of the founding members of the Naga Club in 1948. 5. He was one of the founding members of Lotha Hobo Dima-
pur, the Treasurer. 6. One of the founding members of Lotha Baptist Church, Dimapur and held the post of treasurer till 1975. 7. Registered as Class-1 government contractor. 8. He was Dimapur town GB till his death in June 18th 1976.
ORDER OF MERIT 1. Recipient of Gallantry award: Medal & Certificate of Gallowny from Deputy Commissioner Naga Hills on 12 June 1945. For fighting bravely and loyally along with British forces and defeated the Japanese in 1944. 2. Recipient of Letter of Appreciation for his distinguished and valor service rendered during the 2nd World War from the Chief Minister of Assam, Sir SYED SAADULLA in 5th March 1946. 3. He was one 0f the pioneers and builders of Dimapur town, as govt. Contractor. Further, the Union has submitted its representation to the DC, Dimapur vide Dimapur dated
05/5/15 as under: With reference to the news report published wherein the Dimapur District Planning and Development Board meeting proposed Lt Sanchisao Lotha Road from Dhobi Nullah traffic Point to PWD -Forest Junction. Whereas the Dimapur Riphyim Union has consistently been demanding for declaration from PWD-Junction to DC Court junction in favour of Lt. Sanchisao Lotha as It Sanchisao Lotha Road. It may be recalled that all correspondences and related documents, certificates including No objection certificates from Duncan Council and DMC, Dimapur and the concerned authorities which have been submitted to your good office pertained to the plea made by the Dirnapur Riphyim Union. It also to bring to the notice of the authority that late Sanchisao who pioneered Duncan was the GB of the domain proposed for the road. Further, DPDB has in its meeting dated 18/12/12 recommended naming of Lt Sanchisao Lotha Road from PWD road to DC-court
A Question to our Conscience in relation to March 5 Incident My dear Nagas, Who cried in pain for the Naga society out of concern and to those, who became holy overnight and condemned the 5th March Incident. Kindly reflect on this once. Our own Naga brother Ngangwang Konyak (18) of Totok Chingnyu Village was killed in the most horrifying death on 07/05/15 .His dead body was recovered from Dikhu river bed in Simulguri, under Sibsagar district of Assam. His headless dead body bore signs of being forcefully dragged, stabbed /cut and whipped Yet, we hypocrites Nagas today feels lesser or no pain at all. What a crap are we all! I do not mean that we should retaliate or take revenge on this issue and has no intention of creating communalism or over exaggerating the case as done by some anti-Naga propagandist, from outside the state, who painted the 5th March incident as communal issue rather than social. But, I just with a broken hear wish to ask my Naga brethrens these questions: 1. Can those NGOs who condemned the Rapist death here in Dimapur demand the same condemnation from Assam NGOs now? 2. Can we pressurize the Assam Govt equally to set up an Enquiry Committee on this case? 3. Is our Naga blood of lesser value? Why was there so much disunity and condemnation over the rapist dead like tsunami but no sympathy for late Inito Swu and Ngangwang today? 4. All those holy Overnight Christians who
preached Christianity last time, where is your Christian Spirit today? Christ professed to "love your neighbour" and tell me, who is your immediate neighbours? Your own Naga brothers and sisters, be it Ao, Sema, Lotha, Angami, Konyak, Phom or Chang etc etc isn't it? However when our own Nagas got killed and raped in our own land we became deaf, dumb and blind, why is it so? Why were we quiet when our own Sema Student got killed by a mob of 9-10 people headed by Ali Akbar on suspicion of stealing a cow at Kaghaboto on 23/08/14? Why were we so silent when our own Lotha brother was slain and thrown in a well on 01/08/14? Is our Naga blood so cheap that they can be randomly spilled and yet, do not prick our conscience but whenever, outsiders die, we become Christians and do our best duty and that is, "Condemnation in Papers." Aren't we clearly showing our sickening tribalism and mocking our Religion than? 5. This news report was published on 09/05/15 yet, as expected only one union condemned and sought to seek justice but where are the rest of us? Is it because the victim was a mere labourer and not the son of some big shots that it’s not worth a case to pursuit? If you cannot feel their pain today then kindly keep your Holiness inside your own box next time. Fed up of Hypocrisy, Tribalism, Disunity, Arrogance and Indifferent attitude of us, the Nagas! Renponi Kithan
junction (Xerox copy enclosed). It is therefore requested to review the decision and issue an appropriate order as requested by the Union. With regard to the press statement made by K Pucha (Ninthland council secretary), wherein it states, “further the council also said that the individual was not a prominent figure deserving the recognition. Further, it said the individual had not contribute towards the development of the locality and also not known by anyone in the colony." The statement is very derogatory and obnoxious and hence not acceptable to the Union as it tantamount to demeaning the credentials, and defaming to the death person. Therefore, the Union demands his apology, otherwise, the Union will have to summon him in person for justifying his statements. V Chairman Dimapur Riphyim Union Sceretary Dimapur Riphyim Union
New traffic regulations in Dimapur acknowledged
he rush hours during school time and the heavy traffic congestion and lack of civic sense in lane driving at Dimapur city is now slowly sensitised. The effort of utilizing all available police forces has slowly managed the traffic system systematically under scorching deadly humid heat in Dimapur. This effort needs to be appreciated by all section of society. The cooperation of all citizens is requires to make Dimapur traffic regulation and civic sense driving to be a model for other cities and town. I humbly appreciate the tireless effort of the commissioner of police Mr. Liremo and Deputy Commissioner Mr. Kesonyu Yhome for their commendable job. The changing system in traffic regulation from lane driving and parking has made enormous help to dropping of children to school in time and also for public to do their daily works. I thank to all police forces both men and women and hope that they will continue to do so for welfare of citizen. I also appeal to all citizens and organisations to give maximum cooperation and be a role model for other to learn from us for “the change we look forward”. Shikavi Achumi. Finance Secretary, NSF
hek district headquarter town was established in 1972 and has completed 43 years of its existence. For many years, it had to content with just one Govt. High School in Phek town. This high school was upgraded to Govt. Higher Secondary School about a decade back. For some years, Phek Govt. College (PGC) shared the load of admission in Class 11 & 12. But P.U finally got detached from PGC from academic year 2014. Now, GHSS Phek is the only higher secondary school in Phek town, the district headquarter of Phek. GHSS Phek serves as the feeder school for six village Govt. High Schools in the vicinity of Phek town and six Private High Schools in the town and one private high school in Phek village. Educationally, Phek area and Tizu area are the most backward areas of Phek district. Main reason was lack of good schools. It pains me to see parents and students running helter-skelter for admission in the lone higher secondary school in the town. This year about 400 students, including private candidates, had cleared HSLC examination from Phek Centre. There's already admission rush in the GHSS Phek. From what is learnt, 400 admission forms have been issued for intake capacity of 150 students only. Many students could not even get admission form. It is learnt that admission will be given on merit basis. If that happens, it will very unfortunate for village students. Admission by draw of lot will do more justice and eliminate all push and pull. Admissions may be available in other towns of the district or outside the district, but who will pay for them? Incidentally, parents of merit students are educated, more responsible and economically more sound. Those children performed better because they had responsible parents to monitor their studies. Their parents could afford to give them what they needed in their studies. Conversely, the poor students are poor, not only in marks but also economically. Their parents are mostly illiterate. They had no one to monitor them in their studies. They did not even have the basic minimum daily requirements. They were compelled to study in village high schools because their parents could not afford to send them to town. Obviously, these are the students who will be denied admission if the admission criterion is merit. They are the ones who will have to go out of the district for higher studies. Some of these students will drop-out because their parents can't afford their education outside the district. Some of them will become antisocials from idleness and frustration. For the students of Phek headquarter town, there's no other option than to struggle for admission in the only higher
secondary school. The performance of the feeder school doesn't matter. Whether classes are run regularly or not doesn't matter. Economic consideration comes first. GHSS Phek has become a dumping ground for our students. Many of these students will pass higher secondary school examination after two years. But many of them will not have the requisite marks for honors papers in degree. Many of them will not qualify for professional courses. Most of these so-called successful students will join the mainstream of unemployable. Many will fail as the result year after years stand testimony. That is the tragedy of quantitative education. Isn't it a shame that Phek district H.Q town after 43 years of its establishment has only one higher secondary school? This is a collective failure and a collective shame of the district's educated class. The elected members (past and present), Govt. officers, public leaders, students unions, civil societies, the church and all those organizations that matter of the district should all hang our heads in shame in the eyes of our other Naga tribes and districts. We can't afford to care less just because one isn't domicile in Phek town. It is a collective responsibility. The cold attitude given to education by the district's educated class is very sordid. No wonder that Phek district has not produced a single IAS till today. Are we to take pride and advantage in backward tag for job reservation forever? Let's not forget that so long as we neglect our poor village students, our society will continue to remain backward on all fronts. So long as we see education through the narrow political prism, the district will not progress. The cause of our helpless students should be above narrow mindset. The district's educated class should have open mind to encourage all those private high schools to upgrade to higher secondary level. The perennial admission problem can never be solved by any temporary measure. All students may be accommodated under public pressure as was done in 2014. But the issue of shortage of teachers remained. There's no guarantee that it may not stretch-on for the whole academic year of 2015. We all know how the government system works in Nagaland. Public pressures are always inconsistent. Once the peak time is over, everything will be back to square one. No amount of expansion in one higher secondary school alone will mitigate the problem. What the students and parents need is some private higher secondary schools in Phek town. And not just namesake higher secondary school but higher secondary school that can give the quality requirement of our students. Dr. K. Hoshi Bible Hill Colony, Phek town
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14 May 2015
FASHION TAKES ON FILM AT CANNES 2015 NIAPA to display MOI’s collection at Cannes Fashion Festival first edition
s if the Film Festival were not enough of a runway already, Cannes is getting a separate fashion festival. From May 20 to 22, the Cannes Fashion Festival will be held in the Hotel Majestic Barriere, in the middle of all the film festival action. Totalprestige, a British-based company, plans to create “an array of glittering runway shows and glamorous events to be attended by international designers, journalists, industry insiders and fashion forward consumers.”
held on May 22, 2015. A press note from NIAPA said, “In this fashion festival we will be showcasing the rich traditional weaves and designs of our region. Blending hand woven and loom fabrics to create couture fashion clothing that would appeal to the richness of our culture. Through this, we plan to not only create awareness but also promote a viable market for high fashion clothing designed by using traditional fabrics.” “Our participation at the Cannes Fashion Festival right across the world famous red carpet event at the Cannes Film Festival definitely sounds like the (Courtesy: www.mode. Academy of Perform- pation at the upcoming will be showcasing its offi- ideal platform to achieve com by Glam Stories) ing Arts (NIAPA) is proud Cannes Fashion Festival, cial clothing brand MOI’s our objective,” added the The Northeast India to announce its partici- Cannes, France. NIAPA collection, scheduled to be note from NIAPA.
NArgIS FAKHrI in Hollywood film ‘Spy’
merican actress and model who works mainly in Bollywood films debuted for the cameo role in Paul Feig’s Direction and production venture Spy, 2015 film. Spy is the action comedy film which is also written by Paul Feig. Nargis got golden opportunity to work with Fast Furious Star Jason Statham. Melissa McCarthy, Rose Byrne are the lead actors in the movie spy. Nargis Fakhri assigned the small role in the film. Nargis got Chance to work in Chernin Entertainment and Feigco Entertainment production Hollywood big budget film. Reportedly Nargis Fakhri plays the special agent in the film for which she has done full fledged action sequence with her natural body. First look poster of actress Nargis Fakhri revealed the Actress in action look with short top and with Gun on Hand. Spy movie Trailer released and received the positive comments on action comedy film. Movie scheduled to release on 5th June. Famous face Nargis also screened in the famous Bollywood films Rockstar, Madras Cafe. She give her special appearance in many films of Bollywood.
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he 22-year-old singer is set to have an operation on his vocal cords this week, and his mum has jetted over to the US to support him during his recovery. The charttopping star revealed he had suffered a haemorrhage on his vocal cords last month, and had been forced to cancel several Australian tour dates and banned from speaking as a result. He wrote on Instagram: ''Just to let all my beautiful fans know, I'm ok. I am insanely relaxed and am somewhere in the middle of Australia with no phone, no laptop and I haven't
"They were careful not to go on the red carpet together, but while they arrived and left separately, they were officially one another's date," the source added. The duo were introduced by mutual friend Leonardo DiCaprio shortly after Cooper split from British model Suki Waterhouse. "Bradley was very taken with Irina when he first saw her at the Oscars in February. He and Suki were on the rocks and, once they'd split, Leonardo introduced him to Irina," the source said.
spoken a word in three days. Trying my absolute best to be back on my feet and singing for next week.'' However, the 'Lay Me Down' hitmaker was later informed he needed surgery in the US to repair the damage, meaning he has had to pull out of his planned performances for the next two months. And while the fourtime Grammy winner knows the operation is vital for him to continue singing, he confessed it is going to be tough being away from his fans for such a long period of time while his voice recovers.
to launch the first look of 'Jazbaa' at the Cannes Film Festival
ishwarya Rai Bachchan will unveil the first look of her comeback film, 'Jazbaa', at the Cannes Film Festival at a closed door United Nations panel discussion on May 16, followed by a media event on May 19.
Besides Aishwarya, the elite panel includes Oscar nominated actress Salma Hayek, Adele Exarchopoulos, the Palm d'Or winning star of 'Blue is the Warmest Color' and producers of the upcoming film 'Carol', Christine Vachone and
Taylor Swift to debut 'Bad Blood' video with superheroes
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aylor Swift is all set to debut the video of her single ‘Bad Blood’ from her latest album ‘1989’ featuring multiple big shots with superhero names. The 'Blank Space' singer, who is currently promoting her coming up video on Instagram, initially released a poster of the single with her stern-faced headshot, but then soon announced that many celebrities will be joining her as other superheroes like Cut-Throat and the Crimson Curse, the Verge reported. The 25-year-old singer will be joined by Zendaya, Ellie Goulding, Hayley Williams, Lena Dunham, and Kendrick Lamar looking like some strange amalgamation of Sweeney Todd and Rambo. Swift's upcoming video that will be released on May 17, will include weaponry, slick outfits, death, violence, a smokeyvoiced narrator and many more.
Britney Spears, Iggy Azalea's 'Pretty Girls' music video leaks
BrAdLEy COOpEr AISHwAryA 'smitten' with Irina Shayk rAI A BACHCHAN ctor Bradley Cooper is "smitten" with Irina Shayk and is getting serious with the model. The "Silver Linings Playbook" actor has been spotted several times with the model in recent weeks and though they haven't officially confirmed they are a couple, they're getting serious in private. "Bradley's smitten and has been for a few weeks. He adores Irina and was raving about her to friends Sienna Miller and Madonna at the Met Gala," Grazia magazine quoted a source as saying, reports femalefirst.co.uk.
Elizabeth Kushel. The group will talk about gender equality and the role of women in media The film's trailer will be showcased at the event in the presence of producer, Essel Vision business head Akash Chawla, and writer,
co-producer-director Sanjay Gupta. When contacted, Akash told TOI, "Most films define the man as the only hero but in this case all three actors, Aishwarya, Shabana Azmi and Irrfan Khan, have equally significant roles in taking the story forward. And since the trio have a prominent international presence, an event at Cannes, which is the most prestigious film fest, was a welcome opportunity to get the international media together under one roof." The film opens on October 9 and Akash points out that Zee Entertainment, which has a strong US presence, is planning a widespread US and global release. "The Cannes market is a great place to connect with international distributors," he asserts. Aishwarya will be returning to the big screen five years after Sanjay Leela Bhansali's 'Guzaarish' with the courtroom drama in which she plays a successful lawyer who has a week to win the most important case of her life.
nother preview from the music video of Britney Spears and Iggy Azalea's "Pretty Girls" has surfaced online. Following several clips and pictures showing the two singing and dancing in '80s outfits, the latest leak offers glimpses at the pop diva partying with her girls while her raptress collaborator walks out a pool dressing like an alien, reported Ace Showbiz. After being teased for months, "Pretty Girls" was finally released last week. Its music video, inspired by 1988 sci-fi comedy "Earth Girls Are Easy", was shot last month in Los Angeles, but there's still no word on when it will finally arrive in full. Spears and Azalea are reuniting this weekend to deliver the first live TV performance of their collaboration at the 2015 Billboard Music Awards.
Sylvester Stallone to exhibit paintings
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ollywood action star Sylvester Stallone will exhibit his art work in Nice, France, from this weekend. The 68-year-old actor will showcase some of the artwork he has created over the last 50 years at Mus?e d'Art Moderne et d'Art Contemporaine in Nice, and will personally be at the event's opening on Saturday, May 16, reported Female First. Following the opening, VIPs will gather at the Place Massena with the mayor of the city for a celebratory dinner. Many of the "Expendables" star's paintings are inspired by his movie roles, or feature references to the likes of Michael Jackson, James Dean and his ex-wife Brigitte Nielsen.
Fifth Harmony front new Animal rights Campaign
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op Stars Fifth Harmony are urging fans to do more to protect animals as part of a new Peta Campaign. Simon Cowell's girl group has teamed up with officials at peta2, the youth division of the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, to front the new 'Be an Angel for Animals' advertisements, encouraging devotees to make small changes in their lives to ensure they don't contribute to animal cruelty. Singer Lauren Jauregui says, "You don't need wings or a halo to be an 'angel' for animals." Her bandmate Camila Cabello con-
tinues, "Always adopt - never buy animals from pet stores or breeders. And always spay or neuter", while Normani Kordei adds, "Never leave cats or dogs unattended outside." Meanwhile, Ally Brooke urges everyone to, "Say no to circuses that exploit and abuse animals", and Dinah Jane Hansen encourages, "Keep cruelty out of your closet. Don't buy clothing with real fur or fur trim." The Sledgehammer hitmakers are the latest stars to join forces with peta2 - Pink, Cody Simpson and Jhene Aiko have also previously fronted campaigns for the cause.
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Mumbai Indians vs Kolkata Knight Riders
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Harden's triple double keeps Barcelona Rockets alive, beat Clippers
reaches CL final despite loss at Bayern
Los Angeles Clippers' Blake Griffin (32) scores past Houston Rockets' Dwight Howard (12) and Trevor Ariza (1) during the second half in Game 5 of the NBA basketball Western Conference semifinals Tuesday, May 12, in Houston. (AP Photo)
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HOUSTON, May 13 (aP): Houston's James Harden shook off illness to record a triple double and lead the Rockets to 124-103 win against the Los Angeles Clippers on Tuesday that kept the series alive and trimmed the deficit to 3-2. Harden lived up to his superstar billing, as did LeBron James, who led Cleveland to a 106-101 win against Chicago which put the Cavaliers up 3-2 and within one win of advancing in the playoffs. Harden had 26 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists and Dwight Howard added 20 points and 15 rebounds as the Rockets bounced back from two lopsided losses. "I'm all right," Harden said when asked about his health. "We won, so that's all that matters." The Rockets hadn't lost three straight all season, and with their season on the line they ended their skid to send it back to Los Angeles for Game 6 on Thursday. Houston us e d a 36-point second quarter to take a commanding lead and withstood a third-quarter surge by Los Angeles to lead by 14 entering the fourth. Blake Griffin had 30 points and 16 rebounds, and Chris Paul added 22 points and 10 assists for the Clippers. "They were more focused," Clippers coach Doc Rivers said. "They played like they were the desper-
ate team and we didn't play very desperate." Harden's triple-double was Houston's first in the postseason since Steve Francis in 2004, and earned the respect of his teammates. "This is win or go home and I'm pretty sure he wants this as bad as we all do and he showed that tonight," Howard said. Trevor Ariza added 22 points for Houston and Corey Brewer had 15. McHale toyed with the starting lineup after losses by 25 and 33 points, inserting Josh Smith in place of Terrence Jones. Smith finished with nine points and seven rebounds, while Jones provided a spark off the bench with 12 points. "I just wanted to shake things up a bit and ... see if we could get more ball movement," McHale said. In Cleveland, James scored 38 points and Kyrie Irving added 25 as the Cavaliers held off Chicago's charge in the fourth quarter. Showing no ill effects from a sprained left ankle, James added 12 rebounds, six assists and didn't have a turnover in 41 minutes to ensure the Cavs will again play at home this season. "LeBron was just outstanding, every element of the game," Cavs coach David Blatt said. "You can't pick a thing he didn't do at the highest level." Cleveland can wrap up
Andy Murray wins opener in Rome ROME, May 13 (aP): Andy Murray improved his record on clay this year to 10-0 with a 6-4, 6-3 win over 38th-ranked Jeremy Chardy on Wednesday at the Italian Open. The third-seeded Murray had considered withdrawing at the Foro Italico because of fatigue after his perfect start to the claycourt season, but his game showed no signs of wear. Murray committed only 10 unforced errors to Chardy's 26. In the past two weeks, Murray won his first clay title at the Munich Open, and then beat Rafael Nadal in Sunday's Madrid Open final for his first Masters trophy on the surface. Murray has never been past the semifinals in Rome and is looking to peak at the French Open, which starts in less than two weeks. Also, 16thseeded John Isner served 11 aces in a 7-6 (6), 6-4 win over Leonardo Mayer of Argentina; and Guillermo Garcia-Lopez of Spain beat Ukrainian qualifier Alexandr Dolgopolov 6-4, 6-3. Seven-time Rome champion Nadal was playing Turkish qualifier Marsel Ilhan, while Roger Federer was to play Pablo Cuevas of Uruguay. In women's play, secondseeded Simona Halep breezed past Alison Riske of the United States 6-3, 6-0.
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ROME, May 13 (IaNS): Indo-Swiss tennis combine of Sania Mirza and Martina Hingis notched a straight sets win over the Romanian pair of Irina-Camelia Begu and Monica Niculescu to enter the Rome Masters women's doubles quarterfinals here. The top seeds took just one hour and three minutes to win the second round match 6-4, 6-1 on the clay courts of Foro Italico late on Tuesday. World No.1 Sania and Martina were broken four times in the match but won seven break points to their advantage. They totally dominated their Romanian opponents by winning 58 of the 94 points played.
the best-of-seven series with a win in Game 6 on Thursday back at United Center in Chicago, where the teams exchanged buzzer-beating victories last weekend. The drama wasn't quite as high in Game 5, but it was close and it was intense. Jimmy Butler scored 29 and Mike Dunleavy 19 for Chicago. Derrick Rose scored 16, 12 in the first quarter, but the star guard shot just 2 of 15 in the final three quarters and aggravated a shoulder "stinger" he sustained in Game 1. Fueled by an altercation that led to the ejection of Chicago's Taj Gibson, the Cavs led by 17 with 6:09 left and then had to hold off a furious comeback by the Bulls, who got within 10199 on Butler's 3-pointer with 1:18 left. Cleveland, though, got a huge offensive rebound by Iman Shumpert before Irving, playing on a sprained right foot and sore left knee, made four free throws in the final 17 seconds. The Bulls were missing big man Pau Gasol, who sat out his second straight game with a strained left hamstring and didn't sound confident before Game 5 that he'd be ready by Thursday. They also played the final 10:25 without Gibson, ejected for kicking Cavs guard Matthew Dellavedova.
MUNICH, May 13 (aP): Neymar scored two goals and Barcelona did enough to advance to the Champions League final despite losing the second leg of its semifinal 3-2 to Bayern Munich on Tuesday. Neymar's first-half goals made sure Barcelona went through 5-3 on aggregate following its 3-0 victory in the home leg last week. Bayern managed a face-saving victory but has stumbled in the Champions League semifinals in both seasons under Pep Guardiola, the former, highly successful coach of Barcelona. "We brought a good result to Munich but Bayern took the lead. That was not easy, but we reacted well," Barcelona coach Luis Enrique said. "We leveled and we created chances. The team was good and had the lead at halftime. The second half was physical, Bayern players fought and wanted to turn the game." Barcelona, a four-time winner of the title, with two of them coming under Guardiola, reached its eighth Champions League final. "It's a wonderful goal we reached," Luis Enrique said. He and Guardiola embraced after the match. Bayern needed to score while keeping Barcelona's high-powered attack in check. Bayern scored early through Medhi Benatia to gain some hope, but Neymar replied quickly and Barcelona booked a place in the June 6 final in Berlin despite second-half goals by Robert Lewandowski and Thomas Mueller for the home side. Barcelona will play either Juventus or Real Madrid. Juventus leads 2-1 going into the Madrid leg of the semifinal on Wednesday. The two matches against his former team were a bitter experience for Guardiola, whose Bayern side was also eliminated in last season's Champions League semifinals by eventual winner Real Madrid. Over four semifinal legs in his first two seasons in charge of Bayern, Guardiola's record is of three losses and only one win — the meaningless one on Tuesday. Bayern secured its sec-
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Barcelona's Lionel Messi, center, is tackled by Bayern's Bastian Schweinsteiger, left, and Xabi Alonso during the soccer Champions League second leg semifinal match between Bayern Munich and FC Barcelona at Allianz Arena in Munich, southern Germany, Tuesday, May 12. (AP Photo)
ond Bundesliga championship under Guardiola last month but lost in the semifinals of the German Cup and will end the season with only one trophy, while it sought to repeat the treble it completed in 2013 under previous coach Jupp Heynckes. "I am very proud of my players," Guardiola said. "And also big compliments to Barcelona, I hope they win the fifth title." "We did everything we could. It's a pity. I hope we can play better next season" — Guardiola's last on his current contract. Guardiola pointed out the many injuries Bayern has had to deal the entire season — wingers Franck Ribery and Arjen Robben were both unavailable on Tuesday — and said he would now "celebrate the Bundesliga title." Bayern, a five-time title winner, got off to the start
it wanted, scoring seven minutes into the match when defender Benatia rose to head in Xabi Alonso's corner. But Barcelona's reply came in the 15th, when Lionel Messi slid a through pass to Luis Suarez, who squared the ball to the unmarked Neymar, who had a simple job of tapping home. The tie was decided in the 29th, with Neymar's second goal. Messi won a header, got the ball to Suarez and he found Neymar at the far post. Neymar controlled the ball with his chest and drilled it past goalkeeper Manuel Neuer. Messi, Suarez and Neymar have combined for 114 goals this season. "They have a lot of qualities. We don't need to talk about the trio's qualities, they understand each other very well. It is diffi-
cult to control them. They used their chances," Luis Enrique said. Speaking of Messi, Guardiola said: "He is back there where I had the privilege to train him. He is the best player of all time, I compare him with Pele. I am so happy to see this football." Neymar's clinical finishing and some good saves by its German goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen left Bayern needing to score five in the second half. Ter Stegen protected Barcelona's lead late in the first half when he stopped Lewandowski's effort despite being caught on the wrong foot. With the ball trickling toward the net, he lunged backward to push it away from the line. The keeper also did well to smother a shot from Lewandowski and had to stretch to full length to tip
over a looping header from Mueller. Lewandowski leveled in the 59th with a shot from just inside the penalty area after shaking off the tight marking of Javier Mascherano. Mueller secured the hollow victory in the 74th, driving home from just outside the box. Bastian Schweinsteiger provided the pass and Mueller curled the ball into the bottom right corner. Barcelona could have earned a draw in stoppage time. But Neymar's squared pass to Messi was slightly off target and the Argentine could not quite connect in time. Messi had a relatively quiet night after scoring twice in the first leg. "We forced them to take risks and we know what qualities our players have. I am very satisfied with our performance," Luis Enrique said.
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Game with KKR is like final for us, says MI coach Ponting
MUMBaI, May 13 (PTI): Emphasizing on the importance of Thursday's IPL match against Kolkata Knight Riders, Mumbai Indians coach Ricky Ponting termed the clash against the defending champions as a "virtual final" for his team. "Tomorrow's game is almost like a final. Tomorrow's game becomes the most important game for us in the tournament. That's the way we will approach the match," said Ponting on the eve of MI's crucial game against the title holders. While the Knight Riders are just one win away from entering the playoff stage of the tournament, MI need to win Thursday's match to boost their chances of advancing. Although the Mumbai outfit might still make the playoffs even after losing, provided the other results pan out in its favour, Ponting stressed on the importance of giving 100 per cent against KKR. "It's no good looking at the mathematics, no good looking at what other teams are doing. We have no control over that. We obviously have control over our performance and that's what we are focusing on. We are training and preparing today and make sure we are ready to play our best game of the tournament tomorrow," said the
former Australian captain. Ponting has advised his bowling unit to forget the thrashing it got from the Royal Challengers Bangalore, and in particular from AB de Villiers, in their previous game that MI lost tamely. "I made it clear to the guys at the end of that game that we need to move on and leave that result behind. AB's innings (of 133 not out in 59 balls) was perhaps one of the best I have seen in this format of the game," he said. "What I was really pleased with was the way we fought with the bat the other night. We scored almost 200 ourselves. That will have to be the positive from that game for us. If you look at the stats of day games at this venue, 165 is the par score, so both teams had played exceptional cricket. "Unfortunately RCB was too good for us that day, thanks to a couple of very good innings from de Villiers and (Virat) Kohli," Ponting added. The coach said that his team needed to move on in order to take on the fresh challenge. "We have moved on from that. We had our bowlers' meeting today and we reinforced to all the bowlers how important it is for them to move on from that last game, forget about that performance and get well prepared to the big challenge coming from
KKR," said Ponting. Recollecting last year's lastgasp entry of MI into the playoffs, Ponting said: "We have got a team which, if it plays somewhere close to its capabilities, is one of the better teams in this tournament. We have shown that with some of our better performances that we can beat anybody on our day. That's the way we have to turn up and play tomorrow. "The team lost five games last year, they had their backs to the wall but were able to turn things around and sneak through with an amazing game (against Rajasthan Royals) in the last match in the qualifiers. I hope that's the case, I hope the guys like the pressure and thrive on the pressure." While he agreed that his team held a better head-to-head record (105) against KKR, Ponting insisted the past be best forgotten. "I am not a huge believer about things which have happened in the past. I mentioned that to the guys in the first game of the tournament in Kolkata that we have a very good record against KKR in Kolkata. But from game to game things can change pretty quickly. The momentum some teams have got now is totally different from others. What happened in the past, we forget."
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