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4 college student’s unions support ENCSU demand DIMAPUR, MAY 18 (MExN): The Wangkhao Government College Students, Yingli College Students’ Union, Sao Chang College Students’ Union and Zisaji Presidency College Students’ Union today expressed support to the demand made by the Eastern Nagaland College Students’ Union (ENCSU) on grievances faced by the students of the 4 colleges from Eastern Nagaland. A joint statement from the 4 student unions said they would stand with the ENCSU until “justice is done by the government and the Higher Education Department.” They informed that students from the colleges of Eastern Nagaland have been facing untold problems due to the insincerity of the government and the department. “When the students from other districts are enjoying all the facilities, we are deprived from enjoying even the basic necessity. We feel that it is time for the government and the department to ponder upon the problem faces by the Eastern students and deliver the justice. We are studying in our areas despite of all this problems and grievances not because we want to but it is a compulsion due to our financial constraints,” the unions stated. Not even a single day of our college days pass without the problem, they lamented, pointing out concerns from teaching faculty and library facilities to transportation and infrastructure. “But shockingly, the government and the department want the enrollment of the colleges to increase tremendously when our institutions are in such deplorable condition. Had the government and the department treated us equally to the rest of our brothers and sisters from other districts, today there won’t be problem in registration of students in the college,” the unions stated.
A local farmer from Aliba village is seen here selling his cucumbers and other farm produce from his pickup truck at Salangtem New Market, Mokokchung. Aliba village, located about 20 kilometers from Mokokchung town along the Mokokchung-Mariani road is known for mass production of cucumbers. (Morung Photo)
NH appeals GoI to view Naga issue from social, economic perspective
DIMAPUR , MAY 18 (MExN): The Naga Hoho (NH) today asked the Government of India to look at the present situation in Nagaland from a social and political perspective. A press note from the Naga Hoho said this while referring to the recent actions of the National Investigating Agency (NIA) in Nagaland, wherein it had arrested state government officials for “providing financial aid to different Naga political groups/ national workers...” The Naga Hoho while acknowledging that the arrests “may be the exercise of fulfilling constitutional provision
and the law of the land,” however, urged the different Indian agencies to “look into the problems from social and political perspective.” “We strongly feel that be it government employees or businessman is providing the assistance willingly or unwillingly but under compulsion and therefore the arrested government officials should not be treated as law breakers. In this regard, we strongly appeal to the NIA to ponder with all seriousness and avoid misdemeanors while dealing with such issues,” it asked. The Naga Hoho also ex-
pressed concern at the reported arrest of the “wife and relatives” of Niki Sumi of NSCN (K), in Manipur recently by the Assam Rifles. “Arresting of innocent Naga people by armed forces and putting under various sections of infamous laws is unacceptable basing on the fact that such inhuman act has been meted out to the kith and kin of Naga national workers even in the past...” it stated. It also urged the authorities to “discontinue with the trial of those arrested persons and look beyond the horizon by realizing the plight and rights of the people.”
‘A Common Platform for all’
Coup system, election camp, vote trading prohibited in 33 AC Suruhuto-Asuto Area
DIMAPUR, MAY 18 (MExN): All the intending candidates in 33 AC SuruhutoAsuto Area will be given a common platform to express themselves in a public meeting from forthcoming elections. With the objective of letting people chose the leaders on the basis of ‘efficiency and capabilities,’ each candidate will be given free and sufficient time to express themselves in such public meetings. “This will be the final judgment for the fate of the candidate before casting vote,” a statement from the ‘Apex Body/Committee unfair election’ of 33 AC SuruhutoAsuto Area informed. The resolution, among others, was passed during the Committee’s tour of all 29 villages under 33Assembly Constituency Suruhuto-Asuto from May 8-12. “The Committee unfair election shall take over and exercise the entire process for holding common platform system in each village basing on their programmes and the meeting will be conduct by the Apex Body/Committee unfair election,” the statement said. It also resolved to strictly prohibit purchasing and selling vote and opening of election camp during state as well as parliamentary election. Usages of alcohol and drugs as well as coup system in particulars village violating the concept of free and fair election will also be strictly penalised under ‘as per pro-
vision of election commission’, it added. The Committee comprised of all the apex organisations in the area including Kukami Hobo (GB); Sulimi Totirni Loka (STL); Students’ Union; Village Council Chairmen; VDB Associations; Suruhuto Area Public Organization; and Church Leaders Fellowship (CLF). Besides, it also includes village level sub-committee from each village such as VC Chairman; GBs; Village Students Union; Member STL; Church Leaders and Deacons and VDB Secretary. The resolutions are aimed at conducting free and fair election in the forth coming Assembly election through the system of common platform, the statement said. “The main Aims and objective of the campaign is to fulfill Election Commission rules and to follow up the principle rule of law in the forth coming 2018 Assembly Election so that people can justly and elect the good leader who posses honest intelligent and capable to fulfill the aspiration and desires of the people by bringing all around development,” it added. Consequently, no candidate will be allowed to open election camp and the opening of individual or political party camp is strictly ban as per committee resolution. “The committee abolished coup system in particulars village violation village shall take necessary action as per provision of election commission,” it added. Purchasing and selling vote is strictly prohibited as per the constitutional and law of election commission, the statement further informed.
PACSU bemoans lack of teachers in GHSS Pungro
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DIMAPUR, MAY 18 (MExN): The Pungro Area College Students’ Union (PACSU), the frontal student organization of Pungro sub-division, has taken serious note over the deteriorating educational system at Government Higher Secondary School, Pungro. It stated that the government educational institution in question has been confounded by shortage of teaching faculty and the dilapidated infrastructure. The PACSU during an inspection had discovered that the school was running with no teacher for Political Science and So-
ciology while for English, History and Education; there was only one teacher each to run the show. The school has been functioning without a Political Science teacher since the up-gradation to higher secondary and the students were compelled to bear the brunt. Left with no choice, a local arrangement was made by NGOs to employ a teacher to teach Political Science till last year, the students’ union informed. A representation to the Director of School Education was also submitted by the union stating the afore-
mentioned grievances. However, the department has paid no heed to the appeal so far, the union alleged. Adding to the woes, the department concerned recently transferred out a lone sociology teacher without any alternate arrangement, it added. The students’ union also pointed out that the pass percentage of HSLC under Pungro Centre has improved in leaps and bound. As per the HSLC result 2017, the number of matric passed students under Pungro centre is 152. When the growth of the matric students in Pungro
is exponential; the depression of teachers in GHSS Pungro is a vivid disparity,” the students’ union lamented. In the light of above mentioned facts and circumstances, the union has demanded immediate deployment of at least two (2) subject teachers against each subject as it is in other parts of Nagaland. Failing to comply with the demand, the “department shall bear any untoward eventuality which may occur due to the outburst of students’ prolonged outcry,” the students’ union has warned.
The Naga Peoples’ Front (NPF) on Thursday attempted to brush aside the suggested “threat” posed by the newly formed political party- Democratic Progressive Party (DPP)—which has the presence of stalwart politicians and some prominent new faces, and said it was “hardly bothered and it barely threatens the NPF.” “The NPF is less bothered by the formation of the new party; in fact, it has strengthened and consolidated the party because it has ‘filtered’ the party in its functioning, party system and even for the upcoming elections, Achumbemo Kikon, spokesperson for the NPF told media persons during a press conference held at Hotel Japfu in Kohima. Citing the example of the AGP (Progressive) Party in Assam formed by a former Chief Minister which had lost in the previous elections, Kikon considered the newly formed party a coincidence in naming its party ‘Progressive,’ and said no aspiring candidate (s) would vie for this party’s ticket because “these are the bad omens that people have experienced using the term progressive.” NPF Vice President, Zaku Tsiikrii said the people who organized the new party are “mostly desperadoes who have been trying to contest the election but could not get ticket.” He
also claimed that majority of the members of DPP are not from NPF, and only two or three persons from NPF has joined the party. Also clarifying on the repeated statements from the Nagaland Pradesh Congress Committee (NPCC) of NPF party being divided into NPF right and left, Kikon said there is “no such thing as NPF right or NPF left, there is only one NPF that is led by the President Dr Shurhozelie.” “This statement by the NPCC is just a figment of imagination. It’s totally false. They have no issue to raise against NPF party or the present government; therefore they want to misdirect the common people,” the NPF spokesperson said. On the prospect of BJP’s alliance the NPF in the next election, Kikon said the party is open to having alliances with like-minded parties. “We remain true to our alliances. We don’t backtrack to our commitment.” Scheduling of by-election depends on the Cabinet The NPF is also yet to decide on the dates for the by-election of Nagaland Chief Minister Dr Shurhozelie Liezietsu. “We will go in accordance with the election norms. We will take the right decision at the right time. We are considering which way is the best,” Kikon said without going into details. With the duration of the pres-
ent NLA coming to end on March 13, 2018, the question of rescheduling the general election to an earlier date, according to Kikon, would depend on the situation in the country since some States have Assembly elections coming up by December end of 2017. “Normally the Election Commission prefers to have election with as much States as they can organize so if options are given, we will see which way we should opt for. That option should be given to us. They can’t just impose on us,” the NPF spokesperson maintained. He also mentioned that the Cabinet has not yet deliberated on the issue, adding the decision would depend on the Cabinet, who has the prerogative to recommend for early election. NPF office issue Fresh controversies had recently emerged over the proposal of the NPF office to be shifted to the Capital Convention Centre. Kikon attempted to clarify that the proposal was submitted with the idea that the Center, if shifted to the current NPF office near Hotel Japfu would be more lucrative since the location is better for commercial and business purposes. “They will gain more benefits if shifted here,” claimed Kikon adding that the “present building of NPF is as good as the Capital convention Center building.” The government, however, is yet to decide, he said.
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CHILDLINE Dimapur joins hand Naga students to join Japan-Asia with beauty queen for child rights youth exchange programme Our Correspondent Kohima | May 18
CHILDLINE Dimapur along with Femina Miss India Nagaland 2017, Kaheli Chophy at Govt. High School Nito.
DIMAPUR, MAY 18 (MExN): With the objective of sensitizing students on education and child rights, CHILDLINE Dimapur in collaboration with Femina Miss India Nagaland, Kaheli Chophy, conducted a awareness programme at Vitoyi Memorial School and Government High School Nito, under Nuiland sub division of Dimapur District on May 18. The students and teachers in both the schools were briefed about CHILDLINE 1098, a toll free 24x7 helpline outreach service for children in need of care and protection and its activities, by CHILDLINE counselor Aligha V Yeptho, a press note informed. As a part of her Femina Miss India 2017 project “beauty with a purpose,” Kaheli Chophy, spoke on the importance of education and interacted with the students
ECI to launch special enrollment drive To target youngsters in 18-19 years age group kohIMA, MAY 18 (DIPR): The ECI has decided to launch a Special Drive in all the States from July 1, 2017 to July 31, 2017 for maximization of enrolment of eligible young electors, particularly in 18-19 years age group and has directed to launch a comprehensive SVEEP campaign for enrolment with special focus on first time electors of above age group. Special focus should be given to Para B (g) under Youth Enrolment (inclusive of newly eligible), wherein, the ECI has stated that the second phase of ‘Interactive School Engagement’ is to be integrated with this special drive. The 1st phase of Interactive School Engagement was done in January, 2017. The period for this exercise shall be carried out within a month, every year in two phases as given: 1st Phase - January, ahead of the National Voters’ Day: It is also instructed that colleges should mandatorily issue admission forms with Form 6 to students. Hence, respective DEOs shall tie up with all colleges (Govt, or recognized private) for the same. 2nd Phase - July, ahead of the Summary Revision: Regarding Special Campaign dates for Educational Institutes (colleges & schools/vocational training institutes like B.Ed colleges, training institutions and Polytechnic Colleges), two working days in July shall be appointed for all the DEOs of Nagaland after some days. A report on the number of schools covered district wise should be submitted to the Office of the CEO in prescribed format for onward submission to the ECI. The databank of the Questionnaires should be maintained on the DEO's website along with the answers for reference and record.
and teachers, it said. She also stressed on child sexual abuse and pointed out the four personal spaces of a person, it added. The Naga beauty queen taught the students the mechanism to create a safe and secure environment for themselves as well as differentiating between a ‘good and bad touch.’ She also urged the students to share with others, especially their siblings about the same. Pamphlets for further information on CHILDLINE as well as wall clocks and sweets were also distributed in both the schools. The headmasters of both the schools expressed their gratitude towards CHILDLINE Dimapur and Kaheli Chophy for their visit, the press note added.
Kohima, May 18: Four Naga science students are all set to touch Japanese soil as part of Japan-Asia youth exchange programme in science (Sakura exchange programme in science). This programme is an initiative of Japan Science & Technology Agency (JST) and organized by RMSA Nagaland. The four students are - Bemang M Chang, Monchon S. Khiamniungan ( both from Government Higher Secondary School, Tuensang), and Limainla Kichu, Sakurepba (both from Mayangnokcha Government Higher Secondary School Mokokchung). The team will be led by Medosalie, supervisor for Sakura Exchange Programme & PGT, RGHSS Kohima. Speaking at the orientation programme here this afternoon at DUDA Guest House, Neposo Theluo,
Four students pose for camera with Neposo Thuluo and others. (Morung Photo)
secretary, department of school education, Government of Nagaland said it is golden opportunity for students to experience the technology advanced country like Japan and complimented RMSA Nagaland for roping such package for Nagaland. He said that very few number of science students opt for research work while majority go for professional courses like doctor and engineers. Toward this end, Theluo
challenged the students to aim for becoming scientists and technologists and contribute to the society. “A time has come to go for specialization,” he maintained. Limawabang Aier, state mission director RMSA Nagaland said that those four students were selected purely on merit basis. They will gather scientific development in Japan during this exposure trip and on return submit the activities to the RMSA. Asano Sekhose, chair-
man Nagaland Board of School Education asked the students to get maximum benefit from this exposure trip and always show good behavior to others during their stay in Japan. Thekielie Keditsu, deputy mission director State Mission Authority, SSA Nagaland and Dr. Kevi Rio, joint mission director RMSA Nagaland also spoke at the orientation programme. Earlier, the function was chaired by Lhoukuo Chiisi, assistant mission
director, RMSA. It is pertinent to mention that Sakura Exchange Programme is an initiative of JST to enhance exchange between the youth of Japan and rest of Asia. These youth will play a crucial role in the future field of science and technology through close collaboration of industry-academiagovernment by facilitating short term visit of competent Asian youth to Japan. Under this science high school programme, the students will be provided an opportunity to see the most advanced scientific technology of Japan and meet outstanding scientists. They will leave for Delhi from Dimapur on May 19 and thereafter, will embark for Japan on May 21 along with other students and officials from other states under the guidance of Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD). The team will return to Delhi on May 27 and back to Dimapur on May 28.
MMC informs on waste disposal in Mkg PAC to undertake
MokokchUNg, MAY 18 (DIPR): ADC & Administrator, Mokokchung Municipal Council, Sachin Jaiswal IAS, has once again informed to all citizens in and around Mokokchung town that the old MMC dumping zone located at Tsukjongkong, near Ungma village is not using since January 2, 2017. Therefore throwing of all kinds of waste materials is Participants and trainers during an ongoing Community First Responder prohibited. The new MMC dump(CFR) training organised in various sub-divisions across Longleng district. The training is conducted by Nagaland State Disaster Management Authority ing zone is located at “Saand DDMA Longleng. bangkabamenchen” 7 Km
away from old Mokokchung-Tuensang road junction in Mokokchung village jurisdiction for MMC Dumpers and pickup trucks of the designated wards. Other than these, any one/party who wants to throw their garbage in the said dumping zone must take permission from MMC. Further, it is observed that some unidentified persons are throwing garbage on the road side before reaching the MMC
dumping spot. Anyone caught doing such illegal practice shall be penalized by the concerned authority. Moreover, no one is allowed to throw death animals in the main dumping zone and the dumping boxes located within town. Respective ward authorities have also been requested to maintain the standing order of prohibiting dumping of waste materials in open space, drainage and roadsides within their jurisdiction.
Nearly 100% enterprises 'micro' in Nagaland Morung Express News Dimapur | May 18
Nearly 99% of enterprises in the northeast are micro and in the case of Nagaland it could be more than 99%, a SIDBI official informed today. Deputy General Manager, SIDBI, Guwahati, Sanjeev Gupta said this while inaugurating the MEPP office as the chief guest here at Dimapur today. Sponsored by Small Industries Development Bank of India (SIDBI), Guwahati Regional Office, the Micro Enterprises Promotion Programme (MEPP) was launched at Alaphra Group Conference Hall, Dimapur. MEPP was a flagship programme of SIDBI for capacity building, Gupta said but informed that SIDBI do not directly fund entrepreneurs but works in collaboration with other credit linkage banks. The implementing agency for Dimapur has been given to Alaphra Group which has been given a target of grounding 200-250 units, he added.
Deputy General Manager, SIDBI, Guwahati, Sanjeev Gupta addressing the launching programme of MEPP in Dimapur on Thursday. (Morung Photo)
Gupta said any unit set up under MEPP should be in sync with the local resources available and expressed the hope that Alaphra Group would identify budding entrepreneurs and provide market linkage. He also urged entrepreneurs to take
advantage of the project sincerely and not for the sake of getting subsidy. It was pointed out that 99% of enterprises in the northeast were micro and that in the case of Nagaland it could be more than 99%. At the event, speeches were also given by State Coordinator, Indian Institute
of Entrepreneurship, Dimapur, Sani Pongen; Chief Manager, Lead Bank, RBO, SBI Dimapur, S. Besii Bosco; Deputy Director, incharge KVIC, Athuba Lusang; Deputy Director, MSME Dimapur, Tali Longchar and Managing Director, Alaphra Group, Ricky Ozukum.
DIMAPUR, MAY 18 (MExN): NLA Pubic Account Committee will carry out ‘On the Spot Verification” of various projects under Home (PEP) and 15th NAP (IR) Battalions in connection with examination of C&AG of India Report 2013-14. The Committee will be lead by PAC Chairman Nagaland Legislative Assembly, CM Chang along with Commissioner & Secretary and 13 other Officials and Staff, informed a press note from Commissioner & Secretary N Benjamin Newmai. The Committee will inspect Home (PEP) from 9-10 and 15th NAP (IR) Battalions on May 22 and 27, it said. It will also visit the 9th NAP (IR) Battalion Saijang Peren district and 15th NAPO (IR) Mahila Battalion Mpetsa, Dimapur on May 22. On 27 May, the PAC will visit 10th NAP (IR) Battalion Zhadima., Kohima. In this regard, the PAC has also directed all the concerned Department representatives to be present at the project sites with relevant information to assist the committee as per the programme. All the PAC members are also requested to participate in the verification exercise it added.
Every problem is an opportunity for entrepreneurs ‘Entrepreneurship boot camp’ held in Dimapur
DIMAPUR, MAY 18 (MExN): As entrepreneurs, everything is a business opportunity and not problems, attendees of an ‘Entrepreneurship boot camp’ were told here today at Anaki Hall, Dimapur. The boot camp was organised by ‘Nagaland Startups’ in collaboration with ‘YouthNet’ and Bangalorebased ‘Quest Alliance’ for startups and aspiring entrepreneurs. In the workshop, resource persons from the three firms gave advices and tips on entrepreneurship; their experiences; and problems and challenges faced by them doing business in Nagaland. Director, YouthNet, Lezo Putsure, started his presentation by asking the entrepreneurs to list the problems afflicting Nagaland and the notable answers included unemployment, taxation, irregular power supply, bad roads and transportation problems, bad sanitation, corruption/nepotism, idleness and lack of skills. The YouthNet director said for entrepreneurs, these problems should be viewed as opportunities as lots of business and entrepreneurial avenues can be opened through these problems. “As entrepreneurs, everything is a business opportunity and not problems,” Lezo said and cited examples of Naga entrepreneurs making the most out of the so-called problems. He said in Kiphire, two local en-
Director, YouthNet, Lezo Putsure, speaking at the ‘Entrepreneurship boot camp’ for startups and aspiring entrepreneurs here at Anaki Hall on Thursday.
trepreneurs are doing brisk business by supplying drinking water through private pipelines to residents of Kiphire town. The problem of the government poor water supply system has proved to be a boon for the two entrepreneurs, he said. Likewise, in Wokha town, Lezo said another local entrepreneur has converted the problem of constant power failures and blackouts in the town into an ideal business opportunity by selling inverters. In Kohima too, a group of entrepreneurs have successfully en-
trenched themselves in pork business after people complained of unfair practices and not getting meat of their choice in the usual butcher shops. These entrepreneurs charge some extra money but they provide clean and choice meat with accurate weight so that customers are switching to them for buying meat, he said. Lezo also said the business approach of Nagas and non-Nagas are quite opposite and said whereas the usual formula of non-Nagas is income-savings-expenses, the Naga approach is income-expenses-savings. This approach of the Nagas to spend first before savings has proved to be the downfall of many Naga businessmen and entrepreneurs, he reminded. He further advised the young entrepreneurs and startups to be thorough and know the “numbers” and figures of their respective businesses including investment, earnings and expenses if their business is to survive or make profit. Earlier, Heiko Kent of Nagaland Startups delivered the welcome note. Nagaland Startups, a firm run by three friends Heiko, Akato A Rochill and Atohoto Zhimo, is a community of entrepreneurs specialized in branding, logo design, connecting and collaborating with entrepreneurs and act as accelerators between entrepreneurs/ employers and funding agencies.
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Manipur tripartite talks to resume Friday
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The United Naga Council (UNC), the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) and the State Government of Manipur are all set to resume the ‘tripartite talks’ on the district creation issue on Friday, May 19, at Senapati town, some 70 km north of Imphal. According to sources, an 11-member UNC team will be led by its President Gaidon Kamei while Satyendra Garg, Joint Secretary, Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA), in charge of North East will lead the Government of India team. It is not clear who is going to lead the Manipur
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Mizoram Bru Displaced People’s Forum (MBDPF), an apex body of displaced Bru people staying in seven refugee camps in north Tripura district has recently appealed to the Supreme Court and accused two civil bodies of Mizoram----Young Mizo Association (YMA) and Mizo Zirlai Pawl (MZP)---of ill treating the Bru refugees. A statement issued by YMA said that it strongly took exception to the allegation leveled by the Bru body against the two civil bodies and was unhappy that they have been allegedly projected as a militant group torturing the refugees. According to the YMA statement, he MBDPF, in its petition to the Supreme Court against the government of Mizoram, Tripura and Election Commission of India over Bru repatriation
Imphal, may 18 (pTI): Twin blasts were reported from two districts, Chandel and Imphal West, in Manipur, police said today. However, no casualty was reported, they said. Unidentified miscreants triggered an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) at Moreh ground in the border town in Chandel district late last night, police said. Another grenade explosion was reported early this morning at the gate of the residence of one Wahengbam Shamu Singh at Singjamei Chingamakha in Imphal West district, police said adding that the reason behind the blast was yet to be ascertained. Investigations were on, police said.
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level”. The one month’s time was re-affirmed. had lapsed on April 19. The UNC publicity wing stated that yesterUNC reaffirms day’s meeting resolved to severance of political ties urge all “Naga people in Meanwhile, the ‘presi- the south” not to indulge dential council’ meeting of in activities or engage the UNC has re-affirmed in speeches or policies the July 1, 2010 Naga Peo- which may infringe or afple’s Convention (NPC) fect the declaration made declaration on “severance on July 1, 2010. “We urge of political ties" with the all the Naga organizaGovernment of Manipur. tions and individuals in According to the pub- the south to maintain the licity wing of the UNC, ‘severance of ties with the the ‘presidential council’ Manipur Government’ meeting which was held on declaration,” said the May 17 at Senapati town, UNC publicity wing. “At deliberated on issues “con- this crucial stage any kind fronting the Nagas in the of activities that may affect south.” At the end of the the Naga future should be day-long meeting the July avoided by the people,” 1, 2010, NPC declaration the UNC added.
has accused YMA and MZP of intimidating and maltreating the refugees. Meanwhile, the Supreme Court has asked both YMA and MZP to clarify on the allegation leveled by the MBDPF latest by May 8. However, the leaders of YMA and MZP could not appear before the Apex Court within a stipulated time as they received the letter lately, the YMA said. Accordingly, the Supreme Court gave eightweek additional time to the two civil bodies to make clarification. Leaders of YMA said that they had contacted an advocate to represent the two civil bodies and planned to make clarification within the given time. “We have decided to make clarification on the allegation and apprise the Apex Court of what truth is. The executive meeting of Central YMA on May 16 has agreed to pursue the matter with immediate effect,” the statement issued by YMA said, add-
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ade were recognised as non-adherence to the four Memorandums of Understanding (MoUs) and the Government of India’s assurance on the matter”. In that talk the Manipur government agreed to “start consultation with all stakeholders to redress the same”. Following this, the UNC lifted the four and a half months old economic blockade on the National Highways linking Manipur from the midnight of March 19. In the last tripartite talk on March 19 in Senapati, it was agreed that the “next round of tripartite talks will be resumed within a month’s time at political
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Government team. The talks will be held at the office of the Deputy Commissioner, Senapati from 10:30 am. Meanwhile, security measures have been enhanced in the district headquarters of Senapati since Thursday evening ahead of the ‘tripartite talks’. UNC president, Gaidon Kamei reiterated today that the position from their side is clear on the issue. He also asserted that “whatever may be the reason there is no question of compromising our stand and position”. In the March 19 tripartite talk the “grievances of UNC that led to the imposition of economic block-
The Mao Hoho Nagaland, the Mao Hoho Dimapur and the Mao Women Hoho Dimapur extend our heartiest congratulations to the Rank Holders of the HSSLC and HSLC examinations, 2017 under NBSE. 1. Mr. Eloziio M. Sapriina, 1st Top Position in the HSSLC in Arts and securing the highest marks in Political Science and Psychology. 2. Mr. Tokho Kadete, 7th Top Position in the HSSLC in Arts and securing the second highest mark in History. 3. Miss. Modoyini L Krichena, 19th Top Position in the HSLC. 4. Miss. Areni Arche, 19th Top Position in the HSCL. Further, the Hohos wish the other Mao successful candidates for their achievements and pray that the Almighty God continuously shower His blessings upon you all in your endeavours. REVISED TIMINGS OF TRAIN SERVICES
It has been decided to change the timings of 55909/55910 Simaluguri - Dibrugarh Town Passenger, 15928 New Tinsukia-Rangiya Intercity Express, 15665 Kamakhya-Dimapur BG Express and 75727 Guwahati-Haibargaon DEMU train with effect from 21-05-2017 as under.
A. 55909/55910 Simaluguri-Dibrugarh Town Passenger Train. 55909 Simaluguri-Dibrugarh Town Passenger Train
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Dated Kohima the 17th May 2017
RESCHEDULING OF ATMA WALK IN INTERVIEW
APOLOGY With remorse, I, Imlikaba Lkr sincerely apologise to all the persons whom I have misrepresented, mislead and even deceived by taking advantage of their kindness and goodwill. I particularly regret and apologise for taking money for my personal use in the name of organisations engaged in God’s work. I have realized that my deeds have caused great hardships and pain and I am unworthy of your forgiveness. However, I pray to all of you, if possible, to forgive me for my shameful deeds. Sincerely, Imlikaba Lkr
Regd. No: 1042/17
I, Mr.Viziengu Vupru, S/o Mr. Kiyangulie Vupru, resident of House No. 599, Lane- 05, ‘B’ Khel, Kuda Village, Dimapur, Nagaland do hereby solemnly affirm and state an oath as follows:1. That I am a bonafide citizen of India. 2. That my name was written and printed as Viziengu Vüprü Angami in my passport bearing No. B5292I85, and in all my academic records and certificates including my HSLC Admit Card instead of Viziengu Vupru. 3. That, in my Aadhaar Card bearing No. 4257 4277 2935, and in my PAN Card bearing AIVPV6706H, my name was written and recorded as Viziengu Vupru, S/o Mr. Kiyangulie Vupru. 4. That, this affidavit is sworn for the purpose of making correction and change my official name to Viziengu Vupru, son of Kiyangulie Vupru and not as Viziengu Vüprü Angami, son of Kiyangulie Vüprü Angami. 5. That I shall be known, called and identified as Mr. Viziengu Vupru, son of Kiyangulie Vupru for all official purpose and intents.
Solemnly sworn before me by the deponent on this 17th day of May, 2017
Notary Public, Nagaland
In continuation to this office letter No. AGR/EXT.REF/IDWG-CORR dated Kohima the 2nd May 2017, this is to inform to all concerned that the Walk in Interview for engagement of Assistant Technology Manager (ATM) under Extension Reforms Scheme, ATMA scheduled on 9th and 10th May 2017 has been rescheduled on 25th and 26th May 2017 against the Date & Time furnished below in the Directorate of Agriculture, Kohima, Nagaland. DAY – I 25/05/2017 (9:00 am onwards) The following Eligible Form Nos/ Roll Nos are as under: 001, 002, 003, 004, 005, 006, 007, 008, 009, 010, 011, 012, 014, 015, 016, 017, 018, 019, 021, 022, 023, 024, 025, 026, 027, 028, 029, 030, 031, 032, 034, 035, 036, 037, 038, 039, 040, 041, 042, 043, 044, 045, 046, 047, 048, 049, 050, 051, 052, 053, 054, 055, 057, 059, 060, 061, 062, 063, 064, 065, 066, 067, 068, 069, 070, 071, 072, 073, 074, 075, 076, 077, 078, 079, 080, 081, 082, 083, 084, 085, 086, 087, 088, 089, 091, 092, 095, 096, 097, 100, 101, 102, 103, 104, 107, 109, 110, 111, 112, 113, 116, 119, 120, 121, 122, 123, 125, 126, 127, 129, 132, 133, 134, 135, 136, 137, 138, 139, 140, 141, 143, 144, 145, 146, 147, 148, 149, 150, 151. DAY – II 26/05/2017 (9:00 am onwards) The following Eligible Form Nos/ Roll Nos are as under: 152, 153, 154, 155, 158, 159, 161, 162, 164, 165, 166, 167, 168, 169, 170, 171, 172, 173, 174, 175, 176, 177, 178, 179, 180, 181, 182, 183, 184, 185, 186, 187, 188, 189, 190, 191, 192, 193, 194, 195, 197, 198, 200, 201, 202, 203, 204, 206, 207, 208, 209, 210, 211, 212, 213, 214, 215, 216, 217, 219, 220, 221, 222, 223, 224, 225, 226, 227, 229, 230, 231, 232, 233, 234, 235, 236, 237, 238, 239, 240, 241, 242, 243, 244, 245, 246, 247, 248, 249, 251, 252, 253, 254, 255, 256, 257, 258, 259, 260, 261, 262, 263, 264, 265, 266, 267, 268, 269, 270, 271, 272, 273, 274, 275, 276, 277, 278, 279, 280, 281, 282, 283, 284, 287, 288, 289, 290, 291, 292. NOTE: The candidates are informed to bring the original copy of all relevant documents during Interview, without which the Candidate(s) will not be allowed to appear the Interview. (HELIE RUPREO) Director of Agriculture & SNO (ATMA) Nagaland: Kohima.
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GM to stop selling vehicles in India, focus on exports New Delhi, May 18 (Pti): American auto major General Motors today decided to stop selling its vehicles in India as there was no turnaround in its fortunes here after struggling for over two decades to make a mark. The company will now focus on exporting vehicles from its manufacturing plant at Talegoaon in Maharashtra after it stopped production at its first plant at Halol in Gujarat last month. The decision follows a comprehensive review of future product plans for GM India and is part of a series of actions taken by General Motors to address the performance of its operations worldwide, the company said in a statement. It has also exited from four other international markets, including Russia and Europe. GM Executive Vice President and President of GM Inter-
Eyeing bigger market share, Geely’s Volvo Cars to start assembly operations in India this year StOCKhOlM, May 18 (ReuteRS): Geely-owned automaker Volvo Cars said on Thursday it would start vehicle assembly operations in India this year aiming to grab a bigger share of the country’s fast-growing premium car segment. Bought by China’s Zhejiang Geely Holding Group from Ford Motor Co. in 2010, Volvo has invested in new models and plants to secure a niche in the premium auto market dominated by Daimler’s Mercedes-Benz and BMW. Volvo Cars said it will be working together with Volvo Group in India, using the truck maker’s infrastructure and production licences, but disnational Stefan Jacoby said that after exploring many options the company determined that the increased investment originally planned for India would not deliver the returns of other significant global opportunities. “It would also not help us
closed no financial details. “Starting vehicle assembly in India is an important step for Volvo Cars as we aim to grow our sales in this fast-growing market and double our market share in the premium segment in coming years,” Volvo Cars Chief Executive Hakan Samuelsson said in a statement. The company’s main car production plants are currently located in Sweden, Belgium and China. Volvo Cars has a premium segment share of roughly 5 percent, and aims to double it by 2020. Volvo’s sales in India rose 24 percent in 2016 to over 1,400 cars
achieve a leadership position or compelling, long-term profitability in the domestic market,” he added. GM sales in India were down nearly 21 per cent in 2016-17 to 25,823 units. Its production however grew about
16 per cent to 83,368 units most of which were exported. In 2015, GM had announced plans to invest USD 1 billion to enhance manufacturing operations and roll out 10 locally produced models in India while deciding to stop
production at its first plant at Halol in Gujarat. However, struggling to make a turnaround in India, the company put on hold the plan and undertook a full review of its future product portfolio here. The company informed employees of General Motors India about the decision. It, however, did not disclose how many of the would be affected by the development. Sources, however, said the decision would affect a minimum of 200 employees. GM India President and Managing Director Kaher Kazem said going forward focus for the company’s manufacturing base at Talegaon would be “export markets, upcoming export vehicle launches and exploring longer-term strategic options”. GM sells Chevrolet brand of vehicles in India.
World’s rich confident they can I-T Dept publishes names of Delhi scale wall of global risk – survey defaulters owing over Rs 10 cr in taxes lONDON, May 18 (ReuteRS): The global economic, financial and political landscape has never been shakier, but the world’s rich are confident they can steer through the fog of uncertainty in the coming year “without so much as a dent in their finances”, a survey showed on Wednesday. The findings of UBS Wealth Management’s survey of more than 2,800 millionaires in seven countries show a high degree of worry about the global financial system on the one hand, and supreme self-confidence and optimism on the other. Some 82% of those surveyed said this is the most unpredictable period in history. More than a quarter are reviewing their investments and almost half said they intend to but haven’t yet done so. But more than three quarters (77%) believe they can “accurately assess financial risk arising from uncertain events”, while 51%expect their finances to improve over the coming year compared with 13% who expect them to deteriorate. More than half (57%) are optimistic about achieving their longterm goals, compared with 11% who are pessimistic. And an overwhelming 86% trust their own instincts when making important decisions. “Most millionaires seem to be confident they can steer their way
through the turbulence without so much as a dent in their finances,” UBS WM said. “They identify economic and financial risks as their big concerns and they have serious doubts about the world’s corporate and financial system. And yet, they stride into the future with assurance,” the report said. Among the other findings, 68% say they suffer from “information overload” as they make their investment decisions, and nearly three quarters (72 pct) say shortterm distractions get in the way of their financial plans. Still, the report highlighted some aspects of their investment behaviour that could ultimately work against them. For instance, 75% of those surveyed see cash as a safe option, “even though it will perform poorly compared with other asset classes in the context of rising inflation.” Perhaps surprisingly, younger millionaires are more risk-averse than their older peers. Nearly half of the 18-34 year old group are less willing to take risks after the financial crisis, compared to less than 30 percent of the over-65 bracket. The study surveyed 2,842 millionaires, with investable assets of at least $1 million, in Hong Kong, Japan, Singapore, Mexico, Italy, Switzerland and Britain.
New Delhi, May 18 (iaNS): As part of its strategy to “name and shame” big defaulters, the Income Tax Department on Thursday published names of five entities who owe over Rs 10 crore in taxes. Through advertisements issued in leading dailies, the department published its latest list of income tax and corporate tax defaulters, all based in Delhi, along with details like PAN card number, last known address and assessment range and de-
New Delhi, May 18 (iaNS): Software industry body National Association of Software and Services Companies (Nasscom) on Thursday dismissed as incorrect reports of mass layoffs by IT companies in India. The industry body said the numbers being reported with regard to layoffs across different sources are not in line with the actual employment progression. “In fact, the industry continues to be a net hirer with talent acquisition continuing across sectors. In 2016-17, the industry added 170,000 new jobs (600,000 in last three years) and today boasts of a total em-
CROSSWORD # 3947
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Answer Number # 3943
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Nearly 17 million Zomato accounts stolen New Delhi, May 18 (iaNS): About 17 million Zomato user records were stolen from their database which includes email addresses and hashed passwords, the company said on Thursday.”No payment information or credit card data has been stolen/leaked. Payment related information on Zomato is stored separately from this (stolen) data in a highly secure PCI Data Security Standard (DSS) compliant vault,” Zomato said in a blog post on Thursday. So far, it looks like an internal (human) security breach -- some employee’s development account got compromised, the post added. As a precaution, the company has reset the passwords for all affected users and logged them out of the app and website. The team at Zomato was actively scanning all possible breach vectors and closing any gaps. This is not the first time that Zomato has been hacked. In 2015, the company was hacked by a white hat hacker who reported the details back to the company which later addressed the weaknesses. This time, the details may be sold online.
Apple begins assembling iPhone SE in Bengaluru MuMbai, May 18 (ReuteRS): Apple Inc has begun assembling its low-priced iPhone SE at its contract manufacturer’s plant in the technology hub of Bengaluru, the company said in a statement. Cupertino, California-based Apple, is keen to boost its market share in one of the world’s fastest growing mobile phone markets as sales lag in Asian powerhouse China. “We are beginning initial production of a small number of iPhone SE in Bengaluru,” Apple said in the statement, adding the phone would be available locally for sale this month. In February, Reuters reported that Apple’s Taiwanese manufacturing partner Wistron Corp will assemble the iPhone SE in India by April-end or beginning of May.
New Delhi, May 18 (Pti): Consumers would soon be able to buy energy efficient LED bulbs, tubelights and ceiling fans at petrol pumps at much lower retail rates. The consumer would get the LED bulb for Rs 65, tubelight for Rs 230 and ceiling fan at Rs 1,150. These appliances would be sourced by the three state-run oil marketing companies (OMCs) -- Hindustan Petroleum, Indian Oil and Bharat Petroleum -- from the state-run Energy Efficiency Services Ltd (EESL). The OMCs and EESL was to ink Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the EESL today for selling these appliances but it was postponed due to the demise of Environment Minister Anil Madhav Dave, a senior official said. The new date for signing the MoU would be finalised soon after which it will take a month to make these products available at petrol pumps. The three OMCs have over 53,000 petrol pumps across the country. However, it is not decided whether the appliances would be eventually made available on all petrol pumps of these companies or not.
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MuMbai, May 18 (iaNS): After three consecutive days of record highs during the week, the Indian equity markets slipped on Thursday tracking bearish global cues, a weak rupee and heavy selling pressure in automobile, capital goods and consumer durables stocks. According to market observers, investors were also cautious over the ongoing two-day meet of the Good and Services Tax (GST) Council in Srinagar, which will finalise tax slabs on services and commodities in the country. The wider 51-scrip Nifty of the National Stock Exchange (NSE) fell below its important psychological level of 9,500 points to provisionally close at 9,420.90 points -- down 104.85 points or 1.10 per cent. The 30-scrip Sensitive Index (Sensex) of the BSE shed 252.29 points or 0.82 per cent to provisionally close at 30,406.48 points (at 3.30 p.m.).The Sensex touched a high of 30,575.83 points and a low of 30,393.72 points during intra-day trade. The BSE market breadth was bearish -- with 2,043 declines and 702 advances. On Wednesday, the BSE Sensex closed at a new high of 30,658.77 points after an intra-day high of 330,692.45 points, and the NSE Nifty at a new high of 9,525.75 points with an intra-day high of 9,532.60 points.
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ployee base of 3.9 million (95,000-100,000 in start-ups and 50,000-60,000 in e-commerce),” it said in a statement. “The sector remains one of the largest employers of the nation. While there is a gentle deceleration in the net hiring growth rate due to shifting focuses towards innovation, lower attrition and enhanced efficiencies, the sector continues to hire fresh as-well-as lateral employees in equal proportion thus indicating the opportunities for employment at the entry as well as the mid-management level.”
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Game Number # 3944
vertisements. In March, the department had made public the names of individuals and corporates who owe Rs 448 crore in taxes to the government. However, most of these assessees remain untraceable. The department, beginning last financial year, had decided to “name and shame” all taxpayers who have a default of Rs one crore and above. The earlier exercise was restricted to people with defaults of about Rs 20-30 crore.
Reports of mass layoffs by Indian IT companies incorrect: Nasscom
faulted amount of tax. The total taxes due by these five defaulters is Rs 10.27 crore, the notice said. “The entries in the list are specific to the tax arrears and assessment year mentioned. The tax defaulter’s address, business, shareholding and management may have changed,” the notice issued by the Principal Chief Commissioner of Income Tax (New Delhi) said. “Defaulters are advised to pay tax arrears immediately,” said the full page ad-
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ChESSorE, may 18 (mExN): The 4th Eastern Nagaland Women Organisation (ENWO) General Conference was held at Chessore village in Tuensang district on May 17 and 18. The early monsoon in the region did not deter enthusiastic members from attending the meet as the conference saw a good number of contingents from ENWO federating units. Chessore village is considered one of the largest village of Yimchungru tribe with 1357 households and is 57 kms away from Tuensang HQ. Chairman DAN & Advisor Finance, T.R. Zeliang was the Chief Guest on the inaugural day while Minister of Power C. Kipili Sangtam was the Guest of Honour. The YWO welcomed the chief guest with their traditional welcoming folk song. The programme also witnessed Changsao Thangjem Sethsang (CTS) presenting a folk fusion and the Khiamniungan Menyiu Hoikam (KMH) presenting the ‘One Act Play’. Shamator-Chessore 58 A/C MLA R. Tohanba welcomed the participants of ENWO General Conference on behalf of Chessore public and NPF Government. He appreciated the ENWO officials and organising committee for selecting Chessore as the venue and at the
TR Zeliang bats for empowering Naga women
DAN Chairman & Finance Advisor, T.R. Zeliang and others being accorded welcome at the 4th ENWO General Conference.
same time expressed regret for the inconvenient roads. Conveying that the present Government is serious on 33% women reservation in Urban Local Bodies (ULB) for the uplift and progress of women in society, Tohanba lamented the unfortunate disruption to the elections arising out of misunderstandings with local NGOS. He stated that 33% women reservation will be the backbone of Eastern Nagaland Women development
MEx FILE Lerie Panchayat informs Kohima, may 18 (mExN): The Lerie Panchayat has informed that there will be a mass social work in the colony from 6:00 am to 8:00 am on May 20. The work shall be in between National Highway, Lerie Panchayat Gate and Heliport in the Colony. In this regard, no vehicle shall be allowed to ply during the social working hours except emergency case, school going vehicles and buses, a press release informed. Failure to comply with the directive would result in a penalty being imposed, it cautioned.
Pensioners of Kohima (South) informed Kohima, may 18 (mExN): All the Pensioners both (Life & Family) drawing pension from Sr. Treasury Office Kohima (South) has been informed that the Physical verification will be held from June 1 to 30 at the Sr. Treasury Office Kohima (South) during office hours. All the Pensioners are to appear for Physical verification along with PPO book, renewed 1/Card and Bank account Passbook, failing which payment will be stopped, a press release issued by Laochuba Pongener, Sr. TReasury Officer, Kohima South Treasury stated.
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and encouraged the women gathered to know and fight for their rights. He added that ULB elections will be held in the near future with better understanding and sensitizing of the Municipal Act with NGOs and the public and in this regard, sought cooperation from concern stakeholders. DAN Chairman, TR Zeliang on his way to Chessore village for the ENWO meet halted at Huker, the native village of R.
Tohanba for a few hours and interacted with the public, church elders, village council and youths. In a short public address, Zeliang expressed gratefulness for the warm welcome by the Huker cultural troupe and further stated that the present Government is serious on Youth and women development. Zeliang then proceeded to inaugurate the KephoreShiponger road under PMGSY scheme at Huker Junction.
TuENSaNG, may 18 (mExN): DAN Chairman & Advisor (Finance), TR Zeliang has called on the six tribes of Eastern Nagaland to come together and unite for a brighter future. Unity and Integrity of the people is crucial and the six Tribes of Eastern Nagaland must take positive decision for themselves instead of accepting feedings from outside the area, Zeliang pointed out. “The end result of which could prove fatal in the near future,” he added. The former Chief Minister was addressing as the Chief Guest on the inaugural day of 4th General Conference of the Eastern Nagaland Women Organisation (ENWO) in Chessore Village, Tuensang on May 17. C Kipili Sangtam, the Minister of Power Nagaland was the Guest of Honour. Batting for empowerment of Naga Women, Zeliang further maintained that, “Naga women must be empowered economically, socially, educationally and politically.” Calling on womenfolk to unite and march towards a future based on equality, he stressed that, “The voices of the youths, women and men are
all equally important and no particular section must be discriminated on the basis of their gender.” On an optimistic note, the DAN Chairman opined that though the challenges ahead of Nagas are manifold, it can be overcome “with better understanding and proper consultations,” stated a press note from his press secretary. On May 16, it further informed that Zeliang inaugurated two Roads under PMGSY in Huker Village, Tuensang in the presence of local Legislator R. Tohanba, Parliamentary Secretary of Municipal Affairs and the public of Tuensang District. The two roads, one from Huker to Aiponger measuring 10 Kms and the other from Kephore to Shiponger measuring 11 Kms, were constructed under PMGSY Phase-8 and completed in 2014, it added. Speaking at the formal programme held at Huker Baptist Church, Zeliang also called upon the gathering to unite and cooperate with the Government to uplift the economy of the people. ‘The support and cooperation of the general public is vital for uplifting the economy of
Phek bids farewell to outgoing deputy Commissioner phEK, may 18 (Dipr): The farewell programme for the outgoing Deputy Commissioner Phek was held at DCs Conference Hall on May 17. In his farewell speech, outgoing DC Phek, Murohu Chotso expressed his profound gratitude to his subordinate staff as well as officers and staffs of various departments under Phek district for their support and cooperation extended to him during his two years and eight months stay at Phek. He also mentioned some of the surrounding villages of Phek district headquarter for their unflinching support and contributions during the construction of temporary school building of Government Higher Secondary School, Phek (GHSS) to accommodate all the deserving students in and around Phek Area. The achievement so far during the implementation of Swachh Bharat at District Headquarter was impressive and appreciated by all, he said. He also said that Phek District Headquarter has become the first district Headquar-
Kohima, may 18 (mExN): The Network of Naga People Living with HIV/AIDS is all set to observe International AIDS Candlelight Memorial on May 21, 5:00 pm at Naga Hospital Authority Kohima under the theme “Ending AIDS Together.” Dr. Thorhusie Katiri, Medical Super- Dimapur, may 18 intendent NHAK will be the guest speaker. Significance of (mExN): The Eastern Nathe day will be given by Lanu, President NNP+. gas National Worker Union (ENNWU) today expressed Ape Venuh elevated to Collective Leadership “deepest resentment” against the Assam Rifles Dimapur, may 18 (mExN): The Chakhesang Region for conducting raids on the of the NSCN (IM) has extended “heartiest congratulations” residences of Royemchu, to Lt Col (Retd) Neipfupe (Ape) Venuh, Kilonser, on being Toivi Aye and Tia. The residence of Royelevated to Member of the Collective Leadership. A press release from the Caretaker CAO, Chakhesang Region, Lt emchu, Deputy Secy. and Col (Retd) Chelo Mero expressed gratitude to Gen (Retd) Finance In-charge of TuKhole, Vice President, and Ato Kilonser Th. Muivah, and ensang, at Naga Goan (Sigall the Collective Leadership Members for elevating Venuh nal Angami), Dimapur was to the “high post” in the government. “The region wishes raided on May 6 while the them and prays that almighty God continues to grant wis- residences of Toivi Aye, dom, good health and long life,” the CAO statement added. Steering Committee Member, and Tia, Joint Secretary, NSCN/GPRN were CME on ald, pancreatitis on May 20
Chotso served with dedication: CMA thankful to outgoing DC
Outgoing DC Phek Murohu Chotso speaking at his farewell function at DCs Conference Hall on May 17. (DIPR Photo)
ter in the state to declare ‘No Smoking Zone’ which he credited to the Phek Town Youth Society, Government officials and the citizens. Encouraging the officers of various departments, he urged them to humble themselves and serve the people with sincerity and dedication and also requested all to extend cooperation and support to the newly designated
DC, Kovi Meyase. Office Superintendent & Head DBs of DC Office Phek spoke on behalf of the Administration department. NGO leaders and Govt officials who spoke on the program included PAPO President, DPDB Official, Former Chairman PTC, SDPO Phek, PTYS, and CMA. DC staff and DBs presented special song and folk song respectively.
ENNWU condemns Assam Rifles' raids raided in the wee hours of May 13 in Purana Bazaar ‘B’ and Notun Basti, Dimapur respectively. “The 32 AR had raided in their private residences which had spread fear psychosis amongst the innocent children and helpless women,” the union stated in a press release while calling on all peace loving citizens to condemn the “nuisance acts” of AR. Terming it “unprovoked aggressions” towards the Naga leaders, the ENNWU called on the Assam Rifles to “immediately
Kohima, may 18 (mExN): A Continuing Medical Education (CME) on Alcoholic liver disease (ald) and pancreatitis will take place on May 20 at Hotel Japfu Kohima at 5:00 pm under the aegis of Naga Hospital Authority, Kohima. The speakers include: Dr. C. W Nyuthe, MD (Medicine); Dr. Imkong L. Imchen Nagaland Minister for Environment & ForRosemary Thurr, MS (Obs & Gynae); Dr. Mhashevisu Sothu, est, Climate Change, Imkong L. Imchen has exMS (Surgery); and Dr. Albert Thupitor, MD (Medicine). pressed sadness at the demise of Anil Madhav Union Minister for Environment, Forests New PIO, APIO for Dimapur DC office Dave, and Climate Change on May 18. In a condolence message, Imchen termed Dimapur, may 18 (mExN): The Additional Deputy late Madhav a “prolific writer, social worker and Commissioner Sara Jamir Dimapur has been designated passionate conservationist”, adding, “He was an as the Public Information Officers (PIO) in the Dimapur asset to the country.” “In his passing, we have lost DC Office with immediate effect. DC Dimapur Kesonyu a great champion for the cause of Environment Yhome in a press notification informed that the Extra As- and Climate Change,” the message read. sistant Commissioner Kemchiyile is also designated as Imchen extended condolences to the bethe Assistant PIO. reaved family and prayed for the departed soul to rest in peace.
NSBB to celebrate Int'l Biodiversity Day
Kohima, may 18 (Dipr): The Nagaland State Biodiversity Board ( NSBB) is celebrating the International Day for Biological Diversity under the theme “Biodiversity and Sustainable Tourism” on May 22 at Capital Convention Centre opposite Nagaland Civil Secretariat building, Kohima from 10:00 am. Principal Chief Conservator of Forest & Head of Forest Force, I. Panger Jamir, IFS will grace the celebration as Special Guest. The highlights of the programme will include prize distribution, recitation by winner of the essay competition and special number by The Vineyard School. The programme will be chaired by Chairman NSBB, T. Lotha IFS (Rtd) and will also deliver the keynote address. Words of gratitude will be proposed by KeneizenoSeletsu.
the people because MLAs alone cannot bring in complete development’ he stated. Commenting on the upcoming road from Dimapur to Pangsha Via Wokha, Zunheboto, Aghunato, Samator and Noklak, already approved and DPR being prepared by NHIDCL, Zeliang maintained that the implementation of this road ‘could boost the economy of the people in the 3 Districts beside the Trade Centre at Pangsha, Indo-Myanmar border and other potential areas.’ “Render your cooperation for the success of the survey and preparation of DPR at the present stage,” he urged. On the Indo-Naga Peace dialogue, Zeliang urged the people to seek the help of the Almighty God for ushering in a new era of permanent peace among the Nagas. “We need permanent peace and I urge you all to pray for it,” he said. During the two days tour touching the 4 Districts of Wokha, Mokokchung, Zunheboto and Tuensang, Zeliang was accompanied by C. Kipili Sangtam, Minister of Power, R. Tohanba, Parl. Secy of Municipal Affairs and Imtikumzuk, Parl. Secy of IPR and others.
Governor PB Acharya Nagaland Governor PB Acharya has expressed shock to hear of the demise of Pannalal Sethi. In a message, Governor Acharya stated that late Sethi was a committed social figure who devoted his life for the social and religious causes and welfare of humanity. “It is really very tough for me to believe that he is no more with us. This is really a great loss indeed for the people of Nagaland and the Jain community in particular,” Acharya’s message read. Conveying deepest sympathy, Governor Acharya prayed that the Almighty give strength to the bereaved family and all near and dear ones.
cease vitiating the present peaceful atmospheres” by withholding all forms of harassments and tortures. While stating that the NSCN continues to “exercise maximum tolerance”, the union maintained that this “positive attitude” of the NSCN should in no way be taken as weakness. Pointing to the Framework Agreement, the union stated that it was signed between two entities and needs to be “upheld and honored” so as to safeguard and maintain cordial relationship. Further accusing the
AR of “unleashing tortures and harassments” on innocent people in blatant violation of the Ceasefire Ground Rules, the ENNWU charged the Assam Rifles of playing double roles while proclaiming themselves to be “Friends of the hill people”. This has gravely disrupted the congenial peaceful atmosphere, the union maintained. In this regard, the ENNWU urged the concerned authorities to release the apprehended members along with the seized legal documents at the earliest.
28 AR, DAPCU & NUN organise HIV /AIDS awareness programme
phEK, may 18 (mExN): The Chakhesang Mothers’ Association (CMA) has stated that it is “deeply indebted” to outgoing Phek Deputy Commissioner (DC), Murohu Chotso for “all his yeomen service” he rendered for the people of Phek district. Acknowledging his administrative service towards the people of Phek Town, the CMA on behalf of the entire citizens of Phek Town in particular and the whole community in general wished him the best in all his future endeavours. “Chotso served the people with humility, dedication, sincerity during his stay at Phek as DC, Phek,” a press statement issued by CMA President, Zapsohelu Venuh recalled. The association also “heartily welcomed” incoming Deputy Commissioner, Phek, Kovi Meyase, who, it stated, is reported to be “sincere, dedicated, honest and good in public dealing”. Assuring all possible cooperation, the CMA further urged the new DC to take up office early.
Khelhoshe Polytechnic Teachers condemn harassment ZuNhEboTo, may 18 (mExN): The Teachers’ Association of Khelhoshe Polytechnic, Atoizu (KPTA) has vehemently condemned the “barbaric acts and unruly behavior” of one Hekishe Chishi for allegedly harassing and threatening faculties of the institute on May 18. In a press release, the association stated that the accused had on Thursday evening “insulted, harassed and threatened” faculties of Khelhoshe Polytechnic Atoizu (KPA) while they were playing badminton in the institute’s Multi Purpose Hall. “He forcefully chased out the faculties from the Institute Multi Purpose hall claiming that Institute Multi Purpose Hall is his ‘private property’ by saying he has an order from ‘Government of India and District Authority (EAC),’” the teachers’ association stated. The accused repeatedly charged one of the faculties “nearly leading to physical assault”, it further alleged.
MEEtIngs & AppoIntMEnts
DUCCF, GB Union coordination meeting on clean election today The first coordination meeting of the DUCCF and the GB Union on clean election will be held on Friday, May 19, 10:00 am at Lotha Hoho Ki, Dimapur. A press release in this regard requested all the Colony Chairmen, Secretaries and GBs under Dimapur Urban Area to attend the meeting.
NCD Annual General Meeting The Annual General Meeting of the Councilors of Naga Council Dimapur will be held on May 20, 11:00 am at the Dimapur, may 18 (mExN): The 28 Assam Rifles under the Council office, NL Road, Dimapur. A press release inaegis of HQ IGAR (North) conducted a lecture on HIV/AIDS at forming this has requested all councilors to attend the DC Ground, Wokha on May 12 with an active participation from meeting without fail. 85 youth from Wokha town. The lecture was conducted in collaboration with DAPCU (DisAHODs & HODs meeting trict AIDS Prevention and Control Unit) and an NGO called NUN (Nagaland Users Network). Chief Secretary, Pankaj Kumar in a circular has informed The lecture was conducted in an interactive manner wherein that the next meeting of Administrative Heads of Departthe Medical Officer of 28 Assam Rifles highlighted the menace of ment and Heads of Departments will be held on May 20 HIV/AIDS and the threat it brings to the victim, an AR press note at 1:30 pm in the Secretariat Conference Hall. The Agenda informed. to be discussed during the meeting are Presentation by The local youth pledged to spread the awareness in the society Nagaland State Mineral Development Corporation Ltd and AR troops assured of more in-depth presentations in future and DC Kohima on Land Encroachment. All AHoDs and in the form of documentary films, joint campaign with civil nodal HoDs have been informed to make it convenient to atagencies and district authorities, it added. tend the meeting positively.
IN FOCUS The Power of Truth
The Morung Express volume XII Issue 135 By Witoubou Newmai
Respect for the position & situation
THE MORUNG EXPRESS
C O M M E N T A R Y
How we imagine ‘far’ and ‘near’
he Nagas in the south seem to be impressed, in general, by the ‘exploits’ of Manipur Chief Minister N Biren Singh at the moment. If the Nagas in the south get carried away with the ‘charms’ that the Biren Singh government is exhibiting and start ignoring the limits of the ongoing bonhomie then it will definitely prove that the masses have missed the ‘core issue’ put across. If this is to be the situation then the kind of skewed jargon engaged by the Nagas in dealing with the Manipur government is going to cost the ‘movement’ in the south. It is no exaggeration that most Nagas have failed to see beyond tags such as ‘communal government of Manipur’, ‘discrimination’ and ‘suppression’ hurled at the Manipur government by the Naga civil society. When Biren Singh starts addressing these ‘tags,’ the bonhomie between the Nagas and the Manipur government climaxes. The Naga failure to do a balancing act while treading on fine line can demolish the larger aspiration. This is also an eye opener for the Nagas in the south that, inability to succeed in their indulgence in affairs with sufficiently attractive strategies beyond the clichéd rhetoric can cost the ‘movement’ much. Nagas in the south engaging in cordial relations with the Meiteis and the Manipur government should be encouraged and appreciated. However, any tendency to compromise the ‘rights’ and the ‘principles’ of the Nagas should be checked by identifying and being cautious with the diverting roles. This is to suggest that Nagas in the south should start engaging in critical assessment of the unfurling trend in Manipur, and, at the same time, check that there is continuity in their endeavour to look for an answer to the ‘Naga question’. If need be, the ‘Naga question’ should be sharpened rather than over indulging in clichéd rhetoric. This will show a better way to proceed. It is also no exaggeration to say that factors of electoral politics in Naga areas in the south have proliferated complexity. In that, the Nagas are facing a more uphill task today than ever before. With the district creation issue confronting the Nagas in the south, the United Naga Council (UNC) that is spearheading the ‘movement’ must demonstrate itself to be a responsible body fighting a benign cause if it has to remain relevant. Since ‘talking terms’ have prevailed in Manipur it is high time for parties involved to sort out ways for diplomatic intervention so as to avoid any confrontation as was common during O Ibobi Singh’s tenure. Though the N Biren Singh government and the UNC are far from coming to the required comfortable level, and there are bigger chances of being overwhelmed by sectarian politics and vested interests, both the parties should realize that they have come thus far out of genuine concern. At least if this is realized for now, it is definitely the beginning of wisdom to respect each other's position and situation.
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Dr. Paranjoy Bordoloi Fulbright Fellow
A Transition From violence to Peace
Communities in Haflong have learned ‘peaceful coexistence’
n the month of March, 2017, I went to the tiny hill town Haflong (Assan) which has unique mix of natural beauty of green hills as well as rich tribal cultures. As a researcher of peace, I was thrilled to experience the positive transition of the hill town since my first visit in May 2011. Five years back, there was a violent environment in the town so it was not at all pleasant as a visitor. However, there is no more fear of violence; rather I have enjoyed the mesmerizing beauty of the hill station even roaming around the town in the night as well. The most pleasant experience for me was to be able to walk down the street of the Haflong Lake every evening during my stay. In the midst of cold breeze, the evening walks were enjoyable with my other colleagues where we did not require any local person to accompany us. This type of freedom was a luxury five years back due to intense ethnic conflicts. An environment of suspicion prevailed in the society which affected normal lives of the town’s people. On the other hand, now I have seen a dramatic change of behavior in the people from both tribal or non-tribal communities. Whether people from Dimasa or Zeme Naga or local Bengali, I felt that they were much more open during interactions compared to my last visit. The paradigm shift regarding relationships among communities not only concentrated within Haflong but also spread to the villages. I have observed that communities have learned ‘peaceful coexistence’. Mr. Haloi, a government staff working in the hill town for almost 20 years, says that compared to the last few years, the situation has been getting normal. Haloi says, “I can go to the market in the late evening without any fear which I could not even imagine a few years before. Therefore, I was trying to transfer my job at that time, but now I think I will stay here till my retirement”. Bijoy a local young boy getting a job recently said that youths are more attracted now to take up dum bell for physical exercise rather than taking up a pistol. He also informed that a local boy has recently won a national bodybuilding competition, which motivated many more youths to join professional body-building clubs. This heart touching story of the town is, perhaps, a successful example of a society which has transformed from violence to peace. The question comes how this journey has been possible in Haflong. Is it the impact of the developmental activities undertaken by the administration? The new beautiful train station of Haflong is a showcase of undergoing development measures. Are the people feeling detached from violence and more interested towards peaceful co-existence? An in-depth research will be needed to find out real causes for the peaceful transition of the town. The need of the hour is that the government and non-governmental organizations should capitalize on this positive environment to build Haflong as a tourist spot of the region, which has the potential to develop as new destination to bring tourists to North East India.
Screen shot from Ollie Bye's 'History of South Asia Every Year'. (Courtesy: Youtube)
here is this amazing guy called Ollie Bye who lives in the United Kingdom. He has been making history based animations for a few years. They are on Youtube as videos, watched by lakhs of people. There I came across an animation video on the history of what is now vaguely called South Asia. It starts roughly with the Harappan era and ends with the 21st century. In that period, it shows the changing political landscape by showing political boundaries of all autonomous and semi-autonomous entities (for example, entities loosely associated with a strong power is shown in light blue while the stronger power itself is coloured deep blue). Thus, it tries to give a very fine grained idea about political entities – spanning small, medium and large sized kingdoms, empires, semi-independent governorates (like Bengal for quite some time before the British arrived), colonial empires, princely states and contemporary entities like Indian Union, Pakistan, etc including erstwhile semi-independent countries like Sikkim. It does all of this in about 10 minutes. In those 10 minutes, orders change, countries vanish and appear, far away things join up and so on. It is dynamic. That is how the past is. Dynamic. So is the present. So will be the future. Change is the only constant of the human condition. Now what struck me in seeing this, and I have had this thought before, is that our imagination of what is our homeland, what is far, what is near, is so much shaped in a top-down manner by present political ideologies which we, as citizens, are expected to accept as our own identities. Thus, the Indian Union constructs the “Indian” with an increasingly not-so-subtle Hindu overtone where a West Bengali is expected to feel more at one with a Tamil or a Haryanvi than an East Bengali. Pakistan started as “Muslim India” of sorts and still carries on a schizophrenic existence torn between that idea and an idea that uses the Indus river as the civilizational binding axis. In the former imaginary, as a “Pakistani”, a Pathan was supposed to feel closer to an East Bengali Muslim and less close to a Pathan across the Durand line. Even the idea of South Asia presents such a problem – is Pakistan western South Asia or eastern Middle-East? And these questions are not merely geographical but also ideological. One needs to look deep into questions like why are these binaries presented, how did we acquire them, why did earlier identities change, how is even this sense of “earlier” constructed, what kind of anxieties of both the citizen and the state animate such anxieties of identity, whose purpose does each imaginary serve, what is the relationship of each of those many imaginaries
with the person and most importantly, the mother of all questions - how did we come to be the way we are. Such imaginations also change distances – distances in the real world, distances of the mind. Thus, in a certain kind of imaginary that Delhi inherits from London and also wants to push as part of its geopolitics, Isfahan is farther from Lucknow than London and Nanjing is farther from Chennai than New York or even more ridiculously, Dhaka is farther from Kolkata than Delhi. Such distances serve power. Such distances destroy parts of our culturally inherited multi-faceted selfhoods. They also create new facets in line with power. Thus, in these times, when one starts measuring distances differently from what your state authorities want you to do, it is deemed bizarre at best, seditious at worst. For Islamabad wants you to think that Pakistan has natural and ideological coherence and concocts it daily. So does Delhi. The whole imaginary of a Himalayan barrier and the seas
remembrances, creation of figures who are beyond critique and so on. But still, memories persist, other imaginaries persist and even the state cannot control every aspect of every dynamic that shapes human beings. And in that space that power cannot control, in that crack, lies hope. In the 15th century with contemporary transport technologies, the so-called “natural” barrier of the Himalayas did not stop 12 diplomatic missions from the independent country of Bengal to the court of the Ming Emperor of China in Nanjing. After Bengal's Hindu king Ganesh installed his son Jadu (who later converted to Islam and became Jalaluddin as a truce between the Muslim Pathan nobility, Muslim clergy and the Hindu king Ganesh), a section of the clergy was not happy with the sham “Ïslamic” arrangement where Ganesh remained the power behind the throne. Surely, many non-spiritual interests of this section of the Muslim clergy were also affected. They banded together to invite the Sultan of Jaunpur (now largely part of the Bhojpuri speaking homeland that is divided between Uttar Pradesh and Bihar states of the Indian Union) to invade Bengal. Who did Bengal call to avert this crisis? Well, the Ming Emperor of China. The Emperor sent a senior government functionary as well as forces under a senior admiral by sea. The invasion did not happen as China mediated negotiations. Delhi was not part of this picture at all. Where then was India or even South Asia for that matter? How did Bengal then imagine its neighbourhood? Did it have Jaunpur, Bengal, China and what is now Burma? Whatever it was, it was not Bharatmata for sure. Areas, closeness and alliance were very differently imagined not too long ago before the British acquired Bengal and went on to add things to this “Bengal” so much so that at one point of time it was the whole Gangetic plain and even Punjab. That even west Punjab was nominally under the administrative unit called Bengal as late as 1858 was reversed in 1971 when East Bengal fought to be free from West Punjab rule. The British grabbed lands, joined them together and the result was called India. Our contemporary imagination of East Asia, South Asia, Central Asia, South-East Asia and our ideas of them as distinct politico-cultural spheres are the result of European
Screen shot from Ollie Bye's 'History of Southeast Asia'. (Courtesy: Youtube)
around the peninsula with what lies within being a “natural” unit is a concept that is in the service of integrity. Anxieties about this integrity makes power drive in such concepts of coherence every moment into the heads of its citizenry – media, schools, universities, text books, official narratives, allowed histories, foundational myths, monuments, plaques,
colonialism in Asia. Distances were different earlier. Bengal sent the same gift to China twice in the first half of the 15th century and it reflected Bengal's international trade links then – it’s then imaginary of near and far. The gifts were imported to Bengal and then exported to China. It was not muslin. They were giraffes from Africa.
A fictional account of the refugee crisis paints a wonderful future Book Review Title: Exit West ; Author: Mohsin Hamid; Publisher: Penguin India; Pages: 228; Price: Rs 599
igration has emerged as one of the most challenging of contemporary issues but this fictional tale -- steeped in the past, present and the future -- presents a different perspective to the much-contested subject that has come to rule international relations in the recent past. Imagine a world where migration is the norm, a routine affair. With so many people migrating from one part to another, will it still be as disturbing an issue as it is today? Perhaps no -- both the locals of any given area and the immigrants may well come to terms with the fact that they share more in common with each other than the sum total of the differences that they fear. The overwhelming novel opens "in a city swollen by refugees but still mostly at peace, or at least not yet openly at
war" and the readers are soon introduced to Saeed and Nadia, the two protagonists who rule these pages. Their courtship begins in a moment of impending threat, the readers have already been warned by the disturbing setting of migrations. They meet in "an evening class on corporate identity and product branding", and their first date is at a Chinese restaurant, all little elements signifying the larger goals of the world where migration is a norm. The scenes from Mosul or Aleppo come to haunt the readers as militants commit innumerable atrocities on a daily basis in their unnamed city. Nadia is "always clad from the tips of her toes to the bottom of her jugular notch in a flowing black robe" but her dress is not directly representative of her daring nature. It turns out she is more evocative and impulsive than Saeed. It is Nadia who initiates sex, offers marijuana and appears more forthright than her male counterpart. Mohsin Hamid has elegantly used the impulsive character of Nadia to fight, in his own way, what many in today's
times call Islamophobia. Her thoughts and character, the readers find out, are more important than the black robe that she adorns. The immediate background of "Exit West" is the terrible refugee crisis in Syria as well as the horrors that terrorists have wrought in the name of Islam. The author takes full advantage of our familiarity with these elements and flaunts his literary devices -- imageries, similes and hyperbole -- to create the setting of his novel. One astonishingly significant aspect of this novel is the level of detailing that the author dwells on. He creates powerful and often disturbing images of horror and trauma. In one instance, he mentions Nadia's cousin, who is "blown by a truck bomb to bits, literally to bits, the largest of which, in Nadia's cousin's case, were a head and two-thirds of an arm". But he does not allow his readers to pity these deaths, for they are so many in number. The focus is always on the two central characters. Straight out of C.S. Lewis's "The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe", the two flee from the disturbed city
through unexplained magical doors. There may be many ways of looking at it, magic realism or fantasy, the most common ones, but at the core of it lies the very fact that those caught in a crisis like this will not leave any door unopened to escape! The second half of the novel deals with the life of Saeed and Nadia in a new land after their escape. This is where Hamid reveals the final theme of his masterly novel. This promising land that Saeed and Nadia have escaped to is so accustomed to migration that "the whole planet was on the move, much of the global South headed to the global North, but also Southerners moving to other Southern places and Northerners moving to other Northern places". The new land may be a reference to a new future as such magical doors from fantasy novels often transport the readers to the future or to past. Hamid poignantly transports his readers to a world or time in the future where migration is peaceful and where people are open to accepting others. Between the lines, he reminds us that ultimately we have more in common with "others" than the sum total of our differences. A wonderful future, isn't it?
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Young Scientist Discovers New Species of Crabs in Meghalaya A 29-year-old researcher Parveen Farzana Absar discovered a new species of cave-dwelling crabs in one of Meghalaya’s many natural caves
A female of the newly discovered species Credit: Parveen F. Absar/Village Square Juhi Chaudhary
young scientist has just discovered a new species of cave-dwelling crabs in the north-eastern Indian state of Meghalaya. It is the first ever species of a cave dwelling crab to be ever discovered in India. Nestled in the Himalayas, Meghalaya is known for the magical beauty of its rich forests and water bodies. It is one of India’s four biodiversity hotspots – in the whole world there are 34 biodiversity hotspots. Less known is the fact that Meghalaya also boasts some of the world’s longest natural caves and it is in once such cave that these tiny creatures were discovered by 29-year-old Parveen Farzana Absar. Absar is pursuing a masters in wildlife sciences from Aligarh Muslim University and was researching cave biology in the east-Jaintia hills at the time of discovery. The crab she found is albino, almost blind and lives in dark crevices of the caves with the adults reaching a tiny size of just 2 centimetres. “These species have adapted to the dark environment of cave… So this crab is almost blind and without colour,” Absar said. She also noted that unlike other crabs the thin and slender legs of the albino crab have hair on them. Recounting the moment when Absar found the new species just 200 metres from the mouth of one of the longest caves in the country [the name
An underside view of a female crab, note the hair on the legs
and location of the cave are being kept confidential at the request of the scientist], she told thethirdpole.net, “After my routine exploration, when I was on my way out, I saw these small shiny things and I picked them up and saw that they were crabs. I found a male, a female and a baby crab. I think finding a male crab was really a big thing and I was very fortunate because chances of finding a male specimen are very low. In my 11 years of experience, I have never seen such crabs.” The young scientist instantly knew that there was something special and different about the crabs and submitted the specimen to Zoological Survey of India in Kolkata, where scientists confirmed within days that it was indeed a new species which is now believed to be from the genus Teretamon. This is only the third species discovered so far under this genus, the first one was found in Myanmar and the second one was found in the Indian state of Mizoram but both the previous species were either forest or freshwater species unlike this one that dwells in caves. The discovery is listed to be published in Zootaxa – the ultimate peer-reviewed science journal for taxonomy. Absar who has been asked to name the species has thought of calling it Teretamon absarum based on her family name as a tribute to her parents. Orus Ilyas, an assistant professor at Aligarh Muslim University in the Wildlife Sciences Department, under who Absar is doing her dissertation, told thethirdpole.net, that Absar was
amongst the youngest discoverers of a new species, which is an honour for the state, as well as the country. She added, “She didn’t have funding to carry out her research, yet out of her sheer interest in the cave ecosystem, she did it on her own.” Hidden world of Meghalaya’s caves Talking about the secretive, magical world of cave biodiversity Absar said, “Fauna in caves is very small, peculiar and tough to explore.” These caves are just not about crabs. “There are fish, shrimp, spiders and millipedes as well but they are microscopic and transparent. Often they [millipedes] look like veins moving on rocks to the naked eye.” Meghalaya has a dense network of over 1600 caves. Many of them hold secrets of earth’s past, and may give us vital clues of the evolution of particular species, and may also hold other surprises in yet-undiscovered species. Shardul Bajikar, the former director of Sanctuary Asia magazine who now runs his own magazine Adventure Sports and Beyond told thethirdpole.net, “We explore different things like land ecosystems, marine ecosystems, high altitude ecosystems and have reasonable information [about them], but this [the cave ecosystem] is one dimension of the earth which we have not explored especially in India.” These caves can also be a storehouse of well-preserved records of climate change. Its limestone features can throw a mine of information of past cli-
matic events in chronological order. Meghalaya’s network of caves sprawls over Jaintia, Khasi and Garo Hills districts and has nine of the ten longest caves in the country, running up to 30 kilometres in length. Exploring them is not an easy task. Given the tough terrain, labyrinths, streams and rivers, speleology is a physically demanding activity. Bajikar who is also organising a caving initiation expedition this year in Meghalaya said, “Over the last decade, a few Indians [mostly from the Meghalaya Adventurers’ Association, and a few from Allied Petzl and the Indian Navy] and other foreign cavers have been organising expeditions to explore and document these hidden treasures of the vast and intricate cave systems of Meghalaya. As on date just over one thousand caves have been explored and mapped yielding a total mapped cave passage of over 455 kilometres. This initiation expedition is probably the first attempt to introduce caving as a technical discipline to a small select group of adventure lovers to increase our numbers.” But threats loom large on these geological wonders and biodiversity-rich caves. Unrestricted development, limestone mining, rat-hole coal mining, exploitation by visitors, and the dumping of garbage are taking a toll of these caves. Continuing neglect of these caves can ruin these natural treasures, and the knowledge they hold, long before they are revealed to the world. This article was originally published on The Third Pole
Ten years after the crisis, what is happening to the world’s bees? Efforts have been made to monitor honey bees pollution, but more needs to be done especially with wild colonies
the world as a side-effect of international trade. The worst is the ominously named Varroa destructor mite, which causes brain development disorders.
Simon Klein and Andrew Barron
en years ago, beekeepers in the United States raised the alarm that thousands of their hives were mysteriously empty of bees. What followed was global concern over a new phenomenon: colony collapse disorder. Since then we have realized that it was not just the US that was losing its honey bees; similar problems have manifested all over the world. To make things worse, we are also losing many of our populations of wild bees too. Losing bees can have tragic consequences, for us as well as them. Bees are pollinators for about one-third of the plants we eat, a service that has been valued at €153 billion (US$168 billion) per year worldwide. Ten years after the initial alarm, what is the current status of the world’s bee populations, and how far have we come towards understanding what has happened? The current status of bees worldwide Since the alarm was first raised, many countries have created new monitoring methods to judge the status of their bee stocks. As a result we have much more data on bee popula-
compare between continents. It is clear that bees in the United States are still struggling. Beekeepers can tolerate up to 15% losses of colonies over winter, but the US is massively above this threshold, having lost 28.1% of colonies over the 2015-16 winter. Canada, by contrast, reported 16.8% losses. This is better, but still above the level of losses at which beekeepers can easily restock. Only recently have we had data from central Europe. There, honey bees seem to be doing better: 11.9% losses in 2015-16. Meanwhile, in New Zealand surveys only began in the last year and have reported winter loss of 10.7%. Australia does not yet have a countrywide survey of the state of bee colonies. Honey bees are not the only bees that we should care about: wild bees are vital pollinators too. Some plants are pollinated by only one wild bee species, such as the mac-
much less data on wild bees than honey bees, and those data we do have point to bigger concerns. For our wild bees we only really have good data for populations that are endangered or that have completely disappeared. Between 2008 and 2013, wild bee diversity in the US dropped by 23%, and a previously common bumblebee species was recently listed as endangered. Do we understand why? The good news is that the past decade has seen plenty of progress in understanding the mystery of colony collapse disorder. The bad news is that we now recognize it as a complex problem with many causes, although that doesn’t mean it is unsolvable. For all bees, foraging on flowers is a hard life. It is energetically and cognitively demanding; bees have to travel large distances to collect pollen and nectar from sometimes hard-to-find flowers, and return it all to the nest. To do this they need finely
such skills can make bees struggle to find food, or even get lost while trying to forage. A bee that cannot find food and make it home again is as good as dead. Because of this, bee populations are very vulnerable to what we call “sublethal stressors” – factors that don’t kill the bees directly but can hamper their behavior. In a recently published review, we argue that modern agriculture and industry have created a host of sublethal stressors that damage bees’ cognition. For example, diesel fumes and neonicotinoid pesticides both reduce bees’ foraging efficiency by disturbing chemical communications in their brains. Modern intensive agriculture disturbs bee nutrition, which impairs their brain. Climate change interferes with the relationship between bees and the plants on which they feed. In addition, managed hon-
What can we do? At the global level, to preserve our bees we have to improve the environments in which they collect food. Every small action can make a difference. Planting flower borders with bee-friendly flowers in your garden can provide food for both wild and domestic bees. You can reduce or eliminate the use of herbicides or pesticides when gardening. Even mowing the lawn less often can help bees out. You could install a native bee hive or insect hotel. Another tempting option is to buy local honey, which often has a more distinctive flavor than mass-produced versions. In Australia, we are fortunate in that our bees seem to be doing better than many other parts of the world. The Varroa mite has not yet invaded our shores, and in many areas bees can access pesticide-free bushland (although unlike Europe, Australia has not yet banned use of neonicotinoids in agriculture). Australia also has an incredibly rich diversity of wild native bees: up to 1,600 different species, including our emblematic stingless bees. Even so, to protect this diversity we need better surveys of how these species are doing. Ten years on from the alarm over disappearing bees, it is fair to say we now know the nature of the problem and what can be done to fix it. It’s up to us to take the steps needed to sustain these precious pollinators of our food for the future.
Who Are the Best ‘Eaters’ & How to Use Eggplants as a Toothbrush Baher Kamal
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he news is this: Japan is a global model for healthy diets and it currently has the lowest rate of obesity among developed countries–below four per cent. This is on the one hand. On the other, African eggplant gorongo is often used as toothbrush. None of this is based on any personal, empirical experience—it all comes from the United Nations thought its leading food specialised agency. See what the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) says. Japan has a very unique food culture that can greatly contribute to improvements in global nutrition, FAO director-general José Graziano da Silva on May 10 assured during his visit to the country, which has a healthy and “unique” food culture, one that includes many vegetables, fruits and fish. To explain this better, he cited Washoku, a comprehensive set of skills, knowledge and traditions relating to the preparation and consumption of food, which has been designated as an Intangible Cultural Heritage by UNESCO. Washoku is based on a “respect for nature” and is composed of fresh, seasonally available, low-fat ingredients, which together represent a well-balanced diet. Graziano da Silva noted that Japan has a wealth of knowledge and experience to share with other countries– an interaction the organisation he leads is keen to promote as an activity related to the United Nations Decade on Nutrition. This Decade aims to address poor dietary habits, which have been closely linked to non-communicable diseases, including heart attacks strokes, cancers and diabetes– a leading cause of premature death, not only in high-income countries, but also increasingly in many parts of the developing world. “These diets are typically not only unhealthy, but environmentally unsustainable.” In this context, Japan exemplifies how effective public policies and legislation can promote adequate nutrition, especially through laws aimed at educating children and controlling adults’ weight, according to the FAO chief. Such measures, are in line with commitments made by world leaders at the 2014 Second International Conference on Nutrition and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, to establish national policies aimed at eradicating malnutrition and transforming food systems to make nutritious diets available to all. He praised Japan for supporting developing countries through the UN agency in the areas of food production and consumption as well as with regards to the agricultural sectors, including forestry, fisheries, livestock, land and water. For example, in Afghanistan, Japan has contributed more than 100 million dollars to the organisation’s agricultural interventions, especially with efforts to rehabilitate the country’s irrigation infrastructure. In Myanmar, funds from the Japanese government have helped deliver emergency and livelihood-rebuilding assistance – including high-quality seeds and fertilizers – to rural households affected by flooding and conflicts. A Journalist and a Chef, Goodwill Ambassadors The UN specialised agency chief announced the appointment of Hiroko Kuniya and Katsuhiro Nakamura as the first-ever FAO National Goodwill Ambassadors for Japan. Kuniya became well known as a television news-anchor for the NHK Japan network, including on the acclaimed “Today’s Close-Up” programme, covering poverty, hunger and other social issues. More recently, she has worked as a journalist covering topics related to the Sustainable Development Goals. Nakamura initially became famous as the first Japanese chef to receive a One-Star Restaurant recognition by Michelin in 1979 in Paris. He later returned to Japan and in 2008 was named head chef during the G8 Summit in Toyako, Hokkaido. What about the Eggplant-Toothbrush Story? Now that you know who are the best “eaters” on Earth—the Japanese, you will certainly like to also learn about why and how eggplants can be used as toothbrush. Here you are: To start with, African eggplant lives up to its name: as it grows it bears white, oval-shaped fruits that look just like eggs before they ripen and turn green. It is one of the vegetables grown by farmers displaced by Boko Haram violence in northern Nigeria who are participating in an FAO project to kick-start local food production. Here, this traditional vegetable is known as gorongo and it is an important social ingredient as well as a nutritious one. The raw fruit of the gorongo is often chewed by women to clean their teeth. The fruit is also eaten as part of marriage and naming ceremonies. What happened is that just few days before going to Japan, Graziano da Silva visited an FAO-supported dry season vegetable production site. There, he met a group of women working together in a field growing gorongo among other crops. The women are survivors of Boko Haram attacks on their villages, and are the sole providers for their families. One of the women explained that using the gorongo to clean her teeth was a way to restore a sense of dignity and to bring healthy smiles to her and her friends. Gorongo is a useful plant for small-scale farmers because it bears fruit continuously and can produce an abundant yield even from a small plot. Women have been able to grow a surplus of vegetables that they can sell to earn cash to cover their needs beyond food such as health care and education for their children. The African Eggplant The African eggplant originates from Central Africa, and has spread to other countries, particularly in West Africa, the UN specialised body informs. The fruit can be eaten raw, boiled, steamed, pickled, or in stews and the leaves are often used in soups. To make a stew, the eggplant is boiled then mashed, then added to a pan with oil, onion, cooked beans and chilli flakes. Apart from oral hygiene, the plant is used in traditional medicine to treat throat infections by heating and then chewing the leaves. The juice of boiled roots is used to treat hookworm, while the crushed leaves are said to be
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ICJ stays Jadhav's exeCutIon
The hague, May 18 (IaNS): India on Thursday scored a major diplomatic, moral and legal victory when the International Court of Justice (ICJ) directed Pakistan not to execute alleged spy Kulbhushan Jadhav pending its final decision and inform it of the steps being taken to implement the order. "Pakistan shall take all measures at its disposal to ensure that Mr. Jadhav is not executed pending the final decision in these proceedings and shall inform the court of all the measures taken in implementation of the present order," ICJ President Ronny Abraham said in the operative portion of the unanimous order which he read out in the open court for nearly 30 minutes. "The court also decides that until it has given its final decision, it shall remain seized of the matters which form the subject matter of this order," he said. There are 10 judges, including Justice Dalveer Bhandari of India, apart from the President which form the court. In a declaration appended to the judgment Justice Bhandari concurred with the court on its indication of provisional measures but sought to place on record his views concerning the requirements for indicating these measures in more detail. "...In addition to issues of consular relations, this is a case in which it regrettably appears, on a preliminary examination of the facts, that the basic human rights of Jadhav have been violated by not allowing India to have consular access to him after his arrest and during the pendency of the criminal proceedings against him in Pakistan," Justice Bhandari said. The ruling comes 10 days after India approached the UN's top court for provisional measures of protection -- an interim relief. The court had earlier written to Pakistan Prime Min-
Jadhav verdict: What the ICJ said
Here are five important points the International Court of Justice made while delivering its verdict and staying the execution of former Indian Navy officer Kulbhushan Jadhav on Thursday: 1) Pakistan had contended that the ICJ has no jurisdiction to hear the case. The court rejected the argument and said that the ‘alleged failure of Pakistan in providing requisite consular notifications with regard to the arrest and detention of Jadhav, as well as the alleged failure to allow communication and provide access to him’ is sufficient to establish that the court has prima facie jurisdiction under Article I of the Optional Protocol to the Vienna Convention to hear the matter. 2) The court observed that the rights alleged by India -- to consular notification and access between a State and its nationals, as well as the obligations of the detaining State to inform the person concerned without delay of his rights with regard to consular assistance and to allow their exercise -- are plausible. 3) It said that the mere fact that Jadhav is under a death sentence and might therefore be executed is sufficient to demonstrate the existence of a risk of irreparable prejudice to the rights claimed by India. 4) The court also noted that ‘Pakistan has given no assurance that Jadhav will not be executed before the court has rendered its final decision. In those circumstances, the court is satisfied that there is urgency in the present case’. 5) It asked Pakistan to ‘take all measures at its disposal to ensure that Jadhav is not executed pending the final decision in these proceedings and shall inform the court of all the measures taken in implementation of the present order’. (Source: Agencies) ister Nawaz Sharif to see that Jadhav was not executed. Officials of both the countries were present when the judge asked the registrar to read out the order to both the parties. In a public hearing on Monday, India sought the court's intervention to annul the death sentence given by a Pakistan military court to Jadhav who Islamabad says was arrested in Balochistan on charges of spying, sabotage and terrorism. India has maintained that he was abducted from Iran and taken to Balochistan. The army court had sentenced him to death on a "confessional" statement he had made in military custody. India accused Pakistan of violating the Vienna Convention by denying consular access to Jadhav and pronouncing him guilty of espionage in a "farcical trial". Pakistan, however, rejected the Indian argument on the
ground that New Delhi had no right to invoke the jurisdiction of the ICJ and that the Vienna Convention does not provide for matters relating to spies, terrorists and those who indulge in espionage. Giving its interim decision on the application moved by India against Jadhav's execution, Justice Abraham said the court was unanimous in indicating the "provisional measures that give the rights to the subject of judicial proceedings". In the detailed order, the court said prima facie it felt that it had jurisdiction to go into the matter given the details of the present case. The court also found that there exists a lien between the rights India seeks to assert and the provisional measures the court can deploy. "The court will affirm that its order on provisional measures
PM endorses Sushma's statement on saving Jadhav
New DelhI, May 18 (IaNS): Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday backed External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj's statement that his government will leave no stone unturned to save alleged spy Kulbhushan Jadhav. Modi retweeted Sushma Swaraj's tweet from his personal account. "I assure the nation that under the leadership of Prime Minister Modi we will leave no stone unturned to save Kulbhushan Jadhav," said the External Affairs Minister's tweet, which was reposted by the Prime Minister. In a major diplomatic, moral and legal victory for India, the International Court of Justice (ICJ) on Thursday asked Pakistan not to execute Jadhav pending its final decision and inform it of the steps being taken to implement the order. Union Information and Broadcasting Minister M. Venkaiah Naidu said that India will seek consular access to Jadhav again. "It is a major victory for India in the Kulbhushan Jadhav case," Naidu tweeted. "We will be pursuing consular access for him. They are duty bound to give it.. They (Pakistan) are exposed. They have to respect the Vienna Convention," Naidu told reporters separately.
under Article 41 of the statute has binding effect that creates international legal obligation for any party to whom the provisional measures are addressed. "The decision given in the present proceedings will in no way prejudice the jurisdiction of the court to deal with the merits of the case or any question relating to the admissibility of the application of the merits themselves. It is unaffected right of the governments of India and Pakistan to submit arguments in respect of those questions." Justice Abraham noted the Pakistan counsel's statement that Jadhav would not be executed till August but there was no assurance that he would not be executed after that. The court also noted that Jadhav should have been given consular access as sought by India. Referring to the issue of ju-
risdiction to hear the case, the court said it noted India's stand that the alleged failure by Pakistan to provide consular notifications regarding the arrest and detention of Jadhav as well as the alleged failure to allow communication and provide access to him "appear to be capable of following within the scope of the Vienna Convention". "In the view of the court, this is sufficient to establish that it has prima facie jurisdiction under Article 1 of the optional protocol. The court further observes that the existence of a 2008 bilateral agreement between the parties on consular relations doesn't change its conclusion on jurisdiction," the order said. The court also upheld India's stand that whether the rights sought by India are at least plausible. "It observes that the rights to
consular notification and access between a state and its nationals, as well as the obligations of the detaining state to inform the person concerned without delay of his rights with regard to consular assistance and to allow their exercise, are recognized in Article 36, paragraph 1, of the Vienna Convention, and that India has alleged violations of this provision. In the view of the court, therefore, it appears that the rights alleged by India are plausible," the order said. The court then focused on the issue of the link between the rights claimed and the provisional measures requested. "It considers that the measures requested are aimed at ensuring that the rights contained in the Article 36, para 1, of the Vienna Convention, are preserved. Therefore, a link exists between the rights claimed by India under provisional measures being sought."
On the issue whether there is a risk of irreparable prejudice and urgency, the court considered that the near fact that Jadhav was under a death sentence and might therefore be executed was sufficient to demonstrate the existence of risk as claimed by India. "The court further observes that Pakistan has indicated that any execution of Mr. Jadhav would probably not take place before the month of August 2017. This means that there is a risk that an execution could take place at any moment thereafter before the court has given its final decision in the case. "The court also notes that Pakistan has given no assurance that Mr. Jadhav will not be executed before the court has rendered its final decision. In those circumstances, the court is satisfied that there is urgency in the present case."
Environment Minister Foodgrains, cereals, milk to be cheaper under GST Law to confiscate assets Anil Dave passes away of economic offenders
New DelhI, May 18 (IaNS): Union Environment Minister Anil Dave, a committed environmentalist who had worked on green projects including conservation of the Narmada river, died here on Thursday morning following cardiac arrest. He was 61 and was a bachelor. Meena Agarwal, the wife of Dave's family physician Bharat Agarwal, told IANS that his family tried to wake him up in the morning but he appeared unconscious. He was rushed to the AIIMS at 9 a.m. "in a stage of cardiac arrest", a hospital statement said. "All possible measures were taken immediately at AIIMS, but he could not survive and (was) declared dead around 9.45 a.m.," the AIIMS statement said. Dave hailed from Madhya Pradesh where he had done a stint as Minister of Environment. He was inducted into the Union Council of Ministers on July 6, 2016 as Minister of State for Environment with independent charge. He had worked on conservation projects including of the Narmada river and founded "Narmada Samagra" for the purpose. President Pranab Mukherjee and Prime Minister Narendra Modi led the nation in mourning the loss of Dave whom he had met only on Wednesday evening. They expressed shock over the sudden death. "Absolutely shocked by the sudden demise of my friend and a very respected colleague, Daveji. My condolences," Modi said in a condolence message. The Prime Minister said Dave would be remembered as a "devoted public servant who "was tremendously passionate towards conserving the environment". "I was with Daveji till late last evening, discussing key policy issues. This demise is a personal loss," Modi said. One of those who attended that meeting recalled that Dave was looking "pale and weak but sat through the long meeting with the Prime Minister". Mukherjee said Dave's tenure as the minister was "distinguished by extensive efforts to conserve nature and protect environment". BJP President Amit Shah, senior leader L. K. Advani, Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan and a host of ministers, including Home Minister Rajnath Singh and Information and Broadcasting Minister Venkaiah Naidu, condoled Dave's death. They hailed him as a committed environmentalist. Congress President Sonia Gandhi said Dave would be remembered for his humble personality. Dave had not been well since January when he was diagnosed with pneumonia and had been feeling "badly weak" in the past few days, family sources said. Dave, who began his political career during his college days in his home state of Madhya Pradesh, was a Rajya Sabha member since 2009. He joined the Rashtriya Swayamsewak Sangh after completing his post-graduation in commerce from Gujarati College in Indore. His father Dadasaheb Dave had been a long time RSS activist. The government announced national mourning and "as a mark of respect" in his memory the National Flag will fly at half-mast across the country. His portfolio has been given to Science and Technology Minister Harsh Vardhan as additional charge.
SrINagar, May 18 (PTI): Foodgrains, cereals and milk will cost less from July 1 when the Goods and Services Tax (GST) is rolled out as the GST Council today decided to exempt these daily-use commodities from the levy. Common use products like hair oil, soaps and toothpaste will be charged with a single national sales tax or GST of 18 per cent instead of present 22-24 per cent tax incidence through a combination of central and state government levies. The GST rates for all but six items were finalised at the first day of the two-day meeting here of the GST Council, headed by Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley and comprising state representatives. Milk and curd will continue to be exempt from taxation when the Goods and Service Tax (GST) replaced current indirect taxes. 'Mithai' or sweets will attract 5 per cent levy. Daily-use items like sugar, tea, coffee (barring instant coffee) and edible oil will attract the lowest tax rate of 5 per cent, almost the same as current incidence. Prices of foodgrains, especially wheat and rice, will come down as they will be exempt from GST. Currently, some states levy Value Added
Tax (VAT) on them. "We have finalised tax rates for majority of items as well as the exempt list (at today's meeting)," Jaitley told reporters here. The GST rate for all but six out of the 1,211 items was decided on the first day, he said, adding the tax rate for items that would be decided tomorrow include gold, footwear, branded items and bidi. "Rates have been finalised for the rest," he said. Also, the GST for packaged food items is to be finalised. Tomorrow's meeting will also decide on the rate of tax for services, he said. Seven per cent of the items fall under the exempt list while 14 per cent have been put in the lowest tax bracket of 5 per cent. Another 17 per cent items are in 12 per cent tax bracket, 43 per cent in 18 per cent tax slab and only 19 per cent of goods fall in the top tax bracket of 28 per cent. As many as 81 per cent of the items will attract 18 per cent or less GST. Aerated drinks and cars will be in 28 per cent bracket. On top of the peak rate, small cars will attract a 1 per cent cess, midsized cars will attract 3 per cent and luxury cars 15 per cent. On gold, states demanded a 4 per cent tax even though the rate is not among the 5, 12, 18 and 28 per cent
approved bands. ACs and refrigerators will fall in the 28 per cent tax slab while life saving drugs have been kept at 5 per cent rate. Jaitley said there will be no inflationary impact as most of the rates which are at 31 per cent have been brought down to 28 per cent. Coal will attract GST of 5 per cent as against the current tax incidence of 11.69 per cent. "Cereals will be in exempt list. But what is to be done with packaged and branded food that has to be separately decided. We are yet to make a decision on that," he said. Jaitley said the key feature of today's rate decision has been that "tax rate under GST will not go up for any of the commodities. There is no increase. On many commodities, there is a reduction particularly because the cascading effect of tax is gone." "Of several commodities, we have consciously brought down the tax. In the overall basket there would be a reduction, but we are banking on the hope that because of a more efficient system, evasion would be checked and tax buoyancy would go up. That despite reduction the revenue neutrality and tax buoyancy thereafter would be maintained," he added
New DelhI, May 18 (IaNS): In a bid to deal with economic offenders like liquor baron Vijay Mallya, who flee the country to escape the legal process, the government on Thursday said it has prepared a draft legislation to enable confiscation of their assets. The draft law -- Fugitive Economic Offenders Bill, 2017 -- has been prepared and put in public domain at the Department of Economic Affairs, Ministry of Finance, website for comments and suggestions of all stakeholders. "It is widely felt that the spectre of high-value economic offenders absconding from India to defy the legal process seriously undermines the rule of law in India," the Finance Ministry said here in a statement.l "It is, therefore, felt necessary to provide an effective, expeditious and constitutionally permissible deterrent to ensure that such actions are curbed," the statement said. "The government is con-
sidering to introduce legislative changes or even a new law to confiscate the assets of such absconders till they submit to the jurisdiction of the appropriate legal forum," the statement added. All stakeholders need to submit their suggestions by June 3. The legislative action is part of the Union Budget announcement. Finance Minister Arun Jaitley had in the Budget 201718 said: "In the recent past, there have been instances of big time offenders, including economic offenders, fleeing the country to escape the reach of law. We have to ensure that the law is allowed to take its own course. "Government is, therefore, considering introduction of legislative changes, or even a new law, to confiscate the assets of such persons located within the country, till they submit to the jurisdiction of the appropriate legal forum. Needless to say that all necessary constitutional safeguards will be followed in such cases."
Trump urged to build India ties with shared views on China, Pakistan
New york, May 18 (IaNS): An influential think tank has urged US President Donald Trump to develop with Prime Minister Narendra Modi a common strategic view based on shared interests in China, Pakistan and Afghanistan and make India a "clear strategic and diplomatic priority" for the US. The convergence of Indian and American strategic interests provides an opportunity for the Trump Administration to advance its key foreign policy goals and the US must rapidly seize the opportunity decisively, The Asia Society Policy Institute (ASPI) said in a paper released here on Thursday. Deeper cooperation in defence, including in interoperability of forces, and anti-terrorism should complement the shared strategic outlook, it recommended. The paper, "The Trump Administration's India Opportunity", was authored by Marshall Bouton, the ASPI Senior Fellow for India and former President of the Chicago Council on Global Affairs and Chief Operating Of-
ficer of the Asia Society. A starting point for close cooperation between the two countries would be an early summit between Modi and Trump, the paper said, outlining what could be the agenda for such a meeting. A summit would be "at the at the top of my list of priorities", Bouton said in an interview with IANS. "Nothing helps to get a relationship off to a good start than that kind of an exchange between the two leaders." According to a source familiar with scheduling meetings, Modi was likely to visit Washington in July. The paper saw a match in the personalities and operational styles of the two leaders and said: "Modi is a strong and decisive leader with whom the Trump administration should feel very comfortable." The two leaders, who are "highly nationalist and pro-business in their orientation, are likely to find common ground", it said. "Both leaders pride themselves on making deals, even when those deals are not entirely aligned with their parties' inter-
ests." To keep the multifaceted development of bilateral ties on track, the paper suggested the appointment of a czar for India-US relations, "preferably a cabinet member, to hold the whole-ofgovernment brief". "With security issues a priority, Defence Secretary James Mattis, who has publicly identified India as a key strategic partner, might be considered for the position." The paper identified countering terrorism, responding to China's assertive behaviour in the region and seeking peace and stability in South and East Asia as common factors in the two countries' agendas. "India has a great deal of experience in dealing with the threat of terrorism. The US has much to gain from cooperation with India on counter-terrorism and countering violent extremism." The paper said Modi will want more forceful action against Islamabad on terrorism, arguing "that only the threat of stronger sanctions such as sharp cuts to economic and military assistance and removal of Pakistan's desig-
nation as a major non-NATO ally might change its behaviour". But future Washington action against Islamabad would hinge on the course of its involvement in Afghanistan as Pakistan controls key access to US forces there, the paper said. "This will be limiting factor or something that will affect how the administration decides to position itself, at least publicly, with respect to Pakistan," Bouton said in the interview. If the US puts more troops on the ground in Afghanistan, "the dependence on Pakistanis for access across their territory and even use of facilities for the war in Afghanistan will continue and will perhaps be enlarged". However, in private dialogue with Pakistani leaders, the US may be "making very clear our strong concern about renewed attacks across the Line of Control or across the border elsewhere and what the consequences would be", he said. Trump's attitude to China has become more conciliatory because he wants Beijing to manage
the North Korean crisis. Asked how this would impact the US-India perceptions of China outlined in the paper, Bouton said: "North Korea and its nuclear ballistic missile capabilities are probably the single most immediate pressing issue in US Asia policy at this time bar none. ".. So if there are tactical shifts in the way Trump administration has chosen to deal with China in this time frame, they don't necessarily tell us about the longer time view." The paper acknowledged that the two nations' "economic interests could be an obstacle to closer partnership". But it added that "with careful management and imaginative leadership, (it) could become a new frontier in the relationship". ASPI suggests that the Trump administration consult India about changes to the H-1B visa system (which is used by professionals, particularly in the technology sector). It suggested "an economic 'grand bargain' to dramatically increase economic cooperation" through a comprehensive bilateral trade agreement
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Mueller: 9/11 FBI head again catapulted into new challenge WASHINGTON, MAy 18 (AP): Robert Mueller took office as FBI director in 2001 expecting to dig into drug cases, white-collar misdeeds and violent crime. A week later was Sept. 11. Overnight, his mission changed and Mueller spent the next 12 years wrestling the agency into a battlehardened terrorism-fighting force. Now, Mueller once again finds himself catapulted into the midst of historic events: The Justice Department has named him special counsel to investigate potential coordination between Russia and the Trump team during the 2016 presidential election and related matters. Republicans and Democrats alike praised Mueller, 72, as someone widely respected for his integrity and independence. As FBI chief, Mueller stood alongside James Comey, then deputy attorney general, during a dramatic 2004 hospital standoff over federal wiretapping rules. The two men planted themselves at the bedside of the ailing Attorney General John Ashcroft to block Bush administration officials from making an end run to get Ashcroft’s permission to reauthorize a secret no-warrant wiretapping program. Republican Rep Jason Chaffetz of Utah, chairman of the House oversight committee, tweeted that Mueller was “a great selection. Impeccable credentials.” Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer of New York said Mueller’s appointment gave him
“significantly greater confidence that the investigation will follow the facts wherever they lead.” Mueller’s effort to shift the FBI’s top priority from solving domestic crimes to preventing terrorism was a daunting challenge: Even preventing 99 out of 100 terrorist plots wasn’t good enough for a traumatized nation. In response, the FBI shifted 2,000 of the 5,000 agents in its criminal programs into national security. During Mueller’s tenure, terrorists were thwarted in their efforts to bring down a trans-Atlantic flight in 2001, a Detroit-bound jetliner on Christmas in 2009 and U.S.-bound cargo planes carrying printer cartridge bombs in 2010. Two terrorist incidents occurred toward the end of Mueller’s watch — the Boston Marathon bombing and the Fort Hood shootings. Both weighed heavily on him, he acknowledged in an interview two weeks before his departure in 2013. “You sit down with victims’ families, you see the pain they go through and you always wonder whether there isn’t something more” that could have been done, he said. When he became director, Mueller had “expected to focus on areas familiar to me as a prosecutor — drug cases, white-collar criminal cases and violent crime,” he said in 2012. Instead, “we had to focus on long-term, strategic change. We had to enhance our intelligence capabilities and upgrade our technology. We had to build upon strong partnerships and forge new friendships, both here at home
Q & A: The mechanics of the Trump-Russia special counsel WASHINGTON, MAy 18 (AP): A look at the powers and limits of Robert Mueller’s new job as special counsel looking at possible links between Russia and Trump campaign associates.
FBI Director Robert Mueller testifies at a Senate Intelligence Committee hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. (REUTERS File Photo)
and abroad.” In hindsight, the transformation was largely a success. At the time, though, there were problems and Mueller said as much. In a speech near the end of his tenure, he recalled “those days when we were under attack by the media and being clobbered by Congress; when the attorney general was not at all happy with me.” Among the issues: the Justice Department’s inspector general found that the FBI circumvented the law to obtain thousands of phone call records for terrorism investigations. Mueller decided that the FBI wouldn’t take part in abusive interrogation techniques of terrorist suspects, but the policy wasn’t effectively communicated down the line for nearly two years. In an effort to move the FBI into a paperless environment, the bureau
Trump willing to try engagement with North Korea, on conditions SEOUL, MAy 18 (REUTERS): U.S. President Donald Trump told South Korea’s presidential envoy that Washington was willing to try to resolve the North Korean nuclear crisis through engagement, but under the right conditions, South Korea’s foreign ministry said on Thursday. Trump has said “a major, major conflict” with North Korea is possible and all options are on the table but that he wanted to resolve the crisis diplomatically, possibly through the extended use of economic sanctions. South Korean President Moon Jae-in, who took office last week, has campaigned on a more moderate approach towards the North but he has said it must change its attitude of insisting on arms development before dialogue can be possible. Moon’s envoy to Washington, South Korean media mogul Hong Seok-hyun, said Trump spoke of being willing to use engagement to ensure peace, Hong said in comments carried by television on Thursday. “The fact that Trump said he will not have talks for the sake of talks reiterated our joint stance that we are open to dialogue but the right situation must be formed,” said Foreign Ministry spokesman Cho June-hyuck in a regular media briefing. South Korea and the United States agreed during a visit to Seoul by Trump’s national security advisers this week to formulate a “bold and pragmatic” joint approach, Cho added. The North has vowed to develop a missile mounted with a nuclear warhead that can strike the mainland United States, saying the programme is necessary to counter U.S. aggression. The United States, which has 28,500 troops in South Korea to guard against the North Korean threat, has called on China to do more to rein in its neighbour. North Korea conducted its latest ballistic missile test on Sunday in defiance of U.N. Security Council resolutions, saying it was a test of its capability to carry a “large-size heavy nuclear warhead”. But a senior North Korean diplomat has said Pyongyang is also open to having talks with Washington under the right conditions.
Philippines declines aid from the EU to assert independence MANILA, MAy 18 (REUTERS): The Philippines’ decision to stop development assistance from the European Union was a display of the country’s independent foreign policy, a top aide of President Rodrigo Duterte said on Thursday. The poor and conflict-hit Southeast Asian country is willing to forego about 250 million Euros ($278.88 million) worth of grants to prevent European Union from meddling in its internal affairs, Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea said. “We’re supposed to be an independent nation,” he said in a message to reporters after the president had resented criticism made by European countries on his war on drugs policy, which has killed thousands of poor slum dwellers. Almost 9,000 people, many small-time users and dealers, have been killed in the Philippines since Duterte took office on June 30. Police say about a third of the victims were shot by officers in self-defense during legitimate operations. In October last year, the firebrand leader dared Europe and United States to withdraw development assistance if they do not agree with his drug war policy. “We will not beg for it,” he said. “How do you look at us? Mendicants?” In a press briefing, presidential spokesman Ernesto Abella said Duterte had approved a recommendation from the finance ministry “not to accept grants that may allow to interfere with internal policies”. But Economic Planning Minister Ernesto Pernia said Manila’s decision to cut aid from Europe may still change. “I will not take that as a policy,” he told reporters. “It is more of a reaction to criticism. I don’t think it’s going to remain as such.” He said Europe ranks fifth or sixth largest donor of official development assistance. The EU has been providing support to Manila’s efforts to end nearly 50 years of Muslim rebellion in a conflict that has killed more than 120,000 people, displaced 1 million and stunted growth in one of the country’s resource-rich regions. Europe granted the Philippines 130 million euros in development assistance between 2007-2013. In 2015, it pledged 325 million euros over four years to finance projects in Muslim Mindanao after Manila signed a peace deal with rebels in March 2014.
spent over $600 million on computer systems that were way behind schedule and in one case had to be scrapped as obsolete. For the nation’s premier law enforcement agency, it was a rocky trip. But there were successes as well and an extraordinary vote of confidence: Congress, at the Obama administration’s request, approved a two-year extension for Mueller to remain at his post until 2013, when he was replaced by Comey, the director fired last week by President Donald Trump. Mueller was born in New York City and grew up outside of Philadelphia. As a Marine officer, he led a rifle platoon in Vietnam and was awarded a Bronze Star, Purple Heart and two Navy Commendation Medals. As a federal prosecutor he rose quickly through the ranks. And later, as head of
the Justice Department’s criminal division, he oversaw high-profile prosecutions that brought victories against targets as varied as Panamanian dictator Manuel Noriega and New York crime boss John Gotti. Mueller was driven by a career-long passion for the painstaking work of building successful criminal cases. Even as head of the FBI, he would surprise agents by digging into the details of bureau investigations, some major cases, others less so — sometimes surprising agents who suddenly found themselves on the phone with the director. “The management books will tell you that as the head of an organization, you should focus on the vision,” Mueller once said. But “for me there were and are today those areas where one needs to be substantially personally involved.”
ing Watergate, and they expired in 1999. The Justice Department created regulations to keep the concept alive in the form of the special counsel. Patrick Fitzgerald, the former U.S. attorney appointed to investigate the outing of CIA agent Valerie Q. What will Mueller do as special Plame, was one. counsel? Q. Who will work for the special A. Mueller is supposed to carry on the investigation that former FBI Director counsel, and what sort of budget will James Comey told Congress about before Mueller have? A. The Justice Department is supposed he was fired by President Donald Trump. That includes any links between Trump to supply staff for a special counsel — but campaign associates and Russia, as well Mueller can request specific people, or reas “any matters that arose or may arise di- quest the hiring of staff from outside the rectly from the investigation,” according to Justice Department. While working for Mueller, the staff will report to no one else. the letter appointing him. Mueller will have to propose a budget to Q. What are a special counsel’s the Justice Department within the next 60 days — and update it annually, for as long powers? A. Under Justice Department regula- as the investigation runs. There is no expitions, a special counsel has all the author- ration date for Mueller’s authority. ity of a U.S. attorney, including the abilQ. Could Trump fire Mueller? ity to initiate investigations, subpoena A. No, but Attorney General Jeff Sesrecords and bring criminal charges. One difference, however: Special counsels get sions’ deputy, Rod Rosenstein, could. to choose whether they inform the Justice Special counsels can be fired only by the Department what they’re up to. Before “personal action” of the attorney general. taking “significant” actions, however, the Since Sessions has recused himself from special counsel must notify the attorney the Trump Russia investigation, Rosenstein — who signed the letter appointing general. Mueller as “acting attorney general” — is Q. Could a special counsel investi- the only person with the authority to curgate things beyond simply the Russia tail Mueller’s work. Such a firing would require a finding of incapacity, misconduct connection? A. Mueller has a broad mandate to or “good cause.” Whatever the reason, determine the course of an investigation, Rosenstein would have to inform Mueller but not an unlimited one. If he decides in writing. that something outside the scope of the Q. Will the results of the investigation letter appointing him needs investigating, he would have to ask for permission to ex- become public? A. Not necessarily. When a special pand his probe. counsel closes shop, he or she must give Q. What’s the difference between a the attorney general a confidential report special counsel and a special prosecu- explaining the decision to bring charges or drop the matter. The attorney general tor or an independent counsel? A. Independent counsels or special would have to notify Congress of the conprosecutors don’t exist anymore. These are clusion, but can decide whether to make titles that were established by law follow- the special counsel’s report public.
Microsoft’s free custom support Australia one of world leaders could have stopped ‘WannaCrypt’ for life expectancy: WHO NEW yORk, MAy 18 (IANS): Blaming Microsoft for not providing free custom support to its customers who were using old Windows software that may have slowed down “WannaCrypt” attack, a media report has said the tech giant charged a fortune for the custom support for older versions, including Windows XP that was discontinued in 2014. According to a report in Financial Times on Thursday, issuing a free custom support would have protected the computers from the ransomware attack. “But users of older software, such as Windows XP, have to pay hefty fees for so-called ‘custom’ support. The cost went from $200 per device in 2014, when regular support for XP ended, to $400 the following year. It jumped to $1,000 after that,” the report said. While Microsoft offered deals for government agencies during the first year after the support for Windows XP was over, it charged
the customers, including Britain’s National Health Service (NHS), for the custom support. NHS, however, abandoned the custom support for unknown reasons in 2015 which exposed it to last week’s ransomeware attack. Microsoft, however, immediately issued a “free” patch for old software, including Windows XP, on Friday midnight when the ransomware attack began spreading. According to the report, “the high price highlights the quandary the world’s biggest software company faces as it tries to force customers to move to newer and more secure software, while at the same time earning a profit from the army of engineers it employs on security issues”. The vulnerability in the Microsoft Windows software -- exploited by “WannaCrypt” -- crippled computers across 150 countries, with hackers demanding hundreds of dollars from the users for
them to regain control over their data. Microsoft has now provided security updates for all customers using Windows 8 and Windows Server 2003, anticipating further attacks on these earlier platforms being used by millions. According to the company, “customers who are running supported versions of the operating system (Windows Vista, Windows Server 2008, Windows 7, Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows 8.1, Windows Server 2012, Windows 10, Windows Server 2012 R2, Windows Server 2016) will have received the security update MS17-010 in March. “If customers have automatic updates enabled or have installed the update, they are protected. For other customers, we encourage them to install the update as soon as possible,” said Phillip Misner, Principal Security Group Manager, Microsoft Security Response Centre.
CANbERRA, MAy 18 (IANS): Australia is one of the “world leaders” for life expectancy, ranked only behind Japan, Singapore and Switzerland, according to the World Health Organisation’s (WHO) latest world health check. Clean, pollution-free cities and a low smoking rate are contributing factors in Australia’s exceptional life expectancy. But spokesperson for the WHO Colin Mathers said on Thursday that the world’s overall life expectancy was also increasing. The data was taken from 194 WHO members, Xinhua news agency reported. Although there are some very big health issues in Australia and lots of preventable causes of ill health, Australia is one of the world leaders (in life expectancy), Mathers said. “It’s an optimistic report. The world’s overall health is improving. Obviously there are issues and problems and areas and topics where things are going backwards, but in the big picture global life expectancy increased by five years from 2000 to 2015.” Mathers said Australia is also a leader in a number of key areas. The death rate of women after pregnancy was among the lowest in the world, smoking rates were in the bottom eight in the world with just 16.7% of men being smokers, while Australian cities are ranked among the cleanest in terms of fine particle pollution in urban areas. Despite the positives, Australia’s suicide rate was higher than the world’s average (at 11.8 deaths per 100,000 people), while deaths from domestic violence and road accidents were not in decline.
New Korean leader’s popularity surges with common man touch SEOUL, MAy 18 (REUTERS): He removes his own jacket, brushing off an aide who tried to take it off like a butler. He takes questions from journalists without vetting them first. He gets a $3 lunch with employees at a Blue House cafeteria and tweets about his adopted cats and dogs who found a new home in the presidential palace. That may seem unremarkable elsewhere, but newlyelected South Korean President Moon Jae-in’s “common man” touch is being feted in a country more used to authoritarian rule by aloof leaders. Moon has hit approval ratings not seen in South Korea for nearly a decade by standing in deliberate contrast to his disgraced and impeached predecessor, Park Geun-hye. She was widely reviled for her disconnected style even before the damaging bribery scandal that brought her down in March. The infatuation may be short-lived if Moon fails to deliver on key election promises that resonated with the public, such as boosting jobs and welfare, reforming powerful family-run conglomerates and easing tensions over North Korea’s fast accelerating weapons programmes.
“Naturally, Moon is having a honeymoon period,” said Daniel Tudor, an author of several books on Korean society and politics who briefly advised the Moon campaign. “So far everything Moon has done has shown that he has emotional concern for the average person.” Moon’s approval rating hit 75 percent, according to polling firm Realmeter. Park’s was at 55 percent in her first week in 2012, before hitting an all-time low of 4 percent in March. ‘MESSAGE’ TO PUBLIC Moon won last week’s election with just over 40 percent of the votes. Much of his popularity among voters and supporters, most of whom are aged between 20 and 40, was attributed to his down-to-earth and humble demeanour - an image he has maintained since becoming the most powerful person in the country. Photos of Moon, 64, and his advisers strolling around the grounds of the Blue House presidential office with iced coffees in their hands went viral on social media and ran on major newspapers in Moon’s first few days. The photos were no accident. Moon himself discussed
South Korean President Moon Jae-in carries a food tray as he has lunch with technical staff of the Presidential Blue House at an employee cafeteria of the Presidential Blue House in Seoul, South Korea on May 12. (REUTERS Photo)
such photo opportunities with his closest aides, to try to “send a message” that he will continue to communicate with the public, a spokesman for Moon said. Sensitive to the influencepeddling scandal that brought down Park, Moon has also made a conscious decision to sideline some of his closest
friends and advisers. Yang Jung-chul, one of Moon’s closest aides and an instrumental member of his campaign, wrote in a memo to friends and journalists this week that his dream came true when Moon got elected, and it was now time to leave. “Let me have the right to be forgotten,” Yang wrote.
UNSCRIPTED Other moments are unscripted. A short clip showing Moon refusing help from an aide with his jacket, which he casually hung on the back of his chair, was a hit on social media - along with pictures of his good-looking bodyguard and some of his cabinet appointments. Photos of a younger Moon in his days as a special forces soldier wearing a beret and fatigues have been retweeted thousands of times. He has moved his pets into his official residence, much to the delight of netizens. “Tori”, a rescue dog, will soon join South Korea’s “First Cat”, who moved into the Blue House this weekend, the Moon spokesman said. Park left her nine pet dogs behind when she left the Blue House in March after the Constitutional Court upheld a parliamentary impeachment motion against her, drawing criticism from South Korean animal rights activists. “All Korean presidents end up hated,” Tudor said, referring to the fact that nearly all former presidents, or their family members and key aides, have been embroiled in scandals at the close of their terms or after leaving office. “Moon might at least have a fair chance to buck that trend.”
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NscW organises awareness program in Wokha BJP Peren Executive Meeting held Wo k h a , M ay 1 8 (MExN): The Nagaland State Commission for Women in association with the National Commission for Women, New Delhi organised a legal awareness programme on May 17 at Town Hall, Wokha. According to a press release, Dr Temsula Ao, in her introductory speech, highlighted the purpose of the programme and stated that 'Human Trafficking'
and 'Missing Person' were unheard of. This, she noted, was because parents were unwilling to participate due to ignorance. As a result, some agents take advantage and easily recruit groups of minor to be sold off elsewhere as forced labour or into prostitution, she maintained. Dwelling on tackling Human Trafficking, she said that such activities cannot be handled
by traditional customary laws because such diverse forms can only be dealt by law enforcing agencies, with proper networking of the Police, Labour Department and the NGOs. “Only then Human Trafficking can be prevented,” she maintained. The role of the Church could be significant as even the parents of victims need counselling, she added. Others who spoke at
the programme included Chumrenthung Lotha, S.P. Wokha, and Limasenla Longkumer, Legal Aid Counsel, NSLSA. The programme was chaired by Asangla Cholong, Member NSCW, and Abemo Jungio, Associate Pastor Wokha Town Baptist Church invoked God's blessing. Mhonchumi Humtsoe, President Lotha Eloe Hoho, delivered the welcome address.
PErEN, May 18 (MExN): The 3rd Peren District executive meeting of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) was held at the District Party Office Jalukie Town on May 15 at 12:00 noon with Ananta Narayan Mishra, Organising Secretary, Nagaland. The Meeting was attended by Mghuto Achumi,DimapurDistrictIncharge, party spokespersons, State Executive Members, frontal heads and district executive members.
Mishrahighlightedonthe party's ideology and strongly stressed that BJP is for good governance and claimed that the party would continue to be in power till 2024, a press release informed. The house along with all its state and district senior leaders resolved to field party candidates in both 6th and 7th Assembly Constituency of the district for the coming 2018 General Election, the release added.
Satakha bids adieu to Administrative Officers ATMA Aghunaqa block conducts activities
kohiMa, May 18 (DiPr): A farewell program for administrative officers, ADC, Athrila Sangtam, and SDO (C), Atsungba Walling was held on May 18 at ADC Office Chamber. Outgoing ADC, Athrila thanked all the officers and the citizens for their cooperation during her tenure and encouraged the public, NGOs and officers in Satakha to be active so that development can take place. Outgoing SDO (C) Atsungba, SDO R&B Er. Kughashe, President STH Satakha Aholi, and President Satakha GB Association Kasheto Outgoing ADC Satakha Athrila Sangtam speaks at her farewell proalso spoke on the occasion. gramme at ADC Office chamber, Satakha on May 18. (DIPR Photo)
Capacity Building Training on NLM
DiMaPur, May 18 (MExN): ATMA Dimapur (Aghunaqa Block) conducted demonstration programme at Hozheto village on May 13. Resource person Sentibenla, ATM (Aghunaqa Block) spoke on the topic “Package practices of green gram (Moong)” and mentioned that the kharif crop is sown in June to July. She highlighted that the crop needs good rainfall and manure with 25-40kg per ha of phosphorus (P2O5) and 25kg per ha of nitrogen (N) given at the time of sowing. Seed treatment with bio-
fertilizer viz. Rhizobium at the rate of 25gram per kg of seed is also beneficial, she added. She also highlighted on pests like aphids, thrips, pod borer, diseases like mild dew and leaf spot and methods to control them. Demalu Hasnusa, BTM, Aghunaqa Block spoke on the topic “Package of Practices for Maize”. He elaborated on planting methods, nutrient, water and pests’ management. Maize seeds (HQPM-1) and green gram (Moong) PDM 139 variety were later distributed to the farmers.
blocks of the district, a press release informed. Topics on various economically important diseases, their prevention, control measures, technical indications for a sustainable farm management systems and adoption of Artificial Insemination (A.I.) in a dairy farm with various practical demonstrations on heat detection techniques for right time
insemination, etc. were covered during the three day programme. The resource persons included: Dr. Ikato, FM. SPBC, Akuloto; Dr. Bocto Sumi, VAS Vety. Hospital, Zbto; and Arong Jamir, Supervisor Vety. Hospital, Zbto. Group discussions and interactions on practical issues faced in a farm were also taken up during the programme.
A Concerned Citizen’s Appeal K David
pur/Kohima taxi by some volunteers at Khuzama estriction on Se- (Between Police Check napati to Dimapur Post and Excise) since 8 and Mao Gate to Dima- May 2017 has taken a toll
on commutes coming from and going to Manipur and Nagaland. The reason for the restriction is not known. We request
the concern authorities to bring solution to the issue and release the restriction for the interest and benefits of everyone.
The Liberal Democratic approach Liberal Democratic Party of Nagaland
he concept of liberal democracy could be a complete non existing entity, and based on the "reality accepting capacity" of the Nagas, may not even include in Nagas perspective of the elemental chart that gives sense and meaning to our way of life but just like how according to western knowledge, it has been proved that our earth revolves around the sun and not vice versa despite without our intelligent capacity to build our own telescope or sending a satellite in space to accept those facts, nonetheless the fact/truth still remains that our earth does revolve around the sun and that our sun is made up of Hydrogen atoms combining to form Helium atoms by means of nuclear fusion, during which vast amount of heat, light and radiation energy is released. With this in mind one can conclude that neither we Nagas nor anyone could directly challenge western knowledge based on the proofs that their researchers have gone through the trouble to find. The history of the world speaks that in the affairs of the state, no other form of ideals like communism, dictatorship, fascism, monarchy etc. has managed to satisfy the people of the state as a just government. It has been the ideals of liberal democracy that has changed the course of history of any government from an oppressed deprived society to liberal, socialist-capitalist and rational society (Research on 'it' is recommended). It is also to be considered that they (liberal democrats) didn't just accomplish everything that their rationality led progress overnight, but after the inception with more reforms, even from the youth's logical perspective about a rational society, today they are the ones every developing nations look up to and yearn for. Having understood, the pattern our Naga society keeps repeating and the hold of "Ignorance Backed Corruption" in our system, the few concerned young adult intellectuals concluded that without a rational cleansing of our Naga methods, to let run in our society, change in Nagaland is a far cry. Without this measure the present Nagas can simply accept that a change of great gravity is not possible in their lifetime because a few leaders themselves cannot change Nagaland with all their wisdom and flaws unless every or most people participate in politics in their own capacity because the undeniable fact is, politics affect not just the state but also our personnel lives.
The LDPN is much obliged with all the organizations who have taken the herculean responsibility to create legal awareness among various sections of people in the Naga society. We encourage them to further continue their great service for the society. We also thank the others who have taken the initiative of imparting 'Human norms' seminars to the people. Their hard work will never go in vain as, one "aware" Naga is a great asset for the Naga kind and as an Indian and as a Human. The recent move in Nagaland's policy of development has really impressed the LDPN, when the DC of Dimapur announced that Dimapur is to receive garbage bins in and around the city, and to every household registered under the DMC. With the limited fund in our Sate's treasury, we understand of the difficulties any department would face to complete a long due project, considering the funds of the project being pocketed by the previous supervisors, nevertheless, it would be productive if the authorities in the departments would devise "not much costly" projects (doesn't include cheap components) to add for the welfare of the state. And any contribution would be great for the people on the ground that it would be the first. It would be only for the best if the government takes the initiative to preserve and ensure the continuance of all the positive logical changes taking place today that every concerned Nagas has worked hard for, till today. They should set up a committee to work in hand with the State's representing "Human Rights" organizations to take legal measures against the extreme offenders so that people would not just be informed about it but also feel it and follow it. They should also implement work sensitivity programs in work places so that women and weak people wouldn't be bullied or abused by their employer. Anti-bullying campaign should be promoted even in schools like in the US. A help line or a complain line should be advertised in large billboards across the state so that people could be consciously aware about it's existence. The human rights activists must not just be a mere social worker but also should be committed in saving and protecting the weak and the innocent from the hands of the tyrants and ignorant bullies. [Not to show off and endorse the party, but because Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is a real thing that affects our conscious behavior and decision making, in life and make us less productive in the society.]
Readers may please note that the contents of the articles, letters and opinions published do not reflect the outlook of this paper nor of the Editor in any form.
Sachin Jaiswal IAS Additional Deputy Commissioner delivering key note address.
DiMaPur, May 18 (MExN): The District Child Protection Unit Mokokchung District organized an Open House Discussion on “Child Protection Mechanism” at Penli Community Hall on May 17. During the event, issues on Child Protection were discussed in detail with keynote address by Sachin Jaiswal IAS Addl. Deputy Commissioner
Mokokchung and Raitaile Zeliang, Programme Manager SCPS,Kohima as the resource person. The participants, comprising of representatives of all the Stake holders, discussed the need to create awareness on child care and protection from the grassroot level, a press release from Moasenla Imchen DCPU Mokokchung informed.
YGOA General Meeting DiMaPur, May 18 (MExN): The Yimchunger Gazetted Officers’ Association has informed that it will be holding its General Meeting on June 10, at the Circuit House Dimapur at 10:00 am. A press release from the association president Dr. Pensokiu has requested all members to come along with membership fee without fail. Agenda, if any, can be submitted to the association General Secretary, Er. T. Muleki Yimchunger, the release added.
ZuNhEboto, May 18 (MExN): The Animal Husbandry & Veterinary Office, Zunheboto, conducted a three day capacity building orientation training programme under National Livestock Mission (NLM) 2015-16 for the block farmers of the district at Veterinary Hospital from May 16 to 18. The training programme was attended by 38 livestock farmers from different
Discussion on 'Child Protection Mechanism'
Spritual Awakening Crusade in Tseminyu tsEMiNyu, May 18 (MExN): Nagaland Missions Movement (NMM), the Missions Department of Nagaland Baptist Church Council (NBCC) in collaboration with Tseminyu Pastors’ Fellowship conducted Spritual Awakening Crusade at Tseminyu Town Baptist Church on the theme Abundant Life: Renewal from March 12–14. Rev. Dr. Hevukhu Achumi, Executive Secretary, WSBAK and Rev. Andrew Semp, Director, NMM were the speakers. According to a press release from NMM, several people rededicated their lives to God in the crusade.
The new Government High School building at Piphema constructed under RMSA was inaugurated by R. Amongla Jamir, Deputy District Education Officer, Dimapur, on May 12 in the presence of Dr. Kevi Rio, Joint Mission Director (RMSA), officials from District Mission Office, Dimapur, AHM and staff of GHS and village leaders of Piphema.
The Departments of Economics and Political Science, Phek Government College organized exposure-cum-educational tour to Meghalaya from May 8 to 12 for the students of 2nd, 4th and 6th semesters. Accompanied by 5 faculty members, 15 students went on the tour and visited places of significance such as Asia’s cleanest village ‘Mawlynnong’, Aewah Lumshynna Cave, Living Root Bridge, Nohkolikai falls, Cherrupunjee, NEHU and other recreational places.
GST awareness prog held in Zunheboto ATMA conducts training at Chenmoho ZuNhEboto, May 18 (DiPr): An awareness program on Goods and Service Tax (GST) organised by Department of Taxes was held at Zunheboto Chamber of Commerce and Industries (ZCCI) Office on May 12. Speaking at the programme as resource person, Superintendent of Taxes, Zunheboto, Jimyang Imlong highlighted the burden of taxes due to lack of uniformity and said GST is a win-win benefit for every citizen adding that it will reduce multiplicity of taxes, reduce prices and provide a common national market. Inspector, Bendang spoke on tax returns under GST regime and also encouraged entrepreneurs to approach officials in case of hardships. The programme was attended by government officials, ZCCI officials and entrepreneurs of Zunheboto town.
MoN, May 18 (MExN): A training programme on “Integrated Farming System” was conducted by ATMA Mon on May 17 at Chenmoho, Mon. During the training, resource person Asangla Ozukum (BTM) explained about the definition of integrated farming system (IFS) and spoke on the problems of present day agriculture and how IFS can be the solution for the farmers. Altogether 23 farmers attended the training programme,
a press release informed. Ozukum also stressed on the components of IFS, scope of IFS and some few examples of IFS like crop-livestock- fishery farming system, crop- livestock - fisheryvermicomposting farming system, agrisilvi-apiary system etc. were explained in detail. She noted that IFS can become a profitable and viable industry in a country like ours where economy is largely based on agriculture.
LBA meeting of Sainik School Punglwa held
PErEN, May 18 (MExN): The XVII Local Board of Administration (LBA) meeting was held at Sainik School Punglwa on May 18 under the Chairmanship of Maj Gen A K Pattanaik, SM, Chief of Staff, HQ 3 Corps and Chairman, LBA. According to a press release, Sanjay Gaekwad, Principal, Sainik School Punglwa and Member Secretary of LBA, presented a detailed report on various activities undertaken by the school. The major highlights were school budget for FY 2017-18, projects under development at the school, future projects to be undertaken with the help of Govt of Nagaland and Ministry of Defence and steps taken to improve the
academics and overall development of the cadets. The board deliberated on issues pertaining to the infrastructure development proj-
ects at the school and the various steps taken to improve the NDA intake of the cadets. The members of the board were apprised on the utilisation of
financial grant and the infrastructural development that are being taken up. The meeting was also attended by Lt Col Abhishek Bharddwaj, SO-1 Edn, HQ 3 Corps, Lt Col M K Meitei, Adm Officer, Dr D J Rajkhowa, Jt Director, ICAR, Pollem Tep, Addl Director (Sch Edn) & Nodal Officer, Er Kedovisie B Meyase, Parents’ Rep, T Lankonsen Tsanglao, SDO (Civil), Jalukie and Er Ketuoselie Kenguruse, SDO, PWD(H) Edn Div. The Chairman also visited the ongoing project sites and took stock of progress. He also handed over an OBE Arty Gun on behalf of 3 Corps to the school as a souvenir that has been placed in the school campus, the release stated.
Rocker Chris Cornell
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ocker Chris Cornell, who gained fame as the lead singer of the bands Soundgarden and later Audioslave, has died at age 52, according to his representative. Cornell, who had been on tour, died Wednesday night in Detroit, Brian Bumbery said in a statement to The Associated Press. Cornell had performed a Detroit concert with Soundgarden that night. Bumbery called the death “sudden and unexpected” and said his wife and family were shocked by it. The statement said the family would be working closely with the medical examiner to determine the cause and asked for privacy. News of Cornell’s death prompted scores of tweets expressing sadness. Aerosmith guitarist Joe Perry tweeted: “Very sad news about Chris Cornell today. A sad loss of a great talent to the world, his friends and family. Rest In Peace.” With his powerful, nearly
four-octave vocal range, Cornell was one of the leading voices of the 1990s grunge movement with Soundgarden, which emerged as one of the biggest bands out of Seattle’s emerging music scene, joining the likes of Nirvana, Pearl Jam and Alice in Chains. Formed in 1984 by Cornell, guitarist Kim Thayil and bassist Hiro Yamamoto, Soundgarden’s third studio album, “Badmotorfinger,” in 1991 spawned popular singles “Jesus Christ Pose,” “Rusty Cage” and “Outshined” that received regular play on alternative rock radio stations. Cornell also collaborated with members of what would become Pearl Jam to form Temple of the Dog, which produced a self-titled album in 1991 in tribute to friend Andrew Wood, former frontman for Mother Love Bone. Three years later, Soundgarden broke through on mainstream radio with the album “Superunknown,” which debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 and was nominated for a Grammy for Best Rock Record in 1995. It included hit singles “Spoonman,” “Fell on Black Days,” “Black Hole Sun,” “My Wave” and “The Day I Tried to Live.” Soundgarden disbanded
in 1997 due to tensions in the band, and Cornell pursued a solo career. In 2001, he joined Audioslave, a supergroup that included former Rage Against the Machine members Tom Morello, Brad Wilk and Tim Commerford. The band released three albums in six years and also performed at a concert billed as Cuba’s first outdoor rock concert by an American band, though some Cuban artists have disputed that claim. Audioslave disbanded in 2007, but Cornell and Soundgarden reunited in 2012 and released the band’s sixth studio album, “King Animal” in 2012. Cornell also released four solo studio albums and a solo live album. He also released the single “The Promise” in March on iTunes, with all proceeds going to the International Rescue Committee, a global humanitarian aid, relief, and development non-governmental organization. In addition to his music, Cornell also became involved in philanthropy and started the Chris and Vicky Cornell Foundation to support children facing challenges, including homelessness, poverty, abuse and neglect.
Aishwarya Rai, Madhuri Dixit in contention to host 'Kaun Banega Crorepati'
he general knowledge-based gameshow 'Kaun Banega Crorepati' is expected to be back on air in the next two months after its eighth season in 2014. But Mirror has learnt that one of the major changes it is set to undergo is a replacement for Amitabh Bachchan. Both Aishwarya Rai Bachchan and Madhuri Dixit have been approached to take over as the new host. A source from the channel said, "Mr Bachchan's (Source: AP) daughter-in-law Aishwarya
is among those who has been approached to take over as quiz master for season nine. The channel is in talks with both Madhuri and Aishwarya." Bachchan's tenure as host had been interrupted when Shah Rukh Khan took over in season three. In all these years, 'KBC' has never been hosted by a female celebrity and the channel is considering Aishwarya and Madhuri because they want to bring some novelty to the familiar format. Source: TNN
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Mustang FC, Morung Real Madrid dominate Celta Vigo 4-1 MPL: United settle for draw
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ViGO (SPAiN), MAY 18 (iANS): Cristiano Ronaldo contributed a brace as Real Madrid pounded Celta Vigo 4-1 in a Spanish top division football match here. Wednesday night's outcome leaves Real Madrid needing only a draw against Malaga next weekend to claim the La Liga title. The Portuguese international put the visitors ahead 1-0 in the 10th minute, blasting the ball past Celta goalkeeper Sergio Alvarez after a pass from Isco Alarcon. The hosts, who ended the first half with a big edge in possession, appeared to shift into a higher gear at the half-hour mark. Daniel Wass was on target with a direct free kick, forcing Blancos keeper Keylor Navas to make a save. Minutes later, Iago Aspas missed twice for Celta within 60 seconds and Real Madrid got lucky in the 38th minute when the referee missed a clear hand ball by Raphael Varane on the edge of the 18-yard box. Madrid looked set to double their advantage in the 43rd minute as Karim Benzema worked a giveand-go with Toni Kroos on the counter, but Celta defender Gustavo Cabral prevented the Frenchman from getting a shot away. Celta might have pulled level just three minutes into the second half if John Guidetti hadn't thrown away a great opportunity in the Madrid's penalty area. Instead, the score moved to 2-0 in favour of Real Madrid as Ronaldo scored his second of the night on a lightning counter orchestrated by Alarcon. The contest slipped into lethargy for a period before the ref-
KOhiMA, MAY 18 (MExN): Morung United settled for a 2-2 draw on Thursday against Mustang FC at the ongoing Morning Premier League here at Seikhazou Ground, Kohima. Lipok scored early putting Morung United ahead 10 minutes into the match but Mustang FC managed to level the score in the 23rd minute through Imkong. Six minutes after the equalizer, Mustang FC managed to find the target again through Vikou to hold on to the score line
till the first half. When the match resumed for the second half, Morung United's Zabhi pulled one in for his team in the 68th minute. With one point each added to their tally, the two teams' positions remain unchanged on the leaderboard - Morung United on 6th with 17 points and Mustang FC on 8th with 8 points. TODAY’S MATcH Date: 19-05-2017 All Blacks vs Silver White Time: 6:00 am
Free football coaching camp at Kma DiMAPUR, MAY 18 (MExN): The Nagaland Football Coaches Association (NFCA) will conduct a football coaching camp at the Kohima local ground from May 22 to May 26. The NFCA in a press release informed that the camp is being co-sponsored by the Department of Youth Affairs and Sports, Kohima District Veteran Football Association, Havells Galaxy Kohima and Toyota Okusa Dimapur. The release informed participants aged between 6 to 12 years to register for the camp on May 22 at the venue (Kohima local ground) by 2:45 pm. For further information, contact Zakietuolie Khrodi at 7005717748, the release informed.
Real Madrid's forward Cristiano Ronaldo kicks the ball to score the opener during the Spanish league football match against RC Celta de Vigo May 17. (AFP Photo)
eree ejected Aspas - Celta's top scorer - in the 62nd minute on a second yellow card. Aspas went down in the Real Madrid area after contact with Blancos defender Sergio Ramos. But rather than penalise the visitors, the referee cited the striker for simulation and sent him off.
With the fans at Vigo's Balaidos stadium still riled up, the referee went on to overlook a dive by Ronaldo in the Celta area and a clear foul by Casemiro, who was already on a yellow card. In the 69th minute, Pione Sisto benefited from a careless pass by Alarcon and got the ball
to Guidetti, whose shot deflected off Ramos and past Navas to cut the Blancos' lead to 2-1. The comeback was short-lived, however, as Benzema scored for Real Madrid a minute later. Ronaldo was poised to complete the hat trick in the 75th minute, but squandered the chance.
The fourth goal for Real Madrid came with two minutes left in regulation, when Kroos converted with an assist from Benzema. With 90 points, three ahead of second-place Barcelona, Real Madrid can clinch the league title with a draw in the season's final match.
State badminton c’ship
DiMAPUR, MAY 18 (MExN): The Nagaland Badminton Association (NBA) has informed all the district badminton associations, including the Nagaland Police that the 41st Inter District & State Open Badminton Championship 2017 will be hosted by the Nagaland Police at Chumukedima from July 11 to 14. All the categories, including veterans, will be played in the same tournament as the part to be hosted by the Phek District Badminton Association stands cancelled due to unavoidable circumstances. The NBA asked all the district badminton associations, including Nagaland Police, to conduct district tournaments at the earliest and prepare teams accordingly.
Monaco claim first English FA approves retrospective bans for diving "Should a charge of 'SucMAY 18 (REU- tions, incidents involving at an opponent) which was not title in 17 years LONDON, 1st Open Futsal tournament TERS): Players will face a players who deceive a match seen at the time by the match cessful Deception of a Match
PARiS, MAY 18 (REUTERS): Monaco claimed their first Ligue 1 title in 17 years with one game to spare when they beat St Etienne 2-0 at home on Wednesday to bring an end to Paris St Germain's four-year reign as champions. Monaco, who took their tally in a swashbuckling season to 104 goals, needed a draw to be guaranteed top spot but got over the line in style with efforts from Kylian Mbappe and Valere Germain to lift them to 92 points, six ahead of PSG. Leonardo Jardim's side built their success around a devastating attack featuring French prodigy Mbappe and the resurgent Radamel Falcao, who have been fed all season by Portugal hope Bernardo Silva and young French international Thomas Lemar. With midfielder Fabinho and talented fullbacks Djibril Sidibe and Benjamin Mendy adding to their forward firepower, Monaco were a cut above the rest -- even PSG. The title put them joint third in the professional era with Nantes on eight titles behind St Etienne (10) and Olympique de Marseille (9). "PSG are used to being champions, that's the logic. But once in a while we can win one title and that's an achievement. It's time to celebrate now," said Monaco coach Leonardo Jardim. Mbappe, whose performances have made him one of Europe's most coveted young players, added: "We reached our goal, we managed to keep PSG and Nice at bay. They sustained the pace for most of the season, but we hung on." Monaco controlled the game until the final whistle as they snatched their 17th win from 19 homes games, having scored a massive 63 goals at the Stade Louis-II.
two-match retrospective ban for diving from the start of next season after the English Football Association (FA) approved a new rule to combat simulation in an annual general meeting on Thursday. Under the new regula-
official into awarding their team a penalty or sending off an opponent can be reviewed by a three-man independent panel. "This process would be similar to the one used now for a red card offence (violent conduct/serious foul play/spitting
officials but caught on camera," the FA said in a statement. The FA will only be able to impose the ban if the panel's decision is unanimous. The panel will consist of one exmatch official, one ex-manager and one ex-player.
Official' be admitted or found proven, the Independent Regulatory Commission will have the power to rescind the caution or dismissal received by the opposing player as a result of the simulation if it chooses to do so."
McGregor signs deal for Mayweather fight LOS ANGELES, MAY 18 (REUTERS): The long-rumoured bout between undefeated American boxing champion Floyd Mayweather and mixed martial arts champion Conor McGregor is halfway to becoming a reality after the Irish signed a deal for the fight, it was announced on Wednesday night. UFC President Dana White broke the news during a television interview for TNT following the NBA’s Eastern Conference Finals matchup. "The McGregor side is done, I'm starting to work on the Mayweather side now," White said. "I've got one side done. If we can come to a deal (with Mayweather) the fight will happen." McGregor confirmed the deal in a statement released to Themaclife. com. "The first, and most important part of this historic contract has now
KOhiMA, MAY 18 (MExN): A three day long 1st Open Futsal tournament under the aegis of Naga FC got underway here today at the Kohima Local Ground. The tournament was formally kicked off by Dr. Viketoulie Pienyii. Altogether 45 teams have registered for the tournament which will conclude on May 20.
DAY 1 RESULT
POOL-A 1st Round Lerie FC 5-2 The Juggernauts FC Dahou United 8-1 Young United Ziekezou 1-0 Rising Brotherhood FC Ally FC 1-0 Pfuratsie FC Fast Five 3-0 Youngster FC Unified Sporting Club 1-0 Quasar Club Friends Collection Club 3-2 Sperts FC POOL-B 1st Round Prege FC 3-1 Turaco FC Press Start FC 6-2 Forest Colony FC Trixie FC beat Achiever’s via tiebreaker Blue Raiders 6-0 Merhiilietsa FC Gari-Ciko Club 4-1 NHCYO Hurricane Boys 3-1 Rebels Royal Chedema 3-0 Zenith FC
officially been signed off on. Congratulations to all parties involved. We now await Al Haymon and his boxer’s signature in the coming days," the statement read. Terms of the deal were not announced. McGregor, 28, is the biggest pay-per-
view draw in UFC’s mixed martial arts while the 40-year-old Mayweather retired in 2015 with a 49-0 record. The two sides have been exchanging verbal spats and challenges for several months. The proposed bout would be straight boxing match.
POOl-A 2nd Round Team Awesome 4-3 Lierie FC Dream FC beat Dahou United via tiebreaker Dynamo’s FC FC 2-1 Ziekezou POOL-B 2nd Round Onyx Club 2-0 Asi FC Prege FC 3-0 Street Hawks Young Heroes beat Press Start FC via tiebreaker
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