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DIMAPUR • Vol. XI • Issue 329 • 12 PAGes • 5
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Our prayers should be for blessings in general, for God knows best what is good for us Two officers among seven soldiers killed in Jammu attack
‘Son of the Thundercloud’ by Easterine Kire
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India crush England after Root, Hameed defiance
76 killed as plane with Brazilian nPf opposes imposition of ‘Good football club crashes in colombia Governance Day’ on December 25 BOGOTA, NOVEMBER 29 (REUTERS): Brazilian soccer team Chapecoense, heading for the biggest game in their history, were on board a plane carrying 81 people that crashed in Colombia killing 76 people, police said on Tuesday. Chapecoense, from Brazil’s top league, had been flying to face Atletico Nacional of Medellin in the first leg of Wednesday’s Sudamericana final, South America’s equivalent of the Europa League. It was the first time the small club from Chapeco had reached the final of a major South American club competition. Three players were among the survivors, Colombian disaster authorities said. “Six people were rescued alive, but unfortunately one died. The rest of the occupants unfortunately died. The tragic toll is 76 victims,” Jose Gerardo Acevedo, regional police commander, told journalists. The plane crashed in a mountainous rural area outside of the city of Medellin and heavy rains at one point halted rescue operations. News showed photos of twisted wreckage and hospital staff awaiting patients. The club said in a statement that it would not be making any official comments until it had more in-
By Sandemo Ngullie
Vote..re-elect? Sure..We know you’re an honest leader, it was your department who made the 500 crore fund meant for our village development disappear.
NTIEF to boycott of World AIDS Day
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DIMAPUR, NOVEMBER 29 (MExN): The Nagaland Targeted Intervention Employees Forum (NTIEF) has resolved to boycott the observation of World AIDS Day scheduled on December 1 2016. In this connection, all members have been directed not to attend the World AIDS Day observation program in their respective district. A press release issued by NTIEF said the step is being taken to express resentment towards Nagaland State AIDS Control Society (NSACS), National AIDS Control Organization (NACO) and the Nagaland Government for failing to pay their pending salary from December 2015-March 2016 even after repeated representation and other form of democratic protest. The Forum also cautioned that it would intensify its protest with other form of “stringent measures” in the coming days if the Government fails to fulfill its demand in releasing the backlog salary from December ’15 to March ’16 at the earliest.
The Naga People’s Front (NPF) during its Central Executive Council (CEC) meeting held here today resolved to appeal to the central government not to impose “Good Governance Day” coinciding Christmas Day (25th December) “as the day is most revered by the Christian community.” The House unanimously resolved to support the Nagaland Legislative Assembly resolution, during the winter session held on November 22 to 24, revoking the restriction on Women Reservation Act being passed on September 22, 2012 by the NLA. The CEC also resolved to continue to extend its support to the ongoing peace process between the NSCN (IM) and the Government of India and reiterated the stand that “Integration is and must be an integral part of the dialogue.” The house fully endorsed the appeal made by Chief Minister TR Zeliang to the leadership of NSCN (K) in Myanmar recently to renew the ceasefire and enter the peace process dialogue to pursue peaceful and honorable settlement with both the Government of Myanmar and the Government of India. The party also felt it pertinent to urge the state government to take stringent step in protecting flora and fauna of the state.
we believe that giving this 33% reservation in municipalities will be one important step towards women empowerment.” “Let me appeal again to the party and party men to support it, and help in its smooth implementation through mass awareness campaign and mobilization of public opinion in its favour,” said Zeliang in his speech read out by advisor to CM Apong Pongener in his absence. The Chief Minister also stressed on the need to start preparing for the municipal election, which is likely to take place sometime in the first week of February 2017. Stating that Nagaland assembly election is also not too far away now, he said “As a consequence of our forming an opposition-less government our party will have to fight the next election with a slightly modified support base in many constituencies. Many of our party candidates although not being new comers, may be fighting the next election under “Cock” symbol for the first time.” In this, he said there is a need to start the process of some adjustments between old and new members at the assembly constituency and block levels. While the government is open to constructive criticism and positive suggestions, party men should also refrain from negative altitude, loose talks and backstabbing at all costs, he said.
Municipal election in February 2017 Chief minister TR Zeliang said that amongst the several reasons why the government decided to go ahead with women reservation is that “we stand for women empowerment, and
NPF legislators dismayed over Nagaland Governor’s statement Legislators of the Naga People’s Front (NPF) at the meeting expressed dismay over the statement of Nagaland’s Governor in media that the
Kohima | November 29
Wreckage from a plane that crashed into Colombian jungle with Brazilian soccer team Chapecoense, is seen near Medellin, Colombia, November 29. (REUTERS)
formation from Colombian authorities about Monday night’s crash. Flight tracking service Flightradar24 said on Twitter the last tracking signal from flight 2933 had been received when it was at 15,500 feet, about 30 km from its destination, which sits at an altitude of 7,000 feet. The charter flight was carrying 72 passengers and nine crew, when it crashed around 10:15 p.m. on Monday. Heavy rain first hampered and then halted rescue operations. Brazilian news organizations report-
ed 21 journalists had been fied for the biggest game in on board to cover the match. their history after overcoming Argentine club San Lorenzo in the semi-final on TRIBUTES The crash evoked mem- away goals following a 1-1 ories of Munich air disas- draw in Buenos Aires and a ter in 1958, which killed 0-0 draw at home. 23 people including eight They were very much Manchester United play- the underdogs for the match ers, journalists and travel- against a club going for a rare double after winning the ling officials. Players Alan Luciano Copa Libertadores in July. Ruschel, Marcos Danilo Chapecoense were the Padilha and Jacson Rag- 21st biggest club in Brazil in nar Follmann were listed terms of revenue, bringing as survivors in a statement in 46 million reais ($13.5 milfrom the disaster manage- lion) in 2015, according to an annual rich list compiled by ment agency. Chapecoense quali- Brazilian bank Itau BBA.
present government as “corrupt government.” Home Minister Y. Patton said the cabinet is going to meet the Governor soon. Patton said “before things become too serious” the party leaders should also give him (Governor) courtesy call. He also said BJP should not think that NPF is giving step motherly treatment to them, but remember that “you are surviving because of NPF.” Minister for National Highway Nuklutoshi also said that BJP is a partner of DAN alliance and going together for the last 13/14 years, but condemning own government through media is unbecoming. The minister also lamented that some ‘unrecognized’ NGOs are acting more powerful than the recognized NGOs, and stressed that the government should ‘derecognize’ those societies. NPF to field candidates in all Naga dominated A/Cs in Manipur election On the forthcoming general election in Manipur scheduled in early 2017, NPF president Dr Shurhozelie Liezietsu said the NPF party is expected to field candidates in all the constituencies in Naga dominated areas. “The party is expected to declare names of the candidates in a week time,” he informed. The NPF president also revealed that the party has two candidates from Kuki community and a candidate in one Assembly Constituency in the plain sector. (Jiribam in East Manipur). “The Congress position is eroding day by day in the Hill areas. Many of them have joined us and some of them have joined BJP also,” Dr Shurhozelie claimed.
Goods & Service Tax from April 2017 onwards Seized contrabands worth Rs 1 crore destroyed
DIMAPUR, NOVEMBER 29 (MExN): The Commissioner of Taxes, Government of Nagaland informed on Tuesday that the Goods and Services Tax will be implemented from April 1, 2017 onwards. Taxpayers under the present VAT system who would like to continue their business operations under the GST regime would have to enroll themselves in the GST web portal. In a press statement, Commissioner of Taxes, Asangba Chuba Ao said the Goods and Services Tax Network (GSTN) has been assigned the task of collection of data of existing taxpayers under indirect taxes for their smooth transition from VAT to GST regime. All existing VAT dealers who have validated PAN cards will be given the provisional ID and password. The provisional IDs and passwords will be communicated through the state tax portal www.nagalandtax.nic.inusing existing login in ID.
The same will also be distributed from the respective tax office from November 30, 2016 onwards by showing a valid PAN card. The dealers will then have to enroll themselves in the GST portal www.gst.gov.in which will be activated from the same day, the press statement informed. The dealers are not to share the provisional User ID and Password. In case it is misplaced or destroyed, they can contact their tax office with a request letter. It is also requested to complete the entire process of preregistration within the next 4 weeks from the date of receipt of Provisional ID and Password. A helpdesk has been set up with phone no. 0124-4688999 for assistance and queries may be sent by email to helpdesk@ gst.gov.in. The department will also set up facilitation centers in all its offices across the state to assist dealers who have problems in connectivity and accessing the internet.
Morung Express News Dimapur | November 29
The department of Excise & Prohibition destroyed a huge cache illicit liquor and drugs in Dimapur on November 29. Dubbed as among the largest consignments of impounded contrabands ever destroyed in Nagaland, the destruction was carried out at the Directorate of Excise & Prohibition in the presence of the Parliamentary Secretary for Excise, BS Nganlang Phom, the Commissioner of Excise, Tarep Imchen and a host of civil society representatives. The condemned consignment contained an assortment of IMFL brands, ganja, pharmaceutical psychotropic drugs and codeine-based cough syrup seized by the Dimapur district Excise, Mobile
A section of the cache of contrabands, which were destroyed at the Directorate of Excise and Prohibition, Dimapur on November 29.
Squad and the Narcotic Cell. It contained in total 62,764 bottles of assorted IMFL; 1,29,102 spasmo proxyvon pills; 10,207 nitrazepam pills; 2080 kg of ganja and 1861 bottles of codeine-based cough syrup seized over different
Naga Hoho seeks GoI’s immediate intervention DIMAPUR, NOVEMBER 29 (MExN): The Naga Hoho has knocked at the doors of the Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh seeking immediate intervention in connection to the arrest of United Naga Council (UNC) president Gaidon Kamei and information & publicity secretary Sankhui Stephen by the Manipur Government on November 25, 2016. A memorandum to this was submitted to the Union Minister of State for Home Affairs, Kiren Rijiju in Delhi to be forwarded to the Union Minister of Home Affairs by the Naga Hoho on Tuesday in Delhi. In the memorandum, the Hoho said the UNC officials were arrested by Manipur police commandoes without provocation when they were proceeding from Leimakhong to Senapati for the UNC presidential meeting. The arrest was made on the allegation that the UNC had imposed economic blockage
Submits memorandum urging Union Home Minister to take steps for release of UNC officials in Naga inhabited areas from November 1, 2016, as a result of which normal life in Manipur has been severely hit. The Hoho asserted that the present economic blockade along the Imphal-Mao section of NH-2 was called to oppose the creation of e new District called ‘Sadar Hills District’ by carving our land from Naga inhabited areas particularly from Senapati district. The issue being purely political in nature involving the interest of the landowners, the Hoho pointed out that even in 1981, 1992, 1996 and 1998, the Manipur government made several attempts to create a new district by carving out land from Naga inhabited areas and give it to the Kukis. The Hoho stated that the
Naga people have made several request to the Chief Minister of Manipur to immediately release the two Naga leaders from police custody but instead, the Manipur government stated that it would initiate legal action against the UNC officials. It also pointed out that in 2011, the Manipur government made another attempt to create Sadar Hills as a new district in favour of the Kukis without consulting the stakeholders (Nagas). With the issue becoming very contentious, the Government of India intervened and in the process gave a written assurance to the Nagas that the Nagas of Manipur would be consulted before taking any final decision by the Manipur government. The Hoho said the reasons
behind the present economic blockade imposed by the UNC was due to the Manipur government’s unilateral decision to declare Sadar Hills as a fullfledged district without prior consultation from the stakeholders, which is contrary to the assurances given by the GoI on November 24, 2011. It stated that with the arrest of the Naga leader, the people have called for a total shutdown in all the Naga inhabited districts for 24 hours while on the other hand, the Manipur government was preparing on a war footing manner to arrest more Naga leaders and confront the strike supporter. In view of the above circumstances, the Hoho has urged the GoI to immediately take appropriate steps to talk with the Manipur government for early and unconditional release of the two UNC officials and to restore peace and harmony between the Nagas and the present Manipur government.
periods during the year. The street value of the destroyed contrabands was estimated at over Rs 1 crore. As per the department, the three units registered nearly a thousand cases, while booking as many offenders in connection to the
cases and a total of Rs 29, 00,000 was realised as monetary penalty from the offenders. Parliamentary Secretary, Nganlang Phom, in his address held that the Excise department as an enforcement agency is expected to continue its commitment towards upholding the NLTP Act and controlling the menace of illicit drugs. While stating that mass involvement is required, he added that the Excise personnel are doing a commendable job despite all the shortcomings in terms of manpower and logistics. Commissioner of Excise, Tarep Imchen urged the Parliamentary Secretary to take up the matter of procuring adequate enforcement weapons for the personnel, who are ill-equipped to conduct field operations.
Dimapur Ao Pastors fellowship extend solidarity to Clean Election movement
DIMAPUR, NOVEMBER 29 (MExN): The Dimapur Area Ao Baptist Pastors’ Fellowship (DAABPF) on Tuesday expressed solidarity to those organizations who are setting an example in initiating a movement of Clean Election in the state of Nagaland. A press statement issued by DAABPF expressed appreciation to Diezephe Village Council for taking the bold step of deleting all bogus and proxy names from E-Roll on May 14, 2016, the Nagaland Baptist Church Council for launching the Clean Election campaign on July 22 and for forming a state-level Clean Election Core Committee. It lauded the Langpangkong Range Students’ Conference (LKM) for initiating the Clean Election Campaign Committee and launching it officially in September 2016, and the Editors representing the newspapers in Nagaland state, for resolving to refrain from publishing any information that contradicts the
objectives of Clean Election in Nagaland and the principle of “one person – one vote. Further, the pastors’ fellowship appreciated the Aoyimti village (Village Council, Church, Lanur Telongjem, Watsu) for the formation of “Aoyimti Clean Election Action Committee” on November 26, 2016. It also expressed gratitude to the Against Corruption and Unabated Taxation (ACAUT) Nagaland for their dedication and tireless effort in challenging all the Nagas to come together and work for a corrupt-free society. “The DAABPF is optimistic that the role model shown by these groups and many others who are also praying and preparing to join the movement would go a long way in bringing transformation in our society,” the press statement read. It has appealed to the entire people of Nagaland to join hands and participate to make this dream of Clean Election a reality.
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HORNBILL FESTIVAL ‘Son of the Thundercloud’ by Easterine Kire 2016 COUNTDOWN 1 DAy TO gO
Hornbill Riders meet The 5th edition of Hornbill Riders meet Kohima | November 29 under the aegis of Nagaland Motorcycle Sky Entertainment production Club will take place from December 4 to 5 for opening, closing ceremony in Kohima, Khezhekeno and Kisama. The The Sky Entertainment is managing flag off ceremony will take place at Tourism the production works at the opening and office Kohima at 10:00 AM on December 4. closing ceremony of the Hornbill Festival of Nagaland. US Ambassador to India to The synopsis says “In the misty hills of grace inaugural celebration the Naga's, Hornbill landed as a harbinRichard Verma, US Ambassador of ger of peace. This magnificent bird flew India and Justice Ajit Singh, Chief Justice, into the jungles, mountains, hills, rivers Gauhati High Court, Guwahati will grace and brought all the Naga's under one roof. the inaugural celebration of Hornbill FesNaga's adapt the colourful and the grant tival on December 1 at 10:00 AM at Naga nature of this beautiful bird and attribute Heritage Village, Kisama. While welcomas the cultural icon of the Naga.” ing the guests to the inaugural functions, The performance is put in three pieces. all the cultural troupes are to line up both The first performance shows the transition sides from the main gate to the VIIP rosof the Naga's engrossed in nature and appre- trum. All the troupes are to yell and yodel ciating the sharp characteristics of hornbill. followed by beating of log drums in their This keen observation of nature and crea- respective Morungs, according to the tures are adapted to traditional dance, folk tourism department. song and becomes a part Naga festival celebration and village community life. Troupes for Naga cultural performances The second segment of the perforThe cultural troupes for Naga culmance dramatised the inter-tribal war and tural performances during “Culturally suffering of the villagers. It lament how Yours” throughout ten days Hornbill Fespride, honour, valour has been the cause tival includes; Chingdang Village Cultural of this tragedy. It outlet that it brings only Troupe (Konyak), Waromong Village Culbitter pain to individual, loved ones and tural Troupe (Ao), Phaijol Village Cultural family. In the midst of this tribal rivalry we Troupe (Kuki), Kithagha Village Cultural are reminded of the unity that has brought Troupe (Rengma), Phoyisha Range Culto through the Hornbill. The soul echoes tural Troupe (Pochury), Pholami Village from the hills to embrace for peace and Cultural Troupe (Chakhesang), Mezoma love in the war. Village Cultural Troupe (Angami), TuThe final ensemble performance shows ensang Village Cultural Troupe (Chang), how we have traveled from the petty rival- Yehemi Village Cultural Troupe (Sumi), ries to a shared identity. The six tributar- Wokha Village Cultural Troupe (Lotha), ies of Nagas Doyang, Dikhu, Tizu, Milak, Kachari Cultural Troupe, Purana Bazar Dhansiri, Zungki as the metaphor of un- (Dimapur), Sangphur Village Cultural ending flow of Naga journey for love and Troupe (Yimchunger), Nsong Village Culpeace. The continuous flow of river repre- tural Troupe (Zeliang), Orangkong Village sents the connection with the global cul- Cultural Troupe (Longleng, Phom), Ekrature and longs for brotherhood of nation. nipathar Village Cultural Troupe (Dimapur) Garo, Pathso Nokeng Cultural Troupe Hornbill choral competition (Khiamniungan) and Angangba Village The 4th Hornbill Choral Competition Cultural Troupe (Sangtam). in collaboration with NBCC is presented by Symphony Production and supported Media persons informed by Music Task Force. 10 choirs from NaThe Directorate of Information & Pubgaland have been selected to compete for lic Relations has informed all the media the title. The competition will start from 5: persons to collect media badges, pro00 PM on December 5 at Indira Gandhi gramme and car passes for the forthcomStadium. The judges for the competition ing Hornbill Festival 2016 from the Direcinclude Khyochano Ngully, Asin Shurho- torate of Information & Public Relations zolie and Akhrou Koza. from November 30 during office hour.
Bhandhan Bank Kohima Branch inaugurated
Kohima, November 29 (DiPr): Nagaland Governor, P.B Acharya inaugurated Bhandhan Bank, Kohima Branch at Angami Public Organization building Phulbari, opposite Oking hospital Kohima on November 29. Governor P.B Acharya in his short speech stated that everywhere the banks should come out to provide customers accessible, effective and innovative financial solution for the people. He urged the Bandhan bank officials to dedicate themselves to help the people of Nagaland. Earlier the zonal head, North east zone, Ranjan Gango Padhayay in his speech said that Bhandhan received the approval from the Reserve bank of India in April 2014 and the banking regulators finance nod came on June 17, 2015. He
Nagaland Governor, P.B Acharya inaugurates Bhandhan Bank, Kohima branch at Angami Public Organization building Phulbari, opposite Oking hospital Kohima on November 29. (DIPR Photo)
said that its public shareholders include international finance corporation among others and also
added that the bank show accountability, professionalism and disciplines towards the citizens.
‘Hope, sir, we have been living on hope. Every morning when we wake up, we eat hope, and so we live to see another day.’
– Son of the Thundercloud Morung Express News Kohima | November 29
‘Son of the Thundercloud’, a new book by Easterine Kire, Winner of The Hindu Prize 2015 was released on November 29, Kohima at the ongoing Bookworm Fest held at APO building, opposite Oking Hospital. During the brief launching of the new book, Easterine Kire mentioned that ‘Son of the Thundercloud’ is an allegory, “and the purpose of an allegory is to let the reader find out for themselves.” However Kire revealed that the book is the story of a boy with a sweet spirit. Perhaps, the first of its kind
among Naga writers, the allegorical 149 paged book provides the reader a trajectory to the world of Naga myths and legends through the lives of Pelevotso, Mesanuo and the miracle child Rhalietuo. The story, however, transports the reader beyond the Naga world, and which the writer leaves each reader to find for themselves the deeper beyond through the Son of the Thundercloud. Dedicated to JJ and Isaac, the book was released by 13 year old Isaac from Dimapur who, according to the Writer Kire, is a boy with a ‘sweet spirit’. A prayer was invoked by Jonathan Mesen, Pastor, PowerComm at the book launch who impressed upon the need for ‘creative cohorts’ in one’s life. “We all need creative cohorts to understand and encourage each other. Creativity can thrive when there is appreciation, encouragement and critique.” stated Mesen, further indicating that Easterine Kire is one such person to 13 year old Isaac releases ‘Son of the Thundercloud’, a new book by Easterine Kire on November 29. (Morung Photo) Naga society.
Revision of E-Roll for Mkg Municipal Council
Rengma youth compete for an indigenous game- high kick during Ngada festival in Kohima on November 28. Morung Photo/Chizokho Vero
World Aids Day at Ungma village
moKoKchuNg, November 29 (mexN): Along with the rest of the world, several NGOs working in the field of HIV/AIDS in collaboration with the Ungma Baptist Church, Youth Ministry will be observing 28th World Aids Day on December 1 at Babu-Tzubu Amphitheater, Ungma village from 11:00 AM. The programme jointly organized by NMP+, DAPCU, C&SS, CCC, Guardian Angel, MUN, Grace Society Changtongya, and ICTC – IMDH in collaboration with Youth Ministry, UBC is being sponsored by NSACS. The programme is being or-
ganized on the theme: Access Equity Rights Now. Highlight of the programme includes speech on thesignificanceofthedaybytheMDofCare&Support Society, Imchawati and exhortation by The Ungma Council Chairman, Alemtoshi. There will be motivational speeches by PD-NMP+, T Temsu Jamir, Tiasenla of NMP+ and Lanu of MUN. There will be special number presentation by Young Women Christian Association, Mokokchung and Red Ribbon Club, Mokokchung. A special prayer for PLHIV will also be offered by Rev Dr Noklen, Pastor of Ungma Baptist Church.
moKoKchuNg, November 29 (DiPr): As per the Election Commission notification, the State Election Commissioner has directed the revision of the Electoral Roll for Mokokchung Municipal council by way of Special Revision with reference to January 1, 2016 as the qualifying date according to the scheduled given below: Draft Publication of Electoral Roll on November 25, period for lodging claims and objection from November 26 to December 5, period for disposal of claims and objection from December 6 to 12, period for filling appeal to the respective Appellate Authority from December 13 to 17, disposal of claims and objection by Appellate Authority on December 15 and final publication of Electoral Roll on December 20. State Election Commission has also directed that no BLOs and supervisors will be appointed for the Special Revision and the applicants and objectors need to individually approach the respective AEROs for their claims and objections. The Assistant Electoral Registration Officers (AEROs) involved in the Summary Revision of Electoral Rolls for different wards will be as follows: AERO for Alempang, Alongmen, Sungkomen and Tongdentsuyong wards will be T. Lemlila Sangtam, SDO (C), AERO for Dilong, Salangtem, Sangtemla and Penli wards will be Livitoli Sukhalu, EAC, AERO for Arkong, Artang, Majakong, Marepkong and Lijaba Lijem wards will be Daneil Angami, EAC and AERO for Yimyu, Kichutip, Aongza, Kumlong and Mongsenbai wards will be Tongdiba Tongpi EAC.
ICRP round of Nagaland State Rural Livelihood Mission at Chenloisho Village
m o N, N ov e m b e r 2 9 (mexN): The 10 day-Internal Community Resource Person (ICRP) round of Nagaland State Rural Livelihood Mission (NSRLM) at Chenloisho village under Chen Block in Mon district concluded on November 28. During the entry point mobilization function, Rajuselie Lhousa, District Program Coordinator (financial inclusion) Mon, in his speech said National Rural Livelihood Mission (NRLM) is a womendriven programme, with a vision to reduce poverty by enabling the poor households to access gainful self-employment and skilled wage employment opportunities resulting in appreciable improvement in their livelihoods through building strong and sustainable grassroots’ institutions—SHGs, of the poor. He shared that through the commitment and strong desire of the public representative of Chen area to
VCMs, VDB and GBs in Chenlioisho Village at the entry point sensitization programme of ICRP round.
enable its people see daylight, the Chen. He appealed the stakeholdNagaland government approved ers to give full support and cooptaking up the NRLM in RD Block of eration to make the community
gain maximum benefit from the programme. A press release informed that out of 9 recognized villages, villages covered under ICRP round for mobilization and institutional building covered are Wangti, Chenmoho, Chingkao Chingnyu, C-Chingha, Choknyu and Chenloisho. The Internal Community Resource Person (ICRP) team included Wangchang Konyak, Area Coordinator (AC) Chen, and Nyunyem and Ngaplem, ICRPs respectively. Nokkhah Konyak, chairman of village council and Popa Konyak, Assistant Head GB welcomed and shared happiness on the initiative of the NSRLM. Stakeholders comprising the Angh Towang Konyak, VCMs and GBs representing Morungs and colonies, VDB, Teitong Konyak, Pastor of Chenloisho BC, women leaders, youth leaders registered in the programme.
‘Khonoma for a cleaner, safer and peaceful tomorrow’
Kohima, November 29 (mexN): Khonoma Rüffüno undertook a cleanliness drive with the theme ‘Khonoma for a cleaner, safer and peaceful tomorrow’ on November 23 last. The initiative was jointly carried out by the Khonoma Rüffüno Kohima unit, Khonoma Rüffüno Khonoma unit, Khonoma Students' Union and Khonoma Youth Organisation. Chairing the start-off event, Rajuseto Chasie, President Rüffüno Kohima, introduced the purpose of the drive, while Asi Meyase, a senior villager, led the mass in prayer. Visier Sanyü Meyasetsu encouraged the gathered to give their best to make Khonoma a serene and peaceful village. Rokohebi Kuotsu, president KSU, then laid out the details of the work ahead. More than 60 people, young and old participated in the cleanliness drive that covered all prominent resting places and picnic spots as well as the highway stretching over 20kms from beyond the village gate to Dzüleke. Sacks of scrapped polythene, wrappers and other wastes were collected and disposed while glass and metal wastes were entrusted to a
Participants during the cleanliness drive with the theme ‘Khonoma for a cleaner, safer and peaceful tomorrow’ on November 23 last.
scrap dealer to be recycled. “Khonoma, the first green village of India, has continually upheld cleanliness of the environment and protecting its natural habitats and inhabitants,” Khonoma Rüffüno stated in a press release. It also added,
“Khonoma welcomes everyone to be part of this vital initiative to conserve nature. Particularly when in the village, let us all make a conscious effort to not litter but rather try to maintain the environment as is found in its natural state.”
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Manipur MLA’s ‘certification’ to create Gorkhaland flayed Newmai News Network Imphal | November 29
The Joint Action Committee for Protection of Liangmai Ancestral Land (JACPLAL) stated today that "the certification of Nemcha Kipgen, MLA of Kangpokpi assembly constituency, to create Gorkhaland in the hill areas of Manipur to lure Nepali voters is simply a mockery and an abu-
Scholarships announced for poor students from NE GuwAHATI, NOvEMbEr 29 (IANS): A leading educational group has come forward to help the poor but meritorious students of the country's northeastern states. Managing Director of St. Soldier Group of Institutions, Manhar Arora on Tuesday announced the Young Scholars Reward Scheme (YSRS). Under the scheme, the institute would select 100 students from the northeast and they would be given concessions upto 100 per cent for their studies at St. Soldier Group of Institutions, based in Jalandhar, Punjab. "St. Soldier Group will give absolutely free education to 10 students while we are going to waive 75 percent tuition fee to 20 students. In addition to this, we are going to give 50 percent tuition fee to 30 students and another waiver of 25 percent in tuition fee to 40 students," Arora said. He added that students for all categories including reserved categories, who are willing to pursue higher education but cannot afford it due to expense can avail this scheme by applying online. "St. Soldier Group of Institutions will not charge any fee from the SC/ST/OBC and minority classes under the eligibility of post-matric scholarships offered by the government," he said. He said that the parents and students, who want to avail Young Scholars Reward Scheme and scholarships can apply online at www. stsoldiergroup.in, or can call 7009744587 before December 31 this year.
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sive gesture". The Liangmai JAC advised Kipgen and a certain 'self styled' Gaon Bura Hari Nepal to run through the constitutionally protected land holding system of the tribal especially in the hill districts of Manipur "because it would be too costly to regret later on". This JAC-PLAL statement came at the backdrop of the torching
incident of a house by 'unknown miscreants' at Poudel Basti recently. A statement from the JAC-PLAL stated that everyone in the area is concerned and looking for an amicable solution to the incident and called upon law enforcing agencies, district administrators and the general public “to revisit the roles and status of Mr. Nepal in the society".
Assam govt stops cash payment in majority areas
GuwAHATI, NOvEMbEr 29 (PTI): The Assam government has stopped cash payments in majority sectors as money is being transferred through Realtime gross settlement systems (RTGS) and online mode, Industry Minister Chandra Mohan Patowary today said. "No cash payments are being allowed from the public resources flowing through budgetary control with majority payments being done digitally through RTGS and online transfers, while some payments are also being made through cheques," he told reporters here. He said 70 per cent of the public expenditure flowing though the state budget was committed to expenditure like salary and pension, adding that these transactions have been made 100 per cent digital with around 4.35 lakh employees drawing their salaries online. Besides, about two lakh workers directly related to government programmes such as ICDS, MGNREGA are using 100 per cent digital methods, the minister said. Even the payment of
wages of muster-roll workers and work-charge employees of the state government are being made through RTGS transfer into their accounts. Further, about 80 per cent of VAT collected in Assam is being received online payment from the dealers, Patowary said. However, revenue collection of other departments such as transport, excise, forest royalty and others is still continuing through cash, he said. Besides, a large number of non-government sectors such as tea garden management, unorganised labour market, trading community, retailer sector, private hospitals, private educational institutions are still continuing with cash payments, the minister said. Patowary said that he had directed all concerned to prepare themselves for "alternative and permanent arrangement" as the currently followed interim arrangement of cash payment through government account in some sectors would not continue beyond December 6 next.
Tamenglong, Chandel protest arrest of UNC leaders
TAMENGLONG/ IMPHAL, NOvEMbEr 29 (NNN): There was intense confrontation between the economic blockade supporters of the United Naga Council (UNC) and the Manipur police personnel at Noney in Tamenglong district late this afternoon. As hundreds of loaded trucks heading for Imphal from Jiribam reached Noney area the UNC volunteers blocked the national highway, and as a result there was intense confrontation between the UNC volunteers and the police personnel. Reports said that the UNC volunteers pelted stones smashing windshields of trucks. Goods were seen strewn on the roads. As the goods laden trucks approached volunteers clanked lamp posts, and in response the waiting volunteers in large number filled the road confronting the incoming convoy of goods trucks and police. Over 500 goods laden trucks stranded at Jiribam in Manipur-Assam border were heading for Imphal when the confrontation happened. The volunteers blocked road by burning logs and piling boulders. Till the filing of this report, the trucks are still stranded at Noney as tyres of several vehicles have been deflated by blockade supporters. Earlier in the day, a large number of people were seen holding rallies in Noney and Nungba demanding the release of United Naga Coun-
Naga Scholars condemn arrest
[TOP] Protesters rally at Noney; [MIDDLE] Police personnel are seen running after protesters pelted stones smashing windshields of trucks in Noney; [BOTTOM] Womenfolk gather during a sit-in protest in Chandel.
cil (UNC) President Gaidon Kamei and UNC Information Secretary SK Stephen. They are in the police custody of Manipur police since their arrest on November
25. In Nungba, the people carried out a day-long sitin protest demanding the release of the UNC leaders. Reports from Chandel said that sit-in protest was
NAGALAND TOOL ROOM & TRAINING CENTRE (A Govt. of Nagaland Society, Deptt. of Industries & Commerce) ISO 9001: 2008(QMS), Approved By AICTE, New Industrial Estate, Sub-Jail (Tinali), Nh-36 Road, Dimapur: Nagaland
Dated: 29th Nov. 2016
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Sealed tenders are invited from the appropriate class of empanelled Electrical Contractors under Nagaland University for the under mentioned work. Cost of Earnest ComSl. Estimated tender N/Work Money pletion No. Amount docuDeposit time ment 1. E l e c t r i f i c a - 5,50,000.00 11,000.00 500.00 03 tion of Agri. (three) Engineering months and Technology Building at Nagaland U n i v e r s i t y, SASRD Campus, Medziphema. Tender documents can be had from the Engineering Section, Nagaland University, Hqrs. Lumami on working days upto 8th December 2016. Sealed tender should be submitted addressed to the Registrar, Nagaland University, Hqrs. Lumami on or before 9th December 2016 (upto 2:00 P.M.). The cost of Tender document (non-refundable) is to be deposited through NU Challan. EMD from any Nationalized Bank through Demand Draft/Bankers Cheque and IPO worth 10/- (Rupees Ten) only addressed in favour of Nagaland University, Hqrs. Lumami should also be accompanied along with the Tender. Nagaland University reserves the right to accept or reject any tender without assigning any reason(s), whatsoever. Sd/- T. Lanusosang, Registrar
Pre Christmas Gospel Revival & Healing Festival
The evil spirits brings all kinds of sickness, mentally, physically, morally, socially and so on. But Almighty living God wants to heal and bless us and to set us free from all sickness and evils and to give Unity, Peace and Hope and prosperity to all mankind. 1. Venue : Local Ground Chumukedima Town 2. Date : 2nd – 4th December 2016 3. Time : 3:30 pm (Everyday) 4. Messenger of God : Rev. Dr. Len. Lindstorm, Canada North America 5. Global Missionary at large : Rev. Dr. Alem Meren, Director 6. Message with songs : First Nagamese Gospel Composer & singer : Rev. Dilip Singh and group Organized by Divine Harvest & Healing Ministry and all Churches from Chumukedima area. FOR MORE DETAILS Contact: D.H.H.M Center, Burma camp 9436830205 / 09856263869 / 09774408841 GOVERNMENT OF NAGALAND
OFFICE OF THE DIRECTOR GENERAL HOME GUARDS & CIVIL DEFENCE NAGALAND, KOHIMA RESULT
Dated Kohima the 28th Nov '16
NO. HG/ESTT(A)- 1/2016/ : In continuation to this department advertisement vide date 27/10/16, on the basis of the total marks secured in the physical test, written test and oral test, the following candidates are recommended for appointment to the post as mentioned below: Sl. No. Name Recommended to the post of 1 Sinlo Khing Platoon Commander (S.I.) 2 Keneingutuo Richard Demonstrator Havildar Waiting List. 1. Keneingutuo Richard — S.I. (in case Sinlo Khing declines the post) 2. Amo H — Demonstrator Havildar (in case Keneingutuo Richard declines the post. The waiting list will be valid for 6(six) months only from the date of declaration of the result and against this advertised post only. Sd/- RUPIN SHARMA, IPS Director General, Home Guards & Civil Defence Nagaland, Kohima.
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Community College Programme at Nagaland Tool Room & Training Centre, Dimapur for Academic Year 2017-18. The courses are offered under NVEQF through Community College Programme under AICTE, MHRD. Course duration is for 3 years i.e.
Sl.No Name of the course Eligibility Duration 1. Automobile Class X pass and above Dip. Level I - 1000 Hrs. Dip. Level II - 1000 Hrs. 2. Manufacturing Class X pass and above Dip. Level III - 1000 Hrs.
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The Nagaland Handloom & Handicrafts Development Corporation Ltd, Dimapur is organizing the National Handloom Expo 2016 at Boarding Field Sivasagar from 2nd to 15th December, 2015. During the Expo Workshop -Cum - Seminar will be conducted at the Venue on 5th December, 2016 at 11:00 A.M. Resource persons from different fields within and outside the state are being invited to address the participants in the Said Workshop–Cum-Seminar for the upliftment and promotion of Handloom & Handicrafts sector in the state. It is to inform all the interested weavers/ Artisans/SHG’s & Entrepreneurs engaged in Handlooms sector to attend the Workshop-Cum-Seminar. During the Seminar the participants will be informed about the available Financial facilities, Marketing, Designing etc. which will be beneficial to them. The event is being sponsored by the Office of the Development Commissioner (Handloom), Ministry of Textiles, Govt. of India, New Delhi. Sd/- (K. HOKISHE ASSUMI), Managing Director
Jubilee Memorial School (Affiliated to CISCE, New Delhi) Salangtem Ward, Mokokchung. Nagaland
1. Maths (Primary and Middle section) B.Com with B. Ed : 1 Post 2. Geography for Middle and High School section : 1 Post (Qualification: MA B. Ed) 3. Physics (Middle & High School section) : 1 Post (Qualification: B. Sc (Physics) / M.Sc. With B. Ed) Scale of Pay for Sl. 1 to 3: 8000 – 240 – 12800/- P.M. Plus D.A. 80%, HRA, M.A. etc. Perks: CPF, LTC, Gratuity etc. (EXPERIENCED HANDS AND ICSE & ISC BACKGROUND PREFERRED) Date of Interview: 6th of December 2016 at J.M. School complex (Written test at 8:30 A.M.) Interested candidates may report at J.M. School along with all original documents and 2 Passport size photo latest by 8:00 A.M. on the same day. Please note that NO CALLING LETTERS WILL BE ISSUED separately. Candidates can send their Bio-data (personal information) through e-mail; email@example.com Sd/Sd/S.K. Maiti Chairman Principal, J M School BOG, J M School Ph.No. 0369-2226319
held in the district headquarters organised by Anal civil society organisations demanding the release of the UNC leaders.
NEw DELHI, NOvEMbEr 29 (MExN): The Naga Scholars’ Association (NSA) has condemned the arrest of United Naga Council (UNC) President Gaidon Kamei, and Information Secretary Stephen Lamkang by the Manipur Police on November 25. The association in a press release termed the arrest “unlawful” and insisted that the two were arrested “on the pretext of spearheading economic blockade against the State’s plan for creation of Sadar Hills and Jiribam districts by carving out Naga areas for which the consent of the Nagas is crucial and a necessity.” “The undemocratic maneuver of the Government of Manipur to create new districts is a retraction of the several Memoranda of Understanding (MOUs) with the apex Naga Civil Society groups. The incident is seen as a ploy for usurping the lands of the Nagas and sowing the seed for communalism in the state,” the association maintained. Highly condemning what the arrest, the association demanded the “immediate and unconditional release” of both the UNC functionaries. It also urged the Government of India to intervene for the urgent release of the Naga leaders.
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Applications are invited from interested candidates for the following posts: 1. Maths Teacher – B.Sc. (Maths) – 1 post 2. Computer Teacher – BCA / PGDCA – 1 post Apply with relevant documents on or before December 3, 2016. Written test & interview: December 5, (Monday) 2016, 9:00 am Old Ministers Hill Campus Administrator
LIST OF PARTICIPANTS SELECTED FOR NATIONAL HANDLOOM EXPO AT SIVASAGAR
ASSAM W.E.F 2/12/16 TO 15/12/2016 Sl. No Name Address 1 M/s Ao Molong SHG Mokokchung, Nagaland 2 M/s Moasangba Dimapur, Nagaland 3 M/S Alemla H. East Dimapur, Nagaland 4 M/s Achila Land Mark Colony, Dimapur, Nagaland 5 M/s Firoz Golaghat, Assam 6 M/s Rafiya Golaghat, Assam 7 M/s Imren Golaghat, Assam 8 M/s Liangmen Signal Basti, Dimapur, Nagaland 9 M/s Jeshing Kashiram, Dimapur, Nagaland 10 M/s Rofika Golaghat, Assam 11 M/s Tianla Kevijau colony, Dimapur, Nagaland 12 M/s Chibeni Lotha Kevijau colony, Dimapur, Nagaland 13 M/s Asenla Longchar Industrial Village, Dimapur, Nagaland 14 M/s B. Ayangla Viola colony, Dimapur, Nagaland 15 M/s A. Bendang Jamir Lingrijan, Dimapur, Nagaland 16 M/s Yanon Konyak Super Market, Dimapur, Nagaland 17 M/s Bochuki SHG Thilixu village, Dimapur, Nagaland 18 M/s Ngopkai Konyak Mon Town, Nagaland 19 M/s Madhusimita Pegu Doley, Gogamukh, Assam 20 M/s Hima Mach Naharbari village, Dimapur, Nagaland 21 M/s Bimol Ujoni Bijoypur, Dhemaji, H/dloom Industry Assam 22 M/s Rekha Doley Golaghat, Assam 23 M/s Rina Gogoi Golaghat, Assam 24 M/s Danishamin Khan Lucknow UP 25 M/s Intaz Ali Barpeta, Assam 26 M/s Maziburahman Assam 27 M/s Mini Bagum Assam 28 M/s Sabri Ahmed Khan Assam 29 M/s Sumara Ahmed Khan Assam 30 M/s Surya Kanta Chotry Jajabari, Assam 31 M/s Canu Rajbangshi Sivasagar, Assam 32 M/s Jahur Uddin Barpeta, Assam 33 M/s Rafikul Islam Barpeta, Assam 34 M/s Runaway, Nagaland Nagarjan, Dimapur, Nagaland 35 M/s Nengneithem Nagarjan, Dimapur, Nagaland Hengna 36 M/s Lhaineichong Haokip Nagarjan, Dimapur 37 M/s Chaomai Chumukedima, Nagaland Rural Farmer 38 M/s Meyisenla Ao Kevijau colony, Dimapur, Nagaland 39 M/s Chanam Imphal, Manipur Kamala Chanu 40 M/s Abul Ali Sivasagar, Assam 41 M/s Minakshi Deka Gogoi Sivasagar, Assam 42 M/s Niva Trading Phukon Nagar, Sivasagar 43 M/s Lolita Doley Duliajan, Assam 44 M/s Lily Gogoi North Lakhimpur,Assam 45 M/s Sultan Ahmed Khan Bhomraguri, Tejpur, Assam 46 M/s Prabhabati Daimari Salpara Boniagaon Nagaon, Assam 47 M/s Niva Trading Phukon Nagar Sivasagar, Assam 48 M/s Deeps Saikia Sivasagar, Assam 49 M/s Alok Das Golaghat, Assam 50 to 80 Reserved for Local Participants from Sivasagar 1. The selected participants are hereby directed to report to the Exhibition Ground, Boarding Field, Sivasagar, Assam on 2nd December, 2016 at 6.00 A.M. 2. The participants are hereby directed to bring their banner/ synage for display in their respective stall. 3. The participants are also hereby directed to keep their exhibits in their respective stall under lock & key.The office shall not be held responsible in case of any losses/theft. Sd/- K. Hokishe Assumi, Managing Director
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Job Location: All India Eligibility Criteria for IDBI Bank Recruitment: Educational Qualification: Graduation Degree from a recognised University or Institution with minimum of 60% marks (55% marks for SC/ST/PWD). Age Limit (as on 01-10-2016): 20 to 28 years Age Relaxation: • SC/ST Category Candidates: 05 years • OBC Category Candidates: 03 years • PWD Category Candidates: 10 years Selection Process: Selection of candidates will be made on the basis of online test followed by personal interview. Application Fee: • For SC/ST/PWD Candidates: Rs. 150 • For All Others Candidates: Rs. 700 How to Apply: Interested and eligible candidates may apply online through IDBI website “www.idbi. com” from 25-11-2016 to 09-12-2016. Important Dates: • Starting Date of Online Application: 25-11-2016 • Last Date of Online Application: 09-12-2016 • Date of Examination (Tentative): 03-02-2017
kohiMa, noveMber 29 (Mexn): Training on youth leadership and personality development for community development programme was conducted at SABT, Kohima from November 23 to 28 by Nehru Yuva Kendra, Kohima. 42 trainees who were nominated from youth clubs attended the training, which was animated by Lucy, Lohriü A. Maheo and John Makhabo, DYC, NYK, Kohima. The DYC highlighted the aims and objectives of the youth leadership and personality development programme. He said that the training was conducted with a view to help young people translate knowledge, develop appropriate attitudes and inculcate values that would help them acquire the ability to be effective leader imbibed with proper leadership qualities and develop community. John Makhabo DYC, NYK, Kohima in a press release said that the youth who attended the programme also read the Indian Preamble and duties and responsibilities of citizens joining the rest of the country. FiRe StatiOnS
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Mokokchung, noveMber 29 (Mexn): The Central Bank of India (CBI), Mokokchung branch organized ‘Financial Literacy Camp cum piggery management training’ at Kelingmen village in Mokokchung district in an effort to reach out to the rural populace and facilitate quality services. Altogether, 56 participants comprising Village Council members, church leaders, NSRLM - district and Block staffs and SHG members participated in the programme, which was supported under FIF managed by NABARD, District Veterinary Office and NSRLM. As resource person, Sashi-
kohiMa, noveMber 29 (Mexn): The newly built Holy Spirit Church, Vidima was blessed by Most Rev. Dr. James Thoppil, Bishop of Kohima on November 27. The monolith was unveiled by Dr. John Murry and the church inaugurated by Rev. Dr. George Punnolil, Financial Administrator, Diocese of Kohima. The Holy Eucharist was officiated by Bishop James and 12 priests concelebrated. The Bishop spoke about relevance and importance of advent that starts with the first Sunday of Advent. “ Advent reminds us that there is more to life than the present moment. We we4 woMen HeLPLIne
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meaning and objective of Financial Literacy Camp (FLC). He reiterated the aim and vision of National Rural Livelihood Mission (NRLM) to the menfolk and sought cooperation to make the rural community gain maximum benefit from it. He also informed that NRLM is a 100% empowerment program
for rural women. Appealing the gathering to enroll 100% in financial inclusion, he said a Saving Bank account is only the first and foremost step towards gaining benefit from DBT schemes. He also shared on the importance of updating PMJDY ‘zero balance’ accounts either by deposit or withdrawals.
It may be mentioned here that Tizit village falling under RD Block Tizit, 40 KMs away is another rice-bowl of Nagaland and popular for the Green Ply factory while Oting village under RD Block Mon situated 65 KMs away from Mon town has high earnings through orange and broom-stick cultivation.
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yanger Ningdangri, Branch Manager, CBI Mokokchung highlighted the various services being offered by the Bank. He further stressed on the importance and benefits of having a Saving Account for every rural individual and to ensure regular savings. S. Amarjit Mangang, DDM NABARD also deliberated on how NABARD acts as a supportive agent in bridging the gap between the rural citizens of the country and the Bank. He also called upon the participants to upgrade their methods and techniques in their livelihoods activity, keeping in mind the changing times
and demands. While giving inputs on piggery management, Dr. Mapu, Chief Veterinary Officer, Mokokchung elaborated on the scientific methods of piggery management. His contextual practical tips in piggery management, aided by his immense experience in piggery sector, were bonus learning for all the participants, stated a press release. An interactive session was also held. The resource team after the programme had an exposure visit to one piggery unit of Tzusa SHG (under NSRLM) which is being financed by Central Bank of India, Mokokchung Branch.
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Mon, noveMber 29 (Mexn): The Lead Bank Office Mon organized Financial Literacy Camps in Tizit village and Oting village on November 26 and 27 respectively. The Lead District Manager, Hari K. Bubba sensitized the villagers about the muchtalked about issue of demonetisation in the country. He shared about the possibility making Banking facility reach the door-step of rural population through Customer Service Point (CSP) which enables deposit and withdrawal of money. Interest gained through different means of deposits and interest paid for different types of credits, Insurance schemes and KCC loan. Rajuselie Lhousa, District Program Coordinator (Financial Inclusion), NSRLM in the keynote address shared the
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are created in God and shall live eternally with God—but we must choose now to begin to live such a life,” he stated, according to a press release from Fr. Thomas Toretkiu, Secretary to Bishop. “Our” advent preparation, he said, is to meet Christ who became Immanuel at a certain decisive moment in history, at Christmas. “This encounter should prepare us for greater and decisive encounter of Jesus at death. And if each one of us makes ourselves as the living temples, the living house of God, our encounter with Christ becomes easy and joyful and then the building, taHaMZaM (formerly senapati) Police station Fire Brigade
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bring to completion that initiative. It was also true of the church, he added. He further thanked Fr. Sajan for finishing the church construction, which was initiated by Rev. Fr. Sabu Chenackal, former Parish Priest. He encouraged the community to grow stronger and vibrant. Valentine, Church Secretary, gave a brief history of the church. The first community of eleven members was baptized by Rev. Fr. George Punnolil in 1983. Rev. Fr. George appreciated the Fathers, Sisters, Brothers and Catechists who by their ministry kept alive the church in spite of many hurdles and tussle in the past.
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Another NGO inks MoU with DoSE for MDM implementation Phom Community Development Society will implement MDM in Longleng district DIMAPUR, NOVEMBER 29 (MExN): Department of School Education (DoSE) signed an MoU with Phom Community Development Society (PCDS), represented by Nuklu Phom, Executive Secretary, Phom Baptist Church Association (PBCA) on November 28 for implementation of the Mid Day Meal (MDM) programme in Longleng district in the presence of Nagaland Chief Secretary Pankaj Kumar. A press statement issued by Commissioner & Secretary, School Education & SCERT, FP Solo said this is the 2nd MoU the
Education Department has made with an NGO for implementation of MDM on Public-Private Partnership (PPP) mode. Earlier in October 2016, the Department had made an MoU with Rev. Dr. Chingmak Chang, Secretary of ECS for Tuensang district. Chief Secretary Pankaj Kumar lauded the School Education Department for taking the commendable initiative in making use of the inherent asset of the Nagas in implementation of the MDM in Tuensang and Longleng districts. He pointed out that there are formidable challenges in the implementation of the MDM. He also stated there are limitations within the Government system in the delivery of services. However, some people with missionary zeal like Dr. Rev. Chingmak Chang and Nuklu Phom, there can be a third way of communitisation of Government schemes with involvement of the people, Kumar said. He expressed confidence
(From left) Nuklu Phom, Executive Secretary, Phom Baptist Church Association, Chief Secretary Pankaj Kumar and Commissioner & Secretary, School Education & SCERT, FP Solo during the signing of the MoU for MDM implementation in Longleng district.
that the PPP mode can be a more successful model bringing in more efficiency in the delivery of MDM in Tuensang and Longleng districts. The Chief Secretary also requested Nuklu Phom to explore collaboration with other Departments for execution of different programmes and schemes in Longleng district. Nuklu Phom, Chief Functionary, PCDS, which
is a church based NGO working under Phom Baptist Church Association (PBCA) in Longleng district, giving an overview of PCDS, said its approach are diagnostics, prescriptive, preventive and reference measures. The NGO works with 320 Self Help Groups (SHG) in areas like Horticulture, Piggery, Fishery, Community Conservation, Community Health Centre, Morung Education, Micro-
Financing and communitisation of land use. Commissioner & Secretary, FP Solo, in his introductory remarks pointed out that MDM is a centrally sponsored scheme which is being implemented all over the country with a view to improve the nutrition of children and also to attract children to schools. Under the MDM programme, hot cooked meals are to be served to schoolchildren
up to elementary level in Government schools for 220 days in a year. With numerous allegations and complaints pertaining to implementation or non-implementation of MDM in many schools in the State, Solo said, the department faces many challenges in the effective implementation of MDM. The challenges, according to Solo, include inadequate quantity of food grains and amount provided for purchase of fuel, oil and other cooking materials, delay in the receipt of funds from both the GoI and the State Government, mis-match between receipt of food grains and cooking cost, difficulty in getting separate Cookcum-Helper due to the meager honorarium compelling teachers to prepare MDM thereby leading to disruption of classes, and food habit of the Nagas is such that no children come to schools on empty stomachs making MDM not an attractive preposition.
IGNOU Term End Examination from Dec 1-29 December 3 is International KOhIMA, NOVEMBER 29 (MExN): The Term End Examination for December, 2016 of Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU) will be held from December 1 to 29. The University has established 890 examination centres, including 18 overseas centres and 91 centres in jails for jail inmates. Under Kohima Regional Centre, 2414 students are appearing exams at 10 exam centres in Mon, Kiphire, Longleng, Mokokchung, Zunheboto, Tuensang, Dimapur and Kohima, informed a press release from T. Iralu, Regional Director, IGNOU Regional Cen-
tre-20, Kohima. Hall Tickets have been issued to 4,72,767 eligible students who had applied for appearing in the Term End Examination. The hall ticket is available on IGNOU website www.ignou. ac.in. The Examination Centres have been instructed to allow students to appear in examination even if they do not possess the Hall Ticket (Examination Intimation Slips), but their names exist in the list of examinees for that centre. Meanwhile, the students have been advised to be in possession of the valid Identity Card issued by the University during the ex-
amination. Mobile phones are not permitted inside the examination hall. Separate Hall Tickets will be issued to the students of BCA & MCA for Term End practicals. Students have been advised to contact the respective Regional Centres in the last week of December, 2016 for their practical examinations. For BLISc (Library Science), all Theory Examination Centres are not activated for the conduct of practical examination. Students have been asked to contact the Centre Superintendent and see the Notice Board for Practical Examination Centre.
Day of Persons with Disabilities
DIMAPUR, NOVEMBER 29 (MExN): International Day of Persons with Disabilities (IDPD) will be observed in Kohima and Mokokchung on December 3. The theme for this year is “Achieving 17 Goals for the Future We Want” denoting the recent adoption of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the role of these goals in building a more inclusive and equitable world for persons with disabilities. This year’s objectives include assessing the current status of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) and SDGs and laying the foundation for a future of greater inclusion for students also undertook persons with disabilities. Kohima: Nagaland an exposure trip to DoyParents’ Association for ang Hydro Electric Project, Disabled (NAPAD) has Wokha led by teachers.
GMS North Point Zbto celebrates golden jubilee ZUNhEBOtO, NO VEMBER 29 (DIPR): G overnment Middle School (GMS), North Point, Zunheboto celebrated its Golden Jubilee on November 29 with JEO, Zunheboto, Bohoto as special guest. Speaking on the occasion, the JEO lauded the pioneers who served the school tirelessly amidst untold difficulties in those days. He said that jubilee celebration is a moment of retrospection and a time to seek
blessings for the future and called upon the teachers to be more dedicated and responsible while performing their duties in shaping the future of the students. Others who spoke on the occasion included Chairman WEC, Ghuhevi Khuju, Luheto Yeptho and pioneer teachers. The program was chaired by Hotopu GT, vote of thanks was proposed by Member, WEC GUwAhAtI, NOVEMAtovi Yeptho. As part of 50 BER 29 (MExN): A roundyears of its existence, the table on ‘Internal Migration: The Challenges and experiences of migrants Meetings & AppointMents the from the Northeast India’ was held at Tata Institute of DRFCB mass social work Social Sciences in collaboThe Dhansiri River Flood Control Board (DRFCB) is ration with Stockholm Uniconducting a mass social work on December 2 from versity on November 29 in 6:00 am to 8:00 am along the Dhansiri River bank. Guwahati. Prof. DK Srivastava, Therefore, DRFCB Chairman Hokheto Kiba in a press release has requested all the colony/village GBs, chair- Deputy Director, Tata Inmen and the concerned citizens residing near the river stitute of Social Sciences, Guwahati, in his welcome bank to co-operate for the event. introduction, iterated that migration is a side effect of TAPWO 26th SESSION uneven development. One The 26th general session of the Tizu Area Public Welfare of the priorities of institutes Organization (TAPWO) is scheduled to be held from like TISS, he said, was to deDecember 2 to 3 at Kizari village under Phek district. velop opportunities for re10 delegates from all affiliated villages of TAPWO have verse migration especially been invited to the session. Meanwhile, an executive in higher education, for meeting of TAPWO will be held on December 2, 5:00 which students are moving pm onwards. All the executives have been asked to at- to different places, accordtend the same positively. ing to a press release. Prof. Bengt G. Karlsson from Stockholm UniverANCSU Assembly sity delivered the keynote The All Nagaland College Students' Union (ANCSU) address, where he talked will hold its 4th Union Assembly at Naga Students' Fed- about the project on Migraeration (NSF) conference hall, Kohima on December 7 tion. He spoke on why miat 11:30 am. A press release from ANCSU Speaker, Mu- gration is very significant in ghato V Yeptho has informed two representatives from the North East India, where each unit to attend the Assembly without fail. people are struggling with land and resources. He also dwelled on what type of NU convenes meeting of processes make migration principals/VPs/exam in-charges possible. Prof. Karlsson A meeting of all the Principals and Vice-Principals/Ex- pointed out the conjuncamination In-charges of all the affiliated colleges under tures that migration began Nagaland University along with officials of the University with the opening of the Inwill be held on December 8, 11:00 am in the conference dian economy with neohall of Kohima College. The meeting has been convened liberal policies and claimed to discuss matters relating to implementation of UGC 10 that this policy has contribpoint scale and other issues pertaining to Undergraduate uted jobs for the North East courses, informed a press release from Dr. Abemo, Con- migrants. He added there troller of Examinations, NU. All concerned have been re- are many different forms of migration relating to the quested to attend the meeting without fail. Indigenous people.
requested all the NGOs working for the welfare of special children in the district of Kohima to celebrate the International Day of Persons with Disabilities cum Pre-Christmas on December 3 at Highland Park, below Indira Gandhi Stadium, Kohima at 10:00 am. Dr. Neikiesalie Nicky Kire, Minister, Forest and Climate Change will be the chief guest and T. Merangtsungba Aier, Director, Social Welfare Department will be the guest of honour. There will be singing competition for the persons with disability. NAPAD president, Christina Mor and secretary, Kapochuo Naleo in a press release have extended invitation to all NGOs and well wishers to participate in the programme. The organisers will be also providing trans-
portation from designated junctions which will be notified later. Mokokchung: Organised by Care and Support Society in collaboration with Mokokchung District Legal Services Authority, Mokokchung district will observe International Day of Persons with Disabilities on December 3, 10:00 am at MMC conference hall, Mokokchung Town. Sushil Kumar (IAS), DC, Mokokchung will be chief guest and Rev. Dr. Mar Atsungchanger, Executive Secretary, ABAM, Impur will pray for the persons with disabilities and children with disabilities. Representatives from churches, village Council members, well wishers, NGOs, parents of PwDs/CwDs, and PwDs/ CwDs will attend the programme.
Roundtable on challenges and experiences of migrants from NE
MEx FILE Training for elementary teachers KOhIMA, NOVEMBER 29 (MExN): All the elementary teachers have been informed that there will be a mass teachers' training at each of the 46 Educational Block Resource Centres (FBRCs) of the State on three priority areas – PINDICS, Shaala Siddhi, and Mathematics Learning Kit. A press release from FP Solo, Commissioner & Secretary, School Education & SCERT and Vice Chairman, SSA, Nagaland has directed all the elementary teachers to attend the training without fail. The tentative training date has been fixed between December 2 and 10. The final training schedule will be intimated by respective DMA and EBRC. Stating that attendance of all elementary teachers is compulsory, the release cautioned that "No Work, No Pay" shall be imposed on the absentee teachers.
Three wards added to Mkg Municipal Council MOKOKchUNG, NOVEMBER 29 (DIPR): A notification which had kept in abeyance creation of three wards under Mokokchung Municipal Council has been revoked. The creation of the three wards – Marepkong Ward, Mongsenphai Ward and Lijabalijen Ward – was kept in abeyance vide notification number UDD/ MAC- 7/ 2009 dated 31/01/2012. The Cabinet decided to add the above mentioned wards to the Mokokchung Municipal Council in its meeting held on November 18, 2016, as communicated by the Cabinet Cell vide No. CAB-2/2013 dated 19/11/2016. Therefore, the Governor of Nagaland has ordered the revocation of the notification number UDD/ MAC- 7/ 2009 dated 31/01/2012.
School Edu dept informs KOhIMA, NOVEMBER 29 (MExN): Additional Director of School Education, Pollem Tep has reminded the elementary and secondary officers and Graduate Teachers who have not submitted B.Ed pass marksheet and certificate to submit the same to the Directorate of School Education at Room No. 19 on or before December 8, 2016. Those who fail to comply with the order shall not be included in the seniority list, the Additional Director stated.
NSCN (R) cancels ‘Special Ceasefire Identity Card’ DIMAPUR, NOVEMBER 29 (MExN): The NSCN (Reformation) has informed that it has cancelled the "Special Ceasefire Identity Card" held by some of the cadres of NSCN (R), namely Thupuveso Keyho (Card No. 01), Zaremo Lotha (02), Langkhuh Konyak (04), Changnyi Konyak (10), V. Akhum Sangtam (18), Jack Newmai (20), Yuhong Konyak (32), Kughaho Yeskha (36), N.T. Yamthong (37), Kavishe Zhimo (38), Kuzoveyi Kezo (39), Athong (44), Abel Zingrü Thuer (47), Alo Naga (48), Whuchitu (49), Atoka Yepto (50), Wangpai Konyak (51), Khamhi Konyak (54), P.A.Yamlau (57), Ajiba. T (58), Alex Tuccu (60). The information was conveyed in a press release issued by Supervisor, Ceasefire Supervisory Board, NSCN (R) Imlongnukshi Chang through the MIP, NSCN (R).
List of amendment for municipal e-roll KOhIMA, NOVEMBER 29 (MExN): Electoral Registration Officer, Kohima Municipality, Kethosituo Sekhose has notified that the list of amendments to the draft electoral roll for the constituency/ constituencies of the Kohima Municipality has been prepared with reference to 01/01/2016 as the qualifying date and in accordance with the Nagaland Municipal Act, 2001, and the Nagaland Municipal Election Rules, 2003. He also stated that the e-roll together with the said list of amendments has been published and will be available for inspection at the office. In a separate press release, Elizabeth Ngully, Electoral Registration Officer, Dimapur Municipal Council notified that the list of amendments to the final electoral roll for the constituency/ constituencies of the Dimapur municipality has been prepared with reference to 01/01/2016 as the qualifying date. A copy of the e-roll together with the said list of amendments has been published and will be available for inspection in the office of the Deputy Commissioner, Dimapur and office of the DMC from November 30.
DNYO night carnival/bazar
Panelists of the roundtable on ‘Internal Migration: The Challenges and the experiences of migrants from the Northeast India’ held at TISS, Guwahati on November 29.
Dr. Dolly Kikon from the University of Melbourne shared experiences of her field work in Dimapur and Kerala. She argued that the increasing violence is not only from the state or the issue of citizenship but in the corporate sector, the release said. The challenges as a researcher, she said, is how to do justice while writing field data. The first roundtable started with ‘Emerging Labour Market in Northeast India’. The panelists were Mrinal Gohain from Action Aid, Netaji Basumatary from Indo-Global Social Service Society, and Dr. Rajshree Bedamatta from IIT, Guwahati. Mrinal Gohain revisited the historicity of migration since the coming of the East India Company in the North East region in the Industrial Age. It was only in the 90’s that migration really began when the subaltern caste had moved out apparently for education,
it was stated. He pointed out there are also cases of migration within the North East region in the coalfields of Meghalaya. He maintained that people migrate to escape from the mundane and go beyond for sustaining security and dignity; however, there are racial hostilities that one has to encounter. He highlighted that the presence of high incidences of dropouts in the rural tribal community is one of the reasons attributed to moving to different places. Tribal belts are more vulnerable to conflict inviting migration to secured places, Mrinal stated. Stating that young women migrants were sexually exploited at the work places, he pointed out the transition period for them was tragic as many were lost and trafficked during their move. He put forward their experiences when they returned to their homes. Many were stigmatised and not so welcome
in their conservative society, and they found it difficult to find partners. He mentioned the need to engage with safer migration although it is a willing migration. Rajshree Bedamatta narrated stories about the experiences of migrants in the educational settings and how identity is an important concern. She further discussed the anxieties of parents when their children move out to newer places in search of employment opportunities. During interactions with the participants, important factors such as development and its impact in the rural areas, migration as the positive and negative process were highlighted. It was brought to light that often migrants were praised for generating income, however, the domestic workers primarily women were stigmatized even as they contributed to the household economy.
DIMAPUR, NOVEMBER 29 (MExN): The Diphupar Naga Youth Organization (DNYO) is organizing a week long night carnival/bazar at Diphupar Agri Expo site from December 12 to 17 with an objective of encouraging young entrepreneurs and business minded people. Therefore, those who are interested in opening stalls have been informed to contact the numbers given below. Forms will be available from December 1 to 8 at Little Disney, C.M Bazar and Fertico (Agri shop). Last date of submission is December 10. For further details contact: 8014179607 and 7005201213.
Dimapur bodies pledge for clean election DIMAPUR, NOVEMBER 29 (MExN): A meeting was conducted in the conference hall of the Deputy Commissioner, Dimapur on November 29 in connection to the proposed conduct of municipal council election under Dimapur district. Representatives from all the political parties, Naga Women Hoho Dimapur, GBs Union, Naga Council Dimapur, Dimapur Urban Council Chairman Federation, and Dimapur Municipal Council gave their pledge and agreed to conduct a clean election, stated a press release from Elizabeth Ngully, Additional Deputy Commissioner & Electoral Registration Officer, Dimapur Municipal Council.
Consumer Society informs DIMAPUR, NOVEMBER 29 (MExN): Dimapur based Consumer Society today reminded that the Government of India has directed all the banks to issue an amount of Rs. 24,000 per week. Therefore, it has asked the public of Dimapur to contact its office located at Purana Bazaar if the banks fail to issue that amount. Meanwhile, a press release from the Society president, Khekivi Z Wotsa informed the banks not to issue more than the set amount against savings account.
IN FOCUS The Power of Truth
The Morung Express volume Xi issue 329 By Dr. Asangba Tzüdir
Unlearning Hornbill Festival The ‘text’ often becomes the misconstrued representation of the ‘real’ through the ‘imaging’ of the Nagas
agaland once again gears up for the much hyped hornbill festival but the stage is set at the backdrop of couple of ‘economic’ considerations. Firstly, the disclosure through RTI on the huge losses incurred during the years 2010-2014 stood at Rs. 11 crore, 87 lakhs and 99 thousand. Secondly, the financial crunch because of the current ‘demonetization’ process is a huge setback for the festival. But, the show will start and for ten days the festival will cover up the sickness of the state as if ‘all is well.’ For this year’s edition, along with the regulars, some new events are added to bring variety and generate interest while catering to the ‘tastes, entertainment and adventure’ of various sections of people including the much sought after tourists. The festival is being held with the primary objective of displaying Naga culture and being branded as the ‘festival of festivals,’ it has become a prominent space not just for witnessing the various forms of cultural display but even to see the waves and emerging trends of culture and lifestyle of the Nagas. In fact, this is a space that provokes and begs one the question - what is Naga Culture? To suit the changing times and tastes in ‘promoting’ our culture, the events that revolves around the festival comes with a blend of tradition and the so called “westoxified” modern.’ Within this blending, a new understanding of ‘Naga Culture’ emerges through the way we the Nagas ‘present and portray’ ourselves to the world. And, over the years this festival has opened the window to the commercially escapist world of Naga culture which is tilted towards ‘deceptive style’ and opportunistic capitalism where there is ‘commodification’ including humans. When the festival is so opened to commercialisation and commodification of our culture, often, the Naga cultural ‘narrative’gets fitted into the hornbill narrative and thereby produces a ‘misrepresented real’ through the material display so do thecaptured pictorial images for pleasurable consumption of the ‘others’ wherein we happily and ignorantly continue to reinforce the various stereotyped labeling on the Nagas while ignoring the unique value system in our culture. Over the years it has attracted many tourists both domestic and international and what largely remains to be seen is that, the festival has so much of promise and potential to make it a global event in the form of large scale participation from other culturally vibrant countries and thereby create meaningful discourses on knowledge and cultural exchange programmes. This calls for an urgent necessity to resurrect our sense of sights and sensibility and the way we portray ourselves to the world. Sometimes we make a mockery of ourselves and fail to disseminate the ‘right’ knowledge of our cultural values beyond symbolism and materialism. The challenge that remains is promoting the value based knowledge about our culture and tradition. There is an underlying danger in how we representthe ‘text’ within the blending and the context within which the ‘text’ is propagated and reinterpreted. The ‘text’ often becomes the misconstrued representation of the ‘real’ through the ‘imaging’ of the Nagas. The content of the festival should portray the uniqueness of our cultural values rather than getting trapped in the tension between tradition and modern. Somehow, hornbill festival fails to address the rich traditional value system embedded in our culture, which makes our culture unique.The aspects that makes our culture unique are viable resources that needs to be engaged in the context of Naga unity in order to heal the fragmented Nagas divided on various sinister lines. In culmination of the festival, the lighting of the bon fire followed by the unity dance draws glimpses of hope for the Nagas who are in desperate need of peace and unity. But the sad reality is that, ‘far’ away from Kisama the real Naga people continue to struggle within their own bracketed zones. It is this gap that Hornbill has failed to address. In perspective, there is an urgent necessity to unlearn and relearn about our tradition and culture if the objective and claim of the festival is aimed at “reviving, protecting and sustaining” the values and richness of the unique Naga culture and traditions.” Therein lies the credibility of the Hornbill festival beyond the ten days entertainment.
(Dr. Asangba Tzüdir is Editor with heritage publishing House. He contributes a weekly guest editorial to The Morung Express. Feedback and comments can be mailed to firstname.lastname@example.org)
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Thirsty Somalis trek 60 km for water as drought & conflict bite
second poor rainy season in Somalia has pushed livestock herders in the drought-hit Puntland region to trek an average of 60 km (40 miles) to fetch drinking water, aid agencies said on Monday, calling for rapid action to prevent renewed famine. Five million Somalis, or more than four out of ten people, do not have enough to eat because of poor rains and fighting between the Islamist militant group al Shabaab and Somalia's African Union-backed government. "Somalia went through a very similar situation in 2011 where two failed rain seasons, overlapping shocks, restricted action and a late response resulted in large-scale human catastrophe," 38 aid groups, including Oxfam, Action Aid and the Norwegian Refugee Council, said in a statement. "We have been repeatedly promising to not let this happen again... What are we waiting for?" It called on humanitarians and donors to revise existing projects to focus on life-saving support for women, children and other communities hard-hit by the drought. "It is our responsibility as donors, as implementers, as national and local authorities, as Somali business community... to see that this drought does not lead to a famine," it said. Somalia's 2011 famine, which killed 260,000 people, was caused by drought, conflict and a ban on food aid in territory held by al Shabaab. Charities have repeatedly warned about the threat of renewed famine as the Horn of Africa nation continues to be plagued by poor rains and conflict, as well as shortages of aid. Humanitarian access to the al Shabaab strongholds of Lower and Middle Juba regions remains limited, agencies said, with satellites monitoring rainfall trends showing those areas to be "the most worrying in all of Somalia". International attention has shifted away from the drought to Somalia's elections, Kenya's plan to close Somali-dominated Dadaab refugee camp, conflict and the withdrawal of peacekeepers from more than eight areas, the agencies said. Thousands have been displaced in recent weeks by fighting between the warring Galmudug and Puntland semi-autonomous regions and around the central town of Afgoye. Al Shabaab has seized control of several towns in central Somalia after they were abandoned by Ethiopian contingents in the Africa Union peacekeeping force.
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Edward Hunt Foreign Policy In Focus
Obama and Trump, and the Future of US Foreign Policy The Obama administration will soon hand over power to a Trump administration that shares some of the very same foreign policy commitments
mid all the uncertainty about what a Trump presidency means for the future role of the United States in the world, one possibility is that Trump will embrace some variant of the policies that have been pursued for the past few decades by the nation’s foreign policy establishment. Although Trump may break sharply with the establishment consensus that the United States must play the lead role in imposing order on the world, many signs indicate that Trump will continue to ensure that the United States plays the dominant role in policing the world. Certainly, many Washington insiders feel differently about Trump. On election day, former State Department official Daniel Serwer presented the standard view of the foreign policy establishment that the “dramatic differences” between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton made Trump a problematic candidate. Trump “prides himself on unpredictability” while Clinton “has a long track record well within the post-9/11 foreign policy consensus,” Serwer explained, adding that Clinton “wants to maintain the stability of the international system and restore American authority.” With his remarks, Serwer indicated that the foreign policy establishment could trust Clinton but not Trump to use American power to actively enforce a system of global order. At times, additional observers issued more serious warnings. On the day after the election, for example, The New York Times warned that Trump would reverse decades of foreign policy practice by withdrawing the United States from its deep engagement with the world. “For the first time since before World War II, Americans chose a president who promised to reverse the internationalism practiced by predecessors of both parties and to build walls both physical and metaphorical,” the newspaper reported. “Mr. Trump’s win foreshadowed an America more focused on its own affairs while leaving the world to take care of itself.” In short, The New York Times captured the basic establishment concern that Trump would no longer enforce the system of postwar order that his predecessors had maintained throughout the postwar period. Enforcing the International Order Still, not everyone agrees with the predictions. Although the foreign policy establishment remains concerned with Trump’s unpredictability and perhaps even his neglect of decades of establishment thinking, several high-level officials in the Obama administration have recently begun to suggest that the United States will continue to play the lead role in enforcing a system of international order. Notably, President Barack Obama has provided some reassurances. Speaking with the press a few days after the election, Obama made the case that Donald Trump would not be able to simply dictate a new strategy to the vast bureaucracy that manages the nation’s foreign policy. The foreign policy decision-making process “is the result not just of the President, it is the result of countless interactions and arrangements and relationships between our military and other militaries, and our diplomats and other diplomats, and intelligence officers and development workers,” Obama explained. Moreover, Obama insisted that much of the media commentary about Trump missed the fact that most U.S. officials continue to share the same basic foreign policy goals. Certainly, “there’s enormous continuity beneath the day-to-day news that makes us that indispensable nation when it comes to maintaining order and promoting prosperity around the world,” Obama stated. “That will continue.” Finally, Obama disclosed one more important detail that pointed towards future continuity. Citing the meeting that he held with Trump at the White House after the election, Obama said that Trump “expressed a great interest in maintaining our core
strategic relationships.” Trump, in other words, ap- mit the United States to the Paris Agreement in order peared eager to continue working closely with U.S. to address the threat of global climate change, Obama allies to enforce a system of global order. confirmed that he was primarily motivated by the U.S. interests at stake. Currently, “the biggest threat when Shared Priorities it comes to climate change and pollution isn’t going Trump and the Obama administration have al- to come from us — because we only have 300 million ways shared many of the same foreign policy objec- people,” Obama explained. “It’s going to come from tives, even though Trump made every effort during China, with over a billion people, and India, with over his campaign to condemn Obama’s policies as dan- a billion people.” With his remarks, Obama indicated gerous and destructive to both the United States and that the United States needed to join the Paris Agreethe world. For starters, both Trump and the Obama ment to prevent countries such as China and India administration have made it clear that they intend to from harming the United States with their pollution. ensure that the United States remains the most dominant military power in the world. Shared Approach to the Islamic State In March 2016, Secretary of Defense Ashton CartBoth Trump and Obama have also made it clear er presented the basic position of the Obama admin- that they intend to completely destroy the Islamic State istration when he assured the Senate Committee (ISIS or IS). In November 2015, Trump outlined his poon Armed Services that the Department of Defense sition during a radio commercial in which he pledged “will keep ensuring our dominance in all domains.” to “quickly and decisively bomb the hell out of ISIS.” The following month, Trump declared his support In recent months, officials in the Obama adminisfor the same objective. “Our military dominance tration have articulated similar goals. This past June, must be unquestioned,” Trump stated. for example, State Department official Brett McGurk Furthermore, Trump has displayed similar com- stood before a map that showed various areas unmitments on other fundamental issues. For instance, der the control of IS and announced that “we have Trump has made it clear that he intends to prioritize to wipe them off this map.” A few months later, Secthe interests of the United States above everything retary of State John Kerry took a similar position. The else. “America First will be the major and overrid- United States has an interest in “terminating ISIL/ ing theme of my administration,” Trump announced Daesh, as fast as possible,” Kerry stated. during his campaign. Indeed, Trump insisted that he In fact, the Obama administration has been busy would base his foreign policy on the premise that the working to fulfill its mission. In the time since the adUnited States should only take actions in the world ministration began its air campaign in August 2014, that work to the advantage of the United States. U.S. and coalition forces have conducted more than “We’re going to finally have a coherent foreign policy 15,000 airstrikes against IS and have killed more than based upon American interests, and the shared in- 45,000 IS fighters. In other words, the administration terests of our allies,” Trump stated. has been bombing the hell out of ISIS. Clearly, IS fightUnder Obama’s leadership, administration officials ers “should sleep with one eye open because we’re have taken the same approach. Although the Obama not gonna give them a moment’s peace,” U.S. Colonel administration has not used the same slogan, it has John Dorrian explained on November 16, 2016. adopted an America First strategy. Vice President Joe In the end, the outgoing Obama administration Biden pointed to the administration’s strategy when will soon hand over power to a Trump administration he toured Asia in July 2016 as part of the administra- that shares some of the very same foreign policy comtion’s “rebalance” to Asia. “We’re not doing anyone any mitments. Despite the fact that the foreign policy esfavors,” Biden stated, referring to the administration’s tablishment remains uncertain about Trump’s intenspecial focus on the region. “It’s overwhelmingly in our tions, the president-elect has provided many signals interest. Overwhelmingly.” Two months later, State De- that he intends for the United States to continue playpartment official Antony J. Blinken provided more di- ing an active role in enforcing a system of global order. rect confirmation of the administration’s strategy. “We As Trump has put it, using the standard language of don’t work with other nations as a luxury, or as charity,” the foreign policy establishment, his administration will Blinken explained. “Our national interest demands our mainly be “focusing on creating stability in the world.” global engagement.” Even President Obama has confirmed that his adEdward Hunt writes about war and empire. He ministration has adopted an America First strategy. has a PhD in American Studies from the College of When he recently commented on his decision to com- William & Mary.
Malaysian DJ samples indigenous music to spread land rights message Alisa Tang Thomson Reuters Foundation
atama had spent a decade through the 1990s DJ-ing hip hop at clubs across Malaysia, Singapore and Thailand when a fellow DJ asked him a question that sparked his curiosity about his indigenous roots in the Malaysian state of Sabah. "Your father is the Bob Marley of Sabah. Have you ever thought of putting all the music instruments your father taught you into your own music?" Atama recalls his friend asking. Atama, who was born Andrew Ambrose but goes by the indigenous name given to him 12 years ago, likens his father, the late indigenous singer-songwriter Ambrose Mudi, to Elvis Presley, Bob Dylan and Frank Sinatra. He had grown up among musicians, touring with them from the age of three. He broke away from DJ-ing and began sampling music by indigenous musicians from Sabah, adding a hiphop beat and rapping his own lyrics, launching in 2005 an album called "My Tribal Roots". It was after the album landed him in a stressful copyright court battle with a record company that Atama be-
gan digging deeper into his culture in Sabah, his homeland of rainforest and remote beaches on Borneo island. He learned more the about Sabah indigenous peoples' struggle for land rights against companies exploiting their territory for palm oil and timber, and he began using his music to campaign for their rights and raise awareness of the issues. "When I see the community being treated like this by companies - going and just taking their land - it's the same feeling from my court case, with the company trying to rip me off and steal my stuff," Atama said in an interview with the Thomson Reuters Foundation in the Thai city of Chiang Mai. "So I decided to go full on and fight for indigenous rights," he said on the sidelines of a meeting with the Asia Indigenous Peoples Pact, a Chiang Maibased network of indigenous groups across the region. Today, he is among a new breed of indigenous activists, reaching out to young people through art, film and his own music - a catchy, danceable fusion of old school indigenous songs with hip hop and rap.
At home in Kota Kinabalu, the capital of Sabah, Atama has connected with local activists who bring remote villagers to court in the city to fight for land rights. Their court victory celebrations, in particular, have included cultural performances that demonstrate indigenous identity through art. "THIS IS OUR LAND" From the Philippines to Brazil, indigenous peoples - living in resource-rich areas and lacking land titles or knowledge to defend themselves - are often at the centre of violent struggles for land against governments and companies exploiting land for mining, agricultural and infrastructure projects. In "My Tribal Roots", Atama said, each song has a short interlude of a father telling a bedtime story to his son about indigenous peoples, "instilling the idea of preserving culture and identity and not forgetting who you are." He has hosted local filmmakers to introduce them to indigenous communities, and teamed up with activists to form a film collective called
Waris Sabah - "the descendants of Sabah". From 2006 to 2009, Waris Sabah listened to indigenous peoples' concerns ranging from corruption to illegal logging, and worked with them to create 25 short films on these issues, screening them for the communities. "I see this as amplifying, giving voice to the voiceless, disseminating injustices to the greater community, and creating understanding and solidarity," Atama said. His latest project was a commemorative song called "Ini tanah kita", or "This is our land" - launched in 2014 in New York at the United Nations World Conference on Indigenous Peoples. "This is our land", Atama said, describes the struggle of indigenous peoples against "a disease called greed". "Forests are being molested, our resources uprooted, our land is being raped, and our rivers turned murky. Our peoples have become fearful and angry as their futures ... their customary lands, are now submerged in floods. "But here we are on the world stage - let's not just stand and watch, let's talk and defend our lands while we are dancing this song together."
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Ways to bounce back from failure Mark Reagan Think Simple Now
3. who Failed First? Pretty much every famous person you know of has failed at some point in their career. Failing is disheartening. So for motivation to keep going, look to these people who came and failed before you. • The Chicken Soup for the Soul series was rejected 140 times before being published. • Even Dr. Seuss and the Harry Potter series were rejected. • The founder of the Honda car company had his factories destroyed both by war and an earthquake. If these people had faced failure a few times and given up, they would’ve never found their massive success. Use stories like this as motivation.
lmost all of us would love it if we succeeded on the first try every single time. That’s not how it works, though. And the idea of failure sometimes prevents us from even trying to begin with. Failure, especially repeated failure, can be hard to bounce back from. It’s easy to become invested in a situation or project and want it to go a certain way. When it doesn’t, it can be disappointing or even crush your confidence. It might get to the point where you might wonder, Why even try? It can be extra tough when you feel you’re doing your best, and your best isn’t good enough. Failure is inevitable. It doesn’t feel good, but it’s part of life. In- 4. take the Long-term View Sometimes we think we stead of fearing failure, here are some ways to help you bounce should succeed almost immediback and regain your confidence ately. Maybe you think your new when it does happen. business will be an overnight success, or you’re going to master 1. what Did You Learn? We fail so we can learn. If you that new skill almost instantly. And then it turns out, success never failed, you would never learn. You’d just be perfect in ev- is hard. And maybe we quit. Or ery way … which sounds super maybe we keep on going like the people above in No. 3. boring to me. So check your expectations. If you fail at something, look Unmet expectations can actually for the lessons: cause us distress (they affect the • What did you learn? • How will it help you succeed chemicals in our brain). Instead, take the long term in the future? view. I don’t know who said it • How will you do things diffirst, but there’s a saying that goes, ferently next time? “Success is like growing bamboo.” Understanding lessons can Bamboo seems like it takes a help us see that our time and eflong time to grow. For the first five forts aren’t wasted — we’ve come years, you don’t really see much out this a smarter, more able huhappening. man than before. Just a tiny shoot. For five years. What we don’t see is what’s 2. Success is Built Out of Failure happening underground. Its There are a lot of gatekeepers roots are pushing through the in life who can help us achieve dirt, growing in complexity — setwhat we want or hold us back. ting the foundation. They could be the person who’s And then, its growth explodes interviewing you for your dream and the tree can rise by up to a job. It might be the publishers meter a day. you’re sending your novel to. It Success is the same way. Look could even be as simple as the at your failures as setting the friends of the guy or girl you really foundation. Take the long-term like. view and grow bamboo. Here’s the thing: Deep down, they don’t want you to fail. But 5. watch Your Self-talk they can’t let everyone through, What goes through your mind so they also want the best. when you fail? What you tell yourEach time they reject you, you self can have a massive impact. can look at it one way and quit. If you fail and think, “I’m a Or you can look at it as you’re not failure,” there’s a problem. That quite there yet, but if you keep at statement implies that you are it, if you use those lessons to keep currently a failure, have always building, you will be. been a failure and will continue to
be a failure. If you think something like that, correct yourself. “I’m a failure,” can become, “This particular attempt failed,” or “This time I didn’t succeed, but I can do better later on.” It can get tough especially when you have multiple failures in a row. But look at each one as a specific, non-permanent event. Just changing your self-talk around can have a massive impact on your success and perseverance. 6. Make a List of Your Previous Successes If you’re having difficulty regaining your confidence and bouncing back, grab a pen and some paper. If you’ve failed, it can be easy to become too focused on the negative and not see the positive (especially if it’s been failure after failure). If this happens to you, it’s ok — our brains have a negativity bias, so it’s just the way we work. When you feel like you’re starting to become overwhelmed by failure and having a hard time continuing, write down every success you’ve had you can think of. It doesn’t matter how big or small they are — looking for the small wins is great. It can be something as simple as: • Each time you put yourself out there (It takes courage!) • Each lesson you’ve learned • Each time you pushed forward • The small awards you’ve gotten • That time your friends or loved ones liked your work • The time you made that person smile • The one paying client you got that one time Focus on the tiny successes. You can even keep a daily journal of them to help you keep going. 7. Failure is not a reflection of who You are Our brains are funny things, and they respond to threats that sometimes aren’t there. Some of those threats are things that make us look foolish or lesser in the eyes of others. We don’t want to fail. But failure is not a reflection of who you are. Your reaction to failure is. It’s your call whether to pick yourself up or not. If anyone judges you based on your failures, that’s their problem, not yours.
8. re-evaluate Your Plan If you keep trying the same thing over and over and it’s not working, it’s time to take another look at it. • Is there a better way to go about it? • Are there people who can help you? • Are your expectations unrealistic? There’s a saying that doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results is the definition of insanity. It’s not, but it is kind of stupid. Failure might be telling you something more. Here’s the thing. I mentioned people who kept on going and going, but sometimes the right move is to quit. Seth Godin’s book The Dip is all about when to quit and when to keep going. It’s just looking at when quitting is the right thing to do. I used to teach Salsa dancing, and I gave it up. I kept trying to get new students and turn it into a full-time practice, but it wasn’t working. Were there other (probably more effective) approaches I could’ve learned and tried? Sure. But did I want to? When it came down to it, and I got really honest, my heart wasn’t in it. I wanted to be helping people in a different way. So I quit, and was immediately happier as a result. Stick with it when you’re growing bamboo. Quit when the soil’s no good and you need to plant elsewhere. 9. Give Yourself a Mourning Period Failure is loss. And it’s okay to grieve a loss. So if you fail, especially at something you’re really wrapped up in, give yourself time to mourn it. How many days do you need? One day, maybe three or more for a larger failure? Give yourself time to get over it. But the key is to set a time limit. And once it’s set, commit to jumping back on the horse. What this does is reframe how you feel toward failure — it makes your feelings your choice. In the end, it might not seem like it, but failure is not your enemy. It’s your mentor. It might be a mentor who you don’t want to see, but when they show up, it’s not to hold you back, but help you along. Your success is born out of the flames of failure. Embrace it and move forward. (Courtesy: http://thinksimplenow. com/motivation/success-after-failure/)
When thou left, In my finger, the Diamond rusted Even, the reds of roses, that thou placed, So lovely in my heart; Faded Adieu Beloved, Spring dies, While crying upon, your linen coffer. Though, you! my love, Cared not to take me, On a journey that thou embarked. Along with you, departed my soul. Thus, lifeless, Iam. While desolate my days. Adieu Beloved, Magnolias no longer bears pink. The blue skies are now a tormenting gray And 'Bach' the man next door, Plays no more, the melodious, Blacks and whites. So Adieu Beloved; its tuneless autumn, The trees have shed, all its leaves molten. So, out I went, in search for Hardy's 'Thrush'. Perhaps, that hopeful "Patina of ugliness", Might be my lone, Christmas companion. Yet today, I find not, its presence. (In blast- beruffled-plume ) Adieu Beloved, as thou left, the Thrush sings no more. So, Clueless Iam, Blurry and Sombre. Like my backyard, who never saw, The mystic beauty of white snow. But surely does the raging rain, Whose appearance, I terribly dislike. So Adieu Beloved; Journey well. Journey well; Till we meet again. In mirage realm, On heaven's aisle. Moali Pongen Kohima
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nagaland: 53 years & MIles More to go Nagaland celebrates 53 years of Statehood Day on 1st December. We are reminded of the words of the Nobel Prize winning playwright, George Bernard Shaw,“Progress is impossible without change, and those who cannot change their minds cannot change anything.” These words ring true especially with regard to our society where any sort of political, cultural, and socio-economic progress areinhibited by the doors of closed-minds that resist change and development. As we celebrate 53 years of Statehood Day, and with a month left to welcome the New Year, let’s commit, as citizens, to build a better and united society.
ecember 1, 2016 will mark Nagaland completing its 53rd Year of statehood. This is not a long time in the life of a state, but it has been long enough to accommodate dramatic changes in all areas. Nagaland received the status of a full-fledged state after a unique struggle, via the 13thConstitutional Amendment Act, 1962, although it was formally inaugurated on December 1, 1963. Perhaps over the years, there have been many things to be proud of, and as many things that have let us down. We owe much gratitude to the selfless leaders who have contributed to the growth of Nagaland inspite of overwhelming obstacles. But have we attained all our goals? Definitely not, and corruption has plagued our land. The menace has grown because those at the helm of affairs have discovered that the arm of the law is never long enough to rope them in. If there is one gaping hole in our roster of achievements, it’s the ‘lack of constructive endeavour, and corruption at all levels’. There is no substitute for substantive development, and adherence to good governance creates an environment where corruption struggles to flourish. Today, we witness mass revolts and strikes being organized because citizens have lost faith in the ability of the government. Government expenditures which are meant for security and welfare of the public, where are they end-
-ShitioShitiri, HOD Political Science, tetso college As per state budget 2016-17, the gov- extra mile plays a crucial catalystin deernment allocated Rs 280.32 crores for velopment. Assam moved from the 19th the development of roads and bridges; rank to the 7th in economic developand Rs 25.63 crores for the development ment because of improved infrastrucof medical and public health infrastruc- ture and macro economy. ture in the state. The allocated budget We wake up every morning to war probably froze, considering the fact that cries resounding from every cornerthe road conditions in our state remain of students, of N-Naga DAO, of SSA & absolutely deplorable.Health facilities NRHM employees on non-payment of in rural areas are still poor. Inspite of salaries or scholarship, of NGOs & Civthe high literacy rate of 80.11 percent, il society on backdoor appointments as per the 2011 Census, there are 72,415 and mismanagement of funds, of meunemployed youth in the Live Register, dia feuds between coalition partners comprising of graduates and diploma and political pundits, Hohosagainstthe holders in various fields. Weirdly, our government, and of other such troubled state governmentdeclared 2016-17 as people. We read tales of misdeeds and the “Year of Construction Workers”, so corruption by our politicians, but rarely as to provide relevant skill training, and read about the retribution. “I’m the savencourage the youth to take up this pro- ing grace- true messiah!” The spectators fession. While the initiative may have a watch the endless hypocrisy. We have strong basis, it also begs the question of mastered the blame game and are skepwhether we have made beneficial use tical to move beyond our comfort zone. of the rich resources for our youths or is Centuries ago, Athenian historian and this a boost for mass migration of con- general Thucydides said, “Some legisstruction workers to mainland India. lators only wish to vengeance against a Nagaland has considerable natural particular enemy. Others only look out resources of about 600 million metric for themselves. They devote very little tonnes (MT), above 20 MT of hydrocar- time on the consideration of any pubbon reserves, 315 MT of coal reserves, lic issue. They think that no harm will 1,038 MT of limestone reserves, and an come from their neglect. They act as if estimated 1,574 megawatt (MW) of hy- it is always the business of somebody dropower generation, all of which re- else to look after this or that. When this main unexploited. The figures and data selfish notion is entertained by all, the on paper indicate the presence of huge commonwealth slowly begins to decay.” investment opportunities and growth, Glimpsing the degrading state of afso why can’t we tap the resources and fairs, herculean effort on the part of the utilize the same for the growth of state government is needed to eradicate the economy? The role of leadership, and loopholes. Is there room for improve-
is it too complacent due to the lack of a strong opposition party? Are our social and economic problems getting worse? What lessons have been learntfrom the present political crisis? Where is the rule of law, transparency, accountability, and public service ethics? What response has been given regardingthe exposed potential weakness of our governance? It takes a committed leadership to accomplish a propitious change in society. The government should operate with integrity and impartiality. Its leader should be honest, moral, and virtuous. We are being challenged with the lack of constructive endeavour, professional accountability, reliability, predictability, participation, technical, managerial competence, and transparency. Our real happiness does not depend on the fortune and type of work we do, or the money we get in return. Rather, it depends on the dedication and devotion with which we do our smallest duty. The future is not rosy, but we are now knowledgeable enough to mitigate the threat and challenges that confront us today. It is dark inside, and Nagaland is still waiting for the dawn. Let’s hope the wait wouldn’t be too long. Degree of Thought is a weekly community column initiated by Tetso College in partnership with The Morung Express. Degree of Thought will delve into the social, cultural, political and educational issues around us. The views expressed here do not reflect the opinion of the institution. Tetso College is a NAAC Accredited UGC recognised Commerce and Arts College. The editors are Dr. Hewasa Lorin, Anjan Behera, Dr. Salikyu Sangtam, Nivibo Yiki,
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Lok Sabha passes Bill to tax money deposited in banks after demonetisation
New Delhi, November 29 (PTi): Amid din, a Bill that seeks to tax money deposited in banks post demonetisation was passed in the Lok Sabha on Tuesday within minutes without any debate. Amid fierce shouting of slogans by the Opposition, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said the Taxation Laws (2nd Amendment) Bill, 2016 was brought after it came to the government’s notice that some people were trying to illegally exchange the demonetised Rs. 1000 and Rs. 500 notes. He said as per the proposed amendment, those caught illegally converting money will have to cough up 60 per cent tax plus penalties, which will come to 85 per cent. Those who disclose black money to banks will have to pay 50 per cent tax, including surcharge and penalty. While they will get back 25 per cent immediately, the rest 25 per cent will be returned after 4 years. “It will give means to the Government of India to run schemes like Garib Kalyan Kosh...I urge the House to accept the amendments,” he said. Speaker Sumitra Mahajan said that since the Bill is of urgent public importance, it had to be passed immediately. Though she wanted a debate, she said “it is impossible” because of the behaviour of the Opposition members. She also disallowed some amendments moved by the Opposition members as they required approval of the President, which could not be obtained. Two amendments by N.K. Premchandran (RSP) and B. Mahtab (BJD) were allowed. While
Premchandran refused to move the amendment as he was shouting slogans, Mahtab’s was negated by a voice vote. The Bill was later passed by a voice vote amid din. PMO to notify CMs' panel on making India less-cash economy Meanwhile, seeking to neutralise political turmoil over demonetisation within and outside Parliament, the Prime Minister's Office (PMO) is likely to shortly notify a committee of chief ministers to suggest ways to make India a lesscash economy. Finance Minister Arun Jaitley has already spoken to Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu to head the chief ministers' panel, for which Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar and Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik are also being co-opted. Sources said Jaitley had spoken to all the three chief ministers. Incidentally, the three were among the first to back Prime Minister Narendra Modi's announcement of junking old Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 notes. The panel, which will be notified by the PMO, will also review the ground-level situation following the decision to demonetise high-value currency and suggest possible ways to ease hardships and inconvenience. Besides assessing the public impact, it is to come up with a road map for a lesscash economy. Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan would also be part of the committee. However, there is no decision on who will be picked from Congress and Left-ruled states.
Children of VIPs skip govt schools to avoid load: MP CM bhoPAl, November 29 (iANS): Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan on Tuesday said the load on state-run schools will go up if the children of politicians and government officers study there. Chouhan was speaking at a "Meet the Press" programme, held on completion of 11 years of his rule. As he talked of his government's achievements in public health and education, a reporter asked why the children of politicians and officers do not study in government schools or go to government hospitals. In response, the Chief Minister said: "If they (children of politicians and officers) study there (government schools), the load on these schools will further increase." Apparently realising he had made a slip, he quickly added: "We will try to find ways to improve the quality of education in government-run schools keeping your observation in mind." The children of several officers and politicians in Madhya Pradesh study either outside the state or abroad
Sonia Gandhi admitted to Ganga Ram Hospital for check-up New Delhi, November 29 (iANS): Congress President Sonia Gandhi has been admitted to the Sir Ganga Ram Hospital (SGRH) here after she developed fever, a senior hospital official said on Tuesday. According to D.S. Rana, Chairman of the Board of Management at SGRH: "Sonia Gandhi was admitted at the hospital on Monday evening under the care of Arun Kumar Basu, a senior consultant in the Department of Chest and Pulmonology Medicine, and his team of consultants. "Gandhi's routine tests are being conducted and she is better today (Tuesday). She is likely to be discharged in a day or two," Rana said. Earlier, Gandhi was twice admitted to the SRGH over her ill-health, during which she underwent a minor shoulder surgery.
Will not extend December 30 deadline for cash deposits: Govt New Delhi, November 29 (PTi): The government said sufficient cash is available with RBI and banks, and it is not considering extending the deadline of December 30 for deposit of invalid Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 notes. The statement was made in the Rajya Sabha even as people queued up at banks to deposit old high value notes and withdraw new cash. "There is sufficient cash available with the Reserve Bank of India and banks. Circulation of notes in respect of Rs 100 has already been increased," Minister of State for Finance Arjun Ram Meghwal said in a written reply. On whether the December 30 deadline will be extended, he said, "No such proposal for extension of deadline beyond December 30, 2016, is presently under consideration of the government." To cater to the requirements of rural areas, banks have been advised to supply notes of smaller denominations (Rs 100 and less), Meghwal added. As on November 8, the day demonetization was announced, there were 1,716.50 crore pieces of Rs 500 and 685.80 crore Rs 1,000 notes in circulation. To another question, Minister of State for Finance Santosh Kumar Gangwar said RBI advises banks from time to time to enhance security arrangements at their branches and ATMs. This include coverage of ATM sites by CCTVs and ensuring adequate training of security staff posted there. Banks have also been advised to review and strengthen the security arrangements in their branches/ATMs to deal with instances of robberies and risk perceptions emerging from such incidents.
Modi seeks bank details from BJP MPs/MLAs, opposition calls it farce New Delhi, November 29 (iANS) In an apparent show of transparency, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday asked all MPs and MLAs of the Bharatiya Janata Party to provide details of their bank transactions between November 8 -- when demonetisation came into effect -- and December 31, the day the drive ends. But opposition parties lambasted the move as meaningless, demanding that Modi ask his legislators to provide details of all bank transactions for six months prior to November 8. Modi's instruction came at a BJP Parliamentary Party meeting held here on Tuesday. Informed sources said he asked BJP lawmakers to submit their bank transaction details to party President Amit Shah by January 1, 2017. The move, seen as an effort to blunt opposition criticism that BJP members knew in advance about the demonetisation of Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 bank notes, was instead dubbed by the opposition as an attempt to fool the people. "This is a cosmetic attempt to pull off another PR spin to fool the people of India," Congress leader Sanjay Jha told IANS. "Why not make public all cash deposits/ withdrawals prior to that period? Why isn't Modi declaring the source of electoral funds of the BJP during 2014 elections," Jha questioned. Congress leader Tom Vadakkan, while reiterating the demand that disclosures Telugu Desam Party MP N Sivaprasad protests dressed in a black-and-white should extend to the period prior to Noattire to protest against demonetisation at the Parliament in New Delhi on vember 8, wondered why the informaNovember 29. (IANS Photo) tion was being submitted to BJP President The sources said names of The final call on the issue will Shah. "The information should come out chief ministers of Puducherry and have to be taken by the party, they in the public domain and not just be subUttarakhand, V Narayanasamy said, adding that Tripura Chief mitted to Amit Shah," he said. and Harish Rawat, respectively, Minister Manik Sarkar is also beThe opposition charge is based largely have been mooted from among lieved to be in the reckoning from on a sudden surge in deposits at schedthe Congress fold. among Left states. uled commercial banks in the second half
Mamata Banerjee calls Modi a dictator luckNow, November 29 (iANS): West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Tuesday called Prime Minister Narendra Modi a dictator. Addressing a public rally here, the Trinamool Congress chief made the charge following Modi's refusal to roll back his decision to demonetise the old 500 and 1,000 rupee notes.
She added that the demonetisation had led to a nationwide cash crunch and resulted in an "emergency like situation". "Now the Samajwadi Party and Trinamool are one," she told the rally, also attended by several Samajwadi Party leaders. "Uttar Pradesh has led the country in every fight. Jawaharlal Nehru
and other leaders who emerged after him are from this state," she said, explaining her decision to travel to the state. Banerjee vowed to hold mass protests against demonetisation in other parts of the country as well. She earlier addressed two rallies in Delhi including one with AAP leader and Delhi Chief Minister
Arvind Kejriwal. Although Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav did not attend the rally, he received Mamata Banerjee when she flew into Lucknow on Monday evening. A large number of Samajwadi Party workers at the rally began to leave when they came to know that Akhilesh Yadav would not come.
Son has no legal right in parents' house, can stay at their mercy: Delhi high court New Delhi, November 29 (PTi): A son, irrespective of his marital status, has no legal right to live in the self-acquired house of his parents and can reside there only at their "mercy", the Delhi high court has said. The court also said that only because parents have allowed the son to live in their house as long as their relations are cordial does not mean they have to bear his "burden" throughout his life. "Where the house is self-acquired by the parents, son whether married or unmarried, has no legal right to live in that house and he can live in that house only at the mercy of his parents up to the time the parents allow," Justice Pratibha Rani said in an order.
"Merely because the parents have allowed him to live in the house so long as his relations with the parents were cordial does not mean that the parents have to bear his burden throughout his life," the court said. It said this while dismissing an appeal by a man and his wife challenging the order of a trial court which had passed a decree in favour of his parents, who had filed a suit seeking a direction to their son and daughter-in-law to vacate the floors in their possession. The parents, both senior citizens, had told the lower court that both their sons and daughters-in-law, who were living with them, have made their "life hell" after which they had given complaints to the police and
also issued public notices in 2007 and 2012 debarring them from their selfacquired property. Both the sons and daughters-inlaw had contested the suit before the trial court while denying the allegations. They had also claimed that they were the co-owners of the property as they had contributed towards its purchase and construction. However, the trial court had passed the decree in favour of the parents after which one of the sons, along with his wife, had moved the high court. In the order, Justice Rani noted that the son and his wife were unable to prove that they were the co-owners of the property.
of September -- a little over a month before the demonetisation announcement -- to the extent of about Rs 3.5 lakh crore. The surge was preceded by a slight drop in deposits in the first half of September. The government has said the surge was a result of the then ongoing Income Disclosure Scheme (IDS) and payouts of Seventh Pay Commission arrears. However, the amount involved in the scheme and arrears was not enough to account for the total surge. The Congress apart, Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) National Convenor Arvind Kejriwal also criticised the Prime Minister and the BJP President over the move to disclose banking transactions between November 8 and December 31. "So now BJP MP/MLAs will give their bank details to Amit Shah and he (Amit Shah) will check black money," the Delhi Chief Minister tweeted. Attacking the BJP, AAP leader Ashutosh said: "It is the biggest farce one can ever imagine. If the BJP is serious, they should make their transaction details public and give it to the Income Tax Department." "What is the purpose of submitting them to Amit Shah," he wondered. Janata Dal-United (JD-U) leader and Rajya Sabha Member Ali Anwar told IANS: "First thing, the BJP must give details of the bank transactions prior to November 8." He said: "Our party has exposed the land deals of the BJP in 22 districts of Bihar (in the months before demonetisation). And we shall keep on opposing the wrongdoings of the BJP." At the BJP Parliamentary Party meeting earlier in the day, Shah reportedly told party MPs to motivate traders in panchayats, municipalities and other local bodies falling in their constituencies to shift to cashless transactions.
Civic poll results should be eye-opener for Opp: BJP New Delhi, November 29 (PTi): Citing its win in civic elections in Maharashtra and Gujarat, BJP today said it should be an "eye-opener" for the opposition as people have indicated their support for demonetization and dislike for those protesting against it. Union Minister Prakash Javadekar said BJP's big gain in Maharashtra is an indication of which way the wind is blowing. "It is clear that people did not like the opposition's protest against the Modi government's action against black money and supported the (demonetization) decision. "The result is an eye-opener for the opposition and an indication of which way the wind is blowing," the leader from Maharashtra told a press conference. Wisdom should now dawn on the opposition parties stalling Parliament and impasse should be resolved, he said. Union Minister Mansukh Mandaviya projected the BJP's win in Gujarat, the state he hails from, as a reflection of people's support to Modi and policies of Chief Minister Vijay Rupani, who had taken over in August this year. Asked if BJP sees the results as a referendum on demonetization, Javadekar said, "These were small but immediate elections after demonetization. So it was significant." In the polls to 147 municipalities in Maharashtra, BJP won 52 chairpersons' posts against eight it did in 2011 and its members won 980 seats against 298 earlier. "These areas were a bastion of Congress and NCP. The picture has changed now," he said, adding that "BJP, which was the number four party, is now number one. In Gujarat, Mandaviya said the party won 109 out of 125 seats against 64 earlier while the Congress' tally dropped to 17 from 52. In Tripura bye-elections, BJP's vote share jumped to 35 per cent from 1.5 and it emerged as the second biggest party, replacing Congress, he said.
Two officers among 7 soldiers killed in Jammu attack JAmmu, November 29 (iANS): Seven soldiers, including two officers, were killed on Tuesday after suicide bombers armed with guns and grenades stormed a military base near Jammu, officials said. Three attackers were also gunned down while three more militants died in a shootout with security forces near the International Border with Pakistan. At one stage, the gunmen at the army base in the garrison town of Nagrota, some 15 km from Jammu, also took 12 soldiers, two women and two children hostage. But the army said they were safely rescued. The attacks at the military unit and a BSF camp - both on the outskirts of Jammu city - were the latest in a series of escalating militant violence in Jammu and Kashmir after the September 29 surgical strikes at terror launch pads by the Indian Army in Pakistanadministered Kashmir.
It was the highest casualty the Indian Army suffered in a single terror attack after the September 18 killing of 19 soldiers at a military base in the Uri border town in the Kashmir Valley. Army spokesperson Lt. Col Manish Mehta said militants disguised in police uniform targeted the Nagrota camp, close to the headquarters of the Indian Army's 16 Corps, a military formation that acts as a nerve centre against militancy and to defend the border with Pakistan. Lt. Col Mehta told reporters that the militants entered the field regiment camp around 5.30 a.m. They fired indiscriminately and lobbed grenades at the Officers' Mess. "The terrorists entered two buildings occupied by officers, families and men. This led to a hostage like situation."The situation was very quickly contained and ... all were successfully rescued, which included 12 soldiers,
two ladies and two children." Mehta said two officers and five soldiers were killed and "bodies of three terrorists were also recovered". The mopping operation to sanitise the area in Nagrota was halted after it became dark and would resume on Wednesday morning. "In these operations, there is no time limit and these have to be done professionally. There is no civilian injury." The Jammu-Srinagar highway, which runs through Nagrota, was closed for traffic near the town, parts of which continued to be under cordon. As soldiers battled the militants in Nagrota, another gunfight raged in Samba, some 40 km south of here. A police officer said security forces engaged a group of infiltrators from Pakistan near the International Border. Three militants were killed. An IED exploded when security personnel tried to
A policeman checks an identity card of a passenger at a checkpoint amid tightened security in Jammu on November 29. (REUTERS Photo)
remove the body of one of the dead militants, critically injuring at least six BSF troopers including Deputy Inspector General B.S. Kasana. The wounded troopers, including Special Operation Group Inspector Sarabjit Singh, were reported to be in a serious condition.
The violence on Tuesday followed days of calm on the border and the Line of Control (LoC) between Indian and Pakistani forces. The two sides have been exchanging heavy mortar and artillery fire for months after the Uri attack. Following that, the Indi-
an Army destroyed at least seven terror launch pads and killed an unknown number of terrorists and sympathisers across the LoC in Pakistani Kashmir. Since then, militants have attacked security forces in at least a dozen places in Jammu and Kashmir.
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Mosul edges towards full siege, families struggling to find food bAGHDAD/moSuL, NovEmbEr 29 (rEutErS): A full siege is developing in Mosul as poor families struggle to feed themselves after prices rose sharply following the U.S.-backed offensive on the Islamic State-held city in northern Iraq, humanitarian workers said on Tuesday. Some of the poorest families are finding it hard to feed themselves while others are hoarding and hiding food as they expect prices to rise further as the battle that started six weeks ago takes hold of the city. “Key informants are telling us that poor families are struggling to put sufficient food on their tables,” U.N Humanitarian Coordinator in Iraq, Lise Grande, told Reuters. “This is very worrying.” Iraqi government and Kurdish forces surround the city from the north, east and south, while Popular Mobilisation forces - a coalition of Iranian-backed Shi’ite groups - are trying to close in from the west. Retail prices rose sharply last week, af-
A woman holds up a white flag as she runs to greet her relative in Mosul. using civilians as human shields to bog down Iraqi forces. REUTERS/Goran Tomasevic
ter Popular Mobilisation fighters cut the supply route to Mosul from the Syrian half of the selfstyled caliphate, declared by Islamic State two years ago over Sunni-populated parts of Iraq and Syria. More than a million people are still believed to live in parts of Mosul under the control of the Islamic State fighters, who seized the largest city in northern
Iraq as part of a lightning advance across a third of the country in 2014. With the last supply route cut off, basic commodity prices in Mosul could double “in the short term”, said a humanitarian worker, who declined to be identified. Some 100,000 Iraqi government troops, Kurdish security forces and mainly Shi’ite militiamen
are participating in the assault on Mosul that began on Oct. 17, with air and ground support from a U.S.-led international military coalition. The capture of Mosul, Islamic State’s last major urban stronghold in Iraq, is seen as crucial towards dismantling the caliphate. “ACUTE NEED” Iraqi forces moving
from the east have captured about a quarter of Mosul, trying to advance to the Tigris river that runs through its centre, in the biggest battle in Iraq since the 2003 U.S.-led invasion that toppled Saddam Hussein. “In a worst case, we envision that families who are already in trouble in Mosul will find themselves in even more acute need.” Grande said. “The longer it takes to liberate Mosul, the harder conditions become for families.” Islamic State arrested on Sunday about 30 shop owners accused of raising food prices in the city, to try to suppress discontent, witnesses said on Monday. The group is relentlessly cracking down on people who could help the offensive in Iraq. Most of the people executed previously in Mosul were former police and army officers, suspected of disloyalty or plotting rebellions against the militants’ harsh rule. The Iraqi military estimates there are 5,000-6,000 insurgents in Mosul, dug in amid civilians to hamper
South Korea: President Park asks parliament to decide how she can quit, opposition cries foul SEouL, NovEmbEr 29 (rEutErS): South Korean President Park Geun-hye on Tuesday asked parliament to decide how and when she can give up power over an influence-peddling scandal, taking the country’s political crisis deeper into uncharted terrain. The main opposition Democratic Party rejected Park’s offer, calling it a ploy to escape being impeached, and said it would continue efforts to bring an impeachment motion in parliament, which they have sought to do as soon as Friday. No South Korean president has failed to complete a single five-year term since the current democratic system was implemented in 1987. “I will leave to parliament everything about my future including shortening of my term,” Park said in a brief televised speech. Her dramatic manoeuvre puts the burden of resolving the political crisis on parliament, which has been controlled by a coalition of opposition parties since Park’s conservative Saenuri Party unexpectedly lost its majority in April elections.
If Park resigns or an impeachment vote in parliament is upheld by the Constitutional Court, an election must be held in 60 days to nominate a president to serve a five-year term, with the prime minister leading the country in the interim. That short time frame could leave the main political parties looking to buy time in order to coalesce behind presidential candidates, and political analysts said it may take months for parliament to agree on an exit plan for Park. “I will step down from my position according to the law once a way is formed to pass on the administration in a stable manner that will also minimise political unrest and vacuum after ruling and opposition parties’ discussion,” Park said, her voice firm. Park Kwang-on, a Democratic Party lawmaker, said it looked like she was trying to stall proceedings. “She is handing the ball to parliament when she could simply step down,” he told Reuters. “She is asking parliament to pick a date for her to resign, which she knows would lead to a discussion on when to hold the presiden-
Singapore seeks to play down troop carrier seizure’s impact on China ties SINGAPorE/bEIJING, NovEmbEr 29 (rEutErS): Singapore sought to play down the impact the seizure of 9 of the city-state’s armoured troop carriers could have on its relationship with Beijing, even as Chinese media pointed to growing anger over the incident. The troop carriers were impounded last week as they passed through Hong Kong from Taiwan, sparking a rebuke from China’s foreign ministry about maintaining military ties with self-ruled Taiwan, which Beijing considers a breakaway province. In his first comments on the matter, Singapore’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Vivian Balakrishnan was quoted by the Straits Times’ website on Tuesday as saying it was “not a strategic incident.” “I wouldn’t overreact to that ... we expect commercial providers of services to strictly comply with the law,” Balakrishnan was quoted as saying. “It will be a footnote on how to do things strictly, carefully and by the law. It’s not a strategic incident.” Ties between China and Singapore have been strained in recent months, particularly over the disputed South China Sea, where Beijing suspects Singapore of siding with the United States. China claims most of the resource-rich waterway, where some $5 trillion in trade passes through each year and has accused Washington of deliberately creating tension by sailing its ships close to Chinese-controlled islands. On Monday, the Chinese foreign ministry said it had lodged a protest to Singapore over the vehicles and demanded the island abide by Hong Kong’s relevant laws. Singapore and Taiwan have a longstanding military relationship that began in the 1970s and involves Taiwan being used as grounds for Singaporean infantry training. Beijing has grudgingly tolerated this agreement since China and Singapore re-established diplomatic relations in the 1990s. “We all know, and China knows, that we’ve had special arrangements with Taiwan for a long time, and what we are doing there is no longer a secret,” Balakrishnan said. “If you are truly close, there will be things you disagree about from time to time.” “Fortunately or unfortunately for Singapore, we are very transparent, we call a spade a spade. It doesn’t mean we are shifting our position or deliberately trying to poke people in the eye.
tial election and delay everything.” Park, 64, had apologised twice previously but until Tuesday resisted mounting public calls to quit. Her term is scheduled to end in February 2018. “She doesn’t want the parliament to impeach her and she doesn’t think that the parliament can soon reach an agreement, so she is making things complicated and trying to shift some of her blame to the parliament,” said Shin Yul, a professor of political science at Myongji University. ROCK-BOTTOM APPROVAL RATING Some lawmakers from Park’s Saenuri party had asked her to resign under an agreement that would allow her to leave office with some dignity. On Saturday, hundreds of thousands of South Koreans rallied for the fifth weekend in a row, calling for Park’s resignation. Organisers said the crowd totalled 1.5 million, while the police estimated the crowd at 260,000. Park’s approval rating fell to just 4 percent in a weekly survey released on Friday by Gallup Ko-
rea, an all time-low for a democratically elected South Korean president. Park’s friend, Choi Soon-sil, and a former aide have been indicted in the case. Prosecutors named Park as an accomplice in an investigation into whether big business was inappropriately pressured to contribute money to foundations set up to back Park’s initiatives. The presidential office and Park’s lawyer have denied the accusations. She has immunity from prosecution in the case as long as she remains in office. Park has acknowledged carelessness in her ties with Choi, who Park has said had helped her through difficult times. “Not even for a moment did I pursue my own gains and I have lived without one iota of self-interest,” Park said on Tuesday. The friendship dates to an era when Park served as acting first lady after her mother was killed by an assassin’s bullet intended for her father, then-president Park Chung-hee. Five years later, in 1979, Park’s father was murdered by his disgruntled spy chief.
air strikes, resisting the advancing troops with suicide car bombs and sniper and mortar fire that also kill civilians. An air strike targeting Islamic State fighters hit a clinic south of Mosul on October 18, killing at least eight civilians, Human Rights Watch said on Tuesday. NO RETREAT Iraqi and coalition forces did not confirm the report, which said two militants and the Sunni hardline group’s transport minister were also killed in the strike. Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, believed to be somewhere near the Syrian border, has told his fighters there can be no retreat from the city. Some 74,000 civilians have fled Mosul so far, and the United Nations is preparing for a worst-case scenario which foresees more than a million people made homeless as winter descends and food shortages set in.
Scientists record biggest ever coral die-off in Australia SYDNEY, NovEmbEr 29 (rEutErS): Warm seas around Australia’s Great Barrier Reef have killed twothirds of a 700-km (435 miles) stretch of coral in the past nine months, the worst die-off ever recorded on the World Heritage site, scientists who surveyed the reef said on Tuesday. Their finding of the die-off in the reef’s north is a major blow for tourism at reef which, according to a 2013 Deloitte Access Economics report, attracts about A$5.2 billion ($3.9 billion) in spending each year. “The coral is essentially cooked,” professor Andrew Baird, a researcher at James Cook University who was part of the reef surveys, told Reuters by telephone from Townsville in Australia’s tropical north. He said the die-off was “almost certainly” the largest ever recorded anywhere because of the size of the Barrier Reef, which at 348,000 sq km (134,400 sq miles) is the biggest coral reef in the world. Bleaching occurs when the water is too warm, forcing coral to expel living algae and causing it to calcify and turn white. Mildly bleached coral can recover if the temperature drops and the survey found this occurred in southern parts of the reef, where coral mortality was much lower. While bleaching occurs naturally, scientists are concerned that rising sea temperatures caused by global warming magnifies the damage, leaving sensitive underwater ecosystems unable to recover. UNESCO’s World Heritage Committee stopped short of placing the Great Barrier Reef on an “in danger” list last May but asked the Australian government for an update on its progress in safeguarding the reef. Australia will lodge that update on Friday, said a spokesman for Environment Minister Josh Frydenberg. In June, during an election campaign, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull promised A$1 billion in spending to protect the reef. Climate scientists argue that increased carbon dioxide in the atmosphere traps heat radiating from earth, creating global warming. Australia is one of the largest carbon emitters per capita because of its reliance on coalfired power plants for electricity.
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Whose Customary Law is it anyway? Ngukato K. Tsuipu
he bone of contention over the issue of 33% women reservation in Urban Local Bodies (ULBs) has plagued the headlines of our local Newspapers for quite sometime. Over the past few months, war of words has also been exchanged between the two opposing sides over the contentious issue in question and as such much opinions and thoughts has provoked a salvo of accusation from both sides. Amidst this unruly atmosphere and paper war, a memorable day in the annals of Naga history has been ushered on 24th November 2016 when the 14th session of the 12th NLA revoked 2012 resolution on Women Quota and thereby, clearing the path to hold election in ULBs by applying 33% women reservation. This act, by far, is the smartest and boldest move of the Government under Shri. T.R Zeliang and deserves a standing ovation from every sensible and right thinking citizens of the Land. Yet, one could see a dark cloud over the silver lining as some regressive forces are determined as ever to obstruct its smooth sailing. In the light of the above, it is pertinent to study the origin and making of the Naga Customary Laws and its applicability today. It is a patent truth that prior to the arrival of the British; Nagas were living a primitive life without an iota of knowledge about modern civilised laws and governance. And then,
the British came to our land and imposed on the Nagas the “Red Blanket Administration”. In the process of its expansionist policy, whenever a Naga village was conquered, the Red Blanket was given to a selected few in that village. The Red Blanket men acted as two way traffic viz- (I) As a Representative of his village to the British Govt. and (II) As a Representative of the British Government in his village. Besides the Red Blanket, he was also availed of certain responsibilities and privileges such as Collection of house tax, settlement of petty crimes, imposition of fines and exemption from House tax, commission on House tax that he collected on behalf of the Government etc. When the British found out that the little responsibilities and privileges extended to a selected few lightened the load of their administrative responsibilities, they created an office of Dobashi and Gaonbura on the lines of the post of “Patwari” of the Mughals and “Mahalwari system of the British India. Like in the case with Patwari and Mahalwari system, the Dobashis and Gaonburas were also gradually recognized as the village (or sometimes villages) headman and in the course of time it became indispensible to the British administration in the Naga Hills of their time and beyond. What amuses me here is, a system which was introduced by the British to tame their Naga subject by modifying another subject’s administrative system is now outrightly and legitimately accepted as Naga Customary Law, even a century after the Brit-
ish’s departure! A Naga traditional Chiefs and Headmen were not the only persons to be adorned with the Red blanket, the manner of issuing the Red Blanket was rather abrupt. Any person from any kind of background could acquire the Red Blanket on proven merit and unquestioned loyalty. Basic Knowledge about English and Hindi was an added point for selection as Doobashi and Gaonbura. For instance, a person by the name of Khakhu Dighali, one of the most popular Doobashi amongst Sumis of his time, was a water carrier during his boyhood. Interestingly, a woman by the name of Mrs. Teli of Ighanumi village under Pughoboto Sub-division, Zuhneboto district was appointed as Gaonbura much against the male patriarchy of the time. Mrs Teli is the only woman to have held the post of Goanbura till today. Mrs Teli is long gone but her appointment as Gaonbura undoubtedly proves that the British Government did not confined the appointment of Gaonbura and Dobashi to the male gender alone. Also nowhere is it written that women cannot be appointed as Doobashi or Gaonbura. I just recalled a trip to Tuensang town some months back where along with friends I had an opportunity to interact with the Doobashis of Tuensang Sardar (I) and got to know about the views and comments on 33% women reservation. In the ensuing debate, which lasted for about three hours the Doobashis fervently defended exclusion of woman folk in ULBs and RLBs as they say
would destroy the established order (Naga Customary Laws) which has been followed since many decades. One of the Doobashis even went to the extent of saying “Maaki kaan toh Chutka laga Rani ase”! Such is the mentality of our Naga men folk! We are too selfish and at the same time, demeaning in treating our counterparts. To me, a person who wants to continue with this old fashioned and out of date “Male Chauvinist” system in this century must be either due to selfishness and ignorance or perhaps he is intimidated by the idea of reservation; that a woman will finally usurp his prerogative! The chairperson of the meeting summed up with a concluding message “Sob Dibo holewi Lal Kapra Nedibo” and we all heard him loud and clear. Today, when we look around some of the world’s top international organizations such as, IMF, WHO, UNESCO IAEA etc. are manned by women. Some of the most advanced countries like Germany and United Kingdom are also headed by women. Even in India, women are the Chief Ministers in all four corners of the country. Coming back to our Naga society, our own Naga women like Neichiilieii Haralu and Neikhrietuonuo Linyu have achieved feats which no Naga men even dare to dream of, which undoubtedly testifies that Naga women are second to none. Naga women make good Administrators, Doctors, Lawyers, Engineers, Journalists, Academicians, Writers, Sportspersons etc. so let’s give them the opportunity called “Reservation” in ULBs.
While we menfolk proudly proclaim our respect for women, by opposing Reservation we are advocating an environment that hinders their path to excellence. And with stereotyping of our own women with tags such as “Chutka laga Maharani, Home Minister etc”, it awfully proves nothing but manifests our male chauvinistic thoughts. It all boils down to token respect and this is lame, this is cowardice. In conclusion, it is saddening that many chose to oppose 33% women reservation in Urban Local Bodies. Ironically, this particular issue has brought many Naga Tribal Hohos under one voice like never before. Unsurprisingly, The Sumi Hoho also have raised a tune in line with the rest and I ardently wish they revoke their stand for our record sakeSumi men, they say, are the ones among Naga tribes who respect and honour their women the most. Perhaps, it is not an odd coincidence that two Sumi women namely, Mrs Teli (G.B of Ighanumi) and Mrs Tokheli Kikon (Chairman of Naharbari Village) have held a position which no Naga women has ever held. Last but not the least, allow me to reproduce the motto of All Sumi Kiphimi Kuqhakulu (SKK) and also one of my favourites, which reads “Time changes and we change with time”. How I wish my Sumi frontal organizations change their outlook along with change of time. Perhaps, it’s high time that we look beyond the British times, which is long gone. History remembers only those who dare to be different.
Water Cannon for Teachers’ Salary NSCN (IM) responds to article Mapu Jamir I.A.S. (Retd.)
ecent events in the state educational field and the teachers’ agitation demanding regular monthly salary speaks of serious unhealthy growth in the system. Who is responsible? Teachers have no right to break law. State government too has no right to deny legally payable salary to working teachers. It has been taught in the physics class that every action has equaled and opposite reaction. Teachers and children being welcomed by water cannon and the state police in full riot gear is not an ideal picture for the young student. Children are keen observers. They look upon their teachers as epitome of all that is good. Teachers are their heroes. If they do not see their teachers in good light, they will lose faith in schooling. A starving teacher cannot impart quality education, nor can attract quality teachers. Teachers guide students through their most formative years. The purpose of education is to produce productive citizens. Schools produce future politicians, missionaries, scientists, engineers, doctors, lawyers, army generals, corporate leaders, judges, administrators and journalists. Hence, the school has tremendous societal responsibilities. Education is about learning to learn. Change requires learning. Education is therefore, the main instrument for a state to achieve progress. The standard of teaching is fast going down-hill. Nagaland has large percentage of poorly literate population. Almost all the schools in the state do not have access to safe drinking water, sanitation and basic medical care. Most of the local government school children are under-nourished and most of the government schools are run by proxy teachers or one teacher for every two classes. Most of the village schools do not have proper roof, doors and windows and often used as night shelters for cows. Development has slowed down. Nagaland has the highest reservation percentage in jobs in India and has become the only state where merit is of secondary importance. Chauvinism based on tribes, religion, region and language has become the norm rather than the exception. We have created an electoral politics to keep people poor, helpless and illiterate. The chasm between the haves and the have not’s has been increased. Educated Nagas are deserting Nagaland in search of livelihood elsewhere. Misguided and misunderstood notions of capitalism and empty slogans have been the stable food of our political masters. If you have the benefit of a quality education, you are among the few blessed ones in such a Nagaland. Our leaders have brought the state to a deplorable stage in the fifty plus years of statehood. Are the state run schools producing good enough students who can face the competitive world outside? We are depriving younger generations their freedom from hunger, disease and illiteracy. We must create a civilized society where every child has health care and education, a society where duties come before rights and where each generation makes sacrifices to make life better for the next generation. Of course, there are exceptions amongst our politicians, but those are rare indeed. Unfortunately in Nagaland, we discuss and debate and thereby resolve for betterment but consequently do not act at all. Over the years, the stifling bureaucracies along with their political masters and their excessive control over school education have impeded their progress. Mahatma Gandhi’s dream of wiping the tears of every poor man and woman in this country was tearfully treasured in the mind of Jawaharlal Nehru, the first Prime Minister of independent India. Nehru’s pet theme was to create a pool of knowledge so essential for any modern nation-state. He laid the foundation for the knowledge industry in India. He believed that knowledge and scholarship would play a big role in the emancipation of the people of India. First he introduced compulsory primary education all over the country and directed that no child should walk more than one kilometer
to attend his or her school. He, next created several institutes of higher learning of international standard – the Indian Institute of Technology (IITs), the Indian Institute of Management (IIMs), the BHABHA Atomic Research Centre (BARC) and the All India Institute of Medical Science (AIIMS). Today, the backbone of engineering and managerial talent in India comes from these pools. The entrepreneurship in Silicon Valley, contribution to leading academic institutions across the world and to the pool of corporate talent in the USA comes from IIT, IIM and AIIMS. The dream of making India a significant player in the global software industry could not have been possible without Nehru’s vision. Nagaland is home to the largest percentage of below average educated persons. Think of a non Naga labourer or a poor rickshaw puller earning livelihood in Nagaland. He knows how to operate ATM and use electronic money transfer options to send money to his family back home. ATM does not discriminate him like the cash clerk at the Bank counter. Technology is a great leveler. This speaks volumes on academic quality in Nagaland. Think of how many young boys and girls are making it to IITs, IIMs, AIIMS and the All India Civil Services. Thousands of young people with degrees in the arts and humanities and engineering graduates are unemployed, pointing to the serious failure of the state higher education system. They are not competitive outside the state. The quality of knowledge imparted in the Primary and Secondary schools needs urgent review, since the secondary education is the input channel for higher education. The low quality of education across the state schools has significantly affected a large number of students. It is seen that most of the students from the government primary schools cannot read a simple paragraph properly and even student in the 1V grade cannot handle the first level of arithmetic. Weak education system in the government schools have resulted in the growth of private schools across the state. But how many poor families can afford to send their children to such costly schools. However, private schools run better than the state run schools. They are efficiently run with lower unit cost per student as compared to state schools. The students from private schools score higher on verbal and mathematics examinations than their peers in the state schools. Will the scores help them to crack any competition away from the home state? Let us look at the job oriented schools in the state. We have several Industrial Training Institutes (ITIs). How many successful trainees from these institutes are earning their livelihood in the service sector? They are suppose to run the service sector like Mobile and TV repairing, Fan and Washing machine servicing, Motor and Two-wheeler mechanics, Furniture making, Black smithy, Plumber, Electrician etc. These essential services are highly in demand today. State government has a time bound responsibility. Schools and academic institutions should be given certain amount of freedom – freedom to recruit teachers on merit and quality, school to decide intake of students against faculty, syllabi and freedom to interact with scholars with an aim for growth and plan to adopt according to changing environment. Government must ensure timely payment of teachers’ salary, scholarships to students and ensure that all text books are available before the school session starts. Banking facilities within the campus of schools and colleges can be introduced to facilitate easy transaction of fees by the parents and scholarships by the students. We must let competitions drive progress in schools through greater transparency and accountability. State government must have the courage to face the truth; no matter how bitter it is, if we want to help the future of our young students. We have to take tough measures which will benefit the whole society but which maybe unpleasant for some of us. Honest, sincere, hard working and meritorious teachers must be rewarded. “You shall not muzzle an ox when it is treading out the grain and the labourers deserve his wages,” say the Bible.
Issued by: MIP, NSCN
It is very unfortunate that such learned and experienced person like Dr. Hokishe had failed or never try to understand the present political scenario put in place to the Naga people. The wild allegation of NSCN dropping sovereignty and integration in the current political talks is completely baseless. The Framework agreement of the 3rd August 2015 clearly recognized “sovereignty and integration as legitimate rights of the Nagas”. The Framework Agreement also acknowledged the importance about shared sovereignty of the two equal entities basing on the mutual trust for peaceful coexistence. The sovereignty of the Naga and the sovereignty of India lies with their own people. Thus, the NSCN never failed to reach out to the Naga people on the Naga political position nest from the start of Indo-Naga peace talks through various public forums and consultative meetings with various tribal Hohos. Criticising for the sake of criticism will lead you nowhere but misleading the common people is undesirable and dangerous which NSCN strongly condemn such motive. It is also clarified for your doubted mind about the signing of Framework Agreement by our beloved leader Late Isak Chishi Swu. It is true that he was kept In ICU and monitor round the clock as his health condition was deteriorated. Naga people from all walks of life
prayed for his early recovery. God of Nagas is a living God. God answered their prayer. At that point of time his health was drastically improved; he could able to walk on his own and speak, that was the miracle of God of Nagas. Thereafter he signed the 3rd August Framework Agreement, for any clarification video clippings, photos are available. It is for like you pessimist (Dr. Hokishe) to put to rest and for all rumours that Mrs. Eustar Chishi Swu had already clarified that the Framework Agreement was signed by Isak Chishi Swu himself on his own will. It is wild allegation which is totally uncalled for. Your speech and write up is self explanatory that you are a man who proclaims truth but a leader devoid of truth. The NSCN once again assured the Naga people that our future is secured under the Framework Agreement which is the basis for the final solution is inclusive and honourable to both the parties. There will be neither piecemeal solution nor two solutions. Framework Agreement recognizes Naga integration as legitimate rights and a road map is being worked out to materialise it through democratic process. We are on the verge of conclusion very soon. In such given favourable situation for the Nagas, it is unwise to create confusion, divisionism, tribalism and hatred among the Nagas.
Public Services Delivery campaign
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he over excited speculation frame of mind and lofty claims made by one Dr. Hokishe Yeptho who joins hand with Khehoi campers may recall the manner in which the so called Unification group was formed. The so called Unification camp was formed at midnight with the stolen arms and ammunitions, documents, vehicle and even Church generator from the NSCN. Thus, so called Unification group is an added faction to the already mushrooming Naga factions, a menace to the common people. They claimed for peace and unity but always talking about divisionism- Nagas of Myanmar, Nagas of Manipur, Nagas of Assam, Nagas of Arunachal and Nagas of Nagaland clearly signifies nothing but to propagate and instil hatred, division, disunity among the Nagas. The so called Unification group is the brainchild of S.C. Jamir who always stood against and to uproot the very foundation of Naga political aspiration and thereby to disrupt the current peace talks between the Government of India and the NSCN representing the Naga people. The leader of the so called unification campers Kitovi Zhimomi is nothing but the loudspeaker always ready to implement the diabolic policies of his political master behind the screen.
President NVCO & Asst. Professor Kohima Law College very Citizen is entitled to hassle-free public services and redresses of his grievances. Accordingly, the Right to Public Services Act represents the commitment of the particular state towards standard, quality and time frame of service delivery, grievances redressal mechanism, transparency and accountability. Right to Public Services legislation in India comprises statutory laws which guarantee time-bound delivery of various public services rendered to citizens and provides mechanism for punishing the errant public servant if they are is deficient in providing the stipulated services. Right to Service legislation ensures delivery of time bound services to the public. If the concerned officer fails to provide the service in time, he will have to pay a fine. Thus, it is aimed to reduce corruption among the government officials and to increase transparency and public accountability. Currently, public officials and civil servants are considered as one of the troubled sections of our society due to their slow and painful process in performing their duties. As a result, the common man, who is entitled to avail hassle-free public services and information thereof, has to face a lot of problems and pay bribes to avail the needed public services. Therefore, the buzz against corruption is now matched by Right to services related initiatives by several governments to clean up the system. The ‘Model Public Service Law’ was one of the items included in the President’s address to Parliament on the 4th June 2009. The law is to cover functionaries providing important social services like education, health, rural development, etc., and commit them to their duties and for that purpose, legislative Department has attempted a tentative Bill titled the Public Services(Protection and regulation) Bill. Enacted by the Parliament, the Public Services(Protection and Regulation) Act, 2009 shall come into force on such date as the Central Government/State Government may, by notification, appoint and different dates may be appointed for different provisions of this Act. This Act is to secure right to all citizens in the matter of public services provided by public authorities, facilitate transparency in the delivery of such services and to protect their interests by specifying Public Service Performance Standards, establish a Central/ State Authority for effective management of such public services and for matters connected therewith or incidental thereto. The common framework of the state legislation includes, granting of “right to public services”, which are to be provided to the public by the designated official within
the stipulated time frame. The public services which are granted as a right are generally notified through Gazette notification. Some of the commonly provided public services, including issuing caste , birth, marriage and domicile certificates, electric connections, voter’s card, ration cards, copies of land records, etc. within the fixed time frame. On failure to provide the service by the designated officer, the aggrieved person can approach the First Appellate Authority/Second appellate Authority. It can order the public servant to provide the needed service to the applicant and can impose penalty on the designated officer for deficiency of service without any reasonable cause. The applicant may be compensated out of the penalty imposed on the officer. Madhya Pradesh became the first state in India to enact Right to Service Act on 18th August 2010. Several other states like Bihar, Delhi, Punjab, Rajasthan, Himachal Pradesh, Jharkhand, Karnataka, Chhattisgarh, J&K, Odisha, Assam, Gujarat, West Bengal, and Goa have introduced similar legislations for effectuating the right to service to their citizen. In Bihar, services include police verification report for passports(seven days); post-mortem report(three days); caste certificate(within a fortnight), education, road transport, driving license, banking services, kisan credit card, ration card, FIR enquiry, health, food and civil supplies, social welfare and power, etc. The faults in electricity connection will be set right within four hours. Now, the people will no longer need to run around offices and grease the palms of employees to get their work done after this act. The Govt. also intends to constitute a state public service delivery commission to achieve the objectives of the act. Thus, this act makes government officials accountable and help the government weed out corruption from the grassroots level to the top. The Rajasthan government has implemented the Rajasthan Guarantee Delivery of Public Services Act, 2011 to ensure effective time-bound delivery of 108 services of 15 major government departments with a provision of cash penalty for the offenders(Rs.250/- to Rs.500/- per day on undue delay). The Nagaland State Government is yet to enact the Right to Public Services Act/law “which is found to be very much application to the state and to clean up the system to ensure smooth delivery of services to the people and crack down on erring officials”. The Nagaland Voluntary Consumers’ Organisation (NVCO) had launched the Public Services Delivery campaign during the 2016 Vigilance Awareness Week with an appeal to the State Government to introduce similar legislation for effective public service delivery to its citizen in the state and would also curb corruption in the state government functionaries.
Niekhoyi Rhakho Stephen
dvent is the season observed in many Christian Churches, a time of expectant waiting and preparation for the celebration of the Nativity of Jesus at Christmas. The term is an anglicized version of the Latin word adventus, meaning "coming". The season offers the opportunity to share in the ancient longing for the coming of the Messiah, and to be alert for his Second Coming. The season included the four Sundays preceding Christmas and this year, the four Advent Sundays are November 27, December 4, December 11, and December 18. Advent, preceding Christmas has arrived and fellow Christians are mounted up with responsibilities setting up decoration, stars and so forth. Every person, irrespective of the degree of his/her faith and attachment to the church is filled with bliss when the word Christmas strikes one’s mind. In this season, there are uncountable tasks for believers preparing to welcome our Messiah. As our curiosity grows to a large stretch to encounter Christmas, so should our inquisitiveness be analogous with advent season, the pertinent time to renew, revive and change our characters. Dexter once portrayed, “The best character is made from vigorous and persistent resistance to evil tendencies”. Miseries and adversities are some life’s challenges targeted from every angle. Nevertheless, those tears of life that persists to victimize our peaceful and coexistence living are momentary. There is a greater height we can achieve and that is lasting. Many believe advent is a time of preparation in order to welcome baby Jesus and getting ready to receive Him into our lives with renewal spirit and hope. Some says it’s time to celebrate the mystery. There are --I think-immeasurable advantages we can claim in this coming. To give up our egos and attitude of gossip, rather embrace love which is our prerogative being a Christian. Forgiving our enemies and advocating for love, peace, joy, piety, perseverance, acceptance, fidelity and humanity could be another genuine gifts to endorse during this time of solemnity. We’ve been engaged in different quarters round the clock and throughout the year. Some have accumulated wealth where as some failed to posses. No matter what our condition is, let us believe in the mystery of our faith and leave no stone unturned in the long run. Our prosperity is always attributed to hard work. Let us bring consolation in times of distress and give ourselves this season, a time to rejuvenate and augment the spirit of hopefulness to meet our King of Kings and Lord of Lords.
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Mokokchung Inter-ward Beat Contest’ on Dec 17
ome December 17, and Mokokchung town will be taken back to the times of the Eighties rock music, a genre that inspired a generation of musicians in the town, as a group of young professionals, opens the stage for the Mokokchung Inter-ward Beat Contest’ at Town Hall, Mokokchung. The organizers – Temulonger Telok – which is formed by nine youths from diverse fields, predominantly entrepreneurs and musicians, who share a common love for the eighties rock music have decided to bring back the tantalizing experience of rock music in the town.
The Temulonger Telok with its motto ‘Parading of Change’ has received the active support of all Ward Councils of Mokokchung town and elaborate preparations are underway. There will be only one entrant from each Ward who will be
We will be back: Horan on One Direction
rish singer-songwriter Niall Horan says it would be "ridiculous" to not reform One Direction in the future, stressing that the band will be back together someday. The 23-year-old says that the reports of the former band, which also consisted of Harry Styles, Louis Tomlinson and Liam Payne, have disbanded forever, are false. He confirms they "will be back", reports people.com. "We will be back. We would be silly not to... ridiculous," said Horan, who recently released his debut
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solo single "This town". "At the moment, we are all doing our own thing. Everyone is just enjoying just how chilled it is. Harry wanted to do his movie and everyone is just chilling. I don't think anyone needs to worry about us. We are fine," Horan added. It isn't the first time the "What makes you beautiful" singer has hinted at the return of One Direction either. He previously stated there would be "plenty more" material from the band. Source: IANS
performing two songs from the eighties’ rock genre, and the ‘winning song’ will be the eternal Queen hit ‘I want to break free’. There will be guest bands and other guest appearances. The main objective of organizing the beat contest,
according to the organizers, is to bring back the love for rock music, a genre of music which the older generation has much love and constantly listen to even in the present day. Besides, the organizers maintain that rock music
is a genre of music which is timeless and beautiful for all ages; keeping this in mind, the organizers has chosen the theme for the December 17 beat contest as “Music a life, a soul to everything”. There will be exciting cash prizes for the winners, especially for the ultimate winner who will be awarded handsome cash prize and a running trophy. The entry form submission which is being taken care of by the respective ward councils has been extended till the 10th of December. For further details, one can contact the Convener, Impo at #8575208706 or the Secretary, Mulungchet at #8974669739.
Mandy Moore’s show made John Mayer cry
rammy winning singer John Mayer says he broke down to tears while watching the pilot of the American TV series "This Is Us", which stars singer and actress Mandy Moore. On Friday, the 39-yearold tweeted that he is hooked to "This Is Us" after just watching the first episode of the show, reports dailymail.co.uk. "Just saw the first episode of ‘This is Us' and I'm hooked. Crying and hooked. Not even wiping away tears for the next episodes. Just gonna let the first ones create tracks for a more even, efficient flow. I took in a ton of calories but in a short period of time,
Upcoming Naga designer Doichong Buchem Phom showcased her ethnic fusion designs at the recently concluded Silver Jubilee celebration of Eastern Naga Students' Union Delhi held on 26 November 2016 at Delhi. National and International models walked the ramp for Doichong showcasing her designs. The show was choreographed by Harshit Dhingaun from Delhi Fashion Club. Mrs. Universe Sincere 2016 Nancy Kohli was the showstopper for the designer Doichong.
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and I feel like that's gotta be good for something. Right?," Mayer posted. Moore then replied to Mayer saying: "Glad you're digging it, John Mayer". To which Mayer responded: "Your body is a wonderland. Beyond dig. I'm about to attempt one of
the most emotionally reckless stunts ever: watching an episode on an airplane." "This Is Us" also stars Sterling K. Brown, Chrissy Metz, Justin Hartley and Milo Ventimiglia. The show airs on Star World Premiere HD in India. Source: IANS
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Classic Club wins Challenger Cup Classic Cup final today Our Correspondent Kohima | November 29
In an exciting match played here today, Classic Club Kohima downed Kohima Press Club 7-3 to emerge as champions of the 9th Challenger Cup. NLA Speaker and captain for Classic Club, Chotisuh Sazo led the goalscoring with three goals and claimed the highest scorer award. Despite being on the losing side, KPC President Xavier Rutsa was awarded player of the match.
KPC custodian H.K. Chishi was adjudged the best goalkeeper while teammate Akielie Yano was adjudged best defender. L. Kire of Classic Club was adjudged best midfielder. KPC’s Narain B. Sagar was also given an award for scoring an outstanding goal. Meanwhile, Kuki United FC will take on defending champions Barak FC in the final of the 22nd Classic Cup 2016 on November 30 at 1:00 pm at Kohima Local Ground. Parliamentary Secretary for Youth Resources & Sports, State Lotteries and Music Task Force Khriehu Liezietsu will grace the grand finale as the chief guest.
Cup dream turns to nightmare for Brazil's Chapecoense Football world sends condolences to Brazil's Chapecoense after air crash
49th PBSA Meet on in Dec
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PHek, NOvember 29 (mexN): The 49th Sports Meet of the Phek Basa Sports’ Association (PBSA) will be held from December 12 to 15 at Phek Basa Village Local Ground to be hosted by Middle Khel. According to a press note from PBSA, Rilo Therie, General Secretary (Media i/c) Phek District Congress Committee (PDCC) would grace the inaugural function as the chief guest while Kuzhosheyi Soho (Alex) President, Nagaland Contractor & Suppliers Union (NCSU) Phek District unit, will grace the closing ceremony as the guest of honour. The 4-day long tournament will feature 8 track events, 6 field events including football, volley ball and basket ball for both genders. Vekuvoyi Venuh will act as the chief referee while S. Ngulie will be the field marshal during the tourney. A sum of Rs. 2000 shall be realised from each team as entry fee. There shall be business hour on December 12 at 4:00 pm and in this regard, the association has asked each participating team to have two representatives take part in the same. The winner in the Men’s Football will be awarded with the Lt. Sevehu Nienu memorial trophy.
Peren Legislators Tournament kicks off PereN, NOvember 29 (mexN): The 10th Peren District Legislators Football Tournament kicked off today at Local Ground, Jalukie B Village. According to a press release, chief guest at the inaugural, Manlem Konyak called upon the players to maintain good discipline and play with the spirit of sportsmanship. Best player of 2015, Salu Kulim lit the tournament flame. Altogether 22 teams are taking part in the tournament.
Players of the Chapecoense soccer team pose for picture before their Brazilian Series A Championship match against America Mineiro in Chapeco, Brazil, May 22, 2016. (REUTERS)
SAO PAULO, NOvember 29 (reUterS): For a few glorious days, tiny Brazilian soccer team Chapecoense was the side of the moment, the latest in a string of sporting surprises in 2016. Like Leicester City winning the Premier League for the first time or the Chicago Cubs finally taking baseball's World Series after a 108-year wait, Chapecoense bucked the odds and delighted the romantics. The team's passage to the final of the Copa Sudamericana, South America's equivalent of the Europa League, was a fairy tale to rival any of them. "This wasn't just a group where everyone respected each other, it was a family," Plinio David de Nes Filho, a club director, told Globo TV on Tuesday morning, just hours after the accident wiped out almost the entire squad. "Before they got on the plane they said they were going to make this dream come true. And this morning the dream ended." The end came suddenly when a charter flight taking Chapecoense to
Wednesday's Cup Final crashed into a forested mountainside near Medellin. But the rise of a team known as the Western Big Green had taken decades. Founded in 1973 in the small agricultural city of Chapeco in western Santa Catarina state in southern Brazil, Chapecoense won its first state title four years later. The team established itself in a competitive league without making waves outside the rugged region they called home and it was not until the new millennium that their fortunes changed. Money troubles almost forced them to the wall but a group of local businessmen rescued them from financial collapse and set them on the road to the top. Chapecoense won promotion from Serie D in 2009 and then rose steadily up the divisions, finally making it into the top tier in 2013. Although it rank only 21st in Brazil in terms of revenue, Chapecoense has held its own against giants like Flamengo and Corinthians thanks
to a prudent administration that eschewed expensive signings in favor of blending young talent and experienced journeymen. The team was more than the sum of its parts and victories over Argentine giants Independiente and Pope Francis' favorite team, San Lorenzo, were among its greatest ever. Chapecoense was a rank outsider going into this week's finale against Atletico Nacional, South America's team of the moment. But one look at the video taken in Chapecoense's dressing room after the semi-final win would convince even the most pessimistic of fans that the team had a chance. Players and staff danced around chanting the club's name with a joy born of teamwork and unity. "They played for the love of the shirt and not for the money," fan Jean Panegalli, 17, told Reuters in Chapeco. "They played with the commitment that only those who have lived here know. "They were ferocious."
SAO PAULO, NOvember 29 (reUterS): The football world was in mourning on Tuesday as clubs, players and fans from around the globe sent tributes and support to Brazilian side Chapecoense following a deadly air crash in Colombia that killed 76 people, including several players. The small club from the town of Chapeco had been heading for the biggest game in its history, the first leg of Wednesday's Copa Sudamericana final, when its plane crashed in a mountainous rural area outside of the city of Medellin. One of the first messages came from their rivals in Wednesday's now postponed final, Atletico Nacional of Medellin. "Nacional deeply laments and stands in solidarity with @ChapecoenseReal in the accident and we await information from authorities," the home town club tweeted soon after the disaster was reported. FIFA President Infantino said on Twitter: "At this difficult time our thoughts are with the victims, their families and friends." Rivals of both clubs tweeted their support, with Flamengo and Santos in Brazil, and Club Junior and Millionarios in Colombia among those sending their condolences, many of them accompanied by the hashtag #ForcaChape, or Strength Chapecoense. The crash struck a chord with clubs elsewhere, with Arsenal saying: "Thinking of you, @ChapecoenseReal" and Barcelona tweeting: "All our support and solidarity is with the victims and the families affected by the @ChapecoenseReal tragedy in Colombia." England captain Wayne Rooney tweeted: “Sad news to wake up to today. Thoughts are with @ChapecoenseReal and their family and friends". Real Madrid players observed a minute's silence before training on Tuesday morning and players from around the world shared their condolences. Brazilian striker Neymar simply tweeted the club badge and Porto goalkeeper Iker Casillas said "Good luck and stay strong!" Former Germany captain Michael Ballack tweeted: "Very sad to read #RIP #Chapecoense Remember we are never safe and anything can happen, so make sure to tell your loved ones that you care." Sao Paulo canceled plans to present Rogerio Ceni as their new coach on Tuesday and the Brazilian Football Confederation suspended Wednesday night's second leg of the Brazilian Cup final between Gremio and Atletico Mineiro.
India crush England after Westbrook shines for Thunder, Warriors roll Root, Hameed defiance
Virat Kohli and Ravindra Jadeja (L) celebrate the dismissal of England's Jos Buttler. (REUTERS)
mOHALI, NOvember 29 (reUterS): Joe Root's determination and Haseem Hameed's grit were not enough for England as India won the third test by eight wickets inside four days to go 2-0 up in the five-match series on Tuesday. Playing his first test in eight years, Parthiv Patel smashed an unbeaten 67 off 54 balls and the hosts chased down their 103-run victory target for the loss of Murali Vijay and Cheteshwar Pujara. After conceding a 134-run first-innings lead, England had their backs firmly against the wall and Monday's top-order collapse left them with an impossible task to save the game. "The first two days went exactly as we wanted as a test team," India captain Virat Kohli told reporters. "When you lose the toss on a good wicket, the bowlers stand up. On day two, you are 160-5 and your lower order steps up. Those two days, along with the third, were very pleasing for me as the captain," he added. Root's composed 78 helped erased the deficit and an unbeaten 59 by Hameed, batting down the order after breaking his finger, ensured India had a three-figure target to chase after bowling out England for 236 in the afternoon session. Resuming on 78-4, England suffered early setbacks. Nightwatchman Gareth Batty failed to trouble the scorers, trapped lbw by Ravindra Jadeja in the second over of the day. Jos Buttler, arriving at the crease with his team reeling on 78-5, clobbered Jadeja over his head for six and smacked a boundary to bring up England's 100. But he fell for a run-a-ball 18 trying to
hit Jayant Yadav over mid-on, Jadeja taking a stooping catch at mid-wicket. Root survived two leg-before appeals in one Jadeja over but otherwise looked rock solid as he brought up his 25th test fifty with an elegant boundary, raising his bat in muted celebration. His brave 179-ball battle ended in a rather soft dismissal when he pushed at a Jadeja delivery and Ajinkya Rahane took a sharp one-handed catch at slip. Hameed refused to give up, however, defying the Indian bowlers with solid defence alongside Chris Woakes who made a fluent 30. Paceman Mohammed Shami then struck twice in an over with the new ball to all but end England's resistance, bouncing out Woakes and inducing Adil Rashid into an awkward pull that was caught on the boundary. Hameed was left stranded when James Anderson was run out for five. The 19-year-old, who misses the remaining two tests with the injury, remained unbeaten after nearly three hours at the crease to enhance his burgeoning reputation. England captain Alastair Cook said he, along with others, misread the pitch but blamed the batsmen for the defeat. "No magic balls were being bowled really...It was not that the pitch was behaving," said Cook, who moved past former Australia captain Steve Waugh to become the 10th highest run-scorer in test cricket. "It was good, accurate bowling, as you expect from India in these conditions, but it was not unplayable. We didn't score enough runs." Jadeja, who scored a career-best 90 and picked up four wickets, was adjudged man of the match. The fourth test in Mumbai starts on December 8.
LOS ANgeLeS, NO vember 29 (AFP): Russell Westbrook secured his eighth triple-double of the season as the Oklahoma City Thunder rolled over the New York Knicks on Monday while Golden State marched to a 12th straight win. Westbrook's virtuoso display stole the show as the Thunder overpowered the Knicks 112-103 at Madison Square Garden to improve to 11-8. It was Westbrook's third straight triple-double and the 45th of his career, leaving the 28-year-old tied in sixth place with LeBron James on the all-time list. Westbrook needed just 20 minutes to complete his latest masterclass, part of a haul that leaves him averaging triple-double numbers for the season. The point guard finished with 27 points, 18 rebounds and 14 assists, taking his season average to 30.9 points per game, 11.3 assists and 10.4 rebounds. Only one player in NBA history -- Oscar Robertson in 1961-62 -- has ever gone an entire season averaging triple-double numbers. Westbrook is on pace to equal Robertson's record,
albeit with only 19 games of the season gone. Westbrook insists however that matching Robertson's record is not on his agenda. "My job is to go out and find the best way to win games. Right now, we won three straight and that is what's most important to me," he said. "I don't really care, honestly. I like to win and compete at a high level. I do the same thing every year. I've been playing the same way since I got in the league, so I just do the same thing, and grateful to be blessed and play the game I love." - 'Amazing what he's doing' Thunder coach Billy Donovan suggested Westbrook was the most complete player in the NBA. "It's amazing what he's doing," Donovan said of Westbrook. "There's also a part of it that he's probably the most unique player in the NBA because you've got great scorers, great assist guys, great rebounders. There are a lot of great players in this league. But he kind of touches it all in every facet of the game. "The thing I'm encouraged by is when he does
what he did tonight and we win. There's certain times when a player gets crazy numbers, and his team loses. Winning is the most important thing to Russell. And he knows that his assists, his rebounds and his scoring, being efficient, helps our team win." Enes Kanter offered another offensive threat for the Thunder, rising from the bench to score 27 points and grab 10 rebounds in 28 minutes. For the Knicks, Derrick Rose topped the scoring with 30 points, seven rebounds and four assists. Kristaps Porzingis added 21 points and Carmelo Anthony chipped in with 18 points. Elsewhere Monday, Westbrook's former Oklahoma City team-mate Kevin Durant helped Golden State complete a 12th consecutive victory with a 105-100 win over the Atlanta Hawks. Durant and Stephen Curry each finished with 25 points to steer the Dubs to a victory which saw last season's NBA Finals runnersup improve to 16-2. - 'Double slap in the face' Atlanta looked to have the Warriors rattled after
Oklahoma City Thunder's Russell Westbrook in action against the New York Knicks at Madison Square Garden on November 28. (AFP Photo)
edging into an 81-80 lead as the final quarter got under way. But two Andre Iguodala baskets, a Durant jumper and a Shaun Livingston layup gave the Warriors a pivotal 8-0 run that put them 88-81 ahead. The Warriors were left thankful for some superb defensive work from Draymond Green down the stretch, pulling off two crucial blocks in the final minute, as they dug in for the win. "That's like a double slap in the face," Green said of his two late blocks. "I like them."
"That was amazing," Warriors coach Steve Kerr said of Green's double defensive shift. "I don't know if I've ever seen a sequence like that from one guy. Just an incredible defensive sequence." Green said it proved the Warriors remained a decent defensive unit even if their star-studded offensive line-up invariably grabbed the headlines. "The world says we traded our defense away when we got KD (Kevin Durant)," Green said. "I disagree. That (bothers) me. I take that personally."
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