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DIMAPUR • Vol. X • Issue 276 • 12 PAGes • 4
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PM breaks silence, calls for peace
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Yes, our needs have changed, but we must stop buying dog meat, deer meat, frogs, snails and vegetables etc from the cities.
Nagaland chopper service to resume DIMAPur, OcTObEr 8 (MExN): General Man- A woman negotiates a water logged road after buying essentials from a shop at Burma Camp on Thursday. After a heavy ager, Nagaland State Trans- downpour, many areas in Dimapur were submerged in water. Photo by Caisii Mao port informed on Thursday the State helicopter service, which was suspended for a while, will resume service from October 9 onwards.
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DIMAPur, OcTObEr 8 (MExN): Nagaland Medicine Dealers Association (NMDA) will be observing the all India bandh called by the All India Organization of Chemist and Druggist (AIOCD) on October 14. All medicine shops will remain closed from 6 am to 6 pm on the bandh day, as per the directives issued by AIOCD in protest against the Central government’s decision of E-marketing/online sale of medicine, a press note from NMDA president, A Ato Yepthomi informed. However, in order to facilitate emergency requirements, the association has advised one or two pharmacies in each district headquarters to function normally on the day of the bandh, the press note further informed. All presidents and secretaries of NMDA district units were also asked to observe the bandh.
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DIMAPur, OcTObEr 8 (MExN): Governor of Nagaland & Assam, PB Acharya on Thursday launched the official website of Raj Bhavan, Nagaland. The website address is www.rajbhavannagaland.gov.in and the launching was enabled by NIC Nagaland. Addressing the launching programme, Acharya pointed out that in today’s digital world; website is one of the most important platforms to connect with the public. Expressing his happiness to announce the launching of the website, the Governor said from here onwards, the general public will be able to able to access information about the Governor’s secretariat and all the activities associated with it. Informing this, a press statement from PRO to Governor said the website is accessible to all. Information on the history of Raj Bhavan, profile of Governor, role and functions of Governor, details and profiles of all former Governors, photo gallery of various functions and events attended by the Governor, speeches and messages of the Governor, RTI on Raj Bhavan, Governor’s daily engagements and upcoming events will be available on the website.
nnc questions Peace Accord and the charter of demands
DIMAPur, OcTObEr 8 (MExN): Naga National Council (NNC) president, Adinno Phizo on Thursday expressed reservation over the recent ‘Peace Accord’ signed between the NSCN (IM) and the Government of India and its ‘charter of demands.’ According to a press statement, the NNC president, while addressing the CEC meeting held at NNC office, Chedema Peace Camp questioned the very nature of the ‘Charter of demands’ that the NSCN (IM) was asking from India when in reality, the “Nagas are not demanding anything from India but only asking India to leave Nagaland as the
British left India before.” Also recalling the signing of the Shillong Accord, Adinno said after the defeat of Pakistan in East Pakistan (now Bangladesh) in
dia met outside Nagaland in Shillong. An accord was signed not in the name of Nagas but “Underground Organisations as a result of which the fighting stopped
Nagas are not demanding anything from India but only asking India to leave Nagaland as the British left India before: Adinno Phizo 1971, India abrogated the ceasefire agreement with the Federal Government of Nagaland (FGN) and started war again in Nagaland. At this juncture, the Naga Peace Council was organized to stop the fighting and both Naga and In-
and war prisoners were all released,” the NNC president stated. “But the persons supposed to stand by their president made him the culprit of that the so-called Shillong Accord and even called him “traitor” and
formed their own group called the National Socialist Council of Nagaland (now NSCN-IM) and killed many of their own day today friends who refused to join their socialism,” Adinno stated. The NNC president also maintained that it is only through NNC that Naga became united as one people and became the platform to speak out for the right of the Naga people. She said all Naga regions (tribes) were brought together into one Nation under the leadership of AZ Phizo which led to the setting up of the Federal Government of Nagaland (FGN) on March 22, 1956.
NEW DELHI, OcTObEr 8 (rEuTErs): Prime Minister Narendra Modi called for religious harmony on Thursday, breaking a week-long silence after the mob killing of a Muslim man rumoured to have slaughtered a cow sparked fears that Hindu zealots were targeting minorities. At an election rally in Bihar, Modi appealed for Indians to ignore hate speeches. “We must decide whether Hindus and Muslims should fight each other, or against poverty,” he said. “Only peace and goodwill can take this country forward.” Since a Muslim man was beaten to death last week over rumours that he butchered a cow, politicians of Modi’s Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), including ministers, have made statements seemingly in defense of the Hindu mob that killed him. The violence fuelled a debate about laws on the killing and eating of cows. Modi has riled opponents by calling for a nationwide ban on cow slaughter and criticised the previous government for promoting beef exports. Cows are considered holy by many, but not all, Hindus, who form a majority of India’s population of 1.2 billion, and beef is eaten by some of the country’s minority Muslims and Christians, as well as many lower-caste Hindus. On Thursday, lawmakers from the BJP punched and slapped a Muslim opposition politician in disputed Kashmir, for serving beef in a government building. “I have done nothing wrong,” said Abdul Rashid
BJP legislators thrash MLA over beef party srINAgAr, OcTObEr 8 (PTI): Independent MLA Sheikh Abdul Rashid was today thrashed by some BJP legislators in the Jammu and Kashmir Assembly for throwing a beef party here, triggering an uproar from the opposition which staged a walkout. The manhandling of the MLA, who had thrown a beef party at the MLA hostel here yesterday, came on a day the Assembly is scheduled to take up a bill on the ban on the meat. As BJP MLAs assaulted him, several NC and Congress MLAs rushed to save him. The assault on the floor of the House triggered an angry reaction from the opposition with National Conference leader Omar Abdullah saying it was impossible to digest the incident. Full story on page 8
Follow Prez’s advice on values of tolerance
PATNA, OcTObEr 8 (IANs): Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday appealed to people to follow President Pranab Mukherjee’s message on upholding core civilisational values of diversity, tolerance and plurality. His appeal, at an election rally in Bihar’s Nawada district, came 10 days after a man was lynched in Uttar Pradesh’s Dadri by a mob over rumours that he ate beef. Modi, however, did not mention the incident. Speaking in Hindi, he said various “chote mote log (small-time people)” make all kinds of comments for political benefit but urged people not to pay them any heed, or for that matter, even him, but just follow what the president had said. “Follow President Pranab Mukherjee’s message on core civilisational values of diversity, tolerance and plurality,” he said, referring to the president’s speech in New Delhi on Wednesday.
Sheikh, the lawmaker thrashed by his colleagues. “I consumed beef. It is my religious right and also my fundamental right.” Party officials condemned the violence, but no complaint has been filed with police over the incident. It followed a decision last month by authorities in Jammu and Kashmir, which is ruled by the BJP and its allies, to enforce a ban on eating beef. The order led to fierce protests in India’s only Muslim-majority state and forced a three-day Internet shutdown during the Eid
festival. Protesters are asking for the Supreme Court to revoke the ban. States are allowed to impose their own laws on the slaughter of cattle and enforcement varies dramatically. Modi’s government has clamped down on the illegal trade of cattle with Muslim-majority neighbour Bangladesh, and two states ruled by his party have tightened laws to protect cows. This week, in Delhi and Kerala, where beef is widely eaten, groups of young people held beef-eating “picnics” to promote their right to eat the meat.
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Svetlana Alexievich wins Nobel for Literature ‘Repeal Armed Forces Special Powers Act
sTOcKHOLM, OcTObEr 8 (rEuTErs): Belarussian author Svetlana Alexievich has won the Nobel Prize for Literature for her portrayal of life in the former Soviet Union which the Swedish Academy said was “a monument to suffering and courage in our time.” Alexievich’s work includes a series of books called the “Voices of Utopia” about individuals in the former Soviet Union as well as works on the consequences of the 1986 nuclear disaster in Chernobyl and the Russian war in Afghanistan. “By means of her extraordinary method – a carefully composed collage of human
voices – Alexievich deepens our comprehension of an entire era,” the Swedish Academy said on Thursday in awarding the 8 million crown ($972,000) prize. Alexievich, born in 1948 in Ukraine, worked as a teacher and a journalist af-
ter finishing school. “She has invented a new literary genre. She transcends journalistic formats and has pressed ahead with a genre that others have helped create,” said Sara Danius, permanent secretary of the Swedish Academy. “If you remove her works from the shelves there would be gaping holes. That says a lot about how original she is.” Literature was the fourth of this year’s Nobel prizes. The prize is named after dynamite inventor Alfred Nobel and has been awarded since 1901 for achievements in science, literature and peace in accordance with his will.
before claiming a permanent UNSC seat’
NEW DELHI, OcTObEr 8 (MExN): The Save Sharmila Solidarity Campaign (SSSC) today said that India cannot claim a permanent seat in the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) until it repeals the Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA). It may be recalled that Irom Sharmila appeared in the Delhi Court on October 6 and 7 for the trial of the 2006 Jantar Mantar case where Delhi Police lodged a case against her under section 309 of attempt to suicide. During the hearing, she reiterated her assertion that “she is
not committing suicide” but appealing to protect the right to life by protesting against AFSPA The SSSC, in a press note, stated that “if India is really serious to be known at global level with powers to take part in policy making and advisory for global issues through UN, it must have first and primary requirement of respecting human rights.” It is known through reports of government-appointed committees and national and international human rights’ organisations that AFSPA is a discriminatory and unconsti-
tutional act that provides extraordinary powers to security forces in disturbed regions, without asking for any accountability, it stated. These unstopped uses of powers by security forces, it said, have been used in serious situations of violations of human rights. “By this act, security forces start behaving like criminals who have unchecked powers and accountability.” The SSSC demanded that the AFSPA be repealed from all areas. “There have been many incidents of brutal mass-rapes that have been reported in past and justice still eludes
the victims. This has been proved not only by human rights’ organisations but also by government-appointed committees,” the SSSC said. It further noted that the impunity enabled through AFSPA is “absolutely not required for any responsible, honest and committed security force personals.” “In contrary, it becomes dangerous as such absolute powers divert the normal way of working of personals.” The SSSC further affirmed to continue its efforts in organizing protests and campaigns for repealing the act.
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Fake certificates, poor infra-structure stalks JNV Kiphire Lipichem
Kiphire | October 8
Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalaya (JNV), a residential School under Navodaya Vidalaya scheme in Kiphire, seems to be losing the very purpose for which it was established. The JNV, which was set up in accordance with the National Policy of Education (1986) under the Ministry of Human Resources Development, Government of India (GoI), aims to serve the district as a focal point for improving school education through sharing of experience and facilities. JNVs are specifically tasked with finding talented children in rural areas of India and providing them with an education equivalent to the best residential
school system, without regard to their family’s socioeconomic condition. However, of late, discrepancies in admissions of students and poor infrastructure have been dogging the institution. Students coming from outside the district and state, allegedly with fake certificates are admitted at JNV without any scrutiny or verification almost every year. As per Navodaya Vidalaya scheme, Kiphire was awarded with JNV School in the year 2006. The school was supposed to be temporarily housed in a building belonging to the Industry and Commerce Department. However, the school is yet to move to its permanent site even after 8 years. This has dropped Kiphire district under category B.
A view of Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalaya residential school in Kiphire district.
To be admitted in JNV, there are a set of conditions to be followed. A student studying in class V in the current academic year has to sit for an entrance test and only if he/she qualifies, will get admission in Cl-VI. The
student is also required to produce a certificate stating that he/she has studied in the locality for at least three years along with other residential certificates. However, several students from outside the district/state, who have not
studied in the district, have been admitted to JNV Kiphire over the years. Sources said students coming from outside the state are known to procure Pupils Cumulative Record (PCR) of three straight years from various schools
in the rural villages of Kiphire district. When enquired about this, the JNV authorities said: “We have detected this practice for the past few years and we send our staffs for verification because we found the certificate to be suspicious. We also know that some certificates are fakes but the respective school authorities in the Government Primary Schools & Government Middle Schools don’t take seriously. We have also brought this to the concern authorities but they fail to take necessary action. So we have to admit the students despite knowing that the certificate (s) is suspicious,” the authorities said. This year, out of 40 candidates qualified to study in class VI, a few students
are from outside the state, it has been learnt. Some students have already taken admission but they have PCR from the district and other necessary documents from the concern department in the district, the JNV authorities stated, while expressing their helplessness in the given situation. The JNV authorities also maintained that the institute has not progressed due to lack of support from citizens, public organization and students unions. The Navodaya Vidalaya scheme has been awarded to Kiphire, Longleng and Peren. While Longleng and Peren have permanent buildings and sites, and have classes till class XII; JNV Kiphire only has classes till Class X.
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THE MORUNG EXPRESS
CBCNEI You h FEst 2015
Engage | Encounter | Edify T
he Council of Baptist Churches in North East India (CBCNEI) Youth Fest 2015 will commence from October 9 evening at Dimapur Ao Baptist Church, Duncan Basti, Dimapur. Around 850 delegates from the states of Assam, Arunachal Pradesh, Manipur, Meghalaya and some other Indian states will be attending the fest. The CBCNEI Youth Fest 2015, hosted by Nagaland Baptist Church Council (NBCC) is an event of the CBCNEI. The central theme of the youth fest is “Engage, Encounter, Edify.” The main events will be bible study, workshop, colour night and worship service. Rev Dr Razouselie, ETC Jorhat will lead the Bible Study, while the speakers in the evening services are Rev Dr Zelhou Keyho, Jacob Issac, National Director, Alpha India and Bijoy Sangma, Asia pacific Baptist Federation. The workshop topic and resource persons are as follows: Youth Alpha- Marky Granadeepan and Caleb Ellis; Worship Central- Balajied Syiem and Team; Nurturing Emerging leaders- Aküm Longchari; Youth Counseling- Molly Johnson (BIM) and Entrepreneurship- Micah Johnson (BIM). The local arrangements for the event are undertaken by the NBCC youth secretary, Vikuo Rhi and DABA Youth Director Toshi Longkumer with a committee comprising of various churches, organisations and individuals. Objectives The Council of Baptist Churches in Northeast India is organizing CBCNEI Youth Fest 2015, anticipating that this mega event to be uplifting and upholding the Gospel standard: • Seek what we believe to be important for our walk with God • Experience inter cultural Christian community • Engage with God, each other and go home better equipped to live out our faith • Equip young people with the understanding that they are part of the church of today, not just of tomorrow.
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THEME SPEAKERS Engage Rev Dr Zelhou Keyho General Secretary NBCC Edify Jacob Issac National Director Alpha India Encounter Bijoy Sangma Asia Pacific Baptist Federation WORKSHOP resource persons Youth Alpha Marky Granadeepan and Caleb Ellis Worship Central Balajied Syiem and Team Nurturing Emerging leaders Aküm Longchari The Morung Express Youth Counseling Molly Johnson (BIM) Entrepreneurship Micah Johnson (BIM)
Council of Baptist Churches in Northeast India From the early days of the missions in North-East India there were joint meetings of missionaries and nationals to plan the work. In 1914, the National Churches formed themselves into Assam Baptist Christian Convention. This organization grew in its stature, and finally in January 1950, the Council of Baptist Churches in Assam (CBCA) was formed by the amalgamation of Assam Baptist Missionary Conference under the leadership of its First General Secretary, Rev. A. F. Merrill. Later the name was changed to CBCAM, and finally, the Council of Baptist Churches in North-East India on geographical grounds. Almost all the Baptist Churches in Assam, Arunachal, Manipur, Meghalaya and Nagaland were brought within the Council. So since the year 1950 the field works has been brought under the ministry of the Council of Baptist Churches in North East India (CBCNEI). Over the years the CBCNEI has grown to now over 7000 Churches in 100 organized Associations. They are administered under six regional Con-
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• REGISTRATION The registration will start on October 9 (Friday) 10:00 am at the main venue. The registration fee per head is Rs. 300/• CANTEEN Any festival would be a rare phenomena, and definitely incomplete without good food. The organizers will be offering more than a dozen food options…from ethnic cuisine to fast food, drop in and have a scrumptious bite. • CONTACTS Vikuo Rhi Youth Secretary, NBCC 09436421076 Imnatoshi Longkumer Youth Director DABA 09856001234
ventions namely, Assam Baptist Convention, Arunachal Baptist Church Council, Garo Baptist Convention, Karbi Anglong Baptist Convention, Manipur Baptist Convention, and Nagaland Baptist Church Council.
of Assam. The Karbi Anglong Baptist Convention comprises of thirteen associations. Rev Davidson Ingti is the General Secretary of the convention.
Garo Baptist Convention (GBC) The State of Meghalaya is situated Assam Baptist Convention (ABC) on the north east of India. The Garo Popularly called as the land of the Baptist Convention (GBC) is led by Rev red river and blue hills, Assam is the Janang R. Sangma. gateway to the northeastern part of India. Led by R. K. Ray Chawdhuri, the Nagaland Baptist Church Council Assam Baptist Convention has its office (NBCC) at Golaghat. The convention comprises of six associations. Nagaland State consists of seven Administrative Districts, inhabited by 16 maArunachal Baptist Church Council jor tribes along with other sub-tribes. Each (ABCC) tribe is distinct in character from the other Arunachal is the largest state area- in terms of customs, language and dress. wise in the north-east region, even larg- The Nagaland Baptist Church Council er than Assam which is the most pop- (NBCC) comprises of 20 associations. The ulous. The Arunachal Baptist Church convention is led by Rev Dr Zelho Keyho. Council (ABCC) is led by Rev Wanglong Simai. The convention has its office at Manipur Baptist Convention (MBC) Naharlagun. Manipur is bounded by Assam in the west, Nagaland in the north, Karbi Anglong Baptist Convention Mizoram in the south, Myanmar (Bur(KABC) ma) on the east. The Manipur Baptist The Karbi Anglong, a district of Convention (MBC) is led by Rev Dr W. Assam is situated in the central part Konghar.
Top Spots to visit in Dimapur
DaY One October 9 | 4:00 PM
Opening DaBa Youth Ministry From the Host Rev n Tzudir Pastor DaBa Welcome address Vikuo Rhi Youth Secretary nBCC Greetings Rev Mathotmi Vasha President BYFneI (CBCneI) Programme Overview Chairman COLa Keynote address Rev Dr. Solomon Rongmei General Secretary, CBCneI
Nagaland Baptist Church Council
Nagaland Baptist Church Council (NBCC) is the association of Baptist churches in the North Eastern Indian state of Nagaland. It has about 519,964 baptized members from 1566 member churches. Total 20 associations/ conventions and four associate members are affiliated to the council. Baptist form more than 80% of Nagaland’s population and is the most Baptist dominant state in the world.
DIMAPUR AO BAPTIST AROGO
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Established on October 5, 1958, Dimapur Ao Baptist Arogo (DABA) is affiliated to Ao Baptist Arogo Mungdang, the apex body of Ao churches in Nagaland. A federal structured administration with 8 fellowships and 1 prayer cell constitutes DABA with its office in Main Church, Duncan fellowship. Considered as one of the larg-
est churches in the country, with the strength of 6000 sitting capacity, the DABA church building was inaugurated on October 21, 2015. It is located at Duncan Basti. “Occupy till I come” Luke 19:13 as its motto and Christ its head, DABA strongly plants its foundation on the Holy Bible and administer the church on Baptist distinctive. C
Clock Tower AKA City Tower
If there is one centerpiece Dimapur would be easily recognized by, it is the infamous Clock Tower. Located in the heart of the town, it is the hot spot for eateries and business shops in Dimapur. The area definitely commands the best and most popular. No wonder, legendary KFC and Pizza Hut recently opened their outlet right adjacent to the Clock Tower. A must-visit for sure! Address: City Tower, N.S.T Colony, Dimapur
Supermarket Craft Shops
The ideal place if you want to buy or just have a look at the different Naga handicrafts, traditional wear, handloom and jewelery. Also, if you happen to visit supermarket on a Wednesday, you’ll get to enjoy the craziest and noisiest local market in Dimapur town. From indigenous delicacies to fresh fruits, second hand clothes to potted plants, this market has everything you would ever need. Address: Supermarket, Half Nagarjan, Dimapur
This is the Mecca of shopping for Nagaland denizens where one would find rows of tightly packed shops selling imported clothes and shoes. Bargain hard, and walk away with the latest trends. But if electronic gadgets are more your thing, you can head to Hazi Park, which is just next to Hongkong Market area. Address: Near Dimapur Railway Station
Some of the organising committee members try out the Youth Fest t-shirts. T-shirts will be available on sale at the rate of Rs. 250/- at the main venue.
If history is more your interest, visit the Kachari ruins, one of the most important sites of megalithic culture. Blocks of stone and brick pieces with various designs that lie scattered, still reveal the artistry of an era which dates back to the 10th century. Address: Super Market, High School Colony, Half Nagarjan, Dimapur
Committee for Organizing Local arrangements members led by nBCC youth secretary, Vikuo Rhi and DaBa Youth Director Toshi Longkumer review the work progress from all the sub-committees, a day before the inaugural of the CBCneI Youth Fest 2015. The local arrangements for the event are all done by the host along with a committee comprising of various churches, organisations and individuals.
The North East Zone Cultural Centre (NEZCC) is the Zonal Cultural Centre of the Northeast India. The NEZCC was established with the main objective of promoting and preserving the rich cultural heritage of the North East region. It is located quite close to the Dimapur Airport, 3rd Mile. With nominal entry fees, you can visit the Stone Sculpture Garden and witness the sculptures, which are chiseled by various artists from all over the country. There is also a children’s play area which is completely made out of bamboo. Address: Near Airport, Diphupar, Dimapur
Christian Literature Centre
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Stewards attending the orientation programme held on October 8 evening at the conference hall, DaBa. around 100 youth stewards from DaBa youth ministry led by akum Pongen will be rending service during the event.
Christian Literature Centre will be opening a book stall at the main venue throughout the three-day event where various books and other materials will be available on sale. One of the oldest literature institutions, CLC was established in 1969 under the direct management of CBCNEI for its literature ministry in Northeast India. At present, CBCNEI has extended the CLC branches to Guwahati, Dimapur, Imphal and Ukhrul. CLC is supplying textbooks and other school materials to schools and colleges in Northeast India. They also supply library books to many church associations and educational institutions. CLC also produces one of the best qualities of Church Hymnal.
The accommodation Committee along with the youth volunteers from Forest Colony, Dimapur engaged in arranging materials and cleaning up venues for the delegates on October 8. The accommodation Committee has arranged six venues for the delegates. The venues includes aIDa, Don Dosco School Campus; Town Baptist Church; Lotha Baptist Church; Chakhesang Baptist Church and Chakhesang Hoho Hall; Forest Dept Quarter.
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THE MORUNG EXPRESS
Separate building code for mountain states mooted Itanagar, OctOber 8 (IanS): Legislators of India's mountain states on Thursday called for the creation of a building code separate from that of the rest of the country. "The legislators asserted that the building code applicable to the whole of the nation is not ideal for buildings in the mountain states," said a resolution adopted at the end of the GLOBE (Global Learning and Observations to Benefit the Environment) India Legislators Meet. "It was decided that legislators from mountain states will raise the issue of forming a separate building code for mountains at different forums including state legislative assemblies and parliament," said the resolution, which comes against the backdrop of the me-
ga-earthquake in Nepal and the disastrous cloudbursts in Uttarakahand and Ladakh. The legislators' meet was held as part of the fourth edition of the Sustainable Mountain Development Summit (SMDSIV) being held in the Arunachal Pradesh capital. The resolution also welcomed the decision of union Environment Minister Prakash Javadekar to meet legislators from the Himalayan states to discuss issues related to the sustainable development of mountain states during the winter session of parliament. It was also resolved that MPs from mountain states will meet before the meeting with Javadekar to deliberate and decide upon the issues to be raised by them for the betterment of all mountain states in
North eaSt Briefs
Mizoram adopts resolution on UN declaration on indigenous rights
aIzawl, OctOber 8 (Ie): Mizoram Assembly on Thursday unanimously adopted a resolution appreciating the Indian government’s efforts to realise provisions of the United Nations’ Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (DRIPS) and asked that such efforts be continued and stepped up. The UN’s DRIPS was accepted by the international body’s General Assembly in 2007 after more than two decades of negotiations. A total of 143 countries, including India, voted in its favour. The state assembly’s resolution was moved by Leader of the Opposition Vanlalzawma, a former Lok Sabha MP and leader of the Mizo National Front.
Demand for a separate Haflong district DIMaPUr, OctOber 8 (Mexn): The Zeliangrong Baudi Assam, the Zeme Council Assam and the Mathai (Village Chief ) Council Assam, have submitted a representation to the Ato Kilonser, NSCN (IM) urging for the creation of a separate district known as ‘Haflong district’ with its headquarters at Haflong, mainly for the Zeliangrong Nagas along with the minority communities under the new administrative system that may be created through the Framework Agreement with the Government of India. The joint representation urged the Ato Kilonser of the NSCN (IM) for “special attention for inclusion and integration of our land and people to that of Nagalim.” “Irrespective of any circumstances or technicalities that may arise during the political settlement process, the organisations expressed hope that Zeliangrong areas shall be treated as a single territory and no part of it will be left out in the process of integration of Naga areas. It further asked that the Zeme Nagas of the NC Hills remain intact and bound to the remaining Naga areas as a single administrative and political unit.
Assam official nabbed red handed while accepting bribe gUwahatI, OctOber 8 (IanS): The vigilance and anti-corruption department has caught a government officer red-handed while accepting bribe at her office here on Thursday. Nandita Konwar, an Assam Civil Service officer, is the project director of the District Rural Development Agency (DRDA) in Kamrup (Metropolitan) district. She was caught red-handed by sleuths of the vigilance and anti-corruption department while accepting Rs.12,000 in cash for sanctioning an amount of Rs.1.2 lakh for a road in the city's Durga Sarobar area under the MP Local Area Development fund. "We were informed by some people that the officer has been asking 10 percent commission for sanctioning the amount. Based on the complaint, we waylaid her today and she was arrested while accepting a bribe of Rs.12,000," an official said. Konwar is the daughter of Congress leader and former Bihar and Tripura governor Devananda Konwar.
a sustainable manner and the issues to be raised during the Conference of Parties (COP) 21 climate summit to be held in Paris later this year. The resolution also said that the legislators, in groups and in their own states, would seriously examine all the issues and come back in the next SMDS with concrete and implementable policies, programmes and solutions to take the mantle of climate change adaptation and mitigation forward. Noting that 41 districts across 11 mountain states were yet to formulate district disaster management plans, the
resolution stated that the districts would be identified in a fast-track manner and a disaster management plan would be formulated for each of the districts within the next one year. In Thursday's meeting, Lok Sabha member from Sikkim and GLOBE India secretarygeneral P.D. Rai suggested that a connection could be established with legislators from Nepal, Bhutan, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka. He also stressed the importance of advocacy within the northeastern states so that effective policies and frameworks could be worked out for climate change adaptation
and mitigation. "There must be concrete suggestions from the northeast and Himalayan mountain states to be taken to COP 21 at Paris in December that represents the common problems and issues," Nagaland legislator Neiphrezo Keditsu said. He highlighted the possibility of expanding the forum to include parliamentarians of Nepal and Bhutan as they are from an ecologically similar region. Punchok Tashi, councillor of Ladakh Autonomous Hill Development Council, stressed the need for a separate set of governmental policies specific for mountain states.
All the legislators present agreed with the need for different policies in the mountain regions keeping in view the different conditions between plains and mountains. Earlier, in his keynote address, Arunachal Pradesh Assembly Speaker Nabam Rebia said mountain states and their sensitive ecosystems were extremely vulnerable to climate change impacts. "The dependence of our people on the natural environment for their lifestyle and livelihood is a cause of concern in this changing environment. The increasing pace of largescale disasters also threatens the life in mountains as we know it," Rebia said. Rajya Sabha member from Assam and GLOBE India president Bhubaneswar Kalita high-
lighted the importance of the climate change negotiations taking place at COP 21 and stressed the need for India to take a strong stance in the matter. "Legislators can play an important role in bringing awareness among common people and help state governments formulate climate policies," Kalita added. In Thursday's meeting, Arunachal Pradesh legislators decided to come together under the banner of GLOBEIMI (Integrated Mountain Initiative) Pan Himalayan Legislators' Forum. This was the fourth edition of the GLOBE India Legislators' Meet. The previous editions were held in Sikkim (June 2012), Nagaland (September 2013) and New Delhi (December 2014). The three-day SMDS-IV ends on Friday.
ESIC to introduce schemes IWCF concerned by human trafficking in Manipur in 3 North East states DIMaPUr, OctOber 8 (Mexn): The Indigenous Women and Children Foundation (IWCF) has expressed concern over human trafficking particularly involving the tribal areas of Manipur. The victims are mostly from the underprivileged rural villages in the tribal districts of Manipur. The worsening socio-economic condition as a result of conflict situation, poor governance, lack of employment opportunities and mis-carrying of welfare schemes could be attributed to the high rate of migration from the state including
trafficking in human, the IWCF said in a press note. It cited the case of a 23 year old woman named K Dangmei, a Rongmei Naga, from Churachandpur district who went to Singapore looking for job and ended up as a maid. The IWCF said that she was recruited by one Sam John, Director of the Business Associate Group (BAG). “Having being subjected to cruelty and ill treatment by her employer, and her personal security threatened, she decided to leave the job and return home to India,” the IWCF informed.
aIzawl, OctOber 8 (IanS): The Employees' State Insurance Corporation (ESIC) would introduce health service schemes for workers in three north-eastern states, union Minister of state for Labour and Employment Bandaru Dattatreya said on Thursday. The ESIC is a statutory body under the Labour and Employment Ministry to provide medical services to workers in the organised sector. "The ESIC schemes, including medical services, would be introduced for workers in Mizoram, Arunachal Pradesh, Manipur and Andaman and Nicobar Islands soon, thereby covering the entire country," Dattatreya said in a meeting here. He said that a 10-bed dispensary and 30-bed hospital would be set up in Mizoram by the ESIC. "The union government is keen to resolve the problems of the north-eastern
states through visits by central ministers to the region and by not sitting in national capital Delhi," the minister added. The ESIC operates its schemes in association with the respective governments of other north-eastern states. The ESIC is an apex corporate body operating integrated social security schemes to provide protection to workers and their dependents in case of sickness, maternity and death or disablement due to occupational diseases. Currently, about 186 lakh workers, or 67 percent of the country's organised sector workforce, are covered by ESIC schemes. During his two-day stay in Aizawl, the union minister held a series of meetings with Mizoram Governor Lt. General Nirbhay Sharma (retd), Chief Minister Lal Thanhawla and the state's labour minister Lalrinmawia Ralte and senior officials.
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IMPhal, OctOber 8 (PtI): A combined team of BSF and Manipur police seized a huge cache of arms and ammunitions today during a joint operation in Thoubal district. The team cordoned off Uyel Terapokpi village since early morning and conducted search operations, police said. The seizure of the huge cache of arms and ammunitions were made at about 6.30 a m from near a bush close to a culvert, they said. The team recovered one grenade launcher, four grenade launcher shells, two 9 mm pistols, 3 TNT cakes, six gelatine sticks, 56 cartridges of AK-47 rifles, hand grenade, one rocket shell, functionary of Arunachal one detonator, four detoPradesh, who allegedly mas- nator fuses, three fuse wires terminded the abduction, and nails. is a notorious criminal involved in a bank robbery as well. He had fled from police custody after being arrested in the robbery case. He has been sent a notice to join the new DelhI, OctOber 8 (Dna): She hasn’t probe at the earliest. Sources said the poli- touched a morsel of food tician also reportedly has for over 14 years and, in links with several insur- these years, has courted as gent groups of the north- many arrests. In the nationeast, including the banned al capital to argue against outfit NSCN (I-M). They the Delhi Police’s charges added that the root of the of suicide, Irom says that abduction could be a feud the Manipur government between the victim and the and the Manipuri people have disappointed her. politician over money. “I don’t see my fasting The politician has claimed that the victim owed as a punishment; it is my him money and was not re- duty. Yet, I feel somewhat turning it. However, he has dissatisfied with the local not been able to explain why people. I, too, am part of he was in touch with a person contemporary Manipusupposedly involved in the ri society, so why should kidnapping and why he was they isolate me; celebrate in the vicinity from where the me and sing my glories but act but behave like I have doctor was abducted. The cops, however, have passed away?” says the drawn a blank in appre- 43-year-old crusader, fighthending Sharad Pandey, ing against the imposition the suspected Delhi hand of of the draconian Armed abductors. Despite a look- Forces Special Powers Act out notice and six teams (AFSPA). trailing him, he has been Irom talks about the dodging central district po- her relationship with lice for a fortnight now. Desmond Coutinho, her
Assam doctor was abducted by men posing as Delhi cops new DelhI, OctOber 8 (tnn): Narrating his 12-day ordeal to the team of cops camping in Dibrugarh, the Assam doctor told them that he was abducted by men posing as Delhi Police personnel and moved to at least six places during his confinement. In his statement, he told the Delhi Police team that he received a call from a woman who asked him to meet in Chanakyapuri for business purposes. When he reached, a car pulled over and two-three men wearing police uniform got off. They claimed to be from crime branch and asked Dr Hari Pegu to accompany them for questioning. Interestingly, the central Delhi police recovered the uniforms during a raid at the hideout of the abductors. The cops also recovered more than three dozen phones during the raids, sources said. The doctor said that he was kept at three farmhouses and a flat. He could not give locations as he was blindfolded most of the time and often beaten up. Meanwhile, Delhi Police has found that the Congress
Nagaland MLA says “There must be concrete suggestions from the northeast and Himalayan mountain states to be taken to COP 21 at Paris in December that represents the common problems and issues”
ShIllOng, OctOber 8 (IanS): A kidnapped engineer of a Hyderabadbased road construction company in Meghalaya was rescued on Wednesday after a gunfight with his abductors in West Garo Hills district, police said. Wassem Ahmed, an assistant engineer of BSCC&C (JV) road construction company, was abducted at gun-point nine days ago by United Garo Security Force (UGSF) militants from Samanda-Jengjal junction in East Garo Hills district. Ahmed, 25, who is from Rajouri in Jammu and Kashmir, is involved in the construction of ShillongNongstoin-WilliamnagarTura highway. "We rescued Ahmed on Wednesday evening from Gabil area after an ex-
Manipur high court cancels jobs of 1,400 govt teachers IMPhal, OctOber 8 (tnn): The Manipur high court on Wednesday quashed the recruitment of 1,423 teachers of government primary schools for breaching the process. The teachers, who are currently working in different government schools across the state, were appointed in 2011. According to advocate Genananda Hijam, who appeared on behalf of the petitioners, on September 12, 2006, the state government had issued a notification for recruiting primary teachers. Though the notification mentioned recruitment of general (unreserved), Scheduled Caste (ST), Scheduled Caste (ST) and physically challenged persons, the government
change of fire with his abductors," Inspector General of Police G.H.P. Raju, operations in-charge, told IANS. He said the abductors left Ahmed after security forces retaliated. "We do not know if any of the abductors were injured during the exchange of fire, but a manhunt is on to nab them as we have got some lead on their identities," Raju said. Meghalaya Police have launched a coordinated rescue operation for the last five days to mount pressure on the UGSF militants to release Ahmed, which also led to the arrest of six UGSF militants. Meanwhile, police remained clueless about the whereabouts of an Intelligence Bureau (IB) officer abducted by suspected
Manipur govt has disappointed me: Sharmila British-origin Goa-based partner, to which friends, family and the Manipuri society in general seem to be opposed. “After nine years of struggle, I found a like-minded man, and we decided that we will get married if AFSPA is repealed,” she says. “But the people of my state were unkind to him, and blamed all the failures and misgivings of the movement on us. What they forget is that I’m not just a Meitei, not just a woman, I’m a human being,” she said. In the court, Irom argued that she was falsely implicated in a case of suicide, and that violence alone cannot solve problems. “The Constitution can be amended to to suit the needs of our leaders. So, why can’t it be amended to suit the needs of the people,” she asks. “By imposing AFSPA, the government, politicians, NGOs and state
However, the family filed a case of theft against K. Dangmei, who was put under custody for more than one month. Finally, she was cleared of all charges and was able to return to Manipur. The IWCF was made aware of the incident through the victim’s family, and submitted a representation to the Union Minister for External Affairs. The IWCF has called for more stringent measures in combating human trafficking and urged all people to join the fight against this menace.
agents are gathering a lot of dirty money.” She urged Prime Minister Narendra Modi to repeal AFSPA before he goes to the UN to ask for a permanent seat. “A lot of people were dissenting against Modi’s tactics of governance based on violence when he was the chief minister of Gujarat because it is so contradictory to the father of the nation, who was also from Gujarat,” she said. Speaking on the months-long protests against the Manipur Land Reforms Bill, Irom said that the root cause was the Constitution. “They want to amend the Constitution to allow the hilly people of the state to buy areas in the valley, but not allow the same rights to the people in the valley,” she said. “The condition will soon enough be comparable to Tripura, where the native people now have a minority status.”
appointed 326 other backward class (OBC) candidates. The recruitment of OBC candidates was totally against the September 12 order, said Genananda. He added the government had disposed off answer scripts of the written examination before the final section list of the posts was declared. Nine petitioners challenged the validity and legality of the whole recruitment process, including the September 4, 2011 recruitment order, and the subsequent appointment order dated December 9, 2006. They prayed before the court to direct the government respondents to conduct a fresh recruitment process within a specific period. The state government, through chief
Garo militants in Meghalaya's South Garo Hills district, bordering Bangladesh. On September 24, militants of the A'chik Songna An'pachakgipa Kotok (ASAK) outfit kidnapped Intelligence Bureau officer Bikash Singh and cloth merchant Kamal Saha at gunpoint from an area between Ampangre and Panda reserve forest, police said. Though, ASAK has denied its involvement in the kidnapping, police maintained that the needle of suspicion was particularly on the group. "There is no development in this case. We have no clue at all about their whereabouts but the operation is on to trace and rescue the abducted officer and the other person," Raju said.
secretary, commissioner/secretary and director of schools education, are the government respondents in the case. Having heard both parties, the court headed by Justice Kh Nobin on Tuesday asked the government respondents to instruct the review selection committee to submit a fresh recommendation strictly in accordance with the September 12, 2006, notification within two months. The recommendation shall include the lists of candidates belonging to unreserved, ST, SC and physically challenged persons only and not OBC at all. The government should issue a notification declaring the result and issue appointment orders within a month.
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Volkswagen India recalls 389 KFC opens in Dimapur Polo cars for preventive repair Morung Express News Dimapur | October 8
New Delhi, OctOber 8 (iANS): Volkswagen India on Thursday said it has recalled 389 units of its hatchback Polo passenger car produced in a single batch during September 2015. "In the context of a voluntary safety measure, Volkswagen Passenger Cars in India is calling 389 Polo cars for inspection and preventive repair of the handbrake mechanism," the company said in a statement. "The quality assurance department of Volkswagen India has
determined that under certain conditions, the handbrake mechanism would lose effectiveness." According to the company, the analysis performed by Volkswagen India's quality assurance department has shown that a batch of handbrake cable retention levers in the rear brake liner might break under certain conditions. "Volkswagen has already identified the cars and has published the repair instructions to the service organisation in
India," the company said. The company pointed out that the customers owning the identified vehicles will be actively contacted by its dealers to come for an inspection and preventive repair. "This operation will start with immediate effect. The activity at the workshop will require approximately one hour and will be carried out at no cost to the customer," the company further said. On Wednesday, the company had temporarily stopped the deliveries
of a limited number of its hatchback Polo. However, at that time the company did not divulge the technical reason behind the move. "The deliveries of the identified Polo cars in stock which had been put on hold yesterday (Wednesday) will be resumed as and when the inspection and preventive repair of each car is completed," the company added. "Volkswagen further confirms that deliveries for the non-impacted Polo range continue as per schedule."
ICICI Bank introduces electronic cardless transaction on Visa MuMbAi, OctOber 8 (iANS): The ICICI Bank on Thursday launched a service enabling customers to make electronic payments from their smartphones at physical stores, e-commerce portals, radio taxis and utility billers, among others, without swiping a debit card. The service is based on 'mVisa', a new mobile payment solution from Visa.
ICICI Bank, India's largest private bank, is the first bank globally to launch a mobile app based on 'mVisa' solution for consumers and merchants. The service is applicable only for Visa cards. "We believe that this solution will herald a shift in the adoption of electronic payments in the country," the bank's executive director, Rajiv Sab-
harwal said in a statement. He said that while there are 570 million debit cards in the country, there are only 1.1 million pointof-sale machines available for card payments which restricts cashless payments to be made only at a certain category of merchants. The service has been introduced for its customers in Bengaluru only with
1,500 merchants brought under the fold of mobile electronic payments. The service will be rolled out in other cities shortly. To use this payment solution, users need to click on the 'mVisa' icon on the bank's Pockets app. The process involves scanning a Quick Response code at a merchant location without swiping the card.
We’re cooked if we fail on climate change: IMF Chief 'If we collectively chicken out of this we'll all turn into chickens and we'll all be fried, grilled, toasted and roasted' greece, OctOber 8 (AP): International Monetary Fund chief Christine Lagarde has said that failure to take urgent action on global warming will condemn humanity to the same fate as the Peruvian poultry that so many delegates to the group's annual meeting are enjoying this week in a country famed for its cuisine. "If we collectively chicken out of this we'll all turn into chickens and we'll all be fried, gr illed, toasted and roasted," said Lagarde yesterday.
Her comments came in a panel discussion involving World Bank President Jim Yong Kim, UN climate talks executive secretary Christiana Figueres and economist and climate expert Nicholas Stern. Lagarde and Kim argued strongly for removing subsidies on fossil fuels that are worth more than USD 5 trillion a year and on the immediate need for carbon taxes so that the burning of fossil fuels can fund clean energy replacements. But they both acknowledged it's a big challenge.
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wAShiNgtON, OctOber 8 (iANS): Families from India hold 14 spots in Forbes Asia's inaugural ranking of the top 50 Asian business dynasties with the Ambani family third on the list with a combined fortune of $21.5 billion. India's Premji is seventh on the list with a fortune of $17 billion followed by Hinduja with $15 billion in ninth spot and Mistry ranked tenth with $14.9 billion. Nearly half of the richest families in Asia are of Chinese descent, but none of them is based in mainland China, where conglomerates are young and run by first generations. Thus India with 14 easily has the most spots from any jurisdiction. South Korea's Lee family, who controls the Samsung Group, tops the list with a combined wealth of $26.6 billion. Number two on the list is the Lee family of Henderson Land Development from Hong Kong with a combined wealth of $24.1 billion. The Ambani family fortune includes the wealth of brothers Mukesh and Anil, both of whom inherited most of their father's fortune on his
death in 2002 but opted to do business separately, Forbes said. Mukesh's twins, son Akash and daughter Isha, work at and occupy board seats at telecom arm Reliance Jio Infocomm and Reliance Retail. Anil's son Jai Anmol works at Reliance Capital, it said. The Burman family (No. 30, $5.5 billion) from India, who is featured on the cover of the magazine, has brought in professional managers to ensure the continuity of the business and family. Anand Burman, the 63-year-old, fifth-generation scion and non-executive chairman of family-owned Dabur has seen net profits grow 24fold, and market cap soar 40-fold since 1998, Forbes noted. Dabur boasts a portfolio of 400 products-ranging from skin-care bleaches and ayurvedic shampoos to natural fruit juices-selling through nearly six million outlets across India. The family's 68 percent holding is valued at $5 billion. The minimum combined net wealth to qualify for the list was $2.9 billion. While most on the Forbes list have kept their flock together over
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Reflecting the changing mindset of businesses as well as consumers in the State, another multinational company (MNC) hit the town with promise of offering consumer its unique brand of chicken. The Kentucky Fried Chicken, popularly known by its acronym KFC, is headquartered in Louisville, Kentucky, in the United States and is noted for its ‘fried chicken’ baked with well-guarded unique recipes. Customers here can now enjoy the same taste, menu and services in tune with the rest of the KFC franchise across the world. The pricing are also in tune with the rest of India. The outlet in Dimapur, which is the 3rd in North East, is located near Clock Tower, was formally inaugurated today by Nagaland Parliamentary Secretary, Irrigation & Flood Control, Jacob Zhimomi at a function here today.
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4-lane highway brings employment Khekaho appraises Rijiju at Delhi opportunities to youth from rural areas Morung Express News Dimapur | October 8
Thirty youths from Medziphema and adjoining villages are eagerly looking forward to be part of the workforce in construction of the much-awaited 4-lane highway between Dimapur and Kohima. The youths are presently undergoing a 6-week intensive training on how to drive and operate JCB, tipper truck and road roller at 37 Assam Rifles headquarter, Medziphema. These unemployed youths are trained under the skill development programme for local youths, a joint initiative of Tata Trust and Assam Rifles (AR), a novel project to empower and give employment opportunities to the rural youth. “I am privileged to be selected to undergo this driv-
Local youths undergoing training on operating and driving JCB at 37 AR Headquarter, Medziphema, under the skill development programme jointly initaiated by Tata Trust and Assam Rifles.
er’s training. After completion of the training, they (AR) assured us to procure our driving licence (learner’s) at their own expense. I am now confident to get employment right after completion
of the training as there is no dearth of opportunities for drivers, especially for heavy vehicles like JCBs and tippers, here in Nagaland,” a local youth said. Another trainee said
with the 4-laning of the Dimapur-Kohima highway in the offing, the timing of the training was perfect as local youths can join the workforce of the road construction.
Besides the driver’s training, AR sources said the skill development programme on cultivation of cash crops for local farmers is being simultaneously conducted at Wokha and Shamator. “At Wokha and Shamator, we are training the local farmers on how to grow cash crops like spices, flowers and fruits, to supplement their income and livelihood,” AR sources said. The training which began on September 14 will end on October 31, just before the harvest season so that the youths can go back home and help in the harvest. Representatives from the Tata Trust are scheduled to visit the training centres by October end to assess the trainings and award certificates to the successful trainees.
Kohima college celebrates the diverse culture Governor turns 85 Morung Express News Kohima | October 8
With the theme “Redefining Challenges”, Kohima College, Kohima celebrated its 48th cultural day cum prize distribution at its auditorium Hall with Chubatola Longkumer, Director of Higher Education, Government of Nagaland as the Chief Guest. Ameu Kire, HoD Education who spoke on ‘Need for culture in Modern times’ stated that Naga culture is a culturally inherent society. While inculcating the modern lifestyles, one should also look towards the past culture and these inherent cultures should be preserved in modern times. Stating that young Nagas forget traditional values and are often influenced by Western lifestyles, Kire urged that the present generation should pursue culture. Reverberating a similar idea Chubatola Longkumer stated that in the past Nagas had rich cultural heritage and values and young people were taught to respect those values, one of the most important being respecting elders. Making a mention of the traditional institution of the past where the young were taught the values of the society, Longkumer
With the theme 'Redefining Challenges”, the college 48th cultural day calls for preserving inherent cultures in modern times.
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added that the youngsters were polite and well mannered, however today the elders feel that these values are slowly diminishing year by year and day by day. “We should not lose these good values that our forefathers practiced.” said Longkumer. Longkumer also noted that Kohima College caters to the need of all students from different tribes and that is the beauty of the college. “What is your future?” questioned Longkumer to the students which she termed as a major concern for the elders today. Longkumer stated that students should study not just to obtain a degree but to be employable after graduation. The most important is to
join oneself in the competition, to come out as someone who can contribute to the society and not as a menace. Further adding that the College has one of the most experienced teachers, every student should consider themselves the most fortunate ones and further hoped that Kohima College will become a center of excellence for Nagas. The program was chaired by Eangchi with an invocation by Lesou Rhi, Prayer Secy, EU. A special number titled ‘My Culture’ was presented by students from the Pochury Community. Vote of thanks was pronounced by Chemtsase, Social and Cultural Secy.
Dimapur, OctOber 8 (Dipr): Governor of Nagaland & Assam, Padmanabha Balakrishna Acharya today celebrated his 85th birth day in a simple function with his wife Kavita Acharya and his officers and staff at Raj Bhavan. Born on October 8th 1931 at Udupi in Karnataka State, P.B. Acharya, son of late Balakrishna Acharya and late Radha Acharya completed his matricu-
lation in Christian High School, Udupi. He was the first batch student of Mahatma Gandhi Memorial College, Udupi (1949-51). He did his Graduation - BA (Hons), B.Com and L.L.B. from Mumbai University. The Governor and his lady wife hosted tea and distributed men & lady wears to his staff commemorating the birth day celebration.
KOhima, OctOber 8 (Dipr): IPR Parliamentary Secretary Khekaho Assumi met the Union Minister of State for Home Affairs Kiren Rijiju in his office chamber at North Block. While wishing him safe return from his official visit to Moscow, the Parliamentary Secretary and the MOS also deliberated at length on the best options available to forward the cause of citizen security through digitization, keeping in mind information literacy as a core issue that is becoming an increasingly important component of not only policies and strategies of governance but also as a platform to promote human development. It was understood in the course of the discussion that the IPR department being the mouthpiece of the government, carry the trust of
Dimapur, OctOber 8 (mexN): The Council of Nagalim Churches (CNC) has informed all national workers that there will be a three-day Revival Service from October 13-15 at the Council Headquarters, Hebron. All pastors and chaplains of regions and army units have been directed to conduct such Revival and Prayer services in their respective camps and places. In a press note from the office of the CNC general secretary, Rev. Seksim Kasar,
to wood boring beetle larvae and many more. All the well-wisher and patrons are welcome cordialDimapur, OctOber 8 ly to attend the sales day. (mexN): The St.Joseph Catholic Church, Viswema will be having NFHRCC meeting its sales day at Sayokhu (Viswema) on October 10. Held in aid of its Dimapur, OctOber 8 Golden Jubilee in 2016, the Sales (mexN): There will be NFHRCC day programme will be inaugurat- Meeting on October 10, 2 pm at ed at 7:00AM by Er. Kropol Vitsu, its Treasurer’s Residence. A press Member of Legislative Assemble. note from NFHRCC convenor, According to a Golden Jubilee Fi- Supu Jamir and general secrenance Committee convenor, Vip- tary, W. Y. Kithan informed that iho Augustine and Joint Secretary the meeting will deliberate all isof Catholic Union Viswema, Zho- sues concerning the progress of to Stephen the main attractions the Foot Hill Road Project. All the of the day will be of wide varieties members are requested to make of choicest items that will be of- it convenient to attend positively. fered at the sale. The products will range from handicrafts to kitchen KNO general meeting tools, farming tools to constructing poles and bamboos, flowers Dimapur, OctOber 8 to organic vegetables, traditional (mexN): The Kyong Nchumattires to modern garments, fresh chio Okho (KNO) Dimapur will meat to Mesü (Southern Angami be holding a general meeting on special dish), brood (bee larvae) October 10 at its Treasurer Resi-
Hindu Seva Samiti Dimapur informs Dimapur, OctOber 8 (mexN): The Hindu Seva Samiti Dimapur has requested all the President and Secretaries of all Durga Puja Committees, Hindu Organizations of Dimapur, Image Makers of Dimapur & some special invitees of Dimapur to kindly attend the Joint Meeting convened on Sunday, October 11, from 10.30AM at Durga Mandir Hall, Old Daily Market, Dima-
3500 ex-servicemen in Nagaland: Rawat Our Correspondent Kohima | OctOBER 8
Governor P.B. Acharya releases handbook of ESM welfare schemes during ex-servicemen rally at Zakhama Military Station. (Morung photo)
Governor also complimented the Army for addressing the issues of welfare of veterans & Veer Naris by organizing the rally & bringing all the stakeholders under one roof. Also speaking on the occasion, by Lt Gen Bipin Rawat, AVSM, YSM, SM, VSM, GOC, 3 Corps paid a tribute to the ex-servicemen saying that the India Army is one of the topmost army in the world only for the contribution of the exservicemen, whom we, the following generation should not forget. He also hoped that the policy of the Central Government “one rank, one pension’ would be implemented soon, which will also benefitted the ex-servicemen.
He emphasized on the schemes of the Army & the state government, tailored exclusively for the welfare of the servicemen & their families. Brig K K Roy Choudhary, SM, VSM (Retd), Secretary Rajya Sainik Board said that the main aim of the rally was only to create awareness about the new schemes and policies of the government for the ex-servicemen and to know their grievances and problems and to find out solutions. He informed the ex-servicemen that the Directorate of Resettlement of ExServicemen has released a book about the new policies of the Center and already sent to the district Rajya Sainik Board units to give recent information for
them. He also highlighted efforts by the state govt to ameliorate the conditions for ex- servicemen. In the opening address, Maj Gen P N Rao, SM, GOC Red Shield Division extended a warm welcome to the veterans, Veer Naris and their dependents. The Veer Naris & the World War II veterans present at the rally were felicitated. Numerous stalls were put up by the Army & State Government to update the ESMs regarding schemes & policies pertaining to their welfare. A Pensioner Grievance Cell was also established at the venue to address pension related issued of the ESMs.
Lt Gen Bipin Rawat, AVSM, YSM, SM, VSM, GOC 3 Corps today said that there are about 3500 ex-servicemen in Nagaland at present, adding that registration of the ex-servicemen is a continuous process. “Nagaland has a very rich history,” he said adding that Nagas in particular has contributed a lot to the Indian army. The stories of valour and sacrifice are imprinted all over our history, he said adding that it is because of dedication, courage and sacrifice of the Nagas, “we finally even raise Naga Regiment,” a separate regiment for Nagas which spreads three battalion now. “We are very proud of the heritage of the Nagas, Lt Gen Bipin Rawat said while addressing media persons during ex-servicemen rally at Zakhama Military Station. He attributed this rally to the courage, valour and sacrifice of the brave Nagas of Nagaland. He said no army in the world can call itself to be proud army unless it honour the ex-servicemen, “and that is what we have done today.” Stating that the ex-servicemen still maintain the tradition of Indian army, he hoped that they will continue to “motive us” to follow their legacy. He also exuded confidence that the Army will continue to look after the ex-servicemen. The highlight of the rally was establishment of the ‘Suvigya’ portal which was instrumental in resolution of many ESM pension issues in situ.
to receive forgiveness of sins, many more need to come to receive healing and the promise of long life. Most of all, Nagas need the blessing of peace in our land.” All churches across Nagalim and all nation loving individuals and families have also been requested to intensify prayers for Indians and Naga leadership so that they may bring about a final solution to the long pending Indo Naga political issue.
pur. The meeting will discuss and work out modalities for celebration of Durga Puja and Immersion of idols in peace and harmony, informed a press note from Sankhu Ghosh, secretary Hindu Seva Samiti. “It is necessary for all of us to work together to maintain the sanctity of the occasion, while adding joy to the festivity. Hence, everyone is requested to be present and voice their valued suggestions,” it added.
SKK Meeting Dimapur, OctOber 8 (mexN): The Sumi Kiphimi Kuqhakulu (SKK) Executive Members are informed to attend an “important meeting” to be held at Conference Hall Hotel Saramati, Dimapur, 1PM on October 10. SKK Joint Secretary, Vikai Sumi requested all the SKK Executive Members to attend the meeting positively.
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Acharya call for peaceful atmosphere in Nagaland Nagaland’s governor P. B. Acharya today stressed the need to maintain peaceful atmosphere in Nagaland so that development can take place in every field to cope with the advanced world. Addressing the ex-servicemen rally for seven district of Nagaland, organized by Red Shield Division in coordination with Rajya Sainik Board of Nagaland at Zakhama Military Station, 17 Kms east of Kohima, Acharya said the governments in the Centre and the state are very serious to bring peace in Nagaland to erase the backward tag of Nagaland and to join with the mainstream. He said that when other North Eastern states are advancing Nagaland should not lag behind in development. He also appealed to the Ex-Servicemen of Nagaland, with their life-long experiences, to contribute their might and help the Government to bring a peace in the state. Acharya, who is also the president of the Rajya Sainik Board also appealed to the people to rise up and work for development with a strong mindset.
all army personnel belonging to the GHQ unit have been requested to attend the GHQ church on October 13, while all civil workers at the CHQ church on October 14. On October 15, it was informed, there will be a combined service for both the CHQ and GHQ churches. All have been requested to attend this service. With a theme and prayer focus of the service as “Revivial,” the CNC general secretary stated that “while many need to come
dence, Achum Jami, House No. 290, Lotha Colony Dimapur from 3:00 p.m sharp. A press note from KNO chairman, Mhademo Kithan informed that the meeting will discuss and deliberate for the forthcoming badminton tournament, fun mela and Tokhvu Nite. All the advisory board and members are requested to attend the meeting without fail.
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their association during college days at Delhi University. On the anvil were several proposals put in place and relevant issues of innovative ideas, advocacy formation and fund generation to drive the programmes were also touched upon. The Parliamentary Secretary IPR informed that he is taking up these proposals “threadbare”, upon the return of the MOS from his Russian trip. He further elaborated that given the level of transparency possible through the free flow of information, much can be done, provided dynamic leaders are imbibed with the right ethical intent and in tune with the opinion and desire of the public. This he pointed out as “the most important indicator that any government can choose to ignore, only at its peril”.
Three-day Revival Service at Hebron from Oct 13-15
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the people in as much as they want to use it to communicate, identify, persuade or enrich their capacity for correct decision. Both underscored the necessity to streamline policies that make information more accessible through the various channels, such as the print media, electronic media including audio visual on relevant issues of the day. While appreciating the input by the Parliamentary Secretary, the Union Minister recognized that the IPR represents an indispensable and relevant tool, not only to address the issue of the times but also as the most important means to impart appropriate information needed for social transformation. The meeting was conducted in the spirit of easy friendship, both tracing
As part of the ESM rally a, Medical camp with specialists was also organized. The rally culminated with a Sainik Bhoj for all the participants.
stolen vehicle recovered Dimapur, OctOber 8 (mexN): The Dimapur Police manning Chumukedima Check Gate today recovered two Tata Sumo which were reported stolen. The vehicles were found fixed with false registration plates assigned to other vehicles, informed The Dimapur police in a press note. The same was detected during enquiry and a case has been registered for further investigation, the police added. One arrested for illegal possession Meanwhile, the Dimapur Police on Mobile patrol on October 7 arrested one person from Blue Hill station, Dimapur after he was found in possession of an illegal .32 Pistol. The police identified the apprehendee as Myingthungo Ovung . Two held for extortion Two peoples were arrested by Dimapur Police on Wednesday while they were in the process of extorting money from business establishments around the Sub Jail area, the police informed. The arrested persons were identified as Nikato Awomi and Daniel Chishi. Cash along with incriminating documents were seized from their possession, informed the police. 14 ILP defaulters detained The Dimapur Police manning Chumukedima check gate have detained 14 persons while trying to pass without ILP. They have accordingly been booked and forwarded to the court. Decomposed death body found One highly decomposed death body of an unidentified minor girl was found at Dhansiri River near Kushiabill on October 7. The police said the body has been kept in the district Hospital mortuary. These were informed in a press note by Addl. Dy. Commissioner of Police/PRO, Dimapur.
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or the past several decades, the use of Naga diplomacy in both internal and external modern politics has been limited, and its role is underutilized if not undermined. Having a vibrant Naga diplomatic corps is another significant component to the range of options necessary for peacebuilding at various levels in our culture. Its presence has the potential to stop conflict situations from escalating. However, in the absence of diplomacy the use of force and violence has been used as a means for resolving conflict. Naga diplomacy has become stagnant, rigid and ineffective, and its failure to develop and modernize has ironically strengthened the rationale that violent responses are acceptable because they appear to work. Unfortunately, this mistaken belief has been counterproductive and has further weakened the role of Naga diplomacy in the area of peacemaking. The lack of intent to develop an effective and relevant Naga diplomacy has proven costly for the Nagas, and differences which could have otherwise been resolved through diplomatic and nonviolent means have become acutely polarized with the potential to turn violent and harmful. The absence of diplomacy also indicates the lack of safety nets that can prevent situations from becoming violent. In the fast developing world of modern polity, diplomacy is at the forefront of global affairs; and it is imperative for nations to develop their own art and principles of diplomacy. It is difficult to imagine how Nagas can effectively interact and foster political regional and international relations unless and until Nagas develop its own art of diplomacy in protecting and furthering its rights and interests. This would raise the Naga visibility to another level on the world stage. Recovering and developing an art of Naga diplomacy is more urgent than ever. It is a significant means of forming relationships based on trust and communicating with the broader community and to resolve situations. These relationships could span from government officials, as well as reaching to the grassroots and organizations and institutions. Again, it is one of the ways to strengthen peacebuilding efforts through nonviolent means and offers the potential for leaders to connect to people throughout Nagaland. The Naga society at large and particularly the civil society would greatly benefit from developing diplomacy as a means of reaching out both within and without. Diplomacy is a means through which the Naga worldview and aspirations can be represented and acknowledged. Developing an expanded understanding and use of diplomacy can enable and empower the Nagas towards a dynamic praxis of action and reflection that is essential to coexisting harmoniously. The proposed Naga-Axom Round Table Talk on October 9 by civil society representatives could well be an opportunity to recognize the necessity of Naga diplomacy as a process of reaching out.
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Dialogues for justice, public interest & the common good
day after 193 member states of the United Nations adopted the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda, the CSO Partnership for Development Effectiveness (CPDE) together with grassroots activists, faith-based groups and NGOs organized a side event at the margins of the UN summit to discuss pressing issues affecting the marginalized and frontline communities in the context of the post-2015 development agenda. "GDP does not tell us what is happening on the ground, it is the leaders from the margins and frontlines, like you, do! You tell the stories of the high cost that is being borne by our earth and our communities," renowned environmental activist Dr Vandana Shiva said as she delivered the forum’s keynote address via video message.
From the margins and frontlines The one-day activity gave space for grassroots organisations and activists to give first-hand testimonies on how they continue to struggle with injustices, inequities, exploitation, and the plunder of their natural resources. Norma Maldonado from People's Coalition on Food Sovereignty (PCFS), Guatemala, highlighted the irony of corporations that limit seed access for farmers and small-scale food producers that need it the most. “Unless the 'Global Goals' can guarantee food sovereignty, we cannot deliver on these targets,” said Norma. Food sovereignty is a concept that refers to the peoples’ right to healthy and culturally appropriate food as well as their right to define their own food and agriculture systems. "We want our seeds. Trade treaties ensure that companies are above people and that governments are into business and not governance. We are killing mother Earth to eat junk food. To grow food we need land but that is being grabbed by the companies”, said Norma. Mazeda Akter Uddin, National Women's Coordinator at ASAAL (Alliance of South Asian American Labour) exposed the human rights violations faced by migrant women workers in New York. She lamented that many South Asian migrant women workers are being abused and discriminated, even within the USA. They are paid less and can be terminated without any reason or notice. Two civil society representatives - Eni Lestari, a migrant worker in Hong Kong and affiliated with International Migrants Alliance (IMA), and Nazma Akhter, a former garment worker from Bangladesh—who were duly selected to speak at the UN General Assembly but were later denied permission in the inter-governmental meetings-- also had their say in this Dialogue. "I am not surprised that I was not approved by the President of the General Assembly to speak. I do not have an uplifting story to tell that makes it possible to believe that poverty can be solved by 'scaling up' skills or credit or growth. Mine is not a story of rags to riches. My story is an unglamorous story of poverty, exploitation, migration and discrimination of millions of women around the world", said Eni. Leave no one behind? Sara Flounders, who leads International Action Centre and is a noted writer based in the US, said, "The scourge of war and the enormous military expenses are missing from discussions around world's problems. In the period since Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) were announced in 2000, US wars have been the greatest source of infrastructural destruction and cause of deaths of millions of refugees." When the US discusses sustainable development goals and environmental devastation, one thing is always left out of the discussions and that is US militarism. The Pentagon is the world's worst polluter of Green House gases and yet it has a blanket exemption in all climate agreements," added Sara. Paul Quintos, from IBON International and Campaign for People's Goals, wondered why similar promises were being pledged again after 15 years. “The declaration says: Leave no one behind, but in reality people have been, and are being, pushed back,” Paul said.
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Can non-Western democracy help to foster political transformation?
hy do you only think in terms of your own forms of democracy and fail to see that my country wants a fundamentally different type of politics?’ Hmm, a good question that a civil society leader put to me on a recent trip to Cairo. But I was left flummoxed when just an hour or two later my next interviewee was equally offended when I asked him whether Egyptians should therefore seek their own forms of democratic governance: ‘no,’ he replied indignantly, ‘we simply want exactly what you have in Europe.’ These are confusing times for the international democracy-promoting industry which I study, but they’re exciting times for democracy as a whole. And thank goodness for that: they spell the end of simplistic attempts to export political institutions and the beginning of a more pluralistic dialogue about the biggest question of our times—how to ‘get the politics right’ in favouring the deep-rooted transformation of society. That’s a question that no country has answered successfully, requiring as it does a constant challenge to elite control; new forms of engagement between representative and participatory democratic structures; deeper-level coalition building across different interests; and balancing individual rights with communal obligations. Debates about the definition of democracy and what’s needed to make it function as an engine of social change are heating up for at least three reasons. First, Western liberal democracies are bedevilled by problems, including a complete failure to combat inequality and corruption. Second, liberal political institutions have not settled easily in many non-Western contexts. And third, rising powers like Brazil, India and Turkey want to contribute new political ideas on the back of their economic success. However, the fulcrum of all these debates is the same for every country: fundamental social, political and economic transformations require a renewal and reinvigoration of democratic practices worldwide. Democratic innovations taking place outside the West can help with such a renewal—for example, in finding different ways to negotiate individual and collective rights, and pursue economic justice. And crucially, they can help to mould these democratic processes to local conditions. It’s important not to be too romantic. Talk of ‘nonWestern democracy’ can easily be a cover for authoritarian double-speak, an affront to any progressive notion of justice and of rights. When presidents Putin in Russia, Nazerbayev in Kazakhstan, Museveni in Uganda, Kagame in Rwanda, and Erdogan in Turkey talk about indigenous forms of democracy, it’s clear that they don’t have egalitarian, citizen-oriented pluralistic politics in mind. However, the pressure for greater variation and experimentation in democratic practices is genuine, and it needs to be embraced—not just by Western organizations that spend billions of dollars every year in promoting democracy but by Western democracies themselves in opening up to ideas from non-Western settings. Democracy’s future will be bleak if the Western powers don’t accept that they’ve lost their monopoly on defining successful democratic institutions. In fact this is already happening, in at least three areas. First, by looking beyond civil society bodies that look like replicas of Western style, professional advocacy NGOs in promoting transparency, accountability and citizen engagement. Western democracy programs often get a bad name because local citizens see them as vehicles for backing pro-Western opposition forces. More broadly, donors have helped to create NGOs that seem more in tune with their international sponsors than with their own societies. But many non-Western countries are showing
Democratic renewal is urgently needed everywhere, and in that process all societies can learn from each other signs of a newly-vibrant civic politics, organized in ways that are not centered on NGOs but on more loosely structured social movements in participatory forms of democracy where active citizenship is crucial—not just structured or formal, representative democratic institutions. Bolivia is a good example. Many Western governments were skeptical about President Evo Morales’ political project, fearing that he would prove to be just as authoritarian as Hugo Chavez in Venezuela. But some Western donors (including Germany and the European Union) have already increased their support to indigenous social movements in Bolivia because they’ve become a vital channel of influence and accountability between government and society. Secondly, it’s clear that the political dimensions of democracy will be undermined if economic conditions and inequalities are getting worse, so democracy promotion efforts need to be delinked from pressures to adopt neo-liberal economic policies. Western interests need to do more to prove that they are not supporting democracy primarily as a means to further their economic interest in ‘free markets.’ That’s why the European Union is supporting a growing number of projects designed to build up social insurance schemes during the early phases of democratic transitions. European diplomats, at least, say that they see themselves as supporters of social and economic democracy. Donors are becoming more willing to support the role of labor unions in pro-democracy coalitionbuilding; and to protect labor standards as a crucial part of political transitions in countries as diverse as Tunisia, Georgia, China, Egypt and Ecuador. But they should do more to assess how the embedded structures of economic power can undermine the quality of democratic processes. Support for civil society organizations that are keen on exploring heterodox economic models should also be stepped up. Thirdly, non-Western structures and traditions can help to reduce violent conflict successfully. Tribal chiefs, traditional decision-making circles and customary dispute resolution mechanisms are commonplace in Africa and Asia, and have much to teach their counterparts in the West. In Afghani-
stan, for example, international organizations realized that the standard institutions of Western liberal democracy were gaining little traction, and were probably deepening rather than healing preexisting divisions, so they’ve started to support local-level deliberative forums instead. Something similar is happening in the Balkans, where the United States and the European Union are giving priority to locally tailored, consensual power-sharing arrangements. The United Nations is working with customary justice systems in Somalia. And in South Sudan and Kenya, donors have worked with tribal chiefs and supported traditional authorities to promote a better understanding of human rights and gender justice issues. These forms of power-sharing and ‘consensual communitarianism’ can be quite effective in protecting minorities while also encouraging dialogue and deliberation. As these brief examples show, different countries can both offer and receive ideas about democratic transformation regardless of geography, though this is never straightforward. It involves finding a balance between defending genuinelyuniversal norms on the one hand, and encouraging democratic experimentation on the other. This is a thin line to walk, and it requires, for example, recognition that the basic precepts of liberal democracy are not synonymous with what can be seen as an amoral individualism, particularly in highly religious communities. Pro-democracy reformers and civic groups in non-Western countries often take international organizations to task for pushing too hard on questions of ‘Western liberal rights’ rather than supporting variations to the standard, individualist template, even where tribal structures and traditional conflictresolution mechanisms work reasonably well. This has led to resistance against international support in places as diverse as Libya, Mali and Pakistan. Conversely, self-styled liberals have also criticized democracy-promoting organizations for veering too far in the direction of traditional values and models, diluting their backing for core human rights in the process. In the Middle East, for example, secular liberals—including many in the social movements that rose up against Hosni Mubarak in 2011— complain that Western donors have become naively wedded to projects with moderate Islamists that are designed to fashion a supposed Islamist democracy. Academic critical theorists argue that Western democracy promoters fail to take alternative models of democracy on board because they would endanger their own geostrategic and economic interests. As liberal democracy loses any claim it might have had to universal appeal, it’s best for the West to leave the rest of the world alone, so these voices say, since any attempt to support democracy from outside a particular country will push that society away from deciding on, developing, and struggling for its own democratic pathways. A more positive approach is to recognize that democratic renewal is urgently needed within and beyond the West, and that all societies can learn from one another in the process. In the future, it’s likely that citizens will demand more opportunities to move away from standard templates of democracy without throwing anything away completely, so cross-border exchanges will be essential. As that process evolves, countries like Brazil, Chile, India, Indonesia, Japan, Nigeria, South Africa, South Korea and Turkey will have as much influence over the development of democracy across the globe as anyone in the West. And as the pathways of influence over democracy’s evolution continue to shift, new ideas will emerge about the politics of social transformation. Let’s hope both the West and the non-West are ready and willing to listen, learn and put them into practice.
Why I'm Deeply Disappointed With Pope Francis Mark Charles
had been anticipating Pope Francis’ speech to a joint session of Congress ever since I learned it was planned. From the beginning of his papacy, Pope Francis has established himself as a fearless advocate for the least, and an unapologetic prophet to both the church and the nations. A leader who shunned the glitter of the Apostolic Palace for the simplicity of a small guesthouse. A people’s pope who rebuked the rich and ate with the poor, and scolded the extravagance of the industrialized world as he drove through it in a fuel-efficient Fiat. What words would this leader have for the Congress of the most wealthy, militarily powerful, commercially industrialized, colonial nation in the history of the world? The possibilities seemed endless. We recently moved from the Rez to D.C., so I went down to the U.S. Mall and joined thousands of others who to watch Pope Francis’ speech on the Jumbotrons that had been set up in front of the Capitol. The atmosphere was electric. When the speech started the crowd cheered; soon everyone was attentively listening to the words of Pope Francis as he addressed a joint session of the 114th Congress of the United States of America. My anticipation changed to ner-
vousness early in the speech, when the work of Congress was compared to the work of Moses, the biblical leader known for guiding God’s people to the Promised Land. “Promised lands” are always troubling for the Indigenous peoples who inhabit them. One does not need to read far into the biblical book of Joshua to learn that “Promised Land” for one nation literally means God-ordained genocide for another. Thus, when we describe the U.S. as “promised land,” we grant this nation divine pardon for the genocide it perpetrated against the Indigenous peoples of these lands. But Pope Francis wouldn’t do that, would he? His comparison to Moses was primarily regarding the establishment of laws and not in direct reference to “Promised lands.” But still I was nervous. Next Pope Francis invoked “three sons and a daughter of this land, four individuals and four dreams.” Again, I got nervous, not as much by the names he invoked, but by his use of the word “dreams.” You see, America is built on dreams. It is a nation of promise. But why? Why is there an “American dream” and not a French dream, a British dream, or a Belgian dream? That is because those countries do not sit on
lands that were “discovered.” Every year the United States celebrates that in 1492 Christopher Columbus “discovered” America. But how can you discover lands that were already inhabited? You can’t, unless you first dehumanize those who were here prior. The discovery of America is a racist colonial concept that requires the dehumanization of Indigenous peoples. And discovery and slavery are why America is the land of “opportunity.” The American dream is predicated upon an empty continent and free labor. And Pope Francis was building on the theme of America’s dreams. My nervousness grew. About half way through his speech, Pope Francis mentioned the indigenous peoples of this land. My heart jumped. I was nervous, but eager: this was it. Here was the section. What would he say? What sin would he address? The Catholic Church’s Doctrine of Discovery? The colonialism of Europe? The stolen lands and broken treaties of the United States? Congress, the nation, even the world was listening. Speak Pope Francis! Lift up the voices of the oppressed! Use your global pulpit to speak truth to the nations! I waited in anticipation…
“Tragically, the rights of those who were here long before us were not always respected. For those peoples and their nations, from the heart of American democracy, I wish to reaffirm my highest esteem and appreciation. Those first contacts were often turbulent and violent, but it is difficult to judge the past by the criteria of the present.” What? Did I hear him right? “…it is difficult to judge the past by the criteria of the present.” My heart sank. My body went numb. I could not believe my ears. Pope Francis was standing on the world stage dismissing the Catholic Church’s devastating Doctrine of Discovery. The people’s pope was standing before a joint session of the 114th Congress of the United States of America excusing them for their genocidal history against the Indigenous peoples of Turtle Island. “…it is difficult to judge the past by the criteria of the present.” Those words are still ringing in my ears. “…it is difficult to judge the past by the criteria of the present.” Disappointment. Deep disappointment. Mark served as pastor of the Christian Indian Center (Denver, Colo.) for two years and continues to preach in churches. He also engages communities and the nation on political issues in order to strengthen a national political voice for Native America
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ith an occupying army waging war in Iraq and Afghanistan, with military bases and corporate bullying in every part of the world, there is hardly a question any more of the existence of an American Empire. Indeed, the once fervent denials have turned into a boastful, unashamed embrace of the idea. However, the very idea that the United States was an empire did not occur to me until after I finished my work as a bombardier with the Eighth Air Force in the Second World War, and came home. Even as I began to have second thoughts about the purity of the "Good War," even after being horrified by Hiroshima and Nagasaki, even after rethinking my own bombing of towns in Europe, I still did not put all that together in the context of an American "Empire." I was conscious, like everyone, of the British Empire and the other imperial powers of Europe, but the United States was not seen in the same way. When, after the war, I went to college under the G.I. Bill of Rights and took courses in U.S. history, I usually found a chapter in the history texts called "The Age of Imperialism." It invariably referred to the Spanish-American War of 1898 and the conquest of the Philippines that followed. It seemed that American imperialism lasted only a relatively few years. There was no overarching view of U.S. expansion that might lead to the idea of a more farranging empire -- or period of "imperialism." I recall the classroom map (labeled "Western Expansion") which presented the march across the continent as a natural, almost biological phenomenon. That huge acquisition of land called "The Louisiana Purchase" hinted at nothing but vacant land acquired. There was no sense that this territory had been occupied by hundreds of Indian tribes which would have to be annihilated or forced from their homes -- what we now call "ethnic cleansing" -- so that whites could settle the land, and later railroads could crisscross it, presaging "civilization" and its brutal discontents. Neither the discussions of "Jacksonian democracy" in history courses, nor the popular book by Arthur Schlesinger Jr., The Age of Jackson, told me about the "Trail of Tears," the deadly forced march of "the five civilized tribes" westward from Georgia and Alabama across the Mississippi, leaving 4,000 dead in their wake. No treatment of the Civil War mentioned the Sand Creek massacre of hundreds of Indian villagers in Colorado just as "emancipation" was proclaimed for black people by Lincoln's administration. That classroom map also had a section to the south and west labeled "Mexican Cession." This was a handy euphemism for the aggressive war against Mexico in 1846 in which the United States seized half of that country's land, giving us California and the great Southwest. The term "Manifest Destiny," used at that time, soon of course became more universal. On the eve of the Spanish-American War in 1898, the Washington Post saw beyond Cuba: "We are face to face with a strange destiny. The taste of Empire is in the mouth of the people even as the taste of blood in the jungle." The violent march across the continent, and even the invasion of Cuba, appeared to be within a natural sphere of U.S. interest. After all, hadn't the Monroe Doctrine of 1823 declared the Western Hemisphere to be under our protection? But with hardly a pause after Cuba came the invasion of the Philippines, halfway around the world. The word "imperialism" now seemed a fitting one for U.S. actions. Indeed, that long, cruel war -- treated quickly and superficially in the history books -- gave rise to an Anti-Imperialist League, in which William James and Mark Twain were leading figures. But this was not something I learned in university either.
Empire or Humanity? Howard Zinn
What the Classroom Didn't Teach Me About the American Empire
had seemed like a purely passive foreign policy in the decade leading up to the First World War now appeared as a succession of violent interventions: the seizure of the Panama Canal zone from Colombia, a naval bombardment of the Mexican coast, the dispatch of the Marines to almost every country in Central America, occupying armies sent to Haiti and the Dominican Republic. As the much-decorated General Smedley Butler, who participated in many of those interventions, wrote later: "I was an errand boy for Wall Street." At the very time I was learning this history -- the years after World War II -- the United States was becoming not just another imperial power, but the world's leading superpower. Determined to maintain and expand its monopoly on nuclear weapons, it was taking over remote islands in the Pacific, forcing the inhabitants to leave, and turning the islands into deadly playgrounds for more atomic tests. In his memoir, No Place to Hide, Dr. David Bradley, who monitored radiation in those tests, described what was left behind as the testing teams went home: "[R]adioactivity, contamination, the wrecked island of Bikini and its sad-eyed patient exiles." The tests in the Pacific were followed, over the years, by more tests in the deserts of Utah and Nevada, more than a thousand tests in all. When the war in Korea began in 1950, I was still studying history as a graduate student at Columbia University. Nothing in my classes prepared me to understand American policy in Asia. But I was reading I. F. Stone's Weekly. Stone was among the very few journalists who questioned the official justification for sending an army to Korea. It seemed clear to me then that it was not the invasion of South Korea by the North that prompted U.S. intervention, but the desire of the United States to have a firm foothold on the continent of Asia, The "Sole Superpower" Comes into View especially now that the Communists were in power in Reading outside the classroom, however, I began to China. fit the pieces of history into a larger mosaic. What at first Years later, as the covert intervention in Vietnam
grew into a massive and brutal military operation, the imperial designs of the United States became yet clearer to me. In 1967, I wrote a little book called Vietnam: The Logic of Withdrawal. By that time I was heavily involved in the movement against the war. When I read the hundreds of pages of the Pentagon Papers entrusted to me by Daniel Ellsberg, what jumped out at me were the secret memos from the National Security Council. Explaining the U.S. interest in Southeast Asia, they spoke bluntly of the country's motives as a quest for "tin, rubber, oil." Neither the desertions of soldiers in the Mexican War, nor the draft riots of the Civil War, not the anti-imperialist groups at the turn of the century, nor the strong opposition to World War I -- indeed no antiwar movement in the history of the nation reached the scale of the opposition to the war in Vietnam. At least part of that opposition rested on an understanding that more than Vietnam was at stake, that the brutal war in that tiny country was part of a grander imperial design. Various interventions following the U.S. defeat in Vietnam seemed to reflect the desperate need of the still-reigning superpower -- even after the fall of its powerful rival, the Soviet Union -- to establish its dominance everywhere. Hence the invasion of Grenada in 1982, the bombing assault on Panama in 1989, the first Gulf war of 1991. Was George Bush Sr. heartsick over Saddam Hussein's seizure of Kuwait, or was he using that event as an opportunity to move U.S. power firmly into the coveted oil region of the Middle East? Given the history of the United States, given its obsession with Middle Eastern oil dating from Franklin Roosevelt's 1945 deal with King Abdul Aziz of Saudi Arabia, and the CIA's overthrow of the democratic Mossadeq government in Iran in 1953, it is not hard to decide that question. Justifying Empire The ruthless attacks of September 11th (as the of-
ficial 9/11 Commission acknowledged) derived from fierce hatred of U.S. expansion in the Middle East and elsewhere. Even before that event, the Defense Department acknowledged, according to Chalmers Johnson's book The Sorrows of Empire, the existence of more than 700 American military bases outside of the United States. Since that date, with the initiation of a "war on terrorism," many more bases have been established or expanded: in Kyrgyzstan, Afghanistan, the desert of Qatar, the Gulf of Oman, the Horn of Africa, and wherever else a compliant nation could be bribed or coerced. When I was bombing cities in Germany, Hungary, Czechoslovakia, and France in the Second World War, the moral justification was so simple and clear as to be beyond discussion: We were saving the world from the evil of fascism. I was therefore startled to hear from a gunner on another crew -- what we had in common was that we both read books -- that he considered this "an imperialist war." Both sides, he said, were motivated by ambitions of control and conquest. We argued without resolving the issue. Ironically, tragically, not long after our discussion, this fellow was shot down and killed on a mission. In wars, there is always a difference between the motives of the soldiers and the motives of the political leaders who send them into battle. My motive, like that of so many, was innocent of imperial ambition. It was to help defeat fascism and create a more decent world, free of aggression, militarism, and racism. The motive of the U.S. establishment, understood by the aerial gunner I knew, was of a different nature. It was described early in 1941 by Henry Luce, multi-millionaire owner of Time, Life, and Fortune magazines, as the coming of "The American Century." The time had arrived, he said, for the United States "to exert upon the world the full impact of our influence, for such purposes as we see fit, and by such means as we see fit." We can hardly ask for a more candid, blunter declaration of imperial design. It has been echoed in recent years by the intellectual handmaidens of the Bush administration, but with assurances that the motive of this "influence" is benign, that the "purposes" -- whether in Luce's formulation or more recent ones -- are noble, that this is an "imperialism lite." As George Bush said in his second inaugural address: "Spreading liberty around the world is the calling of our time." The New York Times called that speech "striking for its idealism." The American Empire has always been a bipartisan project -- Democrats and Republicans have taken turns extending it, extolling it, justifying it. President Woodrow Wilson told graduates of the Naval Academy in 1914 (the year he bombarded Mexico) that the U.S. used "her navy and her army... as the instruments of civilization, not as the instruments of aggression." And Bill Clinton, in 1992, told West Point graduates: "The values you learned here will be able to spread throughout the country and throughout the world." For the people of the United States, and indeed for people all over the world, those claims sooner or later are revealed to be false. The rhetoric, often persuasive on first hearing, soon becomes overwhelmed by horrors that can no longer be concealed: the bloody corpses of Iraq, the torn limbs of American GIs, the millions of families driven from their homes -- in the Middle East and in the Mississippi Delta. Have not the justifications for empire, embedded in our culture, assaulting our good sense -- that war is necessary for security, that expansion is fundamental to civilization -- begun to lose their hold on our minds? Have we reached a point in history where we are ready to embrace a new way of living in the world, expanding not our military power, but our humanity? Howard Zinn (August 24, 1922 - January 27, 2010) was a historian, playwright, and activist. Howard authored many books, including “A People’s History of the United States,” “Voices of a People’s History” (with Anthony Arnove), and “A Power Governments Cannot Suppress.
Why Bombing a Hospital Is a War Crime
Enough. Even War Has Rules.
Robert C. Koehler
e tried to take a look into one of the burning buildings. I cannot describe what was inside. There are no words for how terrible it was. In the Intensive Care Unit six patients were burning in their beds.” So said Lajos Zoltan Jecs, a nurse at the hospital the U.S. bombed in Kunduz, Afghanistan, killing 22 people: doctors, staff, patients (including three children). This image is now spiraling through the Internet and across the global consciousness. The hospital was not “collateral damage”; it was deliberately targeted, deliberately destroyed, in multiple bombing runs that lasted at least half an hour. Médecins Sans Frontières (Doctors Without Borders), which operated the hospital, contacted its sources in the U.S. government immediately, pleading for the attack to stop — to no avail. The bombing continued until the hospital, with more than 180 occupants, was destroyed. And we’re left with the aftermath of a mass murderer spree, except the killer isn’t dead or hogtied and shoved into a police wagon. The killer gives a press conference. Oh same old, same old! The killer offers condolences, promises to investigate itself. “If errors were committed, we will acknowledge them,” said Gen. John Campbell, commander of American forces in Afghanistan. The killer, as usual, flees from any real responsibility. But this time, maybe . . . maybe . . . something is different. The organization that ran the demolished hospital, as Glenn Greenwald has pointed out, is a Western-based international humanitarian association with media credibility and powerful support outside the Third World. It’s not like we’ve simply bombed another wedding party or killed a few more women and children in an outlying village. On this occasion, those who have suffered also have a global voice. Jecs’ words cry out from the MSF website: “It was crazy,” he said. “We had to organize a mass casualty plan in the office, seeing which doctors were alive and available to help. We did an urgent surgery for one of our doctors. Unfortunately he died there on the office table. We did our best, but it wasn’t enough.” And the world, or a sizable piece of it, can put itself inside the burning, deliberately bombed hospital. And the U.S. is accused of committing a war crime. I’ve been pondering those words ever since they entered the conversation: pondering their moral weight, their heart-stopping, accusatory coldness. My initial reaction was, well, of course it’s a war crime. Indeed, the two words, “war”
O Afghan (MSF) surgeons work inside a Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) hospital after an air strike in the city of Kunduz, Afghanistan in this October 3, 2015 MSF handout photo. (REUTERS/Medecins Sans Frontieres/Handout via Reuters)
and “crime,” ought to be inextricably linked. It’s impossible to wage war — especially the way a superpower wages war, with so many weapons of mass destruction at the ready — without violating conventional moral strictures, without killing civilians in mind-numbing numbers, with virtually every action. So why is this different? Bombing a hospital, especially with deliberate intent — apparently at the behest of the Afghan government, which has hated the hospital for treating the injured regardless what side they’re on — is depraved and utterly reckless. Not only did the U.S. kill patients and staff members from all over the world, who were working there because of a commitment to give help to those in harm’s way, but it destroyed one of the few medical centers in a city with a population of over 300,000. All of this clearly makes the act a crime by any moral standard, but in point of fact, we’ve been doing this for so long and causing so much horrific damage — in the long term as well as the short term, considering, for instance, the environmental consequences wrought by the use of depleted uranium missiles and bombs — that one more act of carnage, 22 more murdered civilians, hardly seems more “criminal” than all that happened throughout the Middle East before the Oct. 3 bombing. Nevertheless, I felt a need, in my heart and in our collective heart, to address the bombing’s strategists and apologists with moral directness, of the sort my friend Kathy Kelly of Voices for Creative Nonviolence, a long-time antiwar activist, recently described:
“Before the 2003 Shock and Awe bombing in Iraq,” she wrote, “a group of activists living in Baghdad would regularly go to city sites that were crucial for maintaining health and wellbeing in Baghdad, such as hospitals, electrical facilities, water purification plants, and schools, and string large vinyl banners between the trees outside these buildings which read: ‘To Bomb This Site Would Be A War Crime.’ We encouraged people in U.S. cities to do the same, trying to build empathy for people trapped in Iraq, anticipating a terrible aerial bombing.” She encouraged doing this again and, in fact, a public demonstration was held in front of Stroger Hospital, Chicago’s enormous county hospital, protesting the Kunduz bombing. Suddenly I imagined Americans standing in front of every hospital in the country, proclaiming that there’s no difference between bombing a hospital in Afghanistan and bombing one here. And that’s when I realized the significance of calling the bombing a war crime. Doing so attempts to bring both moral and legal force to bear on what was done and interrupts the post-warcrime press conference. Indeed, the act creates — births — this force: an international conscience. Because the outrage is global, the time is ripe. To call the bombing of the Kunduz hospital a war crime and act on what must happen because this is the case – to demand reparations, healing and a public rethinking of the aims of this war – is, perhaps, the most effective way people have, at this juncture of human history, to address war itself, to stand up to its powerful perpetrators and put a halt to their uncontrolled behavior.
n Saturday morning, MSF patients and staff killed in Kunduz joined the countless number of people who have been killed around the world in conflict zones and referred to as ‘collateral damage’ or as an ‘inevitable consequence of war’. International humanitarian law is not about ‘mistakes’. It is about intention, facts and why. The US attack on the MSF hospital in Kunduz was the biggest loss of life for our organisation in an airstrike. Tens of thousands of people in Kunduz can no longer receive medical care now when they need it most. Today we say: enough. Even war has rules. In Kunduz our patients burned in their beds. MSF doctors, nurses and other staff were killed as they worked. Our colleagues had to operate on each other. One of our doctors died on an improvised operating table an office desk - while his colleagues tried to save his life. Today we pay tribute to those who died in this abhorrent attack. And we pay tribute to those MSF staff who, while watching their colleagues die and with their hospital still on fire, carried on treating the wounded. This was not just an attack on our hospital - it was an attack on the Geneva Conventions. This cannot be tolerated. These Conventions govern the rules of war and were established to protect civilians in conflicts - including patients, medical workers and facilities. They bring some humanity into what is otherwise an inhumane situation. The Geneva Conventions are not just an abstract legal framework they are the difference between life and death for medical teams on the frontline. They are what allow patients to access our health facilities safely and what allows us to provide
healthcare without being targeted. It is precisely because attacking hospitals in war zones is prohibited that we expected to be protected. And yet, ten patients including 3 children, and 12 MSF staff were killed in the aerial raids. The facts and circumstances of this attack must be investigated independently and impartially, particularly given the inconsistencies in the US and Afghan accounts of what happened over recent days. We cannot rely on only internal military investigations by the US, NATO and Afghan forces. Today we announce that we are seeking an investigation into the Kunduz attack by the International Humanitarian Fact-Finding Commission. This Commission was established in the Additional Protocols of the Geneva Conventions and is the only permanent body set up specifically to investigate violations of international humanitarian law. We ask signatory States to activate the Commission to establish the truth and to reassert the protected status of hospitals in conflict. Though this body has existed since 1991, the Commission has not yet been used. It requires one of the 76 signatory States to sponsor an inquiry. Governments up to now have been too polite or afraid to set a precedent. The tool exists and it is time it is activated. It is unacceptable that States hide behind ‘gentlemen’s agreements’ and in doing so create a free for all and an environment of impunity. It is unacceptable that the bombing of a hospital and the killing of staff and patients can be dismissed as collateral damage or brushed aside as a mistake. Today we are fighting back for the respect of the Geneva Conventions. As doctors, we are fighting back for the sake of our patients. We need you, as members of the public, to stand with us to insist that even wars have rules.
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Women to be inducted as fighter pilots: IAF chief
New Delhi, OctOber 8 (iANS): Breaking another glass ceiling, the Indian Air Force chief, Air Chief Marshal Arup Raha, said on Thursday that women would soon be inducted as fighter pilots, making the IAF the first of three services to have women in a combat role. "We have women pilots flying transport aircrafts and helicopters, we are now planning to induct them into the fighter stream to meet the aspirations of young women of India," Raha said at the 83rd Air Force Day parade at Hindon air base on the outskirs of the national capital. The air force chief said it will take at least one year to start the process, and around three years before women would be flying fighters. "The air force has the largest number of women in the three services. We have more than 1,300 women officers," said ACM Raha, adding: "The air force has a different environment. We operate from bases, so women can have good opportunity to fly fighters." "This is a progressive step. We want to progress... Many air forces have women fighter pilots," he said. He, however, added: "Women pilots may have problems in term of physical fitness but it can be
Nestle India asks why fresh tests on Maggi
New Delhi, OctOber 8 (iANS): Nestle India on Thursday asked the apex consumer court why fresh food safety tests were being ordered on Maggi noodles when a similar exercise has already been conducted as per the directions of the Bombay High Court. The matter came up before the National Consumer Disputes Redressal Commission (NCDRC), which heard it for nearly three hours. The bench of Justice V.K. Jain and Justice B.C. Gupta was hearing a class action suit filed against Nestle India. The case pertains to high levels of lead found in samples of the company's marquee brand Maggi. It said the commission would hear the application again on October 15 with regard to fresh tests on Maggi samples. Nestle, however, took an aggressive stand and said the NCDRC has no jurisdiction to hear the government's class action suit. "We are waiting for the results of the samples from three government-recommended laboratories as it was ordered by the high court. As such what is the need of parallel tests," Nestle's attorney asked about the suit filed by the consumer affairs ministry for alleged unfair trade practices by Nestle. In what it says amounts to judicial indiscipline, Nestle argued that the Maggi issue was covered under the Food Safety and Standards Act and that in itself was wide in scope for providing for adjudication of disputes. The company says there is no room available for the Consumer Protection Act to operate in this matter and the grounds of the government's class action suit have already been covered and dismissed by the Bombay High Court. Apprehensions about the samples being tampered with cannot be ruled out as they were not recommended either by the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) officials or the consumer directly, the counsel said. On the issue of monosodium glutamate (MSG), the attorney said MSG was permitted for seasoning in noodles and since the product was not meant for children below 12 months of age, mentioning "No added MSG" on the packet was not mandatory.
‘Resurgence of violence a concern for India’
Indian Air Force women officers lead a marching contingent during the Indian Air Force Day parade at Hindon Air Force base near New Delhi.
overcome." Interestingly, on May 12, 2014, ACM Raha had said that women were not suited for flyin fighters. "As far as flying fighter planes is concerned, it's a very challenging job. Women are by nature not physically suited for flying fighters for long hours, especially when they are pregnant or have other
health problems," he had told reporters in Kanpur. Earlier this year, Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar also ruled out combat role for women. Perhaps because of this, ACM came up with a rider on Thursday, saying talks were on with the government on the issue and presently the proposal is with
defence ministry. "We want it to happen as soon as possible. We are talking with defence ministry and presently the case is with the ministry. I am sure it will be approved," he said. "I hope in one year we can see women being inducted as fighter pilots, but it will take time for the training. It will take at least
three years to make it operational," he said. The Indian armed forces have so far shied away from inducting women in combat roles. Neighbour Pakistan already has at least five woman fighter pilots. ACM Raha, however, said women fighter pilots might not necessarily be sent on cross-border
New Delhi, OctOber 8 (iANS): The Indian Air Force (IAF) chief, Air Chief Marshal Arup Raha, on Thursday said that resurgence of violence in the Asia-Pacific region was a matter of concern for India. "The global security environment has witnessed a paradigm shift and the strategic centre of gravity now rests in the Asia-Pacific region. There has been a resurgence of violence in the region, which is of concern to India," Air Chief Marshal Arup Raha said while addressing the 83rd Air Force Day parade at Hindon air force base near Delhi. The IAF chief, who is also chairman of Chiefs of Staff Committee, said upgradation of operational infrastructure was a key focus area and emphasis was being laid on the north and north-eastern parts of the country. Meanwhile, Prime Minister Narendra Modi saluted the Indian Air Force personnel on the occasion of Air Force Day, saying their contribution was monumental for the country. "I salute our air force personnel on the Air Force Day. They have always served India with great courage and determination," Modi said in a statement. "Contribution of our air force is monumental. They are always at the forefront, be it in protecting skies or in combat missions in case of hostilities. "Women fighter pilots need not necessarily get involved in combat across border. There are many tasks within the country," said the air chief, adding: "If the need arises, they maybe sent." The IAF chief said that presently there are over 1,300 women officers, and
times of disasters," the statement added. At the function, Raha presented the Vayu Sena medal (gallantry) to 13 air force personnel. Two gallantry awards were given posthumously. The chief of air staff also presented 19 Vayu Sena medals and 32 Vishisht Seva medals. The parade was marked by air drill by the IAF men, in which India's front-line fighter jets participated. The parade began with a display by skydivers of the Akash Ganga team of the IAF. The new Surya Kiran Aerobatic Team (Skat) comprising four Hawk aircraft made its maiden appearance at the show. SKAT was disbanded four years ago because of shortage of aircraft. The aerobatics display team used to fly ageing Kiran trainers and has now shifted to advanced Hawk jets. In another debut, a Pilatus PC-7 trainer aircraft performed aerobatics. The flypast included C-130J Super Hercules transport aircraft, with three of them flying in V formation. It was followed by IAF's latest induction - C-17 Globemasters - escorted by two Su-30 MKIs. Frontline Jaguar and MiG-21 Bison fighters were also a part of the flypast. A vintage Tiger Moth aircraft and the Sarang helicopter display team of the IAF also participated. The Air Force Day commemorates the establishment of the IAF on October 8, 1932.
110 women pilots who fly transport aircraft and helicopters. ACM Raha's announcement comes after repeated denial by many of his predecessors as well as the political leadership against assigning women combat roles in the armed forces. Women form a very minor section in the armed
forces, with the IAF having the highest number at 1,350 followed by the army with 1,300 and the navy with 350 women officers, according to official information. The 1.3 million-strong armed forces have 59,400 officers. The US, Russian and Turkish air forces, among others permit women in combat roles.
'Over 90% suicides due to depression' BJP MLAs thrash legislator in
New Delhi, OctOber 8 (iANS): India is on the verge of becoming the suicide capital of the world with over 90 percent of deaths caused due to various types of depression including bipolar depressive disorder, doctors said on Thursday. Speaking ahead of World Mental Health Day on October 10, the doctors also said that in the last few decades, the number of suicides have tripled and has been the highest in the age group of 15-24 years. "It has been found that about 40 percent suicides among males and 56 percent of suicides in females are in the age group of 15-24 years and the leading cause is depression, which is the biggest form of mental disorder," said Atmesh Kumar, consultant of mental
health at city-based Saroj Hospital. Kumar said that due to the ignorance, depression not only affects the mental health but also the depicts various bodily symptoms like muscle pain, fatigue and head ache. "Almost 90 percent of suicide victims suffer from some psychiatric disorder and the majority are due to depression. The increase in suicides are due to increasing stress levels, lack of family support and lack of timely treatment and many socioeconomic factors and substance, intoxicant abuse," he said. Priyaranjan Avinash, senior psychiatrist of ePsyClinic.com, an online health portal said that the rise in the suicides of youngsters is related to the change in the ethos of the society.
"There are many types of depression. One way to classify would be endogenous and reactive depression. Endogenous are considered mostly biological while reactive is considered to be caused by life events," said Avinash. Speaking about the anti-depression pills used by the youngsters to avoid depression, he said that there are some patients with depression who require more than just medications and may require various psychological and physical therapies like, ECT, rTMS etc. A recent survey, conducted among college students of Delhi also stated that, 64.6 percent of the students are experiencing depressive symptoms and mood fluctuations.
Journalists should rise above prejudices: Jung
New Delhi, OctOber 8 (iANS): Delhi Lieutenant Governor Najeeb Jung on Thursday urged journalists to rise above prejudices that plague humankind while discharging their responsibilities. "Journalists have no religion, no caste, no country and ethnicity. They should simply see themselves as human beings, as their role is critical in awakening the conscience of human kind," Jung said during a
meet to discuss trends and challenges of media and humanitarian action. Stressing on the role of the media, Jung said: "The reports filed by journalists from the field often become resources which are used to write history, and as a result, journalists are actually contemporary historians who must, therefore, ensure that they rise above primordial sentiments in discharging their obligations," he added.
The meet was organised by the Nelson Mandela Centre for Peace and Conflict Resolution of the Jamia Millia Islamia and the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) in New Delhi. Reporters from Bangladesh, Bhutan, Indonesia, Thailand, Nepal, India, Afghanistan, Japan, Sri Lanka and Myanmar attended the meet. More than 15 senior reporters from 10 Asian countries are attending
the meeting in New Delhi to discuss trends and challenges of media and humanitarian action. Some of the topics that are being discussed in the meeting, which ends on Friday, include reporting on humanitarian needs of populations in remote areas in times of natural disasters, refocusing on forgotten conflicts, post-traumatic stress disorders, and reporting the impact of emergencies on vulnerable populations.
Kashmir assembly over beef
SriNAgAr, OctOber 8 (iANS): Two BJP legislators on Thursday thrashed an independent legislator in the Jammu and Kashmir assembly for hosting a beef party, triggering allround condemnation that forced BJP's Deputy Chief Minister Nirmal Singh to denounce the violence in the house. The shocking incident took place when Bharatiya Janata Party's Gagan Bhagat and Rajeev Sharma pounced on Engineer Rashid -- whose real name is Sheikh Abdul Rashid -- as soon as the house met, slapped him and kicked him. The assault took place even before Speaker Kavinder Gupta could take his seat. National Conference legislators rushed to Rashid's rescue and saved him from further beating. The opposition was outraged. Opposition leader and former chief minister Omar Abdullah said: "I am still unable to fully understand what happened. "The speaker is the custodian of the house. We want to know what the chief minister has to say on this most unfortunate incident."
Abdullah said whatever the provocation, the BJP had no right to launch "a murderous attack" on him. "We respect and understand the sentiments of other communities but that does not mean we can resort to violence to settle scores. "Alcohol is prohibited in my religion. Consumption of pork is prohibited in my religion but that doesn't mean I should attack everyone who consumes alcohol or pork," Abdullah said. A furious Rashid called his beating "a shame on Indian democracy" and said seven or eight BJP legislators were involved in the attack. Chief Minister Mufti Muhammad Sayeed, who rules the state with the BJP as his ally, said the attack was "condemnable and I condemn it. "I request Deputy Chief Minister Nirmal Singh to stand up and apologize for the misconduct of the BJP MLAs," Sayeed said. Nirmal Singh complied, saying whatever had happened was unfortunate and he disapproved it but added that what Rashid had done the previous day was "both condemnable and unfortunate". His ref-
erence was to a beef party Rashid hosted in the MLA Hostel on Wednesday evening. Several BJP legislators, who also stay in the hostel, had been looking for him since then. Since Nirmal Singh stopped short of issuing a clear apology, opposition members, CPI-M's Yusuf Tarigami and independents including Rashid trooped out of the assembly. The deputy chief minister then made another statement. "I have said earlier the incident is unfortunate. I have already condemned it. I feel sorry about it," he said. He said he condemned the assault and felt sorry about it. The opposition legislators returned to the house following persuasion by Law and Parliamentary Affairs Minister Syed Basharat Bukhari. In Hyderabad, MIM leader Asaduddin Owaisi demanded action against the BJP legislators who assaulted Rashid. "In my view, he (Rashid) has not done anything illegal. The Supreme Court has stayed the beef ban. He had brought cooked food from outside," Owaisi told the media.
SC urged to hear plea allowing Eye in the sky: Drones to monitor Bihar polls extended use of Aadhaar
New Delhi, OctO ber 8 (iANS): The central government on Thursday urged the Supreme Court to constitute a constitution bench to hear its plea to allow use of Aadhaar card for the disbursal of benefits under various social welfare schemes and also in banking and financial transactions. As Attorney General Mukul Rohatgi asked the bench of Chief Justice H.L. Dattu and Justice Arun Mishra to constitute a larger bench to hear their plea for "clarification/modification" of the August 11 order, the court said it was "very difficult" to constitute a larger bench for an early hearing. Chief Justice Dattu said that it was difficult to spare nine judges to hear the plea as it would adversely affect the working of other courts. He said he would consider the plea by Friday evening. The attorney general mentioned the matter after the bench of Justice J. Chelameswar, Justice S.A. Bobde and Justice C. Nagappan on Wednesday referred a batch of applications, by the government
and other agencies, seeking use of Aadhaar card on a voluntary basis, to a larger bench as it refused to relax its August 11 interim order. The apex court had restricted the use of Aadhaar card for distribution of foodgrain under PDS, and supply of kerosene oil and cooking gas only. By its August 11 order, the court referred to a larger bench the question whether right to privacy was a fundamental right an issue rooted in the conflicting judgments of the apex court. The question whether right to privacy is a fundamental right is core to the challenge to Adhaar scheme. The order had come on a batch of petitions including by Karnataka High Court's former judge, Justice K.S. Puttaswamy, who contended that the biometric data that was being collected for the issuance of Aadhaar card violated the fundamental right to privacy of the citizens as personal data was not protected, and was vulnerable to exposure and misuse. The apex court by its 1954 judgment by a bench
of eight judges and later in 1964 by a bench of six judges had held that the right to privacy was not a fundamental right but from 1975 onwards, smaller two or three judges' bench elevated the right to privacy as a fundamental right. Under the judicial discipline, unless the 1954 verdict holding that right to privacy was not a fundamental right is overturned by a still larger bench of nine or more judges, it would remain binding on the benches of lesser strength and across the country. However, the position taken by the apex court way back in 1954 and reaffirmed in 1964 appears to be inappropriate more than five decades down the line as senior counsel Harish Salve appearing for Gujarat government seeking the relaxation of August 11 order had told the court on September 29, that in 2015, it could not be anyone's case that privacy was not a right of a citizen. "2015 may be too late to argue that privacy was not a right," Salve had told the court.
New Delhi, OctO ber 8 (iANS): Drones will be used for the first time for surveillance in the upcoming Bihar assembly polls, according to a top election official. "Helicopters have been used in the past for surveillance, but drones will be used this time, probably for the first time," R. Lakshmanan, Bihar's Additional Chief Electoral Officer, told IANS in an interview over the phone from Patna. He declined to give operational details about the drone usage. The task of conducting polls for the 243 assembly constituencies across the 38 districts of the country's third most populous state will be done in five phases - October 12, 16, 28, November 1 and 5. Counting of votes will take place on November 8. Lakshmanan said that arguably, the biggest challenges would be maintaining law and order, checking "use and misuse of money power", the implementation of model code of conduct and "improving voter participation." About 4.89 lakh officials drawn from the civil side, and 6 lakh security personnel have been deployed to
oversee poll preparations. Lakshmanan said till October 6, Rs.15.56 crore in cash and close to 5.34 lakh litres of liquor which had been confiscated. The liquor was being stocked for distribution before voting days. According to him, money and liquor were the two area which threw up challenges as far as monitoring election expenditure was concerned. So far, the election office has registered 265 FIRs for these violations. In comparison, Rs.6 crore in cash and around 5.78 lakh litres of liquor were confiscated during the 2014 Lok Sabha election in the state, he said. The other big challenge was over law and order. He said combing operations over the last couple of months in the 11-odd districts "where the Maoists threat is serious have fetched positive results". "There has been significant success with the recovery of 300 explosives and 800 odd illegal weapons," he added. He said the poll-day preparations have begun well in advance and adequate numbers of security forces were available for
deployment. Over 6.6 crore voters, including over 3.1 crore women voters, are eligible to cast their ballot at the 62,779 polling stations across the state. Some 1,200 of these polling stations in certain areas of Bhagalpur, Khagaria, Vaishali, Darbhanga and Supaul districts, besides others, fall in the riverine belt of the state and are difficult to access. Poll officials are posed with the peculiar challenge of treading a difficult terrain and cross over a river to access the polling stations and reach out to the voters there, the election official said. Lakshmanan pointed at another challenge. He said that religious festivals such as Durga Puja and Muharram in between the poll schedule pose a unique challenge. "We have to ensure communal harmony as we handle the security arrangements during these festivals in poll time," he said. Lakshmanan, a Bihar cadre bureaucrat, has previously served as the district magistrate of Darbhanga and was the district director of the education department's mid-day programme.
He has been with the Bihar CEO Ajay Nayak's office for past year and half. He said a number of initiatives had been taken to get the approximately 50 lakh first time voter - between the age group of 18 and 19 - to vote. The run-up to the staggered polls has also seen a number of leaders from across parties indulging in hate speech. Lakshmanan said leaders generally adhere to the model code of conduct, and when "we see certain violations in speeches", the commission sends a show cause notice. For instance, senior state BJP leader Sushil Kumar Modi and Rashtriya Janata Dal chief Lalu Prasad were issued notices and both have responded to the Election Commission in New Delhi. "Seven FIRs have been filed in this regard so far and a police probe is on," he said. He did not give further details. Lakshmanan said the days of booth capturing and violence at polling booths in the state are over as not a single such incident was reported during the polls in 2005, '09 and '10.
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Syria extends major offensive to retake territory BEIRUT, OcTOBER 8 (REUTERs): Syrian troops and allied militia backed by Russian air strikes and cruise missiles fired from warships attacked rebels forces on Thursday as the government extended a major offensive to recapture territory in the west of the country. Rebel advances in western Syria earlier this year had threatened the coastal region vital to President Bashar al-Assad's control of the area and prompted Russia's intervention on his side last week. In a further show of force, the Russian defence ministry said missiles fired from its ships in the Caspian Sea hit weapons factories, arms dumps, command centres and training camps supporting Islamic State forces. Ground forces loyal to the government targeted insurgents in the Ghab Plain area of western Syria, with heavy barrages of surface-to-surface missiles as Russian warplanes bombed from above, according to the Britishbased Syrian Observatory for Human Rights and a rebel fighting there.
It said rebels had shot down a helicopter in Hama province in western Syria. It was unclear if it was Syrian or Russian. Syria said a major military operation was under way. Its armed forces "have launched wide-ranging attacks to deal with the terrorist groups, and to liberate the areas which had suffered from the terrorist rule and crimes," the army Chief of Staff, Lt. Gen. Ali Abdullah Ayoub, was quoted as saying by state media. Ayoub did not say which areas were being targeted. He said new fighting units, including one called the Fourth Assault Corps, had been set up to wage the campaign and the army now held the military initiative. The Observatory's head, Rami Abdulrahman, said an assault launched by the army and its foreign allies on Wednesday in nearby areas of Hama province had so far failed to make significant gains, however. "At least 13 regime forces were killed ... The clashes also killed 11 (rebel) fighters," he said in a statement, and the numbers were expected to rise as more casu-
alties were confirmed. Around 15 army tanks and armoured vehicles had been destroyed or immobilised by rebel missile strikes, Abdulrahman and an opposition activist on the ground said. Wednesday's operation in Hama appeared to
be the first major assault coordinated between Syrian troops and militia on the ground, and Russian warplanes and naval ships. The Ghab Plain, also in Hama, lies next to a mountain range that forms the heartland of Assad's Alawite sect.
A local resident takes a selfie with his smartphone in front of military soldiers and tanks during the annual Han Kuang military exercise in Kinmen, Taiwan on September 7. (Reuters Photo)
129,000, is a half-hour ferry ride to China, but it takes an hour to fly to major Taiwan cities. Just off its shores, glass-walled high-rises wink seductively from the booming mainland port of Xiamen in one of China's most prosperous provinces. Kinmen is eyeing closer commercial ties with China. It wants to pipe water from Xiamen and has plans to build a bridge and set up a glittering free trade zone with the city. Taiwan's pro-Beijing, Kuomintang-led (KMT) government also hopes greater economic integration will bolster Taiwan's economy. But Taiwan chooses a new president
including Turkey against any threats," NATO's Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg told reporters as he arrived for a meeting in Brussels of the alliance's defence ministers which is likely to be dominated by the war in Syria. "NATO has already responded by increasing our capacity, our ability, our preparedness to deploy forces including to the south, including in Turkey," he said, adding that Russia's air and cruise missile strikes were "reasons for concern". Russia's involvement had only served to make the conflict more dangerous, British defence minister Michael Fallon said, and he urged Russia to use its influence to stop the Assad government from bombing civilians. Reacting to the Russian air space violations, Turkey meanwhile told Russia there were other places it could obtain natural gas and other countries that could build its first nuclear plant. "We can't accept the current situation. Russia's explanations on the air space violations are not convincing," President Tayyip Erdogan told Turkish newspapers.
Progress made in fundraising for the poor to fight climate change
‘Home not always the preferred place to die’
A civil defence member gathers unexploded cluster bomblets that activists say were fired by the Russian air force at Maasran town, in the southern countryside of Idlib, Syria on October 7. (Reuters Photo)
COASTAL HEARTLANDS Recapturing it from the alliance of rebel groups, including al Qaeda's Nusra Front which thrust into the area in late July, would help secure Assad's coastal heartlands and could provide a platform to drive the rebels back from other ar-
China turns firepower to soft power to win tiny Taiwan-held island KINMEN, OcTOBER 8 (REUTERs): Soldiers on the tiny Taiwan-held island of Kinmen regularly conduct military drills repelling amphibious attacks by Chinese Communist troops from the mainland, but the problem may soon be free-for-all landings of Chinese shoppers and businessmen. The war games are a reminder that this place is the front line between China and Taiwan where beaches were mined and shots traded up until as recently as the mid-1970s, and that China has not renounced force to ensure it gains control of a territory it considers its own. "If China attacks Taiwan, we will be the first to die," said Kinmen bar owner Sam Chen, 29, as he watched recent live-fire drills with fellow residents. "Of course I am worried about war, but I also hope Kinmen can build closer ties with China. It's easier for us young people to make money." There lies the rub. Many in Taiwan, especially a newly politicized youth movement, are angry about perceived economic dominance by China, likening it to an invasion all of its own. But many also see the benefits of closer trade. Rustic Kinmen, with a population of less than
most ferocious attack, he said, speaking via an Internet messaging service. "There is an attempt by the regime to advance but the situation is under our control," he said. "God willing we will repeat the massacre of the north Hama countryside as happened yesterday," Hamawi added, referring to the strikes on the tanks. "We have faced more violent attacks than this in the past." Russian air strikes started last week and have mostly focused in areas of western Syria where Assad has sought to shore up his control after losing swathes of the rest of the country to insurgents including the Islamic State group. Russia says it is fighting Islamic State in Syria. But while the group has been the target of some of its air strikes, it has no foothold in the areas of western Syria targeted in the attacks on Wednesday and Thursday. Neighbouring Turkey has been angered by violations of its air space by Russian warplanes and NATO said it was prepared to send troops to Turkey to defend its ally. "NATO is ready and able to defend all allies,
and parliament in January when the KMT is expected to lose to the independence-leaning Democratic Progressive Party (DPP), which is deeply suspicious of China. Beijing has claimed Taiwan since the KMT fled to the island after losing the civil war against Mao Zedong's Communists in 1949. "Kinmen can do what Taiwan doesn't dare do" China is seeking unification with Taiwan under its "one country, two systems" formula by which Hong Kong, a former British colony, returned to Chinese rule in 1997. And Kinmen, or "Golden Gate", is a
test for China's ambitions to recover Taiwan through soft power. If Beijing can't win over tiny Kinmen, what chance does it have to convince the other 23 million on the main island of Taiwan? Kinmen's growth is supported by Chinese visitors drawn to reminders of war such as weather-beaten pillboxes, the beach defences, bullet holes in buildings and graffiti proclaiming: "Eliminate the Communists". It is also the site of a brand new, six-story, dutyfree shopping mall, billed as the largest in Asia. "In Kinmen, we can do what Taiwan can't, what
Taiwan doesn't dare do," said Kinmen county chief Chen Fu-hai, who wants water, electricity and natural gas to be pumped from Xiamen. Chen has a three-year roadmap to build a "special economic zone" in which Kinmen can share Xiamen's economy. The proposal is being promoted by a pro-Beijing, nonprofit organization in Taiwan with close ties to the Communist Party. It wants Kinmen to decide on the free trade zone issue by referendum. But it would still have to get the nod from the central government before a referendum can take place. "As long as it's good for Taiwan's economy and meets the needs of its people, Xiamen will be happy to make it happen," Chinese state media quoted a Xiamen government official saying last year. The free trade zone is controversial because it would allow unfettered Chinese investment on to Kinmen - something that is strictly controlled in Taiwan as a whole. "Kinmen residents are really worried about China," said Andy Yang, a KMT politician who supports the free trade zone idea. "But put that aside: do we want better economic development or not?"
eas. A fighter from the Ajnad al-Sham insurgent group who uses the name Abu alBaraa al-Hamawi told Reuters that Russian jets had been bombing since dawn. It was not the first time the Russians had bombed the area, but this was their
WAsHINGTON, OcTOBER 8 (REUTERs): The world’s richest countries mobilized $61.8 billion in public and private funds in 2014 to help poor countries combat and adapt to climate change, almost twothirds of a goal to raise $100 billion a year starting in 2020, according to a report released on Wednesday. The study by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development and the Climate Policy Initiative aimed to provide the first clear snapshot of how far rich countries are from achieving the 2020 target, a key ingredient for a new global climate change deal later this year. The estimate was based on flows of public-sector climate funds reported to the U.N. climate change secretariat from rich to poor countries through bilateral agreements, multilateral institutions and export credits, and privatesector money. There has not been a clear system to track climate finance and ensure previous pledges are not double-counted, undermining trust between rich and poor countries in U.N. climate talks. Many developing nations have accused rich nations of failing to increase their commitments after an initial $10 billion a year
pledged for 2010 to 2012. The report estimates public and private climate finance mobilized by rich countries averaged $57 billion in 2013-14. Roughly 71 percent came from public funds, 26 percent from the private sector and 3 percent from export credits. More than two-thirds of the money was allocated to projects aimed at reducing carbon emissions in developing countries, with just 16 percent devoted to helping them cope with climate change impacts like flooding and droughts. Developing countries have said grant-based finance for adaptation was a priority. Brandon Wu, a senior policy analyst for ActionAid said the OECD estimates counted export credits and the full value of loans to poor countries as climate finance, making the report's estimates "misleading." "The amounts committed to date fall far short of what’s needed, and accounting tricks won’t change that," he said. The report will be discussed at a meeting of finance ministers on Friday in Lima, who are expected to use the findings to lay out a climate finance framework ahead of U.N. climate talks in Paris, which start on Nov. 30.
Obama apologizes for Kunduz attack, MSF demands independent probe WA s H I N GT O N / G E NEVA, OcTOBER 8 (REUTERs): U.S. President Barack Obama on Wednesday apologised to Medecins Sans Frontieres for the deadly bombing of its hospital in Kunduz, Afghanistan, while the medical charity pressed its demand for an international commission to investigate what it calls a war crime. MSF said that an independent humanitarian commission created under the Geneva Conventions in 1991 should be activated for the first time to handle the inquiry. Three investigations have already begun into Saturday's air strike that killed 22 people, including 12 MSF staff. Obama telephoned MSF, or Doctors Without Borders, International President Joanne Liu to apologise and express his condolences, White House spokesman Josh Earnest said. Asked whether Obama offered some explanation to Liu, Earnest said no. "He merely offered his
heartfelt apology" and a commitment to find out what went wrong, he said. Earnest said Obama told Liu that a U.S. investigation would "provide a transparent, thorough and objective accounting of the facts and circumstances of the incident. And that, if necessary, the president would implement changes to make tragedies like this one less likely to occur in the future." MSF said that the commission's inquiry would gather facts and evidence from the United States, NATO and Afghanistan, as well as testimony from MSF staff and patients who survived. Only then would MSF consider whether to bring criminal charges for loss of life and partial destruction of its trauma hospital, which has left tens of thousands of Afghans without access to health care, it said. "If we let this go, as if it was a non-event, we are basically giving a blank cheque to any countries
strike, calling it a mistake. Earnest said "there is no evidence that ... I've seen or that anybody else has presented that indicate that this was anything other than a terrible, tragic accident." U.S. Defence Secretary Ash Carter, speaking to reporters in Rome on Wednesday, said the investigation would "hold accountable anyone responsible for conduct that was improper."
(From Left to Right) Francoise Saulnier, Medecins Sans Frontieres, MSF, lead counsel, Joanne Liu, President of MSF International, and Bruno Jochum, Director General of MSF Switzerland attend a news conference on the US air strike on a hospital in Kunduz, Afghanistan, in Geneva, Switzerland. Liu, told reporters that the weekend strike “was not just an attack on our hospital, it was an attack on the Geneva Conventions. This cannot be tolerated.” (Martial Trezzini/Keystone via AP)
who are at war," Liu told a news briefing in Geneva. "If we don't safeguard that medical space for us to do our activities, then it is impossible to work in other contexts like Syria, South Sudan, like Yemen." Neither the United States nor Afghanistan were signatories to the In-
ternational Humanitarian Fact-Finding Commission (IHFFC) but Jason Cone, executive director of MSF in the United States, called on Obama to consent to the commission. "Doing so will send a powerful signal of the U.S. government's commitment to and respect for
international humanitarian law under rules of war," Cone said at a news conference in New York. The White House said Obama had also called Afghan President Ashraf Ghani to express his condolences. The United States military took responsibility on Tuesday for the air
HOSPITAL CHAOS Liu spoke of the chaos as the bombs fell for an hour. "Our patients burned in their beds, MSF doctors nurses, and other staff were killed as they worked. Our colleagues had to operate on each other," she said. The Afghan Ministry of Defence said on Sunday Taliban fighters had attacked the hospital and were using the building "as a human shield", which the medical group denied, while pointing out it would be a war crime not to treat the wounded.
Liu said an impartial commission, which can be set up at the request of a single state under the Geneva Conventions that establish international standards for conducting war, was needed due to "inconsistencies between the U.S. and Afghan accounts". The United Nations has condemned the attack but said it would wait for the results of U.S., NATO and Afghan investigations before deciding whether to support an independent probe. MSF's hospital in Kunduz had treated nearly 400 people, including some Taliban, wounded in heavy fighting in the days before the attack, MSF's Bruno Jochum said. Its GSP coordinates had been shared with all authorities. "We had eight ICU (intensive care unit) beds with ventilators, this was hightech medicine. This was not the little bush hospital. You could not miss it," Liu said. "Today we say enough, even war has rules."
LONdON, OcTOBER 8 (IANs): The idea that most people would prefer to die at home is not as strong as previously thought, finds a study, suggesting that for some, the comfort of home is not always the best or preferred place to leave this world. According to Kristian Pollock from the University of Nottingham, focusing on place of death as the key indicator of quality in end of life care distracts attention from the experience of dying. It calls for “more attention and resources to be spent on improving end of life care wherever this occurs, in hospitals or elsewhere,” she added. Dr Pollock argues that more research is needed regarding what matters most to people at the end of life. “For example, the difference between people's preference regarding place of care, as opposed to place of death, is often overlooked,” she noted. In addition, a preference to die at home does not mean that place of death is the highest priority. Evidence suggests that dying in pain is the greatest concern of patients and the public, and that pain is less well controlled at home. Idealised accounts of “the good death” at home often do not recognise the reality of the pain and discomfort experienced by some dying patients. “The person may have been alone, inadequately supported, in pain, distressed, and fearful,” she pointed out. Hospitals have become widely regarded as inappropriate and undesirable places to die, she explains. There are concerns about poor quality of care and the high costs incurred by deaths in hospital. However, hospitals may be preferred by patients who see them as places of safety and effective control of symptoms, especially for those who suffer distress and pain. “Many patients wish to avoid imposing a burden on their families and may prefer to transfer responsibility for care from home to hospital,” Dr Pollock emphasised. It is important to recognise and accommodate the diversity of patient preferences for place of death. “Disregarding the hospital as a site of terminal care, much greater thought and adequate resources must be directed to enabling hospitals to provide excellent support for dying patients and their families,” she concluded in a paper which appeared in the British Medical Journal.
Zbt DPDB meeting held
Zunheboto, october 8 (DIPr): The monthly Zunheboto District Planning & Development Board (DPDB) meeting was held on October 8 at DC’s Conference Hall under the chairmanship of SDO(C), Zunheboto, Hollohon Yepthomi. The board members approved the establishment of Angels Kid Girls Hostel at Project Colony. Deputy Project Directors, ATMA, Tokato Zhimomi and Avitoli Yepthomi presented a power point presentation on the role and activities of ATMA. The Agriculture Department will present its report in the next DPDB Meeting.
Liangmai community general meeting
DIMAPur, october 8 (DIPr): The Liangmai community in Nagaland will be celebrating its most important annual event Chaga Gadi Festival on October 30 and 31. The Liangmai community in Kohima will also celebrate Chaga Gadi with traditional attire on October 31. The Liangmai Welfare Society Kohima President Kairinpibo in a press release has stated that there will be a general meeting of Liangmai Welfare Society, Kohima on October 10 at 12:00 noon at its Treasurer residence N.K. Namty Newmai, High School road Kohima. The President has invited all the Liangmai Welfare Society members, office bearers, advisory board and senior government officers of Liangmai Community. The President has also informed that there will be a selection of new team of Liangmai welfare Society kohima, for the tenure of three years 2015 to 2017. Therefore all the concerned members have been requested to prepared and come to the meeting positively.
Life Skills exhibition held
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Naga National Prayer House at Peren discusses Mission Indradhanush Kutsapo completes 25 years and Pentavalent & IPV introduction PheK, october 8 (Mexn): The Naga National Prayer House at Kutsapo village in Phek organised a thanksgiving prayer programme in commemoration of the house’s 25 years of existence on September 15. The house was dedicated on September 15, 1990. A press release from the secretary, Naga Shisa Hoho, Dukhuyi Vadeo and chairman, Naga National Prayer House, Zachikhuyi Rhakho informed that before the event, the spirit of God spoke to one of the members on September 14: “People thought in their minds of this programme as a very small and insignificant. Yet I will make it very great and you will know it by the signs and the symbols that I shall do for you”. To another person at
midnight prayer on September 14, God spoke saying, “Hey Shisa Hoho people, know yet not that I was with you by cloud, by rain, calm weather and sun shine? But I will show you the signs/symbols tomorrow, open your eyes and look to the east and west”. True to God’s revelation, the release said, a peculiar bright light phenomenally unusual in yellowish and bluish colour appeared in the east and white cloud stretched above the atmospheric horizon with the yellow colour light flashing over the surface forming yellowish atmosphere between 3:00 to 3:30/40 am and disappeared. After the sight on the east disappeared, a rainbow encircled the western side of the village. “The miraculous view of the rain-
bow was that the upper one slowly disappeared creating the lower circle developing its fullest colour vividly,” the release added. Another view of a full colour rainbow appeared above the village in a straight line at noon when the thanksgiving service was in full swing. The release mentioned that 25 years ago during the 1st prayer and fasting session after dedication of the prayer house, rainbow encircled the prayer house around 3:00 am. The release conveyed to the readers and believers that the continuous signs and miracles speak volume of God’s love for Nagas and more so, the Naga national workers. “Therefore, let us turn and look onto His will to renew our faith and spirit and retain His first love.”
Peren, october 8 (Mexn): The District Task Force meeting with regard to the launching of Mission Indradhanush and introduction of Pentavalent and IPV (Inactivated Poliovirus Vaccine) in Peren was held on October 6 at Deputy Commissioner’s chamber. Chaired by Deputy Commissioner Peter Lichamo, the meeting was attended by officials from Chief Medical Office, School Education, Social Welfare, District Public Relations Office, Rural Development and Administration. Addressing the gathering, Dr. Ngangshimeren, Chief Medical Officer gave an introduction about the Mission Indradhanush (MI) and its significance. He highlighted that the MI aims to immunize all the children; it is more intensified and strengthened. He said that the 1st Phase has been launched in 201 districts in the country and now the 2nd Phase will cover the remaining districts. He also spoke about the Pentavalent vaccine that is soon to be introduced in the district and urged all the members present for their cooperation and support for the success of the programme. Dr. Khrielasanuo, DPO, RCH /UIP briefed on the duties and functioning and
KohIMA, october 8 (DIPr): A sales cum life skills exhibition was organized by GMS, Forest Colony Kohima on October 7 at LFC community Hall with the President of NPF Kohima unit Nilazotuo Kire as the chief patron. Speaking at the inaugural function, Kire congratulated the WEC and GMS faculty for organizing such activities in the school where student can learn socially useful productive works (SUPW) or skills that would benefit them in life. Head Teacher, Albert Tongoe in his key note address stressed on the present education system in India which is continuous and comprehensive evaluation (CCE). CCE evaluates both curricular as well as extracurricular activities along with the academics for all round development of a child. He also said that to develop students in co- scholastic/life skills a week long activity based learning was organized at school like paper craft flower making wood craft doll making basketry etc for exhibition cum sales and also for competition. In the competition Tenmong of class 8 was declared 1st position while Paha and N Jacob Yanthan, Deputy Director of Agriculture (chief guest) and Rev. Dr. Ellis Murry, Chairman Board & Director, Emmanuel TrainPeshing were placed in the second and third positions ing Centre, North East India along with under privileged children and others during the inaugural and dedication service of power respectively. The prizes for the competition were spon- installation, dining hall and kitchen at Emmanuel Training Centre, Eralibill, Dimapur on October 3. sored by Captain Kuldeep Kumar of 19th Assam Rifle F coy. Short speeches were also delivered by NMA Advisor Rose Marry, WEC Chairman Velatso Demo and LFC Chairman. Rotary club Kohima donated story books, Vote of thanks was pronounced by Visechol Chaya. KohIMA, october 8 by over 140 farmers, was and hard work to make their dish, carrot and coriander. (Mexn): Department of chaired by Pawan Kumar, activity a success, with the During the second techniHorticulture conducted one Joint Director, who also de- Department of Horticulture cal session, Dr. Pauline Aliday training on “Cultivation livered the welcome address. being mere facilitators. She la, Associate Professor, NU: Practices of Winter Vegeta- Watienla Jamir, Director of urged the farmers to keep SASRD highlighted the varible Crops” for the Farmers’ Horticulture in her keynote up with their good work and ous technical aspects on the MoKoKchunG, october 8 (DIPr): The Trea- Interest Groups (FIGs) of address applauded the FIGs put more effort in increasing cultivation practices of winter sury Officer, Mokokchung has informed that in view of Kohima and Dimapur under for the record attendance their output and income for vegetables like cabbage, knolthe substantial increase in the number of pensioner and National Vegetable Initiative and called it a sign of prog- better economic returns. khol, tomato, chilli and onion. with a view to facilitate the convenience of the pensioner for Urban Clusters (NVIUC), ress of the NVIUC scheme In the first technical sesThe technical session was for timely drawl of pension payment, the Government in which is a special scheme and a witness to the fact that sion, Dr. Anamika Sharma, followed by an interactive addition to the existing public sector Banks has autho- under RKVY. The training the farmers are really benefit- Programme Co-ordinator session between the resource rized The Bank of Baroda and Allahabad Bank for trans- was held at the conference ting from the vegetable culti- from KVK, Dimapur high- person and the farmers. The action of pension payments. Hence, interested pension- hall of the Directorate of vation. He credited the farm- lighted the various techni- programme ended with a ers are allowed to transact their pension payment from Horticulture on October 6. ers saying they are the ones cal aspects on the cultivation vote of thanks from Amenla, the above mentioned banks. The training, attended who are putting all the efforts practices of peas, beans, rad- Horticulture Officer.
Training on winter vegetable cultivation held
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Workshop on mission indradhanush held at kohima KohIMA, october 8 (DIPr): A one day regional workshop for field officers on mother and child health and Mission Indradhanush 2015-16 was held in Kohima on October 8 at hotel Japfü. Commissioner and Secretary, Health and Family Welfare, M. Patton IAS and President Naga Hoho Chuba Ozukum graced the function as chief guest and guest of honour respectively. Speaking on the occasion Commissioner & Secretary, H& FW, M. Patton said Mission Indradhanush was launched by the Ministry of H&FW, Govt of India in December 2014 as a special intensified drive to vaccinate all unvaccinated and partially vaccinated children under Universal Immunization Program (UIP). He said that the government has identified 201 high focus districts and 297 medium focus districts across the country. In Nagaland six high focus districts were identified including Dimapur, Kohima, Wokha,
Mon, Tuensang and Kiphire while the remaining five districts fall under medium focus districts. The strategy of this program is to conduct one week of intensified focus immunization activity in the districts over a period of four months where he said the first phase was conducted from April to July 2015 in the high focus districts and the second phase will be launched from 12th October for the medium focus districts starting from Peren. Patton stressed that under Mission Indradhanush there are three active partners WHO, UNICEF and Rotary Club. Health care system has been improved to a great extend since the launching of NHM, but much more need to be done, he said. Delivering the keynote address, IIS Director Dr. Engam Pame said that the India is a country of villages where about 50 % of the villagers are mostly dependent on agriculture and other allied sector activi-
ties. He also said that more than 8 lakhs people are dependent on agriculture and nearly 27 % of our country is living below poverty. In this regard, today the country India has taken several schemes and developmental activities along with that vision to build a strong, vital and active participating government and has launched the mother and child health care Mission Indradhanush subsequently on 26th December 2014. The main objective of this campaign is to immunize all children with the vaccines against of preventable diseases like hopping cough, tetanus, polio, tuberculosis, measles, diphtheria and hepatitis B by 2020. The presidential address was given by Additional Director IPR Lima Longchar where he said that Nagaland is also not lacking behind and stands high with better health indicators than the national figures. He also said that Health and Family Welfare Dept is tirelessly working and
reaching out their services to the people even in the rural areas to bring out health hazard problems in Nagaland to the lowest rate. Naga Hoho President, Chuba Ozukum said that the Department of Field Publicity has organized the programme to impart education to the masses. He said that the Directorate of Field Publicity has expanded its wings to 22 regional offices and 268 field publicity unit, spread all over the country. He called upon the publicity officers to take their assignments with all sincerity to bring people closer. The activities of Field publicity in the region of Nagaland and Manipur were also shown in the power-point presentation. The Angami cultural vibrant group presented welcome song. During the technical session the resources person consultant UNICEF, Nagaland spoke on the topic ‘Mission Indradhanush and planning strategy for effective communication’.
Govt constitutes wildlife crime control unit Wildlife Week observed in Tuensang seminated the same to field units for
KohIMA, october 8 (DIPr): The Government of Nagaland has constituted a Wildlife Crime Control Unit under Forest Department consisting of the following members :1. CWLW -Chairman 2. Conservator of Forests, Wildlife and Biodiversity Dimapur - Member Secretary 3. Wildlife Warden, Kiphire -Member 4. Wildlife Warden, Dimapur - Member The above Unit shall function under the Administrative control of CWLW, and is empowered with the followings functions: 1) Collect and collate intelligence related to wildlife crime activities; and to dis-
enforcement action. 2) Establish wildlife crime databank 3) Prevent, investigate and prosecute organized wildlife crime cases having wider ramifications. 4) Act as Nodal Point for Wildlife Crime Control Bureau, Ministry of Environment, Forests and climate Change, Government of India, on wildlife crime related issues. 5) Coordinate inter-agency wildlife crime enforcement actions in the State 6) Advice the Slate government on issues relating to wildlife crime and related laws.
AAASHSSP to organise get together
DIMAour, october 8 (Mexn): The Alumni Association of All Saints Higher Secondary School Peren (AAASHSSP) is organising the 2nd Alumni GetTogether cum Felicitation Programme on October 10at the school auditorium at 10:30am with an objective to promote interaction amongst the alumni and maintain connection with the institute & students through the get-together program. Further, the alumni felicitate the alumni achiever and school toppers through this forum. The alumni achiever and toppers of the school to be felicitated in the program for this year 2015 are Er. Chireud-
ing Zeliang, M.Tech (Nuclear Engineering) as Intern at International Atomic Energy Agency(IAEA) in Vienna, Austria by the United Nation Organisation(UNO) and toppers of the school Silubui Namdau, HSSLC(57.2%) and Matsunginla Jamir,HSLC (92.2%) 2015. Rev. Kuzierang Thou, State Chaplain who is an alumnus of the school will bless the Alumni Achiever and School Toppers while the two senior alumni Peulu Franky Zeliang, IPS-IGP (NAP) & Advisor-AAASHSSP and Hupun, a Social Worker & Advisor, AAASHSSP will exhort the gathering. All ex-students of the school have been requested to attend the event.
tuensAnG, october 8 (Mexn): Wildlife Week was observed in Tuensang division across the ranges with the theme ‘Creation: the reflection of God’s image.’ A press release from the Divisional Forest Officer, Tuensang Division, Dr. Sentitula (IFS) informed that the following churches observed the event on Sunday: Pongching church, Yaong church, Longleng church and Sitap church under Longleng and Sitap ranges. The entire events were conducted with strong em-
phasis and understanding that every creature in the universe is created with a specific purpose and human beings are created to look after them as a guardian but not to harm them. As the Longleng range is one of the roosting sites for Amur Falcons, a strong message on conservation of the bird was spoken. Banners, pamphlets and bookmarks with a message ‘Birds are the harbinger of hope vitality and life’ were distributed to the entire congregation in all the churches, the press release
stated. Forest officials also witnessed and appreciated the initiative of villagers of Yaong constructing watch tower to welcome their guest, the Amur Falcons. In Tuensang range, Wildlife Week was celebrated with initiatives from Forest Range and Eco Clubs. Under the theme, various competitions such as drawing, essay were conducted for the students, and forest department gave cash prizes to the winners and free gifts to all the participants.
37TH TYui Accc cautions
DIMAPur, october 8 (Mexn): The 37th Tyui ACCC has strongly voiced against “illegal tactics by some party functionaries in their personal capacity in an effort to gain their own aspiration through dictatorial means.” A press note from M Rentsanthung Shitiri, Vice president, 37th Tyui ACCC stated that the present 37th Tyui ACC headed by its president Yanao Odyuo has been the forefront congress Committee under Wokha since its induction with principals and ideologies of the AICC. It
further clarified that the 37th Tyui ACCC has never been a signatories to the demand withdrawal of disqualification petition. “Each constituency has its concern candidates and intruders from other constituency trying to create division and destabilize the legitimately elected office bearers should be critically scanned by the NPCC,” it added. The Committee further cautioned that “any attempt to dislodge the present setup of 37th Tyui ACCC through illegal means would be strongly opposed.”
importance of District Task Force meeting and gave an overview about Mission Indradhanush and what is to be done and how it is to be carried out in the district. She said that routine immunization will continue along with the MI till January 2016. She also informed that there will be four rounds of immunization in MI starting from October 12 and 2nd week of every month till January 2016.The campaign will focus on the hard to reach areas and sub centres with low routine immunization and immigrant population. She also highlighted about the Pentavalent vaccine and IPV. Various aspects for implementing the programme were discussed. The DC requested DMO, Social Welfare department to tell the Anganwadi workers to mobilize children for immunization and to ensure head count survey of 0-2 years’ children and pregnant women. Meanwhile, Project Director, RD department was asked to inform all the VDBs to inform the villagers to accept immunization so that immunization coverage will be 100% in their villages. The meeting concluded with the chairman’s remark that intensive awareness and timely meeting should be conducted for the success of the programme.
ZSUK annual conference on Oct 10
KohIMA, october 8 (Mexn): The Zeliangrong Students' Union Kohima (ZSUK) has informed that the annual conference of the ZSUK will be held on October 10 at De Oriental GRand. A press note issued by James Newmai, General Secy has requested all the Zeliangrong Students to attend the program without fail and to reach the venue at 10:30am sharp with one traditional attire. The Union has also invited all the Alumnae, parents, senior leaders and well wishers to attend the program.
LBc Wokha observes EKDErS Day cum health camp
WoKhA, october 8 (Mexn): Elder’s day was observed on October 3 and 4 as part of a programme celebrating Old Age, organized by Longsachung Baptist Church (LBC). L Ratseno Ezung, Principal Gilgal High School was the speaker. The two days event was concluded after a routine medical checkup upon 68 (sixty eight) elders by Dr. Khyothungo Yanthan, Medical Officer Staff of PHC Nyiro and Sub-Centre Longsachung.
LVSU convenes executive meeting
DIMAPur, october 8 (Mexn): The Longla Village Students’ Union (LVSU) has convened an executive meeting on October 14 at the President’s Residence, Blue Hill Colony Wokha, regarding the forthcoming LVSU Golden Jubilee Celebration. Therefore, all the executives are requested to come and attend the meeting positively.
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he streets of Dimapur are littered and filled with loads and loads of garbage. They stink like Lord knows what! We the citizens of Dimapur can’t bear this torture anymore. When it rains, it gets really messy plus roads tend to get blocked too and this can also lead to the spread of diseases on an endemic level. I wanna know what steps the DMC has been undertaking for garbage disposal in Dimapur. I do notice an almost run-down DMC vehicle going about collecting garbage in the mornings; a bunch of non-local old chaps who seem to be doing their work rather halfheartedly. There has to be something the DMC can do something about this garbage mess. Get in touch with the district administration or any competent authority to solve this menace. Y’all can also resort to some garbage disposal program/initiative, locality wise. This particular crisis has to be tackled at the earliest. Expecting a swift and positive response I Longkumer
impending reservation revolt
he indigenous inhabitants of Nagaland were given the tribal status by the Constitution of India and thus entitled to the reservations granted to the ‘Scheduled Caste and Scheduled Tribes’, in India. Then the Government of Nagaland categorized its own tribes into advanced tribes and backward tribes. The criteria of this classification is not clearly justifiable, because all tribes began their lives on equal footings except in their habitat area proximity to the State Capital Kohima. All tribes began their journey of civilization in the same generation. The economic activities and resources base are similar. The only variance that evolved since a few decades ago, was the status of education and its resultant employment status. However after fifty years of Statehood there is now parity in education among all tribes. Therefore, the reservations Policy of the Government of Nagaland on the basis of tribe, is beginning to disadvantage the so-called advanced tribes. The reservation in Nagaland may get crystallized into a permanent feature of rights in our egalitarian, casteless and classless Society. The Hardik Patel agitation in Gujarat, should be an eye opener. His stand on ‘Reservation in education on economic criteria and free competition in job on merit’, is definitely befitting in today’s Mobile Digital Age, even in Nagaland. Dominic Yazokie Readers may please note that the contents of the articles, letters and opinions published do not reflect the outlook of this paper nor of the Editor in any form.
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Students of Sainik School, Punglwa with their face painted during the inter-house drawing and face painting competition.
n inter-house drawing and face painting competition was held at Sainik School, Punglwa. The aim of the competition was to foster creativity and artistic talent amongst the cadets of classes VI to XI, a press release from the school informed.
Themes for the competition were ‘Science & Technology in Today’s World’ for Category A, ‘My Clean World and I’ for Category B, ‘Look ! This is My School’ for Category C and ‘Save Wild Life’ for Category D (Face Painting). The winners were Cadet Tatu Ginglo of Japfü house for Cate-
gory A, Cadet Mhademo T Tsanglao of Patkai house for Category B, Cadet Phrolee D Obed of Pauna house for Category C and Cadet Neelam Doin of Dhansiri house for Category D. Tizu house emerged as the overall winner of the competition and Japfü house emerged as the runners up.
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cottish DJ Calvin Harris blasted a journalist who spread the rumours that he and his current girlfriend Taylor Swift have gone splitsville. “I don’t know what the guy who makes up stories for newspapers looks like but it’s probably similar to this,” Harris tweeted, along with a picture of himself and a man, who dons novelty eyeglasses with fake eyes, reports aceshowbiz.com. The post was soon removed from his Twitter account. The couple has received extensive media attention since they were rumoured as a couple earlier this year. Last month, Swift had to come to her own defense to deny any false rumours about her. “What the press says I’m doing: Buying a Bev Hills mansion, getting married in an English castle. What I’m doing: Playing a show in St. Louis,” she tweeted. Due to the incessant media attention, the two reportedly opt for a more private meet-up if they want to go for a date.
Selena: Fashion was ‘overwhelming’
elena Gomez found the pressure of being fashionable ‘overwhelming’ but is more comfortable with her style nowadays. Selena Gomez used to think fashion was ‘’overwhelming’’. The ‘Come & Get It’ hitmaker - who became a child star aged 10 - revealed she would get ‘’stressed’’ and feel swamped with decisions when choosing her outfits but admitted she has learned to enjoy the ‘’puzzle’’ part of dressing up. Selena, 23, confessed: ‘’It’s very addicting. I have to admit, at first, it was really overwhelming and I would get stressed about putting things together. Now, it’s like trying to figure out a puzzle piece, and I love that ... There are so many things that I don’t even know and would love to discover more about.’’ However after being invited to Louis Vuitton’s shows the brunette beauty finds it ‘’exciting’’ and is happily ‘’immersed’’ in fashion. She said: ‘’When I went to my first Paris Fashion Week, I had been invited to the Louis Vuitton show by Nicolas (Nicolas Ghesquiere). We met there. It was all organic and fun for me. My first big career purchase when I was, like, 17 was a Louis Vuitton laptop bag. Now, seeing the exhibit [Louis Vuitton’s ‘’Series 3’’ exhibition in London], it’s exciting because I feel like I kind of know it. ‘’It’s almost like something you grow up with and you just know a little bit about it. Now that I’m immersed in it, it’s kind of insane.’’ Speaking to WWD, she added: ‘’I was so upset I had to leave (Europe) before Paris Fashion Week (2015), but then I was like ... ‘Oh wait, my album is coming out.’’’
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The Bible Translators’ Training Seminar organised by the Bible Society of India, a collaborative initiative with the American Bible Society-Nida Institute, and the United Bible Societies, an umbrella body of all Bible Societies, comes to an end today which began on the Sept 29, 2015, held at the Sophia Hall, Dimapur Ao Baptist Church. This seminar was conducted exclusively for the translators in the North Eastern States including Sikkim, in which 20 native on-going translators participated in this two weeks intensive program. The seminar addressed issues related to biblical literary genres (especially narrative and poetry), textual variants, problems related to rendering, diverse understandings of canon, language analysis and the translation of non-standardized languages, and issues in revising existing translations. These concerns were addressed in light of insights drawn from both biblical studies and translation studies, highlighting the understanding of translation as creation and mediation, and thus the importance of the role of the translator.The workshop pedagogy included both classroom instruction and practical exercises on Para Text, a software used exclusively by the Translators for translation purposes, and also lessons on weblearning with study materials that links to faculty and students using the Nida Institute distance-learning platform, generally known as the “Canvas”. The resource team hopes that this workshop will deepen the participants’ understanding of biblical texts and their ability for Bible translation which ultimately benefit the churches and the people in the North East India. The team included Rev. Dr. Roy Ciampa, Nida Institute for Biblical Scholarship, Dr. Suee Yan Yu, Global Translation Advisor, United Bible Societies, Dr. Simon Crisp, United Bible Societies andNida Institute, Mr. Zeth Bitjoli, Global Computer Assisted Publishing Facilitator, United Bible Societies and Rev. Dr. Jonadob Nathaniel, Translations Director, Rev. Dr. Along Jamir, Associate Translations Director, Rev. Zambolis Sawkmie, Sr. Translations Adviser, Mr. Vanlaltlana and Miss. Meyijungla Ozukum, Translations Advisers served in the team all from the Bible Society of India.
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FIFA suspends Blatter, • New entrant Walunir Retsung registers first win • Sports Society Suyim defeats Onet Korang SC in a thriller Platini, Valcke for 90 days MDFA TROPHY 2015
Zurich, OctOber 8 (iANS): World football's governing body FIFA on Thursday suspended its president Sepp Blatter, general secretary Jerome Valcke and president of the European football body UEFA Michel Platini for three months. "The adjudicatory chamber of the Ethics Committee chaired by Hans Joachim Eckert has provisionally banned FIFA president Joseph S. Blatter, UEFA president and FIFA vice-president Michel Platini, and FIFA secretary general Jerome Valcke (who has already been put on leave) for a duration of 90 days," a FIFA statement said. "The duration of the bans may be extended for an additional period not exceeding 45 days." Former FIFA vicepresident Chung Mongjoon was also banned for six years and fined Swiss Francs 100,000(approximately $103,418). T h e p ro c e e d i n g s against the South Korean football official Mong-joon were opened in January, 2015, based on findings in
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Onet Korang SC (green jersey) and Sports Society Suyim (yellow jersey) in action on the third day of the ongoing XXI MDFA Trophy 2015 at Imkongmeren Sports Complex on Thursday, October 8, 2015. (Photo/Temjenlemba Longchar)
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MOkOkchuNg, OctOber 8 (MexN): Exciting matches were witnessed on Thursday, the third day of the ongoing XXI MDFA Trophy 2015, as Walunir Ritsung Artang hammered three goals against B Squad FC in the first match and Sports Society Suyim (SSS) defeated a resilient new entrant Onet Korang Sporting Club in the second match. Sports Society Suyim, the runner-up of last year’s edition, played to their best against the Onet. The match was evenly contested. Onet Korang SC, a new
entrant, is considered as one of the underdogs of the tournament, while the SSS, with their presence in almost every MDFA Trophy is one among the toughest team at the trophy. There was a breach in the Onet Korang SC defense line as Osen (jersey no 8) of SSS tackled the ball and crossed the ball at a perfect right angle to fellow striker Jungpetrong (jersey no 10) who kicked the ball at the first touch and netted the goal at the 6th minute. The Onet defense was in disarray. The midfield
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to breach. As the referee blew the final whistle, the SSS won the match 1-0. The match between Walunir Restung Artang & B Squad FC – the first match on Day 3 – was exciting as both the teams were vigorous, strategic and determined. But the Walunir Retsung Artang, with their superb midfield play, the strong defense and the short passes between the players paid off as they scored three goals to nil. With their first win, Walunir Ritsung Artang has emerged as the toughest team in the tournament.
Sports week held at Fazl Ali college
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wanting. Sports Society Suyim dominated the first half of the game, with the Suyim team making attacks and counter-attacks. The Onet goalkeeper saved a lot of attempts from the SSS strikers. The second half of the match, the Onet Korang SC somehow recovered and tried a vigorous counter attack. The Onet tried relentlessly to equalize the goal. The SSS also tried their best to notch their win. The second half was dominated mostly by the Onet Korang, but the SSS defense line was hard
MOkOkchuNg, OctOber 8 (MexN): The annual Fazl Ali College Sports Week began on October 8 at the College Football Ground. Addressing the students during the inaugural programme, Chief Guest Bendanglila, Additional Deputy Commissioner, Mokokchung who is also an alumnus of the College, reminisced on her days in the College over 20 years ago and
exhorted the students to work hard and to make the most of their time in the College. The General Secretary of the Fazl Ali College Students' Union, Temjennnaro delivered the welcome address and the Oath of Sportsmanship was delivered by the Games and Sports Secretary Nungsangmongba. The event will conclude on October 9.
the report on the investigation into the bidding process for the 2018/2022 FIFA World Cups. "He has been found guilty of infringing article 13 (General rules of conduct), article 16 (Confidentiality), article 18 (Duty of disclosure, cooperation and reporting), article 41 (Obligation of the parties to collaborate) and article 42 (General obligation to collaborate) of the
FIFA Code of Ethics," the statement added. "During this time, the above individuals are banned from all football activities on a national and international level. The bans come into force immediately." The quartet are being investigated by FIFA's Ethics Committee, for possible financial corruption, chaired by Cornel Borbely.
All the alleged guilty parties have repeatedly denied being involved in any wrongdoing. However, the investigation into Blatter is being carried out by Robert Torres while Platini's case is being looked into by Vanessa Allard, FIFA said. FIFA said it won't be making any more comments on the matter until the decisions are finalised, citing confidentiality.
16th NSF MARTYRS’ MEMORIAL TROPHY 2015
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Nagabazar Youth Org, Senapati FC enter quarter finals Our Correspondent
HIGHLIGHTS TILL PRE-QUARTER FINALS
Kohima | October 8
Nagabazar Youth Org and Senapati FC Manipur today entered the quarter finals after winning their respective pre-quarter final matches in the ongoing 16th NSF Martyrs' Memorial Trophy 2015 in Kohima. In the first match of the day, Nagabazar Youth Org defeated Headwinds FC Kohima 5-4 via a tiebreak. Khekuto Shohie netted a goal for Nagabazar Youth Org in the 33rd minute while Neiphivilie Seyie added two goals to the team in the 43rd and 63 minutes. Menuokhrietuo Riilho scored a hat-trick for Headwinds FC in the 21st, 34th and 39th minutes. The match witnessed a 3-3 draw till the allotted full time period. Through a tie-break, Nagabazar Youth Org overpowered Headwinds FC 5-4 and booked their quarter finals berth. With this, Nagabazar Youth Org will face Pro-Streax United Dimapur in the quarter finals on October 10.
The match in action between Senapati FC and MT Youth Club on October 8. (Morung Photo)
Senapati Manipur defeated MT Youth Club Kohima by a solitary goal in the last pre-quarter final match. The winning goal for Senapati FC came through Momoy Viephai in additional time. Senapati FC will now clash with Addax FC in the quarter finals on October 10.
Meanwhile, Kohima SP Joseph Hesso will be the match patron of the first quarter final match on October 9 at 11:30 AM while Vipopal Kintso (former NSF president), convenor organizing committee will introduce the players of the 2nd quarter finals match at 1:30 PM.
Bolt plans to retire after 2017 Worlds
New YOrk, OctOber 8 (iANS): Jamaican sprint icon Usain Bolt has reaffirmed his decision to make next summer's Olympics in Rio de Janeiro his last, also revealing that he plans to retire from the sport after the 2017 World Athletics Championships in London. The 29-year-old announced he will begin preparations for Rio from next Monday after enjoying a break
away from athletics. “I start training for the Olympics on October 12. It will be my last Olympics,” Bolt was quoted as saying by dailymail.co.uk on Wednesday. “I should have one more World Championships but I'm not too sure what I want to do after retiring. Some people say I should try acting but I think I will stay in sport and figure out what I can do,” the six-time
Olympic champion added. The five-time 'IAAF World Athlete of the Year' award winner revealed he was instructed to take up running by his former coach Pablo McNeil. “I started off playing cricket first. I was a fast bowler and then he (McNeil) said I should try track and field so I decided why not and I did it," Bolt remembered.
Fastest goal scorer: Sorhosül Pucho (Tiema-Khe,Kidima) in 18 seconds Highest goal of the match: TiemaKhe,Kidima vs Junior Anchor Club Kohima- 9-0 Highest scorerSorhosül Pucho (Tiema-Khe,Kidima) and Meren (Pro-Streax United Dimapur) – 8 goals each Hat-trick- 12 (with 10 players) Tie breaks- 11 Total goals- 184 Yellow card- 80 Red Card-1 55 teams eliminated
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FIXTURE FOR FRIDAY October 9 Ist quarter final match (11:30 AM) Khulioh King Tuensang vs Alianza FC Dimapur 2nd quarter final match (1:30 PM) Barak FC Peren vs Laii Youth & Students Org Manipur
Meeting for certified coaches
DiMAPur, OctOber 8 (MexN): All AIFF certified coaches, NIS football coaches, AFC certified coaches and state government appointed coaches have been informed that a general meeting will be held at Okusa Toyota, Walford, Dimapur on October 11 at 2:00 pm.
Abide club wins Kiphire District Football League SON organises coaches Our Correspondent Kiphire | October 8
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Abide club today emerged champions of the first football trophy of the Kiphire district football league (KDFL) defeating DC XI with 3 goals to 2 in an exciting match played this evening. Minister for Power, C Kipili was the chief guest. In the first half Abide club open the account in the 20th minute and scored two other goals in 50th and 70th minutes. For DC XI the first goal came in the 35th minute in the first half and in the second half in 40th minute. With this Abide club walk away with 30,000 cash certificate cup and medal and the DC XI walk away with a cash of 20,000 and a medal and a certificate. In the individual category cash was awarded to Lokiya of the Legend club for being the highest goal scorer. Best goal keeper was Amento of Bura Jawan. Golden boot was awarded to Among of Abide club and best defender award was given to ST Among of DC XI.
DiMAPur, OctOber 8 (MexN): The Special Olympics Bharat- Nagaland (SON) Chapter organised coaches Training Programs for Eastern States from October 4 to 8 at AIDA Training Centre, Don Bosco Dimapur. The participants were from Assam, Meghalaya, Manipur, Odisha, Chandigarh, Jharkhand and Nagaland. Wokha Baptist Church Youth Department, Nagaland Blind Association, Cherry Blossom School, G.Rio School and individuals from Phek and Dimapur were also amongst the campers. Rakesh Kumar of National Office, Special Olympics Bharat and Tansen Rajkumar of Meghalaya were the resource persons for the Games Management System: Level-1. Coach Imliwati Lemtur of Nagaland was resource person for Advanced Coaches Training Program in Cricket. Altogether there were 40 campers.
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