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Uri Attack: India says Chessore: No officers nor offices YAA conducts first phase of inspecting government offices in Chessore
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PWD (R&B) office Chessore found locked during YAA Inspection.
DIMAPUR, SEPTEMBER 19 (MExN): The Yimchungrü Akherü Arihako (YAA) conducted the first phase of its inspection tour by visiting the different government offices, health centres and schools at Chessore Town, under Tuensang district from September 10 to 14. A press note from the YAA Vice President, Ariba Yimchunger and General Secretary, L Akhang lamented that during their inspection tour, they found the functioning of the government offices to be “totally unsatisfactory.” It further expressed concern at the “negligence of the designated officers and the step motherly treatment” of the Nagaland State Government towards the people of the “backward region.” No SDO (R&B) since 2015 The YAA informed that the Sub Divisional Officer (R&B) posted at Chessore has been transferred out since 2015. Presently, it stated that the office is functioning without the said officer. The YAA further detected that the said office “appears same as the neglected road and is locked throughout the month.” The YAA expressed shock at this situation, especially at a time
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No infrastructure for Child Development Project Office The YAA revealed that the Child Development Project Officer (CDPO), Chessore has no infrastructure building of its own and is temporarily running in a rented house. It expressed sadness that PHC Chessore has Chessore, one of the oldest estabno office building lished towns under Tuensang disMeanwhile, informing that the trict, is being “neglected.” It urged dilapidated Public Health Centre the Nagaland State Government for Chessore was dismantled in the the development of the said office. year 2009, the YAA revealed that it has no office building of its own till No office for Block date and is temporarily function- Development Officer ing in a doctors’ quarter. Similarly, the office of the Block The YAA further revealed that Development Officer (BDO), the Doctor is said to be on a study Chessore also has no building of its leave and the Pharmacist is found own. It is presently functioning in a to be out of station since July 7, BDO quarter, the YAA informed. It 2016. The YAA directed the con- urged the Nagaland State Governcerned officials to report to their ment to initiate work for construcplace of posting within 15 days. tion of the office “as many schemes It also reminded the concerned including MGNREGA for the vildepartment for posting of a Medi- lagers are implemented through cal Officer at PHC Chessore before this office.” October 1, 2016. The YAA further informed the concerned depart- Veterinary Office and ment that “hereafter no doctor quarter abandoned should be posted to any Health The YAA also reported that the centre under Yimchunger jurisdic- veterinary office and its quarter at tion just to get study leave.” Chessore are “totally abandoned when the “rural people are yearning for good roads and communication.” It urged that the Nagaland State Government post an SDO (R&B) to Chessore at the earliest “or revert back the same officer before 1st October, 2016.”
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Health Dept issue show cause notice
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DIMAPUR, SEPTEMBER 19 (MExN): The Directorate of Health and Family Welfare has served a show cause notice to Nurses under various establishments “for keeping unauthorized proxy and are working in various establishment/ organizations within and outside the state.” The notice informed all the concerned nurses who have been served the show cause notice to report in person along with the reply to the Principal Director, Health and Family Welfare on October 4 at 11:00am, “failing which necessary disciplinary action shall be initiated. It further cautioned that henceforth, “no employee of the department shall indulge is such unethical and unlawful practices and that disciplinary action as deemed fit shall be initiated against the defaulter.”
by the department.” Given the situation, it questioned that “if at all the Department of Veterinary and Animal Husbandry exists in Nagaland, then the undersigned organization demands for clear justification if the department has any concern for the public at the grass root level or only its creamy layer.” The YAA said that the people of this area “have not benefitted from any schemes under this department.” While maintaining that it is important for rural farmers to productively engage in livestock production towards sustaining the rural economy, the YAA however stated that the various schemes implemented have not reached the public. It also questioned whether the concerned authority has worked towards strict implementation of the various schemes. Listing out the aforementioned concerns, the YAA further issued a caution to all government officers posted at Chessore under different departments to be at station before October 1. It warned that if any officer is found absent thereafter, “the YAA will initiate further course of action against the erring officers.”
ty to respond, without elaborating. “We reserve the right to respond to any act of the adversary at a time and place of our own choosing,” Ranbir Singh told reporters. Pakistan accused India of apportioning blame before it had properly investigated. “Pakistan categorically rejects the baseless and irresponsible accusations being levelled by senior officials in Prime Minister Modi’s government,” the prime minister’s foreign affairs adviser said in a statement late on Sunday. The Pakistan army said that India was promoting a “hostile narrative”.
Modi calls on Pranab
New Delhi, September 19 (IANS): Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday called on President Pranab Mukherjee “and held discussions”, the Rashtrapati Bhavan tweeted. “PM Modi called on President Mukherjee at Rashtrapati Bhavan this evening and held discussions with the President,” a brief announcement said. No further details were available. Modi declared on Sunday after the attack on an army camp near Uri that the perpetrators won’t go unpunished. Related news on page 8
Upgrade Dmp Rly Station to Division Hq: CM tells Center
DIMAPUR, SEPTEMBER 19 (MExN): Concerned with reports that Dimapur railway Station is to be placed under Tinsukia Division from the erstwhile jurisdiction of Lumding, Nagaland Chief Minister TR Zeliang today shot off a letter to Union Railway Minister, Suresh Prabhakar Prabhu pointing out ground realities that Dimapur itself deserves to be upgraded as a Division. Dimapur is one of the oldest and most important Railway Stations in the NE catering to requirements of Nagaland and Manipur as well as a large part of Karbi Anglong, the CM said, and in terms of revenue generation, it is the second highest only next to Guwahati. The CM argued Dimapur deserves to be upgraded to a Division HQ. He pointed out that presently there are six Railway Di-
visions in the NE and that “Dimapur deserves to be one of them.” The CM also pointed out the geographical distance between Tinsukia and Dimapur, which is about 250 kms, and said for all practical purposes, Lumding, which is hardly a 100 km away, would be more convenient as compared to the former Division HQ. The reported change of relocating Dimapur to Tinsukia Division HQ, the CM reasoned, “will cause great inconvenience” to the people that Dimapur railway serves. The CM requested that Dimapur be upgraded to a Division HQ and that pending administrative approval, it be allowed to continue functioning under Lumding Division.
Unspent money for Dalits/tribals, NTC asserts it has no vested political agenda $42.6 billion = 8 times agri budget New Delhi | September 19
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Veterinary Office and quarter in Chessore lies abandoned.
SRINAGAR /NEW DELHI, SEPTEMBER 19 (REUTERS): India said on Monday it had the right to respond when and where it chose to a deadly attack on an army base in Kashmir, after blaming Pakistan for the raid that killed 18 soldiers. The assault, in which four gunmen burst into a brigade headquarters in the town of Uri before dawn on Sunday, was among the deadliest in the disputed Himalayan region and has sharply raised tensions between the nuclear-armed rivals. Army officials said the critically wounded had been flown to New Delhi and one had died in hospital. Most of dead and wounded suffered severe burns after their tents and temporary shelters caught fire from incendiary ammunition while they were sleeping. Senior Indian politicians, including Home Minister Rajnath Singh who called Pakistan “a terrorist state”, were quick to warn of action against Islamabad, putting pressure on Prime Minister Narendra Modi to take a tough line. The head of military operations of the Indian army, Lieutenant General Ranbir Singh, said India had the desired capabili-
It was raining heavily last monsoon when Heerabai’s youngest child, Seshkumari, 4, collapsed with a fever. The family could only watch helplessly as her temperature soared and she turned delirious late night. The nearest primary health centre for Pachkol, Heerabai’s village in Chhindwara district in south-west Madhya Pradesh, is 25 km away. And every monsoon, the swollen Bhagbhel River floods the road linking the village to the health centre. If you fall sick, said residents, you have very little hope of finding any medical help. “My daughter couldn’t even recognise us as the fever got worse at two in the morning,” recalled Heerabai, 30, lean and noticeably weak. That morning, she lost her daughter. Heerabai and her three surviving children belong to Bhariya community, classified as a Particularly Vulnerable Tribal Group (PVTG). Her tragedy is the consequence of a 44 per cent shortfall in the healthcare infrastructure in the tribal areas of Madhya Pradesh. This is despite the fact that, last year, the state government had left in hand Rs 4,000 crore allocated for tribal welfare. IndiaSpend’s investigations, through a series of RTI requests, reveal that over the last 35 years, Rs 2.8 lakh crore ($42.6 billion) set aside to improve the lives of scheduled castes (SCs) and scheduled tribes (STs) by way of measures like mid-day meals, scholarships and crop insurance was not spent. NITI Aayog, which monitors these funds, verified the figures. However, CEO Amitabh Kant distanced the organisation from the issue. “We are just (the) monitoring agency for the funds and it’s the states and ministries that have to spend more. But we will step up the monitoring and the present government is working on it,” he said. The unspent amount is eight times larger than India’s agriculture budget, enough to fund India’s rural road construction projects for the next 15 years. The unspent Rs 2.8 lakh crore falls under two funds: Tribal Sub Plan (TSP), started in 1974-75, and Scheduled Caste Sub Plan (SCSP), begun in 1979-80, to channelise funds from general budgets to STs and SCs. As per guidelines, a part of the budget --
proportionate to at least the population of SCs and STs -- at both central and state levels is to be set aside for marginalised sections. The current population of SCs and STs in India is 16.6 per cent and 8.6 per cent. So, 16.6 per cent and 8.6 per cent of the Union budget should be allocated to SCSP and TSP respectively. The same applies to states too. Each ministry, state or central, has to keep aside the same percentage of their total funds for SCSP and TSP to carry out individual, family or habitat development works and welfare schemes for SCs and STs. The funds are “non-lapsable” as per the guidelines the erstwhile Planning Commission, now NITI Aayog. But low spending has crippled the effort. Records show that no matter which party is in power, SCs and STs rarely benefit from these funds. PS Krishnan, the man behind the introduction of SCSP in 1980 said “politicians and bureaucrats have always remained apathetic to the most backward classes -- dalits and adivasis.” Adivasis and dalits still matter the least when it comes to the provision of even basic facilities. Where they do figure prominently are in statistics relating to child mortality, school dropouts and extreme poverty. For instance, the child mortality rate among STs (35.8) is almost double in comparison to all social groups (18.4). As per the guidelines, the funds that remain unspent at the end of a financial year are supposed to be transferred to a non-lapsable central pool to be used later. But that, actually, is not what happens. “The concept of transfer of unutilised TSP funds to NLCPTF (central pool of TSP funds) remained a non-starter,” the Comptroller and Auditor General had noted in a 2015 audit report. A senior NITI Aayog official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, confirmed that unspent funds are being “lapsed”, not carried forward to the next year as per rules. “The committee is informed that there has been ‘poor utilisation’ of the allocated funds for welfare of SCs and STs,” says NITI Aayog in its latest guidelines to the states. Outside Heera’s home, a group of villagers had gathered. They were reluctant to speak up about their lives. One man, however, disagreed with the silence: “We need to talk about our problems; only then, they will be solved.”
DIMAPUR, SEPTEMBER 19 (MExN): The Nagaland Tribes Council (NTC) today stated that it is not a registered organization under the Home Department or any other government and that it has no “vested political agenda.” The NTC, through its media cell, issued this statement in response to comments in the results of the recent opinion poll conducted by this newspaper. The NTC refuted allegations that it is being “co-opted by the Government.” “Since Nagaland has more than one government, which government the accuser means is not indicated. Yet, whichever government he/she means, the NTC vehemently denies such affiliation,” it clarified. It further informed that the Na-
galand Area and Village Council Act of 1978 was amended in 2009 as the Nagaland Village and Tribal Councils Act, 1978. The NTC said that the Act provides avenue for all tribe organizations to get itself registered as the State Government Agency under the Home Department. “Those organizations registered under the Act or received pecuniary grants or assistance to hold tribal festivals and any other assistance deemed fit, under section 27 of the Act may be considered co-opted by the State Government,” it added. The NTC then termed allegation that it has “vested political agenda” as a “serious and malicious attack on the Council.” “The NTC has its own Constitution and it functions within the laid down parameters.
The NTC is never a political organization nor has any affiliation with any political body,” it affirmed. It reminded that the NTC was launched on October 12, 2013 and stated that during the three calendar years, it has “normally placed its activities in the public domain so as this platform belongs to the Nagas of Nagaland.” “On presumption that the accuser has prima facie against the NTC,” it stated that a platform for the NTC and “those baiters” to have a democratic and healthy debate and interaction “will be an opportunity for NTC to learn from constructive criticism and take necessary corrective measures from those critical but conscious accusers.”
Coordination Committee on Fuel Adulteration formed
• Nagaland Govt given 15 days to bring CBI inquiry • Demands arrest of all alleged ‘kingpins’
DIMAPUR, SEPTEMBER 19 (MExN): A public meeting was held on September 10, at Hotel Lake Shilloi, Dimapur to deliberate on the issue of oil adulteration in the state. The meeting was attended by several civil society organizations. The meeting resolved to form a Coordinating Committee on Fuel Adulteration comprising of two representatives each from Naga Council Dimapur, NTC, NWHD, CAVCA, CCCTA, BAN, YAN, DUCCF, NMDA, DEEHA, Diphupar Naga Students’ Union, ENSUD,
DALT, SN, NHRA, EDBA, Consumer Society, Petroleum Dealers’ Association, Chumoukedima Town Youth Organisation, and DDCF to pursue the matter. This was informed in a press note from the coordinating committee. The House resolved to serve 15 days time to the Nagaland State Government to bring in the CBI for thorough investigation of the fuel adulteration issue. It also resolved that all the adulteration kingpins should be re-arrested. In the event of failure by the state Government to fulfil demand no.2, the coordinating committee cautioned that it will enforce bandh on national highways within the state “in any form it deems fit.” The co-ordination committee further informed that it will submit the public memorandum to the state government through the
office of the Chief Secretary at its convenient time. The public resolution will take effect only after the memorandum has been formally handed over to the Chief Secretary, it added. It stated that based on “circumstantial evidences, it is indeed horrifying that crucial evidences related to the case should be tampered with like it happened with the oil tankers.” The committee expressed concern that the whole case is being handled “in such an unprofessional and incompetent manner,” and informed that the house “unanimously decided that there can be no further mishandling of the case nor the case allowed to be picked apart.” The “unanimous opinion,” the committee said “was that all the guilty parties in the fuel racket should be punished as per the FIR filed by the ACAUT.”
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Training on ‘Command Area Development & Water Management’ underway
‘Take CADWM in integrated & coordinated manner’
Kohima | September 19
A two day training on “Command Area Development and Water Management” (CADWM) under the aegis of North Eastern Regional Institute of Water & Land Management (NERIWALM), Tezpur and Nagaland’s state Irrigation & Flood Control department got underway here today at Irrigation & Flood Control chief engineer’s office conference hall. State’s Irrigation & Flood Control Chief Engineer Er. S. Kughaho Sema was optimistic that the training will endeavor to develop and manage land and water resources and increase agriculture production for improving the economic health of farmers of the state. He said many engineers have already attended similar training conducted by NERIWALM in the past. However, it assumes greater significance today with the effect of climate change already being felt in local microcosm, with unpredictable pattern and intensity of rainfall and rise in temperature becoming a reality. He said today scarcity of water has been the most severe
A Parliamentary N. Jacob Zhimomi (Standing 4th from left in last row) and others during two day training on “Command Area Development and Water Management” in Kohima held on September 19. (Morung Photo)
constraints affecting agricultural development and production. The state has experienced late arrival of rainfall during last few years. This year has been excessive rainfall, with continuous rain since first week of April. He said excessive rainfall has caused several landslides including heavy erosion of the top soil while period of draught has caused failure of crops due to scarcity of water as well as poor management of the available water, He stated that the subject matter of the training CADWM was most relevant and needs to
be translated at the project field level for hill states like Nagaland with its fragile “Ecology and Environment.” Course coordinator Dr. A.C. Debnath, Associate Professor (WRE) NERIWALM said the two day long training will cover CADWM programme and irrigated agriculture, preparation on DPR for CADWM project, farm development works on CADWM programme, participatory irrigation management, irrigation outlets etc. He said that CADWM’s work mainly concentrates on water management sector and stated that due to
climate change the Government of India is pressing CADWM to come up with more development programmes to meet the demand of availability of water. Dr. U.M. Hazarika, Asst Professor NERIWALM is also part of the resource person for this training. Earlier, the programme was chaired by Irrigation & Flood Control Additional Chief Engineer Er. Tsuktinungsang while vote of thanks was proposed by Irrigation & Flood Control Superintending Engineer E. Hotovi Ayemi. The programme will go on till September 20.
ddressing the inaugural function, Parliamentary Secretary for Irrigation & Flood Control N. Jacob Zhimomi stated that all aspects of the CADWM programme needs to be taken up in all integrated and coordinated manner so as to achieve the envisaged objective of raising food grain production to meet the increasing need for growing population. He said, “We cannot predict the climatic condition and changes over the past few years.” Referring to climate change experienced across the globe today, he said “When we expect the rainfall we don't receive and when we don't expect, we receive rainfall.” He said the Ministry of Water Resources has set new guidelines and new schemes had been proposed and in the process a lot of time and energy had been invested by the expert team to study the environment in the various regions of the country. He said for food grain suf-
ficiency to meet the demand of the population “our knowledge and approach of the traditional style need to be in a scientific approach to maximize productivity.” He was hopeful that through this training the engineers will upgrade their skills and propagate proper utilization of water and help attain self sufficiency in agriallied sectors and contribute to the GDP of the state as well. Zhimomi said that NERIWALM is a premium institute of north east region imparting training in the field of water and land management and related fields. He said it has become mandatory that CADWM programme has to be implemented in a holistic manner with irrigation project under PMKSY so that irrigation potential created with hydraulic connectivity gets utilized soon after its creation, improved water use efficiency, increase agricultural productivity and production and brings sustainability in the irrigated agriculture in a par-
ticipatory environment. The various components under CAWDM programme are survey, planning and designing of on-farm development works comprising of construction of field channels and also land leveling, shaping and realignment of field boundaries where necessary, extension, renovation and micro irrigation. Zhimomi said the Nagaland Farmers Participation in Management of Irrigation Systems Bill 2013 was enacted and passed in the assembly on March 2014. The Act was required for formation and recognition of Water Users Associations (WUAs) while implementing irrigation schemes in the state. It lays down the procedure for WUAs so formed by the farmers to manage the irrigation system developed by them. Participatory irrigation management through establishing and strengthening WUAs is an integral and important component of CADWN programme, he said.
‘NurturiNg taleNts’ DISHA meeting for Kiphire and Tuensang district Inter high school quiz competition in Phek
Tuensang, sepTember 19 (mexn): Combined District Development Co-Ordination and Monitoring Committee (DISHA) meeting for Kiphire and Tuensang Districts held at DC’s Conference Hall Tuensang on September 19. Member of Parliament (LS), Neiphiu Rio was the chairman of the meeting and was assisted by MLA CM Chang and Team Leader National Level Monitoring, Ministry of RD, Government of India, Dr. Ambuj. The meeting was attended by the district offi-
MP Neiphiu Rio with others during the visit to the FCI godown at Tuensang. (DIPR Photo)
cers of RD, NERLP, LRD, Social welfare, DPO (ICDS), PWD (R&B), PHED, LRSO, Medical, DDEO, NIC, ITI,
Power, UDD, Agri, ADS The meeting reviewed along with the district ad- the centrally sponsored ministration and the po- schemes and its implelice. mentation and its success
and failures in the targeted areas. Rio encouraged the delegates how we can best extract benefits of the Centrally Sponsored Schemes and project implementations to benefit the targeted areas as per the objectives of the projects and schemes. Welcome address of the meeting was given by DC Tuensang, Alem Jongshi while DC Kiphire and Member Secretary DISHA, Sedevikho Khro delivered the vote of thanks. MP Neiphiu Rio also visited the FCI godown at Tuensang.
Hepatitis B and C workshop on Sept 21
Winners of the first inter high school quiz competition held under the theme ‘Nurturing Talents’ on September 17.
phek, sepTember 19 (mexn): Blazer’s Club in collaboration with Phek Town Chakhesang Students’ Union (PTCSU) organised the first inter high school quiz competition under the theme ‘Nurturing Talents’ on September 17. Gracing the occasion, Murohu Chotso DC Phek encouraged the students to excel not only in academic but in competitive exams as well. The programme was compeered by Shekhrulu Dozo and Er. Pfut-
sulo Thasou, while pastor Wavitho, PBCPT blessed the programme, and welcome address was brought by Nyushothe Nyuthe District Statistical Officer, Phek. Exhortations were shared by Maj. A. Banerjee and Deputy Commandant Dr. Chandan Singh of 46 Assam Rifle Phek. John Kiso, PGT GHSS was the quiz master for the event. Bishop Abraham Memorial High School emerged as winner of quiz, followed by Royal Foundation School and Christian
Mission High School. They were awarded with Rs. 7000, Rs.5000 and Rs.4000 along with trophy and certificate as first, second and third sponsored by Blazer’s Club, Rongsenlemla Imchen (IFS) District Forest Officer Phek and Dr. Katoni Jakhalu Principal Phek Govt. College respectively. Vote of thanks was delivered by Thuputo Venuh President PTCSU. Altogether 600 Students from all the high schools led by a teacher-in-charge attended the programme.
GRATITUDE IMMANUEL COLLEGE, DIMAPUR ACCREDITED B+
kohima, sepTember 19 (mexn): A one day workshop on Hepatitis B and C (HBV and HCV) will be conducted on September 21 at the conference Hall of the Health Department, with HOD, AHODs and officials of the Health Department, Government of Nagaland to deliberate and plan for future course of programs to be undertaken by the Government of Nagaland. The programme will also be attended by some Private Hospitals and Pharma Companies. This will serve as a platform between the Govt, NGOs and Hospitals and provide better insights for Nagaland Government to address the burden of HBV and HCV in the state. The workshop is jointly being organized by Kripa Foundation-Project Sunrise, Health Department, NSACS and FHI 360. Resource persons will be from ICMR, Kolkata Dr Samiran Panda and Dr Saubhik Gosh while Maongwati Aier, Secretary, Health and Family Welfare will address the gathering as the guest of honor.
Villagers trained on methods of protecting crops from elephants
Wokha, sepTember 19 (mexn): A training workshop on simple methods of protecting crops from elephants was conducted by Wildlife Division, Dimapur at Khonkholi village, Wokha District, on September 16. The workshop was attended by around 45 people from surrounding villages. During the training, the Forest staff had an interaction with the villagers about the elephant problems in the area. The staff demonstrated how to make use of simple common ingredients like chilli powder, grease, tobacco, saw dust and rope to make an elephant repelling fence, or even burn the same in small patches surrounding the areas. “These methods are being practiced in other parts of the Country where there are human elephant conflict. These methods have proven to be very much useful and effective in those areas,” stated a press release. The forest staff Participants with others during the training workshop on simple methods of protecting crops encouraged the farmers to practice these simple methods from elephants conducted at Khonkholi village. so as to deter the elephants from crop damaging.
ATMA exhibition cum sale day today
Immanuel College, Dimapur was assessed by National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC) on 29th, 30th & 31st August 2016 and Accredited with the letter Grade B+ of CGPA 2.67 for the 1st Cycle. The family of Immanuel College is grateful to the Almighty God, the representatives from Nagaland University, officials from Directorate of Higher Education, Parents, Alumni, all the Stakeholders, well-wishers and our Prayer partners for their support. Principal, Immanuel College.
Chenwetnyu Baptist Church Youth carried out social works at District Hospital Mon and District Jail on September 15 as part of their annual Home Mission activities. The youth donated local made dustbins, broom sticks and framed Bible verses. In addition bookmarks and small token donations were also distributed to patients and inmates of the hospital and jail respectively.
kohima, sepTember 19 (Dipr): The ATMA Kohima is organising an exhibition cum sale day at Kohima Local Ground (Khuochiezie) on September 20 at 8:00 A.M. where the Chief Secretary of Nagaland, Pankaj Kumar, IAS will be inaugurating the exhibition cum sale as the chief guest. The Deputy Commissioner Kohima and Chairman Governing Board (ATMA Kohima), Rovilatuo Mor, IAS will be the chairperson while APC and Commissioner & Secretary Agriculture, Imkonglemba, IAS will give a short speech followed by ATMA Kohima Farmers' Award 2016 by the chief guest. The ATMA Kohima Farmers' Award 2016 will also be awarded.
Eye screening camp held at SDJHSS
Dimapur, sepTember 19 (mexn): An eye screening camp cum eye donation awareness programme was held in SD Jain Higher Secondary School (SDJHSS) Dimapur which was organized by District Health Society Dimapur in collaboration with Department of Ophthalmology, Civil Hospital Dimapur. In the morning assembly, Dr. Pokim, Chief Medical Officer of Dimapur briefed to the students and staff members on the importance of eye donation. He said that eye donation is a noblest way of helping the blind. Only the cornea part of the eye is removed after the death of a person who agreed to donate the eyes. He further added that
Medical team conduct eye screening during the awareness programme held in SD Jain Higher Secondary School, Dimapur.
any person can pledge to donate his/her eyes without consideration of age, sex or social status. He also felicitated the family members of five eye donors from the Jain community. Later, eye screening
was done for the students and faculty members of the school by a team of experts under the guidance and supervision of Dr. P. Longkumer, Ophthalmologist, Civil Hospital, Dimapur.
Over 600 hundred student’s eye screening was done. Out of which ninety students have been detected with refractive errors. Some of the students were provided with free glass frames and medicines.
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District Demand: HSA-SCC question Two killed, several injured Jiribam government's indifference towards tribals in Kaziranga eviction drive Newmai News Network Imphal | September 19
Guwahati, September 19 (iaNS): At least two people were killed and several others injured after clashes broke out between civilians and security forces near Kaziranga National Park in Assam on Monday over an eviction drive by the Nagaon district administration. Hundreds of protesters tried to prevent the eviction from Banderdubi village under Kaliabor subdivision. The locals and protesters erected barricades to stop the district administration's eviction team,
forcing the security personnel to first resort to firing of tear gas shells and later bullets to contain the mob. Although locals claimed that the deaths of a youth and a woman were due to police firing, the police have denied this. The Assam District General of Police (DGP) Mukesh Sahay said: "The eviction drive in Kaziranga National Park is being carried out with the district administration as per a court order." "Earlier also the government had tried to evict people from the area with-
858 arrested so far for violation of COTPA aizawl,September 19 (NNN): As many as 858 people have been arrested so far in Mizoram for violation of Cigarette and Other Tobacco Product Act (COTPA) during the last eight months. Officials of National Tobacco Control Programme said that from January to August, tobacco squad has conducted 144 anti-tobacco drives at several places and seized 9576 carton of cigarette and 2192 packets for violation of COTPA. During the last eight months, the anti-tobacco squad also conducted awareness programme on impact of tobacco consumption for 345 times at several institutions and 57 times in churches. It has also carried out training and workshop at several places on 72 occasions. About 2423 people also visited Tobacco Cessation Clinic during April- August, 2016.
out applying force," he said, adding, "After the new order, most of the people had already vacated their houses." He blamed certain people, saying, "Due to instigation of some people, some inhabitants opposed the drive that led to the situation." Sahay admitted that there were two deaths but denied that they were due to police firing. "We are waiting for the post mortem report to confirm the exact cause," he said. The eviction drive came in the wake of an order
passed by a division bench of the Guwahati High Court. The court had directed the Deputy Commissioners of Golaghat, Sonitpur and Nagaon districts to take expeditious steps to evict the inhabitants in the second, third, fifth and sixth additions of the national park. The Assam government had earlier assured proper rehabilitation and compensation to the inhabitants of these villages within 40 days. Reacting to the incident, Assam's Finance
Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma said that he had met the inhabitants of the three villages near the national park where the eviction was supposed to be completed between September 19 and 21. Biswa, too, blamed "some people of trying to create a situation" that had resulted in the incident. There are at least 190 families in Banderdubi village alone, located about two kilometre north of the National Highway 37, who claim to have lived there for more than 60 years
NFR kicks off massive cleanliness drive
15,000 faithfuls pledge for peace among humans ShilloNG, September 19 (pti): Over 15,000 Unitarian faithfuls celebrated the 129th anniversary of the Unitarian Church in Meghalaya and Assam?s Karbi Anglong district today pledging for peace, love and brotherhood among fellow humans. The Church draws its theology largely from the indigenous Khasi religion even as it has its presence in Assam’s Karbi Anglong district. As with traditional Khasi faith, the major emphasis of Khasi Unitarianism is to carry out ones duty towards God and fellow humans, Rev D Pariat, the President of the Unitarian Church of North East India said.
Assam seeks special provisions, grants for road maintenance Guwahati, September 19 (pti): Assam Chief Minister Sarbanand Sonowal today sought from the Centre special provisions and grants for maintenance of roads which are washed away in recurring flood and erosion in the state. Several Union ministers, including Rural Development Minister Narendra Singh Tomar, here reviewed rural development schemes and their implementation in Assam with the Chief Minister, according to an official release. Sonowal said recurring flood and erosion posed a threat and requested Tomar to consider Assam as a “special category state” on these two issues and declare special schemes for socioeconomic development. On the rural infrastructure, Pradhan Mantri Grameen Sadak Yojna (PMGSY) and Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Act (MGNREGA), it was decided during the meeting to accord highest priority to the work envisaged under Deendayal Upadhaya Grameen Kaushalya Yojana. Sonowal also requested the Union minister to create special provisions and grants for road maintenance as large parts of roads in Assam were washed away by recurrent floods. Among others, issues of rural skills, connectivity, livelihood, affordable housing, infrastructure with focus on rural economy were also discussed during the meeting, the statement said.
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The State Coordinating Committee of the Hmar Students Association, Manipur (HSA-SCC), has expressed its great disappointment over the "indifference” shown by the state government towards the "genuine issues" of the tribals of Jiribam concerning the upgradation of Jiribam Subdivision to a full-fledged revenue district. According to the HSA-SCC, the Tribal Rights Demand Committee, which was "mandated" by all the tribal civil society organisations of Jiribam to take up the plight of the tribals, has been spearheading the tribal issues of Jiribam. The committee has submitted a number of memorandums to the Chief Minister on various occasions wherein the plights of the tribals and alternative arrangements rather than a full fledged revenue district were spelled out. "Inspite of all these efforts no positive response has been received from the Chief Minister so far," the HSA-SCC said. The apathy of the Chief Minister and his government has led the HSA-SCC, Manipur to question the heart of the state government towards the genuine plights of the tribals of Jiribam, it added. The HSA- SCC, Manipur also questioned the continued silence of the state towards the tribals' concerns "while the various wings of Jiribam District Demand Committee (JDDC) have been pressuring the government to declare Jiribam to a full-fledged revenue district." It also recalled that, “JDDC was founded by a particular section of Jiribam's di-
verse communities without consultation" with all the stake holders in the demand for district. The tribals are not a part of the JDDC since their interests and concerns had never been entertained, the Hmar further body claimed. According to the HSA-SCC, the 11-point Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed between JDDC and the State Government in the year 2011 "clearly overlooked the rights and privileges" of the tribals. "If the proposal to upgrade Jiribam to a full-fledged district is to be based on the MoU, it would tantamount to robbing and effectively nullifying the constitutional rights and privileges of the tribals," HSASCC stated. The HSA-SCC then asserted that the move to nullify tribals' rights on the pretext of upgradation of Jiribam to a full-fledged revenue “can and will never be” accepted by the HSA-SCC, Manipur. "It would also tantamount to total disregard for the tribal communities of Jiribam who are also sons of the soil and citizens of India. In the absence of proper consultations with tribal communities, such insensitive moves would only create a chasm between the otherwise peace loving citizens of Jiribam," the Hmar body also stated. "Therefore, it is the wish of the HSASCC, Manipur that the state government addresses the genuine demands for an alternative to the present move to upgrade the subdivision to a full-fledged revenue district as per the MoU of 2011 and initiate the construction of a democratic platform wherein the tribals may voice their needs and are also respected as per their constitutional rights," the HSA-SCC expressed.
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NFR General Manager Chahatey Ram along with senior official conducting inspecting the Guwahati Railway station on September 18 as a part of its ongoing cleanliness drive.
Dimapur, September 19 (mexN): On the lines of Indian Railways, the Northeast Frontier Railway (NFR) has kick off a "massive" cleanliness drive in all its five division viz. Katihar, Alipurduar, Rangiya, Lumding and Tinsukia, an NFR official informed today. The nine days long cleanliness campaign under the banner of 'Swachh Rail -Swachh Bharat Saptah' started on September 17 and more than 150 officers and hundreds of other employees are taking part in the countrywide initiative, stated NFR Chief Public Relations Officer Pranav Jyoti Sharma press note received here. The first two day of the drive covered nine states under NFR’s jurisdiction and more than 184 stations including 17 A-1 & A category stations and 119 trains were inspected for ensuring cleanliness, the PRO said On September 18, the NFR General Manager Chahatey Ram conducted a detailed inspection of the Guwahati Railway Station on several parameters including clean catering service, clean drinking water and clean station premises along with senior officials and ordered immediate remedial measures to correct the deficiencies noticed, he added. Addressing the media afterwards, he elaborated the philosophy behind obser-
vation and the initiative taken by NFR towards realizing the dream of a Swachch Rail – Swachch Bharat (clean railway – clean India) and sought co-operation of rail users to achieve the same. The Indian Railway is observing a nineday cleanliness drive covering all stations, all trains, all residential colonies, all catering units and pantry cars from September 17 to 25 with a theme based name. The first day of the drive on 17 September christened 'Swachch Paryavaran' (clean environment) was dedicated towards cleanliness of the entire environment involving beautification of stations, plantation of trees and garbage disposal while the second day on September 18 involved intensive cleaning of all stations under the theme'Swachch Station' (clean station). On Tuesday, the theme was 'Swachh Railgadi' wherein teams of officers and staff undertake intensive inspection onboard the trains to ensure cleanliness. Similarly, each the remaining days are also theme-based viz. Swachch Neer, Swachch Parisar, Swachch Sahyog, Swachch Samvad, Swachch Samarpan and Swachch Aahar till September 25. The NFR will observe that remaining days with “utmost zeal and dedication,” the PRO further informed.
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StartUp School at LPU inaugurated Jalandhar, September 19 (mexn): Union Minister of Finance & Corporate Affairs Arun Jaitley inaugurated StartUp School at Lovely Professional University (LPU) campus. He also inaugurated three-day International Day of Peace amid rich cultural diversity of 30,000 LPU students from 29 Indian States and 50+ countries studying at the campus. Beating the drums (Nagare), Jaitley unveiled the emblem of World Peace, with globe on one side and pigeon, the symbol of peace, on the other side. A press release stated that on behalf of LPU, the Naga Students Union Jalandhar (NSUJ) received Minister Arun Jaitley and presented him a traditional tie and a warrior headgear, and a traditional waistcoat was presented to the Governor of Punjab, V.P Singh Badnore. Before start of the event, two-minute silence was observed to pay homage to brave Indian soldiers martyred early this morning in a terrorist attack in Uri sector of J&K. Launching the
Union minister Arun Jaitley arrives to Lovely Professional University campus along with other guest.
Startup School Minister Jaitley & Governor of Punjab VP Singh Badnore rang the first bell of the first of its kind incubation center. Addressing the gathering, Minister Jaitley talked about startup environment and said: “I wish to see many ‘disrupter’ entrepreneurs from LPU.” Appreciating LPU as a big private university, Minister Jaitley affirmed that in times to come Indian private universities are sure to take a prominent place in education sector, as happened in the US.
The Governor of Punjab and Chandigarh Administrator Badnore presided over the celebrative occasion. Congratulating LPU Management for hard work and level of commitment, the Governor said: “Reaching the present levels, LPU has become an example for many others in the field of education.” He appreciated LPU initiative for observance of International Day of Peace when there is visible turmoil all-around. He asked that LPU should also adopt time needed new courses like Conflict
Resolution. Many other guest including Minister of State for Social Justice Vijay Sampla, MP Rajya Sabha Shwet Malik, Editor-in-Chief Ajit Group of Publications Dr Barjinder Singh Hamdard, MLA Shri Som Prakash, Lovely Group Chairman Ramesh Mittal, Vice Chairman Naresh Mittal, LPU Chancellor Ashok Mittal, Pro Chancellor Rashmi Mittal, Additional General Secretary MP Singh and many other distinguished guests and administrative officers also graced the occasion.
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Welcoming the Union Finance Minister and all other elite guests at the campus, LPU Chancellor Ashok Mittal lauded how like a true entrepreneur Jaitley got GST Bill passed unopposed, the bill which is one of the most integral part of Indian economy. He also shared that Minister did a lot for education system. Apprising all about vision and mission of the Startup School, Mittal informed: “We are lucky that the Finance Minister, whose office empowers businesses in the country, has flagged off the Startup school. Our primary mission is to ensure that no startup idea stays an idea. While working for LPU students, LPU will also be building a community for the larger Punjab by working closely with the local entrepreneurs. Our goal is that every year, at least, 500 startups are launched, 100 are funded and make 10 of it to the series ‘A’ level. For this, LPU startup school will be providing mentorship through industry experts and academicians related to the fields.”
new delhI, September 19 (ptI): India is trying to comprehend issues pertaining to e-commerce with a view to taking a position in global trade negotiations at the World Trade Organisation (WTO). The commerce ministry is looking and analysing at all the papers being submitted by the US at WTO on the matter to understand the viewpoints, a senior commerce ministry official said. The matter assumes significance as rich nations, including the US, want WTO to start negotiations on new issues such as e-commerce, investments and government procurement. “We are trying to understand the issues relating to it. We are looking at all that. But there is no idea about what e-commerce is. The US has one idea, developing country has another idea. It is not so straight forward,” the official added. “Now what we are studying is everybody’s interpretation of e-commerce and asking ‘can we come out with a specific
Villages hit harder by rising prices new delhI, September 19 (agencIeS): Consumer Price Index (CPI)-based inflation moderated across states in August, compared to July. However, rural Gujarat’s was still elevated, though no longer in double digits and down from the previous month, at close to nine per cent, from 10.14% in July. Inflation in Gujarat has never been below eight per cent this financial year (from April 1) and below seven per cent in the current calendar year till August. The difference between the national average of rural CPI inflation and in Gujarat widened in July and 9%, respectively. In July, the national average of inflation in villages was 6.66%. Odisha was another state where rural areas saw double-digit inflation in July. But, it fell sharply to 7.07% in August, from about 10% in July, according to figures released for 22 states by the ministry of statistics and programme implementation. Inflation in rural Rajasthan was 7.09 per cent in August, higher than Odisha’s.
NEC calls for deputation ‘India 2nd largest market for FbStart’ The North Eastern Council Secretariat is looking for the services of a suitable officer for filling up l (One) post of Director (Plan Evaluation and Monitoring) on Deputation (including short term contract) basis in the scale of pay of Rs. 12,000-375-16,500/- (5th CPC) [(Pre-revised) PB-3 Rs. 15,600-39,100/- + G.P.Rs.7600/- (6th CPC.)] corresponding to Level 12 of Pay Matrix of 7th CPC. The pay and other terms and conditions of deputation will be regulated in accordance with DOPT’s OM No. 6/8/2009-Estt. (Pay II) dated 17.06.2010 as amended from time to time. Cadre authorities/Head of Departments have been requested to forward applications of eligible and willing candidates whose services can be spared on Deputation (including short term contract) basis immediately so as to reach the Director (Admn.) within 60 days from the date of publication of this advertisement in the Employment News. For eligibility criteria, job requirement, qualifications, experience and for other necessary details, please visit the NEC website http://necouncil.gov.in. (Issued by DIPR)
Apple’s interest in augmented reality grows, hires experts new York, September 19 (IanS): Apple continues hiring augmented and virtual reality experts, an area which the company’s CEO Tim Cook has been refering to all year, a media report said. Apple has hired two experts -- Zeyu Li, who had worked at augmented reality (AR) startup Magic Leap and Yury Petrov, who had worked with Oculus VR, Facebook’s virtual reality (VR) platform. Virtual reality “probably has a lower commercial interest over time” and that “augmented reality is the larger of the two, probably by far” technology website The Verge quoted Cook as saying. Apple will continue to invest in augmented and virtual reality research and the company already has hundreds of people working on AR and VR, with an aim to eventually build some kind of headset, the report added.
new delhI, September 19 (IanS): India is the largest market for Facebook’s global progaramme to help developers build apps - FbStart - outside the US, a senior company executive said. Launched in India in 2014, Facebook’s FbStart is a free one-year programme to help early stage mobile developers build, grow and monetise their apps. “The reason for our existence is to make the world more open and connected and we have been trying to achieve it though our family of apps over the past 12 years,” Satyajeet Singh, who leads Product Partnerships for Facebook in India, told IANS. More than 75% of top-grossing apps in India get integrated with the social media giant, Singh said. “Each month, 1.7 billion people use Facebook, one billion use WhatsApp, one billion use Messenger and over 500 million people use Instagram to connect and share their experiences but still billions of people are unconnected. That is why, we’ve built tools like Facebook Platform and initiated programmes like FbStart, to help other developers in scaling their
products and businesses and connect the world faster” he pointed out. With FbStart, the developers are provided all the tools necessary for scaling their products faster, which includes open source tools like React Native for a faster cross platform app development, FB Login and Account Kit for seamless account creation, App Analytics to understand the user behaviour, and many more. “Once they start getting some traction, FbStart can provide them free access to over 25 free services to take it to the next level. So it’s like helping developers in transforming their idea into a full fledge startup.” he said. The company is organising an eight roadshows in cities such as Kochi, Chennai, Hyderabad, Mumbai, Pune, Ahmedabad, Jaipur and Chandigarh, to interact with developers in some of these cities, and help understand the specialty about a region and what platform products can be built to help them. Noting that Indian market for FbStart is growing very rapidly, members in the platform regularly reach out to the company especially on the tools and services that they require.
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Alibaba.com enters into agreements for TFC program bengaluru, September 19 (ptI): Alibaba. Com, the leading B2B platform for cross-border wholesale trade of Alibaba Group,today announced that it has entered into agreements with newpartners to explore the establishment of an expanded TradeFacilitation Centre (TFC) program in India. The new partners include Kotak Mahindra Bank, IDFCBank, Delhivery, DHL and Aditya Birla Finance, the company said. Through these partnerships, the company hopes to encourage and support Indian Small and Medium Enterprises(SMEs) by providing a one-stop shop for their essential traderequirements, it said in a release. The proposed TFC program would allow SMEs avail special benefits, dedicatedsupport and customised value-added services, besidesproviding dedicated facilities. While Alibaba.com would work with Kotak MahindraBank and IDFC Bank to provide banking, transactional andlending solutions, Aditya Birla Finance wouldhelp improve SMEs’ exports process with provision of collateral free loans and customised financing options. DHL would present Alibaba.com members withConcept 1, a program with one solution for all exports andimports of documents, samples and small shipments, while Delhiverywould provide domestic courier and logistics services with free shipments and offer Alibaba.com members special solutions, prices and customer support, it added. “The TFC is instituted for the sole purpose of driving greater participation of Indian SMEsin the international trade and business market,” Global Managing Director and Head of India for Alibaba Group K GuruGowrappan said. The company said withleading providers of such services as part of its TFC program,Alibaba.com will provide its platform users with tailor-madeservices. Alibaba.com has been operating in India since 2007. The marketplace had around 6 million registered Indian buyersand sellers as of early 2016. Alibaba.com India SVP for Strategic Partnerships Vinay Bhartia said SMEs in India, with whom they interacted, faced multiple challenges even after receiving export orders like logistics, funding, banking services, inspection and shipment.
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In July, the urban rise was 5.39%, also less than what was faced in villages. Inflation has been higher in rural areas than urban parts for five years, says a CRISIL study. “The gap has remained 100 basis points in the recent past, caused by higher core and fuel inflation in the rural areas,” the rating agency had said. However, inflation in urban and rural parts has generally moved together, with some exception. For instance, June saw inflation in urban areas rising to 5.26% from 4.89% in May, while it fell to 6.2% from 6.45 per% in villages.
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Kronu initiates massive fruit tree plantation SSSUD questions KLNLF diktat Chizokho Vero Kohima | September 19
In a welcome move, Parliamentary Secretary for Planning & Coordination, Evaluation & Monitoring Cell and Taxes, Neiba Kronu has initiated a massive ornamental and fruit tree plantation drive along the side of over 50 km stretch of road falling under 16th Pfutsero Assembly Constituency in Phek district. The plantation was carried out this year. Over 25,000 sap-
lings of varied species, including ornamental tree, cherry, wild apple, Yanchak and peach were planted on the whole stretch of the road. Talking to the visiting media persons to the plantation side, Kronu said such initiative will not only help in protection of the environment, but will also beautify the road and also maintain soil stability and secure it from erosion and landslides. Moreover, he said that Neiba Kronu checks on one of the planted fruit trees on once the trees are matured, September 17. (Morung Photo)
Tseminyu SDPDB stresses on govt college tSemiNyu, September 19 (Dipr): The SubDivisional Planning & Development Board (SDPDB) of Tseminyu has discussed the importance of opening government college in Tseminyu sub-division. At the monthly meeting of the board on September 16 at ADC conference hall here, ADC of the sub-division, Vikhweno Meratsu informed the house about the official communications going on for opening of government college in Tseminyu. During deliberations on the matter, Principal of GHSS Tseminyu, Khwetso
Richa said that there are six Government High Schools and four private schools as feeder schools for establishment of government college in Tseminyu sub-division. The Principal therefore maintained that opening of government college in Tseminyu is “most deserving.” The ADC also highlighted the initiatives taken by Rengma Students' Union and Rengma Hoho demanding government college in the sub-division. A representation was submitted to the Governor of Nagaland, PB Acharya on December 17 during the 38th General
Conference of Rengma Students' Union at Sendenyu Village. The house therefore resolved to recommend the matter to the higher authorities for consideration. Agenda from Agri and allied sectors were also discussed, where Dr. Gwanzenlo Tep, VAS, Veterinary & Animal Husbandry said that while considering to minimize consumption of meat, the consumers also have to choose healthy meat in the market. PowerPoint presentation on ‘Health Risk Awareness’ was given by Dr. Tinenlo James, SMO, Health & Family Welfare.
travelers along the route can enjoy the shed and also the fruits. These fruit trees would also act as centre of attraction for passersby and tourists as well. He said the plantation drive was supported by the respective villages along the road and churches. Kronu also said the planted trees will be taken care of by the respective villages along the road and maintained that once matured, the trees will contribute hugely to the state.
Dimapur, September 19 (mexN): In view of the recent diktat issued by the Karbi Longri North Cachar Hills Liberation Front (KLNLF) restricting movement of overloaded sand laden trucks to Nagaland, allowing a maximum 429 cft sand only on NH-36 and 39, the Sand Stockist & Suppliers Union Dimapur (SSSUD) today asked the KLNLF to clarify whether such restriction were only for sand laden trucks or whether it includes vehicles carrying iron, cement and stones and trailers.
Awareness-cum-training on pulse production at Tangha
Students and teachers of JNV Tangha with officials of KVK Longleng during the awareness-cum-training programme on pulse production held on September 12.
LoNgLeNg, Septem- was presented by Rabikanta rice to improve soil fertility and ultimately increasing ber 19 (mexN): Aware- Lunglen. Resource person Dr. the yield. Now is a time for ness-cum-training on pulse production was conducted Manoj Kumar, SMS (Agron- sowing of green gram and by Krishi Vigyan Kendra omy) presented the ob- black gram as second crop, (KVK), Longleng in collab- jective and scope of crop which takes only 60-70 days oration with Jawahar Navo- diversification for increas- for harvesting, he pointed daya Vidyalaya (JNV) under ing cropping intensity and out. Dr. Lily Ngullie, SMS PACE setting programme income of the farmers. He on September 12 at JNV suggested cultivating puls- (Animal Science) was presTangha village of Tamlu es, oilseeds and vegetables ent during the training. after harvesting of rice. He Farmers showed keen inblock in Longleng district. B. Singh, Principal, JNV also told the farmers to use terest to take up pulse cultiTangha gave a brief intro- paddy straw as mulching for vation in rice fallow by this duction on agricultural suppressing the weeds and year itself, stated a press resystem of Tangha village conserving the water in soil lease received here. Green and how to improve the to increase the yield of crop. gram and black gram seed In the second presenta- and fertilizers were distribproductivity of agricultural crop. Project work of the tion, he gave lecture on cul- uted to the farmers. Altogether 31 teachers, Eric Gilbert Jose, Senior Commandant, CRPF, Khatkhati, Assam with others during the students for agricultural tivation practices of pulses. Foundation Day of Art and Literary Club of SCHE on September 19. development in Tangha vil- He suggested to cultivate students and farmers parDimapur, Septem- lege is the best time of your acknowledgement of one’s lage after harvesting of rice pulses after harvesting of ticipated in the programme. ber 19 (mexN): The Art life.” He exhorted all the stu- ignorance. He admitted and Literary Club of Sale- dents to enjoy it and learn that humility has led him sian College of Higher Edu- as many things as possible, to learn many other things cation (SCHE) organized according to a press release. from people from all walks its Foundation Day on Sep- “Education is required but of life and situations. He intember 19 at Bernick’s audi- are we getting education?” vited the budding leaders of torium. Eric Gilbert Jose, Se- he further wondered. “We the society to celebrate the nior Commandant, CRPF, require not only bookish differences and promote reKhatkhati, Assam graced knowledge but also prac- spect and love for all. The programme also the occasion as chief guest. tical knowledge like basic Fr. Dr. Policarp Xalxo, first aids and the domes- witnessed a declamation, Principal of SCHE wel- tic maintenance which are a poem recitation, and a comed the chief guest and necessary for one’s com- song. Besides, the display of posters and art pieces encouraged the students to fortable existence.” During the brief inter- crafted and painted by the creatively pursue their intellectual knowledge in writ- action with the students, Art and Literary Club added In preparation of its Silver Jubilee commemoration, Kohima Village Gazetted Officers’ he stressed on the impor- much colour and meaning Association in collaboration with the Kohima Village Council, Kohima Village Youth ing and art. Speaking to the students tance of intellectual hu- to the celebration, the re- Organization and Kohima Village Students’ Union conducted sanitation drive around Kohima Village on September 17. and faculty, Eric said, “Col- mility that calls for sincere lease said.
SCHE Art & Literary Club's Foundation Day
‘Clean Milk Production’: Training on importance of micronutrients held Septem- tance of micronutrients symptoms and retains solution, time of applicaSeminar held for dairy farmers Dimapur, ber 19 (Dipr): One day was conducted by re- the crop green, healthy tion either in the morn-
moKoKchuNg, September 19 (Dipr): A seminar on ‘Clean Milk Production’ was held at MMC conference hall here on September 17, jointly organized by the Mokokchung Municipal Council (MMC) and the Department of Veterinary & Animal Husbandry, Mokokchung. President, MMC, Tsukti Longkumer, in his short speech, asked the dairy farmers to feel proud of what one does, saying that it is not the profession but honesty and dedication that matter the most in business. He also urged them to adopt scientific method of farming with
the help of experts from the department concerned so that they could meet the demands of the people. Elaborate explanations on the topic ‘Care and Management of Dairy Animals’ and ‘Clean Milk Production’ were given by D. Mangyang, Farm Manager, State Cattle Weeding Farm, Aliba and Dr. Aoyimsen VAS, Public Health respectively, while Alangla, ARCA, Mokokchung gave a detailed explanation on government schemes/policies for dairy farmers. The seminar, which ended with demonstration and discussion, was attended by around 50 dairy farmers.
Promoting financial literacy moKoKchuNg, September 19 (mexN): To promote financial literacy/ inclusion, a one day Financial Literacy Camp (FLC) supported under FIF managed by NABARD was conducted at Chungliyimsen village on September 17. It was organized by Care and Support Society, Mokokchung in collaboration with Nagaland State Cooperative Bank Ltd., Mokokchung and sponsored by NABARD. S. Amarjit Mangang, DDM, National Bank for Agriculture & Rural Development (NABARD) shared on the role of NABARD in financial inclusion. He
further explained on the Farmers Club, SHG and JLG programme and role of NABARD in creating critical infrastructure in the district. Temsulepden, Assistant Branch Manager & Incharge FLC, NSCB Ltd., Mokokchung, highlighted the importance of banking, savings, financial planning. He further shared the various financial services offered by the banks for the general public. PMJDY, PMSBY, PMJJBY and APY were highlighted in detail. The programme was chaired by Imchawati Kichu, Managing Director, Care and Support Society.
training and demonstration programme on ‘importance of micronutrients’ and ‘application of micronutrients’ was conducted by ATMA-Dimapur, Dhansiripar block on September 15 at Bade village. Training on impor-
source person Moainla (BTM), who highlighted that micronutrients are essential for plant growth and plays an important role in balanced crop nutrition. When used effectively, micronutrients correct the deficiency
and productive, protects the crops from adverse weather conditions and resists the crops to fungal and bacterial diseases, she added. Meanwhile, demonstration on how to prepare micronutrient as spray
ing or evening hours and which plant part to apply was carried out by resource person Meciesenuo (ATM). Altogether, 28 farmers attended the programme. Micronutrients were also distributed to the farmers.
Peace-Poster Drawing Contest: A Celebration of Peace Dimapur, September 19 (mexN): Lions Club International is organizing the 29th PeacePoster Drawing Contest on the theme “A Celebration of Peace” at Lions Club of Dimapur, Midland on October 2 starting 11:30 am. A press release from the chairpersons of the Dimapur contest has requested interested schools or youth groups in Dimapur district to submit names of three participants from their respective institutions, who are within the age group of 11 to 13 years (as on November 15, i.e., born between November 16, 2003 and November 15, 2005). Lions Clubs International has been annually organizing the Peace-Poster Contest around the world wherever a Lions Club exists. The motto of the contest is to foster the spirit of harmony, tolerance and international understanding among the youths in particular, thereby giving a message of peace to
all the sections of the society, stated the press release issued by the Peace-Poster Contest chairpersons, Chubala Mukherjee (Lions Club of Dimapur Blue Vanda) and Ajay Sethi (Lions Club of Dimapur). The contest will be held on four levels – local Lions Club, district, multiple, and international. International Grand Prize winner will receive a free trip to the award ceremony venue. At the ceremony, s/he will receive US $ 5,000 (or local equivalent) and an award. Two family members (one being the winner’s parent or legal guardian) and the sponsoring Lions Club President or a club member (as designated by Club President) will accompany the winner to the award ceremony. The award ceremony is planned in March 2017. Further, 23 Multiple-District Merit Award Winners each will receive US $ 500 (or local equivalent) and a certificate of achievement with a
plaque. The criteria for the award are originality, artistic merit and expression of the theme. Locally, there will be cash awards of Rs.3,000/-, Rs.2000/-, Rs.1,000/-, for the top 3 winners respectively, besides certificates for the schools and the winners. The project is jointly organized by Lions Club of Dimapur and Lions Club of Dimapur Blue Vanda. The release recalled that last year, Sangita Laisharm of Livingstone Foundation Hr. Sec. School, Krishna Kant Dey of Holy Cross Hr. Sec. School, and Akihito Achumi of Hollotoli School were the top three winners of Dimapur contest respectively. The 25 schools which participated in the last year’s contest are Cambridge School, Chitrakala School of Fine Arts, Christian Hr. Sec. School, Dimapur Music College, Delhi Public School, Dimapur Railway High School, Don Bosco Hr. Sec. School, Euro School of
Fine Arts, High Mountain School, HMC High School, Hollotoli School, Holy Cross Hr. Sec. School, Livingstone Foundation Hr. Sec. School, MGM Hr Sec School, Netaji Subhash Kala Kendra, Pine Mount School, Pranab Vidyapith Hr. Sec. School, Ram Janaki Hr. Sec. School, S D Jain Hr. Sec. School, St. Mary’s Higher Secondary School, St. Paul Hr. Sec. School, St. Thomas Montessori School, Surulok Music College, The Maple Tree, Trinity School. Last year, Dr. Minakshi Kalita (Ankan Bivakar & Ankan Ratna) and Dhrubajyoti Kalita from Guwahati were the judges for the local level contest. For further details, interested school authorities may email participation form to niitdimapur@ yahoo.co.in or contact the project chairpersons Lion Ajay Sethi, NIIT Dimapur Centre on 96121-71341 or Lion Chubala Mukherjee on 94366-09431.
The SSSUD, in a press note stated that if the restriction for overload is not imposed on other kinds of vehicles, then the restriction on sand laden trucks should be lifted immediately. It was informed that the SSSUD and truck owners held an emergency meeting in Dimapur today and discussed about the issue. The union also noted that the KLNLF has asked Nagaland vehicles to cover the sand with tarpaulin and “questioned why the same has not been asked for ve-
hicles from Assam.” It informed that the meeting has already imposed temporary bandh on transport of vehicles for three days from September 20 to 22, and asked the KLNLF to clarify within three days, “failing which the union would impose indefinite bandh on transport of sand.” It further informed local vehicles to “stop bringing sand from Assam, till further notice,” and asked suppliers to bear with the inconveniences.
8,580 capsules of Spasmo Proxyvon seized
Kohima, September 19 (mexN): Kohima Police personnel at Phesama check gate recovered 8,580 capsules of banned Spasmo Proxyvon worth Rs. 85,800/- from a Manipur bound Tata Winger bearing registration number MN01S-7585 on September 19 around 2:30 am. One person identified as Md. Jehengir (26), resident of Manipur, was taken into police custody for possession and transportation of the banned drug, informed a press release from SDPO (South)/PRO, Kohima Police. Meanwhile, a regular case vide Kohima South PS Case No. 0057/2016 U/S 21 (c) NDPS Act was registered against the arrested accused and he was remanded into judicial custody.
Free consultation at Impur Clinic moKoKchuNg, September 19 (mexN): Impur Christian Hospital, Impur will carry out free medical consultation every second and fourth Saturday at the Impur Clinic, A.M. Road, Mokokchung from September 2016 (7:00 am to 9:00 am). The free check up and consultation will be provided by the volunteer doctors of Mokokchung, a press release from Dr. Sashimeren Aier, Chairman, Impur Christian Hospital informed. All persons willing to avail the facility are welcome, it added. It was informed that the Hospital has also updated its laboratory investigation facilities by providing the Culture and Sensitivity Test.
Pest monitoring & surveillance in paddy field Dimapur, September 19 (mexN): One day demonstration programme on ‘pest monitoring & surveillance in paddy field’ was conducted by ATMADimapur, Dhansiripar block on September 16 at Bade village. Field demonstration on how to analyse field situation with regard to pests, predators, soil conditions, plant health, influence of climatic factors and pest management practices was carried out with resource person Meciesenuo (ATM), according to a press release. The programme ended with group discussions between the farmers and the resource person. Altogether 18 farmers attended the programme, which was chaired by Moainla (BTM).
Meetings & AppointMents Western Sumi Kukami Hoho All the office bearers and executive members of Western Sumi Kukami Hoho (WSKH) and Area Chairmen have been informed that there will be an emergency meeting on September 21, 10:00 am at WSKH office, Chekiye village.
SSA GTs in Dimapur informed Dimapur SSA Teachers Association (DSSATA) has informed all the Graduate Teachers (GTs) under SSA (2010 and 2013 batch) in Dimapur to attend an emergency meeting on September 23, 1:00 pm at ISBT, Purana Bazar. A press release from DSSATA President has requested the members to personally come as they need to sign on legal document. They were also asked to bring Rs.1700 along with their academic and professional credentials from matriculation onwards.
KAPO consultative meeting The Khezha Area Public Organization (KAPO) has convened a consultative meeting on September 23, 11:00 am at the residence of Kodonyisu in Kohima. Therefore, all the concerned office bearers, executive members, advisors, senior leaders, Gazetted officers, various unit presidents and general secretaries, VCCs, GBs and frontal chiefs have been requested to attend the meeting positively.
World Pharmacist Day The Kohima Divisional Pharmacist Union is observing World Pharmacist Day on September 25, 2:00 pm at the conference hall of the Nagaland Institute of Health, Environment & Social Welfare (NIHESW), opposite Commissioner's Office, Kohima with the theme Pharmacists: Caring for you. The union has invited all the pharmacists within Kohima district to the celebration.
YVSU meeting The Yanthamo Village Students’ Union (YVSU) has convened a meeting on September 24, 12:00 pm at the residence of Khonthungo Kikon (Jubilee Convenor) at Lirie colony, Kohima. The meeting will discuss important topics and agendas regarding the union’s Golden Jubilee, which is scheduled to be held on December 28 and 29, informed a press release from YVSU President, Zuchanthung C Kikon. All the concerned members, ex-executives and elders residing in Kohima have been requested to attend the meeting. Members who want to contribute articles for the jubilee magazine have also been asked to send the same to Yvsu2016@gmail.com or submit to the YVSU executives on or before September 30.
THE MORUNG EXPRESS
The Power of Truth
The Morung Express volume Xi issue 259
ven as the Naga skyline seems to get more fractured and clouded, attaining critical public solidarity and unity in purpose is imperative in order to emerge stronger, and to transcend the present conditions of injustice, distrust, suspicion, anger and disunity. All Nagas - young and old, rich and poor, powerful and powerless, Naga civil society, Naga public and Naga National political groups - need to recognize that their survival depends on the survival of the Naga people as a whole. In order for the devastating state of Naga affairs to be arrested, every Naga needs to expand their awareness to work towards the collective well-being of Nagahood. When the collective is secure, then the individual’s security also increases, thereby all society benefits and stabilizes. The process to strengthen the collective requires breaking down myths that have altered Naga people’s natural progress. One such myth is accepting the deeply ingrained false social construct of tribes. Historical experience shows that Nagas were initially comprised of independent village republics. It was the British colonial project that organized and categorized independent villages into “tribes.” Today, the India state continues to use sophisticated and effective means for sustaining the colonial project, and most ironically, the Nagas themselves have fallen into the project called “tribalism,” which erodes Naga solidarity. This irony is reflected by opinions that call for the people’s sovereign rights, while simultaneously demanding for the protection of Article 371A. The contradiction is indicative of the present dilemmas and confusion. Consequently, Naga solidarity is essential for confronting the agenda of mythmaking in order for us to secure our own identity. Critical solidarity manifests through power that comes from recognizing and mutually respecting everyone’s dignity, and understanding that they are united against the injustices they face by embracing the richness of humanity. It involves creating a common vision, particularly in situations where access and consent is withdrawn to existing established institutions, and people’s participation is restricted from all power structures of domination. Such critical solidarity can lead to empowering peoples and providing a guiding vision that actively involves humans interacting with power structures. Critical solidarity requires dynamic leaders that constructively and respectfully engage with people, while instilling the desire to liberate human reason from the dominant status quo. Through the interactive nature of building critical solidarity a consensus on a shared future evolves, which points to the need to rewrite history in which the people are defined as makers of history and not as objects. In the present Naga conditions, emotional reactivity based on people’s feelings of fear, distrust and doubt are creating a climate that is unstable, volatile and can easily escalate into vicious cycle of violence. In such times, people respond by willingly sacrificing truth, integrity and respect, which further fuels fear and anger. Furthermore, another factor contributing to these conditions is the current period of consumerism which is being fed by materialism and skill-driven development. This is creating societies defined by ‘want’ and inadequacy that have replaced truth, integrity and respect. Sadly these values no longer seem to matter as the desire and greed for having more has displaced intrinsic life-giving values. In this situation, leaders can provide a critical intervention to at least temporarily halt society’s further breakdown. The interplay between leaders and the people is often complicated as many factors, internal and external, affect their meaningful interaction. There are many examples of how various leaders have responded in the Naga context; some leaders’ responses to these negative emotions have only resulted in stagnation. Another example is a leader that moves too quickly may seem dismissive of people’s feelings and runs the risk of being misunderstood. The complexity is compounded when, in times of crisis and upheaval, a leader who focuses on the peoples’ feelings may gain temporary popularity, while a leader who gets too far ahead of the people may become irrelevant. All leaders need to have sensitivity and intuitiveness, in addition to effectively building bridges between the emotional reactivity, doubts and distrust to a shared vision in which genuine relationships form, common understandings are reached and unity in purpose is achieved. Eventually, everyone is responsible to stimulate and catalyze critical consciousness. Such a momentum will generate an energy and dynamism effecting people at all levels, particularly at the grassroots, which will empower them to be located within movements to reclaim their humanity.
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Link between autism and sense of touch more complex: Study
ndividuals with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) are either over- or under-sensitive to sensory information. The severity of social difficulties experienced by them daily may increase according to their senstitiveness to touch, which may be more than their visual or auditory sensitivities, a study has found. The study showed that the sense of touch may play a more crucial role in individuals with ASD than previously assumed. For some with ASD, busy and crowded environments such as supermarkets are overwhelming, while others may be less sensitive to pain, or dislike being touched. They may have difficulties in determining which tactile sensations belong to the action of someone else, the study said. "The results can yield a novel and crucial link between sensory and social difficulties within the autism spectrum," said Eliane Deschrijver from Ghent University in Belgium. A normal human brain can detect very quickly when a touch is not their own. However, this process is different in the brain of adults with ASD. Their brain may signal to a much lesser extent, when an external touch sensation does not correspond to their own touch. Individuals who experienced stronger sensory difficulties showed a stronger disturbance in their brain. They were also the ones that experienced more severe social difficulties, the researchers said. "It is the first time that a relationship could be identified between the way individuals with ASD process tactile information in their brain, and their daily social difficulties," Deschrijver noted. "These findings can primarily lead to a better understanding of the complex disorder, and of associated difficulties," added Roeljan Wiersema, Professor at Ghent University in Belgium. In the study, the researchers investigated how the brain of individuals with and without ASD uses own touch to understand touch sensations in the actions of others. In a series of experiments with electro-encephalography (EEG), the scientists showed that the brain activity of adults with ASD differs from that of adults without ASD while processing touch. The findings were published online in the journal Social, Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience.
C O M M E N T A R Y
Thalif Deen Inter Press Service
UN shaky on protection of Journalists
N Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, one of the strongest advocates of press freedom, is facing two politically-sensitive issues which are beyond his decision-making jurisdiction: a proposal for a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) aimed at providing journalists with the right to access information, and the creation of a UN Special Envoy ensuring the safety of journalists worldwide. Asked about the FOIA, UN deputy spokesperson Farhan Haq told IPS: “The Secretary-General supports the idea of transparency. But this would be an issue for member states.” Under applicable Staff Regulations and UN policies, disclosure statements are confidential and will be accessible to, and used by the Secretary-General, the Ethics Office or by offices or persons specifically authorized in writing by the Secretary-General, according to the United Nations. Still, the Paris-based UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), which is mandated to oversee press freedom, defines Freedom of Information (FOI) as the right to access information held by public bodies. According to UNESCO, the FOI is an integral part of the fundamental right of freedom of expression, as recognized by Resolution 59 of the UN General Assembly adopted in 1946, as well as by Article 19 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (1948), which states that the fundamental right of freedom of expression encompasses the freedom to “to seek, receive and impart information and ideas through any media and regardless of frontiers”. FOI has also been enshrined as a “freedom of expression” in other major international instruments, including the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (1966) and the American Convention on Human Rights (1969), says UNESCO. Asked about the proposal for a UN Special Envoy to deal with the safety of journalists, UN spokesperson Stephane Dujarric told IPS that In order to appoint such a person, the General Assembly or the Security Council would have to give the SecretaryGeneral a mandate. “I know that a number of non-governmental organisations (NGO’s) have spoken to member states about the drafting of such a resolution,” he added. But since most member states remain undecided, there has been little progress on either of the two proposals, according to diplomatic sources. In a letter to the Secretary-General, a coalition of over 100 NGOs has said, a Special Envoy, if approved by the General Assembly, “would bring added attention to the risks faced by journalists and, by working closely with the Secretary-General, would have the political weight and legitimacy to take concrete action to protect journalists and to hold U.N. agencies accountable for integrating the action plan into their work. The media and human rights organizations in the coalition include the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ), Reporters Without Borders (RSF), Freedom House, Index on Censorship, International Federation of Journalists, Media Watch and World Federation of Newspapers and News Publishers. Asked if there are any member states who have openly declared their support for the proposal for a Special Envoy, Delphine Halgand, US Director for the Paris-based Reporters Without Borders (RSF), told IPS: “Yes, we met a lot of member states these last few months.” “A permanent group of friends of UN Ambassadors was created in the Spring and are now working continuously on the proposal”. This Group is cochaired by France, Greece and Lithuania. “And that’s an important step.” Spain declared its support publicly but many others have supported it in private, Halgand said. Ian Williams, UN correspondent for Tribune and a senior analyst for Foreign Policy in Focus, told IPS while impunity is one of the managerial prerogatives of senior UN officials, Freedom of Information will
be honoured as much in the breach as the observance—whatever the official policy. Time and time again the response of UN bodies like the Office of Internal Oversight Services (OIOS) to the release of embarrassing information has been to launch an investigation into who leaked the news, he noted. “And it has not been to honour them for efforts for FOI. Nonetheless, it should be repeated as often as possible to remove any excuses,” he added. “The Haitian cholera debacle should be a warning that keeping the lid on often just builds up steam and causes explosions,” said Williams, who was President of the UN Correspondents’ Association (UNCA) in 1995 and 1996 and who is planning to release his next book titled “UNtold: the Real Story of the UN.” But even then, there would be exclusions, he pointed out. Successful diplomacy, for example, depends upon exchanges of hypothetical offers, which could easily be derailed, if the details are leaked. “But while it is a diplomat or UN official’s job to keep things secret, it is the media’s job to deliver information, so there will always be a tension. There are personnel matters that should be confidential, but preserving staff confidentiality should not be½ a cover for hiding unethical or criminal behavior, said Williams, who also writes for Salon, AlterNet and MaximsNews, among many others. Jim Wurst, a former president of UNCA and author of the newly-released book titled ‘The UN Association-USA: A Little Known History of Advocacy and Action,’” told IPS FOIA is a good idea because the UN, like other large institutions, has serious transparency problems. “Anything that forces the UN to fulfill its obligations to the people of the world is worth pursuing,” he added On the proposal for a UN Special Envoy, Wurst said: “I’m torn on this one.” He said journalists — like so many other noncombatants including medical professionals and aid workers — are increasingly being deliberately targeted by combatants. “It’s not a new problem but it is getting worse. It’s basically become standard behavior.” On the other hand, anything that gives off the whiff of outsiders manipulating the actions of journalists is a non-starter. “I trust CPJ and RSF will always put the integrity of journalists first,” said Wurst. According to the New York-based CPJ, 1,189 journalists have been killed since 1992, the five deadliest countries being Iraq (174 killed), Syria (94), the Philippines (77), Algeria (60) and Somalia (59). Still, says CPJ, the killers of journalists go free nine
times out of 10 – “a statistic that has scarcely budged since 2012.” The killings have been attributed not only to rebel forces and terrorist groups but also to governments in power. Chakravarthi Raghavan, a veteran journalist and a former UN Bureau Chief for Press Trust of India (PTI), told IPS FOIA raises the question whether it is to apply to the UN Secretariat, or all UN organs, and the UN system as a whole. If it applies to all UN organs, he pointed out that the UN Security Council (UNSC) has its own rules of procedures – for public sessions, meetings only of members, and its actions under Chapters VI and VII (decisions and actions under VII is binding on all members, and non-members) of the charter are independent of the UN General Assembly (UNGA). Would an FOIA try to encompass UN System, UN Specialised Agencies, and those with some ambiguous status vis-a-vis the UN (the International Monetary Fund, World Bank, the World Trade Organisation?, he asked. An FOIA (whether in the US, or in India where there is a right to information law, or UK etc) comes with some judicial authority getting jurisdiction to ensure observance when information is not provided, said the Geneva-based Raghavan, editor-emeritus, South-North Development Monitor SUNS, who has been covering trade, finance and development issues since 1978. And who will be the authority to ensure that the UN Secretariat observes the FOIA, and adjudicate on the disputes?, he asked. As for a UN Special Envoy to ensure safety of journalists, he said, such an envoy could raise the profile and draw and mobilise public attention and that of all governments – and will undoubtedly be of some utility. But it also raises the question how the institution will recognise and distinguish between genuine journalists and those engaged in other activities under the guise of journalists, and whether it will involve some kind of license to practise journalism?, said Raghavan. “These were questions that arose here a few years back when the idea of ‘protecting’ journalists, and issuing them badges or some identification to recognise a “journalist” arose.” These are difficult questions, and one has to take care that either initiative does not end up in fact as a barrier or problem for the professionals, he warned. However, a UN Special Envoy, focussing on these issues and reporting to the UNGA, and to the Human Rights Council will provide high visibility, particularly if the media, in its own self-interest, reports on and publicises them.
The Future Cries Out: 'Water Is Life'
he dogs growl, the pepper spray bites, the bulldozers tear up the soil. “Water is life!” they cry. “Water is life!” This isn’t Flint, Michigan, but I feel the presence of its suffering in this cry of outrage at the Standing Rock Reservation in North Dakota. No more, no more. You will not poison our water or continue ravaging Planet Earth: mocking its sacredness, destroying its eco-diversity, reshaping and slowly killing it for profit. The dogs growl, the pepper spray bites, the bulldozers tear up the soil and a judge rules against the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe’s demand that construction of the Dakota Access pipeline be stopped. Sorry, the wishes of the rich and powerful come first. And you protesters are just common criminals. But sometimes the forces of corporate supremacy don’t get the final word. Something about this tribal-led protest could not be ignored, even by politicians. Initially, the permit application to build the 1,172-mile pipeline, from North Dakota to Illinois, had been fast-tracked through the federal bureaucracy. No matter that it would cut under the Missouri River or destroy ancestral burial grounds. Environmental and tribal concerns were not considered. The permit was granted and that was that. But shortly after the judge’s ruling upholding the permit, three branches of the Obama administration — the departments of Justice,
Robert C. Koehler the Interior and the Army — issued a joint statement temporarily suspending pipeline construction . . . and, good God, suggesting the intervention of a larger consciousness: “. . . this case has highlighted the need for a serious discussion on whether there should be nationwide reform with respect to considering tribes’ views on these types of infrastructure projects.” Water is life? And the feds give a damn? As Rebecca Solnit wrote a few days later in The Guardian: “What’s happening at Standing Rock feels like a new civil rights movement” — one, she said, “that takes place at the confluence of environmental and human rights” awareness. “Indigenous people have played a huge role, as (have) the people in many of the places where extracting and transporting fossil fuel take place, as protectors of particular places and ecosystems from rivers to forests, from the Amazon to the Arctic, as people with a strong sense of the past and the future, of the deep time in which shortterm profit turns into long-term damage, and of the rights of the collective over individual profit. All these forces
are antithetical to capitalism, and it to them.” This extraordinary movement is also taking place at the confluence of the past and the future. David Archambault II, Standing Rock Sioux tribal chairman, put it this way recently in a New York Times op-ed: “As American citizens, we all have a responsibility to speak for a vision of the future that is safe and productive for our grandchildren.” The world’s most powerful governmental bodies have demonstrated an alarming inability to do this on their own, beholden as they are to the military-industrial status quo and its need for endless growth. This is the maw of capitalism, which could care less about the future. “We are also a resilient people who have survived unspeakable hardships in the past, so we know what is at stake now,” Archambault writes. “As our songs and prayers echo across the prairie, we need the public to see that in standing up for our rights, we do so on behalf of the millions of Americans who will be affected by this pipeline. “As one of our greatest leaders, Chief Sitting Bull of the Hunkpapa Lakota, once said: ‘Let us put our minds together and see what life we can make for our
children.’ That appeal is as relevant today as it was more than a century ago.” As Winona LaDuke said of the Missouri River itself, this is a force to be reckoned with. “Water is life!” they cry. “Water is life!” “It is early evening, the moon full,” she writes. “If you close your eyes, you can remember the 50 million buffalo — the single largest migratory herd in the world. The pounding of their hooves would vibrate the Earth, make the grass grow. “There were once 250 species of grass. Today the buffalo are gone, replaced by 28 million cattle, which require grain, water, and hay. Many of the fields are now in a single GMO crop, full of so many pesticides that the monarch butterflies are dying off. But in my memory, the old world remains.” So the monarch is also part of the protest, part of the movement, with its drumbeat reverberating across the planet. The tribal peoples of Earth are making their voices heard in so many ways. Their mission is to reconnect the modern world with the circle of life — a circle that much of humanity left behind maybe ten millennia ago, in pursuit of the Agricultural Revolution and dominion over nature. In the process, we’ve succeeded in changing the climate and, perhaps, establishing a troubling new geological epoch. Now it’s time to rethink “progress.” Building another pipeline is its antithesis.
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Are women the key to peace in Myanmar's 69-year war? Mairi Mackay and Nang Phyu Phyu Lin openDemocracy
A Review On Science Study In Nagaland
Women in Myanmar are not only the victims of war -- they can be are smart negotiators and understand the conflict just as well as men. Why have their voices been excluded from the peace process for so long?
yanmar recently took a step towards peace in a brutal conflict that has lasted almost 70 years. Earlier this month, the country’s de facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi led a peace summit between Myanmar’s government and ethnic rebels, aimed at kick-starting national reconciliation and ending some of the world’s longest-running civil conflicts. The 21st Century Panglong Conference, which ran in Naypyitaw from 31 August to 4 September, did not bring a resolution to insurgencies. But it gave representatives from dozens of ethnic armed groups a chance to discuss their issues and ambitions and there are plans for another meeting in six months. But after decades of conflict in the border states, it will not be easy. Intense fighting, oppression and human rights abuses have deeply ingrained mistrust of the powerful military, known as the Tatmadaw -- especially among ethnic minorities. The frontier areas remain some of the poorest in Myanmar, despite bountiful natural resources. One group who feel their voices are under-heard in the complex business of peace building in Myanmar are women. The government, military and ethnic groups have chosen few women to participate in largely failed peace talks over the past few years. Ten out of 195 senior delegates participating in the the eight failed peace efforts since 2012 were women, according to data from Human Rights Watch. Female representation at Suu Kyi’s recent summit was better at 13%, according to the Myanmar-based Alliance for Gender Inclusion in the Peace Process (AGIPP), but they say more needs to be done. openDemocracy spoke to the Chair of AGIPP, Nang Phyu Phyu Lin about Myanmar’s ethnic minorities, cultural barriers to women’s participation and why their voice is key in working towards peace. Mairi Mackay: Why is it so important to have women’s voices heard in the peace building process in Myanmar? Nang Phyu Phyu Lin: Women are not only the victims of war. Women can be negotiators. Women can be peace makers. Women can talk with women from other sides peacefully. Women can bring peace. Women can care about other as they care for their family. Women can contribute in political dialogue and nation building. Women are half of the world. If you do not allow women to participate in the peace process, you will miss half of the world’s voices. The dialogue will not be complete [if you are not] hearing the half of the world’s voice. MM: Is it fair to say that traditionally Myanmar women have been quite independent and involved in business and in social leadership positions? NPPL: The government always mentions that Myanmar women enjoy equal rights compared to neighboring countries [like] China and India. Women from Myanmar got role at home for instant the political leaders have to listen their wives decision. Women’s are ministers of home. Women can run business if they want but women themselves prefer to stay at home and serve for family. That’s their perception. In reality, women have triple burden due to gender norms and can’t overcome the glass ceiling due to a [patriarchical system]. MM: The Alliance for Gender Inclusion in the Peace Process website says that the “status of women in Myanmar is evolving against a backdrop of stark exclusion from public life”. NPPL: A 2013 report by CARE, Oxfam and Action Aid on women and leadership in Myanmar shows that although women have leadership roles in the business and social sectors, women leaders still face lots of challenges -- especially gender discrimination in the work
ave you ever run your hand across a gleaming table top and wondered where its wood came from? Or asked whose job it was to cut the logs that became your new bookcase? Whose trees were used to produce that pencil you're chewing on? Consider for a moment all the people whose livelihoods, history and future centre on the great forests that generate the timber we import every day. In fact, the lives of about 1.6 billion people depend directly on forests that stretch across South America, Africa and Asia. Billions more of us have an indirect interest since trees absorb and store carbon dioxide, a contributor to global warming and climate change. But these forests, reaching from Indonesia to Honduras to Ghana, are under pressure from illegal logging. Worldwide, forest crime is estimated by UNEP and Interpol to be worth 30-100 billion USD annually, or 10-30 percent of the total global timber trade. Local populations may be hit twice: not only are livelihoods and food security threatened when forests are illegally logged, but the damage to government treasuries from the taxes lost to crime (estimated by the World Bank at be-
place. Men mock women leaders and male subordi- the Gender Equality Network (GEN), Women’s Organates try to test their capacity, for example. A lack of nization Network (WON) and state-based organization networks, for example in Kachin, Shan and Mon women mentors and leadership is also an issue. states, also do advocacy work with the government MM: Now that Aung San Suu Kyi is Myanmar’s de and members of parliament for women’s participafacto leader and is pushing the peace process for- tion in the peace process. But there’s still a long way ward -- has that created an opportunity for women? to go. NPPL: We hope the lady will support the quota system (a temporary special measure) for women’s partici- MM: Burma has many ethnic groups -- the majority pation in peace process. This is included in National Burman and tens of minority ethnic groups includCeasefire Agreement and Framework for Political Di- ing Karen, Rakhine, Shan -- how differently is womalogue. There will be opportunity for women once the en’s role perceived across the different groups? policy (the quota system) to promote women’s par- NPPL: Women’s role among the ethnic groups is not [that] different. It might depend on how gender-sensiticipation is developed and implemented. tive and open-minded each family is. Sometimes reliMM: You have advocated for quotas but – but is it gious practices and men-made religious norms reinenough for women to simply have a place at the ta- force women’s secondary role, e.g. the concept and belief that women are lower then men and should not ble to get their voices heard? NPPL: Just 30% women’s participation is not enough. climb to holy places. Karen have fewer gender stereoWe need to ensure safety and security for women typing practices compared with Rakhine and Shan. who participate in the peace process. We need to Rakhine and Shan rarely allow women’s leadership. conduct assessment and analysis of women’s participation and provide recommendations to adopt better MM: Myanmar’s Armed Forces, the Tatmadaw, has had a policy of undermining armed ethnic groups options. by targeting their support base, undermining their MM: Once in public life how great are the cultural security and creating poverty and hunger. How barriers faced by women? How does this affect their much has this affected ethnic minority women? NPPL: Gender discrimination is a major barrier for ability to be productive in peace building? NPPL: Myanmar women, including ethnic women, ethnic women. Ethnic men believe that they have to have to work hard if they want to prove they are ca- protect their ethnic women. The Tatmadaw knows pable. The research shows that if men want to partici- well about [ethnic men’s] thinking [around] women’s pate in politics no-one questions his [political abil- protection. So, they use rape as weapon of war to deity]. But if a woman wants to participate in politics, stroy ethnic identity and challenge the dignity of [ethpeople -- including women -- question that women nic minority] men. Gender-based violence became a root cause of civil war. But increasing impunity also and demand proof [of her knowledge and ability]. At the same time, family members and relatives became a contributing factor in the ongoing civil war. expect women to be dutiful wife and mother by doing all the household work. In the workplace, policy and MM: Dealing with the ethnic issue is very imporprocedures are not working-mother friendly, for ex- tant in peace building. What’s the significance of ample, no childcare room at the office, no budget to women’s role in resolving this thorny and complex bring a breast-feeding child while their mother [is go- issue? ing to work]. The society also puts pressure on wom- NPPL: In Myanmar, the ethnic issue is very imporen to stay at home and take care of children instead of tant. Ethnic [minorities] value their ethnicity, literacy, culture, costume, art and history. [They] want justice participating in politics and the peace process. and fair treatment from the state, which they have MM: How does that play into ongoing attempts at never received. Women’s groups demand of their ethnic group peace building? NPPL: Men say women should participate only in po- leaders -- if you value justice and fairness -- please treat litical dialogue and [shouldn’t be at the table] in the your women the same. Ethnic women [have made an] early stages of peace negotiation. Men think women alliance together as women’s network, so we can share do not know the tactics of war -- that they are the ones our feelings among ourselves. We can join hand-towho fight and know the strategy. That’s why they initi- hand and we can build peace [among ourselves]. That is very crucial for the peace process but the male leadate peace talks by themselves [among the fighters]. But women’s groups never give up. Women have ers still don’t know the value of women yet. demanded to participate in the peace process since the beginning. Women know how to negotiate, what MM: What are your hopes for the future of women's to negotiate and when to negotiate. They play the ne- role in peace building in Myanmar? gotiator role at the family level and the society level NPPL: As we are trying our best, I do hope people will recognize women’s contribution and value women’s -- so why not at the national level? Finally, Ethnic Armed Groups (EAOs) have start- participation. But we need to set a proper strategy. ed paying attention to women’s groups. This is the Some women will work with advocacy, some will effort of [groups like the] Women’s League of Burma work on awareness raising and some women will (WLB), other women’s networks and, of course, the need to work on public campaigns and use activist efforts of AGIPP. The other alliance partners such as approach to [get] women’s voices [heard].
cience is the investigation of natural phenomena through observation, experimentation, and theoretical explanation. Science makes use of the scientific method which includes the careful observation of natural phenomena, the formulation of a hypothesis, and the drawing of a conclusion that confirms or modifies the hypothesis. Science is extremely important in everyday life because there is not one aspect of daily life that science has not made easier, faster or safer. The most powerful example is the importance of electricity; the scientific discovery of a method for harnessing electric energy changed people’s lives forever. Study of science is not as popular in Nagaland as few schools or colleges offer science. I found that mathematics, chemistry, physics is less preferred. Most students are afraid of these subjects. Students are infused from their childhood to fear science; most of us try to memorize those concepts without digesting and understanding the concept because of the lack of basic concept. In my perspective choosing a science stream will give you a good job and there are many opportunities. I am not saying that Arts or Commerce don’t have good jobs but science jobs are given more preference in this scientifically advanced world. I don’t want to point to this as the main reason why there is so much of unemployment in this land but this might just be another factor. According to the annual status of education report, 2014, 74 per cent of Class V students in Nagaland find it difficult to do basic maths and hardly 21 per cent pursue science after Class X. This may be because of lack of resources or opportunities in the state. In my opinion there are three ways to overcome this: 1. By improving teaching methodology: As a teacher we need to make even unattractive subjects attractive with innovative teaching and interesting classroom activities so that students take a keen interest in studies. Learning of any skill is easier when students can see clearly what it's good for, and how it makes their lives easier rather than more difficult. This is the opportunity to bring in examples that are linked to students' lives. To make them learn the subject first we need to earn their trust. Unless they trust us they are unapproachable. We earn our student’s trust by showing them respect in the form of meaningful, challenging, and rewarding learning activities that are worthy of their time and efforts. 2. By mentoring students: A mentoring relationship is a close, individualised relationship that develops over time between a student and a teacher and that includes both caring and guidance. Task of a mentor are: a. Identify the weak student and meet them personally. b. Ask their problems. c. Engage student in ongoing conversation. d. Provide constructive support and feedback. e. Look out for student’s interest. f. Treat students with respect. Mentoring is important, not only because of the knowledge and skills students can learn from mentors, but also because mentoring provides professional socialization and personal support to facilitate success among students. Quality mentoring greatly enhances student’s chances for success. 3. By creating career opportunity: In Nagaland there are hardly any medical and engineering colleges. There is limited number of industries. If any student clears medical or engineering entrance exam, they need to go out from the state for their studies. If student’s gets opportunity to study medical or engineering courses in the state than that will bring curiosity among the youth of Nagaland to study science. If students finish their under graduate course and wants to go for post graduate course, it becomes very difficult to get admitted in the state because few institute offers master course in the field of science. Another most important thing to bring change among youth society is to bring more industries. If we can bring more industries than students can learn things practically which they are learning theoretically. Thus, to bring the change of minds of the youth firstly, we teacher need to play important role. We need to guide our student’s properly. We need to think in which way student’s can learn the subject in proper manner. Secondly, government should take the initiative to bring medical college, engineering college, industries, science research centre etc which will give opportunity to youth and create curiosity among themselves to learn science. By doing this I believe that society will reach a greater height in the field of science and technology.
Why legal timber matters tween 10 and 15 billion USD annually) undermines social safety nets that could otherwise help the victims of these environmental crimes. But illegal logging can be stopped and, as consumers, we can help. The European Union is one of the world's largest single importers of wood, with more than 510 million people using or buying wood products every day. That gives clout to the EU's strategy to fight back against illegal logging through its Forest Law Enforcement, Governance and Trade (FLEGT) Action Plan. This plan offers economic incentives to timber-producing countries that join in, by smoothing the way for legal wood and related products to enter all 28 EU countries. It also safeguards consumers by setting standards for ensuring only legal timber is available in EU markets. The ultimate aim of the FLEGT Action Plan is that a shopper in Italy, Germany or any of the EU member countries will be able to
Good forest management weeds out corruption and the violence that can accompany crime, ending a vicious cycle buy a wooden table or bookcase, confident that it's “clean” - that is, made from legally sourced timber. The easiest way to meet this requirement is through the conditions set out under Voluntary Partnership Agreements (VPAs) between the EU and timber-producing countries. Through its VPA, each country sets a legal definition based on its legislation for enforcement and means of monitoring to ensure that all products come from a system that is verified as legal. Private sector, civil society, and indigenous organizations are all involved in the VPA process – an important condition to involve everyone in decisions that is essential to FLEGT. In a major step forward, this
month Indonesia and the EU agreed to issue the world’s first FLEGT licence, which will help ensure that Indonesian timber arriving in the EU has been legally harvested, transported, processed and traded. Other countries will hopefully be close on Indonesia’s heels. At the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), we are supporting the implementation of the EU’s FLEGT Action Plan by helping governments and the private sector in timber-producing countries improve their forest governance – or how people make and enforce decisions about the management, use and conservation of forests. FAO helps them tackle root causes of illegal logging through better and more credible for-
est management – from applying rule of law and equal rights for stakeholders to greater transparency and accountability in decision-making. Considering all the emerging environmental challenges of global warming, clearing forests to expand agricultural land, and meeting the needs of a growing global population, countries are beginning to ask more questions as they develop forest management policies: Are our forests being used sustainably? Conserved for future generations? Whose voices are heard? And are we maximizing this natural endowment for our population? FAO's FLEGT Programme has provided technical resources and support to over 200 projects in 40 countries, working alongside governments, partner organizations, local stakeholders and indigenous groups and peoples to stamp out illegal logging and encourage trade in timber that is legally sourced and properly managed. In Peru, FAO supported a project to help indigenous people develop independent forest monitor-
Sanjib Katuwal Assistant Professor St. Joseph’s College, Jakhama
ing that bolsters law enforcement and increases transparency. In the Philippines, we are supporting the private sector to help create tracking systems to follow timber through to production to ensure the legality of final products. In Ghana, guidelines are ensuring local communities benefit from timber harvests, while civil society organizations in the Republic of the Congo are working on an electronic database to improve transparency in the industry. Bottom line? Good forest management weeds out corruption and the violence that can accompany crime, ending a vicious cycle. Initiatives like FLEGT, including similar legislation in Australia and the United States of America, have been making a significant difference, and the illegal timber trade has fallen by 22% since 2002. And with the backing of millions of consumers and their governments, FLEGT will continue to help timber-producing countries make the most of their natural assets through smoother international trade flow and sound, fair forest management. Robert Simpson is the manager of the Forest Law Enforcement, Governance and Trade (FLEGT) Programme at the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations
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India weighs response to deadly Kashmir attack S r i N A g A r / N ew Delhi, September 19 (reUterS): India stepped up patrols along its de facto border with Pakistan on Monday after gunmen killed 18 soldiers at a nearby army base, as Prime Minister Narendra Modi's administration weighed its response to an attack India blames on its neighbour. The assault, in which four commando-style gunmen burst into the brigade headquarters in Uri at 5.30 a.m. (midnight GMT) on Sunday, was among the deadliest in Kashmir and has sharply ratcheted up tension between the nuclear-armed rivals. Army officials said some of the critically wounded had been flown to a hospital in New Delhi and one had died while undergoing treatment. Most of dead and wounded suffered severe burns after their tents and temporary shelters caught fire from incendiary ammunition while they were sleeping. Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Sunday called Pakistan "a terrorist state" and army Lieutenant General Ranbir Singh said troops were "ready to give a befitting response", without elaborating. Pakistan accused India of apportioning blame before it had properly investigated. "Pakistan categorically rejects the baseless and irresponsible accusations being
China concerned over 'rising temperatures' in Kashmir
Geeta (middle), wife of Ravi Paul, an Indian army soldier who was killed in Sunday's attack at an Indian army base in Kashmir's Uri, mourns at her house in Sarwa village in Samba district, south of Jammu on September 19. (REUTERS Photo)
levelled by senior officials in Prime Minister Modiâ€™s government," the foreign affairs adviser to Pakistan's prime minister said in a statement late on Sunday. The army said that India was promoting a "hostile narrative". Kashmir, divided between India and Pakistan since 1947, is at the heart the neighbours' seven decades of mutual distrust. Two of their three wars since independence from Britain have been fought over the region.
risk of escalation. India held back from military retaliation when a Pakistanbased group killed 166 people in a 2008 rampage through Mumbai for fear of igniting a broader conflict and opted instead for a diplomatic offensive to isolate Islamabad. An attack on Pathankot, another base near the border, in January also drew a measured response, but the casualty toll was lower than in Sunday's raid. The concern is that Modi's government has LIMITED OPTIONS several times signalled a India's options to hit lower threshold for retaliback at Pakistan appeared ating against attacks from limited, as they carry the Pakistan than the previ-
ous Congress government, which adopted a policy of "strategic restraint". Among the military options that India could consider are artillery strikes on Pakistani army positions it alleges are used for helping militants cross over into its part of Kashmir, military experts say. But that would imperil a 2003 ceasefire along the frontier, although it has frayed in recent years. A second option on the table would be sending special forces inside Pakistan to attack guerrilla training camps, but that was a highrisk gamble that could easily go wrong, they said. Modi held talks with
beijiNg, September 19 (iANS): China on Monday condemned the terror attack on the Indian Army camp in Jammu and Kashmir and said it was concerned over the "rising temperatures" in its aftermath. Beijing also asked India and Pakistan to resolve their differences through dialogue. "China opposes and strongly condemns all forms of terrorism. We are concerned about this escalation and rising temperatures surrounding the Kashmir situation," Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Lu Kang said. "We want to express our deep sympathies and condolences to the affected families and the injured," Lu said, referring to the 18 soldiers killed in the Sunday morning terror attack near Uri town. "We hope relevant parties will have dialogue and consultation to resolve their differences and enhance counter leaders of his Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) at a cabinet meeting on how to respond. "Our first priority is to fortify every defence base and it is shocking that one of our strategic locations was hit," a senior aide told Reuters. "It has exposed the flaws and the weakness of our security infrastructure and an immediate overhaul is the first job on hand." EYEBALL TO EYEBALL Indian troops searched three ravines that cut across the border in mountainous terrain near Uri, which a senior army official said they believe the militants sneaked across.
terrorism cooperation. Only this way can they safeguard peace and security in their region," he said. Asked if the attack could affect the $46 billion China-Pakistan Economic Corridor which passes through Pakistani Kashmir, Lu said: "The building of the corridor is to drive the development of the regional countries. "It needs the concerted efforts of all countries concerned to ensure the smooth running of this corridor." In his meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping on the sidelines of G20 this month, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had raised the issue of terrorism emanating from Gilgit-Baltistan where the proposed corridor goes through. "At the same time I need to stress that recently in this region especially in Kashmir region, there has been some escalation of tensions," he said.
Reinforcements were also sent to patrol one of the world's most heavily militarised frontiers, where Indian and Pakistani forces in places stand eyeball to eyeball and sometimes exchange fire, the army official said. A weekly bus service between Srinagar in Indian-administered Kashmir and Muzaffarabad, the capital on the Pakistani side, operated as normal on Monday however. The bus passed through Uri and passengers waited at the de facto border ready to cross. The United States, United Kingdom and France have all condemned the
attack and said they stand with India in its fight against "terrorism". India was ranked fifth in the world in terms of military strength, according to a 2015 assessment by Credit Suisse based on data from Stockholm International Peace Research Institute and Global Firepower, compared to 11th for Pakistan. Pakistan has an estimated 120 nuclear warheads against India's 110, according to the Arms Control Association. Sunday's assault came as India's portion of Kashmir has been under a major security lockdown during
more than two months of protests sparked by the July 8 killing of a commander of another Pakistan-based separatist group. India has long blamed Pakistan for a role in the 27-year long insurgency against its rule in its only Muslim-majority state. Indian army Lieutenant General Ranbir Singh said Sunday's assault bore the hallmarks of Pakistanbased militant group Jaishe-Mohammed. But he didn't offer evidence tying the attack to the group. Led by Islamist hardliner Maulana Masood Azhar from Pakistan's Punjab province, Jaish-e-Mohammed was blamed for the January air base raid as well as a 2001 attack on India's parliament that nearly led to war. Pakistan denies sending fighters into Indian-administered Kashmir. No one has yet claimed responsibility and other Pakistan-based militant organisations like Laskhare-Taiba have been accused of plotting attacks in India. Pakistan has called on the United Nations (U.N.) and the international community to investigate atrocities it alleges have been committed by Indian security forces in Kashmir. The U.N. is preparing to hold its annual general assembly in New York, where Kashmir is likely to be on the agenda.
DRI busts 7,000 kg gold smuggling racket, airline officials under scanner Thirty-five dead in Bihar bus accident New Delhi, September 19 (iANS): The Directorate of Revenue Intelligence's (DRI) Delhi Zonal Unit has busted an around 7,000 kg gold smuggling racket and is probing the role of airline officials and others in it, an official statement said on Monday. The Delhi Zonal Unit has busted gold smuggling of around 7,000 kg valued at around Rs 2,000 crore carried over the past two and a half years, said a Finance Ministry statement, adding that the case case came
to light when officers of the unit seized 10 kg of gold at the domestic cargo terminal of IGI airport here during the night of September 1. "The seized gold bars of 24 carat purity were admittedly smuggled into India through the Indo-Myanmar land borders and were brought to Delhi from Guwahati by a domestic flight. "Market value of the total seized goods is around Rs. 3.1 crore. Involvement of the employees of the airlines and others is being investigated by DRI," the
statement added. According to the statement, the modus operandi entailed bringing the precious metal to Delhi from Guwahati on 617 occasions by declaring it as valuable cargo in domestic flights operated by a particular airline. This was done to avoid detection by Customs. Two of the accused, a Guwahati-based businessman and his Delhi-based aide, have been arrested by DRI in Delhi and sent to judicial custody.
pAtNA, September 19 (iANS): Prime Minister Narendra Modi expressed grief over the loss of 35 lives in a 50-seater bus's accident in Bihar on Monday. The bus was going from Madhubani to Sitamarhi when the driver lost control over the vehicle and it slipped off the road and fell into a pond, submerging it, a state Home Ministry official said. The accident occurred on Monday at about 1200 hrs near Basakha Chowk in Benapatti area, about 250 Rescue operation is be- by the bus accident in Bikm from here, Basaitha vil- ing carried out by State har's Madhubani district." lage in Madhubani district, Disaster Response Fund "My thoughts are with the official said. (SDRF)," he added. the bereaved families in "In this accident, 35 Modi expressed his this hour of grief," an offidead bodies have been re- grief over the loss of lives, cial statement quoted Modi Jharkhand Governor Draupdi covered from the pond. saying: "Deeply saddened as saying. Murmu had sent the ordinance to President Pranab Mukherjee for approval. As the opposition parties of Jharkhand, including Jharkhand Mukti Morcha (JMM), had met the President and requested him not to give his approval, Mukherjee New Delhi, September 19 (pti): ter and power supply, sanitation and solhad sought the view of the central The Centre will announce the next set of cit- id waste management systems, efficient ies for financing under the Modi-govern- urban mobility and public transportagovernment. The matter was then referred to ment flagship Smart City Mission tomorrow. tion, IT connectivity and e-governance, As per the Misison guidelines, as many among others. the Union Tribal Affairs Ministry, Each city will receive Central assiswhich in turn sought the view of the as 40 cities have to be announced during National Commission for Sched- this financial year. As the government had tance of Rs 200 crore in the first year and uled Tribes (NCST). The NCST has already announced 13 cities in May, a slot Rs 100 crore over the three subsequent fialso advised against the changes. of 27 cities remains vacant against which nancial years. State governments and respective urJharkhand is witnessing protests the announcement would be made by Urover the state government's move ban Development Minister M Venkaiah ban local bodies will also match the Centre's contribution. to make changes in the CNT and Naidu tomorrow. SPT Acts. The opposition parThe Modi-government aims to transIn January, the government had anties have united and some of the nounced a list of 20 cities for partial fund- form about 100 cities by 2019-20, with the BJP legislators have also spoken ing to be developed as smart cities which Centre providing financial support of Rs against the changes. would have facilities such as assured wa- 48,000 crore over five years.
According to the Finance Ministry, intelligence reports reveal that huge quantities of gold bars of foreign origin are being smuggled from Myanmar through Indo-Myanmar border adjacent to Moreh in the state of Manipur and from the Zokhawthar area in Mizoram. "Intelligence indicates that activities relating to smuggling of gold bars are continuing unabated. Detection of smuggling of gold through Indo-Myanmar border is challenging due
to the topography and porosity of the land border," the statement said. During the current financial year from April to July, 2016, the legal import of gold has drastically reduced to about 107 tons valued at Rs 24,000 crore, as compared to 274 tons, valued at Rs 60,700 crore, in the corresponding period in the last financial year. Total gold import in 2015-16 was about 855 metric tons, valued at about Rs 179,172 crore, the Finance Ministry said.
Keep your promise, don't change land act: Tribal leaders to PM Modi rANchi, September 19 (iANS): Tribal leaders of Jharkhand have urged Prime Minister Narendra Modi to keep his promise of not changing the land act in the state. "Addressing a rally in Dumka in December 2014, Prime Minister Modi had promised that the tribal land protection act would not be changed. Despite his promise, the Raghubar Das-led BJP government in the state has decided to make changes in the land acts by bringing an ordinance," Victor Malto, a leader of Tribal Buddijivi Manch (TBM), told IANS. TBM had organised a rally against the changes in the land acts in Ranchi last week. Thousands of tribal people had participated in the rally. "Raghubar Das government is making changes in the land acts, though the state govern-
ment has no power to make changes in the act coming under the Fifth Schedule of the Constitution. Jharkhand comes under the Fifth Schedule. The Panchayats (Extension to the Scheduled Areas) Act, 1996 (PESA Act) should be implemented here," Malto added. As per the Land Acquisition, Rehabilitation and Resettlement Act, 2013, there should not be any land acquisition in the areas coming under the Fifth Schedule, and if it is necessary, then the permission of Gram Sabha, or village council, is mandatory. "In Jharkhand, Gram Sabhas have been made irrelevant by the successive governments," said Malto. Echoing his view, another tribal leader, Prem Chandra Murmu, said, "Modi should keep his promise made during the 2014 assembly poll.
Vijay Mallya flew away just like 'Kingfisher' bird: Bombay high court mUmbAi, September 19 (pti): The Bombay High Court on Monday observed that businessman Vijay Mallya aptly named his company 'Kingfisher', as like the bird of the same name he too flew away without bothering+ about boundaries. The remark was made by a division bench of justices S C Dharmadhikari and B P Colabawala while hearing an appeal filed by the Service Tax department and also another petition filed by the department seeking to recall the auction sale+ of Mallya's private aircraft. "Does anyone know why he (Mallya) came up with the name 'Kingfisher' for his entity? In history no one could have come up with a more apt name for this entity. Because Kingfisher is a bird that can fly away...it knows no boundaries... no boundaries can stop it. Just like how no one could stop him+ (Mallya)," Justice Dharmadhikari said. The court admitted the appeal filed by the Service Tax department which challenged an order passed by
the Debt Recovery Tribunal in 2014, and posted it for hearing at a later stage. According to the department's plea in HC, Mallya owes Rs 32.68 crore as service tax from the tickets sold to passengers of Kingfisher Airlines between April 2011 and September 2012. The total unpaid dues that Mallya owes to the department stand at about Rs 532 crore. In the second petition, the department sought to recall the auction sale of Mallya's personal jet+ as the highest bidder had bid only 80 per cent of the plane's total cost. The court has posted this petition for hearing on September 26. Mallya's jet Airbus 319 that can carry 25 passengers and about 6 crew members, had been attached by the department. In May this year, the department had issued a notice advertising the auction and described the airbus as designed "exclusively for exotic and luxurious use". Mallya, Chairman of the now-defunct Kingfisher Airlines, is facing action after defaulting on over Rs 9,000-crore loan from 17 banks.
Modi government should stall the ordinance to protect the tribal's land and culture. Raghubar Das government is making changes in the land acts to tap the mines and mineral of the state for the corporate people. "The proposed changes in the land acts has nothing to do with the development of the state and tribal people. In past, several thousand acres of tribal land have been acquired, but where is the development of the tribal people?" The Jharkhand government had brought the ordinance in June to make changes in two land acts -- Chhotanagpur Tenancy (CNT) Act and Santhal Pargana Tenancy (SPT) Act. After the ordinance is cleared, the tribal land could be acquired for non-agriculture purposes like constructing roads, power plants, malls, etc.
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Internet search engines block info on sex determination tests New Delhi, September 19 (iANS): The government on Monday informed the Supreme Court that three major search engines -- Microsoft, Google and Yahoo -- have agreed to auto block ads promoting sex determination tests as prohibited under the Pre-Conception and Pre-Natal Diagnostic Techniques (Prohibition of Sex Selection) Act. The bench of Justice Dipak Misra and Justice C. Nagappan was told that in compliance with the provisions of the PC&PNDT Act, 1994, advertisements commercially promoting sex determination tests would be blocked automatically and accessing them would not be possible. Solicitor General Ranjit Kumar submitted to the court the "proposed list of words" in respect of which when commands would be given, there will be "auto block" with a warning and nothing would
be reflected in the internet, as it is prohibited in India. The proposed list of the keywords, which could no more be used for accessing information on sex determination tests include "Gender selection, Gender selection Kits, Gender selection service, Gender selection clinics, Gender selection technique, Prenatal sex selection, Prenatal sex selection kits, Prenatal sex selection service, Prenatal sex selection clinics, Prenatal sex selection technique". The bench said that the search engines should have an in-house mechanism to block access to advertisements on sex determination tests through keywords that may get generated, and the same should be conveyed to it. "In our considered opinion, they are under obligation to see that the 'doctrine of auto block' is applied within a reasonable period
of time. It is difficult to accept the submission that once it is brought to their notice, they will do the needful. It need not be over emphasized that it has to be an in-house procedure/method to be introduced by the companies, and we do direct," the bench said in its order. Its direction came as senior counsel C.A. Sundaram appearing for Google India told the court that "if anyone, taking recourse to any kind of ingenuity, feed certain words and something that is prohibited under the (PC&PNDT) Act comes into existence, the 'principle of auto block' shall be immediately applied and it shall not be shown". However, besides Sundaram, senior counsel K.V. Vishwanathan appearing for Microsoft and senior counsel Anupam Lal Das appearing for Yahoo India told the court that they can auto block the information based
on newly-coined search key words only when it is brought to their notice. Appearing for petitioner Sabu Mathew George, senior counsel Sanjay Parikh told the court that what three search engines have agreed to is blocking of the advertisements commercially promoting sex determination techniques/kits but not videos, searches, or images promoting sex selection. Parikh said that Section 22 of the Act relating to prohibition of advertisement relating to pre-natal determination of sex and punishment for contravention had to be read along with other provisions of the statute and should be conferred an "expensive meaning" and not construed narrowly. George has sought curbs on advertisement commercially promoting sex determination techniques/kits and other related things
which has contributed to eschewed sex ratio. On the width of Section 22 of the PC&PNDT Act, as submitted by Parikh, the bench said that it would hear the matter on November 16. The court was told by the government that Google by their July 19 communication has informed to have taken all possible steps to ensure compliance with act. Similarly Microsoft Corporation India by August 1 communication has informed their "absolute compliance with the mandate of Section 22 of PC & PNDT Act being the prohibition of advertisement in relation to conception and pre natal determination of communication". Yahoo India had by July 29 communication has informed of its advertising policy that prohibits advertising that promotes pre-conception/prenatal sex selection techniques or sex selection.
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Syria ceasefire seen near collapse bEIRut, SEptEmbER 19 (REutERS): A Syrian ceasefire brokered by the United States and Russia was in deep trouble on Monday as a rebel official said it had practically failed and signalled insurgents were preparing for a full resumption of fighting. Already widely violated since it took effect a week ago, the ceasefire came under added strain at the weekend when Russia said jets from the U.S.-led coalition against Islamic State killed more than 60 Syrian soldiers in eastern Syria. The U.S.-Russian agreement marks the second ceasefire negotiated by Washington and Moscow this year in the hope of advancing a political solution towards ending the war, now in its sixth year, that has killed hundreds of thousands of people. But while the agreement has led to a significant reduction in fighting over the past week, violence has been increasing in recent days, and a planned delivery of humanitarian aid to besieged rebelheld districts of eastern Aleppo one of the first steps in the deal - has been repeatedly postponed. Plans to evacuate several hundred rebels from the last opposition-held district of Homs city have also overshadowed the agreement, with rebels saying it would amount to the government declaring the ceasefire over. The Homs governor said the plan had been postponed from Monday to Tuesday. The collapse of the ceasefire, a major project of U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, could doom any chance of the administration of President Barack Obama negotiating a breakthrough on Syria before it leaves office in January. Kerry overcame scepticism of other administration officials to hammer out the truce, gambling on cooperation with Russia despite the deepest mistrust in decades between the Cold Warera superpower foes. Washington and Moscow back opposite sides in the war between insurgents and President Bashar al-Assad’s government, while both oppose the Islamic State jihadist group. The politburo chief of one prominent Aleppo rebel group,
it put the agreement under threat. A U.S. official said the U.S. military believed reports that about 60 Syrian troops were killed. Two Danish F-16 fighter jets and Australian aircraft took part in the raid.The United States relayed “regret” about the unintentional loss of life. The Danish defence minister said on Monday “more credible sources” were needed before he could draw conclusions. “I don’t want to explore different scenarios until we are certain, that we have even hit Syrian soldiers,” Minister of Defence Peter Christensen told local news agency Ritzau. “So far it’s only a Russian report. I think we need others and more credible sources, before I conclude anything.” Syria’s U.N. Ambassador Bashar Ja’afari said on Sunday the air strikes aimed to sink the U.S.Russian ceasefire plan.
People move an injured man inside a field hospital after an airstrike in the rebel-held town of Dael, in Deraa Governorate, Syria on September 18. (REUTERS Photo)
Fastaqim, said the agreement had “practically failed and has ended”, adding that it remained to be seen if anything could be done “in theory” to save it. Zakaria Malahifji, speaking to Reuters from the Turkish city of Gaziantep, also indicated rebel groups were preparing for combat: “I imagine in the near future there will be action by the factions”. Fares al-Bayoush, the head of another rebel group operating in northern Syria under the western-backed Free Syrian Army umbrella, told Reuters “the truce in its current state cannot be continued”. The Syrian army meanwhile had yet to announce any extension of the seven-day ceasefire it declared on Sept. 12, which was due to expire at 11:59 p.m. (2059 GMT) on Sunday, according to the statement issued by the army command when the truce was announced.
joint U.S.-Russian targeting of jihadists including Islamic State and a faction formerly known as the Nusra Front, which was al Qaeda’s Syrian wing until it changed its name in July. Washington hopes it will lead to talks on ending a war that has splintered Syria, uprooting 11 million people and creating the world’s worst refugee crisis. But it has faced enormous challenges from the outset, including how to disentangle nationalist rebels backed by the West from jihadists who are not covered by the deal. And there has been no sign of compromise on the issue at the heart of the war: the future of Assad, who enjoys firm Iranian and Russian military backing that is buttressing his strongest military position in years. The dispute over his fate has made a mockery of all previous diplomatic efforts to end the fighting. The last ceasefire, reached in February, unravelled over a peUN “PAINED” AT riod of weeks as fighting intensiALEPPO AID FAILURE The U.S.-Russian deal set out fied, particularly in and around steps including a nationwide Aleppo, Syria’s biggest city beceasefire, aid deliveries, and fore the war and now potentially
the war’s biggest prize for progovernment forces. The U.N. aid chief said an aid convoy destined for rebel-held eastern Aleppo was still stuck in Turkey. “I am pained and disappointed that a United Nations convoy has yet to cross into Syria from Turkey, and safely reach eastern Aleppo,” the U.N. Under Secretary General for Humanitarian Affairs Stephen O’Brien said in a statement. The United Nations says it still lacks sufficient security guarantees from both sides to deliver aid to eastern Aleppo, the rebel-held half of the city which has been divided for years and which pro-government forces completely encircled this month. Up to 275,000 people remain trapped in that part of the city without food, water, proper shelter or medical care, he added. U.N. officials have blamed Damascus for blocking aid deliveries to other besieged, rebelheld areas. The air strike on a Syrian army position by the U.S.-led coaltion on Saturday triggered a fierce war of words between Washington and Moscow, with Russia saying
China threatens countermeasures after the Dalai Lama speaks at EU Parliament bEIJING, SEptEmbER 19 (REutERS): China expressed anger on Monday and threatened countermeasures after exiled Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama spoke at the European Parliament in the French city of Strasbourg and met its president, Martin Schulz. China regards the 80-year-old, Nobel Peace Prize-winning monk as a separatist, though he says he merely seeks genuine autonomy for his Himalayan homeland, which Communist Chinese troops “peacefully liberated” in 1950. Foreign Ministry spokesman Lu Kang said the European Parliament and Schultz had ignored China’s “strong opposition” about meeting the Dalai Lama, which ran contrary to the European Union’s promises to
China on the issue of Tibet. “China is resolutely opposed to the mistaken actions of the European Parliament,” Lu told a daily news briefing, adding that its leaders’ insistence on taking an erroneous position had damaged China’s core interests. “China absolutely cannot remain indifferent, and we will make the correct choice in accordance with our judgment of the situation,” he added, without elaborating on what China may do. Few foreign leaders are willing to meet the Dalai Lama these days, fearful of provoking a strong reaction from China, the world’s second-largest economy. Last week, Beijing warned Taiwan not to allow the Dalai Lama to visit,
after a high-profile Taiwan legislator invited him to the self-ruled island Beijing claims as its own. Tibet’s spiritual leader told the European Parliament last week he hoped the Tibetan issue would be resolved but urged the outside world and the European Union in particular not to hold back from criticising Beijing. The Dalai Lama, who also met the European Parliament’s foreign affairs chairman, Elmar Brok, fled to India in 1959 following a failed uprising against the Chinese. Rights groups and exiles accuse China of trampling on the religious and cultural rights of the Tibetan people, charges strongly denied by Beijing, which says its rule has brought prosperity to a once backward region.
US, Japan & South Korea discuss tougher measures against NKorea NEW YORK, SEptEmbER 19 (REutERS): Foreign ministers for the United States, Japan and South Korea met in New York on Sunday, ahead of U.N. meetings, to discuss stepped-up measures against North Korea and expand collaboration with one another after Pyongyang’s fifth and largest nuclear test. The Sept. 9 blast was in defiance of U.N. sanctions that were tightened in March. The meeting between U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, Japanese Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida and their South Korean counterpart, Yun Byungse, was the first since the latest nuclear test. It will be one of the main issues discussed by world leaders at the United Nations General Assembly this week. In a joint statement, the ministers said North North’s disregard for multiple U.N.
Minister of Foreign Affairs Yun Byung-se of South Korea (L), Minister of Foreign Affairs Fumio Kishida of Japan, and U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry (R) join hands during a meeting between the three leaders in New York on September 18. (REUTERS Photo)
resolutions prohibiting its missile and nuclear programs called for even stronger international pressure. North Korea has been testing nuclear weapons and ballistic missiles at an unprecedented rate this year under leader Kim Jong Un. “They discussed the important work current-
ly taking place in the Security Council to further sanction North Korea and considered other possible measures of their own, in particular ways to further restrict revenue sources for the DPRK’s missile and nuclear programs, including through illicit activities,” the ministers’ state-
ment said. “They reaffirmed that they remain open to credible and authentic talks aimed at full and verifiable denuclearization of the DPRK,” the statement said, referring to the country’s formal name, the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea. The United States has said it is willing to negotiate with the North if the country commits to denuclearization, which Pyongyang has refused to do. Wa s h i n g t o n has pressed Beijing, which is Pyongyang’s most important diplomatic backer and trading partner, to do more to rein in North Korea. China has expressed anger with North Korea for its largest nuclear test to date, but has not said directly whether it will support tougher sanctions. It has said it believes sanctions are not the ultimate answer and called for a return to talks.
HOMS EVACUATION The Syrian government and its allies have mostly focused their firepower on western areas of the country that are of greatest significance to Assad, including the main cities of Damascus, Homs, Hama, Latakia, Tartous and Aleppo. The planned evacuation of several hundred rebels from the last opposition-held district of Homs, al-Waer, has also endangered the deal. Rebels said that plan would amount to the government declaring the truce over. The Homs governor Talal Barazi said the evacuation had been postponed due to “logistical obstacles”, and negotiating committees were completing the preparations, state TV reported. He told journalists it would take place on Tuesday morning. Barazi said on Sunday that between 250 to 300 rebels were due to be evacuated from Waer, on Monday. The opposition say such evacuations are part of a government strategy to forcibly displace its opponents after years of siege and bombardment. The government has been seeking to conclude local agreements with rebels in besieged areas to give them safe passage to the insurgent stronghold of Idlib in northwestern Syria.
Thai tourist boat in fatal accident was overcrowded bANGKOK, SEptEmbER 19 (REutERS): An overcrowded tourist boat carrying Muslim pilgrims was being piloted recklessly before it capsized, killing at least 15 Thai people, officials said on Monday as divers and other rescuers searched for 11 people still missing. The accident happened on Sunday on the Chao Phraya River in Ayutthaya, a UNESCO World Heritage site located some 80 km (50 miles) north of the Thai capital of Bangkok. The double-decker tourist boat carrying around 100 Thai Muslims on a pilgrimage tried to overtake a sand barge and ran into a barrier, police said, causing the boat to capsize. Eleven people are still missing and police divers resumed their search early on Monday. No foreigners were believed to be among the dead. The boat was 50 passengers over its capacity at the time of the accident, police commander Surapong Thampitak told Reuters on Monday. The driver was detained on Sunday night and was being questioned by police, he said. “We are searching for around 11 missing people today,” Ayutthaya Deputy Governor Rewat Prasong told reporters. The accident came as Thailand expects to welcome a record 33 million visitors this year. Road and boat accidents involving tourists are common in Thailand, where safety standards are sometimes well below international norms. However, accidents barely make a dent on Thailand’s tourism industry, one of the few bright spots in an otherwise lacklustre economy. A series of bomb blasts in southern Thailand have also had little impact. One of those attacks on Aug. 11-12 killed four Thais and wounded dozens, including foreigners. Police have blamed the bombings on Malay Muslim insurgents operating in Thailand’s far south.
Australia’s iconic gum trees could be used to create jet fuel CANbERRA, SEptEmbER 19 (IANS): Australian scientists believe they may soon be able to use the country’s iconic gum trees to develop enough renewable jet fuel for up to 5% of the world’ s aviation industry. Scientists from the Australian National University (ANU) said by using compounds called monoterpenes found in eucalyptus oil, they could create a “high energy”,low-carbon fuel suitable for use in missiles and jet planes, Xinhua news agency reported. Lead researcher Carsten Kulheim from the ANU Research School of Biology said if gum trees, part of the eucalypt family, were planted in the same numbers as those planted for paper, they could provide enough fuel for “5%” of the world’s airplanes. He said while a eucalyptusbased fuel would initially cost more to create compared to traditional fossil fuels, the renewable fuel would produce significantly less net carbon emissions. Kulheim said modern jet aircraft could not be powered with other renewable fuels such as ethanol - as is found in cars - due to the high energy required, while eucalyptus oils could be refined into the high-energy fuel suitable for aviation. “Renewable ethanol and biodiesel might be okay for the family SUV, but they just don’t have a high enough energy density to be used in the aviation industry,” he said. “Eucalyptus oils contains compounds called monoterpenes that can be converted into a very high energy fuel, and this high energy fuel can actually fly jets and even tactical missiles.”
NAGALAND ELECTRICITY REGULATORY COMMISSION (NERC) NAGALAND: KOHIMA
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DRAFT NOTIFICATION No. NERC/REGN/2016: In exercise of the powers conferred under section 61 & 86 read with section 181 of the Electricity Act. 2003 (36 of 2003) and also read with NERC Regulation No, 70 of the Principal Regulations, 2011 (Determination of Generation Tariff for Renewable Energy) the Nagaland Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC), Kohima hereby notify Draft Amendment "NERC (Determination of Generation Tariff for Renewable Energy) (First Amendment) Regulations, 2016" as under: 1. The Regulation 17(2) of the Principal Regulations shall now be read as: “For the purpose of computation of Tariff the normative interest rate shall he considered as average long term prime lending rate (LTPLR) of the State Bank of India (5111) prevalent during the previous year plus 300 basis points." 2. The Regulation 18(1) (C) of the Principal Regulations shall now be read as: "Annual Depreciation shall be based on 'Differential Depreciation Approach' using 'Straight Line Method' over two distinct periods comprising loan tenure and period beyond loan tenure over useful life. The depreciation rate for the first 12 year of the Tariff Period shall be 5.83% per annum and the remaining depreciation shall be spread over the remaining useful life of the project from 13th year onwards." 3. The Regulation 19(2) of the Principal Regulations shall now be read as: "The normative Return on Equity shall be: a) Pre-tax 20% per annum for the 10 years. b) Pre-tax 24% per annum from 11th year onwards." 4. The Regulation 20(3) of the Principal Regulations shall now be read as: "Interest on working Capital shall be at interest rate equivalent to average State bank short term PLR (SBAR) during the previous year plus 350 basis point." 5. The Regulation 60 of the Principal regulations shall now be read as under: 1. Land Cost: Commission considered the land requirement to 5 acres / MW which is in line with the guidelines for selection of solar projects under JNNSM. The development in technology shall improve in future which will eventually reduce requirement of land per MW of installation. Further the land acquired for setting up Solar PV power projects is mostly arid / barren or of no commercial use. To avoid cost of transmission system, developer may prefer to acquire land close to grid sub-station. Commission considered the cost of land at Rs. 25 lakhs / MW at an estimated cost of Rs. 5 lakh / acre. 2. Civil & General Works: Commission considered cost towards civil and general works at Rs. 126 lakh / MW i.e. 40% hike of the NERC's Regulations, 2011 rate considering with the high cost of building materials, equipments & other charges prevailing in the state. 3. Cost of PV Modules: The Commission considered the estimated cost of PV modules at Rs 377.65 Lakh/ MW 15% hike of CERC's rate considering with the high transportation cost and other charges prevailing in the state. 4. Mounting Structure: The Commission considered the cost towards mounting structures at Rs 40.25 lakh/MVV i.e. 15% hike of CERC's rate considering with the high cost of building materials, equipments & other charges prevailing in the state. 5. Power Conditioning Unit (PCU): The overall output from the Solar PV Power Plant to a large extent depends on the quality of the power conditioning unit. Accordingly Commission considered the cost towards power conditioning unit at Rs. 38.5 Lakh / MW i.e. 10% increased from CERC's rate considering with the high transportation cost and other charges prevailing in the state. 6. Evacuation cost up to inter-connection point (Cables and Transformers): The Commission considered the cost of evacuation arrangement at Rs. 93.50 Lakh / MW i.e. 10% hike of the NERC's Regulations, 2011 rate considering with the high cost of equipments & other charges prevailing in the state. 7. Preliminary & Pre-operative expenses: The expenses cost towards preoperative and preliminary expenses essentially include cost towards services related to installation and commissioning, project management, insurance, contingency taxes, duties, interest during construction (IDC), finance charges etc. Accordingly, the Commission considered the preliminary and pre-operative costs at Rs. 86.31 / MW in line with the MoU signed between Kerala Government and NHPC. The benchmark capital cost norm for Solar PV power projects at Rs. 787.21 lakh/ MW is summarized below: Sl. No. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7
Particular Land Cost Civil & General Works PV Modules Mounting Structures Power Conditioning Unit Evacuation cost upto inter connection point (Cables & Transformers) Preliminary & pre-operative Expenses Total Capital Cost 6. The Regulation 62 of the Principal regulations shall now be read as:
Capital Cost Norms (Rs. lakh / MW) 25.00 126.00 377.65 40.25 38.50 93.50 86.31 787.21
Operation and Maintenance Expenses: In case of solar PV based power projects, repairs and maintenance expenses are not significant due to limited wear and tear and mainly pertains transformer replacement of ports for control system or power conditioning systems. Manpower related expenses would pertain to inspection / testing / cleaning array systems etc. There is no operational experience of MW scale PV solar system in India to ascertain norms for O&M expenses Commission has specified O&M expenses at Rs. 11.00 lakh / MW for the first year of operation which shall be escalated at the rate of 5.72 96 per annum in line with the CERC's guideline. Any comments/suggestions/objections may be intimated to this Commission's Office latest by 30th Sept, 2016 for finalisation of the said Amendment Regulations by 1st Oct, 2016. Sd/- (W. Y. YANTHAN) Secretary, Nagaland Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC), Kohima. Issued by: DIPR
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Mourinho: From special one to beaten one NTA to participate in 36th National London, September 19 (reUterS): Another match, another defeat for Jose Mourinho. Sunday's 3-1 loss at Watford was United's third in eight days and sent statisticians scrambling to find out when the 'Special One' had last been such a Beaten One. The answer was 2006. While Mourinho did lose three consecutive games last year with Chelsea, one of those was after a shootout in the Capital One Cup. After Sunday's defeat Mourinho was philosophical, suggesting that luck will eventually shine on his team, but he will struggle to deflect criticism that United lack the discipline and order usually associated with his teams. The uncertainty over Wayne Rooney epitomises his problems. The striker started off playing a more withdrawn role against Watford, apparently to allow Paul Pogba to forge further forward. But England's top scorer seldom looked comfortable, mistiming passes and
tackles on a frustrating afternoon. After the break he pushed further forward as United chased the equaliser and, when Marcus Rashford delivered it, appeared to have stumbled on a formation that worked until Watford proved otherwise. Critics suggest that when Mourinho finds his best team it will probably
not include both Rooney and Pogba, who like to occupy the same areas. Although the $116 million Frenchman hit the crossbar with one fizzing first-half shot, he was largely outshone in midfield by his compatriot Etienne Capoue, who joined Watford in the summer for $108 million less that Unit-
ed lavished on the former Juventus star. Once again United were undone by individual mistakes, failing to track the build-up that led to Juan Zuniga's goal and then giving away a soft penalty late on. "The second goal was an individual mistake," said Mourinho. "We know we have to press and not
allow them one in the box. We know the midfielders arrive like the first goal from behind so there is another individual mistake. I cannot control, I cannot improve the referee and linesman and I cannot be critic. Luck - she will arrive." One problem for Mourinho is that across Manchester his great rival Pep Guardiola appears not to need any, having just notched up an eighth successive win in all competitions for City, who are playing with a freedom that reminds many of Barcelona. Already City have beaten United at Old Trafford and now sit six points ahead of them in the league. Mourinho is not used to having such an embarrassing spotlight shone on his abilities and will require an immediate response when United travel to lowly Northampton in the League Cup on Wednesday. Anything less than a comfortable win is surely unthinkable.
Junior Taekwondo Championship
Kohima, September 19 (mexn): Nagaland Taekwondo Association (NTA) is sending a strong 19 members team to participate in the 36th National Junior Taekwondo Championship 2016 from September 22 to 25 at Multipurpose Hall Guru Nanak Stadium, Ludhiana Punjab. The championship is organized by Punjab Taekwondo Association under the aegis of Taekwondo Federation of India. The four officials are
Theja Keretsu,Visabiu Peseyie, Sanstuthung Ngullie and Keneingulie. The boys players are Tokphen Phom (u-45 kg),Repinkiu N.Tikhir (u48 kg), Ngaiching Phom (u-51kg), Keyinchingonbe Hega (u-55kg), Boto Chopy (u-59 kg), Iteipetbo Nkie (u-63kg), Khriekethozo Keretsu (u-68kg), Keneilevo Nagi (u-73 kg), Menuosetuo Yiese (o -78kg) The girls players are T.Youngmei Kano Konyak
(u-44kg), M.Amo Konyak (u-46kg), Antimongu Chang (u-49kg), Imtisangla (u-52kg), Echungbeni Ngullie (u-55kg) and Nenghoikim Singson (u-59 kg). The NTA team is sponsered by Department of Youth Resources and Sports, Nagaland. The NTA is hopeful of medals. The team will depart the state from September 20. This was stated in a press release issued by Xavier Rutsa, Press Secretary, NTA.
volley Hamilton plans to come Steve Smith backs Starc for Proteas tests Monballpolice & carrom board tournament out fighting in Malaysia SinGapore, September 19 (reUterS): Triple world champion Lewis Hamilton could do little at the Singapore Grand Prix on Sunday to prevent Mercedes team mate Nico Rosberg from leapfrogging him in the Formula One standings but the Briton will not give up his title without a fight. Hamilton rallied from a big early season deficit to overhaul Rosberg in the standings but after the German led from pole to flag in Singapore to claim a third straight victory, the Briton finds himself eight points adrift after his third place finish. "We have a good car and we've got to have a good weekend," Hamilton told reporters as he looked ahead to the next race in Malaysia. "We've come from 43 points down so theoretically eight points isn't anywhere near as steep as that but still, Nico's been performing fantastically well.
"This weekend he's done an amazing job. I expect him to continue like that so I've got make sure that I do the same." Hamilton arrived in Singapore a year ago with a 53-point lead over Rosberg as he cruised to his third Formula One title and although the tables have somewhat turned this campaign, the Briton knows there are still six
rounds remaining. "Well, it's a lot different to when I was here last year, but in all in all, with everything that's gone on this year, I'm still in the fight, there's still a long way to go and I'm going to give it everything I've got," he said. On Sunday, Hamilton started third on the grid and was unable to get anywhere near Rosberg once he failed to get past Red Bull's Daniel Ricciardo at the first turn and ended up fighting with Ferrari's Kimi Raikkonen for the final podium spot. "I was struggling with my brakes, they were way overheating, so I just had to slow down, so I had to watch the other guys pull away and I was looking at different ways to try and get them back under control," he added. "Once I did my second or third stop, all of a sudden my brakes were under control but of course, towards the end I still got a bit of heat in them."
SYdneY, September 19 (reUterS): Australia captain Steve Smith thinks Mitchell Starc will be fit to face South Africa in November despite a freak accident in training last week that left the pace bowler with a "gruesome" injury. Left-armer Starc required 30 stitches last Thursday to close a gash in his left leg caused by a stump that had been dug into the ground at Hurstville Oval in south Sydney and will be in a leg brace for another two weeks. "It wasn't nice at all," Smith told reporters on Monday ahead of Australia's departure for South Africa, where they will play a lone one-dayer against Ireland followed by five ODIs against the hosts. "It was actually probably one of the most gruesome things I have ever seen. "I guess for Mitch, he's got no tendon or ligament damage so given everything goes well over the next couple of weeks, we're confident that'll he be okay for the first test match." Starc, who was being rested from the trip to South Africa along with fel-
low quick Josh Hazlewood, has established himself as the leader of Australia's pace attack in all three forms of the game over the last couple of years. The 26-year-old's absence for the first of three tests against the Proteas in Perth from Nov. 3 would be a major setback for the hosts, who also face the South Africans in Hobart and a day-night match in Adelaide. "It was just one of those things," Smith said. "You
go for the ball and almost block everything out. As he was catching it a few of us were saying 'don't go for it' but he took the catch and then what happened after that wasn't great. "He wasn't overly impressed, but when things like that happen, particularly when he was about to have a bit of a rest and chill out, those are the kind of things you don't want happening." Smith has also had a chance to rest after being
brought home early from Sri Lanka in a move that was heavily critcised in the media. " I think we could have got the messaging across a fair bit better," Smith admitted. "We knew a fair way out that I was going to leave after the second one-day game. "The fact we only brought it out the day before probably shocked a few people. "It will do me the world of good looking at what's coming up."
mon, September 19 (dipr): The 1st Mon District Police Volley Ball & Carrom Board Tournament opening ceremony was held on September 19 at Local Ground Mon, with DFO Mon, Aochuba, as the chief guest. The chief guest in his speech appreciated the Police Department of Mon headed by SP, Mon for organising such a tournament. He said that this would help develop inter personal relationship among one another. He said that it is also important to enhance inter departmental relationship for good governance. He called upon the fellow police members to be accountable and transparent in decision making and to abide by all the rules for effective deliverance of service to the people. The programme was led by ASI, Latwang Konyak and SP, Mon, Yangba delivered the welcome note. Oath taking was led by SDPO, Tizit.
Christianity versus Zodiac Signs and Occults
o not meddle with what is called the occult, a word used to describe activities in which humans try to control supernatural or paranormal powers. These things include horoscopes, zodiac signs, Ouija boards, witchcraft, spells, mediums and tarot cards. First of all, it's extremely important to understand that just like there is a physical world, there's also a spiritual world. This mostly unseen world has two sides: 1) The perfect and beautiful part that comes from God, and 2) the dark spiritual world that is in opposition to God.
The leader of the dark world is Satan. Satan was an angel who fell away from God and he rules the dark spiritual world in a war against the good. Here's what the Bible tells us to do in this war of powerful spiritual forces of good and evil in Ephesians 6:11-13. "Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Put on the full armor of God so that you can take your stand against the devil's schemes. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. Therefore put on the full ar-
mor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand." We might not see the battle, but it is very real. What are they fighting over? Us! And Satan knows how to lure us over to him. Very few people jump right into witchcraft, Satanism, or even actual devil worship. Instead, Satan most often traps us by getting us to dabble with things that seem harmless. Instead of focusing on occult stuffs one should be focusing on godly and heavenly things. "Let no one be found among you who sacrifices his son or daughter in
the fire, who practices divination or sorcery, interprets omens, engages in witchcraft, or casts spells, or who is a medium or spiritist or who consults the dead. Anyone who does these things is detestable to the LORD, and because of these detestable practices the LORD your God will drive out those nations before you. You must be blameless before the LORD your God. The nations you will dispossess listen to those who practice sorcery or divination. But as for you, the LORD your God has not permitted you to do so. (Deuteronomy 18:10-14) "Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own un-
derstanding; in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight. Do not be wise in your own eyes; fear the LORD and shun evil." "Proverbs 3: 5-7" "For you have spent enough time in the past doing what pagans choose to do--living in debauchery, lust, drunkenness, orgies, carousing and detestable idolatry. They think it strange that you do not plunge with them into the same flood of dissipation, and they heap abuse on you. But they will have to give account to him who is ready to judge the living and the dead." (1 Peter 4:3-5) Be a witness of your trust in the
our feet have stood within the gates of Jerusalem. Here is our citizenship, here our spiritual home and of Zion it shall be said “This man was born in her”. Christians of intellectual, disillusioned with the shallow goals of a materialistic society began to examine their souls. Many turn to the ancient book called the Bible. There is no doubt that naturalistic religion has invaded the church today. Many of our concepts of the church are secular. Even the mission of the church is often changed from Biblical basis to secularized one. This will probably constitute a period of conflict; the type of conflict depends largely upon the environment, temperament and the faith of the believers. We want to save ourselves, this would feed our egos and pride and in searching some-
thing that works. Never has a generation been called upon to experience more instant suffering, trouble, heartache and despair than ours. When religion sanctions decay, the average sensual man tends to cheat. Apostle Paul, in the first chapter of Roman, addressed to the decadent Roman society might well apply to us. “Because that, never they knew God, they glorified him not as a God, neither were thankful (Rom. 1:21) Many average Christians want to disappear and inter into their own creation in their attempt to escape the real world. Million of barbiturates are swallowed every night to help the nation to sleep. The intellectual climate in which modern man lives is a paradox. It put wheels under on feet, but fears and apprehensions in our heart. We are able to live
Bad Roads and Election 2018
Christian Hope of Deliverance
he ancient Hebrews followed a practice of naming their sons with magnificently descriptive words. They believed that a good name actually gave the child power to attain its qualities. Considers for a moment what Jerusalem meant to the Jew himself. It stood first for history; Jerusalem to the Hebrew mind meant David, the Shepherd-King, the man after God’s heart, and Solomon in all his glory the builder of temples. Jerusalem means the temple and the temple meant God and like a spiritual magnet a Jew roam around the world but we accept continually how king David in Babylon knelt to say his prayers, the window of his rooms was open towards Jerusalem. We may never have left the town or hamlet of our birth, nor stirred beyond our native shores, and yet most surely
Lord to be Your Good Shepherd by not looking at things Satan can use to lead us away from God. No believer should become a follower of satanic forces like palmistry, astrology, tarot cards, Ouija boards, divination, witchcraft, casting spell, mediums and necromancy. Occult is something that is much more dangerous than you could imagine. Either you trust the Lord to be your Good Shepherd to lead you and guide you in the way you ought to go or you are looking to guidance and advise from the stars which he created. Christianity and occult do not mix.
longer, but not better. Casual Christians have no vision of a holy God, so they have no motivation for destroying their sinful habits. Now, you may be tempted to look another person as being more spiritual than you. But that person could be struggling hard to keep up an appearance of righteousness. This leads directly to the kind of tragic end and everyone does what is right in their own eyes. Most of us are motivated by the wish of greater material, status, comfort, security and prestige. That is why many believers rush all over the world looking for signs, miracles and deliverance. But nobody truly gets to know the Lord that way. You may study theology and religion, but then comes a time when you must experience Christ for yourself. Keduovilie Linyü
feel bad for the current Chief Minister who had to inherit a huge deficit left by the former Chief Minister. I feel you Sir. But that should not be an excuse for inefficiency. If you have the will you can do it ; bring development in Nagaland. The roads are bad, supremely bad. Dimapur the commercial hub of Nagaland is potholes capital. Our vehicles are getting hammered! We are angry and frustrated. As a part of a people's movement, I was in Zunheboto. The roads of Zunheboto was horrible. Now Eastern Naga areas, we need battle tanks! I am not joking. People are frustrated and Nagas are educated now. The public can't
be fooled anymore. Sir T.R. Zeliang if you improve the road conditions let me assure you that you will be voted back. You just need to have the will to improve the road conditions, we know you can. 2018 election is going to be a whole new ball game, with high literacy rate the mass are getting educated and empowered. We won't vote an inefficient leader to the chair. We can't be bought with money forever. Times are changing. It will be foolhardy to think like that, the youth especially are murmuring. Take Diezephe Village who are in the forefront in electoral reforms. Give us good roads and you will win our hearts Sir T.R. Zeliang.
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HARMONIC SURGE 2: workshop, mini concert and many more
Carr dies At 73 H
ARMONIC SURGE 2 happening in October 14-16, 2016 and organised by The Nagaland Chamber Choir is a three day long choral festival which promises a wide-range of musical knowledge and inputs to be imparted through the various master class, clinics and workshops. The venue for the event will be Dimapur Sumi Baptist Church. The festival ensures meaningful, uplifting and inspirational interactions with the resource persons. The resource persons are Asin Shurhozelie: Voice and Performance; Louise Shishak: Violin; Mhathung Odyuo: Cello and wind instruments; and Noel De la Rosa: Piano and choir conducting.
Participants will get the opportunity to get first-hand musical advice and guidance, mentoring through such interactions. All enthusiastic musicians should avail such rare opportunities with both hands. The Festival organisers also announce the special event, “Friendship Concert” on October 15. It is a mini-concert where a few prominent choirs of Nagaland will come together and share a common platform. The concert itself is another rare event which intends to create social unity and harmony through music. Now this promises to be musical feast for all delegates and music lovers alike. The entry is free! The major attractions of the Harmonic Surge will be the Choir
competitions: a) Mixed choir: Any church, group or institutions is open to participate in the competition. b) Children's choir: The Organisers have introduced the Children's choir competition (14 years and below) with the aim to encourage and develop the Children choirs in our churches, communities. For both competitions, there are a minimum number of 20 members and 40 member maximum. A total of over Rs 1 lakh cash awards, besides others, shall be given away to the deserving winners. Another special feature is the ‘individual choir’ coaching, where all competing choirs
will be given the opportunity to participate in individual choir sessions with the choral experts. For this, the experts will rehearse the group's contest piece with the choir to provide new artistic ideas and impetus. Individuals not participating in the choir competitions will, however, attend these coaching classes as observers and learn meanwhile. Interested individuals can attend all these master class, clinics after paying a nominal fee of Rs. 200 only/Pray, plan and participate! You can also access the event online for details and updates on our facebook page https://www. facebook.com/harmonicsurge
Calvin Harris ‘My Way’ isn’t about Taylor Swift
harmian Carr, who is known for her role as the eldest Von Trapp daughter, Liesl, in "The Sound of Music", has died. She was 73. Carr had been suffering from a rare form of dementia and she breathed her last in Woodland Hills, California, reported Variety. Born Charmian Farnon in Chicago, she also starred opposite Anthony Perkins in the TV movie "Evening Primrose." She left acting after her two films and started a design business, where her clients included Michael Jackson. Carr wrote two books, "Forever Liesl" and "Letters to Liesl," and also participated in the "Sound of Music Family Scrapbook." She started hosting "Sound of Music" singalongs in 2000, and attended almost all of the shows at the Hollywood Bowl until 2012. Carr is survived by sisters and brothers Sharon, Darleen, Michael and Brian; children Jennifer and Emily; niece Julie; and four grandchildren, Emma, Derek, William, and Tucker.
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Miss Sumi to be held on Nov 8
alvin Harris has ended the speculation that his new track ‘My Way’ is about his split with Taylor Swift. Many fans believed that the song was a ‘diss track’ about the DJ's bad break-up with Swift earlier this year, but Harris says the song actually has a totally different meaning. Appearing on the Elvis Duran and the Z100 Morning Show, Harris explained that the song is actually about ditching his grocery store job to pursue a career in music. “It’s breaking out of a situation,” he said. "I thought of the concept years ago, when I left Safeway. I was trying to move to London and I was working in the store in Scotland, I was trying to go on and make music for a living but I couldn’t because I didn’t have any money. I was like, damn this grocery store! If I could break out of this I could have enough time to work on music and get good.”
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Pink Harris continued: “It’s hard to get a job in my town. You get brainwashed into thinking that’s as good as you’re going to get, and then you have to realize that actually there’s a whole world out there. "When you’re stuck in that situation, you can’t see that. You don’t think that you’re going to become
anything! That was just the concept that was in the back of my mind, but I had no idea how to put that into words until very recently.” Harris added that his songs aren't usually autobiographical, which probably won’t be enough to stop fans speculating that future tracks are aimed at Swift. “I think for me per-
sonally, that’s not really my vibe,” he said. “I’m not an autobiographical singer I’m very vague with my messages. I don’t think they’re any less powerful, but there are less words in them, and I don’t think over the course of an album it would really make sense with me as an artist.” Source: Contactmusic
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Animated movie 'Up' saved my life: Celine Dion
Organizing members of Miss Sumi addressing media in Dimapur on Monday. (Morung photo) Morung Express News
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ointly organized by Sumi Totimi Hoho (STH) and Western Sumi Totimi Hoho (WSTH), the annual Miss Sumi contest would be held on November 8 at NER Agri Expo site, 4th Mile, Dimapur. Addressing media persons in Dimapur on Monday in this connection, President, STH, Kitoli Naje informed that the contest is being organized in Dimapur this time instead of Zunheboto since almost half of Sumi population were residing in Dimapur. The contest would be held under the theme, “Hino Sulimi” (Echt Sulimi) and is open to all Sumi damsels aged between 18-15 with a minimum height of 5.5 ft.
She informed that Miss Sumi would receive a cash award of Rs 1 lakh along with gift hamper while the 1st Runner Up and 2nd Runner up would receive Rs 75, 000/- and Rs 50, 000/- respectively along with gift hampers. Winners of 10 subtitles would also receive Rs15,000/- along with gift hampers. Vice President, STH, Kalito said that the organizers were also stressing on women empowerment through the contest and to train the winners in various fields aligned with women empowerment. “The winners should not stay back as Miss Sumis but should be ambassadors of peace, women empowerment, social changes etc,” she added. The organizers said
that they are emphasizing on showcasing 6 different types of Sumi women original necklaces and 16 mekhalas which also comprise one of the four rounds during the contest to judge the contestants. “To emphasize on the importance of Sumi dialect, one question round would also be conducted in Sumi dialect,” the organizers added. It was informed that Minister for Roads & Bridges, Vikheho Swu had consented to be the chief guest on the occasion. The organizers have informed interested candidates to contact STH President, Kitoli Naje and WSTH President, Vihuli Zhimo through the following mobile numbers; 9436063317 and 9856281887.
inger Celine Dion is thankful to have had the movie 'Up' to help explain the loss of her husband Rene Angelil to their youngest children. The couple's eldest son, Rene-Charles, turned 15 less than two weeks after his father's death in January but Dion was most concerned about grief counselling for their five-year-old twins, Eddy and Nelson, reported Contact music. "I asked for some books for children to help me to guide them through this," the 'My Heart Will Go On' superstar said. 'And (the books) kind of, like, shook me up so much. It was not my way of wanting to talk to my children.' The 48-year-old singer found an ideal solution in animated hit 'Up' by accident, and now wants the world to know what is helping her heart go on. ''Up' saved my life," she smiled, before referencing an elderly character in the 2009 family film. "I said (to the kids), 'What is the movie that Ellie died in?' And they said, 'Ellie died in the movie Up, Mum.' I said, 'That's it. Ellie,' I said. 'Well, I want you to now listen to me.' I said, 'Papa is now with Ellie.
‘#’ rules Emmys 2016 with 12 awards
antasy drama TV series "Game of Thrones" on Sunday night triumphed in 12 of the 24 categories, including Outstanding Drama Series, it was nominated at the 68th annual Emmy Primetime Awards ceremony, which saw Bollywood star Priyanka Chopra making a ravishing debut as a presenter. Priyanka, who has found popularity in the US with TV show "Quantico", looked scintillating in a scarlet gown as she took to the red carpet and then the Emmys stage. In her Jason Wu one-shoulder gown that hugged her silhouette, the former Miss World oozed oomph as she blew kisses, pouted, twirled and smiled away at the shutterbugs. She even gestured a 'namaste'. She shared the stage with actor Tom Hiddleston to give away the Outstanding Directing for a Limited Series, Movie, or Dramatic Special award to "The Night Manager director"
Rami Malek won Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series for his role in "Mr Robot", while Tatiana Maslany from "Orphan Black" won Outstanding Leading Actress. "Master of None" scored its first Emmy award, winning Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series. The show's co-writer Alan Yang called
for better Asian representation on screen in his acceptance speech. Elsewhere, "The Voice" took home the award for Outstanding Reality Competition Series, beating "Project Runway" and "Dancing With The Stars". "Sherlock" was named Best Made for TV Movie for its special episode
"The Abominable Bride". Susanne Bier, the Danish director of the spy thriller "The Night Manager", won for Best Directing in a Limited Series. Last weekend, "Game of Thrones" dominated the Creative Emmy Awards, picking up nine prizes for technical achievement. Source: IANS
With their win at the end of the night, Game Of Thrones has set the record for most Emmys, bringing it to a total of 38.
Susanne Bier. Other big winners of the night included "The People v. O. J. Simpson: American Crime Story". The show won five trophies including Outstanding Limited Series plus acting gongs for Sarah Paulson, Sterling K. Brown and Courtney B. Vance. "Veep" won the Outstanding Comedy Series award for the second year in a row, while its star Julia LouisDreyfus won Outstanding Lead Comedy Actress for the fifth time. In her acceptance
speech, Louis-Dreyfus said: "Our show started out as political satire but now feels like a sobering documentary." She dedicated her award to her father, who recently died. Tony Hale, who plays the president's personal aide Gary Walsh in "Veep", triumphed in the Outstanding Supporting Actor category. The Outstanding Comedy Actor gong went to Jeffrey Tambor, who plays a transgender woman in "Transparent", for the second year in a row. Accepting the award, Tambor en-
couraged the industry to offer more opportunities to the community. "I would not be unhappy were I the last cisgender male to play a transgender female on television. We have work to do," he said. Dame Maggie Smith won Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series for her role in "Downton Abbey". Smith was not there in person to accept the award, so host Jimmy Kimmel joked: "We're not mailing this to her. Maggie, if you want this, it will be in the lost and found."
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Real Madrid equal La Liga record for successive wins Richard Martin Reuters
Al Bond performs during qualifying session of Red Bull Hardline in Dinas Mawddwy, UK, on September 18, 2016. (Reuters Photo)
Inter overcome Juventus, Fiorentina pip Roma in Serie A
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Milan, SepteMber 19 (ianS): Inter Milan showed a lot of composure to secure a morale-boosting 2-1 win over defending champions Juventus here while hosts Fiorentina overcame Roma 1-0 in Serie A football league. Juventus on Sunday succumbed to their first league reverse of the season, just their second in 32 Serie A outings as goals from Mauro Icardi and Ivan Perisic cancelled out Stephan Lichtsteiner's second-half opener at the San Siro stadium. In Fiorence's Stadio Artemio Franchi, midfielder Milan Badelj's 82nd minute strike helped the hosts end Roma's 20-game undefeated streak in Serie A as the Serie A weekend culminated with the two big matches. At the end of the weekend, last season's runners-up Napoli are on the lead with 10 points from four matches as Juventus dropped to the second spot with nine points. Roma, remained in the third spot with seven points, followed by Lazio, Chievo and Inter -- all with seven points. Inter's win comes as a big relief to new head coach Frank De Boer who was under pressure after seeing his side suffer loss to league side Chievo and Hapoel Be'er Sheva in the Europa League. But Inter rose to the occassion in the much-talked fixture, reverred as the Derby d'Italia. After a cagey and tightly fought first period, the game came to life
after the break as Icardi and Perisic struck within 10 minutes of each other, the former equalising moments after Lichtsteiner had smashed home from close range, to swing the 167th in favour of the hosts. Frank De Boer's side completed the tie with 10 men after Ever Banega was dismissed for two bookable offences but in the end it mattered little as Juventus failed to muster the game's fourth goal in the closing stages. Happy to cede possession to their hosts early on, the Turin giants carved out the first half's more presentable openings, Sami Khedira surging in behind only to see the offside flag raised and Paulo Dybala seeing a snap shot blocked at point-blank range. From then up to the half-hour mark, genuine scoring chances would prove to be at a premium until Khedira headed straight at goalkeeper Samir Handanovic from Alex Sandro's excellent left-wing cross and Inter forward Icardi flashed wide from an acute angle on 35 minutes. Moments later, the Bianconeri were unlucky to see Miralem Pjanic's effort bounce just inches past the post with Handanovic beaten as the interval beckoned. Although Inter began the second half the stronger, it were Juventus who took the lead on 66 minutes, Lichtsteiner crashing home from inside the six-yard box after Alex Sandro's slalom to the dead-ball line. The celebrations of the Swiss' first
strike of the campaign were shortlived however, as Icardi rose highest to nod home from a corner no more than a minute later and, within 11, the Bianconeri were behind courtesy of Perisic's back-post header, the Croatian netting with his first real touch of the ball after coming off the bench. Juventus pushed hard for an equaliser in the closing stages, with substitute Gonzalo Higuain going closest with an excellent glancing header after more fine offensive work from Alex Sandro but ultimately could not break down their hosts who pick up their first home win over the Turin side in seven attempts. Meanwhile in Fiorence, it was a tale of two posts for Roma as Badelj fired home via the woodwork -- seconds after Radja Nainggolan had seen his effort bounce clear in similar fashion -- to secure the win for the hosts. Badelj found the bottom corner from 20 yards in the 82nd minute to win it for his side, who had created few clear-cut chances of note over the 90 minutes. It was a bitter blow for the visitors to take, having seen Nainggolan hit the post and substitute Stephan El Shaarawy denied at the death. There was further controversy to the goal -- replay suggested Fiorentina striker Nikola Kalinic had been in an offside position as he jumped out of the way of Badelj's shot on the way to goal -- but referee Nicola Rizzoli saw no issue.
Real Madrid brushed off the absence of Cristiano Ronaldo and Gareth Bale to beat Espanyol 2-0 away and maintain their 100 percent start to the league season while matching the La Liga record of 16 consecutive victories. Ja m e s R o d r i g u e z scored his first Real goal in five months to give the visitors the lead in stoppage time before the break and Karim Benzema sealed the points in the 70th minute with a close-range finish past former Madrid goalkeeper Diego Lopez. Athletic Bilbao beat Valencia 2-1 to pile more pressure on the visitors' beleaguered coach Pako Ayesteran, Villarreal downed Real Sociedad 2-1 thanks to a sensational 50-yard strike from Nicola Sansone, while Celta Vigo drew 0-0 at Osasuna. Real stay top of La Liga on 12 points, three above Barcelona and Las Palmas, having equalled Barca's record of 16 straight league wins achieved under Pep Guardiola in the 2010/11 season. "We played a great game from the start with concentration and enthusiasm. The best way to get the points is to come out fired up like we did today," Zidane told Movistar Plus. The Frenchman's Real side also broke the Madrid club's record for consecutive league wins, overtaking the 15-game winning streak under Miguel Munoz in the 1960/61 season. "Of course, the record means a lot to us because it's proof of the phenomenal work all the players
Real Madrid's James Rodriguez and Marcelo Vieira celebrate a goal. (Reuters Photo/Albert Gea)
are doing. Getting points is the most important thing but it's also nice to have a record like this," added Zidane.
Benzema had looked far from match fit against Sporting but was given another chance by Zidane and, after having an effort ruled out for offside in the SORE THROAT first half, the Frenchman Ronaldo missed the tapped in Asensio's low trip to Espanyol with a sore cross to finish off a classy throat, having scored five team move. goals in a 6-0 thrashing last season, while Bale is re- SENSATIONAL STRIKE covering from a hip injury Villarreal forward Sansustained in Wednesday's sone scored from just over last-gasp 2-1 Champions the halfway line as they League win over Sporting beat Sociedad to move up Lisbon. to sixth in the table, level on The absence of the pair eight points with Atletico allowed Lucas Vazquez and Madrid and Sevilla. Marco Asensio to face their The 13 million euros former club, while Rodri- ($14.50 million) close-seaguez came in for Germany son signing from Serie A international Toni Kroos in side Sassuolo let fly from midfield. the right hand side of the Colombia's 2014 World field to beat goalkeeper Cup Golden Boot winner Geronimo Rulli in the 25th. has not enjoyed a consistent Italian Sansone had run in the side since Zidane also given the hosts the took charge but seized the lead three minutes earlier opportunity, nutmegging from inside the box after an Espanyol defender out- the Brazilian former Chelside the area and stroking sea striker Alexandre Pato the ball into the bottom cor- had missed a penalty. ner of the net. Sociedad's Yuri reduced
the deficit in the 35th minute but they finished the game with 10 men after fellow defender Joseba Zaldua was sent off in the 89th for a second yellow card. Athletic Bilbao came from behind to beat Valencia, who are bottom without a point or a goal from their four games. "Now is the time to reflect on what we're doing and make a real effort to turn things around on the pitch," said Valencia goalkeeper Diego Alves. "We have a good enough team to improve on where we are at the moment." Alvaro Medran gave Valencia a dream start by scoring in the second minute but their former striker Aritz Aduriz turned the game in Athletic's favour with two strikes before halftime. Second-bottom Celta Vigo got their first point of the season in a goalless draw at promoted Osasuna, who are a point and a place above them in the standings.
Naga FC wins 2nd Captain Kenguruse Memorial Football Champion Trophy Our Correspondent Kohima | September 19
Defending champion Naga FC today retained the coveted champion trophy of 2nd Captain Kenguruse All Nagaland Memorial Football tournament 2016 here at the Kohima Local Ground. Inspector General Assam Rifles (North) and Headquarters 3 Corps initiated this tournament to remember and honour the brave soldier Captain (Late) N. Kengruruse, Naga FC defeated Liangmai FC 5-1 to settle the coveted champion trophy and pocketed a cash prize of Rs. 1.50 lakh. Chaba contributed hattrick for Naga FC in 59th, 65th and 69th minutes while other two goal for Naga FC came through Rhitsho and Kethozhapu in the 74th minute and stoppage time respectively. A lone goal for Liangmai FC came through Paudikhobou in 67th minute. Runners-up Liangmai FC pocketed a cash prize of Rs. 1 lakh along with citation. Semi finalist Aboi FC also awarded with a cash prize of Rs. 50,000. Chaba of Naga FC, S. Narzary of HQ IGAR (N) and Velukho of Naga FC were decorated with the title of Golden Boot, Best Custodian and Most Valuable Player respectively and pocketed Rs. 10,000 each along trophy and citation. Lhousavoto was also conferred with best official title of the tournament. Altogether, 24 teams joined the tournament.
Champion Naga FC with others during the prize distribution ceremony in Kohima on September 19. (Morung Photo)
The prizes were jointly distributed by Inspector General of Assam Rifles (North) Maj. Gen. M.S. Jaswal, SM, Kohima deputy commissioner Rovilato Mor and Neiselie Kenguruse, father of Captain (late) Neikezhakuo Kenguruse, MVC Earlier, gracing the closing function as the chief guest, parliamentary secretary for youth resources & sports, music task force and state lotteries Khriehu Liezietsu thanked the Assam Rifles for organizing this football tournament to salute the hero Captain (Late) N.Kenguruse MVC and also to celebrate and encourage football talent in the state. He hoped that with the continuous support and efforts put in by Inspector General Assam Rifles (North), Nagaland will be able to stride forward in the days to come. He said Captain Kenguruse Nagaland Football League, since its inception in 2015 has been quite popular with the players as well as the local football fans. “I feel it is a very good
platform for players especially the youngsters as they get to play against the best from around the state,” Liezietsu said. He also complimented the Nagaland Football Association (NFA) for partnering with the Assam Rifles in organizing this tournament, which is of very high quality and also for making it a yearly event. “This tournament is a tribute to the gallant son of Nagaland- Captain Kenguruse, who hails from Nerhema village of Kohima district. Captain late Kenguruse who has displayed extraordinary courage, conspicuous gallantry and determination beyond the call of duty and made the supreme sacrifices for the country,” he said. Also stating that Kenguruse is the recipient of one of the nation’s highest gallantry award i.e, the Mahavir Chakra posthumously, he said “Today as we play this football tournament in his memory and honour I hope his brave acts and the footprints left behind will be emulated and followed by the
younger generation of today and in the years to come.” Also thanking Assam Rifles on behalf of the department of youth resources and sports and the football lovers of the state for their initiative, Liezietsu said “Your consistence support and focus for the youths and youth empowerment is commendable.” “This football tournament is just one of the examples of your many efforts to empower and promote the talented youth of the state. Through your strong commitment and dedication you have done a significant job for the youth of Nagaland. I am sure through this venture sports especially football will receive a boost and remarkably thrive in our state,” the parliamentary secretary said. *Champion: Naga FC *Runners-up: Liangmai FC *Golden Boot: Chaba (Naga FC) *Best Custodian: S. Narzary (HQ IGAR (N) *Most Valuable Player: Velukho (Naga FC)
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