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A Daily Publication of Morung for Indigenous Affairs & JustPeace
Dimapur VOL. VI ISSUE 301
Thursday, November 3, 2011 12 pages ` 3
In the process of trial and error, Our failed attempts are meant to destroy arrogance and provoke humility
by Sandemo Ngullie
to reappoint ‘Dialogue best way forward’ Cabinet ‘aggrieved teachers’
Union Home Minister reaches out, says Indo-Naga talks progressing Newmai News Network
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DMC response to NPCC on price rise DIMAPUR, NOVEMBER 2 (MExN): The Advisor In-charge, Market Rate Control Cell Dimapur Municipal Council, Er. Vikholie Nienu has issued a clarification to the statement made by the NPCC regarding price rise of essential commodities in Dimapur as compared to Bokajan/ Khatkhati in Assam. The press note stated that the DMC “receives less cooperation from the public and various trade unions and because of which proper and effective regulation of market rate prescribed by the DMC is time and again destabilized”. The DMC stated that it was ready to take action on any business establishment that is violating the price fixed by the DMC. Full text in p5—Public Space
BASN announces Miss Nagaland for December 6 DIMAPUR, NOVEMBER 2 (MExN): The Beauty & Aesthetics’ Society of Nagaland (BASN) has announced that the annual beauty Pageant ‘Miss Nagaland’ shall be held at Kohima on the 6th of December 2011 as part of the State Annual Hornbill Festival. This was informed in a press note issued by Ms Kevi Nagi, President BASN. All the District Organizers are requested to send their representatives/contestants for the pageant. Registration form for contestants will be made available by 7th November ’11 at akasworld. com or Hotel Pine, Kohima. The ‘Miss Nagaland 2011’ shall receive a cash prize of Rs.50,000/-, 1st Runnerup and 2nd Runner-up shall receive cash prizes of Rs.30,000/- and Rs.20,000/respectively besides other incentives.Forfurtherdetails the following numbers may be contacted: 9346001599; 9436401982; 9436218982.
Hike in petrol prices inches closer
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NEW DElhI, NOVEMBER 2 (AGENCIES): A day after state-owned oil companies pressed for a petrol price hike, the Petroleum Ministry on Wednesday said it is up to the oil firms to decide on raising the rates of the deregulated commodity. “It is for them (oil companies) to decide. They will take a decision at a right time,” Oil Secretary G C Chaturvedi said. On Tuesday, Hindustan Petroleum Corporation Ltd (HPCL) Director (Finance) B Mukherjee had said that oil firms may have to raise petrol prices, as they were losing Rs. 1.50 per litre at the current rates. Chaturvedi said petrol is a deregulated commodity whose pricing is not decided by the government. “The oil companies are empowered to take a view on it,” he said. Indian Oil, HPCL and Bharat Petroleum had last hiked petrol prices by Rs. 3.14 a litre on September 16, when the Indian rupee was valued at about Rs. 48 per US dollar. The exchange rate is now over Rs. 49 per US dollar.
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Union Home Minister P Chidambaram, who is on a two-day visit to Manipur said the democratic process of dialogue is the best way to approach any issue. He was speaking at a public programme at Senapati district headquarters in Manipur on Wednesday. The visiting Union home minister then informed the Naga leaders in a separate meeting that “much progress” has been in the IndoNaga dialogue and that the government of India is sincere in solving the issue. Chidambaram also informed the Naga leaders that the tripartite talks involving the United Naga Council, the state government of Manipur and New Delhi should resume at the earliest time possible. However, the visiting Union minister failed to convince the Naga leaders to call off the agitation. P Chidambaram was accompanied by Manipur Chief Minister O Ibobi Singh in the meeting with Naga leaders today in Senapati. It may be mentioned that the UNC had announced to call a 72-hour bandh to begin from midnight of November 3 in protest against the signing of Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between
Without doubt one of the most significant of decisions taken by the Nagaland state Cabinet this year, the State government has conceded to the demands of the agitating “aggrieved teachers” in the state. The Cabinet has decided to ‘reappoint them’ – but, strangely, ‘only if there are vacancies.’ Two other important decisions that the Cabinet has taken concerned with the controversial “special recruitment drive” and the second, enhancement of financial perks for field workers in the Electricity department. The Nagaland Cabinet met November 2 today in Kohima where a slew of decisions – all associated with some of the most contentious issues currently facing the recruitment sector in the state – were taken. A highly-reliable source disclosed to The Morung Express tonight that the Cabinet has decided to “agree” with the demands of the agitating “aggrieved teachers.” The “aggrieved teachers” are members of the Aggrieved Teachers Association of Nagaland (ATAN) who were on hunger strike in October pressing the government for reinstatement of the “aggrieved” members. The members include those who came under the scanner of the government over issues
Nagas in Senapati district headquarters (Manipur) displaying contrasts festoons with one welcoming Union home minister P Chidambaram while the other depicts their angst against the government of Manipur on Wednesday (Photo/Newmai News Network)
the Sadar Hills District Demand Committee (SHDDC) and the state government of Manipur for the creation of Sadar Hills within November. The UNC has been opposing the creation of Sadar Hills district. “We must learn to live together and then understand each other and accommodate one another”, said Chidambaram. He was addressing a public meeting at Senapati district where he inaugurated
Govt’s five-bill formula to tackle corruption
NEW DElhI, NOVEMBER 2 (AGENCIES): In a decisive push in the fight against corruption, the union government is readying five bills, including the Lokpal bill, for introduction in the Winter Session of Parliament. The five bills are: Lokpal Bill, Whistleblowers Bill, Judicial Accountability Bill, Citizen’s Charter and Public Grievance Redressal Bill. Addressing a press conference here, Union Rural Development Minister Jairam Ramesh said that the government intends to pass the much debated Lokpal Bill in the Winter Session of the Parliament. Talking about the modalities of the Public Grievance Redressal Bill, Ramesh
said that all government works will have to be done within 15 days; otherwise it will attract penal action. “Government will appoint 5 lakh officers across the country to monitor public grievances,” Ramesh added. He further informed that the draft of the bill is ready and the government will seek public opinion over it very soon. On Citizen’s Charter, Ramesh said, “Every public authority will have a Citizen’s Charter which will clearly state the functioning of the public offices. People will have direct access to the officers and can complaint if the government authority fails at any point. Immediate actions will be taken on all such complaints.”
a newly constructed district hospital and a Mini Secretariat building this morning. The home Minister said, “There is no such problem which cannot be solved through dialogue”. “There may be difference of opinions but we must understand each other.” Chief Minister O Ibobi, who was accompanying the Home Minister on the Senapati trip appealed to withdraw the bandh and blockade imposed
by United Naga Council (UNC) on National highways. “We are all Indian citizens living together in Manipur. We should help each other”, the Chief Minister said in his address to the public. Although a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) has been signed between the State Government and the Sadar Hills Districthood Demand Committee (SHDDC), all the communities will
be consulted before taking any decision, Ibobi insisted. He, however, said a series of problems crop up whenever the Government tried to solve one problem. The Home Minister went to Jessami in Ukhrul district after leaving Senapati and he inaugurated a SDO, SDPO office complex, a Primary Health Centre building and a 132kv power sub-station there. He also attended a public meeting at Jessami village.
associated with the “bogus teachers” scandal that exploded in 2008. The “bogus teachers” scandal has since then been one of the biggest thorns in the Neiphiu Rio– led state government’s side. The source, a Democratic Alliance of Nagaland (DAN) government leader, said that the Cabinet has “agreed to reappoint the aggrieved teachers if there are
Power workers’ perks enhanced; Special Recruitment Drive ‘withheld’
vacancies in the districts.” Readers may recall here that earlier the government had notified that teachers are to be appointed to posts in areas from whey they hail and/or associated with their own linguistic and tribal district “to overcome the linguistic barrier.” The source was queried on the bizarre nature of the decision that the teachers would be appointed ‘only if there are vacancies in their districts.’ If there are no vacancies, the source said, the teachers would not be appointed in any case, because the ‘government cannot appoint persons where there are no posts to appoint one to.’ Continued on page 5
GBs Union appeal for early civic poll DIMAPUR, NOVEMBER 2 (MExN): A disgruntled GBs Union Dimapur has appealed to the Nagaland Government for early election to the Dimapur Municipal Council (DMC) saying that development activities and sanitation has taken a backseat; while collection of taxes has risen dramatically under the present DMC Advisory Board. GBs Union President, Viyeto Chishi appealed to the Government and the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) to keep the activities of DMC within the parameters of the Nagaland Municipal Act, and to streamline or curtail the powers of the Advisory Board.
Road, rail blockades should be nipped in bud: Supreme Court
NEW DElhI, NOVEMBER 2 (AGENCIES): The Supreme Court on Tuesday expressed dismay at the just ended three-month economic blockade of Manipur by Sadar Hills District Demand Council and observed that not much attention was being paid by authorities towards the hardships faced by northeastern states. It said though there were enough forces to meet such situations in the country’s heartland, there were states where people suffered miserably due to blockades. Striving to sensitize the governments and find a solution to blocking of rail and road traffic in the country, a bench of Justices G S Singhvi and S J Mukhopadhaya said, “There are other parts of the country where blockade continues for three months. Life of people there must be miserable.” The SDDC on
Tuesday called off the blockade on reaching an agreement with the Manipur government. It had blocked two national highways linking Manipur to other parts of the country to press for their demand to convert Kuki dominated Sadar Hills Area into a full fledged district. Referring to the rail roko agitations last year, solicitor general R F Nariman, who appeared for the Centre, said, “This should not happen at all and should be nipped in the bud. Preventive measures are more important as there are enough laws to deal with those who disrupt rail traffic.” He said there was no coordination between the railway police and the local authorities to prevent protesters from blocking rail traffic and sought a week’s time from the court to formulate preventive measures for future. Senior advocate Colin
Gonsalves said the blockade of rail traffic for 15 days last year because of agitation linked to Mirchpur caste violence had caused a loss of Rs 33 crore to the railways as quantified by the central government. “However, the state government has not been able to identify a single protester or delinquent official from whom the loss could be recovered,” he said. The bench said, “When mobocracy starts, it is very difficult to identify people. If the police takes action, then it is blamed. If it does not, then also it is blamed. When there is pressure from all sides, it becomes difficult for the police to function.” The court requested the solicitor general and other counsel to submit their suggestions on preventive measures against blockades and fixed November 22 for further hearing.
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CM inaugurates DT&A new office building Our Correspondent Kohima | November 2
Nagaland’s Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio today stated that the Directorate of Treasuries and Accounts will now have to gear up to take up the additional responsibilities of implementing the new pension system which has already commenced. “Gradually, this will replace the GPF system and the directorate will have to maintain records of all state government employees,” Rio said while inaugurating the new office building of the Directorate of Treasuries and Account here this morning. This new directorate building is located near the Directorate of Information and Public Relations at the new capital complex. Rio said the directorate is also expected to take over the issue of pay slips of all state government employees from the Accountant General in due course of time. Rio said the directorate and all the officers and staff need to prepare themselves to be fully prepared to meet the challenges in the coming years. Rio said the Directorate of Treasuries and Account was formally set up in 1980. Prior to this, the treasuries functioned as a part of DC’s establishments. During 1980 there are only 8
district treasuries and 2 sub treasuries. Since then, this has increased to 11 district treasuries and 12 sub treasuries. The functioning of the department has also increased by leaps and bounds. In the year 1986, there were 38 directorates, 68 demands and the total budget was Rs. 344.93 crores (Plan, non plan and CSS). Today, there are 61 directorates, 82 demands with a total budget outlay of Rs. 6868.76 crores (plan, non-plan and CSS 2011-12 excluding debt servicing). The Chief Minister said the treasuries today function as the custodian of all the financial transactions of the state government carried out through more than 970 DDOs, and enforce financial rules and guidelines prescribed by the government from time to time. “They also carry out internal audit of various government departments, PSUs and NGOs receiving grants from the government,” Rio said adding that in respect of pensioners, the treasury officers function as DDOs. The treasuries also prepare accounts for forwarding to the Accountant General and monitor the transactions of all departments, including DDO-wise sub-allocation of funds, Rio said and added the department thus
Agape School Kiphire first literary day held
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Thomas addressing the students of Agape School Kiphire during its first literary day held on November 1. (Morung Photo) Our Correspondent Kiphire | November 2
Agape School Kiphire held its first literary day on November 1 since its inception with Thomas, Station Superintended as special guest. Speaking on the occasion Thomas while saying that ‘when we look back to the history all the great university were once small institutions’ expressed wish that the Agape School will one day become one of the great institution in the district. He encouraged the students to make the institution proud by giving the best in one’s duties. Expressing hope he also said, ‘the dreams and the aims that students have will surely come true as you are all disciplined and well mannered’. Sharing his thought
with the teaching community the guest said that teaching is one of the humblest professions and added, “I am sure you are not here for money alone but with a vision to build the generation you are here and you will surely get blessings for all you have done.” He further said that ‘learning today and leading tomorrow you are going to be the leader of tomorrow and the little activities you do today will surely lead you to the greater height’ and wished all the participants the best of luck. Welcoming the guest Shemongthsi said, ‘we are doing this literary programme not to fill up the gap but to equip our self so that we face the world confidently. Apise chaired the programme and tiny tots presented a special song.
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Directorate of Treasuries & Account to take additional responsibilities of implementing new pension system
(Left) Chief Minister of Nagaland Neiphiu Rio speaking at the inaugural function of the new building of Directorate of Treasuries and Accounts Kohima on November 2. (Right) View of new building Directorate of Treasuries and Accounts located at New Capital complex Kohima. (DIPR Photos)
functions as the right hand of the government in all financial matters. Stating that the government has already acknowledged the significant role played by the directorate of treasuries and accounts and has been providing support for the infrastructure and facilities of the department, Rio said “Even in the coming years, the government will continue to provide whatever is necessary for the department to implement its duties and
responsibilities in an efficient manner.” On their part, Rio said the officers and staff must be willing and prepared to give their fullest commitment and dedication to the work and handle with professionalism as “there can be no room for any mistakes.” Rio was also asserted that the directorate and its staff will be expected to play a key role in maintaining high standards of accounting and financial norms in all the state gov-
ernment departments, and in assisting the government to maintain proper financial control and supervision and better and efficient management of its resources. In the meantime, Rio said the new directorate building will bring much relief to the directorate and the officers who have for many years been functioning from a private residence with much limitation of space and facilities. “I am sure the new build-
ing will go a long way in providing a conducive atmosphere for the directorate to function more effectively and efficiently,” Rio said. Chief Secretary of Nagaland, Lalthara IAS who also spoke on the occasion expressed that it was a comfortable feeling to see the new building stating it to be a much-awaited inauguration. The Chief Secretary regretted on the loopsided allocation of resources and pointed out that since statehood, only
credible service providers in all districts at the earliest, to ensure protection of women. The NSCW also sees the need for the government to implement compulsory Registration of Marriage Act in the state of Nagaland. The Commission said that it was also observed under interaction with the police authorities and the public that more women police/constables were needed in all the districts. “ We need more strength of women police,” it said and the cited the reasons being the rise of women involved in criminal activities and also the rise of crimes against women. The Commission also felt the need to have special training for women police to deal with women issue. Such observations were made during its legal awareness seminars in all the 11 districts. The Commission observed that lack of legal awareness of the public, especially the wom-
and Accounts is now poised to meeting multiple challenges where he said that the first and foremost was the challenge of computerising the functioning of Treasuries through which the entire transactions of the State government are carried out. Earlier, welcome address was delivered by Toshi Aier, IAS, additional chief secretary and finance commissioner while vote of thanks was proposed by Z. Messen, director of treasuries & account.
en folk, leads to the denial of their genuine rights. During the legal awareness seminars, it touched on statutory rights of women, protection of women from domestic violence and the role of police in safeguarding women’s rights. The resource individuals were all from within the districts concerned. It included deputy commissioner, the district session judge and the superintendent of police. The Commission said the seminars were highly successful and the response was very positive everywhere. As per the rights empowered to the Commission, the NSCW visited all the district hospitals in Nagaland. The visits, it said, laid emphasis to the services at place for women and children in these hospitals. The Commission observed that all the hospitals have the need to improve the conditions of the labour rooms. It also observed that
all of the labour rooms except Mondistrictareinconditions which are not conducive for properasepticdelivery.There is need to provide suitable labour tables and all facilities related, it added. The Commission said that despite the sincere efforts of the department of health and family welfare, the facilities in terms of proper attached toilets in the labour rooms are not conducive to the enabling conditions of the patients, which needs proper consideration and roll out of the facilities. In its interactions, it was also observed that facilities for new born baby care centers need to be established in all the district hospitals at the earliest. The Commission have learnt that such facilities are within the preview of the National Rural Health Mission and such actions are already been activated in some centres. “This needs to be tak-
en up at the earliest possible time to ensure the placement of such facilities, in order to safeguard the health of the child and mother,” it said. In its interactions with the authorities of the Naga Hospital Authority Kohima, the Commission said that it conveyed the need for establishing 150 bedded maternal and child health unit, which had come to the knowledge of the Commission that the necessary procedures have been set in motion. The Commission acknowledged the imperative of this venture and requested the authorities concerned to expedite this matter. The Commission also observed that if the sub centre/ primary health centre and community health centre are function properly, then the rushofcomingtodistricthospitals will become less. It also stressed on the urgent need of district hospital, Kohima, which it said needs immediate attention.
The Commission had also noted the need to disburse the JSY package to the mothers at the time of delivery, at the respective health units. This being a matter when the financial supports provided are most required at the time of delivery. Referring to its visit to all the district jails in Nagaland, it said “the main observation after interacting with all jail authorities was the absolute need for a full time doctor with Psychiatric knowledge.” An encouraging part of the visits was the evident improvement of the women’s cells as compared to the previous visits, it added. The Commission said there many flagship programmes which reach the villages. However it said that because of ignorance of villagers the programmes are not properly implemented. In this, the Commission said the officer in-charge of those programmes must be more committed.
No need for Faleiro to tender ‘unconditional apology’: NPCC
Dimapur, November 2 (mexN): Nagaland Pradesh Congress Committee (NPCC) has hit back at Education Minister, Nyeiwang Konyak for his demand that Luizinho Faleiro, General Secretary, AICC in charge of Nagaland tender ‘unconditional apology’ to him. A statement from the Media Cell NPCC clarified that Faleiro did not utter the word ‘dowry’ as being alleged by the Minister and so the question of tendering an ‘unconditional apology’ does not arise. The note from NPCC stated that the Faleiro attended the last leg of NPCC district tour on October 28 at Dimapur, where he exhorted the party men and women.
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the plan departments get the plan funds whereas the actual core departments were neglected. He however expressed happiness that of late allocation of plan funds is also been given to the non-plan departments to take care of their requirements and viewed it as a welcome change. Additional Chief Secretary & Finance Commissioner, Toshi Aier IAS who delivered the welcome address pointed out that the Directorate of Treasuries
We need more strength of women police: NSCW
Kohima, November 2 (mexN): The Nagaland State Commission for Women (NSCW) on Tuesday, November 1 stated that the government has provided many benefits and rights for the women as per the provisions of the Constitution but regretted that “because of ignorance and lack of knowledge they are unable to access or exercise their rights.” The NSCW earnestly wishes for the district officials to be more aware and active to the needs of women and provide the necessary information and guidance to the public of the rights and benefits of women. In an interaction with media persons here this afternoon, the Commission said crime against women was on the rise in the state. It said the state government must implement the provisions of the prevention of domestic violence act in toto by appointing protection officers, identifying
Faleiro, while citing an example of how Government sanctioned money meant for the people at the grass root level was being spent in Nagaland, mentioned how the Education Minister ‘doled out’ the money in his tour to many places as guest, which he has admitted in the floor of the House. NPCC stated that the Education Minister claimed to have been taken the money from the grantin-aid for infrastructure development of private schools NPCC stated: “The honorable Minister may have either misunderstood or he may have been misquoted by the media the word ‘doled’ as in being distributed or ‘dole-out’
as in being shared with.” NPCC claimed that the Education Minister admitted that he signed an APR(actual payment receipt) on March 23, 2010 and drew Rs. 51,00,000 (fifty one lakhs) during 2009-10. The aforementioned amount was taken against the release of Rs. 5, 35,13,000 (five crore thirty five lakhs thirteen thousand) in March 2009-10. An amount of Rs. 1,34,13,000 (one crore thirty four lakhs thirteen thousand) is still missing since an amount Rs. 4,01,00,000 (four crore one lakh) has been released including the infamous amount of Rs. 51,00,000 (fifty one lakhs) which was taken
by the Education Minister, NPCC claimed. NPCC further claimed that during 2009-10 an amount of Rs. 54,98,000 (fifty four lacs ninety eight thousand) was released as grant in aid to special institutions, out of which the Education Minister took Rs. 11,18,000 (eleven lacs eighteen thousand) as @10% and again against another release he took Rs. 4,93,000/-(four lacs ninety three thousand). NPCC claimed that the Education Minister admitted on the floor of the house during the 8th & 9th Session of the NLA but he did not furnish the list of expenditure despite having promised to do so. In
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Kohima, November 2 (Dipr): The Chief Minister of Nagaland, Neiphiu Rio who has recently returned from abroad said that his invitation to the business community of Ireland to study the scope of business in Nagaland was acknowledged in a positive manner. Interacting with media persons on the sidelines of the inaugural function of the new building of Directorate of Treasuries and Accounts, Neiphiu Rio said that the delegation from Ireland were keen to visit Nagaland to venture into
business and also to study the political situation of the State. Rio also informed that they visited diary farms and piggeries and said that it was a very educative tour. The Chief Minister of Nagaland also visited the Queens University where he gave a lecture and said that the students put up many educative questions to him during his personal interaction with the students. He observed that the Law & Justice Minister and the students were surprised to learn about the liberty Nagaland enjoyed,
although being part of the Indian Union. Rio commented that Queens University has one of the best Libraries in the world with all well equipped infrastructures. Rio also informed about the invitation extended to the students of Nagaland by the Queens University, particularly in the field of music, which he said imparts master courses. Rio also said that their team also met Madam Adino Phizo and explained about the present peace process of Nagaland.
this connection, the NPCC stated it has been continuously raising the same issue and have even conducted ‘Dharna’ at Raj Bhavan and has submitted a representation to Governor of Nagaland to remove the Minister for his unbecoming act as Minister. NPCC added that if Konyak is a man of integrity as he professed to be, he should be sensible enough to resign honorable by now before an FIR is lodged against him for embezzlement of public money. The NPCC on its part has no hesitation in battling the issue with the honorable Minister, School Education in the Court of Law, it added.
Directorate Tourism directs for Hornbill festival
Kohima, November 2 (mexN): The Directorate of Tourism, Kohima held a joint meeting with representatives of various tribal hohos/ unions in connection with the ensuing Hornbill Festival. Accordingly the Director of Tourism, K. Yanpanthung Kikon has issued a public information that all tribal Morungs to arrange at least two volunteersdressedinrespective tribal traditional attires during Hornbill festival as done in the earlier years. All the tribal Morungs to put up respective tribal flags in front of their Morungs at Kisama (Flag Size 4 ½ ft x3ft), All Tribal Morungs to clean up and decorate their
Morungs for the festival which it stated to be completed by November 26. It added that the tribal hohos may submit names of participants (at least two each) for indigenous games such as greased bamboo pole climbing, pork fat eating competition, Naga chilly eating competition, Top spinning, archery etc to the directorate of youth resource & Sports Kohima. The leaders of tribal hohos/unions are directed to contact Tourism, Kohima (opposite Indoor stadium) for instructions regarding maintenance/upkeep of the Morungs, during office hours from November9-15.
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Ulfa warns of fresh attacks
GUWAHATI, November 2 (AGeNcIes): After opposing the ongoing peace process and stating that the political conflict between India and Assam could only be resolved by holding discussions on "sovereignty", Ulfa hardliners on Tuesday issued a fresh warning of launching attacks on government transport, politicians, black marketers and corrupt officials. In an email sent by Arunodoy Dohotia, the chief of Ulfa's publicity wing, the hardliners asked the public to maintain safe distance from people belonging to any of the above mentioned categories. "We want to alert everyone to keep away from government transport, vehicles of corrupt politicians and companies utilizing the resources of the state improperly, black marketeers and corrupt officials to avoid any kind of action," said Dohotia in the email. Meanwhile, the split between Ulfa hardliners and Arabinda Rajkhowaled pro-talks faction has once again come to the fore
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Women victims of witch-hunt in tribal Assam Union HM inaugurates PHC in Ukhrul over the property, while I would be given a maintenance amount. Their argument was a widow does not need much to live on. When I disagreed, they threatened me. next thing I knew, there was talk in the village that I was a witch and I had cast an evil eye on my husband...," said Daimari, a resident of Jorhat in upper Assam. So strong was the people's belief in black magic, that they were scared to even let Daimari stay in the village. She was thrown out of her home and sent back to her parents' house. She now stays on her own in a town close by and lives on odd jobs. Such cases mostly happen in the tribal-dominated areas and, more often than not, go unregistered by the police simply because no one registers a case. Roseboti Randiya, a 48-year-old health worker who works in a tea garden in Tinsukia district, has been doubling up as an activist trying to spread awareness against the social evil. "I have been trying to explain to people that these are just superstitions and that witches don't exist," Randiya added. In Kokrajhar, police and district authorities are struggling to arrest macabre witch-hunting practices. On Oct 9 an impoverished elderly couple was beaten to death, dragged for five kilometres and thrown into a river in the district for allegedly practising black magic. Bigiram narzary, 60, and Urbushi narzary, 55, were
blamed by the villagers for a number of deaths in the area in the recent past. The national Human Rights Commission, according to a statement, had taken up the matter with the police in Kokrajhar in May this year when four women were hacked to death in one month, allegedly for practising witchcraft. "Because of poor health facilities, illiteracy and lack of awareness, people go to 'ojha' or quacks for treatment; they claim to practise magic," Randiya said. "In some cases, it is a matter of property dispute. If a woman is widowed and people have their eyes on her property, they cook up some story, brand her a witch and oust her from her land," activist Sujata Sharma added. Realizing the urgency of the issue, Assam Police have joined hands with the state women's commission to activate community policing against witchhunting, an official statement said. The commission has also prepared and submitted to the government a draft law on witch-hunting, so that a strong law can be put in place against this evil practice, in line with other states like Bihar and Jharkhand. Usha Dewani of new Ways - a group of comic activists, which spreads messages of social importance through comics - said her group has been holding workshops on the issue. "The aim of our workshop in villages and universities is to change opinion and bring about a change," Dewani said.
Understanding peace through theatrics
mokokcHUNG, November 2 (mexN): The Clark Centre for Peace Research and Action (CCPRA), in its endeavour to promote peace and harmony in the society, will be conducting some peace programmes at Kohima and Dimapur on november 4 and 6 respectively. The programme titled ‘Promoting Just Peace Through Art - An evening of drama, songs and music’ will be held at Chakhesang Baptist Church, Kitsubozuo, Kohima on november 4 starting from 5 Pm, and at Dimapur the Dimapur Ao Baptist Church (Duncan Bosti) on november 6 starting from 5:30 Pm. Trained artistes from the Clark Theological College who will be present-
ing some dramas, songs and instrumental music at the programme. Besides, other locally renowned artistes will also be joining in the Clark Theological team and convey messages of peace through their performances. The Programme coordinator of CCPRA, Akumsungla Aier disclosed that the singers from the nagaland Singing Ambassadors, the OFF band, Power Faith, naga Idol winner Moanungsang and some others will also be performing at the programme as a mark of solidarity to the CCPRA in its endeavour to promote peace in the society. Saying that the CCPRA is organizing the programme solely on is, Akumsungla Aier
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with both sides involved in a mudslinging on the topic of "sovereign Assam". Another email sent by pro-talks Ulfa faction's publicity wing member Kamal Kachari rubbished the demand of "sovereign" Assam by saying that it has lost relevance in in today's time. "The state is not asking for an armed movement. Paresh Baruah should not comment on the demand of Assam's sovereignty by staying at a distance. His demand has no relevance in today's time and is very immature," said Kachari. He added that the ongoing peace process will not be hampered by Paresh Baruh's personal statements. "Though Baruah claims to represent the Assamese people, the commoners here don't want any more violence," he said in the email. On the other hand, pro-talks Ulfa leader Jiten Dutta was arrested for contempt of court on Tuesday. Dutta was held for not being present in the TADA court several times. He was taken to Guwahati A fisherman transfers his catch at the end of the day on the banks of the River Brahmaputra in Guwahati, Assam. Fishing is the main source of livelihood Central Jail in the evening. for many families staying on the banks of Brahmaputra river. (AP Photo)
TINsUkIA, November 2 (IANs): It was a fine day when Debari nagbonshi, 60, stepped out of her home after bath and saw the new bride of a neighbour hanging her red sari on the clothes line. "What a pretty sari," she complimented. A day later, the bride fell ill and immediately all fingers pointed at nagbonshi, branding her a "witch". There have been numerous such cases in tribal-dominated areas in Assam, mostly of women, either widowed or living alone, who are beaten, and sometimes even killed, after being branded as witches. The main reason behind this is a lack of awareness and poor health facilities or property disputes, say activists. "The men in the village pounded on our door late that night (in April)...dragged me out and started beating me with sticks till I was bleeding all over," nagbonshi said. While it's difficult to put an estimate of the number of women killed, according to the Assam home department, a total of 116 people, including 66 women, have been killed over the past 10 years in the name of witch-hunt. Regina Daimari's is another case. When 23-year-old Daimari's 50-yearold husband died two years ago, he left behind some land. Soon his relatives began hounding the young widow for the property, but she resisted. They then branded her a witch and got her thrown out of the house. "My husband's relatives demanded to take
said that this programme at Kohima and Dimapur being organized by the Clark Centre for Peace Research and Action is a contribution of the Centre to the society, and she expressed hope that it would be fruitful and bring some changes in the society. Talking about the importance of theater in the naga society, Akumsangla Aier said that the naga society has a rich tradition of storytelling through oral means. However, with the advent of writing in the society, the oral tradition of storytelling is losing its significance, therefore this theater programme which aims at dissemination education about peace in the society is also recapturing the fading practice of naga values in peace building measures. The team from CTC will leave for Kohima tomorrow. The whole programme will be documented on video cassettes and will be circulated for mass publicity. The Highland Dawn Media has been contracted for the visual documentation. With peace and peace building becoming an important topic in the society, the activities of the CCPRA, especially the dissemination of education through dramas, is expected to go a long way in understanding conflict and peace building in a society ravaged by decades of conflict and political turmoil.
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UKHRUL | November 2
WHIle InAUGURATInG THe Ukhrul Jessami Primary Health Centre (PHC), 33/11 Power sub-Station, Sub-Divisional Officer, (SDO) TD Office and SubDivisional Police Officer (SDPO) Office complexes today, the Union Home Minister P. Chidambaram stated that by inaugurating the Office Complexes many adjoining villages will benefit. This was Home Minister’s second visit to Ukhrul He emphasized on the inauguration of the PHC which would provide medical care to more than 10 neighbouring villages. The people of the villages would also be benefitted through the newly inaugurated SDO Office in availing or issuing land settlements certificates. He also mentioned that the coming-up of the SDPO Office would ensure better control of crime as well as traffic; Power Sub-Station would ensure reliable power sources to the people. He also acknowledged that we belong to one country de-
spite of living in multi-lingual, multi-tribes, races, religion, people, communities or colours and that it has to be "Indian first". The occasion was also graced by the Manipur State Chief minister, O.Ibobi Singh the State Power/ Horti & sc/sc & tech Minister Phungzathang Tonsing, Manipur State Congress Committee(MPCC) President Gaikhangam along with Shambu Singh IAS, joint Secretary north east and AK. Yadav OSD to PMO.. Speaking on the occasion, the CM gave assurance to the Jessami village that the existing village Government High School will be up-graded to Hr. Secondary School by next Academic session. He also handed over a cash package with a sum of Rupees 50,000/- to the village authority for hosting the programme. The function was attended by various District level Officers (DlOs) initiated by the DC UKhrul R. Sudhan (IAS), nGOs, Public and Students' Or-
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Divine Connection, Alobo Naga & the band to play in Dec DImApUr, November 2 (mexN): The biggest rock band in the north east region right now, Divine Connection from nagaland and another upcoming band Alobo naga & the Band would be performing in a concert on December 10 in Dimapur as part of commemorating World Human Rights Day. Organizers of the concert, Peace Channel will be presenting the two upcoming bands at the Holy Cross Grounds under the theme “stop violence against children and youth.” Director of Peace Channel Rev. Fr. C.P. Anto said during the press conference that the organizers aspire to reach out to each and every one in nagaland with the message of peace “by 2015 through our peace to all 2015 campaign.” The organizers also want to raise funds to hold “peace band shows” across nagaland “to create awareness among larger sections people on peace and harmony.” Tickets to the concerts are priced at Rs.100 per head and Rs. 500 for two aside from “Sponsor Cards.” The price for tickets for Peace Club Members is Rs. 50. The event will be held at the Holy Cross grounds on December 10 from 3:30pm to 6:30pm. For details one can contact Imlinungba at 9862788800, Kishor Dass at 09656118696 and Atoholi at 9856133431.
NAGA PEOPLE’S FRONT (NPF) Mon Divisional unit Dist Mon-798621: Nagaland
NPF MON DIVISION ELECTS NEW TEAM OFFICE BEARERS FOR 2011-2014 The NPF Mon divisional Unit has inducts New Office bearers along the frontal organization. The general session (convention) programme was held on 18th October at NPF hall Mon Town. The meeting was attended and delivered speeches by the elected members, Hon’ble minister education SCERT Shri. Neiwang, Minister forest & Wild life, Shri. M.C. Konyak, Advisor DUDA Shri Pangteang, MLA & Chairman MARCOFED Shri, C.L John, Ex minister, Ex. MLA delegate from 9 A/C units and division office bearers. According to the minister in-charge of Mon Division M.C Konyak, Shri Hanghuh, gen secy and Shri Bongnao Ex MLA Secy. Central office stated that as per the central office directive new team were elected, NPF Mon Divisional unit nominative committee Convener Shri. Noke, Ex. Minister, Secy Shri. C.L John MLA and Marcofed chairman, the new office bearers from various wings as division office bearers for the tenure 2011-2014 were elected and forwarded to the central office for further approval. Shri Tingthok as parent body president, Shri Leipho as youth wing President, Smti. Ponglem as women wing president, Shri. P.S Pulei as farmer wing president. The meeting was chaired by Shri. Wangnok Working president NPF Mon division and the new team was dedicated by Rev. Tinwang Chaplin KBCM. The NPF Mon Division hope to face the forth coming general election since the new team reaffirming would strengthen the party’s positively. K. Chingkai Gen. Secy NPF Mon Division.
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ImpHAl, November 2 (NNN): The Manipur unit of naga People’s Front (nPF) on Wednesday asserted that status quo of the present boundaries of all the districts in Manipur should be maintained, saying it will be the best solution for all concerned. The Manipur unit of nPF has seriously viewed the unilateral Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed between the State Government of Manipur and Sadar Hills District hood Demand Committee (SHDDC) regarding the Sadar Hills district demand because of its sensitivity, nPF spokesperson Somi Keishing said while speaking to the media in Imphal on Wednesday. The Government had earlier signed four MoUs with various naga civil organizations where it had been agreed that the sensitive issue would be settled only after due consultations with the naga community, Somi Keishing insisted. However, the Government has laid aside the agreements and unilaterally accorded with the SHDDC laying the background for formation of Sadar Hills district sans consulting the naga people, "The matter could have solved long time before if the government had taken it seriously with determination", he added."As of now, however, temporary solution will not bring any good result in the days to come. So, nPF firmly believes that maintaining the status quo of the present boundaries of all the districts in the State will be the best solution in the interest of all concerned, Keishing reiterated.
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PM calls for quick global recovery
NEW DElhi, NOvEmbER 2 (iANs): Prime Minister Manmohan Singh Wednesday called for a coordinated approach to spur global recovery and pitched for reform of international financial institutions as he left for Cannes in the French Riviera to attend the 6th G20 Summit. At Cannes, besides attending the summit Thursday and Friday, the prime minister will have bilateral meetings with his host and French President Nicolas Sarkozy, British Prime Minister David Cameron, Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard and European Union leaders Herman Van Rompuy and Jose Manuel Barroso. Underlining the sovereign debt crisis in the Eurozone as “the principal source of concern for the global economy ”, Manmohan Singh said it was imperative that “decisions needed to address the economic chal-
lenges in Europe and elsewhere are taken swiftly”. Stating that the twin summits of the European Union and Eurozone a few days ago helped to restore a measure of confidence in the markets, the prime minister emphasised that “much more needs to be done”. “The Eurozone is a historic project. India would like the Eurozone to prosper, because in Europe’s prosperity lies our own prosperity,” he said. “It is important for the Cannes Summit to signal a strong and coordinated approach to put the global economy back on track, while addressing medium term structural issues.” Alluding to the impact of eurozone recession on the Indian economy, the prime minister said: “Developing economies such as India need a conducive global economic environment to address the vast challenges they face.”
“In an increasingly interdependent world, we have to be wary of contagion effects and the import of inflationary pressures in our economy.” The two-day summit Thursday-Friday is also expected to take stock of the progress on other matters discussed earlier, like mutual assessment of the fiscal policies of member nations and reform of the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund, officials said. Manmohan Singh also made a strong pitch for reform of institutions of global governance, an issue which will figure prominently in the discussions at the summit. “This is an issue of importance to India, and we will work with others to develop effective and representative global governance mechanisms and carry forward the process of reform of the international monetary and financial system.” The G20, originally formed at the
level of finance ministers and central bank governors in 1999 after the East Asian economic crisis, assumed significance after its elevation to a summitlevel forum in 2008, following the global financial crisis. Like in the past 5 summits held in Washington, London, Pittsburgh, Toronto and Seoul, Planning Commission Deputy Chairman Montek Singh Ahluwalia will be the prime minister’s sherpa, or chief interlocutor, during the meeting. Besides India and host France, the G20 comprises Brazil, the US, Canada, China, Argentina, Australia, South Korea, Germany, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Russia, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, Turkey, Britain and the European Union. These members account for 80% of the global GDP and two-thirds of the world population. The prime minister returns home Saturday morning.
North Ireland delegation keen to visit Nagaland
KOhimA, NOvEmbER 2 (DiPR): The Chief Minister of Nagaland, Neiphiu Rio who has recently returned from abroad said that his invitation to the business community of Ireland to study the scope of business in Nagaland was acknowledged in a positive manner. Interacting with media persons on the sidelines of the inaugural function of the
new building of Directorate of Treasuries and Accounts, Neiphiu Rio said that the delegation from Ireland were keen to visit Nagaland to venture into business and also to study the political situation of the state. Rio also informed that they visited diary farms and piggeries and said that it was a very educative tour. The Chief Minister of Nagaland also visited the
Queens University where he gave a lecture and said that the students put up many educative questions to him during his personal interaction with the students. He observed that the Law & Justice Minister and the students were surprised to learn about the liberty Nagaland enjoyed, although being A part of the Indian Union. Rio commented that
Queens University has one of the best Libraries in the world with all well equipped infrastructures. Rio also informed about the invitation extended to the students of Nagaland by the Queens University, particularly in the field of music, which he said imparts master courses. Rio also said that their team also met Adino Phizo and explained about the present peace process of Nagaland.
Nagaland Fisheries officers trained at Bhubaneswar
DimAPuR, NOvEmbER 2 (mExN): The Department of Fisheries, Nagaland sponsored 30 (thirty) Fisheries Officers from the 11 districts of the State under the guidance of team leader Lotimenba, DFO, Mokokchung and assisted by Neitho-o Kuotsu, CEO, Dimapur and N.Yeheto Nartho, SDFO & PD ATMA, Peren, for a training program on “Fish Disease Diagnosis & Management”
at the Central Institute of Freshwater Aquaculture (CIFA), Bhubaneswar, Orissa from October 17-22 last. Neitho-O Kuotsu, CEO, FFDA, Dimapur, Nagaland, in a press statement stated that fish aquaculture plays a pivotal role in the economy of the country for its contribution to the food basket, employmentgenerationandhasbeenestablished as an industry in the last decades. Due to
intensification of aquaculture practices with improved technologies, diseases of microbial etiology of economic significance have surfaced in the rearing and grow out pond. Infectious fish diseases are a devastating problem and presents ongoing threat to Aquaculture sector. He also stated that the threat of fish disease is yet to create a problem in our State due to lesser intensification of culture practices here. Nevertheless, the problems could be foreseen with the introduction of scientific fish culture system in the State. Therefore, it is felt necessary to equip the Department Officials and sensitize the progressive fish farmers on the problems and economic loss caused by fish diseases. Some of the important topics covered in the training course included the Sampling techniques and fish diseases management, chemotherapeutics and probiotic, diagnostic procedures, concept of immune stimulation and farmers participatory in fish disease surveillance and monitoring, etc.
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Women far behind men in economic participation NEW YORK, NOvEmbER 2 (AP): The world has make great progress in eliminating inequality between men and women in health and education, but not in economic participation and political empowerment, according to a survey of 135 nations released Tuesday. The annual survey by the Genevabased World Economic Forum shows that four Nordic countries — Iceland, Norway, Finland and Sweden — lead the world again in promoting equality of the sexes, and the United States continues its ascent in the rankings, rising from 19th to 17th place. But no country has closed the gap between men and women when it comes to health and survival, educational attainment, economic participation and opportunity and political empowerment. “A world where women make up less than 20% of the global decision-makers is a world that is missing a huge opportunity for growth and ignoring an untapped reservoir of potential,” Klaus Schwab, founder and chairman of the World Economic Forum, said in a statement. The annual survey, released at a press conference, showed that over the past six years about 85% of coun-
tries have narrowed the gender gap. But in other countries the gap widened and the situation for women worsened, including in Nigeria, Mali, Colombia, Tanzania and El Salvador. Pakistan, Chad and Yemen were at the bottom of the list. Saadia Zahidi, head of the forum’s women leaders and gender parity program, said the world as a whole has closed about 96% of the gender gap in health and 93% in education — but only about 60% of the gap in economic participation and less than 20% in political empowerment. “So women are starting to be as healthy and as educated as men, and yet, are not being channeled into the economy, into decision-making structures,” she said. Zahidi said closing the gender gaps “are directly correlated with increased economic competitiveness.” With the world focused on job creation and economic growth, she said, “gender equality is the key to unlocking potential and stimulating economies.” The survey shows that a number of relatively poor countries have made major strides to close the gender gap and rank in the top 25 — the Philippines,
Google to offer free websites to Indian SMEs
NEW DElhi, NOvEmbER 2 (PTi): Google India on Wednesday said it offered free websites to an estimated five lakh small and medium enterprises (SMEs) in the country. Google India, the Indian unit of the global internet giant, said on its official blog that it has launched an ‘India Get Your Business Online’ program to provide website, internet domain and web hosting services to SMEs in the country. Interested small business owners would need to submit their PAN (Permanent Account Number) and other tax-related details for verification, after which they would be provided with an online tool for a free website and web hosting service for one year. After a year, website owners will have to pay a charge if they wished to renew their domain name.
Airfare may go up by 20%
NEW DElhi, NOvEmbER 2 (AgENciEs): Shares of airline companies surged on Wednesday on reports that hike in aviation turbine fuel (ATF) price may lead to ticket price hike of up to 20% for most major airline companies. On Monday, stateowned oil companies hiked jet fuel prices by a steep 3.8%. The price of aviation turbine fuel (ATF), or jet fuel, at Delhi’s T3 airport was raised by Rs 2,845 per kilolitre (kl), or 3.8%, to Rs 61,115 per kl. Jet fuel makes up for 40% of an airlines’ operating cost and the steep hike in prices will raise burden on the cashstrapped airlines. However, most analysts are of the view that the recent hike in jet fuel
price will lead to ticket price hike up to 20%. Analysts have also indicated that the management of airline companies are also eyeing an airfare hike depending on the route. At 02:30 p.m., shares of SpiceJet Ltd were trading 7.7% higher at Rs 25.65. The stock has hit a high of Rs 26.20, a rise of over 10% in trade so far. Shares of Jet Airways were trading 1.7% higher at Rs 257.15. It has hit a high of Rs 264.20 and a low of Rs 248.10. However, according to analysts the upsurge in stock prices of aviation companies is more of a technical bounce back. But hike in airfare will bode well for these companies.
Lesotho, South Africa, Cuba, the Bahamas and Burundi. They outrank Russia at number 43, China at 51, Brazil at 82, Italy at 74, Qatar at 111, India at 113 and Saudi Arabia at 131. Ricardo Hausmann, director of the Center for International Development at Harvard University who co-authored the survey, said “Spain and Brazil, Greece and Israel have been narrowing the gaps very quickly, while Mexico, Malaysia, Panama and India have been narrowing the gaps very, very slowly or widening (it) as in the case of Mexico.” Life expectancy and literacy remain “alarmingly low” across many parts of Africa and Asia, he said, and while women in Latin America have more education than men, marriage and motherhood prevent their full economic and political participation. U.S. Ambassador-at-Large Melanne Verveer, who is in charge of global women’s issues, said progress is being made, but women still face “significant hurdles” in getting access to finance, markets and training and in leading companies where there is still “an enormous glass ceiling.”
Proclamation of NNC Lotha Regional Council
his is to inform all the Naga National Workers of Lotha region to reject Mr. Tsanthungo Ocung as hysteria Deputy Kilonser of (NNC N/A) who is hovering by his wages of sin to death as he is being a member of unrecognized political organization to extort the public in general of Lotha Region as the said organization are extending in Dimapur Area. The present accused Mr. Tsanthungo Ovung is directed to justify his defamation statement before the NNC Lotha Region authority that when and who were surrendered to Indian government along with huge arms and ammunition, files, registers and other properties belonging to Lotha Region. And thereafter, you will be penalized as per the NNC Lakhuti resolution dated April 27th 1955 in the interest and satisfaction of the said resolution. It may be mentioned herein that some individuals has surrendered to Indian government on ground of betrayal of Naga National which is same as the motive behind Mr. Tsanthungo Ovung. It is further advised you that, if you are so desire to know about Mr. Kiumukum Yimchungru who is rejected from bottom to top level of NNC organization and who is hailing from Yimchungru Region so you are for better to ask his own community for your satisfaction. And so also if you are willing to join in the National Service the door is open for you to join any organization which is duly recognized by the Naga people in general except your present position which will never recognized by the Nagas in general and this is a closed chapter for Mr. Tsanthungo Ovung.
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Cabinet to reappoint ‘aggrieved teachers’ No further details could be had on this particular issue. Another decision the Cabinet took was in conceding to the demands of the All Nagaland Electricity Field Workers’ Association (ANEFWA). The association had served an ultimatum against the Nagaland state Power department to address four demands within 30 days. The demands include creation of 381 posts and regularization and filling up all vacancies in all categories of posts; enhancement of risk-allowances from Rs.50 to Rs.300 similar to that of regular employees. Another demand the Power field workers made to the government was for uniform allowances of Rs. 700 (from Rs.500). The source simply said that the Cabinet has “agreed” to the demands of the field workers such as for risk allowances and enhancement of perks and remuneration. No detail could be obtained concerning whether the government agreed to regularize the posts, fill the vacancies or create the number of posts demanded by the association. Likewise, the government has “done away” with the controversial “special recruitment drive” and is withheld now. The “special recruitment drive” refers to the state government’s recent decision to recruit 10 sub-divisional-level administrators, the Extra Assistant Commissioners (EACs), from “backward” and “lessrepresented” tribes in the state. ‘The Cabinet has decided to withhold the special recruitment. It would not be conducted,’ the source said. Queried whether “withhold” meant temporary suspension or total withdrawal of the action, the source simply said ‘it would not be conducted.’ No further details could be had concerning the said decision. None of the members of the state Cabinet or the Chief Secretary of the Nagaland responded to the calls made to them by this newspaper.
Factions appealed to refrain from unwarranted taxes In pursuance of the 6th ENSF Federal Assembly Resolution and its reaffirmation during the 7th ENSF Federal Assembly at Tuensang, the Eastern Naga Students’ Federation (ENSF) hereby appeals to all the National Workers/ Faction(s)/group(s) to refrain from unwarranted and unscrupulous collection of Taxes from the Contractor(s/Supplier(s) working within the ENSF Jurisdiction i.e Tuensang, Mon, Kiphire and Longleng Districts. The Federation is pressed to issue this decision and appeal, looking into the all-round “Developmental Negligence” of Eastern Nagaland Districts successively for the past 3-4 decades in the entire Department’s of the State and the direct linkage of such Negligence to the Over/High Taxation demands from different Sectors/Parties. The ENSF request all the Parties involved/ concerned to kindly acknowledge the stand of the Federation and to comply, as it is the “Public Demand” for smooth Development of the most neglected District(s) of Eastern Nagaland vis-à-vis the other Districts of the State. The Federation also appeals to all the National Workers/ Faction(s)/ group(s) Top Leaders/ in-charges to accurately and properly Guide/ Order/Issue necessary directives to all the Subordinate Officials/ Leaders posted within the Four (4) Districts inhabited by the Six (6) Tribes viz Chang, Konyak, Sangtam, Khiamniungan, Phom and Yimchungru, so that the Chronic Developmental Negligence of the Eastern Nagaland District(s) are solved jointly as a common issue/problem. Further, the ENSF again requests to all the Concerned Authority(s) that there should not be any Disturbances to any Contractor(s/Supplier(s) working in Eastern Nagaland Areas while the Contract/ Supply work is carried out or before any Contract/Supply works is completed. It is appealed and made to understand that all/any sorts of adjustments to be rendered orallocated/routed to any National Workers/ Faction(s)/group(s) should be initiated only after the completion of the Contract/Supply works. Meanwhile, the ENSF also requests all the Contractor(s)/Supplier(s) working within the ENSF Jurisdiction to submit all “Taxation Report” of their respective Contract/Supply works to ENSF HQ Office Tuensang at the earliest. The Contractor(s)/Supplier(s) should make sure that the Taxation Report submitted to the Federation should have all kinds of Deductions, including deductions of the Depart-
ment Concerned, any Party or all other sources of deductions involved therein. The Federation in this exercise has a wider Vision and Mission and therefore assures that necessary corrective measures or steps will be initiated from the Federation’s Office, once the Reports is submitted, authenticated, compared, analyzed and case studied. It is pertinent to mention that the Six (6) Tribes of Eastern Nagaland had adopted this Resolution based on the blame game by all the Contractor(s)/Supplier(s)/Concerned Department(s) to the levy of High Taxation from different Sources/Sectors which had resulted in the Developmental Negligence and Poor workmanship of all Contract works in the region. The ENSF views the Development issue very seriously and therefore once again appeals to all the Concerned to ardently acknowledge and support the stand of the Federation in tackling the matter so that the grievances of the general public is solved henceforth. The Public is also made aware that the ENSF abides by its Resolution (as per demand of the 6 Tribes) to check all Contract/Supply works within ENSF Jurisdiction and reiterates that the Federation shall not hesitate to take appropriate action on the defaulters. The excuses of poor workmanship as a result of heavy taxation will be properly identified, authenticated and checked so that the blame game is justified and accounted. Heretofore, the ENSF opines that the Federation will not entertain any excuses or blame game of the Developmental Negligence and Poor Workmanship from any Contractor(s/ Supplier(s) carrying out works within the Eastern Nagaland Districts in the aftermath of this Resolution and declaration thereof. Sd/(HAWANG T. WANGSHA) President CHANGSANG SOTED General Secretary Mobile: 8974837948
Response to NPCC’s statement On reference to the statement made by the Nagaland Pradesh Congress Committee (NPCC) I, the undersigned, on my own behalf and Market Rate Control Cell of the Dimapur Municipal Council would like to clarify on certain points of the NPCC press statement. First of all, office of the DMC is a public office and its door is open to all for any kind of suggestions/clarification and even constructive criticism as such of the NPCC is welcomed. However, DMC receives less cooperation from the public and various trade unions and
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because of which proper and effective regulation of market rate prescribed by the DMC is time and again destabilized. As DMC office is for the welfare of the public of Dimapur, the office is ever ready to take action on any business establishment that is violating the price fixed by the DMC and moreover no public comes forward with complain having proof and evidence against the wrong doing of business establishments. Another factor is public are ignorant about the price fixed by the DMC. The council publishes the prices fixed by the office in local dailies at regular period of time and the same is also always displayed on the rate chart board in the markets along with helpline phone numbers. However regrettably, most of the consumers do not insist on the rates fixed by the DMC and are lured into the words of the traders who charge high rates citing various excuses just only to have bigger margin of profit. For instance the DMC has fixed the prices of Broiler Chicken at Rs. 110 per kilo, MS Rod at Rs. 43.50 per kg and Bricks at Rs. 4.70 per piece for markets within the jurisdiction of DMC but most of the consumers are not following the DMC rates public and for their own convenience, are paying the rates charged by the traders. In situation like this, the DMC becomes helpless in controlling the mal-practices of unscrupulous price hike. It has also come to the understanding of the DMC that various trade union are fixing the rates on their own without getting the approval or consent from the authority. Any union government registered or not is not authorized to fix rates on their own. Instead unions should consult the DMC with suggestion or proposal for approval on fixation of rates. But unfortunately none of the trade unions even come forward to consult with the DMC and because of which all discrepancy is surfacing. As empowered by the government and the Act, the Dimapur Municipal Council has powers to issue directions and policy guidelines which also includes fixation of rate in the markets inside the jurisdiction of DMC. The DMC expects full cooperation from the public to bring the unauthorized practice of price hike to streamline. Then only there would be a possibility to bring about proper regulation of market rates in Dimapur. Public are also appealed to insist on cash memo/receipt at the time of purchasing any item. Trade unions should also clarify to the public on their own behalf as to why the prices are being hiked without the approval from
competent authority. It is alleged that rates of commodities in Dimapur are much higher than the existing rates of neighboring towns of Assam such as Bokajan, Diphu and Khatkhati but the fact is that in those towns the existing rates of many items are higher than Dimapur, which the public could judge by themselves. In regard to the allegation of the NPCC on the advisors of DMC, I am to clarify that DMC advisors are not so-called handpicked advisors to assist the administration but appointed by the government to bring about systematic management to the public office and to run the office smoothly in the interest and welfare of Dimapurians and also that none of the advisors are shareholders or has one’s own syndicate to control the rates, as falsely alleged. A mature and respected party like NPCC is expected to maintain diplomacy and not to resort to using of such derogatory and misleading remarks against others. And instead of blaming each other, I have strong point of view that all should come forward with valuable suggestions and work for common interest of the people. Sd/Er. VIKHOLIE NIENU Advisor In-charge, Market Rate Control Cell Dimapur Municipal Council
CTC notification In view of numerous complaints from public as regard to that many youths both married and un-married are indulged in immoral activities, using intoxicant drinks and also found acting in indecent manner. Therefore, it is hereby notified to all concerned that such behavior/activities will not be allowed in and around Chumukedima jurisdiction. Further, no individual/ group/club will be allowed to organize any picnic/ party after 5:30 pm. Defaulters will be strictly dealt with as deem fit and proper. Thepfulhoutuo Shuya, chief advisor, Chumukedima Town Council
Signal Angami Village informs This is to inform all the residents of Signal Angami Village that the Biometrics for Signal Angami Village is going on from November 2 to 6 at the Village Panchayat Hall. So everyone is requested to be present for necessary formalities and verification. Neichuvoto Kiso, Secretary SAVC
'Apply same yardstick for all adhoc teachers' Dimapur , November 2 (mexN): All Nagaland Adhoc Teachers Union (ANATU has demanded that the Department of School Education apply same yardstick for regularization of adhoc teachers in the State. In a letter addressed to the Minister for School Education, ANATU President Neizevotuo Nakhro and General Secretary Huskha Sema stated that, the department must not encourage partiality and show parity in regularization of all adhoc teachers. ANATU maintains that while the government passed orders for the regularization of some group of ahoc teachers from 2007 to 2011, the present group is still waiting. ANATU claims that many of those regularized
during this period were either their contemporaries or those who joined service after them. Hence, in order to maintain equality and seniority, the present adhoc teachers are demanding that their regularization date be effected from 2007; maintaining that if it is not done, their junior colleagues would supersede the present adhoc teachers. ANATU added that any order executed by the government should be in the interest of all teachers. ANATU further pointed out that on earlier occasions it had given representation, memorandum, ultimatum, etc to the department and also undertook a peaceful agitation in Kohima this year. ANATU reminded
that the adhoc teachers ended the agitation only on the basis of the assurance given by the department that their request would be considered within a period of 30 days. With the lapse of time given by the department, ANATU has requested the Minister of School Education for intervention and to anticipate their genuine demand in regularizing of their services. ANATU also reminded that “teachers by profession are the mentors of every intellectual of the society and is known as one of the most noble and respected profession.” However, in the context of Nagaland, although they diligently delegate their best service for the welfare of the students’, they are being made to suffer.
DNSU demands GHSS Rio congratulates Arunachal CM November 2 (mexN): he Chief Minister of Nagarooms completed soon Dimapur, land, Neiphiu Rio, on behalf of the people of Nagaland, congratu-
Dimapur, November 2 (mexN): The Dimapur Naga Students’ Union (DNSU) appeals to the department of School Education and the minister for School Education to expedite extension works on the Government Higher Secondary School in Dimapur. The rooms under construction have to be completed before the next academic session commences, the DNSU said, to accommodate students after admissions. According to the note from DNSU tribunal general issued by Solomon L Awomi today, students from Dimapur comprise the highest enrollment as it is the only government-run higher secondary institution in the district. The shortage of classrooms affects the teachers and students, parents and the authorities, the union said. The DNSU has appealed to the authorities in concern to expedite the construction works and complete the new building of the school “without affecting next academic.”
Manipur Commandos apprehend KCP personnel, seize IED bombs Newmai News Network Imphal | November 2
MANIPUR'S BISHNUPUR DISTRICT police commandos apprehended three hardcore cadres of the proscribed Kangleipak Communist Party (KCP-Military Task Force) group along with two powerful IED bombs amidst heavy security arrangements for the twoday visit of Union Home Minister P Chidambaram to the State, police said on Wednesday. Acting on a tip off, a
team of Bishnupur district commandos led by officer-in-charge (commando) Sudhir under the supervision of district superintendent of police Th. Radheshyam raided several residences in Leimapokpam Awang Leikai under Nambol police station in the district and arrested three hardcore members of KCP (MTF) group along with two highly explosive IED bombs. The arrested were identified as Oinam Sobhachandra alias Ibungcha alias Guti, 35 s/o O. Rudra Singh,
Oinam Maimu, 28 s/o (L) O. Nabachandra and Oinam Radhabinod alias Radha, 28, son of O. Yaima, all from Leimapokpam Awang Leikai, Bishnupur district, SP Radheshyam said. The bombs were recovered from the house of Sobhachandra. He was involved in two IED bombs attacks at the residence of minister N. Loken on October 18. However, one of the powerful bombs exploded near the gate of the minister’s residence at Leimapokpam Awang Leikai while the other one was missed.
Two of the MTF cadres arrested by Bishnupur police were also involved in planting another bomb at the gate of agriculture minister Loken’s residence on October 31 but Bishnupur police commandos and a bomb squad team safely retrieved the bomb, he said. The trio was working under one of the commanders of the MTF group, namely Ngangbam Sharat alias Somo, 37, son of Ng. Tombi of Sagoltongbam Awang Leikai, Bishnupur district, the police officer claimed.
Sharmila’s AFSPA fast completes 11 years Newmai News Network Imphal | November 2
ThE LONgEST EvER fasting in the world being launched by Irom Chanu Sharmila demanding the repeal of the controversial Armed Forces (Special powers) Act, 1958 from the state of Manipur, has completed 11 years on November 2, 2011. Sharmila, the "Iron Lady" launched her movement on November 2, 2000 after the Malom massacre where ten innocent people were killed by Assam Rifles personnel, an incident which showed a clear evidence of misused of power by the Indian security forces, according
to some human rights activists. Family members of the innocent victims and leaders of some civil organizations paid floral tributes to the departed souls of Malom massacre at the scene where they lost their lives on Wednesday. Meanwhile, Just Peace Foundation, a trust inaugurated a five-day long function to commemorate the day when Sharmila completed 11 years of fasting today at Manipur Dramatic Union hall at Yaiskul, Imphal. Irom Shingajit, brother of Sharmila said since the promulgation of AFSPA, 1958 in the State the people of Manipur have been facing various kinds of problems.
Both the central and State governments remained in deaf despite various forms of movement and struggles have been launched by different NgOs to scrap the black law from the State. he termed the agitation launched by a group of elderly women who protested against the killing of Thangjam Monorama in front of Kangla fort here in nude as a rare movement in the history of mankind. Singhajit also reminded the incident when Pebam Chitaranjan died in self immolation to protest against the Act.Just Peace Foundation said on November 5, people across India will fast in support of Sharmila’s struggle.
lated Nabam Ji on assumption of the office of the Chief Minister of Arunachal Pradesh. Stating this in a press note, Rio also added “Under your able and dynamic leadership, the people of Arunachal Pradesh will march forward and would continue to advance and progress in all fields of development”.
OLA members makes trip to State
Dimapur, November 2 (mexN): The Committee on Welfare of ScheduledCasteandScheduledTribeoftheOrissaLegislativeAssembly paid a visit to Nagaland on November 1, 2011 as part of their study tour. A press note issued by Officer on special duty to Speaker, P. Purushothaman stated that the Committee consists of five members- Padmanave Behera, MLA Chairman, Kashinath Mallike, MLA, Hrushikesh Naik, MLA, Karendar Majhi, MLA, Rama Chandra Hansdah, MLA and two officers. They have visited all the historically important places on Kohima besides places of their interests. The note also informed that on November 2, the Committee called on Kiyanilie Peseyie, Speaker, NLA at his office chamber and exchanged views on matters of mutual interest of both the states in width and length.
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NO/IFC/Wka/SBE/2007-08/ 223-229 Dated: Wokha. the 25th Oct 2011: Sealed Tender affixing Court Fee Stamp of Rs 7.50 ( Rupees seven and fifty paise )only are hereby invited by the undersigned from Class-1 registered Contractors of Nagaland PWD. The tender documents and detail particulars of the work can be obtained from the office of the undersigned during working hours upto 04.11.2011 on payment of Rs 1000/-(Rupees one thousand) only The tender will be received in the office of the undersigned upto 12;00 hrs on 05.11.2011 and will be opened on the same day at 14:00 Hrs. in presence of the intending tenderers or their authorized representative. The Tenderer should quote the rate(s) in the prescribed format given in the document for each item of work of the Site Code against the respective scheme Code and name of the Scheme for the below mentioned works. The tendered rate should be % above or % below or at par with the Nagaland PWD Schedule of rates of 2010. Scheme Code
Item of work Name of scheme
Protection of Baghty Town from Erosion of Baghty River, Wokha District.
Estimated Site No.& amount Rs (lakh) Nature of Works
Site No-1, 2, 3 & 4 for 860m length of bank Revetment works & 35m RCC P/ wall.
Site No-5,6&7 for 900m length of bank Revetment works and 40.44m length R.C.C P/wall.
Site No-8,9, & 10 for 750m length of bank Revetment works.
Earnest Money Local
Time of completion
3 (three) months
3 (three) months
3 (three) months
TERMS AND CONDITIONS 1. Tender documents without court Fee Stamp or Earnest Money will not be accepted. The Earnest Money should be submitted in the form of DAC from any Nationalized/ Scheduled Bank in favour of the Executive Engineer, Irrigation & Flood Control, Wokha Division, separately for each work tendered. 2. The Tenderer should produce attested photocopy of the Govt. Registration Notification, ID. Card and their credentials. 3. Certificate of financial Soundness should be furnished. 4. The successful Tenderer(s) are required to fill the agreement form accepting the Terms & Conditions for the work within a week after receipt of intimation. 5. The Work Order will be issued only after completion of Agreement between the contractor and the Department. 6. 10(ten)% of bill amount for the work will be deducted as Security Deposit and the same will be released after 6( six) months of successful completion of work. In case of damage or defect in the workmanship, the Contractor will be obliged to undertake restoration of the work, failing which the security deposit will be forfeited and utilized by the Department to restore the work. 7. Payment will be made as per availability of fund. 8. Work Contract tax will be deducted from the Gross Bill amount as per Government Memorandum. 9. The Department reserves the right to reject any or all tenders without assigning any reason thereof and acceptance of the lowest rate is not obligatory. ( Er. J Lanu Longchar ) Executive Engineer, Irrigation & Flood Control, Wokha Division, Nagaland.
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The Power of Truth
The Morung Express THuRsDAy 3 NovEMbER 2011 vol. vI IssuE 301
homas Paine once said: “Those who expect to reap the blessings of freedom must, like men, undergo the fatigue of supporting it”. The essence of this powerful message lends credence to widely accepted dictum that economic freedom or self-reliance is regarded as a necessary concomitant of political freedom. Without one, the other is incomplete and meaningless and people who rely on their own strength and know how to help themselves cannot be held in bondage for long. Conversely, a nation which, though free, depends on other nations for anything it needs, whether it is funds for development, employment, food, weapons or machinery, must always be subject to pressures, and so, stands perpetually in danger of losing its freedom. Where do Nagas stand in terms of our economic development and self reliance? Every Naga group fighting for our independence speak loudly about sovereignty yet in reality how will they feed and pay the Naga populace in terms of food and jobs. And isn’t it the other way around where salaried people employed under the State government have to pay up from their hard earned salary to the Naga groups fighting for independence. So this is one aspect of our dependence on others. The other thing is the poor health of our local economy. Here too we are dependent on others. Good laden heavy vehicles enter Nagaland carrying most of the essential commodities required for our daily consumption which we are procuring and buying from other States. Sadly, our State has nothing much to sell in return and most of the trucks go back empty. Our local economy is today solely dependent on imports, which is not a positive sign. Even food grains, meat products and other agro products are being imported. In economic parlance we are living beyond our means and this reflects poorly on our poor management of resources. On top of this our people have a serious problem of attitude when it comes to work ethics. We yearn only to be masters, of hankering after easy schemes and eating up the seed money under various welfare programmes meant for self employment. This speaks volumes about the problem we face. The other aspect that needs collective effort of all concerned is to help build up an atmosphere that is conducive for business and investment to thrive in. It is a known fact that businesses are made to pay exorbitant rates of extortion, whether it is to the State, underground or the countless of unions and other interest groups. This means we will have to clean up the internal problems that have worked to the disadvantage of the Nagas. The State government alone can do very little. Civil society must play a more pro-active role. People’s work culture and attitude must also change if we are to make the best use of any given opportunity. Our policy makers should likewise think outside the box so that we are able to create possible solutions to our unique problems. At the end of the day this dependency syndrome needs to be addressed and overcome. If we as a community cannot become more self reliant and empowered, we will simply not develop and so poverty and apathy will eventually come to us. The attainment of self-reliance calls for ridding ourselves of the dangerous attitude of dependence and towards a sustained, self-realised society.
S O U N D BITE The ICC takes no pleasure from the fact that these players (Butt and Asif ) stepped outside not only the laws of the game, but also the criminal laws of the country in which they were participating…We hope that this verdict is seen as a further warning to any individual who might, for whatever reason, be tempted to engage in corrupt activity within our sport ICC Chief Executive Haroon Lorgat
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Source: The Hindu
Human rights and the Commonwealth
he fracas at the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in Perth over a proposal to appoint a human rights monitor has reopened an old debate that pits national sovereignty against an international human rights regime. India and Sri Lanka were among the countries that opposed the idea of a Human Rights Commissioner for the Commonwealth nations. The proposal has been given up, at least for now. The 1948 Universal Declaration of Human Rights is possibly the finest document of the world's aspiration to treat all human beings equally and with dignity. Even though the UDHR was assailed from the beginning by some as a western construct that ignored cultural and religious differences, most countries, including India, are signatories to it and its various covenants. What really undermines the international rights framework is the perception that the international human rights mechanisms are a weapon in the hands of powerful countries to lord it over less powerful states, through economic sanctions or other means. The perception is strengthened by the flagrant double standards in the way rights issues are raised. For instance, Australia and the United Kingdom, in the forefront of the Commonwealth human rights campaign, are quite content to ignore alleged violations in China or India, where their own interests — principally economic ones — are involved. Canada is outraged by rights violations during Sri Lanka's military victory over the LTTE, but is quiet about the appalling toll of civilian deaths in U.S. drone attacks in Pakistan and Afghanistan. Another eye-opener has been in the western handling of the Arab Spring in Libya on the one hand, and in Bahrain on the other. It is for this reason that India — which has resisted cultural and religious exceptionalism to human rights at the United Nations — was correct in opposing the Commonwealth's efforts to impose another layer of international scrutiny into the conduct of member-states. This is not to give a clean bill of health to the Indian record: in some places, such as Jammu & Kashmir, in the North-East, and in areas hit by the Maoist insurgency, the shocking and repeated instances of rights violations by the security forces are a blot on the country's democratic credentials. But outside intervention cannot be the answer. Aside from enabling external actors with unclean hands to assume control of governance, it often ends up discrediting local efforts to improve the situation. It is understandable that the Commonwealth, a grouping of former British colonies, is striving to remain relevant in the present day. Meddling in the affairs of member-states, whether it is Pakistan, or Sri Lanka, or India or Zimbabwe, is not the way to go about it.
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The exodus from rural India
For the first time since 1921, India's urban population has increased more than the rural. In 1921, influenza left its fatal imprint on the enumeration. The 2011 Census speaks of another tragedy: the collapse of millions of livelihoods in agriculture and related occupations. And the ongoing, despair-driven exodus that this has sparked in the countryside, writes P Sainath
s distress migration on a massive scale responsible for one of the most striking findings of Census 2011: that for the first time since 1921, urban India added more numbers to its population in a decade than rural India did? At 833.1 million, India's rural population today is 90.6 million higher than it was a decade ago. But the urban population is 91 million higher than it was in 2001. The Census cites three possible causes for the urban population having risen by more than the rural: ‘migration’, ‘natural increase’ and ‘inclusion of new areas as urban’. But all three factors applied in earlier decades too, when additions to the rural population far outstripped those to the urban. Why then is the last decade so different? While valid in themselves, these factors cannot fully explain this huge urban increase. More so in a census in which the decadal growth percentage of population records “the sharpest decline since India's independence”. Take the 2001 Census. It showed us that the rural population had grown by more than 113 million since 1991. And the urban by over 68 million. So rural India had added 45 million people more than urban. In 2011, urban India's increase was greater than that of rural India's by nearly half a million, a huge change. The last time the urban increase surpassed the rural was 90 years ago, in 1921. Then, the rural total actually fell by close to 3 million compared to the 1911 Census. However, the 1921 Census was unique. The 1918 influenza epidemic that killed 50-100 million people worldwide, ravaged India. Studies of the 1921 Census data say it records between 11 and 22 million deaths more than would have been normal for that decade. There was also the smaller impact of World War I in which tens of thousands of Indian soldiers died as cannon fodder for Imperial Britain in Europe and elsewhere. If influenza left its fatal imprint on the 1921 enumeration, the story behind the numbers of the 2011 Census speaks of another tragedy: the collapse of millions of livelihoods in agriculture and its related occupations. And the ongoing, despair-driven exodus that this sparked in the countryside.
The 2011 Census captures only the tip of an iceberg in terms of rural upheaval. The last time urban India added more numbers to its population than rural India was 90 years ago and that followed giant calamities in public health and war. Yet, without such conditions, urban India added 91 million to its 2001 total, against rural India's 90.6 million. (Table 1) Nor can this reversal be fully captured by the factors Census 2011 cites as driving the urban increase. Take ‘migration’. In public debate, ‘urban’ is often equated with big metros. This conjures images of massive waves of people from villages heading straight for the big metros. And this flow, you will be assured, is falling. (Vital data on this will emerge only next year and might surprise us.) The Census data, however, do not convey the harshness and pain of the millions trapped in “footloose” migrations. That is, the desperate search for work driving poorer people in many directions without a clear final destination. Like Oriya migrants who work some weeks in Raipur. Then a couple of months at brick kilns in Andhra Pradesh. Then at construction sites in diverse towns in Maharashtra. Their hunger, and contractor, drive them to any place where there is work, however brief. There are rural migrations to both metros and non-metro urban areas. To towns and smaller cities. There are also rural-to-rural migrations. There are urban-urban migrations. And even, in smaller measure, urban to rural migrations. Flight from agriculture Neither the Census nor the National Sample Survey is geared to capture the complexity of India's migrations. A migrant in the Census is someone counted at a place other than his or her last place of residence. This records a single move — not multiple migrations. So it sees only the tip of the mobility iceberg, missing footloose migrations altogether. What we do know from Census 2001 is of the flight from agriculture.
Between 1991 and 2001, over 7 million people for whom cultivation was the main livelihood, quit farming. That is a mind-boggling figure. It suggests that, on average, close to 2,000 people a day abandon farming in the country. Where do they go? Nothing in employment data suggests they get absorbed in decent work in bustling cities. What about ‘natural increase’ (the difference between the numbers of births and deaths in a population)? That does not explain the switcharound in ruralurban increases either. Indeed, the rate of natural increase has declined in both rural and urban areas. Still the urban population and towns get bigger and bigger. As Registrar General and Census Commissioner of India Dr C Chandramouli puts it: “Fertility has declined across the country. There has been a fall in numbers even in the 0-6 age-group, as a proportion of the total population. In fact, in absolute numbers too, this group (now 158.8 million) has declined by 5 million, compared to the previous Census. This would suggest migrations as a significant factor in urban growth. But what kind of migrations we can only ascertain or comment on when their patterns emerge more clearly. The Census in itself is not structured to capture short-term or footloose migrations.” We also get an extraordinary picture when viewing what demographers call the ‘urban-rural growth differential’. The URGD is simply the difference between the rates at which rural and urban populations expanded in each decade. It is also a rough and ready index of the extent of rural-urban migrations. The URGD in the 2011 Census is 19.8, the highest in 30 years. ‘Natural increase’ does not then account for the growth in urban numbers. Certainly not for the 30% rise in urban population in the states. Thousands of towns today have far larger populations than they used to have — but not due to natural increase. The reason is migra-
tions on a massive scale. Rural folk still outnumber urban people by more than two to one. In the 2001 Census, rural family size (5.4) remained bigger than urban family size (5.1). Also striking, states like Uttar Pradesh and Bihar show massive falls in growth rates in 2011. In the 2001 Census, Uttar Pradesh and Bihar were “the two states with largest number of net migrants migrating out of the state”. The other factor cited by the current Census for the turnaround is interesting. “Inclusion of new areas under ‘urban’.” The number of ‘statutory towns’ has gone up by a mere 241 since 2001. Compare that with the preceding decade when they rose by 813, or more than three times that number. (A ‘statutory town’ is an urban unit with a municipality, corporation, cantonment board or notified town area committee.) There is, however, a boom in the number of ‘census towns’. In the decade 1991-2001, census towns actually declined from 1,702 to 1,361. In the 2011 Census, they nearly tripled to 3,894. That is stunning (Tables 2 and 3). How did this happen? And what is a ‘census town’? This is a village or other unit declared as a town when: its population crosses 5,000; when the number of male workers in agriculture falls to less than 25% of the total; and where population density is at least 400 per sq km. At the very least, this means the male workforce in agriculture has collapsed in thousands of villages, falling to less than a quarter of all workers. So the farm exodus continues. What might the 2011 data on cultivators show us when it is out late next year? It could show us that the numbers quitting cultivation since 2001 might equal or exceed the over 7 million dropouts of the previous decade. (This article first appeared in The Hindu, September 25, 2011. P Sainath is an award-winning journalist who has covered the rural crisis for decades. He is the Rural Affairs Editor at The Hindu). Infochange News & Features
Letters to the editor Major Marathi’s action a shame to Indian democracy •-India is proud of its international image of being the largest democracy in the world and what it means to be democratic is that we acknowledge and respect value premise of every individual, weak or strong, rich or poor. The state recognizes the right of every citizen to express their opinion and that there is no room for suppression, oppression or repression least for physical violence. Therefore, physical assault of Kumo Sha President of ANSAM is a shame to Indian democracy. ANSAM is a democratic institution that protects and safeguards the rights and interest of its people. The leader is in no way a criminal that the security officer should resort to physical assault which enacts a situation of the fence eating the crop. The officer would not dare lay his hands on any local leader if he were an ordinary civilian, therefore, his action was simply abuse of power and position as an armed officer which not only violates law of the land but also violates the spirit of Indian constitution. Such behavior of young officers with inflated ego is very common in Indian army empowered with special powers that makes local people vulnerable in the backdrop of such diversities of India where one group of people sees the others as aliens or suspects. There are times when behind every Indian soldier people spit because of irresponsible behavior or a few officers like Maj.Marathi making superior officers accountable with lot of embarrassment and humility. While finding fault with leader of students’ body (ANSUM) Maj.Marathi chose to overlook the crime of shooting at the car of the Work Minister by criminals. This officer sounded more like a “dada” than a disciplined soldier from a decent family when he said, “Do you know who I am? I am the bloody IT Post Commander, I will kick your …..into “your ….”. Such a language does not come from children of decent parents an cultured society. All that Kumo Sha claims to
have said was, he is the president of ANSAM. There was absolutely no argument between the two and that he does not even know the officer. Even if they did have differences on certain issue the cherished principle in democracy is “agree to disagree”, that is how Anna Hazare and team are able to say Anna is supreme, above the democratic institution of parliament, that is how Prashant Bhushan a senior advocate of the Supreme Court of India was able to say AFSPA should be removed from Jammu & Kashmir, army should be withdrawn from Kashmir and plebiscite should be carried out in the state and allow the people to decide their future. People who assaulted him were arrested and put in jail. May be Maj.Marathi should learn to appreciate the beauty of Indian Democracy if he is atleast a Patriotic soldier. Maj.Marathi should also learn to appreciate the basic differences between his own people and the Nagas who eat animals they worship. He may not like it but that is what we are. What is most unfortunate is the silent and indifferent attitude of the district administration. The army officer who behaved like a wild west cowboy is not above law of the land and should have been arrested and put behind bars as rule of law demands. Jubilate Kazingmei Representing Raphei Students Union (RKL)
open letter to Director school Education •-I would like to write this open letter to the Director, School Education Nagaland regarding the call of oral interview for UGT 2003 freshers. I am also a candidate who had already faced the viva voice and awaiting the result. I don't know how things are being handled or are going to be handled. Whether the result for everyone will be declared at one go or candidates like me still have to re-appear the oral test. but i am certain that there is no law or rule which allows oral test being conducted twice. I just hope that the calling of candidates to for oral interview this time is for those
pending candidates who have not being interviewed. I hope and pray that the declaration of result be done together at the same time for all districts. Zechuwetshe Rhakho UGT 2003 candidate
Requisition of clarification from NPsC and Power Dept •-With reference to the addendum published by the Nagaland Public Service commission vide NO.NPSC/ ADVT-1/04 in the local media, stating that the only post of SDO (MIS) under the Power Department vide letter No. PWR/ESTT-42/2010 dated 10-10-2011 has been withdrawn is indeed confounding. As a graduate in electronics and communication, I felt proud and a bit edgy at the same time when I applied for the solitary post of SDO (MIS). After completing all formalities of the application process, I prepared myself to plunge into the fray with intensive and meticulous preparation. As the stakes were high, I reckoned that success will eventually come to the best candidate given the disproportionate scale of employment opportunities in the state. But with the sudden and perplexing withdrawal of the post questioning the accountability and credibility of the department and organizations concerned, the hopes and aspirations of many candidates alike have gone down the drain due to the tantalizing games the system played. Therefore, a crystal clear clarification is sought from the Department of Power and NPSC, as to why the post had to be suddenly withdrawn after undergoing the process of advertisement and submission of application? , without which a legal course of action would be pursued vehemently. I also humbly urge all concerned student bodies and unions to look into this matter, as these incidents are not a joke but damaging the zeal and enthusiasm of civil service aspirants. John. M. Naga, Civil service aspirant
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Naga civil society leaders visit to Belfast
A brief account of visit to Northern Ireland and London from 15-23 October, 2011 P.Chuba Ozukum General Secretary, Naga Hoho & Co-ordinator, Naga Civil Society visit
orthern Ireland is one of the four countries of the United Kingdom. Situated in the north-east of the island of Ireland, it shares a border with the Republic of Ireland to the south and west. It has a total population of 1,685,000, (2001 census) which is about 3% of the population of the United Kingdom. Northern Ireland was for many years the site of a violent and bitter etchno-political conflict- the Troubles- caused by divisions between nationalists, who are predominantly Roman Catholic, and unionists,comprising mainly of Protestants . Unionist want Northern Ireland to remain a part of the United Kingdom, while nationalists wish it to be politically reunited with the rest of Ireland. Since the signinmg of the “Good Friday Agreement” in 1998, most of the paramilitary groups involved in the troubles have ceased their armed campaigns. It may be mentioned here that 3,254 people were killed during the conflict between nationalists and unionists community. The Troubles were brought to an uneasy end by a peace process which included the declaration of ceasefires by most paramilitary organisations and the complete decommissioning of their weapons, the reform of the police, and the corresponding withdrawal of army troops from the streets and from sensitive border areas such as South Armagh and Fermanagh, as agreed by the signatories to the Belfast Agreement (commonly known as the “Good Friday Agreement) As part of the United Kingdom, people from Northern Ireland are British citizens. They are also entitled to Irish citizenship by birth which is covered in the 1998 Belfast Agreement between the Irish and the British government, which, provides that: it is the birthright of all the people of Northern Ireland to identify themselves and be accepted as Irish or British, or both, as they may so choose, and accordingly (the two governments) confirm that their right to hold both British and Irish citizenship is accepted by both governments and would not be affected by any future change in the status of Northern Ireland. Having realized the similarity between the Northern Ireland and the Naga people in regards to conflict situation and the peace process, the British Government invited some of the Editors from media houses in Nagaland in October, 2010 as “First phase of Naga people’s visit” with a view to facilitate how the media had played important role towards conflict transformation in Northern Ireland and England as well.
THE TRUTH: A couple of days back, the state government announced its state development plans and promised partial withdrawal of Armed Forces special Powers Act (AFSPA) as a panacea from decades long injuries and perhaps to help forget the dream of freedom. I now realized, it is utter foolishness or arrogance to take Kashmir's aspiration of freedom as mere territorial dispute or sponsored terrorism from cross the border that needed such a draconian law, in the first place. The aspiration for freedom is a Kashmir heritage rooted to its history that dates back to 1931 liberation movement under the leadership of Sher-i-Kashmir (Lion of Kashmir) Sheikh Abdullah which marked the beginning of a strong Kashmiri Nationalism. The movement was directed against the tyranny of the Hindu ruler Hari Singh. In the aftermath of India's partition with Pakistan in 1947, the Hindu ruler acceded to India under threat of invasion from Pathan tribesmen backed by Pakistan. The theory of accession of princely states depended on the ruler but in practice, they were encouraged to accede to either India or Pakistan depending on the wishes of the people and in cases where a dispute arose, it was decided to settle the question of accession by a plebiscite, a scheme proposed and accepted by India. Being a Muslim majority state, Kashmir was expected to accede to Pakistan; since the Hindu ruler acceded instead to India, a dispute arose in the case of Kashmir. Jawaharlal Nehru, the first Indian Prime Minister, who himself hailed from Kashmir, promised a plebi-
Naga Civil Society Members visit to Northern Ireland Assembly.
The second phase of Naga people’s visit to Belfast and London comprised of eight member Naga Civil Society delegation viz- Keviletuo Kiewhuo, P.Chuba Ozukum (Naga Hoho) Abeu-o Meru, Lochumbeni (Naga Mothers Association) Kelhouneizo Yhome (Naga Students’ Federation) Atoho Kiho (Naga People’s Movement for Human Rights) Sovenyi (Chakhesang Public Organization) and Nyamto Konyak (Principal, Konjong Higher Secondary School, Mon) under the joint venture of British and Nagaland Government through the British Deputy High Commission Kolkata and under the patronage of Foreign and Commonwealth Office, U.K undertook a tour of Northern Ireland and England from 15th-23rd October 2011. The tour was undertaken with the twin objectives of intimately studying and experiencing the socio-political arrangement and the processes involved in Nation-building in Northern Ireland as also to improve the networking and lobbying capacity of the Naga Civil Society. The tour commenced with a one-day Workshop on ‘Conflict Transformations in Northern Ireland:Developments and Challenges’, hosted by Queen’s University, School of Politics, International Studies and Philosophy, Belfast on the 17th. On the same evening, the delegation attended a lecture delivered by Mr. Neiphiu Rio, the Honourable Chief Minister of Nagaland on the topic “Governance and Conflict-The Naga Context” at Queen’s University. Other notable Civil Society Groups and NGO’s that the delegation interacted with in Northern Ireland included Northern Ireland Council for Voluntary Action (NICVA) Belfast, The Peace People, Belfast and The Intercomm (short for intercommunity) Belfast. Further, the delegation was granted an interview with Mr. Jim Gibney, the Political Adviser to Sinn Fein, a political party that is a major player and stakeholder in the Northern Irish Polity. The Delegation also had the privilege of a Round Table Meeting at the Northern
Ireland Assembly with MLA’s from three political parties in the Coalition Government of Northern Ireland. The Delegation arrived in London on the 19th and commenced with a series of interactions with various NGOs and Human Righhts goups. They include Gender Action for Peace and Security (GAPS) London, Minority Rights Group International London, Institute for War and Peace Reporting (IWPR) London and Amnesty International. Before the conclusion of the official engagements, the delegation had an enlightening meet with the ‘Peace Building Team; Conflict Department’ and the Desk Officer for India and Bhutan, Foreign and Commonwealth Office, London. Besides official engagements, an informal interactive session over dinner was hosted by the Naga Conciliation Group; Quaker Peace and Social Witness at Friends House London. Furthermore, the delegation availed the opportunity to engage on an unofficial courtesy meet with Ms. Adinno Phizo, President NNC and Mr Kevilavor. During the interaction, the Naga civil society members stressed upon the need to come together of all Naga political groups and early solution of Indo-Naga political problem. The Naga Delegation expresses heartfelt gratitude to Office of the British Deputy High Commission Kolkata and Foreign and Commonwealth Office U.K for the patronage offered and not forgetting the Government of Nagaland as a partner to this journey. The delegation is particularly indebted to Mr. Mainak DE, Head of Press and Public Affairs, British Deputy High Commission Kolkata for his unstinting effort towards making the tour a reality and who accompanied the delegation as a guide throughout the tour in his official capacity. The Delegation also extends sincere thanks to Miss Jenny Wong, Visit Officer, Protocol Directorate: Foreign and Commonwealth Office London who was responsible for the welfare and the various official engagements of the Delegation in the U.K.
Deserving Sympathy: Kashmir in Question THE PERCEPTION: Kashmir is perceived by India as a crowning glory never to be given up. The neighbor, Pakistan, grudges this beautiful piece of paradise as legitimately belonging to them on account of the Muslim majority but India cleverly had snatched it away. Kashmir, under a Hindu Maharaja, on the eve of India's independence in 1947 was forcibly made to join India. Wars were fought under the protegee of Pakistan and later, militants attacked under Islamic ideology. As a safeguard, India imposed the draconian Armed Forces Special Powers Act from 1990's that gave unrestrained powers to the Indian Army to torture, kill suspects and in that process, mass rape cases and mass massacres occurred that now haunts present day India. The State Human Rights Commission discovered unmarked graves in thousands across three districts and more evidences are pouring in. Kashmir would never forget the bleeding and the pain of being kept in bondage, and it aspires with all its deepest desire to be free from that bondage. But India refuses to acknowledge, recognized and accept this true feelings of people and considers Kashmir as integral part of India. Like all normal Indians, I prided in Kashmir as a prized possession to be kept as a valuable treasure under India. Like all ignorant Indians, I believed Kashmir as integral part of Indian sovereignty and showed disdain towards the trespassers. All of these changed after my visit to the beautiful vale in July, 2011; I was appalled at the underdevelopment of a state in existence as a political entity from ancient times, the beauty looked deserted with no visitors to admire and supplement income to the impoverished state, the beautiful, simple and hospitable locals hardly looked threatening and violent to be chased and killed ruthlessly by the Indian Army. I talked to the most ordinary to listen to the most genuine words and all that I heard was voices of freedom, ''Azad'', in unison. It was this voice that was stuck in my mind like a stamp. As I later turned to the pages of related articles on Kashmir; having come from a domicile of similar background in northeast India, I empathized the agony on the impact of the draconian law that torture, kill and rape under arbitrary rule. I cannot help thinking on the injustice that stands deemed beyond redemption by mere state building; it needs repair of the heart to lift the broken spirit with liberty and freedom.
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scite or referendum regarding the future of the state. The 1948 Indian White Paper clearly recorded the accession of Kashmir to India as only provisional until such time; the will of the people (self-determination) of the state could be ascertained by a plebiscite. India and Pakistan agreed to a ceasefire to hold a plebiscite which was never carried out till date with India blaming Pakistan for not withdrawing the troops and India resisted the plebiscite efforts from 1954 in view of the Cold War alliances between Pakistan and the US. Both India and Pakistan blamed each other for the failure but Kashmir is considering the breach of promise as caused by India and a blatant denial of self-determination.
To them, Kashmir is only a story to be sympathized but hardly a subject to take up seriously in world forum. Pakistan is restrained by India and India's well known non responsiveness towards people in the margin raises no expectation anymore. USA is finding no oil to pursue in Kashmir; hence its gang of friends in the UN is not really bothered. Under repressive measures and coercion, Kashmiris could hardly mumble its pain and express its needs. The local Kashmir forums on Freedom Movement are not strong enough while the leadership sucks up in nexus of operation with the centre, and the people lingered on in depression like a Zombie, the beautiful valley lay empty with no spirit. In this space of time and critical circumstances, the role THE DECEPTION: The democratic governance un- of activists will be of great value. But where art thou in der election rigging ensured a puppet leadership of this hour of need to help Kashmir? imperialist India. The direct control from Delhi in the name of democratic governance and national integ- THE QUESTIONS FOR SOLUTION: In this hour, rity interferes with the autonomy granted to the state Nehru's words may raise our sensibilities, that the deciunder article 370 of the constitution. The repressive sion will be made in the hearts and minds of the men and Armed Forces Special Powers Act introduced to the women of Kashmir; neither in the Indian Parliament, nor state in 1990 led to arbitrary arrests, torture and kill- in the United Nations nor by anybody else. These words ing of thousands of innocent civilians. The repression uttered 65 years ago have almost lost relevance in the vast in turn gave rise to militant insurgencies started since span of time under repression and oppression, Kashmir 1987. Thousands of disaffected youths who joined the has lost its voice for liberty and freedom to think and act. freedom movement in 1989 demanded a plebiscite in Under repressive measures to curb liberty to express 1990. This popular insurgency was brutally repressed and demonstrate, how will Kashmiris take up their cause forcing 10,000 desperate Kashmiri youth to cross over without external help from UN as a measure of supportto Pakistan for training and procurement of arms. ing humanitarian cause to afflicted group of people? Pakistan fought India four times over Kashmir in The promised plebiscite still remains an assur1947, 1965 (Operation Gibraltar), 1971 and 1999 (Kar- ance under the blame game of India and Pakistan and gil). Pakistan had hoped that Kashmiris would rise in that process of building engagement for resolution against the Indian Rule in 1965 following Operation to Kashmir independence, Kashmir as the key stakeGibraltar, but that did not happen. Thus, when a full- holder is forgotten. In such an impasse, why is the UN blown indigenous insurgency erupted in 1989, Paki- not assuming its role as an anchor to protection of hustan was only too happy to take advantage of the golden man rights and civil liberties in an unresolved dispute opportunity to fuel the insurgency by supplying arms and hold a plebiscite to resolve this long standing isand training Kashmiri and foreign militants to the fac- sue? Now that Pakistan - USA alliance has loosened tion that favored accession to Pakistan while decimat- and USA is cozy with India, should India continue the ing the pro- independence faction to political entity. old excuse of USA- Pakistan alliance to evade Kashmir The army atrocities in Kashmir are now gradually re- plebiscite? Should India still seek bilateral resolution vealed by reports of the State Human Rights Commission with Pakistan when it is a matter for UN to progress in the recent discovery of mass graveyards in thousands for fulfillment of a promise stalled by Pakistan - Inof the discovered dead from district to district. Mass rape dia impasse? Will USA not help in this case just as it is cases by army are being unearthed. These sordid memo- helping Middle East to demonstrate democratic govries cannot simply fade away by announcement of devel- ernance, which the world community believes it as a opment work in decade's long retarded economy and by corner stone for human progress towards liberty and an announcement to withdraw army atrocity partially. freedom? Who is there for Kashmir today? The toll of the bleeding suffered by Kashmir cannot be Article Source: http://EzineArticles.com/6645328 compensated by these belated gestures and the legacy of freedom fought even prior to India's independence cannot be taken away by anybody, including the local leadership speaking on behalf of the oppressor whom Kashmiris looked upon as colonialist and imperialist. Ms. Margaret Gangte is actively engaged in various international foTHE DILEMMA: Islamic violence through Jidahists rums on global issues and is currentstrikes in front and kills the enemy immediately; then ly a Director in Government of India. the grieving is loud. Hindu non violence passive ap- She is an author of Journal Articles proach strikes from behind that kills slowly; so the and a writer on policy issues. Her argrieving is unheard. Slow killing is applied to all mi- ticles on international development, Polity, Econnority groups in India and most blatantly evidenced omy, Human Resource and Defence are also pubin Kashmir. Kashmir is dead from within through lished in ezinearticles.com and news journals in these years of torture. One cannot help wondering Northeast India. Some of her published articles are if the recent announcement of partial relieve from a coercive law and the promise of a beautiful future Sustainable Community Development Alternative: plan to develop the state is only to fool the world that Unlocking the Lock (Journal of Sustainable Develsomething good is being done to Kashmir at last. But opment by Canada Center of Science), Right Man what use are such grandiose promises when the spirit for the Right Job: Motivate to Deliver (Indian Jourof the people is dead from inside? Right now, Kashmir nal of Dynamic Public Administration) and Fareneeds the spirit to live again, it needs freedom of life well Gift to Afghanistan Before the Final Adieu, and that freedom should grant the people to live with- Why Africa Likes China, The Heart Says Yes, The out fear of being tortured killed and rape gain. Kash- Mind Says No for Palestine Statehood Bid (Publicamiris needs freedom to live on their own, to be away tion of the American Society for Public Administration PA Times), Search from Within Than Without, from the threats of being attacked again and again. The global brethren of Kashmir are only bothered Moral Education for Sustainable Future (Eastern with Palestine issue that aims for elimination of Israel. Regional for Public Administration (EROPA).
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hat’s not to love about November? It is during this time of year that winter arrives, unpacks her bags and settles down like a content guest. It is also a month of thanksgiving festivals. Thanksgiving Day, an American holiday observed on the 4th Thursday of November comes to mind. But the one closest to home - Tokho Emong, will be celebrated on the 7th by our Lotha brethren. In Lotha, November is called Chopuk, which means “the month of ease”. It follows the month of Rongorongyi (October), “the going backwards and forwards month”, because all are busy taking the harvest up to the village. Tokhu Emong, observed at the start of November, thus heralds the well-deserved rest after harvest. My only Tokhu Emong festival experience was as a student in Shillong. My roommate and dear friend Achilo Kikon invited me to the celebrations held in the Nagaland House compound. It was through Achi that I had my first taste of Lotha food. She prepared a stunning curry of smoked beef seasoned with dry river fish, the recollection of which can still make me drool. At the Tokhu Emong celebrations, I witnessed some singing folk songs, some folk dances and a spectacle of bright traditional Lotha attire. The highlight however was the lunch. Prepared by elders working or settled in Shillong, succulent pork with bamboo shoot, delicately steamed river fish, a vegetable and fish chutney vied for my attention. Not wanting to play favourites, I gave all dishes equal attention. Since then, I have always tuned my ears for reports of Tokhu Emong feasts. Stories of wonderful gastronomic experiences have flooded in, each tale more tasty than the next. I believe the Lotha community in Delhi will be celebrating as well, and I plan to join in the revelries. My suggestion is that you all do the same. On the same day as Tokho Emong, the Muslim community will be celebrating Bakrid also known as Id-ul-Zuha. Those of us in Delhi are fortunate as this city boasts some of the best Muslim cuisine in the country, perhaps even the world. Celebrated the world over, Bakrid too is a festival of thanksgiving of sorts. It commemorates Abraham’s willingness to sacrifice his only son and his gratitude when he does not have to. In a slight variation from our Bible story, the Islam version substitutes Ismail for Isaac as Abraham’s true son. Different sons, same story. And as it goes, just when Abraham is about to kill his son, Allah provides him with a goat. Abraham (thankfully) sacrifices the goat and all is well again. In remembrance of this, Muslims the world over sacrifice their best animals. Only a third is to be kept by the owners, the rest is to be distributed to the poor. In Delhi where beef is not very common, goat is more likely the choice of sacrifice. A little more about goat meat then. The word ‘mutton’ technically refers to sheep meat (Yes the ones that have three bags full of wool). ‘Lamb’ refers to the meat of young sheep (like the one that Mary had, with fleece as white as snow). In India, though, where goats are more commonly eaten, the word ‘mutton’ has come to refer to the meat of goats. Having grown up in Kohima, where mutton is rarely sold, it took me some time to become accustomed to this meat. Once in a blue moon, mutton would find its way onto our dining table. Encouraged by my father to taste everything once, my first bite of mutton was unpleasant as its strong musky odour overpowered any other flavour in the meat. As I grew up, I often accompanied my mother to the mutton shop in Dimapur (where it is more widely available). She always asked the butcher, “Khasi kurishe?” and would only buy it if the butcher said yes. Not confused by the meaning of the word, I assumed that goats were only good to eat if they had survived cough and cold. An explanation that made perfect sense since I too survived measles and chicken pox in the recent past. It was only later as an adult, when I had just taken my first mouthful of the innocently named Bakra Kapura, that my eating partner informed me I was eating goat testicles. This gave way to a conversation about what ‘khasi’ meant and why male goats were castrated. The meat of castrated goats does not have as strong an odour and carries a lighter flavour. And of course, if you can master your mind and your body’s urge to retch, a dish of goat’s testicles can be quite enjoyable. In Delhi, I met and befriended a lot of Muslim people. Most of them were knowledgeable and proud of their culinary traditions. Those accustomed to eating mutton will tell you that it heats the body up. Which is why, as winter descends, the chicken at your local tandoori joint is slowly replaced by mutton. This also warranted an investigation. Goat meat has less fat and cholesterol than beef. It is rich in iron and Vitamin B. The latter helps you burn your body fat. This is what warms the body up. This last theory has emboldened me to feed mutton to my guests. So when my cousin and his friend came to stay with me, I began planning a mutton meal. Most of you will know that last weekend witnessed an exodus of sorts from Nagaland to Delhi. It seemed that the combination of a Metallica concert and India’s first Formula 1 event was too good to resist. I watched as my guests went and returned disheartened after the Metallica concert was first postponed then cancelled. I watched as they journeyed to Noida to watch three days of races. Those of you who live or have lived alone in the city will agree that guests are a blessing. I was happy and honoured that my brother chose to stay with me. I wanted to say thanks but words simply were not enough. So I chose to say it through a language I knew best – food. When they left, I wandered from mutton shop to mutton shop looking for the right portion to turn to curry. Finally at Quereishi’s in GK II, I found a lovely back piece, full of fat, pink meat and a delicate spine filled with creamy nerve bundles. Buying 800g of it, I returned. I marinated the cut meat with half a cup of rum, salt; a teaspoon of crushed cumin and left it overnight. The next morning, in a pressure cooker (because I had to head to work) I lightly roasted 6 large cloves of crushed garlic, added half a teaspoon of turmeric and the meat. After letting the whistle blow 5 times, I dumped the contents into a pot and let it cook in medium heat for 40 mins (if you have the time, cook only in a pot, in medium heat for 2 hours – the mea is juicier). Just before removing the pot, I added fresh spring onion leaves and without stirring, covered with the lid. As I watched them eat the meal I had made them, I knew that my gratitude was understood. My month of thanksgiving had begun. 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Thursday 3 November 2011
Pak okays MFN status for India
IsLAmAbAD, NovEmbEr 2 (PtI): Pakistan today decided to grant the Most Favoured Nation status to India to boost bilateral trade, but made it clear that the move would not in any way affect its stand on the Kashmir issue. “After a lengthy discussion and a briefing by the Commerce Secretary, the Cabinet unanimously approved the Commerce Ministry’s summary to grant Most Favoured Nation status to India,” Information Minister Firdous Ashiq Awan told a news conference. The MFN status, which means that Pakistan will give trade treatment to India at par with its other partners, is likely to boost the bilateral economic ties. India had granted the MFN status to Pakistan way back in 1996. In 2010-11, India-Pakistan trade stood at USD 2.6 billion. Pakistan’s move to grant MFN status to India comes ahead of the November 10-11 SAARC Summit in Maldives, where the Prime Ministers of the two countries are expected to meet. All stakeholders in Pakistan, including the military, were “on board” for the deci-
sion to grant MFN status to India, Awan said. “The decision will lead to economic benefits and it is in the national interest,” she said. During the meeting of the Cabinet chaired by Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani, several ministers raised concerns on issues like Kashmir which were discussed at length, Awan said. “Some Cabinet members had concerns about Kashmir, political issues and defence and strategic relations,” she said in her opening remarks. “Others raised issues related to national sovereignty and Pakistan’s territorial integrity. The Cabinet’s decision will cause no harm to the Kashmir cause,” she said. Awan, a senior leader of the ruling Pakistan People’s Party, made it clear that the decision to give India MFN status was not linked in any way to Pakistan’s support for the Kashmir issue. “Trade (with India) is a separate issue. It is a most important priority for Pakistan to continue its support for the Kashmir issue and the movement (for the right to self-determination),” she said.
India lauds Nepal’s pol parties for peace deal
NEW DELHI, NovEmbEr 2 (IANs): India Wednesday congratulated Nepal for sealing a crucial seven-point agreement on integrating former Maoist combatants into the security forces and and hoped that it will pave the way for a transition to an inclusive multi-party democracy. “This agreement provides a firm basis for successfully concluding the remaining aspects of Nepal’s peace process,” the external affairs ministry said here. “We congratulate the people and the political parties in Nepalfortheircommitmenttopeacefullyresolvingoutstanding issues in a spirit of consensus and for displaying enlightenedleadership,”theministrysaid.NewDelhiunderlinedthat it “fully supports these efforts to pave the way for Nepal’s transition to a pluralistic and inclusive multi-party democracy”. In a historic step Tuesday night, Nepal’s chief political parties set aside their differences to seal an agreement on integrating former Maoist combatants into the country’s security forces. Leaders of the major parties - the Maoists, Nepali Congress, Communist Party of Nepal (Unified Marxist Leninist) and the Madeshi parties sealed the deal at Nepal PM Baburam Bhattarai’s residence. According to the deal, 6,500 of nearly 18,000 Maoist combatants living in cantonments since the 2006 peace deal would be integrated into Nepal’s security forces. The deal was sealed days after Bhattarai visited India during which PM Manmohan Singh urged Kathmandu to spur the stalled peace process forward.
Awan pointed out that China, one of Pakistan’s closest allies, had bolstered its trade relations with India despite territorial disputes between the two countries. “We cannot live in regional isolation,” she said. Responding to a question on whether the Kashmiri leadership had been consulted on the decision to grant MFN status to India, Awan said the two parts of Kashmir were already conducting trade across the Line of Control. Bus services too were operating across the LoC, she said. Awan said Commerce Minister Makhdoom Amin Fahim had briefed the Cabinet about how he had engaged the Kashmiri leadership on the MFN issue. Awan further sought to link the government’s decision to steps taken by Pakistan’s founder Mohammad Ali Jinnah immediately after the Partition to improve trade relations with India. “The foundation for bilateral trade was laid by the Quaid-e-Azam in 1948 and what the Cabinet implemented today was in line with Jinnah’s vision,” she said. In response to another question, Awan said the government would take the issue
to Parliament. However, official sources told PTI that the government’s decision did not need to be ratified by Parliament. Commerce Secretary Zafar Mahmood dismissed reports in the local media about the adverse impact of giving MFN status to India, saying there was a “knowledge gap” between the reports and the actual situation on the ground. Some media reports had even suggested that Pakistan would not grant India MFN status before a scheduled meeting of the Commerce Secretaries of the two sides in New Delhi later this month. Analysts expressed surprise at the speed with which the government had acted on the issue after it was raised in Commerce Secretary-level talks in Islamabad in April. After India granted the MFN status to it in 1996, Pakistan had held out on reciprocating the move, largely due to opposition from religious groups and some political parties which felt that extending the MFN status to New Delhi would affect Pakistan’s stand on the Kashmir issue.
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I used to respect Manmohan Singh when he was not PM: Advani
PANAjI, NovEmbEr 2 (IANs): Senior Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader L K Advani on Wednesday said he liked Manmohan Singh “when he was not the prime minister”. Speaking to reporters in Panaji, the former deputy Prime Minister, who is on a nationwide anti-graft Jan Chetna Yatra, also said calling Singh a weak PM was not a “harsh critique”. “When he was not a Prime Minister I liked him. He served very efficiently as P V Narasimha Rao’s finance minister, but we did not expect courage from him then,” Advani said sarcastically. “Calling him a weak PM is not harsh,” Advani said adding the country had now realised in retrospect that the BJP’s constant castigation of Singh’s governance in the past had substance. “People earlier used to say ‘he is an honest man, why do you keep attacking him’. Now they tell me, what the BJP was saying
all this while is right,” he said. The BJP leader also said the record of both Singh and Congress president Sonia Gandhi in the battle against corruption was “highly unsatisfactory”. Advani also critiqued the Congress’ efforts to put the blame for the 2G spectrum scam on United Progressive Alliance (UPA) partner DMK,
whose former minister A Raja is in prison on corruption charges. “I have always stated that the massive 2G spectrum scam was not an ally affair alone. It has deeper roots in the higher level of government, including involvement of the ministers of the Congress in the union government and their role needs to be investigated,” Advani said.
NEW DELHI, NovEmbEr 2 (IANs): Accepting that development of sanitation facilities in the country has been a “disaster”, Rural Development Minister Jairam Ramesh Wednesday suggested enhanced government funding to deal with the issue. “Sanitation is the biggest blot on the human development portfolio in India. The sanitation situation is disastrous,” said Ramesh speaking at the release of UN Human Development Report 2011 here. “We need massive public funding for sanitation,” he said adding there has been marked progress in providing education, and some improvement in making health care and drinking water available in the country. Making a comparison, Ramesh said while expenditure on water supply was Rs.20,000 crore annually, it was just Rs.2,000 crore on sanitation. Success in providing education came because of the centre, which bears around 60 percent of the total spending on the sector today, he said. “Out of 6 lakh villages in the country, only 25,000 are free from the practice of open defecation,” the minister said, adding “People do not use toilets due to cultural reasons in An exile Tibetan shouts slogans against China as she is detained by Indian policemen during a protest outside the Chinese many parts of the country.” The focus of the rural Embassy in New Delhi on November 2. Tibetan protestors called upon G20 leaders to raise the issue of human rights viola- development ministry has now shifted to building tion and crackdown on monasteries in Tibet. (AP Photo) household toilets, Ramesh noted.
gence of India’s religious right at a time when voters are turning away from a centre-left Congress government weakened by corruption scandals. This was not the first case of radical Hindu pressure over India’s culture. It has ranged from state governments banning books seen as offensive to raids on bars by Hindu groups in Bangalore to protest Western culture corrupting Indian values. Last year, Mumbai University removed Rohinton Mistry’s Booker Prize shortlisted novel ‘Such A Long Journey’ from its literature syllabus after threats and book burnings by radical Hindu political party Shiv Sena. India’s best-known artist, painter Maqbool Fida Husain, fled the country in 2006 and died in exile in London this year after his depictions of naked Hindu goddesses enraged zealots who attacked his house and vandalised shows. Ramanujan’s
“Three Hundred Ramayanas,” is considered by Indologists to be a classic study of Hindu diversity and a discussion of the hundreds of different tellings of the epic story of Rama and Sita. “It’s not a religious essay at all, it’s not about which version are you supposed to read,” said Delhi University professor Bharati Jagannathan, who said she used the text to teach students that history has many interpretations. Revered in academic circles as a critic, poet and playwright, the author was a MacArthur Fellow and taught at Chicago University for decades. He died in 1993. But India’s Hindu nationalist movement seeks a more doctrinal approach to the religion’s foundational texts. Student activists called Ramanujan’s study a perversion of tradition, especially the inclusion of early versions of the tale with numerous sexual references. “There’s no need to distort
Teach girls martial arts for self-protection: President Patil
LuckNoW, NovEmbEr 2 (IANs): The security of women should be of prime concern for law-enforcing authorities as well as society, President Pratibha Patil said here Wednesday, terming self-protection “the best” and suggesting martial arts training for girls in educational institutions.“Anissueofdeepconcernistherising trend of crimes against women, in rural areas and in our cities. Families worry about the lack of security for women members of the family in India of the 21st century. “This deserves the fullest attention of law and order authorities, as also of all members of society who must together work to create a safe and secure environment for women,” Patil said, in her address at a ceremony to mark 125 years of the Isabella Thoburn (IT) College. “To create stable societies, women need to be empowered. Societies which understand this are not only able to deal with the changes needed for it, but can mould change itself... The concept of empowerment of women would have a very big impact on society... Terming self-protection as “the best protection”, Patil advocated martial arts training in the girls’ colleges and educational institutions. “I think girls should be taught Judo and Karate to protect themselves as I believe self-protection is the best protection.” Highlighting the importance of education in perspective of the social con-
PANAjI, NovEmbEr 2 (AgENcIEs): Admitting that the BJP was facing dissidence in Karnataka due to its “nontolerance” for corruption, L K Advani today said he does not regret the way the party dealt with its leaders in the state following graft charges against them. He also said that corruption has to be dealt with firmly whether it is in the Congress or the BJP. Advani, who arrived in Goa from Karnataka on Tuesday as part of his yatra, told reporters that the BJP was facing dissidence in Karnataka due to the party’s “non-tolerance towards corruption”. “The problem in Karnataka is because the party is firmly dealing with the corruption issue. Therefore, I don’t regret anything. We have to deal with corruption firmly. Whether it is in Congress or in my party,” he said.
Sanitation disastrous in India: Jairam Ramesh
Furore over Ramayana essay points to India’s cultural divide
NEW DELHI, NovEmbEr 2 (rEutErs): Under pressure from Hindu hardliners, Delhi University has dropped a scholarly text on the Ramayana epic from its history syllabus, in the latest sign of conservatives’ deep influence over a globalising India’s cultural battles. In October, the university removed the essay by eminent academic A.K. Ramanujan from the reading list after Hindu nationalist students vandalized the history department and lodged a complaint that the text’s bawdy references offended beliefs about the life of hero-god Rama. Liberal thinkers are furious at what they see as another capitulation by a secular institution to pressure from hardliners -- in a tweet last week author Salman Rushdie called it “academic censorship.” The furore bears some resemblance to U.S. tussles over the teaching of evolutionary theory and highlights the resur-
Do not regret action against BJP leaders in Karnataka
dition of a nation, Patil said: “The social condition of a nation can be gauged by the standing and status of its women, which in turn depends on their ability to take independent decisions on various issues influencing their individual lives and the environment they live in, as also to avail of opportunities that exist to realise their full potential.” “It is a proven fact that there is a strong co-relation between women’s education and their overall progress, including their economic development. If indeed, women are to find their rightful voice, it would be possible if they are properly educated, and given training in skill building, which equips them to avail of income generating options.” Expressing concern over illiteracy, lack of access to education and deprivation, and social prejudices and social evils in the society, Patil called upon the citizens of the country to unitedly tackle such issues. “A paradox of sorts exists as far as women in India are concerned. On the one hand, women have proved that they can undertake all types of missions and work. Yet, on theotherhand,itisequallytruethatwomen face numerous challenges and discrimination emanating from social prejudices and social evils,” said Patil while citing the practiceofdowry,andconditionsofwidows.“All these issues are very much on the horizon, and need to be handled by governments, by society and by people themselves.”
our Hindu texts, which we hold in great reverence, to this degree. Why? If this is the case, then why not do multiple interpretations of Islamic and Christian texts?” said student leader Rohit Chahal. Beleaguered Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s coalition led by the Congress party has not spoken on the issue, giving the impression it fears offending hardline Hindu voters by standing up for its secular ideals. “None of the so-called secular Congress leaders have spoken a word, not the prime minister, nor the home minister nor the education minister, they have maintained a deafening silence,” said political analyst Amulya Ganguli. In the past, Congress politicians have also bowed to pressure from Muslim groups in freedom of speech cases. In 1988, India banned imports of Rushdie’s book The Satanic Verses, which had offended many Muslims and led to an Iranian fatwa
ordering the author’s death. The angry protests by Hindu groups highlight a pervasive current of conservative Indians who are still an important political voice, despite the rapid modernisation of Asia’s third largest economy. Opinion polls show growing support for the opposition Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) that represents the moderate face of a movement seeking to define India as a Hindu nation. When it governed from 1998 to 2004 the BJP focussed on good economic management rather than religious supremacy, but agitation by extremist members of the Hindu nationalist or Hindutva movement that backs the party has not gone away. The country’s most popular opposition politician, Narendra Modi, is a BJP governor respected for presiding over a long economic boom in Gujarat but is also associated with religious riots that killed hundreds of Muslims.
I get angry when I come to UP: Rahul Gandhi NEW DELHI, NovEmbEr 2 (AgENcIEs): Congress general secretary Rahul Gandhi on Wednesday made a scathing attack on the BSP government in Uttar Pradesh for failing to provide basic amenities to people living in the state. The Congress leader, who is touring Bhadohi district, expressed his anger on the pathetic living condition of carpet weavers residing in the area. “There is acute shortage of water and power supply here, the condition of living is pathetic, I don’t know how you (people) live in such circumstances. I get angry when I come to UP,” Rahul said while interacting with local carpet weavers. The young Congress leader targeted the BSP government of the state and said that it is not implementing the central government schemes in the state because of which people are deprived of many essential facilities. Rahul, however, promised the people there that UPA will soon bring an effective Lokpal bill. He requested people to vote for his party in the upcoming Assembly Election in Uttar Pradesh. Interestingly, the local district administration was not informed about his visit and it was a surprise for them.
Indian writers dominate ‘Asian Booker’ list
‘Featuring works of epic proportions, the books deal with a wide range of subjects including the Opium Wars, the Iranian revolution, the rise of fundamentalism, the plight of AIDS sufferers in China as well as exploring relationships between the individual and family, parent and child.’
NEW DELHI, NovEmbEr 2 (PtI): Five novels by Indian writers including Amitav Ghosh and Tarun Tejpal figure in this year’s Man Asian Literary Prize long list, which also has works by novelists from Bangladesh and Pakistan among other countries. The other Indians in the fray for the award considered by many as the Asian Booker are Jahnavi Barua (“Rebirth“), Anuradha Roy (“The Folded Earth“) and Rahul Bhattacharya (“The Sly Company of People Who Care“). Ghosh’s novel is “River of Smoke” and Tejpal is the author of “The Valley of Masks.” Tahmima Anam (Bangladesh, “The Good Muslim”), Jamil Ahmad (Pakistan, “The Wandering
Falcon“), Mahmoud Dowlatabadi (Iran, “The Colonel“), Haruki Murakami (Japan, “1Q84“), Kyungsook Shin (South Korea , “Please Look After Mom“), Yan Lianke (China, “Dream of Ding Village“), Banana Yoshimoto (Japan“The Lake“) complete the long list. Featuring works of epic proportions, the books deal with a wide range of subjects including the Opium Wars, the Iranian revolution, the rise of fundamentalism, the plight of AIDS sufferers in China as well as exploring relationships between the individual and family, parent and child. “It was a pleasant surprise and a great honour to be included with Amitav Ghosh, Haruki Murakami, Rahul Bhattacharya and the eight other wonderful writers on the list,” Bangalore-based Barua told PTI. Her novel “Rebirth” is the story of Kaberi, a young woman coming to grips with an uncertain marriage and is also an intimate portrait of the passionate bond between a mother and her unborn child. Ninety books were submitted for entry in 2011. The shortlist will be announced on January 10, 2012 and the winner will be named on March 15 in Hong Kong, the home of the prize. The judges for this year’s prize are Pulitzer-prize finalist and author of “The Surrendered” Chang-
rae Lee, Vikas Swarup, author of “Q&A” which was filmed as the Oscar-winning “Slumdog Millionaire” and BBC Special Correspondent Razia Iqbal, who is the chair judge. “In scope, range and subject matter, our long list presents us with the epic as well as the quotidian, the established writers as well as some on the cusp of greater success. But what connects them is a thing that happens when we read good fiction: the cumulative impact of sentence after good sentence is transforming for the reader. So, while it is hoped that the list reflects among the best of what is coming out of Asia, it also presents Asia to itself, an equally important mirror to hold up,” said Iqbal. “What this long list shows is that if we are looking for books of the epic scale and stature of the great European nineteenth century novels, we must turn to Asia. Murakami’s massive magnum opus ‘1Q84’ and Ghosh’s three-volume epic of the Opium Wars, of which ‘River of Smoke’ is the second volume, have a scale and ambition we don’t often see in Western writing these days. “Could it be that as the world’s economic centre of gravity is moving eastwards, so too is its artistic energy and ambition,” asked chair of direc-
tors of the Man Asian Literary Prize, David Parker. Bhattacharya’s “The Sly Company of People Who Care” is young journalist’s account after he decides to give up his job and travel to Guyana to escape the deadness of his life. “The Folded Earth” tells about a girl who tries to put behind her a time of great sorrow by teaching in a school during day and typing drafts of a magnum opus by her landlord at night. Tejpal’s “The Valley of Masks” deals with the story of a physically faceless being known variously as Karna and as X470, a renegade from a mysterious brotherhood, on what he knows will be his last day alive. Anam, whose novel evoked rave reviews across the world, was in Delhi, Mumbai and Kolkata ea in connection with its launch by Penguin. Her debut novel “A Golden Age” had won the Commonwealth Writers’ Award for Best First Book and was short-listed for The Guardian First Book Award and the Costa First Novel Award. She lives in London and Dhaka. Set in the dusty streets of Dhaka and the villages and river-islands of rural Bangladesh, at a time when the rise of religious fundamentalism was a whisper in the wind, “The Good Muslim” is a story of the challenges of peace in the long shadow of war.
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Thursday 3 November 2011
WikiLeaks’ Assange loses extradition appeal
LONDON, NOvEmbEr 2 (AP): WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange lost his appeal against extradition to Sweden to answer sex crime allegations, but said Wednesday he will now consider whether to take his protracted fight to Britain's highest court. High Court appeal Judges John Thomas and Duncan Ousely rejected Assange's claims that it would be unfair and unlawful to send him to Scandinavia to be questioned over the alleged rape of one woman and the molestation of another in Stockholm last year. The 40-year-old has denied wrongdoing, and insists the case is politically motivated by those opposed to the work of his secret-spilling organization. "We will be considering our next steps in the days ahead," Assange said outside the court. He did not seem angry or visibly upset, despite the substantial legal setback. Lawyer Mark Summers confirmed that it was not clear whether his client would attempt an appeal to Britain's Supreme Court. His legal team has 14 days to decide whether to ap-
ply to the High Court, and then must try to persuade judges that there is a point of law to justify an appeal to the highest court. It means Assange will remain in Britain for at least several more weeks, and could potentially extend his fight against extradition into next year. At a hearing, the appeal judges confirmed that Assange would remain on bail, held under virtual house arrest at a friend's country estate in southern England. Legal experts insisted the odds are now stacked against Assange avoiding extradition to Sweden. "I think it's highly likely that he'll be in Sweden before the end of the year," said Julian Knowles, an extradition lawyer not involved in the case. Vaughan Smith, the owner of the country mansion where Assange is living, said his friend's prospects appeared bleak. "It's not good news," he told The Associated Press. Smith said Assange is concerned about the impact on his organization if he is sent to Sweden, fearing he would likely be held in prison as he contests the
The founder of WikiLeaks Julian Assange, center, gives a statement to the media after his extradition hearing at the High Court in London on Wednesday, November 2. (AP Photo)
allegations against him. "How can you run WikiLeaks from a jail? You can't," Smith said. "There is a pretty good reason for him not wanting to go to Sweden." It's also not clear whether Assange has the resources to fund a continued legal battle. In a recent dispute over his autobiog-
raphy — a draft of which was published without his permission — the WikiLeaks founder revealed that he'd fallen out with his previous lawyers over the size of his bill and didn't have enough cash to sue his publishers. Assange and his supporters say he's not drawing on WikiLeaks
funds for his defense. In the ruling, the appeal judges rejected key arguments from Assange's legal team. They said Sweden had the right to issue a warrant for Assange, rejected claims that the alleged offense had been inaccurately described, dismissed issues over Sweden's process for instigating criminal inquiries, and ruled that the prosecutors had been proportionate in their actions. "This is self-evidently not a case relating to a trivial offense, but to serious sexual offenses," the judges wrote in their ruling, upholding an original court decision in February that Assange should be extradited. Assange has said the sexual encounters were consensual, and his lawyer, Ben Emmerson, had previously argued the allegations would not be considered crimes in England. The appeal judges said that apparent inconsistencies in some of the allegations against Assange should not affect his extradition to face questioning — even though those issues could be valid in any future trial. They cited as one example the fact that
UN sees “alarming resurgence” of mercenaries Toll surges to 400 in Thai floods; Bangkok put on alert
UNITED NATIONS, NOvEmbEr 2 (rEUTErS): There has been an "alarming resurgence" in the use of mercenaries in the past year, according to U.N. experts who cited events in Libya and Ivory Coast and called for action to halt the trend. A five-person U.N. panel on mercenaries, in a report to the General Assembly, also renewed its call for increased regulation of what it called the "ever-expanding activities" of private military and security companies. "In the last year, we have seen an alarming resurgence of the use of mercenaries in armed conflict -- often in new and novel ways," the group's chair, Faiza Patel, said. "In both (Ivory Coast) and Libya, the (panel) is deeply concerned about alleged mercenary involvement in serious human rights violations, such as summary executions, enforced disappearances, rape, torture, arbitrary arrests and detentions." The panel "encourages states to cooperate in order to ensure that mercenaries are arrested and tried," Patel said in an address on Monday to the General
Assembly's human rights committee. She cited reports that former Ivory Coast President Laurent Gbagbo hired some 4,500 Liberian mercenaries in a failed attempt to beat off the forces of rival Alassane Ouattara, who according to U.N. figures beat him in an election a year ago. Gbagbo was ousted in April. In Libya, she noted that the U.N. Human Rights Council had concluded foreigners from neighboring African countries and possibly Eastern Europe had taken part in the country's civil war and committed rights abuses, especially fighters for ousted leader Muammar Gaddafi. Patel told reporters on Tuesday her group would visit both Libya and Ivory Coast within the next few months. Use of mercenaries is outlawed by a 1989 U.N. convention, but only 32 countries are party to it. In a written report to the General Assembly, the U.N. panel urged countries that had not joined to do so "as a matter of urgency." The group also urged countries to address the problem of private military and security firms, an industry Patel said could be
worth anything from $20 billion to $100 billion per year and is being increasingly used by governments, companies and even the United Nations. The issue was dramatized by the 2007 killing of at least 14 civilians in Iraq, which has been blamed on security guards of the U.S. firm Blackwater, since renamed Xe Services. The guards say they fired in self-defense in the incident. "The potential impact of the widespread activities of private military and security companies on human rights means that they cannot be allowed to continue to operate without adequate regulation and mechanisms to ensure accountability," Patel said. The U.N. panel has drafted a proposed convention that would define what activities such companies could carry out, obligate states to set up national registration and licensing schemes, and set up an international monitoring mechanism. U.N. member states are currently studying the draft. An intergovernmental working group set up by the Geneva-based Human Rights Council is due to hold its next meeting in January, Patel said.
bANgkOk, NOvEmbEr 2 (PTI): The Thai capital of Bangkok has been put on alert with reports that flood waters were advancing deeper into the city from the northern outskirts,evenasthedeathtoll from country’s worst floods in decades surged above 400 today as public anger stepped up against authorities. The sluice gate and a dyke failed to limit inflows to save the inner city. The water level on the key Rarm Intra Road, both inbound and outbound, continued to rise and the road became impassable yesterday. The flood has now killed 427 people, an increase of 42 from the figure reported a day earlier, authorities said. So far no deaths have been reported in Bangkok. The long stretch of Sukhumvit road whose either sides are dotted by high rise apartments where most of the expatriatesincludingasizeable Indian population live, has so far not been hit by the flood waters. The long road itself is the prime shopping district with shopping malls and hotels. Most supermarket shelves are stark and empty with people in a hoarding frenzy mode.
Philippines bans labour deployments to 41 nations
mANILA, NOvEmbEr 2 (AgENcIES): The Philippines, one of the world's largest labour exporters, has ordered a ban on the deployment of workers to 41 countries including wartorn Afghanistan and booming India where Filipino officials say there are inadequate protections against labour abuse, the government said Wednesday. Labour Secretary Rosalinda Baldoz said worker deployments to 125 other countries would continue because Philippine embassies have verified they have laws protecting foreign workers. A 2009 Philippine law requires that workers only be sent to countries that pro-
vide legal protection to foreign labourers, are a party to international labour protection accords or have agreements with Manila that guarantee against abuse. Nearly 10 percent of the Philippine population of 94 million work abroad, with many going to the Middle East. Carlos Cao Jr., who heads the government's Philippine Overseas Employment Administration, said the bans will take effect 15 days after the order is published in major newspapers. The countries affected by the bans are not major destinations of Filipino workers, he said. The few hundred Filipinos working in those
countries can remain there until their current contracts expire, Baldoz said. Multinational companies with high labour standards will be exempted from the ban even if they operate in countries like Afghanistan where the labour ban will be imposed, she said. Philippine lawmakers who passed the 2009 law "were very much aware of the welfare issues, exploitation and abusive practices in some countries," Baldoz told The Associated Press. The bans will be lifted if the affected countries take adequate steps to protect Filipino workers from abuse and allow them to seek help if they are maltreated, Baldoz said.
The countries affected by the ban include Afghanistan, Cambodia, India, Cuba, North Korea, Haiti, India, Iraq, Libya, Pakistan, Serbia, Sudan and Zimbabwe. Filipinos who wish to work overseas are required to obtain government approval, although some circumvent the regulation and travel abroad on their own. O ve r s e a s F i l i p i n o workers are hailed as heroes for the help their earnings bring to the country's economy, but widespread stories of sexual and physical abuse, and even deaths, have made their plights a powerful emotional issue which officials have struggled to address.
NAGALAND WOMEN COMMISSION KOHIMA: NAGALAND
Dt. Kohima the 28th Oct. 2011
In this photo taken on Tuesday November 1, a man stands on one of the supporting columns for the Jiaxing-Shaoxing bridge, which builders claim will be the world’s longest multi-span cable-stayed bridge with a main bridge length of 2,680 meters (1.67 miles) in Haining in eastern China’s Zhejiang province. The eight-lane motorway bridge is scheduled to be completed in 2012. (AP Photo)
The Commission has selected the following candidates to undertake research work on “Tribal Customary Practices on Women Issue/Status”, through an oral interview held on 27th Sept. 2011, in the office of the Commission office at Red Cross Complex. Sl. No. Name Tribe 1. Mr. Silas Khongsai Kuki 2. Ms. Supou Khiamnungan Khiamniungan 3. Mr. L. Chuba Yim Yimchunger 4. Mrs. Khontele Seb Rengma 5. Mr. Theritsaba Sangtam Sangtam 6. Ms. Repsalou Longmailai Kachari 7. Mr. K. Alung Trakha Pochury 8. Mr. Thungti Lempong Chang 9. Mr. C. Baunyang Phom 10. Ms. Kebana Thou Zeliang The selected candidates are directed to report to the Commission’s office on or before 20th Nov. 11 and obtain necessary Deed of Agreement/ Term and Conditions. Failing which stated order shall be treated as cancelled without notice. Sd/(N. Hushili Sama) IAS Secretary Nagaland Women Commission
Prices of vegetables, food, rice, eggs have all shot up in the past few weeks. Bangkok Governor Sukhumbhand Paribatra has given himself wide-ranging control over flood operations in the city and is to send council workers backed by police to repair the controversial Khlong Sam Wa sluice gate. Mr. Sukhumbhand’s moveisapparentlyindefiance of Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra’s order to widen the sluice gate to one metre. She took the action after nearby residents destroyed part of the sluice gate to speed up the drainage of their areas. Meanwhile, Deputy Governor Thirachon Manomaipiboon said all 50 districts in Bangkok are at risk of flooding as a result of the Khlong Sam Wa incident. Bangkok, known as the Venice of the East, has a network of canals called Klongs. “Bangkok has 2,000 canals and there are many underground tunnels that are connected with each other. When the water is released to Saen Saep canal, it will pass through all 50 districts,”Mr.Thirachonwarned.
one woman who claimed Assange had unprotected sex with her against her will while she was asleep had later said she might have been partially awake. "These are matters of evidence which would be highly relevant at trial," the judges wrote. But "it is not for this court to assess whether the allegations may fail." With Assange one step closer to extradition, it's an open question whether his site can survive. WikiLeaks finances are under intense pressure and some of its biggest revelations are already in the public domain. Only last week Assange warned that the site was so low on cash it would have to stop publishing leaks and could shut down altogether in two months unless its funding improves. Assange also faces possible legal action in the United States, where prosecutors are weighing possible criminal charges. Bradley Manning, the U.S. Army analyst suspected of disclosing secret intelligence to WikiLeaks, remains in custody at Fort Leavenworth prison in Kansas. His case is pending in a military court.
Petrol bomb for paper that listed Prophet Mohammed as its editor
PArIS, NOvEmbEr 2 (AFP): The offices of French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo, which published a special Arab Spring edition Wednesday with the prophet Mohammed as guest "editor", were gutted in a petrol bomb attack overnight, police said. The fire at the magazine started around 01.00 am (0200 GMT) and caused no injuries, a police source said. Charlie Hebdo published a special edition Wednesday to mark the Arab Spring, renaming the magazine Charia (Sharia) Hebdo for the occasion. The cover showed a cartoon of the prophet stating: "100 lashes if you don't die of laughter!" The depiction of the prophet is strictly prohibited in Islam. A witness at the scene, Patrick Pelloux, told AFP a molotov cocktail was hurled through the window and set fire to the computer system. "Everything was destroyed," he said. The magazine's publisher, known only as Charb, said he was convinced the fire was
linked to the special edition. "On Twitter, on Facebook, we received several letters of protest, threats, insults," which had been forwarded to the police, he said. On Wednesday, the weekly said it would publish a special edition to "celebrate" the Ennahda Islamist party's election victory in Tunisia and the transitional Libyan executive's statement that Islamic Sharia law would be the country's main source of law. It would feature the prophet Mohammed as guest "editor", the magazine said. Charb on Tuesday rejected accusations that he was trying to provoke. "We feel we're just doing our job as usual. The only difference is that this week, Mohammed is on the cover and that's quite rare," he told AFP. A Paris court in 2007 threw out a suit brought by two Muslim organisations against Charlie Hebdo for reprinting cartoons of prophet Mohammed that had appeared in a Danish newspaper, sparking angry protests by Muslims worldwide.
NAGALAND STATE DESIGNATED AGENCY Ref. No. CEI/E-23/161
Inviting participation in school and State level Essay competition on Energy Conservation for all school children studying in class 6th – 8th. Topic for school level Essay competition
“Save Energy, the world is in your hand” Nagaland State Designated Agency for Energy Conservation in the state is undertaking a state level awareness campaign to promote Energy Conservation in the country. Therefore, all heads/ Principals of the schools are requested to ensure participation for the objective. All possible efforts have been made by the Nagaland State Designated Agency to reach out to all the schools in the state by sending invitation letters. However, if any school has not received it, this may be taken as one. School level Essay Competition. • School Principals to organize Energy Conservation of 1 ½ hrs for 6th, 7th and 8th standard students. The Essay on the selected theme will be of maximum of 500 words. • Each head of the school shall select the two best entries and sent it to the State Designated Agency by 15th Nov. 2011. • The participants of the Energy Conservation should provide the following information on the writing sheet. 1. Name of the student 2. Father’s/ Mother’s name 3. Standard 4. School Name & Address, Telephone No. & Mobile No. 5. Signature of School Principal State level Essay Competition. • The Best 50 entries shall be invited to the state capital, Kohima for participation in state level essay writing competition to be conducted on 14th Dec 2011 in commemoration of the “National Energy Conservation Day”. The panel of jury will then evaluate and select the 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 10 consolation prizes and will be awarded a cash prize of Rs. 10,000, Rs. 8000, Rs. 5000 and Rs. 1000 each respectively. • To facilitate good participation, all 50 best entries will be paid Rs. 1000/- each and eligible for Traveling expenses (one student & one guardian) as per the Nagaland State Transport fare, which will be reimbursed by SDA on production of proof.
In view of the above all correspondence may be addressed to be given address: Chief Electrical Inspector Old Assembly Complex Nagaland: Kohima – 797001 Mobile Phone – 9436002393 Entries received after the said date shall not be entertained
(Er. K.T. Wabang Ao) Chief Electrical Inspector) Nagaland State Designated Agency Nagaland: Kohima
OFFICE OF THE
NAGALAND ELECTRICITY REGULATORY COMMISSION (NERC) NAGALAND::: KOHIMA
Old MLA Hostel Complex, Nagaland: Kohima-797001 Tel:(0370)2292101(o)/2241592(r) Fax: 2292104(o); www.nerc.org.in e-mail:firstname.lastname@example.org
Dated Kohima, the 31st Oct.’11.
NO.NERC/REGN/2011 (A): The Nagaland Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC), Kohima has published the draft of the following Regulations for the information of the persons likely to be effected thereby: 1. The Draft Nagaland Electricity Regulatory Commission (Terms and Conditions for Intra-State Open Access) Regulations, 2011. Copies of the draft Regulations are available in the Office of the Nagaland Electricity Regulations are available in the Office of the Nagaland Electricity Regulatory Commission, Old MLA Hostel Complex, Kohima; and also in the offices of the Chief Engineer (Department of Power), Nagaland, Kohima and Director (Department of New and Renewable Energy) Nagaland, Kohima.The same can be seen by any interested person during office hours on any working day. The draft regulations are also available at the NERC website:www.nerc.org.in. Any person having any comments/suggestions/objections may submit the same in writing addressed to the Dy.Director-cum-Commission Secretary of the Nagaland Electricity Regulatory Commission latest by 30th Nov,2011 and the draft regulations shall be taken into consideration on 7th Dec,2011. (P.SANI) Dy.Dir-cum-Commission Secretary, Nagaland Electricity Regulatory Commission, (NERC), Kohima.
Thursday 3 November 2011
The Morung Express
Barca and AC Milan reach CL last 16
LONDON, NOvember 2 (reuters): Another Lionel Messi hat-trick lit up the Champions League yet again as Barcelona and AC Milan qualified for the last 16 with time to spare on Tuesday although it is APOEL Nicosia who are fast becoming the talk of the group stages. Premier League sides Chelsea and Arsenal still have work to do to reach the knockout phase after draws against Racing Genk and Olympique Marseille respectively when victories could have sealed their passage out of their groups. Unstoppable Argentine Messi gave Barcelona the lead with his 200th goal for the club and his 201st and 202nd followed as they beat 10-man Viktoria Plzen 4-0 in Prague to move top of Group H above Milan who were held 1-1 at BATE Borisov. Zlatan Ibrahimovic was on target for Milan and, although the Serie A side conceded a second-half goal from the penalty spot, Barca's result ensured the two giants of European football will be in the knockout rounds come February. Unfancied Cypriots APOEL are just one win away from joining them as winners of Group G after a last-gasp 2-1 victory against former European champions Porto. Still undefeated, they have eight points, one more than Russian champions Zenit St Petersburg who beat Shakhtar Donetsk 1-0. APOEL visit Zenit in the next round of matches in three weeks when victory will seal an unlikely top spot in the group. "My wish is that my players will keep playing with the same passion in the remaining two match-
es. If we do it, and is up to us, then we have chances for many things," said APOEL'S coach Ivan Jovanovic, whose side were given little chance to survive when the draw was made. Ailton gave APOEL, playing in the group stage for only the second time, the lead but an 89th-minute penalty by Porto's Hulk silenced the stadium. In a barnstorming finish, Gustavo Manduca then drilled in a stoppagetime winner to spark wild celebrations amongst the home supporters. Arsenal, whose season has recovered after a terrible start, left prolific Dutch striker Robin van Persie among the substitutes and his 30 minute cameo failed to prevent them from labouring to a 0-0 draw against Marseille in Group F. A home victory would have put Arsenal through but a draw means both teams should still qualify. Borussia Dortmund kept alive their hopes of a top two place with a 1-0 home victory against Greek side Olympiakos Piraeus. "We wanted to qualify tonight, but we were not at our sharpest," Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger said. Chelsea's woes continued after back-to-back Premier League defeats and accusations that captain John Terry racially abused Queen's Park Rangers defender Anton Ferdinand. Victory in Genk looked a formality when Ramires gave them the lead but a missed penalty by David Luiz gave the Belgium club hope and Jelle Vossen equalised after the break to give his side their second point in the group. Chelsea
began the night eyeing a win which could have sealed their progress to the last 16, depending on other results, but things look less secure now for the London club who have eight points, two in front of Bayer Leverkusen who lost 3-1 in Valencia. Brazilian Jonas scored after 12 seconds for Valencia, the second quickest goal in the Champions League. Leverkusen host Chelsea in the next round of group matches. "We could have put the game beyond their reach. We had chances to kill the game off," keeper Petr Cech told Sky Sports. "I don't think there was a hangover (from Saturday's 5-3 home defeat by Arsenal). We now have to qualify the hard way." Barca have no such worries. Not only did Messi complete a double century of goals for the Spanish side, but keeper Victor Valdez set a club record for not conceding a goal -- bettering Miguel Reina's 824-minute shutout run achieved in the 1972-73 season. Messi, who also scored a hat-trick in La Liga against Mallorca on Saturday, scored a penalty after 24 minutes, fired in a second from close range just before halftime and completed his hat-trick in stoppage time. Plzen had to play three quarters of the match with 10 men as Marian Cisovsky was dismissed for the foul on Messi which led to the penalty. "I am happy for the match, the result and the goals, " Messi told Spanish television. "Given the result of the Milan game it was important to win. (Plzen) are not as well known as some clubs but it's not easy to come here."
Barcelona's Lionel Messi scores from a penalty shot against Viktoria Pilsen during their Champions League Group H soccer match in Prague, Czech Republic, Tuesday, Nov. 1. (AP Photo)
LioneL Messi nets 200th goAL PrAGue, NOvember 2 (reuters): A rampant Lionel Messi scored his 200th goal for Barcelona when he netted a penalty in the 24th minute of Tuesday's Champions League match at Viktoria Plzen before completing a second consecutive hat-trick. The referee pointed to the spot after the 24-year-old Argentine World Player of the Year was felled by defender Marian Cisovsky and he struck
the ball into the net to the goalkeeper's right to become only the second Barca player to reach the mark. Messi, top scorer in Europe's elite club competition the past three seasons, then added a second and third in stoppage time in each half to complete a 14th career hattrick on what was his 286th appearance according to Infostrada. He also scored three in Saturday's 5-0 La Liga win at home to Real Mallorca and
Tuesday's goals helped put holders Barca through to the Champions League last 16 with two games to spare. "I am happy but more than anything for the result," Messi said in a pitchside interview with Spanish television, adding that he was not thinking about catching the Catalan club's record marksman Cesar Rodriguez, who scored 235. "It's not my goal, far from it. The important thing was to win tonight and
get through to the last 16. "My aim is simply to keep going in the same way, to keep helping the team with my goals and together we will achieve some great things." Messi took second spot on the list of Barcelona's record goal scorers from Hungarian Ladislau Kubala last month and is fast closing in on Cesar, who has held the record since the 1950s. Barca goalkeeper Victor Valdes also wrote his name into
the record books on Tuesday when he set a new club best for minutes unbeaten. The 29-year-old has not conceded a goal in 877 minutes, beating a mark of 824 set in the 1972-73 season by Miguel Reina, father of Liverpool keeper and Valdes's Spain team mate Pepe Reina. It is also the first time Barca have gone nine games without conceding. The last team to score against them was Valencia in La Liga on Sept. 21.
Tevez offered olive branch by Mancini Yuvraj Singh bats for dropped Harbhajan Singh
LONDON, NOvember 2 (reuters): Manchester City outcast Carlos Tevez has been offered a way back into the Premier League club's plans by manager Roberto Mancini but only if he apologises for refusing to warm up in their Champions League match at Bayern Munich in late September. British media quoted Mancini telling reporters at Valencia airport on Tuesday on the way to their Champions League game at Villarreal that the Argentina striker needed to say sorry for refusing to take instructions during their 2-0 away defeat. "Sorry is a little word, an easy word," Wednesday's Guardian newspaper reported Mancini as saying. "Everything depends on Carlos. But I think these are easy words -very, very easy."If he apologises then everything will be like before. If not, then we look at (selling him in) January. This is what I've
told him: all of us can make a mistake. "The important thing is to apologise and then it's finished. And he can finish it. It is easy. These are crucial words. But these are easy words." Mancini added this was the reason he had invited Tevez to his house after the Argentine's two-week suspension. "But this was 20 days ago. It wasn't yesterday. I told Carlos 20 days ago to apologise, and he said no. I don't know his agent (Kia Joorabchian) but I think the people around Carlos are giving him bad advice." Reflecting on his own career as a player, which involved some controversial moments, Mancini said: "Every time I made a mistake, I apologised, it's a very easy word to say." Asked if Tevez, who has been fined two weeks' wages by the club, would play for City again if he said sorry, Mancini replied: "We'll see. He needs to do it first."
mumbAI, NOvember 2 (AGeNcIes): He may have immortalised himself in limited overs cricket, but it is surprising how Yuvraj Singh still has to answer the same set of uncomfortable questions before a Test series comes around. The 29-year-old has managed just 35 Tests since his debut back in 2003. To make matters worse, there has always been stiff competition for the only slot that he has always been a genuine claimant to: No 6. First, there was Sourav Ganguly, then came Suresh Raina and now you have Virat Kohli.
"I want to be a good Test cricketer. I have done decently well, but I'm looking to improve my graph," Yuvraj said on Tuesday, during a promotional event for Puma. Yuvraj's problems with the five-day format have been multiplied by his constant tryst with injuries, the latest one being a fractured thumb. "It is unfortunate... every time I have done well, I got injured. I fell sick in Sri Lanka. It's part of life and you have got to move on," Yuvraj philosophized. Luckily for him, he is fit (for now) at the right
Cricketers call for renewed anti-corruption effort
LONDON, NOvember 2 (AP): Cricket bodies and the sport's former greats called for renewed efforts to stamp out corruption after Tuesday's conviction of Pakistan cricketers Salman Butt and Mohammad Asif for fixing parts of a test match. The Marylebone Cricket Club's Mike Brearley was among those to warn that the successful prosecution of the case against former captain Butt and bowler Asif does not allow authorities to relax their guard against corruption. The MCC owns Lord's, the north London ground on which Asif and fellow bowler Mohammad Amir deliberately bowled no-balls in a betting scam. "MCC believe that corruption is the biggest danger facing any sport, including cricket," MCC World Cricket Committee Chairman Brearley said. "The club believes that strong measures should be taken along the lines of deterrence, education, investigation and prevention at domestic and international cricket levels. "It is also aware of the tentacles of menace and threat that can entrap young players." With Pakistani players earning a fraction of that grossed by their superstar counterparts in India, that country's players are widely regarded as being especially susceptible to corruption. The third player in the case, Mohammad Amir, was only 18 at the time of the Lord's test and one of the hottest fast bowling prospects in world cricket. He admitted to conspiracy to cheat and conspiracy to accept corrupt
Pakistani fast bowler Mohammad Asif, 28, surrounded by members of the media, leaves the Southwark court in London, Tuesday, Nov. 1. Pakistan cricketers Mohammad Asif and Salman Butt were convicted Tuesday of fixing parts of a test match against England in August 2010 in the most serious corruption scandal to hit the sport in more than a decade. The 12 jurors were unanimous in their decision that both players were guilty of conspiracy to cheat, but could only reach a 10-2 majority verdict on the charge that Butt took money to do so. (AP Photo)
payments before his teammates went on trial. Now 19, banned from the sport and facing a possible prison sentence, Amir's professional career could be over. "Corruption is an ongoing problem that needs persistence and vigor in all responsible bodies and leaders in the game in trying to combat it," Brearley said. The England and Wales Cricket Board declined to comment in detail upon the case but reiterated its policy of zero tolerance toward corruption. "Integrity and fair play are the foundations for any sporting contest," ECB Chief Executive David Collier said. "(The) ECB fully supports the work of the ICC Anti
Corruption unit. "We have established a unit at Lord's to both educate players and officials and seek to protect the integrity of the sport, and we hope that criminal proceedings will act as a strong and firm deterrent to complement this work." The International Cricket Council created its AntiCorruption and Security Unit in response to previous corruption incidents. It confirmed that the Pakistan players would remain banned from all cricket. "The ICC takes no pleasure from the fact that these players stepped outside not only the laws of the game but also the criminal laws of the country in which they were participating," ICC chief executive
Haroon Lorgat said in a statement. "In addition to constituting offenses under the ICC's Anti-Corruption Code, for which sporting sanctions have been imposed, such conduct has now been shown to constitute criminal behavior for which serious criminal sanctions can also be imposed." Widespread corruption is believed to have been stamped out, but isolated cases such as the Pakistan case still occur. "It leaves a cloud over Pakistan cricket," former England all-rounder Ian Botham said. "It's up to Pakistan and you've got to address your own problems. You can't keep sweeping it under the carpet. You know it's there — do something
about it." That view was endorsed by former Indian Premier League chief Lalit Modi, who said on Twitter that fixing extended as far as umpires and administrators. "The punishment — sentenced by UK courts — will be a turning point in my view. Hope this message to all fixers is loud and clear now," Modi wrote, adding that "all administrators, players and people connected with the game should assist in any match / spot fixing inquiry. Not put it under the carpet." Former England captain Michael Vaughan expressed his hope that players found guilty of fixing would be jailed. Writing on Twitter, Vaughan said: "Historic day for all UK sports.. Message... Take bungs... Get caught... Serve time... Simple..." Cricket Australia chief executive James Sutherland issued a statement Wednesday saying, "It is critically important that the public has confidence in the integrity of the on-field cricket contests it sees." "Like all other member countries, we have an obligation to implement anti-corruption measures and we are even more committed to this after hearing today's news out of the London courts." Australia captain Michael Clarke, in a statement from South Africa, said the verdicts should "act as a strong deterrent for any player or administrator who tries to denigrate our great game." "While the proceedings are a step in the right direction, it is hugely important that the authorities continue to put processes in place to rid the game of match fixing forever."
time, before a home series against the West Indies, against whom he should be able to strengthen his case for a berth in Test squad to tour Australia. "I am feeling pretty good. For the last 1015 days I have been pushing myself really hard. Hopefully, I will be 100 % when I take the field," he said. What must be hurting him more though is the absence of his longtime friend and teammate, Harbhajan Singh. Having gone through something similar on numerous occasions and then coming back in style, Yuvi knows exact-
ly what his mate is going through. The dashing left-hander had a few kind words to boost Bhajji. "I'm going to tell him that if you are the best, no one can stop you, and he is the best. He is a great bowler. He has played 99 Tests and picked up 400 wickets, so he is experienced enough to put all this behind him and come back into the team. He is a fighter, mentally very strong," Yuvraj said. The slight cheer for him has come from the selection of Punjab leggie Rahul Sharma, who plays for Yuvraj's
Pune Warriors in the IPL. "I think he's been great for the Pune Warriors. Whenever I have given him the ball, he's got me wickets. He's been economical. I hope he does well," Yuvi said. Many feel Sharma hasn't done enough in first class cricket ( just 18 wickets in 10 games) to merit a Test selection, which, they point out, has been triggered due to a fine performance in the IPL. Yuvraj, doesn't agree. "If you have the best talent, you should play them irrespective of how much domestic cricket they have played," he said.
Niathu Sports Festival Fixture For Volleyball Men And Women From 4Th To 6 November 2011 FIXTURE: League-cum-knockout system MEN FIXTURE A 1. Assam Terriers 2. Chosen Boys Club 3. Odous Club Chm. 4. Global Open Univ.
B Native Spiker 9th IR (NAP 4th NAP XI IR (NAP)
C 13 IR (NAP AR.V/B (5 Sector) Anal Soiding Falcon Club (MBA) Ward 10 Youth Org.
D 1. Eliezer Club Kepruphima 2. HQ. 3 Corps 3. Sumi Vision Club 4. SP VII DEF, Kohima 5. Sporting Club (MBA) WOMEN FIXTURE A 1. Salulemang 2. Lamkang Snu Lop Dmr 3. Off Season Club 4. Xuivi Students Union Satakha
B KDVA Zeni Kro SKUD Dimapur Poumai Trinity Sinapati Lamkong Karchu Knao Kunpun
(Nizheto Awomi) District Sports Officer, Dimapur
Police launch formal probe into Terry racism allegations
LONDON, NOvember 2 (AP): Police began a formal investigation Tuesday into whether England and Chelsea captain John Terry racially abused an opponent, prompting the English Football Association to delay the outcome of its ongoing probe. Terry has been accused of directing a racial slur at Queens Park Rangers defender Anton Ferdinand during Chelsea's 1-0 Premier League loss on Oct. 23. Video of the incident was posted on the internet after the match. The Metropolitan Police assessed the incident after a complaint last week
and decided it warrants a full investigation. "Police were notified of an incident on Sunday October 23 involving alleged racial abuse," police said in a statement. "This is being investigated by officers from Hammersmith and Fulham." The FA, investigating the England captain just seven months before the start of the European Championship, will be careful not to hinder the police probe. "The Metropolitan Police has contacted the FA to make us further aware of their investigation into the matter," English football's
governing body said in a statement. "Due to this it would be inappropriate for the FA to comment until the police have completed their own enquiries." Ferdinand, who is black, has submitted his account of the incident to the FA and said he has "very strong feelings on the matter." The 26-year-old Englishman said he did not want to prejudice the inquiry with a fuller statement until investigations are over. But he has used his Twitter account to re-post messages of support and condemnations of racism.
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The Morung Express
Thursday 3 November 2011
We Care: The concert with a cause T
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he Ao Kaketshir Mungdang (AKM), the apex body of the Ao Students’ community will be organizing the third ‘We Care’ concert on November 4, 2011 at Imkongmeren Sports Complex, Mokokchung in aid of ‘Ao Milen’, the oldest vernacular newspaper in Northeast India, and the oldest newspaper in Nagaland published since 1932. This year’s edition of the concert dubbed ‘We Care III - Autumn Musicale’ is being organized in aid of the Ao Milen. “The official organ of the AKM” published six days a week from Mokokchung. The paper has undergone a lot of ups and downs over the years, but the AKM has rededicated themselves to keep the paper alive. At present the Ao Milen is an eight page tabloid sized newspaper printed in black and white from the Ao Milen printing press in Mokokchung. Ao Milen is a saga in itself, a household newspaper name in Mokokchung that has been disseminating news, information and education to the masses since its inception in 1932 by the visionary pioneers. While the countdown to the much awaited nears, and the citizens of Mokokchung gears up to show solidarity with the Ao Kaketshir Mungdang once again in its third We Care concert, surely the legacy of the AKM pioneers will be acknowledged as the AKM indirectly pays rich tribute to the founding fathers of Ao Milen which had played a great Shilubenla with girls role in shaping Ao society and moulding public opinion ever since its inception. November hit songs live on stage. 4th musicale, if judged by the success of the The artistes for the night are: previous editions of ‘We Care’ concerts, will surely be a night of solidarity as people are ex- • Local sensation Arsashi Ozükum, vocals pected to turn up by the thousands to witness of the now popular band ‘In the Name’ local artists belting out their favourite local will be performing on the night. He was
• Bendang Imchen
adjuged the ‘Best Vocalist’ during the recently held NSACS Rockaware Concert. He has to his credit an album in Ao called “Aoli adianu telongjem’. Tiameren, whose sardonic track ‘Molumi ne meyong’ reverberates on almost every
House Band After Nine
next mobile phone over the hills of Mokokchung will be performing on the night. A finalist during the first edition of Naga Orpheus Hunt and local sensation Rongsenyangla will be also sharing the stage with the popular local artistes.
Kim Kardashian: Kris' parents HATED me Kim donating $200k instead of returning wedding gifts
Winner of 2010 Nagaland Music Video Awards, and also the winner of All Nagaland Solo Competition way back in 1992, who also has recorded seven music albums, Bendang Imchen is another artiste to look forward to. A new talent beckons! Arenchenla Walling, first spotted at the Horn Bill Festival Kids Carnival (2009) will be the new face on stage. She represented AKM during the 24th NSF General Conference (2011) and has been attracting the limelight since then. Shilubenla with GIRLS, the all-female group formed in 2011 and winner of the Quartet Competition at the 24th NSF General Conference (27th-29th April 2011)will warm up the cold November night with their melodious tones – a must watch group. Bendangsangba, front-man of the ever popular boys band Enchanters, now 19, will be one of the brightest shining stars on the night of November 4 at Mokokchung. He is the winner of the first edition of Kids for Fame (2007), if you could remember. Talented, solemn and melodic – all of them! Yes, A2S Vocal Band is a group of siblings, seven brothers and a beautiful sister, all from the same family. Their album ‘Ajurutsü Imlar’ recorded in 2005 is an all-time favourite. And the house band for the night is – After Nine. This band is comprised of the who’s who of the music scene in the Land of Music. Undoubtedly the best of Mokokchung’s musicians, After Nine is the typhoon it takes to rock a sea of people crammed in a venue like the Imkongmeren Sports Complex.
Rep: Adele does not have throat cancer
im Kardashian's wedding guests ain't gonna get their expensive wedding gifts back ... but KK wants to make it up to everyone ... with one BIG charity donation. Kim just blogged about her decision to divorce Kris Humphries ... insisting she "married for love" ... but says, "I got caught up with the hoopla and the filming of the TV show that when I probably should have ended my relationship, I didn’t know how to and didn’t want to disappoint a lot of people." She also wrote, "There are also reports that I made millions of dollars off of the wedding. These reports are simply not true and it makes me so sad to have to even clarify this. I’m so grateful to everyone who took the time to come to my wedding and I’ll be donating the money for all the gifts to the Dream Foundation." Sources close to Kim say KK plans to give the organization a $200k check. Kim concluded, "I’m sorry if I have hurt anyone, but my dad always told me to follow my heart I believe now that I really am."
im Kardashian is telling friends ... Kris Humphries is full when he talks about how much his family loved and supported her. Kim says they had nothing but disdain for her and her family, and never wanted their son to tie the knot. Kim is telling her posse, "It's ridicu-
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lous that Kris' family is making Kris look like the victim." We're told she says the reality is ... they constantly "belittled" her, were "nasty" to her family and Kim is saying a lot of this was captured on camera. Kim is telling friends that Kris' family is actually partly to blame for the failure of the marriage.
Meanwhile, there are reports that Kris Humphries' family has been crushed by Kim Kardashian's decision to end their marriage -- telling friends, the reality star is making a massive "mistake" for giving up on Kris so soon. Sources close to Kris' family say that everyone knew there was
tension in the relationship -- but they never imagined divorce was on the table. As one source put it, "Everyone fights." The Humphries believe Kim is making a huge "mistake" -- insisting she never gave the marriage a fighting chance ... and should have tried harder to make things work. That said, Kris' fam still be-
lieves he can salvage his marriage and talk Kim down off the ledge, convincing her to slam the brakes on divorce proceedings. According to sources, Kris' family loves Kim and they're hoping beyond hope the divorce doesn't go through -- particularly because "it would kill Kris" if it was really the end.
umor Has It" indeed. Adele rumors got seriously out of control over the weekend after the British soul singer, 23, announced surgery plans -- and subsequent cancellation of all remaining 2011 concerts and pro-
motional appearances. On Twitter, fans speculated wildly that the chart-topping "Rumor Has It" chanteuse was actually diagnosed with throat cancer. Thankfully, that's not true at all, her rep said on Monday. "We would like to reiterate that Adele is to undergo surgery for a hemorrhaged vocal chord. All reports regarding any other condition are 100 percent false." As announced Friday, Adele (who has battled throat problems throughout the year as her beloved album 21 soared the charts worldwide) will undergo surgery soon, but "a full recovery is expected," her website read. "As a result, doctors have ordered her to rest her voice and completely recuperate before looking to schedule any work commitments."
Music institute for state in design Denise Richards and Richie Sambora 'back together'
residential music institute envisaging offering a 4-year Bachelors-level degree in music and subsidiary diplomas for specialized performances is to be functional by the middle of 2012 in Dimapur. The proposed institute, Nagaland Conservatory of Music would be an affiliation of Asian Institute for Liturgy and Music in Philippines. Infrastructure for the institute is being readied at Silver Oak Avenue in Darogapathar, 2nd mile in Dimapur said initiator Lipokmar Tzudir during an interaction with the Media here today. Tzudir and another initiator Shikiye Swu of the Nagaland Music Education and Arts Society agreed that the need for the music institute was felt when they were in the Philippines studying music; how they came to be acquainted with the challenges and difficulties faced by music students in the pursuit
of their ambitions in music, abroad. During the interaction, the institute’s governing board – members of Nagaland Music Education and Arts Society – said that the institute would be offering a full-fledged 4-year bachelors degree in music, concentration performances (also called “major” or “concentration” – denoting specialization in performing areas such as voice and specific instruments) and diplomas as well. The institute as an aesthetic academia would be affiliated with Nagaland University as well, the Media was informed. The institute envisages providing specialized music education and professional training “at international level” according to the society. The curriculum would enable students to broaden their skills and specialize in their concentration performances, they said. The concentrations for instruments
include the piano and for presentations, the voice. Tzudir informed that the institute would be catering to classes by faculties that include those from the overseas, as well as those from Nagaland. As for the course, the institution would also be offering short-term technical courses such as studio and live sound engineering, research facilities and two-year term diplomas among others. “The governing body of Nagaland Conservatory of Music is confident that this campus will soon become an international destination for performers, artists and scholars owing to its plan to establish a state-of—the-art auditorium for performance as well as recording and residency opportunities for artists and scholars to conduct research and engage in creative workers,” a handout from the institute stated. MExN
Hugh Grant becomes a father for the first time
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ugh Grant has become a father for the first time after a former girlfriend gave birth following a ‘fleeting affair’. The actor, 51, has had a daughter with Tinglan Hong, who is 19 years his junior. The pregnancy was not planned and the child, who has not been named, is now five weeks old. Grant is not believed to have been present at the birth but he is said to have spent around half an hour with her the following day before heading to Scotland to play in a golf tournament. Despite U.S. reports last night claiming that Miss Hong gave birth at the beginning of October, she had the child on the afternoon of September 26. The baby was delivered at the private Portland Hospital in central London by Caesarean section. It is believed the
mother used the name ‘Sophie’ Hong during her stay at the hospital. Grant - who previously dated Liz Hurley and Jemima Khan and has a reputation as a commitmentphobe - had a short-lived relationship with Miss Hong, who is Chinese and said to be an actress. But they are no longer together and last night his spokes-
man said: 'I can confirm that Hugh Grant is the delighted father of a baby girl. He and the mother had a fleeting affair and while this was not planned, Hugh could not be happier or more supportive.He and the mother have discussed everything and are on very friendly terms.' The identity of the mother was not disclosed in the statement, nor were
details of the couple’s relationship. However, Miss Hong - who had been living in Merton, south London is said to have moved close to Grant’s £3million home in Fulham, south-west London. According to Westminster Register Office, the birth had still not been registered yesterday. Legally, it has to be registered by next Monday. Grant and Miss Hong met last year and began dating in January. Their relationship is said to have petered out soon after she fell pregnant. Last month a heavily pregnant Miss Hong was photographed strolling in London in a baggy pink and white top and a cream cardigan. On the day that Miss Hong gave birth, the actor was at the Labour Party conference in Liverpool. Following his trip to see the child, he headed to Scotland.
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hey split in 2007 after a rocky and controversial romance. But it seems that the fires of passion have been reignited between Denise Richards and Bon Jovi guitarist Richie Sambora. The pair are said to be dating again and were spotted sharing dinner at Tatsuki sushi restaurant in Woodland Hills, California, over the weekend, according to Radaronline.com. A source told the website that the former lovers were definitely back on. 'They are dating again,' the insider said. 'It is serious but they are trying to keep it low key.' During their date, Denise, 40, and Richie, 52, were seen enjoying some alone time. 'They were there over an hour and they had the whole place
to themselves for the last half hour,' the source said. The couple then went for a stroll down the street, and as they passed a tattoo parlor, Richie made a joke to a giggling Denise. 'What do ya think, should I get one?' he said. Denise and Richie were first in a relationship in 2006. The started dating after both going through divorces with their spouses. Denise had split with her husband of just under four years Charlie Sheen, and Richie ended his 11year marriage to Melrose Place star Heather Locklear. Heather, who once counted Denise as a close friend, was furious at the timing of their union. For her part, Denise insisted her relationship with Sambora was nothing but platonic until after Heather filed for divorce
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Morung Cech warns Chelsea must stop the rot LONDON, NOvember 2 (AgeNCIes): Chelsea goalkeeper Petr Cech has urged his team-mates to string a strong run of results together in order to make up ground on the Premier League pacesetters. Chelsea have suffered back-to-back league defeats against London rivals QPR and Arsenal to leave them nine points behind current leaders Manchester City. The Blues have a chance to get back on track this weekend against Blackburn and Cech has called upon the squad to return to winning ways at Ewood Park. Cech said: "You can't give good teams too much of an advantage. It's one thing we don't want to do. The sooner we start cutting down their advantage, the better it will be for us and we will put them under more pressure. "So far, City have been doing very well and it's why they are where they are. But there is a long way to go we still have to play them twice. We can't forget that, last year, we had a brilliant start, then a difficult period but had a brilliant finish and could have won the title. "There is a long way to go - anything can happen especially in the Premier League. Obviously, our opponents have an advantage at the moment, but we have to keep working, get the wins and see what's going to happen."
ICC may now investigate Kamran & Riaz
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LONDON, NOvember 2 (PTI): The ICC may now initiate fresh investigations against Pakistani players Kamran Akmal and Wahab Riaz following the conviction of their team-mates Salman Butt and Mohammad Asif in the spot-fixing scandal, a newspaper report said. According to a report in the Daily Telegraph, the guilty verdicts handed out to Butt and Asif by the Southwark Crown Court on Tuesday, could form the basis of a fresh anti-corruption probe against wicketkeeper Kamran and left-arm pacer Riaz, whose names appeared during the entire controversy. "The International Cricket Council will examine closely evidence gathered by police officers in London who investigated the fixing case involving three Pakistan cricketers," the report claimed. "Both (Akmal and Riaz) were mentioned on several occasions during the case, linked to scams organised by Mazher Majeed. Akmal's name also crops up in correspondence between the agent and his fixing contacts around the world in evidence collated by police from earlier stages of the tour," it read. The report also read that during the hearing, Aftab Jafferjee, QC for the prosecution, said the roles of "Wahab Riaz and Kamran Akmal raise deep, deep suspicions." Interestingly, Akmal and Riaz were among the seven Pakistani cricketers, whose names appeared on recordings during the conversation between alleged bookie Majeed and the undercover reporter of the News of the World, which broke the scandal. Butt, Mohammad Aamer, Asif, Umar Akmal and Imran Farhat were the other five Pakistani players, whom Majeed named during the conversation.
Sacin Tendulkar has small stake in i1 Super Series: Promoters
Sachin Tendulkar and wife Anjali are welcomed by Manoj Gaur, CMD, Jaypee Infratech, at the Indian Formula One Grand Prix 2011 at Buddh International Circuit in Greater Noida. (File Photo)
mUmbAI, NOvember 2 (PTI): Machdar Motorsports, the promoters of i1 Super Series Championship, on Wednesday clarified that cricket icon Sachin Tendulkar has bought "a small stake" in the motorsports event but refused to divulge the details. Machdar Motorsports CEO M Darshan had earlier said that reports of Ten-
dulkar buying a stake in the motorsports event were speculative and not true but company sources said that he indeed has a stake, though small. "Tendulkar has a small stake in the il Super Series. It is a small one. I cannot tell the details more than this," a company source said. Reports have said that Tendulkar, a huge motor
sports fan and who was present at the inaugural Indian F1 Grand Prix at Greater Noida, held a 26 per cent stake in the nine-team Super Series with promoter Anjana Reddy. Darshan said that Ten Sports channel has been signed up as the broadcasters of the $2 million prize money championship for one year. He also said that
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another star Indian cricketer Yuvraj Singh "had shown his intent" to buy a stake in one of the teams in the past but the deal has not been concluded. The event, to be run in city-based franchisee format, is scheduled to be held from December 18 this year to February 25 next in seven Asian cities, including Delhi and Chennai.
Bishoo spins Windies to series win
LONDON, NOvember 2 (AgeNCIes):Devendra Bishoo spearheaded West Indies' victory march on the final day in Mirpur with his maiden five-for, to deliver a confidence-boosting series success ahead of a tougher assignment in India. Mushfiqur Rahim was Bangladesh's big hope, calmly guiding his team in his first Test series as captain, but was let down by his experienced partners, who succumbed to their attacking instincts instead of controlling them. When Mushfiqur fell shortly before lunch, done in by a ripper of a legbreak from Bishoo, a West Indies win became a formality, and they wrapped it up quickly after the break. The recklessness of Bangladesh's top-order batsmen will continue to
raise questions about their ability to bat for long durations. Their performances were characterised by bursts of attractive strokeplay, which brought quick runs but also betrayed a lack of responsibility and an inadequate grasp of the situation. Tamim had batted with caution on the fourth day after surviving two close calls and being reprimanded by Raqibul Hasan. In the third over on the fifth day, however, Tamim stepped out to Bishoo, who was turning the ball in from the rough, and tried to drive over extra cover; instead, he edged to slip. With a hundred there for the taking on a largely unthreatening track, and the prospect of a draw still alive, he threw away his wicket. In contrast, Mushfiqur seemed unshakeable at
the other end. He worked the ball around, used his wrists, was committed to playing along the ground and was prompt in dispatching the bad deliveries. He reached forward to ease Fidel Edwards through the covers to bring up his halfcentury and drove a full ball from Bishoo elegantly past mid-off. But, in the dying moments of the morning session, Mushfiqur was bamboozled by Bishoo's quicker legbreak, which was fired in and spat away to beat his defence and take off stump. West Indies bowled their fair share of tripe, and Shakib's first three boundaries were all off long hops. But there was also risk in his approach. Too often Shakib tried to sweep from the rough outside off stump, almost holing out
while trying to clear midoff, and while he reached his half-century with a pull off Fidel Edwards, West Indies sensed an opportunity throughout his stay at the crease. It wasn't too big a surprise then, when an attempt to paddle Darren Sammy produced a top edge and another wicket.
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