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Dimapur VOL. VI ISSUE 294
” UlfA demands constitutional amendment at talks
We find no real satisfaction or happiness in life without obstacles to conquer and goals to achieve
by Sandemo Ngullie
New Delhi, OctOber 25 (iaNS): A charter of demands of the outlawed United Liberation Front of Asom (ULFA), which includes constitutional amendments to provide Assam greater control over its natural resources, was discussed Tuesday with a central government team led by Home Secretary R.K. Singh during peace talks here. “It was a very positive meeting. We have had a point-bypoint discussion on our charter of demands,” ULFA chairman Arabinda Rajkhowa, who led the six-member team of his outfit,
told reporters after the 90-minute talks held at the North Block office of the union home ministry. This is the second round of talks between ULFA and the centre, after a ceasefire was agreed to early this year. “We hope that the positive attitude of the central government will continue and help in finding an amicable solution to our demands,” he added after the closed-door talks. P.C. Haldar, the interlocutor between the two sides, and senior officials of the ministry were also present. The next round of talks
would be held in November, officials sources told IANS. The centre told the ULFA team thattheirdemandwillbediscussed in detail in the next round when officials from different ministries would take part, sources said. However, the ULFA leaders were non-committal about the surrender of their arms. Sashadhar Choudhury, self-styled foreign secretary of the ULFA, said: “We have not attended the peace talks with our arms. We are also not going to tell you where our cadres have kept the arms.” He said the planned camps, ‘abanir-
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Dimapur DC bans fire crackers Dimapur, OctOber 25 (mexN): The Deputy Commissioner Dimapur, N Hushili Sema has in an order stated that setting and bursting of fire crackers is banned with immediate effect in and around Dimapur. However, soundless firework display will be exempted from this order.
man kendras’, to provide designated shelter to the ULFA cadres, were not ready so far. The charter of demands includes constitutional amendments to give Assam greater control over its natural resources, revenue generation, participation in the planning process, ensuring a secure demographic situation, besides accelerated and balanced development. The minutes of the meeting will be notified in the gazette, official sources said. ULFA and the central government entered into a ceasefire earlier this year
Turkish rescuers carry Azra Karaduman, a twoweek-old baby girl they have saved from under debris of a collapsed building in Ercis, Van, eastern Turkey, Tuesday, Oct. 25. The baby’s mother, Semiha, was still alive, pinned next to a sofa inside the flattened building from where the child was rescued. A 7.2-magnitude earthquake toppled some 2,000 buildings in eastern Turkey, Sunday. (AP Photo)
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after the rebel leadership was released on bail. On Sep 3, the ULFA had signed a “suspension of Operation” pact with the government,. Rajkhowa had led an eightmember ULFA team during introductory talks with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Home Minister P.Chidambaram in February. ULFA, one of the biggest rebel outfits in the tea and oil-rich region of Assam, has fought for an independent homeland for Assamese since 1979. At least 10,000 people, mostly civilians, have died in As-
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sam because of fighting between government forces and rebels in the past three decades. The much-hyped talks hit a major roadblock with ULFA’s elusive commander-in-chief Paresh Baruah rejecting the initiative. Baruah, said to be hiding in the Myanmar-China border area, in an e-mail statement said: “We cannot support the peace talks as the ULFA leadership led by Rajkhowa is under the influence of our enemy (government).” But the ULFA chairman maintains that Paresh Baruah is not opposed to the peace talks.
‘Aggrieved teachers’ launch hunger strike Our Correspondent Kohima | October 25
Members of the Aggrieved Teachers’ Association of Nagaland (ATAN) have launched an indefinite hunger-strike from today outside the office of Directorate School Education in Kohima. The association is demanding implementation of the Cabinet “approval” of March 21 and revocation of the government’s “abeyance order” on teachers under scanner since investigations into the “bogus” teachers’ was launched. Speaking to media persons, the secretary of ATAN, Yanger, said that government was given a 3-months
time to resolve the issue. During the three months, show-cause notices were served to the teachers including those who were recommended for retention by the Cabinet. “Apprehending the situation that government is not serious with the 3 months time assurance and instead, we started receiving show cause notice instead of inviting for meeting or discussion, we launched the hunger strike”, the general secretary disclosed. The day’s strike went apparently futile that even after three consecutive meetings held with the Principal Director and officials, no solution
could be arrived at. The department was reportedly not in a position to give ‘written assurances’ which the ATAN members demanded for. Yanger disclosed that the officials appealed for suspension of the agitation, but the association refused till they received a “written assurance” from the department. The aggrieved teachers are reported to have gone through three tests – the Special Investigation Team’s, the Special Verification Committee and the District Verification Committees. There are no signs of resolution on the teachers’ issue as yet. Continued on page 5
Union Cabinet approves wage board ANSAM chief assaulted by AR major ‘Chaka bandh’ along and his colleagues also public leader of the Nagas, recommendations for Journalists’ verbally abused him with what worse treatment must Mkg-Assam road lifted newmai news network Imphal | October 25
New Delhi, OctOber ances — transport, house President of All Naga Stu25 (aGeNcieS): As a Di- rent and hardship — shall wali gift, the Union Cabinet be effective from the date of dents’ Association, Manipur (ANSAM) J Kumo Sha is reon Tuesday approved the notification. recommendations of the However, the imple- ported to have been beaten Justice G.R. Majithia Wage mentation of the notifica- up by personnel of the Assam Boards for journalists and tion is subject to the final Rifles last night in Senapati. other employees of the order of the Supreme Court Reports alleged that one Asnewspapers/news agencies which is hearing into pe- sam Rifles major identified benefiting around 40,000 titions filed by the media as Major Marathi is responstaff in the country. managements challenging sible for the assault. According to the ANSThe decision will be the very constitution of the sent to the Law and Justice Boards and their recom- AM, J Kumo Sha was physiMinistry for vetting and the mendations which they felt cally assaulted on the night gazette notification is likely “are very high and cripple of October 24 at Taphou, to be issued by November the media industry”. The Senapati by personnel of 1, 2011, sources said adding case is to come up before Assam Rifles led by one Mathat the revised wages will the Supreme Court on De- jor Marathi, the out-post Dimapur, OctOber come into force with effect cember 7, 2011. commander of Kangpokpi. 25 (mexN): On the night from July 1, 2010 and allowContinued on page 5 The said Major Marathi of the 14th of October, a Hyundai i10 vehicle belonging to Shan Kikon, Pastor of Faith Harvest Church, Kohima was stolen from their residence at Kohima. An appeal was made to all for any information, through the Morung Express, and also to the people who took away the vehicle to kindly return the vehicle. A press note from Pastor Shan and family has informed that on the night of October 24 or early morning of October 25th, the vehicle was found parked by the gate at the Pastor’s family residence. There was no damage at all to the vehicle too, informed the press note. The press note from the Pastor has expressed appreciation and thanked every believer who stood with them in continuous prayer during this time. “We also want Business organizations and civil society in the naga self-governing areas of Myanmar to thank the persons who seen here after a meeting held on October 22 at Mandalay, Myanmar. brought our vehicle back. Dimapur, OctOber Self-Governing Areas Ru farming. We want to inform them 25 (mexN): Business orga- San Chu today in a note The Nagas of Myanmar that we have prayed for nizations and civil society that the consultative meet- are greatly appreciative to them, and we believe that in the Naga self-governing ing was sponsored by Shwe the Chabou & co. Ltd of Dithis is just the beginning areas of Myanmar have met Naung Yan co.ltd. mapur. The firm is the first of God’s work of grace in on October 22 at Mandalay The meeting discussed business “under the rule their lives. We believe God in Myanmar to discuss mat- that the Sarameti Cham- of Government between will change them and use ter concerning business, ber of Commerce would Myanmar and India” with them for His glory. Above investment and poverty-al- endeavor to work and in ac- the Nagas of Myanmar, the all we would like to give leviation works in the Naga cordance with government chairman said. The note all the glory and praise to self-governed areas. Among laws. The organization said whichever business in our Lord and Savior Jesus other agendas, the meeting would also help in the edu- Nagaland are interested in Christ, for this miracle”, invited businesses and in- cation of the unemployed doing business in Myanand assist small businesses, mar, and through Chabou & stated the press note issued vestors from Nagaland. Chairman of the Naga plantations, irrigations and Co. Ltd, are welcomed. by Pastor Shan and family.
Stolen vehicle returned; Pastor appreciates
statements such as “I am the bloody post commander of KPI Kangpokpi” and threatening to cause injury to his private parts. “This incident is not the first of its kind committed by personnel of Assam Rifles in the recent past; Major Yadav, an officer posted at Senapati has been constantly harassing and intimidating volunteers of ANSAM. Such incidents are a direct mockery of the slogan of Assam Rifles, “Friends of the Hill People”. ANSAM is shocked that if such abuses can be perpetrated with impunity on a
be meted out to the public,” ANSAM said. In this connection, the ANSAM, Senapati District Students Association (SDSA) and Senapati District Women Association (SDWA) have submitted a joint memorandum to the GOC, 57th Mountain Division stationed at Leimakhong, Manipur today. The memorandum said – “As stated above, we are extremely agitated by the repeated harassment of ANSAM volunteer by one Major Yadav since the enforcement of economic blockade. Continued on page 5
Mokokchung | October 25
Mokokchung District Truck Owners Association (MDTOA) and the Mokokchung Chamber of Commerce and Industries (MCCI) in a joint statement issued this late evening has declared that the ‘chaka bandh’ enforced by the Hills Area Truck Owners Association (HATOA) along Mokokchung-Mariani road since October 25 last has been lifted. The statement jointly signed by MCCI vice-president Moasangba Jamir and MDTOA president
A.Bendang Jamir stated that the two organizations had extended support and solidarity to the HATOA in the matter. They further stated that the Officer in Command of 100 RCC (Mon) had today met with the truckers at Mariani, Assam and assured in writing that the said road will be repaired “at the earliest possible time before the end of this winter.” The ‘chaka bandh’ is therefore suspended with immediate effect and the trucks will get back to business from tonight itself, they declared. Continued on page 5
Myanmar Nagas invite Naga businesses
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ENPO general session from October 26 Dimapur, OctOber 25 (mexN): Eastern Nagaland People’s Organisation (ENPO) general session will be held from October 26 to 28, 2011 at Tuensang HQ. All the office bearers of ENPO, ENLU, ENSF, ENGOA, ENWO, central executive committee members, Steering Committee members, historical committee members, advisors and legal advisors, seven delegates led by the president and six tribal presidents from Kohima, Dimapur, Mokokchung, Medziphema, Wokha, Phek, Peren, Chumukedima, Alichen are asked to reach Tuensang by October 26, 2011 without fail. This was informed in a press note issued by Mako Phom, president and C. Sashi Naga, vice-president, ENPO.
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NSCB presently running at 60% loss
Dimapur, OctOber 25 (Dipr): NSCB Managing Director, Thadani said that NSCB is presently running at 60% loss due to non-recovery of loans. He was speaking at the closing function of training on capacity building of Primary Agriculture Co-operative Society (PACS) functionaries under a revival of short term cooperative credit structures held from October 18 to 22 at Nagaland State Co-operative Bank (NSCB) Ltd Head Office Conference Hall. Thadani said that NSCB is presently running at 60% loss due to non-recovery of loans being taken by the PACS operating in the State and in order to raise the dying societies, financial assistance in going to be given through a revival package. He further said
that the training is given to make PACS strong, which in turn would make the NSCB strong. He stressed on the PACS to use the money judiciously and also educate other PACS functionaries under the district. He also expressed hope to see prosperous PACS in near future. Board of Director, Kashito Yepthomi visited the PACS while the training was in progress and thanked the Managing Director for upgrading NSCB Zunheboto from ‘B’ to ‘A’ grade. He also thanked the Managing Director for his initiatives in the revival package. The resource persons included N. Kemp, Titu Nazumder, Subir Chaudhury, Badrul Haque. The programme was organised by NSCB Ltd. Dimapur.
Young children help their parents in collecting firewood for sale after school in the jungle at Sangphur, one of the oldest villages in Kiphire district. Households in rural India are highly dependent on firewood as their main source of energy and demand for firewood is leading to deforestation even in this part of the region. (Morung Photo/Lipichem)
Finding solution to traffic congestion Govt to restrict vehicle parking in Kohima main town road
Home Minister Imkong L. Imchen speaking at the meeting of high government officials on traffic control in Kohima on October 25. (DIPR Photo)
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NPF Mkg General Convention on Oct 28 Dimapur, OctOber 25 (mexN): The annual General Convention of the NPF Mokokchung Division for the current year is slated for the 28th of October 2011 at the Town Hall beginning from 10:00 am onward. The Convention shall be attended by all the 6 legislative members of Mokokchung Division led by Imkong L Imchen, Minister Home. The main topic which is “Duties and responsibilities of a party worker” shall be delivered by Apong Pongener, Working President NPF HQ and special presentations shall be given by the Divisional Youth Wing and 26 Aonglenden A/C party workers. Huska Yepthomi VP HQ i/c of Mokokchung Division shall also exhort the gathering. All year round activity reports from the Division, Frontal Wings and A/C’s shall be delivered in this Convention. The NPF Mokokchung Division request the following to attend this Convention with earnestness: 1) All Party Workers representing the Division in the HQ, 2) CEC Members 3) A/C level Presidents and Office bearers, 4) Unit Level President and General Secretary 5) All Divisional Frontal Wings Presidents and Office bearers and 6) Well Wishers.
KOhima, OctOber 25 (Dipr): Expressing serious concern over the traffic congestion in Kohima town, Home Minister Imkong L. Imchen convened a meeting on October 25 at the Chief Secretary Conference Hall Kohima. Kohima town the capital of the State is the pride of the people of Nagaland and is the home of the Naga people where every Naga wanted to make it comfortable and homely to live, the Home Minister said. He however regretted that the road condition is not conducive to the likings of the people because it was not a planned town and for which we could not blame each other at this point of time. He suggested that we could only make efforts on how best it could be improved for better. In this context the Home Minister felt imperative on the part of everybody to sacrifice a part of their liberty and
comfort, so that together we could make Kohima a better place for all the people to live. Imkong L. Imchen informed that keeping in view of the above stated position the Government has decided to restrict/prohibit vehicle parking in the Kohima main town road with effect from first week of November 2011. “This is an experimental step we are initiating subject to review/improvement anticipating good suggestions from various quarters of the public,” he further added. Home Minister Nagaland appealed to all concern citizens to kindly bear to the decision if there is any inconvenience meted out to them. He also stated that the detailed administrative order will be issued by Deputy Commissioner Kohima very shortly. “We are contemplating to enforce similar decision in Dimapur also” he informed. The Home Min-
ister also requested the SP Kohima to discuss with the DGP Nagaland with regard to security deployment and re-activating of security network in view of the fact approaching festive season. APC & Commissioner Nagaland, HK Khulu who was also present in the meeting opined the people to change the mindset and felt the need for mass campaign in educating the people. He also said that long term measures with regard to streamlining of traffic needs to be taken up on a war footing. DGP Nagaland K. Kire, Home Commissioner J. Alam, SP Kohima, Commissioner & Secretary Power L. Kire, Special Secretary Home L. Singsit and DC Kohima also shared their views and explored on the possibilities in easing traffic congestion. The meeting was also attended by Urban Development Department, KMC and Transport department.
BJP concerned over advance issue of 2012 PDS food stock
Dimapur, OctOber 25 (mexN): Among many issues discussed in the state office bearers, frontal heads and cell Conveners’ meeting of the Bharatiya Janata party, Nagaland on October 24, the members expressed concern on the advanced issue of 2012 PDS food stock meant for 2012. The members asked how the depleted resources
will be made up to supply to the public’s requirement next year. Some parts of the state reportedly received PDS supply just a few times a year. In a press statement issued by Jaangsillung Gonmei, Convener, Media Cell, BJP, Nagaland it was stated that the meeting was held at its party office at 11 am in the light of the forthcoming
Municipal and Town Councils election as directed by the High Court. It was chaired by K. Medom, Vice President. The members discussed party organizational matters besides several issues affecting the state. It was also stated that party leaders expressed commitment for the party’s welfare and to work towards the party’s pro-
Graduate teachers seniority list compiled Dimapur, OctOber 25 (mexN): All the graduate teachers serving in various GPS, GMS, GHS of school education department are informed that a tentative seniority list for the year 2011 has been compiled and copies are made available at DEO/SDEO/HM office of their respective controlling offices. Therefore, all concerned G/T are directed to collect/consult the list from their respective controlling officers and file a complaint within November 30, 10:00 am onwards for correction if wrongly printed in the columns. Complaints should be accompanied with supportingrelevantdocumentswithout which the Directorate shall not accept the rectification. Insufficient document
fornewentryshallbesummaryrejected. There is no need to submit any documents if the entries against your name are correct. Submission of complaint after the expiry of November 30 shall be treated as invalid and no complaints whatsoever thereafter shall be entertained. The blank space against the name indicates no document/or documents are not clearly legible. Hence, they are to bring their relevant document in original. If fail to substantiate their name will be deleted from the list, deeming that the person is no more in the active service. This was informed in a press release issued by Director SE, N Khevito Sema.
gramme for the people all round development. James Vihoshe, National Executive member, highlighted several matters of public welfare as such and the President; M. Chuba exhorted the workers and assured to take the party forward. He directed all the District presidents to convene district level meetings immediately.
Trade permit holder under Chumukedima informed Dimapur, OctOber 25 (mexN): In order to streamline the system of issue and renewal of trade permits and to update records of the same, all trade permit holder under the jurisdiction of EAC Chumukedima are directed to submit their trade permits along with two passport size photographs of the permit holder to the office of the EAC Chumukedima by October 31 which will be returned after due verification and updating of records. Further, all shops which do not have a valid permit or have not put up signboards are directed to obtain and put up the same latest by October 31, on failure of which legal action as per the appropriate section of law will be initiated against the defaulters after spot verification and checking in the month of November 2011. All concerned councils of villages on NH-29 are directed to ensure that all business establishments under their village jurisdiction comply with this order. This was informed in an order issued by Zakabo V. Rotokha, SDO (Civil) Kuhuboto & i/c EAC Chumukedima.
Nagaland state flag off Badhte Kadam Our Correspondent Kohima | October 25
Special children presenting bouquet to chief secretary, Lalthara during the Badhte Kadam, flag off programme held at heritage Kohima. (Morung Photo)
The Nationwide Badhte Kadam, “step by step march to achieve the goal, create awareness for physically challenged persons” was flagged off today after a grand and emotional function held at heritage, Old DC Bungalow by Lalthara IAS, Chief Secretary. Nagaland state is the first state to flag off Badhte Kadam for 2011 where the team will visit Mon, Longleng, Kiphire and will culminate at Dimapur on October 29 at Holy Cross School Auditorium. Addressing the gathering as the chief guest, chief secretary Nagaland, Lalthara IAS, said that physically challenged persons are the children with special ability. Quite impressed with the performance of special
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children who performed songs besides being visually impaired, Lalthara said they are created not accidentally but they are created under God’s special scheme. Maintaining that everyone is shaped uniquely, he said the special children are found less selfish and greedy than the normal persons who are more ready to be happy making wonders, “May be that is what God intend about them”. Lalthara also said that through their selflessness the physically challenged persons draw nearer to God, as normal persons are struck with desires of the world and congratulated the NAPAD for initiating the cause. Norman, Putsüre, Secretary of social welfare and bamboo Mission, guest of honor said, it is everybody’s responsibility including
government and parents to spread the message of inclusiveness as disability is been existing since time immemorial. International Red Cross Society Nagaland (IRCSN), general secretary, Dr. Zakie Kire in his brief address assured to provide wheel chairs to the needy persons during world disability day which falls on 3rd December. Through their initiative, the IRCSN also presented ‘Maruti car”, to NAPAD which was officially handed over by the chief guest. Kire also said that the IRCSN has opened rehabilitation centre at Dimapur and called upon the parents of the disabilities to avail the opportunity. Mar Longkumer in his keynote address highlighted the objectives of Badhte
Kadam and expressed positive hope that the awareness campaign will carry the message of awareness, providing best service to the needy children adding the disabled children should not face any barriers in their life. Neikule Doulo, Chairperson Enable, also delivered brief story of Enable. The programme was marked by a special songs presented by Nzano, and Mayang, (both, visually impaired) also chorography by cherry blossoms schools and dance by Lalmila (hearing and speech impaired). The programme was organized by Nagaland Parents Association for Differently abled (NAPAD) in partner with National trust-New Delhi and National institute for mentally handicapped-Secunderdabad.
APBYF youth leadership conference Dimapur, OctOber 25 (mexN): The youth Leadership Conference of the Asia Pacific Baptist Youth Fellowship (APBYF) is scheduled for November 3-6, 2011. Youth Leaders from Nagaland who are representing NBCC, Youth Department are reminded that train tickets are booked for Dimapur-NJP on October 30 night, and NJP-Dimapur on November 10, 2011 morning. Participants are also informed to bring any Christian book that will be relevant for the Bible College to contribute to the Nepal Baptist College, Kathmandu as a part of joining book Campaign by the APBYF.
Art & Culture office conducts social work Dimapur, OctOber 25 (mexN): In view of the approaching Hornbill Festival and the noticeable increase of visitors’ inflow to the state museum, the Directorate of Art & Culture organized a social work on October 24 to clean up the entire office premises. A press note issued by Kohima Director, Art & Culture, K. Kughazhe Yeputhomi stated that equipped with working implements, officers and staffs came in the morning well ahead of office hour to participate in the social work. The social work has given the Directorate cum State Museum premises a clean and fresh look befitting the season to welcome tourists and visitors.
Cancellation of workshop Dimapur, OctOber 25 (mexN): All government/ private colleges, Polytechnics, DIET’s and all Universities within the state of Nagaland are informed that the one day workshop scheduled on November 2 at the conference Hall of the Directorate of Higher Education has been cancelled by the National University of Educational Planning & Administration (NUEPA), New Delhi. However, all institutions are requested to visit the portal URLhttp://aishe.gov.in and fill up the Data Capture Format (DCF) III online. Any Inconvenience is regretted, informed a press note issued by Director, Technical Education & Convener, Organizing Committee Athili Kathipri.
Directorate of T&A Office inauguration Dimapur, OctOber 25 (mexN): The new office building of Directorate of Treasuries & Accounts will be inaugurated by Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio on November 2, at 10:00 am. Z Mesen, Director, Treasuries & Accounts, in a press release requested all the existing officials and retired officials under the Directorate of Treasuries & Accounts to attend the inaugural function.
Enumerators training postponed KOhima, OctOber 25 (Dipr): The training of Enumerators and Supervisors scheduled for October 27 and 28 for Nagaland Socio Economic & Caste Census 2011 at the District Level has been postponed due to technical reason and remains indefinite till further notice. This was informed in a press release issued by the Departemnt of Rural Development Blocks Nagaland Kohima on October 25.
Firecracker display in Mkg mOKOKchuNg, OctOber 25 (Dipr): As part of the celebration of Diwali (Deepavali) festival, 9 Assam Rifles, Mokokchung will carry out firecracker display in the evening on October 25 and 26. Besides, fire-works and fire-crackers will be displayed in the evening on October 28 to mark the ceremonial closing function of the 32nd Nagaland Police Boxing Championship being held at Multi Sports Complex, Mokokchung.
Notice to 2003 UGT interview candidates Dimapur, OctOber 25 (mexN): All the concerned 2003 interview candidates (UGT) except Noklak, Kiphire and Aboi who are yet to submit their original admit card may submit the same to the office Directorate of School Education, Kohima within six days from the date of publication of this notice upto October 31, 2011. A notice issued by N.K Kievito Serma, Director stated that candidates who had submitted xerox copy of admit card are herby directed to produce evidence from the concerned police station within the stipulated period mentioned above. The note also mentioned that oral interview for the 2003 candidates (UGT) except Noklak, Kiphire and Aboi will be held from November 3 to 5, 2011 at DSE.
CANSSEA Wokha Unit meeting held WOKha, OctOber 25 (Dipr): A general meeting of CANSSEA Wokha Unit was conveyed on October 25 at LTC Hall, Wokha. The house unanimously resolved to impressupontheBankauthoritySBIWokhaBranchtoinstall ATMs and also open Bazar Branch at Wokha to cater to the needs of the public. The house also urged all departmental Heads to open their Salary Accounts on the strength of the order NO.FIN/GEN/12/82 (3) Dated Kohima the July 23, 2010 for the convenience of the employees. New office bearers were also inducted where by Zubenthung Ngullie was elected as Press Secretary, Wokha CANSSEA Unit. Furthermore, the unit requested all Offices under Wokha District to submit membership as notified earlier.
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Guv & CM greets on Diwali
DIMAPUR, OCTOBER 25 (MExN): The Governor of Nagaland, Nikhil Kumar, conveyed his warmest greetings to the people of Nagaland on the occasion of Deepawali. He stated that Deepawali being the festival of lights inspires universal goodness and prosperity for all. He also mentioned that the festival is celebrated all over the country and inspires people to fight darkness in all spheres of life. He wished that this Deepawali would bring happiness, peace and prosperity in everyone’s life. The Chief Minister of Nagaland, Neiphiu Rio, who is currently out of the country on tour, also conveyed his greetings to the people of Nagaland on Deepawali. He prayed that this festival of light would lift the spiritual darkness and bring peace, prosperity and complete harmony among all sections of the society.
AI Flights combined
DIMAPUR, OCTOBER 25 (MExN):The Station Manager of AIR INDIA LTD. Dimapur has informed through a press release that due to operational reasons the following AIRINDIA FLIGHTS on 26OCT11(Wednesday)are combined. AI9702/26OCT FOR DIMAPUR/KOLKATA is combined with AI709/26OCT departure Ex-Dimapur is at 1155 Hrs. Reporting time for check- in formalities will start at 1015 Hrs. The Manager also stated that the inconvenience caused to the passenger was deeply regretted.
NMDA to participate in anti-social drive
DIMAPUR, OCTOBER 25 (MExN): Nagaland Medicine Dealers Association (NMDA) has extended support to the anti-social drive called by the Naga Council on October 29. NMDA General Secretary, Ashok Singhal has informed all its members to “stand in front of their business premises with black armband and place placard from 8:00 am to 10:00 am compulsorily on the same day.”
ANSTGA meeting held
DIMAPUR, OCTOBER 25 (MExN):The All Nagaland Small Tea Growers Association (ANSTGA) in a meeting held on October 25 has vowed to “fight till the end to seek justice from the High Court of Nagaland for being given step motherly treatment.” A press release from president of ANSTGA Hukiye Kibami has appealed to all its constituent units to extend cooperation. Further it informed that Professor Nagaland University Dr. John has been inducted as executive member of the NASTGA.
DMC informs wards no 6, 7 & 10 on biometric enrolment
DIMAPUR, OCTOBER 25 (MExN): All the households of the various colonies under DMC Ward number 6, 7 and 10 respectively are hereby informed that biometric enrolment in their respective Wards shall be carried out for the following venues/centres as per programme given: Ward number 6 from October 28 to November 1 from 9:00 am onwards at Dimapur Municipal Council’s Conference Hall, Ward 7 on October 28 to November 1from 9:00 am onwards at Sematilla Council Hall, Ward 10 from October 28 to November 1 from 9:00 am onwards at Neingullie Memorial High School, Neisatuo Colony, Khermahal, Dimapur. A press note issued by chief executive officer, DMC & charge officer, Census requested that all the households of various colonies under the aforesaid DMC Ward to come forward for the said Biometric enrolment in their respective centre/ venue.
SETAM Students request release of scholarship
DIMAPUR, OCTOBER 25 (MExN):The Setam Engineering Students’ Union (SESU) questioned the concerned authority on the delay in release of the post-metric scholarship. SETAM, the only engineering college in Nagaland is yet to receive the post-metric scholarship while all the other colleges in the state have already received. President of SESU Tochumong, general secretary of SESU Manpong Konyak, information secretary of SESU Sumit Paul in a press release stated that the students’ union on behalf of all the general students would want the authorities to sate the reason of the delay. The union also stated that even the minority scholarship was been disbursed three months back and the authorities need to seriously take up the matter at the earliest and deal accordingly.
Zuketsa Area Women condemns assault
DIMAPUR, OCTOBER 25 (MExN): The Zuketsa Area Women Welfare Society Pfutsero Town was outraged at an allegedphysicalassaultofawomanbyherfiancé,intheheart of Pfutsero Town on October 17. Zuketsa Area Women Welfare Society Pfutsero Town in a press statement issued by chairperson Wepre-U Khutsoh stated that the man assaulted his own fiancé in public. The organizations in the statementsaid,‘thishorrificincidentservesasachillingreminder of how unsafe the women are in our own state’ and further asserted that such assault is ‘an insult to the modesty and dignity of women in general.’ The organization also urged all right-thinking citizens and the authorities to render all cooperation and support ‘towards their fight against violence against women.’ The organization also thanked the public, who gave their helping hands to the victim and also in helping out to calm down the mayhem.
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PACSU emergency meet on Oct 26
An emergency executive meeting of the Phokhungri Area College Students' Union and senior students is convened on October 26, 10:30 am at the residence of Jonathan Thviiviiry, joint secretary of PACSU at Bayavu Hill Kohima. Therefore all are requested to attend the meeting without fail.
PDBA to conduct 10th general conference
Mokokchung |October 25
THE DISTRICT YOUTH Congress, Mokokchung unit today inducted a new team of office-bearers at its office chambers here today in the presence of the District Congress Committee, District Mahila Congress Committee and NSUI officials. The new DYC office bearers will be led by S Sanen Imchen from 24th Angetyongpang A/C. The outgoing DYC president Toshiakum Jamir, while delivering his speech, expressed gratitude to the DCC, DMCC and the NSUI for rendering all support and help during his tenure as the president of the District Youth Congress. He particularly thanked the DCC for the political lessons he learnt from the senior District Congress Committee leaders. He further encouraged the new team of office bearers to work with renewed
The Peren District Dobashi Association (PDBA) will conduct its 10th general conference on 8th-9th November, 2011 at Athibung Town with T.R Zeliang, Minister Planning & Co-ordination as chief guest and Khrienuo C. Mehta, Deputy Commissioner, Peren as Guest of Honour respectively stated a press release issued by Kochuiding, president, Peren District DB Association and Lungrahei Herie, general secretary, Peren District DB Association.
Global Agri Connect held
Newly appointed District Youth Congress, Mokokchung president S Sanen Imchen (right) presenting a traditional shawl to his predecessor Toshiakum Jamir at a ‘felicitation of New DYC president cum farewell for the outgoing DYC president Mokokchung’ on Tuesday, October 25 at Mokokchung. (Morung Photo)
determination for the good of the party. The outgoing president will be joining the Nagaland Pradesh Youth Congress as its general secretary. The newly appointed DYC president S Sanen
Imchen also thanked the DYC for giving him the opportunity to serve the organisation as its president. Saying that the DYC has lot of works to do in the political field, he called on the different Congress wings
to advise each other and learn from each other so that they can work for the party and take it to greater heights. The Presidents of DCC, DMCC and NSUI and others also spoke at the programme.
Unger village gets log drum house NNC cautions MOkOkChUNg, OCTOBER 25 (MExN): The Kosasanger Telongjem, Unger dedicated the log drum house to the citizens of the village on October 25 at Unger village under Mokokchung district. The log drum house was dedicated by the pastor of Unger Baptist Church, O Lima Jamir. A press release received here today informed that that the ‘Log Drum’ was first installed in the year 1964 by then ‘Mejensanger Putu’ and this year, the ‘Kosasanger Telongjem’ reconstructed as a token preparatory sign for shouldering the new generation responsibility for governing the Unger village for the next 30 years which will be known as ‘Kosasanger Putu’. The release informed that ‘this historic event’ of ‘Kosasanger Putu’
taking over from present ‘Mopungsanger Putu’ will take place on October 27. The release also informed that the convenor of ‘Fund Raising cum Construction Committee’ Limaakum Jamir give a brief report regarding the log drum house construction. He thanked the Project Director and his colleagues of DRDA Mokokchung and Special Officer to Chief Minister Nagaland for providing financial assistance towards the construction, the release informed. The release further informed that the dedication program was chaired by Moa Longkumer, welcome address by Limasangwa, President, Unger Kosasanger Union, and a short speech was delivered by A Wati Jamir, Village Council Chairman Unger.
Red Cross Society donates van to NAPAD
DIMAPUR, OCTOBER 25 (MExN): The Indian Red Cross Society Nagaland State Branch donated a Maruti Omni van to the Nagaland Parents Association for the Disabled (NAPAD) during the flag off programme of Badhte Kadam 2011 at the Heritage (Old DC Bungalow), Kohima. IRCSN General Secretary, Zakie Kire in a press release informed that the IRCSN has donated the vehicle for School duty of the differently abled school children as well as for NAPAD programme duty. The vehicle was handed
Chief Secretary Lalthara handing over the van to Marlong Longkumer, President NAPAD.
over by Lalthara, IAS, Chief Secretary, Government of Nagaland to Marlong Longkumer, President NAPAD. The IRCSN also mentioned Mengutuo Rio, KC Angami
(L. Khel, Kohima), Abeio Kire, Pele Khezhie, Ruokuo Kire, K. Seyie and the members of Nagaland Tennis Association for their generous contributions. .
Phom students call off stir on road
DIMAPUR, OCTOBER 25 (MExN): The indefinite agitation of the Phom Students’ Conference (PSC) against contractors and the government concerning issues related to the NEC Longleng-Ladigarh road, which started today, has been suspended. The indefinite agitation is in the form of blocking movement of vehicles along Longleng-Ladigarh NEC road from October 25 “causing inconvenience to the government officials as well as the general public where no vehicles could enter nor leave Longleng town,” the PSC
informed in a note today. The PSC informed that the agitation has been temporarily called off “basing on the W/T message forwarded by DC LLG from the office of the Chief Engineer PWD (R&B) Nagaland” today. The ‘message’ stated that the PWD (R&B) Kohima will be in Longleng to discuss the Longleng-Ladigarh road with the PSC on October 27 at 1:30 pm. The agitation will continue on October 27 if the negotiations fail to fulfil the organization’s demand, the PSC said.
Don K Massar, a sitting Parliamentary Secretary of the Meghalaya Legislative Assembly, is seen releasing ECC’s annual magazine during the celebration on Tuesday, October 25. (Morung Photo)
liant, he said. Considering the negative influence that drugs and alcohol have on the youths, he stressed that one should not become a victim of it rather,
Change of guard in Mkg STARTING LINE-UP District Youth Congress
ECC freshers meet cum parting social DIMAPUR, OCTOBER 25 (MExN): Eastern Christian College (ECC), Dimapur celebrated its 19th annual freshers meet cum parting social on Tuesday, October 25. The occasion had in attendance a special guest, who came all the way from Meghalaya. The person was none other than a sitting legislator of the Meghalaya Legislative Assembly, Don K Massar, also a Parliamentary Secretary. Addressing the gathering, Massar urged, particularly the students, to have a set goal in life at the same time work to achieve it. In this time and age, job opportunities are hard to come by; in such a scenario, working on one’s inherent ability or rather strong point must be the mantra and thus, become self-re-
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fight against it. “As you enter this new life, new challenges await you,” he said while adding that those can be faced, nevertheless. Massar further donated a
sum of Rs. 50, 000 towards the college. No such occasion is complete without the customary practice of selecting the best new faces (freshers) of
the college for the academic year. Likhala T Sangtam of class 11 (Arts) and Abeka, also of class 11 (Arts) was declared Miss and Mister Fresher respectively.
against Chiffor meeting
DIMAPUR, OCTOBER 25 (MExN): A note appended as “Naga Army NNC” received here today said the NNC would not allow a meeting of “Kiumukam the terminated person from Yimchungrii region in particular and his few colleagues” scheduled to be held at Cheffor village on October 28 “without the permission of army rule authority.” “Politically terminated and ousted person cannot call meeting in the region as well as they don't have any political right in the region. The army rule in the region is conditional and will not allow such persons to conduct meeting without permission,” stated the note appended by one “brig. Kiuthsang, “Naga army, NNC.” The note said one Kiumukam and Thraneanba, “two terminated persons in the region,” are creating “confusion and disorder in the area” and “they will be held fully responsible for any untoward situation out of this meeting.” Warning that the “authority” will take all steps to stop the said meeting, the note said “if anybody try to organize or attend the meeting ” on October 28 they will be doing at own risk. “And if anything happen to them on that day it will be their own responsible/ risk and the region authority will not be held responsible,” the note added.
DIMAPUR, OCTOBER 25 (MExN): Central Institute of Horticulture, Nagaland participated in Global Agri Connect 2011 conference cum Exhibition from October 14 to 16 at IARI campus, Pusa, New Delhi. The Exhibition was organized by NSFI (National Skill foundation of India) New Delhi where CIH Nagaland was one of the co- organizers of the event. The exhibition was formally inaugurated by Harish Rawat, Minister of State Agriculture and food processing industries, Government of India, informed a press note. The note stated that the institute exhibited the niche crops of the region like ginger, turmeric, naga king chili, bird’s eye chili, oranges etc., and various publications of the Institute. A host of dignitaries including Shri. Pawan Singh Ghatowar, Hon’ble Minister, DONER, GOI, Shri. Harish Rawat, Minister of State Agriculture & Food Processing Industries, GOI, Shri. Bijay Kumar IAS, Managing Director, NHB, Director & Regd. No: 2114
Head of IARI, officials of Department of Agriculture & Co-operation and various government officials, private organizers, farmers, students, buyers etc. visited the stall. Dr. Akali Sema, Director of Central Institute of Horticulture along with Miss K. Lily Rangnamei, Senior Technical Assistant and Eliyamo Humtsoe, Field Assistant participated in the exhibition. There was an international conference on “Transformational Changes in Indian Agriculture: The Next Decade” and a special session was given to North East Region of India on the theme “North East: Changing Trend”, where Dr.Akali Sema, Director, CIH Co-chaired the session along with Mr.JNL Srivastava, Head – IFFCO Foundation. During the same time, the Institute, as a part of its vision to promote transfer of technology for better production and productivity organized exposure trip of flower growers from Nagaland and Assam for 16 farmers at IARI, Pusa and HTI Haryana, it said.
I, Shri Rünoumou Rio S/o Lt. Diechülie Rio resident of Chiechama Village, District Kohima Nagaland hereby solemnly affirm and declares as follows:1. That I am a bonafide citizen of India 2. That my official name as Service Book is Shri Rünoumou Rio 3. That in my other documents it was written as Shri. Rünoumou Rio & Dziesetuo Rio 4. That the above mention names are same and one person 5. That the statement made in this affidavit and those statements made in para 1 to 4 are true to the best of my knowledge and those statements made in the paragraph are facts as derived from the record and which are true. Solemnly sworn and signed by the deponent. 1st Class Magistrate Kohima: Nagaland
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This is for the information of the general public that my client Shri. Prakash De, the proprietor & Director of Carewell School 19/B Duncan Dimapur has obtained the lease of the land covered by Patta No. 221, Dag No. 374 in Block 4 Mouza No. 2 of Dimapur town from the land lord Shri. Rongsen Ao, S/o Noksang Ao R/o of Duncan Basti Dimapur, for a period of 35 years which has been registered vide Regd No. RD-77/03 Dt. 28-07-03, and also a right of way measuring 15ft from the main road to the school premises for having access to the school. Of recently it is seen that some unknown persons claiming a right through the landlord is dumping truck load of sand on the western edge of the demise land without the permission and consent of my client and causing inconveniences in the parking area of the school. Be it therefore known that no person including the landlord has a right to possess the demise land during the subsistence of the lease which is for a period of 35 years. Any person therefore occupying , interfering or undertaking any development on the leased premises either through the landlord or otherwise should immediately stop such activities and failure to do so he/she shall be doing it at their own risk and consequences. (Miss. M. GLORY SEMA) ADVOCATE Dimapur: Nagaland.
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The Morung Express businEss/local/public discoursE IRCSN conducts free medical camp at Mon RBI hikes key rates again; home, auto loans to get costlier Dimapur
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MUMBAI, OctOBer 25 (PtI): The Reserve Bank of India on Tuesday chose to continue with its tight monetary stance and raised interest rates by 25 basis points-- 13th time since March, 2010-- to tame inflation, even as it lowered the growth target to 7.6 per cent for the current fiscal. In a major policy decision, Reserve Bank Governor Duvvuri Subbarao also deregulated savings bank deposit rates with immediate effect. “Changing the policy stance when inflation is still far above the tolerance level entails risks to the credibility of the Reserve Bank’s commitment to low and stable inflation,” the policy document said, even as it admits that growth momentum has slowed down. It said inflation will start cooling by December this year and is likely to come down to 7 per cent by March, 2012. Today’s hike is the 13th since March, 2010. The series of rate hikes has cumulatively increased interest rates by 525 basis points. The policy is expected “to continue to anchor medium term inflation expectations”, while stimulating
investment activity to support growth. Borrowers, who are livid at repeated rate hikes, can heave a sigh of relief as the RBI hinted at a reversal of policy stance by saying the likelihood of a hike in December is “relatively low”. The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has kept other key rate and ratio-- bank rate and cash reserve ratio (CRR)-- unchanged at 6 per cent each. It also retained the statutory liquidity ratio (SLR) at 24 per cent . Factors like weakening global macroeconomic outlook and high domestic inflation will pull down the economic growth rate further, RBI said while lowering the GDP forecast for the current fiscal to 7.6 per cent from its earlier projection of 8 per cent. The risks to the policy emanate from worsening global macro scenario, commodity prices and increase in government spending which could crowd out private investment, it said. An important policy decision RBI announced today is the freeing of savings bank deposit rates with immediate effect, the last bastion of the regulated interest rate regime. Earlier in May, RBI had raised
the savings deposit rates to 4 per cent from 3.5 per cent. Giving banks the freedom to fix the savings accounts interest rate, RBI said banks will have to offer uniform rate on deposits of up to Rs one lakh. On higher amounts, they can give differential rates to depositors. It has also permitted commercial banks to open branches in tier II cities without prior approval of RBI. The Reserve Bank of India has also proposed to notify banning prepayment penalty on floating rate home loans, as recommended by the Banking Ombudsman recently. The policy document further said that RBI will issue the final guidelines on credit default swaps by November-end. As banking system prepares to go on to the BaselIII framework requiring higher capital adequacy, the RBI said the draft guidelines for its implementation will be issued by December-end. As regards the micro finance sector, RBI has given the go-ahead for creating a new category called NBFC-MFIs (NBFC-Micro finance Institutions).
Members of the Indian Red Cross Society Nagaland (IRCSN) State Branch during the free health/medical camp conducted at Changlangshu village in Mon District on October 21.
DIMAPUr, OctOBer 25 (MexN): The Indian Red Cross Society Nagaland (IRCSN) State Branch conducted a free health/medical camp at Changlangshu village in Mon District on October 21, 2011. During the medical camp a total of 733 persons from Changlangshu and Monyakshu areas received free treatment
and medicines. A press note issued by Zakie Kire, general secretary, IRCSN stated that Naiba Konyak, Parliamentary Secretary, Department of Youth Resources and Sports and Vice President, Nagaland Olympic Association, graced the inaugural session of the medical camp as the chief guest. In
his inaugural address, Naiba Konyak thanked the IRCSN for organizing such medical camps in remote areas of Nagaland and asked the people to take advantage of the camp and avail free treatment for their ailments. The IRCSN team from the State Branch was led by Zakie Kire, General Secretary, IRCSN, and Kholie Dolf, Managing Committee Member, IRCSN, while the IRCS Mon team was led by its Honorary Secretary, Monton Konyak and Hanyei Konyak. Various departments and organizations also contributed to the IRCSN in making the medical camp a success. A large portion of the medicines for the camp was provided by the Department of Health & Family Welfare, Nagaland, Chief Medical Officer, Kohima and Urban Malaria Office, Dimapur. Vidhya Bhawan School, Dimapur, also contributed used-clothes for the children of Chang-
An appeal to rally around leaders of all factions together The proclamation
Hello Aotangit T. Imsong, On your special day we want you to know how wonderful it is having a Son like You...wishing you all the happiness life can bring. Your loving, Dad, Mum, Oya Mesem and Oya Menti Dear Akok (Akangkokba/ Kokkok) Everybody has one single special day in a year and this 26th October is your great day. As you observe this day and turn two year old, may God add more blessing upon your life, and keep a benign eye over your life. Happy Birthday and we thank God for blessing you in our lives. With Love and prayer, Mama, Obu & Otsu My dearest, Ilokeu Sambo Chishi On this auspicious day I wish you peace, good health and happiness, I love you for being you and your Birthday seems to be the perfect time to let you know that, may God bless you and may life’s very nicest things always come your way. Happy Birthday!!! 4m, SK Sumi, Ukhurul
s one of the concerned senior Naga citizens, once again, I am making an appeal to all the peace loving citizens of Nagaland, especially the educated class, to earnestly and willingly acknowledge the work of the FNR and to rally around our leaders of all the factions together for the noble cause of our country. It is doubtless that they are negotiating with the Government of India sorting out the problems in all sincerity based on our demand for freedom. This negotiation is to arrive at a peaceful political solution to our long standing problem, applying give and take policy, acceptable to both the parties. Unlike the bygone Congress Governments at the centre, the UPA Government is now sincerely negotiating with our leaders for a peaceful negotiated political settlement, avoiding the path of violence. In the days past, the Indian leaders from Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru down to Morarji Desai had never agreed to negotiate with the NNC under the able leadership of A.Z. Phizo, President, and Imkongmeren, Vice President, despite countless appeals being made to them. On the contrary, the Parliament of India passed the Unlawful Activities Act, empowering the Indian Army to exterminate the Nagas indiscriminately. As a result, uncountable Naga lives were lost; freedom fighters and innocent public; men and women. Concentration camps throughout the Naga country were set up and torture became a part of daily life. Thousands were apprehended and put behind
bars in different Jails of India. Thus through the bullet and starvation, thousands of our people were done to death. By the time Ceasefire was declared on 6th September, 1964, a little more than one lakh Nagas had fallen and by then, most of my friends who were patriots and dedicated leaders had lost their lives through bullets and merciless tortures. That apart, Jawaharlal Nehru, the then Prime Minister of India, gifted the entire Eastern Nagaland to the then Prime Minister of Burma, U-Nu, at a joint meeting of the two heads of State held in Kohima in 1953 and boundary pillars were erected in 1955. Looking back, one wonders as to how the leader of the caliber of Nehru, who is hailed as a true humanitarian, could commit such act of callousness in dealing with the Nagas. It was also unfortunate that Nehru’s successor, his daughter Indira Gandhi, fared no better when it came to dealing with the Naga Political issue. Like a dictator, she disregarded the sanctity of the ceasefire agreement signed on 6th September, 1964, and unilaterally withdrew the ceasefire, bringing the political negotiation to a deadlock, and another period of army operation began, the consequence of which was more serious than the pre-ceasefire days and continued up to the recent times. This second reign of terror led to the death of more than three lakh Nagas. The brief rule of the Janata Party under Prime Minister Morarji Desai also brought no respite. It is a fact the in June, 1977, Morarji Desai met the
NNC President A.Z. Phizo accompanied by Khodao Yanthan, in London, which meeting was the briefest ever held between leaders in history. It is on record that at the meeting, the NNC President reiterated his stand that Nagas were never Indians and Nagaland was never a part of Indian Territory and that the Nagas were suffering under the oppression of the Indian Armed Forces. A.Z. Phizo also proposed a political dialogue to bring about an end to the Naga political issue. Morarji Desai, however, bluntly replied, that the Nagas are not suffering and that if Phizo insisted on talking about Nagaland, I would terminate the meeting. At this stage, A.Z. Phizo raised a question: “will the Prime Minister exterminate the Nagas?”, to which Desai replied: “Yes, I will show no mercy.” Khodao Yanthan then informed the Prime Minister that the Nagas thought he would be the man for the final settlement of the Naga problem, but Desai bluntly replied: “What is there to settle? I will show absolutely no leniency to rebels. I have no compunction about that.” Finally, Phizo asked: “Will there be further opportunity for discussion?” and Desai’s curt reply was: “What discussion? There will be no discussion.” Thus the meeting ended. With the change of leadership in India, beginning with Prime Minister Narasimha Rao, however, there has been change of attitude of the Indian Government towards the Naga political issue. A new chapter has opened with the signing of the ceasefire agreement between the Gov-
ernment and the leadership of the NSCN and the initiation of the talks for a peaceful negotiated settlement between the parties with the Government of India recognizing the Naga situation as “Unique.” Though the negotiation is taking a long time, which often leads to the suspicion that the Government of India may be employing delay tactics to wait out the demise of the Naga negotiators and thereby the natural death of the issue itself, from the manner in which the negotiations are taking shape, there is no doubt about the sincerity of both parties to bring about a lasting solution, though the solution may not be in complete accordance with the demands of the Nagas. But success or failure of the negotiations depends to a greater extent upon the Nagas as a whole. Unless we stand united and with one voice, leaving aside all differences, past or present, the Government of India may refuse to come to terms with certain major issues, taking advantage of our disunity. To command the respect of the Government of India, unity of the Nagas is a must. Under the circumstances, I call upon the Nagas, lovers of liberty, to reunite once again as in the days when our people united in utmost sincerity for the first time to stand united for our liberty and to earnestly extend support to our leaders under Isak Chishi Swu and Th. Muivah, so that an acceptable solution to our problem may be brought about at the earliest. Bendangangshi Ex MLA Concerned Naga senior citizen
of NNC Lotha Regional Council
his is to inform all the Naga National workers of Lotha Region to reject Mr. Tsanthungo Ovung as hysteria Deputy Kilonser of (NNA 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 defamed on 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 27, 1955 in the interest and satisfaction of the said hon’ble resolution. It may be mentioned herein that some individual has surrendered to Indian government on ground of betrayal of Naga National which is same as the motive behind Mr. Tsangthungo Ovung. It is further advised you that, if you so desire to know about Mr. Kiamakum who is rejected from bottom to top level of NNC organization and who is hailing from Yimchunger Region so you are for better to ask his own community for your satisfaction. And so also if you are willing to joint in the National Service the door is open for you to joint 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. Rabenthung Patton President, NNC Lotha Region
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‘Aggrieved teachers’ launch hunger strike
From page 1 Volunteers of the association are reported to be spending the night at the Directorate of School Education premises which will continue besides tomorrow, a national holiday. The ultimatum submitted on 14 October included revocation of the “abeyance order,” cancellation of showcause notices and to implement the DVC’s recommendation “approved” by the Cabinet. Aggrieved teachers from all over the districts are taking part in the indefinite agitation.
‘Chaka bandh’ along Mkg-Assam road lifted
From page 1 The statement however mentioned that in the event of the road not being repaired as assured by the authority concerned, the organizations would resume the ‘chaka bandh’. The MCCI and the MDTOA note also extended gratitude to the district administration and the general public for bearing with the inconvenience and their cooperation during the 9 days of the ‘chaka bandh’.
ANSAM chief assaulted...
From page 1 And on the night of October 24, 2011 Mr. J. Kumo Sha, the President of ANSAM was physically assaulted without furnishing any reason at Taphou, Senapati by a team of Assam Riffles led by one Major. Marathi, the out-post commander of Kangpokpi. The Naga organizations have demanded that the said Major. Marathi and his patrol should be terminated from the service immediately “as the public they claim to serve is increasingly feeling insecure and threatened due to their irresponsible and sadistic actions.” In the event of failure to take prompt actions, “we would resort to strong non co-operation movement against the Assam Riffles,” the organizations said. In this regard, ANSAM organised a public meeting at Police Point, the heart of Senapati where thousands of people attended. A joint memorandum on the incident has been submitted by the ANSAM, the Senapati District Women’s Association and SDSA.
journalists/non-journalists. The overall wage burden vis-à-vis financial capacity of the management as per the recommendation will be around 14 per cent to the employers.” About the benefit if the recommendations were implemented, he said: “If an employee now gets Re.1 as total wages it may go up to Rs.2.5 to Rs.3 roughly.” Labour and Employment Minister Mallikarjun Kharge said as per the recommendations the newspapers had been classified into eight categories and news agencies into four on the basis of their gross revenue. To a question Mr. Kharge said there was no hurdle in the implementation of the government’s decision as there was no stay by the Supreme Court. “Whatever decision the Supreme Court takes will be binding on both
UNC allege forceful India lost over 300 participation in SHDDC acres of land to B'desh rallies, eco blockade
maDaNpur (iNDObaNgla bOrDer), OctOber 25 (tat): Failure of the Government to secure its own land resulted in Bangladesh managing to take more than 300 acres of land in its possession and now after the signing of the land border protocol, India stands to lose that portion of land to the neighbouring country. Moreover, the Government of India has not been able to protect the interests of its own citizens as Bangladesh has not been allowing Indian nationals to cultivate a huge portion of land in Govindapur village and the Government remains silent over the issue. This correspondent visited the disputed areas and found that though there is no human habitation in the land under adverse possession of Bangladesh, the people of the neighbouring country has been cultivating the land and even a tea garden of Bangladesh is encroaching upon India’s land. According to records available, the total area under adverse possession
Union Cabinet approves wage board...
From page 1 The Cabinet has approved only the recommendations that were related to the terms of reference of the Boards and those connected to the service conditions of the employees — like providing at least three promotions during the career, suggestion of increasing the retirement age to 65 years — have not been considered. Justice Majithia, who headed the two Wage Boards that were constituted in May 2007, and gave its recommendations on December 31, 2011 to the government, welcomed the approval of his recommendations by the Cabinet and told The Hindu from Chandigarh that: “The recommendations were made keeping in mind the financial capacity of the print media/news agencies, and the overall aspirations of the
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parties,” he said. Meanwhile, the Indian Newspaper Society president Ashish Bagga apprehended that the government’s decision might lead to the closure of a majority of small and medium newspapers as the proposed wage hikes were “very high and beyond the capacity of the industry”. Even large publications would find it difficult to implement these steep wage hikes. It was unfortunate that the INS’ request for re-examination of the flawed and one-sided report had not been considered by the government. Referring to the number of petitions filed in the Supreme Court challenging the Wage Boards’ recommendations, he said: “after the recommendations are published, these petitions may be amended if required.”
of Bangladesh in this part is around 310.77 acres in three patches located in front of the Madanpur and Balia border outposts of the Border Security Force (BSF). The first patch is between border pillar numbers 1369/3-S to 1373/3S and the area involved is around 299 acres. The area is under adverse possession of the Palathal tea estate of Bangladesh. The second area is between border pillar numbers 1375/2-S to 1375/3-S and the third area is between border pillar numbers 1375/5-S to 1375/6-S and the area involved is around 11.73 acres and the people of Bangladesh are cultivating in the area. However, there is no human habitation and the citizens of Bangladesh only come to the area for cultivation. Interestingly, border pillars were erected in that area long back before the creation of Bangladesh, but the people of the neighbouring country gradually encroached upon the area because of the failure of suc-
cessive Central and State Governments to secure its own borders. As the area is located in a remote place, no official of the Government visited the area to keep a close watch on the situation and now India stands to lose huge amount of land because of this failure. As per records, border pillars were erected in the area way back in 1961-62 following the signing of the Sheikh-Swaran Singh accord on October 13, 1959 but this was not reflected properly on the map because of the reasons best known to the people at the helm of affairs at that time. Moreover, no serious effort was made to secure the area properly and the area was progressively encroached upon by East Pakistan during the period from 1959 to 1970. What is more interesting is that gradually, the Palathal tea estate also continued extending its tea bushes well into the Indian territory and the encroachment came to the notice of the Government of India only in 1988.
The area was surveyed by officials of the Survey of India in 1975, but no effort was made to evict the encroachments, which allowed Bangladesh to claim later that the area was under its adverse possession. During a visit to the area, this correspondent found that the BSF outpost at Madanpur is located on top of a hill and the personnel of the force can get a good view of the entire area from the top and the patrolling parties go regularly up to the border pillars. However, they cannot patrol the area under the adverse possession of Bangladesh. Meanwhile, there is no dispute in the Govindapur village located between border pillar numbers 1361/5S to 1363/7-S involving an area of 101.32 acres. This area belongs to India and border pillars are properly located. But Indian farmers are allowed to cultivate in only 40.47 acres of land of the village and Bangladeshi nationals are now allowing Indians to cultivate in 60 acres of land.
Newmai News Network Imphal | October 25
THE UNITED NAGA COUNCIL (UNC) alleged that supporters of the Sadar Hills District Demand Committee (SHDDC) are forcing educational institutions, Naga villages and other non Kuki villages in Sadar Hills and Saitu subdivision to participate in rallies, economic blockade and other programme for demanding Sadar Hills district against their wishes and desires. "It has therefore become necessary to advise the concerned individuals/organizations to desist from such acts of coercion which has no place in democracy. Such unacceptable acts would only create greater rift on communal lines. We also strongly urge the targeted institutions and villages to be vigilant and to firmly oppose such forcible impositions and refrain from participating in any such communally designed pro-
grammes, UNC said. It then stated that while condemning "the short sighted and selfish actions" of some sections under Chingai and Phaibung District Council Constituency which was engineered to dampen the people’s movement for securing an alternative arrangement for the Nagas in Manipur, the United Naga Council would like to acknowledge those villagers in two constituencies who had heeded to the call of the Naga people under the aegis of the United Naga Council and abstaining from the election process that has been declared “ null and void” in the1st July, 2010 Naga People’s Convention. "Their resolute stand in upholding the peoples’ decision in spite of the use of money power and muscle power and their resistance to the forcible imposition of the ADC by election has been most laudable and inspiring," the UNC stated.
Drought relief fund under NCCF released
KOhima, OctOber 25 (Dipr): The Home Department (RR & DM Branch) has released the drought relief fund under National Calamity Contingency Fund (NCCF) for the year 2009-2010 amounting to Rs.8,46,60,135. The District-wise allocation was worked out on the basis of damage assessment received from the Departments of Agriculture, Horticulture, Animal Husbandry and Sericulture. The order sanctioning the above amount was issued on October 20. The Deputy Commissioners have been asked to collect the demand drafts from Home Department. The State Level Committee (SLC) headed by Chief Secretary had on 27th July, 2011 recom-
mended for release of the fund through the DC’s and asked the District Level Committee (DLC) headed by DC to scrutinize the claims and strictly adhere to the following guidelines: This fund is released against drought relief 2009 under the National Calamity Contingency Fund (NCCF); The fund is to be disbursed to the drought affected claimants duly assessed by the District Level Committee (DLC) headed by the Deputy Commissioners, the composition of which has already been intimated for all the districts; The fund has to be released after proper verification and as per the list of items and norms of assistance from Calamity Relief Fund (CRF) and National
18 models for NE Supermodel Contest 2011
Calamity Contingency Fund (NCCF) issued by the Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of India as listed below: Nos. 3. (e)(i) & (ii) (Agri input subsidy for SMF); 4 (input subsidy for other than small and marginal farmers); No.5 (Sericulture); No.7 (Animal Husbandry) (i) Replacement of draught animals, (ii)(ii) Sl. No. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11
Provision of fodder/feed concentrate in the cattle camps. No new proposals received after September, 2009, are to be entertained by DLC. (Copy of items and norms of assistance under CRF/NCCF also enclosed for reference); District Level Committee (DLCs) shall submit the utilization certificate with areas of crop
Kohima Dimapur Zunheboto Mon Phek Mokokchung Wokha Tuensang Peren Longleng Kiphire Total
Animal Husbandry Sector 5,50,000/6,51,000/3,00,000/3,00,000/3,50,000/3,50,000/4,00,000/2,60,000/4,00,000/2,50,000/2,00,000/40,11,000/-
loss and the quantum of relief paid to the beneficiaries to the Home Department, Relief & Rehabilitation and Disaster Management Branch on or before 30th November, 2011. This was informed in a press release issued by Home Commissioner. The district-wise allocation is as follows:
67,81,100 1,83,04,510 60,87,220 52,43,225 70,50,767 60,08,370 59,67,368 56,58,276 66,51,786 40,56,044 42,68,939 7,60,77,605
GOVERNMENT OF NAGALAND
OFFICE OF THE CHIEF ENGINEER PWD (NH) NAGALAND: KOHIMA
Dated Kohima the 25th October 2011
With reference to the this office letter even number dated 14th October 2011 the tender for the following works has been cancelled till further order. 1. Construction of Road from Botsa-Seiyhama-Zeizou Road 2. Improvement of Road from Aghunato-Asuto via Satami Road 3. Construction of Road from Razuphe to Dhansiri(Assam)via Kiyeto and Industrial Growth Centre Ganeshnagar(Including Bridge) (Er.PETER SOLO) Chief Engineer PWD (NH) Nagaland: Kohima
Dimapur, OctOber 25 (mexN): The curtain raiser for NE Agri Expo ground, 4th Mile Dimapur on October 28 will be the 2nd North East Super Model Contest 2011 where 18 of the best models of the northeastern states including Sikkim would vie for the coveted title which is being supported by Department of Planning and Co-ordination, Government of Nagaland and cosponsored by North Eastern Council (NEC). The event has been organized to showcase the talent of beauty through competitions, diversified culture and unique clothing of the region, the contest is also powered with a view to give a purpose to the evening as the substance of the theme “Culture & Couture-Syn-
chronizing Faces, Fashion and Feminism” itself depicts the harmony of indigenous and Mongolian features; combined with traditional and modern attires of the northeastern region while uniting for women empowerment. The ladies will be groomed by resource persons on dinning etiquettes, beauty tips and outings which are also included in their itinerary during the following days before the dday, it added. The second NE Supermodel contest in Dimapur is being represented by three contestants each from Manipur, Meghalaya, Nagaland, Sikkim, two representatives each from Mizoram and Assam and one representative each from Arunachal Pradesh and Tripura.
The contest which is being organized by Ethnic Group of Nagaland (EGoN) ensures a show that surpasses the normal beauty pageants. Opening act and the Formal round will be performed by Nise Meruno (Zowe Madrigal). Other celebrated artistes would include Mami Varte and Faith in Action Team. EGoN will also be introducing Opangtongdang (Mr. India Earth 2011-12) and Alino Sumi
(Miss Dimapur 2011 runners-up). The overall show will be choreographed by Esther Jamir, Supermodel and show directed by Toshizen Lkr. Official designer for the event will be Kahuli Sumi. Also, Miss Nagaland 2011, Miss Dimapur 2011 and 2009 would also make special appearances. Esteemed judges for the contest would be Ajay Bisht (Delhi), International Choreographer and Styl-
ist), Lucy Sailo (Mizoram), Pioneer fashion designer of the Northeast, aAldous Mawlong (Meghalaya), MCS, director cum chairman of Shillong Fashion Society (SFS), Nishikanta Khoishnam (Manipur), convenor, Four Hopes (Miss Manipur) and Choreographer, and Rachael Among, Miss Nagaland 1992 and Miss East India 1995. This has been informed in a press note received here today.
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Don’t Be a Gaddafi
uammar Gaddafi, who ruled Libya with an iron fist for over 40 years, was killed Thursday after being on the run for some two months. Despite the opportunity to repent and make peace, he repeatedly vowed to keep fighting until death. Described as an eccentric, the 69-year-old, who lived as though he was God over all of Libya, met with a wretched end. While the manner in which he was hunted down and the circumstances leading to his ultimate demise has led to some concern and rightly so, however there are also those who see his end as providence at work for all the evil things he had done. And as his end neared he had to beg ‘Don’t shoot, don’t shoot!’ It was a strange irony that a man like Gaddafi who ruled and lived on the wealth and privilege bestowed upon his country and who used all the power and wealth for his own self interest had to meet his end on the streets of Libya and away from the glitter of his Palace ground in Tripoli. There is a lesson to be learned for all of us including our leaders here among the Nagas. No matter how high, mighty, rich or powerful one is, a day will come when all of us will have to relinquish such materialism and save ourselves from the ignominy of falling from grace. Do we want to meet the same fate as a Gadaffi or a Saddam Hussein? For too long such kind of leaders ruled as they wished, without accountability and completely disregarding the well being of country and its people. There are many lessons one can learn from the rise and fall of Muammar Gaddafi. Two things immediately come to mind as we reflect on the death of Gaddafi. The first one is about leadership. Do we want to be a Gadaffi? Maybe, as much as he was also human all of us also have a Gaddafi inside us—i.e. to seek absolute power, wealth and pleasure. It is not that we cannot enjoy all these things. But the problem arises when we become besotted with such material gains. We tend to lose our moral resolve to do the right thing. And when greed and corruption over takes us, the path to self destruction begins. And if we are still adamant like a Gadaffi, then even God will not be able to save us from the terrible consequences that will befall on the wrong doer. As leaders therefore we need to make a choice between reforming ourselves or continuing with our folly. And anyway what is power, wealth or pleasure? They are only momentary—here today gone tomorrow. “What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world but loses his own soul”. As those who profess to be Christians, our Naga leaders should know better. The second lesson that we can learn is about listening to the voice of the people especially for leaders who are at the helm of affairs. Gaddafi could have saved himself if only he had the good conscience of humbling himself before his own people’s desire for reform and change. But despite the popular uprising in Libya, Gaddafi used strong arm methods to put down the rebellion. And even after rebels seized Tripoli, Gaddafi continued to defy the popular mood of his people. So at the end of the day no ruler or leader can expect to continue in power unless the concerns of people are taken into account. Gadaffi failed as a leader as well as a human being. We don’t want to be in his shoes.
S O U N D BITE “We’re sick of you criticising us and telling us what to do. You say you hate the euro, you didn’t want to join and now you want to interfere in our meetings.” French President, quoted by diplomats, in an exchange with British Prime Minister David Cameron at an E.U. summit in Brussels on the euro crisis.
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To repeal or not to repeal
Kashmir's AFSPA dilemma
t is not always a good idea to lower one’s guard when things appear normal on the surface, especially in the Kashmir Valley, where a slight spark can ignite full-blown violence. It is in this context that Jammu & Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah’s recently expressed desire to lift the Disturbed Areas Act and consequently revoke the Armed Forces Special Powers Act should be considered. It is true that, as compared to the year gone by, the law and order situation in the Valley is under control. But it is equally true that elements belonging to terror outfits still abound and are routinely engaged in confrontations with the Indian Army personnel posted there to assist the State police. There is also nothing to suggest a thaw between the Government — both the Union and the State — and the separatist forces operating in the Valley that could justify a complete de-escalation of the troops from the Valley’s sensitive regions. Hardline Hurriyat leader Syed Ali Shah Geelani may have shown an indication to engage with the Union Government in talks, but he is certain to put in so many — and unrealistic — conditions that the talks could break even before they begin. This has been the case in the past. But the most important issue that Mr Abdullah must consider while pushing for the revocation of AFSPA is the army’s opinion. From all accounts, the Union Defence Ministry and the Indian Army are less than enthusiastic about the proposed move, since they know from experience on the ground that the time is not ripe for the law to be repealed. While critics of this stand may argue that the hawkish posture is an impediment to a breakthrough in the Valley, the fact remains that the army personnel are the best-placed people to guide the executive on the matter. The repeal of the Act may be a political decision, but it cannot be taken in the face of stern opposition by those who have literally battled the situation. Mr Abdullah would no doubt like the gamble to work, because he is eager to get out of the political mess that he has landed in as a result of some recent developments — the latest one involving the mysterious death of a party worker. The Opposition has been at the throat of the Chief Minister ever since, and there is no indication that it has given up its demand for a thorough and independent probe. Just out of a tumultuous Assembly session, which witnessed disruptions nearly each day, Mr Abdullah needs to offer the people something concrete to win over their confidence, and he believes the revocation of AFSPA is that ideal offering. He had on earlier occasions too spoken in a similar vein without following up on it, which is why the latest suggestion has elicited a lukewarm response from his political opponents. But, will the move be at this stage ideal for peace and stability in the Valley, remains a moot point.
THE EDIT PAGE
C O M M E N T A R Y
Ramaswamy R. Iyer
Getting to know the abc of CAG Many of the criticisms of the CAG are based on ignorance, misperception and elementary error, and it seems necessary to put matters in the right perspective.
or some time now, there has been a stream of criticism aimed at the Comptroller and Auditor General. There has been a series of media ‘reports' and even editorials questioning the accuracy, motivation and propriety of the CAG's reports. Many of the criticisms of the CAG are based on ignorance, misperception and elementary error (leaving dubious motivations aside) and it seems necessary to put matters in the right perspective. The CAG is the institution through which the accountability of the government and other public authorities — all those who spend public funds — to Parliament and State Legislatures and through them to the people is ensured. Accountability is not the same thing as accounting, though the latter may be a part of the former; the word ‘accountability' really means answerability. We are of course talking about financial answerability. The Executive is answerable to Parliament and to the people for all its decisions, but that answerability is enforced through the CAG where it involves finance and accounts. If we understand accountability to mean answerability, much of the confusion disappears. Vouching expenditures and rendering accounts are of course important: Parliament votes funds to the Executive and those funds have to be accounted for. However, answerability is more than that: it also means exercising prudence, avoiding waste, not incurring infructuous expenditure, showing results for moneys spent, and achieving those results at least cost. If the CAG is our prime accountability-ensuring institution, that institution must go into all these matters. If the CAG were ‘merely' an auditor, why should Dr. B.R. Ambedkar, during the debates in the Constituent Assembly, describe the CAG as the most important functionary in the Constitution, more important than even the judiciary? Again, if the CAG was meant to be merely an auditor, why did the Constitution prescribe for this functionary an oath identical with that prescribed for the Chief Justice and Judges of the Supreme Court, including the words “I will uphold the Constitution and the laws” while a Minister of the Union swears or solemnly affirms only that he will act “in accordance with the Constitution”? Those who try to belittle the importance of the institution and limit its functions must really ask themselves these two crucial questions. Should the CAG question policy decisions? The answer that immediately suggests itself would be “No”, but consider the following hypothetical cases: (i) the financial implications of a policy were not gone into at all before the decision was made; (ii) the assessment of financial implications was quite clearly wrong; (iii) the numbers were correct but the reasoning behind the decision was specious or fallacious; or (iv) the financial implications in fact turn out to be far higher than the assessment on which the decision was made. In such cases, would it not be within the CAG's mandate, would it not in fact be the CAG's duty as the instrument of accountability, to comment on such a policy? Further, if the CAG is bound by his (or her) oath of office to uphold the Constitution, can he (she) refrain from commenting on something that prima facie seems unconstitutional? If the government were to formulate a scheme or policy that selectively confers benefits from public funds on an individual or group to the exclusion of others on no stated grounds, or on grounds which seem questionable, would it not be the CAG's duty to point this out? If the above understanding is correct, then the various activities that the CAG has been undertaking, such as propriety audit, performance evaluations, and so on, are clearly well within his ambit, as different modalities of ensuring accountability. Moreover,
A journalist reads a copy of the report of Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) on 2G spectrum allocation, which was tabled in Parliament House in New Delhi on November 16, 2010. File photo
there are two other grounds for this understanding: century-old traditions, and international consensus. Even during British rule there was an Auditor General, and traditions of the independence and objectivity of that office were fairly strong. Gradations of audit were recognised proceeding from simple vouching and expenditure audit through regularity audit, audit of authorisation, audit of the sanctions themselves, and propriety audit, to what used to be called ‘Higher Audit'. After the constitution, the CAGs have been following that tradition and adding some technical and methodological innovations. Internationally, there are Auditors General, Comptrollers General, Audit Commissions, and other forms of what are known as Supreme Audit Institutions (SAIs) not only in democratic countries, but even in authoritarian systems. In India, the CAG is the SAI. There are professional organisations such as the International Association of Supreme Audit Institutions (INTOSAI) and the Asian counterpart (ASOSAI) in which the Indian SAI plays an important part, and is held in high esteem. The relevant point in the present context is that the Indian CAG has not stretched the audit function beyond the functions performed by other SAIs. For instance, the National Audit Office of the U.K. has published, among others, reports on: Information and Communications Technology in Government: Landscape Review; Delivering Regulatory Reform; Assessing the Impact of Proposed New Policies; and so on. Some of the reports of the U.S. Government Accountability Office include those on: The U.S. Postal service (“Mail Trends Highlight Need to Fundamentally Change Business Model”); Aviation Safety (“Status of FAA's Actions to Oversee the Safety of Composite Airplanes”); Electronic Waste: Strengthening the Role of the Federal Government in Encouraging Recycling and Reuse; and so on. Having regard to those examples, it can hardly be said that the CAG of India has been guilty of over-reach. In the CAG's report on the 2G case, the notional loss figure of Rs. 176000 crore has been much criticised. The report in fact makes it clear that it is difficult to arrive at a firm figure of loss, calculates it in three different ways through different methods,
and makes no claim that any of the figures is definitive. However, the media delight in reporting that the CAG's figures have been questioned by various people, and a Cabinet Minister immortalised himself by claiming that there was zero loss. That leads us to the relationship between the CAG and the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) and the Committee on Public Undertakings (COPU). The CAG finalises his reports after taking the government's and PEs' responses to his initial queries and observations and his draft reports, signs them, and submits them to the President of India, who causes them to be laid before Parliament. They are then taken up by the PAC and COPU. It is not the Reports that are under examination but the Ministries and other government offices and PEs, on the basis of those Reports. The CAG assists and advises the parliamentary committees in that examination. Unlike the CAG of the U.K. (an officer of Parliament) or the CG of the U.S. (a part of the Legislative Branch), the Indian CAG is not an officer of Parliament, but an independent constitutional functionary. The reason for this is that the CAG is CAG for the Union as well as the States, which is a unique feature of the Indian quasi-federal system. Finally, we come to the question of publicity. The CAG's reports have suffered from too little and not too much publicity. One of the major weaknesses of the Indian system is that very few of the CAG's reports are widely known, and that not all of them get discussed in Parliament. Some years ago, press conferences began to be held after the Audit Reports were placed before Parliament, and that practice continues. This is not a new departure introduced by the present CAG. If the CAG is to become more effective as an institution for the enforcement of accountability, it is necessary that Audit Reports be more widely known and discussed. The people have a right to know their contents. If, as a result of the CWG and the 2G controversies, the CAG and his reports are now better known than before, that is a very good development. If the present CAG manages to enhance the effectiveness of this constitutional institution, the country would owe a debt of gratitude to him. Source: The Hindu
Miserable Tale Of A District Hospital, Kiphire
ne may think it a dream or hallucination but the fact is; a reality that is known by thousands of local people. Kiphire District (1255 sq. Kms ) of Nagaland State (India) lies in one of the remote and interior area sharing international boundary with Myanmar in the East having a population of 1,06,136 (as per Census 2001) with agriculture; the main stay of economic for maximum of the inhabitants of Kiphire. The Hospital which states; an institution providing medical and surgical treatment and nursing care for the ill and injured people is the life saving centre irrespective of rich or poor providing patient treatment by specialized staff and equipment. It also conveys a message to patients, visitors, volunteers, vendors, and staff and also communicates a torrent of clues about the medical care being provided there. The hospital need to be clear that conveys welcoming, caring, comfort, and compassion, commitment to patient well-being and safety, where stress is relieved, refuge is provided, respect is reciprocated, competence is symbolized, way-finding is facilitated, and families are accommodated. But the District Hospital Kiphire is in a sorry state for the people of Kiphire and those who need the services. A severe shortage of appointed doctors, staffs and health investigation facilities is endangering patients and forcing patients to go out of the district spending huge amount and buy life-saving medications at huge markups because they can't get them any other way and this is what the reality is all about. As per the present set-up and facilities of the District Hospital, the Goal, mis-
sion and objectives can be amended to as the followings: Register at OPD Counter, Get some first aid, get referral card if lab based investigation is required, get ready with the finance for the expenses which sometimes results to even selling off their land or ancestral lands and residential houses/lands for poor. Despite of this; with strong heart no matter what future holds they continue to do something or the other for treatment. As per the reliable source; 8 Doctors (fascinatingly 3 Dental doctors) were appointed and posted against DHK including contract but when some young leaders and this writer last visited hospital on 17th October 2011; only the genealogist, ayush and dental doctor were present. Whereas for others; when learnt; were all out of station (except a doctor in reference to the Department’s order No. HFN/ DOC/Estt-1/2006 dated 18th October 2006, which has been attached to other hospital for the reason best known to the authority). As human beings, it can’t be understood whom to be blamed. But it would be good and kind; if coordination and consultation is initiated amongst the District Hospital authorities and the concern authorities at the state level to bridge the gaps and understand the reason(s) and problem(s) like every human used to have. It is also learnt that; there is also a need to increase the capacity of nurses; at least to a minimum of 18 to function and implement better services and also a surgical specialist which is very much required. Interestingly funny but true; called by the name Pochury Doctor; as
most of the patients and inhabitants from nearby and far flung villages couldn’t pronounce or remember his name can be heard in most of the villages. He is none other than Dr. Kuotsutho (Genealogist) who is worth appreciated and acknowledged for his sincerity and services he renders; by most of the people of Kiphire as he is the lone person who can be visited for health consultation almost round the clock since his posted to DHK eight to nine years back. It’s amazing how a District hospital and also the largest health institution in the district functions without important health investigation facilities. Don’t believe? You’ll find an X ray machine kept in a room unused since the day it was put in for the past many years. As per the reliable source, an Auto Analyzer was not functioning due to some technical problem. In fact it is not even a one year old and could not be repaired; as it might have been bought it from an unknown firm / company. Another important picture is lack of Ultra Sound facility; which is out of order since after few months of its installation. Yes! Like the other Districts, Kiphire is also in need of good services and facilities and it should not be compromised. It is understood that the design of health care facilities is governed by many regulations and technical requirements. Atleast these three investigation facilities; if repaired, install other new machines or provide full set of the parts; imagine how the anticipated patients and the people will benefit and acknowledge the institution of the
public sector and save the lives of the rural people not only on health but also in the context of socio economic development. Lithsa, Kiphire : Nagaland firstname.lastname@example.org
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NEWS ANALYSIS, FEATURE AND DISCOURSE
PUBLIC GRIEVANCE CELL
he recent decision of the state government to enhance the reservation of seats in public sector employment from 33 percent to 37 percent and the contentious special recruitment drive of ten EAC post for ten less represented communities reminds me of George Bernard Shaw, who once noted that a government that robs Peter to pay Paul can always depend on the support of Paul. But definitely not without dissent from Peter. Nevertheless, the issue of affirmative action goes far beyond the scope of political domain; it has become a socio- economic issue as well as a human issue. The renewed discussions on this issue in the local media is however begrudging as many writers from both the reserved and the general communities tends to view the policy of reservation only from their own lens and not from any other angle. If this trend continues, it may promote unhealthy forms of identity politics based on tribal lines that may distract us from the real and more substantive and critical social issues that our society is confronted with. Hence, what is important in the present context is to discuss reservation in the holistic context of much required social restructuring and not to divert it into petty identity politics divided through tribal lines or geographical boundaries fueled with individualistic aspirations. A disgruntled nation is already a failed nation. Hence the only wisdom required to solve this complex issue is to apply wisdom by both the parties. The better-off section of our society need to show more leniency and concessions while the less privilege communities need to grab that opportunity to advance their social position. Governments often take the option of reservations for the disadvantaged sections of the society when their representation in public offices is below what is thought to be desirable. Indeed, many nations have adopted reservation policy not only in public sector but even in private sectors for women and for sections of society whose economic profile is much worse than the general population at large. However, policy makers must make serious considerations of the resultant cost- benefit that could arise from such policy. Every economic policy creates two results- gainers and losers. If the gainers of an economic policy gains more that what the losers lose, then it is possible for the gainers to compensate the losers for their loses so that after compensation the losers are not any worse off and the gainers are better off than before. Such a policy effect in economics is popularly known as ‘Pareto improvement’ and is thus considered efficient. However, if the losers lose more than what the gainers gain, then there is an overall reduction in social welfare, hence such economic policy are considered inefficient. Though it has been said that good economics is not necessarily good politics, if a proposed policy could make someone better off without making other worse off, then implementation of such policy is justifiable. However, if a proposed policy could make someone better off only by making somebody worse off, even after compensation, then such policy are not advisable as it will have other socio-economic and political ramifications. The critical task of the policy makers is therefore to evaluate such outcomes and choose what is best for the society or the economy.
s every problem related to poverty? My homeland in northeast India in the midst of the mystic beauty is a land infested with insurgencies. This sort of terrorism caused by impoverishment and unemployment arising would fade away with improved living condition under effective policy implementation accompanied with equality of treatment. These days, the deep worry is on the kind of terrorism fed by radical ideology sanctified under the divine power. Whilst secular and enlightened brethren detest radicalism in all its forms; others bonded under a common sanctified ideology could used the ideology as a means to avenge and achieve victory. The popular theory is that poverty, as a recognized curse, causes terrorism; the ideology gives the courage to do things unimaginable and the ideology fed by religious sanctity makes it very lethal and highly potent. Radicalism borne from this type of ideology cannot exist alone; it is bound to threaten others who would then polarize into another radical group to counter the threat. In this chain of one action leading to a reaction, conditions become worse for the innocents and the impact of conflict on civil society aggravates more intense radicalism on both sides. The dilemma of the world today lies in finding a solution to stop this chain reaction and that is possible only by removing the conditions and circumstances responsible for causing terrorism fed by radicalism. The hard fact is that neither capitalism nor socialism or a mix of the two can ever help remove conditions and circumstances causing injustice and inequality that led to radicalism spurring terrorism lethally; because the universal political and economic system, no matter how humanely they are intended to be, innately thrives on human greed, self interest and exploitation. This means that, injustice and inequality will continue and thus anger, vengeance and violence will continue in the same measure; and it further means that terrorism and counter terrorism with its ill effects such as the radical forces will bloom and grow. Ultimately, the inability to remove the conditions and circumstances affirms the presence of the perennial threat from terrorism and radicalism. In other words, the terrorist may die but the ideology he upheld lives on. In this dark tunnel of no clue, this article discourse finds a ray of hope on how to control the lethal
Discourses on the affirmative policy often lead us to two opposing groups of commentators- one who favor and the other who vehemently oppose. And unless the policy makers make an unbiased examination of the pros and cons of such policy, there is an element of certainty that such sensitive policy could create social disharmony which could backfire the merit of the policy itself. Those who oppose such affirmative policies argue that reservation militates against merit and undermines quality and allows jobs and degrees to be awarded to less deserving aptitude and performance. They also argue that it constricts the notion of social justice only to reservation, instead of encompassing broader socio- economic policies such as strategies for income generation, capacity building, asset redistribution etc. Moreover, it is considered inefficient compared with openly held competitions, and creates perceptions of victimhood and democratically undesirable identity politics. Another loud criticisms against reservation is that the inequalities within the reserved communities allows the ‘creamy layer’ to monopolize the advantages and benefits accorded to such communities, whose socio-economic status could be much better that the weaker section amongst the general categories. They also argues that reservation policy encourage complacency within the reserved communities which inhibits creativity and hard work. Moreover, the social tag of reservations could create negative psychological mindset that could ruin one’s self esteem making them more uncompetitive. On the other hand, the advocates of reservation argues that disparities in economic development and income inequalities are the outcome of a prolonged unbalanced economic policies against the socially deprived sections, hence affirmative policy in favour of those sections are the only means of correcting those disparities. They also argues that the lack of adequate provision of standard education and the greater difficulty of obtaining such facilities and trainings due to various socio - economic problems makes it more difficult for them to compete with the privilege sections on equal grounds, hence the need for reservations. Moreover, the principles of democratic equality demands proportionate representation in public playing fields which cannot be realized without adopting affirmative action. The votaries of reservation also forbids the idea that reservations affects quality and undermines merit; they asserts that employment in public offices are often determined by managerial control, glass ceilings, preferential treatment based on networks, cronyism and graft which are at all not efficient. They also contests that most of the jobs, especially at the entry level, in government sector are not floated for open recruitment, which results in unequal representation of employment in public sector. As the debate continues, we can clearly see some strong points behind each argument. The real problem, however, is to unravel the paradox and find out the means to empower the weak without causing much discomfort to the better off sections of our society. Somebody once said “when law and politics fails, seek wisdom”. Abraham Lincoln said that, you cannot strengthen the weak by weakening the strong; you cannot enrich the poor by impoverishing the rich; you cannot further the brotherhood of man by inciting class hatred and you cannot help men permanently
by doing for them what they could and should do for themselves. Conflicts and resentment amongst ethnic communities and social classes within a nation is not a new thing: we have come across such instances in America, African continents, Middle East and even in India. And the lessons that we have learnt are not at all pleasant. Nagaland, though originally a classless society, has been showing symptoms of strong inequalities in the recent years. And the sharp dichotomy between the have and the have-nots is often the primary cause for such social unrest. Therefore, while it is the responsibility of the welfare state to devise strategies that promote inclusive growth, the privilege sections of our society also need to extend a helping hand. If a parent has two daughters, one of who suffers from certain myopia, that parent will be just happy to provide corrective lenses so that the child can see clearly. Then, should the other sibling complain of such a kind gesture? Apparently not. Likewise, if some sections in our society are facing certain problem that requires additional attention from the government, should the privileged groups oppose such a move? One reason why we are getting a hypothetical answer to that question is because inequality exists not only amongst the reserved communities but also within the general communities. There are many families living with acute poverty even amongst the general communities; and by virtue of being belonged to that general category does not receive any benefits from such public affirmative policies. And it is perhaps from these groups that we see a staunch resistance to such affirmative action provided to certain communities, because they themselves feel that they are in no way better than the other. Therefore, it may sound an utopian task, but definitely not impossible, to review the existing affirmative policies so that that benefits are accorded not according to some rigidly defined geographical boundaries, particular tribe or communities but according to certain classified socio-economic status. In such an event, some elite section within the existing reserved communities will be ruled out form such benefits while some deserving groups from the general categories could also avail such benefits. In the case of differences in provision of basic infrastructural facilities among regions or districts, those regions/district considered poorly developed can be identified and allotted separate pool of funds for its development. Given the fact the Naga society are undergoing a delicate phase of reconciliation and nation building, it will be in the interest of our nation that its citizens exercises restraint on socially and politically sensitive issues and cultivate a spirit of accommodation and cohesiveness among each other. A candle does not lose its brightness by lighting another candle. Similarly, the privileged sections of our society cannot willfully ignore the plight of the weaker sections; moreover, the weak must also acknowledge that there are some people who are weaker than us. Whatever might be our problem, one thing that we must know for sure is that, the nation cannot progress when it is rotting from inside. Let wisdom prevail.
write this feeling very upset with the STATE BANK OF INDIA, KOHIMA MAIN BRANCH. Earlier today, a transaction was done to encash an SBI cheque, the money which was to be deposited into AXIS BANK, Kohima Branch. Since I am in Dimapur, I had requested the AXIS BANK MANAGER to send along one of his staff with my assistant to collect the monies and have it deposited as she was not familiar with the procedure. The Axis Bank manager very kindly obliged and sent one of his own office staff along with my assistant to SBI Kohima Main branch and they then returned with the amount which was wrapped in plastic, bound by note binding machine for large bundles. The bundle was then cut opened in AXIS BANK KOHIMA in the presence of the bank officials, my own assistant and other customers and when counting the lot, a fake note of Rs.500/- surfaced. Immediately the bank manager sent my assistant and his office staff to return the note and when they returned to SBI, the person to whom they spoke to in SBI plain refused saying it was not from their bank. What infuriates me is that this is not the first time this has happened to us in this particular branch. A while ago my mother had the same experience where 3 Rs. 500/- notes were found fake and luckily for her she got it returned when she threw a fuss right in the bank. Today the notes were not even a loose bundle of notes but the total amount bound in one pack in plastic in their own machines. With so much transaction happening in a main branch I can only imagine how much of this must be happening when large cash transactions are done. Mine is not the first complaint as I have heard this from many people, not those who do small transactions, but always from large transactions. Upon speaking to the Branch Manager who is on leave, I was told a story that it could not have happened from their branch, even though there were witnesses who are not all from the same office who saw the packet being opened exactly as the SBI sent them. He also mentioned that once the monies are taken from the bank they are not responsible. In that case why in the world do they not remind people to check it right in front of them, especially when the amount is not small? And anyway if the bank has issued fake notes, how will lay people know it is fake? When a large transaction is done they should be the ones to put it through the machines that detects such notes in front of the customer. Also who is to say they would not acknowledge that the notes are fake even when their own machines are readin the notes? Banks have to take some responsibility about checking fake notes especially SBI as this is where every fake note I have had to personally experience (3 times) has always been from. My assistant went and spoke to the person who dispensed (who I apologise for yelling at him since he gave the duo a hard time), but since there was no help she asked to speak to the person in charge and again she was made to feel like an idiot. She left the money on the desk of the person in charge along with the papers and left feeling upset. The bank person wanted to know who I was and my number, which she gave. I hope it is to call and explain better bank services, because it makes me wonder, does who I am make a difference on how they respond to fake notes? There must absolutely be some form of checking mechanism before monies are dispensed to clients.
Moral Education for Sustainable Future
effect of radicalism on terrorism. Is higher learning contributing to problem than solving it? : It is believed that terrorism is caused by poverty, illiteracy and in-exposure. This theory is now questioned by the occurrences of the recent attacks organized by terrorists who belonged to the rich, affluent and educated class of society. It is not the act of bombing but the operation of the mind guiding the action to bomb that now leads some to believe in the vulnerability of highly reputed world class institutes in becoming potent points for future terror operations. This assumption cannot be overlooked on circumstantial evidences of recent bombing in various parts of the world. The terrorists having a background of rich affluent educated class from reputed centers of learning also belong to countries beset with economic and political crisis. In these countries, the local leaders terrorized their own citizens under dictatorial regime; and the capitalist forces terrorized the dictator with the help of disgruntled elements for freedom of operation for both the capitalists and the rebellions. The terrorists from rich educated background confront the capitalist forces for the turmoil, evidenced in 11/09. The perspective revealed that all participants in conflict situation become terrorists in the end under infringement on civil liberty rights: the dictator, the capitalists, the terrorist and the radical forces (the Middle East situation) the democratic governments facing terrorism and the radical forces (Israel, India, Pakistan, Afghanistan). The participants are not the victims, the victims are the citizens. Is higher learning helping to listen better? The participation of the knowledge community in terrorism is an intriguing but interesting development, which led some research to link terrorism with high education instead of poverty as the cause. I beg to differ on this rationality as I think, the mass of people as bearers of injustice and inequality and who could be influenced by the ideology may not be armed for violence, but their desperate woes under dictatorship and aggravated by the capitalists are heard by the educated savvy from high reputed world class institutes. The intelligentsia has
been prompted to act on the signal received from the bottom level condition of life. The present fear is that the successful terror operations led by the intelligentsia could lead to a quest for more terror strikes under the belief of a divine sanctity. Besides terror operation, the intelligentsia is expected to contribute in the future, a significant role in spurring mass movement already started by the bourgeoisie in several countries of Middle East and expected soon to be joined by the proletariat with the help of the intelligentsia. The intelligentsia as facilitator for mass movement has a constructive role while their participation as terrorists is a destructive one and this particular point calls for a careful thought on how to plan a strategy to deal with the negative role of the intelligentsia. I conclude from this discourse that the two theorems attempting
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to link terrorism either to poverty or to the educated are not exclusive to one another as propounded by theorists, they are complimentary to each other in practical situation. The condition of poverty, inequality and in-exposure has been an excellent breeding ground for terrorism. May be poor condition do not always turned into terrorism as in Africa, all terrorism borne from poverty are not always guided by ideology as in northeast India, and that radical ideology differs among communities (Jihad, Zionism, Hindu radical force). The point to note is the voices of victims heard by the knowledge community in the absence of benevolent state leadership, which is not only pointing towards ruthless dictatorship but even towards chaotic democratic governance. The persons with knowledge and skills touched by the pain of suffering may
enthused themselves with divinity sanction or political dogma. They inspire themselves to terrorize the perceived exploiter; who may be a local leadership or a western imperialist soon to be replaced by eastern imperialists like China and India. Given this development, it speculates a future with growing radical terrorism versus the Chinese Kungfu or the Indian Kabadi game. It is not possible to delete injustice and inequality completely on earth and it is impossible to retrieve past events for corrective action on past mishaps. On this basic premise of knowledge, the unwanted vicious circle of anger and vengeance expressed through the notorious outlet of terrorism will continue to haunt the world. And in this world of terrorism, the most potent of all is the one fed by ideology under divine sanctity. What needs to be done to secure a safer world? I am prompted to suggest an immediate and long-term strategy to deal with this undying unconquerable ideology for the safety and security of the future for all. The most immediate requirement is to remove the conditions producing injustice. It practically demands for the willingness on the part of the aggressor/ oppressor to grant the wishes of the people for liberty and to give them their core needs in life. Kashmir and Tibet represent key examples on this perspective. Alongside the effort to alleviate the hard condition, the other strategy involves a visionary long term preventive measure against future scourge of radicalism. This calls for participation of all families as members of world community to prevent radical forces to cause destruction. One may consider introducing an innovative social home program to help families inculcate good values and ethics under state surveillance. School education may introduce social themes as part of curriculum for citizens' character building from young age. The emotive theme of forgiveness could help strike the emotional chord of human love and the marketing strategy of the virtue of forgiveness could help reduce hatred along-with all the related negative emotions. The objective of moral education project will be ultimately to improve personal development of
individual citizens. It will be a project that urges the practice of the principle of forgiveness, not for the benefit of the wrong doers but in the self-interest of the person engaged in the act of forgiveness that nourishes the giver by the act of giving forgiveness. Nurturing children at learning stage in this way and helping to heal the wounds among the adults will help achieve the goal of safety, security and well being of the community free from fear of radicalism and terrorism. I wish to advocate for an effective and efficient resource planning with vision on world safety and security. If resources can be added to the component of moral science in education program instead of enlarging the defence budget to produce and purchase war weapons, the world would certainly earn a higher rate of investment return with much richer dividend on security of the world. This soft approach to nurture each human being from babyhood to adulthood seems to be most lasting solution for the world community and its sustainability for the future.....till the gates of heaven open. About the author:
Ms. Margaret Gangte is actively engaged in various international forums on global issues and is currently a Director in the Ministry of Defense, Government of India. She is an author of Journal Articles and a writer on policy issues. Some of her published articles are Sustainable Community Development Alternative: Unlocking the Lock (Journal of Sustainable Development by Canada Center of Science), Right Man for the Right Job: Motivate to Deliver (Indian Journal of Dynamic Public Administration) and Farewell Gift to Afghanistan Before the Final Adieu (Public Administration Times, USA). Her articles on public policy are also published in ezinearticles.com and news journals in Northeast India. *Questions or comments may be sent to the author's email: mg-nn@ hotmail.com
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Wednesday 26 October 2011
The Morung Express
‘If Bedi has done wrong, hang her, but bring Lokpal’ Anna Hazare blames ‘Gang of 4’ within govt for campaign against team
ghAZiAbAD, OctObEr 25 (Pti): Facing allegations of financial misconduct, activist Arvind Kejriwal broke his silence on Tuesday daring the government to conduct a probe against him and other Team Anna members even as he questioned the motive behind the “smear campaign”. Defending himself and Kiran Bedi, who is under attack for inflating her travel bills, Kejriwal said, “If someone paid the ticket examiner in Railway because he needed a ticket, so that person cannot question Suresh Kalmadi? Is this the message being given out? “Do you mean to say that out of 120 crore people, only saints can question UPA’s corruption and government will keep on robbing people? If anybody questions then that person will be asked to look into his case first,” he said and warned that if the current smear campaign continues, the next movement will be 10 times bigger. Kejriwal, who was accused by Swami Agnivesh of depositing donations for Hazare agitation in a trust run by him, said if they have committed mistakes, then the
Militants target securitymen in Kashmir attacks
sriNAgAr, OctObEr 25 (Pti): Militants on Tuesday carried out four attacks targeting security personnel in as many hours in the Kashmir Valley, injuring three CRPF jawans and a policeman. Two grenade were lobbed on security installations in central Srinagar in a span of about five minutes followed by an aborted attempt to target a police party with a grenade in south Kashmir’s Shopian district. Later a policeman was shot at and injured in nearby Anantnag district, prompting authorities to tighten vigil. No militant outfit has claimed responsibility for the attacks which come barely four days after Chief Minister Omar Abdullah announced plans to revoke Armed Forces Special Powers Act from certain parts of the state. The first incident occurred at Maisuma area near Lal Chowk when the ultras hurled a grenade targeting a CRFF bunker outside Dashnami Akhara building at 12:25 pm, official sources said. The grenade exploded resulting in injuries to three CRPF jawans who were admitted to a hospital. Minutes later, another grenade was hurled by militants at a police post in Batmaloo, less than a kilometre away from site of the first blast, the sources said. No one was injured in the Batmaloo blast. Police and CRPF personnel cordoned off both the sites and detained a suspect for questioning. As the security agencies were looking for clues to identify and nab the attackers behind the twin grenade attacks, militants made another attempt to target policemen in Shopian district of South Kashmir.
PUNE, OctObEr 25 (AgENciEs): Accusing the “gang of four” of maligning the Jan Lokpal movement, social activist Anna Hazare on Monday said that to blame and humiliate seems to be the mantra of the few. He was reacting to the allegations leveled against Team Anna member Kiran Bedi for overcharging her travel bills. “To accuse and humiliate seems to be the mantra of the few. This is not the first time that such accusations have been levelled against Kiran Bedi. Every member of ‘Team Anna’ had to face accusations and character assassination by the ‘gang of four,” said Hazare in his latest blog post. If Bedi has done wrong then as she herself has already said, the government should take help of one of its own enquiry agencies and if found guilty “should take stringent actions against her,” Hazare said. Mr. Hazare said that in the past too the “gang of government was free to probe and punish them by taking the strongest possible action. “Dont forgive us. Give us twice the punishment given to common people. But bring Lokpal and you will have to,” he said. He lamented that the whole attention is being shifted from corruption movement and Lokpal to core committe which has “no importance”. “Whether Kiran Bedi paid bills or not has become national issue. It will not benefit nation. It will be useful when Lokpal will come.
Digvijaya ‘curious’ over Anna’s ‘gang of four’
NEW DElhi, OctObEr 25 (AgENciEs): Congress General Secretary Digvijaya Singh on Tuesday tweeted that he is curious to know who are the lucky ones in the ‘gang of four’ in the UPA Government, as described by Anna Hazare. “Anna has blogged against gang of four? Who are the lucky ones? I am curious!” Singh tweeted. The Congress on Tuesday voiced its protest over Anna Hazare’s blog. Congress leader Rashid Alvi said, “The word ‘gang’ is very objectional. We have respect for Annaji, We do not expect Annaji to use such words for ministers. If Kiran Bedi is talking about returning the money, it means she admits her fault.” Congress MP Sanjay Nirupam has also hit back hard as Hazare defended Kiran Bedi in the controversy of her inflated travel bills. “Kiran Bedi has accepted she has done wrong. She has cheated some institutions. If she is returning the money, it doesn’t mean she has not done crime. These kinds of stands should not be taken by Annaji. The whole country supports him and he shouldn’t get into this issue,” said Nirupam. Kiran Bedi on Monday night claimed that Anna Hazare has told her that the allegations levelled against her should not hamper her work. Reacting to Hazare’s comment that the “gang of four” was acting like ruffians to oppose those who wanted the Jan Lokpal Bill, Nirupam said, “I don’t think he used these words for the ministers. The Congress and the UPA are committed to create a strong Lokpal in the country.” Government should understand that their ways and methods are increasing the anger among people,” he said. “If these smear campaign continues, then the people of this country are watching and the next movement will be 10 times bigger,” he said. “If Kiran bedi has committed a crime, hang her. Send her to jail but talk about Lokpal Bill. Whatever mistake she has done, investigate and punish her but we cannot decide it in a press conference whether the allegations are true or false,” he said.
On Digvijay Singh’s allegations that he was supported by RSS and BJP, Kejriwal said he had always maintained that it is “useless to comment” on the utterings of the Congress leader. On Lokpal Bill, he said there was no other way than passing Lokpal Bill and they were ready for dialogue. “When had we run away from dialogue. But on the other hand allegations were levelled against us everyday. They spoilt the atmosphere. Who is creating disturbance. If the government’s intentions are
four” from the government attempted to defame some of his team members. He, however, did not name the members of the “gang,” saying that they were the same people who opposed the Jan Lokpal Bill. Stating that even the Bhushans had dared the government to take the legal path if there were allegations against them, Hazare said. “But these people are aware that their aim will not be fulfilled if they follow the legal path. The only way out was to spread division in ‘Team Anna’ thereby spreading misconceptions among people who will be dissuaded from participating in the movement.” Hazare said that he would be writing to all his members asking them “not to react again and again on any or repeated allegations made by the ‘gang of four’ (and their agents from various fields). People are wise enough to understand what the truth is.”
honest, then the Bill can be passed in a day,” he said. Asked about the “Gang of Four” referred to by Hazare, Kejriwal said it was a guess and only Hazare knows about it. “I don’t know,” he said. Kejriwal claimed that the income tax department officials were after them and their chartered accountant was summoned by the officials on Monday. “Investigate us, put all the agencies in the country after us, punish us in the harshest way but you will have to bring the Lokpal Bill,” he said
NEW DElhi, OctObEr 25 (Pti): Already in the thick of controversies, Team Anna member Kiran Bedi on Tuesday faced problems from within when one of the founder members of her NGO managing her trips quit the trust claiming his reputation has been tarnished. Anil Bal, proprietor of Flywell Travel and a trustee of India Vision Foundation run by Bedi, said the activist’s defence on overcharging her hosts has conveyed the wrong impression among public that he was responsible for inflated invoices after issuing cheaper tickets. “In view of what has happened which unnecessarily tarnished my reputation I have decided to resign as trustee of IVF with immediate effect and have also requested IVF to engage another travel agent for their travel needs. “Amount to the credit of IVF as on date in our records is being refunded to IVF by crossed cheque to close the account with us,” Bal said in a statement here. “Some newspapers have even gone ahead to name me as the treasurer of IVF handling Bedi’s travel. Certain TV channels have shown the proforma invoices to say that my company has deliberately inflated the invoices. All this has greatly damaged my reputation,” he said.Bal,whoknows Bedi for the last 25 years and have been associated withherinvarioussocialprojects,claimedhisfirm has no interaction with any of the organisations for whom Bedi undertakes the travel and have no knowledge of the understanding they have with the Foundation. “I and my travel agency did not everissueanyinflateddemandforpaymentofany amount in excess of the actual fare payable for the ticket issued according to the class of travel and that I never obtained from anyone any amount in excess of that which was payable for the ticket issued,” the statement quoted Bal as saying.
Sushma meets arrested BJP colleagues in Tihar jail
NEW DElhi, OctObEr 25 (iANs): Senior Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Sushma Swaraj Tuesday met two BJP colleagues who are lodged in Tihar jail in connection with the cash-for-vote scandal. Swaraj, who is Leader of Opposition in the Lok Sabha, along with party general secretary Ravi Shankar Prasad met two former BJP MPs Faggan Singh Kulaste, Mahavir Bhagora as well as Sudheendra Kulkarni, media advisor to Atal Bihari Vajpayee when he was the prime minister. Talking to reporters later, Sushma said they met the BJP party leaders to wish them on the occasion of Diwali and show their support for them by calling them ‘innocent’. “Tomorrow is Deepawali, which is the biggest festival. Three of our innocent friends are celebrating this festival in jail... They did no crime except revealing other people’s crime,” Sushma said after meeting them. “Those who committed the crime are in government and those who revealed the crime are in jail,” she said. Sushma said the BJP will continue its ‘struggle’ unless the real An artist creates a Rangoli, painting on floor with colors, of Apple co-founder Steve Jobs during a Rangoli competition to culprits are punished. “One thing that mark the Diwali festival in Mumbai on October 25. Diwali, the festival of lights, will be celebrated Wednesday. (AP Photo) is satisfactory is that their own spirit is
very high. They say ‘don’t worry about us but what we did, we are proud of it’. Unless the real culprits are punished and the innocent are released, our struggle will continue,” Sushma added. BJP has been upset as former Samajwadi Party MP Amar Singh, who was accused in the same case, got bail Monday while the BJP members remain in jail. Prasad said that people were angry over the jailing of the BJP men. “Those who gave the bribe have been granted bail. Those for whose benefit the bribe was given, their role is not being investigated. And those who exposed the most shameful, sordid episode in the history of India, unfortunately spend their Diwali in jail,” Prasad said. “The nation is watching all this. With deep sense of disgust and dismay. People of this country are very, very angry against twin menace of corruption and black money,” he said. On July 22, 2008, the three BJP MPs waved wads of currency notes in the Lok Sabha ahead of a trust vote, alleging they were given the money to vote in favour of the Manmohan Singh government. Another BJP MP, Ashok Argal, has not been arrested yet.
Five countries issue travel advisories against travelling to India “US, UK, Canada, Australia and New Zealand - have issued advisories against travel to India during the festival season’’
NEW DElhi, OctObEr 25 (AgENciEs): One after another, five countries - US, UK, Canada, Australia and New Zealand - have issued advisories against travel to India during the festival season. The ostensible reason for the caution
is terror threat at this time, but the Indian government isn’t impressed. It fears the advisories will hit tourism and says terror shouldn’t be used to create a scare about visiting India. “I have taken up this with the external affairs ministry and asked it to persuade these countries to withdraw the travel advisories immediately,” Union tourism minister Subodh Kant Sahay told TOI. “This is nothing but scaremongering. Leave aside other parts of India, 100% booking is being reported from Jammu & Kashmir. If this isn’t a
sign of normalcy, what is?” The industry is understandably jittery as it fears a cancellation rate of 10-15%. Adverse advisories tend to hike travel insurance as the risk factor goes up. So, instead of coming to India, many tourists may opt for other destinations like Thailand, Sri Lanka and China. A delegation of top hoteliers, travel agents and restaurant owners met Sahay to convey their sense of dismay. Apart from taking up the matter with the foreign secretary, the minister also raised the issue in France at a meeting
of tourism ministers of G-20 countries on Monday, while expressing his concern at the “barriers” that are likely to obstruct growth of tourism in India. Foreign tourist arrivals in India between January-August 2011 have seen an encouraging 10% growth (in absolute terms, 3.8 million tourists came to India in this period compared to 3.4 million last year). However, India is still beaten hollow in tourism by small Asian countries like Thailand. While India’s share is 0.59% of the world’s share of global arrivals, Thailand’s is
1.62% and China’s 5.8%. While our most popular beach gets 2.7 million foreign tourists in a year, Phuket gets 5 million. The Taj Mahal gets 3.1 million foreign tourists a year while the Great Wall of China gets 10 million. With India’s potential barely realized and five countries issuing advisories against travelling to India during the festive season, the Indian hospitality industry is worried. Hotel Association of India president Nakul Anand said that the advisories issued from large source markets like US
Jairam cites multi-crore MNREGA scam in UP, warns of CBI inquiry lUcKNOW, OctObEr 25 (AgENciEs): Five days after Congress general secretary Rahul Gandhi accused Mayawati government in UP of mega-scale corruption in the centrally sponsored schemes, union rural development minister Jairam Ramesh has shot off a letter to UP chief minister Mayawati citing a huge scam in the MNREGA scheme in the state. According to sources, Jairam has specifically mentioned seven districts Balrampur, Gonda, Mahoba, Sonbhadra, Sant Kabir Nagar and Mirzapur where central funds have been allegedly misused by the state. He has also warned that a CBI inquiry can be ordered if the UP government failed to take any action. The letter is also being seen as escalating tension between the ruling BSP and the Congress-led UPA government. Ramesh has in written that working through Nari Sanghs has been able to bring about a greater awareness of the rights of MGNREGA workers. “I have myself interacted with one such organization called Vanangana which is active in Chitrakoot and Banda. But
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the overall feedback that we have so far reveals that the implementation of MG-NREGA in Uttar Pradesh has been far from satisfactory, more so in most other states. Many serious and, in fact, brazen violations and cases of deliberate embezzlement of funds have been coming to the notice of the union ministry of rural development from time to time. The ministry deputes National Level Monitors (NLMs) to investigate into serious complaints. However, I am sorry to say that state government has not been taking any worthwhile action on the findings and recommendations of these NLMs. As many as 22 NLM reports, which have pointed out grave irregularities, have been pending for action with the state government for months together,” he has written. Further, Ramesh has stated in the letter “It is not just the findings of the National Level Monitors that have been ignored by the state government. I find that findings of the State Quality Monitor (SQM) himself in relation to the implementation of MG-NREGA in the four districts of Sonbhadra, Mirza-
pur, Kushinagar and Sant Kabeernagar have been ignored. No action has been taken on the recommendations regarding probing disproportionate asset or criminal liability of officials. Some officials appear to have been suspended but there has been no action on the many other recommendations made by this impartial inquiry conducted an officer well-known for his integrity. The signal that has gone out by the state government’s continuing inaction is clear-make money openly, flout all rules and procedures blatantly and nothing will happen to you if you have the patronage of the ruling establishment in the state.” Ramesh has also warned Mayawati that union rural development ministry always has the option of stopping funds to UP, either wholly or partially, for MG-NREGA till credible action has been taken by the state government on the reports submitted by the NLMs and SQMs. But, he has stated, this would amount to penalising the poor people of the state for crimes committed by officials at various levels and their
political patrons. “The other option we have is to get a thorough CBI investigation conducted, for which I require the concurrence of the state government. Surely, if the state government has nothing to hide and has a clear conscience, it should have no objection to our request to have a thorough CBI inquiry conducted into MGNREGA implementation in some districts of the state based on the findings of the NLMs and SQMs and the various media reports that have appeared. Such an enquiry would ensure and expedite justice to the weakest sections of society.” he has stated. “I look forward to hearing from you and your concurrence for an urgent CBI probe into the implementation of MG-NREGA Balrampur, Gonda, Mahoba, Sonbhadra, Sant Kabir Nagar, Mirzapur and Kushinagar. The need for such a CBI probe is urgent since the labour budget under MG-NREGA has exceeded Rs 5000 crore in UP which, incidentally, has all been borne by the Central government. The criminal conspiracies in these districts to defraud the Central
and state government appear to be as scandalous as what has been the case with the National Rural Health Mission in the state which is the subject of an on-going CBI investigation,” Ramesh states in the letter. Rahul Gandhi, while addressing a public meeting in Amethi on October 20, had said that lions share of funds under MNREGA and mid day meal project never reached the target segment and is siphoned off en route. Rahul had alleged that the food grain meant for mid day meals scheme in UP was being sold off in the black market. Significantly, the Mayawati government has not yet signed the state support agreement to facilitate construction of 140 km highway from Rae Bareli to Banda and 165 km highway from Rae Bareli to Tanda. Rae Bareli is Congress president Sonia Gandhi’s constituency. As a result, the union highway ministry has now decided to execute the projects under the engineeringprocurement-construction model, under which it can get to work right away without state support.
and UK would impact the inflow of business and leisure travelers in the country. “Given that it has been issued at the start of what is typically perceived as the beginning of the tourist and business season in India, it is bound to impede the forecasts for the industry,” he said. Travel Agents’ Association of India president Rajinder Rai said that the advisories will spell trouble for the industry. “We have taken up the issue with the tourism ministry demanding that the advisories be withdrawn. It’s a completely unfair practice,” he said.
‘Women protection laws are being misused’
NAgPUr, OctObEr 25 (Pti): ‘Save Indian Family Foundation’ (SIFF), an NGO, has claimed that over 5 lakh persons had been harassed by the alleged misuse of various women protection laws including the Anti-dowry Law, Domestic Violence Law and Maintenance Act, even as 22% of total arrested in these cases are women. Based on the figures provided by the National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB), the NGO that is fighting for the rights of husbands against the alleged misuse of these laws, has claimed that while these laws are increasingly misused by women, many women themselves are falling preytoit,RajeshVakharia,afoundermemberandpresidentof Nagpur Chapter of the Foundation told reporters. “If a woman files a complaint against her husband, his family members including, his mother, sister, sister-in laws and others, are subject to police action in these cases,” he said. Another NGO, Children’s Rights Initiative for Shared Parenting (CRISP), founded in year 2008, is working on the issue separation of a child from its parents. CRISP is engaged in highlighting the grievances of men deprived of access to their children. “A father’s involvement in child care cannot be substituted by anyone in the world,” Vakharia said. The organisation has demanded setting up of special courts to deal with child custody cases and address problems faced by parents barred from visit to children. “Weareapro-family,pro-lifeorganisationandwanttopromote family harmony in the society. The group has members from professionals like software engineers, doctors, teachers, businessmen and social workers,” he said. ‘Save Indian Family Foundation’hassisterorganizationsnamed‘AllIndiaMotherin-Law Protection Forum’, ‘All India Forgotten Women Association’ and ‘Mother and Sister Initiatives’ (MASI).
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Mexico Rescuers battle to find Turk quake survivors dangerous for eRcIS, TURkey, OcTObeR 25 (ReUTeRS): Rescuers pulled a two-week-old baby girl alive from the arms of her mother buried under a collapsed building on Tuesday as a search continued for survivors from a quake in eastern Turkey that killed at least 366 people and left thousands homeless. Hope of finding people alive under tons of rubble was fading with every passing hour as rescuers pulled out more bodies and thousands of residents slept for a second night in crowded tents or huddled around fires and in cars across a region rattled by aftershocks in Van province, near the Iranian border. With victims accusing the central government of being slow in delivering aid to a region inhabited mostly by minority Kurds, Ankara said it was sending more tents and blankets. "We have no tents, everybody is living outdoors. Van has collapsed psychologically, life has stopped. Tens of thousands are on the streets. Everybody is in panic," Kemal Balci, a construction worker said as he awaited news on friends injured in the quake at a hospital in the city of Van. "Aid has been arriving late. Van has been reduced to zero. We have no jobs, no bread, no water and there are nine members in my family. If the government doesn't give a hand to Van it will be like Afghanistan. Van has been pushed back 100 years." The 7.2-magnitude quake, Turkey's most powerful in a decade, is one more affliction for Kurds, the dominant ethnic group in impoverished southeast
Turkish rescuers prepare to remove Semiha Karaduman, the mother of Azra Karaduman, a two-week-old baby girl saved hours earlier from under the debris and rubble of the same collapsed building in Ercis, eastern Turkey on Tuesday, October 25. (AP Photo)
Turkey, where more than 40,000 people have been killed in a three-decade-long separatist insurgency. On Monday, Turkish tanks and armored vehicles crossed into northern Iraq headed in the direction of a Kurdish militant camp as part of cross-border operations in the wake of an attack last week by Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) fighters that killed 24 Turkish soldiers. Quake rescue efforts focused on Ercis, a town of 100,000 that was worst hit, and the provincial capital Van, which has a population of one million. Emergency workers extracted the infant girl alive from the wreckage on Tuesday, two days after it was buried
with its mother under an apartment block. The mother was clutching the child to her chest when the were reached by rescuers, who set about rescuing the mother and a grandmother who were also still alive. "We're going to get them out soon," a rescuer assured the other grandmother, whose eyes brimmed with tears of joy over the survival of her grandchild. Elsewhere, exhausted workers used machinery, jackhammers, shovels, pick axes and bare hands to comb through rubble. Every so often, they would shout for silence and generators and diggers would stop, straining to hear voices under the wreckage. Seconds later
the drone of the machinery would start again. Officials said 12,000 more tents would reach Van on Tuesday after complaints that entire families were cramming into tents and television images showed desperate men pushing each other roughly to grab tents from the back of a Red Crescent truck. The Turkish Red Crescent has said it was preparing temporary shelter for about 40,000 people, although there were no reliable figures for the homeless. Many residents spent the night outside fearing any return to their damaged homes.
have been criticized for failing to ensure that some of the neediest, particularly in villages, received tents as night temperatures plummeted. "Life has become hell. We are outside, the weather is cold. There are no tents," said Emin Kayram, 53, sitting by a camp fire in Ercis after spending the night with his family of eight in a van parked nearby. His nephew was trapped in the debris of a building behind him, where rescue workers had been digging through the night. "He is 18, a student. He is still stuck in there. This is the third day but you can't lose hope. We SLOW RESPONSE have to wait here." Turkish authorities How fast Ankara man-
ages to deliver aid and longterm relief to the survivors might have political consequences in a region plagued by poverty and the Kurdish insurgency, analysts said. Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan, who secured a third consecutive term with a strong majority at a June election, has pledged to push reforms in parliament and rewrite the constitution to address longtime Kurdish grievances in an effort to end violence. "If we want to win the hearts of our brothers of Kurdish origin, we should act now. We should beat the outlawed Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) with this approach, which is more effective than arms," leading
commentator Mehmet Ali Birand wrote. Turkey's Disaster and Emergency Administration said on Tuesday the death toll had risen to 366, with 1,301 people injured. The overnight death toll stood at 279. The death count was likely to rise further as many people were still missing and 2,262 buildings have collapsed. "It was like judgment day," said Mesut Ozan Yilmaz, 18, who survived for 32 hours under the rubble of a tea house where he had been passing time with friends. Unhurt but lying on a hospital bed under a thick blanket, his face blackened by dust and dirt, Yilmaz gave a chilling account to CNN Turk of how he survived by diving under a table. "The space we had was so narrow. People were fighting for more space to survive," Yilmaz said. "I rested my head on a dead man's foot. I know I would be dead now if I had let myself go psychologically." The government has received offers of aid from dozens of countries around the world, including from former ally Israel, but has so far accepted aid only from Bulgaria, Azerbaijan and Iran. The center of Van resembled a ghost town with no lights in the streets or buildings. Hardly any people could be seen. The sense of dislocation was even greater in Ercis. With no homes to go back to, thousands of people, mostly men, paced the streets, stopping to look at the destruction or whenever there was some commotion at a rescue site.
journalists: UN MexIcO cITy, OcTObeR 25 (PTI): Mexico is the fifth most dangerous country in the world for journalists with 70 killed since 2000, according to a joint assessment released by the United Nations and the Organization of American States. The report said that 13 journalists have been killed so far in 2011 in Mexico. While motives vary in journalists' killings, one factor is the bloody drug cartel violence in Mexico. The UN Human Rights Council's investigator on freedom of expression, Frank La Rue, did not specify which four countries were considered more dangerous, but other press groups have ranked Mexico third, behind only nations like Pakistan and Iraq. The Central American nation of Honduras has seen a spike in journalist killings. Mexico's National Commission on Human Rights also lists 70 journalists killed in Mexico since 2000. In addition, it says 13 have disappeared. Other press freedom groups consider the 70 figure high and differ on the definition of who is a journalist in Mexico's homicide figures. For example, the Committee to Protect Journalists says since 2000 there have 48 journalists killed and disappeared in Mexico, including three newspaper distributors. OAS representative Catalina Botero called on Mexico's government to implement a plan to protect journalists.
Yemen calls ceasefire Islamists claim win in Tunisia’s Arab Spring vote after five civilians killed
SAnAA/ADen, OcTObeR 25 (ReUTeRS): The Yemeni government and a dissident general signed a ceasefire on Tuesday, hours after five civilians including a child were killed in crossfire between state troops and opposition fighters in the city of Taiz, witnesses said. A government official said the deal between President Ali Abdullah Saleh's government and breakaway General Ali Mohsen was mediated by a local committee chaired by the vice president and would take effect at 3 p.m. (1200 GMT) on Tuesday. Several previous truce accords have failed to hold. A political standoff between Saleh and a motley coalition of protesters escalated last month into bloody confrontations between government troops and dissident soldiers and tribesman. The latest agreement comes four days after a United Nations Security Council resolution condemned the violence in Yemen and urged Saleh to sign an initiative brokered by Gulf neighbors that would see him
General Ali Mohsen, commander of Yemen’s northwest military zone, is seen at his base in Sanaa on October 10, 2011. (Reuters Photo)
leave office after 32 years. More than a dozen people have been killed since then. Earlier on Tuesday, security forces opened fire on a protest march in the capital Sanaa, killing two people, witnesses said. Both sides also agreed to release all people kidnapped during months of anti-government protests that have pushed the Arabian Peninsula country to the brink of civil war, which analysts say would strengthen regional al Qaeda militants. Saleh on Monday welcomed the Security Council resolution. He has thrice backed out of signing the
China’s one-child rule turns into a time bomb
beIjIng, OcTObeR 25 (AFP): China’s one-child policy has prevented almost half a billion births but has turned into a demographic time bomb as the population ages, storing up huge economic and social problems for the country. As the world’s population hits the seven billion mark, straining the earth’s resources, China can claim to have curbed its birth rate to around 1.5 children per woman since the policy was introduced in 1979. Without the birth limits, which no other country applies as rigorously or on such a scale, the world’s most populous nation would have hundreds of millions more mouths to feed than the 1.34 billion it has now. But from modern cities to remote villages, its implementation has involved abuses from mass sterilisation to abortions as late as eight months into the pregnancy.Babygirlshavealso been abandoned and killed. Couples who defy the rule can face fines amounting to several years’ salary, have access to social services cut and even go to prison. Their so-called “black children” have no legal status in China. Ethnic minorities and
farmers whose first child is a girl are exempt from the restriction and in some areas, couples where both parents are only children are also allowed to have a second baby. But three decades on, demographers, sociologists and economists are warning of a looming crisis as China becomes the only developing country in the world to face growing old before it grows rich. China’s crisis is approaching “incomparably faster” than in Europe, where fertility has fallen very gradually over the last century, Parisbased demographer Christophe Guilmoto told AFP. In the next five years the number of people in China over 60 will jump from 178 million to 221 million -- 13.3 per cent to 16 per cent of the population -- according to the People’s Daily Online. By 2050, a quarter of China’s population will be over 65, the Commission for Population and Family Planning said, compared to just nine per cent on Tuesday. Already, half of China’s over-60s live alone, a situation unthinkable before, when four generations would live under one roof.
Gulf initiative and says he will only transfer power into "safe hands." Further south, a Yemeni military plane crash-landed at an air base, killing nine passengers, including eight Syrian engineers, according to doctors and army officials. A Yemeni engineer also died when the Russian-made Antonov plane crashed at the base in the southern province of Lahej. A local security official said a technical fault was probably to blame and the incident would be investigated. Lahej shares a border with Abyan province, where the Yemeni army is fighting to regain control of territory seized by suspected al Qaeda militants, who have exploited political upheaval and weakened central government control over parts of the country. Late on Monday, an Uzbek doctor was abducted in the northern province and tribal stronghold of Maarib. A tribal source said the doctor had been kidnapped by tribesmen to put pressure on the government to release some jailed comrades.
TUnIS, OcTObeR 25 (ReUTeRS):Tunisia'smoderate Islamist party was preparing toleadacoalitiongovernment on Tuesday after its election win sent a message to the region that once-banned Islamists are challenging for power after the "Arab Spring." With election officials still counting the ballot papers, the Ennahda party said its own, unofficial tally showed it had won Sunday's vote, the first since the uprisings which began in Tunisia and spread through the region. Seeking to reassure secularists in Tunisia and elsewhere who see a threat to their liberal, modernist values, party officials said they would bring two secularist parties into a broad interim coalition that will govern the country. "This is an historic moment," said Zeinab Omri, a young woman in a hijab, or Islamic head scarf, who was among a cheering crowd outside the Ennahda headquarters when party officials claimed victory late on Monday. "No one can doubt this result. This result shows very clearly that the Tunisian people is a people attached to its Islamic identity," she said. Two days after an unprecedented 90 percent of voters
turned out for the election, officials were still counting the ballot papers in some areas. They said nationwide results would not be ready before Tuesday afternoon. Sunday's vote was for an assembly which will sit for one year to draft a new constitution. It will also appoint a new interim president and government to run the country until fresh elections late next year or early in 2013. The voting system has built-in checks and balances which make it nearly impossible for any one party to have a majority, compelling Ennahda to seek alliances with secularist parties, which will dilute its influence. Moncef Marzouki, the former dissident whose secularist Congress for the Republic was in second place according to unofficial results, said he was ready to work with Ennahda and with other parties. "I am for a coalition government," Marzouki, who spent years in exile in France before Tunisia's revolution in January, told Reuters in an interview. "We wish to have a national government as wide as possible with all the parties." "There are lots of challenges which await us,
Supporters of the Islamist Ennahda movement chant slogans during campaign manager of the Ennahda party, Abdelhamid Jlazzi’s speech outside the party’s headquarters in Tunis on Monday, October 24. (Reuters Photo)
and the political class should be worthy of the Tunisian people, which has given an exceptional lesson for the world." Ennahda officials named Marzouki's party, and the left-wing secularist Ettakatol party, as favored coalition partners. Their presence in a coalition government may help reassure Tunisia's jittery secularists. The election result is likely to resonate in Egypt, which starts voting in November in a multi-stage election. An Islamist party which shares much of the same ideology as
Ennahda is predicted to performstrongly.Tunisiabecame the birthplace of the "Arab Spring" when Mohamed Bouazizi, a vegetable seller in a provincial town, set fire to himself in protest at poverty and government repression. His suicide in December provoked a wave of protests which forced autocratic President Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali to flee to Saudi Arabia the following month. The revolution in Tunisia, a former French colony, in turn inspired uprisings which forced out entrenched lead-
ers in Egypt and Libya, and convulsed Yemen and Syria -- re-shaping the political landscape of the Middle East. Ennahda is led by Rachid Ghannouchi, forced into exile in Britain for 22 years because of harassment by Ben Ali's police. A softly spoken scholar, he dresses in suits and opennecked shirts while his wife and daughter wear the hijab. Ghannouchi is at pains to stress his party will not enforce any code of morality on Tunisian society, or the millions of Western tourists who holiday on its beaches. He models his approach on the moderate Islamism of Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan. The party's rise has been met with ambivalence by some people in Tunisia. The country's strong secularist traditions go back to the first post-independence president, Habiba Bourguiba, who called the hijab an "odious rag." "I really feel a lot of fear and concern after this result," said Meriam Othmani, a 28-year-old journalist. "Women's rights will be eroded," she said. "Also, you'll see the return of dictatorship once Ennahda achieves a majority in the constituent assembly."
Libyans bury Moammar Gadhafi in unmarked grave
MISRATA, LIbyA, OcTObeR 25 (AP): Moammar Gadhafi was buried early Tuesday morning in an unmarked grave in a modest Islamic ceremony, closing the book on his nearly 42-year rule of Libya and the eight-month civil war to oust him. A Gadhafi nephew read a prayer for the dead before Gadhafi’s body — along with those of his son Muatassim and former defense minister Abu Bakr Younis — were handed over for burial, said Ibrahim Beitalmal, a spokesman for the military council in the port city of Misrata. The bodies had been kept in cold storage in Misrata for four days before being taken under cover of darkness to the burial site, which Beitalmal said was “not far” from the city. As part of the ceremony, the bodies were washed in line with Islamic tradition. A Muslim cleric, a nephew of Gadhafi and sons of Abu Bakr then recited prayers before handing the bodies over for burial, which took place at 5 a.m. Libya’s new leaders have said they would not reveal the location of the grave, fearing it could be vandalized or turned into a shrine for the former dictator’s die-hard supporters.
Gadhafi was captured alive on Thursday as he tried to flee his hometown of Sirte, where he had been hiding since revolutionary forces swept into the capital, Tripoli, two months earlier. He died later that day in unclear circumstances, and Libyan leaders have promised an investigation in response to international pressure to look into Gadhafi’s death. Video has emerged showing Gadhafi being beaten and abused by a mob after his capture, and researchers for the New York-based Human Rights Watch have said there are strong indications he was killed in custody. Human rights activists have warned that the new Libya could get off on the wrong foot if vigilante justice is condoned. However, many Libyans appeared relieved that Gadhafi is dead, saying a long trial for the former dictator would have been disruptive and made it harder on the country to get a fresh start. Earlier this week, interim leader Mustafa Abdul-Jalil formally declared an end to the civil war, starting the clock on what is to be a two-year transition to democracy. The bodies of Gadhafi, Muatassim and Younis had
In this Saturday, October 22, 2011, file photo, a man reacts while viewing the bodies of Libyan dictator Moammar Gadhafi, background, his ex-defense minister Abu Bakr Younis and his son, Muatassim Gadhafi, foreground, in a commercial freezer at a shopping center in Misrata, Libya. (AP Photo)
been kept in a refrigerated produce locker in a warehouse area of Misrata for the past four days. Hundreds lined up every day to view the corpses, some coming from hundreds of miles away. Visitors donned surgical masks, and at times guards arranged separate lines for men and women. Misrata suffered immensely during the war. It was besieged for nearly two month this spring by Gadhafi forces, who shelled the city indiscriminately before being pushed out in fierce
street fighting. Gadhafi was captured by fighters from Misrata, who brought him back to the city as a trophy. International organizations asking to see the burial site would be given access, Beitalmal said. Over the weekend, Libya’s chief pathologist, Dr. Othman el-Zentani, performed autopsies on the three bodies and also took DNA samples to confirm their identities. El-Zentani has said Gadhafi died from a shot to the head, and said the full report would be re-
leased later this week, after he presents his findings to the attorney general. Gadhafi and Muatassim had been wounded before capture, but an investigation is to determine whether they were subsequently executed. Government officials have suggested Gadhafi was killed in crossfire. Tirana Hassan, a researcher for Human Rights Watch, said she spoke Monday to a 30-year-old Sirte resident who had traveled in the convoy that tried to smuggle Gadhafi out of Sirte. Hassan quoted the woman as saying that Gadhafi did not sustain serious injuries during the NATO strike on the convoy. The woman said the former Libyan leader and members of his entourage left their vehicle after the attack and took cover for about three hours in an abandoned building. Gadhafi then left the hideout with a small group on foot, and they were captured a short while later, Hassan quoted the woman as saying. The woman, who had volunteered at a field clinic in Sirte treating wounded Gadhafi loyalists, was released by the revolutionary forces and has returned to
Sirte, Hassan said. The Libyan uprising that began in mid-February and quickly turned into civil war has decimated the Gadhafi family. His wife, Safiya, fled to Algeria with their daughter and one son, while another son fled to Niger. At least other three sons — Muatassim, Seif al-Arab and Khamis — have been killed. Another son, former heir apparent Seif al-Islam, remains at large. A high-ranking Tuareg official in Niger said Tuesday that Seif al-Islam, who is wanted by the International Criminal Court, is headed for Niger with the help of ethnic Tuaregs, a tribe that was among Gadhafi’s strongest supporters. Also Tuesday, Bani, a revolutionary spokesman, said an explosion rocked a fuel depot near Sirte a day earlier and that there were casualties. Bani said the blast is being treated as an accident, but that an investigation has been opened. Hassan, the Human Rights Watch researcher, said that while in Sirte on Monday, said she saw 11 people with severe burns arrive at the city’s Ibn Sina hospital. Nurses said the injuries were from the blast.
Wednesday 26 October 2011
Bhajji back in contention for Tests
NEW DELHI, OctObEr 25 (agENcIES): Indian off-spinner Harbhajan Singh is back in contention for the upcoming home Test series against the West Indies, starting at the Ferozeshah Kotla from November 6. It is understood that four spinners will be fighting for three slots. R Ashwin, who has been in good form in recent ODI matches, has already made a case for himself along with other contenders Harbhajan, Pragyan Ojha and Amit Mishra. Whether the selectors opt for three spinners or two spinners will be decided on the floor of the house later this month, but sources in the team management told TOI that MS Dhoni and team are going to pitch for Harbhajan's comeback into the Test team. Harbhajan was panned for his lackluster performance in both forms of the game in England. Since his withdrawal from the Test series in England due to a stomach strain, he wasn't even considered for the ongoing ODI series against England. The selectors wanted him to get back to the domestic grind and rediscover the bite in his bowling before making a comeback at the highest level. To Harbhajan's credit, he delivered - for both Mumbai Indians in the Champions League and India Green in the Challenger Trophy this month. Given the spate of injuries that spoiled India's English summer, the Indian cricket board has now emphasized on playing domestic matches before getting a fitness certificate from the National Cricket Academy. It is also understood that seniors, who were out of the squad due to injuries, are expected to be back and they are indeed following the fitness diktat of BCCI. From Sachin Tendulkar to Virender Sehwag, the selectors are hoping that they are all fit and raring to go. Given his dream all-round performance in the World Cup, Yuvraj Singh will be an automatic choice while Virat Kohli could possibly get rewarded for his superlative show in the recent ODIs. On the pace front, three or four bowlers will be selected. Among them, Ishant Sharma and Parveen Kumar are certainties. Umesh Yadav, Varun Aaron and S Sreesanth will fight it out for the other slot/ slots. Considering that the West Indies series will be followed by India's tour Down Under, a lot of emphasis is being laid on picking youngsters who are well-equipped to face the short deliveries.
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Joint tennis finals can kill two birds with one stone
INTER CLUB CRICKET TOURNAMENT 2011 October 25 Match Results 1st Match Dimapur CC Vs. Victoria CC Toss won by Victoria and elected to field Dimapur CC scored 121 runs in the allotted 23-overs. Bokata scored 43 runs. Sohail of VCC claimed 4-wickets. Victoria CC was all-out for 107 runs. Along of DCC was declared the man of the match for a haul of 4 wickets. 2nd match Dominant CC Vs. Lhomithi CC Toss won by dominant CC, elected to field Lomithi scored 137 for a loss of 8 wickets in 25-overs. In reply dominant CC managed just 60 runs. Result - Lhomithi CC won by 77 runs. Bideno of Dominant CC was declared the man of the match for a haul of 5 wickets
The women bring a bit of glamour to the sport but lack big-name stars to rival the likes of Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal --Getty Images
LONDON, OctObEr 25 (agENcIES): While Caroline Wozniacki, Maria Sharapova and Co. are gearing up for the season finale in Istanbul, their male counterparts are faced with another month on the ATP Tour. With the US Open out of the way, the likes of Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal are able to take it easy for a couple of weeks, having already secured their spot at the ATP World Tour Finals in London. But for the likes of Janko Tipsarevic, Mardy Fish and JoWilfried Tsonga, desperately chasing every last ranking point in a bid to qualify for the year-end finals, there is still a long way to go.
With three places still up for grabs, much of the attention is on the likely candidates to fill those spots and the complicated connotations and mathematics involved in the last sprint to the line. Tipsarevic, Gilles Simon and Alexandr Dolgopolov are at the St Petersburg Open, while Tsonga and Juan Martin del Potro are playing in Vienna this week, while in a parallel universe over in Istanbul, the glitz and glamour of the WTA Championships has arrived in Turkey. But many casual tennis fans will be unaware the finale of the WTA calendar is even taking place this week. For all the sparkly dresses and glamour that female players bring
to the sport, there is little doubt that men's tennis is streets ahead in terms of exposure, popularity and star-quality. Men's tennis is currrently enjoying a golden era, and with Djokovic stealing the show this season from the everpopular Nadal and 16-time grand slam champion Roger Federer, the sport is not short of big names. The Williams sisters and Kim Clijsters, the stars that have lit up women's tennis for the past decade are fading, leaving a void that Wozniacki, Petra Kvitova and co are yet to fill. The WTA is fiercely proud of its separate identity, but the absence of a female Federer has left the sport trailing in the men's
wake. Nadal and Andy Murray have voiced their discontent at the hectic tennis calendar, and the men will feel particularly hard done-by when they arrive in Valencia and Basel next week, knowing that their female counterparts are sunning themselves on a beach somewhere. The men want a shorter season; the WTA needs a publicity boost. While it may seem like an overly simple solution to a hugely complex issue, why not make the year-end championships mixed? The ATP and WTA work in harmony in Brisbane, in Beijing, Miami and Moscow to mention but a few successful tournaments, why not for the season finale? With the
world's top eight men's and women's players in action, it would also have the atmosphere of the second week of a slam and would have no problem drawing the big crowds. It would not be easy. Cutting the men's season by another couple of weeks would mean a number of the ATP 250 tournaments facing the chop. But with the top names clamouring for major overhaul of the tennis calendar - could this be the proverbial stone to kill two birds? Asia, with its growing tennis audience, is beginning to hanker for a major, and while a fifth slam is a million miles away, a joint ATPWTA finals in the Far East could be the perfect solution.
If boys are comfortable Mohsin should be made coach: Akram
NEW DELHI, OctObEr 25 (PtI): Former skipper Wasim Akram believes selector-cumcoach Mohsin Khan should be given an extended run with the Pakistan cricket team if the boys are comfortable under him. Akram feels that the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) should take into consideration the opinion of the cricketers before zeroing down on the national coach. "Mohsin Khan seems to be doing a good job with the team. Whether his short term role as a selector-cum-coach should be converted into a full-time job I
am not sure because the new PCB management will surely have some plans," Akram said. "On the face of it, if the boys are comfortable under Mohsin as coach, then he should be given an extended run. I am all for people who are hard-working. Mohsin seems to be gelling well with the team and the boys are looking calm under him. "Mohsin is a wise man and also very calm by nature. This is a great plus for someone to be a coach of the Pakistan team. Another thing that works for Mohsin is that he prefers being in the background. This again
is a great virtue for a Pakistan coach," he added. Former Australian cricketer Dean Jones has already applied for the coach's job and even Akram seemed to have backed him of all the other contenders that include former England all-rounder Dermot Reeve and Pakistan's former Test pacer Aaqib Javed. However, Akram said at the end of the day it is the discretion of the board to decide who is best suited to replace Waqar Younis and his opinion doesn't matter really. "Last week, the Dubai media quoted me that I favoured Dean
Jones as Waqar's successor. To be honest, my opinion doesn't count. It all depends on what the players need and what the Pakistan board wants," Akram wrote in a column. "I think it's not about a foreign or a home coach, it's about the comfort level of the players. That is very important in Pakistan. So, I guess the PCB should take the players' opinion before appointing somebody on a permanent basis." The 45-year-old former pacer, who took 414 Test wickets, besides scalping 502 wickets in ODIS, also praised Pakistan team's perfor-
mance in the first Test against Sri Lanka in Abu Dhabi, saying it was really encouraging. "Pakistan's performance in the first Test against Sri Lanka in Abu Dhabi has been really encouraging," Akram said. He maintained that the youngsters had an appetite for victory and were not affected by spot-fixing trial, which includes three Pakistani cricketers. "The spot-fixing trial in London had no impact as the young team is hungry to showcase their talent and do well for the nation," the former Test cricketer said.
Chandhok's Indian Grand Prix dream dashed
NEW DELHI, OctObEr 25 (rEUtErS): Karun Chandhok's dreams of racing in his country's maiden Formula One Grand Prix did not materialise as Team Lotus on Tuesday decided to go with their regular drivers for this weekend's Indian Grand Prix. Team reserve Chandhok competed in Germany this year to kindle hopes of racing in his home grand prix as well but owner Tony Fernandes said Heikki Kovalainen and Jarno Trulli would be on Sunday duty to ensure the team consolidated their 10th position in the points table. "...while I am sure there will be fans in India who want to see Karun race for us on Sunday we had to make the best decision for the future of the team," Fernandes said in a statement. "While all the emotional reasons for him driving were right we were conscious that the limited running he has had in the car this season ... has not given him the best preparation for this race, so we have taken the very difficult decision not to run him in the race this weekend.
'Sachin was forced to change decision in Test' MUMbaI, OctObEr 25 (PtI): At tamely obeyed. After all, the coach of the height of the match-fixing saga the stature of Kapil was ordering him! "(Sachin): 'Haan, theek hai, paaji. a decade ago, the then India coach Kapil Dev had overruled captain Sa- Lekin maine to unko bol diya hai ki chin Tendulkar's decision to enforce hum follow-on de rehe hai' (Okay, but the follow on against New Zealand in I have already told them that we are the Ahmedabad Test, former Cricket enforcing a follow-on)." Board secretary Jaywant Lele has recalled in a new book. "The subject of matchfixing was riding very high at that time (1999-2000). It was a Test match in Ahmedabad against New Zealand. India had put on a mammoth total of 583 runs in the first innings, against which, the visitors could post only 308. Everyone expected India to impose a follow-on," Lele has written in his autobiography "I was There - Memoirs of a Cricket Administrator". "Sachin Tendulkar, the captain of the Indian team, went to the opposition captain (Stephen) Fleming, and told him that they had to bat again. He told the umpires that India was imposing a follow-on and told them to show a few balls to our opening bowlers for selection. "From there, he walked to the dressing room and in- Sachin Tendulkar (AP Photo) structed (Javagal) Srinath and Venkatesh Prasad to select the new ball. They nod"(Kapil): 'To phire se jaake bol do, ded, and as they spoke, Kapil Dev, the Indian coach, who was some distance woh maan jaayenge' (So what? Tell away, shouted to Sachin, "Captain no them we are changing the decision. follow-on! Our bowlers are tired. We They will agree)". "It was ridiculous! No opening will bat." Lele recalled how the then chair- bowler had ever said they were tired. man of selection committee Chandu Where was the question of objection Borde was taken by surprise by the de- by the opponents? In fact, they would be happy that they were being saved cision of not imposing the follow on. "Chandu Borde, the then chair- from the disgrace of a follow-on! So, man of the selection committee and New Zealand captain Fleming gladly I, exclaimed, "What?" Why, why not agreed and the match proceeded. It impose a follow-on. Sachin, as he is ended in a draw," Lele, the then BCCI a gentleman par excellence (in fact, secretary, has written. "If the decision of not imposing sometimes more than required),
a follow-on at that stage was a great shock for persons like Chandu Borde, why talk about me? What about the reaction of crores of Indian cricket fans?" "It created a huge wave of shock in the country. Naturally the rumours of matchfixing and betting reached a peak! It took some time for us to recover from that shock," Lele wrote in the book. Lele felt that the move not to impose the follow on was a bad and extra-cautious decision. "It was a sheer bad and extracautious decision on the part of the Indian captain/coach to ensure that their side does not lose the match under any circumstances." "A local cricket lover hosted a party for the Indian team at his farm-house that night. Many BCCI officials, former players, cricket pundits and some top personalities from Ahmedabad were present. I understand that while investigating the matter for match-fixing/betting, CBI questioned Kapil on this point. Sachin was also called as a witness, and I am told that he deposed that it was a team decision." "All said and done, I believe it was strange and unusual, but a bad decision in retrospect, and it had nothing to do with matchfixing or betting. However, the decision remained one of the most controversial, as not very surprisingly, it generated rumours about the credibility of some individuals," Lele has written. Dev, India's 1983 World Cupwinning captain, was later replaced by former New Zealand opener John Wright, which paved the way for foreigners donning the coach's mantle that has continued till now barring brief periods of transition, notably, when Australia's Greg Chappell stepped down after the 2007 World Cup disaster, later to be replaced by South Africa's Gary Kirsten.
Organizing committee of 12th NSF Martyrs’ Memorial Trophy 2011 and press/media fraternity pose for camera during an exhibition match on October 25 at Kohima Local ground. The organizing committee defeated the later 4-1.
12TH NSF MARTYRS’ MEMORIAL TROPHY 2011
Kohima Science College earn semi final berth Our Correspondent Kohima | October 25
Kohima Science College’s 2-1 win over its opponent 13th Assam Rifles today moved into the semi finals of the ongoing 12th NSF Martyrs’ Memorial Trophy 2011 here at the Kohima Local Ground. In an exciting and stiff competition, N. Chovow George opened the account for Kohima Science College in the 18th minute and the team took the lead 1-0 till the first half. The atmosphere of yell and excitement surrounded the camp of Kohima Science College when W. Kawany added another goal to the team in the 68th minute. K.
13th Assam Rifles vs Kohima Science College.
Johnson netted a lone goal for 13th Assam Rifles in the 70 minute. Kohima Science College will now clash with Lamkang Students’ Union in the second semi finals on Octo-
ber 27. Sano Vamuzo, chairperson Nagaland women commission acted as the match patron. Earlier, organizing committee overpowered press/media fraternity 4-1.
OCTOBER 26 MATCH
Ist Semi Finals Time: 2:00 PM Excel United vs Saku’s Mission College, Dimapur
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The Morung Express
Wednesday 26 October 2011
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o detail went overlooked when actress Shannen Doherty wed photographer Kurt Iswarienko in Malibu on October 15. In addition to Doherty's three dress changes (including two Monique Lhuiller creations), the 40-year-old bride rocked $750,000 worth of diamonds from Alan Friedman, including her 5-carat wedding band and 18 carats' worth of bangles.
Top Chef finalist Morgan Wilson indicted on child porn charges
John Edward's Daughter Cate Marries
Shannen Doherty's Malibu Wedding
he Plano, Texas, chef -- who appeared on the Bravo hit's first season -- has been indicted for possession of child pornography, his local paper, The Plano Star-Courier reports. Wilson, 38, was brought up on three second-degree felony charges of possession with intent to promote child pornography. Hired as the executive pastry chef at the Ritz Carlton in Dallas in 2007, Wilson was arrested in December 2010 after undercover authorities received file transfers from the one-time reality star via Limewire three months earlier. The Plano Star-Courier reports the fter just seven months of dating, Nikki Reed and files allegedly contained American Idol finalist Paul McDonald tied the images and video of kids as knot on October 16, 2011. The two exchanged vows young as toddlers engaged in front of 130 guests at a ranch in Malibu. in sex acts.
Nikki Reed and Paul McDonald's Wedding
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Released on a $10,000 bond under the condition that he has no computer access without monitoring software, Wilson will next appear in court October 27.
Chris Martin says ‘Take That’ made him think he was gay
ate Edwards, the daughter of disgraced politician John Edwards and the late Elizabeth Edwards, married college sweetheart, Dr. Trevor Upham, in Chapel Hill, NC on Saturday. Cate, 29, beamed in a classic, strapless ivory gown with gathered detail at the hip; she wore her hair down and loose, accessorized with a pearl necklace and matching bracelet. Although John Edwards walked his daughter down the aisle, the former Presidential candidate -- who fathered a child with mistress Rielle Hunter -- successfully avoided all cameras during the ceremony. Her 13-year-old sister, Emma Claire, was maid of honor, while their brother, Jack, 11, was a groomsman.
oldplay front man Chris Martin has revealed that as a youngster ‘Take That’ made him question his sexuality. He made the revelation as he presented Gary Barlow with an award for his song writing achievements at the Q Awards on Monday. “I’m not afraid to admit it, they made me ask the question ‘Am I gay?’” he said. Coldplay walked away with the Best Band in the World gong at the awards night. While picking up a gong for U2 later on, drummer Larry Mullen JR conformed Martin’s apprehension about his sexuality and left the crowd rolling with laughter. “Chris Martin, I have the answer for you — you are gay,” he said.
Perfectionist Khan does it again!
he perfectionist Khan is at it again! Known for ghost directing and instructing directors of his films to make changes according to his own cinematic sensibilities, Aamir Khan has now decided to rework the pilot episode of his talk show. Khan decided to show the pilot to his friends and staff and when they found it too emotional, Aamir asked the producers of the show to re-work on it. Speaking to a daily, a source informed, “It is a norm in the TV industry that first a pilot is shot and
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edited and showed to the people concerned for proper feedback. Aamir did the same thing and showed it to his close friends and staff to get their reaction. He was told that he is get-
ting too emotional which is not looking too well. Aamir took this advice seriously. He has now asked his creative team to re-work on the emotional quotient of the show.” Just last week, Aamir made an official announcement about the show but refused to reveal the name of the show. “Aamir, in a recent press conference confessed that it is going to be one of the most challenging roles he has ever essayed - more complex than his performances in ‘Taare Zaamen Par’ or more recently ‘Dhobi Ghat’. He is very
emotional about the show. In fact, when a journalist asked him to explain about the concept, he spoke at length and was seen getting emotional then as well,” added the source. Aamir is said to be very excited about his TV debut. So much so, that the actor has permitted the producers to shoot at his Panchgani farm house. A spokesperson from the channel has confirmed that a lot of meetings have he bubbly 37-yearhappened at Aamir’s Panold -- who went pubchgani house. Wife Kiran lic with her breast Rao is also believed to be a cancer diagnosis on Ocpart of project. tober 17 -- will return to E! News Monday, just five days after she underwent a double lumpectomy. "I'm so thrilled to get back to work and return to my E! family today," Giuliana told E! News. "I still have a long road ahead, but thanks to everyone's overwhelming love, support and prayers, it will be an easier journey." Giuliana's husband, Bill, said the Fashion Police co-host is expected to begin radiation in about a month, "after she heals and has her strength back." "She pulled through it and was kind of relieved to get it over with and get the cancer out and is doing well at home," Bill, 40, said. "She's a fighter and will come back stronger and better than before." Giuliana also thanked her fans for their support following her breast cancer diagnosis. "The E! viewers have helped me to get through this and stay strong more than they will ever know," she said. "I will be eternally grateful to them for their love."
Giuliana returns to E! News five days after surgery
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David Arquette still texts with Courteney Cox's best friend Aniston
s anyone who's been through a breakup knows, one of the most awkward parts can be dealing with your ex's BFFs. But while their own relationship is far from simple, David Arquette and Courteney Cox seem to have handled that part of their separation seamlessly. In fact, David, who is currently competing on Dancing With the Stars, said on Oct. 20 that he even keeps up with Courteney's longtime best friend, Jennifer Aniston, by text. "We text and stay in communication," David said about Jen during the Mercedes-Benz Ultimate Trunk Show in Beverly Hills. It seems that both Courteney and David also have a policy of keeping up good relations with their friends' exes. David has said in the past that he got in touch with Jen's ex-
husband, Brad Pitt, to congratulate him on daughter Shiloh's birth in 2006. "We didn't actually speak, but I texted him," David said. Courteney has stayed in contact with Brad, too. In May, the two were spotted catching up with each other at a dinner at Beso in Hollywood celebrating the birthday of their manager, Cynthia Pett-Dante. It seems like things are going well between the former couple, who were married in 1999 and have been separated for a year. "Courteney and [daughter] Coco are always there and they've been amazing supporters," David said about having his family in the Dancing With the Stars audience every week. "I always look at Coco after I dance or when I'm about to go or at the beginning of the show. Just seeing her smile on her face is really a gift."
Hugh VS Shane: Liz's men at war!
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hane Warne and Elizabeth Hurley’s all-too-perfect engagement has hit its first serious bump in the road – and it’s because her ex and best friend, Hugh Grant, doesn’t trust the cricket legend to treat her right. Although Liz and Hugh split up 11 years ago after 13 years together, you wouldn’t know it. They speak to each other almost every day, attend cooking, Italian and guitar-playing classes together, and the English actor continues to play a large part in Liz’s personal life as her best mate and confidante. At first, Hugh, 51, and Shane, 42, seemed to get along fine, with Liz, 46, even raving that they “often play golf together”. In fact, Hugh
was the first person to hear of the couple’s engagement. Although he initially reacted with a beaming smile and hugs for the couple, his tone changed as soon as he was alone with Shane. A close friend of Hugh’s, who has known the star since his early twenties, tells us, “Hugh had an old-fashioned man-
to-man talk with Shane and told him to play things straight with Liz.” Referring to Hugh’s notorious encounter with Los Angeles prostitute Divine Brown in 1995, the source continues, “Hugh had a moment of madness and he lost Liz forever – and he just wanted to tell Shane not to
make the same mistake. “He thought he was well within his rights given that he is godfather to Liz’s son Damian, and because Shane has a reputation as a love-rat.” However, Hugh’s staunch speech didn’t go down too well with the Aussie sporting icon, who apparently answered with a series of
grunts and monosyllabic answers. One of his best mates tells us that Shane is fuming over Hugh’s lecture. “Shane thought Hugh was a good bloke and they got on fine,” says the friend.“He’s never understood why Hugh is still so possessive of Liz, even though they don’t have kids together and broke up years ago. But he wasn’t really bothered until Hugh started laying down the law to him. “Like Shane says, this is coming from a guy who cheated on Liz with a Hollywood hooker off the street when he was her boyfriend!” the friend continues. “Shane thinks he’s bang out of order coming on all high and mighty, and he should keep his nose out of other people’s business.”
APPRECIATION Through this column I would like to appreciate Alobo Naga & The Band for bringing much acclamation to the State & to our People through their music; this band has brought laurels despite not much support from the public or the State Government. The band is a self made band whose fame has now spread even to the international level when their song ‘Painted Dreams’ was listed at Top 4 in VH1 Top 10 and made us believe that we Nagas are also second to none and nothing is impossible. I’ve personally known Alobo Naga for the past two years; he has been an active church member of Sumi Baptist Church Dimapur where he was the Praise and Worship Leader and a good human being who is always ready to lend a helping hand. I feel that these boys haven't been given the recognition that they deserve even though we are people who claim to love music and are doing so much within the state to promote music, of course they don't need any encouragement seeing where they are right now but if we don't acknowledge them I feel they will just fizzle out like so many other talented people who Just hold a name and fame of past glories. Having been featured in papers nationally and on the internet worldwide Let us acknowledge their struggle and thanks them for opening the path and showing others to dream big and to follow internationally. I and my family would like show our support to the band for taking Naga musicians to a new height by blessing and giving a small acknowledgment to the Band for making us proud as Naga's. I also urged all my fellow Nagas and the State Government to come forward and extend help & encouragement to this band in any way you can and help them grow more and bring more pride and laurels to the Nagas.
L. TUCCU & FAMILY
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Sweet revenge on Diwali, India rout England 5-0
kOlkATA, OCTOBER 25 (AgENCIEs): India completed a 5-0 whitewash of England by winning the fifth and final ODI at Eden Gardens by 95 runs in a more than dominating fashion. It was a series that saw India beating Alastair Cook’s men on all fronts after an injury plagued tour in their den a few weeks back. Skipper MS Dhoni was the most vital cog in this feat and was aptly adjudged Man of the Series. Dhoni registered a staggering 212 runs in 4 innings and that too, without being dismissed. Jadeja was the Man of the Match for his bowling performance of 4-33. “I was just trying to bowl stump to stump. There was a little bit of dew. I was drying the ball after every delivery. I was working hard in the nets. Jamnagar is filled with Bapus and they will be ecstatic,” Jadeja said in the post match presentation, truly a comeback of the offie. Dhoni was also satiated with the final result saying, “The series was immensely satisfying. It was an ugly looking wicket. It was difficult to score runs and we did well to reach 270.” The penultimate man to go was Stuart Meaker (1) as Ash-
Indian team players and members of support staff pose with the winning trophy after their win over England in the fifth one-day international cricket match in Kolkata on Oct. 25. (AP Photo)
win spun a vicious circle to all but seal the series whitewash, marking the first major chink in the English outfit’s otherwise fantastic year. He was followed by Steven Finn
as the last man while the stadium burst into Diwali celebrations in Kolkata. Indian spinners took complete charge at the Eden as England batsmen
fell like a pack of cards. Ravindra Jadeja took his fourth victim in Samit Patel (18) as the scorecard read 167/8 (35.1 Ovs). Ravi Bopara, the most success-
ful among the England batsmen also departed for four runs leaving England tail-enders with a near impossible task. Tim Bresnan also came and went like a
breeze for a duck as the seventh nail in the coffin was hammered by the Indian bowlers. India were rocking the English boat in a major turnaround after the ini-
tial thrust was given by the openers as half of the players were back in the dressing room. The last one to go was Jonathan Bairstow (2) to give Jadeja his third
wicket. India were back into reckoning after the top order was wiped off, with Ian Bell (2) falling prey to Ravichandran Ashwin’s guile. The third wicket in quick time got the bounce back into the home team’s steps. Before the visitors could regroup, Jadeja got his second scalp of the day with Jonathan Trott (5) as the scorecard read 137/4 (23.3 Ovs). Jadeja had spun magic to get Kieswetter (63) out lbw, thereby getting the home team back into contention with two new feet on the turf. Before this, Varun Aaron had finally come up with a breakthrough as he clean bowled Alastair Cook with a peach of a delivery as the scorecard read 129/1 (20.2 Ovs). England openers were off to a solid start in the run chase with Cook and Kieswetter slamming quick fifties to take the total past 100-run mark in the 17th over itself. MS Dhoni (75*) played a skipper’s knock, slamming a super half century, his 8th against England, to help post 271/8 in the final ODI. Dhoni’s innings was marked by a flurry of big hits, particularly at the death that got the spectators on their feet in Kolkata.
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Baichung Bhutia lends support to NPL
Face of Indian football, now the face of Nagaland league
DIMAPUR, OCTOBER 25 (MExN): Celebrated sports icon and former Indian football captain Baichung Bhutia has now been roped in as one of the main patrons of the Nagaland Premier League (NPL). A matter of pride for the management of the NPL, Bhutia’s endorsement and support to the league came about on his visit to Nagaland recently. “I believe the Nagaland Premier League will provide the right opportunity and platform for footballers from the state to compete and showcase their talent. We have to have young players involved and the youth to bring in the right spirit to the game, not just on the field but off it as well. There’s no dearth of talent in Nagaland, we just have to see the right players with the talent and the discipline to come out of Nagaland and play not
just here but for the country. I whole heartedly support this movement and the NPL Management,” said Bhutia. An exciting prospect for the League, the management remained highly grateful to have on board the “Sikkimese Sniper” and the only Indian to have to have played more than 100 matches for his country. Though now retired from international football, Bhutia still remains the face of
Indian football and is at the forefront of promoting the sport throughout the country. Meanwhile, the NPL Management also announced the format for the qualifications of different teams into the League. There will be 10 clubs participating in the inaugural season of the NPL. Of these, one slot each for Dimapur, Kohima and Mokokchung districts will be given out on Merit Basis (or, on the basis of merit). The remaining 7 slots will then be made available to all/any interested clubs/ owners for auction. The proceedings for the auction will be held on November 16, 2011. All clubs/owners will only be eligible to participate in the auction after they register themselves with the NPL Management. The last date for registration is November 9, 2011. Forfurtherinformationanddetails, contact: 9862578082/7308043572; or visit the NPL Office: First Floor, Mall 1922, Khermahal, Dimapur (Office timings: 11 am - 4 pm)
Players of Fusion Sporting Club (Black & White jersey) and Youth Association Merepkong (Red jersey) fight for the ball at the first semi-final match of the XVII MDFA Trophy at Imkongmeren Sports Complex on Tuesday, October 25. Fusion SC won the match by a solitary lone goal scored in the second minute of 30 minute extra time. (Imnaonen Pongener Photo)
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MOkOkChUNg, OCTOBER 25 (MExN): If measured by local standards, the first semi-final match in the XVII MDFA Trophy would surely be counted as one of the best matches ever played, with both the teams in the match displaying equal class and fighting spirit till the end. Eventually, Fusion Sporting Club defeated the unwavering Youth Association Merepkong by a lone goal which was scored in the second minute of Thirty minute extra time. The two teams – Fusion Sporting Club and Youth Association Merepkong – were the favorites in their respective pools and since from the league matches till the quarter finals, the two teams had displayed excellent play, leading some of the ardent viewers to predict that one of these two might probably win the lift the trophy – well, let’s leave the final match prediction to the deceased Octopus Paul! Today’s match which was experienced by more than two thousand sup-
porters of the two teams, remained at a draw till the last ninety minute plus five added minutes. It was a match of attacking and counterattacks with both the team brining down the ball till danger zone only to be saved by the goalkeeper or the ball going out of the mark. The Youth Association Merepkong team attempted some long range shots at the goal, only to be either caught by the keeper or the ball missing the nets. The YAM teams also missed some golden opportunity when the balls missed the nets, the last opportunity being at the last minute of the thirty minute extra time. But, it was also the strong defense of the Fusion Sporting Club and some superb goalkeeping that deprived the YAM of some excellent goals. Anyhow, the match went excellently with each team attacking and the other team counter attacking till the very end. The fate of the Youth Association Merepkong was sealed as Jersey No 19
of Fusion Sporting Club Benri took a clean shot from nearly a hundred yards away; no one expected that it would be a goal, but it entered near the corner of the goal and just a dazed YAM goalkeeper to comprehend it. It was the second minute of the thirty minute extra time. YAM kept up a resolute fight, attacked and attacked, but Fusion defense porved to be quite strong. One or two clean opportunities came the YAM way, but luck was not on their side.
There were some shoving and pulling among the players and nerves were at loose ends. Two players one each from both teams – Meyisupong (Jersey No 2) of Fusion S/C and Enato (Jersey No 3) of YAM – were awarded Yellow Cards at the match. Towards the end of the match, some rowdy supporters tried to create a scene, but heavy security presence quelled any brawls. A stone was also thrown into the ground by one unknown viewer, which was duly noted by the match officials. The match patron of the first semi final was Chuba IFS Assistant Conservator of Forest, Mokokchung. With today’s match, the there are only two matches left to be played in the trophy – the second semi final match and the final match. The second semi final match between Sports Society Suyim (B) and Zonipang Sports Association is expected to be a tough match. Nagaland Police DGP K Kire will be the Chief Guest at the final match to be played on Friday, October 28, 2011.
Fusion SC sails into MDFA finals by lone goal
October 26, 2011 Match SSS (B) Vs Zonipang S/C Venue: Imkongmeren Sports Complex Match Patron: Mkg SP Bendang Lemtur
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