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Vol XXVIII No. 128
MONDAY, APRIL 16, 2018 Pages 12 ` 5.00
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India unites in protests against Kathua, Unnao rapes
NEW DELHI, APR 15 (AGENCIES): Thousands of people took to the streets in various cities of the country on Sunday to protest the rising incidents of sexual violence against women and to demand justice in the Jammu’s Kathua and Uttar Pradesh’s Unnao rape cases. Carrying banners and placards, protesters marched in New Delhi, Mumbai, Lucknow and other cities, demanding that the government quickly prosecute the rape suspects. Candlelight vigils were also held in some places. Thousands of people participated in a protest march called “Not in My Name” at Parliament Street in the national capital, led by filmmaker Saba Dewan At the protest against the Kathua and Unnao rapes, residents of Delhi came out to the streets with banners saying “Make [women safe] In India”, a play on the title of the government’s drive to boost manufacturing. “Our aim is to wake them even if they keep on sleeping,” one of the participants said. A similar gathering was seen in Lucknow at the Gandhi statue near the general post office.
ANFPSA welcomes state govt’s move
DIMAPUR, APR 15 (NPN): All Nagaland Fair Price Shop Association (ANFPSA) has welcomed the State government’s assurance of reimbursing transportation and handling costs to fair price shop owners within a month or two. While acknowledging the initiatives taken by the government, the association also called upon the Food & Civil Supply department to lay necessary groundwork at the earliest and reimburse the remaining payable amount in due course of time to avoid future differences. In a press note, ANFPSA president Hotoshe Sumi and general secretary M Gonmei said fair price shop owners and director of food & civil supply came to an understanding on the issue of reimbursement of transportation and handling charges under NFS Act, 2013 during a meeting held here. Meanwhile, ANFPSA has called for an emergency meeting at 11 am on April 20 at All Nagaland Contractors’ & Suppliers’ Union, near PWD office Dimapur to discuss issues relating to the association. It said that more information about the meeting could be obtained by contacting-9436002530, 9612121111 and 8119895501.
the ruling BJP over the incidents, demanding action. Led by party president Rahul Gandhi, Congress held a midnight candlelight vigil at India Gate in New Delhi late on Thursday night, the site where thousands of people protested in 2012 against the brutal gang rape
3 more minor girls raped across India
People display placards as they take part in ‘Not In My Name’ protest against the recent incidents of rapes on Sunday. In Kathua, the eightyear-old girl was kidnapped on January 10 and gang raped by men who wanted to scare away her community from the area. In Unnao, a 17-yearold accused a BJP MLA, his brother and others of raping her when she had gone to meet him last year seeking a job. The case came into the spotlight after she attempted self-immolation in front of Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath’s residence on April 8. The victim’s father died on April 9 in judicial custody after he was allegedly attacked
by the MLA’s brother. The protesters demanded immediate dismissal of the Yogi Adityanath government in UP for allegedly shielding his party legislator Kuldeep Singh Sengar, accused of raping the girl in Unnao. They also sought adequate security arrangements for the families of the victims, and state support for arranging a competent prosecution team. Saba Dewan said common citizens wanted to send out a message that they are angry with the way rapes have been provided a certain kind of patronage by
the ruling party. “There is anger over the way women’s safety and security is being dealt with. The Unnao and Kathua rape cases show that BJP has place for rapists and condones rapists. This will have to change,” she said. Activist Deepak Kabir, who led the protest in Lucknow, said: “A rapist can be a Hindu, Muslim, Dalit or Christian but we need to understand that he is a rapist. The fight is against patriarchy and we need to push it harder.” Former vice-chancellor of Lucknow University and social activist, Prof Roop Rekha Verma
said, “It is a political matter where accused are being supported by top politicians of the country.” The protesters demanded that the ruling party take responsibility for the growing atrocities against women and take strict measures. “Communal politics is making criminals out of ordinary people. It would not be an exaggeration if we say that the government is promoting rapists with communal agenda,” said Deepak Kabir. Amitabha Pande, a retired IAS officer, read out an open letter signed by a group of retired civil servants ask-
DIMAPUR, APR 15 (NPN): Levelling serious charges of anomalies against M/s CS Infraconstruction Ltd involved in upgrading Wokha-Merapani highway, Lotha organisations have set April 30 deadline for the company to mend its ways. Stating that WokhaMerapani highway was an important road for Wokha district for transporting essential commodities, Lotha Hoho (LH) chairman Mhao Humtsoe and general secretary Er Mhondamo Ovung in a press note said that at a meeting held on April 12, at Wokha, Lotha organisations led by Monitoring and Vigilance Committee of the hoho resolved that unless the contractor complied with the specifications and widening of earthwork latest by April 30, the organisations would not allow the contractor to proceed further. LH said that after observing for the last six
months, Lotha organisations had confirmed that the Lucknow-based firm was not following technical specifications in execution of the work. It also pointed out that non-compliance of specifications had been observed since the work started sometime in October 2017. LH recalled that a hoho team held a meeting with National Highways and Infrastructure Development Corporation (NHIDCL) deputy general manager (DGM) at Sivasagar on November 21 last year and requested for compliance to specifications, to which NHIDCL official had agreed in writing and had even shared detailed project report (DPR) documents with the delegation. The hoho had also convened several meetings with the project in-charge and personnel of the company at Wokha, Bhandari and other places, including at
worksite, during which even memoranda of understanding (MoU) were signed by company’s project co-ordinator Ramesh Kumar Jain at Wokha town on January 3 this year and by senior engineer Rajeev Ranjan Kumar and supervisor Amit Das Gupta at Bhandari on February 15 this year. The apex tribal body said it had also written to NHIDCL several times and to Union Ministry of Road Transport & Highways (MoRTH) on February 9 this year asking the ministry not to release any running bill without site inspection. It had also issued several press statements highlighting the progress of the ongoing work. Since the ongoing works of the contractor were contrary to the various assurances, MoUs and technical specifications, LH had on December 22 last year written to NHIDCL general
DIMAPUR, APR 15 (NPN): Principal Secretary Rural Development department Lhoubeilatuo Kire has not only dismissed the allegation of favouritism made against him by NPF through its Press Bureau but also demanded clear proof and evidence to substantiate NPF’s allegations that he taken money, misused official vehicles and availed government fund to cover his travelling expenses on his official trips to New Delhi. In his rejoinder, Kire also invited NPF’s press bureau to either contact him by mobile (9774401187) or visit him for clarification at his office or residences in either Kohima or Dimapur( addresses given). In the event NPF failed to provide documentary proof and substantiate its allegations, Kire said he would take recourse to traditional, customary or legal means to clear his name to (Cont’d on p-7) the people of Nagaland.
manager (GM), requesting for a coordination meeting on December 28 at Wokha, to which the NHIDCL official had initially agreed. However, on the day of the meeting and after the Hoho had made all arrangements, the GM informed the former over phone from Sivasagar expressing his inability to attend the meeting as Assam’s power minister was inaugurating a power project at Sivasagar that day. Subsequently, LH had convened another meeting with the NHIDCL official and contractor on January 30 this year, at which the NHIDCL official again failed to turn up, while one Sudip Singh, claiming to be site in-charge of M/s CS Infraconstruction Ltd, attended the meeting. But when asked to produce documents to prove his identity, he failed to provide any.
Kire said, as a government servant, it was his bounden duty to reply to the allegations, which were given a personalised colour and tone by NPF. He expressed gratefulness to Kuda Village Council for its unstinted support and clarifying to the public over the issue of corruption which had been widely reported in all local newspapers on April 13. On being accused by NPF of showing favouritism to his native Kuda village with extra fund on the basis of more demand of work under MGNREGS, the principal secretary said Kuda Village Council had already issued a clarification to this effect while denying any alleged corrupt practice. .Kire also thanked NPF for raising the issue over the functioning of the rural development department and its programmes and schemes and admitting that there was a serious need to bring
Nagaland: Candle light vigils held for UP, J&K rape victims
(L) Members of the public hold candle light vigils at Supermarket (R) and SASRD NU students and faculty. Staff Reporter
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ing the Prime Minister Narendra Modi to reach out to the families of the victims in Unnao and Kathua and seek their forgiveness on behalf of all of us. “….the unspeakable horror of the Kathua and the Unnao incidents shows that the government has failed in performing the most basic of the responsibilities given to it by the people,” Pande quoted from the letter. “People are afraid of sending their daughters out,” said Shashi Verma, a student who attended the protest. The opposition Congress party has been attacking
Amidst nationwide outrage over the brutal gangrape and murder of a minor girl in J&K’s Kathua, three more minor girls were raped across India. A similar incident like the Kathua incident, has come to light from Gujarat’s Surat after city police confirmed rape on a girl who was found dead with 86 injury marks earlier this month. A girl’s brutalised body was found by a passerby in Surat’s Bhestan locality. Postmortem report revealed that the girl was kept confined for eight to ten days, tortured and sexually assaulted. “The body of the 11-year old was recovered by the side of a highway. The girl was sexually assaulted and murdered on April 5,” city’s police commissioner Satish Sharma told Reuters. He added the victim, has not yet been identified and that police from Gujarat’s neighbouring states have been asked to help trace her family. Meanwhile, authorities in Patna said a minor girl was gang-raped on Sunday. The incident took place at 12.30 a.m. near a railway line in the heart of Bihar’s capital. “Both the accused (Chotu Kumar and Phekan Kumar) were caught by a police patrol. In Odisha, police said a 4-year-old girl was raped by a youth in Balasore district. The accused, 24-year-old Nityacharan Jena, is a neighbour. On Friday, when the girl was playing outside, Jena lured her to his house with chocolates and raped her, police said.
Wka-Merapani Highway: LH sets Apr 30 deadline for contractor L. Kire asks NPF to prove allegations
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of a paramedic on December 16 in the capital. Violent crimes against women have been on the rise despite tough laws enacted in 2013. Lawmakers also voted to lower, to 16 from 18, the age at which a person can be tried as an adult for heinous crimes.
DIMAPUR, APR 15 (NPN): Hundreds joined candle light vigils to show their solidarity with the victims of the rape incidents in Uttar Pradesh’s Unnao and Jammu and Kashmir’s Kathua districts. At supermarket area, nearly 300 people gathered to express solidarity for the 8 year old minor girl from Rasana village of Kathua
district in Jammu who was brutally gang raped and murdered. The event, organized by a Facebook group called Dimapur 24/7, saw people from different communities coming together to show their support and seek justice for the victim. The group with over 20k members had also recently held a poster campaign denouncing violence against women. Speaking during the event, one of the
activists said the scene of violence against women was going from bad to worse with cases of rape and assault on women taking place every day. He said even many of those taking part in the vigil did not understand the gravity of the situation. He broke down in the middle of his speech saying it was time for the people to understand the alarming rate of injustice against women. A lady from among
the crowd said women in India were not safe anymore and even children were not spared in this mayhem. She said people must come together to fight against this menace. She went on to state that rapists do not have any religion or identity in the society. She appealed to the people and the government to come out and protect women who were victimised. Another young lady,
a sociology student, who was also part of the vigil, said rape was not the only injustice perpetrated against women. She said even in the context of Nagaland, there was a huge gender disparity. “I believe events like these should be held more often to sensitize people on gender equality,” she added. Later the admin of the group thanked the commissioner of police, Dimapur for allowing the group to hold the event. Father (Dr) C.P. Anto, in a short speech, lauded Dimapur 24/7 for organizing the noble event. He later concluded the event with a benediction. SASRD NU: Over 200 people staged a peaceful protest with a candlelight march at Nagaland University SASRD, organized by different student associations and authorities of the university against Kathua and Unnao rape incidents. Speaking on the oc-
casion, Student’s Union, SASRD Kedirisi Namdaw said people of Nagaland were also very much concerned for the justice of the victims. Joint secretary, NorthEast Zone of All India Agricultural Student’s Association, New Delhi, Ashwini Ananda asserted that “there is a religion above all religions, that is the religion of humanity and we should understand it as soon as possible, otherwise humanity is on the verge of extinction and examples are already there” Pro-Vice Chancellor (ic) of SASRD, Prof. M. Aleminla Ao, expressed deep pain and demanded justice for the victims. Short speeches were also delivered by asst professor, department of Genetics and Plant Breeding, Dr Pankaj Shah; asst professor, Department of Agronomy, Dr A. P. Singh also supported the move by his presence.
accountability and transparency in the department. Asserting that the department was willing and committed to bringing about change, he solicited active support and cooperation from all “right thinking people” as the MGNREGS was aimed at bringing about positive change in the rural landscape of the State, if the scheme was properly implemented. “My conscience is clear that I have performed my duties within the existing norms and as per procedures laid down. The public is well aware of the quality of MGNREGS implementation with regard to omissions/ commissions under the NPF government in the last three years,” he remarked. Kire said that, instead of making personalised allegations against him, NPF could have discussed the matter over the table with him to let him explain his side of the story. (Cont’d on p-7)
Cong declares 218 candidates in Karnataka NEW DELHI, APR 15 (PTI): Congress on Sunday released its first list of 218 candidates for the May 12 Karnataka Assembly elections, which includes the names of chief minister Siddaramaiah and state party chief G Parameshwara. Siddaramaiah will contest from the Chamundeshwari Assembly seat and Parameshwara will be in the fray from the Korategere Assembly constituency. Siddaramaiah is said to have proposed that he will contest both but was reportedly asked to choose one, after party seniors Mallikarjun M Kharge and Veerappa Moily objected to him standing from two seats. The result for the state’s 224 constituencies will be out on May 15. K Y M C
TVBC organises thanks giving service for MLAs
TVBC church leaders along with the five legislators (standing front) before the commencement of prayer. (NP) Staff Reporter
DIMAPUR, APR 15 (NPN): Thilixü Village Baptist Church (TVBC) on Sunday organised a thanksgiving service for Er. Picto Shohe, Vikheho Swu, N. Jacob Zhimomi, K. Tokugha Sukhalu and H. Khehovi Yeptho, recently elected MLAs who are all residents of Thilixü village. TVBC senior Pastor Rev. Dr. Yehevi Jimo, who prayed for the legislators and also shared the gospel, spoke on the significance of being a God fearing
leader. Exhorting the congregation, particularly the legislators, Rev. Dr. Yehevi based his message on the Bible verse, 1 Kings 3:1-13, wherein Solomon seeks wisdom from God to lead his people. Rev. Dr. Yehevi encouraged the legislators to seek wisdom from God to lead the people, as Solomon had done. He also asked them to bring positive changes to their respective constituencies and to Nagaland in general. Earlier, delivering greetings, Er. Picto Sho-
he, MLA, while quoting Proverbs 22:1, said God had blessed Thilixü village because the inhabitants first chose to serve and fear Him. Encouraging the people to continue to serve God, Er. Picto reminded them of the manifold blessings God had promised to those who remain faithful. Vikheho Swu, MLA, while appreciating the initiative taken by Nagaland Baptist Church Council (NBCC) for “clean election”, said the campaign brought some positive changes in general assem-
bly elections 2013, particularly in his constituency (13-Pughoboto A/C). He, however, lamented that the general assembly elections 2018 was far from being a “clean election” and urged upon the people to retrospect and change. Swu was of the view that the Church and its members should not shy away from involving in politics, rather they should assist in electing God fearing leaders. He, however, lamented that some churches and their members had failed to uphold Christian values.
The MLA then said that for Nagaland to progress it was imperative for leaders and each individual to change their mindsets and take initiatives towards building a vibrant state. Minister of Public Health Engineering (PHE), N. Jacob Zhimomi, also asserted the need for Nagaland electors to change their attitudes and mindsets if they desired development. “How can you ask for development when you have sold off your rights?” he questioned. The minister said development could be brought about only if electors stopped seeking “individual favours” and support their MLAs in developing their constituencies. Pointing out that there was “excess employment” in the governmental sector, Zhimomi said this was due to “appointments through political pressure”. He, however, claimed that the politicians could not be blamed for these, as the appointments were made due to “public pressure”. The minister then discouraged youths from seeking “political employment” but to work hard and appear for competitive examinations. A dv i s o r, D e p a r t ment of School Education (DoSE), K.T. Sukhalu,
also urged Nagas to do away with all kinds of “isms” and come together to change Nagaland. Expressing concern over the election process in Nagaland, he said if Nagas want to progress then the electors should change their attitudes. He also called upon the youth to initiate constructive change in society. Advisor, Tourism and Art & Culture, H. Khehovi, while asserting that the Church was the right platform to bring positive changes in Nagaland, urged churches across the state to positively guide their members. Highlighting the need for leaders and citizens to be God fearing so as to do away with corruption and pave way for development, he said, “Development will come only when people start fearing God.” The thanksgiving service, chaired by TVBC associate Pastor, Z. Hukiye Achumi, started with a mass invocation followed by offertory; the welcome address was delivered by “ato kükau”, Hecto Kiba, a melodious special song was presented by TVBC choir; TVBC associate Pastor Tovikhu Tukha was the service secretary and the thanksgiving service ended with a prayer.
Nagaland Post, Dimapur MONDAY, APRIL 16, 2018
news in Brief DPDB meeting Longleng: The Longleng District Planning & Development Board (DPDB) meeting for April & felicitation of the newly elected representatives will be held on April 20, 11 a.m at the DC’s conference hall. All the DPDB members of Longleng have been requested to attend the meeting without fail. PSU emergency union assembly: Pochury Students’ Union (PSU) has convened an emergency union assembly on April 20, 10 a.m at the conference hall of Pochury Hoho Office, Meluri town. The assembly also invited applications from units for hosting the next general conference to be held in 2019. All units and subordinating bodies have been requested to attend the same.
ANTA Wokha appeals DIMAPUR: Wokha Unit of All Nagaland Taxi Association (ANTA) has appealed to the deputy commissioner/district election officer and SP Wokha for early release of payments to taxis used for official duties during the recent NLA elections 2018. A press release from ANTA Wokha unit general secretary, Lipenthung Ovung stated that this decision was adopted at the ANTA Wokha unit general meeting on April 14 at ANTA Wokha office, during which the unit adopted several resolutions aimed mainly at improving its services and smooth functioning of the association. ANTA said that in order to ensure smooth traffic, the unit had resolved to remove, within a specific time, all off-road vehicles, construction materials, tim-
bers, workshops, fabrication shop etc. occupying public roads and the NH within Wokha Town area. The unit has also informed its members to renew their membership/ association driving ID etc on or before May 31, 2018. Among other things, the house also decided to not allow unregistered/ unauthorised taxis, except zonal taxis, to ply within its jurisdiction.Use of intoxicants and gambling within the taxi counter premises would invite fines and penalties, the unit warned. Further, the unit also resolved to allow only two taxis to be parked at a time in front of the taxi counters. For further queries, complaints or advice, one may contact Wokha unit office or send a mail to firstname.lastname@example.org, it said.
CFC Nagaland holds NatCon 2018 NSCN (R) condemns raids KSCJ observes 56th parting social
Attendees, organizers and officials of the April 14 CFC NatCon. DIMAPUR: Couples For Christ (CFC) Nagaland, the state chapter of an international organization, held a National Conference “Echoed” under the theme “Solemn Charge”
on April 14 at Cathedral Kohima. Rev. Fr. Lawrence Khing, director NCYM was the main celebrant for the Holy Eucharist Mass. The 1st session “The Gift
Within Us” was held with Chito Dela Cruz anchored on 2 Timothy 1:6, (NRSV); the 2nd session “Called and Chosen” was held with Steve Maningat, anchored on the verse 2 Timothy 4:1; the 3rd session “Proclaim the Word” by Cesar Cardenas, was anchored on the verse 2 Timothy 4: 2-4; the 4th session was with Alfred Alejo and the session expounded on 2 Timothy 4:5; the 5th session “Fulfill Your Ministry!” was with Cesar Cardenas on 2 Timothy 4:5. Closing remarks were given by Brother Steve. According to CFC Nagaland, chapter head & state coordinator, Mengukhrietuo Marcus, National Conference (NatCon) is a retreat held yearly. This sets the tone for the year or CFC directions for the year. The NatCon Retreat allows people to hear the Lord’s message on what He wants us to do or achieve for the given year through themes inspired by verses that the Lord gives.
DIMAPUR: NSCN (R) has vehemently condemned the actions of 32 & 41 Assam Rifles where they had allegedly been repeatedly raiding the residences of NSCN (R) officials. N S C N ( R ) , M I P, through a press release said that it had been showing utmost restraint in spite of the raids, “so as not to de-rail the peaceful and congenial atmosphere as desired by the public.” “The wayward AR boys however ignored all these with impunity...” it said and listed a series of alleged raids on the residence of ‘lt. col.’ Kuhoto Sumi– Twice in 2017 and on March 29, 2018 and April 14, 2018. NSCN (R) said that it objected to the raids which were mostly carried out during the wee morning hours, harassing and creating fear psychosis among the family members. Also on April 14, at 3:30 a.m., NSCN (R) alleged that the residence of
DC Wka inaugurates DBS Lakhuti Computer Lab & Annual Sports
Wokha DC, Dr. Manazir Jeelani Samoon with VC members, elders, officials and staff at the inauguration programme. DIMAPUR: A computer lab with 15 computers was inaugurated at Don Bosco School (DBS) Lakhuti by Deputy Commissioner Wokha, Dr. Manazir Jeelani Samoon on April 10 in the presence of village council members, village elders, parents, staff and students. The program K
coincided with the annual sports and games. A press release from DBS Lakhuti stated that the chief guest, Samoon called upon the students to utilize the beautiful opportunity provided by the school in the far flung village. He also impressed upon the students to aim high
towards greater heights. He invited the students to try to attempt new things in life without fear of failures. While delivering the welcome address, principal DBS Lakhuti, Rev. Fr. Shaji Mathew mentioned that the idea of introducing computer education to
the students was conceived with a great desire to make the students of Lakhuti excel like their counterparts in towns. He also said that lack of finance did not deter them from dreaming of having a computer lab in the school. The program began with a flag hoisting by the chief guest, the lamp was lit by principal Sacred Heart Hr. Sec. School, Bhandari, Rev. Fr. Pappusamy, the computer lab was blessed by principal St. Paul School, Sanis, Rev. Fr. Jose Sebastian. The program was chaired by Abeni Patton, while the vote of thanks was proposed by DBS Lakhuti vice principal, Rev. Fr. Dominic Selosie. It may be mentioned that the computer lab was set up purely with the financial assistance of wellwishers and the Diocese of Kohima. Towards this end, the staff and the students of DBS, together with the support of parents, initiated the process of procuring funds by way of organizing a fete day on November 11, 2017.
dy. kilonser Pichu Lotha, a holder of the cease fire card, was raided by AR under the command of one Major Praveen, who “showed sheer ignorance” even after he was shown the card. NSCN (R) alleged that the raiding team “took away one pistol and the kilonser’s personal bodyguard, Robin Lotha.” NSCN (R) wondered if the GoI was under the AR since a junior officer under AR was disrespecting the Cease Fire Ground Rules (CFGR) signed between the NSCN (R) and the GoI. It advised the AR to rein in their boys as the NSCN (R) had been doing and cautioned the AR that their restraint should not be taken as weakness since “we are also well equipped to defend ourselves...” NSCN (R) reminded AR that “PEACE” was too dear and not to be compromised because of a few “undisciplined, discourteous and wayward boys.”
K. L Kiusumong Tikhir on the grounds of KSCJ on April 10. DIMAPUR: Students and faculty of Kohima Science College Jotsoma (KSCJ) bade adieu to their outgoing students on April 10 with Additional District Commissioner Kohima, K. L Kiusumong Tikhir as the guest speaker. A press release from KSCJ literary secretary, Azila Sangtam stated that Tikhir, in his speech wished
the students the best for their future endeavours. He urged them to incorporate integrity into their core values to become honest leaders and individuals. He also exhorted the students to become successful and contribute to society. Tikhir further encouraged them to always set high standards in life and to not let circumstances control them.
Earlier, the program started off with the college anthem recital by Veprezo Tsuzuh, a welcome speech was delivered by KSCJ principal, Dr. Lily Sema, Zarenthung Yanthan presented a melodious composition, nostalgic farewell speeches were delivered by outgoing students, while Ethungo C. Denys proposed the vote of thanks.
NSCN (R) members rejoin DIMAPUR: NSCN/ GPRN (Reformation) has welcomed four former members including A. Langkhuh Konyak who “architected the formation of NSCN/ GPRN (R)”. In a press release, NSCN (R) MIP stated that A. Langkhuh Konyak “defected” to NSCN (I-M) under the “influence of certain element” but has rejoined the group along with leacy, L. Ekham Konyak; khapur, C. Langkhu Konyak and khapur, K. Shempong Konyak. According to MIP, Langkhuh, who rejoined the group on April 9, has stated that he “voluntarily” rejoined NSCN (R) as he has “realised Pro Rural in collaboration with Dimapur Municipal Council conducted a training on household level composting-cum-distribution of materials at Niu colony March 24. his mistake”.
NU inspection team visits SJC Jakhama DIMAPUR, APR 11 (NPN): An inspection team from Nagaland University (NU) visited St. Joseph’s College (SJC) Jakhama, April 10, on the matter of permanent affiliation of various depart-
ments such as Chemistry, Botany, Zoology, BBA, Economics and Education. A press release by SJC Jakhama stated that the team comprised of dean school of sciences (con-
venor) professor, Indira Devi, dean department of Education professor, Buno Liegise, and department of management (member), Dr. Manoj Prabhaker. Principal of the college, Fr. Dr. Sebastian
Ousepparampil presented a brief history of the college for the team and also highlighted how important it was for the college to be in the service of the welfare of the people at large. K
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Chief Minister, Neiphiu Rio exhorting the thanksgiving service of the Nagaland Legislators Christian Fellowship at the State Banquet Hall on 15th April 2018. DIMAPUR: A thanksgiving service of Nagaland Legislators’ Christian Fellowship (LCF) was held at the State Banquet Hall on Sunday. According to a DIPR repor t, chief minister Neiphiu Rio, in his greetings, said it was a privilege given by God and people of the State to have given him the opportunity to
serve them. He said all legislators had a huge responsibility towards God and the people in running the affairs of the State. Rio hoped that God would lead and guide the legislators in doing the “right thing” to serve the people with commitment for betterment of the society. He sought support from not only the elected
members of Nagaland Legislative Assembly, but also from bureaucrats, technocrats, tribal hohos, civil societies and the church in order help his government deliver on the promises made to people during the last election. “We have to be humble and remain close to God and work through His guidance,” he remarked. Delivering his message, Rev. Rachulie Vihienuo said all the legislators were elected for a greater purpose. He encouraged them to be tolerant of one another and be just in their work. “As agents of change for Christ, we must live by the values and principles influenced by Jesus Christ,” he added. Rev Vihienuo hoped that the dawn of a new era, which the people of the State were eagerly waiting for, would begin with the newly-elected legislators. T h e m e e t i n g wa s chaired by State Chaplain Rev Kuzierang Thou, where Minister CM Chang proposed the invocation prayer, while Minister Paiwang Konyak read scriptures from the Bible. A special song was presented by wives and children of the legislators and Ameu and her choir.
DIMAPUR: Minister of Higher and Technical Education (H&TE), Temjen Imna Along Longkumer stated “digital transformation is the future that we all need to be prepared for”, on April 14 at NIIT Dimapur. A press release from NIIT Dimapur head of center, Daniel Changkiri stated that, the minister said this while speaking at the 19th foundation day of NIIT Dimapur center as the chief guest. Temjen stated that Nagas needed to shed narrow-mindedness to embrace change in this ever changing world and the advancements being made through technologies. NIIT is the right platform to provide the much needed skills for the students to get national & international exposure, he said. After exhorting the NIITians to seriously skill themselves constantly, he appreciated the NIIT team, for keeping itself updated with the latest technologies. Congratulating the NIIT Dimapur center team for its 18 years of hard work in building Nagaland, the minister asked for its expansion to other districts of Nagaland, besides opening a call center to employ the youth of Nagaland. He also advised NIIT to open a university in Nagaland for high-end
ZRSU conducts career guidance & counselling
A District Level Celebration of Ambedkar Jayanti in commemoration of the birth anniversary of Bharat Ratna Dr. B R Ambedkar was observed on Saturday at the District Welfare Office, Mokokchung, with SDO(C) Mokokchung, Mekala Chaitanya Prasasd (IAS), and DEO, Mokokchung, Talingangla, as special guests.(NP)
Ambedkar Jayanti was observed by the department of Social Welfare at Jalukie Town Hall on April 14, commemorating the birth anniversary of Bharat Ratna Dr. B. R Ambedkar. SDO (C) T. Lankonsen Tsanglao was the chief guest and CDPO Jalukie, Tekatemjen chaired the programme.
DIMAPUR: Zunheboto Range Students Union (ZRSU) conducted a career guidance-cumcounselling for students of Class X and Class XII under the theme “Retrospect and Reclaiming Our Future” on April 14 at Zunheboto Town Hall. According to a DIPR report, the resource persons were principal of Emmanuel Hr Sec School, Dr. Vihuto Assumi, Major L. C Singh of 5th Assam Rifles and principal of Anderson Theological College, Atoizu, Dr. Shitovi Yeptho. They briefed the students on setting goals in various disciplines from the secular, military and spiritual perspectives. Students were urged to work hard with determination to equip themselves better for the race in various competitive fields. Urging the students to work harder, the resource persons exhorted them saying that competition in any discipline or field had become cut throat and only the best among the best were selected. They urged students to equip themselves with skills and knowledge for their survival. The trio also exhorted the students to put God first in their quest for goals and follow one’s heart to be better citizens of society. The program was chaired by education and statistical secretary, Nito Zhimo while the welcome address was given by president, ZRSU, Kabo Kiba. The program was also attended by Lt. Colonel and 2 I/C 5th Assam Rifles, Gopa Kumar. ZRSU also thanked 5th Assam Rifles, Zunheboto for making the program a grand success.
Imnatiba visits National Capital; meets officials
Imnatiba with Ramesh Abhishek and Anant Kumar Singh. DIMAPUR: Nagaland Industries and Commerce, Advisor, Imnatiba on his maiden visit to New Delhi, called on the Secretary DIPP, Ministry K Y M C
Nagaland Post, Dimapur MONDAY, APRIL 16, 2018
of Commerce and Industry, Government of India Ramesh Abhishek and Secretary, Ministry of Textiles, Government of India, Anant Kumar
Singh. A press release said that among various issues discussed, inclusion of road transport in the Transport Subsidy provi-
sion, recently notified by the Central Government under the new North East Industrial Development Scheme, was raised with the Secretary DIPP, as the State is a hilly region with hardly any rail, air and waterway networks to benefit from. Issues on pending projects with the Ministry of Textiles was taken up with the Secretary of Textiles. The Secretary of Textiles assured that he would look into the issues and he also proposed a visit to the state at an early date to take stock of the problems faced by artisans, craftsman and weavers. Imnatiba also visited the State Emporium located in the city and interacted with the officers and staff of the Emporium. He observed that the State Emporium was not only a venue to market “Make in Nagaland” products but it also served as the economic face of the state and therefore, he urged the officers and staff of the Emporium to be dedicated in their work.
Officials, staff and Team NIIT with Temjen Imna Along. technology education. Along also showed his willingness to work with NIIT for any project which could benefit the youth of Nagaland. He also congratulated Ajay Sethi, managing director of NIIT Dimapur center for his 18 years of dedicated service in providing education for the welfare of Nagaland. Ajay Sethi, MD, NIIT Dimapur reminisced about his team’s achievements in the last 18 years during his welcome address. “Freshest Technology First” being NIIT’s motto, NIIT
Dimapur has undergone 11 curriculum changes to train approximately 25,000 NIITians of Nagaland while partnering with 16 institutions of Nagaland & employing almost all the major tribes of Nagaland & major communities of India at one or the other time, the release added. Speaking on the occasion, Om Prakash Sethi, president, Marwari Samaj cited various ways through which Jain Samaj contributed for the welfare of Nagas in general. Abea Mero, an entrepreneur & social worker, besides be-
ing the vice-president of NDPP, said that employed or unemployed, self-employment was the need of the hour because government jobs were saturated. Principal of S. D. Jain Hr. Sec. School, Reji Abraham shared his pleasant experiences when he used to study at NIIT Dimapur 15 years ago. GNIITian Myingthunglo Y. Ezung, fresher Mazir Abdin Talukdar & Meriseno Kannao, and faculty members also spoke on the occasion. Mughato Swu offered the vote of thanks.
AR conducts army recruitment rally
Recruit hopefuls begin running during the recruitment rally. DIMAPUR: An army recruitment rally was conducted at Loyem College ground Tuensang from April 12 to 14 exclusively for the youth of Nagaland. According to PRO (defence wing), youth from all districts gave an overwhelming response. “The wave of surge in candidates to join the elite profession of valour and pride from the Eastern most state of the country will go a long way in bringing about rapid socio-economic development of Naga Hill tribes”, the PRO stated.
The rally was flagged off by DDG (North East Zone) Brigadier, V.M Sharma on April 12 and Minister for Forests, Environment and Climate Change and Parliamentary Affairs C.M Chang at Loyem College ground Tuensang on April 13. The rally was smoothly conducted with the help of 40 AR, which carried out the necessary liaison proceedings arranged with civil administration for flawless conduct of the mega event. Army recruitment office Rangapahar Dima-
pur under the aegis of HQ 3 Corps also received positive support from the Governor, Chief Minister, army, IGAR (N), administration, security, education and sports authorities of the state government. Recruiting director, Col M. K Singh in-charge of recruitment in Nagaland profusely thanked the entire local and administrative staff of DC, SP and Education office Tuensang for successful conduct of the Army Recruitment Rally which culminated on April 15.
Thanks giving programme held for C. L. John DIMAPUR: A thanks giving programme for MLA, C.L. John, was held on April 10, at Chenmoho village. C. L . Jo h n i n h i s speech thanked Almighty God for His unceasing blessings throughout the, recently concluded, assembly elections. He expressed his heartfelt gratitude to all his supporters, electorates, rank and file of the NPF party, 45 Tehok A/C, for reposing their faith in his leadership by electing him for three consecutive terms. He also appealed to all the citizens and electorates of 45 Tehok A/C to forgive each other, asking both the winner and loser, ruling and opposition, to work hand in hand for constant development and peaceful coexistence in the constituency. He appealed to the people to uphold Christian ethics and principles of democracy. He also committed to delivering justice and to working with utmost sincerity and dedication for the welfare of the people. K Y M C
Goyal promises to find early solution to coal ban
Conrad Sangma and his cabinet colleagues with Piyush Goyal on Sunday.
Another rape case rocks Meghalaya; policeman held Shillong, Apr 15 (Agencies): The police in Meghalaya arrested one of its own personnel for allegedly raping a woman in her tea shop. “A woman filed an FIR on Wednesday, saying the officer in charge of the Mawngap police station raped her on February 2. The officer was arrested in Kolkata, where he was undergoing training, and brought back to Shillong on Friday,” said A.R. Mawthoh, Deputy Inspector-General, Eastern Range, Meghalaya. The ar rest comes barely a week after the detention of five men, including a juvenile, accused of raping a 15-yearold girl. On April 11, the teenage girl was allegedly gangraped near Tura, headquarters of the West Garo Hills district, after the men gave her a lift in a car. The girl, her mother later said, did not suspect the accused as she knew two of them. The accused were caught and brought to the Tura police station along with the victim, who narrated her ordeal. A police officer said one of the accused, a 16year-old, has been sent to a juvenile home and will be tried by the Juvenile Justice Board, while the other four were arrested and will be tried under the Protection of Children from Sexual
Demand grows to declare Manipuri a classical language
Offences (POCSO) Act, 2012. The two cases — barely a week after a video of the molestation of a teenage girl in a car was uploaded on social media — have underlined the matrilineal hill State’s battle with increasing crimes against women. On April 8, a teenage girl was allegedly molested by five people, including two former militants and a forest guard, after getting her drunk. They videotaped her ordeal and uploaded it on social media. The five accused were arrested on the Manipur arts and culture minister L Jayentakumar and education minister Th Radheshyam at the opening session of three-day conference on classical basis of video. languge status of Manipuri in Imphal on Sunday. (NP)
Growing crime graph
Crime against women in Meghalaya came into focus after two high-profile cases in January 2017, when V. Shanmuganathan had to resign as Governor over an allegation of sexual impropriety, and independent MLA Julius Kitbok Dorphang, an ex-militant, was arrested for raping a 14-year-old. In 2017, the police recorded 238 cases of rapes, including two of gangrape. There were 137 other cases that included assault on women with intent to outrage her modesty, and cruelty by husbands or relatives. The year also saw 298 cases registered under the POCSO Act, though some of them involved boys.
recognizing Manipuri language as one of the classical languages of India. The conference was hosted by state directorate of language planning and implementation in Imphal’s State Guest House. Educationalists and experts in the field were taking part in the discussion on Manipuri language and its classical status. In his address on the occasion, Th Jayentakumar assured that his department will initiate necessary steps to ensure inclusion of Manipuri among the classical languages of the country. “Manipuri is also one of the ancient languages of the world. Languages which are more than 2000 years old are considered to be ancient and classical. Manipuri language is more
than 2500 years old.” “So, it is certainly an ancient language and it is also different from any other languages of the world. Government at the Centre should not delay in recognizing the language as classical language,” he said. Th Radheshyam, while extending his support to the same said that the government will take up necessary steps to ensure that the demand is materialized at the earliest. He said, “Our language has already been included in the 8th Scheduled of the Indian Constitution. Moreover we are also known by the rest of the world for our rich arts and culture. Our Manipuri dance is one of the eight classical dances of the country.”
S h i l lo n g, A p r 1 5 (PTI): Union Coal Minister Piyush Goyal has promised to find an early solution to the coal mining ban in coalrich deposit Meghalaya, informed Chief Minister Conrad Sangma on Sunday. The assurance was made, when Conrad and his cabinet colleagues called on Piyush Goyal in New Delhi, the Chief Minister’s Office said in a statement here. The National Green Tribunal (NGT) had banned mining of coal in Meghalaya in 2014 after it received petitions on rampant violation of environment norms and utter disregard for safety measures by miners. “The Union minister
has assured finding an early solution to the problem,” Sangma was quoted as saying in the statement. “Coal mining is important for the state and the region. It is important that a balance is struck considering the fragile environment. We discussed on ways to initiate coal mining in the state.” Sangma said. Sangma said Goyal has given a positive response to the suggestions and ideas put forward by him and his cabinet colleagues. Sangma along with PWD Minister Prestone Tynsong, Tourism Minister Metbah Lyngdoh and Sports and Youth Affairs Minister Banteidor Lyngdoh, called on Goyal at his office to-
3 Myanmarese held with fake Indian IDs
Manipur CM attends to hundreds Retired Manipur DSP held in drug smuggling case of grievances on ‘Meeyamgi Numit’
Diphu, Apr 15: Hill State Demand Committee and Karbi Students Association (Simeon Rongphar faction) have demanded a stringent action the perpetrator s of gang rape cases in Jammu & Kashmir and Uttar Pradesh. Addressing press conference at HSDC office, Diphu, Dr. Mongve Rongpi slammed the Jammu & Kashmir of not initiating any action against the rape of minor in Rasina area of Kathuwa, in J & K. “In 2017, another incident occurred in Uttar Pradesh, where an 18 year old was gang rape where a BJP MLA is Kuldip Singh Singar, his brothers and others
are involved. The victim’s father was tortured by the culprits who later give way to the torment. Till now the victim family has not received justice,” Dr. Rongpi said. Dr. Rongpi also stated that in the first week of April 2017, there was an incidents of rapes at Longnit under Manja PS of Karbi Anglong district; but till now those involved in the heinous crime have not be arrested. “Prime Minister emphasizing on ‘Beti bachao, beti padhao’ has become hollow proposal if his government cannot give protection and safeguard to girls and women of this country. Prime Minister will have to take responsibility in arresting those culprits involved”, he said.
Light refreshments including water, tea and snacks were provided to the visitors. A medical team along with an ambulance and a team of Manipur Fire Service were kept on stand-by at the complex for any emergency. On the occasion, students and teachers of BB Paul Mental Development Home (Special School), Mongshangei met the Chief Minister and expressed their happiness over the Cabinet’s decision for converting the school into a Government aided Institute. T. Anita Devi, Principal, BB Paul Mental Development Home (Special School) said that 175 students are being enrolled in the school.
HOISHE BAPTIST CHURCH (S.B.A.K – NBCC)
B.P.O Satakha, Dist. Zunheboto, Nagaland
The Hoishe Baptist Church express our profound gratitude to those who shared their hearts during an unfortunate fire incident that gutted our Baptist Church building on the fateful night of 23rd March, 2018 at Y. Zhimo Colony, Dimapur. We deeply regret and apologise for our inability to mention all those who contributed materially, financially and in prayer. We pray that God Almighty bless you all abundantly in return for you kind gracious deeds. DP-2950
Pastor Hoishe Baptist Church AFFIDAVIT
FOR NAME CLARIFICATION Regd. No. 3977/2017 Date : 13-06-2017 I, Shri SAHAILO SEMY alias SAHAILO RENGMA, permanent resident of Yikhanu Village, Tseminyu, Kohima, Nagaland, presently residing at Padumpukhuri, Dimapur, Nagaland, do hereby solemnly declare on oath as under: 1. That I am a bonafide Indian citizen. 2. That in my Service records, Identity Card, Pan Card and other official records my name is entered as SAHAILO SEMY whereas in my Academic Certificates and other records my name is entered as SAHAILO RENGMA. 3. And whereas SAHAILO SEMY alias SAHAILO RENGMA, both refers to my name or the same and one person only. 4. That henceforth my name shall be used as SAHAILO SEMY in all official records/ documents. 5. That this Affidavit is made to rectify my different name and through these presents and strength be it known to all concerned for correction/acceptance/change of my name as SAHAILO SEMY in all my official records/documents. I verify and take oath and solemnly declare/affirm that the particulars furnished above by me are correct and that I have not concealed or misrepresented any facts. Deponent Solemnly sworn and declared before me by the deponent on 13th June, 2017. Magistrate/Notary public DP-2949
Dear Kevitho Nightwing Wishing you lots of happiness on this special day of yours. May you continue to be a blessing and inspiration for everyone around you. Happy Birthday. Azo Wetshah and Ardo.
I, A/No 4368939M Hav Pangerlemba, S/o Lt. Tekanungsang, aged about 36 yrs and a permanent resident of Naga United Village, House no 385, Dimapur, Nagaland do hereby solemnly affirm and declare an oath as under : 1. That I'm a bonafide citizen of India and reside at the address mentioned above. 2. That I'm serving under the 6th Assam Regiment and currently posted at Kolkata. 3. That my wife's official name is Watikumla. 4. That due to oversight I have inadvertently entered my wife's name asWatikumla Ao in my Service Record Book. 5. That Watikumla Ao and Watikumla refers to one and same person only. 6 That whenever Watikumla Ao appears it should always be read and understood as Watikumla. 7. That the affidavit is made inorder to declare that Watikumla Ao and Watikumla refers to same and one person only. 8. That the declarations made in paragraph 1-7 are true and correct to the best of my knowledge and belief and nothing material is concealed thereof. Solemnly sworn before me on this 11th day of April, 2018 at Dimapur Regd. No. 50/18, Date 11/04/18. Notary Public DP-2956
The retired Manipur DSP who has been arrested by the NAB Police. in Assam’s Cachar district was arrested by the Assam Rifles on April 10 from Kaimai, around 155km west of Imphal on the Imphal-SIlchar highway after he was found carrying 100,000 WY tablets in an
PUBLIC NOTICE This is for the general information for the public concerned that the dance program organized by Hot Spot Boys scheduled on 15/04/2018 has been postponed and rescheduled on 29/4/2018.
OFFICE OF THE
JAKHAMIAPFÜ MIARAMIA KINYIKETAKO KROTHO This is to inform to all the members of Jakhamiapfü Miaramia Kinyiketako Krotho (JMKK), that there will be a song practice on 17th and 24th April, 2018. Therefore, all the members are requested to be present. Venue : Jakhama Baptist Fellowship Kohima Time : 3 p.m Medosenuo Sachü Secreatary, JMKK
DIMAPUR DISTRICT AO PENSIONERS’ UNION Dimapur-797112, Nagaland
We the Dimapur District Ao Pensioners Union (DDAPU) express our sincere gratitude to the Rotary Club Dimapur for successful sponsorship of free Medical camp for our bonaﬁde members on the 14th April 2018, at Dimapur Mission Higher Secondary School, Khermahal. Further, we express our appreciation and fervently thank Dr. Tali Longkumer, City Clinic, Purana Bazar for providing sufﬁcient medicine for the camp free of cost. We also would like to extend our gratitude to the following : 1. Principal Dimapur Mission Higher Secondary School for permission of the school premises 2. Medical personnel : a) Dr. Imsuakum - DentistD b) Dr. Imlinenla Longchar - Dentist c) Dr. Apurba Jyoti Roy - Dentist d) Dr. Aienla Roy - Dentist e) Dr. Pokyim - Ophthalmologist f) Dr. Saku Imchen - ENT g) Dr. R.L Jain - General Medicine h) Dr. D.R . Sharma - General Medicine i) Dr. Nungsangla Pongener - Internal Medicine j) Pharmacist and attendant k) Nurses 3. DABA Youth Dept. for volunteers 4. Dr. Merennungba (V.P,DDAPU) & Wb. Matemshiba (Convenor). without your help the camp would have been a failure. May God bless you in all your endeavours. R. C. Tocy Ao Secretary (DDAPU)
into police custody till April 20,” said deputy superintendent of police Th Brinda of NAB. “Investigation is going on.” Last month, the Assam Rifles made one of the biggest drug seizures when it nabbed an alleged drug peddler with brown sugar and WY (World is Yours) tablets worth over Rs 11 crore in Manipur’s Tengnoupal district. In the last four months, the NAB has arrested 17 people and registered 30 cases in connection with drugs cases, the police officer added.
Organizers Hot Spot Boys Club M/No : 9774355824, 8256911058
M. Panger Longkumer President (DDAPU)
SUV. The consignment Is said to be worth around Rs 40 lakhs in local market. The Assam Rif les handed over Manzil and the seized drugs to the NAB and a case has been registered under Narcotics Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Act, the NAB said in a statement. During interrogation Manzil disclosed that the seized drugs were loaded in the SUV at ex-DSP Md Abdul Latif ’s residence at Dewlahlad in Imphal. “We made the arrest around 8.10pm on Friday. Latif has been remanded
The Aghünato Range Kuposhukulu Dimapur (ARKD) wish to extend our heartiest congratulations to Dr. Kisheka V Achumi, S/o Mrs. Shitoli & Mr. Vihoto Achumi, Rtd. Dy. Director, Industries & Commerce and Chairman, ARKD for successful completion of his MBBS (Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery) from the prestigious Institute of ICARE Institute of Medical Science and Research & Dr. Bidhan Chandra Roy Hospital, Haldia West Bengal on 14th March 2018. We wish him all the success and glory in his professional career as well as in his personal life. God bless! Hukiye K Yeputhomi Hukavi T Yeputhomi Vice Chairman, ARKD Secretary, ARKD
HSDC & KSA demand action against rapists
the achievements and new developments in the State. Officials of Health Department and JNIMS had been deputed at CM’s Secretariat for the day to attend to the people, who seek medical assistance, reimbursement and health care in Government medical hospitals. Other Departments including Minority and Other Backward Classes, Social Welfare and Police Departments were also deputed at the Chief Minister’s Secretariat to help attend to the grievances of the public. The Chief Minister’s Secretariat made elaborate arrangements for the convenience of the general public.
Imphal, Apr 15 (Agencies): The Manipur police arrested a retired police officer Friday night after a suspected drug runner named him in connection with the seizure of tablets of banned narcotic called World is Yours (WY), a reported from Hindustan Times stated. The Narcotics and Affairs of Border (NAB) of Manipur Police department said the retired DSP identified as one Md Abdul Latif (63), in Imphal East district was made after one Manzil Ahmed Laskar (30) named him following the seizure of WY tablets from him. Manzil, a resident of Uttar Lalpani of Jirighat
Imphal, Apr 15: BJP-led coalition government Sunday assured that it would press the Centre to grant classical language status for the Manipuri language. The demand for recognizing Manipuri language which is among the 22 languages of India included into the 8th Schedule is a long pending demand. The campaign has been spearheaded by Manipuri Sahitya Parishad. Addressing the inaugural session of a threeday conference on classical language status of Manipuri language, state arts and culture minister L Jayentakumar and education minister Th Radheshyam extended full supports to demand for
CONGRATULATORY NOTE The Ralan Range Union Dimapur with immense pride and honour extend our heartiest congratulation to the following Lotha members on being successfully elected to the 13th, Nagaland Legislative assembly. 1. Shri. Y. Patton, Deputy Chief Minister 2. Shri. Mmhonlumo Kikon, Advisor 3. Shri. Mhathung Yanthan, Advisor 4. Dr. Chumben Murry, MLA The RRUD also felicitates Shri. Ntsemo Ngullie an eminent personality who have been advocating peace and actively working for the cause of the Nagas for being appointed as Chairman, Nagaland Bee-Keeping and Honey Mission, Govt. of Nagaland. The Union wish and pray that the Almighty God bestow them good health, greater wisdom and achievements in their future endeavours. Yihamo Humtsoe Chairman, RRUD
Mhonyamo Ngullie Vice Chairman, RRUD
Zanathung Kikon Secretary, RRUD
Imphal, Apr 15 (Agencies): Manipur Chief Minister N. Biren Singh today attended to complaints and grievances of the people on Meeyamgi Numit held at Chief Minister’s Secretariat today. Hundreds of people turned up to highlight their grievances to the Chief Minister on “Meeyamgi Numit”. Chief Minister N. Biren Singh personally attended to around 600 complaints and met nearly 1500 people from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m, a DIPR report from Imphal said. The Directorate of Information and Public Relations (DIPR) organised public screening of film/ documentaries highlighting
Sangma is also likely to meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi in this regard. Last week, the state cabinet had decided to pursue a resolution passed by the state Assembly to urge Centre’s intervention for resolving the ban on coal mining in the state. In 2015, the Assembly had unanimously adopted a resolution to urge the Centre to invoke Para 12 A (b) of the Sixth Schedule through a Presidential notification to exempt Meghalaya from the central laws related to mining which include the Mines and Minerals (Development and Regulations) Act, and the Coal Mines (Nationalisation) Act.
New Delhi, Apr 15 (PTI): Three Myanmarese nationals were apprehended at the Imphal airport in Manipur for allegedly furnishing fake Indian IDs, officials said Sunday. An Aadhaar card was also found on them, they added. The incident took place yesterday when two women -- Dimkhawlnuam and Donlunching -- and a man, identified as Sianmuankham, arrived at a departure gate of the airport at about 11 am to board a flight to Bengaluru, a Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) spokesperson said. The officer on duty found three driving licences, furnished by them as proof of identity, suspicious and detained them for questioning, he said.
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Nagaland Post, Dimapur MONDAY, APRIL 16, 2018
More stringent laws for rapists, says politicians
Kejriwal during his visit to Rajghat where DCW Chairperson Swati Maliwal is fasting for stringent law against rapists. New Delhi/Mangaluru, Apr 15 (IANS/ AGENCIES): Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Sunday demanded death penalty for those raping minors and also blasted the BJP for defending its MLA accused of raping a teenager in Uttar Pradesh. While visiting the Rajghat where Delhi Commission for Women (DCW) Chairperson Swati Maliwal’s fast on the same issue entered the third day, Kejriwal said his government was ready to make amendments to the existing law to ensure death penalty to rapists of minors. He urged the Delhi High Court to inform his government about the number of fast-track courts, judges and money needed for the purpose. “As soon as the Delhi High Court tells us, we will provide the money. We want women to remain safe in Delhi.” Maliwal launched her protest on Friday in the wake of the horrific rape incidents in Unnao in Uttar
Pradesh, for which a BJP MLA has been detained, and in Kathua in Jammu and Kashmir where a girl was abducted, gang-raped and murdered. Kejriwal said Maliwal wanted death penalty for rapists of minors and that their trial should get over in six months. “In the next Delhi Assembly session we will bring amendments to the IPC and CrPC that in case of rape of a minor, the rapist must get death penalty and the trial should be completed within six months.
Give no bail to rapists: Khader
Minister for food, civil supplies and consumer affairs, Government of Kanataka, U T Khader has urged the central government to amend the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act. Condemning the Kathua rape and murder case, Khader said there is need for bringing amendments to the Pocso Act so that it will prevent the recurrence
of such instances. “The incident has brought disgrace to the entire country. I urge the central government to amend the Pocso Act so that no accused gets bail in case of heinous crimes against children. The act should make the life sentence a minimum punishment for such crimes against children, and the death penalty should be the maximum punishment,” Khader said. “The kin of victims in crimes against children have the option to avail the services of private advocates. The government should relax procedures to make this process simple. All such cases should be heard in fast track courts to ensure speedy justice to victims, and sufficient protection needs to be given to the kin of victims,” Khader urged. Talking about the law and order situation in the nation, Khader said, “As per the National Crime Record Bureau, Karnataka stands in ninth place while the crime rate in other BJP ruled states is high.” On his campaign for the elections, Khader said, “I am not contesting to defeat my opponents. My contest is only to win.” He said a malicious campaign in which many lies are being told is being carried out by other political parties in his constituency to defeat him. “It is a fight between truth and lies being spread by other political parties. I have never asked the caste and religion of people who sought my help. Dakshina Kannada is not Uttar Pradesh. They cannot spread lies and win the election,” Khader said.
Jaitley takes oath as RS member for new term
Arun Jaitley taking oath as Rajya Sabha member for new term on Sunday. New Delhi, Apr 15 (IANS): Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, reelected to the Rajya Sabha last month, on Sunday took oath for a new sixyear term. “Took oath of office as Rajya Sabha member representing Uttar Pradesh,” Jaitley tweeted, attaching pictures of the oath-taking ceremony held in Rajya Sabha Chairman M. Venkaiah Naidu’s chamber in Parliament House here. Union Ministers A n a n t h Ku m a r, R av i Shankar Prasad, Prakash Javadekar, Piyush Goyal, Hardeep S. Puri, Vijay Goel and Shiv Pratap Shukla were present. Leader of Opposition in the Upper House Ghulam Nabi Azad and several senior BJP leaders,
including MPs Bhupender Yadav, Jagadambika Pal, Conrad Sangma and Karnataka’s former Chief Minister B.S. Yeddyurappa were also there. Jaitley was appointed Leader of the House on April 2 but could not take oath as a Rajya Sabha member for the fourth term earlier due to ill-health. Suffering from a kidney problem, he was admitted to the All India Institute of Medical Sciences here on April 6. He was slated to undergo a kidney transplant but was discharged after dialysis for three days since the donor’s organ “did not match”. While he was earlier elected to the Upper House for three consecutive terms from Gujarat, this time he has been elected from Uttar Pradesh.
Muslim personal laws under attack: AIMPLB
Patna, Apr 15 (IANS): The All India Muslim Personal Law Board’s General Secretary Maulana Wali Rahmani on Sunday said that Muslim personal laws were under attack since the BJP-led NDA government came to power. Rahmani, while addressing a large gathering of Muslims at a “Din Bachao Desh Bachao”(Save religion, save country)” rally at Gandhi Maidan here, warned that Muslims would not tolerate any more attacks on their personal laws and would continue to protest against it. Rahmani, who is also the head of the Imarat-e-Sharia, an influential Muslim body from Bihar, Jharkhand and Odisha, said: “We waited for four years, expecting that BJP would learn to run the nation as per the constitution. But we were wrong, take for instance Muslim personal laws which are under attack.
Not a single section of society happy with Modi, says Congress New Delhi, Apr 15 (IANS): The Congress on Sunday said not a single section of society is happy with the Modi government and that the actions of the BJP-led government have put the country and its Constitution in danger. “Initially we thought the farmers were unhappy with the government, then slowly the youth, then the Dalits and now the women. Tell me one section of society that is satisfied with the Modi government, is not unhappy or is not angry,” Congress leader Pawan Khera told reporters. On crimes against women, he said “Over the last 13 to 14 days, heartwrenching incidents have come from Kathua, Unnao, Surat, Assam, Sasaram
Pawan Khera and Jharkhand. And the Prime Minister takes 48 to 72 hours to merely pay lip service.” Also, he added, the Prime Minister broke his silence only after pressure from the media, social media, the opposition and Congress President Rahul Gandhi who led a midnight protest at India
Gate demanding safety for women. The Congress leader said if two BJP ministers in Jammu and Kashmir resigned after an eight-yearold girl was raped and murdered in Kathua district, why was Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath not removed after he tried defending BJP MLA Kuldeep Singh Sengar, the main accused in the gang rape of a 17-year-old woman in Uttar Pradesh’s Unnao district. Stressing that the actions and reactions of the Modi government have deeply disturbed the country, the Congress spokesman said: “Today, the country is in danger, the Constitution is in danger and all the institutions are in danger.”
Deputy CM among three BJP nominees for Bihar LC polls Patna, Apr 15 (IANS): Bihar Deputy Chief Minister Sushil Kumar Modi and Health Minister Mangal Pandey are among the three candidates whose names were announced for the Bihar Legislative Council polls by the ruling BJP on Sunday. Sanjay Paswan, a former Union Minister and Dalit face of the Bharatiya Janata Party in Bihar, is its third candidate. The opposition Congress -- part of the Rashtriya Janata Dal-led Grand Alliance along with Hindustani Awam Morcha (HAM) -- also announced the name of Prem Chandra Mishra. The Election Commission has announced April 26 as the polling date for the biennial elections to 11 Legislative Council seats that will fall vacant on May 6. BJP ally Janata Dal-United is yet to formally announce the names of three candidates. JD-U sources said that party President and Chief Minister Nitish Kumar will file the nomination on Monday, the last date for filing of papers along with two other candidates. Last week, the RJD announced the names of former Chief
Sushil Kumar Modi Minister Rabri Devi, Santosh Manjhi, son of another former Chief Minister and HAM chief Jitan Ram Manjhi, RJD state President Ram Chander Purve and Mohsin Qadir. While the terms of 10 sitting members will end on May 6, one seat fell vacant when Narendra Singh was disqualified on January 6, 2016, ahead of the end of his term on May 6, 2018.
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A wake up call
hock and anger against recent rapes at Unnao (UP) and Kathua (Jammu & Kashmir) have led to deep frustration against the state governments ruled by BJP and the Modi government for initially remaining aloof then attempting damage control. Even before the brutality of the two rape incidents in Unnao and Kathua could sink in, the nation was in for another shock, when a four-year old infant was raped and murdered at Gujarat’s Surat and the body left in a cricket field near the city’s Bhestan area. Rape victims who survive face the worst trauma that is likened to being murdered twice- the physical and the mental. There will be nationwide candle light vigil for the victims with the same expressions of righteous indignation repeated on camera. Only a new layer of a communal overtone has been added to the narrative . What has become a very discomforting observation, is that from earlier accusations of incompetence, this time the government and administration in the states, have been accused of complicity in shielding the guilty due to the political affiliation and religious domination of the alleged perpetrator and victim. In June 2017 at Unnao (UP) a 16-year old girl accused BJP legislator Kuldeep Singh Senar of rape. Her family complained to the UP Police who refused to file FIR against the MLA. The rape came to light only when the victim attempted to immolate herself in front of UP chief minister Yogi Adityanath’s residence on April 8,2018 after her father died in a jail after being beaten by Kuldip’s men including the police. The victim’s father was arrested on a complaint filed by Kuldeep Singh Senar’s side whereas, from June 2017 till April 8,2018 the UP police had done nothing to probe the matter to effect arrest of the accused MLA. The reason was not far and which was confirmed by what UP police chief said O.P.Singh at a press conference. When media questioned him for addressing the MLA as “honourable”, Singh replied that respect should be given to Kuldip since he was not a convict but that only a charge was levelled against him. In Yogi Adityanath’s UP, so-called fringe goons and thugs are having a free run of the state under the guise of protecting and defending the sentiments of the majority community against minority communities and whatever acts perpetrated are being defended and criminals shielded. The brutal rape and murder of eight-year old Asifa who had been missing in Rasana village since January 10 and confined inside a mandir and repeatedly raped by five men including two police SPOs has further shocked the nation. On January 17, her mutilated body was found, bearing the marks of gang rape. A retired government official, Sanji Ram instigated the entire crime with the aim of driving away the Bhakerwal Muslim community from the area. Those also involved who were arrested also included Special Police Officers (SPOs) Deepak Khajuria and Surinder Kumar, Parvesh Kumar, Vishal Jangotra and two policemen accused of cover-up such as Sub Inspector Anand Dutta and head constable Tilak Rai. BJP defended the MLA and some of the ministers took part in demonstration. However in the face of huge outcry, the two ministers were made to resign. Even lawyers blocked investigation and for which the Supreme Court has filed a separate case. This is not about politics but about a dangerous ideology that is gradually cementing the polarisation of India.
DailyDevotion The Failure To Pay Close Attention
The high places were not removed from Israel. Nevertheless the heart of Asa was loyal all his days. —2 Chronicles 15:17 Asa was not completely obedient in the outward, visible areas of his life. He was obedient in what he considered the most important areas, but he was not entirely right. Beware of ever thinking, “Oh, that thing in my life doesn’t matter much.” The fact that it doesn’t matter much to you may mean that it matters a great deal to God. Nothing should be considered a trivial matter by a child of God. How much longer are we going to prevent God from teaching us even one thing? But He keeps trying to teach us and He never loses patience. You say, “I know I am right with God”— yet the “high places” still remain in your life. There is still an area of disobedience. Do you protest that your heart is right with God, and yet there is something in your life He causes you to doubt? Whenever God causes a doubt about something, stop it immediately, no matter what it may be. Nothing in our lives is a mere insignificant detail to God. Are there some things regarding your physical or intellectual life to which you have been paying no attention at all? If so, you may think you are all correct in the important areas, but you are careless— you are failing to concentrate or to focus properly. You no more need a day off from spiritual concentration on matters in your life than your heart needs a day off from beating. As you cannot take a day off morally and remain moral, neither can you take a day off spiritually and remain spiritual. God wants you to be entirely His, and it requires paying close attention to keep yourself fit. It also takes a tremendous amount of time. Yet some of us expect to rise above all of our problems, going from one mountaintop experience to another, with only a few minutes’ effort.
The human body is the best picture of the human soul. ~ Ludwig Wittgenstein
rices remain a major concern of the RBI monetary policy amid rising global trade protectionism. The central bank apprehends that financial market volatility could derail the ongoing global recovery. It was not a unanimous decision to keep interest rates unchanged. At least one member Dr Michael Patra voted for a 0.25 percent increase considering the unstable situation. Nevertheless, the decision to maintain the rates has helped the stock market rally after a continuous fall for many weeks. This is an important cue for the policy makers to work for maintaining the prices or lowering it wherever possible. The RBI largely depends on the figures given by the Central Statistics Office (CSO). Its February 28 retail figures show a rise of 4.44 percent against 5.05 percent in January. The December 2017 food figures were the highest in 17 months. The moderation in January 2018 to 3.65 percent or February to 3.26 percent was higher than 2.01 percent a year ago. The moderation is ascribed to seasonal factors
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Prices have to be brought down
as prices are observed to be lowest in the winters. But the RBI is concerned that higher prices this winter may be an indicator for spurt in prices in later months. It means the new goods and services tax (GST) has not been able to reduce prices. Other factors that may have influenced prices are the rising fuel prices, highway tolls – raised by another 5 percent from April 1, municipal and panchayat tolls, transportation cost, imposition of profession tax in some states, rising rail, bus and other travel costs. The GST implementation had an adverse effect, according to RBI, on urban consumption through loss of output and employment in the labour-intensive unorganised sector. Net exports dragged down aggregate demand in 2017-18 due to a surge in imports and deceleration in exports in Q3, the latter being driven in part by GST related working capital disruptions, says RBI. Even the move to raise parking charges or congestion tax hits the prices of commodities. It is an irrational approach. The common man becomes a prey to falsified arguments that since
affluent Singapore does it India also need to do it. Putting such curbs on business has its draconian impact. It helps only the parking mafia, who amassed immense wealth in cities like Delhi by charging vehicles at high rates without solving the problem. The further move to raise it on the plea that land is scarce in such areas puts citizens at disadvantage. It makes the rich mafia richer. Interestingly, the argument that it increases revenue of civic bodies is incorrect. The civic bodies do not Shivaji get more than one-third of what the toll or parking mafia collect. Even the NHAI gets that much. The toll on entry of passenger taxis to Delhi or states of Haryana and others is a fallacy. The Constitution guarantees free movement of citizens. But the toll is transferred to the travelling citizen and the commercial vehicle does not pay a penny. It also adds to prices and consequent slowing down of the economy. Such tolls levied on vehicles carrying farm goods increase the retail prices for two reasons – high toll tax and loss of fuel. India is a classic ex-
ample of either static per capita income, or a falling one. India witnesses a slower growth of 8.3 percent at Rs 1,11,782 in 2017-18. In 2016-17, per capita income of Indians had grown by 9.7 percent to Rs 1,03,219. The highway tolls and their continuous spurt are also a dampener on the movement of goods and promotion of tourism. India is poised to have Rs 32 lakh crore tourism industry by 2028 but it has also witnessed some fall in individual highway Sarkar travelling as tolls are considered atrocious. Even many state governments find the expenses of their state road transport corporation buses have increased owing to such tolls. The daily rising fuel prices are also hitting the budget not only of the common man and farmers but the large industries as well. It has a debilitating impact on the industry. Whatever little growth is witnessed in the capital goods and consumer goods may come to a thaw if retail fuel prices remain at the world’s highest due to irrational price structuring and high central and state taxes.
Data for the past four years shows both Centre and states make large sums from petroleum products. For instance, in 2013-14, the Centre collected Rs 1.1 lakh crore as taxes from petroleum of which Rs 0.8 lakh crore was spent in payouts including subsidies. This gain increased to Rs 2.5 lakh crore in 2016-17. The government efforts for ‘make in India’ have led to increase in prices by unscrupulous Indian traders on many items. Spectacle sellers have increased prices of sub-standard goods as imports of South Korean ready-made spectacles have reduced. Pharmaceutical makers have not complied with government diktats to reduce medicine prices. The unstable situation is further stressed by increase in gold imports. The RBI says that external demand remains a weak link. Merchandise import growth has slowed because of gold imports; simultaneously export growth has also weakened. It is an indicator of further deterioration of balance of trade. Despite the forex reserves at high of $ 424 billion, if trade situation does not improve it can cause its erosion.
Another RBI concern is that the government expenditure largely is providing sustained support to aggregate demand. While the government should be appreciated, this cannot be a long-term solution. A sustained such effort leads to capacity building. But a long-term such approach can have its impact on fiscal deficit. A higher deficit can again be inflationary. Indian companies are making government efforts at maintaining prices difficult. The highway construction, toll gates, various other levies, high road and medical insurance and lower benefits increase their profits but when it comes to adhere to government regulations they take devious means. The government has to ponder over seriously on ways to keep prices in check, as lack of it hits the government itself the most and has perilous effect on the economy. The government services that fetch fees or tolls also benefit the private players more. Practically and politically it is important for the government to show its concern effectively on the price front.
Privacy risks in digital age Even as the debate over Aadhaar cards involving privacy of individuals continues to singe, the recent exposé that Cambridge Analytica had harvested personal details of millions of Facebook users to profile and target them for election campaigns across countries has naturally sent alarm bells ringing across the globe. In India too, its fallout was immediately felt as both the ruling alliance and opposition left no stone unturned to trade charges and indulged in mudslinging – accusing each other of having maintained links with under-fire UK-based data firm, if not hired its services. And with the exposé, the entire privacy issue in social media platforms was brought to the centre stage. For quite some time now, the roll out of 12digit unique identification number to each individual in the country has become a hot potato. While those opposing it has cited privacy intrusion clause, the government of the day is seemingly determined to push through the roll-out by
pointing out how lakhs of bogus beneficiaries of government welfare measures have been detected and their names struck off from such beneficiary lists. The instance of a journalist obtaining personal details of Aadhaar card holders by paying a bribe of Rs 500 to a government official some time back has only served to expose loophole in the existing process, besides providing the much-needed ammo to the opposition which had all along been highlighting the risk of a similar compromise of personal details of crore of Indian citizens to unscrupulous elements. And at the forefront of Aadhaar opponents are none other than the Left parties, besides the Congress, though the grand old party had ironically first initiated the move of introducing the card. Even the Supreme Court had red flagged the issue on a couple of occasions citing similar privacy issue. So, where do citizens stand in all these? Fact of the matter is today millions of individuals, not just in
India but across the globe, are at a potential risk of their personal details falling into wrong hands, courtesy social media platforms, internet, e-commerce websites, mobile apps, etc, and the list just goes on and on. While it may be justified to red flag Aadhaar card, what about the minefield of such information already readily available across several digital platforms? How many of us have really bothered to think of possible misuse of our personal details before sharing them across diverse platforms without batting an eyelid? Today, in every mobile app, from banking to car hire like Ola and Uber, individuals share their personal details at random without bothering to realise the potential risk. And not just personal details, many individuals even share some of their most private moments through emails and over popular platforms like WhatsApp. Also, in certain e-commerce websites, the customers are even required to provide their complete
bank account details, especially in case of refund, like in Amazon, one of the world’s leading e-commerce sites. Then, there are digital wallets like Paytm, Jio Money, Mobikwik, etc, in which customers provide their ATM-cumdebit card details. So, what about all these potentially falling into wrong hands, and hence their possible misuse? The prospect is simply too frightening. Similarly, availability of several platform-specific apps and devices to track their users and profile them just further goes to highlight how there has been a virtual deluge in trading of personal details already. The Cambridge Analytica controversy has merely served to lift the lid off such an insidious trade. While most of us may be under the delusion that deleting an account from any of these platforms will forever erase all our records, the reverse is true. All our personal details may be deleted from our personal handsets and devices, but there is no guarantee that all our private information
Oceans’ mysterious magnetic field is mapped from space
atellites circling Earth have mapped an elusive, invisible force in unprecedented detail: the magnetic field created by the currents in the planet’s salty oceans, according to new research. Most people are familiar with the powerful magnetic field produced by Earth’s molten iron core, but less is known about the field generated by its oceans. To learn more, the European Space Agency (ESA) directed three identical spacecraft, which the agency launched in 2013 and collectively calls Swarm, to map the mysterious magnetic field emanating from the oceans’ tides. [Earth from Above: 101 Stunning Images from Orbit] The new research, as well as the digital 3D map it helped create, is providing new insight into how the protective, cocoon-like magnetic shield is generated, as well as how it behaves and changes over time. The magnetic field — that is produced by the oceans, the molten core and rocks in the crust and upper mantle — protects the planet from streams of charged particles known as the solar wind. If these charged particles weren’t deflected by the magnetic field, they could jumble the navigation of satellites and aircraft and even interfere with electrical power grids, University of Leeds geophysicists Phil Livermore and Jon Mound wrote in an article for The Conversation. Not to mention, the radiation could wreak havoc on human health. To get a better handle on the forces contributing to this field, the researchers had Swarm map the oceans’ contributions to it with remarkable precision. The researchers chose to focus on the oceans because they make a tiny, but important contribution to the Earth’s overall magnetic field. The salt within seawater can conduct electricity.
And oceans don’t remain still; rather, they move in cycles, up and down. As the tides cycle through the world’s oceans, that salty water essentially tugs on the magnetic field above our planet. “We have used Swarm to measure the magnetic signals of tides from the ocean surface to the seabed, which gives us a truly global picture of how the ocean flows at all depths — and this is new,” Nils Olsen, the head of geomagnetism at the Technical University of Denmark, said in a statement. The magnetic field generated by the oceans is quite small. “It’s about 2 [to] 2.5 nanotesla at satellite altitude, which is about 20,000 times weaker than the Earth’s global magnetic field,” Olsen told BBC News. The newly analyzed data will give researchers a more nuanced view of how the oceans are affected by climate change, Olsen noted. “Since oceans absorb heat from the air, tracking how this heat is being distributed and stored, particularly at depth, is important for understanding our changing climate,” Olsen said in the statement. Moreover, the tidal magnetic signal, in turn, induces a weak magnetic response from deep under the seabed, he said. The research is the latest discovery Swarm has gathered with respect to Earth’s magnetic field. Last year, researchers announced that the spacecraft had helped map magnetic signals emitted by Earth’s outer shell, known as the lithosphere, Live Science previously reported. The new research, which has yet to be published in a peer-reviewed journal, was presented yesterday (April 10) at the 2018 European Geosciences Union meeting in Vienna. Laura Geggel
will not be stored in servers of these giant platforms till eternity. Thus, most of us have already compromised our privacy. Meanwhile, while it is for the experts to come up to a definite conclusion over its pros and cons, Aadhaar just pales into insignificance compared to the minefield of personal information already available across platforms today due to sharing of personal details by millions of users. In fact, the steady march towards exposing and thus making ourselves vulnerable to the web of all kinds of possible machinations at the behest of vested players began with the onset of digital age. It was only further amplified in recent times with the apps becoming popular across age groups and societies. Though, after having learnt its obvious pitfalls, prudence would require that we restrain ourselves from foraying into such platforms, but it is also equally difficult to do without. No wonder, apps like WhatsApp are becoming
popular by the day even for professional reasons. Nevertheless, the danger is just too real than we actually imagine, and Cambridge Analytica controversy has only served to highlight this fact. But strangely enough, the opponents of Aadhaar seem to be perfectly alright at unknown private players from locations outside the country snooping at us and harvesting our personal data from various platforms even without our knowledge, but only opposed to a government initiative that aims to mark citizens of this country individually. And nothing explains this queer dichotomy better than the Left’s stand on the issue. While the Left parties are opposed to Aadhaar in India, their counterparts in China regularly snoop at its citizens using Chinese versions of social media platforms like WeChat, Renren, Weibo, Youku Tudou, etc, and in some of which even live streaming is banned. Anirban Choudhury, Guwahati, Assam
Responsible usage of social media
Now that the dust is beginning to settle down on the issue of DGP Nagaland, it is pertinent to question ourselves as to whether it is justified to publish everything that is passed on social media. Social media has certainly helped in making life easier for us, as we can get all information on our fingertips for greater knowledge. It is however unfortunate that social media has in Nagaland become somewhat threatening and pervasive into the privacy of homes and even work places. Is it pertinent for anyone to just take a photo of confidential, government document and post it on WhatsApp as if it is child’s play. How can such things be allowed and who are these people who have access to documents not meant for them in the first place. This is setting a very wrong precedent for younger generation and it does not behove well that matters of state should become our kitchen gossip. Whichever government is in ruling or whoever is the particular designated minister, it should be understood by those working closely with these ministers to have some work ethics. Important documents and papers which are solely the prerogative of the minister concerned and department secretary etc should not be leaked in social media. Even the numerous press secretaries or assistants of the elected members must refrain from passing on information which is not for common consumption. It is very sad that in our state, when we talk of transparency it is misunderstood and sometimes the facts are all distorted due to hasty disclosure on social media. Responsible usage of social media should be taught not only in schools and colleges but at the adult level as well. Lanutemsu Imchen, Bayavu Hill Kohima
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UP cop suspended over leaked audio clip of ‘encounter deal’
Sunit Kumar Singh (L) and Lekhraj Singh Yadav.
Lucknow, APr 15 (AGENCIES): A senior police officer has been suspended in Uttar Pradesh after an audio clip of him allegedly striking a deal with a history-sheeter over a “planned encounter” went viral. The clip was reportedly recorded by former block pramukh Lekhraj Singh Yadav, who has more than 70 cases registered against him and is out on bail, during his phone conversation with Maunranipur police station SHO Sunit Kumar Singh. In the audio clip, Singh is purportedly heard informing Yadav about
a “planned encounter” against him and advises the former legislator to “manage” local BJP leaders to “save” himself. “The encounter season is on... Your mobile number is under surveillance and you will be killed soon. I suggest you manage Sanjay Dubey (BJP district president) and Rajeev Singh Paricha (BJP MLA from Babina). Only then can you get some relief, otherwise anything can happen,” Singh is alleged to have said. “We are the biggest criminals. I have killed many people and thrown them away. You are a good
man, god is with you... But my history is very bad and my future bright,” the senior policeman allegedly said. Hours after the alleged phone conversation on Friday, a police team led by Singh landed at Yadav’s hideout in Mauranipur’s Harkaranpura village to arrest him. However, Yadav and his associates opened fire on the police and escaped. An FIR was subsequently lodged against Yadav and his two sons under Section 307 (Attempt to Murder). Yadav is said to have leaked the clip to the media after the cop reneged on his alleged deal to “protect” him. News18 could not independently verify the authenticity of the audio clip. After the audio clip went viral, an inquiry was ordered into the entire episode. “It’s a serious matter that a police officer is trying to bargain with a criminal. We have suspended the SHO and ordered a probe,”
said SSP Jhansi Vinod Kumar Singh. The controversy comes amid criticism of the UP Police’s ‘encounter spree’. Close to 1,200 encounters in a year have led to the death of 34 alleged criminals, left 265 injured and got 2744 history-sheeters arrested in the state. The highest numbers of encounters were reported from Meerut zone — 449. This was followed by Agra zone which reported 210 encounters. Third on the list was Bareilly zone with 196 encounters and then came Kanpur zone with 91 shootouts. The least number of police encounters were in CM’s constituency of Gorakhpur. Countering Opposition criticism over the unusually high rate of encounters, CM Yogi Adityanath had said in the Assembly that it is “unfortunate that some people are showing sympathy for criminals. This is dangerous for democracy”.
Mecca Masjid blast case verdict likely on Monday
HYDERABAD, APR 15 (AGENCIES): A special NIA court here is expected to pronounce the judgement Monday in the 2007 case of Mecca Masjid blast which claimed nine lives. The fourth additional metropolitan sessions-cum-special court for NIA cases had concluded the trial and last week posted the case for judgement on April 16. The blast at the historic Mecca Masjid here on May 18, 2007 during Friday prayers had also left 58 others injured. After initial investigation by the local police, the case was transferred to the Central Bureau Of Investigation (CBI), which filed a charge sheet. Subsequently, the National Investigation Agency (NIA) took over the case from the CBI in 2011. Ten persons allegedly belonging to right-wing organisations were named as accused in the case. However, only five of them- Devendra Gupta, Lokesh Sharma, Swami Aseemanand alias Naba Kumar Sarkar, Bharat Mohanlal Rateshwar alias Bharat Bhai and Rajendra Chowdhary- were arrested and faced trial in the case.
7 Wka-Merapani Highway: LH sets Apr 30 deadline...
(From p-1) Alleging that no NHIDCL personnel were available at work site and that the work was not being supervised by any technical personnel, LH also accused the corporation of not opening any local coordination office at Wokha. The statement lamented that despite sincere efforts by the community organisations, the contractor had till date not started the widening work and instead had constructed culverts and started collecting stone chips, probably for carpeting. The statement further pointed out that the contract work was for rehabilitationcum-upgrade of the road to a two-lane highway with carriageway of 7 metres in plain areas and 5.50 metres in hill section, and hence the
New Delhi, Apr 15 (AGENCIES): Pakistan has violated established diplomatic protocols by preventing visiting Sikh pilgrims from meeting the Indian envoy and other diplomats based in Islamabad, the Ministry of External Affairs said on Sunday. A press statement issued by the ministry
opment department also functioned as commissioner of MGNREGS under Sub Section 1 of Section 21 of the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MGNREGA), 2005, which provided for establishment of State Employment Guarantee Scheme Fund (SEGF) referred to as State Fund for the purpose of implementation of the scheme. He said powers conferred therein under clause (e) sub-section (2) of Section 32 of MGNREGA provided rules to manage receipt, transfer and utilisation of financial resources under the Act through
the SEGF and added that the Act empowered commissioner of the scheme for the above mentioned activities. In pursuant to the powers, no fund could be released without prior approval of the commissioner, who was the principal secretary of rural development department, in the instant case. These include sanctioning of fund with administrative approval of the works released to all DRDAs, blocks and village development boards (VDBs), he pointed out. The principal secretary further explained that operational guidelines of 2013 from the Union
Rural Development Ministry at Para 12.4 – online submission of proposals for release of funds, 1st Tranche (page 101) – clearly stipulated that “after receipt of Central Share Fund, the State Fund would be transferred to DRDAs and VBDs based on assessment of requirement & availability of fund with districts.” As the State was yet to migrate into the Electronic Fund Management System (e-FMS) platform, skeletal online transfer through banks was being effected to DRDAs presently, he clarified. Conversion to full eFMS was on the pipeline,
which would bring more transparency and accountability in implementation of MGNREGS, he added. Kire lamented that NPF had gone ahead in making personalised attacks against him without ascertaining facts from him. He informed that he took over the department only April 1,2018. He lamented that society today was wracked with “an unhealthy trend of blame games and insinuations through the press and media” , no amount of subsequent clarifications and reactions would convince the gullible public.
conveyed to Islamabad that by disallowing such a meeting, it has gone against an established convention. “A standard practice has been that the Indian High Commission’s consular/protocol team is attached with visiting pilgrims, to perform consular and protocol duties, like helping out in medical or family emergencies. However, this year, the consular team has been denied access to Indian Sikh pilgrims. The team could not meet the pilgrims on their arrival at Wagah Railway Station on April 12. Similarly, it was
denied entry into Gurdwara Panja Sahib on April 14, for a scheduled meeting with pilgrims there,” said the official press release. India said that by denying the meeting, Pakistan has displayed diplomatic discourtesy and stated, “..these incidents constitute a clear violation of the Vienna Convention of 1961, the bilateral Protocol to visit Religious Shrines, 1974 and the Code of Conduct (for the treatment of diplomatic/ consular personnel in India and Pakistan) of 1992, recently reaffirmed by both countries.”
Giving a point by point rejoinder, Kire also rejected the NPF Press Bureau’s claim then NPF government had ensured release of the RD fund and termed it as “totally misleading and incorrect”. Kire said fund for the flagship MGNREGS is released in tranches to a state based on the labour budget approved by Empowered Committee of Union Rural Development Ministry. He said fund was released on the basis of the state’s performance, which include financial and physical progress.
Kire further asserted that the sanction could have been released during the tenure of NPF government, but that the NPF claim that it had ensured the release as the labour demand for the financial year for all 74 blocks, was already predetermined on the principle of “Labour Demand uploaded in the MIS” of the Union Rural Development Ministry site. Responding to NPF quer y on whether the principal secretary was delegated with financial powers for allocation of fund to DRDAs and villages, Kire explained that principal secretary or secretary of the rural devel-
and hence the need for its upgrading and widening to a two-lane highway, it added. Meanwhile, threatening to take their own course of action, the Lotha organisations through the apex tribal body demanded starting of all widening works for the three packages (I, II and III) and said all personnel of M/s CS Infraconstruction Ltd would henceforth have to produce their appointment orders, along with their identity cards, to Monitoring & Vigilance Committee of Lotha Hoho. They also asked the company to stop all works, except widening earthwork, till completion of the widening work. The statement also cautioned that M/s CS Infraconstruction Ltd and NHIDCL would be held responsible, should there be any untoward incident.
MEA slams Pak for violating protocol
L. Kire asks NPF to prove allegations (From p-1)
formation cutting included shoulders as well as provision for drain. Accusing the contractor of bringing only a few backhoe fuel loaders (three or four) and an equal number of dippers for the entire stretch and not doing any widening earthwork so far, LH said beneficiary stakeholders were wondering as to how the contractor would do the widening after constructing culverts and other second and third stage works. As per the specifications, the total road width was 34 feet in plain section and 29 feet in the hills, the apex Lotha body said, adding that the road width included paved shoulders on two sides of the runway and side drain of 2-feet width. The existing road width was narrow (hardly 18 feet)
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IDBI prepares roadmap for NPA reduction Mumbai, Apr 15 (PTI): State-owned IDBI Bank has prepared a comprehensive plan for improving its financial health and reducing stressed assets in light of RBI’s recent communication pointing out various weaknesses in the lender. The bank has also identified various non-core assets and real estate properties for sale to shore up its capital, sources said. The bank, which is one of the richest in terms of real estate assets, recently got them valued at market rate and made it part of core capital, sources said, adding that this has strengthened the balance sheet of the lender. Last month, the bank concluded a deal to sell one of its buildings located in Bandra Kurla Complex (BKC) in the city to the market regulator Securities
and Exchange Board of India (Sebi) for about Rs 1,000 crore. This was in addition to a strong dose of capital infusion to the tune of Rs 7,881 crore on March 27. This was the remaining portion of capital infusion of Rs 10,610 crore planned by the Government of India for IDBI Bank for 2017-18, aimed at meeting the minimum Tier 1 capital requirements of IDBI Bank. A sum of Rs 2,729 crore was infused last year. Prior the recent series of capital infusion, the government had 77.8 per cent stake in the bank. RBI, in its communication to the Finance Ministry, had also raised the need for more robust risk assessment and improvement in credit underwriting standard. The bank is in the process of addressing these two concerns,
sources said. It is to be noted that IDBI Bank is under RBI’s prompt corrective action (PCA) framework. Gross non-performing loans were pegged at Rs 50,622 crore at the end of December 2017, 24.72 per cent of advances. It reported a net loss of Rs 1,542 crore in the December 2017 quarter. Strategies have been drawn to ensure that the NPAs are reduced in a structured manner by taking help of Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code (IBC) and other means, sources said. Further, RBI’s recent guidelines have also set strict timeline for recovery of various stressed assets under the IBC. The central bank has withdrawn the mechanism which included Corporate Debt Restructuring Scheme, Strategic Debt Restructuring Scheme (SDR) and Scheme for Sustainable Structuring of Stressed Assets (S4A). The Joint Lenders’ Forum (JLF) as an institutional mechanism for resolution of stressed accounts was also discontinued.
business ICICI Securities Q4 net profit up 91% Mumbai, Apr 15 (IANS): Investment services firm ICICI Securities (ISec) on Saturday reported an exponential rise of 91 per cent in its fourth quarter net profit. According to the company, its net profit under the quarter under review increased to Rs 159 crore from Rs 83 crore reported in the same period last year. This is the first time the company has declared its results since making a stock market debut earlier this month. “For the full year, ISec’s revenues went up 32 per cent to Rs 1,859 crore against Rs 1,404 crore in FY17,” the company said in a statement. “Net profit rose 65 per cent to Rs 558 crore versus Rs 339 crore in FY17. Return on net worth (RoNW) for the year, a key indicator of capital efficiency, improved by eight percentage points to 85 per cent, against FY17.” The company’s Board recommended a final dividend of Rs 3.90 per equity share of face value of Rs 5, taking the total dividend for the year to Rs 9.40 per share, against Rs 6.36 per share in FY17.
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‘RBI’s decree will shatter cryptocurrency business’ New Delhi, Apr 15 (IANS): The Reserve Bank of India’s announcement on cryptocurrency has not only stirred the market but left both the traders and investors in a state of loss with many of them thinking of wrapping up their operations. “This unprecedented move by the RBI has stirred the market and impacted the industry at various levels. The exchanges have witnessed a steep decline in daily trade volumes and price fall for all tokens. In addition, traders who were looking at long-term investment through crypto assets will suffer heavy losses, especially those who have made hefty investments, out of their livelihood savings,” Rahul Raj, Co-Founder and CEO, Koinex, told IANS. While Praveenkumar Vijayakumar, Founder and CEO, Belfrics Global, said the announcement is an end of the road for many Indian exchanges and a clear letdown for new investors, it is not going to have much effect on cryptocurrency transactions in the long run. “As and when global prices advance, Indians will find their way to get these assets through p2p (peer-to-peer) markets,” he
told IANS. “Nowhere it is stated that cryptos are illegal. The only thing which has been stopped is banking service. If anybody can justify the cash amount for which they buy or sell the cryptoassets, the trading goes on,” Bharat Verma, CEO and co-founder, Pluto Exchange, told IANS. Last week, the RBI, in its first bi-monthly Monetary Policy Committee meeting of this fiscal, announced that regulated entities already providing services to any individual or business dealing in digital currencies have been given three months to exit the relationship. “The RBI has cautioned on at least three occasions members of the public and users of virtual currency regarding risks they are exposing themselves to through these cryptocurren-
cies,” RBI Deputy Governor B.P. Kanungo said. “We have now decided to fence RBI-regulated entities from the risk of dealing with entities associated with virtual currencies. They are required to stop having a business relationship with entities dealing with virtual currencies forthwith, and unwind the existing relationship within three months,” he added. “This move by the RBI might see an irreversible negative ripple effect across the ecosystem. So, overall, the mood in the market is dismal,” said Rahul Raj. The industry stakeholders also rued the fact that they were not consulted before RBI took its decision. “Before taking this decision, industry participants were not consulted, public debates were not initiated and public opinion polls were not undertaken. Even
the findings of the committee were not published. The world is moving towards more efficient money and technology. We currently have billions of dollars being transacted in the form of cryptocurrencies, in a much more efficient and faster way than any central bank in the world can perform,” said Vijayakumar. Belfrics stopped its cryptocurrency exchange operations in India when the banks had shut down its accounts. “Our blockchain technology division is very active in India as we serve government and private enterprises for blockchainrelated consultancy and product development,” he added. Headquartered in Malaysia, the Belfrics exchange is currently active in Kenya, Dubai, Malaysia, Singapore, Bahrain, Hong Kong, China and Indonesia. “This knee-jerk move by the RBI has adversely impacted the industry, but the directive has also given financial institutions a time frame to settle all the pending transactions with the exchanges. So, effectively, this time allotted can be used by traders to wisely transact on their crypto-assets. It is business as usual, at present,” Rahul Raj said.
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materially impact the inflows from FIIs into Indian markets, he added. Since late 2016, however, domestic inflows have acted as a fine counterbalance for the volatile FII flows and helped prop the Indian equity markets, he said. On sectors which are loosing out equity exposure, Srivastava said that despite S&P BSE Realty sector clocking a staggering 106 per cent return in 2017, most of the managers stayed away from investing in core real estate stocks, which is evident from an average exposure of 0.4 per cent in December 2017 to the sector. At the same time, he observed that managers are
quite actively investing in niche sector like Insurance companies (Both life and non-life). “Asset Management companies is another space where we could see some activity as some more line up in 2018 after Reliance Nippon Life Asset Management’s listing in late 2017. This space is exciting from a manager’s perspective as there are very few listed names, the industry growth rate is quite exciting, though high valuations could be a dampener,” he said.
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the news of various scams like the ongoing PNB fraud case, “managers may trim down their exposure to public sector banks in the wake of recent developments and invest in some well managed private sector banks and NBFCs”. He said: “They may adopt a wait and watch approach towards investing in public sector banks until more clarity emerges on the steps that the RBI/ government would take to address the NPA issues faced by them.” Global factors such as the trade wars between US-China, geopolitical tensions and US interest rate movements are playing on manager’s minds and could
self in the region of Rs 1,500 crore by FY 20192020,” Blackberrys Director Nikhil Mohan told . Blackberrys, which had started its journey from the bylanes of Chandni Chowk in 1991, had closed FY 2017-18 with a revenue of around Rs 900 crore. The company presently operates 240 brand stores in which 185 are the company operated stores and rest are franchise operated. In the coming new 100 stores, which the company
Like last year, the equity portfolio managers would continue to position their portfolio to benefit from the turnaround in the Indian economy and low interest rate scenario, Morningstar Investment Adviser India Senior Research Analyst Himanshu Srivastava told PTI. “The focus would continue to be on sectors such as consumer cyclical and financial services which are rate-sensitive in nature and stand to benefit from economic turnaround. We are also seeing some early signs of interest on Technology stocks, but it will continue to be stock specific approach in the sector,” he said. Srivastava believes that while there would not be any significant change in the sector’s positioning in the portfolios even after
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New Delhi, Apr 15 (PTI): Menswear brand Blackberrys aims to grow over 60 per cent in two years to register Rs 1,500 crore turnover by FY2020, as the company is expanding its sales network, said a top company official. The company, which operates three brands -Blackberrys, Blackberrys Causals and Urban - has plans to add 100 new stores this fiscal. “We are expecting 25 per cent this fiscal and the next fiscal and we see our-
plans to open this fiscal, 35 will be company owned and rest 65 would be franchise operated. The company is now planning for a push towards southern markets with its three brands. “Our biggest focus is South India, which is a large market for the industry. Our participation is there low right now,” Mohan said, adding that the company had created logistics infrastructures to help growth in the region. Presently, its exclusive retail stores contributes almost 50 per cent in sales volume, while the rest come from multi brand outlets and other channels. Online sales contribute around six per cent of the total sales, Mohan added.
Mumbai, Apr 15 (PTI): The financial services sector is likely to remain the top pick for equity investments for fund managers this year but they may trim exposure to public sector banks (PSBs) following the recent scams and invest in some well managed private lenders and NBFCs, says an analyst. According to mutual fund tracker Morningstar India, equity funds exposure to the sector in 2017 was highest at nearly 28 per cent and the trend is likely to continue this year as well. Combined with basic materials and consumer cyclical, rate-sensitive financial services has been a favourite among the Indian managers for a long time as these three account for more than 50 per cent of the portfolios of equity funds.
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US warns Syria: We are ‘locked and loaded’
already been dispatched to Damascus and they are expected to visit Douma this weekend. But the OPCW will not seek to establish - and publicly announce - who was responsible for the attack, which is what the UK, US and France want to see. The new, Wester ndrafted resolution calls for the OPCW to release their report within 30 days.
Syria’s Assistant Foreign Minister Ayman Sousan told the BBC his government welcomed the OPCW delegation. “The work of the mission is in the interest of the Syrian state as it will uncover the lies, hypocrisy and the misinformation of the sides which had promoted the alleged use of chemical weapons,” he said. British Foreign Sec-
retary Boris Johnson told the BBC the strikes in Syria were meant to signal that “enough is enough” and their “primary purpose is to say no to the use of barbaric chemical weapons”. An emergency meeting was held by the UN Security Council on Saturday, leading to some bitter exchanges. Russia sought to secure a collective condemnation of the early morning air strikes. However, out of the 15-member council, only China and Bolivia voted in favour of the Russian resolution. Russia’s UN envoy, Vasily Nebenzia, read out a quote from President Vladimir Putin accusing the US, UK and France of “cynical disdain” in acting without waiting for the OPCW’s findings. US envoy Nikki Haley said she had spoken to President Trump: “And he said: ‘If the Syrian regime uses this poisonous gas again, the United States is locked and loaded.’” She added: “We cannot stand by and let Russia trash every international norm and allow use of chemical weapons to go unanswered.”
Pak PM invites parties 2 killed, 5 injured for talks on new provinces in attack on ISLAMABAD, APR 15 (PTI): Amid growing demand for bifurcating Punjab and Sindh provinces, Pakistan Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi has invited all political parties to a dialogue to reach a consensus on the issue of creation of new provinces, according to media reports today. The prime minister criticised the setting up of the South Punjab Province Front and the leaders who announced its formation recently. He said that mere holding of press conferences could not create new provinces in Pakistan. Abbasi said all political parties should hold a dialogue on the issue of creation of new provinces in accordance with the demands of the people of Punjab, Sindh, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Balochistan, Dawn newspaper reported. He was speaking at a road opening event in Khairpur Daha near Uch Sharif, about 70km from here Bahawalpur city in Punjab province. Pa k i s t a n h a s f o u r provinces, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Punjab, Sindh and Balochistan. Punjab is Pakistan’s second largest
province by area, after Balochistan. PTI AKJ Abbasi said that no political party could ensure the setting up of a new province all by itself because no party could amend the Constitution alone. All the parties should strive to forge a consensus through dialogue, he said. The formation of new provinces might be in the best interest of the country. Abbasi referred to the demand for the creation of Hazara province as well as for other federating units in Punjab, Sindh, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Balochistan. He mentioned the adoption of two resolutions in the Punjab assembly in the last two years, about the restoration of Bahawalpur province and creation of South Punjab province. It was the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz, he said, that had ensured the passage of the two resolutions. The constitutional amendment, however, could not be passed through the efforts of just one party, he said. Abbasi asked the leaders of the South Punjab Province Front to wait for the people’s verdict on the issue, as the general election was approaching fast.
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Karachi, Apr 15 (PTI): At least two people were killed and five others wounded when unidentified men opened fire on worshippers exiting a church after the Sunday service in Quetta, media reports said today. The bike-bor ne assailants today targeted the church in Essa Nagri area of the city, Express Tribune reported. Two people were killed in the attack, police said, adding the injured have been hospitalised. After the attack, the community members with dead bodies staged a protest demonstration and blocked roads disrupting traffic, alleging government’s “failure” to end attacks on Christians, according to the report. Meanwhile, Balochistan Home Minister Mir Sarfaraz Bugti condemned the attack and expressed sorrow over the loss of lives. The minister also assured action against the culprits, it said. The attack comes two weeks after four members of a Christian family were gunned down in Quetta a day after the community celebrated Easter on April 1.
Don’t be warrior nation or China pawn: ex-envoy Haqqani to Pak First Rohingya family New Delhi, Apr 15 (PTI): Pakistan should become a “trading nation” rather than a “warrior nation” while ensuring it does not turn into China’s pawn, Islamabad’s former envoy to the US, Husain Haqqani, has said. In an interview to PTI, Haqqani said Pakistan also needs to take a call on what is more important – supporting terror suspect Hafiz Saeed or gaining international credibility and respect. Amid the consolidation of the already-robust Sino-Pak ties, Haqqani, who served as ambassador to the US from 2008 to 2011, stressed Pakistan should not go from being dependent on the US to relying on China and must refrain from becoming a “Chinese pawn”. “Pakistan needs to build a self-sustaining economy,” he said, warning Islamabad
of the pitfalls of aligning with a major power. Haqqani, who was in India last week for the launch of his new book ‘Reimagining Pakistan: Transforming a Dysfunctional Nuclear State’, said the country needs to “re-think its overall direction”, including in the economic sector. Pakistan should become a “trading nation rather than a warrior na-
tion” and start thinking about geo-economics rather than geo strategy, said the 61-year-old former diplomat and author of ‘Pakistan Between Mosque and Military’ and ‘India v Pakistan: Why Can’t We Just Be Friends?’, among other books. “Trying to take advantage of its strategic location by allowing itself to be used by one major power or another has brought Pakistan to the present situation and if we continue to play the same game, the result is not going to be very different in the future,” he said. While Islamabad should seek good relations with Beijing, “there is no reason why Pakistan should become a Chinese pawn in the mistaken belief ” that this would somehow make it a power in its own right, he said when asked if Pakistan’s dependence on China
could prove counterproductive. His remarks assume significance as in January, the US had suspended more than USD 1.15 billion security assistance to Pakistan, accusing it of harbouring terror groups such as the Afghan Taliban and Afghan guerilla group Haqqani Network. After US President Donald Trump had lashed out at Pakistan earlier this year for providing “safe havens” to terrorists, China had defended Islamabad, saying the world community should acknowledge its allweather ally’s “outstanding contribution” to counter terrorism. Asked if America’s tougher stance against terror would push Islamabad into a robust military alliance with Beijing, Haqqani said the more America and India came close, the more Pakistan would try to strengthen
its ties with China. “But, for Pakistan’s own sake, it would be useful to have relationships with multiple partners. Dependence on the US did not prove useful for Pakistan in the 50s and 60s; dependence on China will not necessarily be the key to Pakistan’s progress in the 21st century,” said Haqqani, who lives in the US, where he is Senior Fellow and Director for South and Central Asia at the Washington-based Hudson Institute. Haqqani was removed as Pakistan’s envoy to the US for his alleged role in what is known as the Memogate controversy, which revolved around a memorandum seeking help from the Obama administration after the killing of Osama bin Laden to avert a military takeover of the civilian government in his country.
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Nay Pyi Taw, Apr 15 (IANS): Myanmar authorities announced on Sunday it has repatriated the first family of Rohingya refugees who fled to Bangladesh, despite a UN warning that it is not safe to return. Some 700,000 Rohingya fled Rakhine state to escape a brutal military campaign that began last August, reports the BBC. The authorities said that five members of a “Muslim” family arrived at a “repatriation camp” on Saturday, and were provided with supplies and National Verification Cards. The state does not use the word Rohingya. The card is a form of ID that does not grant citi-
zenship, and has been rejected by Rohingya leaders in the Bangladesh camps. On Saturday, just a day before Myanmar’s announcement of the Rohingya family’s arrival, the UN refugee agency warned that conditions in Myanmar were “not yet conducive for returns to be safe, dignified, and sustainable”, the BBC reported. While refugee camps in Bangladesh continue to receive new arrivals in small numbers, Myanmar claims it is ready to receive returnees. But the UN insists it Myanmar’s responsibility to the Rohingya goes beyond “the preparation of physical infrastructure to facilitate logistical arrangements”.
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Beijing, Apr 15 (PTI): A mentally ill passenger Sunday tried to hold a flight attendant hostage using a fountain pen as a weapon, forcing an Air China flight bound for Beijing to make an unscheduled landing. Air China Flight 1350 from Changsha to Beijing was diverted to Zhengzhou after a crew member was held hostage by the male passenger. The Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) said the man used a pen to threaten the crew member. The flight took off from Changsha, the capital of southern Hunan province, at 8:40am (local time) and was scheduled to arrive at Beijing Capital International Airport at about 11:00am. But it made the unscheduled landing at Zhengzhou Xinzheng International Airport, in central Henan province, at 9:58am, according to Henan Airport Group. “The incident was successfully dealt with at 1:17 p.m. and passengers and crew members are safe,” the CAAC said. A 41-year-old man from Anhua with a “history of mental illness” has been taken into custody over the incident, Shanghai-based online news outlet ‘The Paper’ quoted police as saying. All passengers on board the flight were safely evacuated through the rear exit and the man was subdued after 1pm, Hong Kong based South China Morning Post reported. “Presently the airport is operating as normal,” the Henan Province Airport Group said.
alleged use of chemical weapons, AFP news agency reported. Similar previous plans have been vetoed by Russia. UK Prime Minister Theresa May has blamed Russian obstruction for the need to launch military strikes, saying they left “no practicable alternative”. Inspectors from the independent Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) had
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This photo provided by the U.S. Air National Guard shows 34th Expeditionary Bomb Squadron B-1B Lancer aircraft departing from Al Udeid Air Base, Qatar, early Saturday. (AP/PTI)
Lo n d o n, A p r 1 5 (Agencies): President Donald Trump has warned Syria’s government the US is “locked and loaded” to strike again if it carries out chemical attacks. The warning came after the US, UK and France struck three Syrian sites in response to a suspected deadly chemical attack in the town of Douma a week ago. Syria denies any chemical use and says that attack was fabricated by rebels. A UN Security Council vote brought by Syria’s ally, Russia, to condemn the USled strikes was rejected. The wave of strikes represents the most significant attack against President Bashar al-Assad’s government by Western powers in seven years of Syria’s civil war. While Western powers have supported rebels from early on in the war, they have not intervened directly against Syrian government forces. After the failure of the Russian motion, the US, UK and France circulated a new draft resolution to UN Security Council members, calling for an independent investigation into Syria’s
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denies building Marvel doesn’t want a repeat of Bon Jovi’s legendary Rock and Sheeran railing outside home what’s worked well: Robert Downey Jr Roll Hall of Fame induction speech E A
on Jovi were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame last night (April 15) at a ceremony in Cleveland. Radio host Howard Stern inducted the band into the annals of rock history while each member of the band shared lengthy speeches about their 35 year long history, reports Rolling Stone. Bon Jovi reunited with their original line up at the event. Bassist Alec John Such left the band in 1993, while guitarist Richie Sambora departed in 2013. But the pair rejoined former bandmates Jon Bon Jovi, drummer Tico Torres and keyboardist David Bryan on stage once more. Jon Bon Jovi began: “I’ve been writing this speech since I
first strummed the broom and sang at the top of the stairs of my childhood home. Some days I write the thank you speech, other days, I write the fuck-you speech.” “Whoever played in a garage dreams of being in a big rock band and I was no different. I began in my buddy’s basement and in the back yard. We played in the local talent show, came in second place, worked up to block dances and then the clubs where we got a glimpse of what we thought was the big time.” After a full chronology of the history of the band, JBJ concluded: “‘it’s about time’, because time is the most precious commodity we have. I thank my lucky stars for the time that I have
to spend with each one of you, Alec, Richie, Hugh, Tico, David, to you, to us, to all of you, tonight the band that agreed to do me a favour stands before you so I can say thank you for making this dream live on.” I n D e c e m b e r, Jo n Bon Jovi responded to the news of their induction and said the band were: “really pleased, obviously, relieved, humbled.” The likes of Radiohead, Kate Bush, Rage Against The Machine, Depeche Mode, Eurythmics, MC5, LL Cool J and Judas Priest were overlooked by the Hall of Fame this year. Asked about this, Bon Jovi replied: “I feel like everybody who was nominated should get in.” (NME)
d Sheeran has slammed a story reported by the Sun that suggested he was building railings around his house to keep out people experiencing homelessness. The original report claimed that the singersongwriter was planning to build a five-foot set of railings in front of London house to ‘keep out the homeless’. Sheeran has since responded to the story on Instagram referencing his past work with the charities Shelter and Crisis – both of which work to end homelessness. “Dear Natalie Edwards from the Sun newspaper. Your story is bollocks, I have done lots of work in the past for crisis and shelter and would never build railings outside my home for that reason.” Sheeran wrote. “The reason was to keep the paps that you employ from being on my doorstep. Have a good day”. However, his building agent Paul Smith did say in the planning application that one of the reasons for installing the privacy measures was “preventing opportunities for rough sleeping”. But Sheeran is having a hard time getting permission from the local council
as neighbours had previously objected to the three sets of vertical fencing on the grounds that they were “detrimental to the conservation area”. Meanwhile, Sheeran was recently mistaken for Prince Harry on a commemorative plate. The souvenir plate is on sale on the online marketplace Etsy, and was spotted by former royal chef Darren McGrady. “Loving all the #PrinceHarry and #MeghanMarkle memorabilia,” he tweeted. “Just think some companies should do a little more research first.” This isn’t Ed Sheeran’s first run-in with royalty. Back in 2016, the musician claimed that Princess Beatrice cut him across the face when she was pretending to knight James Blunt during a party at the Royal Lodge in Windsor. There have also been reports that Sheeran is performing at the Royal Wedding. (NME)
ctor Robert Downey Jr, best known for playing superhero Iron Man since 2008, says the creative team of Marvel Studios doesn’t believe in repeating what has worked well in the past movies. “I read in some magazine that the number one fan-voted moment was the airport fight in ‘Captain America: Civil War’ because there are so many superheroes at once. And now that the universe has expanded even more... “But one thing that the creatives (of Marvel Studios) don’t want to do is do a bigger repeat of something that’s already worked well,” Downey Jr told select media, including IANS, here on Sunday. Without giving away much about the forthcoming Marvel movie “Avengers: Infinity War”, the actor, who is hailed as the “patriarch” by his co-stars like Chris Evans, said: “The challenge this time was how to top or better or expand something without repeating something that has been executed well before. It’s kind of like the anti-process. “Usually, if some-
thing works, you keep doing that.” The star, who matched his red and black eyewear with his red, black and white outfit, admitted: “We might be making the movies, but we also are fans and critics of our own work. We try to make it better. But I think this time, we might have nailed it.” “Avengers: Infinity War”, co-directed by the Russo brothers -- Anthony and Joe -- is logistically, the “most complicated movie” put together in history. “We shut down Hollywood for a year because we had every actor working in the business scheduled somewhere in the movie,” said Joe. The forthcoming movie will see superheroes like Iron Man, Thor, Doctor Strange, Spider-Man, StarLord and Nebula up against
the supervillain Thanos. But going by the film’s trailers and posters, one character that is missing is Hawkeye, played by Jeremy Renner. Joe said: “We did not forget the twice-nominated Renner - and those are Oscar nominations. We have a really interesting story cooked up for Hawkeye, so I would say, patience is a virtue.” Recalling the time when British actor Benedict Cumberbatch joined the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) as Dr. Stephen Strange in the 2016 film “Doctor Strange”, he said: “It feels a little intimidating, to be frank. When you first step on to a set with a roster of iconic characters as well as iconic actors and then you go about doing your day’s work and forget about the numbers of 18 plus films and 14 plus billion dollars.” Talking about her “weird, creepy, fun character” Nebula and her association with MCU since “Guardians of the Galaxy”, actress Karen Gillan said: “I’m honoured. It’s very exciting to get to be in more than one Marvel movie. I love the character that initially was a villain. (IANS)
Nagaland 13th Assembly kikishe lo 35 A/C kikishi lo Alhou no tokulu itsükeu ghenguno shikimithi kütsü kighini do Kawoto phulo Ghixuqhi 19 inaqhe ayi 10:30, kihelo azah zahsu ani. Tighenguno kukami kivimi, ashi aghungu xülo sakiphemi, nimuqo lo kuloji akemi eno küsami kümtsü ighi kuhupülü kutubo tsü penike pulopini shi kussü ani.
Ino & Inoli K. Tokugha Sukhalu, IAS (Rtd) Advisor School Education Government of Nagaland
Students of Trio’s Home for Music, Lilanthung and Mmhayithung performing during offertory time at Lotha Baptist Church, Diphupar, during the Sunday Devotional service. The students perform every Sunday in turns to enhance their talents and also gain stage confidence. (DPRO Dimapur)
eyonce brought band mates Kelly Rowland and Michelle Williams on stage during her headline set at the festival in California last night. The trio began their surprise performance with their 2004 hit Lose My Breath, followed by Say My Name and Soldier. It’s the first time they have appeared together since the Stellar Gospel Music Awards in 2015. The 36-year-old singer’s show took a military theme, beginning with a rendition of her 2003 hit Crazy In Love played by a marching band. Dancers wore black berets and yellow hoodies decorated with militarystyle sashes, and leotards with epaulettes. The nearly two-hour set included quotes from civil rights activist Malcolm X and feminist author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, as well as samples of Nina Simone. It also featured a rendition of Lift Every Voice and Sing, a song often referred to as the “Black American National Anthem”. Beyonce’s set closed the second day of the three-day festival in Indio, California, which will end tonight with Eminem. K Y M C
The Texan singer had been due to play Coachella last year, but was forced to pull out after becoming pregnant with twins Rumi and Sir. Rumours that Destiny’s Child would reform for this year’s festival have been circulating for months. But band member Kelly Rowland had dismissed them, telling People magazine in December: “I have no idea about any of that.” Destiny’s Child are one of the most successful female groups of all time. They had 14 UK Top 40 songs, and two UK Number 1s. On Saturday night the trio rose to the stage on a platform, standing back to back in a Charlie’s Angelsstyle formation, a nod to their 2001 hit Independent Women Pt. 1, which appeared on the film’s soundtrack. Their jewel-encrusted camouflage outfits echoed those worn in the iconic video for their song Survivor. They performed energetic dance routines with lunges, high kicks and salutes, walking among the festival crowd on a raised walkway. (BBC)
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Rajasthan beat Bangalore in battle of royals Inter-school badminton c’ship concludes
Rajasthan Royals’ D’Arcy Short with team mates celebrates the wicket of Quinton De Kock during their IPL match against Royal Challengers Bangalore on Sunday. (PTI)
strict the home team to 198 for 6, earning their second victory in three games. RCB, on the otherhand, slumped to their second defeat in three games despite skipper Virat Kohli (57 off 30 balls)’s first halfcentury of this edition. It was ‘local boy ‘ Shreyas Gopal who removed a rampaging Kohli in the 11th over to turn the match decisively in his
team’s favour. Kohli’s pull shot was taken at deep midwicket by Darcy Short, who timed his jump to perfection. Leg-spinner Gopal, who plays Ranji Trophy for Karnataka, then silenced his ‘home crowd’ knocking out AB de Villiers, whose poorly executed pull-shot was snapped by Jaydev Unadkat at deep square leg. Washington Sundar
Junior, sub-junior football tourney ends
Winners of 2nd Kohima village junior and sub-junior football and basketball tournament.
Dimapur, Apr 15 (NPN): The 2nd Kohima village junior and sub-junior football and basketball tournament 2018, organised by Kohima Village Students’
Union and Kohima Village Youth Organisation, was held on April 14 at Christ King Higher Secondary School ground and D.Khel ground. Around 500 students
Newcastle rally to reach safety mark
Newcastle’s Ritchie celebrates his goal against Arsenal.
L ondon , A pr 1 5 (Agencies): Ayoze Perez and Matt Ritchie were on the scoresheet as Newcastle came from behind to beat Arsenal and virtually secure their Premier League status for another year. Rafa Benitez’s side were hoping to take advantage of Arsenal’s exploits in Europe, with the Gunners only returning from Russia on Friday after sealing their place in the semi-final of the Europa League with a 6-3 aggregate victory over CSKA Moscow. But the visitors made a lively start to the game as they took the lead after 14 minutes. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, playing with Alexandre Lacazette for the first time since joining in January, crossed for the Frenchman who slotted in at the back post. Only two points short of reaching the magical total of 40 for the season, Newcastle responded in the perK Y M C
fect manner and found the equaliser in the 29th-minute when Perez’s side-footed DeAndre Yedlin’s cross in at Petr Cech’s near-post. It was disappointing for Arsenal who had enjoyed an impressive first-half display, but the visitors suffered another set-back as they fell behind in the 68th-minute when Ritchie profited from substitute Islam Slimani’s knock-down by slotting the winner past Cech. Newcastle survived a couple of late scares to hold on for their first win over Arsene Wenger’s side for the first time in 13 years to give their manager the perfect birthday present.. The win lifts them into 10th, 13 points clear of the drop zone with six games remaining. Arsenal, still without a point away from home in the Premier League in 2018, remain sixth, just two points above seventh-placed Burnley.
participated in tournament under four teamsWarriors, Musketeers, Samurai and Gladiators. Samurai and Gladiators jointly emerged as the champions.
Earlier, Rajasthan began their innings with a flurry of boundaries hit by skipper Ajinkya Rahane (36 off 20 balls). He then clobbered 14 runs of off-spinner Washington Sundar by hitting a boundary and a six. In next over, he belted two more boundaries of Yadav, taking the score to 33 for no loss. Woakes however had the last laugh by getting Rahane, whose miscued hit landed straight into the hands of Yadav after he had struck six boundaries and a six. Soon Darcy Short topedged which landed safe into the hands of wicketkeeper Quinton de Kock after he had made 11 runs of 17 balls with one boundary, leaving the score at 53 for two in 6.5 overs. Samson and Ben Stokes put on 49 runs partnership for fourth wicket in 33 balls, before the England batsman was out scoring 27 off 21 balls with two boundaries and a six. Brief Scores: Rajasthan Royals 217/4 (Samju Samson 92 n.o, Ajinkya Rahane 36; Y Chahal 2/22) won against RCB 198/6 (Kohli 57, Mandeep Singh 47 n.o, S Gopal 2/22) by 19 runs.
Chief guest Er. Chubatoshi (Back Center) along with the winners, officials and organizers after the prize distribution ceremony.
MOKOKCHUNG, APR 15 (NPN): Jubilee Memorial School (JMS) emerged as the overall team champions of the Inter-School Badminton Championship 2018 held at badminton
indoor stadium, Mokokchung. Executive engineer, PWD National Highway, Er. Chubatoshi graced the event as the chief guest. The championship was organised by Mokokchung
District Badminton Association (MDBA) and supported by the NEIDA. Altogether 79 shuttlers from 12 schools participated in the championship.
Under 10 Boys (Singles) Champion: Tiameren (St. Joseph, Khensa) Runner up: Aowalu (JMS) Under 13 Boys (Singles) Champion: Wapangmeren A Jamir (QMHSS) Runner up: Sentisang (Yajen Aier GHS) Under 13 Girls (Singles) Champion: Sunepbenla (EDHSS) Runner up: Yalimenla (NCRS) Under 15 Boys (Singles) Champion: Imtitong (EDHSS) Runner up: Deepish (QMHSS) Under 15 Girls (Singles) Champion: Arenchila (JMS) Runner up: Sunepbenla (EDHSS) Under 17 Boys (Singles) Champion: Chunglitong (JMS)
Runner up: Imtitong (EDHSS) Under 17 Girls (Singles) Champion: Imnuksungla (JMS) Runner up: Tiatola (MGHSS) Under 15 Boys (Doubles) Champion: Wapangmere A Jamir & Deepish (QMHSS) Runner up: Sentisang & Purchiba (Yajen Aier GHS) Under 17 Boys (Doubles) Champion: Chunglitong & Imlimeren (JMS) Runner up: Akumsunep & Moamongba (CMHSS) Under 17 Girls (Doubles) Champion: Imnuksungla & Limatula (JMS) Runner up: Putusenla & Tiajungla (Yajen Aier GHS)
I’d love to captain Australia: Finch AR organises Real SC to take on Sydney, Apr 15 (Agen- and some changes are going cies): Aaron Finch has to be made in the next couple volleyball match Balipathar SA in quarters put himself in the frame to become Australia’s next oneday captain. Australia are currently without an ODI captain following the balltampering scandal which saw Steve Smith banned for 12 months along with vicecaptain David Warner. Tim Paine has replaced Smith as Test captain, but no decision on who will replace him as skipper of the ODI side is expected until Australia name their squad for the limited-overs tour of England next month. Finch, who is currently playing in the IPL for Kings XI Punjab, is open to the challenge. “I’d definitely put my hand up for it but I haven’t thought about it to be honest,” Finch told cricket.com.au. “It’s obviously a really difficult time
of months with the England ODIs and the Dubai Tests (against Pakistan later this year). If the opportunity came up I’d love to take it but it’s not something that I’ve thought about.” Whoever is selected is likely to be charged with leading defending champions Australia into the 2019 World Cup, which will be held in England and Wales between May and July of next year. That is because, though Smith and Warner will be eligible to return by then, the former is banned from holding a leadership role with Australia until March 2020, while the latter can never hold one again.
D imapur , A pr 1 5 (NPN): Chieswema Battalion of Assam Rifles under the aegis of HQ IGAR (North) organised a friendly volleyball match between Naga Youth Club and Assam Rifles at Chakabama on April 14. The match was organised with the aim to nurture the sporting talent and encourage the youth to participate in constructive activities, stated a press release issued by Assam Rifles. The match was followed by prize distribution, informal interaction and light refreshments.
Football Club at 2: 30 p.m. The winner of Chanan FC Vs Naga Terriers will play United FC Yaongyimsen in the semifinal on April 17. Meanwhile, it is to be clarified that Kivi Zhimomi, the first footballer from Nagaland to be signed by an Indian Super League (ISL) club NorthEast United FC (NEUFC), joined I-League in January 2018 and not as rendered.
DIMAPUR, APR 15 (NPN): Real Sporting Club will take on Balipathar Sports Association in the 1st Open Football Tournament quarterfinals on April 16 (Monday) at 12 noon, at DDSC Stadium Dimapur. The tournament is being organised by DDFRA. In the other quarterfinal matches, Chanan FC will play Naga Terriers at 1:30 p.m. while Naga Feathers will take on OKA
IN REMEMBRANCE LATE DR. L. RUNGCHO JAMI Oct 6,1985 – April 16,2017
2ND DEATH ANNIVERSARY
11.03.1964 – 11.04.2018
The family members and relatives of Late Toshinaro Jamir (Sungratsu) would like to extend our sincere appreciation and heartfelt gratitude to all who shared our grief and stood by us morally, physically, spiritually and financially during the time of her prolonged illness and demise on 11th April 2018. We are unable to repay you, but it is our humble prayer that God bless you all abundantly. We also convey our special thanks to : 1. Tongdentsuyong Fellowship, Mkg 2. Sungratsu Baptist Church 3. Tongdentsuyong Ward Council 4. Dr. Imtiwapang Aier MLA 5. Dr. Ngangshi K Ao MLA 6. Food and Civil Supply Mkg 7. DC office staff Mkg 8. Mokokchung Village Council 9. Ledenpang Sector 10. Sungratsu Senso Senden Mkg 11. Longmisa Council 12. Longkong Council 13. Eden Hospital Dimapur 14. Sungratsu Students Union Mkg 15. M.E. School Compound Church 16. Tongdentsuyong Fellowship Youth Ministry 17. Marwari Union Mokokchung 18. Mokokchung Civil Hospital 19. Queen Mary Higher Secondary School 20. Sungratsu Ao Temulunglar Union 21. Modanger Grandchildren 22. Jamitsur Union DC-839
Loving Husband, daughters and relatives.
We silently wish your sudden passing was one bad dream from which we’d wake up to find you living happily amongst us. Your sojourn on this earth ended a year ago but you continue to live in our hearts. Not a day passes without your sweet memories rushing into our minds as we struggle to face life in your absence. We thank you, our beloved son, for your legacy and the memories you left behind. Thank you for showing us the way. Thank you for touching our lives. Though you may be gone, you continue to inspire us. You are with us in our hearts, our thoughts, our lives.....always. Loving parents, brother, sisters, in-laws and relatives DP-2953
1ST DEATH ANNIVERSARY In loving memory of
‘A GRACE IS BRACED N OT J U S T B Y A TOMBSTONE BUT BY ANGELS AS WELL’. SADLY MISSED AND ALWAYS REMEMBERED BY YOUR LOVING FAMILY. DP-2958
DIED ON – 16.04.2016
3rd Death Anniversary of
Late Kevizayie Toso
16th April 2015
Today marks a year since you left us. We think of you with love but it's nothing new. We remember the pain you had to go through. Tears you shed of the many struggles. We remember you in silence in our hearts Now, all we have is memories Which we hold so dear And rejoice the life you've lived DP-2959
Always in our hearts, Sister, brother in law, nieces and nephews
Though you may have left your physical body, but your spirit carries on inside our hearts forever. You are deeply cherished and Missed. “The Lord gave and the Lord has taken away. Blessed be the name of the Lord”. Job 1:21
Bengaluru, Apr 15 (PTI): Sanju Samson’s breathtaking strokeplay formed the cornerstone of Rajasthan Royals’ 19-run win over Royal Challengers Bangalore in a highscoring IPL encounter here Sunday. Riding on Samson’s 45-ball-92, Rajasthan Royals posted a competitive 217 for 4 on a batting belter and then managed to re-
(35 off 19 balls) and Mandeep Singh (47 no off 25 balls) added 66 runs for the fifth wicket but they were left with an uphill task as the asking rate kept on mounting. Put into bat, Samson sent the bowlers on a leatherhunt hitting as many as 10 sixes and two fours. The Kerala scored his half-century off 34 balls, showing one and all why he is so highly rated by India A coach Rahul Dravid. In Jos Buttler (21 off 14), Samson found an able partner as they put on 73 runs in just 37 balls. Umesh Yadav after his ‘man of the match’ effort against KXIP was completely off colour going for 59 runs in 4 wicketless overs. The last three overs yielded 60 runs for the Royals. Samson first got 16 runs off Kulwant Khejroliya, who bowled the 18th over and then hammered Woakes for 17 off the penultimate over by smashing a six and two consecutive fours. He saved his best for the last plundering Umesh for 27 runs that hit three sixes and a boundary. Only Yuzvendra Chahal had respectable figures of 2 for 22 in 4 overs.
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Gold Coast bids memorable farewell to CWG athletes PM hails Indian team’s success
Fireworks light up at Carrara Stadium during the closing ceremony of the 2018 Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast, Australia on Sunday. (AP/PTI)
Flagbearer MC Mary Kom leads the Indian contingent during the closing ceremony of Commonwealth Games 2018, Gold Coast, Australia on Sunday. (PTI)
GOLD COAST, Apr 15 (PTI): If the opening was about history and traditions, the signing off was all about celebration as Gold Coast threw a big party to mark the end of the 21st Commonwealth Games with the legendary boxer MC Mary Kom carrying the flag for India at the closing ceremony. A packed Carrara stadium bid goodbye to the thousands of athletes and officials, who descended on this coastal city for 12 days of competition during which India pulled off its third-best ever medal count of 66, 26 of them gold. “The calibre of athletes has been unparal-
leled, showcasing world record holders, sporting greats and breakthrough performances from young athletes,” Commonwealth Games Federation President Louise Martin said in her address. “While the Games is coming to a close, the future of sport in the Commonwealth is very bright indeed. In fact, in 2018, the Commonwealth and Commonwealth Sport are more relevant than ever before,” she said. After an opening that revolved around Australia’s aboriginal heritage and one which stirred emotions, it was all about letting hair down at the closing.
There were performances by several of Australia’s singing stars, joined by flag-waving athletes. The Indian contingent was led by Mary Kom, who claimed a gold medal after making her event debut at 35. The ceremony also paid tribute to the 15,000 volunteers, called the Games Shapers, for their dedication in making the event a success. The volunteer force was made a part of the ceremony. The final farewell was given by representatives of language minority - the Yugambeh, an aboriginal clan, which is considered the custodian of Queensland.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi Sunday said the Indian contingent’s success in the 2018 Commonwealth Games made every Indian proud and hoped it would motivate the young to pursue sports as well as create awareness on the importance of fitness. “India’s contingent at the 2018 Commonwealth Games has made every Indian extremely proud. All our sportspersons gave their best and played very well. I congratulate all those athletes who are bringing back medals,” Modi tweeted. He added that athletes who represented India at the Games inspire people. “Their life stories illustrate the power of dedication and a never-say-die attitude that made them overcome countless hurdles to attain the heights of success they did at the CWG,” he said. The prime minister hoped India’s success at the Games motivated more youngsters to pursue sports and create awareness on the importance of fitness in everybody’s lives. Congress president Rahul Gandhi also took to the micro-blogging site to congratulate the team. “Congratulations Team India on your 3rd place finish at Commonwealth Games 2018 with 26 Gold Medals. You’ve made us all very proud,” he said. Country Australia England India Canada New Zealand South Africa Wales Scotland Nigeria Cyprus
India ends campaign in 3rd spot with 66 medals
The star badminton trio of Saina Nehwal, P.V. Sindhu and Kidambi Srikanth were the centre of attraction as the paddlers continued to snatch medals as the Indian contingent ended its campaign at the 21st Commonwealth Games (CWG) on a high on Sunday. India bagged a total of seven medals on the final day. India finished the Games with 26 gold, 20 silver and 20 bronze medals. This year’s total of 66 medals is the third highest haul for India in the history of the CWG. In the medal table, India is only behind Australia (198 medals) and England (166 medals). India’s best performance till date came at home during the 2010 Delhi Games, which produced a tally of 101 medals - 38 gold, 27 silver and 36 bronze. The second highest medals tally of 69 came at 2002 in Manchester: 30 gold along with 22 silver and 17 bronze. Saina and Sindhu were involved in an intense, high tempo women’s singles final. Saina, 28, displayed superb form to clinch a 21-18, 23-21 victory for the second CWG singles title of her career. Her maiden CWG singles gold came at the 2010 Games in New Delhi. For Sindhu, this was the second CWG singles
Medals Tally G S 79 59 45 45 26 20 15 40 15 16 13 11 10 12 9 13 9 9 8 1
B 60 46 20 27 15 13 14 22 6 5
Women’s singles gold medalist Saina Nehwal and silver medalist PV Sindhu during the medal ceremony at the Commonwealth Games 2018 on Sunday. (PTI)
medal of her career, the first being bronze at Glasgow 2014. Srikanth was involved in an equally entertaining men’s singles final against Malaysian legend Lee Chong Wei. Although Srikanth dominated the opening game, Lee showed his true class later to register a 19-21, 21-14, 21-14 victory for the fifth CWG title of a glittering career. The last two games were totally one-sided as the veteran Malaysian star handed out a masterclass in placement and deception. Srikanth was virtually reduced to a spectator as Lee piled on the points. The men’s doubles team of Satwik Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty also settled for the silver medal T 198 136 66 82 46 37 36 44 24 14
after going down 13-21, 16-21 to England’s Marcus Ellis and Chris Langridge. In squash, defending champions Dipika Pallikal and Joshna Chinappa settled for the silver medal in women’s doubles after losing 9-11, 8-11 to New Zealand’s Joelle King and Amanda Landers-Murphy. This was Joshna’s first and Dipika’s second medal at Gold Coast after taking silver in the mixed doubles with Saurav Ghosal. “Might have fallen short on both my finals but what a magical week it’s been for me. Thank you to both my partners for holding me together through these 2 weeks. #cwg2018,” Dipika wrote on Twitter. Veteran table tennis
star Achanta Sharath Kamal bagged the men’s singles bronze medal beating England’s Samuel Walker 11-7, 11-9, 9-11, 11-6, 1210. It was the veteran’s third medal here, after the men’s team gold and the silver in the men’s doubles. Meanwhile, Manika Batra grabbed her fourth medal at this year’s CWG. She bagged bronze in the mixed doubles table tennis competition in the company of Sathiyan Gnanasekaran. Manika and Sathiyan defeated veteran compatriots Sharath and Mouma Das 11-6, 11-2, 11-4 in the play-off for the third position at the Oxenford Studios here. India pocketed a total of eight medals in table tennis.
breakup of India’s Medal DISCIPLINE G S Shooting 7 4 Wrestling 5 3 Weightlifting 5 2 Boxing 3 3 Table Tennis 3 2 Badminton 2 3 Athletics 1 1 Squash 0 2 Para Powerlifting 0 0 Total 26 20
B 5 4 2 3 3 1 1 0 1 20
T 16 12 9 9 8 6 3 2 1 66
19th LSU Martyrs’ Trophy 2018 underway Correspondent
WOKHA, APR 15 (NPN): The 19th edition of Lotha Students’ Union (LSU) Martyrs’ Trophy 2018 got underway Saturday at public ground, Wokha with director, Economics & Statistical, Sachio Ovung, as chief guest of the opening ceremony. LSU Martyrs’ Trophy is a sporting event organised by the LSU in remembrance of late Chumdamo Tungoe and late Thungkhomo Ezung, both students, who were shot dead by Nagaland Police on April 14, 1977, during a silent procession organised by LSU in protest against the barbaric (R-L) Chief guest, along with LSU president and Lotha Hoho and inhumane act on the chairman, Mhao Humtsoe during team inspection. (NP)
then SDO (Civil), Ngurkhuma Mizo by Assam Police and Assam Forest Guard. Speaking at the programme, Ovung, who was also part of the silent procession in 1977, termed the incident as “unfortunate” while reminding the students that the duo sacrificed for the wellbeing of Lothas and Nagas. He thanked the LSU for its solidarity and homage to the departed souls. In his message to the participants, Ovung urged them to respect and maintain sporting spirit. The chief guest also highlighted the importance of participation and discipline, saying it was a learning experience that would help
in all round development of an individual. LSU president, Lipemo Tsopoe, in his presidential address remarked how the two brave Lotha students laid down their precious lives protecting ‘our’ legal rights for ‘our’ land. “They sacrificed their lives for our brighter tomorrow,” he added. EAC Wokha also addressed the participants. Later, the chief guest declared the trophy open. Relatives of the martyrs also attended the ceremony. The programme was chaired by LSU Finance secretary, Yanthanthung Yanthan. Altogether 18 teams from across the district are taking part in the event.
U-23 cricket: Wokha, Tsg win CHSS Dimapur sports week concludes
Dim a p u r , A p r 1 5 (NPN): Wokha and Tuensang registered wins at the ongoing under-23 interdistrict cricket tournament at NCA stadium, Dimapur on Sunday. In the first match, Wokha beat Kohima by 23 runs. Put to bat after losing the toss, Wokha scored 121 runs losing 6 wickets in 25 overs. Nchumbemo top scored the inning with 28 while Renjanthung contributed 15 runs. For Kohima, Sepichem claimed 3 wickets while Zhahetuo took 2 wickets. Chasing the target, Kohima players were bowled out for 98 in 22.5 overs. Hiketo scored 54 runs for his
team. David 3 wickets and Chonben took 2 wickets for Wokha. In the second match, Tuensang beat Mokokchung by 2 wickets. Electing to bat after winning the toss, Mokokchung put up 151 runs losing 8 wickets in 25 overs. Hemant scored 40, Vijay Rai scored 24 runs and Abhishek contributed 29 runs to the team’s total. For Tuensang, Royimkiu took 4 wickets. Chasing 151, Tuensang reached the target in the 25th over losing 8 wickets. Aditya scored 47 runs, Royimkiu scored 29 runs and Khimtsali contributed 19 runs. For Mokokchung, Abhishek CHSS principal, S.Moatemsu with Typhoon house captains Moanginla and Kundan. claimed 4 wickets.
Dim a p u r , A p r 1 5 (NPN): The annual sports week of Christian Higher Secondary School (CHSS), Dimapur concluded on April 13. Typhoon house emerged as the team champion and also bagged the best discipline house. Sirocco house bagged the runner-up while Hurricane and Tornado houses came third and fourth respectively. The medals and trophies were given away by the principal, S.Moatemsu Walling. The differently abled class also participated with great enthusiasm rounding up a lively and colourful sports week.
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