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Vol XXIX No. 357

DIMAPUR, MONDAY, DECEMBER 2, 2019 Pages 12 ` 5.00

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Ravi calls for a ‘New Nagaland’

President, PM greet on Nagaland Stresses on foundation free from fear of gun & corruption Statehood Day

(L) RN Ravi addressing the gathering art Kisama (R) Ravi’s speech being interpreted in sign language. (NP)

Correspondent

KOHIMA, DEC 1 (NPN): Amidst a jam-packed crowd befitting a grand opening ceremony, the 20th Hornbill Festival kicked off at Heritage Village, Kisama on Sunday, where the rich colours of Nagaland were on full display. Governor RN Ravi and chief minister Neiphiu Rio, chief host and host of the festival respectively, officially launched it by beating the Naga Gong. Addressing the gathering, Ravi

Power shutdown in three districts

DIMAPUR, DEC 1 (NPN): Power department has informed all consumers under Dimapur and Peren districts that the department will be shutting down the 132/66/33kV Nagarjan sub-station on December 3, 2019 from 5 a.m. to 9 a.m. for emergency maintenance of 132kV busbar. During the shutdown, there will be no power supply in and around Dimapur and Peren district. The department expressed regret for the inconvenience and also sought the support of the consumers. Mon dist: Power department has informed to all consumers under Mon district about disruption of power from December 2-13 in view of jungle cutting along 66KV NaginimoraTizit transmission line. All consumers have been requested to bear with the inconvenience.

45,142 visitors on day 1 of Hornbill Festival KOHIMA, DEC 1 (NPN): A total of 45,142 visitors witnessed the inaugural day of the 20th Hornbill Festival on Sunday. Out of the 45,142 visitors, Tourism director Akhale Vizol informed that 407 were registered foreign tourist, 4954 domestic and 39,781 local tourists from Nagaland. (Correspondent)

This is it!

“You can say, in Nagaland, offices will remain closed effectively from December 1.” K Y M C

welcomed visitors from far and near and heaped praise on the rich cultural heritage of Naga tribes. He said the Hornbill Festival was a testimony and tribute of the richness of Naga culture. Ravi tur ned to the much-talked about Naga solution when he said a new dawn for Nagaland was breaking and urged the two million people of the State to help build “a new Nagaland free from fear of gun and corruption, a new Nagaland based on the foundations of transparency, accountability

and rule of law”. Stating that the final settlement that would ensure enduring peace was within grasp, the governor urged the people to strengthen the spirit of unity at this “crucial juncture”. He said the final settlement could be reached only with the participation and cooperation of the two million people. Mentioning that the Nagas were standing over the shoulders of the ancestors, he however said it was unfortunate that some people erroneously equated

DIMAPUR, DEC 1 (NPN): President of India Ram Nath Kovind and Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday greeted the people of Nagaland on the occasion of the 57th Statehood Day. “Greetings to the people of Nagaland on statehood day. Nagaland offers a unique blend of heritage, culture and natural beauty. My best wishes to all the people of this beautiful state for a bright, prosperous and peaceful future,” the President tweeted. Prime Minister: In his tweet, Prime Minister said: “Best wishes to my sisters and brothers of Nagaland on their Statehood Day. This state is known for its great culture. The people of Nagaland are compassionate and courageous.” “May Nagaland scale new heights of progress in the coming years,” he tweeted. Nagaland, a mountainous state in Northeast bordering Myanmar, was carved out of Assam to become the 16th state of the country on December (Cont’d on p-7) 1, 1963.

civilisation with modernity and urged the scholars, especially Naga scholars, to carry out deep researches into the rich civilisational history of the Naga tribes of Nagaland. He emphasised on the need to correct certain “uncharitable distortions” to Naga history by colonial administrators who had superficial understanding of the Nagas’ rich civilisation. As Nagaland celebrated 57th Statehood Day, the governor remarked that nothing could be more befitting than to celebrate the cultural extravaganza where cultural troupes dressed in their traditional customs performed, even as he invited people from all over the world to take part in the 10-day festival. And on the occasion of the Statehood Day, Ravi also paid homage and heartfelt tribute to Naga leaders who had toiled and sacrificed to secure Nagaland as a State, besides having incorporated Article 371 (A) in the Indian constitution that accorded special provision to the State.

Spike in injectable drugs JAF to intensify stir use swells AIDS cases in NE

AGARTALA/AIZAWL, DEC 1 (IANS): T here has been an increase in number of injectable drugs’ users, which has pushed the HIV prevalence rate up in the Northeastern states that is also a oft-used corridor for drug smuggling from Myanmar. According to AIDS Control Society (ACS) officials in Tripura and Mizoram, here on Sunday, the menace of injectable drugs has been spreading, especially among youths in the Northeastern states, bordering China, Myanmar, Bangladesh, Nepal and Bhutan. “At 2.04%, Mizoram has recorded the highest HIV prevalence rate in the country. It’s followed by Manipur (1.43%), Nagaland (1.15%) and Tripura (0.09%),” ACS officials told IANS. In Mizoram, Manipur and Tripura, a large numbers of pregnant women has also tested HIV positive. According to ACS officials, Tripura has 1,622 HIV positive cases, comprising 633 women and 85 children. Of

the eight districts of Tripura, 462 HIV positive cases alone had been detected in the North Tripura district that bordered Mizoram and Bangladesh, said an ACS official. Pointing to rise in injectable drug use, he said, around 170 such cases were detected in Tripura this year. “Since April, blood samples of 9,683 people have been tested as possible high-risk group,” he said. Mizoram, which shares porous borders with Myanmar and Bangladesh, has earned the dubious distinction of being the highest HIV prevalent state in the country. According to a Mizoram ACS official, nine HIV-AIDS positive cases are being reported in the state a day. The official said use of needles and syringes accounted for 28.16% of HIV positive cases. Parents to child transmission is 2.96%, while homosexual and bisexual transmission is 1.03%. The remaining 1.77% transmission is not specified.

DIMAPUR, DEC 1 (NPN): Joint Associations Forum (JAF) of four departments, has decided to go ahead with the proposed phase-II and III intensified agitation with effect from December 2, 2019. Several resolutions were adopted during the meeting of the coordinating body of JAF and action committees of all associations on November 30. In a press note JAF convenor M. Renthungo Tungoe and co-convener V. Peter Rutsa said all the constituent association reaffirmed their strong participation in the ongoing agitation. It said respective action committees will pay surprise visit to offices having JAF members and shall reprimand or take action against erring members, and for which he/she should be blamed for any failure in the fight for the common cause. JAF said a monitoring cell will be setup at CANSSEA building. JAF once again appealed to all HoDs/DDOs/ controlling officers to bear with the inconveniences and requested them to show solidarity with the JAF. It also appealed to the public to understand the situation and bear with any inconveniences caused during the agitation. It further warned that any individual/ group trying to derail the ongoing agitation will be solely held responsible for any consequences. Meanwhile, JAF said it was dismayed by the “cold attitude” of the state government in solving the issue at hand. Stating that it was never their intention to undertake such agitation, JAF however said that the situation demanded for such move as the government was not able to implement what the ROP PAC had recommended for its members.

Naga solution: State to witness ‘history’ very soon, says Rio

Longing for peace should become a reality without delay -Neiphiu Rio Correspondent

KOHIMA, DEC 1 (NPN): Nagaland chief minister Neiphiu Rio while greeting the people of Nagaland on the occasion of the 57th Statehood Day, expressed optimism that the longawaited final solution to the vexed Naga political issue was very close. Speaking on the occasion at Khouchiezie (Kohima local ground), Rio said negotiations between various Naga political groups and Government of India had concluded and history was on the verge of being made as they all could be very close to a final solution. He conveyed his government’s deep appreciation to all the negotiating parties for showing magnanimity, a spirit of understanding and foresightedness for achieving “breakthrough” in the talks and for being able to reach common ground on all the issues that were being negotiated for long. Rio said this should make the Nagas realise the huge responsibility that was

Special Task Force personnel during a demonstration. (NP)

bestowed upon them to ensure that every step taken by them was with greatest honesty and in the right direction, so that their longing for peace became a reality without any further delay. He also acknowledged the determination and commitment of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Union home minister Amit Shah and governor and Centre’s Interlocutor RN Ravi for carrying forward the peace process in a concrete manner, which had resulted in consensus among all the negotiating parties to successfully conclude the peace talks on a positive note. The chief minister recalled the inauguration of Nagaland by then President of India Dr S Radhakrishnan as the 16th State of the Union of India on December 1, 1963. Looking back at the stupendous journey made by Nagaland to attain a worthy and admirable place among the various States of the country, he took pride, while reminding everyone of the momentous events and circumstances

of the past that led to the formation of the State. He also recalled the birth of first political organisation Naga Club in 1918, which was followed by submission of a memorandum to the Simon Commission in 1929 petitioning that the Nagas be excluded from the proposed new Union of India. Rio said the subsequent events led to formation of Naga National Council (NNC), which demanded independence for the Nagas based on their unique history. And this demand for a separate homeland subsequently intensified after India attained independence, leading to an armed struggle that led to a series of military operations in the early 1950s, he added. Amidst the turmoil, Rio said solemn attempts were made at various levels to resolve the demand of Naga people politically and eventually led to signing of the 16-Point Agreement between Naga People’s Convention and Government of India. (Cont’d on p-7)

ACAUT demands advt for vacant posts

DIMAPUR, DEC 1 (NPN): ACAUT Sunday claimed that out of the 68s post created in 2018-19 only 63 were advertised and five withheld by the Higher & Technical department and that the 42 posts created in 2019-20 had not yet been advertised, ACAUT Nagaland has demanded that the remaining 47 posts be advertised before the start of next academic session along with the about 50 sanctioned posts being occupied by contractual appointees. Demanding that all 97 post must be advertised for qualified Nagas to compete without further delay, ACAUT cautioned that any stop-gap arrangement without advertisements would be illegal. It urged Nagaland Public Service Commission (NPSC), after complying with disability reservation norms over which the Common Educational Services Examination, 2019 was “on hold”, should go ahead

without any change as per the original advertisement. ACAUT said the ultimatum served by Civil Engineers’ Association Nagaland, which was backed by Combined Technical Association of Nagaland, was fully justified in demanding termination of 30 SOs Grade II, seven draughtsmen and seven surveyors. Pointing out that the November 23, 2019 advertisement for nine SOs Grade II was only for existing vacancies devoid of the 30 such posts filled up via backdoor, the anti-graft body demanded that the advertisement be issued again immediately else, it warned, the department was liable for lawsuit. ACAUT’s statement came in response to the notification issued by chief secretary, dated November 28, 2019 that stated that compiling the list of contractual employees must be an exercise in consonant with law laid down.

In festive season, Dimapur train travellers face perennial ticket drought Staff Reporter

DIMAPUR, DEC 1 (NPN): With festive season and holidays on, rush for train tickets at Dimapur railway station is almost doubling but there appears to be no relief as several hundreds are forced to take their chances with Ticket Examiners (TEs) in order to be travel by standing. Passengers travelling by trains to and from Dimapur are not as much awed by the renovations and additions of the station building and platform as much as they are with being able to buy tickets. Despite huge demand for seats at Dimapur, passengers from Dimapur are left with a severely limited seats. Online ticketing continues to be a diversion in the sense that it makes travellers think they will get tickets at the

Rajdhani Express Nagaland Express BG Express Avadh Assam Express

A recent photo of Dimapur railway station during rush hour. (NP)

press of a button. However, online booking have not eased the constraint. Even attempts to buy online train tickets will also

reveal that most are already booked. Passengers mainly board the following four daily trains: Rajdhani Express

(Dimapur to New Delhi), Avadh Assam Express, and the two trains originating at Dimapur and halting at Guwahati- Nagaland Express

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and BG Express. The quota (clubbed with neighbouring stations) for the four daily trains are shown in the table below. The quota varies depending on the demand. Compared with the demand for tickets, the quota below falls too far below demands. Apart from the four daily trains, the other important trains are Jan Shatabi Express (Guwahati to Jorhat) runs every day except Sundays and the Shatabdi Express (Guwahati to Dibrugarh) that runs thrice a week- Monday, Wednesday and Friday (for trains originating from Dibrugarh).

2AC 3AC Sleeper 50 127 NA 32 40 196 28 20 165 (Number varies) Jan Shatabdi has 25 AC chair seats and 197 general seats allotted for passengers from Dimapur (clubbed with neighbouring stations) while 156 AC chair seats allotted in Shatabdi Express. Even if as little as one thousand people travel by trains from Dimapur, although the figure is much more, the above quotas reveal how the NFR has been giving raw deal. In other parts of the country, additional trains are placed without much fuss while for Dimapur, it appears the Railway feels there is no festive season. The rush during fes-

tive season as well as winter holiday months exposes the unresponsive attitude of the NFR against Dimapur. With only two trains originating at Dimapur and Guwahati out of nearly forty trains running between Tinsukia to Guwahati; the state government must also be blamed for not doing enough. The other aspect that has contributed to stagnation of growth of Dimapur railway station is encroachment on railway lands upon which pattas were issued by state authorities. Thus, when the issue crops up, the state authorities have done precious little. Unless there is land there cannot be development and only giving face lift to the railway station cannot bring relief to thousands of travelling passengers who was more seats and which means more trains. K Y M C


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Nagaland raises awareness on ‘World AIDS Day’

Dr. Vizolie Z. Suokhrie presenting award to Kahuli Yeptho (CAD Dignitaries and participants at the observation of ‘World AIDS Day’ in Foundation, Dimapur) in Kohima on Sunday. (NP) Longleng. Correspondent

DIMAPUR/Kohima, Dec 1 (NPN): To raise awareness about HIV and AIDS, and to support the people living with the virus, various government and non-government departments and agencies including education institutions commemorated the “World AIDS Day” under the theme, “Communities make the difference” across Nagaland. In Kohima, principal director, H&FW Dr. Vizolie Z. Suokhrie, who graced the event called upon the need to stop HIV stigma and discrimination. Suokhrie said HIV stigma still continues to be a challenge not just for the state but globally. To this, he said “If we really want

to achieve zero infection, we have to do away with stigma and discrimination”. While acknowledging the contribution of the communities, he pointed out that the support of Churches played a significant role in reducing stigma and discrimination to a great extent. He also spoke on the need to focus on providing lifelong access to the most effective antiviral. Project director NSACS Dr. Ngangshimeren in his speech said that the day was celebrated to unite together and fight against HIV and AIDS, and also to show care and concern to those affected people. He said to highlight the role of communities in the fight against HIV and AIDS, the NSACS has decided to recognize and honour the significant contribution of

the community members, NGO partners, SACS employees. PLHIV representative talking on the occasion said the support and encouragement from the family was important for a prolonged life of the HIV patients. The candidates who received the meritorious awards were Vikheli Zhimomi (Akimbo Society Dimapur), Abou Mere (NUN), Moasangba (Guardian Angel, Dimapur), Seketole Kera (NUN Jakhama), Kahuli Yeptho (CAD Foundation, Dimapur), Aching (KNP+), CAD Foundation, ICTC, Jalukie CHC, PTTCD DH, Dimapur, ART Plus, Kohima, Mobile CTC Kohima, DAPCU Peren, Suraksha Clinic, DH Kiphire and OST centre Mon. Longleng: District

Health Society Longleng in collaboration with the NGOs organised an awareness programme at the Auditorium Hall of Bautung Higher Secondary School with Deputy Commissioner (DC), Shayung Phom as special guest. The DC encouraged everyone to join hands, work together and support people living with HIV. He appealed to the NGOs to continue to extend their support. Phom said greater mobilization of communities was urgently required to address the barriers and discrimination of people living with HIV. Chief Medical Officer (CMO) Longleng Dr Obangjungla spoke on the significance of the day and added that tremendous work was still going on in the fight

against HIV and AIDS. She said that the theme was appropriate as it was an important opportunity to recognize the essential role played by the communities and also encouraged them to continue to extend support. Dr. Obangjungla informed that Anti Retroviral Therapy was used to treat HIV infected people and enable them to live longer and healthier life by suppressing the virus multiplication. She said World AIDS Day was observed to express solidarity with the millions of people living with HIV and to raise global awareness, prevention and treatment. Short speeches were delivered by president of Phomla Hoichem, Samthai Phom and retainer lawyer district legal service authority Longleng, Mane Phom.

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Seminar on ‘ending HIV & AIDS epidemic’ D I M A P U R : To c o m memorate World AIDS Day, one day seminar on “Ending the HIV & AIDS epidemic: Community by community” was organised by Red Ribbon Club (RRC) and Zoology department of St. John College (SJC) Dimapur on November 30. A press release by the college stated that RRC convenor, Dr. Puhar Daimari opened the event by highlighting the importance and role of the club. SJC principal, Professor, S.T. Janetius emphasised on how counselling services can provide support to the HIV and AIDS patients and their families. Chief guest of the seminar, Akimbo Society Dimapur, project manager, Nathaniel Bagh said the society work among commercial sex workers and injecting drug users. The release stated that Bagh elaborated on the HIV and AIDS epidemic and the current scenario in Dimapur and Nagaland as a whole. A total of 64 students attended the seminar along with four faculty members. The programme was chaired by Nikita Bhargava, B.Sc 4th semester.

news in Brief NTC meeting:Nagaland Tribes Council (NTC) has convened its interactive meeting of executive and general council members and advisors on December 6 at 11 a.m. at Tourist Lodge Dimapur. All designated tribes members have been requested to attend the meeting. PAC-NCD meeting: PAC-NCD has convened a meeting on December 3 at 9 a.m. at Western Chakhesang Hoho Office, Chakhesang Colony, Dimapur. All PAC-NCD members and president and secretaries of all the tribal hoho members have been requested to attend the meeting. ZCCI informs: Zunheboto Chamber of Commerce and Industries (ZCCI) has informed all business establishments under Zunheboto town to decorate their respective shop keeping in mind the ensuing SBAK Youth Conference at Zunheboto and festive season. Dmu, Wka to observe IDPD: International Day of Persons with Disabilities will be observed in Dimapur and Wokha on December 3 at District Disability Rehabilitation Centre, District Hospital, Dimapur and at Wokha Town Hall respectively on this day, disability certificate, social welfare schemes, unique disability ID, free legal services will also be issued. Persons with disabilities in and around Dimapur and Wokha districts have been requested to attend the programme and avail the benefits.

Funeral Service

Dimapur: The funeral service of Late. Rev. Dr. Xashepu Wotsa, Founder & Director of New Life Bible College, Purana Baazar, Dimapur, will be held at the College campus at 9am, on December 2. Dr. Wotsa passed away on December 1,2019.

Training on ‘entrepreneurship- Poppy straw worth Rs. 35 lakh seized NGRC-I CU for early Naga solution; appeals government cum-skill development’ ends

Members of NRGC-I CU at its annual meeting.

DIMAPUR: Nagaland Government Registered Class-I Contractors’ Union (NGRC-I CU) members during its annual meeting resolved to support Naga Peace talk and also passed several resolutions for the welfare of the union. A press release by NGRC-1 CU president, Seyiekuolie and vice president, S. Bendang Jamir informed that the resolutions were passed during its annual meeting -cum -advent Christmas celebration held on November 29 at the Conference Hall of NGRC-1 CU, Nagaland Civil Secretariat road, Kohima. NGRC-1 CU said it resolved to support Naga

Peace talk for an early honourable solution with a demand to strengthen the Article 371 A of Indian Constitution in letter and in spirit. The union has also appealed the state government to issue a directive to disqualify any contractor who quotes below the Schedule of Rate (SOR) during the tender process. N G RC - 1 C U h a s asked the state government to release the pending bills of “genuine contractors” who has successfully completed the project. The union has also requested the members to apply for identity card through the union office, which is issued by the gov-

DIMAPUR: Six weeks training on “entrepreneurship cum skill development program on handlooms” organised by Weavers’ Service Centre (WSC) – Dimapur, Development Commissioner (Handlooms), Government of India, Ministry of Textiles in association with Branch MSME -Development Institute, Dimapur concluded on November 29 at Extension Centre, NHHDC Premises, Half Nagarjan, Dimapur. Special guest of the training, principal secretary, industries and commerce, Lithrongla G Chishi encouraged the new entreernment during the office preneurs to venture into hour. It has informed that the office will remain closed from December 16 and reopen on January 13. N G RC - 1 C U h a s formed a nomination committee for the selection DIMAPUR: To moniof a new team of office- tor and supervise various bearers with K.C.Angami activities under Samagra as convenor, S. Bendang Shiksha Nagaland (SSN), Jamir as member secretary a team led by state mission and Pfuduolhou Kense as director, Kevileno Angami visited Tuensang district member. Meanwhile, NGRC-1 from November 26-28. A release by SSN inCU celebrated Advent Christmas with Kezhok- formed that during the hoto Savi, Advocate as visit, the state mission speaker. The service was director inaugurated resiconducted by the vice-pres- dential hostel at Sangident while S. Bendang sangnyu. The team also Jamir and the union trea- visited Sochum Centres at surer Krosal Neikha said Hakchang and Chingmei and KGBV, Girls’ hostel the invocation.

handloom sector with the help of WSC so that they could provide job opportunities to other unemployed people. The programme was felicitated by MD, NHHDC Ltd, Dimapur, Zakabo Rotoka; welcome address was delivered by director i/c, MSME, Er. Tali Lonchar and vote of thanks by deputy director, WSC Dimapur, Dr.V. Sivakkumar/ In the afternoon session, training of trainers pertaining to Samarath scheme (capacity building in handloom sector) was carried out by Dr.V. Sivakkumar.

State team inspects SSN activities in Tuensang and residential hostel at Noklak. The release said Kevileno and the visiting team also interacted with village elders, students and others and highlighted the implementation of mobile teaching unit in Sochum Centres. The release informed that the purpose of KGBV and Residential Hostels under Samagra Shiksha Nagaland was to provide quality education to students in rural areas.

The poppy straw seized by excise personnel on November 28.

DIMAPUR: Narcotic Cell of the Excise department on November 28 seized a total of 3430 kgs of poppy straw worth Rs. 35 lakh (estimated value) from two trucks at the Inter-State Excise Check Gate Khuzama, Kohima. A press release by deputy commissioner of Excise (NC), S. Chanlei Angh termed the seizure as “one of the highest seizure of narcotic drugs”. The release said based on intelligence inputs, the duty party intercepted a ten wheeler truck (RJ-06 GB

1598) recovered 1900 kgs of poppy straw hidden below sacks of dried fruits. In this connection, the driver identified as Narendra Singh (36) son of Ramjilal Singh of Gwalior, M.P was arrested and booked under relevant sections of the NDPS Act 1985, and further investigation is on, stated the release. The release informed that at the same time, the driver of the second truck (RJ 19 GA 3943), parked the vehicle at some distance from the gate and disappeared.

Upon searching the truck, the same duty party recovered 1530 kgs of poppy straw concealed below sacks of animal feeds. In this connection, the narcotic drugs were seized and an arrest warrant has been issued against the absconding driver under relevant sections of the NDPS Act 1985, for investigation. Excise NC duty party consisted of AIE Kenzeu Lungalung, head constable Tovika, and constables Mangyang, Amos, Tongang, Tokaho, Shikaho, Mungnyu.

Special enrolment drive under PM-SYM

Dr. Chumben Murry, district administration and participants in Wokha on November 30.

DIMAPUR: A special enrolment drive-celebration of pension week/pension Saptah for Pradhan Mantri Shram Yogi Maan-dhan (PM-SYM) and national pension schemes-traders was carried out on November 30 at the Conference Hall of Deputy Commissioner (DC) Wokha. According to DIPR K Y M C

report, special guest, Dr. Chumben Murry, MLA, appreciated the Central government for introducing such schemes for the unorganized workers. He encouraged all eligible persons to get enrolled and avail the opportunity. Murry said with less investment the government was contributing maximum

returns to the beneficiaries and appealed to all the participants to spread awareness among their community to increase enrolment. Lamenting that the statistic shown in the data for Wokha district was “very less” at 3.05 %, the MLA advised the concerned department to give more effort and use platforms by way

of having proper coordination with the entrepreneurs, NGOs, churches and stakeholders to increase investors. DC Wokha, Orenthung Lotha termed the scheme as a “very good opportunity” for the unorganized workers and encouraged eligible individuals to get enrolled. In a key note address

on PMSYM & NPS-Traders, assistant labour commissioner, Wokha, Renchamo Ngullie, highlighted the benefits and criteria of the scheme. To reach out to all the beneficiaries, a week-long activity involving the Common Service Centers (CSCs) service providers to help the beneficiaries to get enrolment will be carried out. He informed that any unorganized workers at the age group of 18- 40 whose income is less than Rs 50,000 and below were eligible for enrolment. Ngullie said if any unorganized worker subscribe the scheme and has paid regular contribution up to the age of 60 years then he/she would get a minimum monthly pension of Rs 3000. After the demise, the spouse will receive a monthly family pension which will be 50% of the pension.

Wokha District Chamber of Commerce and Industry (WDCCI) took up “road task” under “Mission Operation Potholes” on November 30 at Traffic Point Area, Autorickshaw stand and Tsumang Colony.

Advisor, Youth Resources and Sports Er. Zale Neikha inaugurating “In God’s Care Cemetery” at Kezo town on November 29. (NP) K Y M C


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Nagaland Post, Dimapur MONDAY, DECEMBER 2, 2019

Inaugural day of 20th Hornbill Festival 2019

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Neiphiu Rio presenting award to Dr. Aotoshi son of late Natwar Advisor, Art & Culture and Tourism, Khehovi Yepthomi at the inauguration Naga men in traditional attire beating lon-drum at the inaugural function of the 20th Thakkar at Naga Heritage Village, Kisama on December 1. (NP) of Artist Corner at Kisama Heritage Village Kisama. (DIPR) Hornbill Festival at Naga Heritage Village Kisama on December 1. (NP)

Advisor IPR, SCERT and Village Guards, Toshi Wungtung inaugurating Advisor Industries and Commerce, Imnatiba inaugurating the exhibition- A section of the gathering on the first day of the Hornbill Festival at Naga Heritage the HIPFEST 2019 at Kisama on December 1. (DIPR) cum-sale of local indigenous products on December 1. (DIPR) Village, Kisama on December 1. (DIPR) Correspondent

KOHIMA, DEC 1 (NPN): Following are the reports on the inaugural day of the ten-day 20th Hornbill Festival which got underway at Naga Heritage Village Kisama on December 1. The festival will continue till December 10. State chief minister, Neiphiu Rio inaugurated the multimedia exhibition programme at Naga Heritage Village Kisama to commemorate the 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi. The event was organised by Regional Outreach Bureau Ministry of I&B Kohima. During the ten-day long exhibition, Gandhian values and principles will

be presented to the people and through the people in a contemporary idiom. The exhibition also showcased photographs of eminent Gandhian, late Natwar Thakkar, popularly known as Nagaland’s Gandhi. On the occasion, Rio felicitated the family of late Natwar Thakkar. In his speech, deputy directorate general Ministry of I&B Guwahati, AM Farooqi spoke about Thakkar, who was born in Maharashtra in 1932, but made Nagaland his home and founded the Nagaland Gandhi Ashram at Chuchuyimlang village in Mokokchung district in 1955 to propagate Gandhian philosophy and peace.

He worked tirelessly for the poor and people affected with disability. His works included vocational training for social dropouts and physically handicapped, primary schools in villages, medical centers and libraries. He helped people earn a livelihood by engaging in agriculture and jaggery – making and by setting up oil mills, biogas plants, mechanised carpentary shops and khadi sales counters. He was awarded the Padma Shri in 1999.

Lemtur Stall inaugurated

Neiphiu Rio also inaugurated the Lemtur Stall (woodcraft) at Naga Heritage Village Kisama on Sunday.

Meren Lemtur, the designer stated that this was his first participation in the Hornbill Festival and felt excited as many of his items have been booked.

‘Hornbill Escapade’ launched

To help tourists and Nagas to explore Nagaland, a group of eight veterans have come up with a project “Hornbill Escapade” where they will be touring various places. They have invited both tourists and Nagas to join them around during the tour to be held every alternate day during the Hornbill Festival (December 2,4,6,8 and 10). The group informed this Correspondent that they will be acting as both

guide and entertainer and help the tourist explore other parts of Nagaland not only Kisama. Their main aim was to help the tourist see the beauty of Nagaland from all corners and taste the originality of the different culture, region and traditions. With the motto “Passion & Compassion”, the group also aim to promote sustainable and responsible tourism in Nagaland. Nagaland Tourism department has also added their project in the Hornbill Calendar 2019. They welcome anyone from age group of 5 to 60 in their trips to Puliebadze, Dziikou, Glory Peak, Khonoma, Dziileke and other places.

Legal services stall Nagaland Legal Services Stall at the Hornbill Festival was inaugurated by Chief Justice, Gauhati High Court and patron-inchief of Nagaland State Legal Services Authority (NSLSA) Ajay Lamba on Sunday at Naga Heritage Village Kisama. He initiated the ribbon cutting in the presence of the member secretary N Longshithung Ezung, NJS and chief judicial magistrate and secretary Kohima DLSA Phuleto Yeptho, NJS. While students from Kohima Law College presented a street play on domestic violence during the occasion. At the Legal Services Stall, one can avail various legal services for free.

Sukhoi aircraft flies over Kisama at the opening ceremony of the 20th Hornbill festival 2019 on December 1. The initiative was part of the Indian Air Force in the celebration of statehood day. (NP)

DIET Mkg declared ‘tobacco free campus’

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MOKOKCHUNG, DEC 1 (NPN): District Institute of Education and Training (DIET), Mokokchung

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has been declared as “tobacco free campus” at the conclusion of the two-day workshop on “tobacco free campus” campaign on November 29. Speaking as resource person at the culmination programme, senior dental surgeon, IMDH, Mokokchung, Dr. Nichukholie Vupru deliberated on the harmful effects of tobacco. Dr. Nichukholie further highlighted that due to harmful effects of tobacco, the Government of India had passed the COTPA in 2003, which banned abusing

of tobacco in public places. The anti-tobacco pledge was administered by resource person Dr. Nichukholie Vupru before declaring the institute as a “tobacco free campus”. Earlier, short speeches were delivered by Nungsangtemsu and Pangeryapang, on the topic “How I can be a role model in curbing tobacco abuse”. The welcome note was delivered by DIET principal, Tianaro and short skit performed by Modi House. The programme was chaired by lecturer Neivikuolie Kuotsu.

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Mnp CM meeting with MANPAC inconclusive

Correspondent

IMPHAL, Dec 1: A meeting between Manipur chief minister N Biren Singh and leaders of Manipur People Against Citizenship (Amendment) Bill 2016 (MANPAC) led by its convener Sapamcha Dilipkumar on Sunday ended with no breakthrough on issues surrounding the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill.The meeting was held on the latter’s invitation. MANPAC has been leading the people and CSOs of the state in opposing the proposed amendment to the Citizenship Act to grant citizenship to refugees from minority communities like Hindu, Jain, Buddhist, Sikhs, Parsi or Christian coming from Afghanistan, Bangladesh, and Pakistan excluding people from the Muslim community. MANPAC said that though it is behind bringing CSOs from across the Northeast states together to form a common platformNortheast Forum for Indigenous People (NEFIP), both MANPAC and NEFIP were left behind when Union home minister Amit Shah

held discussion on the contentious bill with CSOs, student bodies and political parties on Saturday at New Delhi. In the backdrop of exclusion of CSOs of Manipur by the Union home minister, state chief minister N Biren Singh invited MANPAC leaders for a meeting at his secretariat on Sunday evening. The meeting however failed to reached a consensus regarding Manipur stand on CAB. MANPAC convener Sampamcha Dilipkumar said that during the meeting, , the chief minister tried to convince them that the state government was hectically lobbying with the Centre to insert a special clause exempting Northeast or Manipur from the purview of the CAB. The chief minister informed them that a protective clause for the state of Manipur had already been sent to the Centre. The Chief Minister said that apart from the clause , a team of top officials of the state government led by chief secretary is currently camping in New Delhi to convince Central leaders on

the need of such a special protective clause for the state where there were no constitutional protections. However, MANPAC strongly press the chief minister to convey to the Centre the clear cut and firm stand of MANPAC and NEFIP that CAB will not be allowed to extend in region including at any manner. Dilipkumar said that the stand of the MANPAC and NEFIP was very clear. “We are not opposing passing of CAB by the Parliament. We are demanding that CAB cannot be enforced in the NE and Manipur,” he said. The insertion of a special clause exempting NE or Manipur which was proposed by the chief minister was not considered or agreed upon by MANPAC for the time being, he said. “The firm stand of MANPAC and NEFIP is that in no way can CAB be extended in the region,” he reiterated. To a query, the convener rejected the Union minister’s reported statement that CSOs of Manipur had already met with him on

CAB saying at MANPAC has confirmed that any matter related with CAB was not discussed during recent meeting between COCOMI delegation and Union home minister. The COCOMI delegation held the meeting with the home minister on framework agreement of the Naga peace talks. If the Centre was sincere enough to deal with the CAB, MANPAC and NEFIP must be invited for discussion. NEFIP was born out of mobilisation against CAB across the NE by MANPAC, he added. “We don’t think it as a matter of concern as our stand against CAB is very clear. However, if the Centre invited we will go and tabled out firm stand,” the MANPAC said. The MANPAC convener said that they met the chief minister on his invitation which was sent to them yesterday (Saturday). Before the meeting, MANPAC convened a meeting with various CSOs today at its office in Imphal and deliberated on the issue thoroughly. The resolution passed

by the meeting in which representatives of more than 88 CSOs from across the state took part discussed on MANPAC’s stand against CAB, he said. The meeting passed a four-point resolution which include among others reaffirming objection to the implementation of CAB in the entire Northeast region including Manipur. The meeting resolved to continue its “Consolidation phase” on CAB with “Neina Meepham (discussion meet)” against CAB across the state while accepting an invitation by Manipur chief Minister N Biren Singh for a discussion on CAB on Sunday evening. While passing the resolutions, the 88 different CSOs resolved to extend support to every decision taken by executive council of the MANPAC from time to time related with CAB. Co-convener L Jadumani and president of Northeast Forum for Indigenous People (NEFIP) were among others who were part of the MANPAC delegation meeting the chief minister.

Nagaland Post, Dimapur MONDAY, DECEMBER 2, 2019

Growing injectable drug menace swells HIV cases in NE Agartala/Aizawl, Dec 1 (IANS): Increase in number of injectable drugs’ users has pushed the HIV prevalence rate up in the northeastern states, which is also a corridor for drug smuggling from Myanmar. According to the AIDS Control Society (ACS) officials in Tripura and Mizoram, here on Sunday, the menace of injectable drugs has been spreading, especially among youths in the northeastern states, bordering China, Myanmar, Bangladesh, Nepal and Bhutan. “At 2.04 per cent, Mizoram has recorded the highest HIV prevalence rate in the country. It’s followed by Manipur (1.43 per cent), Nagaland (1.15 per cent) and Tripura (0.09 per cent),” the ACS officials told IANS. In Mizoram, Manipur and Tripura, a large numbers of pregnant women have also tested HIV positive. In the eight districts

of Tripura bordering Mizoram and Bangladesh, 462 HIV positive cases had been found, said an ACS official. Pointing to rise in injectable drug use, he said, around 170 such cases were detected in Tripura this year. “Since April, blood samples of 9,683 people have been tested as possible high-risk group,” he said. The mountainous Christian-majority state of Mizoram, which shares porous borders with Myanmar and Bangladesh, has earned the dubious distinction of being the highest HIV prevalent state in the country. According to a Mizoram ACS official, nine HIV-AIDS positive cases are being reported in the state a day. Chief Minister Zoramthanga and the Church leaders have urged serious efforts to fight the disease. The official said use of needles and syringes accounted for 28.16 per

cent of HIV positive cases. Parents to child transmission is 2.96 per cent, while homosexual and bisexual transmission is 1.03 per cent. The remaining 1.77 per cent transmission is not specified. “The majority of drug users in Mizoram use pseudoephedrine pills, which are otherwise a cure for nasal and lung congestion,” he said. Smugglers source the drugs like yaba and methamphetamine (meth) from the Golden Triangle, comprising Myanmar, Laos and Thailand, and distribute it in Mizoram, Manipur and other northeastern states, they say. The Golden Triangle is infamous for drug production across the globe. While talking to IANS, Border Security Force Tripura frontier Inspector General Solomon Yash Kumar Minz admitted that India-Myanmar border with Mizoram and Manipur were the main transit route for smuggling of yaba tablets and other drugs.

Two arms dealers held in Manipur Mnp ministerial team visits Mnp-Nagaland border dispute site Correspondent

Arm and ammunitions recovered from two arms dealers by combined force of police and AR being displayed at Imphal East district police headquarters on Sunday.

AIZAWL, DEC 1 (PTI): Altogether 1,165 Brus, belonging to 289 families, returned to Mizoram from the six relief camps of Tripura during the ninth round of the government-sponsored repatriation process, which concluded on November 30, a state home department official said on Sunday. The repatriation exercise was the final attempt at bringing back the 4,447 Bru families - identified by the state as its bona fide residents who fled to the neighbouring state during an ethnic clash over two decades ago, he said. Officials who were posted at the MizoramTripura-Bangladesh border since October 3, when the process began, have returned to their respective district headquarters. The repatriation process was undertaken despite opposition from different representatives of the Bru community, who demanded resettlement in their area of choice, the home department official said. The Mizoram governK Y M C

ment had earlier informed the Centre that the final round of the Bru repatriation exercise would conclude on November 30 and all officials would be withdrawn by Saturday evening. In a letter to Satyendra Garg, Joint Secretary (North East), Ministry of Home Affairs, on Friday, Deputy Secretary for Home David H Lalthangliana said all Mizoram government officials and hired vehicles, deployed at the Mizoram-Tripura border for the repatriation process, would be withdrawn from the evening of November 30. It also asserted that Mizoram would not facilitate their return beyond November 30. State home minister Lalchamliana told PTI that the government had taken several initiatives to repatriate the Brus from the Tripura relief camps, despite stiff resistance from several quarters. He asserted that the state would no longer make any effort to bring back the remaining Brus.

A ministerial team of Manipur visiting the disputed inter-state Manipur Nagaland border site at Tungjoy of Manipur on Sunday. was there for the security of the villagers since 1991, the minister assured the state government is taking up all necessary steps for the safety of the villagers. The villagers of Tungjoy appealed to the ministerial team to undertake adequate measures to develop roads and convert the village into a tourist resort. State police ADGP (AP/Ops) L Kailun, DC Senapati Somorjit Salam, SP M Pradip Singh, Nagaland officials, villagers and youths of Tungjoy village were present during the interaction.

Tungjoy village and Dzukuo valley have been flash-points for decades apart from the dispute at some border areas in Ukhrul district of Manipur bordering Nagaland. A dispute over traditional land ownership of Dzukuo valley, dispute b e t we e n M a n i p u r a n d Nagaland over Jessami in Ukhrul district is yet to be resolved. In their effort to settle the disputes, Manipur government had written to the Centre seeking help to resolve the protracted inter-state border dispute

with direct involvement of the Survey of India in September 2017. In December last year, Manipur government had constituted a committee headed by state PHED minister L Dikho as chairman to facilitate settlement of existing the Manipur-Nagaland interstate boundary dispute. State revenue minister Karam Shyam, tribal affairs and hills minister N Kayisii were among nine members of the committee in which state additional secretary (tribal affairs and hills) is the convener.

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Day 02 2nd December 2019 “Cultural Connect” NAGA HERITAGE VILLAGE, KISAMA Morning Session Special Guest: Dr. Cook Principal Woodstock HOST 1. Shri C.M. Chang Minister Environment, Forest & Climate Change 2. Shri. Zhaleo Rio, Advisor Sericulture, Excise, Minority Affairs

Evening Session Special Guest : Dr. Ajay Kumar, President Indian Society of Gastroenterology HOST 1. Shri S. Phanyu Phom Minister Health & Family welfare 2. Shri. Pukhai Advisor Food Civil SuppliesLegal Metrology & Consumer protection and taxes

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Bru repatriation: 289 of over 4000 families return to Mizoram

tripukhri, around two km towards Imphal around 5.45 am on Sunday, the SP said. As disclosed by the arms dealers, the arm and ammunitions were collected from Dimapur district in Nagaland on the instruction of one Chinzasen Paite, the father-in-law of the arrested Khupngaishuan. They went to collect the items from Dimapur on November 30 where an unknown person known to Chinzasen Paite handed over arm and ammunitions for onward transportation to Imphal. The SP alleged that the duo was members of a gang of arms dealers involved in smuggling of illegal arms and ammunition from Dimapur to Manipur.

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IMPHAL, Dec 1: Security forces in Manipur on Sunday arrested two alleged arms dealers along with arm and ammunitions after a brief chase along ImphalDimapur section of NH-2 in Imphal. The arrested arms dealers were identified as Khupngaishuan Paite (25) of Siloam Veng and Songthianlam Paite (34) of Bukpi village, both in Churachandpur district. An AK 56 Rifle loaded with 20 live rounds in a magazine, two AK 56 magazines with 60 live rounds were recovered during a thorough check of an SUV bearing registration number AS 01AF 2199 on which the duo was travelling.

Addressing a press conference, Imphal East SP Dr Haobijam Jugeshwor Singh said the two arms dealers were nabbed by a combined force of police commandos attached with Imphal East district police and troops of 6 Assam Rifles during a “snatch operation” in and around Koirengei and Mantripukhri areas along of NH-2 under Imphal East district early Sunday morning. The operation was launched on received of credible information about transportation of sophisticated weapons towards Imphal city. The combined force intercepted the vehicle at Koirengei area of the highway but arrested them after a brief chase at Man-

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Correspondent

IMPHAL, Dec 1: A ministerial team of Manipur government on Sunday paid a visit to the disputed area at Mai hills of Tungjoy village in Manipur’s Senapati district bordering Nagaland. The disputed between Tungjoy villlage of Manipur and Khezhakeno village of Phek district of Nagaland was a long standing conflict over the traditional land ownership. The minister’s team led by state PHE minister Losii Dikho included CAF & PD minister Karam Shyam and tribal affairs & hills minister N Kayisii, besides concerned officials of the state government. Villagers of Tungjoy informed the ministerial team that there was a plan to celebrate Hornbill Festival of Nagaland at the disputed area of Tungjoy village which is located at the interstate boundary of Manipur and Nagaland. The team today held a joint interaction with the villagers of Tungjoy village and officials from Nagaland to take stock of the ground situation and find amicable ways to negotiate the dispute and bring about a peaceful solution. Taking part in the in-

teraction, minister Losii Dikho assured that the state government will address the problems faced by the villagers while giving government assurance to take up concrete measures for peaceful co-existence of both the states. Later, minister Karam Shyam highlighted to the media who were part of the visit that the conflict on demarcating boundaries between the two states had existed since 1872 and there was a need to carry out proper survey. A committee with minister Losii Dikho as chairman constituted by the state government regarding the issue will soon hold a meeting to find a way to bring the conflicting parties of both Nagaland and Manipur together to the negotiating table keeping in view the public interest, he assured. Minister Kayisii assured that proper steps will be taken up to resolve the issue as soon as possible after discussion with the chief minister in line with the recommendation of the committee. Asserting that Manipur Rifles outpost

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Nagaland Post, Dimapur MONDAY, DECEMBER 2, 2019

GOVERNMENT OF NAGALAND

DIRECTORATE OF TREASURIES & ACCOUNTS NAGALAND : KOHIMA

NO.DTA/ESTT-119/19

Dated Kohima the 30 Nov'2019.

NOTIFICATION

In continuation to this office Notification NO.DTA/ESTT-119/19 dated 29 Nov' 2019. The rejected applications for the post of AA/JAA/LDA-cum- Computer Assistant are hereby notified for information. Sd/R.N. YANTHAN Principal Director th

The following candidates are rejected on the basis of reasons furnished at remarks column FORM SI.NO RECEIPT NAME NO NO 1 279 1109 MECHIELO-O LADU

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TRIBE

DOB

QUALIFICATION

CAT

REMARKS

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CHAKHESANG 17/01/98

GRAD

BT

NO ST CERTIFICATE

2

355

2279 WEDE KENYE

M

CHAKHESANG 24/04/92

GRAD

BT

NO INDIGENOUS CERTIFICATE

3

278

2110 KUKHRO NARO

M

CHAKHESANG 12/05/96

GRAD

BT

NO MATRIC ADMIT CARD/ NO INDIGENOUS CERTIFICATE

4

165

1014 JASMINE CHANG

F

CHANG

24/04/87

GRADUATE

BT

NO MATRIC ADMIT CARD

5

71

814 NUNGSHITEMJEN

M

AO

26/11/94

MA

GEN

6

175

1015 AYANULA

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CHANG

20/04/90

POST GRADUATE

BT

NO MATRIC ADMIT CARD

7

186

325 KALIVI H ZHIMOMI

F

SUMI

30/10/96

BA

GEN

NO MATRIC ADMIT CARD

8

650

2566 IMTISOSANG

M

AO

04/01/91

M.COM

9

1428

4351 ANITOLI SWU

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SUMI

21/12/98

GRADUATE

NO INDIGENOUS CERTIFICATE

FORM SI.NO RECEIPT NO NO

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SEX

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82

5369

6846 LIPOKLEMLA

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AO

01/02/94

PG

GEN

NO ST CERTIFICATE/NO INDIGENOUS CERTIFICATE

83

3654

2468 AVIZO

M

ANGAMI

31/07/93

MBA

GEN

NO ST CERTIFICATE

84

5134

8536 BOTOSHE

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SUMI

12/06/94

BA

GEN

NO ST CERTIFICATE/NO INDIGENOUS CERTIFICATE

85

5139

6623 NYIAMJAI

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PHOM

30/10/84

MA

BT

5195

8543 M YANTHUNGO NGULLIE

M

LOTHA

28/03/88

B.TECH

87

3836

5556 RIKHYO S. SHITIRI

M

LOTHA

15/03/91

MBA

GENERAL NO ST CERTIFICATE

GENERAL NO INDIGENOUS CERTIFICATE

88

3838

4887 KATO YEPTHOMI

M

SUMI

19/03/88

M.SC

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89

3840

5714 ALBERT MAGH

M

RENGMA

04/12/95

BA

BT

NO MATRIC ADMIT CARD

90

3814

5797 IMYO IMCHEN

M

AO

06/03/95

BT

GEN

NO DEGREE MARKSHEET

LOTHA

21/04/88

BA

GEN

NO ST CERTIFICATE/NO INDIGENOUS CERTIFICATE

AO

02/08/90

10

730

2648 NZANTHUNG P. TUNGOE

M

LOTHA

09/02/05

BA

11

862

3081 JANBEMO V. NGULLIE

M

LOTHA

28/04/94

M.A

GENERAL NO MATRIC ADMIT CARD

91

5577

8908 SORENTHUNG YANTHAN

M

SUMI

20/07/98

B.SC

GENERAL NO INDIGENOUS CERTIFICATE

92

3873

1509 NOKSEMSA LONGKUMER

M

93

5585

4969 RESENMEW YIMCHUNGER

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12

792

1733 LIMEKA T AWOMI

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13

796

1752 ALONGSO YIM

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YIMCHUNGER 14/08/97

GRADUATE

BT

NO ST CERTIFICATE

14

889

3100 MULUVOLU VESE

F

CHAKHESANG 09/02/92

POST GRADUATE

BT

NO INDIGENOUS CERTIFICATE

94

6031

5172 E MHONTHUNG OVUNG

M

15

1220

4170 PAUYANG PHOM

M

PHOM

29/05/84

BSC

BT

OVERAGE (29/05/84)

95

6272

5729 KHUMONG

M KHIAMNIUNGAN 29/04/96

16

692

1817 TSUKJEMYALA Y. WALLING

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23/01/95

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96

5531

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26/11/95

17

1168

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02/03/84

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05/05/89

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11/07/95

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GEN

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PHOM

22/06/94

MA

BT

99

6292

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LOTHA

19/01/97

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GEN

NO ST CERTIFICATE

19

1113

3383 ZAJAMO OVUNG

M

LOTHA

01/12/93

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6293

3123 SENJUMLO Z KIKON

1085

2934 K. RENJAMO YANTHAN

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04/03/87

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100

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101

4441

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2413

4380 IMKUMNUNGSANG

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25/12/97

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102

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5505 CHINGMEI KONYAK

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04/01/89

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104

6517

7441 TOLIKA K ACHUMI

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11/07/95

24

2417

7390 LIPOKRI LONGCHARI

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13/02/92

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105

6735

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2431

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106

6794

1589 ASENLO KATH

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107

6599

5853 HAMTHAI A PHOM

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108

6557

7258 SHELVI TOSO

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06/10/91

23/07/91

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8873 KENEISETUO

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5543

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7442 VIKISHE AWOMI

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25/06/84

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02/08/85

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SUMI

15/06/92

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GEN

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BA

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26/12/93

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4185 K ALIBO SUMI

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2130

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2475

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2153

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29/03/91

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25/06/84

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15/06/91

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18/07/90

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04/04/94

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25/02/90

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M

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25/08/97

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124

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F

ANGAMI

20/02/98

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45

3222

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21/12/93

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09/09/93

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LOTHA

126

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13/04/94

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KHIAMNIUNGAN 21/02/95

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26/09/94

2795

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M

SUMI

08/03/90

BA

GEN

NO MATRIC ADMIT CARD

51

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13/12/98

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25/10/94

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53

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28/11/93

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PHOM

24/10/95

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48

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2796

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14/11/89

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16/10/95

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SUMI (KIPHIRE) 10/07/96

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11/08/98

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UNDER QUALIFIED NO INDIGENOUS CERTIFICATE

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25/09/97

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25/04/95

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30/12/96

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136

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SUMI

20/09/98

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20/12/98

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SANGTAM

18/01/91

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139

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24/01/84

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142

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30/09/95

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10/01/90

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16/11/88

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M

KONYAK

21/08/89

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CHAKHESANG 13/04/81

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04/10/95

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09/12/97

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30/09/78

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23/12/98

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16/03/92

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20/06/89

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25/10/89

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14/03/95

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13/08/93

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27/01/92

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29/12/89

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CHANG

19/01/94

12

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160

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09/09/84

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19/10/84

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22/03/84

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UNDER QUALIFIED

12

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80

5327

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17/10/96

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26/02/84

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20/01/93

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OPINiON/EDITORIAL

Nagaland Post Vol. XXIX NO. 357 Dimapur, MONDAY, DECEMBER 2, 2019

Between dream and reality

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agaland completed 56 years of statehood on December 1,2019 and significantly, the Naga political problem which opened an alternative to independence will soon come full circle when the chapter of the unresolved issue is expected to be closed and the chapter of peace opens a new horizon. When Nagaland was officially declared as a state 56 years ago, it began a new chapter for the people and away from the bloody conflict for which they were totally unprepared. It was on a bright Sunday morning on December 1,1963, that the second president of India Dr.Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan formally declared Nagaland as the 16th state of the Indian union at a historic function at the Kohima local ground (Khouchiezie). The creation of Nagaland was enabled through a memorandum of understanding or accord or 16 Point Agreement signed between the Naga People’s Convention(NPC) comprising of representatives of the 16 tribes under Naga Hills under Assam and Tuensang Frontier Division(under NEFA) and the government of India under Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru on July 26,1960. The parliament then gave the nod through an Act in 1962 for creation of Nagaland state. The drafting and finalisation of the salient features contained in the 16 Point Agreement came about after the convening of three conventions comprising of representatives of Naga public, titled as Naga People’s Convention. The first convention was held in Kohima from August 22 to 26,1957 where Dr.Imkongliba Ao became the first president. The second convention was held in Ungma from May 21 to 23,1958 but there was not much headway. It was only at the third NPC held in Mokokchung from October 22 to 26, 1959 that the final draft of the memorandum of understanding was finalised where it was also decided that the name ‘Nagaland’ replace Naga Hills Tuensang Area(NHTA) and adopted as the official name of the state. The birth of the new state had been preceded by years of disturbances and inhuman tragedies suffered by the Nagas. The most significant of Nagaland is that it enjoys special constitutional protection under Article 371A which no state has even the erstwhile J&K state’s Article 370 was only an agreement of accession. In his speech delivered in Kohima while officially inaugurating the newly created 16th state, then president of India Dr.S.Radhakrishnan drove the point that the constitution of India respects the distinct identity of the Nagas by providing them constitutional and legal guarantee under Article 371A. Through this Article, the constitution of India provides protection against imposition of any act of parliament with regard to (I)religious or social practices, (II)customary laws and procedure(III) civil and criminal justice as per customary law and (IV) ownership and transfer of land and its resources unless adopted by a majority vote by the assembly. Statehood has brought about rapid transformation to Nagaland. Literacy today is 80.11% as against 17% in 1963 and in poverty index it ranks 16 among states. The past 56 years offer more than enough experiences for the people to learn from their failures. Among the lessons are to move away from too much unfruitful politics and replace the culture of dependence to a culture of independence so as to achieve the desired goal for progress and prosperity.

DailyDevotion The Law and the Gospel

Whoever shall keep the whole law, and yet stumble in one point, he is guilty of all. —James 2:10 The moral law does not consider our weaknesses as human beings; in fact, it does not take into account our heredity or infirmities. It simply demands that we be absolutely moral. The moral law never changes, either for the highest of society or for the weakest in the world. It is enduring and eternally the same. The moral law, ordained by God, does not make itself weak to the weak by excusing our shortcomings. It remains absolute for all time and eternity. If we are not aware of this, it is because we are less than alive. Once we do realize it, our life immediately becomes a fatal tragedy. “I was alive once without the law, but when the commandment came, sin revived and I died” (Romans 7:9). The moment we realize this, the Spirit of God convicts us of sin. Until a person gets there and sees that there is no hope, the Cross of Christ remains absurd to him. Conviction of sin always brings a fearful, confining sense of the law. It makes a person hopeless— “… sold under sin” (Romans 7:14). I, a guilty sinner, can never work to get right with God— it is impossible. There is only one way by which I can get right with God, and that is through the death of Jesus Christ. I must get rid of the underlying idea that I can ever be right with God because of my obedience. Who of us could ever obey God to absolute perfection! We only begin to realize the power of the moral law once we see that it comes with a condition and a promise. But God never coerces us. Sometimes we wish He would make us be obedient, and at other times we wish He would leave us alone. Whenever God’s will is in complete control, He removes all pressure. And when we deliberately choose to obey Him, He will reach to the remotest star and to the ends of the earth to assist us with all of His almighty power.

Quotes

The butterfly counts not months but moments, and has time enough. ~ Rabindranath Tagore

Nagaland Post, Dimapur MONDAY, DECEMBER 2, 2019

Govt ‘can do’, Don’t kill PSUs to boost private

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he nation has to act to act holistically, discuss the problems and stop the slowdown from portals of Parliament to all public fora It is almost turmoil. India’s administrative system is groping in the dark. Tax system, including toll, fee, charges and duties are becoming oppressive. Banks despite mergers are in crisis. The bid to sale institutions, industries, airlines and heavy losses in many are taking the country to abyss. It is a matter of intense discussion. The governance is drifting away from the governed. The state is becoming too powerful. It takes decisions not in favour of the voters but who can manage votes. Over the years the system is becoming myopic. It does not want to listen to the governed and comes out with decisions that hurt them more. Job losses are considered natural and the diagnosis is missing. Views are strange. A country creates jobs with people-friendly decisions but the job losses are attributed to “lack of skills” of the workers. Atrocious income tax and GST are justified as the people’s holy duty but if they lose jobs, the state turns a blind

CCI probe proves MNCs, others not holy cow

eye. Social security steps like MNREGA or PM Kisan are not proving to be panacea. The remedy is not easy to find. The necessary dialogue with the people is missing. A powerful system does not enter into deliberation on critical issues. Occasionally a voice is heard in parliament. State assemblies hardly meet to hear their MLAs. The chief ministers even of failing Telangana, Andhra or Tamilnadu are terrors. No member either of his party or opposition can dare talk. Unfortunately, the syndrome does not change with the change of regime. Every successive regime carries on the same way as the previous one. Changes are limited. It goes to new set of supporters or hangers on. Democracy in provinces is limited to the rights of the chief minister. The government machinery is slave to the CM. As in states like Madhya Pradesh, it is alleged that the former and present heads run the show. In such situation, they invent methods to strengthen their families, hold Saifai, the home of former chief minister Mulayam Singh Yadav, family shows at the cost of the

state while people continue to languish. Such whims and fancies led to bifurcation of a thriving Andhra Pradesh. Bifurcated Telangana now is in a mess as the despotic chief minister’s family hold is killing its economy. As it tried to privatise the state road transport corporation (SRTC), its employees went on a 52-day strike. In many other states, the SRTCs and other similar undertakings are tried to be Shivaji privatized so that influential families could benefit. The disease is not restricted to the states. Similar despotic attitude by some ministers led to the investment in faulty power programmes like Enron or collapse of thriving Indian Airlines and Air India. The ostensible reason was to give boost to the rising private airline or power industry. That benefitted many good families. And in a short span Jet and Kingfisher type airlines with huge debt from public sector banks (PSB) collapsed. Now Spicejet is in crisis. Individual families in these cases with despotic patronage from the powers that be minted money, looted people’s savings. The nation has lost for such

whimsical privatization at the cost of the profitmaking public sector. Privatisation per se is not wrong. But for its sake killing the public sector built with taxpayers’ money is the sin the nation is being forced to commit. The today’s slowdown, which finance minister Nirmala Sitharaman says is not recession, is planned. Even she is not taking steps to save the public sector under Sarkar the strange pretext the government cannot do. The political attitude of “can’t do” has to change. Despite many follies of the leaders of 1950s to 1980s, the public sector contributed to the nation’s economy. Institutions were built. Systematic divestment and conspiracies against closure of many others including the HMT that made the finest watches and machine tools has led the country to a Manmohanomics collapse. With the rise of Manmohanomics another culture of interfering in the PSBs has led to the biggest swindling of banks, LIC, GIC and closure of many including the UTI and IL&FS and consequent end of many smaller financial institutions.

No white paper on the loot of PSBs or financial institutions has come as yet. The nation’s knowledge is limited to the JPC report of the stock scams. The recent reasons of mergers details are partly known. A white paper is needed for the nation’s memory and find out plugging and corrective methods of such recurrence. The Reserve Bank’s NPA reports are not complete without going into the methods applied by various individuals or officials as it is apparent from PMC bank near-closure. The Employees Provident Fund lost Rs 1300 crore of workers’ funds and DHFL swindled Rs 46,000 crore poor people’s savings called retail investors. In such situation why RBI should cut rates instead of increasing it is a wonder. It also needs to come out specifically on note-ban decision. This kind of unstructured decision has led to imposition of illicit road tolls for building roads to its normal standards. A culture of building bad non-toll roads has also crept in to justify tolls/ now being called fee. Toll is part of exploitative multiple road tax – registration money, road

tax, parking tax and now junking of vehicles to suit those in power or help the automobile industry. There is no reason to junk tenyear-old vehicles. Each of these methods is killing the Indian economy. The decisions are taken ad hoc without a holistic approach. The job losses are the result of impractical experimentation with privatization and creating systematic leakage of public finances to boost it. The number of jobless is rising to 9.2 percent for all these reasons. Even rural jobs are being lost and consumer purchasing power is officially dwindling. That private corporate are not holy internationally has once again been established with the Competition Commission of India (CCI) probe into Tata Steel, Sweden’s SKF and Germany’s Schaeffler collusion of pricing bearings or Volkswagen pollution suppressing software. The country has to correct the ills to be internationally competitive and have a people-oriented strong economy to sustain the targeted growth projections of the Narendra Modi government. It must act now.

Post-mortem How relevant today is media in shaping public opinion

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NAGALAND’S HORNBILL FESTIVAL ...

A commentary on the evolution of a tourism event

tries as well. There was not only a meaning and may even eventually he role mass media stumped during the House (From previous issue) As one enters the arena to the dilution of the original concept, but lose its identity. We have had the play helps shape and Financial Services Commitform opinions in every tee, when Facebook looked venue of the festival, one is greeted a depletion of resources, as most President and Prime Minister of space, paradigms and format to seek approval about its with a majestic gate on which is the of these external participants were India, wishing the Nagas, a “Happy of our local perception and proprietary cryptocurrency sign “Window to Nagaland”, ap- guests of the state government. Hornbill Festival” on two occasions, cognizance to geopolitical project, Libra. AOC inquired propriately named to give a glimpse Today, there are many other events which again is an indication of mistrades and global consumerist if Mark and his company did of Nagaland, its people and its cul- and organisations, “riding” on the construing the event to something speed and humanitarian nor- a rigorous Fact Check dur- ture. This idea was borrowed from wings of the Hornbill Festival. which is not. All Nagas celebrate mative. This makes media a ing political ad campaigns, China’s theme park at Shenzhen, Some of these “riders” may have no Christmas as a religious festival, and source of good and balance or and whether this decision Guangdong, where the “Window relevance to the Festival (culturally) that would be an appropriate time an evil chemical that hijacks was tied to his dinner party to the World” of all the world’s or even tourism promotionally. The to wish the Nagas, while traditional the future for some above with the Far Right, some of famous replicas exists. The signage Government needs to take a stock festivals are celebrated at different short term gains. Without an whom advanced the white on the hill top “Naga Heritage Vil- of these riders, as they seem to be times by different tribes. Whatever may be the cheimpartial media that make use supremacy doctrines. Zuck- lage”, is styled a la “Hollywood”. increasing annually. The Hornbill Festival, was quered path of the Hornbill Festival, of substantive based informa- erberg's response was rather Apart from these two borrowed tion we might as well be fed controversial as he stated in ideas, most of the infrastructure summed up as the “Festival of Fes- it is essential to acknowledge the with chemical opinions - to certain context the disinfor- developed are original in idea and tivals” in 2012, thereby exalting its reasons for why the Hornbill Festival put words into our mouth mation was allowed so that theme, and in tune with the essence status to other traditional festivals was conceived – as a tourism promoin the state. It must be remembered tional event, showcasing the multithe voters could better discern of Nagaland. (puppeteered). Over the years, much of origithat the Hornbill Festival is a tour- ethnicity of the state. Efforts must People talk about varying and make pejorative stand nal minimalist venue saw the addiism promotional event created to be made to maximise and promote against phony and biased items and things, in all sorts of tions of more structures of multiple showcase Nagaland as an attractive the festival to showcase the state as decorum, topic, euphemism politicians. sitting podiums, a stage, an artificial destination. It is not an indigenous a destination that encourages visitors We may talk all we want, or substantive and validated tree-full of artificial hornbills, two or a traditional festival, and as such to explore other districts and places but without substantive innetwork. They talk in their horn blowing “Adonis” looking it cannot be elevated or be at par residence, book clubs, group formation that is tested with figures, a chapel etc. Whether these with other traditional tribal festivals in the state, after having a glimpse meetings/chats, outdoor park objectivity, environment, hu- additions are suited to the venue of Nagaland. The state in 2018, had of Nagaland “through its window”. and landscape or in any nucle- man resource and potential, is for people to debate upon. With also appended the moniker “Mini There is a much wider area to exar bunker or facility they can negative and positive impacts every new politician or bureaucrat Hornbill festival”, to all the indige- plore and appreciate Nagaland for imagine about, maybe some that information can pose, heading the department there seems nous traditional festivals of different an off the beaten track adventure and shamans, tantrics etc. even do our non linear talking on to be a compulsion to leave their tribes in the state. Each traditional experiencing the true and genuine it magically telepathically or challenges of future can be mark, and one wonders whether the tribal festival has its origin in every essence of each tribal distinctiveness, through some electrical rout- reduced to archaic nature and venue will be able to withstand the tribal culture and history, much standing tall on its own merit and ing of their brain-chemicals/ advances. Our very role and load of these constant additions as older than the Hornbill festival, not as an appendix to something astral (third eye, kundalini duty could be surrogated to the years go by. The Hornbill Festi- and thereby cannot be considered else. Each tribe should take pride in awakening, star child - what wasted and ineffective lifetime val was conceived to showcase Naga as mini to anything. The essence its own distinctive cultural heritage else!) #tin foil hat alert! Suf- with the programming from culture, heritage and diversity, and and identity of each tribal festival and history, and retain that essence fice to say, it is the authentic biased media. We should the initial years focussed on these must be preserved and passed down in its true form. (Concluded) media or any media that pub- be aware about that as well, aspects, but gradually it became a to the future generation in its purest lishes general and scientific intellectually, and rely less melting pot of other cultures, of not form. Appending another agnomen L.H.Thangi Mannen, (Ex Secreinformation, reports phenom- on non conceptual warp of only other states but of other coun- to traditional festivals will dilute its tary, Tourism, 1998-2004) enal events and stories, that transcending events. Invaligets the upper edge of public dated news is just a sanctum attention largely because it where information were disseminated, not an absolute sums up to our senses. But it is an open fact to affect our lifetime by, the the media houses compete result speaks for itself. This is not to recommend with each other to establish there should not be diversity their media mogul, but the important question is, does it of organic media houses or harm the general agenda for other kind of networks, but, the meagre matter of their a more conceptual outlook Sir, The Ao Naga Concerned Citizens while appreciating the sincere effort made by the NSCN-IM and the trading relations. For instance preserves the modality of imgovernment of India for bringing a meaningful political dialogue thus far; we once again appeal the wisdom of partial and authentic reports in US alone: Fox News and the two leaderships that the ongoing political process must be respectfully concluded on the basis and hallmark Drudge Report are rightist; based on substantial facts or of genuinely unique history and negotiated political settlement for a meaningful and sustainable peace. ABC, Google News and CBS conspiracies. In fact, it would We also call upon all the Nagas and the Naga political groups in particular to work and fasten in the spirit be of great advantage if inforare middle; Buzzfeed, politico of one Naga people and a nation to usher in an opportunity for an inclusive Naga political settlement. mation and political rhetorics and the economist are left T.N.Manen, Chairman, Ao Concerned Citizen, Dimapur, Moa Imchen, Convener, Kohima, leaning; the Sean Hannity are consigned together. The Temjen Paul, Convener, Concerned Citizens Forum, Mokokchung Show and the Glenn Beck pro- subservient class and their struggles can be popularly and gram the far right; CNN and NBC are the liberals. Without profoundly addressed. Only mentioning it goes by each sta- a better media can make that tion propagates and distill the volume of connection amid gazettes to their suiting, aside the systemic loops and logi- Sir, To strengthen the unity among all Christian brothers, sisters and other religions, CFD began Christian from largely emancipated and cal inconsistencies. Else valid data might build a fortress Fellowship in different denominational churches in Dimapur. The members also decided to have the felvisually recognised reports. Just a month ago, Alex- until they are murdered into lowship on the first Tuesday of every month from 6.30 AM-7:30. Therefore CDF would like to invite all to andria Ocasio-Cortez (AOC) the void of non imported heap pray for peace in Nagaland, especially the Pastors, Reverends, Priests and Faithful. We pray together for grilled Facebook founder of web hard drives and our the immediate settlement and find sustainable solution for the protracted Indo-Naga conflict. The members have been praying in different denominational churches from October 2019. The next prayer meet is going and CEO Mark Zuckerberg impotent memory caches. to be held on December 3, 2019 at Assembly of God Church (AG) Dimapur, led by Rev. Dr. C.P. Anto. T Y Tikhir, with basic and pivoting quesCDF office Dimapur, Rev. Moses Murry tions which left Zuckerberg Chumukedima, Dimapur Reader’s note: Articles or letters published in any of the columns do not reflect the view of this newspaper nor that of the Editor in any manner.

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Naqvi slams AIMPLB, Jamiat for Ayodhya decision

NEW DELHI, DEC 1 (PTI): Hitting out at the All India Muslim Personal Law Board and the JamiatUlema-e-Hind for their decision to seek a review of the Ayodhya verdict, Minority Affairs Minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi on Sunday said they are trying to create an “atmosphere of division and confrontation” after the matter was laid to rest by the Supreme Court. He also said that for the Muslims the important issue is not just “Babri (mosque) but barabri (equality)” in the areas of education and economic and social upliftment. In an interview to PTI, Naqvi said that in a democracy everyone has a right to have an opinion and liberty to approach courts. However, he asserted that in an ideal scenario attempts should not be made to entangle the decades-old complex issue which has been solved by a unanimous verdict of the Supreme Court. “All sections of the society have welcomed and respected the Supreme Court verdict. But if some people are unable to digest the fact that the unity has been strengthened after this verdict, it is sad,” he said. Sources in the Jamiat-

Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi Ulema-e-Hind said last week that the draft of the review petition against Supreme Court’s Ayodhya verdict is ready and the plea will be filed by them on December 3 or 4. The All India Muslim Personal Law Board (AIMPLB) has also said the review petition will be filed before December 9. Slamming the AIMPLB and the Jamiat, Naqvi said, “They are trying to create an atmosphere of division and confrontation which will not be accepted by any society.” “These isolated voices cannot be that of the whole society. The feeling of all sections of the society is that this matter has been settled by the court and we should now accept it and move forward,” he said. “If they (AIMPLB and Jamiat) were so serious why

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NEW DELHI, DEC 1 (PTI): The Airports Authority of India (AAI) has recommended the Centre to privatise airports at Amritsar, Varanasi, Bhubaneswar, Indore, Raipur and Trichy, a senior government official said. The recommendation came as the central government has already privatised airports at Lucknow, Ahmedabad, Jaipur, Mangaluru, Thiruvananthapuram, and Guwahati for operation, management and development through public-private partnership (PPP) model in February this year. “As six airports have already been privatised in February this year, the AAI in its board meeting on September 5 decided to

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did they not agree to a compromise when the court earlier had asked them to solve the matter through dialogue,” the senior BJP leader said. The Minority Affairs Minister said both the Muslim side and the Hindu side had said prior to the Supreme Court verdict that it would be acceptable to them. “Even at the meeting that was held at my house where representatives from various sections of the society were present, it was said in one voice that whatever be the verdict it will be accepted and honoured,” he said. As part of the RSS and the BJP’s efforts to reach out to Muslims ahead of the Ayodhya verdict, a meeting with the community’s clerics, academics and prominent persons was organised at Naqvi’s residence ahead of the verdict, with participants stressing on maintaining social harmony and unity. “Initially they (AIMPLB and Jamiat) accepted and honoured the verdict but I don’t know what is the reason and what divine enlightenment they got, that they are taking an opposite stand to what they had taken,” he said.

On whether this could open a fresh chapter in the dispute, he said those who want to “open a chapter will be able to do it only in their homes” as the society and the country will not accept it and for them the matter is closed. The Supreme Court, in its verdict, said the entire 2.77 acres of disputed land should be handed over to the deity Ram Lalla, who was one of the three litigants. The five-judge Constitution bench also directed the Centre to allot a fiveacre plot to the Sunni Waqf Board in Ayodhya to build a mosque. Asked if the Muslim side should accept the 5-acre land, Naqvi said he cannot comment on it as it was a court issue. “It is upto the parties (in the case who have been given the land) whether to accept it or not. It depends on them. As far as Ayodhya is concerned there are a number of mosques there,” he said. On some sections of the Muslim community expressing disappointment with the Supreme Court decision, Naqvi said this was a civil suit in which a decision has been made and it is binding on the concerned parties. “This issue should

not be seen as Hindu vs Muslim,” he asserted. Naqvi also hit out at the All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen chief Asaduddin Owaisi for his remarks that Supreme Court is not “infallible”, saying this country runs on Constitution and not on anybody’s whims and fancies. “This country runs on Constitution, on law. Nobody can apply his own law and do a postmortem of the verdict,” he said, hitting out at Owaisi. Naqvi hailed people for accepting the verdict and rejecting attempts to mislead. “I salute the people of the country that they rejected attempts to mislead and will do so in the future as they want that this matter is closed forever,” he said. Naqvi also hailed efforts ahead of the verdict to reach out to both Hindus and Muslims to maintain peace. Both AIMPLB and Jamiat are expected to file a review petition this week even as the Sunni Central Waqf Board decided on Tuesday that it would not do so. The Waqf board also said it was yet to take a call on whether to accept a fiveacre alternative plot for a mosque.

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Ravi calls for a ‘New Nagaland’ (From p-1) Saluting the leaders with humility and gratitude, he paid tributes to Dr Imkongliba Ao and his team of Naga People’s Convention for facing the most difficult and challenging time, adding the Nagas today were enjoying fruits of their struggle. Ravi acknowledged the “extraordinary courage and political maturity” of the Naga leaders in deciding what was best for the Nagas. Warning that history was not kind to those who forgot their heroes and martyrs, he wondered how could Naga tribes, with their centuries-old village republics that efficiently managed their social, economic, political and strategic needs, was for so long viewed as behind other civilisations. As part of the grand opening ceremony, Task Force for Music and Arts conducted a spectacular performance of cultural items on the theme “Celebration of Colours of Nagaland” in which over 300 artistes and crew members took part.

Maulana Wali Rahmani LU C K N OW, D E C 1 (PTI): The All India Muslim Personal Law Board on Sunday asserted that 99 per cent of Muslims in the country want a review of the unanimous Supreme Court verdict on the Ayodhya dispute. The AIMPLB, which was not a party to the law suit, has previously said a review petition will be filed by December 9. A five-judge bench had ruled on November 9 that a temple should be built through a trust set up by the government on the disputed site, where the mosque was demolished in 1992. “Muslims trust judiciary that is why a review petition is being filed. However, the trust has weakened after the SC verdict on Ayodhya,” AIM-

PLB General Secretary Maulana Wali Rahmani told PTI. “Ninety-nine per cent of Muslims of the country are in favour of a review petition. If it it understood that a big section is against this, it is wrong,” he said. Rahmani, however, said they “suspect our petition will be dismissed”. “(But) it does not mean we don’t file it. It’s our legal right. There are many contradictory things in the verdict,” he added. Asked about the suggestion that the decadeslong dispute should end after the SC judgment, Rahmani said, “They are those who did not have any interest in the mosque. They live in fear and want others to do so. “Intellectuals raise this issue but they did not have any practical scheme to resolve issues of the Muslim community. They should be asked what they have done for the community.” The Sunni Central Waqf Board, one of the main litigants in the case, has decided to not file a review petition, but is yet to take a call on whether to accept a five-acre alternative plot for a mosque.

Naga solution: State to witness ‘history’ very soon, says Rio (From p-1) This agreement signed on July 26, 1960 led to passing of the Constitution (Thirteenth Amendment) Act, 1962 in Parliament, by which Article 371(A) guaranteeing special provisions to the Naga people was incorporated into the Constitution of India, he explained. As they celebrated the Statehood Day, he remarked that the Nagas were filled with reverence and gratefulness to all founding fathers and visionary leaders who, by their sacrifices and resoluteness, brought into reality the State of Nagaland. Further, referring to the November 13 meeting of Joint Legislators’ Forum (JLF) on Naga Political

Issue, Rio appealed to all stakeholders to continue the spirit of unity and oneness amongst each other for facilitating the eventual resolution of the protracted Naga political issue. On the occasion, Rio also highlighted the “achievements” of his government in sectors like roads, power, school education, health, agriculture, tourism, IT&C, law & order, etc. Host of legislators, senior government officials, civil society group representatives, tourists and others attended the event. The 57th Statehood Day was celebrated with much gaiety and fanfare, drill display, march-past and playing of bands by police personnel. The skilful drill display by 15 Indian

Reserve Battalion (IRBn) personnel enthralled the crowd, as did a thrilling demonstration on how to combat or tackle in case of terrorist attack by Special Task Force (STF) personnel. Altogether eight contingents from DEF, NAP, 9 IRBn, 11 IRBn, 15 IRBn Mahila, STF and village guards from Meluri and Longleng presented a march-past, while another eight contingents – Mahila pipe band, 2 NAP pipe band, 3 NAP pipe band, 6 NAP pipe band, home guards & civil defence pipe band, PTS brass band, 10 IRBn band, 10 IRBn brass band and 4 NAP brass band – played bands. Further 12 school children from Kohima town presented a special song

“God bless Nagaland”. Book release: On the occasion, a book “Nagaland Police Uniform Code” was also released by chief minister Neiphiu Rio with an aim to standardise dress and appearance of all officers and other ranks in Nagaland Police. Published by department of information & public relations, a coffee table book “Evocative Nagaland” was also released by the chief minister. The book contains valuable historical and contemporary photographs of the State, its people and their culture, places of interest, cuisines and the unique characteristics that define Nagaland. Written by Assam Rifles on the battle of Kohima to commemorating the platinum jubilee of the

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epic battle, a book titled “Winning the Lost Battle” was jointly released by Rio and Maj Gen PC Nair, inspector general of Assam Rifles (North). Gordon Graham prize: On the other hand, the second Gordon Graham prize for Naga literature was also given away on the occasion to Dr Neikehienuo Mephu-o in fiction category for her book “My Mother’s Daughter”, while Dr Abraham Lotha bagged the award in non-fiction category for his book “The Hornbill Spirit”. Both re-

ceived Rs 1 lakh each. In another first, the chief minister’s speech and other activities on the occasion were interpreted in sign language by Catherine Thong from Tabitha Enabling Academy for persons with impaired hearing. It may be mentioned that after many years, the Statehood Day celebrations were held at local ground in the heart of the State Capital that were otherwise held at Secretariat Plaza. However, the overall public turnout was poor on account of Sunday.

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ter Taro Kono on Saturday. In the meeting, the Japanese ministers explained Tokyo’s views on the matter, Deputy Press Secretary in Japan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs Atsushi Kaifu told reporters while referring to a statement issued by RCEP countries in Bangkok on November 4. The two Japanese ministers were here to attend the first edition of Indo-Japan defence and foreign ministerial dialogue. When asked whether efforts are on to address India’s concerns and whether Japan was hopeful of New Delhi joining the grouping, Kaifu said the RCEP statement mentioned that all negotiating countries will work together to resolve outstanding issues. “It was mentioned that efforts will be made to address India’s concerns,” he said when asked whether

back-channel talks are on to convince New Delhi to join the RCEP. The negotiations for the proposed free-trade agreement included 10 member countries of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) and six of the bloc’s dialogue partners -- China, Japan, South Korea, India, Australia and New Zealand. In their statement, 15 RCEP participating countries said that they concluded text-based negotiations for all 20 chapters and that the deal could be signed early next year. In the RCEP summit in Bangkok, Modi conveyed India’s decision not to join the RCEP deal at a summit meeting of the 16-nation bloc, effectively wrecking its aim to create the world’s largest free trade area having half of the world’s population.

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trap and look for long-term solutions rather than selling equity to some corporate houses or multinationals. SJM said that calling Air India a bad asset “is indeed painful and unfair”. A developing country like India needs a national carrier keeping in mind the strategic and market balancing requirements, it added. Similarly, the RSS affiliate said the strategic sales of the Shipping Corporation of India and the Container Corporation of India are also not prudent business decisions. Both these enterprises are not only in a much better shape, but are also necessary to implement the government’s plan to further accelerate logistics for Indian industries, it said. Attacking the Modi government policy on divestment, the SJM said collecting money by selling ownership and giving up future lifetime earnings will not be a wise business decision, especially when the government is saying that their tax collection is not meeting the target. The resolution pointed out that a recent statement by Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman indicated that the government is going to mop up Rs 1 lakh crore by selling its equity in five PSUs. The government has already prepared another 28 PSUs, their subsidiaries and joint ventures for disinvestment.

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ness is not the business of the government, but in the name of disinvestment, “we oppose the scheme of handing over national assets to multinational corporations and corporate houses”. On the sale of BPCL, SJM said that Saudi Aramco is eyeing its assets after India announced divestment of the oil marketing company. “This is not only unacceptable but also dangerous. Property created with national sentiments and hard work should not be held in the possession of foreign oil companies. The purchase of BPCL will only be a number for them to increase their wealth. Strategic sales are becoming strategic purchases for multinationals,” the RSS affiliate said, strongly condemning the government policy. The resolution emphasised that there are many PSUs like Air India, and BSNL which are necessary for the strategic needs of the country. These PSUs can be improved again and efforts need to be made to accomplish this, it urged. The SJM, which claimed its pushback as a reason for the government backtracking on the RCEP trade deal, said that there is a need for a large public deliberation and debate on the ways and timing of selling government equity. It said the gover nment should not fall into the Washington consensus

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NEW DELHI, Dec 1 (PTI): Maruti Suzuki India (MSI), India’s largest carmaker, on Sunday reported a 1.9% decline in sales at 1,50,630 units in November. The company had sold 1,53,539 units in November last year, MSI said in a statement. Domestic sales declined by 1.6% at 1,43,686 units last month as against 1,46,018 units in November 2018, it added. Sales of mini cars comprising Alto and WagonR stood at 26,306 units as compared to 29,954 units in the same month last year, down 12.2%. Sales of compact segment, including models such as Swift, Celerio, Ignis, Baleno and Dzire, rose 7.6% at 78,013 units as against 72,533 cars in November last year. Mid-sized sedan Ciaz sold 1,448 units as compared to 3,838 units earlier.

New Delhi, Dec 1 (IANS): Coming out in strong opposition to the PSU disinvestment programme of the Modi government for companies like Air India, BSNL and BPCL, RSS affiliate, Swadeshi Jagran Manch (SJM) has slammed the move, saying that “strategic sales can be misused by corrupt officials to benefit special business houses”. The SJM’s national committee has passed a resolution opposing the strategic sale of these PSUs. “India should not sell its national assets to multinationals. The present plan of disinvestment is the result of conspiracies of some consultants, bureaucrats affected by some business houses,” it said. The SJM has demanded that the NITI Aayog’s report on public sector enterprises should be rejected, and stressed the “need to examine the evaluation of PSEs keeping in mind the idea of doubling GDP in the next five years and accelerating it in the respective years”. “This report is the work of vested interests of some advisors, they should be kept away from this work. The new report should be created with a new set of people who are not only free from prior assumptions, but have open views to consider Indian needs,” the resolution said. The SJM also expressed the view that that doing busi-

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forecast, thus, is revised down from 5.7 per cent earlier to 4.5 per cent for FY20,” he said. Ranen Banerjee, Leader Public Finance and Economics, PwC India, said the second quarter GDP numbers made it more imperative for a fiscal led priming as the monetary policy interventions clearly are not transmitting. “Thus, just to depend on another rate cut by RBI in the upcoming MPC meeting may not be sufficient. The situation demands a coordinated fiscal priming on areas with higher multipliers and where spends could be immediately combined with a monetary policy push to address the effective transmission of rate cuts to the NBFCs. Effect of rural demand uptick on Q3 numbers will be crucial to avert a sub 5 per cent annual growth rate,” Banerjee said. Sreejith Balasubramanian, Economist - Fund Management, IDFC AMC said bottoming-out of growth could be further down the road and recovery is unlikely to be V-shaped as consumer demand, credit supply and risk appetite remain lacklustre. “This and the falling core-CPI should allow the RBI focus more on growth, while a major fiscal stimulus is hindered by the lack of available household financial savings,” he said.

tent net buyers in November mainly due to expectations of a trade deal between USChina, relief measures along with disinvestment drive by the government, hopes for a scrappage policy and a few others,” said Umesh Mehta, head of research at Samco Securities. Besides, “tax reforms announced in September 2019 will now to be legislated. This takes away ambiguities on implementation of these reforms,” said Pranay Bhatia, partner and leader tax and regulatory services at BDO India. The tax reforms and positive approach will go a long way in reducing the overall taxes for businesses, leading to greater liquidity and economic growth, he added. Also, “the improving rural consumption numbers along with expectations of better results by companies is aiding this inflow. The midcap space has a lot of attractive valuations at the moment,” Harsh Jain said.

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having decided to retain an accommodative stance following its October rate cut, further rate cuts are possible if economic conditions remain weak,” said Rajiv Biswas, Asia Pacific Chief Economist at IHS Markit. The fall in GDP growth rate was despite a slew of new fiscal policy measures including a large reduction in the base corporate tax rate in a bid to boost private sector investment. Rumki Majumdar, Economist, Deloitte India said inflation is low and is expected to remain so because of the excess capacity in the economy. “This gives the RBI the elbow room to cut rates, which is highly anticipated in the upcoming December meeting.” In doing so, RBI may look past the recent uptick in inflation last month, largely attributed to vegetables such as onions. But importantly, there has been a slide in core inflation. Motilal Oswal Financial Services Ltd chief economist Nikhil Gupta said: “We are afraid that expectations of better growth in 3QFY20 (October-December) may not pan out. Leading indicators suggest that October (festival month) was the worst in the current cycle. We believe that growth could weaken further to around 4 per cent in 3QFY20, which will mark the trough.” “Our full-year growth

New Delhi, Dec 1 (PTI): Foreign investors remained net buyers in the Indian capital market for the third straight month in November, putting in Rs 22,872 crore on net basis during the month, according to depositories data. Analysts said expectations of a trade deal between the US and China, and more relief measures as well as disinvestment drive by the government among other factors helped keep FPIs stuck on the capital markets. A net sum of Rs 25,230 crore was flowed into equities by FPIs in November, the data showed. However, they pulled out Rs 2,358.2 crore from the debt segment, translating into a total net investment of Rs 22,871.8 crore by FPIs in November. FPIs had invested a net sum of Rs 16,037.6 crore in October and Rs 6,557.8 crore in September. “FPIs have been consis-

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New Delhi, Dec 1 (PTI): The Reserve Bank may cut interest rates for the sixth straight time on December 5 to support growth that has continued to slip to more than six-year low on slump in manufacturing, bankers and experts said. RBI has cut interest rates on every single occasion the multi-member monetary policy committee (MPC) has met since Shaktikanta Das took over as the Governor of RBI in last December. In five reductions so far in 2019, interest rates have been lowered by a total of 135 basis points over concerns that growth momentum is slowing down and also to try to boost liquidity in the financial system. GDP growth slowed sharply to a pace of 4.5 per cent in the July-September, hit by a slump in manufacturing output, which contracted by 1.0 per cent. The pace of GDP growth has moderated from the 5 per cent rate in April-June and 7 per cent in July-September quarter of 2018. Das had previously stated that interest rates will reduce until growth revives and this gives confidence that interest rates may be reduced at the end of threeday monetary policy review beginning December 3, a banker, wishing not to be identified, said. “With the RBI Monetary Policy Committee

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ISIS claims London knife-attack

London, Dec 1 (PTI): The Islamic State terror group has claimed responsibility for the knife-attack in central London where a convicted terrorist killed two people before being shot dead by police. The group via its propaganda Amaq news agency said on Saturday that the attack was carried out by “a fighter from the Islamic State”, according to the Site Intelligence Group, which monitors jihadist activities. “The person who carried out the London attack... was a fighter from the Islamic State, and did so in response to calls to target citizens of coalition countries,” the IS statement read. However, it did not provide any evidence to support its claim. The attacker, identified as Usman Khan, was a convicted terrorist who was jailed seven years ago over a plot to bomb the London Stock Exchange and build a terrorist training camp on land owned by his family in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir. Khan had also discussed staging a Mumbaistyle attack on the UK

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Parliament and described by the judge who sentenced him for terrorism offences in 2012 as an ongoing risk to the public with a “serious, long term venture in terrorism”. He went on a rampage on Friday and killed one man and a woman and injured three others before being shot by armed police officers. “This individual was known to authorities, having been convicted in 2012 for terrorism offences. He was released from prison in December 2018 on licence and clearly, a key line of enquiry now is to establish how he came to carry out this attack,” Scotland Yard’s Head of Counter Terrorism Policing Assistant Commissioner Neil

Basu said on Saturday. The profile of Khan dating back to his conviction in 2012 reveals his links with terror groups. He had been secretly recorded talking about plans to recruit UK radicals to train at a camp in Pakistanoccupied Kashmir (PoK), the region his family comes from. He and two other co-conspirators had conducted a surveillance trip around central London as they talked about launching a Mumbai-style attack on UK Parliament. The then-20-year-old pleaded guilty to engaging in conduct for the preparation of terrorism, which included travelling to and attending operational meetings, fundraising for terrorist training, preparing to travel abroad and assisting others in travelling abroad. Khan had originally received an indeterminate sentence to be kept behind bars for public protection but this was quashed by the UK Court of Appeal in April 2013, after which he was given a determinate 16-year jail term and ordered to serve at least eight years in prison before being considered for parole.

He had been released on licence, or parole, in December last year and was reportedly being monitored via an electronic tag. UK home secretary Priti Patel, who had recently unveiled plans for tougher sentences for violent criminals, said the police needed “space and time” to complete the investigation and that it was not right to “speculate”. The Metropolitan Police said Khan attended a conference on prisoner rehabilitation organised by the University of Cambridge associated Learning Together organisation at Fishmongers’ Hall in London Bridge earlier on Friday afternoon. He is thought to have participated in the morning session, taking part in various workshops, in which he described his experiences as a prisoner, before going on a knife rampage and threatening to blow up the building when police were called to the scene. It later emerged that Khan had been wearing a hoax suicide bomb vest after he was over-powered by members of the public before being shot by police gunmen.

UN chief warns of ‘point of no return’ on climate change

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Madrid, Dec 1 (AP): UN Secretar y-General Antonio Guterres says global efforts to stop climate change have been “utterly inadequate” so far and warns that “the point of no return is no longer over the horizon”. Guterres told reporters in Madrid on Sunday that the world has the scientific knowledge and the technical means to keep global warming at 1.5 degrees Celsius (2.7 Fahrenheit) enshrined in the 2015 Paris climate accord, but “what is lacking is political will.” Speaking before the start Monday of a twoweek international climate conference in the Spanish capital, Guterres said that “our war against nature must stop and we know that that is possible.”

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Iran says may ‘reconsider’ atomic watchdog commitments Tehran, Dec 1 (AFP): Iran warned Sunday it may “seriously reconsider” its commitments to the UN atomic watchdog if European parties to a nuclear deal trigger a dispute mechanism that could lead to sanctions. The 2015 nuclear accord has been unravelling since last year when the United States unilaterally withdrew from it and began reimposing sanctions on Iran. The three European countries still party to the deal -- Britain, France and Germany -- have been trying to salvage it but their efforts have so far borne little fruit. “If they use the trigger (mechanism), Iran would be forced to seriously reconsider some of its commitments to” the International Atomic Energy Agency, said parliament speaker Ali Larijani. “If they think doing so is more beneficial to them, they can go ahead,” he told a news conference in Tehran. In May, one year after the US pullout, Iran began retaliating by scaling back its commitments to the

deal -- known formally as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action. Following its latest step back this month, the European parties warned the JCPOA’s dispute resolution mechanism could be triggered if Iran continued down that path. It covers various stages that could take several months to unfold, but the issue could eventually end up before the UN Security Council, which could decide to reimpose sanctions. Larijani also suggested the current deadlock with the United States could be “fixed” if Iran’s arch-foe learns from the past. Ahead of the 2015 deal, then US president Barack “Obama wrote a letter and said that I accept Iran’s enrichment, now let’s negotiate,” he said. “If the American officials have just as much wisdom, to use past experiences, then they can fix this issue.” The JCPOA set out restrictions on Iran’s nuclear programme in exchange for the lifting of Western sanctions.

Iraqi PM holds session to discuss resignation

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B a g h da d, D e c 1 (IANS): Iraqi Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi on Saturday held an extraordinary session discussing the sending of his resignation and the daily duties of the caretaker government under the constitution. A statement by his office said that Abdul Mahdi “stressed the principle of peaceful transfer of power in the democratic system, noting that the government has made every effort to respond to the demands of the demonstrators by providing packages of reform, “ Xinhua news agency reported. During the session, Abdul Mahdi called on the parliament to find appropriate solutions at its next session, and called on members of the government to continue their work until the formation of the new government, according to the statement.

9 killed, 3 injured in US plane crash Hong Kong protesters return to streets after local elections

Protesters joined in song on Saturday while blocking a road in the Mong Kok area of Hong Kong.

Washington, Dec 1 (IANS): Nine people, including two children, were killed and three others injured in a plane crash in the US state of South Dakota. Peter Knudson, an official with the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB), was quoted as saying that a Pilatus PC12 plane with 12 people on board crashed at about 12:30 p.m. (local time) on

Saturday, shortly after taking off from Chamberlain, a city in the southern part of the state, Xinhua news agency reported. The plane was bound for Idaho Falls in the state of Idaho, said Knudson. Two children and the pilot were among the dead, local media reported, citing Theresa Maule Rossow, the state’s attorney for Brule County. Chamberlain was

under a storm warning at the time of the crash, and the warning was effective until Sunday noon, according to the National Weather Service. The NTSB said on Twitter it is investigating the crash. The Pilatus PC-12 can be flown by one pilot and carry up to 10 passengers, according to information from the website of Pilatus Aircraft Ltd., which designed the jet.

Hong Kong, Dec 1 (IANS): Hong Kong’s pro-democracy activists returned to the streets for protests, a week after the pan-democracy camp swept local elections, the media reported. Following two relatively quieter weeks, the protesters were out in force again, for three authorized marches in different parts of the city on Sunday, each bigger than the one before, Efe news reported. At 3 p.m. (local time), thousands thronged Tsim Sha Tsui in Kowloon for a march held under the theme “Never forget why you started,” designed to reiterate protesters’ five demands in the ongoing anti-government movement, including the establishment of an independent body probing alleged police brutality and the introduction of universal suffrage. Chanting familiar slogans such as “Hongkongers, revenge!” and “Five demands, not one less,” the demonstrators marched peacefully to the adjacent district of Hung Hom,

where tear gas has been fired. Some of my girlfriends have delayed pregnancy plans as they don’t know what harm the tear gas may have on babies,” she said. In the more than five months since the protests began in June, Hong Kong police have allegedly fired more than 10,000 rounds of tear gas across the city, sparking public health concerns over the possible release of dioxins. But the health authority has said there is no evidence of that, and the Protesters joined in song on Saturday while blocking a road in the Mong Kok area of HK. police would not reveal the chemical ingredients in the “I told them not to tear gas, citing “operational where violent clashes with of Central to demonstrate police took place a fort- against the use of tear gas touch any object in places need.” night ago, resulting in a in protests. 13-day siege of the nearby “The movement is not Polytechnic University, going to end anytime soon. which ended on Friday. There are lots of issues the Enter into His gates with thanksgiving Earlier in the morn- government has yet to deal Psalms 100:4 ing, a march took place with. I’m worried about the under the theme. “Children long-term effects of tear gas on my children,” a young don’t want tear gas.” Hundreds of partici- mother of two, who identipants, many of them par- fied herself as Mrs Ho, told ents and children holding Efe in between chanting fluffy animal toys, gathered slogans such as “Children in a harbor side square in don’t need tear gas but the core business district poison-free playgrounds.”

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Namibia Prez Geingob wins second term Windhoek, Dec 1 (IANS): Namibia’s incumbent President Hage Geingob has won a second term, securing 56.3 per cent of the vote in the presidential election, the Electoral Commission of Namibia (ECN) said. Geingob on Saturday defeated independent candidate Panduleni Itula, who received 29.4 per cent, Xinhua news agency reported, citing ECN. Despite a clear victory over his nearest competitors, the levels of support for Geingob were significantly lower than in the 2014 elections, when he received

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87 per cent of the popular vote. “I wish to thank Namibians for re-electing me as their president. I am humbled and commit to serve the Namibian nation

with more passion and utmost dedication, to bring tangible improvements in the lives of our citizens. I have heard you,” Geinob wrote on his Twitter account on Saturday morning, hours before the official results were declared. Bernadus Swartbooi, candidate for the Landless Workers’ Movement - centered on complaints against the unequal land ownership system - only secured 2.7 per cent of the votes, while Esther Muinjangue, the country’s first female presidential candidate, got 1.5 per cent.

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The Hague, Dec 1 (IANS): Police have arrested a 35-year-old man in connection with the Friday’s stabbing attack on a crowded shopping street here. The suspect, who has no permanent residence, will be transferred to a police station for interrogation, the city police tweeted on Saturday. Three teenagers were injured in the stabbing incident at the city’s Grote Marktstraat shopping street at around 7:45 p.m. local time on Friday. The victims were rushed to a nearby hosK

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ICE Foundation and Team Metamorphosis in association with Beti Bachao Beti Padhao under Wokha district administration hosted the first-ever International Kids Film Festival (IKFF) at Town Hall, Wokha on November 30 in collaboration with LXL, an education consultant based in Bangalore. Declaring the film festival opened, special guest,

in a grave. He challenged the student to get visual knowledge which is healthy and that are related to education, social life, family and friends. Zubeni Ngullie shared the ideas of LXL and IKFF that has enormous educational potential with an objective to create a learning experience for students, parents and educators by taking education beyond the conventional school set-

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ting; with an aim to expose students to different cultures, emotions, ideas and entertain as well as inspire them through cinema. Lower section students from Wokha district watched innovative animated movies in the morning hour while the upper section students watched short videos in the afternoon. Zanabeni Kikon from DICE foundation delivered a welcome note, while

The extravaganza of the colourful traditional attire and songs marked the opening ceremony of the 20th Hornbill festival 2019 at Naga Heritage Village Kisama on Sunday evening. (NP)

team from Beti Bachao Beti Padhao and One StopSakhi Wokha delivered on girls’ child education as well as empowerment and social discrimination of women. The programme was invoked by Christian Education and Communication secretary, LBCA, C Motsuthung Tsopoe while vote of thanks was proposed by Thungdemo Kyong from Team Metamorphosis.

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nited Baptist Church (UBC) youth depar tment Thahekhu block-3 organised music fest-cumadvent Christmas under the theme "Divine rhythms in the contemporary world" on December 1. The special guest, Thahekhu village Dimapur, Er Dr L Yezhekhu Sumi took pride saying that the village comprises of three theological colleges spreading the knowledge of God. He also elaborated on "I am" from the book of bible

and spoke from the book of Exodus chapter-3, and John 8:12. He encouraged all to study the word of God and continue to pray. He also elaborated on the story behind the celebration of Christmas. Short speech was also delivered by North East Christian University, assistant professor Khahring Maku. Highlights of the event included choreography by Faith Theological College, special song was presented by Timothy Theological &

Seminary, Mission India Bible College, special presentation by Music School, special song by FTC students "Goodness if God" by Inpui Baptist Church Sangtamtilla, choreography by Tsithrongse Baptist Church youth, special no by ABC worship team and GBC viola colony. The programme was chaired by Elizabeth, invocation prayer was offered by women pastor Ilija, welcome note was delivered by Pastor Loveson Leivon. (Staff Reporter)

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agaland Minister for Housing and Mechanical, Tongpang Ozukum observed Naga people as naturally talented and gifted in the field of music, having the capacity of attracting the musical attention of the world. He said this while addressing the gathering at NER Agri Expo Site, 4th Mile Dimapur, during the inaugural programme of Hornbill Music Festival 2019. While pointing out that Nagas have the potentiality of coming under the picture of the musical world, he advised Naga people to take up music seriously and not just as a hobby. "Considering the

musical potential of our people, the Government has established the Music Task Force which has now been renamed as Task Force for Music and Arts (TAFMA)," he said and added that PDA government sought to promote music as a profession. Fur ther, Tongpang mentioned that Government of Nagaland would definitely extend all support and cooperation towards the endeavour of TAFMA to promote and encourage Naga musicians. To n g p a n g l a u d e d TAFMA and Live Now Events for organizing the Hornbill Music Festival thereby providing platform for musicians locally, nationally and globally. Day one Hornbill Music Festival featured performances by Asin Shurhozelie, Tokaholi Chishi, Tali Angh, Ayim and Divine Connection.

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he final battle round for TaFMA Open House solo artist voice and dance Mokokchung was held at Town Hall Mokokchung on Saturday. Participants from various colleges and selected from open audition previously were made to battle in the two categories for the ultimate winner. Altogether, 18 artists (7 in dance and 11 in solo category) competed for the title wherein Changsangkumba from Fazl Ali College was declared as winner and Imnasungkum from open audition as the runner-up in the dance category. While Limayanger from Jubilee Memorial College was adjudged as the winner in the solo category, Yimkumla from open audition was adjudged as the runner-up. (Correspondent) K Y M C

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Messi, Rapinoe favourites to win Ballon d’Or

Zurich, Dec 1 (Agencies): The biggest names in world football will descend on Paris on Monday for the 2019 Ballon d’Or ceremony, with Lionel Messi and USA women’s World Cup superstar Megan Rapinoe tipped to leave with the honours. It would be an enormous shock if Rapinoe did not depart the Chatelet Theatre with the women’s prize as she returns to the country where she was the driving force on and off the field for the United States as they retained their title. The suspense surrounds the identity of the men’s winner, 12 months after Croatia’s Luka Modric claimed the crown thanks to his exploits in dragging his country to the World Cup final and winning the Champions League with Real Madrid. That ended a decade in which Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo had won the Ballon d’Or five times each, but the smart money now is on the Barcelona man claiming number six. There are 30 nominees in total for the prize, organised by France Football magazine and voted for by 180 journalists from around the world. Among the names is Ronaldo, as well as several of the stars of the Liverpool side who won the Champions League, chief among

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them Dutch defender Virgil van Dijk. At one point he looked like the favourite, but Messi already pipped him to FIFA’s The Best title in September. The 32-year-old topscored in La Liga last season with 36 goals as Barcelona won the title. He did not have a great Copa America with Argentina, but his genius is undeniable. “If you give the Ballon d’Or to the best player of this generation then you should give it always to

Lionel Messi. That’s how it is,” admitted Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp. “But if you give it to the best player of last season, then it was Virgil van Dijk. I don’t know exactly how it will work but that is how I see it.” The value of individual honours in football is debatable, and the timing unsatisfactory, coming midway through the European club season. Yet surely nobody could suggest Rapinoe would not be a deserving

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winner of just the second women’s Ballon d’Or, an award voted for by a panel of 48 journalists. Norway’s Ada Hegerberg won it in 2018 but will not retain her title after missing the World Cup. Among the stars of that tournament to be nominated are England’s Lucy Bronze, Netherlands striker Vivianne Miedema, Australia’s Sam Kerr and the USA trio of Alex Morgan, Rose Lavelle and Tobin Heath. However Rapinoe, the

34-year-old feminist icon and outspoken critic of US President Donald Trump, should add this honour to those of Golden Boot winner for top scorer and Golden Ball for best player at the World Cup. Even her supposed rivals seem to be rooting for her. “She does lots of things off the pitch, but I think she is the favourite to win the Ballon d’Or mainly down to her performances during the World Cup,” Bronze told France Football.

UEFA confident Euro 2020 will be free of racism

Nyon, Dec 1 (Agencies): UEFA expects Euro 2020 to be free of racism despite a flurry of incidents across the continent, the governing body said on Saturday. Earlier this month, Sweden’s qualifying match away to Romania in Bucharest -- one of the 12 host cities and venue for Saturday’s draw -- was twice interrupted because of racist abuse of a visiting player. England players were subjected to racist abuse in qualifying matches in Montenegro and Bulgaria, a Brazilian player in the Ukrainian league was recently sent off for reacting to racist insults and Italy’s Serie A has also been plagued by racism. However, UEFA vice-president Giorgio Marchetti did not fear that this would spill over into the event. “In our experience, the Euro has always been a very festive event, at least within the stadiums,” he told a news conference hours before the draw. “We are confident that this particular atmosphere will take priority over stupid and sometimes criminal things that unfortunately from time to time happen in football, and we never want to see in our sport.” The tournament will be held in 12 cities in 12 host countries, from Dublin to Baku, in a one-off format to celebrate its 60th anniversary. UEFA was also confident that security would not be a problem, while admitting it was a difficult issue. “It is a difficult question to answer,” said UEFA’s head of events Martin Kallen. “I think we are working well together with the 12 national securities, public securities, in the 12 countries and especially also with the city public authorities on that side. “We are confident that all the authorities that are responsible for it will do

their best to guarantee the safety of all the spectators. So from that point, I am not so worried.” UEFA said there would not be a repeat of the logistical problems which surrounded this year’s Europa League final in Baku between English clubs Arsenal and Chelsea. Arsenal complained to UEFA about the difficulties their fans experienced in reaching the Baku, describing the situation as “unacceptable.” “We will not have the same issue as we had at the UEFA Europa League final, where two teams came out of the same city, which made it complicated in terms of logistics,” Kallen added. He added that once the draw had been made, UEFA would support the teams and federations who would be playing there “to get the best travel arrangements.” Kallen said despite the travel involved, the tournament would be “carbon free” as UEFA would compensate for all flights. It said that 50,000 trees would be planted in each host city and that it would look to minimise packaging to minimise waste.

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Northern Angami Sports Association (NASA) -D organised a wrestling coaching camp from November 28 to30 at Chiechama village. The coach for the camp were Rokosielie Khawakhrie and Kepekhoto Miasalhou. The camp was sponsored by Kechangulie Rio, proprietor of Chabou & Co.

Pak fight to avoid defeat against Aus

Australia players celebrate after taking a wicket on Sunday.

Adelaide, Dec 1 (Agencies): Pakistan was battling to stave off defeat in the day-night second Test against Australia on Sunday after being forced to follow on, with Tim Paine’s men needing seven wickets to clinch the series 2-0. The visitors were in big trouble at 39 for three when rain forced an early end, 248 runs behind with two days left. They had resumed on an overcast and cold afternoon teetering at 96 for six in their first innings, in reply to Australia’s 589 for three declared, built on the back of David Warner’s monumental 335 not out. Yasir Shah smacked a dogged maiden Test century and Babar Azam hit 97 but they were all out for 302 and still 287 runs adrift, with Mitchell Starc the hero, taking 6-66. Australian skipper Tim Paine enforced the follow on and it started badly for Pakistan, whose first task was to survive intact for 15 minutes before the dinner break. They failed with opener Imam-ul-Haq, recalled after being overlooked for the first Test in Brisbane, which they lost by an innings and five runs, out lbw for a duck to K Y M C

Josh Hazlewood. It was quickly 11 for two with Starc tempting skipper Azhar Ali into a thick outside edge and Steve Smith taking a quality catch just seconds before a shower forced them off. The rain had been threatening all day and when they returned after 30 minutes Hazlewood bagged the key wicket of dangerman Azam for two, caught behind by Paine. But more rain soon blew in, to Australia’s frustration, and the umpires called it a day. Earlier, Yasir and Azam had kept Pakistan’s slim hopes alive with disciplined first innings batting. In a scintillating spell under lights on Sunday night, left-armer Starc snapped up four quick wickets and the omens for Pakistan did not look good. But the gloomy conditions at Adelaide Oval offered little for the bowlers during daylight hours on Sunday and Azam and Yasir took advantage. They put on a 105-run stand and Azam looked destined for a third Test century until Starc pounced again, with the 25-year-old edging an attempted drive to Paine behind the stumps on 97.

Azam left the field dejected but to a standing ovation. The very next ball Starc grabbed his sixth, with Shaheen Afridi plumb lbw before Mohammad Abbas fended off the hat-trick ball. Abbas made a gutsy 29 before he was undone by a Pat Cummins bouncer, caught at gully by Warner. At the other end, Yasir showed composure to compile his first-ever ton, bringing up the milestone off 192 balls, clattering 12 fours and kissing the turf in celebration. He had a near-miss off the bowling of Marnus Labuschagne on 33. Steve Smith believed he caught him at slip and made a big appeal, but replays showed the ball fell just short of his fingertips. He was finally out hooking a Cummins delivery to Nathan Lyon. Brief scores: Pakistan (2nd innings): 39/3 (Shan Masood 14 not out, Asad Shafiq 8 not out; Josh Hazlewood 2/15); Pakistan (1st innings): 302 all out (Yasir Shah 113, Babar Azam 97; Mitchell Starc 6/66); Australia (1st innings): 589/3 decl (David Warner 335, Marnus Labuschagne 165; Shaheen Afridi 3/88)

Hamilton, Dec 1 (Agencies): Despite centuries to Joe Root and Rory Burns England expressed disappointment at stumps on day three of the second Test against New Zealand after losing late wickets in Hamilton on Sunday. England captain Root ended his run drought with an unbeaten 114 while Burns rode his luck to post 101. But after they took England to 201 for two, the tourists were 269 for five at stumps and still trailing New Zealand by 106. “I enjoyed the fact I got it (hundred) but at the same time disappointed me and Rooty couldn’t stretch our partnership and get us deeper into the game,” Burn said. “We’re disappointed to lose a couple of wickets at the back end as well.” With only five wickets remaining and 16 overs washed out by rain in the final session, England’s vision of building a healthy lead was rapidly fading. The tempo swung away from England when Burns was run out and New Zealand followed up with the quick wickets of Ben Stokes and Zak Crawley. “The run out got us going,” said Tim Southee who accounted for Stokes, adding that New Zealand never gave up hope despite the 63 overs it took to break

when BJ Watling broke the stumps. Stokes strayed from the “bat-long” script when he replaced Burns and compiled a brisk 26 before Southee extracted slight movement off the wicket and found an edge for Ross Taylor to hold. Crawley’s maiden Test innings only lasted six balls when he was caught behind to give Neil Wagner his first

England’s Joe Root plays a shot on Day 3 of the 2nd Test match against against New Zealand on Sunday.

the Root-Burns partnership. “We hung in there for long enough and we were able to get those rewards late in the day for all the toil we put in. “If things aren’t happening you keep on trying.” With Root and Burns putting on 177 for the third wicket, England found the “bat-long” partnership they had been searching for in their attempt to follow the same recipe New Zealand used to win the first Test. But following the dismissal of Burns, Ben Stokes was gone for 26 while Zak Crawley made one on debut. Root was under added pressure to not only guide England to a position of strength but also to end his own run dearth amid suggestions the pressure

of captaincy was affecting his form. To that end, he was in no mood to take risks as he faced 258 deliveries in six hours to reach 99, before his century came on a surprise mistiming that saw an inside edge fly past the wicketkeeper to the boundary. His 17th Test hundred was his first in 15 innings since the West Indies in February. Burns lead a charmed life on the way to his second century when he was dropped on 10 and 19 and on 87 survived a run-out opportunity when New Zealand botched the return throw. But two balls after reaching three figures he ambled through the first single when Root called for two and although he accelerated on the return leg he was a centimetre short

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wicket. For New Zealand, Southee has taken two for 63 while Wagner and Matt Henry have a wicket each. Brief scores: England 269/5 in 99.4 overs (Joe Root 114 batting, Rory Burns 101; Tim Southee 2/63) trail by 106 runs vs New Zealand 375 all out (Tom Latham 105, Daryl Mitchell 73; Stuart Broad 4/73)

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: Wb. Tongpang Ozukum, Hon’ble Minister, Housing and Mechanical Govt. of Nagaland : Wb. Imtimeren, Addl. S.P Mokokchung : Kr. Imkongsüngla

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ISL: Kerala Blasters held 2-2 by FC Goa Liverpool go 11 points clear in EPL

Kochi, Dec 1 (Agencies): FC Goa held Kerala Blasters to an exciting 2-2 draw in an Indian Super League (ISL) sixth-round clash on Sunday at the JLN Stadium, Kochi. Sergio Cidoncha had put the hosts in front in the first minute of the match but Mourtada Fall restored parity in the 41st minute. Raphael Messi Bouli once again brought Kerala in front in the 59th minute but Lenny Rodrigues' (90+2') late equaliser earned the Gaurs an important away point. Contrary to popular expectation, Kerala Blasters started the game on the attack and dominated offensively for most parts of the first half. Eelco Schattorie’s men scored their fastest goal of the season with Sergio Cidoncha scoring just after the minute mark. Raju Gaikwad was instrumental in delivering an accurate long throw into the Goa box that Mourtada Fall was unable to get away successfully. Cidoncha struck on the halfvolley, caught Mohammad Nawaz by surprise at the near-post and sent the

Players of Kerala Blasters and FC Goa fight for the ball during their ISL match at the JLN Stadium, Kochi on Sunday.

crowd in frenzy. The hosts managed to put the Gaurs under pressure, force mistakes and win the ball in deep areas on the pitch but were unable to extend their lead. Messi Bouli was at the end of two big chances created by Mohamad Rakip

and Bartholomew Ogbeche but his finishing just wasn’t as good as his first touch in both cases. It took the visitors over half an hour to wake up. In the 41st minute, Fall redeemed himself for his earlier mistake by heading home Jackichand Singh’s

cross from the left flank. Vlatko Drobarov was guilty of committing an unnecessary foul on Manvir Singh that led to the series of events. The second half got off to a fiery start with Fall seeing red for a classic last-man foul on Ogbeche.

Kerala took the initiative in an attempt to make the advantage count by pressing on for the lead. The inevitable occurred in the 59th minute when Messi's calves made contact with Ogbeche's low-cross and nudged the ball past Nawaz. The hosts were presented with many opportunities to seal the game, but Ogbeche was not his usual prolific self and score-line stayed 2-1, with Kerala's defence slowly showing signs of breaking down. Messi seemingly netted his second in the 88th minute but the celebration went in vain as the off-side flag went up. The Gaurs piled on the pressure and managed to net the ball in the second minute of injury time with Lenny reacting first to Rehenesh's rebound off Manvir's initial shot. This was a brilliant opportunity for Schattorie's men to grab all three points but poor composure in the death cost them two of those. Today’s match Time: 7:30 pm Jamshedpur vs NE United

LIVERPOOL, Dec 1 (Agencies): Liverpool hung on after having goalkeeper Alisson Becker sent off to beat Brighton & Hove Albion 2-1 and extend their lead at the top of the Premier League to 11 points thanks to two first-half headers from defender Virgil van Dijk. Liverpool, who also equalled their unbeaten top flight run of 31 games set between May 1987 and March 1988, have 40 points from 14 games, with second-placed champions Manchester City on 29 after they were held to a 2-2 draw at Newcastle United. It was a nervy recordextending 14th successive Premier League win at home for Liverpool, who missed a string of chances either side of Van Dijk’s double before they were forced to defend desperately in the closing stages. The towering Dutch defender acknowledged Alisson’s sending off was a blow ahead of Liverpool’s Merseyside derby at home to Everton on Wednesday and also praised Brighton. “We should have done better,” said Van Dijk. “We put him in that situation but it is what it is. We have to deal with it. It is a disap-

Liverpool players celebrate after scoring a goal during their EPL match against Brighton.

pointment but we go again. They are a good side. They play football and take risks. It’s not easy. We should have gone better than we did in the second half but you have to give them credit as well.” Van Dijk opened the scoring in the 18th minute with a looping header after Trent Alexander-Arnold floated in a free kick from the right and the two combined again for the second goal six minutes later. Brighton goalkeeper Mat Ryan denied Sadio Mane with a fine reflex save but was powerless when Van Dijk made his run to meet Alexander-Arnold’s corner at the near post. Centre back Lewis Dunk missed two chances to pull one back for Brighton, sending a

shot wide from close range shortly before halftime and then glancing a header inches wide of the far post in the 54th minute. Then came a frantic climax as Alisson was sent off in the 77th minute for handling the ball outside the penalty area. While stand-in keeper Adrian was still yelling out instructions to the wall at the far post, Dunk took advantage and stroked a quick low free kick into the opposite corner. Brighton pressed for an equaliser and Adrian parried an Aaron Mooy piledriver in the 85th minute as the home side held on, much to the delight of the packed crowd at Anfield. Match Results Norwich 2 – 2 Arsenal Wolves 1 – 1 Sheff United

Tzu Wei wins Syed Modi International Portugal, France and Germany in Euro 2020 super group

Wang Tzu Wei

Luc k n ow, D ec 1 (PTI): Indian shuttler Sourabh Verma’s impressive run at the Syed Modi International tournament came to an end after he lost in straight games to Chinese Taipei’s Wang Tzu Wei in the men’s singles final here on Sunday. The 26-year-old Indian, who won two BWF Super 100 titles in Hyderabad and Vietnam this year, went down 15-21 17-21 to world no 22 Tzu Wei in a 48-minute summit clash to miss out on his maiden Super 300 crown here. Sourabh came into the summit clash with a 1-1 head-to-head record, having lost narrowly to Tzu Wei at the Tong Yun Kai Cup in March this year. The Indian, who was

at the court for 75 minutes during his semifinal win over Korea’s Heo Kwang Hee on Friday, couldn’t produce his best in the final as Tzu Wei claimed his first title in three years. The duo engaged in long rallies with Sourabh trailing 1-3 initially but the Indian soon managed to make it 4-3 in his favour. Sourabh waited for errors from his opponents and punished any weak returns to grab a 7-4 advantage. Tzu Wei then tried to play closer to the net and it worked as he not only drew parity at 8-8 but lead 10-8. Sourabh grabbed two points before finding the net as Tzu Wei held a slender 11-10 lead at the break.

The Taiwanese shuttler dominated the proceedings after the interval and opened up a 18-13 lead after the Indian went long. Tzu Wei eventually sealed the opening game after the Indian made a judgement error at the backline. In the second game, Sourabh struggled with the length and lagged 0-5 at the start. A superb backhand shot gave him a point but Tzu Wei put a lot of power in his smashes to make life difficult for the Indian. Sourabh fought his way back to narrow the gap to 5-7 before a focussed Tzu Wei managed to hold on to a three-point lead at the break. The momentum shifted in Sourabh’s favour after the breather as he clawed his way back at 13-13 when Tzu Wei went wide. Tzu Wei broke the run of play with a body smash before Sourabh returned the favour and grabbed the lead for the first time in the second game at 15-14. The Taiwanese, however, again took the lead and grabbed three championship points and sealed the match when Sourabh went long again.

BUCHAREST, Dec 1 (Agencies): Defending champions Portugal and the last two world champions, France and Germany, were thrown together in what German coach Joachim Loew described as the group of death following a lopsided and complicated Euro 2020 draw on Saturday. England were drawn against Croatia in a repeat of last year’s World Cup semi-final while other favourites were given a much easier ride in the 24-team tournament which will be played in 12 different countries across the region. The clear pick of the six first round pools was Group F, to be played in Munich and Budapest, which pitted France, Portugal and Germany, plus the winners of either playoff A or D. However, the sting was slightly taken away by the format which allows four of the six third-placed teams to qualify for the round of 16, UEFA’s decision to rank the teams according to their result in the qualifiers, combined with Portugal’s performance in their group, meant they ended up among the third seeds while France were one of the second seeds. “This is a group of

Germany coach Joachim Loew, Portugal coach Fernando Santos and France coach Didier Deschamps pose with the trophy after being drawn in group F.

death,” said Loew whose side will play all three games at home under competition rules. “The expectations will be quite high. For our young team, this will be huge challenge but also a big motivation.” England and Croatia, who have met in the Nations League since Croatia’s 2-1 win in Moscow last year, will be joined in Group D by the Czech Republic and the winners of playoff C — either Scotland, Norway,

Serbia or Israel. The Group D winners will face the runners-up from Germany’s group in the round of 16 while the second-placed team will travel to Copenhagen to meet the Group E runnersup — potentially an easier match. The Group will be played in London — host for the semi-finals and final — and Glasgow. Other favourites were given a much easier-looking

ride. Italy, who won all 10 qualifying games as they bounced back from failing to make the last World Cup, will face Turkey, Wales and Switzerland in Group A, in Rome and Baku. “We have a slight advantage by playing at home. Maybe some will think we are favourites but we need to confirm everything on the pitch, as always,” Italy coach Roberto Mancini said. Euro 2008 and 2012 champions Spain, who will

jointly host Group E in Bilbao with Dublin, play Sweden, Poland and playoff winner B — either Bosnia, Slovakia, Ireland or Northern Ireland. Belgium’s opponents in Group B will be Denmark and Russia —who are both host nations — and Finland, who will be making their first appearance in a European Championship or World Cup. The Netherlands, who like Italy missed out on the last World Cup, were pitted against Ukraine, Austria and playoff winner A or D in Group C, which will be played in Amsterdam and Bucharest. Under the complex rules, all host nations will play their group games at home, meaning a number of teams had been allocated their groups before the draw “The rules are clear, they were accepted by everybody,” said UEFA deputy general secretary Giorgio Marchetti. “Portugal are in pot three because they didn’t win their group, and the winner of their group was Ukraine. And Ukraine, thanks to their results, are in pot one, and everybody accepts it because once again we have clear rules.”

Jay Shah to Watford sack Sanchez Flores Real Madrid dig deep to see off Alaves represent BCCI at M adr i d , D ec 1 (Agencies): Real Madrid earned a spirited 2-1 win at Alaves on Saturday with a scrappy late goal from defender Dani Carvajal to open up a provisional three-point gap at the top of La Liga. Real captain Sergio Ramos put the visitors in front at a rain-soaked Mendizorrotza Stadium by heading home a Toni Kroos free kick after 52 minutes but gave away a penalty from which Lucas Perez levelled in the 65th. Zinedine Zidane’s Real side demonstrated their new-found grit to re-take the lead four minutes later. Isco pounced to head a Luka Modric cross against the post and the ball trickled across to Carvajal, who bundled it in from close range. Alaves threw bodies forward in search of an equaliser but Real stood firm, with Marcelo blocking a goal-bound shot and goalkeeper Alphonse Areola stopping an effort from the hosts’ captain Manu Garcia in the eight minutes

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Players of Real Madrid and Alaves fight for the ball during their La Liga match.

of added time. Alaves, who had lost only one of their previous seven home games this season and conceded only two goals on their own turf before facing Real, are 13th on 18 points. Real were without Eden Hazard after he injured his ankle in Tuesday’s thrilling 2-2 draw with Paris St Germain in the Champions League, leaving Gareth Bale to make

his first start for the club since Oct. 5. Zidane made further changes by leaving World Cup-winning defender Raphael Varane at home and fielding Brazilian Eder Militao in his place. Militao nearly gave away a penalty in the early stages when he stuck out a leg as Aleix Vidal rushed into the area, but the referee booked the Alaves player for diving instead.

Bale came close to giving Real the lead when he saw a header heavily deflected on to the near post, while Isco sent a shot narrowly over the bar later in the half. It was far from a freeflowing display from Zidane’s side but the type of win that will give them confidence that they can overhaul an inconsistent Barca side in what is set to be a close-run title race.

Mumbai, Dec 1 (PTI): BCCI Secretary Jay Shah was on Sunday named the Board’s representative to attend future meetings of the International Cricket Council’s (ICC) chief executives committee. In his early 30s, Shah took over as Secretary on October 23 with Sourav Ganguly as BCCI President. He was named the Board’s representative for the ICC meet during the BCCI’s 88th Annual General Meeting (AGM) here. “Whenever the meeting takes place, Jay will go,” a top BCCI official told PTI. The date and venue of the next ICC CEC meeting are not yet out. BCCI CEO Rahul Johri was the Board representative for these meetings when the its administration was being handled by the Supreme Court-appointed Committee of Administrators (CoA).

L o n d o n , D ec 1 (Agencies): Quique Sanchez Flores has been sacked by Watford, just 85 days after he was reappointed for a second spell in charge of the Premier League club. The Spaniard, who replaced countryman Javi Gracia after four games of the league season, won just one of his 10 Premier League matches. Watford suffered their eighth league defeat in a 2-1 loss against fellow strugglers Southampton on Saturday, which saw them remain bottom of the table on eight points and six adrift of safety. The decision was taken after Sanchez Flores met with chief executive and chairman Scott Duxbury along with owner Gino Pozzo on Sunday, with the appointment of a successor described as “imminent”. Former Brighton and Newcastle manager Chris Hughton is a strong contender for the Watford job. “Quique is a man of great integrity and it was

Quique Sanchez Flores

clear how much he wanted to have a positive impact, but ultimately results have dictated our decision,” said Duxbury in a club statement. “The appointment of a new Head Coach is imminent, and with nearly two-thirds of the season remaining, we will provide all the support necessary to make the coming months successful.” Watford moved off the bottom of the table with a 2-0 victory against Nor-

wich on November 8, but the club have since suffered back-to-back defeats against Burnley and Southampton. Aside from the win at Norwich last month, the only other victory during Sanchez Flores’ brief 12game tenure was against Swansea in the Carabao Cup. Sanchez Flores was previously in charge at Watford between June 2015 and May 2016, during which he guided the club to an FA Cup semi-final.

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