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Vol XXVIII No. 64
SATURDAY, February 10, 2018 Pages 12 ` 5.00
Rodriguez denies ‘false allegation’
Pak Taliban commander killed in US drone strike
Fear the fact that girls are drinking beer, says Parrikar
sports, Page 11
international, Page 9
national, Page 5
NBCC sounds battle cry against Hindutva forces
DIMAPUR, FEB 9 (NPN): With polling hardly 18 days away, the influential Nagaland Baptist Church Council (NBCC) has sounded the bugle call on believers to choose between the ‘trishul’ and the ‘cross’ amid growing concerns of voters getting seduced by money and development offered by those whose hands seek to “pierce the heart of Jesus Christ”. This was contained in an open letter addressed to all political party presidents in Nagaland by NBCC general secretary Rev. Dr. Zelhou Keyho who urged them not to surrender Christian principles and faith. Rev. Keyho reminded all political party presidents that Nagaland was a Christian majority State and that, although Nagas had failed in their testimony time and again, they had the opportunity as leaders to show distinction. Rev. Keyho reminded leaders that running for political offices for development was only half their task as their other duty was to protect and safeguard their Christian faith and principles which the people hold dear. Reminding them that development was not everything, he said when
ABCC endorses NBCC resolution DIMAPUR, FEB 9 (NPN): Fully endorsing the resolution adopted at Nagaland Baptist Church Council’s (NBCC) 21st triennial convention held at Impur, Angami Baptist Church Council (ABCC) said it stood behind NBCC’s call to oppose any form of allurement by the proponents of Hindutva. Regretting that Angamis had played a major role in allowing the Hindutva forces and their political wing BJP entry into Nagaland, a statement issued by ABCC executive director Rev. Dr. V. Atsi Dolie said, from decades of quiet connivance to holding active office in its political party, the role of the Angamis was undeniable. He alleged that proponents of Hindutva today were “audaciously challenging” the culture and values of Christians in ways for which “we are largely responsible”. “As an Angami, I say sorry to the people of Nagaland for our regrettable roles,” Dolie stated. Calling upon all Angami candidates to reaffirm their allegiance to Jesus Christ, Dolie said it was their bounden duty as Christians to safeguard and uphold the Christian faith. “May God bless Nagaland,” he added.
a house was put in order, development and others followed. Alleging rise of Hindutva forces in the country, Rev. Keyho said none could deny that these forces had become emboldened in the last few years with BJP, the political wing of RSS, in power. He further alleged that the party in power at the Centre was working hard to make its presence known and seen in Nagaland, the frontline Christian majority State in the country. “Have you ever seriously questioned their intention? If you have not, do not be fooled,” he remarked. According to Rev. Keyho, India had experienced the worst persecution of minority communities in 20152017 and that persecutions had tripled in recent years. He alleged that pastors, evangelists and missionaries were dragged openly in the streets, harassed, insulted and many made to suffer. He added that places of worship of minorities were destroyed and that Bible was openly burnt. The reverend further remarked that in the past three years many NBCC partner leaders from abroad were denied visas and barred from enter-
ing India. He pointed out that Baptist World Alliance president Rev. Dr Paul Msiza was barred from visiting the Northeast on Thursday. Expressing his pain that Christians were being closely watched and followed, Keyho asked the political party leaders whether they knew that missionaries could not preach or visit homes openly like the way they used to before BJP came to power. He said God must be weeping to see Naga politicians running after those seeking to destroy Christianity in India. Recalling the gruesome burning alive of Australian missionary Graham Staines, along with his two sons Philip (10) and Timothy (6), at Manoharpur village in Odisha on January 23, 1999 by a Bajrang Dal gang, the NBCC general secretary said, “Now with such a group in power today, I am sure you are well aware what will become of us and Christians in India should Christian politicians easily embrace the political ideologies of those who seek to destroy the Christian faith in India.” “What justification will your party give? Cannot we say, take everything from us
Cong candidate, six standbys withdraw nominations Correspondent
KOHIMA, FEB 9 (NPN): With just three days left for withdrawal of nominations (February 12), six candidates including five stand-by candidates withdrew their nominations on Friday for the upcoming Assembly elections. According to Chief Electoral Officer Nagaland media cell, out of 226 validly nominated candidates, seven candidates withdrew their candidature as on February 9, 2018. The valid candidates who withdrew their papers were: Congress candidate Dr. Aimong Lam from 56 Noklak abd stand-by candidates-- Kelhousithie Kire from 9th Kohima town A/C, Sievituo Linyü from 10 Northern Angami-I, Dr. Neiphrezo Keditsu of 11 Northern Angami-I,
L. Shasha Phom and S. Hampen from 49 Tamlu A/C and Imtiyanger Chang of 51-Noksen. On February 7, out of 257 nominations received, 29 names were found to be invalid while scrutiny for 33 Suruhoto A/C was adjourned to February 10. Wi t h r e g a r d t o a complaint against chief minister, T.R. Zeliang’s educational qualification and Scheduled Tribe issue raised by an Independent candidate, CEO Nagaland Abhijit Sinha said his office had not received any such complaint. According to CEO, the returning officer (RO) was not the competent authority to address such complaints. Whatever claims and counters are made, it has to be brought to the right platform and not to the RO, he added.
A fireman directs the water hose at the still smouldering remains. Staff Reporter
“Poor fellow. Becoming minister for the first time last December will be his last as he didn’t get a ticket.” K Y M C
DIMAPUR, FEB 9 (NPN): A fire broke out at Neisatuo Colony, here on Friday and razed around 10 houses rendering more than 20 families homeless. The fire reportedly broke out at around 2 p.m. when most of the tenants and sub-tenants of the hutments were out for work. .
Fortunately no one was reported to have been injured in the incident. Although the fire tenders reached the site as soon as they received the call, the strong wind coupled with the dried bamboo knitted walls made it impossible for any of the residents to retrieve their belongings. An inconsolable tenant said she had gone to fetch
DIMAPUR, FEB 9 (NPN): Nagaland Baptist Church Council has called upon all concerned to immediately end the poll related violence. A press release from NBCC said that the violence had caused harm to the public, animosity amongst the citizens and destruction of properties. Condemning and expressing “grave concern” over all the forms of pre poll violence -– including use of threats, cash and weapons – NBCC asserted that all must adhere to democratic norms and regard each other with respect of their fundamental human rights to peaceful assembly and free speech. NBCC also expressed their appreciation for the para-military forces and the concerned authorities for keeping strict vigil against illegal elements, including liquor and arms. “Such watchful effort must continue to curb any unwanted situation” the council stated. It further expressed happiness over some its constituent associations being actively engaged in the Clean Election Campaign movement.
Gov concerned over absence of banks
but leave Jesus in Nagaland? Is your political party willing to sell Jesus for the sake of development? Do you remember what they tried to do with our Christmas and Good Friday?” he wrote. Rev. Keyho said he was writing the letter on behalf of NBCC, the apex body of the Baptists, and on behalf of many believers who were praying for them but yet were unable to convey their heartfelt feelings and burden. Urging the political leaders not to blame each other or make false promises, Rev. Keyho said it was not the Central government’s fault for the situation the Nagas find themselves in today for the fact that New Delhi was never interested in them “no matter how hard they try to convince you”. He said the Centre would only be happy if it could insult Nagas over and over again. Appealing to them not to use the Central government’s show of interest to develop Nagas as party manifesto, the church leader said the community would develop if only the leaders could say enough was enough. Referring to the Naga political solution, he said, if it was possible, the
matter would have been resolved long time ago. “Let us not blame the Congress or anyone in Delhi. The issue is down here in Nagaland. But I believe God is not done yet with the Nagas and when the time comes, India will not be able to do anything,” he underlined. Questioning why political affiliations had become a priority for them, he wondered whether it was because they could not become politicians without interference from outside. Rev. Keyho said this aspect had confused the people as they were made to fight without knowing anything about what was happening. He urged them as responsible leaders of parties to control their respective parties from confusing the public. “If you fail in this, you will be failing not only yourself as a leader but the whole Nagas,” he pointed out. Stating that NBCC’s 21st triennial convention at Impur, Mokokchung from February 2 to 4 had prayed for the Naga leaders in tears, the letter concluded by saying that the council could only pronounce God’s blessings and leave them in His hand so that His wisdom prevailed on their leadership.
DIMAPUR, FEB 9 (NPN): Governor of Nagaland, P. B Acharya expressed concern at the absence of banks in most parts of Nagaland. According to a press note by PRO to Governor, while interacting with bank officials on February 9, Acharya requested the bank branch managers to write to their head offices to consider opening branches in all districts of Nagaland. The release also said, the Governor felt the districts of the state should be connected with all major banks and banking facilities should be made available to all. Acharya was also of the opinion that the banks have a positive role to play in developing the society, and that the development of society was not brought by the government alone because banks share an equal responsibility in developing the society. Acharya also encouraged the banks to tie up with universities and colleges to enlighten students on how the banks could help them once they complete their education at the institution. The release quoted
Acharya as saying “There should be dialogue between universities, industries and Banks for the development of the State.” While admitting that it was not the responsibility of the banks to hold camps and interactive sessions with students, Acharya said that it was time for the banks to reach out. He called on the bank officials to extend all help possible to young entrepreneurs to help establish themselves and to motivate them. Appraising the Governor, the bank officials highlighted the various central schemes and programs and how these were being implemented in the state and the Governor encouraged them to continue with their implementation to help the target groups, the release said. According to the PRO, the meeting with various bank officials from Kohima and Dimapur was called by the Governor for the first time, wherein officials from 16 banks attended the meeting including officials from the Governor’s Secretariat. Principal secretary to Governor, Piyush Goyal welcomed the Bank officials.
ACAUT clarifies on ‘solution before elections’ stand
Solving Naga issue NPF’s top priority: Azo
JD (U) for ‘Frontier Nagaland’ state
DIMAPUR, FEB 9 (NPN): Drawing attention to the statement made by some members, ACAUT co-chairman, Tia Longchar and convener public liaison, Simon Kelio issued a statement to clarifying that ACAUT’s support for ‘solution before election’ was adopted in a very transparent manner. ACAUT said that the organization attended several consultative meetings called by various organizations to appeal to the government of India to defer the elections. In order to deliberate on the issues, ACAUT has called for an immediate general meeting, comprising of advisors on February 14, 1 p.m. at ACAUT’s designated office, to clarify on the press statement made on February 9. All members have been request to attend without fail. (Full text on p-6)
Fire devastate families in Neisatuo colony
This is it!
NBCC appeals on election violence
her child from school and by the time she returned, her house was completely engulfed by the fire. As soon as news of the fire spread, thousands of people from nearby colonies thronged to the site, some to help and others out of curiosity. Acting chairman of the colony, Alezo Keditsu, who was at the venue taking stock of the situation, lauded the fire brigade saying they responded in time and had helped stop the fire from spreading to the nearby cluster of houses. Gaonbura (GB) incharge of the colony, Nillo Gonmei, also present at the site said, except for two three families, most of the tenants were very poor people engaged in daily labour. Later, the district administration led by Deputy Commissioner Dimapur, reached the spot and were seen helping the fire victims both in cash and in kind.
KOHIMA, FEB 9 (NPN): State Home minister and Naga People’s Front (NPF) leader Kuzholuzo (Azo) Nienu said his party’s top priority would be to settle the Naga political issue, even as he asserted that any political settlement would have to be under the popular government. Addressing an election rally at S Colony community hall, Dzulha village in Phek district on Friday, Azo, who is NPF’s candidate from 19th Phek constituency in the ensuing Assembly election, also exuded confidence that NPF alone would able to cross the magic number of 30 to form the next government. “But nevertheless, we will take alliance partners into consideration in the formation of the next government,” he said. He also predicted that BJP would win three to six
Mr Big drummer Pat Torpey dead N E W YORK, FEB 9 ( AG E N CIES): Mr . Big drummer and founding member Pat Tor pey has Pat Torpey (File) died at the age of 64 from complications of Parkinson’s disease. The news was confirmed by the band on Facebook. T h e y s a i d : “ Wi t h breaking hearts we tell you that our brother, friend, drummer and founding member, Pat, passed away, February 7, from complications of Parkinson’s disease. “Family, band and management request privacy at this very difficult time. Services are pending.” Mr Big bassist Billy Sheehan said: “I’m sorry to be the bearer of such sad news. Pat Torpey has been my closest friend in music for over 30 years.
seats, while its alliance partner Nationalist Democratic People’s Party (NDPP) would get eight seats at the most. Azo told party men and women that NPF in its manifesto had emphasised reviewing seriously the application of Naga customary laws and practices and initiate to bring in adequate legislative measures to strengthen and empower further the administrative and judicial functions of village councils in the State. Stating that the NPF would focus on systematic reforms, he said the party would institutionalise the reforms measures in governance and then the functioning within the changed system would produce positive results, “gradually transforming Nagaland”. Mentioning that corruption had limits and that one should not cross it, Azo added that develop-
mental works should not be hampered or allowed to come to standstill because of graft. He said, as part of anti-corruption measures, cleansing the process of governance from corruption would be a very serious agenda of NPF. “Corr uption of all kinds, especially misuse, misappropriation and siphoning of precious resources, unjustified cost escalation of projects and payments made against ghost schemes and employees will be dealt with firmly as per law and serious corruption cases with prima facie evidences will be handed over to Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) to bring the culprits to book,” he declared. Expressing his gratitude to his supporters for displaying their allegiance to his leadership, Azo also sought their support in the forthcoming election.
DIMAPUR, FEB 9 (NPN): JD (U) has come out in support of the Eastern Nagaland People’s Organisation’s (ENPO’s) demand for a separate state, Frontier Nagaland. A press release from JD (U) secretary general and spokesperson, K. C Tyagi said that although this could not be included in the party’s manifesto released on February 8, it would become an addition to the already released memo. Tyagi sought to assure “all the people...within the ambit of ENPO”, that JD (U) is sincerely committed to support their demand for statehood. JD (U) was of the view that ENPO’s demand was justified considering their geographical location and developmental disparity. Pointing to how Jharkhand, previously a (Cont’d on p-7) part of Bihar, was granted statehood under JD (U), Tyagi said this approach was not politically motivated but based on genuine considerations and to fulfil the party’s theme of contest “Development With that the leaders held a third Justice.” meeting with BJP election management committee, sub-committees and BJP core committee members. The leaders further DIMAPUR, FEB 9 (NPN): urged party workers to fulfil There will be a power shutassigned responsibilities down for consumers under with dedication and loyalty, Dimapur Electrical Division on February 10, from 7 a.m. the press release added. The state BJP election to 12 noon. Informing of this in a management committee requested the Central BJP for press statement, Dimapur some “Star campaigners” Electrical Division’s Execuin the first phase to lead tive Engineer, Er. Imsenkaba the campaign, including said that the power shutPrime Minister, Narendra down was necessitated due Modi; Home Minister, Ra- to tree trimming and jungle jnath Singh, BJP national clearing, to be carried out president, Amit Shah and by department staff in and others. BJP also appealed to around the division’s jurisall its rank and file to extend diction. The Executive Engitheir full support and cooperation to NDPP where it neer also requested colony is contesting and said that authorities to trim branches they expected NDPP to that may be near electrical reciprocate by supporting lines adding a caution to take the BJP candidates. note of the shutdown timing to avoid any accidents.
BJP’s Central team holds coordination meeting DIMAPUR, FEB 9 (NPN): As the Assembly Elections, scheduled for February 27, approaches, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) national general secretary for organisation, Ramalal accompanied by North East organisation in-charge, Ajay Jamwal paid a two day visit to Dimapur, Nagaland on February 8-9. According to a press release from state BJP media cell, the leaders held a joint coordination meeting with state BJP president, Visasolie Lhonugu and pre-poll alliance partner (NDPP), represented by Neiphiu Rio, along with two representatives from both parties. The leaders also held meetings with BJP unit workers along with candidates Tovihoto Ayemi and N.Jacob Zhimomi in their respective residences. BJP Nagaland stated
Power shutdown in Dimapur
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Tetso College celebrates ‘scholastic day’
DIMAPUR: “Scholastic day” was celebrated at Tetso College on February 9 with Pranab Vidyapith Higher Secondary School (PVHSS) principal, Manoj Bhattacharjee as guest of honour. During his speech, Bhattacharjee encouraged students to take up commerce stream as the popular trend had always been to take up humanities. He congratulated the awardees and appreciated the college community for its efforts in strengthening higher education in Nagaland. It may be noted that “scholastic day” celebrates achievements and accomplishments of students and staff wherein awards and certificates are handed out to students and staff for 100% attendance. Teachers who have been awarded include Limala Longchar from the department of English, HOD Education, Mhabeni Tungoe, Zujanbeni M. Lotha from the department of Sociology and Seyiesilie Vupru from the department of Political Science. Outstanding contributor award for 2017 was also
Pranab Vidyapith Higher Secondary School principal, Manoj Bhattacharjee releasing the “Tetso Interdisciplinary Journal”
bagged by HOD English and higher secondary supervisor, Kahor Raleng for her overall contribution to the college and under whose leadership, the English department had secured top rank every year since the Nagaland university end semester exams. The recent was a gold medal in NU English honours programme in 2017 with distinctions in NBSE HSSLC exams. Raleng has publications credit as a part of the publication team for the Class 12 orchid’s textbook NBSE, she has written poems for the department’s
e-books and contributed articles to the “degree of thought” column. Student of the year 2017 for degree level was awarded to Mereninla Jamir from BA 6th semester (English hons), student of the year 2017 for higher secondary level was Inato Aye from class 12 commerce, while class champions for 2017 was awarded to BA 4th semester students for winning majority of events over the course of sports week and other events held in the previous year. M e a n w h i l e, Te t s o College announced two
PM to interact with students 2573 cases of liquor destroyed DIMAPUR: Nagaland
CJM, Ajongba Imchen along with police personnel at DMC dumping site.
DIMAPUR, FEB 9 (NPN): On the order of Chief Judicial Magistrate (CJM) Dimapur Court, Ajongba Imchen, 2,573 cases of liquor were destroyed on Friday at Dimapur Municipal Council (DMC) dumping site. The joint destruction
was made in connection with Chumukedima police station and Diphupar police station, Dimapur. The liquor was destroyed in the presence of CMJ, Ajongba Imchen and public prosecutor Dimapur, Y.T.Sangtam, L.Chenithung prosecuting inspector, Dimapur and police personnel.
Ganja seized in Kohima
Flying squad team along with the accused and confiscated item at Para Medical junction, Kohima on February 9. (DPRO, Kohima)
KOHIMA: Flying squad team-1 under 9th Kohima town A/C led by magistrate, Lisepi OSD higher education during a surprise checking at Para Medical junction, Kohima on February 9 confiscated 60 kgs of ganga from Apey d/o Atso of
Dimapur excise seize drugs
Accused along with the seized drugs
DIMAPUR: In connection to the forthcoming state general election, excise mobile squad special task force, Dimapur seized 1500 capsules of Spasmo proxyvon on February 9. According to superintendent of excise and prohibition (MS) Dimapur, Katoho Sumi, one Shambu, son of Deven, resident of Thahekhu village, Dimapur was arrested and booked under relevant section of the Drugs & Cosmetics Act, 1940. The accused was forwarded to the court for trial. K
Mesolomi village and Alhi d/o Wekope of Mesolomi village from vehicle No. NL 01-T-9065. According to DPRO Kohima, the accused along with the contraband and vehicle was handed over to South Police Station and a case was registered.
Board of School Education (NBSE) has informed that Prime Minister would be interacting with school and college students as part of “Mann Ki Baat” on February 16 through Narendra Modi App. According to DIPR report, Nagaland Board of School Education has called upon students to embrace the exam season on a positive note with confidence and without tension by sharing experiences, anecdotes and thoughts on studying for exams and dealing with exam stress. Students have been directed to post their questions starting February 6 10 a.m. to February 11, 12 p.m. It has been informed that selected questions would feature in Prime Minister’s interactive session with students on February 16. Following are the instructions: Only students from standard 9 and above in schools and colleges may ask question; the question shall be about the stress in schools/ colleges from studies/exams; question shall not be academic, and shall arise from real life experiences; question may be direct and shall be brief, not more than 100 words; the questions may be in English or Hindi only. To participate students have been asked to log in to https://innovate. mygov.in/pm-interactionwith-students
scholarships on “scholastic day” - 50% scholarship to students willing to pursue their BBA and B.com at Tetso College which comes up to Rs. 7300/- only per semester for a duration of the entire degree course, which aimed at encouraging more students to opt for commerce and management studies that will be offered from the new academic session and 100% scholarship to toppers from the NBSE HSLC and HSSLC exams, which entitle a student to “free education” for the entire duration of the course. Further, two college publications were also launched during the day - Expressions: A Tetso College Anthology of Art and Literature (ISBN 97881-929456-3-7), English department’s e-book and the Tetso Interdisciplinary Journal, Vol. 6 (ISSN - 2319-2925) and the college’s annual journal. The e-book will be available for free download on the college site. The event concluded with a special prayer for the class 12 students by Rengma Baptist Church Sovima pastor, Gwanilo Khing.
We the bereaved family members of Lt. Shugholi Apon, would like to express our heartfelt gratitude to each and everyone who stood by us physically, financially, materially and morally at the demise of our dearest mother . We convey our special thanks to : 1) Rengma Baptist Church, K. Station. 2) Rengma Baptist Church, Rengma Gaon, Borlengri. Born : 1923 3) Rengma Baptist Church, Died : 1st Feb, 2018 Khermahal, Dimapur. 4) Kandi Ni Union, Dimapur. 5) Aponza Kithan. 6) Tezenzi Kohima. 7) Eagle’ Club, K Station. 8) Brother and Sister School, Chumukedima. 9) New Life Bible College, Dimapur. 10) Neighbours, friends and well wishers. We deeply regret our inability to mention the names of every individual here but it is our humble prayer that the Almighty God bless each one of you abundantly. DP-1279
Loving children, brothers, grandchildren, great grandchildren and in-laws.
DCs, ADCs & DEOs issue directives on elections DIMAPUR: Deputy Commissioner (DC), Additional Deputy Commissioner (DC) and District Education Officer (DEO) of different districts across the state have issued directives, notifications for the forthcoming general assembly elections scheduled on February 27. Pughoboto: ADC & DEO Pughoboto, Avelu Ruho, has directed polling officials drafted for polling duty to the 13thLegislative Assembly Election 2018 and who failed to attend the trainings conducted on January 29 and February 6 to attend the training on February 20, 10 a.m. with a written explanation of their absence. ADC & DEO, Pughoboto has cautioned that strict disciplinary actions would be initiated as per relevant sections of law on failure to comply the same. In a separate notification, ADC & DEO Pughoboto has informed all drivers of government officials whose vehicles have been requisitioned for the forthcoming general election to NLA to apply for the postal ballot in Form
news in Brief LCYOD informs on general meeting: Lotha Colony Youth Organisation Dimapur (LCYOD) has informed Lotha colony youths that there will be a general meeting of Lotha colony youth organisations on February 10, 2:30 p.m at Lotha colony Panchayat hall, followed by induction of new office bearers. The general meeting would be mandatory for individuals residing within the jurisdiction of LCYO. Therefore, any individual failing to attend the meeting would be imposed a fine of Rs. 50 as per resolution clause No. 3. Any individual having a genuine reason have been requested to submit an application before the scheduled meeting. PLND unit general meeting: Phenshunyu Lojvu Nezen Dimapur (PLND) unit has convened a general meeting on February 11, 1 p.m at the residence of PLND president. All members have been requested to attend the meeting. TSUD 11th general session: Toulazouma Students’ Union Dimapur (TSUD) 11th general session will be held on February 10, 10 a.m at NRC Hall under the theme “focusing on people: striving for peace and decent life”. All the elders, church leaders, village leaders and well wishers have been requested to attend the meeting. NSCN/GPRN (K) discharged: Sumi region has informed that as per discharge application on health ground Nitoi Semi has been discharged from active service as chairman to Zunheboto region.In a press note by NSCN, GPRN (K) home secretary has informed that Nitoi Sumi has been discharged from passive service from NSCN (K), formed on concern that henceforth he shall not be associated or involved in any activities of NSCN (K). Free physiotherapy centre: Mamta Physiotherapy Centre (MPS) in collaboration with Lions blue venda will be organising free physiotherapy camp on February 11, wherein Dr, Kamelesh Kumar Singh (PT) from Guwahati will be available. For appointment one can contact at 9436274811. ASP Kma informs Tibetan migrants: As per directive from Ministry of Home Affairs or Foreigners division, additional superintendent of police Kohima and PRO, Watichuchang Jamir has informed Tibetan migrants (refugees) residing in Kohima district to complete online registration of their residential certificate or registration with FRO Kohima SP Office on or before March 31. Application could be submitted at https://indianfrro. gov.in for online registration or residential certificate. For any queries relating to online registration, one can clarify from FRO office (SP Office), Kohima during working hours.
Nagaland Post, Dimapur SATURDAY, February 10, 2018
12 from the office of ADC & DEO, Pughoboto on or before February 12018 during office hours. Wokha: DC & DEO Wokha, Dr. Manazir Jeelani Samoon, has directed all arms license holders under Wokha district to deposit their Arms at their respective Police Station on or before February 15. The arms so deposited shall be kept in the police custody till one week after the declaration of result, informed DC & DEO. Further, DC & DEO Wokha has directed officer in-charge of each police station to issue receipt to each depositor and maintain proper records of deposited arms. In a separate notification, DC & DEO Wokha has informed all the general public and the political parties of Wokha District that, for conduct of assembly elections 2018 the district control room and complaint monitoring cell has been constituted in the district with the following numbers given below. The contact numbers of district Officials along with that of various Observers deployed in the district are: District Control Room - 03860-242185; Complaint Monitoring Centre - 03860-242124; DC & DEO Wokha Dr. Manazir Jeelani Samoon – 7906796105; Nokchasashi, RO 37 AC Tyui – 9436831044; Lanusenla Longkumer, RO 38 AC Wokha -8974624861; Ropfuokuotou, RO 39 AC Sanis – 7005264974; Tiameren Chang, RO 40 AC Bhandari - 9615627439. General observers: Man Mohan Chaudhary -9402053135/8787723129 and Rajeev Sharma -9402053147/8787386731. Expenditure observers: R.L. Arunprasad -
9402053102/ 8837383483 and Jasmeet Singh Dhandra- 9402053115/ 8 8 3 7 4 5 5 9 4 1 . Po l i c e obser ver: Sunil Ku mar - 9402053125/ 8837453364. Mon: DC & DEO, Mon, K. Thavaseelan, has warned polling officials absenting from training that the same will invite stern action them. Further, those polling personnel who have not submitted two recent passport size photos to the Personnel Management Cell at ADC Mon HQ, P.Muno’s chamber in the Office of the Deputy Commissioner, Mon have been asked to submit the same. In a separate notice, DC & DEO Mon has informed the public, contesting candidates and all concerned that three general observers and one police observer has been deployed by ECI for Mon district. DC & DEO Mon has issued their details as: Manoj Kumar, general observer for 42 A/C Wakching, 46 A/C Mon t ow n , 4 7 A / C A b o i , contact Number- +917630058809. Atul Kumar Gupta, general observer for 41 A/C Tizit, 43 A/C Tapi and 44 A/C Phomching; contact Number- +918974210077. Prabanshu Srivastav, general observer for 45 A/C, Tehok, 48 A/C Moka and 55 A/C Tobu; contact number+91 – 8974204343. Puneet Rastogi, police observer for all 9 A/Cs under Mon District; contact Number+91-8974248899. DC & DEO Mon has informed that observers would be available for meeting between 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. every day at the Walo Guest House. In a separate notification, DC & DEO Mon has
informed all Grade IV staff detailed for duty for Assembly Elections, 2018 to apply for postal ballot from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on all working days till February 11 at 1st Floor of the Office of the DC Mon. All have been asked to come along with their EPIC/Aadhaar/ Service ID Card. In a notification to polling personnel, DC & DEO Mon has informed all polling personnel that the 2nd round of training is scheduled on February 1314 at Government Higher Secondary School, Mon. It has been informed that presiding officers and 1st polling officers will be trained on February 13 starting 10 a.m. and 2nd& 3rd polling officers would be trained on February 14 between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. while 4th polling officers would be trained on February 14 between 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. It has been informed that the third round of training has been scheduled on February 22 for presiding and 1st polling officers and February 23 for 2nd, 3rd& 4th polling officers. The time and venue remains the same. DC & DEO Mon has warned that stern action would be taken against those who fail to turn up under relevant sections of elections laws, informed the notification. Those polling personnel who have not submitted two recent passport size photos have been asked to submit the same during the training. DC & DEO Mon has also informed that training for expenditure agents of candidates on matters relating to election expenditure monitoring has been scheduled on February 12, 2 p.m. at the conference hall of DC Mon.
ACKNOWLEDGEMENT LT. NYEIWANG KONYAK 1942 – 31st January 2018
“... I am the resurrection and the life; he that believeth in me, though he were dead yet shall he live. “ – John 11:25
Late Mr. Jopoyi Nyekha
Born : 26th Nov. 1959 – Died : 6th Feb. 2018 We the bereaved family members of Late Jopoyi Nyekha (Kuye-O), S/o Late Saleo Nyekha would like to express our heartfelt gratitude to all individuals, churches, villages, communities, neighbours, friends and well wishers who supported and stood with us morally, physically, financially, and spiritually during his illness and till his last breath. We deeply regret and apologise for our inability to mention all the names individually but it our earnest prayer that our Almighty God bless you all abundantly for your gracious deed. DP-1283
Loving wife, children, grandchildren & relatives
The family of Late Nyeiwang Konyak, Former Minister, Nagaland, wish to acknowledge the many expressions of sympathy and acts of kindness shown to us following our sad loss. We lost a wonderful husband, father, grandfather and leader who can never be replaced. We are so touched by the physical, emotional and spiritual support we have received from the overwhelming number of people, churches and organizations. It is indeed in times like these that we realize how truly blessed we really are. We as a family are humbled and there are no words that seem adequate enough to express our Gratitude. As it is impossible to thank each one individually, please accept this acknowledgement as our way of expressing our heartfelt gratitude. God Bless You All. “And God is able to bless you abundantly, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work.” 2 Corinthians 9:8 With Sincere Gratitude:Wife, children, in-laws and grandchildren K-417 K
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WEATHER FORECAST February 10
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Agartala Nice of clouds and sun
Times of clouds and sun
Guwahati Mainly cloudy Imphal
Beautiful with clouds and sun
21 10 25 11 22 10
Itanagar Mostly cloudy
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Dimapur Times of clouds and sun
Clouds and sun; not as warm
Tuensang Mainly cloudy and cooler
Partly sunny and cooler
Zunheboto Cooler with clouds and sun
Department staff during the wildlife census training
DIMAPUR, FEB 9 (NPN): A training camp was conducted for the field staff of All India Tiger Estimation (AITE), Friday at 10:30 a.m at Forest Department Offices Complex. As the Nagaland gears up for its first ever tiger census as part of AITE 2018, under the aegis of the Wildlife Wing, Department of Environment Forests & Climate Change, the training camp
is a precursor to the upcoming tiger estimation exercise. Informing of this, a press release from the department said that the training camp for the tiger estimation consisted of a class room briefing followed by a mock drill for estimating wildlife. Speaking on the occasion, Principal Chief Conservator of Forests and Chief Wildlife Warden, Satya Prakash Trip-
athi (IFS) explained the importance the tiger as the top predators in the forests, the presence and movement of tigers in the forests of Nagaland before and how this had reduced. Wildlife Warden of Kiphire and AITE 2018 Nagaland Nodal Officer, Suman W.M Sivachar (IFS) said that tiger population estimation is determined by a variety of factors that include
Organisations condemn pre-poll violence place in any reasonable society” as it was not only a “result of narrow mindedness and vested interest” but an “exhibition of one’s intolerant attitude”, where “such mentality will only bring disgrace to oneself and society”. F u r t h e r, Ko h i m a Lotha Hoho appealed to all candidates and party workers not to allow mischievous individuals to perpetuate violence and also reminded candidates that “violence created by their narrow minded party workers or individual voters will only bring shame and disgrace to the candidate and the community”. ACVA: During an emergency meeting held at its office on February 9, All Commercial Vehicle Association (ACVA) Wokha condemned the damage done to vehicles in the name of the ensuing state
legislative assembly election in Wokha. In a condemnation note, ACVA stated that “violence will not bring any change in the society” and therefore appealed to the people to restrain themselves from such activities. Further, the association informed commercial vehicles in Wokha to avoid the use of posters and flags of political parties in o tranquility, as well as requested to all political party and supporters to insure safety to all commercial vehicles and abstain from antisocial activities by damaging commercial vehicles, stating that ‘commercial vehicles are meant for public convenience . ANTA: All Nagaland Taxi Association (ANTA) Wokha unit expressed “deep pain and sadness over the escalating pre-poll
election incident” which took place in Wokha. A press release issued by ANTA Wokha unit president, Hayithung Odyuo and general secretary, Lipenthung Ovung has appealed all political parties, intending candidates and supporters to refrain from the policy of violence, threatening and intimation and be more sensible and wise during these crucial days. Further, while objecting the vandalism of zonal or local taxi during the pre-poll incident in Wokha, ANTA reminded the public that taxi being commercial vehicle usually plied to the desired destination of the travelers when hired or paid. Therefore, it has urged the public especially during the election to kindly consider the case of commercial vehicle and refrain from such futile acts.
finding habitat characteristics, prey availability and anthropogenic (human) pressures. Rajkumar M (IFS), speaking about the importance of this census and how it will help conserve the forests of Nagaland, educated the staff regarding the various wildlife signs – pellets, visual sightings, animal calls and pug marks. He urged field staff to collect the data with utmost care since they will showcase the treasures of Nagaland to the world. The mock field drill was led by the Intanki National Park Range officers - Kenlum and Aaron, who took the staff to the field to demonstrate the activities that will constitute the estimation. Singhpan Wildlife Sanctuary Ranger, Jongpong Walling was also present. According to the press release, the event was attended by 25 members and a similar exercise will be conducted soon for the frontline staff of Singhphan and Fakim wildlife sanctuaries.
Medical camp at Suruhoto village
DIMAPUR: Zunheboto battalion of Assam Rifles under the aegis of HQ IGAR (North) conducted “medical camp” at Suruhoto village, Zunheboto, on February 8. Medical assistance, basic knowledge on health related issues including precautions from common viral disease and preventive measures were explained. 187 patients were examined.
Consultative meeting-cum-prayer for Lotha candidates conducted
Lotha candidates and officials from Lotha Hoho, LBES and others after the programme.
Correspondent VA N K H O S U N G (WOKHA), FEB 9 (NPN): A consultative meeting-cum-prayer programme for Lotha candidates was conducted Friday here at Lotha Baptist Ekhumkho Sanrhyutsu (LBES) mission centre, Vankhosung where issues of mutual concerns, suggestions, and topic of “clean election” was discussed between apex Lotha organisations and the intending candidates. Organised jointly by LBES, Lotha Hoho (LH), and Wokha District Village Council Chairmen Association (WDVCCA), the consultative meeting-cum-prayer programme was attended and addressed by LBES, LH, WDVCCA, Lotha Eloe Hoho (LEH), Lotha Youth Hoho (LYH), and Lotha Students’ Union (LSU) besides the intending candidates. 14 (out of 18) Lotha
intending candidates who attended the programme included Y. Patton (BJP), Yankithung (NPF), Chobathung Odyuo (JDU), and Dr. R. Thungchamo Ezung (NCP) from 37 Tyui Assembly Constitueny (AC); Dr. T.M. Lotha (BJP), Dr. Chumben Murry (NPF), and Y. Mhonbemo Humtsoe (JDU) from 38 Wokha AC; Y. Sulanthung H Lotha (Ind), Ralanthung Yanthan (NPP), Senkathung Jami (LJP), Ramongo Lotha (JDU), and Mhathung Yanthan (NDPP) from 39 Sanis AC; and Mhonjan Lotha (NPP), and Achumbemo Kikon (NPF) from 40 Bhandari AC. After the deliberations, LBES executive secretary Rev. Nyanchumo Lotha pronounced a prayer of blessings upon the intending candidates. The programme was chaired by LH chairman, Mhao Humtsoe where LBES executive secretary Rev. Nyanchumo Lotha delivered welcome address,
AG church Wokha Rev. T. Ngullie pronounced invocation, Nchumbemo Erui presented a special number, LBES CEC convenor Jenibemo Kithan conducted signing of clean election pledge, LH general secretary Er. Mhondamo Ovung summed up deliberations and proposed vote of thanks and Rev. N.T. Murry pronounced benediction. Meanwhile, Mhonjan Lotha, NPP candidate from 40 Bhandari AC, created a record of sorts when he became the only Lotha candidate to sign the clean election campaign pledge proposed by Lotha Baptist Ekhumkho Sanrhyutsu (LBES) on Friday during the consultative meeting-cum-prayer programme for Lotha candidates at LBES mission centre, Vankhosung. The programme was initiated and attended by apex Lotha organisations and Lotha candidates for the upcoming general elections.
KLH: Kohima Lotha Hoho (KLH) stated that it was “deeply concerned” over the repeated election related violence in Wokha. A condemnation note by chairman KLH, Nchumbemo Tungoe and general secretary, Thunglamo Ovung stated that “no amount of justification by any individual or organisation can absolve violence because violence is violence”. Kohima Lotha Hoho expressed sadness over the sporadic violence repor ted in 38-Wokha constituency and 37-Tyui A/C. While hoping and praying that such “narrowminded activities do not occur at any other place”, the Hoho stood clear in mind and heart that it was not in favor of any candidate or political party and that their only concern was that “violence has no
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Shillong, Feb 9 (PTI): The Election Commission has issued notices to Congress MP Vincent H Pala and a Hills State Peoples Democratic Party (HSPDP) candidate for laying a foundation stone of a hostel allegedly in violation of model code of conduct, officials said Friday. Both Pala and HSPDP nominee in West Khasi Hills district D Jyndiang had attended a foundation stone-laying function of Hostel Umyiap District of a Church at Tiehsaw village in West Khasi Hills as guests last week. Vincent H Pala is Congress Lok Sabha member from Shillong. CEO F K Kharkongor said the Nongstoin returning officer P D Sangma had issued notices to the two persons in connection with the programme with a direction that their replies be submitted within five days. He said the department is waiting for their replies to ascertain the actual position and the same will be forwarded to the Election Commission for necessary action. Pala on the other hand defended his position and said, “I do not think I violated the model code of conduct. I attended the program of the Church as an invited guest.” He said he will reply to the show cause is consultation with his lawyers. The regional party HSPDP candidate from Nongstoin constituency also denied any violation of the MCC.
Bharat Jyoti award for Dr. Muchahary Correspondent
Diphu, Feb 9: Bodo litterateur and Sahitya Academy Award winner, Dr Premananda Muchahary has been chosen for the prestigious ‘Bharat Jyoti’ award by India International Friendship Society (IIFS), a charitable institute based at Delhi. Muchahary will be given the certificate of excellence in New Delhi on March 26. Muchahary has been chosen to receive the award due to his lifetime struggle for social cause and for setting example inspiring thousands through his remarkable achievements, said India International Friendship Society. D r. P r e m a n a n d a Muchahary is a resident of Langhin town of east Karbi Anglong Autonomous Autonomous district. He is presently working as an associate professor at Dokmoka Thongnokbe College.
High Court issues notice to Speaker of Manipur Assembly Correspondent
IMPHAL, Feb 9: Alleged inaction of the Speaker of Manipur Assembly over applications seeking disqualification of an MLA, who had quit AICC and joined the BJP to become a cabinet minister, has come under judicial scrutiny. In this connection, the High Court of Manipur has Friday issued notices to the Speaker of Manipur Legislative Assembly, its secretary and state forest and environment minister, Th Shyamkumar. It may be mentioned here that forest& environment minister, Shyamkumar was elected on Congress ticket in the general elections to state Assembly in 2017. However, even before taking oath as member of the Assembly, he defected to BJP to become a cabinet minister in the N Biren led BJP’s coalition government. Even as Cong ress members had filed 13 similar applications for disqualification of Th Shyamkumar, the Speaker failed to initiate any action till date, Congress legislator K Meghachandra, who is one of the applicants, alleged in his petition submitted to the High Court of Manipur. In the petition, Meghachandra mentioned that Speaker has failed to
honour his plea for disqualification of minister Th Shyamkumar and 12 similar petitions filed by Congress members. He stated that the Speaker, as the presiding officer of tribunal constituted under the 10th Schedule of the Constitution of India, was supposed to dispense charge for initiation of disqualification proceedings against the minister. Induction of Shyamkumar as minister in the BJP-led coalition government was violation of para 2(1) (A) of 10th Schedule of Indian Constitution, the petitioner alleged. Responding to the petition submitted by the Congress legislator, Justice Kh Nobin of High Court of Manipur issued the notices to the Speaker of state Assembly, its secretary and minister Shyamkumar himself. The court asked the respondents to return their reply within February 28 Mention may be made here that cases seeking disqualification of six other MLAs of Congress who had defected to BJP were also pending with the tribunal of the Speaker of Manipur Assembly. The six Cong ress MLAs defected to BJP were P Brojen Singh, Ksh Biren Singh, Y Surchandra Singh, Ginsaunhau, S Bira Singh and O Lukhoi.
The Shena New Students' Union would like to extend our heartiest congratulations to Rev. Dr. Hukashe Zhimomi on being elected as the President of Nagaland Baptist Church Council (NBCC). The Union wishes him and pray that Almighty God grant good health and wisdom in his future endeavour. Inavi Achumi President Shena New Students' Union Dist. Zunheboto, Nagaland
Hinoka Achumi Gen. Secretary Shena New Students' Union Dist. Zunheboto, Nagaland
Cong, HSPDP get EC notices for code violation
religion,” Kohli said. Lone National People’s Party Lok Sabha member, Conrad K. Sangma had also written to External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj seeking her intervention into the Visa requirement of the Baptist preacher to attend the sesquicentenary celebrations of Christianity. Condemning the development, Hill State People’s Democratic Party President, Ardent Miller Basaiawmoit said, “BJP is not a secular party…. This is not the first time that the BJP government is not allowing the foreign Christian missionaries to visit India. We do not know why the BJP is so against the Christians communities in India.” The Baptist World Alliance is a worldwide alliance of Baptist churches and organizations, formed in 1905 in London.
Guwahati, Feb 9 (PTI): Four lakh bogus job-card holders have been identified in Assam and their allotments were cancelled by the Panchayat and Rural Development Department, a government release has said. The identification of the fake card holders, aimed at bringing more transparency, was made through field level survey. Due to the adoption of new methods of payment by the department, fund disbursals to genuine job-card holders have been expedited, senior officials of the department informed Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal at a review meeting Thursday. The chief minister instructed the officials to ensure quality and error-free implementation of all the schemes of the Panchayat and Rural Development development to transform the rural areas of the state, the release said. He also laid stress on the inclusion of college or university teachers and lo-
cal opinion leaders besides departmental officials in the village meetings under Amar Gaon Amar Achoni (AGAA). The department was told to institute a state level award for best performing villages in terms of implementation of schemes by maintaining high quality. It was also informed at the meeting that during the current fiscal, 87,299 self help groups have been formed against 20,762 SHGs
ary 18. Superintendent of Police (West Tripura) Abhijit Saptarshi and Inspector General of Police (Law and Order) K.V. Sreejesh rushed to the hospital to visit the injured cops. Four CPI(M) workers, two IPFT supporters and two police officials were injured in the clash and were admitted at Takarjala hospital. On the issue, CPI(M) Bishalgarh district committee secretary, Gora Chakraborty alleged that BJP and IPFT were behind the attack. “Their unholy alliance has been trying to intimidate common people for quite some time now. They have realized that given a free and fair election, they would face defeat”, he said. IPFT general secretary Mewar Kumar Jamatia in reaction said allegations against his party supporters were ‘outright lies’. He claimed CPI(M) filed ‘false police complaints’ against IPFT workers over the clashes today to defame the indigenous party.
PDP releases election manifesto for Meghalaya polls
Kumari sworn in as chief justice of Manipur HC
Shillong, Feb 9 (PTI): The People’s Democratic Front (PDP), a new political party, Friday released the election manifesto for the February 27 Meghalaya Assembly election, promising appropriate policies to drive forward the growth agenda for the state and its youth. The PDP floated by Khasi Hills Autonomous District Council chief P N Syiem last year, has fielded candidates 23 constituencies in the Khasi Jaintia Hills region. The election symbol of the party is a pair of candles. Releasing the manifesto here, Syiem said the PDF has identified key areas which include the administration of the tribal land and safeguarding the culture and traditions of the tribals as its agendas to work on when it comes to power. Also listed in the manifesto of the party are the intention of the party to come up with 15 policies for agriculture, the youths, labour and a proper forest and mining policy. Syiem was elected on a Congress ticket in 2013 but was later suspended by the party. He then formed the PDP.
Dearest baby (Liben), The heaven’s door opened and sent you down for me. I am so lucky to have you in my life. Happy Birthday to the one person i can imagine building a future with full of love. Love, Amirooo Hi! On Your Birthday, May god bless you with happiness and prosperity. May all your Dreams come true this year. Best wishes from Family.
IMPHAL, Feb 9: Justice Abhilasha Kumari of the High Court of Gujarat was Friday sworn in as the Chief Justice of the High Court of Manipur. Kumari will hold the post only for a brief period of 13 days as she will be retiring on February 22. Manipur Governor, Dr Najma Heptulla administered the oath of office to Justice Abhilasha Kumari in a simple ceremony held at the Durbar Hall of Imphal Raj Bhavan. She is the first woman Chief Justice of the High Court of Manipur. A native of Himachal Pradesh, after graduating from Delhi University, Kumari obtained a law degree from Himachal Pradesh University. She joined the Bar in 1984 and practiced in the HP High Court. Talking to reporters after the oath, Kumari said that she will work with her best efforts to satisfy the people of the state during her short tenure as Chief Justice. “I will do my best what possible in my short tenure to help the condition of litigation people of Manipur,” she said. She added that de-
Manipur Governor, Dr Najma Heptulla (left) and Justice Abhilasha Kumari (right) during the sworn in ceremony on Friday. (NP) spite the short tenure, she chief secretary, DGP and state government, police wanted to set an example other top officials of the and bar members. to the people that a woman can hold a top job in ConGOVERNMENT OF NAGALAND stitutional institution. The oath taking cer- OFFICE OF THE DEPUTY COMMISSIONER : ZUNHEBOTO emony was attended by No. JUD. 21/2017-18/ Dt. Zbto the 3/2/2018 state chief minister N Biren Notice Calling Objection for the issue of Succession Certificate Singh, deputy chief minShri. Ahoto Chishi of Laghilato Colony, Zunheboto, District has ister Y Joykumar, speaker applied for the issue of Succession Certificate/Guardianship Certificate of Manipur Assembly Y declaring that his wife Late Yeholi Sema, has expired on 08/12/2017. Khemchand, opposition It is hereby notified that if no objection to issue this Certificate is leader and former chief received from anyone within a period of 30 (Thirty) days w.e.f the date minister Okram Ibobi of publication in press, the Certificate shall be issue, and no further Singh, former chief min- complaint will be entertained for issued of the same. Deputy Commissioner ister Radhabinod Koijam, Zunheboto : Nagaland
REJOINDER The rejoinder published on 7 February by the 'Vikuto Village Council' stating the non-existence of 'Pughuboto Village' is a complete incongruous statement as 'Pughuboto Village' was established under Mokokchung District on 2nd Feb 1966 and duly recognized by the competent authority vide Order No. LR 3/73-74/4852 dated the 2nd of April 1975. I had submitted a series of representation appealing to the concerned authority to negate the attempt to recognize 'Vikuto Village', but the land ownership rights as per the Naga customary law and practices was dwarfed by recognizing the so called 'Vikuto Village'. I therefore appeal to the competent authority to meticulously look into the matter for further understanding of the case and resolve the issue at the earliest. I will take the mater to the customary court for justice as per Naga customary law if no immediate action is initiated. th
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The erstwhile NPF 16th A/C Pfutsero with all sub units have resigned enmasse and joined NDPP in the interest of the general public. Further we fully pledge our support to Shri. Neiba Kronu, the ofﬁcial candidate of NDPP for 16th A/C Pfutsero under the leadership of Shri. Neiphiu Rio and President Shri. Chingwang Konyak for stability, peace and progress. (Dingulo Khutsoh) (Vizo Lea) President General Secretary
General Election to the 13th Nagaland Legislative Assembly COMMON PLATFORM FOR INTENDING CANDIDATES
DIRECTORATE OF WOMEN RESOURCE DEVELOPMENT
Date : 09.02.18
This is to notify to all the Ao's residing in Padumpukhuri that if any person or group is found using the name of the Ao Lanur Telongjem Padumpukhuri for personal, political and ﬁnancial gain in the up coming Nagaland Legislative Assembly general election 2018 will be strictly dealt by the ofﬁce. Senti Jamir Imkongsunep A.G.S President
The Department of Women Resource Development invites applications from school dropout female candidates who are willing to undergo a ten-month training programme at the Training-cum-Production Centre (TCPC), Bayavü, Kohima in the Trades of TAILORING, KNITTING, and WEAVING.
OFFICE OF THE
KOHIMA MOKOKCHUNG SENSO TELONGJEM Telongjem aser Terenlok Asoshi
We the Kohima Mokokchung Senso Telongjem extend our heartiest congratulations to the following for their promotion in their respective departments. 1. Shri. Pangermayang, promoted to Account Officer, Department of Treasuries & Accounts. 2. Shri. Imotemsu, promoted to Horticulture Officer, Department of Horticulture. We wish and pray that Almighty God grant good health and wisdom in their future endeavour. Limawapang Longkumer Kilangchuba Kichutzar President General Secretary
At WAPO Ground, Sechü Zubza On 12th February, 2018 10.00 AM
Dated Kohima the 9th Feb. 2018. ADVERTISEMENT
Eligibility Edu. Qual : :
a) Class VI Passed for Knitting & Weaving b) Class VIII Passed for Tailoring
Intending Candidates Mr. Asu Keyho (NPP) Mr. Kenizhakho Nakhro (NPF) Er. Kevisekho Kruse (NDPP) ORDER OF PROGRAMME
18 to 35 years as on 1st Feb. 2018
Application addressed to the Director, Women Resource Development, stating their Bio-Data along with 2 recent Passport photographs, self-attested copies of relevant Mark Sheet and Birth Certiﬁcate are to be submitted to the Superintendent, TCPC, Bayavü latest by 6th March, 2018. Interview will be held on 9th March, 2018 at the Training-cum-Production Centre at 10:30 a.m. All intending candidates are directed to be present by 10:00. The training programme will commence from 15th March 2018. The programme is purely for promotion of self-employment and not certiﬁcate/diploma course.
Mr. Lhouphrevilie Rino President, WAPO
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Mr. Dzüviu Zhünyü Vice President, WAPO
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during 2016-17. Steps have been initiated for imparting training and till January this year, personnel of 68,827 SHGs have been trained, the release said. Under the Deen Dayal Gram Kaushal Vikas Yojana, 19 new trades have been introduced in the centres run under the scheme in the state. This initiative will provide more job opportunities to the unemployed youth of the rural areas.
Agartala, Feb 9 (PTI): Eight persons, including two police officials, were injured in a clash between workers of ruling CPI(M) and Indigenous Peoples Front of Tripura (IPFT), a BJP poll ally, at Takarjala assembly constituency, 28 km from here Friday, police said. Superintendent of Police (Police Control) Pradip De said, when the ruling CPI(M) candidate, Ramendra Debbarma from Takarjala constituency was campaigning at Brahmabari area of the constituency a group of IPFT supporters attacked their convoy by brick bating and by batons. The CPI(M) workers also retaliated and a clash ensued as a result of which eight persons were injured including Officer in-charge of Amarendranagar police outpost - Bharat Debbarma and Sub-Inspector Ringrai Halam. The duo was shifted to Gobind Ballabh Pant (GBP) Hospital at Agartala later. Tripura assembly elections is scheduled for Febru-
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S H I L LO N G, F E B 9 : Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Friday accused the ruling Congress party in Meghalaya of trying to force the Church into electoral politics over the rejection of visa application of Baptist World Alliance chief, Reverend Paul Msiza, to attend the 150 years celebrations of Christianity in the state’s Garo Hills region. The rejection of the visa application of the church leader by the Consulate General of India in Johannesburg, South Africa on Wednesday has angered the Christians community in poll-bound Meghalaya. “The Congress has no agenda to go to the people but instead it is trying to force the Church into politics by trying to mislead and misuse the Church for political reasons,” BJP Na-
tional Spokesperson, Nalin Kohli told journalists. Chief Minister Mukul Sangma said that BJP-led NDA government refusing to grant permission to Baptist World Alliance chief to attend the sesquicentenary celebrations of Christianity organized by the Garo Baptist Convention has only demonstrated the hidden agenda of the BJP government against the Christians and other religious communities. However, Kohli said that the BJP does not decide how a visa is given or not given to a person who planning to visit India. “Visa follows its own rules set up by the respective government in every country. In India, it was the Congress that had set up the visa rule because they ruled the country for 55 years and those rules have to be adhered to irrespective of any community or
8 injured in CPI(M),IPFT 4 L bogus job-card holders identified in Assam workers clash in Tripura
All are cordially invited
BJP accuses Cong of forcing church into politics in M’laya
Nagaland Post, Dimapur SATURDAY, February 10, 2018
Nagaland Post, Dimapur SATURDAY, FEBrUARY 10, 2018
SC seeks Centre’s response on its orders for acid sale
Supreme Court acid will lead to a fine of Rs 50,000. The 2013 direction came on a public interest litigation by acid attack victim Laxmi who sought regulation of acid sale as it was increasingly being used to attack young women by jilted/spurned lovers. Laxmi had also sought treatment, after-care, rehabilitation and compensation to the acid attack victims by the government and de-
10TH DEATH ANNIVERSARY
Late Rembomo Kikon
Lt. MissthViseno Puyo
Lt. Athojisie Nyuthe
(Died on 10-02-2017) Dear beloved value brother Lt. Khontsemo Kithan. We want to live together forever but one couldn’t stop from death, which is painful and remorse for me. However what count is just and good work only they outlive even after death like heavenly bodies shines which never wane. Trusted brother, Shumbenthung Kithan & remaining families.
IZZA AKIVIU, ALHOUNO OSALUVE KEU AMPE SHIVE AGHIMU, OKIKIMYE ENO OKIVIQO ANILESHI NIGHOLO ACHENI. OKUMSUMO KELO TSALA PUWO CHEMOE. OKIMIYE CHEKEMI OKIMI, ONULIQO, AMALIMI, AMULIMI ATILIMI & ATILIMI - TILIMIQO
Born 1934 – Died 02-02-2018 We, the bereaved family members sincerely acknowledge and express our profound gratitude to all individuals, churches, neighbours, friends and well wishers, who stood by us morally, physically, financially and through prayers during the prolonged illness and at the sad demise of our beloved father Late Pukhrutso Z. Tetseo, who breathed his last on 2nd February 2018. We, deeply regret our inability to thank each and every individual, but it is our humble prayer that our Almighty God bless you all abundantly. Loving wife, children, in-laws, grandchildren and relatives.
ACKNOWLEDGEMENT Born on : 05.12.1958 Died on : 04.02.2018
ACKNOWLEDGEMENT DOB : 25-11-1971 – Died on : 02-02-2018
BORN : 1933 – DIED : 06.02.2018
Through this column, we would like to convey our heartful gratitude to each friends, neighbours, relatives and various churches and organizations who stood by us and supported us ﬁnancially, physically and prayerfully at the sad demise of my beloved husband and our father Lt. K. AMAKBA (Khensa) May the Almighty God bless each and everyone of you abundantly for your love and concern towards us. Loving wife, children and family members.
20.03.1920 – 11.02.2017
Born : 22-04-1944 – Died : 01-02-2018 We the bereaved family members of Late P. Vikrosa Zecho would like to extend our sincere and profound gratitude to each and every individual, neighbours, relatives, churches, villages, organisations, friends and well wishers who stood by us through prayers and shared our grief sorrow, supported and comforted us physically, materially and ﬁnancially at the sudden demise of our beloved father on 01-02-2018. Words are inadequate to express and repay your good deeds but it is our humble prayer that the Almighty God bless you all abundantly. Loving children and relatives
We miss you dearly, From all your loved ones
‘Daddy, you were sent from the heaven to teach us mortals what beautiful and pure soul is like. You are a hero’’.
We the bereaved family members of Late Rongsentemsu Lkr (Changki) would like to extend our sincere gratitude to each and everyone who stood by us morally, spiritually, physically and ﬁnancially during the prolonged illness till his demise on 04.02.2018. We pray that Almighty God bless you abundantly. Loving wife, daughter and relatives.
In Loving Remembrance OF OUR BELOVED LATE S. LEMSEMTSUBA AIER It's been a year since you left us. But your deeds and love are still fresh in our hearts. Though you are no longer with us, You are fondly remembered and treasured. Your memories are always cherished.
27-02-1945 to 10-02-2017
Loving wife, son & daughters
04/04/1994 – 10/02/2008
1ST DEATH ANNIVERSARY
Dad.. Remembering you is easy, We do it everyday Missing you us the heartache that never goes away, We miss you...
Late Renthunglo N. Humtsoe
LATE VISHILI V. KIBA
Loving parents, brother, sisters and family members
IN LOVING MEMORY OF LT. A. TSUKNUNG JAMIR
Ten years have passed since you left us heartbroken on this day. Still remembering you fondly and missing you deeply.
3RD DEATH ANNIVERSARY
1st DEATH ANNIVERSARY of
S/o. Alaru Mathew Nyuthe
Your life was a blessing Your memory a treasure….. You are loved beyond words And missed beyond measure.
of LATE KHONTSEMO KITHAN
Died : 09/02/2016
of our beloved
10 Feb 2014
1ST DEATH ANNIVERSARY
Loving husband, children, & relatives.
New Delhi, Feb 9 (IANS): Vice President M. Venkaiah Naidu, who is also the Rajya Sabha Chairman, on Friday said that he was “deeply disturbed” by the MPs “utter disregard” for parliamentary procedures and “unruly behaviour” during the session, and hoped that they would “turn a new leaf ” when the House meets again after a monthlong recess. “I am saying this with a heavy heart. I must confess that I am deeply pained at the progress. I was deeply disturbed by the utter disregard for the parliamentary procedures and the unruly
4th DEATH ANNIVERSARY
Your dearest father, mother, wife & family members.
Panaji, Feb 9 (IANS): Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar on Friday said that he had begun to fear the fact that even girls have started drinking beer now. “I have begun to fear now, because even the girls have started drinking beer... the tolerance limit is being crossed. “Not all of them. I am not talking about this crowd (referring to the audience),” Manohar Parrikar he said at the first edition of the State Youth Parliament organised by the Legislature Secretariat, Porvorim. Parrikar, an IIT-Mumbai alumnus, also said the use of drugs in educational institutions is not a new phenomenon. “When I went to IIT, there was a small group which was into smoking ganja. So it is not today’s phenomenon,” he said, adding that a small section of students were also obsessed with pornography. He said the government has launched a crackdown on the drug trade in the state but added that he did not believe that the narcotics menace had proliferated in educational institutions. “There is also a crackdown on the network and this will continue till drugs are out of sight. I have no belief that it will come down to zero. I personally do not believe that there is much proliferation in colleges...“On August 13 (2017), after that more than 170 people were arrested for drug peddling, I gave directions. As per our law, if there is a small quantity, a person gets bailed out in eight to 15 days or a month. Our courts have also become lenient... but at least the guilty are caught,” the Chief Minister said.
2ND DEATH ANNIVERSARY Words could not express how much we miss you since you left for your heavenly abode. Yet the memories you left behind are still fresh in our mind.
With every passing year, a memory of you grows stronger. The love you had for all of us is something we deeply miss. You will forever remain alive in our hearts and memories. Though we are learning to live without you, we still miss you so much.
behaviour, so unbecoming of the position we occupy in the society as parliamentarians. “The question I have been asking myself: can we make ever our parliament an effective instrument of change, informed debates, constructive criticism and orderly proceedings?” he asked, just ahead of Finance Minister Arun Jaitley’s reply to the debate on Budget. Naidu lamented that the upper house of Parliament lost nearly 10 hours during the brief first part of the session due to disruptions and forced adjournments. The Rajya Sabha could not take up Question Hour on five days and also no Zero Hour could be conducted on five days. Asserting that he was not blaming any political party in particular, he said that there should not be any “slanging matches between parties” and “stooping down” to competing with each other on unparliamentary language or behaviour.
(area) SDM shall be vested with the responsibility of fining violators and initiating prosecution.” Directing that no acid would be sold to any person below the age of 18, the court order also said that the seller would declare all stocks available with him to the Sub- Divisional Magistrate within 15 days from the date of notification of rules by the respective state governments. The 2013 order also said the retail outlets with licence to sell acid will maintain stock registers, failing which or in case of possession of unaccounted
terrent punishment to the accused. The top court in 2013 also directed for compensation of Rs 3 lakh by the government to each acid attack victim. Of this, Rs one lakh was to be paid within 15 days of the incident, and balance Rs two lakhs within two months to facilitate their medical treatment. However, by its December 7, 2015, order, the top court had said that compensation of Rs three lakh to acid attack victims by the states as ordered through the 2013 direction was the minimum amount and that the actual compensation would vary from case to case depending on the nature and severity of the injuries. Currently, the Supreme Court is engaged in putting in place model rules for the award of compensation to victims of sexual offences and acid attacks across the country.
New Delhi, Feb 9 (IANS): The Supreme Court on Friday sought the Centre’s response on a PIL that contended that the top court’s directions in 2013 to ban over-the-counter sale of acid at retail outlets was not being followed in its true spirit. A bench of Chief Justice Dipak Misra, Justice A.M. Khanwilkar and Justice D.Y. Chandrachud sought the response as the petitioner said that from 2010 to 2016, as many as 1,189 cases of over-thecounter sale of acid have been registered. Putting acid within the ambit of the Poisons Act, 1919, and banning its overthe-counter sale, the top court in its July 18, 2013, directions said: “Over-thecounter sale of acid is completely prohibited unless the sellers maintain a log/register... which will contain the details of person(s) to whom acid(s) is/are sold, the quantity sold and shall contain the address of the person to whom it is sold.” The court had issued a number of directions, including that violation of its directions “shall attract prosecution under the Poisons Act, 1919, and that the
5 Venkaiah Naidu disturbed Fear the fact that girls are by indiscipline in parliament drinking beer, says Parrikar
We the bereaved family members would like to express our heartfelt gratitude to each and every individual for supporting us spiritually, physically, mentally and financially during the short illness and at the sudden demise of our beloved Mr. Lt. Clement Fernandez, who left us for his heavenly abode on 3rd February 2018. Our sincere thanks to : 1. Rev. Fr. K. M. Joseph (Asst. Parish, Holy Cross Church) 2. Mr. Wilfred Humtsoe, Bor-Lingri 3. Doctors and nurses, Zion Hospital 4. Ebenezer Public School - Staff, Students and Parents. 5. Lotha Colony Council. 6. Kyong Colony 7. Lotha Prayer Warriors, Dimapur 8. Mr. James and family 9. Mrs. & Mr. Peter 10. Ps. Sofique and family (UBC) 11. ACF 12. Mrs. Nzano Khuvung 13. Lotha Colony Youth 14. Blood Donors. We regret our inability to thank each and everyone individually but it is our humble prayer that Almighty God shower His blessing upon all of you abundantly. Loving Wife-Janpeni and in-laws DP-1314
We the bereaved family members of Late Mr. Dichungbe Nriame would like to express our heartfelt gratitude to all who stood and supported us unconditionally at a sudden loss of our beloved father, who left us for a better place on 2nd February 2018. We extend our heartiest gratitude to : 1. Zeme Baptist Church, Jalukie Town. 2. Asalu Zeliangrong Region Office, NSCN/GPRN. 3. Rev. Seksim Kasar, Gen, Secretary Council of Nagalim Churches. 4. Prime Minister Office (PMO) NSCN/GPRN. 5. D.G Robert, Cabinet Secretary NSCN/GPRN. 6. Daniel Lotha, Home Secretary NSCN/GPRN. 7. AK Lungalang, Collective leadership Member NSCN/ GPRN. 8. David Lungalang, Forest Kilonser NSCN/GPRN. 9. Col. Rayilung and Family. 10. Chaplee Department NSCN/GPRN Peren District (N). 11. D.K. Zeliang, Retired IFS and family. 12. Tarei Zeliang and family. 13. N.R. Zeliang 14 Respective churches, social organisations and various unit of Zeliangrong Organisation etc. We regret our inability to thank everyone individually, whose supports were equally valuable. We pray that our Almighty God bless you all abundantly. DP-1287
Loving wife, children and families. K
Nagaland Post Vol. XXVIII NO. 64 Dimapur, SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 10, 2018
very political party by convention, issues its manifesto or a public declaration of policy and what it aims to achieve during a particular period in office etc. The manifestos of major regional contenders in the current electioneering in Nagaland are essentially aimed at drawing attention to the Naga political problem. The Naga political problem was thought to have been solved after Nagaland was created as a state through the 16-Point Agreement signed between the Naga People’s Convention and representatives of the government of India under Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru in 1960. The Naga political problem could not be resolved because the then undivided Naga National Council (NNC) rejected the agreement; otherwise the Naga public were by and large not averse to it even if some did not embrace it wholeheartedly. The pains, injuries and psychological scars perpetrated by the armed forces during the turbulent 50s till late 60s were too deep to be easily forgotten. However as the years went by the NNC did not blast explosives, attack police or paramilitary in civilian areas or assassinate civilian leaders etc. That was why Nagaland enjoyed peace amid a disturbed environment. The signatories of the Naga People’s Convention (NPC) later embraced statehood and formed the first Naga Nationalist Organisation (NNO) the forerunner of the Congress. The first regional party the United Front of Nagaland(UFN) later underwent a series of changes in nomenclature to United Democratic Front (UDF) then after merger with Naga Nationalist Party(NPP) became Naga National Democratic Party (NNDP) to Nagaland People’s Council (NPC) then finally to Nagaland People’s Front to Naga People’s Front (NPF). The then UFN and UDF were more inclined towards the NNC with regard to the issue of 16-Point Agreement and the need to bring the underground to agree to a broad-based peace accord. It was during the rule of the UDF that batches of FGN went for training to China and on return, were trapped by the army. A peace accord was signed later called the Shillong Accord but it never could see the light of day since it was rejected as another sell out. The Naga political issue has become complex after the NNC split into various factions over the decades such as RGN then NSCNs and subsequently several NNCs. The 1998 election boycott was also over a solution and this has nearly been replicated this time but political parties having learnt their lesson in 1998 have decided not to boycott or else face months of an uncertain period. The manifestos of the NPF and the recently formed Nationalist Democratic Progressive Party (NDPP) contain the promise to work for solution to the Naga political problem. The NPF in particular has devoted a major space in its manifesto to Naga political solution. It has even proposed funding for the church, NGOs, tribe organizations working towards bringing all factions together for solution. Of course, the NDPP has also done likewise and with commitment towards the goal of unity. The fact is that governance is the main issue that people talk about. Governance is having the moral courage to shoulder the responsibility to do what is right socially, spiritually and legally. To do this, politicians who have lost credibility need to regain trust of the people to build a good foundation for resolving all issues.
DailyDevotion Are You Exhausted Spiritually? The everlasting God…neither faints nor is weary. —Isaiah 40:28 Exhaustion means that our vital energies are completely worn out and spent. Spiritual exhaustion is never the result of sin, but of service. Whether or not you experience exhaustion will depend on where you get your supplies. Jesus said to Peter, “Feed My sheep,” but He gave him nothing with which to feed them (John 21:17). The process of being made broken bread and poured-out wine means that you have to be the nourishment for other people’s souls until they learn to feed on God. They must drain you completely— to the very last drop. But be careful to replenish your supply, or you will quickly be utterly exhausted. Until others learn to draw on the life of the Lord Jesus directly, they will have to draw on His life through you. You must literally be their source of supply, until they learn to take their nourishment from God. We owe it to God to be our best for His lambs and sheep, as well as for Him. Have you delivered yourself over to exhaustion because of the way you have been serving God? If so, then renew and rekindle your desires and affections. Examine your reasons for service. Is your source based on your own understanding or is it grounded on the redemption of Jesus Christ? Continually look back to the foundation of your love and affection and remember where your Source of power lies. You have no right to complain, “O Lord, I am so exhausted.” He saved and sanctified you to exhaust you. Be exhausted for God, but remember that He is your supply. “All my springs are in you” (Psalm 87:7).
Tell me and I forget, teach me and I may remember, involve me and I learn. ~ Benjamin Franklin
Nagaland Post, Dimapur SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 10, 2018
Ways and means for peaceful ACAUT clarifies on elections in Nagaland ‘solution before election’ stand W
his statement is in response to the very unfortunate and undignified press statement by few ACAUT members that was published on 9th February 2018. In the interest of the general public, we would like to clarify that the ACAUT support for Solution before Election was adopted in a very transparent manner. On the 9th December a consultative meeting was called by the Working Committee of the NNPGs at Niathu resort, Dimapur, where all the apex tribal hohos and civil society organisations including the ACAUT Nagaland were invited, and whereas the ACAUT was represented by its Chairman Joel Naga, Dr. Khegukha Muru and Mar Longkumer; with all the 3 ACAUT representatives signing the attendance sheet as ACAUT members. At the meeting, the house resolved to appeal to the Government of India to defer the elections to the 13th Nagaland Legislative Assembly, and this resolution was carried in all the mass media. Based on this resolution, the ACAUT Nagaland on 3rd January 2018 held a meeting at its designated office and resolved that the ACAUT Nagaland would support the resolution adopted at the 9th December meeting by writing to the Government of India for deferment of elections. Thus, on the 6th January, the ACAUT wrote to the PM Modi to defer elections and impose President’s Rule in Nagaland. Again,
on the 19th January, a meeting on deferment of election was called by the NTC at Lotha Hoho Ki, Dimapur, which was attended by the CNTC, Nagaland GB Federation and the ACAUT. The ACAUT was represented by Chairman, Joel Naga, the two Co-chairman, Dr. Khekugha Muru and Tia Longchar, and 3 other members. At the meeting it was resolved to attend the meeting called by the NJCF (Nagaland Joint Christian Forum) at Kohima on the 22nd January. It may be recalled that the NJCF had invited all the political parties, apex tribe hohos, civil society organisations and the ACAUT. The NJCF meeting resolved to form a Committee represented by all the participants, and later on in a separate press release, the committee fixed a meeting on the 25th January at Hotel Japfu, Kohima, where the decision to form CCNTHCO was formally taken. Given these sequence of events it is evidently clear that the ACAUT Participation in the CCNTHCO was mandated and therefore the question of ACAUT members participating in their individual capacity does not arise. Therefore, it is unbecoming, un-Naga and unprincipled on the part of few ACAUT individuals to retract their commitment made with the Church, NJCF, apex tribal bodies, mass- based organizations, civil society organizations and the negotiating groups. These few leaders should ex-
plain as to why a press conference was called to deny their active role in the deferment of election decisions and pass the blame on the two leaders? Again, why was this issue raised when the two leaders had resigned and not before? The uncalled for emergency meeting in a span of few hours, that too, not at the ACAUT’s designated office and making arbitrary decisions and demeaning members of ACAUT with fabricated accusations and lies is nothing short of backstabbing and against the principle of “All for one, one for all.” Therefore, an immediate ACAUT general meeting, comprising of advisors will be held on 14/2/18 at 1pm at the ACAUT’s designated office, to clarify on the press statement made on 9th February 2018 and therefore all members are request to attend without fail. It is also appealed that till consensus is arrived and issues resolved at the general meeting, there should be no press releases, activities or representation in any forums or meetings by any member in the name of ACAUT. The resignation of the two ACAUT Leaders will only be decided after the hard copy of the resignation letter is tabled at the general meeting. Simon Kelio, Convener Public Liaison, ACAUT Nagaland & Tia Longchar, Co-Chairman, ACAUT Nagaland
ith the coming elections it is fitting to discuss and deliberate on ways to mitigate violence during the electoral process. Yes! ‘Electoral Violence’ can be described as any act or threat of physical or psychological harm to a person or damage to property, directed at anyone involved in an electoral process, which may disrupt or attempt to disrupt any aspect of the electoral process’. For a free and fair election a new approach to dampen conflict during campaign periods as well as on the day of election is the need of the hour. Basing on past experiences in most polling places throughout the district, it is common to have thugs, who are hired or loyal to a certain campaigner often intimidating, harassing, threatening and even bribing voters — thus preventing them from casting their ballots. There have even been cases where non registered voters deliberately lengthen lines to frustrate legitimate voters into going home. Such activities not only disenfranchise the voters, but they are one of the major catalyst for electoral violence. On the lines of the 2006 west Bengal elections a ‘vulnerability scale’ can be designed to identify which polling places would be most prone to violence. District-level officials acquainted with the local scenario can develop vulnerability ratings to efficiently allocate police and paramilitary forces to those polling stations that are more susceptible to fraud and violence. Considering the shortage of police personals, attempt to allocate security personnel has to be greatly finessed- a detailed plan for deploying security personnel is a must. Security personnel being limited in number, beefing up security at one location weakens the security at another. As such, knowing how many polling
stations were prone to violence in the past elections is a must for judicious deployment of security personal. Election officials can compile a list of all polling places and rate them according to violence in the last election. The number of security personals being deployed to those polling stations as per the rating. In order to prevent electoral violence, the election officials along with the police department can come out with a list of potential troublemakers based on the previous election while keeping a close surveillance on those people. (section 107 and 110 of the code of criminal procedure, potential troublemakers can be asked to pay bonds of guarantee which can be reimbursed after the elections depending on their conduct. section 151 which gives the police the power to make a preemptive arrest if they believed that a person was about to commit a crime) As such, with a roster of potential troublemakers, the district magistrate along with the chief of police can decide which individuals to monitor, which individuals to require a bond form, and which individuals to arrest preemptively. It should however be taken into consideration that preemptive arrests should be made only as a means of last resort. In the context of Wokha, those voters who had cast ballots despite threats and intimidation has faced retribution from supporters of the losing party days or weeks later. Care should be taken and steps undertaken so as to avoid such scenarios in the coming 2018 elections. If Nagaland is to be free of corruption, Credible Elections is a must. Kuknalim !! Shitio Bonathung., Vungoju Colony. Wokha,
Asia at the crossroads: Are we observing Why this journo no longer trusts a march towards an uncertain future? international media (The Funny Side)
his columnist no longer listens is guaranteed to get 500,000 people The geopolitical situation across Israel-Palestine wars, the Afghan ment, education and training to the international media; putting up their hands. Asia is hitting the nerves across war, Bangladesh Liberation war; and modernization of vast areas luckily I still have the voices Andrew Cline, a professor who the globe; and possibly stand- Genocides in Indo-China (Viet of several under developed and in my head. Which leads me to the studies this, explained: “Once a masing at an unique crossroads of Nam, Cambodia and Laos) and developing countries located in following query. ter narrative has been set, it is very modern history. The ancient the current war and conflict hit the region. The changes in the Question: What is the main difficult to get journalists to see that landmass of Asia is the larg- Middle East. Thus Asia contin- foreign policy of most global activity of the trained accountant? their narrative is simply one way, and est and most populous of all ues to be one of the most highly powers are also impacting the Answer: Embezzling money from cli- not necessarily the correct or best way, the continents; enriched with discussed conflict zones in the process of peace negotiations, ents, governments, charities and pretty of viewing people and events.” tremendous diversity of numer- world. Together with Africa political stability and economic much anyone who wanders by. A massive recent study in the ous races, languages, ethnicities, and Latin America; Asia also development in several countries “Wait,” says the nearest bean US showed that the most common faiths, creeds and cultures. The represents one of the poorest, of the Middle East, Central, counter. “That can’t be right. That’s industries for sexual harassment cases geographical, geological as wells war torn, politically destabilized, South, South East and Far not our MAIN activity. We just do were hotels, food service, retail and as biological diversity of the insurgency impacted, under East nations in Asia. To add that in our tea breaks.” manufacturing. Piano teachers, DJs continent from the vast Siberia developed, high conflict areas the last nail to the Asian cofSo you’d think. But type “ac- and TV hosts didn’t even make the in the north to the super natural of the world that do not show fin; the region also has one of countant” into Google’s news search Top 10, and we all know that accounarchipelagos of Indonesia, Ma- any sign of resolution in the the most highly sophisticated, function and items about them steal- tants and priests reproduce asexually, laysia and Papua New Guinea near future. legal as well illegal concentra- ing stuff outnumber all reports about like algae and water fleas. in the southern reaches of the The continent has seen tion of nuclear weapon systems them doing mainstream accountant Fortunately, no one takes jourcontinent; and from Turkey in some of the worst forms of that could prove to be a future stuff such as auditing companies, fil- nalists all that seriously these days. By the west to the island of Japan human migrations fleeing con- catastrophe. ing tax returns, being boring, telling rights, we should be turning on the TV represents in itself a world of flict zones into the European Hence, it is quite perti- atrocious jokes, spilling coffee on one night to find a newscaster saying: its own. Several ancient civiliza- Union from the war hit Middle nent to ask if the volatile and their dark suits, flying to Bermuda “Breaking news: Nobody believes us tions marks the glorious history East, Rohingya communities in destabilize areas of the con- with suitcases of cash, etc. any more.” of the continent like the Assyr- Myanmar to adjacent countries tinents like the Middle East, Clearly accountants are victims One of my colleagues says that ian, Sumerians, Chinese and the to mention only a handful. Asia the Gulf region, Gaza, West of the media’s (and humanity’s) inherwhenever he hears a surprising piece Indus Valley civilizations to the has been a volatile conflict Bank, Jerusalem, South Asia, ent bias towards bad news. of news, he asks himself: “Is it true reign of the Sasanids, Kushanas, zone with millions of lives lost Korean Peninsula, South and I first got interested in this some Persians, Mongols, Huns, Gup- over decades in war and ethnic East China sea will continue years ago when there was a spate or is it CNN?” I thought that was a tas, Mouryas, Mughals to name violence and in territorial wars. to observe deteriorating situa- of articles about piano teachers bit cruel until I watched the channel only a handful. Almost all countries in the con- tions. The perpetual conflicts molesting students. I was shocked. and saw a report blaming RepubliThe birth place of all the tinent have been exposed to such between Israel-Palestine, Saudi Piano teachers might be slow-rocking, cans for the last Ice Age, which was major and minor global religions forms of war and destabilization Arabia-Iran, Afghanistan-Pak- hollow-eyed obsessives, yes, but 2.6 million years ago. When did we stop believing? In 2016, every major like Judaism, Islam, Christianity, in some parts of their modern istan, India-Pakistan, South uniquely evil? Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism, history and socio-economic Korea-North Korea as well as Then came a spate of articles international media outlet repeatedly Sikhism, Taoism, Confucianism life. Territorial disputes among between India, Japan, China about DJs being uniquely evil for the told the world that a) Hillary Clinton and Shintoism have all origi- several countries across the and Russia and the US will raise same offence. I was shocked again. would be US President and b) a win nated in Asia; and then spread continents is the most conspicu- more questions than answers we Then came articles about TV hosts for Trump would lead to instant finanacross to the other continents ous character of Asia; the most may have in the not so distant being uniquely evil, priests being cial collapse in every market. In both over time. The majestic tundra prominent being the conflict uncertain future. If all the major uniquely evil, parliamentarians being cases, the opposite was true. Anyway, any accountant readand taiga in Asia’s north to between Israel and Palestine global powers do not come and uniquely evil, etc. the uniquely biodiverse archi- over West Bank, Gaza and discuss the destabilizing issues A statistician eventually ex- ing this can now go back to what pelagos, atolls, coral islands and Jerusalem; and between India, observed across Asia; and find plained it to me. Pretty much every- you normally do. If it’s embezzling, remote island groups stretching Pakistan and China on their Hi- comprehensive, humanitarian body in the world has had to fend I don’t want to know. My fingers are from the Indian to the Pacific malayan fronts, between Japan and acceptable solutions for the off a creepy guy at least once. That’s in my ears, la la la la la. Oceans, the spectacular deserts and Russia over the Kuril islands regional conflicts, Asia will con- 7.6 billion victims. So any journalist Nury Vittachi (IANS) across Arabia, China and South and between Afghanistan and tinue to serve as global high flash asking “has anyone been sexually (Nury Vittachi is an Asia-based Asia, the gigantic mountain Pakistan over the Durand Line point with serious implications harassed by a (insert profession here)” frequent traveller.) chains with the world’s youngest has remained perpetual with for the rest of the world. fold mountain the Himalayas zero resolution achieved till A peaceful Asia will mean and the vast Tibetan plateau, date. Numerous conflicts over a better and resilient world; and the vast steppes of Eurasia, ownership of islands between a disabled and disintegrated dominant river valleys across China and countries like Ja- Asia with huge power vacuums Central, South and South East pan, Viet Nam, the Philippines, can seriously catalyze our own Asia, virgin forests and wildlife, Brunei and Malaysia has been demise, no matter where we live. unbelievably rich biodiversity hitting frontline news across Asia represents the core of curand other natural resources, vast the globe. Regular geostrategic rent global conflicts and needs seas and oceans make Asia on conflicts between global powers of the most unique landmasses like the US, Russia, India and highest attention and support for Sir, So much has been said and emphasised on “Clean Elections” in of our planet. Several smaller China is further deteriorating the timely resolution of conflicts. tribal populations with their peace and stability process that If these continue to go out of Nagaland. Amongst others, even a large number of intending candidates unique and distinct cultures is much needed for the entire proportion as we have been ob- endorsed the need for a clean and fair election. However, the ground reality serving over the decades a very seems to portray a different picture all together. and anthropological character- continent. By the looks of it, nothing seems to have changed. In fact, the use istics are spread across different Lack of coordination, co- dark future awaits the continent landmasses and unique localities operation, communication, as well as the planet. If the global of money and materials to woo voters seems to be on the higher side this across the vast continent. mistrust and proper diplomatic powers and the regional and time around. All the cries and pleas for free, fair and transparent election Unfortunately though, channels have been hampering local governments do not work have landed on deaf ears. The lure for quick and easy money seems to be Asia has been at a perpetual the process of peace and stabil- with another with mutual trust too big a temptation to let go. If this is the path we have chosen then nothing will change in our crossroad of several serious ity between several countries. and respect; we are probably regional conflicts among bor- Insurgency in the worst forms pushing the continent and her society. The same old breed of leaders will be elected and development and dering countries, witnessed two have been observed across the unfortunate people in slowly progress in our land will go for a spin again and the blame game will go bloody World Wars and dev- Middle East and South Asia but steadily marching towards on. If only we realise now and win over the temptation of earning quick and easy money. astating regional wars like the impacting trade and commerce, an uncertain future. But who is listening..... Saikat Kumar Basu Korean war, Vietnam war, Gulf livelihood, tourism, environ& Manish Rai Temsu Pongen, Dimapur. war, Iraq-Iran, Indo-Pak and ment, infrastructural developReader’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.
Clean Elections - Myth or a Reality
Nagaland Post, Dimapur SATURDAY, FEBrUARY 10, 2018
SC sets up interim search Aarushi case:Ex-CBI judge moves AIADMK leader slams panel for tribunal members SC against his criticism by HC Rajinikanth for comments
(From p-1) While appealing to vote for NPF, Azo asserted NPF was one of the oldest regional parties in the country and that its ideology and identity stood for Naga people. He declared that there won’t be posts of parliamentary secretaries and advisors in the next ministry, but assured that his party’s government would provide “honourable and effective involvement” in governance to legislators without attracting the issue of holding office of profit under Article 191 of the Constitution of India. Azo added that protection of Naga identity, curbing the menace of illegal immigrants, imparting skills to youth, quality education and healthcare and promotion of agriculture and allied sectors would be on the agenda of the next NPF government. Puriida Ringa, Riidutso Vasa, Chiekhuzo Lohe and Api Vadeo, NPF president of Phek constituency, also address the gathering. The programme was chaired by NPF local unit chairman Dzulha Razouveyi Vasa, while invocation prayer was said by pastor CRC Dzulha Khriesasii. An introductory note was delivered by NPF general secretary Besupra Swuro, the party position in the village was highlighted by party’s Dzulha unit general secretary and benediction prayer was said by former pastor DBC Punusho.
in securing Cauvery water from Karnataka. The Minister recalled the long drawn out political and legal battle, steered by late Chief Minister ‘Amma’ ( Jayalalithaa), to secure Cauvery waters. He pointed out that the Tamil Nadu government was working to get the Cauvery waters and secure the “rights” of the State and delta farmers. He alleged that Karnataka was denying release of Tamil Nadu’s share of water. “I appeal to Rajinikanth, let him correct the system there [Karnataka] ... if he takes efforts with us to secure our right of 205 tmc ft Cauvery water, it will be a good thing.” Asked if Rajinikanth
Over 100 Opposition MPs demand probe into Judge Loya’s death NEW DELHI, FEB 9 (AGENCIES): A delegation of 114 MPs from different opposition parties urged the president of India on Friday to order a judicial probe into the allegedly mysterious death of CBI special judge, B H Loya. The parliamentarians belong to 15 opposition parties – Congress, Trinamool Congress, Samajwadi Party, NCP, DMK, RJD, CPI (Marxist), CPI, AAP, IUML, Kerala Congress (M), Revolutionary Socialist Party, AIUDF, JD (Secular), and JMM. The demand for a probe in the case getting a political boost indicates that the opposition is in no mood to let the BJP president Amit Shah off the hook of suspicion easily. Shah was one of the accused in the controversial Sohrabuddin fake encounter case which Loya was hearing when he died.
Soon after his death, the new judge who took over exonerated Shah of the charge owing to lack of evidence. The BJP has been defending its party president on this count. However, ever since The Caravan published an investigative piece that recorded the versions of Loya’s family members and showed multiple loopholes in the way Loya’s death was painted as a natural one, the party has found itself under a renewed attack from both political parties and civil society alike. In their letter to the president, the MPs wrote, “Recent revelations regarding Judge Brijgopal Harkishen Loya’s death require investigation. He was presiding over a special CBI court in Mumbai dealing with the Sohrabuddin fake encounter case. Loya’s father and sister have revealed that
Central government in its affidavit claimed that it has taken steps to enforce the Protection of Women from Sexual Harassment at Workplace (Prevention, Prohibition and Redressal) Act, 2013. Appearing for the IIF, senior counsel Sanjay Parikh said there was no implementation of the law in private companies.
Hyderabad, Feb 9 (IANS): The three-day plenary of All India Muslim Personal Law Board (AIMPLB), the apex body of Indian Muslims, began here on Friday evening with the meeting of its executive. The 50-member executive, being presided over by AIMPLB President Maulana Rabey Hasani Nadvi, is discussing triple talaq bill, community reforms campaign and other issues. The meeting, which began amid tight security at an auditorium in the Owaisi Hospital complex, will also set the agenda for the deliberations in the general body, scheduled to meet on Saturday and
Judge Loya was being pressurised by none other than the Chief Justice of the Bombay High Court to render a decision in favour of the accused. In return the deceased judge was offered 100 crores and a flat or land in Mumbai.” What is noteworthy is that the MPs were categorical that “such statements disclose the commission of a cognizable offence, for which the lodging of an FIR is mandatory, a procedure consistent with the law laid down by the Supreme Court.” “For the Bombay High Court not to do so is a matter of grave concern,” the letter added. While substantiating why judge Loya’s death need special attention, the MPs said that not only Loya, but two of his “alleged confidants have also subsequently died in sus- NEW DELHI, FEB 9 (PTI): National Eligibilitypicious circumstances.” cum- Entrance Test for admission to MBBS and BDS courses will be held on May 6, Central Board of Secondary Education has announced. One can register onHe said a meeting line till March 9 till 11.50 was held with Assocham pm. The last date for sucfour years ago but nothing cessful payment of fee onhappened after that. The line is March 10 till 11.50 IIF has sought putting in PM, the notice stated. Aadhaar number is place the guidelines for the implementation of the mandatory for all except law at all levels. The court from those from Assam, had issued notice to all the Jammu and Kashmir and states in the last hearing of Meghalaya and the apthe matter on January 4. plicants must give their The notice was returnable consent to the CBSE to validate the same. in four weeks.
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by the executive, founder and general members and invitees. More than 500 leading religious scholars and prominent leaders representing all Islamic schools of thought will attend the meet. The meeting will discuss triple talaq bill in detail and will review Babri Masjid case, currently being heard in the Supreme Court. It will also take stock of the cases relating to Muslim Personal Law and pending in different courts besides working out the strategy on triple talaq bill. The plenary will chalk out roadmap for the next one year and approve the budget.
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NEW DELHI, Feb 9 (AGENCIES): A Samajwadi Party member on Friday said Prime Minister Narendra Modi will not able to understand the pain of a father, but BJP chief Amit Shah can. Participating in the debate on the Budget in the Rajya Sabha, Neeraj Shekhar of the Samajwadi Party said he was in agreement with the Prime Minister over the issue of those selling ‘pakodas’ being equal to others and the dignity of labour attached to it. However, when a Pakoda seller saves his hard earned money to educate his child to become an engineer or a doctor, will he want his child to follow his footsteps, Shekhar asked.
“I understand the Prime Minister (Narendra Modi) will not understand the pain of a father, but at least Amitji (BJP chief Amit Shah) can understand. When the country’s Prime Minister says you sell ‘pakodas’, what effect does it have on the self-respect of the youth,” Shekhar asked.
He observed that 13 crore youth are eligible to vote in the 2019 Lok Sabha elections will give a befitting reply to the BJP on the issue of jobs. While Amit Shah was present in the House when Shekhar made the comment, PM Modi was not there.
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grieved by the observations made by the a member judge of the division bench of the high court, in his separate concurring judgement dated October 12, 2017. The high court judge in his separate but concurring judgement had said, “The trial judge has prejudged things in his own fashion, drawn conclusion by embarking on erroneous analogy conjecturing to the brim on apparent facts telling a different story propelled by vitriolic reasoning. “Thus, basing the finding of conviction without caring to see that it being a case based on circumstantial evidence things cannot be presumed and stuffed in a manner like the present one by adhering to self-created postulates then to roam inside the circle with all fanciful whim.” The high court verdict further said that the trial judge
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took evidence and the circumstances of the case for granted and tried to solve it like a “mathematical puzzle when one solves a given question and then takes something for granted in order to solve that puzzle and question”. It also said the point is that “the trial judge cannot act like a maths teacher who is solving a mathematical question by analogy after taking certain figure for granted”. “... Like a film director, the trial Judge has tried to thrust coherence among facts inalienably scattered here and there but not giving any coherence to the idea as to what in fact happened”, the verdict had said with various other comments. Lal, while posted as special CBI judge at Ghaziabad, had on November 25, 2013, convicted the Talwar couple for murder of their daughter Aarushi and had sentenced them for life sentence. “While allowing criminal appeals (of Talwars) no adverse comments has been made against the petitioner (Shyam Lal) in the main judgement but the second judge in his concurring judgement has made certain adverse remarks which seriously affect the reputation of the petitioner as independent and impartial judge,” his plea said.
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SC seeks ideas to enforce antisexual harassment law at workplace New Delhi, Feb 9 (IANS): The Supreme Court on Friday asked the NGO Initiative for Inclusion Foundation (IIF) to give suggestions for effective implementation of a law to curb sexual harassment of women at workplaces, particularly in the private sector. Chief Justice Dipak Misra, Justice A.M. Khanwilkar and Justice D.Y. Chandrachud sought the suggestions after the
NEW D ELHI , F e b 9 (AGENCIES): The Supreme Court today sought responses from the Uttar Pradesh government and the CBI on a plea of the special judge, who convicted Rajesh Talwar and Nupur Tawar in the Aarushi murder case in 2013, against his criticism in the Allahabad High Court verdict. Special CBI judge Shyam Lal, now retired, alleged that the high court while acquitting the Talwars in the case on October 12, 2017, made “disparaging remarks” and “unwarranted comments” and sought their expunction. A bench of justices Ranjan Gogoi and R Banumathi issued notice to the Uttar Pradesh government, the CBI and the Allahabad High Court and sought their response in four weeks. Senior advocate S R Singh, appearing for the retired judge, said that the strictures passed against him are ultimately going to affect his reputation as an impartial and transparent judge and should be expunged. Singh said that the remarks in the judgement were neither warranted nor were in conformity with the settled law of apex court. In his plea, Shyam Lal said that he is not aggrieved against the judgement of the acquittal of Talwars but he is ag-
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should clarify his stand on the cauvery issue, the Minister said “yes for sure, he is not talking about it.... let him clarify.” The Minister asked Rajinikanth not to provoke the AIADMK. He dared the actor to make th ‘’system’’ remark in terrorismhit regions of the country. Without specifying any particular State, he said that in view of terrorism in some regions in North India, there was no security in such areas. “Let him set right the system there.” Hitting out at the actor for his “spiritual politics” slogan, the Minister claimed that Tamil Nadu is a haven of peace with a commitment to secularism. He wanted the actor to clarify what he meant by the slogan. Rajinikanth had said “spiritual politics” meant a polity beyond religion, caste and a commitment to good governance. Rajinikanth had all along faced the ire of proTamil parties, including Nam Tamizhar party, for his political entry in a pointer to his non-Tamil Nadu origin.
K.K.Venugopal told the court that he had no objection to the interim arrangement. Under the earlier regime, the members of the tribunal were appointed by the committee comprising the nominee of the Chief Justice of India, two Secretaries to the government and the Chairman of the tribunal concerned to which appointments were sought to be made. The petitioners have questioned whether such a provision vesting in the government the powers to merge the tribunals and appoint their members thereby taking away the say of the Chief Justice of India could be brought by way of Finance Bill. They also contended that the provision the government has brought through the 2017 Finance Act were violative of the doctrine of the separation of powers and the principles of independence of judiciary. After the government got the power to appoint members of the tribunals and merge them, it merged eight tribunals, reducing their strength from 26 to 19.
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Chennai Feb 9(Agencies): The AIADMK on Friday took exception to actor Rajinikanth’s remark that the “system” in Tamil Nadu needs to be changed, saying such generalised statements are not acceptable. “If there is a mistake please point it out, but making generalised remarks is not acceptable,” senior AIADMK leader and Fisheries Minister D. Jayakumar told reporters in Chennai. Following up on his “Tamil Nadu has good leaders. The system, however, is rotten” remark made on May 19 last. Rajinikanth on Thursday said the system needed to be corrected first in Tamil Nadu. Asked whether his “system is rotten” remark referred to Tamil Nadu alone or the nation in general, he said “first of all, in Tamil Nadu you have to correct it.” Jayakumar said, ‘’Is Rajunikanth an engineer, as it was only they who talked about ‘system’. The actor should first work with the government to secure the rights of Tamil Nadu
New Delhi, Feb 9 (IANS): The Supreme Court on Friday said that search and selection of the judicial and non-judicial members of all the tribunals, for now, would be made by an interim committee till it decides challenges to new regime vesting powers in the government. A bench of Chief Justice Dipak Misra, Justice A.M. Khanwilkar and Justice D.Y. Chandrachud said that the interim ‘Searchcum-Selection Committee’ would work till it decided the plea challenging the provision of the Finance Act 2017-2018, that vested the power of the search and selection of tribunal members and their tenure in the government. The interim panel would have Chief Justice of India or his nominee as its Chairman, and Chairman, Central Administrative Tribunal and two Secretaries nominated by the government as its members. The appointment to the post of Chairman shall be made by the Chief Justice of India. The court order came after Attorney General
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ment of bond markets in general this is an important step. There isn’t any other set of indices which is so broad across different types of instruments, issuers and ratings,” he added. Addressing the launch event at NSE, Limaye said he is confident that the new debt indices on the exchange will help in growth of debt ETFs (Exchange Traded Funds) and that the bourse is engaged with the government to launch this product. “The announcement by the finance minister in the recent budget on launch bond ETFs is also a step in this direction. We are closely involved with the Ministry of finance on the issue. This is another product which is very useful for the public,” Limaye said. All new Nifty fixed income and hybrid indices are total return indices.
sonal information such as bank account details, passwords, etc. The Reserve Bank cautions members of public that responding online on such websites could result in compromising crucial personal information that may be misused to cause financial and other loss to them,” RBI further stated in its notification. RBI also “cautioned about existence of websites such as www.rbi.org, www. rbi.in etc.” which may appear similar to the website of RBI. However, these websites have no affiliation with the central bank, it added. The official website of RBI is with the URL, www. rbi.org.in. The Reserve Bank has been consistently alerting customers about the fake websites, emails asking to transfer funds or for bank account details in the name of a lottery, fictitious job offers, etc fraudulently luring and cheating customers.
New Delhi, Feb 9 (IANS): The percentage of employable population in India has achieved a 5.6 per cent increase from 33 per cent in 2014 to 45.60 per cent this year, the fifth edition of the India Skills Report 2018 has revealed. Hiring amongst the fresh talent has increased significantly in the past five years specifically from domains such as engineering, Bachelors in Pharma, Masters in Computer Application and other focussed professional courses. “We are delighted to present the fifth edition of India Skills Report. It is
measure and efficiently manage risks and returns in fixed income investments. The indices are seen as reference indices to be tracked by passive funds in the form of ETFs, index funds and structured products. Speaking to PTI, NSE managing director and CEO Vikram Limaye said that the launch of these indices is significant as it has come out at a time when Sebi has issued regulations for consolidation of mutual fund schemes into certain categories. “So the mutual funds are in process of consolidating their schemes. We have designed our indices the way that mutual funds will be able to benchmark the new consolidated schemes they have to our indices, so that there is no mismatch,” Limaye said. “Secondly, for develop-
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Mumbai, Feb 9 (PTI): Aligning with the latest Sebi norms on consolidation of mutual fund schemes, NSE’s index services arm IISL Friday launched 72 indices to track all segments of fixed income markets including government securities, T-bills, corporate bonds of different credit rating categories and commercial papers. India Index Services & Products Ltd (IISL) has also launched three hybrid indices, Nifty50 Hybrid Composite Debt 70:30 Index, Nifty50 Hybrid Composite Debt 50:50 Index and Nifty50 Hybrid Composite Debt 15:85 Index. The 75 indices come in the wake of Sebi’s norms on consolidation and merger of mutual fund schemes. The indices, which are expected to act as benchmarks for asset managers, would help to accurately
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N E W YO R K , F E B 9 (IANS): Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and US President Donald Trump pledged to strengthen security and economic cooperation and build on the IndoPacific partnership during a wide-ranging phone conversation, according to the White House. While discussing the cooperation between their democracies on Thursday, they looked forward to the “2+2 Meeting” of Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman and External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj with US Defence Secretary Jim Mattis and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson in April, a White House statement said. “The leaders pledged to continue working together to enhance security and prosperity in the Indo-Pacific region,” the statement said, adding “Affirming
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One Indian-American killed, another injured in US shootings WASHINGTON, FEB 9 (IANS): An Indian-American man was killed and another man was critically injured when a convicted gunman opened fire at two convenience stores, minutes apart, in the US state of Georgia. Parmjit Singh, 44, was shot multiple times on Tuesday at his Hi-Tech Quick Stop on Burnett Ferry Road. The father of two high school students was pronounced dead on the scene, the US media reported. The gunman was identified as 28-yearold Lamar Rashad Nicholson. The police said there was no robbery or altercation in the first incident, myajc.com reported. Just 10 minutes later, Nicholson visited another convenience store, Elm Street Food and Beverage, and stole money before shooting 30-year-old clerk Parthey Patel in
the torso, the police said. “For whatever reason after he stuffed his pockets full of money he shot the clerk anyway,” Rome Police Lt. John Walters told Fox News. Patel was in critical condition at Floyd County Medical Centre. Nicholson was later arrested on multiple charges including murder, aggravated robbery, aggravated assault, possession of a firearm while committing a crime and use of a firearm by a convicted felon. He was being held without bond in the Floyd County Jail. Nicholson, a convicted felon, was not charged with robbery in the first shooting. The police said footage from the initial location showed that the gunman just walked into the store and fired three shots at Singh, who was behind the counter.
exile. The court ruling - if implemented -- would have restored the Nasheed party’s majority and threatened Yameen’s presidency. Nasheed, perceived to be close to New Delhi, has urged India to intervene militarily, a move which China has warned will only complicate the situation. “ Fo r e i g n M i n i s t e r Wang Yi met with the Maldives’ President’s special envoy, (Maldivian) Economic Development Minister Mohamed Saeed. He introduced the current situation in the Maldives and said that the government is committed to upholding the rule of the law and social order and independently achieving national stability and development,” Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Geng Shuang said here. Geng also reiterated that China will not interfere in the Maldives’ internal affairs and oppose any outside intervention. Wang told Saeed that China was closely watching the situation and was confident that Male had the wisdom to solve the crisis by itself. Asked about Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and US President Donald Trump expressing concern over the situation in the Maldives, Geng said: “The current situation in the Maldives is its internal affairs. It should be properly resolved through dialogue and consultation by all relevant parties.
ISL AM ABAD, F E B 9 (IANS): A key Pakistan Taliban commander has been killed in a US drone strike close to the Afghan border in Pakistan’s North Waziristan Agency, a media report said on Friday. The deputy chief of the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP), Khan Saeed Mehsud alias Khalid Sajna, was killed in the Thursday night drone strike along with three others, the Express Tribune reported. Sajna was also heading the Mehsud faction of the Taliban in Pakistan’s northwestern Waziristan Agency. The TTP confirmed his killing and the appoint-
ment of Maulvi Khatir as his successor. The Express Tribune report said that the other three casualties were Sajna’s nephew Ismail and two guards. Sajna’s vehicle was targeted in Margha area of Barmal district in Afghanistan’s Paktika province bordering North Waziristan, reports said. “The vehicle was completed destroyed,” an intelligence official told the daily, adding that there were at least three reported drone strikes on the Pakistan-Afghan border in the last 24 hours. Sajna was put on the US “Designated Terrorist” list in October 2014 and was
(Imlimeren) Council Chairman Khermahal Area, DUCCF OFFICE OF THE
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Mangko ward Lanur Telongjem would like to convey our gratitude and appreciation to the valuable contributions rendered by the following individuals, friends, groups, and well wishers who have contributed physically, ﬁnancially, materially and morally during the Volleyball Tournament which was organised by Falcon Club from Jan-10-2018 to Jan-12-2018 at Mangkolemba. DONATION. 1 Dr. Longriniken (Khar) ` 10,000 2 Dr. Benjongliba Aier ` 5000 3 Mr. Temjen Imna Along Lkr ` 10,000 4 Er. Lanumar ` 2,500 5 Mangko Ward Council ` 2000 6 Mr. & Mrs. Tinuwati (Japu) ` 10,000 7 Mr. Tongpang (Satsukba) ` 2,500 8 Mr. & Mrs. Anthony (Longjemdang) ` 2000 9 Mr. Sentimeren Unger ` 2000 10 Mr. Nokrenba (Changki) ` 500 11 Mr. Imlikumba (Lakhuni) ` 1000 12 Mr. & Mrs. Temsumongba. ` 1000 13 Mr. Imlinochet ` 2000 14 Mr. Akumlong ` 1000 15 Mr. Chalongdi ` 500 16 Mr. & Mrs. Pangerniken ` 300 17 Mr. & Mrs. Takowati ` 500 18 Mr. & Mrs. Longdang ` 1000 19 Mr. Topangkumzuk ` 100
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Facebook starts testing downvote button SAN FRANCISCO, FEB 9 (IANS): Facebook is testing a feature that lets users register a negative reaction to comments on the social network platform but it is not the “dislike” button users have long desired. Clicking the downvote button hides the comment for the user who taps it, then asks them to say whether the comment was “offensive”, “misleading”, or “off topic”. “The company has confirmed the test but added it is only intended to be a method for flagging questionable comments on public posts,” The Verge quoted a Facebook spokesperson as saying late on Thursday. Notably, downvote view counts not being vis-
ible to users. “We are exploring a feature for people to give us feedback about comments on public page posts. This is running for a small set of people in the US only,” the spokesperson added. A “dislike” button has been on many users’ wishlist since the social media giant introduced its “like” button in February
2009, according to CNET. Facebook’s “like” button allows users to express their approval for the messages, photos and other content their friends posted. In 2016, Facebook rolled out the option of choosing from a collection of emojis called “Reactions” to respond to posts or images with more nuanced emotions than “like.”
Pak Taliban commander killed in US drone strike
Khermahal Area Council had held an Executive Meeting on 04/02/2018 at Chairman's Residence and the following agendas mention below were resolved : 1. The house has decided not to allow an Society/Unions/ Association to form under Khermahal Area without the approval of the Khermahal Area Council and G.B. 2. The house has decided to ban all kinds of donation drive within Khermahal Area.
process. The bill passed in a 240-186 vote in the House early morning despite opposition from most Democrats, who had sought a firmer commitment from Speaker Paul Ryan that he will bring immigration legislation to the floor for a vote that would protect immigrants who came to the US as children from deportation. Hours before the House vote, the Senate cleared the legislation on a vote of 71 to 28, with wide bipartisan support. With the House approval and President Donald Trump’s expected signature, the government will reopen before many Americans knew it had closed, with a deal that includes about $300 billion in additional funds over two years for military and non-military programmes.
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considered a close aide of Baitullah Mehsud and senior TTP commander Wali Rehman. He became TTP’s deputy leader following the death of Wali Rehman in May 2013. Sajna was wanted by the authorities in Pakistan in several cases including suicide attacks on security forces and a 2012 Bannu jailbreak in which 384 prisoners fled.
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Pughoboto Sub-Division, Dist. Zunheboto, Nagaland
To, Shri. Y. Vikheho Swu Ghathashi Town, Pughoboto Sub :- E X P L A N AT I O N C A L L B Y L A Z A M I C O U N C I L F I X E D O N 25TH FEBRUARY 2018 AT 10 A.M AT LAZAMI VILLAGE COUNCIL HALL. Sir, On 28th December 2017, during the 71st Annual Session of the Lazami Students' Union (LKK) as the Hon'ble Minister, National Highways, you came as Chief Guest and delivered misleading speech by distorting history and facts. This has hurt the sentiments of Lazami people in general. We hereby seek explanation call and apprise you of the following resolution set hereunder: 1. The Lazami Village do not claim to be the sole proprietor of being called the first Sumi village, however, you may be apprised that as per the oral history of the Naga ancestral village, Khezhakeno, the first Sumi to move out from the village is Lozu. In acknowledgement of the same, a stone has been erected at Khezhakeno village, which was dedicated by Shri. Chuba Ozukum, the respected President of Naga HOHO on 10th October 2014. The second stone was erected at Lazami Village acknowledging Lozu as the first Sumi to migrate from Khezhakeno village. It was dedicated by Shri Toniho Yeptho, the respected President of Sumi HOHO. Whereas, in your public speech while naming the first village, in your list stood at number 5 (five). 2. In your public speech you said that Surumi village is the biggest Sumi village, when it is known by one and all that Lazami is the biggest Sumi village. 3. In your public speech, you also stated that Rev. Yemhi was posthumously ordained as Reverend. The truth is during December 1926, when the 69 churches under Kohima administration (elekha) were having convention session, Rev. J.E. Tanquest Ordained Rev. Yemhi, a son of Khakhu as Reverend. The same is reflected at page 69 of the Sumi Centenary Souvenir (1904-2004 and also 1912 to 2012 Sumi Annual Session Centenary Souvenir at page 21. 4. In your public speech, you further stated that Shri. Inakhe was the first Angh among the Lower Sema. The truth is, among the entire sumi Shri. I. K Zuheshe of Sapotimi village was the first Angh. However, among the lower Sema, Shri. Khakhu Daghali is the first Angh, who was appointed by Dr. A. Z. Phizo. Shri. Inakhe was the 3rd Angh among the Lower Sema. For the aforementioned distortion of history and facts, the entire Lazami populace have been offended which requires an explanation call; lest, the present generation of Lazami be mislead by such reckless utterance by a highly respected Naga leader of your stature. In this connection, it is the resolution of the Lazami Council that you should appear before the Lazami Village Council on 28th February 2018 in person to justify on way the Lazami people in general should not take action on you. It is also resolved that any citizen of Lazami village who goes against the resolution of the village council in this connection shall be awarded stern punishment. The interest of Lazami people in general shall not be allowed to be compromised by any individual. In the circumstances discussed above, we shall allow the election process to be completed and have a general meeting of Lazami Village Council on 28th February, 2018, where the time shall be given to you to justify your stand. Copy to, 1.President, Lazami Social Welfare Kohima. 2. President, Lazami Social Welfare Dimapur. 3.President Lazami Students’ Union. 4.President Khell Unit. (Four Khell) 5.Guard file Your's Faithfully, DP-1303
Donald Trump and Narendra Modi
issue at the top of US foreign policy priorities, the two leaders discussed further steps to denuclearise Pyongyang. While China is working on forging close links with the nation of Indian Ocean atolls and backing Maldivian President Abdulla Yameen, New Delhi and Washington share a common perspective and want a return to democracy and an end to the state of emergency declared by Yameen on Monday. After the Supreme Court overturned the terrorism conviction of former President Mohamed Nasheed as well as the convictions of eight other politicians on several charges, Yameen clamped down the emergency. Two of the five Supreme Court judges were arrested by government forces and the other three overturned their unanimous ruling ordering the release of the nine politicians. As part of his South Asia strategy, Trump wanted India to provide more aid to Afghanistan. He also put Islamabad on notice for harbouring terrorists, and followed it up last month by withholding security assistance to Pakistan estimated at over $1 billion.
BEIJING, FEB 9 (IANS): China does not want the Maldivian political crisis to become another thorny issue with India, said a Chinese official here. “We don’t want the problem of Maldives to become a problem between Indian and China,” a government official said here. The official told IANS that China was in touch with India over the issue. The Maldives has plunged into a crisis with its President Abdullah Yameen declaring a state of Emergency and arresting the Chief Justice and former head of state. India has traditionally held influence in the Indian Ocean atoll nation where China has been trying to make inroads because of the country’s strategic location in the sea. The archipelago in the Indian Ocean is of immense strategic importance to India and China, the world’s two most populous countries dependent on energy imports. Experts say the Maldivian crisis could well become a new power struggle between India and China. Yameen has sent special envoys to China, Pakistan and Saudi Arabia even as New Delhi politely declined to host the Maldivian Foreign Minister. It all started when the Maldives’ Supreme Court termed as unjust the imprisonment of nine MPs and former President Mohamed Nasheed who is in
WASHINGTON, FEB 9 (IANS): The US Congress moved to end a fresh five-hour government shutdown early Friday after the House voted to support a massive bipartisan budget deal that stands to add hundreds of billions of dollars in federal spending on the military, domestic programmes and disaster relief. The final approval came hours after a one-man blockade by Senator Rand Paul of Kentucky delayed the votes, forcing a brief government shutdown for a second time in less than a month. His move was in opposition to an estimated $320 billion addition to the federal budget deficit, the Washington Post reported. Senator Paul used Senate rules to delay a vote in the chamber until early Friday morning, angering his colleagues in the
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2018 Winter Olympics kicks off India eye historic series win vs SA
PyeongChang, Feb 9 (IANS): The PyeongChang Olympic Stadium ushered in the 23rd Winter Games on Friday with a glittering opening ceremony that saw athletes from both South and North Korea, two countries who have technically been at war for 65 years, marching together under a unified Korean flag showing a blue, borderless country. A shirtless Tongan flag-bearer in freezing temperature and 169 Russian athletes set to compete as neutrals were the other highlights. Among the 25,000 spectators who witnessed the colourful, light-filled event were Kim Yo-jong, the sister of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, the honorary president of North Korea, Kim Yongnam, as well as South Korean President Moon Jaein, Vice President of the United States Mike Pence
and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, reports Efe news agency. The United States, South Korea and Japan have been at the forefront of international efforts to rein in North Korea’s nuclear weapons programme, which saw Pyongyang carry out a series of missile tests last year. United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres on Thursday echoed the sentiments of International Olympic Committee president Thomas Bach, who last month said the Games could send “the message of peace” after the IOC had approved the two Koreas’ request to march jointly under the same flag for the first time since Turin in 2006. “If there is a true symbol of peace in the world, that is the Olympic spirit,” Guterres said. The ceremony was
also notable for the absence of an official Russian delegation after Russia and the Russian Olympic Committee were banned from attending the Games over the doping scandal which rocked the last Winter Olympics, held in 2014 in Sochi, Russia. The Russian athletes were invited by the International Olympic Committee to compete under the Olympic flag. Pita Taufatofua of Tonga, who had attended the Rio de Janeiro Opening Ceremony with his bare torso slathered in coconut oil, astonished crowds as he repeated his entry despite the freezing conditions which were also stoically borne by the delegation from Bermuda, who wore the Caribbean island’s eponymous shorts. The PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympic Games run from Febru-
ary 9-25, although several sporting events, including mixed doubles’ curling, qualifying heats for the
moguls in freestyle skiing, and the team figure skating competition, have already begun.
Switzerland sets new curling record
Switzerland’s Jenny Perret and Martin Rios on Friday set a new Olympic record for curling at the PyeongChang Winter Olympic Games, scoring six points in the eighth and final end of their mixed doubles match against American siblings Matt and Becca Hamilton. The Swiss duo, who are the reigning world champions in the mixed doubles discipline, scored six points in the eighth end, which is a new Olympic record. With their third win in their four games of the group phase, the Swiss duo share the first place with teams from Canada, Norway and Russia in the Olympic debut of the mixed doubles event. Their only defeat came at the hands of Norway’s team in their last game of Friday in Gangneung.
Russian athletes march behind Olympic flag
Russian athletes marched behind a neutral flag at the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics opening ceremony on Friday, after Russia’s team was suspended over a doping scandal. A South Korean volunteer worker at the Olympics carried the Olympic flag, in front of a group of athletes wearing long grey coats and white hats. The “Olympic Athletes from Russia” number 168, the fourth biggest team, despite Russia’s suspension from the Games after the revelation of systemic doping.
Rodriguez denies ‘false allegation’ ‘No Ashes Test Since IPL launch, BCCI
London, Feb 9 (Agencies): Jay Rodriguez has denied making racist comments to Gaetan Bong, with his agent describing the allegation as “disgusting”. Rodriguez was charged by the FA on Thursday after he allegedly “used abusive and/or insulting words which included a reference to ethnic origin and/or colour and/or race”. The charge relates to an incident involving Brighton defender Bong during their match on January 13. Rodriguez tweeted,
“Absolutely gutted and in disbelief at the situation I find myself in. I 100 per cent deny the false allegation and will take the correct legal advice to prove my innocence.” Gar y Mellor, Ro driguez’s agent, added, “These allegations are totally untrue, there’s no supporting evidence, and it’s severely damaging to someone of impeccable character. Someone needs to seriously look at these types of charges and allegations that can be levelled at a professional footballer, on the basis of one person’s word.” “In the meantime, he is determined to play against Chelsea on Monday, because he will not allow false allegations of this sort to disrupt his fight to keep West Brom in Premier League.” Rodriguez has until February 16 to respond to the charge.
Dubai, Feb 9 (Agencies): ICC says it has found no evidence of matchfixing surrounding the third Ashes Test last year between Australia and England in Perth. The Sun newspaper published a story last year which claimed they had been offered information from two bookmakers relating to match-fixing. But following an investigation into the matter, the ICC are confident there is no basis to the allegations. “I am satisfied that there is no evidence to suggest any match has been corrupted by the individuals in the investigation nor is there any indication that any international players, administrators or coaches have been in contact with the alleged fixers,” ICC general manager - anti-corruption Alex Marshall said in a statement.
paid Rs 3,500cr in tax
MUMBAI, Feb 9 (Agencies): The Indian Premier League (IPL) may be the BCCI’s billion-dollar baby, but it has also cost the world’s richest cricket body a packet. A reliable source told TOI that BCCI has paid around Rs 3,500 crore as tax since the financial year 2007-08. Since 2008-when IPL made its debut-the income tax department has refused to grant an exemption to the board, terming the annual tournament a commercial activity. At a rough estimate, BCCI has earned around Rs 12,000 crore from its popular league till date. “Earlier, BCCI would get a tax exemption since it was considered a charitable organisation. However, after IPL began, the I-T depart-
ment has changed its tune, saying IPL is a commercial activity. It means that in the last ten years, we have paid tax to the tune of Rs 3,500 crore, or almost Rs 350 crore a year. We have paid up under protest and filed an appeal that we should be continued to be assessed as a nonprofit body that promotes cricket,” the source said adding that the board has also challenged the 30% tax demand in the income tax appellate tribunal (ITAT) besides filing a writ petition in the Bombay high court. It hopes to recover the tax paid if it’s decided that it is entitled to I-T exemption. In January, BCCI paid Rs 100 crores income tax, under protest, to the I-T department for the financial year 2013-14.
Virat Kohli and Shikhar Dhawan
lands, the Proteas’ batting line-up still collapsed against the Indian spin duo, with both Chahal and Kuldeep taking four wickets apiece. Whether this will change on Saturday remains to be seen. Saturday’s match also holds special significance for the South Africans. It is the ‘Pink ODI’, played for the awareness against breast cancer and for the benefit of those suffering from the disease. It was first held in 2011, and this will be the sixth such occasion. In fact, the Proteas have never lost when playing in their unique pink jersey and will hope to replicate that in the fourth game. The hosts will also hope for some respite after de Villiers was, on Thursday, added to their ODI squad for the remaining
three matches. The star batsman missed the first three ODIs owing to a finger injury he had sustained during the third Test. However, Cricket South Africa (CSA) will acccess de Villiers’ fitness on Friday afternoon -- 24 hours before the game -- before taking a call on his availability for the match. If he is fit and available, it is expected that de Villiers will bat at No.3 with Jean Paul Duminy dropping down to No.4. One of David Miller or Khaya Zondo will make way for him in the playing XI. The hosts will also expect a solid foundation from the opening due of Hashim Amla and stand-in skipper Aiden Markram to put pressure on the Indian pace duo of Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Jasprit Bumrah.
(L) Fireworks light up the night sky around the Pyeongchang Olympic Stadium. (R) Skeleton champion Lizzy Yarnold led Great Britain out for the opening ceremony of the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang.
Johannesburg, Feb 9 (IANS): Beaming in confidence after three consecutive wins, India will press hard to pocket a historic ODI series when they face a depleted South Africa, who will hope for some AB de Villiers’ magic in the fourth one-dayer at the New Wanderers Stadium here on Saturday. With an unassailable 3-0 lead in hand, the Virat Kohli-led outfit need just one more win in the sixmatch series to claim their maiden ODI triumph on South African soil and also cement their place atop ICC ODI rankings. Previously, India came close taking a 2-1 lead in the 2010-11 series under Mahendra Singh Dhoni, only to lose 2-3 eventually. Going in to the fourth ODI, India’s only concern will be the consecutive failures of opener Rohit Sharma, but not so much that Kohli will tinker with the winning combination in the crucial game. Despite Rohit’s woes with the willow, the top order comprising Shikhar Dhawan and Kohli came out all guns blazing in the third ODI, with the captain registering his 34th ODI ton to lift his team to a commanding 303 even after the middle order collapsed. Dhawan too struck a fine half century to forge a 140-run second wicket stand that laid the foundation at Cape Town. India’s bowling has clicked excellently in the three matches so far, with the wrist spin duo of leggie Yuzvendra Chahal and chinaman Kuldeep Yadav, accounting for 21 out of the 30 wickets. Despite practicing with local wrist spinners at New-
On behalf of VDB Union, RD Block Khongsa, I would like to express our thanks and gratitude to Department of DUDA for sponsorship, Dist. Administration of Pungro Division specially Shri. Wennyei Konyak ADC & Shri. Chopenthung Ezung SDO Civil and BDO/SO RD block Khongsa for valuable initiative in taking our VDB Secretaries on educational cum exposure trip to Sikkim and Assam. We look forward to your continuous support even in future. President VDB Union, RD Block, Khongsa.
Barcelona beat Valencia to enter Copa del Rey final
Va l e n ci a , F e b 9 (IANS): Recent acquisition Philippe Coutinho scored a magnificent goal off an equally remarkable play by Luis Suarez as FC Barcelona finished off a 3-0 victory on aggregate over Valencia to progress to the Copa del Rey final. Barcelona came into the second leg at Mestalla Stadium on Thursday in excellent shape after winning the opening match at Camp Nou 1-0 on February 1. But Valencia came out with an intelligent game plan and had chances to equalise in the first half, happily ceding ball possession to the Catalans while waiting patiently for opportunities on the counterattack. The home side kept things close, with goalkeeper Jaume Domenech doing his part with a tremendous fist save off a dangerous free kick by Argentine superstar Lionel Messi in the eighth minute. Still just one goal down, Valencia nearly got the equaliser on an outstanding
Barcelona are through to the final and will play Sevilla in the Copa del Rey showpiece.
header by Rodrigo that beat Barelona net minder Jasper Cillessen but clanked off the crossbar. Later, a great individual effort by Simone Zaza nearly set up a golden scoring chance, but the play was disrupted when the Italian’s pass to Luciano Vietto grazed Barcelona defender Sergi Roberto’s heel. Even so, the ball ended up inside the penalty arc,
where Rodrigo got off a powerful blast that Cillessen did well to save. After the intermission, Barcelona head coach Ernesto Valverde sent on Coutinho, who arrived during the winter transfer window via a whopping 142-million-pound ($198 million) transfer from English Premier League (EPL) side Liverpool. On his very first touch,
Coutinho slid forward to get his foot on a perfectly placed pass from the left side by Suarez, who had maneuvered around a Valencia defender, and bounce the ball at an acute angle into the left side of the goal in the 49th minute. Joy and relief were apparent on the face of the Brazilian international, whose price tag also comes with sky-high expectations of being one of the Catalan
club’s cornerstones. For Valencia, however, it was a crushing blow since the club suddenly found itself needing three goals to have any chance of advancing to their first Copa del Rey final since 2008. Head coach Marcelino Garcia Toral sought to give his club a fighting chance by putting in Carlos Soler and Goncalo Guedes, and Valencia subsequently upped its intensity in pursuit of a goal. Jose Luis Gaya nearly made the aggregate score 2-1 but Cillessen made a miraculous, handball-type save at point-blank range. Later, finding space against an aggressive opponent, Barcelona managed a second goal of the night -- and third overall -- when Suarez stole the ball from Brazilian defender Gabriel and set up Ivan Rakitic for a score in the 82nd minute. Next up for Barça in the April 21 Copa del Rey championship match will be Sevilla, which advanced with a 3-1 victory on aggregate over Leganes on Wednesday.
Voter Veriﬁable Paper Audit Trail (VVPAT) shall be used with EVMs at all the polling stations in the forthcoming Nagaland Legislative Assembly Election and in all the future Elections. VVPAT is an independent system attached with the Electronic Voting Machine (EVM) that allows the voters to verify that their votes are cast as intended. The VVPAT is attached to the Ballot Unit of the EVM and both the Ballot Unit and the VVPAT are placed in the voting compartment. The VVPAT has a small transparent glass window on it. When a voter comes to vote and presses the blue button on the Ballot Unit (BU) to vote for the candidate of his/her choice, the glass window on the VVPAT lights up and a printed paper slip containing the serial number, name of the Candidate and Election Symbol of the Candidate is visible to the voter behind the glass window. The voter witnesses all these details on the paper slip and is satisﬁed that his vote has been cast as intended. The printed paper slip remains visible to the voter through the transparent glass window for 7 (seven) seconds, and thereafter, the printed paper slip gets automatically cut and falls below into the sealed compartment/drop box of the VVPAT followed by a beep sound. Thereafter the light goes off behind the glass window. The VVPAT is thus going to further enhance the transparency and veriﬁability in poll process. Source Chief Electoral Ofﬁcer, Nagaland. DC-202
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