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Vol XXVIII No. 67

TUESDAY, February 13, 2018 Pages 12 ` 5.00

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Rio wins uncontested; boost for NDPP-BJP Correspondent

KOHIMA, FEB 12 (NPN): NDPP’s chief ministerial candidate and three-time chief minister Neiphiu Rio notched up a dramatic and huge moral victory for NDPP when he was declared uncontested from the 11 Northern Angami-II assembly constituency after the lone NPF candidate Chüpfuo Angami withdrew from the race on the last day for withdrawal of nominations on Monday. After Rio was declared uncontested, his party the NDPP will now contest 39 seats and BJP 20 seats,

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as per the seat sharing formula. Rio’s win also means that NPF has lost one seat to NDPP out of the 59 seats the party is contesting. 11 Northern Angami-II assembly constituency has been Neiphiu Rio’s strong-

how he made maximum sacrifices for NPF, a party he revamped in 2003. He led the party in 2008 and 2013, but after he demitted office, the party in the government made a mess of things. On last year’s reconciliation and his subsequent exit from NPF, Rio clarified that he re-joined NPF as part of reconciliation. He also said he had agreed to lead NPF as per the party’s request last year, only to realise that his presence was not liked, instead the NPF leaders back-stabbed him. (Cont’d on p-7)

State BJP unit rejects ‘communal tag’ DIMAPUR, FEB 12 (NPN): State BJP unit has rejected the charge by NBCC that it was a communal party on the ground that if it was so then the ECI would not have recognised the party. Stating this, the BJP unit media cell also pointed out that the secular character of the Constitution of India cannot be changed by any political party despite BJP currently enjoying absolute majority in parliament. Drawing attention on the recent letter of appeal from NBCC to presidents

of all political parties in Nagaland not to compromise “our religion” for the sake of development and political gain, BJP party said it appeared that religious polarisation seemed to be the strategy of some people in Nagaland during elections. BJP was, however, quick to clarify that it did not blame NBCC, but alleged that there were few leaders at its helm who were trying to confuse the Nagas. BJP reminded that earlier the convener of NBCC’s Clean Election Campaign

(CEC) had categorically stated that, as a responsible organisation, NBCC was not in support or against any political party. Therefore, BJP asked then why was it that some leaders were using the NBCC platform now to openly campaign against it (BJP)? By making the appeal, BJP asked has not NBCC contravened the CEC guidelines laid down? “Have these leaders given any thought that exhorting one’s followers not to vote for a particular party

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KOHIMA, FEB 12 (NPN): Stage is all set for the battle of the ballot in Nagaland for the February 27 elections with the deadline for withdrawal of nominations having ended on Monday. According to Chief Electoral Officer Nagaland, media cell, 195 candidates will contest from 60 constituencies for the February 27 polls. Informing that altogether 257 candidates had filed nominations, CEO’s office said that the nominations of 29 candidates were declared invalid after scrutiny, adding that a total number of 32 candidates had withdrawn and one had been declared ‘uncontested.’ M e a n w h i l e, C h i e f Electoral Officer, Abhijit Sinha said that in order to ensure free and fair elections, webcasting of polling is being planned at 555 polling stations where internet connectivity is available, and the remaining 1641 Polling Stations will be covered by offline videography. He said the offline videography at the polling booths will be done under the supervision of the Presiding Officer and first Polling Officer.

BJP or its govt won’t come in the way of Naga pact: Rijiju NEW DELHI, FEB 12 (PTI/ AGENCIES): The BJP-NDPP coalition will not come in the way of “smooth implementation” of the proposed Naga accord, if voted to power in Nagaland, Union Minister of State for Home Kiren Rijiju Said Monday. Rijiju, who is the BJP’s election in-charge for Nagaland, however, was noncommittal when asked if it meant that the new government would recommend the dissolution of Nagaland Assembly to pave the way for implementation of the

accord, if necessary. “Our party and the government, if elected, will not come in the way of the smooth implementation of the Naga accord as and when it is signed. Rather we will cooperate,” he told PTI. Meanwhile, The Asian Age report stated that the Ministry of Home Affairs is not apprehending any major problem during the elections in Nagaland as NSCN (I-M) and NNPGs have given commitment not to interfere in to the electoral process. (Cont’d on p-7)

Naga identity may perish: Dr. Shurho

DIMAPUR, FEB 12 (NPN): NPF president, Dr. Shürhozelie Liezietsu warned that a day would come when the Naga people will suffer and their identity perish if they do not realize what force is penetrating into their land. He was addressing a gathering at an election rally for NPF candidate, Ar. Loguseng Semp (Logus) at Tseminyu town. “The 2018 General Election is not just a contest between the political (Cont’d on p-7) (Withdrawal of candidates p-5) parties for the formation of

government, but it will be a contest between outside forces and the force of the Naga people,” Dr. Shürhozelie said. If the “tall leaders” who are succumbing to money and power are voted to power, they will land the Naga people into great trouble, he asserted. He further went on to say that the 2018 elections is a “selection between the destruction or preservation of the Naga people and their identity.” (Cont’d on p-7)

Nagaland polls: IT issues summons

DIMAPUR, FEB 12 (NPN): Income Tax Department has issued the first set of summons to people who have made cash withdrawals of over Rs 10 lakhs after the declaration of the Assembly polls. A source in the IT department informed Nagaland Post that the first batch of summons were issued to 15 persons including the brother of a prominent candidate contesting the elections. Surveillance team comprising of IT officials have been set up in all district headquarters including air surveillance unit at Dimapur Airport and a Railway intelligence unit in Dimapur Railway station to monitor movement of cash.

Prohibitory order in Tuli

DIMAPUR, FEB 12 (NPN): Additional District Magistrate Tuli sub-division, Rhosietho Nguori has promulgated prohibitory order under Section 144 CrPC in Tuli town due to apprehension of breach of law and order situation. The order which comes into immediate effect from Monday, February 12 is to remain till March 5 or till further order. As per the order, assembly of five or more persons has been prohibited in Tuli Town. The order however exempts magistrates and other government officials, besides security personnel on duty.

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“In our days, we donated to the candidate, it became a big business to be a candidate.”

Neiphiu Rio after being elected unopposed from 11-NA-II A/C.

hold since his first electoral win in 1989 and which he retained consecutively in 1993, 1998, 2003, 2009 and 2013. Speaking on the sidelines of the NDPP election campaign at Chiechama scheduled prior to being declared uncontested, Rio said that greed for power had destroyed everything in Nagaland- its image and that of Nagas as a whole. Rio made it clear that he cannot be held responsible for the crises within NPF that had taken place during the last four years. The former three-time chief minister recounted

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WAPO organises ‘common platform’

The three intending candidates along with APO and WAPO leaders during common platform campaign at Sechü Zubza on monday. (NP) Correspondent

Kohima, Feb 12 (NPN): Western Angami Public Organization (WAPO) organised “common platform” for the three intending candidates of 8th Western Angami A/C for the forthcoming general election at WAPO ground Sechü –Zubza on Monday. In his address, NPF candidate, Kenizhakho Nakhro said NPF stood

for Naga issue and identity and assured that he would work what was good for the society with suggestions from the constituency. He also stated that he would also work towards transfer posting protection, employment and progress in the administrative block as well. N D P P c a n d i d a t e, Er. Kevisekho Kruse also shared his experiences in the government service and noted that the experiences

motivated him to enter politics because serving in the service was not just enough but there is a dire need to change the policies. Kruse stated that his greatest priority was stability and development, to uplift the poor and enrich the economy. In a brief speech, NPP candidate Asu Keyho stated that each voter was a chief agent and further shared the potential of developing western Angami areas into

tourist hot spots as well as employment for youth. He urged the gathering to elect the right person to represent the constituency to the state assembly. E a r l i e r, t h e p r o gramme was chaired by president WAPO, Lhouphrevilie Rino, invocation by Catchist St. Maria Gorette, Sechü –Zubza Medolepra Lucas while vote of thanks was proposed by vice president WAPO Dzüviu Zhünyü.

Nagaland Post, Dimapur TUESDAY, February 13, 2018

news in Brief Governor greets on Shivratri: Nagaland Governor, P. B Acharya has extended Shivratri greetings to the people of the state on the occasion of Shivratri. According to the greeting note from PRO to Governor, Acharya said that the festival symbolised piety, devotion, brotherhood and harmony, which were the hallmarks of our glorious cultural ethos. The Governor said that Shivratri means ‘the Great Night of Shiva’ and is celebrated annually “to honour of the God Shiva.” It is a major festival for the Hindus, which marks the remembrance of ‘overcoming darkness and ignorance’ in life and in the world, the note said. The Governor stated that diversity is the feature of our society and it is what earns for us respect and reliability in the eyes of the world. He expressed hoped that the occasion would mark a new beginning of peace, prosperity and progress and cement the bonds of amity and brotherhood in the country and the state. The note also said that the Governor offered prayers for peace, progress and prosperity in the state. DC & DEO Longleng informs requisitioned vehicles: DC &DEO Longleng John Tsulise Sangtam has directed all the requisitioned vehicles to report to the local ground longleng on 14th February 2018 at 10.00 AM to check the road useable condition of the requisitioned vehicles. The DC & DEO further informed that failing to comply with the order shall invite necessary action as per section 167 of the Peoples’ Representative Act 1951. WVC to organise “common platform”: Wokha Village Council (WVC) will be organising “common platform” for all candidates of 30th Wokha Assembly Constituency (AC) on February 15, 3 p.m. at its village community hall. In this regard, all intending candidates under 30th Wokha AC have been invited to share their manifesto and objective to the general public of Wokha village. Paid holiday for employees on polling day: Home commissioner, Abhishek Singh in a notification through DIPR has declared February 27, the day of polling, as a paid holiday for all government, private establishment and shop employees to enable them to participate in the elections and exercise their franchise. However, this will not apply to any elector whose absence from work may cause danger or substantial loss stated the notification.

DCs and DEOs issue directives

Deputy Commissioner & District Election Officer (DC & DEO) Kiphire, Mohammed Ali Shihab with all the intending candidates and political parties during the verification of EVMs at district election office, Kiphire on February 12. (NP)

Members of the Unison Society, family members and well wishers on Sunday during the celebration of its 8th foundation day at Khuchiezii, Model village T. Khel, Kohima.

RBI approves conversion of SBI Aghunato to banking treasury

DIMAPUR: Reserve Bank of Inida (RBI) has accorded permission to SBI Aghunato branch to conduct state Government business (converting Aghunato NBST to Banking treasury) vide

letter no. BD (Guwa) 570 / 11. 02. 008/2017 - 18 dated November 20, 2017. In this regard, as per DIPR report, the principal director treasuries and accounts K. Tiayanger Tzudir

has requested asst. general manager of SBI regional business office Mokokchung, to direct SBI Aghunato branch to take over the State government business in a prompt manner.

CRBC endorses NBCC resolution

DIMAPUR: Council of Rengma Baptist Churches (CRBC) has resolved to endorse the Nagaland Baptist Church Council (NBCC) resolution adopted at the 21st triennial convention held from February 2-4 at Impur. A press release from CRBC executive secretary, Haiwalo Apon said that CRBC took this decision in an Emergency Meeting held on February 9, at Mission Centre, Zunpha, Tseminyu. Appreciating and acknowledging the call of the NBCC to Naga leaders to safeguard and uphold faith and Christian principles at all costs, CRBC said that it was unfortunate that some still misconstrue and view pessimistically the clean election movement spearheaded by NBCC. CRBC said that it had recommitted to reinforcing “the prophetic role against the resistance from society at large in this ensuing election process.” CRBC opined that corruption, false promises and a flawed democratic process causes enormous damages to society because it hits at the heart of value systems and ethics. Healing and restoration is K

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not easy and we do not see immediate results, CRBC said and added that a certain degree of transformation had begun with some individuals and families even returning bribes after their consciences were awakened. It also expressed displeasure over “few section”(s) of certain group leaders declaring support for particular candidates which, it said, goes against the clean election banner of every individual being entitled to their own opinions and votes. “We pray that God’s grace will abound even at this situation,” CRBC said. It issued a ‘humble and prayerful’ appeal to all Nagas, Rengmas in particular, to refrain from group declaration, violence, hatred, booth capturing and any other malpractices commonly seen during elections. The Clean Election Committee sought to inform the Rengmas in general through the press release that CRBC is organizing a common platform on February 15 at 10:30 a.m at RSA ground, Tseminyu Old Town so that the Rengma public can get an opportunity to elect the best and capable candidate.

KIPHIRE: In view of the general elections, District Election Officer (DEO) Kiphire in exercise of the powers conferred under sec.144 (A) of the code of criminal Procedure 1973 and specific directions of ECI has prohibited carrying of licensed arms/weapons within the jurisdiction of Kiphire district. However, carrying of licensed arms for verification at nearest police stations or depositing of the same or for uploading of NDAL before deposition has been exempted from the purview of this order. According to DIPR, the order will be in force with immediate effect till the completion of election process and violations will invite penal actions under Sec.153 AA of Indian Penal code 1860 and other relevant sections of the law. MOKOKCHUNG: Deputy Commissioner (DC) & District Election Officer (DEO), Mokokchung, Sachin Jaiswal has informed that schedule for casting of postal ballot applied by polling personnel, DEF and NAP personnel at Town Hall Mokokchung will be as follows - February 19, from 9 a.m to 3 p.m, DEF personnel, February 20 from 9 a.m to 3 p.m, 2nd NAP personnel, February 21, 8 a.m to 10 p.m, DC staff, magistrate on duty, EEMs team and drivers, February 21 from 10 a.m to 4 p.m, polling personnel. Further, DC & DEO has also informed that in view of the upcoming

election, a co-ordinationcum-briefing session on “election expenditure monitoring” with intending candidates, election agents, additional agents, ward/village authorities of 23 A/C, 24 A/C, 25 A/C, 26 A/C, 27 A/C, 28 A/C will be held on February at 13, 11 a.m at Conference Hall of ADC (planning), Mokokchung. All have been requested to attend the meeting. MON: DC & DEO, Mon, K. Thavaseelan has informed all concerned that carrying of licensed arms within the district by any individual, post last date for verification or depositions of arms (February) has been banned. License of any such arms that are caught will be cancelled and that, the ban on carrying of arms is as per the provision of section 144 of the CrPC, 1973. WO K HA : D C & DEO, Wokha, Dr. Manazir Jeelani Samoon has informed that 2nd round of training for polling personnel drafted for election duty has been fixed on February 15 and 16 at GHSS, Wokha at 10 a.m. According to DIPR, the training for “presiding officers and polling-I” will be held on February 15, while for “PollingII, Polling-III, Polling-IV (VVPAT) and Grade-IV”, the training will be held on February 16. Therefore, all polling personnel have been directed to attend the training. The notification further stated that disciplinary action shall be initiated

against the absentees as per relevant sections of law. DC & DEO, Wokha also informed that “2nd medical board” for exemption of polling personnel will be conducted on February 14 at Dr. Motsuo Memorial Hospital, Wokha from 10 a.m onwards. All polling personnel who have applied for exemption on medical ground have been directed to report for examination. According to DIPR, the DC & DEO has also informed government employees designated for the time being by the state government, for the conduct of any election related duties shall be deemed to be on deputation to the election commission for the period commencing on and from the date of notification calling for such election, and ending with date of declaration of the results of such election. Accordingly, such officials during that period shall be subject to the control, superintendence and discipline of the election commission. Therefore, any government employee drafted for official duty in connection with election if found guilty of any act or omission and breach of official duties without reasonable cause shall be punishable under relevant sections of law. Further, DC & DEO, Wokha has directed all Head of Department (HOD) and offices under Wokha district to ensure that the officers and staff under their establishment to attend the training.

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165 bottles of assorted IMFL seized

The seized IMFL. DIMAPUR: District excise, Dimapur during course of the Mobile Vehicle Check Post (MVCP) duty patrol in order to check liquor inflow during the ensuing state assembly election period, seized 165 bottles of assorted IMFL on February 9, from separate locations of Dimapur town. In a press release, superintendent of excise and prohibition Dimapur, T.

Arilong Longkumer stated that in this connection three persons were arrested and penalised under the relevant section of NLTP Act 1989. District excise authority further appealed the public to report on any illegal liquor activity and seek further cooperation from the masses to ensure the success of the lection process.

SST (EEM) seize IMFL

The seized IMFL at excise department Kohima. DIMAPUR: Magistrate and police of the Static Surveillance Team (SST) for Election Expenditure and Monitoring (EEM) duty party stationed at Peducha police check gate under 8th Western Angami A/C on Monday submitted 193 bottles of IMFL to su-

perintendent of excise and nodal officer for (EEM) for Kohima district. According to superintendent of excise & prohibition and district nodal officer (EEM) Kohima, Vikikhe Aomi, the consignment was seized for the period from February 6 to 9.

Excise personnel seize IMFL

The arrested person with the seized consingment. DIMAPUR: In the runup for the state assembly elections, different units of excise department have seized large quantities of IMFL from around Dimapur town. On February 11, acting on a tip off, Excise Mobile Squad Special Task Force (STF), which was constituted in view of the upcoming assembly election, seized 734 bottles of assorted liquor worth around Rs. 12 lakh on February 11 from town area. This was informed in a press statement by Superintendent of excise (mobile squad), Katoho Sumi. In this connection, the owner

of the consignment, identified as Bindhu Das, son of late Rahul Das has been arrested and booked for violation of various section of NLTP Act’ 89, Katoho said. Meanwhile, the seized liquor was deposited in the mobile squad malkhana for later destruction. The superintendent further admitted that flow of illegal liquor was on the rise in view of the election and to contain the same, excise department has revamped its field duty activities. He also informed that the unit will continue to raid various places not only in Dimapur but throughout the state.

Longleng observers brief political parties DIMAPUR: General observer and police observer for 49 and 50 AC under Longleng district, Dr. Raghav Langer and Jalindar. D. Supekar held a meeting with all political parties of Longleng on February 12 at the office chamber of the DC & DEO Longleng. According to DIPR, both observers briefed the political parties about different aspects of electioneering process and do’s and don’ts of Model Code of Conduct (MCC) of ECI for free, fair and peaceful elections in the state, wherein, political parties also raised their doubts which were clarified by the observers. Meanwhile, general observer also briefed all the teams and committee members under the expenditure monitoring cell, sector magistrate and nodal officers of Longleng district on February 9 at DC conference hall. The committee members at the meeting. K

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Students taking part in the rally of Human chain on Monday. (NP)

Correspondent MON, FEB 12: In line with the Clean Election guidelines, the Konyak Baptist Bumeinok Bangjum (KBBB) in collaboration with the district administration kick started their Clean Election campaign by organizing an programme consisting of a marathon race, a human chain rally and followed by a ‘common platform’, at local ground Mon Town. In the common platform, the 4 candidates of 46 Mon Town A/C, N. Thongwang Konyak (NPF

candidate), Hawang T. Wangsa (INC candidate), Cheong Konyak (NPP candidate) and Y. Mankhao Konyak (NDPP candidate) were given the opportunity to present their views and present their objectives for contesting the elections to the general public, so that the voters may know their candidates better. Speaking on behalf of the voters, various NGOs leaders and church leaders emphasized on clean elections and appealed to the intending candidates to abstain from buying votes, using intoxicants, force

and violence. The leaders, exhorting the candidates to be responsible and look after the voters in terms of bringing developmental activities if elected, urged the candidates to not just make merry if elected. Reminding electors that voting is the right of an individual in electing the right candidate, they urged them to not sell their votes; in selling ones votes, we are selling our future they said. Encouraging the masses gathered to take the lead in bringing changes, the speakers encouraged the voters to not just follow

blindly but decide on their choice of the candidates according to merit. Earlier the marathon race for the Clean Election Campaign was flagged off by DC & DEO Mon, K. Thavaseelan (IAS). The marathon race categories -- General, Departmental, Special and Female – saw the participation of 72 men and 16 women. In the General category, Nahtei N. Konyak, Chamkay Konyak and Nokkai L. Konyak won 1st, 2nd and 3rd places respectively. In the Departmental category, Nokhan (forest department) and Hangkhanlal (Post Office Mon) were placed as 1st and 2nd while in the special category, Lijao, aged about 58 years emerged as the winner. She was also the oldest participant in the marathon. Ateih emerged as the winner in the female category. The human chain rally started from Private Bus Station and culminated at Local Ground, where a brief program was held. The rally attendance included hundreds of youths and students.

USLP and TYC adopt joint resolutions

USLP and YTC during the joint meeting at Pungro town. (NP)

chungru Tribal Council (YTC) held a joint meetKiphire, Feb 12 (NPN): ing at Pungro on Monday United Sangtam Likhum wherein the two bodies Pumji (USLP) and Yim- unanimously resolved to Correspondent

uphold and implement the “clean election” call by Nagaland Baptist Churches Council (NBCC) to be implemented in letter and

spirit by all candidates and political parties within 60 A/C Pungro- Kiphire. The resolution was framed to maintain the sanctity of “free and fair election”. During the joint meeting, the house resolved that “campaigning by any candidate using tribal or clan name was forbidden”, “opening or setting up of youth camps were prohibited” and that “liquor or carrying of arms by any individual or organisation was prohibited”. It also resolved that “actions would be imposed on any group or individual damaging public or government properties and blocking roads and will be initiated against those candidates or political parties

found involved”. The house also resolved that “any unforeseen consequences arising out of the use of social media will be borne by the individual concerned” and that “booth capturing by any candidates or political parties will be strictly censored”. Further, the joint statement signed by USLP vice president, K. Tsilise Sangtam and secretary, YTC, Y. Makezho warned that any contravention of the resolutions by candidates or political parties will invite serious action from the two apex organisation. USLP and YTC meeting also resolved to extend full cooperation to the district administration for the upcoming election.

GOC spear corps briefed on security DIMAPUR: Lt. Gen Gopal R. General Officer Commanding (GOC) Spear Corps on Monday briefed on the present security scenario in Nagaland during his visit to Kohima. During his visit, the GOC interacted with officers and troops of Assam Rifles and exhorted them to continue performing their duties with dedication and devotion in the true spirit of the motto of Assam Rifles, “friends of the North East”. L a t e r, G O C a l s o called on Nagaland governor P.B Acharya, and discussed on a wide range

Governor, P.B Acharya along with GOC and his colleagues.

of issues. In a press statement, PRO IGAR (N) said that the gover nor acknowledged the lieutenant gen-

eral on taking over GOC spear corps and conveyed his appreciation on the contributions of Assam Rifles.

2nd round trg for Kohima polling personnel postponed

KOHIMA: Government employees under Kohima district, drafted for election duty has been informed that “2nd round of training (group familiarisation)” for presiding officer, 1st polling officer and additional polling officer for VVPAT, 2nd polling officer, 3rd polling official and grade IV has been postponed and will be held on February 16 at Razukhrie Government Higher Secondary School, Kohima,10:30 am. According to DIPR,

D C & D E O, Ko h i m a , Rajesh Soundararajan has directed all concerned polling personnel to take note of the change in schedule and attend the training. Further,

the DC & DEO informed that necessary action will be taken against absentees as per representation of People’s Act, 1950 and conduct of election rules, 1961.

WAC holds meeting; adopts resolutions DIMAPUR: Walford Area Council (WAC) Dimapur comprising of five colonies held a meeting on February 8, at its council hall. During the meeting, the house resolved that for the forthcoming general election, any voter can cast their votes freely and fairly as per their choice. The members resolved that it will not allow any outsider or force during the polling day at the polling station, ward No. 22 Walford. A press note by WAC chairman, T. Jemu and general secretry, Vetsosao Nyekha stated that the house has also resolved to prohibit use of alcohol, putting banners and slogan shouting within its jurisdiction.

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Dr. Imtiwapang, candidate from 23 Impur A/C speaking at the declaration programme of his candidature on Monday at Impur.

H. Tovihoto Ayemi, candidate for 1 Dimapur 1 A/C speaking at the declaration programme of his candidature on Monday at DDSC Stadium.

Candidate of 4-Ghaspani-1 assembly constituency, Z. Kasheto Yeptho along with party workers at the declaration programme of his candidature on February 12 at Chekiye village, Dimapur. K Y M C

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Something ‘terribly wrong’ with SIT probe on Manipur killings: SC

New Delhi, Feb 12 (PTI): The Supreme Court Monday expressed its displeasure over the progress of CBI’s SIT in probing alleged extra-judicial killings and fake encounters by the Army, Assam Rifles and police in Manipur and said something was “terribly wrong”. The apex court, which said it had given the probe to the CBI so the truth would come out, asked the National Human Rights Commission to depute three persons to associate with the Special Investigation Team to carry out investigations in 17 of the 42 cases lodged by the SIT. The SIT told a bench comprising Justices Madan B Lokur and U U Lalit that they have registered 42 cases and investigations were going on in accordance with the court’s direction. The bench, after going through the status report filed by the SIT, wondered how FIRs were registered against persons who were allegedly killed in fake encounters in Manipur. “We wanted the CBI to investigate the matter so that you can find out the truth,” the bench said. “What kind of investigation is this?” it asked. “We wanted something to be done expeditiously. We do not want you (SIT) to be in any inconvenience.

All we want is to expedite the process,” the bench told the SIT. CBI’s DIG Sharad Aggarwal, who is in-charge of the SIT, said all these FIRs, lodged earlier by the Manipur police, have been re-registered by the probe team. “We are not satisfied by the progress made by the SIT,” the bench said and asked Additional Solicitor General (ASG) Maninder Singh, appearing for the SIT, why the status report did not have the CBI director’s approval. Singh, who initially told the bench that the status report was approved by the CBI director, said he would file an affidavit in this regard. “Your next status report will have approval of the CBI director specifically,” the bench said and posted the matter for further hearing on March 12. It said three persons, to be deputed by the NHRC, would be associated with the SIT and the investigation should be carried out on a “priority basis”. “We make it clear that the association of the NHRC is for the time being in respect of these 17 cases,” it said. At the outset, senior advocate Colin Gonsalves, appearing for the petitioners, argued that except two

cases, the other FIRs have been lodged against victims who had died. The bench asked the SIT about it and referred to reports of a commission of inquiry, another commission headed by former Supreme Court judge Justice Santosh Hegde, the NHRC and findings of the Gauhati High Court in these matters. “The allegations are that some persons were killed in fake encounters due to excessive use of force. The commission of inquiry, Hegde commission, high court and NHRC said that there was excess use of force. The persons who have used that excessive force are the accused,” the bench observed. “Why you have just re-registered the FIRs? I am sorry but there is something terribly wrong,” Justice Lokur said, adding that the status report does not even say that FIRs have been lodged against “unknown uniformed people”. The CBI’s DIG told the bench that FIRs were lodged in accordance with the court’s direction and they would investigate the matter and file charge sheets before the competent court. “You will have to examine and investigate all facets,” the bench said. It referred to the FIRs

Forest cover in NE sees a decrease

Freshly burnt jhum field. New Delhi, Feb 12 (Agencies): In a distressing development, forest cover in the verdant northeastern states has decreased since 2015. The India State of Forest Report 2017, released by Union Minister of Environment, Forests and Climate Change (MoEFCC) Harsh Vardhan, notes a decrease in forest cover in five northeastern states— Mizoram (531sqkm), Nagaland (459sqkm) Arunachal Pradesh (190sqkm) Tripura (164 sqkm) and Meghalaya (116sqkm). The report mentions

the reasons for this decline as shifting cultivation, biotic pressure, rotational felling, diversion of forest land for development activities, submergence of forest cover, agriculture expansion and natural disasters. The northeast is among the most densely forested regions of the country, supporting unique flora and fauna. This development was the dark spot in a report which had several revelations for cheering. Forest and tree cover had increased by one per

42-hr Manipur bandh called off Correspondent

IMPHAL, Feb 12: The 42-hour bandh call given by militant groups under suspension of operation (SoO), which began Monday morning at 6:00 am, was called off in the afternoon following a talk with authority of Manipur government. A sharp reduction in traffic was witnessed across the streets in the state capital city. Long distance service vehicles including inter-state buses from other district headquarters did not arrive in Imphal for the day. Educational institutions, shops and business establishments, market places, private undertaking offices, petrol pumps etc remained close for the day. Government offices were, however, opened but K Y M C

with thin attendance. Meanwhile, leaders of Kangleipak Communist Party (KCP) held a talk with representatives of state government led by state additional chief secretary (home), Dr J Suresh Babu in the office chamber of the later. During the hour long talks, the additional chief secretary convinced the leaders of the agitating groups that government was ready to address some important demands included in the charter of demands submitted to the government at the time inking the memorandum of understanding (MoU). He also assured the groups that their plight will be highlighted to the chief minister who is also in-charge of state home department.

cent since 2015 with now 8,021sqkm under forest cover. More importantly, very dense forest cover (VDF) has increased by 1.36 per cent. VDF absorbs maximum carbon dioxide. Forest cover has increased in Andhra Pradesh (2,141sqkm), Karnataka (1,101sqkm) Kerala (1,043sqkm), Odisha (885sqkm) and Telangana (565sqkm). More impor tantly, mangrove cover has increased by 181sqkm with Maharastra, Gujarat and Andhra Pradesh registering the increase. The total carbon stock in forest has increased by 38 million tonnes to 7,082 million tonnes. Another positive trend was the increase in water bodies by 2,647sqkm over the last decade. The minister said the green highways policy to develop 140,000 km long tree line would help in increasing green cover. The forest department added that they would now focus on enhancing scrub land, which they do not even consider as forested area, into open forest areas and work to ensure that areas of dense forest that slipped into open forest is brought back.

and investigation conducted by the SIT and observed, “We are again back to square one.” Gonsalves said that despite specific orders of the court, there was resistance on the part of the SIT in lodging FIRs. The ASG told the bench that the same “confidence” needed to be shown in the SIT as the probe was going on. The bench, while making it clear that it has confidence in the SIT, said, “CBI has not understood us correctly. Please correct it and do it immediately. Enough is enough”. “You have to proceed with the investigation in accordance with our judgement,” the bench said, adding, “Our judgement is very clear. We do not want explanation. You just follow our judgement”. The apex court had on January 16 pulled up the CBI’s SIT for not registering the required number of FIRs as directed by it earlier. The apex court is hearing a PIL seeking a probe into as many as 1,528 cases of extra-judicial killings in Manipur. The court had on July 14 last year constituted the SIT comprising five CBI officers and ordered registration of FIRs and probe into the alleged extra-judicial killings in Manipur.

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BJP will form govt in M’laya, Nagaland, Tripura: Rudy Correspondent

Shillong, Feb 12: Senior BJP leader Rajiv Pratap Rudy Monday voiced confidence that the party will form the next government in Meghalaya, Nagaland and Tripura on its own. Tripura will go to the polls on February 18, followed by Nagaland and Meghalaya on February 27. The counting of votes is slated on March 3. “The BJP has marched ahead in forming government from nine states in 2009 to 19 states now on its own and with coalition partners. We are going to add three more, first from Meghalaya, Tripura, and Nagaland, and the fourth is Karnataka,” Rudy told journalists. The BJP parliamentarian was in Shillong drumming up support for party candidates contesting from four Shillong-based urban assembly constituencies – East Shillong, South Shillong, North Shillong and Pynthorumkhrah. “In Meghalaya, I can read the pulse of change and it looks like people have made up their minds for a change as we have witnessed across the country,” Rudy said. “The Congress has no vision, it has lost foothold across the country and last few states are crumbling and one of them is Meghalaya,” he said adding that the BJP has a clear manifesto – development.

Manipur BJP MLA reacts to NBCC open letter Correspondent

IMPHAL, Feb 12: Reacting to a recent statement of Nagaland Baptist Churches Council (NBCC), a BJP legislator from Manipur has denied the allegation of BJP being anti-Christian. In a rejoinder to a recent NBCC’s open letter to all political parties in poll-bound Nagaland, BJP legislator Samuel Jendai wrote, “…I am a Christian by religion and do not subscribe to the negative propaganda of BJP being anti-Christian.” “Had the BJP been anti-Christian and against the Constitution of India, I will not be a member of the party,” he added. The BJP-led government in Manipur had initiated Christian friendly gesture by giving advance pay of December to government employee days before Christmas and it was widely acknowledged by all, Jendai claimed. The MLA further pointed out that ECI would not have granted recognition to BJP as a political party if it is an anti-Christian or against any religious belief. Some undesirable incidents caused by anti-social ele-

IN THE COURT OF SHRI. Y.MAONGKABA IMCHEN PRINCIPAL JUDGE, FAMILY COURT-II, KOHIMA, NAGALAND

NOTICE

Where as Mrs Kaini Teresa Kashipri Kaje, D/o Lt. Athili Kashipri Kaje has filed a maintenance application before this Court under Section 12 of the protection of women from Domestic Violence Act, 2005 R/w section 125, Cr. P.C. Substitute Notice is hereby given to the respondent Mr Anthony Lohrii Kaje, S/o N. Asoso, R/o House No. TTC.131 A.G. Colony Kohima, Nagaland to appear before this court in person or through a pleader on 28th February 2018, failing which the case shall be heard in your absence. Given under my hand and the seal of the court, this 6th day of Feb. 2018. Y.MAONGKABA IMCHEN, NJS Principal Judge, Family Court-II Kohima, Nagaland K-426

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(Correction of name) I, Raju Bahadur Bishwakarma, S/o, D/o, W/o, Shri/late Amrit Bahadur Bishwakarma permanent resident of Karagaon Karbi Anglong, Assam and presently based at AGE (I) Zakhama, C/o 99APO do hereby solemnly affirm and declare on oath as follows : 1. That I am a bonafide citizen of India. 2. That that my correct name is Raju Bahadur Bishwakarma however, in some of the documents my name has been recorded as Raju Bahadur. 3. That my wife's correct name is Sukmaya Devi Biswakarma however in some of the documents my wife's name has been recorded as Sukmayadevi. 4. That my son's correct name is Rudra Bishwakarma however in some the documents his name has been recorded as Rudra Bahadur B K. 5. That henceforth, I herewith rectified the same and declares that my correct name will be Raju Bahadur Bishwakarma, my wife's correct name will be Sukmaya Devi Biswakarma and my above mentioned son's correct name will be Rudra Biswakarma for all official references. 6. That the above statements made are true to the best of my knowledge and no material facts has been concealed herein and I signed this affidavit before the competent authority on 19th Sept. 2017 at Kohima, Nagaland. Deponent Solemnly sworn before me by the deponent above mentioned named on st this day, 21 Sept. 2017 Kohima, Nagaland. Notary Public Regd. No. 5369/17, Date : 19/09/17 DP-1376

ments to materialize nefarious agenda at some majority dominated areas should not be presumed to be against Christians or Christianity, he said. The stand and tone of the NBCC getting vocal just before the Nagaland Assembly election 2018 may be misunderstood as “politically motivated and is not in consistence with the Christian principles of Christian religion/churches body,” Jendai wrote in the rejoinder. While maintaining that BJP believes in integral humanism, he claimed that the party was gaining popularity in northeast due to its commitment for positive change, development and peace. Quoting the holy Bible “there is time for everything,” the Manipur legislator stated that the time for change and development has come. “True to Christian spirit, the NBCC can now play proactive role to root out social evils such as corruption, buying and selling votes etc to ensure a conducive environment for peaceful and free and fair election to elect MLAs who will sincerely work for the welfare of the people...,” the rejoinder added. Regd. No. 136/18

“In our manifesto, we will include rural development which is our top most priority besides employment, industrialisation, youth empowerment, tourism and employment,” Ruddy added. To a query on a possibility of a fractured mandate in Meghalaya, the former Union Minister said, “We do not believe in fractured mandate as we will have a majority. Do not get surprise by my confidence. I have been handling elections for last 30 years and we are confident of forming the BJP government in Meghalaya.” On Act East Policy, the former Union minister said major focus is being laid on Meghalaya in particular in view of the evolved and progressive society, presence of conscious and vibrant youth. Hitting out at the successive governments in Meghalaya of not being able to do justice to the people of the state, Rudy sarcastically said, “Organising a state of the art infrastructure, parallel for roads, transport, welfare, electricity, sports is not rocket science, it is the will of the government.” “The state has missed out so much and while other states are already talking about bullet trains and metro, unfortunately Meghalaya is still talking about rural development,” he said , attacking the Congress-led Meghalaya United Alliance government.

Kerala Christian leaders to campaign in M’laya T h i ru va na n thapuram, Feb 12 (IANS): Christian leaders from Kerala are all set to campaign in Meghalaya which goes to polls on February 27 to elect a 60member state Assembly. The leaders from Kerala who have been asked to begin campaigning in the Christian-majority northeastern state include former two-time Congress Chief Minister Oommen Chandy, senior legislator K.C. Joseph, Lok Sabha member Anto Antony and MLA Dominic Presentation. Chandy will begin his campaign from Monday after he was directed by the Congress party high command to head for Meghalaya. At present, the Meghalaya Assembly has 29 Congress legislators Minister of State for Tourism, K.J.Alphons is leading the Bharatiya Janata Party’s (BJP) campaign in the poll-bound state. Meanwhile, the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) has asked its Kerala unit to send former state minister Thomas Chandy and party leader Mani C.Kappen for campaigning.

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Date : 08/2/18

I, Shri. Kalika Prasad, H/o Smti. Akhilesh Dwivedi, permanent Resident of Village Bathuwa, Dist. Ambedkar Nagar, State U.P, present Resident of Shokuvi ARTC & School, Dimapur-797115, Nagaland do hereby solemnly affirm an oath as follows : 1. That I am married to Smti. Akhilesh Dwivedi on 29/05/1975 as per Hindu rites and rituals. 2. That my wife's name before marriage was Akhilesh Kumari. 3. That my wife's name has been changed from Akhilesh Kumari to Akhilesh Dwivedi after marriage. 4. That my wife's date of birth has been wrongly entered as 01/07/1962 in some of the official document, but correct date of birth is 25/07/1958. 5. That Akhilesh Kumari, and Akhilesh Dwivedi, are of same and person i.e my wife. DP-1373 Notary Public Regd. No. 547

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Dated. 01/02/2018

I, Shri. K. MOLIM PHOM, permanent resident of Hukphang village in the district of Longleng, State: - Nagaland do hereby solemnly affirm an oath and declare as follows: 1. That I am a citizen of India by birth and resident of the above mentioned Address. 2. That in all my Documents my name has been recorded and reflected as K. MOLIM PHOM Whereas due to ignorance and clerical mistake my name has been entered and recorded as NOKEM PHOM in my SBI Account Passbook. 3. That, this affidavit is made to declare that the name K. MOLIM PHOM and NOKEM PHOM refers to same and one person only that is me ‘K. MOLIM PHOM’. 4. That, this affidavit is made to declare that when the name K. MOLIM PHOM and NOKEM PHOM appears it should be read corrected and understood as K. MOLIM PHOM’. 5. That the statements made in the para 1 to 4 are true and correct to the best of my knowledge and belief and nothing immaterial has been made or concealed therein. And I sign this Affidavit on this the 08th day of February 2018 at Longleng, Nagaland. Deponent Solemnly sworn and declare before me by the above named Deponent on this the 08th day of February 2018 at Longleng, Nagaland. Advocate Identified by: Hamnyei Angh Chief Judicial Magistrate Enroll No. 765/2015 Longleng : Nagaland

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Grenade found in Cong supporter’s vehicle

Shillong, Feb 12 (PTI): A live grenade was Monday found in the SUV of a Congress supporter here, police said. The grenade was attached to the spare tyre of Michael Pakyntein’s SUV, which was parked outside his residence, City SP Spill Thamar told journalists. The incident was reported around 11:30 am today and a bomb squad that rushed to the spot confirmed it was a live Chinese grenade. It was defused soon after, Thamar said. “A thorough investigation will be conducted to nab the culprits and police will also try to find out if it was fallout of a political rivalry in the area,” he said. Pakyntein, a former confidante and supporter of United Democratic Party legislator Paul Lyngdoh in Shillong West constituency, is rooting for Congress nominee M Rapsang in the assembly polls.

Lifetime achievement award for Fr. (Dr.) Mavely

Fr. (Dr.) Stephen Mavely receiving the award. Dimapur, Feb 12 (NPN): Fr. (Dr.) Stephen Mavely, Vice-Chancellor, Assam Don Bosco University was conferred the Lifetime Achievement Award by Confederation of Indian Universities on the occasion of 4th International Conference on Environment and Ecology at Gauhati University Auditorium on February 12. The award is an international felicitation given by the confederation as per the recommendation of International Association of Educators for World Peace (affiliated to UN, ECOSOC, DPI, UNICEF). Assam Don Bosco Regd. No. 259

University has undergone a transformation in the recent years in terms of academics, infrastructure and overall development and has become a preferred institute not only in the North-eastern region but also for the entire nation. Fr. (Dr.) Mavely has also been nominated as a member of Academic Advisory Council for Massive Open Online Courses at Consortium for Educational Communication set up by UGC. Previously, Fr. (Dr.) Mavely was awarded ‘100 Most Influential Vice Chancellors’ in Asia Pacific Region by World Education Congress.

AFFIDAVIT

Dated : 05.02.18

I, Smti. N. Ikheli Zhimo, D/o Nivukhu, permanent resident at Lizu Naghuto Village under Zunheboto District and presently residing at Lizu Naghuto Village, Zunheboto District, Nagaland do hereby affirm declare as follows : 1. I am a bonafide citizen of India belonging to Sumi/Naga tribe resident of the above mentioned address. 2. That in my official name is N. Ikheli Zhimo as entered/recorded in all my official documents. However my name has been inadvertently entered/recorded as Ikheli Sumi in SBI account passbook and Ikheli in my PAN Card. 3. That the name Ikheli, Ikheli Sumi and N. Ikheli Zhimo are same and one person. Henceforth, this affidavit is made for the purpose of correcting my name Ikheli and Ikheli Sumi is written, it should be read, correct and understand as N. Ikheli Zhimo for all official purpose. 4. That this affidavit is sworn to declare my correct name before the competent office/ authority. 5. That the statements made in paragraph 1 & 5 of the affidavit are true to the best of my knowledge. Deponent Solemnly declare before me the deponent on this day 5th Feb. 2018 at Zunheboto, Nagaland. First Class Magistrate DP-1372

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Date 30/01/2018 AFFIDAVIT (Declaration of Name) I, Smti. Veluzolu Thuluo, wife of Shri. Nukudu Curha aged about 40 years, permanent resident of Khomi Village, Phek district, Nagaland, and a present resident of Lower PWD Colony, Kohima, Nagaland, do hereby solemnly affirm and declare as follows:1. That I am a bonafide citizen of India belonging to Chakhesang Naga tribe. 2. That my correct and official name is Veluzolu Thuluo. 3. That I am an independent distributor of Amway India Enterprises Pvt Ltd, First Floor,Elegance Tower,Plot No. 8, Non Hierarchial Commercial centre,Jasola, New Delhi-110025 [ the “ company”], vide Distributorship No 5420628. 4. That by oversight I have furnished my short name Alu Thuluo in the distributorship application (SA-88) furnished by me to the company instead of Veluzolu Thuluo. 5. That the names Veluzolu Thuluo and Alu Thuluo refer to one and the same person i.e. myself. 6. That this affidavit is made to declare my correct and official name as Veluzolu Thuluo and the same shall be used for all official purposes, future correspondences and references. 7. That affidavit shall also be used as a piece of evidence of the fact and proof as mentioned above and also to be use for any rectification if arises in future. That the statements from Para 1-7 are true to the best of my knowledge and nothing false has been stated. And I sign this affidavit before the competent authority at Kohima, Nagaland on this the 30th day of January, 2018. Deponent K-433 K Y M C


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Nagaland Post, Dimapur TUESDAY, February 13, 2018

No chance given to explain: AAP MLAs to Delhi High Court

The disqualified AAP MLAs during a press conference in New Delhi.

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Hassan Rouhani Hyderabad, Feb 12 (IANS): Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani, who is visiting India this week, will offer Friday prayers at the historic Makkah Masjid here and will also address the gathering, officials said. Rouhani, who will be reaching here directly from Iran on Thursday, will attend various programmes during his two-day stay before proceeding to New Delhi. After his arrival on Thursday evening, the Iranian President will interact with selected ‘ulema’ or religious scholars of both Shia and Sunni sects, intellectuals, and academicians. The next day, Rouhani will offer Friday prayers at Makkah Masjid, a 17thcentury mosque, located near the historic Charminar in the Muslim-majority old city. After ‘Namaz-e-Juma’, the Iranian leader will address the gathering, said an official at the Iranian consulate here.

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5-Ghaspani-II 2 Miathou Krose 5-Ghaspani-II 3 Rokobikho Savino 2 Peren 7-Peren 4 K. Kengim Kulimbe 3 Kohima 8- Western Angami 5 Ravolhuto Whiso 9-Kohima Town 6 Kelhousithie Kire 10-Northern Angami-I 7 Sievituo Linyu 11-Northern Angami-II 8 Chupfuo Angami 11-Northern Angami-II 9 Dr.Neiphrezo Keditsu 12-Tseminyu 10 Hyunilo Anilo Khing 14-Southern Angami-I 11 Zeneikho-o Pfukha 15-Southern Angami-II 12 Melozhol Pusa 4 Phek 17-Chizami 13 Seyieveto Lohe 20-Meluri 14 Chitho Nyusou 5 Mokokchung 22-Arkakong 15 Tiasunep 26-Aonglenden 16 T. Lima Jamir 6 Wokha 37-Tyui 17 O.Chumbenthung Ezung 7 Mon 43-Tapi 18 Z. Tzemthak Konyak 44-Phomching 19 Leiyang Konyak 46-Mon Town 20 L.Manjem Konyak 47- Aboi 21 Ngampa Konyak(S) 55-Tobu 22 Shiakpong 8 Longleng 49- Tamlu 23 S.Hampen Phom 49- Tamlu 24 Shahsha Phom 9 Tuensang 51-Noksen 25 Imtiyanger Chang 52-Longkhim-Chare 26 S.K.Sangtam 54-Tuensang Sadar-II 27 Shri I.N Mongba 56-Noklak 28 Dr Benjung Lam 56-Noklak 29 Dr.Aimong Lam 58-Samatore Chessore 30 L.Thronghokiu 10 Kiphire 60-Pungro-Kiphire 31 S Lunso Yimchunger 60-Pungro-Kiphire 32 Mosa Yimchunger Elected Uncontested Sl District Assembly Constituency Sl Name of Candidate 1 Kohima 11-Northern Angami-II 1 Neiphiu Rio

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NEW DELHI, FEB 12 (PTI): The disqualified Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) MLAs on Monday claimed in the Delhi High Court that they were held guilty of holding office of profit by the Election Commission without giving them an opportunity to explain their stand. The MLAs, all 20 of whom have now filed a plea in the high court against their disqualification, submitted before a bench of justices Sanjiv Khanna and Chander Shekhar that the poll panel had sent its opinion to President Ram Nath Kovind by “flouting the principles of natural justice”. “There was no communication to us (AAP

MLAs) from the Election Commission (EC) about the hearing before it. It is in complete violation of natural justice,” senior advocate K V Viswanathan, appearing for some of the MLAs, submitted. The submissions on behalf of the MLAs came during the nearly threehour-long day-to-day hearing of the legislators’ pleas challenging their disqualification for holding offices of profit. The AAP MLAs counsel submitted that the EC’s order is not only “wrong and erroneous”, it is also “unfortunately not acting fairly” and has failed to discharge its statutory duty. “It is also that even a

Raids on K’taka fishing units reveal huge tax evasion

How can a convicted person head a pol party, asks CJI Pak will have to pay for Jammu

our judgements that corruption in politics [are] to be ostracised from the purity of elections,” Chief Justice Misra orally observed, addressing the government and the Election Commission of India (ECI). “So, is it that what you cannot do individually [that is contest elections], you can do collectively through some of your agents” the Chief Justice asked. “A man cannot directly contest an election, so he constitutes a group of

Railways ‘pay and use’ toilets to get cheaper that people were not using these toilets at small rural railway stations. “In many areas, specially at small stations, people were not using the pay and use toilets and instead choosing to defecate in the open. “Now, DRMs can decide, depending on the kind of stations they are catering to, and see if the pay and use system is commercially viable or not”, said a senior official of the ministry. The official said that the DRMs also have been given the power to assess how many toilets need to be built in their areas under the Swachh Bharat Mis-

sion. They can build them through NGOs or self-help groups which can either charge a nominal fee for their use or nothing at all. The DRMs have been allowed to sign MOUs with non-profits which specialise in such toilets under the new policy. Officials say that this policy will be reviewed in a month’s time.

‘misadventure’, says Sitharaman

Jammu, Feb 12 (IANS): Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman on Monday said militants who killed five soldiers and a civilian at an Army camp in Jammu were Pakistanis and warned that Pakistan will pay a price for the terror attack. “Pakistan will have to pay for this misadventure,” Sitharaman told reporters here. The deaths of “our soldiers won’t go in vain”. The minister was in Jammu to take stock of the situation at the Sunjuwan Army camp which three heavily armed militants stormed it on Saturday morning and entered the residential quarters of junior commissioned officers, spraying bullets and hurling bombs. The operation was called off on Monday morning

Nirmala Sitharaman after the three attackers were killed. A fourth one, she said, may have been a guide and didn’t enter the military base. Sitharaman said the three militants were all Pakistanis and were handled by their Jaish-e-Muhammad leaders across the border. “The demography of the cantonment and the adjoining area indicates the possibility of

Regd.No. RS/637, H.Q. K. Station, 797109 Kohima :: Nagaland

Regd.No. ED/GSS/RS/1/95/(PT) 28-08-1995

The following new team of office bearers have taken charge of Wokha district Senior Citizens’ Forum for the tenure 2018-2020. Hence any matter relating the Forum may contact them. 1. M. Rhonbemo Murry : Chairman 2. N. Zubemo Kikon : Vice Chairman 3. Thechamo Tsanglao : Gen. Secretary 4. Nchumo Odyuo : Joint Secretary 5. Nrio Kikon : Treasurer Thechamo Tsanglao Gen. Secretary Contact No. 9612994682

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local support to the terrorists.” The Minister asserted that evidences related to Jaish’s involvement in the terror attack would be shared with Pakistan. “Giving evidence to Pakistan is a continuous process. It will have to be proved over and over again that they are responsible.” She said giving evidence to Pakistan would not prevent the Indian Army from responding “appropriately and at a time we deem fit”. Earlier, the Minister undertook an aerial survey of the Army station and visited the Army Hospital in Jammu city where those injured in the terror attack were being treated. She also called on Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti.

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M. Rhonbemo Murry Chairman Contact No: 9612460600

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The Kandi Students’ Union would like to congratulate Shri. Johnny G. Rengma, on being appointed as Non Official Director on the Board of Directors of the National Schedule Tribes Finance and Development Corporation (NSTFDC) under the Ministry of Tribal Affair, Government of India. The Union further wishes him success in his future endeavour and also pray that the Almighty God will continue to bless him. Seipele Wanth Senpenlo Kath General Secretary President KSU KSU

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CONDEMNATION

The VGOK take this opportunity to thank Almighty God and take pride and honour to extend our heartiest congratulations, to our senior officers on their promotion to higher grade.

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Through this press release, the Wokha Village Council vehemently condemn the 09 th February 2018 shooting incident at Don Bosco School road, Wokha Town wherein Shri. Zujanbemo Kithan Wokha Village Council Secretary was shot from behind by some unidentified miscreants while they were peacefully proceeding towards Wokha Village. Fortunately, they escaped unhurt. Such kind of barbaric activities to take someone’s life without any rhyme or reason should be condemned by one and all. The Wokha Village Council appeals all concerned constituencies within Wokha district to exercise maximum restrain to maintain peace and tranquility at Wokha Town so as to avoid unwanted problems in and around Wokha Town.

Nagamese Gosple Song Video Album Released on Feb, 10th 2 pm at New Creation Church Burm Camp Naga Colony. SINGER ; Nathan Khing [Pastor N.C.C.] Lutovi S. Swu [G.B Sunrise Colony] Chief Guest , Joywang Mongchan [ Chairman Arunachal affairs GPRN/NSCN ] said that anything we do we must put God first and understand that everything we have is from God. He also said that no matter whichever department we are in, let us work together for the glory of God. Tonivi Awomi [Pastor Nagaland Zoological Park] prayed for released and dedication. He said that there is healing, peace, change and transformation by listening the true gospel song. H.T. SWU PRODUCTION DIRECTED by Lutovi S. Swu DP-1395

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1. SMTI. ANENLA T SATO, Commissioner & Secretary to the Govt. of Nagaland 2. SHRI. VIKEYIE KENYA, Commissioner & Secretary to the Govt. of Nagaland 3. SHRI. KHRUPI SOTHU, Secretary, Govt. of Nagaland The VGOK thank them for bringing laurels to Viswemi in particular and the Nagas in general and further wishes them greater success in their future endeavours. (Er. Badi Pusa) General Secretary, VGOK

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New Delhi, Feb 12 (PTI): Using toilets at railway stations could soon be cheaper or even free at smaller railway stations, according to a new proposal by the Railway Board. Presently, the ‘pay and use’ toilet policy allows the contractors who build such toilets to fix its usage rates, albeit at market price. According to the new policy, the Divisional Railway Managers have been empowered to decide if they want these toilets to be paid for or keep them free for use of the public. “DRMs are empowered to make location specific assessments to decide whether construction, operation, maintenance of the pay and use toilets should be taken up as an ‘earning contract’ or a service contract,” said a letter dated February 7 from the Railway Board to all zonal railways after the Board’s meeting on February 2. In a service contract, the toilets would be free or a nominal fee would be charged from the user. Senior officials of railways told PTI that the need for a review of the pay and use toilet policy was felt after reports that adequate number of toilets were not being built under the Swachh Bharat Mission and

Upadhyay, who filed the petition, reasoned that if a convicted person could be banned from contesting elections, he or she should be also debarred from heading a political party and controlling other elected members of his or her party. The petition names leaders like the RJD’s Lalu Prasad, who was convicted in the fodder scam cases, and INLD leader O.P. Chautala, who was found guilty in the junior teachers recruitment scam. The Goswami Committee, in 1990, said Section 29A allowed political organisations to get registered simply by conforming to the provisions of the Constitution. The section, the committee said, effectively took away the power of the ECI to register political parties under the Symbols Order. This had opened the door for “non-serious” candidates from hosting their own political parties.

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persons to form a political party and contest an election. People can form an association of people to do philanthropic activities like have a hospital or a school. But when it comes to the field of governance, it is different,” he said. Additional Solicitor General Pinky Anand said the government would need some time to file a response. The court said a reform to ban convicted persons from becoming office-bearers of political parties would be in consonance with its past judgements slamming corrupt politics. The court posted the case after two weeks. In December last, the Supreme Court agreed to examine whether the ECI should be empowered to deregister a political party on the ground that a convicted person has either formed it or is a crucial office-bearer. Advocate Ashwini Kumar

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Bengaluru, Feb 12 (IANS): Raids on three leading fish processing units in coastal Karnataka revealed huge tax evasion on Rs 195 crore of undisclosed income and led to seizure of Rs 88 lakh unaccounted cash, a senior tax official said on Monday. “Raids, searches and surveys of the fishing units resulted in unearthing of Rs 195 crore undisclosed income and seizure of Rs 88 lakh from them so far,” Income Tax Department Joint Director G. Ramesh told IANS here. The official, however, did not give a break-up of the undisclosed income or cash seized from the three units as investigation was underway and incriminatory documents of the last six years were being scrutinised. “The amounts are likely to go up as our officials plan to investigate all related parties and concerns, their bank transactions in India and overseas and investments made abroad without disclosing them,” asserted Ramesh. According to sources in the intelligence wing of the tax department, the three processing units are Mukkan Seafood Ltd, Janath Fishmeal and Oil Products Ltd and Goan Fresh Marine Export Ltd, located at Mangaluru and Udupi in Dakshina Kannada district, 350-400 km from Bengaluru on the west coast. “The raids were conducted by 150 officers from Karnataka and Goa since February 8 on 20 premises and surveys in 23 premises of the units spread across six states, including Karnataka, Goa, Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu, Telangana and Andhra Pradesh,” reiterated Ramesh. Premises of some agents which supported the units in procuring the raw fish and other seafood like prawns were also searched, besides that of some end-users of the processed food. “The raids preceded discreet inquiries for over three months when our officials learnt about the modus operandi of various fish processing units. They also identified the whole chain, from raw fish suppliers to the end-users and swung into action on last Thursday,” said Ramesh.

New Delhi, Feb 12 (AGENCIES): Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra on Monday questioned the logic behind having a criminal and corrupt person as the head of a political party. He said such a lapse was a huge blow to the purity of the election process. Far worse is the prospect of democracy when such a criminal at the head of political party has the power and authority to choose candidates who would contest elections under his party’s banner, Chief Justice Misra observed at the head of a three-judge Bench. The court said having a criminal decide who the people should vote for, by itself, goes against the basic tenet of democracy. “How can a convicted person be an office-bearer of a political party and select candidates to contest elections? This goes against

temporary government employer cannot be removed on the grounds of miscounduct without holding a fullfledged inquiry. “However, in the present case, the members of the legislative assembly were removed without holding a full- fledged inquiry and without giving them any opportunity to explain if they ever held any office of profit,” the bench was told. The arguments on behalf of the MLAs, which remained inconclusive, will resume tomorrow. The high court had on January 24 refused to stay the Centre’s notification disqualifying the MLAs, but restrained the Commission

from taking any “precipitate measures” such as announcing dates for bypolls to fill the vacancies. The EC had recommended the disqualification of 20 AAP MLAs on January 19. The President had accepted the EC’s opinion the very next day. The 20 disqualified MLAs include Adarsh Shastri (Dwarka), Alka Lamba (Chandni Chowk), Anil Bajpai (Gandhi Nagar), Avtar Singh (Kalkaji), Kailash Gahlot (Najafgarh) -- who is also a minister -- Madan Lal (Kasturba Nagar), Manoj Kumar (Kondli), Naresh Yadav (Mehrauli), Nitin Tyagi (Laxmi Nagar), Praveen Kumar (Jangpura). The others are Rajesh Gupta (Wazirpur), Rajesh Rishi (Janakpuri), Sanjeev Jha (Burari), Sarita Singh (Rohtas Nagar), Som Dutt (Sadar Bazar), Sharad Kumar (Narela), Shiv Charan Goel (Moti Nagar), Sukhbir Singh (Mundka), Vijendar Garg (Rajinder Nagar) and Jarnail Singh (Tilak Nagar). The Delhi High Court had on September 8, 2016, set aside their appointment as parliamentary secretaries on the grounds that they were appointed without the concurrence of the Lieutenant Governor (LG).

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Nagaland Post

Post-mortem

Vol. XXVIII NO. 67 Dimapur, TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 13, 2018

Taxing the lower income

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inance Minister Arun Jaitley reiterated his commitment on reduction of corporation income tax to 25 percent. This is welcome and quite in sync with the global trend and what US president Donald Trump had done. Last April, Jaitley had said that India would be moving towards becoming a voluntary tax compliant society. That also is equally welcome. However, Jaitley also has to ensure that the step does not impoverish the common tax payer. He has reasons to be happy on the increase in number of I-T payers who are fattening government coffers. That looks good but almost all of them, barring a few, are at the threshold level of Rs 2.5 to 2.7 lakh annual income. These poorest classes are making the government richer. But they themselves are moving away from the market. So what the government is gaining the economy is losing. There are criticisms of government allowing cuts in corporate income tax and notionally losing about Rs 80,000 crore a year. That’s just notional. Effective corporation tax is not more than 22 percent as the corporations are good tax planners. However, to have it they spend a lot on tax management. Now as this aspect will be taken care of, effective corporate expenses will come down. Ultimately, that is expected to benefit the consumers as prices would come down. The inflationary trends would come down. That saves government expenses too and the society as a whole can grow faster. However, though the BJP in 2014 had indicated of doing away with the personal I-T, so far it is in a dilemma on how to manage government finances. It is a legitimate concern. The government expenses are growing. Its income-tax infrastructure has become bulkier. The compulsion of filing I-T return has increased paper work. An I-T officer in Hyderabad sent an assessee to jail and fined for not filing e returns for 2012-13. This was not a crime and should have attracted a penal fine. Tax terror is bad as it only leads to covert ways as shown in UP when a GST commissioner was caught for accepting alleged gratification. Such officials are sent gifts and other benefits by large taxpayers. The Narendra Modi government has an onerous goal of making India an honest society. Jaitley ought to scrap dysfunctional taxes, such as the personal income tax, and focus on taxing expenditure more effectively. The twin move will likely give the economy the consumption boost it needs. India’s relationship with avoiding income taxes is the stuff of movie plots. The rich go to creative lengths to avoid paying taxes. The enforcement also has its cost and encouraging more dishonesty in society. Overall, there is little by way of example to incentivize tax evaders into becoming taxpayers. Scrapping personal income taxes, on the other hand, will end both covert and thrifty spending. It will free up incomes that could find their way to services ranging from travel to home improvement. It will also give a fillip to consumables from groceries to gadget. India has a capable actual tax-paying population who will remain small for a long time to come unless average family income increases from less than Rs 10,000 a year. The government can be an enabler by freeing a small amount collected as I-T so that society can spend more, boost consumption and spread that into the entire society. A small give away can boost the economy. Such a step would eliminate fear of spending and filing IT returns and save on administrative costs, prosecution and other paraphernalia. What is lost is gained in more than one way. Let Jaitley spread the largesse to the people and let the government prosper.

DailyDevotion Are You Listening to God? They said to Moses, “You speak with us, and we will hear; but let not God speak with us, lest we die.” —Exodus 20:19 We don’t consciously and deliberately disobey God— we simply don’t listen to Him. God has given His commands to us, but we pay no attention to them— not because of willful disobedience, but because we do not truly love and respect Him. “If you love Me, keep My commandments” (John 14:15). Once we realize we have constantly been showing disrespect to God, we will be filled with shame and humiliation for ignoring Him. “You speak with us,…but let not God speak with us….” We show how little love we have for God by preferring to listen to His servants rather than to Him. We like to listen to personal testimonies, but we don’t want God Himself to speak to us. Why are we so terrified for God to speak to us? It is because we know that when God speaks we must either do what He asks or tell Him we will not obey. But if it is simply one of God’s servants speaking to us, we feel obedience is optional, not imperative. We respond by saying, “Well, that’s only your own idea, even though I don’t deny that what you said is probably God’s truth.” Am I constantly humiliating God by ignoring Him, while He lovingly continues to treat me as His child? Once I finally do hear Him, the humiliation I have heaped on Him returns to me. My response then becomes, “Lord, why was I so insensitive and obstinate?” This is always the result once we hear God. But our real delight in finally hearing Him is tempered with the shame we feel for having taken so long to do so.

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Opportunities are like sunrises. If you wait too long, you miss them. ~ William Arthur Ward

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What did you expect?

hen elephant population swelled in Africa, some countries introduced the system of culling (selective killing) of elephants, in an effort to control their increasing population. They targeted adult Bull Elephants, but soon found out that adolescent males took up the behaviour of random and senseless destruction. These young male elephants, not only uprooted trees and destroyed vegetation, but began attacking other animals, without rhyme or reason. This led to the discovery that without the restraining presence of the mature Bulls, who enforced hierarchical and societal discipline, it became a free-for-all among the young male elephants. So, if lack of rules and discipline can affect an animal that functions more on instinct than reason, how much more will it affect men? Men who can reason, who can recognise cause and effect? Look at us, everything about us is corrupted and perverted. We seek Government Employment, not to serve the people, but to loot the people of what is rightfully theirs; we seek Elected Office, not to build up Society but to destroy it, by looting our State. Our Civil Societies, instead of safeguarding the rights of Society, sell our rights so that their executive members may get their share of the plunder. And our “Freedom Fighters”! What a laugh! Our supposed oppressor, India, frees us from paying taxes to it, at the same time pumping Thousands of Crores of Rupees into our Economy, while our “Freedom Fighter” tax us to enrich themselves! Do you know how absurd and perverse that it? Religion is supposed to give us a Moral Compass, something which we can use to guide our

A call for clean election

Poll-Related Violence taking place in Wokha and Mokokchung? What did you expect? We have culled Naga Society of people who are Holy, Good and Law Abiding, and replaced them with Self-Seekers. When the Elders of a Society break the law day in and day out for decades at a stretch; when Society is deprived of Justice; do you expect the Young to obey Laws you have broken, time and again? Who are guiding and inciting the Youth to Violence? The Self-Seekers who would fill their pockets Today, at the expense of Nagaland’s Tomorrow. The only reason why violence has not broken out in other Districts and among other Tribes is because there is less awareness of the importance of Assembly Elections. But as Polling Day approaches, I expect more violence to erupt in other places. Canvassing for votes in the usual manner has been prevented by the false slogan, “Solution before Election”. The Candidates have been deprived of 2 months of trying to convince the swing voters to support them. All the action that should have been spread over three months has been compressed to 20 odd days. Rival Candidates will have to spend more and cause more mayhem to buy the vacillators or threaten them into submission, respectively. God Forbid that more pain and destruction should follow; but all violence that has happened and all that may follow, is largely the fault of all the proponents of the lie, “Solution before Election”. We need honesty and accountability in Nagaland; if not, we can expect nothing but destruction and mayhem. God Save Nagaland Kahuto Chishi Sumi, Akukau, Hevishe Village, Khaghaboto Range

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egal process of nomination and scrutiny are over. We are now all set to go to the poll after less than 15 days of hectic campaigning by the parties and independent candidates as well that are in the fray. This time gap between the nomination and the polling day is comparatively shorter than the previous elections shorter the better for many good reasons to my mind. Fellow Naga voters; the ensuing election to the 13th house is going to be the most crucial election in the history of Nagaland state politics! For sure we are going to be litmus tested. As our state is 54 years old by now we cannot be kidding any more. More than half a century old citizens we are, we should have been matured enough and qualified for free and fair election (clean pools in the popular term). But alas it is not so on the ground! We Nagas have thrown away all our old moral values. Yes, we are Nagas by blood but by our characters and behaviours we have reduced ourselves to much lesser Nagas! How and from where do we regain our last character is one simple but important question for all of us. If any Naga can come out openly claiming that in every respectable respect he/she is remaining a TRUE NAGA and a TRUE CHRISTIAN, hats off to such a he or a she. Let us be reminded of some of our failures :E.g (i) The 18 point agreement inked for clean polls on 22nd June 2017 between 7 political parties and NBCC which was very exhaustive covering almost all important points that would make clean polls remained just in the paper and on records.

Every valid agreement should be legally binding and enforceable but that is not the case in this 18 point agreement. The agreement was without proper planning for implementation. With due apology the agreement was just some good thoughts put together by the signatories in the form of agreement. As we are seeing it, from Day 1, almost all the points have been violated and so far no voice has been heard from the signatories against the violation! (ii) The demand and the stand for solution before election and no filing nominations and no issue of party tickets by the parties have all been ended in tamashas. Who will ask why all these are so? Such are our present day Naga characters! Have we not reduced ourselves to lesser Nagas? To save time and space let me talk straight. I. Dear fellow Naga voters, let us not sell our votes. Our one vote is invaluable. One vote can decide the future of our next government. II. Respected candidates, if you want to be a good and God-fearing leader, please do not buy vote, buying one vote would amount to buying the whole votes. III. For non-Christian voters and who do not fear God let them have their own decisions. IV. Our state has more than 95% overwhelmingly Christian majority and we are all believers. Let us not compromise our Christian faith. V. Trading with our franchise is straightaway a crime. Let us not do it. R.Ezong, Senior Citizen, Mt. View Colony, Purana Bazar, Dimapur

Unethical election process brings corruption in the political system

(From previous issue) So, as you are preparing for election, let us pray to have clean election so that our elected leaders work for us. It’s time we enjoy the best development in our land. It is time that we all live in a ceiling and plastered house. On Palm Sunday Jesus cleansing the temple is a clear example that Jesus is against the corruption. Jesus is not against anybody but against the wrong. We need to imitate our Lord in fighting the corruption. Politicians must polish not pollute the politics. It is not wise to talk about corrupted people and government but to find out the root cause of it. We must turn back and think why not the right things are? The Bible is warning us to “Make hay while the sun shines.” We need to mend before it is too late or else we be struck down. If present phase of corruptions/evils go uncheck we will be no people in near future. Let us be true to democracy and let democracy works its concept. (Concluded) S. Pahrii Sapa, Visiting Pastor, Zhaimai, Liyai Baptist Church, Manager, Abundant Grace Englihten, Senapati, (spahrii_79@yahoo.com)

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thoughts and deeds. The refusal of The Churches, under the aegis of the Joint Christian Forum, to take part in the scam of, “Solution before Election”, made me think that our N.B.C.C. had managed to recover some semblance of sanity, but its latest statement, denouncing Electoral Violence, but at the same time pushing an Anti-B.J.P. Agenda, smacks of Political Propaganda on behalf of some other Party. Is this your “Clean Election” Agenda? Everything you stated about the atrocities committed by Hindu Fundamentalists is true. I was horrified when I read about the deaths of Mr. Graham Staines and his sons. But when did you wake up to the fact that the Bharatiya Janata Party is the Political Wing of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh? Or that the Vishwa Hindu Parishad is one of the Member Organisations of the R.S.S. and that the Bajrang Dal is the militant youth wing of the V.H.P.? Did the B.J.P. Party come out of the blue to contest the 13th Nagaland Legislative Assembly Polls? Did Fundamentalist Hindus suddenly begin committing atrocities on Christians? Where was your condemnation of the B.J.P. Party all these years, and before Electoral Canvassing was begun? I do not recall you refusing the hiring of the Covenant Hall to the B.J.P. You may make excuses that it was not the B.J.P, but The Airports Authority of India (if I recall correctly) that hired the Hall, but when you “found out” that the B.J.P. was going to use it, you could have refused. Even hotels reserve the right to refuse admission to customers, why couldn’t you. I agree with what you have stated, but the timing stinks to High Heaven. Why are we shocked by the

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he election in our land is an unethical process. Politicians today are aiming to capture power by hook with no consideration for ethical values, and that brings corruption in the political system. Free and fair election is necessity of democracy, but there is no free and fair election in our land, not observing the law of the nation in true spirit. Clean election is necessity of democracy, every representation of people whether MLA or MP has to observe the law of the nation in true spirit. Clean election constitutes the foundation of Parliamentary Democracy. Today money and muscle power plays an important role in election to win and after winning the election, only few money is spent on developmental work and the rest goes into the pocket of politicians to recover their money which was spent during the election. We know that in Nagaland during election both poor and rich people spent money in reckless manner, because during election money is just like a leaves of tree falling during autumn season. It doesn`t meant that all the politicians are corrupt; some are dedicated and devoted politicians who have sacrificed a lot for the welfare of our people. But the process of election in Nagaland is totally an unethical, for which

there is corruption in the political system in Nagaland. In the path of reform in election process on 13th March, 2003, the judgement of Supreme Court had delivered following points (1) Candidates must declare their criminal antecedents, wealth, educational qualifications etc. (2) Voter has fundamental right to know the antecedents of a candidate and this right was independent of the statutory right under the election law. (3) A voter is first citizen of this country and apart from statutory right; he is having fundamental right conferred by Constitution. According to Mr, Justice M.B. Shah “right to vote would be meaningless unless citizens are well informed about the antecedents of candidate”, therefore, a voter should know the antecedents and personality of the candidate whom he/she is going to give his/her valuable vote. To eradicate unethical election process and corruption in the political system public must play vital role. In democracy public is the most powerful entity, if public do not vote in favour of dishonest and corrupt politicians who wish to purchase their votes, the said problems in the political system will be solved. As a Christian we should not sell our votes, selling our vote is

selling our truth and birthright. Bible prohibits selling the truth. Proverbs is a collection of wise saying for daily living. It covers all the important aspect of human life, so Proverbs 23:23 says “do not sell the truth” Today many Nagas are exchanging the truth with money which is destroying the principle of Nagaland for Christ. We know the story of Esau in the Bible for selling his birthright to his brother Jacob, (Genesis 25: 29-34). One day when Esau came in famished from hunting and asked Jacob to feed him some of the red stew that was preparing, Jacob was quick to take advantage over his brother’s weakness and bargained with Esau to sell his birthright in exchange for the food. Esau sold his birthright to Jacob in exchange for food. Jacob was wrong to exploit Esau`s hunger for his own benefit, but Esau also was wrong to be more concerned about his immediate physical needs than about his long term inheritance. By despising his birthright Esau lost his status in the family. Esau and his descendents had lost much. But Jacob also met trouble in his life. He had broken the moral code for which, he had to suffer the consequence. Behaviour of today`s politicians depicts the nature of Jacob, who took advantage and

exploited Esau for his own benefit when Esau was hungry and public have become Esau who sold his birthright to gratify his immediate physical needs and lost his long term inheritance. Therefore, both the politicians and the public of the Nagas need to learn a lesson from the above said story. We are living in a democratic country; so, we must be aware of our right and power of voting. Knowing ethical voting and ethical process of election is vital to eradicate corruption in the political system. Corrupt politicians must not be voted to be in power. How can we expect from the politicians who are having corrupt background to provide us pure governance? Unless citizens are well informed about the ethical election process there will be no solution of this corruption prevailing in the political system in our land. Therefore, it is the duty of every bona-fide citizen to learn about ethical processes of election to bring transformation in the political system in our land. In conclusion I request all the voters to maintain ethical voting and cast your valuable votes to the deserved, dedicated, sincere and honest politicians in the upcoming State Assembly Election 2018. Dr. P. Inaho, Pastor Homeland Baptist Church

How far is Nagaland after 12 time of Election?

mong the three states of Northeast India who are preparing for the upcoming state election, Nagaland is the oldest state compared to Tripura and Meghalaya. Nagaland got it full- fledged statehood on the 1st of December, 1963 while the other states, Meghalaya and Tripura in the year 1972. Looking back at the past years since 1964 Nagaland had its first state election to the State Legislative Assembly. However, we do not know how many of the voters learned from the past experiences of choosing their own leaders to the state Legislative Assembly. We do agree with Kahuto Sumi‘s last article on ‘The Dilemma facing the Naga voter’ (NP Feb 9, 2018) who stated that Nagaland needs clean candidates rather than clean election. We have heard and read in different newspapers as well as TV channels reporting about the different churches in Nagaland constantly praying for clean election in the

state. Certainly this good act of the people belonging to different churches in the state is admired and appreciated by all. However, as Kahuto stated in his last article that we need more clean candidates rather than clean election is much more appropriate for our state like Nagaland. Twelve times Nagaland had experienced state election since the first election conducted in January 1964, while the first state government was formed on the 11th February 1964 with its first Chief Minister P. Shilu Ao, an MLA from Impur constituency. Therefore, as the 13th state election in Nagaland is coming on the 27th February this month, we do not know how far the Naga voters have learned from the past to cast the vote to the right candidate who will serve and govern the state well. Are we the citizens for good governance or for money? How can the state develop if all run for money rather than good governance or good government? We

have seen quite many articles in different newspapers of Nagaland where the writers keep on questioning the public ‘Is Nagaland for Christ or for money?’ Having said so, we do not have any intention to condemn or to criticize any of the candidates for the election; instead we just want to make the readers reflect on how we exercise our franchise in the past years of election. Last year we had written an article on ‘Good roads attract more tourists’ yet when we see our road condition in Nagaland is really unacceptable and condemnable to any of the government in the past. ‘As we enter Nagaland gate we can feel like sitting on a horse not inside the vehicle’ said one of the citizens of Dimapur. Hence, if roads are not improving even in the city like Dimapur imagine of the road condition in the thousand of villages in Nagaland. ‘It is better to go by chopper rather than by road’ said one of the citizens of Tuensang town. On the other hand, the

chopper service is merely twice a week, and that is only when the weather is clear. Consequently, it cannot meet the demands of the people again he added. Thus, where are the schemes for road and development? Furthermore a good road is only a distant dream for the people of Tuensang district. As a result, it is a high time for the people of Nagaland to choose the good leaders to the state Legislative Assembly as they exercise their franchise on the 27th of this month. Let us remember the beautiful words of the father of the Nation Mahatma Gandhi who once said ‘The world has enough resources for the needy but not enough for the greedy’. Thus, let the citizens be prudent enough in casting the vote to the right candidate rather than later complaining of the corrupted government in Nagaland. Aiborlang and Tsungkamla, Bosco B.Ed College, Dimapur Reader’s note: Articles or letters published in any of the columns do not reflect the view of this newspaper nor that

Reader’s Post

Bank Employees Sir,

A new breed of bank employees is coming up. They helpful and take time to explain what a customer needs to do to get their job done. This ensures the customer leaving the bank satisfied and early, saving time for all involved. This should be appreciated and encouraged because we have all face the ire of the rude and “don’t approach me” faced bank employees; especially irking when you see them behave unprofessionally with people like me (and esp. old people) who have not lived lives conducive to learning the intricacies of banking. Our thanks to the new breed. God bless you and your lives. Samuel, Dimapur of the Editor in any manner.


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Situation in J&K worsens; CM pitches for talks Naga identity may perish: Dr. Shurho

Rio wins uncontested; boost for NDPP-BJP Zeliang’s leadership because Zeliang did not lead from the front but led from behind. Also, Rio said that he made his stand clear that he could not accept Zeliang’s leadership because Zeliang had openly confronted the public during the ULB issue. On the party resolution passed during his chief ministership that an MP will not be given ticket to contest assembly seat till completion of term in parliament, Rio explained that it was a “political decision”. He, however, added that the resolution also mentioned that an MP cannot return to contest a general election “until his/ her service was required.” Referring to the fears being expressed in some

quarters by NDPP’s prepoll alliance with BJP, a party perceived as a rightwing Hindu party, Rio said the Church’s apprehension stemmed from the happenings in some parts of the country. He, however, pointed out that no communal tension was witnessed during his chief ministership. Rio said that in 20152018 all legislators became a part of the government and there was no opposition. However the activities of the government were not acceptable to many as the targeted beneficiaries of many welfare schemes were deprived of benefits and thus compelling people to act like the Opposition. Rio also expressed happiness after having

NPCC releases election manifesto

DIMAPUR: All India Congress Committee (AICC) obser ver Capt Praveen Dawar on Monday released Congress manifesto for the ensuing Assembly election. Speaking on the occasion, Dawar remarked that today the nation was at the crossroads – one leading towards a Hindu rashtra while another towards a secular State. This, he said, had placed a great responsibility upon the people of Nagaland to make the right choice and protect secularism, even as he appealed for voting in favour of secularism. Nagaland Pradesh Congress Committee (NPCC) president K Therie, who too was present on the occasion, said the present Nagaland Legislative Assembly (NLA) had lost its meaning as the Assembly met just to fulfil the constitutional provisions and did not sit long enough to discuss issues and problems confronting the people. Lamenting that the people had also come to believe in money power over issues that concerned their future, Therie commented that he was pained to see that “our people” were forgetting the bad roads and collapsed bridges in the State. H e ex p l a i n e d t h i s was for the first time in the history of Nagaland that Nagaland Baptist Church Council (NBCC) had come out openly because they recognised the threat from

the BJP-RSS combine. According to Therie, Congress, which subscribed to the ideology of secularism, had taken a policy decision to support secular candidates in constituencies where the party was not putting up candidates. “We shall work to provide a secular front or alliance government in the State,” he added. Stating that NPF had expressed no regret in not being able to form an alliance with BJP, the NPCC president termed this as an indication of the party’s shift to secularism. He said talks were on with some secular parties and that the Congress would tacitly support them against BJP-NDPP alliance in constituencies where it did not have a candidate. “Congress will support secular parties to form the government as this in the only option,” he reiterated. Highlighting the manifesto, Therie said one of the major commitments of Congress was the endeavour to solve the decades-old Naga political problem. He also said cashless health cards would be issued to all citizens, thereby insuring them for free cashless treatment. He also promised that Congress would strive for quality education in the State so that students did not have to migrate to other cities. To boost employment, Therie said all departments would be encouraged to only take up projects that

would generate employment and were productive. He said agriculture sector would get special attention through minimum support price to famers to assure them returns and that value addition would be done through cold storages to ensure that Nagaland’s organic food was marketed. “We shall increase technical seats to 3,000 with scope for increasing the intake capacity further,” he promised. Claiming that minorities had participated when the memorandum for Naga Hills was submitted to Simon Commission in 1929, the NPCC president however lamented that their participation was lacking today. He, therefore, promised that legislation would be introduced to ensure their participation in decisionmaking process through nominations. He also assured 100% release of MGNREGA fund to beneficiaries and full delivery of schemes under Civil Supplies department. Alleging that Nagaland did not benefit from any additional Plan or non-Plan fund apart from the 14th Finance Commission award, Therie said the State today faced a deficit of over Rs 2,000 crore. Asserting that only Congress could rescue the State from the present situation, the party president promised to provide a secular and corruption-free government with support of the people.

been declared a winner uncontested and thanked Kense for withdrawing his candidature. Rio also exuded confidence that NDPP-BJP alliance would get absolute majority and form the next government. NDPP Kohima hails Rio’s uncontested win: Nationalist Democratic Progressive Party (NDPP) Kohima unit has hailed the uncontested win of its leader Neiphiu Rio from 11-Northern Angami II A/C. NDPP Kohima unit president, Avio Testso in a statement issued on the same day on Monday, thanked the Almighty God for the victory and also congratulated Rio for winning uncontested in line with the popular wishes

Interpol praises India for arresting top turtle smuggler Bhopal, Feb 12 (PTI): The Interpol has praised India after the Madhya Pradesh Forest Department’s State Tiger Strike Force (STSF) managed to arrest a turtle smuggler whose network was spread across several countries, MP forest officials said today. The Principal Chief Conser vator of Forest (PCCF), Wildlife, Jitendra Agrawal, today informed that the Interpol, in a letter to the National Crime Records Bureau on February 7, praised India for arresting Manivannan Murugesan. T h e S T S F ’s h e a d Ritesh Sarothiya told PTI that Murugesan was arrested from Chennai on January 31, following which it alerted other acountries about the arrest.

of the voters of Northern Angami-II constituency in particular and Nagas in general. NDPP Kohima unit region also thanked Chüpfuo Angami, the sole rival NPF candidate from Northern Angami II, and his supporters for “magnanimously” withdrawing his candidature to pave the way for Rio to be uncontested. The party also acknowledged the sacrifice of Dr. Neiphrezo Keditsu for vacating his seat for Rio. The party unit also thanked and appreciated State BJP president Visasolie Lhoungu for paving the way for Rio’s win by wholeheartedly lending his support in the true spirit of alliance.

BJP or its govt won’t come in the way of Naga pact: Rijiju (From p-1) Disclosing that ongoing peace-talks was almost in the final stage, sources said the peace-process was progressing very well and both the parties have reached to an agreement on major substantive issues. Indicating that a large section of NSCN (K) leaders were willing to join the peace-process, security sources said

Centre has made it clear to all the stakeholders in Nagaland that there will be only one agreement at the end of Nag talks. Informing that Centre was hopeful of NSCN (K) joining the peace-process soon, sources said, “If they fail to join, they will be left out.” Refusing to give any time frame, sources however indicated that final solution to the Naga political problem is the matter of few months only.

State BJP unit rejects ‘communal tag’ (From p-1) in an election might prove harmful and create social discord? How can the clergy preach people to be truthful, righteous and keep the faith and, at the same time, make it clear that in their judgment or opinion party A is righteous/better than party B?” BJP asked. With less than three weeks left for the Assembly election, the sudden and oblique declaration that BJP, which was a partner in the NPF-led DAN government, was a communal party was perplexing, it added. BJP rather advised NBCC to encourage people to come out and exercise their franchise rather than recommend or influence which party to vote for or which party to reject. Confusing the public by

trying to interfere in voters’ choice was unlawful, it pointed out. The media cell reiterated that almost all BJP leaders in Nagaland are Christians and that there should not be an iota of doubt in people’s mind that their faith will ever be compromised. Stressing that BJP Nagaland would work solely for the welfare and uplift of the people and usher in a corruption-free government, BJP vowed to never interfere in issues pertaining to religious practices and culture of the State. Further BJP said it was quite appalled to see social media being flooded with “false and fake propaganda, especially in a Christian State like ours”. It added that lies, rumours and deceit had ousted truth from “our hearts and most

of us are like the proverbial ‘pot calling the kettle black’”. Alleging that every achievement of the Central government was downplayed outright while any error or omission blown out of proportion, BJP said, while everyone had the right to criticise the party, they should be based on facts and not on preconceived notions. BJP declared that, as a mature and responsible political party, it held development and corruptionfree governance as top priorities and that these two are what Nagaland needed the most at this “critical juncture”. The party’s only “vested interest” in the State was development without corruption and stability with good Governance, the statement underlined.

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(From p-1) Aside from feeling isolated, Rio said he could not remain in the party if T.R Zeliang was to lead the party. Thereafter, Rio said he returned to NDPP party, formed by “likeminded” people. On the sealing of a pre-poll alliance with BJP, Rio recalled his meeting with Central BJP president, Amit Shah who proposed a triangular alliance between NPF, NDPP and BJP considering their 15 year alliance with NPF. He said Shah also asked him whether he (Rio) can lead the party and whether he can take Zeliang under his leadership to which Rio had replied that that may not be a problem but he had refused to work under

sented the Naga identity and upliftment of Naga society, and he assured the gathering that he would work for the people if elected. The working president of the Central Women’s Wing, Khriezobeinuo Sanchu and Pele Khezhie also spoke on the occasion. Earlier, NPF Tseminyu Division secretary, Ronseni Kemp chaired the programme, division president, Ahino Tep delivered the welcome address and the vote of thanks was pronounced by the party division general secretary, Stephen K. Rengma, and the invocation prayer was offered by Sr. Pastor, Sherhünlo Kent.

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are suffering. We have to talk because war is not an option,” she later tweeted. A CRPF constable was killed in a gunfight with terrorists in downtown Srinagar after security forces foiled militants’ attempts to strike a CRPF camp. The mllitants were still holed up in an abandoned house in Karan Nagar in the heart of the city where intermittent firing was on. Pakistan-based Lashkar-e-Taiba, meanwhile, has claimed responsibility for the attack on the CRPF camp. Its Kashmir chief

the NPF was not just a political party but it represented the identity of the Naga people. He questioned which party, besides the NPF, belonged to the people since the newly floated NDPP was yet to be recognized by the ECI and the rest were all national parties. He urged the Rengma community to elect their leader wisely so that they do not regret their decision in the future. During his speech, the NPF candidate Logus expressed his gratitude for the party rank and file for having confidence in him and allotting to him the NPF ticket. He said that he joined the party because it repre-

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they are dubbed anti-national. There is no alternative (to resolve the issue) except by holding talks,” Mehbooba told the state Assembly in Jammu on the concluding day of the budget session. “If we (the Kashmiris) don’t talk about it (dialogue), who will? Not a Bihari, not a Punjabi,” she said. “Dialogue with Pakistan is necessary if we are to end bloodshed. I know I will be labelled antinational by news anchors tonight but that doesn’t matter. The people of J&K

(From p-1) Admitting that the NPF led 12th house of the NLA saw the greatest crisis due to some corrupt and power-mongering leaders, he pointed out that many of these leaders had been dropped and only 17 out of the 48 MLAs had been allotted party tickets. He claimed that the party had fielded fresh and capable leaders who were concerned about the upliftment of the Nagas. Shürhozelie also stated that many political parties draft manifestos with tall promises to lure voters, but his party had written theirs in a pragmatic and achievable way purely for the development of the people. He claimed that

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Jammu/Srinagar, Feb 12 (PTI): Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti today pitched afresh for a dialogue between India and Pakistan to end the violence in the restive state, even as a gunfight raged between terrorists and security forces in Srinagar. The chief minister also hit out at some media houses, which, she claimed, have created an atmosphere in which the very talk of talks was considered anti-national. “If Farooq Abdullah and Mehbooba Mufti say hold talks with Pakistan,

that Kashmiris were losing lives on the borders and in hinterland, civilians or security personnel, she said she was happy that both the opposition and the ruling parties in the state favoured dialogue for conflict resolution. She assailed “some TV channels” for vitiating the atmosphere in the state. “There are some media houses that have created an atmosphere where even talking about talks has become anti- national. They hold worst debates with polarised mindset. They bring people from Kashmir who are not even known in their own colonies. “They always speak anti-India. They are picked up because they use unparliamentary and bad language, particularly against India, and same type of people are picked from the other side to reply to them,” Mehbooba said. Recalling her father, the late Mufti Mohammad Sayeed, she said the former chief minister always favoured dialogue as a tool to strengthen democracy, which, he felt, was a battle of ideas.

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Operations in south Kashmir have been intensified in wake of videos of large groups of militants surfacing on social media.

Mehmood Shah claimed in an e-mailed statement that the attack was perpetrated by its activists. The heavily-armed militants tried to strike the CRPF camp, located very close to SMHS Hospital from where Lashkar- eTaiba militant Naveed Jutt alias Abu Hanzala was freed from police custody by terrorists on February 6. The incident comes two days after Jaish-eMohammad militants attacked an Army camp in Sunjwan area of Jammu, killing six people including five soldiers. Three militants were also killed in retaliation by the Army. “The search operation is still on (at the camp),” Jammu- based Army public relations officer Lt Col Devender Anand told PTI. India and Pakistan, Mehbooba told the House, have fought three wars but the Kashmir problem has been been resolved. “ We h ave f o u g h t three wars in 1947, 1965 and 1971 and have won all of them, even Kargil war, but our basic problem has not been resolved,” she said, insisting a solution to the Kashmir question lay in talks alone. Noting


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The report said the economy has recovered from these shocks as seen in 6.7 per cent growth in the September 2017 quarter, which is expected to go up further to 7 per cent for the December quarter and to 7.5 per cent for the three months to March 2018, the report said. On the expected actions from RBI, it said the last policy review was less hawkish than what was feared initially which hints that the central bank is considerate to growth concerns. The report, however, did not offer a timeline for the rate hike. “The central bank is not willing to jump into a rate hike cycle in a hurry, unless inflation risks rise materially from current levels,” it said, adding the RBI will stay on hold for a longer period. It can be noted that the potential stance of RBI,

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Mumbai, Feb 12 (PTI): The economy will accelerate to 7.5 per cent in FY19 and there is a slim chance of the much- feared rate hike by the central bank in the nearterm as inflation risks abate, says a report. There is optimism on the growth front and the expansion rate should go up to 7.5 per cent for FY19 from the 6.6 per cent print in FY18, German brokerage Deutsche Bank said in a report Monday. Admitting its growth estimate is marginally higher than the 7.5 per cent median forecast by the Reserve Bank’s professional forecasters poll last week, the report said even with the higher number, growth will be lower than the potential rate. Growth slid to a threeyear low of 5.7 per cent for the June 2017 quarter due to the impact of demonetisation and implementation of GST.

will now be covered under the Government Savings Banks Act, 1873. The schemes include Post Office Savings Account, National Savings Monthly Income (Account), National Savings Recurring Deposit and Sukanya Samriddhi Account. The Finance Bill 2018 states that the ongoing structure of the schemes will not be affected if the PPF Act is repealed. The bill states, “Anything done or any action taken or purported to have been done or taken, including any rule, notification, order or notice made or issued or any direction given under the repealed enactments shall be deemed to have been done or taken under the corresponding provisions of this (Government Savings Banks Act, 1873 ) Act.” “All deposits made or accounts or certificates held under the repealed enactments shall be deemed to be deposits or holdings in the Savings Scheme made under the corresponding provisions of this (Government Savings Banks Act, 1873) Act.”

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New Delhi, Feb 12 (PTI): Retail inflation declined to 5.07 per cent in January due to easing prices of vegetables, fruits and fuel components, an official data showed Monday. Based on Consumer price index (CPI), the inflation was at 5.21 per cent in December -- a 17-month high, and 3.17 per cent in January last year. The data released by the Central Statistics Office (CSO) showed that the rate of price rise for consumer foods eased to 4.7 per cent in January, from 4.96 per cent in December. Inflation in the vegetable basket slowed to 26.97 per cent as against 29.13 in December. Prices of fruits too rose at a lower pace of 6.24 per cent last month, as against 6.63 per cent recorded in the preceding month.

NEW DELHI, Feb 12 (Agencies): The Budget 2018-19 has a proposal that you need to know about -- the functioning of the Public Provident Fund (PPF). According to the Finance Bill 201819, a provision has been made to repeal the PPF Act, 1968. The proposed change in the budget has raised fears of losing benefits under the PPF scheme among subscribers and beneficiaries. This prompted Economic Affairs Secretary SC Garg to issue a clarification on the matter. The economic affairs secretary took to Twitter and said: “Public Provident Fund (PPF) Deposits enjoy protection from being attached. All existing protections have been saved while consolidating PPF Act under proposed Government Savings Promotion Act. Existing and new PPF deposits would continue to have this protection.” In the Finance Bill, a provision has been made to repeal the Public Provident Fund Act, 1968. As a result, all small savings schemes including PPF

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for the current fiscal have not been circulated along the agenda to the trustees and it would be tabled during the meeting, they said, adding the decision to sell the ETFs was taken after factoring in the income projections for the current fiscal by the EPFO. The EPFO has been investing in ETF since August 2015 and it has so far not monetised the ETF investments. The EPFO has invested around Rs 44,000 crore in the ETFs till date. The agenda listed for the meeting of the trustees includes the proposal for rate of interest on the EPF deposits for the current fiscal. The trustees may also review the proposal to credit the ETFs into the members’ EPF account because a large number of members do not have that level of financial literacy.

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New Delhi, Feb 12 (PTI): Retirement fund body EPFO is expected to keep interest rate unchanged at 8.65 per cent on provident funds for its about 5 crore members for 2017-18 at its trustees’ meet on February 21, 2018, sources said. The Employees Provident Fund Organisation (EPFO) has already sold exchange traded funds (ETF) worth Rs 2,886 crore earlier this month to bridge the gap to maintain 8.65 per cent for this fiscal, they said. The EPFO had announced 8.65 per cent rate of interest on deposits for 2016-17, a tad lower than 8.8 per cent in 2015- 16. It has earned a return of around 16 per cent at Rs 1,054 crore which would be sufficient to provide 8.65 per cent rate of interest this fiscal, said sources. The income projections

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NEW DELHI, Feb 12 (PTI): Insurance regulator Irda has asked all insurers to transfer the deposits of policyholders that have been laying unclaimed for over 10 years to the welfare fund by March 1. “All insurers having unclaimed amounts of policyholders for a period of more than 10 years as on September 30, 2017 shall transfer the same to Senior Citizens’ Welfare Fund (SCWF) on or before March 1, 2018,” the Insurance Regulatory and Development Authority of India has said in a circular. L i f e, n o n - l i f e a n d health insurance service providers will have to comply to the SCWF Rules, 2016 every year. “The insurers shall make transfers to the consolidated fund of India on or before the 1st March, each year,” Irda said. An interest bearing account in the public fund of the government, SCWF has been set up for promoting welfare of senior citizens through schemes such as old age pensions, long term savings instruments, promotion of health care and nutrition and affordable health care among others.

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management gets problematic. “So, therefore debt market remains confined to few domestic players...I think therefore time has come for this step to be taken in right earnest,” he said. Talking about India’s economic growth, he said this year (2018-19), the economy will grow at 7.5 per cent plus. “By 2019-20, India will start growing at 8 per cent,” Kumar said. India’s total debt is estimated at Rs 66.68 lakh crore at the end of March 2018, which is likely to go up to Rs 72.51 lakh crore by March 2019, according to

of vehicle finance are expected to grow faster than before, commercial vehicle financing, which constitutes 51 per cent of the vehicle finance portfolio of NBFCs, is expected to rebound from the lows seen over the past several years. Crisil expects the commercial vehicle financing segment to clock a CAGR of 14 per cent till 2020, on account of which NBFCs would retain their share of over 65 per cent in the overall CV finance market. “Light commercial vehicle finance will steer this growth as the hub and spoke logistics model gains traction after GST, but the shift to higher tonnage vehicles will also prop medium and heavy commercial vehicle (M&HCV) financing,” the report said. The other major segment, cars and UV financing, which constitutes 34 per cent of the overall NBFC vehicle finance portfolio, is expected to clock a CAGR of 18 per cent over the next three financial years, due to increasing disposable incomes, growing preference for higher-value UVs and improving penetration of formal finance, according to Crisil.

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the Budget document. The interest payment on the public debt is estimated to rise from Rs 5.3 lakh crore in 2017-18 to Rs 5.75 lakh in 2018-19. In his February 2015 Budget speech, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley had proposed to set up a Public Debt Management Agency (PDMA) within the finance ministry. The idea behind setting up of PDMA was to resolve issues relating to conflict of interest as the RBI decides on the key interest rates as well as undertakes buying and selling of government bonds. Kumar also pointed out that presently tenants cultivators are not able to avail crop loans and other benefits like minimum support prices (MSP). “In the next three months, Niti Aayog in consultation with state governments will evolve a suitable mechanism to enable access of tenants cultivators to bank loans without compromising the rights of the land owners,” he said.

Mumbai, Feb 12 (PTI): The vehicle finance business of non-banking finance companies (NBFCs) is likely to grow at 15 per cent till FY20, helped by the improving macroeconomic environment and government focus on infrastructure and rural areas, according to a report. The report finds market opportunity for NBFCs stemming from continued government investments in roads, expected finalisation of the scrappage policy or the voluntary vehicle modernisation programme and higher budgetary spends for the rural sector. “We expect the vehicle finance portfolio of NBFCs to grow 300 basis points (bps) faster over the three financial years to 2020, clocking a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 15 per cent, compared to 12 per cent saw in the past three years,” Crisil said in a report today. In terms of segments, around 85 per cent of NBFCs’ vehicle finance portfolio comprises commercial vehicle (CVs) and car/utility vehicle (UVs) financing. The balance includes tractor and two/three wheeler financing. While all the segments

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New Delhi, Feb 12 (PTI): NITI Aayog ViceChairman Rajiv Kumar made a strong case for setting up an independent debt management office, saying better servicing of loans could lead to substantial reduction in India’s interest payments. At present, the government debt is managed by the Reserve Bank of India (RBI). “Now, the time has come to seriously consider better management of India’s debt servicing obligations...interest payment is such a large part of the revenue expenditure that better management of debt servicing could substantially reduce interest payment,” Mr. Kumar said. Noting that India’s external debt is only 18% of total GDP, he said when the RBI manages India’s debt then there is conflict of interest. “Because, if you let more external people come and compete in government debt market, then you get more foreign exchange, therefore exchange rate

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WASHINGTON, FEB 12 (IANS): The White House on Monday will unveil its long-awaited $1.5 trillion infrastructure package aimed at overhauling US public works. The plan is structured around four goals: generate $1.5 trillion for an infrastructure proposal, streamline the permitting process down to two years, invest in rural infrastructure projects and

advance workforce training, reports The Hill magazine. The Trump administration confirmed a $200 billion direct federal investment for the package, which will be included in the White House’s Monday spending blueprint for fiscal 2019. Half of the federal seed money would go toward an incentive programme to match financing from state and local governments

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Don’t fall for free Adidas shoes scam LONDON, FEB 12 (IANS): If you get a message on WhatsApp with an offer of a free pair of Adidas shoes, take it with a pinch of salt as reports suggest that it may be a trap to extract your details by cyber criminals. “Adidas is giving away 3,000 Free Pair of Shoes to celebrate its 93rd anniversary. Get your free shoes at: Adidas.com/ shoes,” claims the message, which appears to come from an official Adidas website. But it is actually elaborate scam which could end up with personal details being handed to cyber criminals, experts have warned. The malicious scam has already duped thousands, Express.co.uk reported on Sunday. Adidas has confirmed that the message is a hoax. “We are aware of the WhatsApp message that is currently circulating claiming that Adidas is giving away free footwear and would like to caution the public about believing this, as it is definitely a hoax”, Lauren Haakman, Brand Communications & PR Manager of Adidas South Africa, was quoted as saying by The Sun.

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Looking at the alarming unemployment problem and the need for skilled and employable youth. Shri Mhathung Yanthan (Rt. Director Land Resource) Lakhuti Village, will be sponsoring 30 youths/ Students. To undertake Diploma in computer Application (DCA 6 Months). Therefore to avail this course and further information visit Zagreus Computer Institute, Church Road opposite Hotel NL-LI Wokha. Before 28th Feb’ 18. Contact: 7005694260 K-429

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As per resolution No.1 Dated 24/01/2018 of the Joint Coordination meeting, the VCM (Village Council Members), GBs, Leaders of Communities & Mothers’ Association constituted the CEC (Clean Election Committee) for the forth coming General Assembly Election. Thereby, the CEC Committee are asked and to strictly follow the guidelines issued by the NBCC & the local resolution thereof. 1. That no camps shall be setup within the village. 2. That no posters/ banners/flags shall be put up in any individual house (s) within the village jurisdiction. 3. That no campaign/ canvassing shall be entertained by the public of the village. 4. That no declaration in support of any particular candidate by any group, society & organization shall be made. 5. That no individual or groups shall use the name of neither the Village Council nor the Village Sectors & approach any candidate. 6. Alcohols & anti- toxic substances will be restricted in the village. 7. The CEC committee is asked to organize a “Common Platform”, if the concerned Candidates are interested. 8. The CEC committee will be dissolved automatically as and when the election formalities are over.

WASHINGTON, FEB 12 (IANS): Islamic State (IS) leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi was injured in an airstrike in May 2017 and had to relinquish control of the terror group for up to five months, US officials told CNN. US intelligence agencies have assessed with a high degree of confidence that the world’s most wanted man was near Raqqa, Syria, when the missile struck, the officials said late Sunday. Their assessment is based on reports from IS detainees and refugees in northern Syria that emerged months after the airstrike. Baghdadi’s injuries were not considered lifethreatening but they did mean he could not continue to command the daily operations of the group, said the officials. However, it remains unclear whether Baghdadi was hit in a targeted attack or if he was part of “collateral damage”. The other factors that remain unclear are who fired the missile, the exact date of the strike or whether Baghdadi’s injury was the result of a Russian missile. “There have been isolated strikes by Russians in Raqqa, but as there’s no timeline to it, we don’t know if it’s ours,” a US official told CNN.

Search continues for bodies after Russian plane crash

Emergency teams search for victims of Russian plane crash.

MOSCOW, FEB 12 (IANS): Russian search teams continue to recover bodies and fragments of the AN-148 passenger plane which crashed with 71 people on board on the outskirts of the Russian capital, leaving no survivors. “The work is being carried out in an uninterrupted manner. We expect that the main phase of the search will last seven days,” Minister of Emergency Situations Vladimir Puchkov was quoted as saying by Efe news. He explained that the

from Moscow to Orsk in the south of the Urals had taken off minutes earlier from Domodedovo airport. Onboard were six crew members and 65 passengers including three children. Initially, authorities reported that all passengers were Russian citizens, but later said that there were two foreign nationals -- a Swiss and an Azerbaijani. Sunday’s air crash is the worst plane crash to occur in Russia since December 25, 2016 when a Tu-154 crashed into the Black Sea, killing its 96 occupants.

New York AG sues Weinstein, brother, firm

NEW YORK, FEB 12 (IANS): New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman has filed a lawsuit against disgraced Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein, his younger brother Robert and their firm, the Weinstein Company, after a four-month investigation into inappropriate sexual conduct. The lawsuit, filed electronically in the State Supreme Court in Manhattan on Sunday, appeared timed to delay a fire sale of the

company, which was also expected to be finalised on Sunday, reports The New York Times. “Any sale of the Weinstein Company must ensure that victims will be compensated, employees will be protected going forward, and that neither perpetrators nor enablers will be unjustly enriched,” Schneiderman said in a statement. The Weinstein Company has been trying to avoid bankruptcy since last October,

when reports by The New York Times and The New Yorker revealed decades of sexual harassment allegations against Harvey Weinstein. The company was nearing a deal to sell itself to an investor group for about $275 million, plus the assumption of $225 million in debt, informed officials told The New York Times.

The investor group, led by Maria Contreras-Sweet, who is best known for running the Small Business Administration under former President Barack Obama, has also publicly said it would create a multimilliondollar settlement fund (in addition to insurance that is already in place) for women who have accused Harvey Weinstein of abuse.

GRATITUDE

We the bereaved family members of Lt. I. Wati Jamir (Ungma) would like to express our deepest gratitude to each and every individual, neighbours, friends, and well wishers who stood by us physically, morally, financially and through constant prayers during the illness and at the sad demise of our beloved father on 27.12.2017. We regret our inability to thank each and everyone of you individually, but it is our humble prayer that Almighty God will bless you all abundantly. DC-322

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ACKNOWLEDGEMENT “For me to live is Christ and to die is gain”. Phil 1:21

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We the family members of Late Ruokuolasielie (Zeboulie) Yhome, L.Khel, Kohima Village, Kohima would like to extend our heartfelt gratitude to all those who have helped us in cash, kind, physical presence and in prayers to our beloved son Late Zeboulie Yhome and to our family throughout his life, during his brief illness and on his demise on the 5th of Feb., 2018. We would like to give special mention the following for their unending support all time and specially on his demise on the 5th Feb. 2018. 1. Dr. Neikiesalie Nicky Kire 2. Dr. Petevihu Dzuvichu 3. Youth of Christ King Church, L.Khel Kohima Village. 4. Khedi Church 5. Neighbours May the good Lord bless each and every one of you abundantly. Mother, sister and all in-laws, relatives. K-427

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05/01/1980 – 04/02/2018 We the bereaved family of Lt. SAKULEMBA (Ungma Village), would like to convey our heartfelt gratitude and appreciation to each and every individual, neighbours, friends, relatives and unions who stood by us physically, financially, materially and spiritually during the illness and till his last breath on 4th February 2018. We convey our special thanks to : 1. Shri ImtikümzuK Lkr, Parliamentary Secretary, IPR & Sericulture Nagaland 2. Shri. Toshipokba Lkr, Ex- MLA. 3. Doctors & nurses of Oking Hospital Kohima 4. Dr. Talikala, Ungma Oking Hospital Kohima 5. Ungma Union Kohima. 6. Doctors & nurses of GNRC Dispur Guwahati 7. Dr. O. Nungshitula Ungma GNRC Dispur Guwahati 8. Staffs’ Nagaland house Guwahati 9. Ao Union Guwahati 10. Ao Students' Union Guwahati 11. Ao Baptist Church Guwahati 12. Staffs’ PWD. Mechanical Division Mokokchung. 13. Staffs’ PWD Mechcanical Division Tuensang 14. Staffs’ PWD Mechanical Changtongya We regret our in ability for not being able to mention all the names in particular, but it is our sincere prayer that God Almighty bless you all abundantly. Loving wife, children & family members. DC-323

search tasks were being hindered by aircraft fragments scattered across different areas, snow and difficult terrain. Russian authorities didn’t forward any hypothesis on the possible causes behind the crash but said that all lines of investigation were open. The Russian media released images captured by a surveillance camera of the moment when the Saratov Airlines plane crashed on the ground on Sunday causing a huge explosion. Flight 6w 703 flying

Through this column, we the bereaved family members would like to thank each and every individual who stood by us, comforted us and helped us through spiritually, physically, financially and materially during the prolonged illness and at the sad demise of our beloved Late Wondangbeni Shitiri. She joined the Service at KLBC as the Associate Women Leader on 1st April 2007 and left for her heavenly abode on 17th January 2018. It will not be possible to repay you for the countless acts of kindness that you have shown to us but it will always be remembered with deep gratitude. Our special thanks to, 1. Ministerial staffs and workers of Kohima Lotha Baptist Church 2. Women Department, KLBC 3. Members of Kohima Lotha Baptist Church 4. LBES, Vankhosung 5. Tseminyu Lotha Baptist Church and Women Department 6. Chukitong Baptist Church 7. Tsungiki Baptist Church 8. Dr. Renjamo Kikon ,Zion Hospital, Dimapur 9. Dr. Zuchamo Patton, NHAK 10. Doctors and nurses of Zion Hospital, Dimapur 11. Doctors and nurses of NHAK 12. Doctors and nurses of Medicare Home, Kohima 13. Doctors and nurses of Eden Hospital, Dimapur 14. Kohima Tsungiki Khumshum 15. Wokha Tsungiki Ekhung 16. Chukitong Tsungiki Ekhung 17. Churches and all organizations 18. All the Blood Donors 19. All Individuals and well wishers We deeply regret our inability to mention each and every individual’s name in this column, but it is our humble prayer that our Almighty God bless you all abundantly for your gracious deeds. Whenever we recall the memories of Late Wondangbeni Shitiri she will always be remembered as a woman of faith and prayer. All through her struggle she was brave and patient, never losing her faith and building a stronger relationship with God. She was the best role model for her younger ones teaching us to face each obstacle in life with faith and a smile. She was the beacon of our family guiding and lightning each of her loved ones from losing their way. She would always read the scripture from Philippians 1:21 which was her favorite verse and would often tell us that she’s not afraid to die as she will go to heaven. Indeed she lived by Christ and gained Heaven after death. One of her greatest wish for her family was that we will all meet again in heaven. “Until than look after us and pray for us from heaven till we meet again” -Loving mom, dad, sisters, brother, in-laws and all loved ones

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C O L O M B O, F E B 1 2 (IANS): The police in Maldives on Monday asked the country’s media not to report “unverified information”, saying it could “hinder investigation” into an alleged coup that it said had led the government to declare an emergency and arrest Supreme Court judges and several opposition leaders. “The Maldives Police Service... requests the media not to spread false informa-

Saeed and another Supreme Court judge, Ali Hameed, were suspended from their duties last week by the Judicial Service Commission. After their arrest, the Supreme Court reversed the earlier order on the release and retrial of opposition leaders. Maldives television channel, Raajje TV, suspended its regular broadcasts last Thursday and went off air for 56 hours “following multiple threats and intimidation from the security services”. Raajje said the Maldives Broadcasting Commission had been taken over by the armed forces and had issued “warnings of action against the media” in the name of protecting “national security”. In its statement, the police also said it had found large sums of money with Hameed and Judicial Administrator Hassan Saeed Hussain, who is also under arrest, which it said, proved the charges against them of an attempted coup. So far, 30 people have been questioned and eight arrested, according to the police statement.

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BORN: 1943 – Died: 04.02.2018 With profound gratitude, we would like to thank all those neighbours, friends, well wishers, churches and organizations who stood by us through prayers, emotionally, physically and financial help during the illness and at the sad demise of our beloved father REPALIBA (Ungma village) on 04.02.2018. It is our prayer that the Gracious Lord bless you all abundantly. Loving wife, children & relatives. DC-332


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he’s forced to deal with the antics of children while attempting to make it to the mark first. Mark Lane, James Harris, Wayne Marc Godfrey and Robert Jones of Fyzz will produce alongside Embargo Films. The production is scheduled to begin in July 2018 in the UK. “Tom has written a brilliantly funny script that finds a new fan with every read,” said Lane. “We could not be more excited to be working with Russell and Barnaby to bring ‘Butterfingers’ alive.” (IANS)

is no point of measuring achievement based on others’ success. “What is the point in putting ourselves in stress by overworking to compete with each other? As a band, we believe in staying happy... Leave the world with a happy memory. I see no reason for continuing work with dissatisfaction.” The band has worked in some films, but they do not work in that zone very often. Samar said: “The focus is not there really, we are happily surviving in independent music, and

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he Spice Girls are reportedly considering performing standalone shows after the prospect of a reunion tour was definitively ruled out by Victoria Beckham. Speaking to Vogue during a preview of her Autumn/Winter collection at Paris Fashion Week, Beckham, 43, previously said: “I’m not going on tour. The girls aren’t going on tour.” But while a tour might not be in the offing, it’s claimed that the girl power icons are now considering the prospect of one-off shows. “Given the family situations, committing to a gruelling mega world tour was always a tough ask. When they got back together this month to discuss reforming, a mammoth tour was dismissed by the majority”, a source told The Sun. “But performing together again certainly wasn’t, so the idea of playing a few huge shows in various cities was one that received the most inter-

est.”

“However, that’s just one aspect of the comeback they’re exploring, with the TV show element their likely priority, especially in the short-term”, the source added. The prospect of a live reunion was initially mooted earlier this month after all four members of the group met up to discuss potential future projects. “We have enjoyed a wonderful afternoon catching-up and reminiscing about the amazing times we have spent together”,

the group confirmed in a statement at the time. “We are always overwhelmed at how much interest there is across the whole world for The Spice Girls. The time now feels right to explore some incredible new opportunities together. We all agree that there are many exciting possibilities that will once again embrace the original essence of The Spice Girls, while reinforcing our message of female empowerment for future generations.” (NME)

Disturbed re-teams with producer Kevin Churko

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isturbed has confirmed that it has retur ned to The Hideout Recording Studio in Las Vegas, Nevada with producer Kevin Churko to record its first new music since 2015’s “Immortalized” album. Prior to the arrival of “Immortalized”, Disturbed had been on hiatus since the fall of 2011, after completing the touring cycle for its previous studio effort, “Asylum”, and issuing a rarities collection called “The Lost Children”. Singer David Draiman revealed a year ago that Disturbed would record an acoustic EP before the band begins work on the followup to “Immortalized”. It is not presently clear if Disturbed’s current studio sessions are for an acoustic release or if those plans have been abandoned in favor of a full-length electric effort. “Immortalized”, which was the first Disturbed album produced by Churko, became the

Pakistani police officer wins Karachi litfest prize

akistan police officer Omar Shahid Hamid has won the Karachi Literature Festival’s Fiction Prize 2018 for the second year running, triumphing over literary stalwarts like Nadeem Aslam, Kamila Shamsie and Mohsin Hamid. Omar Shahid Hamid won the (Pakistani) Rs 300,000 award for his ordinary youth’s transforthird book “The Party mation into an unconscioWorker”, a gritty account nably brutal terrorist. of the unprepossessing, unsavoury but undeniable link between politics, crime, law enforcement, (some) media -- and terrorism in Karachi. An officer of SSP (Senior Superintendent of Police) rank, he is a member of the Police Service of Pakistan (PSP). “The Party Worker” (2017/Pan Macmillan India) trumped over Mohsin Hamid’s “Exit West” and Osama Siddique’s “Snuffing out the Moon”, while prevailing over Nadeem Aslam’s “The Golden Legend”, Faiqa Mansab’s “This House of Clay and Water”, Shandana Minhas’ “Daddy’s Boy”, Sami Shah’s “Boy of Fire and Earth” and Kamila Shamsie’s “Home Fire” in the longlist. Omar Shahid Hamid had also won the Karachi Literature Festival Getz Pharma Fiction Prize 2016 for his jihadi noir “The DC-202 Spinner’s Tale”, about an

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exican film director Guillermo Del Toro, who won last years Golden Lion for “The Shape of Water”, will preside over the jury of the 75th Venice Film Festival. “To serve as president in Venice is an immense honor and responsibility that I accept with respect and gratitude. Venice is a window to world cinema and the opportunity to celebrate its power and cultural relevance,” Toro said in a statement, reports variety.com. “The Shape of Water”, Del Toro’s ode to the horror films of his youth, has 13 Oscar nominations. It had its world premiere on the Lido last year. The 75th Venice Film Festival will run from August 29 to September 8. (IANS)

Spice Girls consider ‘standalone shows’

His first novel “The Prisoner” (2013), loosely based on the Daniel Pearl kidnapping - with a happier ending, and drew on his own experiences to show police work amid political pressures and intelligence agencies’ intervention, was long listed for the DSC Prize for South Asian Literature 2015 as was “The Party Worker” in 2017. (IANS)

band’s fifth LP to enter The Billboard 200 chart at No. 1 — a feat shared only with Metallica and Dave Matthews Band. In a 2016 interview with For Guitar Players Only, Disturbed guitarist Dan Donegan spoke about Churko’s contributions to “Immortalized”. He said: “We took some meetings with some big-name producers, just to see what they had to offer. It was just a great, eye-opening experience to know that there’s some geniuses that can kind of challenge you and throw these ideas out. When we met with Kevin Churko, we

just felt something within the first hour, two hours that we were bouncing ideas off each other. It was pretty obvious that he just seemed like the right fit for us. We just felt like some of the suggestions he threw at us definitely helped elevate those songs to make them even hookier and riffier. It was just amazing. I didn’t really want to leave the studio. After nearly three and a half, four months of recording, I was a little sad when we were done. It just felt like, creatively, ‘Ah, man, I still want to keep going,’ but we already felt like we had such a strong album.”

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With immense pride and honour, the SBAKNM Women Department would like to congratulate and felicitate Rev. Hutoli Achumi on being ordained as Revernd by SBAKNITO MOUNT. The Department also thanked the Ordination Board, and further wishes and prays that Almighty God grant good health and wisdom in her future endeavour. Tokhuli Aye Kuholi Chishi Chairperson W/Executive Women Secretary

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With immense pride and honour, the SBAKNM Women Department would like to congratulate and felicitate Rev. Hutoli Achumi on being ordained as Revernd by SBAKNITO MOUNT. The Department also thanked the Ordination Board, and further wishes and prays that Almighty God grant good health and wisdom in her future endeavour. Tokhuli Aye Kuholi Chishi Chairperson W/Executive Women Secretary

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frustration, we struggled to find a way to record our songs at home, and some background noise ruined them. “But we have grown from there. As people, we are much more mature; and as musicians, our musicality has increased by collaborating with other musicians,” Keshav told IANS. Seconding that, Sanam said: “We are together for more than music. And we do not believe in competition. We believe that all artists have their own journey and there

we are also fine financially. People love our music... Now we are excited about our upcoming songs that will be shown on MTV.” But is there any specific reason behind wanting to remain indepedent musicians? Samar said: “Honestly, Sanam and I do not like doing music when we are given a task. That is what happens in Bollywood, where we have to listen to the producer and film maker. We have to understand who likes which musical part of it and, accordingly, we have to create music. “As creative people, we want freedom.” Asked what is their preferred place to perform -- a studio and stage -- they chose the latter. As a band, they composed the Hindi version of Hollywood superhit film “The Amazing Spider-Man 2”, and managed to create their own original sound. (IANS)

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he independent fourpiece music band Sanam, also known as Fab Four, have come up with its latest single “Sanam mennu”. The band members, who share a strong bond that goes beyond music, say they have never focused on working in Bollywood. The band will be featured on MTV Beats music channel this month for two of its shows -- “MTV Beats Spotlight: Dil Beats with Sanam Band” and “Love Shots”. The band comprises four musicians -- Sanam Puri (lead vocals), Samar Puri (lead guitar), Venky S. aka Venkat Subramaniyam (bass guitar) and Keshav Dhanraj (drums). They say with time and hardship, they have grown as musicians. “When we started, we did not have a recording studio, good equipment, or enough money to own them. So there were days when we had

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Nagaland Post, Dimapur TUESDAY, FEBrUARY 13, 2018

ASA wrestling meet on February 15 and 16 Ko h i m a , F e b 1 2 (NPN): The 48th Angami Sports Association (ASA) wrestling meet will be held on February 15 and 16 at Kohima local ground. Rtd chief engineer, Keneilhoulie Keditsu will grace the meet as chief guest. 60 wrestlers from the constituent units of AS A (NASA, CASA, WAS A and SASA) will be competing for a total prize money

of Rupee 4,10,000. The tickets for donors are Rs.2000 while it is Rs.500 for chair and Rs.100 for gallery. Meanwhile, the management committee has informed all concerned committees, leaders and members of Angami Christian Revival Youth Association (ACRYA) to participate in the social work on February 13, from 10am onwards.

Assam Rifles organise friendly volleyball match Jasprit Bumrah celebrates with teammates after dismissing South Africa’s captain Aiden Markram during the fourth ODI match. (AP/PTI)

Port Elizabeth, Feb 12 (IANS): Failing to maintain their triumphant run after a defeat in the fourth One-Day Inter national (ODI), India will aim to clinch their maiden bilateral 50-overs series against the Proteas in South African conditions in the fifth encounter here on Tuesday. India started on the front foot clinching the first three matches by a comprehensive margins. South Africa, however, bolstered by their victory in the last tie will have an opportunity to end the six-match series on an even note. The recent histor y which has seen India losing against the Proteas in the 50-over format at the South African conditions could change under the flamboyant captaincy of Virat Kohli. In 2013-14, India were outclassed by South Africa 0-2 while in 2010-11 the visitors gave a tough fight but failed to get hold of the

series, losing it by a slender 2-3 margin. Kohli, with 393 runs in the ODI series so far, which contains two centuries and identical numbers of unbeaten knocks, has led India from the front to heap trouble on the already depleted hosts. Alongside the skipper, opener Shikhar Dhawan has looked in fine nick throughout the series and will be the key to give India a dominant total on board in the encounter on Tuesday. There is also a strong possibility of Kohli dropping opener Rohit Sharma, who has failed to get going in the series, scoring merely 40 runs in the four matches. The skipper in that case, might fall in the trouble of selecting from plenty amongst Dinesh Karthik, Manish Pandey or Kedar Jadhav. Equally well complimented bowling department, led by the wrist spinning pair of Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal,

who have been difficult to be picked up by South Africa throughout the series, will continue to be the lethal weapons for India. However, for South Africa wicket-keeper batsman Heinrich Klaasen, who played his first match of the series and assured them a comprehensive victory in the rain-curtailed encounter in Johannesburg, had looked to tackle the Indian wrist spinners well. Batsmen Hashim Amla, Jean-Paul Duminy, AB de Villiers and David Miller, who can win their side a match single-handedly on a given day, might also look to come hard on the formidable Indian side, with nothing to loose. In the bowling, all eyes will be on pacers Kagiso Rabada and Lungisani Ngidi to provide their side with flurry of wickets at the St George’s Park. However, the weather department has forecast rain to hit the city and it may affect the team composition.

Assam Rifles and local youths after the match on Monday.

Dimapur, Feb 12 (NPN): Jalukie Battalion of Assam Rifles under the aegis of HQ IGAR (North) conducted a friendly volleyball match at Pedi volleyball ground, Peren on February 12. The volleyball match was played between the teams of local youths of Ndunglwa village and Assam Rifles. Youths were also encouraged and appreciated for their active participation in such kind of activities. The match was followed by light refreshment and healthy conversation about their important role in shaping up of modern India.

Pep backs De Bruyne for Ballon d’Or Lo n d o n, F e b 1 2 (Agencies): Pep Guardiola believes Kevin De Bruyne could challenge Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo for this year’s Ballon d’Or - but only if he helps Manchester City to major honours. De Bruyne has been in outstanding form since the start of the campaign and the Belgium international was instrumental once again on Saturday as City comfortably defeated Leicester City 5-1 at the Etihad. Messi and Ronaldo have dominated world football’s top individual prize in the last decade winning every year since 2008, but Guardiola believes De Bruyne could end that hegemony if he helps City to major silverware this season. “No doubt,” said Guardiola. “He is not (just doing it in) one game. It’s the whole season, every three days playing that way. Every three days. But he knows and everyone knows, to be there you have to win titles - and titles and titles, especially one. But the way he’s played it’s difficult to find one (better) in Europe.” When asked if the ‘one’ title he was referring to was the Champions League, Guardiola said, “Of course. You have to be there in the latter stages. Without the latter stages you will not be nominated.” De Bruyne has now provided 18 assists for his

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team-mates in all competitions this season but the Belgian insists he is not interested in individual praise. “To be fair, when I am busy playing football I don’t care (about that),” said De Bruyne. “I am doing what I have to do. It is something you reflect on after you get something like that. I am not busy with

that before.” “I do everything to win titles with the team. What happens after is an extra. I am very pleased with the way everything is going for me. I am playing this way because the team is playing this way. It makes it easier for me, it makes it easier for them. At the end, if you get an individual honour, it is beautiful.”

1st DEATH ANNIVERSARY

of our beloved father LT. LANUCHUJANG

ACKNOWLEDGEMENT We the bereaved family of Lt. Mrs K. Akila Tsuknung, would like to convey our immense gratitude to one and all who stood by us at our time of grief. It is impossible to individually thank all of you who had come from near and far during our time of bereavement. Thank you everyone, for all your love. Our mother too must be saying thank you from heaven and blessing you all. From loving husband, children, in-laws, grandchildren and relatives

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LT. MRS K. AKILA TSUKNUNG

We the family members and relatives convey our deepest gratitude and sincere appreciation to all well wishers who stood by us physically, financially and spiritually at the sad demise of our beloved Lt. Sentilemba. We regret our inability to thank each and everyone Born on 05-09-1974 individually, but we pray to Died on 05-02-2018 Almighty God to bless you abundantly. DP-1385

1st April 1935 – 16th Jan 2018 We, the family of Late I. Karikaba Imchen would like to extend our sincere gratitude to all who stood by us physically, financially, morally and spiritually during his prolonged illness and till the time of his demise. May the Almighty bless you all for your gracious deeds. DP-1388

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Days, weeks and months will pass and turn into years, yet your sweet memories and legacy will continue to live in our hearts and inspire us always. Dear brother Late P.F. Zeliang (IPS, Ex. ADG Law & Order Nagaland) you being the first Gazetted Officer from our Khel (Sephe Khel, Peren Village) we felt great shock and immense loss by your untimely demise. You left behind a great challange and and a big vacuum which would be very difficult for us to be filled in the near future. A fountainhead of knowledge, a virtue of truth and a piller of inspiration is what describe you best. You are a true example of a rich harvest of living a simple life, achieving success through hardwork and dedication. We desire and will try to live by the example set by you. We bade farewell to you with heavy hearts and your loving memories will always remain in our hearts. DP-1381

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Sephe Khel Peren Village, Peren Nagaland

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We the family of Late Mrs. Lanutekala Lunsang who departed on 02.02.2018 would like to extend our gratefulness to all who stood by us throughout this time of bereavement. Words are not enough to express how grateful we are to all those who worked tirelessly and helped her during her prolonged illness and need. Your constant prayers and unwavering support, both material and physical, will always be cherished. Our sincere appreciation. 1. Dibuia Union Mangkolemba. 2. Dibuiatsur Fellowship Mangkolemba. 3. Mangkolemba Baptist Arogo. 4. Hokiyong Ward Mangkolemba. 5. Staff of Imsenchang GPS Mangkolemba. 6. Lusanglari Kidong Changki. 7. Changki Fellowship Mangkolemba. We regret our inability to mention and thank everyone individually but pray that Almighty God bless you all in His bountiful ways. DP-1375

Loving Family Members.

We the bereaved family members of LATE GUONEI-O D Z Ü V I C H Ü co nvey o u r heartfelt gratitude to each and every organisation, churches, friends, neighbours and individuals who stood by us in prayer, physically, financially and materially during his prolonged illness till his last journey on 06 February 2018. Though it is our desire to thank each and every individual personally, it is far beyond our capacity to do so. However we would like to mention some of the organisation and individuals by name for their in-valuable support and services. 1. Khedi Baptist Church Kohima Village 2. Khedi Baptist Thenuoko Krotho/Youth/Tsieramia Krotho 3. Phezoucha Nagamese Baptist Church 4. Dr. Wabang Bethel Medical Centre 5. Dr Khriesatalie Yhome Bethel Medical Centre. 6. Dr. Brian NEIGRIHMS, Shillong 7. Dr Shankar Eden Medical Centre 8. Dr. Along Cy, Eden Medical Centre 9. Dr. Aoakum, nurses and staff, Eden Medical Centre 10. Lhisemiapfü Mechü Krotho 11. Kohima Village Youth Organisation (QRT) 12. Phezoucha Youth Organisation 13. IGP/INT Staff 14. Marcofed Staff 15. DEO & SDEO Staff 16. De-Oriental Staff 17. Peli No. 12/13 18. Forever Young 19. Starventure Group. May Almighty God bless you all abundantly. In gratitude Loving children, in-laws, grand-children & relatives

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30/09/1938 - 08/02/2018 Dearest Mommy, You will always be our inspiration, the most precious, most wise, most sweet, most gentle, very God fearing, MOST LOVING & CARING WIFE and BEST MOTHER to one and all.... a dignified but gentle soul, thoughtful, understanding, so generous, very calm and courageous with deep rooted trust on God in all situations...You epitomise everything that is Respectable and Loving and Memorable. Please continue to guide us from Heaven, Mommy dearest. May your soul rest in peace. DC-324

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Barcelona held goalless by Getafe France beat Belgium ho forcing a fine save from Guaita from a curling strike in the 58th minute. Meanwhile, Ousmane Dembele came on in the second half for his first appearance since his latest spell on the sidelines, but the young France forward was also incapable of breaking down the Getafe back line. Earlier, Sergio Rico was the hero for Sevilla with a penalty save and several key interventions as his side boosted their European hopes with a 1-0 win over Girona. The only goal of the game at a sunny Sanchez Pizjuan was scored just over 30 seconds into the second half, with Pablo Sarabia making sure the ball went in after a Joaquin Correa effort was stopped on the line. But, before that, Rico had intervened to prevent the home side going behind just prior to the interval, diving to his right to save an Aday Benitez penalty awarded for a handball by Luis Muriel. Sevilla, who will face Barcelona in the Copa del Rey final in April and host Manchester United in the Champions League on February 21, are sixth in La Liga.

to enter Fed Cup semis

M OU I L L E RON - L E CAPTIF, Feb 12 (Agencies): Two-time champion France advanced to the Fed Cup semifinals after beating Belgium 3-2 on Sunday, with Amandine Hesse and Kristina Mladenovic winning 6-4, 2-6, 6-2 against Elise Mertens and Kirsten Flipkens in the deciding doubles. Mladenovic double faulted on her first match point at 40-15 but delivered a strong serve on the next point. It proved enough, sparking wild celebrations from captain Yannick Noah and French staff members at the indoor court in western France. In the absence of seventh-ranked Caroline Garcia, who is declining to play for France as she focuses on her singles career, the 13thranked Mladenovic led the way by winning both her singles in the World Group first-round match. France will play either the United States or the Netherlands in April. France won the competition in 1997 and 2003 but has lost three times in the final since then, most recently in 2016. Earlier, Alison Van Uytvanck swept aside Pau-

Kristina Mladenovic and Amandine Hesse of France during the last match during the Fed Cup match.

line Parmentier 6-1, 6-3 to draw Belgium level with France at 2-2. Pa r m e n t i e r s ave d a match point and then forged a break point as Van Uytvanck appeared nervous. Van Uytvanck, who replaced Kirsten Flipkens for the second reverse singles, saved the break point and got another match point when Parmentier sent a two-handed backhand wide. The Belgian took it with a strong serve which Parmentier returned wide. Earlier, Mladenovic rallied from 3-0 down in the second set to beat Mertens 6-4, 6-4 and put France 2-1 up. Mladenovic, who leveled the contest with

victory against Flipkens on Saturday, broke serve in the fifth game of the second set and then again in the seventh. Her superior groundstrokes and ability to stay in rallies frustrated Mertens, who made a clumsy unforced error with a wild volley to give Mladenovic three match points at 0-40 in the ninth game. M e r t e n s, t h o u g h , fought back to deuce and held serve following a gutsy drop shot and an ace. Serving for the match, Mladenovic went 40-0 ahead and had another three match points. Mertens saved the first before her opponent clinched the win with a sliced ace.

Tahir claims racial abuse; CSA launch investigation Pouille claims Montpellier crown

Berdych retires from Davis Cup tennis

Djene Dakonam comes to Getafe’s rescue to stop Barcelona scoring in a hard-fought encounter at the Nou Camp on Sunday.

Port Elizabeth, Feb 12 (PTI): South African spinner Imran Tahir has alleged that he was racially abused by an Indian fan during the fourth ODI against Virat Kohli’s men, prompting the country’s board to launch an investigation. Tahir did not feature in the rain-curtailed match that India lost by five wickets in Johannesburg on Saturday. South Africa team manager Mohammed Moosajee said the tweaker was abused while he was carrying out his duties as 12th man. “My understanding from Imran’s perspective is that he was racially and verbally abused by a certain gentleman throughout the match. He reported to stadium security stationed in front of the dressing room and two of the security personnel accompanied him to identify the perpetrator,” said Moosajee. “According to what Imran said, it was an Indian fan,” Moosajee added.

the third-best defensive record in the league. In irresistible form in front of goal in 2018, Suarez had the ball in the net just before half-time with a great finish from a Lionel Messi free-kick, but the home celebrations were cut short by the offside flag. The Uruguayan striker then saw his header kept out by a brilliant Vicente Guaita save as the match moved into stoppage time, with Barca failing to score at home in La Liga for the

first time since November 2016. Ernesto Valverde’s side remain unbeaten in La Liga after 23 games, extending their longest run without losing from the start of a campaign. However, they are now only seven points clear at the summit from Atletico Madrid, who won 1-0 at Malaga on Saturday with an early Antoine Griezmann goal. The Rojiblancos visit the Camp Nou in three weeks.

Imran Tahir

The verbal jousting allegedly took place when he was traversing up and down the passageway connecting the field and the players’ dressing rooms at the Wanderers. Tahir has told the CSA that the fan kept at it whenever he was on the field during breaks. Tahir reported the incident to the stadium security and was subsequently accompanied by two security personnel to

identify and to have the fan ejected from the stadium, the media release said. Tahir made no physical contact with the offender or any of the children in the vicinity. The incident is under investigation with the CSA and stadium security teams, Moosajee confirmed. “...when he (Tahir) got up there, there was some hostile verbal exchanges. And to neutralise the situ-

Smith wins Australia’s Border Medal

Bayern extend contract with goalkeeper Ulreich

Steve Smith

S Y D NE Y, F e b 1 2 (Agencies): Australia cricket captain Steve Smith capped off a golden 12 months by winning his second Allan Border Medal in Melbourne on Monday. Smith, hailed as the country’s finest batsman since Donald Bradman, polled 246 votes, well ahead of two-time medal winner David Warner (162 votes) and Nathan Lyon (156 votes). Smith, who had earlier been named Australia’s Test Player of the Year for his dominant 12 months with the bat, won his first Border Medal in 2015. The skipper was the hot favourite to take the award following a year in which he played 24 in-

ternational games across limited overs and Test cricket and scored 1754 runs at 67.46 with seven centuries. He captained a hardfought series loss in India, a drawn series in Bangladesh and a triumphant 4-0 Ashes victory over England at home in which he was also named man of the series. Smith, 28, is also the reigning ICC Test Cricketer of the Year after earning that accolade last month. He joins Ricky Ponting (2004, 2006-07, 2009), Michael Clarke (2005, 2009, 2012-13), Shane Watson (2010-11) and David Warner (2016-17) as multiple winners of the annual award. Allrounder Ellyse Perry won the Belinda Clark Award for a second time, confirming her as Australia’s best female cricketer over the past 12 months. Perry, who previously won the award in 2016, capped off a 12month period that also saw her named the ICC’s Cricketer of the Year.

Munich, Feb 12 (IANS): Record German football champions Bayern Munich and goalkeeper Sven Ulreich have agreed on a contract extension until June 2021. The 29-year-old backup goalkeeper, who joined Bayern from Stuttgart in 2015, has penned a new three-year deal, the Bavarian giants announced on Sunday, reports Xinhua. “The past three years have shown that we can always rely on Sven Ulreich. Especially this season, he has played a significant role. We are leading the Bundesliga and still have good chances to progress in the Champions League and German Cup,” Bayern’s sporting director Hasan Salihamidzic said on the club’s official homepage. Ulreich has made 17 Bundesliga appearances between the posts so far as starting goalkeeper. German international Manuel Neuer has been sidelined since September 2017 with a metatarsal fracture.

With Samuel Umtiti banned, Thomas Vermaelen not fit and Gerard Pique only on the bench, Valverde handed a first start to January signing Yerry Mina and partnered him in central defence with Lucas Digne. That pair were rarely overly troubled, but at the other end Valverde’s decision to bring both Paco Alcacer and Philippe Coutinho into the line-up did not have the desired impact. They both lasted just over an hour, with Coutin-

ation, they removed him from the scene and brought him back to the changing room,” he narrated. “So that’s what we’ve been told. There were definitely no (physical) exchanges and no children involved in the incident as has been reported on social media.” Moosajee also stated that Tahir is in no danger of being sanctioned by Cricket South Africa as the board has accepted his version of the incident. “From his side, he hasn’t done anything untoward. He had reported it to the stadium security and he was up there just to identify the suspect,” he added. The video has been put on Facebook and it shows Tahir in a heated argument with a group of fans, one of them donning an Indian jersey. The video, shot by another fan, doesn’t show any physical altercation between the two sides.

Montpellier, Feb 12 (Agencies): Lucas Pouille claimed his fifth ATP crown with a straightsets victory over countryman Richard Gasquet at the Open Sud de France in Montpellier. The 23-year-old, who had benefited from the retirement of another French compatriot Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in the last four, dominated behind his serve and secured a 7-6(2) 6-4 win on his fourth championship point. Pouille, the tournament’s second seed, did not face a single break point during the one hour and 26-minute encounter as the world No 17 - who is projected to move up one spot in the rankings - picked up his first title of the season. Gasquet, who had defeated David Goffin in the semi-finals to reach his sixth successive final in Montpellier, suffered his second successive Open Sud de France final defeat, after last year’s loss to Alexander Zverev.

Lucas Pouille claimed his fifth ATP crown with a straightsets victory over Richard Gasquet.

It was the 31-year-old Gasquet who was under the most pressure in the early stages and he was forced to save three break points for a first set tiebreak. Pouille, 23, broke the world No 33’s serve twice on his way to the first set and secured the decisive break

in the seventh game of the second set before holding firm to close out the match and claim a second crown on home soil after victory in Metz two years ago. Both players will now head to Rotterdam for the ABN Amro World Tennis Tournament.

P ra g u e , F e b 1 2 (IANS): Czech tennis player Tomas Berdych has announced that he will not compete in the Davis Cup any more in his bid to prolong his professional career. The 32-year-old Berdych on Sunday said that he has reached an age where he can’t play without resting. The world No.16 said he must rest and conserve energy if he wants to prolong his tennis career. From 2003 to 2013, Berdych competed in the Davis Cup for the Czech Republic without interruption. He helped the Czech team win the Davis Cup in 2012 and 2013. He played his last Davis Cup match in 2016 against Germany. Czech Davis Cup team captain Jaroslav Navratil said that his team will play against Israel at home on April 6-7, and the team hopes to return to the World Group of the Davis Cup this year.

Liverpool beat Saints to return to third into his path, and stroked home his 22nd league goal. It was a sleepy start to the second period, with Liverpool under no threat as the Saints showed no sign of being able to find a route back into proceedings. The home side had to substitute Lemina after 58 minutes, bringing on Sofiane Boufal, and Jurgen Klopp made a change of his own when he took off Oxlade-Chamberlain and replaced him with James Milner. Georginio Wijnaldum Salah pictured firing the ball home for Liverpool’s second of the afternoon after a fantastic fired over as Liverpool assist from Roberto Firmino. looked for a third, and Lo n d o n, F e b 1 2 (Agencies): Liverpool moved back above Tottenham and into third place in the Premier League table as two first-half goals gave them a routine 2-0 victory at struggling Southampton. Jurgen Klopp’s side led after only six minutes as Southampton’s defence cracked and Roberto Firmino swept home after Mohamed Salah had played the ball across following a mistake by Wesley Hoedt, who failed to cut

out a long pass. One-time Southampton player Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain tried his luck moments later, with a deflected strike being stopped and held by Alex McCarthy. Newcastle’s win over Manchester United earlier on Sunday afternoon had sent the Saints back into the relegation zone, and the home side struggled to muster much response to their early setback. Ryan Bertrand tried to change that, making a good

then Firmino delayed his cross too long after breaking down the left with options to choose from in the middle. And with the match entering its final 15 minutes, Mane had another chance to strike from outside the box but hammered wildly over from distance. Klopp brought on another ex-Southampton man, Adam Lallana, for Firmino, as the visitors ran down the clock with ease, Lallana firing wide when he should have scored, to leave the Saints in the bottom three.

run down the left but failing to find a colleague with his cross. Sadio Mane drilled wide from outside the area as the game approached the half-hour, but the home side threatened again when James Ward-Prowse swung in a cross but Guido Carrillo sent his header straight at Karius. The home side were made to pay for missed opportunities as Salah played a lovely one-two with Firmino, who backheeled the ball

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M A D R I D, F e b 1 2 (Agencies): A disallowed Luis Suarez goal summed up a frustrating afternoon for Barcelona as the La Liga leaders dropped points for the second week running after a 0-0 stalemate with Getafe on Sunday. After needing a late equaliser to grab a point in the Catalan derby at Espanyol last weekend, Barca could not break down a well-organised Getafe side, who showed why they have

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