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Vol XXX No. 36
DIMAPUR, MONDAY, JANUARY 13, 2020 Pages 12 ` 5.00
Would have prevented JNU violence: Former top cop
Narzary’s goal hands Kerala win over ATK
Trump warns Iran against ‘massacre’
NATIONAL, PAGE 7
SPORTS, PAGE 12
INTERNATIONAL, PAGE 9
combat extortions Protest in Iran against downing of plane Police, AR to jointly Contact numbers for complaints/assistance Joint patrols,
STUDENT-LED PROTESTORS DEMAND STEPPING DOWN OF ALI KHAMENEI MVCPs to be
T E H R A N, JA N 1 2 (AGENCIES): Protesters in hundreds, most of them students, took to the streets in Iran’s capital, Tehran, to vent anger at officials, calling them liars for having denied shooting down a Ukrainian passenger plane. Iranian protesters and newspapers piled pressure on the country’s leadership and riot police stepped up their presence in Tehran on Sunday after Iran’s military admitted that it had mistakenly shot down a Ukrainian airliner. All 176 people aboard the flight, many of them Iranians with dual citizenship, were killed. Riot police fired teargas at thousands of Iranians who had taken to the streets. Images and reports of the protests were carried by state-affiliated news agencies, alongside videos on social media. The students called for those responsible for the downing the plane, and those they said had covered up the action, to be prosecuted. Chants included “commander-in-chief re-
Gov greets Changs
DIMAPUR, JAN 12 (NPN): Nagaland Governor, RN Ravi has extended greetings to the Chang community, on the occasion of Poang Lüm festival. In a statement, Ravi said the celebration of the festival should be a source of building unity among the people of Nagaland to usher in an era of collective peace and progress with an all-round development of the State. He hoped the post harvest festival would help the people connecting with their roots and values while keeping pace with the modernity. On this auspicious occasion, the governor called on the youth to shoulder the responsibility of building a new Nagaland of “our dreams”.
Woman held with drugs worth Rs 20L
GUWAHATI, JAN 12 (AGENCIES): Officials of the Paltan bazaar police station arrested a female drug peddler Saturday and seized drugs (brown sugar) worth Rs 20 lakhs from her possession. “We received a tip-off of the drug delivery in Paltan Bazaar area of the city,” police said. Police arrested the woman, who has been identified as one Velazolu alias Asalii (32) of Kohima along with 270 grams of brown sugar, which was sealed in 19 soap cases.
This is it!
“It’s due to backdoor appointments, our state has maximum government and minimum governance.” K Y M C
Students protest following a tribute for the victims of Ukraine Airlines in front of the Kabir University in the capital Tehran, on Saturday.
sign”, referring to Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei, and “death to liars”. Tehran residents told Reuters that police had stepped up their presence in the capital on Sunday morning. “Apologise and resign,” Iran’s moderate Etemad daily wrote in a banner headline on Sunday, saying the “people’s demand” was for those responsible for mishandling the plane crisis to quit.
US President Donald Trump tweeted support for the “inspiring” protests. President Trump tweeted in both English and Farsi, saying: “To the brave and suffering Iranian people: I have stood with you since the beginning of my presidency and my government will continue to stand with you. “We are following your protests closely. Your courage is inspiring.”
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo tweeted video of the protests in Iran, saying: “The voice of the Iranian people is clear. They are fed up with the regime’s lies, corruption, ineptitude, and brutality of the IRGC [Revolutionary Guards] under Khamenei’s kleptocracy. We stand with the Iranian people who deserve a better future.” The UK’s Foreign Sec-
Youth misguided by rumours on CAA: PM
KOLKATA/JABALPUR, JAN 12 (PTI): Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday said a section of the youth is being misguided about the Citizenship Amendment Act and asserted that it will not take away anybody’s citizenship. Modi also said whoever has faith in India and believes in its Constitution can become an Indian citizen. “There are a lot of questions among the youth about the new citizenship law, and some are being misled by rumours around it... it is our duty to clear their
doubts,” the PM said during an address at Belur Math in Howrah district. “I want to make this clear again that the CAA is not about taking away anybody’s citizenship, but about granting citizenship,” he added. Modi said that some people with political interests are deliberately spreading rumours about the new citizenship law. Lauding the youth for speaking against religious persecution of minorities, the prime minister said the energy of the country’s young will form the basis of change in the 21st century. The PM is on a two-day visit to the city.
Shah says none can stop rollout of CAA Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Sunday said no matter how much the Congress opposed the Citizenship (Amendment) Act, the BJP government at the Centre would rest only after
granting citizenship to members of six minority religions from the three neighbouring countries, and no one could stop it. “They are the sons and daughters of the country too. Even they enjoy the same right over the country as you and I,” he claimed at a public rally in Jabalpur. Attacking the Congress, Shah said if it didn’t retract from its stand, “whatever is left of it will also be wiped out. They need to understand the pulse of the nation, know what people want. Instead, they fear their vote bank.” Shah said Congress leader Rahul Gandhi, New Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal and West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee were misleading people over the law and had even instigated riots. “We launched an awareness campaign to contain the misinformation being spread,” he added.
retary Dominic Raab issued an angry statement after British ambassador Rob Macaire was arrested “without grounds or explanation” in a “flagrant violation of international law” at one of the protests in Tehran. Macaire was detained at the demonstration outside Amir Kabir and was later released. Raab said Iran could “continue its march towards pariah status... or take steps to de-escalate tensions and engage in a diplomatic path forwards”. For days, Iranian officials had vigorously denied it was to blame, even as Canada, which had 57 citizens on the flight, and the United States said their intelligence indicated an Iranian missile was to blame, albeit probably fired in error. Iran’s president said it was a “disastrous mistake” and apologised. But a top Revolutionary Guards commander added to public anger about the delayed admission, when he said he had told the authorities a missile hit the plane the day it crashed.
Tharoor says BJP brought religion to citizenship Act NEW DELHI, JAN 12 (AGENCIES): Hitting out at the BJP-led Centre, Senior Congress leader and former Union Minister Shashi Tharoor on Sunday said that religion was never mentioned in citizenship till the saffron party did it by amending the Citizenship law. Referring to alleged brutal crackdown by police on students of Jamia Milia Islamia, Tharoor said that what happened on December 15 was a blot on the nation. Tharor said: “What has been done by the government is discriminatory and is an effort to marginalise one community in India. That is why we had opposed the introduction of the bill in the Parliament, as it brought for the first time religion in the Citizenship Act,” he said. Shashi Tharoor added that CAA was a violation of the Constitution of India.
Will not forgive BJP’s betrayal: Tai Ahom group DIBRUGARH, JAN 12 (AGENCIES): The activists of Tai Ahom Yuba Parishad Assam (TAYPA) on Sunday staged a sit in protest against the Citizenship (Amendment) Act 2019 at Chowkidinghee in upper Assam’s Dibrugarh, reports Northeast Now news. The protesters holding play cards and banners raised slogans against the BJP government. “We would like to warn the BJP government once again that the Citizenship (Amendment) Act (CAA) will never be acceptable to the people of Assam. Assam is not the dumping ground of illegal Bangladeshis. “We have made it clear that we will not accept any foreigners, who have entered the state after 1971, be it Hindu or Muslim,” Deepjyoti Dowerah, secretary of TAYPA, said.
Tai Ahom Yuba Parishad Assam members during the protest.
He said the CAA is against the spirit of the Assam agreement of 1985. “It is against the self respect of the Assamese people and we will fight till our last breath to defeat it. The betrayal by the Centre and the Sarbananda Sonowal government will not be forgotten. People will give them a befitting reply in time,” “The Centre has forcefully imposed the CAA on
Assam without the consent of its people and our movement will continue till the law is scrapped,” Dowerah said. He said the indigenous people of Assam will not live as second class citizens. “Assam has already accepted immigrants from Bangladesh till 1971 and it cannot take the burden of even one more person. All illegal immigrants who have entered the state after the
1971 cut-off date should be identified and deported. “There is no question of welcoming even a single illegal immigrant whether he is a Hindu, Muslim, Christian or from any other religion. The CAA will convert the Assamese indigenous people into a minority in their own state. We are going to fight it till the end,” Dowerah said. On the other hand, All Assam Tea Tribes Students’ Association (ATTSA) staged a protest at Sessa tea garden against the CAA. Hundreds of protesters from the tea belt participated in the protest holding banners and play cards against the CAA. “We don’t allow the act to be implemented because it was anti-Assamese act. We will continue our protest against the act till the act is scrapped.
DIMAPUR, JAN 12 (NPN): Construction of the four-lane on NH 29 between Dimapur to Kohima has been unjustifiably slow pushing the project much behind schedule, with hardly any significant progress since 2017. A review of the progress of the works- under 14 packages of 845.745 Kms (by NHIDCL) and four projects of 132.59 Kms (by state government under North East Council fund) was held on January 10 at Chumoukedima. At the meeting attended by chief secretary, DGP, addl. chief secretary, commissioner, home commissioner, commissioner & secretary (W&H), Engineerin-chief, chief engineer, NHDCIL and contractors, it was revealed that illegal extortion by over half a dozen armed groups has severely jeopardised the progress of road works.
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In the light of the stated facts, Nagaland Governor R.N.Ravi signalled that it was time to take the bull by the horns, so as to remove the biggest obstacles- rampant extortion by elements from various underground factions- in order to ensure early completion of the fourlane construction project. Accordingly, the Governor has directed the director general of police (DGP) and inspector general of Assam Rifles- North (IGAR-N) to” take the most stringent actions against such elements and their patrons”. In view of the directive on DGP, the ADCP/PRO of the Dimapur Police Commissionerate announced that the joint team of police and para-military/CAPF forces will check illegal extortion. According to the
ADCP/PRO, the joint force will conduct joint patrols, MVCPs and also provide joint escorts to transport convoys. PRO appealed to the general public for necessary co-operation and provided numbers that could be contacted for any assistance. (See table) At the Januar y 10 meeting, the Governor also directed the DGP to set up the Special Investigation Team (SIT) for registration and investigation of all cases against such elements and to constitute a Highway Construction Protection Force “to firmly deal with such elements and provide security to road construction personnel”. Significantly, the Governor also decided to hold monthly review of the progress and security of the road projects.
NUSU (Lumami) condemns attack on JNU students, faculty DIMAPUR, JAN 12 (NPN): Nagaland University Students’ Union (Lumami) has expressed shock at what was described as “monstrous attack on students and teachers of Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU)” allegedly by Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP). NUSU general secretary Süyievelü Venuh and information and publicity secretary Mewekhro Mero, said the student community of Nagaland University was greatly troubled by the current horrific events in JNU where students and faculties were subjected to serious physical assault and almost killing them, besides the psychological trauma. Condemning the heinous attack by the “ABVP hooligans” in strongest terms and also the police personnel on JNU students and lecturers, NUSU (L) said it was saddened to see that the varsity, an institute that had once proudly begot individuals, activists, leaders and many more who contributed much to the nation, “was bleeding”. Stating that the terror was unleashed on innocent individuals, NUSU said it was very much evident that it was no longer a simple issue of fee hike but a political motive as proved by the politically-driven
MHSU backs Mopong Hongkong citizens’ for boycott of R-Day KOHIMA, JAN 12 (NPN): Extending support to the decision taken by residents of Mopong Hongkong during a meeting held on January 6 at Kenchenshu village to boycott the ensuing Republic Day celebrations, Mopong Hongkong Students’ Union (MHSU) has urged the State government to redress grievances of the general public. In a release issued by its president L Kholee and general secretary A Moba Konyak, MHSU also announced boycotting the Republic Day celebrations, if the matter was not resolved within the timeframe as stated in the ultimatum submitted by Mopong Hongkong citizens to reinstate EAC (HQ) Mopong under ADC Tobu administration for the convenience of the people of the area.
attacks by the goons and police personnel. It said JNU Students’ Union (JNUSU) president Asihe Ghosh was brutally beaten up and several students were in critical condition now. The Union said ABVP should be ashamed to even claim itself a student body because of its horrific attacks on teachers and fellow students. NUSU said that instead of fighting for students’ welfare ABVP was assaulting fellow students like lunatics. It also expressed astonishment at the “incompetence and cowardice of the police personnel” from intervening to provide security to the attacked students and lecturers. NUSU said this only showed police bias which was evident at the press conference where Delhi Police almost glossed over the incident as though nothing serious had happened. NUSU said what astounded it was the “most is the disgraceful response of JNU vice-chancellor and his administrative colleagues in doing bare minimum for ensuring safety of the students and faculties who are crying for help”. The Union said this clearly showed the dereliction of duty by the VC where he failed in his duty towards the students and staff of the university. (Cont’d on p-7)
Oppn meet to chart plan today NEW DELHI, JAN 12 (AGENCIES): Opposition parties will hold a meeting in New Delhi on Monday to chalk out strategies to counter the BJP-led central government on two key issues— the economy and the debate over citizenship. Leaders of the Congress, Left parties, Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) and Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD), among others, will hold talks in the afternoon, attempting to put up a united front against the BJP on these issues. The meeting, called by Congress president Sonia Gandhi, comes at a time when there is a raging debate in the country over the Citizenship (Amendment) Act, or CAA, the National Register of Citizens (NRC) and the National Population Register (NPR). There is no clarity on whether opposition leaders
will decide to meet the President of India to hand over their memorandum against CAA-NRC on Monday. A statement is expected at the end of the meeting. “The government may have notified it [CAA], but we stick to our stand that the legislation must be withdrawn. And we stand firm on the issue,” said Communist Party of India (Marxist) general secretary Sitaram Yechury, one of the key organisers of the Opposition meeting. In Monday’s meeting, the Opposition is also likely to discuss the economy, as a large number of leaders from the bloc thinks the government should be aggressively countered on the issue. A section of the Opposition is keen to demand a white paper on the matter, but it is not clear if there would be a consensus on this on Monday. K Y M C
Nagaland Post, Dimapur MONDAY, JANUARY 13, 2020
AGBCN 12th annual general conference
DIMAPUR: Three-day 12th annual general conference of Association of Gorkha Baptist Churches Nagaland (AGBCN) concluded at its mission centre in Singrijan, Dimapur district on Sunday. A press release from AGBCN publicity committee stated that, conference was held on the theme “Rooted and growing in Christ” Colossions 2:7 with pastor of Christian City Church, Macky City, Australia, Peter Loosemore as the main speaker. Peter encouraged the congregation to have the spiritual trust to know Jesus Christ from the core of one’s heart and receive the living water. He opined that many people have God in their head but do not accept Him from within the heart, whereby he said one needed
Pastor Loosemore delivering the message during the devotional service at Singrijan, Dimapur on January 12.
the Holy Spirit to be guided towards the living God. He also conducted special prayers for healing and acceptance. Pastor of GBC Diphupar, Gideon Gurung and pastor of GBC Khehokhu, Binod Lama conducted Bible study in the morning session. On the last day today, proprietor Model English School Mon, Raju Thapa
and pastor of Murise Baptist Church, Tsaose Sangtam shared greetings. Nepali Baptist Church Tuensang led in praise and worship while special music and cultural presentation were made by the different churches. Marking the conference, affiliation of NBC Jessami, Manipur was accepted as associate member, taking the total affiliation to 50 churches under the
association. Special prayers were also held for the families of three Nepali/Gorkha reverends, viz: Rev B Amos, Rev K Mero and Rev C P Sharma, who passed away last year. The business session was held under the chairmanship of AGBCN chairman Tek Gurung wherein reports were presented by AGBCN executive secretary Santabir Rai, mission sec-
retary Hari Magar, women secretary Beena Thapa, youth secretary Sishir Gurung, Chairman Pastors’ Fellowship pastor Surjay B Sapkota and resource & development committee Chupaman Rai. Agendas brought forth for the welfare and uplift of the association by various churches were also deliberated. The conference was hosted by seven Nepali/ Gorkhali Baptist Churches comprising of Diphupar, Khehokhu, Padumpukhuri, Xukiye, Zaka, Nikiqhe and Khushiabill villages of Dimapur district. Altogether 400 delegates and believers from 40 Nepali and Gorkha churches from different parts of the state and also Assam and Manipur attended the conference.
A scenic view of western side of the state capital Kohima along with Puliebadze peak, Jotsoma on January 9. (NP)
Tsüngkamneo festival of Yimchungrü DIMAPUR: Yimchungrü community under the aegis of Yimchungrü Tribal Council (YTC) will be celebrating the Tsüngkamneo mini hornbill festival, the premium Yimchungrü winter festival from January 15 to 17 at Yimchungrü heritage village Mündün.
Convention of CCA and CCWA held in Chizami
Natsumi village centennial conference DIMAPUR: Natsumi village celebrated its hundred years of Christianity at Natsumi Baptist Church (NBC) under the theme “Ampeu kikimiye ghenguno pa sheqhelo” Psalm 117:1-2 from January 3 to 5. A press release by convener programme committee Hotoi I. Kiho stated that speakers for the centennial conference were Rev. Hotokhu P. Zhimomi ES SABAK, Rev. Dr. Khehovi Shohe director SBC, Rev. Kiyeto G. Sumi senior pastor SABCK. Speaking at centennial conference, the speakers spoke on the call of God, the Holy spirit, God anointing and the congregation should honour and respect the 1st convert to Christian Ashu Shikhu Assumi (1920) and the pioneers of the village. Speakers emphasized that it was due to them that they had come thus far and with the celebration of centenary jubilee there would be peace, harmony, cooperation, unity and blessings among the villagers. Vikheho Y. Swu MLA speaking to the gathering as a special guest at cultural programme exhorted to preserve cultural identity and maintenance of natural resources. Greetings speeches were delivered by Er. Hutovi Swu EE Water Resources, Er. Kikheto Swu (Rtd.) SE NPWD, Zuvito Wotsa managing director NIDC and Pukhaxu Achumi (Rtd.) associate professor stated that jubilee was a time of thanksgiving to God for His faithfulness, and blessings. Earlier in the introductory service, Sukhavi G. Swu chairman planning board offered welcome address. Jubilee choir led by Vikato Awomi music director SABCK presented “Natsümi Anthem”, vote of thanks was proposed by Kiyelho Kiho and Yekivi Z. Swu pastor NBA conducted thanksgiving service. K Y M C
we are singled down by various central organisations to show that our state lacks accountability in public morality.” He added that “this is of great concern because in our country we are seen as Christian state and real Christian life is not shining well in our land.” He encouraged the CCA and CCWA to point out to the people to live and witness the true life of Jesus. In the first and third sessions, Rev. deacon Dr. Sherman Kuek spoke to the congregation through his interesting life experiences stating that jubilee was a very Biblical concept with Rev. Dr. Fr. Philip Abraham as celebrant along with other priests during the convention. a strong spiritual implica- have mercy. In the next ses- “we are all called to be the the truth, a priest by living tion, calling to forgive and sion, the speaker said that prophets by daring to speak a prayerful life and a king
The Peren Students’ Union (PSU), Peren Village Council (PVC) and Peren Government Employees Union (PGEU) with profound pride, respect and honour congratulates Er. Keyileuteing Ndang, son of Iherie Ndang for securing the post of EAC in the recently conducted NPSC 2018-2019 examination in the 5th rank. Taking immense pride in your triumph for bringing laurels to the Peren community, we pray that the Almighty God continue to shower His blessings mightily in your future endeavour and in serving the people. (Rampauyi Ndang) (Mireulung Sephe) (Dr. Zeleigai Ndang) President Chairman President PSU PVC PGEU
DIMAPUR: Day-two of the convention of Chakhesang Catholic Association (CCA) and Chakhesang Catholic Women Association (CCWA) coinciding with the golden jubilee of the Sacred Heart Church, Chizami was graced by Rev. Dr. Fr. Philip Abraham as celebrant and Rev. deacon Dr. Sherman Kuek, OFS and Rev. Fr. Vemudo Joseph Kezo, director, St Joseph College Boys Hostel, Jakhama as speakers on January 11. A press release from CCA stated that, Rev. Dr. Fr. Philip Abraham in his sermon said “There is a moral deficit in Nagaland, it is so difficult for us when
by humility and service to mankind.” In the second session, Rev. Fr. Vemudo Joseph Kezo, director, St Joseph C o l l e ge B oy s H o s t e l , Jakhama spoke on “Catholic tradition and practices”. He elaborated on how the sacraments are an opportunity to make right with God. Meanwhile, CCWA installed the new office bearers for the tenure 2020-2022 with Lhiwete-u (Atele) Rume from Holy Family Parish, Pfutsero as president, Vekurilu Clare from St Andrew’s Parish Thenyizumi as general secretary along with seven others.
6 8 t h B u b a A K M 2 0 2 0 K h a r, lokti mungdang atema ajaki sarasadema yongya ataba ama 15 th – 17 th Jan 2020 tonga arur. Khar senso aser anükapang ajak dangi programme den tajaba metongtsüteter anungji, iba mungdang sentong mapang arua atentsü asoshi ajak pelashishia jaoker. Sd/Chairman Local Planning Committee Khar
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FELICITATION Through the mercies of the Lord, The Lotha Assembly of God Church 5th Mile Model Village, Dimapur congratulates Pastor P. NRIBEMO EZUNG, S/O Mr. PHYOCHAMO EZUNG of Baghty Town, for being ordained as Rev. during the 26th TRIENNIAL GENERAL CONFERENCE OF THE ASSEMBLIES OF GOD EAST INDIA held on 7th – 9th Jan, 2020 at BETHESDA CELEBRATION CENTRE WALFORD, DIMAPUR. We want to wish you all the best as you start this journey of ushering the people of God to the Kingdom of God. God bless you and we are Praying for you. DP-290
NATSÜMI CHRISTIAN CENTENARY CELEBRATION
With immense pride and honour, we the family members of Rev. T. Ngullie, would like to thank God and extend our heartiest congratulations to Pastor, Mhonyamo Ngullie, for being ordained as (Reverend) in the recently concluded AGEI, Triennial Conference. As you embark on the work of Reverend, we pray that the Lord fill you with wisdom and knowledge to lead and guide his people with a skillful heart. God bless and guide you in the new assignment. Rev. T. Ngullie & Family members DP-291
The Natsumi Village Celebrated its hundred years of Christianity at Natsumi Baptist Church, under the theme “Ampeu Kikimiye ghenguno pasheqhelo” psalm 117:1- 2 from January 3-5, 2020. In a press release by convener programmee committee Mr. Hotoi I. Kiho state that speakers for the centennial conference were Rev. Hotokhu P. Zhimomi E.S. SABAK, Rev. Dr. Khehovi Shohe Director SBC, Rev. Kiyeto G. Sumi Senior Pastor SABCK speaking at centennial conference, the speakers spoke on the call of God, the Holy spirit, God's anointing and the congregation should honour and respect the 1st convert to Christian Ashu SHIKHU Assumi (1920) and the pioneers of the Village, because it was due to them that they had come thus far and with the celebration of centenary Jubilee there would be peace, harmony, cooperation, unity and blessed be among the villagers. Vikheho Y. Swu MLA speaking to the gathering as a special guest at cultural programme exhorted to preserve culture identity and maintenance of Natural resources. The greetings speech of centenary celebration were delivered by Er. Hutovi Swu EE Water recources Dept., Er. Kikheto Swu Rtd. SE NPWD, Zuvito Wotsa Managing Director NIDC and Pukhaxu Achumi Rtd. Associate professor, stated that Jubilee was a time of thanksgiving to God for his faithfulness, and blessing. Earlier in the introductory service Sukhavi G. Swu Chairman planning board offered welcome address. While Jubilee Choir led by Vikato Awomi Music Director SABCK presented “Natsümi Anthem” vote of thanks was proposed by Kiyelho Kiho and Yekivi Z. Swu Pastor NBA. Conducted thanksgiving Service. DP-294 K Y M C
Nagaland Post, Dimapur MONDAY, JANUARY 13, 2020
Student bodies hold conferences, anniversaries
Kashiho V. Sangtam, minister as special guest at the conference in Tuensang.
DIMAPUR: Sakipheto Range Students’ Union (SRSU) held its 19th general conference from January 7 to 9 at Hekheshe village with the theme “Envisioning future competence” with I. Himato Zhimomi, principal secretary, Urban Development and Municipal Affairs, Nagaland as special guest. A press release from SRSU stated, that in the 3-day long conference, flag was hoisted by I. Himato Zhimomi. In his speech, Himato reminded the students that money was temporary but knowledge and wisdom was permanent. He further challenged the students to be an instrument for the society and focused on the major impact of Act East policy on Asian Highways for Sakipheto Range and encouraged the
students to make use of the given opportunity. Prof. Dr Akali Sema, dean SASRD Nagaland University, Medziphema was the main speaker and spoke on the session theme. She enlightened the students with her exemplary life and inspired the gathering with her speech. She motivated the congregation to be competent in this fast paced growing world. Other guest speakers included, Dr Hotokhu Chishi, director of Health and Family Welfare who spoke on the theme, “Present status of Sümi.” Students were impressed with his rich knowledge on the roots of Sümi tribe. He told the students to work harder and excel in life. K Hollen Ye ptho, business entrepreneur was the guest speaker with the
I. Himato Zhimomi addressing the congregation on Sunday.
theme, “Towards a new horizon”, wherein she motivated the students to always put God first in their life and to spread love. She also stressed on the importance of cultural ethnicity and emphasized on how negative effects of social media was pertinent in society. The 3-day session was concluded by Dr Kakheto Zhimo, president, Western Sümi Hoho as a guest speaker who spoke on the theme, “Rejuvenation of heritage.” Other dignitaries like Atokiho Swu president, All Sumi Students Union, Lhojeli Ayemi president Sumi Totimi Hoho Sakipheto area also exhorted the students. Competition of various indigenous games, sports, literary and cultural items were conducted during the conference. More
Chakhesang community to celebrate Sühkrühnye
Men folk performing traditional act of Sühkrü rituals during Sühkrünye Premier Festival.
DIMAPUR: Chakhesang community is all set to celebrate its most premier festival, Sühkrühnye on January 15 with pomp and gaiety.
A press release from the organizers stated that, during this festival, boys and girls are sanctified through religious ceremonies and rituals. Sühkrühnye covers nagalandpost.com Poll ten days. With the coming of Christianity, SühQ.: Is the BJP govt going krühnye’s religious and to press ahead to enact traditional ceremonies and Uniform Civil Code? rituals are no longer in prac100% 90% 80% 70% 60% 50% 40% 30% 20% 10% 0%
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tice in most of the villages. However, Sühkrühnye is still celebrated with great significance and enthusiasm by the Chakhesangs in Phek district in keeping with Christian spirit. Sühkrühnye is a time of joyful celebration and so people do anticipate and yearn for the next to come.
than hundred students representing 7 units of the union attended the conference and Kupuhe village was crowned the overall champion. AST: Akehta Sangtamlar ü Thsingmüjang (AST) 13th general conference is underway with the theme, “An empowered women” at Old Mangakhi village, Tuensang district from January 10 to 12. A press release from AST stated that, on the second-day programme Kashiho V. Sangtam minister of Soil & Water Conservation, Geology & Mining and chairman NSMDC, Nagaland and M. Sangtam MLA were the special guests. Kashiho V. Sangtam stressed on the women of particular community like AST to be a role model in
DIMAPUR: Rajit Ranjan Okhandier, member secretary CSB, Bangaluru, Ministry of Textile visited Eri-Silk Dev. Project (ESDP) for women empowerment at Chungtia village on January 7. A press release from ESDP Chungtia nodal officer and consultant Imotemjen stated that, C h u n g t i a Vi l l a g e Council (CVC) as the executing agency of the project accorded a warm traditional welcome. A short meeting was held with the member secretary, village council members and all beneficiaries. Rajit expressed satisfaction on the physical performance of the project and thanked the CVC and urged upon them to keep up the same spirit in the days to come. He said the
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Participants at the training programme with resource persons.
WEATHER FORECAST January 13
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Agartala Hazy sun
Sunlit and beautiful
Guwahati A.M. sunshine then hazy sun
Nice with plenty of sunshine
Itanagar Sunny and pleasant
Sunny and cooler
Dimapur Sunny and pleasant Mkg
Sunshine and not as warm
Tuensang Sunny but, cooler
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Zunheboto Mostly sunny and cooler
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quantum of work done was much more than the fund CSB released so far. Regretting delays in release of fund, he said that it was due to obvious reasons in the past, however he assured to release the next installment at the earliest. He further said, higher up officials who are in Delhi might think Nagaland was a remote state and have an apprehension that, fund allotted to such areas may be wasted in vain. But seeing the performance, he said that “you are doing much better than others”. The He even assured to consider for new project in the village provided the CVC ensured to implement with the same spirit of understanding. Earlier, Imotemjen delivered welcome address and brief report on the implementation of the
Youth community development programme in Kohima
DIMAPUR: Youth leadership and community development (YLCD) training programme was conducted at Eden Garden, Khuzama, Kohima from January 7 to 9 by Nehru Yuva Kendra, Kohima. A press release from DYC, NYK Kohima John Makhabo stated that, Rev. Fr. Raymond welcomed the NYK officials and the participants to the training stating that it was a very good occasion to develop oneself and develop the community at large. He asked the participants to make the best use of the training programme as such
chances were very rare for the youths. Mhasil Nicholas, national youth volunteer and John Makhabo, DYC NYK, were the resource persons of the training programme. John Makhabo, DYC highlighted the aims and objectives of the youth leadership and community development programme. He said that the training programme was conducted with a view to help young people translate knowledge, develop appropriate attitudes and inculcate values that would help them acquire the ability to effective leader imbibed with proper leadership qualities and de-
Namri Nchang and Iherie Ndang along with BSU officials at the 25th anniversary.
cieties and the women can be a channel of resolutions and peacemaking agents in the community. Many prominent leaders under Sangtam community also spoke. Seopi Sangtam, president USLP, Sejongmong president USGOU, Setsacho P Sangtam Vice President ENPO and Chonyimong VCC Mangakhi. More than 2000 members from different units and delegates are attending the general session. BSU: Beisumpuikam Students’ Union (BSU) celebrated its 25th anniversary on January 8 at local ground, Beisumpuikam village under the theme “Proclaim & rise” with Namri Nchang, advisor of Water Resources, Nagaland as the special guest and Iherie Ndang, (Rtd.) SP & CEC member of NDPP as
the guest speaker on the occasion. A press release from BSU president Ireibam Pame stated that, Namri Nchang highly regarded the people of Beisumpuikam village as united despite having various society and high population. He went on to say that God must be the priority for the citizen of Beisumpuikam. Criticism should not be a hindrance to be successful person in life. Namri stated also that “our culture, our identity, one’s language is a gift from God” and “No matter where you’re and what you maybe always remember your roots” he added. Iherie encouraged the students to be responsible on their part and understand the fatigue of parents. He abbreviated STUDENT
as sincerity, truthfulness, understanding, discipline, efficiency, nobleness, and tidiness. He urged students to possess these qualities and enhance one’s knowledge by inculcating the habit of reading and learning new word meaning daily. Earlier, Ireibam Pame, president BSU delivered the presidential and welcome address. He also thanked God for all the past leaders of BSU who had worked tirelessly to make BSU what it was today. Highlights of the events covered eulogy and candle lightning, cultural attire contest, indigenous games and sports like traditional fire making, greased pole climbing, bamboo stilt race, fats eating competition, tug of war with an effort to retrieve identity and culture.
ESDP for women empowerment at Chungtia village
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bringing peace, development and prosperity of one’s own tribe and the Nagas as a whole. Many new initiatives and activities have been undertaken by the AST, Kashiho stated that added that everyone must be encouraged and lend support for such drastic changes by the women organisations. He also referred to a quote on women “Lean in, speak out, have a voice in your organization, and never use the word, ‘sorry’.” Women are the motivations and sources of men’s success in every sphere, he said. M. Sangtam, MLA also spoke by giving immense importance to women organisation such as AST, to which he elaborated that unity among the members and the unit can build so-
velop good personality. DYC dwelt on leadership, duties and responsibilities of leader, characteristics of a leader, qualities and function of leaders were discussed at length. He said that there were so many leaders in society but many lacked effective leadership qualities. Leaders should be the one who shared the message not through his words but action, as action speak louder than words, he added. Speaking on qualities and function of a leader, he highlighted the characteristics of effective leaders and also stressed on the
need to build personality development where one can develop self-confidence, self esteem and positive attitude towards life. He pointed out that anyone who wanted to shine in life needed to imbibe leadership qualities for successful career. Mhasil Nicholas took sessions on effective communication skills and inter-person relationship. He called upon the youth to be a leader who was effective in communication as one has to be a good teacher working with the community. He also said that effective communication was very important for the public or audience to understand the speaker’s concept and contain. He also spoke on public speaking where public leaders should know the essence of public speaking skills. The participants were taught on how to make decision making skills going through the various choices and keeping priority of gravity of issues. Programme ended with vote of thanks from trainees and organizations. Training programme was attended by 35 persons.
Rajit Ranjan Okhandier during his visit to Eri-Silk Dev. Project, Chungtia.
project. Vote of thanks was delivered by the chairperson of the programme Akumyala. The project was sanc-
tioned by the Ministry of Textiles, India during 201819 and implemented from 2019-20 to develop 300 acres of land for eri-silk
plantation by 300 women farmers to enhance their economic condition. Total project cost is 1866.70 lakhs.
Changs of Sangtamtilla celebrate Poanlüm festival
Chang community of Sangtamtilla village.
DIMAPUR: Poanlüm festival was celebrated by the Sangtamtilla Chang community on January 10 at residence of Er. Chubasashi Chang, Sangtamtilla village Dimapur, under the theme, “Waza”. A press release from the organisers stated that, the festival comprised of four major components,
namely denseih, lamshok, so-lüm and lüm-lin. Er. Chubasashi Chang delivered the welcome address on behalf of Sangtamtilla Chang community in the programme chaired by Sonyasonla. Invocation was offered by S. Akhang pastor SCBF, heralding (Ngekletbu) by Akhong. Kongkin display was pre-
sented by Amung, Er. Chingmak shared the brief history of Chang Nagas and benediction by Bongan deacon SCBF. Programme was followed by festival feast and cultural dance led by Chang community Sangtamtilla. Poanglüm is the festival of thanksgiving, forgiveness and celebration. K Y M C
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Mnp left parties demand release of its leader IMPHAL, Jan 12: Left parties in Manipur on Sunday threatened to intensify its ongoing agitations demanding immediate unconditional release of state CPI leader L Sotinkumar. The parties comprising CPI, CPI(M), AIFB and RSP announced that if the state government fails to release Sotinkumar on Monday, the parties will intensify its agitations. N Biren led BJP’s coalition government arrested CPI Manipur state council secretary Laishram Sotinkumar during its crackdown against anti-Citizenship (Amendment) Act 2019 movement in the state. Sotinkumar was among workers and leaders of state CPI arrested by the police during left parties sponsored nationwide 12-hour general strike against CAA on December 19. Even as others were released on the next day, Sotinkumar who was released by the court on bail was rearrested by the police from the gate of
CPI leader Th Bedamani, who was behind filing of a complaint against arbitrary arrest of her husband to the MHRC, sought support of the people in securing her husband’s unconditional release. Mention may be made that acting on a complaint, Manipur Human Rights Commission chairperson Khaidem Mani has asked the state DGP to submit investigation report on all the FIRs registered against Sotinkumar. He had also directed directors of JN Institute of Medical Sciences (JNIMS) and state health department to furnish detailed report on health conditions and treatment provided to the CPI leader. Bedamani informed the media that she, with the backing of the Human Rights Alert, was planning to file similar complaints to National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) and United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC), seeking their intervention in the “arbitrary” arrest and detention of her husband.
Mizoram seeks UN’s help to boost horticulture Aizawl, Jan 12 (PTI): The Mizoram government has sought assistance from the United Nations to boost horticulture in the state, official sources said on Sunday. Mizo National Front (MNF) MLA F Lalnunmawia, who is the vice chairman of the state horticulture development board, paid a visit to UN’s Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) regional office in Bangkok last week and met its officials, official sources said. During his meeting with the FAO regional coordinator for Asia and Pacific Xiangjun Yao and other officials, Lalnunmawia urged the UN agency to extend technical support to Mizoram in order to augment fruits and vegetables production and set up processing units and markets, they said. Lalnunmawia also informed the UN officials about the state’s efforts to successfully implement the flagship programme
-- Socio-Economic Development Policy (SEDP) – and sought better cooperation from the UN agency. The FAO officials suggested Lalnunmawia to submit concept paper through Union ministry of agriculture and the FAO office in India, official sources said They also told the legislator their willingness to hold talks for future cooperation, the sources added. Lalnunmawia was accompanied by Mizoram Youth Commission chairman Vanlaltanpuia and state planning secretary C Lalsangzuala, among others.
ABSU, Assam minister Pramila Rani Tourist turns smuggler in welcome NDFB-S faction to peace talks Kaziranga National Park
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Leaders of left parties in Manipur setting Monday deadline to release CPI leader during a news conference in Imphal on Sunday. (NP) the court. Among others charges, he was booked under 124(A) of Indian Penal Code related to sedition, which his party CPI alleged was a repressive measure by the BJP-led coalition government. He is currently in judicial custody and is likely to be produced in court tomorrow (Monday) on completion of his judicial remand period. Since the day his rearrest , many CSOs, political parties including main opposition Congress, student bodies and women based bodies have condemned the repressive measure of the incumbent BJP-led government and demanded the
unconditional release of the CPI leaders. Addressing a press conference in Imphal’s Irawat Bhavan on Sunday, left parties – CPI, CPI(M), AIFB and RSP – reiterated their demand for conditional release of Sotinkumar. State CPI leader Kh Surchand demanded immediate withdrawal of cases filed against Sotinkumar, who led the anti-CAA protests in the state alleging that the action of the state government seemed to be based on revenge. He alleged that the antic of the government was similar to threatening those who try to voice their concern or opinion with arrests and detention..
He informed that a complaint has been filed to the Manipur Human Rights C o m m i s s i o n ( M H RC ) against the arbitrary arrest of the leader and added that they will also file a complaint to the UNO. CPI(M) Manipur state council secretary Kh Santa condemned the excess meted out by the state government in booking Sotinkumar under section 124(A) of IPC. He alleged the state government of misusing IPC claiming that protest against CAA has nothing to do with the sedition for which government charged the CPI leader. Also taking part in the press conference, spouse of arrested
Truck terminal at Lekhi soon: Minister I tanagar , Jan 1 2 (PTI): The Inter-State Truck Terminal (ISTT) at Lekhi along National Highway-415 would be made operational soon, state minister Nakap Nalo said. The Rs 6.35-crore project, first of its kind in the state, was initiated in 2009. Nalo, accompanied by other officials, inspected the terminal construction works on Saturday. He asked land donor-cum-contractor Techi Joseph to complete electrification and install CCTV cameras, though originally it was not included in the project. Techi said that he donated 32,000 sq mtr lands for the project in 2009 and it has been lying idle for lack of funds since 2012.
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GUWAHATI, JAN 12 ( AGENCIES): Tourists visiting Kaziranga National Park in Assam are turning out to be poachers, and are also getting involved in smuggling of high-demand wild animal parts, reports Northeast Now news. Security personnel at the Guwahati airport on January 7 evening intercepted one tourist from Gurgaon while trying to smuggle something, which looked like horns of endangered wild animals. Assam Police officials told Northeast Now that the tourist was later identified as Swapan Kumar Dutta, a 68-year old retired engineer from Gurgaon in Haryana. “Dutta confessed that he had collected the horns from a poacher in Kaziranga National Park,” the police official said. However, in wildlife terms, deer horns are known as antlers. Three antlers (horns) of Hog Deer were recovered from the arrested tourist, the police official said. Dutta has reportedly confessed that he wanted to
sell the antlers (horns) to a buyer in Gurgaon. “The seizure included one pair and one single antlers (horn) of Hog Deer,” the police official informed. Indian hog deer (Hyelaphus porcinus) is an endangered deer species, and is a Schedule I animal as per the Wildlife Protection Act, 1972. Poaching of Hog Deer is a criminal offence, and any person involved in poaching, or smuggling of its parts, will be imprisoned for at least seven years. In October 2019, additional sessions judge of Tinsukia ordered seven year sentence to one Ashik Barua of Uparlaopani village, along with a fine of ?50,000 for killing a Hog Deer. Police officials said Swapan Kumar Dutta was produced before the Chief Judicial Magistrate of Kamrup (Metro) on January 8, and was remanded to judicial custody for 30 days. However, officials of the Assam Forest Department are tight-lipped over the arrest of the wildlife smuggler at the airport.
Guwahati, Jan 12 (PTI): Veteran PTI journalist Babul Baruah, who was associated with the premier news agency for nearly 40 years, has died following prolonged illness. He was 80. Baruah joined PTI in 1966 at its Guwahati bureau before he was transferred to Itanagar to establish the Arunachal Pradesh office. He served at PTI’s eastern region headquarters in Kolkata during the ‘80s and was subsequently posted in Aizwal, covering Mizoram when the state was reeling under insurgency. Baruah also served at PTI’s Silchar office, and then at Shillong from where he retired in 2002. Suffering from kidney failure and cardiac problems for the last few years, Baruah died on Saturday in Pune where he was living with his son. He is survived by wife, a son and two daughters.
Research Scholars’ Forum Office inaugurated in RGU
Arrested Tripura youth found dead in police lock-up
Mnp Mid-day workers threaten strike over non-disbursement of honorarium
KOKRAJHAR, JAN 12 ( AGENCIES): The All Bodo Students’ Union (ABSU) and Assam social welfare minister Pramila Rani Brahma have welcomed the cadres of the Saoraigwra faction of NDFB (NDFB-S) including its chief to the peace talks, reports Northeast Now news. The reaction of the ABSU and minister Brahma came after a national media report said all the leaders and cadres of the proscribed rebel outfit have returned to India from Myanmar to join the peace process with the central government. “All the 50 members of the NDFB-S left Myanmar early on Saturday. The Indian Army escorted the leaders and cadres from the International border to an undisclosed Army base,” News18 quoted an unidentified top NDFB (S) leader as saying. The report quoted intelligence officials as saying that the union home ministry is directly monitoring
the process and the top leadership of the group will be taken to Delhi as part of the peace talks. Talking to reporters at Bodofa House Bagansali in Kokrajhar, ABSU general secretary Lawrence Islary said the initiative of the Centre to bring the armed faction of the National Democratic Front of Boroland (NDFB) to the mainstream is a welcome step to give peace a chance. Islary said, “ABSU welcomes this step taken by the government of India to bring them (NDFB-S cadres) back home. It is a sign of sustainable peace in the region.” While appreciating the Centre, the ABSU made an appeal to the government to do proper justice to the NDFB-S and address the political issues of the Bodos with a lasting solution. “ABSU feels the return of the cadres of the revolutionary organization for the Bodos will be welcomed for peace and harmony,” he added.
Assam minister Pramila Rani Brahma, who is also a senior leader of Bodoland People’s Front (BPF) while welcoming the NDFB-S cadres, hoped through the peace talks, the decadeslong armed struggle will come to an end and more development will take place in the society. Brahma said the return of the NDFB-S cadres under the leadership of Saoraigwra has been possible at the initiative of the Bodoland Territorial Council (BTC) chief Hagrama Mohilary. She also urged the antitalk faction of the United Liberation Front of AsomIndependent (ULFA-I) and the Kamatapur Liberation Organisation (KLO) to join the peace talks with the Centre like the NDFB-S. The Kokrajhar District Committee of the People’s Joint Action Committee for Boroland Movement (PJACBM) has also welcomed the return of the leaders of NDFB(S) faction to the mainstream.
Students of Rajiv Gandhi University, Rono Hills with Vice-Chancellor Prof. Saket Kushwaha. RONO HILLS, JAN 12: Rajiv Gandhi University Vice-Chancellor Prof. Saket Kushwaha on Saturday inaugurated the varsity’s first Research Scholars’ Forum Office here at the Tissa Halls of Residence. A press release by Prem Taba of the department of Mass Communication stated that the VC who spoke on the ocassion said that very soon department classrooms will be converted into smart classrooms equipped with projectors, digital screens, microphones and speakers. “The aim behind the modernization is to improve teaching-learning experience. The smar t classrooms will immensely K Y M C
benefit the students. We have plans to convert at least one classroom in each department into hi-tech ones,” the VC informed. On slow-paced progress in Ph. D synopsis registration, the VC said the administration has set up a committee that is working on mechanism to hold the synopsis screening in the university itself. “Under the new rules, synopsis screening will be held within the university itself. Sending synopsis outside of the varsity is not just against the basic standard of a central university but it creates unnecessary hurdles to research scholars. However in departments where it is unfit to hold screenings, the old tradition will be
followed,” Prof Kushwaha said. The VC also informed that scholars can now give their Ph. D thesis viva-voce through online modes, such as skype. From the coming session on, semesters will also be shortened in order to reach up to the national the framework, the VC added. Speaking on the importance of NIRF rankings, the VC advised the research scholars to play important roles in bagging a good ranking for the university. Extending his support to the RGURSF, the VC assured to facilitate the forum’s office with a computer, printer, 3 almirahs, research books, and other
basic furniture. RGU Registrar Prof. Tomo Riba in his speech lauded the forum for the new office and advised them to make the best use of the office. He also dwelt at length on the importance of research and the sincerity needed to complete and submit it on time. RGURSF Chairman Reken Lollen, on behalf of the forum, expressed gratitude to the university administration for the office allotment and assured to make optimum use of the office space. RGURSF General Secretar y and spokesperson Renu Loyi also spoke on the occasion. Earlier, the VC also launched the calendar of the forum.
Agartala, Jan 12 (IANS): A man who was arrested by the police on Friday in connection with theft of huge amounts of cash from ATMs using cloning devices in Tripura capital Agartala, was found dead in the police lock-up on Sunday forcing the state government to order a magisterial inquiry. A police official said that Sushanta Ghosh, who was arrested from his house at Lankamura on the outskirts of the city on Friday in connection with ATM theft, committed suicide at the West Agartala police station after midnight on the intervening night of Saturday and Sunday. However, Ghosh’s father Parimal Ghosh in his FIR with the police claimed that his son died following police torture. Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb, who also holds the Home portfolio, on Sunday said that he has ordered a magisterial inquiry into the incident. Two Turkish and two Bangladeshi nationals were arrested at Belgharia (under North 24 Parganas district) in West Bengal in November for stealing huge amounts of cash from ATMs by cloning devices in Agartala.
IMPHAL, Jan 12: Midday meal workers in Manipur on Sunday threatened to launch cease work strike if the state government failed to disburse their pending honorariums within a stipulated time. They alleged that the authority of the state gover nment has failed to release their monthly honorariums since April 2019. Addressing a press conference at Manipur Press Club, Imphal today, president of Mid-day Meal Workers’ Union Manipur, Y Indrani Devi said that the union has served an ultimatum to the government to disburse their pending honorariums at the earliest. If the state government fails to address their demand, mid-day meal workers will abstain from discharging their duties even as the school session for the academic calendar 2020-21 begins. She alleged that even as the Centre had release the first instalment of fund meant for implementation of the mid-day meal in the government schools, the pertinent authority of the state government did not disburse the honorarium with reasons best known
Dibrugarh DC Pallav Gopal Jha receives the award from renowned Bollywood actor Amir Khan. DIBRUGARH, JAN 12 (AGENCIES): Dibrugarh district has been awarded with the Plastic Waste Management Award -2020 on Sunday for being the best district of India in plastic waste management category during Swachhta Hi Sewa 2019, reports Northeast Now news. Dibrugarh deputy commissioner Pallav Gopal Jha received the award from renowned Bollywood actor Amir Khan in a function in Delhi as recognition to the innovative and effective efforts taken by the district in managing plastic waste in rural areas of the district. The function was organized by the department of drinking water and sanita-
to them. The authority has failed to address their demands despite repeated requests, she alleged. The irresponsive attitude of the pertinent authority has compelled them to abstain from discharging their duties, she said while appealing all concern heads of the schools to cooperate with their stir. If the heads of the schools make alternative arrangement by hiring cooks, the union will boycott them, she warned. A l t o g e t h e r, 6 9 5 1 cooks were serving midday meal in government schools across the state with a meagre honorarium of 1000 rupees per month. Their demands for hike in honorarium was yet to be considered by the state government, she lamented. With a view to enhance enrolment, retention and attendance and simultaneously improving nutritional levels among children, the National Programme of Nutritional Support to Primary Education (NP-NSPE) was launched as a Centrally sponsored scheme on August 15, 1995. In September 2004, the scheme was revised to
tion, ministry of Jal Shakti. Swachhta Hi Seva 2019, a massive nationwide awareness and mobilization campaign on Swachhta, was launched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi at Mathura on September 11, 2019. “We are happy after Dibr ugarh received the award. We are proud of our district get the best district in plastic waste management,” said Amit Agarwalla, a resident of Dibrugarh. During this campaign, massive awareness and mobilization programmes were organized in Dibrugarh district to generate awareness on single use plastic waste collection, segregation and effective disposal under the Swachh Bharat Mission -G (SBM).
provide cooked mid-day meal with 300 calories and 8-12 grams of protein to all children studying in Classes I to V in government and aided schools and EGS/ AIE centres. As compared to other states, the condition of the mid-day workers in Manipur was pathetic, the president alleged, saying that scheme workers were paid only Rs 1,000 per month. In Kerala, scheme workers were paid a minimum of Rs 7,500 per month, she added. A total of 6951 midday workers provide cooked food to more than 2.5 lakh children in Manipur, she said and appealing the government to recognise them and increase their monthly remuneration to Rs 18,000 with social security and pension scheme. She also urged the government to improve and provide necessary facilities required for successful functioning of the scheme. Success of the midday meal scheme will not be possible without welfare of the workers, she pointed out adding that there was the need to encourage them to serve the children with better working environment and welfare schemes. K Y M C
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Govt decides to withdraw NSG from VIP security duties NEW DELHI, JAN 12 (PTI): After effecting a major VIP security cut and withdrawal of SPG cover from the Gandhis, the Union government has now decided to completely remove NSG commandos from this task, official sources said. This will be after over two decades that the ‘black cat’ commandos of the elite counter-terror force will be taken out from VIP protection duties, a task not originally charted for it when the force was conceptualised and raised in 1984. The force provides proximate and mobile security cover — commandos armed with sophisticated assault weapons — under the top ‘Z+’ category to 13 ‘high-risk’ VIPs that entails about two dozen personnel for each one of them. Officials in the security establishment told PTI that the protection duties of NSG, which include giving security to Defence Minister Rajnath Singh and Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, will soon be transferred to paramilitary forces. The other NSG protectees include ex-CMs Mayawati, Mulayam Singh, Chandrababu Naidu, Parkash Singh Badal and Farooq Abdullah, Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal, BJP leader and former Deputy Prime Min-
ister L K Advani. Official sources said the Union Home Ministry “is of the view” that the National Security Guard (NSG) should concentrate on its original charter of handling specific tasks of counter-terrorist and antihijack operations and that the task of securing high-risk VIPs was proving to be a “burden” on its limited and special capabilities. “The NSG needs to go back to its original mandate of counter-terror and anti-hijack duties. That is the reason behind the latest move,” a senior official in the security establishment said. The removal of VIP security duties from the NSG will result in freeing about 450 commandos, who will
be used to enhance the fighting components of the force that is spread across five hubs in the country and a main garrison in Gurugram near Delhi, officials said. As per a plan being worked out, the security of the VIPs under NSG cover could be handed over to paramilitary forces such as the CRPF and the CISF which already provide security to about 130 prominent persons jointly. The CRPF was recently handed over the security of five ex-SPG protectees — former PM Manmohan Singh and his wife, Congress President Sonia Gandhi and her children Priyanka and Rahul — apart from securing Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla.
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Trust and renamed it after Jana Sangh founder Syama Prasad Mookerjee. They were quickly bundled into police vehicles and whisked away. West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee was not present at any of the programmes of Modi on Sunday. She had met him at Raj Bhavan as a “courtesy call” on Saturday before joining an anti-CAA protest close by. However, she shared the dais with the prime minister at a light and sound programme of the port trust Saturday evening. “The CAA is not about taking away citizenship, it is about giving citizenship. Today, on National Youth Day, I would like to tell this to the youth of India, West Bengal, North East that this is not an overnight law for giving citizenship. “We must all know that any person of any religion from any country of the world, theist or atheist, who believes in India and its Constitution, can apply for Indian citizenship through
due process. There’s no problem in that,” he told the gathering at Belur Math. In his speech, Modi invoked Mahatma Gandhi and said even the Father of the Nation had favoured Indian citizenship for those fleeing religious persecution and that his government has only delivered on the wishes of freedom fighters. Referring to anti-CAA protests in the North-East, Modi vowed to protect the distinct identity and culture of the people of the region, and asserted the new law will not hurt their interests. “We’ve only done what Mahatma Gandhi had said decades ago. Should we send these refugees back to die? Are they our responsibility or not? Should we make them our citizens or not?” he said, evoking a thunderous applause by the gathering. Modi said some people with political interests are deliberately spreading rumours about the new citizenship law, despite “complete clarity” over the CAA.
J-K Police DySP caught with 2 militants arrested
JNU VC behind attack, must be sacked: Cong panel
SRINAGAR, JAN 12 (PTI): A deputy superintendent of Jammu and Kashmir Police and two militants, who were detained from a car in south Kashmir, have been arrested, officials said on Sunday. Davinder Singh, who is presently posted as the deputy superintendent of police at the airport, was detained along with militants Naveed Babu and Altaf on Saturday, they said. The officials said the police officer was alleged to have been ferrying the militants from the Shopian area, possibly out of the valley. Deputy Inspector General of South Kashmir Atul Goyal was supervising the operation and caught the car at a police barricade at Mir Bazar in Kulgam of south Kashmir. The DIG, according to the eyewitness, lost his cool at the DySP. Two AK rifles were seized from the car. A search was conducted at his residence and the police allegedly seized two pistols and one AK rifle, the officials said. Senior police officials termed the DySP's involvement unfortunate.
NEW DELHI, JAN 12 (PTI): A fact-finding committee of the Congress on the JNU violence on Sunday said the January 5 attack inside the university campus was “state-sponsored” and recommended Vice Chancellor M Jagadesh Kumar be dismissed and criminal investigation initiated against him. The Congress had appointed a four-member factfinding committee to carry out a detailed inquiry into the violence at the Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU). Sushmita Dev, member of the committee, said it recommended that Kumar be dismissed immediately and all appointments in faculty should be probed and an independent inquiry should take place. “A criminal investigation must be initiated against the VC, the company that provides security service and members of the faculty who conspired with the attackers to unleash the violence at Sabarmati hostel, Periyar hostel and other places. The security company’s contract must be immediately terminated,” the Mahila Congress chief said. “It is clear that the attack on JNU campus was state-sponsored,” Dev said. She also demanded
KOLKATA, JAN 12 (PTI): The government is in the process of acquiring around 200 aircraft to cope with the depleting aerial inventories of the Indian Air Force, defence secretary Ajay Kumar said here on Sunday. The contract for HALmanufactured 83 LCA Tejas Mark 1 A advanced fighter jets are in the final stages, he said. Apart from these, Expression of Interest (EOI) has been floated for another 110 aircraft, based on which Request for Proposal (RFP) will be floated, Kumar said. “Roughly (for) 200 aircrafts, the acquisition is in process,” he said. “We are in the process of finalising the contract for 83 Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) Mark 1 A, which are advanced fighters to meet the urgent needs of India,” the defence secretary told reporters on the sidelines of commissioning Indian Coast Guard vessels here. Kumar said that the contract for the LCAs will be signed “definitely this year”. “We want to do it
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as soon as possible,” the defence secretary said when asked whether a time frame has been finalised by which the new aircraft are to be acquired. Kumar said that with the design having been finalised, state-run aerospace behemoth Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) will be ramping up production of the LCA Mark 1 A jets from 8 to 16 per year. “If required, through outsourcing, we can further enhance it,” he said. The Air Force has Sukhoi 30 MKIs, Mirage 2000s, Mig 29s and the ageing Jaguars and Mig 21 Bisons in its inventory of fighter jets at present.
Sonia Gandhi with members of Fact-Finding Committee on JNU Violence, in New Delhi. (PTI)
a complete rollback of the JNU fee hike. The other members of the fact-finding committee are Hibi Eden, MP and former NSUI president, Syed Naseer Hussain, MP and former president of JNU
NSUI and Amrita Dhawan, a former NSUI president and ex-DUSU president. On January 5 night, masked people armed with rods and sticks stormed the JNU campus and assaulted students and faculty mem-
bers, and vandalised property, leaving several people injured. Leftist outfits and the RSS-affiliated Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) blamed each other for the violence.
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As Modi addressed the gathering, activists of the Congress and the Left continued their protest on the second day of his Kolkata visit, notwithstanding his repeated clarification that the new citizenship law will not adversely impact any Indian citizen. The protesters sat overnight at Esplanade in the heart of the city, carrying placards that read ‘Modi go back’ and ‘Down with BJP’. Waving black flags and chanting anti-Modi slogans, protesters also collected outside Netaji Indoor Stadium where Modi addressed a function to mark 150 years of Kolkata Port
Seeking to assuage the concerns of the people of the North-East, Modi called the region “our pride”. “Their culture, traditions and demography remain untouched by this amended law,” he said. He said the citizenship law was only “changed a little” for those who were ill-treated in Pakistan after Partition. “They were having a bitter time living there. Women were in danger of losing their pride. Young people have understood the whole thing but those who want to indulge in politics over it will not,” he said. Modi said five years ago, there was disappointment among the youth of the country, but the situation has changed now. “Not just India, the entire world has a lot of expectations from the youth of the country. The youth are not afraid of challenges.... they challenge the challenges,” he told the gathering at Belur Math, the abode of Swami Vivekananda for several years until his death in 1902, aged 39 years.
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at Belur Math, the headquarters of Ramakrishna Mission. Soon after Modi had left the premises, the monastic order distanced itself from his speech, saying it is an apolitical organisation where people of all religious faiths live like “brothers of same parents”. “Ramakrishna Mission will not comment on PM’s speech. We are strictly an apolitical body. We cannot comment on the PM’s speech on CAA. We have come here after leaving our homes to answer to eternal call. We do not respond to ephemeral call,” Ramakrishna Math and Mission general secretary Swami Suvirananda, told reporters. “We are above politics. To us Narendra Modi is the leader of India and Mamata Banerjee is the leader of West Bengal,” he said, adding “we are inclusive as an organisation which has monks from Hindu, Islam, Christian (faiths). We live like more than brothers of same parents”.
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Nagaland Post Vol. XXx NO. 36 Dimapur, MONDAY, JANUARY 13, 2020
Bringing facts to light
n the light of the recent deliberations between the state government led by the chief minister Neiphiu Rio and the visiting two-member delegation of the 15th Finance Commission-– Dr. Ashok Lahiri and Shri Ajay Narayan-; what has not changed is the diagnosis of the financial ailment. The 15th FC members interestingly observed that the CD ratio was very high, meaning the banks are not lending enough. The members also expressed the need for the state Government to explore more avenues to generate resources to fund its developmental activities. The state has a narrow tax base and it is not going to improve unless the oil and minerals are exploited to earn tax revenue. The members also stressed on the need for rationalisation of employees so as to bring down revenue expenditure and increase developmental expenditure. The consequences of poor infrastructure undercuts the potential for growth and that adversely affects job creation. Without growth, unemployment continues to grow while the government has been left as the only agency to provide employment. While it has been acknowledged many, many times in the past, that employment in the government has already reached a point of over saturation, it may be interesting to note that the figure had been recorded at 1,10,000 in 2008-10, it rose to 1,25,000 by 2010-11, then to 1,30,000 by 2012-13. According to the latest figure, there are 1,40,000 government employees under the government’s roll which is a little over 7.1 % of the state’s 19,80,602 population ). As per the definition of the 13th Finance Commission and based on its well defined parameters, the state has an excess of over 70,000 government employees. The figure of ‘excess’ employment is based on the recommendation of the 13th Finance Commission that the salary component ought to be well within 35% of the budget. Instead of cutting down on excess employment, there is a clamour for jobs and weighed in by various factors, the spectre of “backdoor appointment” has turned into a huge problem. The other factor is budget deficits, repayment and interests on loans which also add more problems in the pursuit for all round growth. How can a state which is reduced to a beggarly status, afford to spend around 65% of its budget for hardly 6% of its population? So much money is being spent on salaries and upkeep of the government each year while much needed resources have to be borrowed from the market. Austerity measures and pruning redundant work force is called for but the government has to show a political will. Those states like Nagaland, which are totally dependent upon central funds for every aspect must make maximum use of funds to create necessary climate for promotion of private enterprise. An unwieldy government that is heavily laden with excess employees will have to contend with managing itself rather than that of the people. However, the budget deficits, repayment and interests on loans is also add more problems in the pursuit for all round growth. After the initial brouhaha over creation of NITI Aayog on devolution of taxes and participation in decision making, Nagaland and states in the north east have come around to realise that they use to get more funds from the erstwhile planning commission. Thus, deficits and growing debt servicing may not disappear overnight unless there is a radical shift in the economic policies.
DailyDevotion Have You Ever Been Alone with God? (1)
When they were alone, He explained all things to His disciples. —Mark 4:34 Our Solitude with Him. Jesus doesn’t take us aside and explain things to us all the time; He explains things to us as we are able to understand them. The lives of others are examples for us, but God requires us to examine our own souls. It is slow work— so slow that it takes God all of time and eternity to make a man or woman conform to His purpose. We can only be used by God after we allow Him to show us the deep, hidden areas of our own character. It is astounding how ignorant we are about ourselves! We don’t even recognize the envy, laziness, or pride within us when we see it. But Jesus will reveal to us everything we have held within ourselves before His grace began to work. How many of us have learned to look inwardly with courage? We have to get rid of the idea that we understand ourselves. That is always the last bit of pride to go. The only One who understands us is God. The greatest curse in our spiritual life is pride. If we have ever had a glimpse of what we are like in the sight of God, we will never say, “Oh, I’m so unworthy.” We will understand that this goes without saying. But as long as there is any doubt that we are unworthy, God will continue to close us in until He gets us alone. Whenever there is any element of pride or conceit remaining, Jesus can’t teach us anything. He will allow us to experience heartbreak or the disappointment we feel when our intellectual pride is wounded. He will reveal numerous misplaced affections or desires— things over which we never thought He would have to get us alone. Many things are shown to us, often without effect. But when God gets us alone over them, they will be clear.
Self-reverence, self-knowledge, self-control; these three alone lead life to sovereign power. ~ Alfred Lord Tennyson
Nagaland Post, Dimapur MONDAY, JANUARY 13, 2020
Should the budgetary process be altered? Else how could 25 percent cut in department allocations, about Rs 40,000 crore, be justified in fag end of the financial year? ndia has stepped into a new decade. It needs a new vision 2040 to propel the country – its politics and economics and junk the present system. At the year end, finance minister Nirmala Sitharaman unfolded the Rs 102 lakh crore NIP – national infrastructure pipeline – good effort but with limited aim. The Narendra Modi government has given a call for $ 5 trillion economy – robust aim. Now the nation needs to rethink how it can be made broad-based. The NDA thinks in terms of reaching the last man – antyodaya. A review is needed whether the policies are percolating to him or not or if GDP – rising or plummeting - has a meaning for him. A vision 2040 document could offer a model to the rest of the world that at present is in awe of the lone super power, the US and is forced into submission before its bullying tactics. America is having the world’s largest army for
perpetuating jingoism and keeping the Asian countries in awe. On flimsy grounds it has waged wars since the attempt to subjugate Vietnam to the present destruction of the Middle East from Libya to Iran. The recent threats to Iran and killing of Gen Qasem Soleimani do not bode well for India. The US is the largest economy but it has millions in utter penury. Average American is struggling to eke out a living. It led the global sub-prime collapse. It cannot be an ideal for India. It exemplifies that large does not mean an efficient pro-people economy. India rooted in panchsheel and ideals of sarve bahavantu sukhinah cannot emulate the US. So despite the vision of a capable army in the Vision 2020, India did not envisage a predatory army despite a rogue and belligerent neighbour in its west. Prudently it countered that with removal of Article 370 and 35A. Still a nation has to relook at why most political parties are losing vibrancy, why ideologies have failed – and if they had any strength, why violence is becoming culture in some states like West Bengal or Kerala, why
he elimination of Gen Qasem Suleimani heading the Al Quds Force of Iran's Revolutionary Guards Corps in an American Drone attack at Baghdad, draws a parallel with the earlier killings of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, chief of ISIS, in a raid by US Special Forces in Syria last year and of Al Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden in a SEALs operation at Abottabad way back in 2011. These three militant leaders, termed by the US as 'International Terrorists', represented Islamic radicals who had declared the Americans as their sworn enemy and engaged in a no holds barred 'proxy war' against the US. They belonged to the two different streams in Islam -- Sunnis and Shias -- that had produced extremists wedded to taking on the US-led West for political, ideological and historical reasons. It began with the Emirate of Afghanistan under the Al Qaeda- Taliban leadership, installed by Pakistan at Kabul in 1996, showing its fangs against the US -- its subsequent ouster by the latter, in fact, laid the turf for the 9/11 attack. In the 'war on terror' that followed under the US-led 'world coalition' against the global terror of Islamic radicals, the Pak-Afghan belt swayed by Al Qaeda-Taliban axis and the SyriaIraq region dominated by Islamic State of Iraq and Levant (ISIS) emerged as the battlegrounds of this combat. The Sunni extremists of Al Qaeda and ISIS carried the historical memory of the 19th Century Jehad that the Wahhabis had carried out against the Western encroachment on 'Muslim lands'. They had given a call for restoration of the Islamic fundamentals of the times of the Pious Caliphs which, they contended, had been allowed to get 'diluted' in the mix of un-Islamic
different states have different economic growth pattern, why two chief ministers should speak in similar vein on the deaths of children in hospitals or why Mamata Banerjee is insensitive to Park Street rape victim or she and Pinarayi Vijayan of Kerala keep mum on political killings. Is politics getting too ghettoized? Or is it the result of sagging economy? Should the budgetary process be altered? Else how could 25 percent cut in department allocations, about Rs 40,000 crore, be justified in fag end of the financial year? India is conquering space but faltering in Shivaji managing mundane agriculture or rising prices or profiteering motives of governments or privatizing public assets or treating private education as pariah or heaping innumerable tolls and fees or disallowing the poor through high fares, uses of rail, metro or bus. Has not its market ideology heaped with it problems in every sector -education and health to industry to deciding its priorities? As India progresses it has to find out whether the
neo-rich getting into the portals of power are becoming insensitive. Are not they misguiding governance through trade bodies, bureaucratic functioning and making every bit of service beyond the reach of the people? The Constitution guarantees barrier free travel. Why should atrociously high toll or fee hinder it? The roads are built on public land. It needs to be explained how a private body can be given its zamindari. A villager or a farmer travelling across the tolls are levied an unnecessary cost. The Vision needs to find out how it is making living expensive Sarkar and increasing prices that too after multiple tolls, cess and road taxes. Education cess is not making education affordable. The NIP has yet to look into why a new parliament building or central vista is needed instead of pride in continuity in a heritage building. Or why road allocations are made for the same set of roads – in the name of refurbishing, redesigning or and adding lanes. The people want a white paper on IL&FS collapse after doling out Rs 91000 crore
to the toll roads and not getting repayment despite toll collections. It is essential for preventing a new proposed central funding body meeting the same fate. More power 619 GW is to be produced. Why? The country is unable to utilize 356 GW present production and power tariffs are bleeding every sector. For the sake of private, Air India was annihilated, MTNL-BSNL is sent to sick bed, hosts of other sold to competitors, bank coffers are opened up. It has led to enormous losses to public financial institutions – UTI (losing Rs 64,000 crore shut), LIC, GIC and almost all banks. These have lost about Rs 50 lakh crore since 1992 Harshad Mehta scam. Still the private sector is dependent on the government. Is it not slowing down the economy? More so, wages are not keeping pace with the rising prices. The price indices have been modified in 2011 so as to reflect reduced impact of the rises. Even the modified index reflects 19.5 percent inflation, may be actually 30 percent as per the old matrix. India is becoming expensive for its residents whose income is low and being eroded by high 42
India can handle this triangle of conflict
practices. In the post-revolution Shiite Iran, the Ayatollahs similarly enforced the values of Caliph Ali that, among other things, intrinsically glorified the 'virtue' of poverty and detested what would become the present day Capitalism. At the same time, however, the origin of Shiism in the Kharijite revolt against Ali had produced an irreversible mutual hatred between the extremists of the two sects that is reflected in their current political relationship as well. Sunni Islamic radicals are anti-West but they also go after the Shias wherever they can find them -- reports coming in regularly of Taliban attacking Shias in Pak-Afghan region prove the point. This all makes it easy to understand that the geo-politics of West Asia is largely conditioned by the ascendancy of radical Islam in the Muslim world in the post-Cold War era. Pakistan's collaboration with Taliban in Afghanistan after the withdrawal of Soviet troops from that country, shelter provided to Al Qaeda leadership by Pakistan on its own soil and the dubious role of Pakistan in the 'war on terror' should be mentioned as the principal reasons why this rise of radical forces became possible in the first place. The US attack on Saddam Hussain heading a Baathist dispensation in Iraq in 2003 made Syria-Iraq region, with its anti-US regimes, a second theatre of radicals where ISIS would come up under al-Zarkawi, who had earlier been active in Afghanistan. ISIS attracted many combatants from the Pak-Afghan belt of Al Qaeda as well. Shiite Iran under Ayatollahs -- bracketed by US President George Bush with Iraq in his 'axis of evil' statement -- was independently rising as a
force against both US and Israel with the militant Hazbollah under its patronage extending its wings in Lebanon and Iraq. On the other hand, a number of Muslim and Arab countries under the umbrella of Saudi-chaired Organisation of Islamic Conference(OIC) -- though running a harsh Islamic regime -- remained on the right side of the US. The picture in the Muslim world thus presents a three-way divide with radical Shiites and Sunnis directing their guns against US and also against each other and a significant cluster of Muslim states politically aligning themselves with America. India could be a mere watcher of the scene but for the fact that Pakistan -- a prime mover of OIC -- has been conducting a 'proxy war' against us using cross-border terrorism as its instrument and mobilising both radicals and other Islamic outfits against India for that purpose. India has stakes in the developments in West Asia, including the Gulf, for both economic and security reasons. India's foreign policy has been successful in getting US under President Donald Trump to abandon the artificial divide between 'good terrorists' and 'bad terrorists' that Americans earlier made at the cost of Indian interests. The challenge for India is to keep Indo-US friendship at a level where the American policy does not hyphenate India with Pakistan again and to build bilateral relations further with countries like Saudi Arabia, Iran and Israel independently of one another -- and also dis-linked from the ascendant Indo-US friendship. Under Prime Minister Modi's leadership, India is following this policy to our advantage -- what is helping in this is a certain confidence that the Prime
Minister brings to bear on his projection of India as a promotor of international peace, the voice of sanity and a balancing power. Today, the broad picture is that even as the prospects of an open warfare receded post-Cold War, the world transited to an era of proxy wars, cross-border conflicts and 'covert' offensives. Conventional battle has given way to the 'asymmetric warfare' in which terrorist attacks on military and non-military targets are resorted to as a cost effective means of wearing down a superior enemy. Gen Qasem Suleimani apparently had a free run in Iraq planning such operations against the US bases in that country and the Drone strike to take him out was ordered by President Donald Trump himself after pro-Iran militants tried to lay siege of the US Embassy in Baghdad. It may be mentioned that terrorists are indoctrinated in the 'cause' they were working for and a strong motivation for standing for the cause is provided by the war cry of Jehad that Islamic radicals and other extremists have raised -- making the Muslim world a festering home ground for faith-based terror in the process. India has been at the receiving end of terror attacks carried out by Pak ISI-instigated militant outfits like Lashkar-e-Toiba, Jaishe-Mohammad and Al Qaeda in Indian Subcontinent (AQIS). Indian diplomacy should work on the democratic world to get it to denounce the medievalism that used religion as a tool of war and should likewise, persuade OIC, chaired by Saudi Arabia, to take a clear stand against countries invoking Jehad for sorting out political disputes in today's times. India has the second largest Muslim population in the world and has to work for this outcome considering the fact that
percent income-tax (I-T) and plethora of indirect taxes estimated at 40 percent, including profession tax in many states, despite GST. Yes, an Indian pays over 70 percent in taxes. Innovative bureaucrats despite that go on increasing the prices of fuel, rail fares, bus fares, freight and consequently jacking up prices of commodities. It is affecting nutrition, as people are unable to take proper meals, consumption and GDP growth. The bankisation of the society has created new middle men in payment portals. It has made dealings expensive. The note-ban alone turned at least 15 percent more black money. The people of West, Australia and Japan are protesting to come out of the clutches of banks. Why should not India go back to no-cost cash transaction? The list is long. Wider review of the past’s follies and road map for the future has to be drawn. For the new vision, the country has to review its past mistakes so that the future generation does not have to go through the same trials and tribulations as this one has encountered.
Pakistan had become a rogue state providing safe haven to terror outfits having linkages across the Islamic spectrum. India cannot question the right of the US to neutralise leaders of terror outfits for America's own security and defence but it can promote wise counsel for peaceful resolutions rooted in a declared rejection of terrorist violence as an instrument of combat. Strategic analysts are looking, from their own angles, at the possible turn of events after the assassination of the Iranian General -- carried out by US in what was a security operation against a leading terrorist known to be the kingpin of covert attacks on Americans. Iran has threatened retaliation on a big scale but has not gone beyond firing a few missiles on a US base in Iraq so far. It is cognisant of a crippling military response from the US -- if it crossed a line. It is significant that Iran is anti-US and pro- Syria politically -- which is reminiscent of the Cold War divide -- while it considers ISIS as an enemy in terms of religious contradiction. Gen Suleimani was reportedly acting like an advisor to President Bashar al Assad -- in parallel to Russian approach of friendship towards Syria. Iran, however, has a civilisational past and it should handle its ideological and political differences with others without getting entangled into a warfare that invoked religion for its sustenance. India has to watch out for the impact of a deteriorating Iran-US relationship on the world at large and retrieve its own economic interests in the region. India now has a say on the world stage and our diplomacy should be able to put into play India's balancing role -- helped by its non-aligned outlook. D.C. Pathak (IANS)
Naga peace process: The unsung heroes
fter a tense and uncertain period preceding 31st October, the much awaited deadline to conclude the Naga Peace Talks, entire Nagaland and the whole of Naga community has heaved a sigh of relief and the Sun seems to once again be shining bright for this conflict torn society. There is a glimmer of new hope everywhere and optimism reigns supreme. In case everything goes as planned, Nagaland may well be on the cusp of a new epoch, the beginning of a peaceful, progressive, economically vibrant, tribally united and culturally unique part of India. The print, electronic and social media at state, national and international levels is abuzz with news and analyses of this momentous event. There seems to be no dearth of takers for the credit in making the impossible happen, NSCN (IM) and NNPGs are claiming to have won the rights for the Naga people, Government of India and the Interlocutor
boast of their patience and negotiation skills for having kept this long drawn and tedious process on track and a host of civil society and church bodies and political parties pat themselves for mediating on a workable solution and keeping tempers low. And above all, the Naga people quietly and rightly claim of having endured this unending and bitter conflict, as mute spectators torn between the two sides. In this euphoria, one stakeholder seems to have been totally forgotten; no praises, not even a passing reference to this silent and omnipresent participant. The Indian Army and Assam Rifles have endured this conflict from the very first day and will be present even when everything has been resolved to the satisfaction of everyone. These forces were first inducted into the inhospitable and till then uncharted jungles and mountains to return the call of duty. Assam Rifles were always there even before the trouble started, as the sentinels
of the Indian Frontier in East. Countless men and officers of Army and Assam Rifles have sacrificed themselves to keep the common Naga shielded from the heat of this conflict. Not only these men and officers made the supreme sacrifices but even their families endure an unimaginable life without their loved ones. The one constant in the conflict of Nagaland has been the steadfast manner in which men in uniform have stood against all odds. These men not only fought to maintain public safety but also were the first ones to usher developmental and social welfare projects in the remote and forgotten parts of Nagaland. They provided relief when relief from any other source was impossible to come by. At this juncture of hope, it would be prudent to recollect and remember the sacrifice and contributions made by the men in uniform. Without their contribution and resolve, this dawn of a new era in Naga
history may not have been possible. Let them not be forgotten, as always happens when everything is good and positive, only to remember them again when calamity strikes. On a sobering afterthought, if analysed pragmatically, there are still numerous places of the jigsaw puzzle to be fitted yet. The role the security forces will play in relieving the Naga rebels of arms and the subsequent rehabilitation of the various cadres will set the stage for complete normalisation of the situation. And also let us also not forget that few armed groups have still kept themselves away from the peace process and would need to be factored in during the reconstruction process of the state. Therefore the unsung sacrifices and contributions of Indian Army and Assam Rifles must always be remembered by the current generation of Naga society and the generations in future. Khumlamo Patton, Akuk village
Reader’s Post Insertion of three tiers in the political settlement of Nagalim Sir,
My best greetings, in the precious name of Jesus Christ our Lord, to all my best people of Nagalim. It is hereby suggested for the insertion of three tiers in the political settlement of Nagalim. Tier 1: The uniformity of the shared-sovereignty in the whole of Nagalim; The uniformity of the shared flag in the whole of Nagalim. Tier 2: The pan Naga hoho, subject to additions/ corrections. Tier 3: athe uniformity of the democracy in the whole of Nagalim; The uniformity of the executive in the whole of Nagas; The uniformity of the government by granting district autonomy in the whole of Nagalim; The uniformity of the judiciary in the whole of Nagalim; The uniformity of even the freedom of religion in the whole of Nagalim. So..and..so..forth. If suggestions acceptable, I am prepared for debate in details. T. C. Kithan, pensioner (NCS) & senior citizen, Wokha town
Reader’s note: Articles or letters published in any of the columns do not reflect the view of this newspaper nor that of the Editor in any manner.
Nagaland Post, Dimapur MONDAY, JANUARY 13, 2020
Would have prevented JNU violence: Former top cop
intelligence and at any appropriate time, I would have intervened and prevented the incident from happening and no one could have faulted me for that,” he said. Police were criticised last month too when they had barged into Jamia Millia Islamia to look for ‘outsiders’ allegedly involved in violence and arson during the protest against the amended citizenship law outside the varsity. “In Jamia, they did very well to intervene. (But) they were involved in excesses and that was kind of an overreaction. But it cannot be faulted why they entered. “The Jamia VC is trying to save face with students and staff (by slamming police). Similarly in JNU, even if VC had not invited police and they had definite information, they could have intervened,” he said. However, he said, in a law and order situation what actually happens is
Country cannot be run ‘Talibani’ style: Raut on Chhapaak boycott MUMBAI, JAN 12 (PTI): Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut on Sunday came out in support of actor Deepika Padukone, who is facing flak from the BJP and some other quarters over her visit to the JNU campus in Delhi to express solidarity with students who were recently attacked by armed assailants. Raut, who is a Rajya Sabha member and the executive editor of Shiv Sena mouthpiece ‘Saamana’, said the country cannot be run in a “Talibani” style. After Padukone’s visit to the Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) on Tuesday, many appreciated her “silent solidarity”, but some others criticised her for “supporting Leftists”, saying it was a promotional stunt for her latest film “Chhapaak”.
Some also demanded a boycott of her film, based on the life of an acid attack survivor, played by Padukone. A section of BJP leaders also criticised the 34year- old actor over her JNU visit. Talking to PTI, Raut said, “The demand for boycott of the actress and her film is wrong. The country cannot be run in a ‘Talibani’ style.” “Chhapaak”, directed by Meghna Gulzar, hit the theatres on Friday. The Congress governments in Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh on Thursday declared the film tax-free in the two states. Declaring a movie tax-free means the state has waived the entertainment levy imposed on it, thereby bringing down the ticket rates and encouraging more people to watch it.
only known to on-ground officers. “It is easy to analyse based on incomplete information. This is a very peculiar situation — that the police intervened in a proactive way in Jamia and they were damned in JNU because they said they were not called in. So the police is damned in any case,” he said. Calling the perception that police should go in only on the request of the VC “fallacious”, he said if a crime has been committed within the premises of a university there is nothing to stop police. “It is just a matter of protocol and out of courtesy that you seek permission from the VC. If a murderer or terrorist is hiding in a university, you do not need to take anybody’s permission,” he said. He also said the “goons who came to JNU belonged to a certain party” and perhaps whatever reservations the police had, it was on account of that. Left outfits and the RSS-affiliated Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad blamed each other for the JNU violence. Kumar was the Delhi Police commissioner when the Nirbhaya gangrape and murder had grabbed headlines in 2012. Protests had erupted in the national capital during that time.
NEW DELHI, JAN 12 (PTI): Public prosecutors must be trained to deal with child victims and witnesses in sexual harassment cases, the Supreme Court has said and laid emphasis on the need to develop a programme to train them. The top court said there is a need to have exclusive special public prosecutors for cases registered under the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act. “They need to know how to bring out the truth from children who are victims of sexual abuse and have to undergo the trauma again while recounting the traumatic experience. The job assigned to the public prosecutor for POCSO cases is a very onerous one which must be carried out with great care and sensitivity. “Therefore not only is there a need to have exclusive public prosecutors but there is also
a need to develop a training programme where these special public prosecutors should be trained to deal with issues which will arise in their courts. These issues may not be confined to legal issues which otherwise public prosecutors may be trained to deal with. The issues may be psychological, health and other related issues,” a bench of Justices Deepak Gupta and Aniruddha Bose said. The apex court directed all states to appoint exclusive public prosecutors in all the courts that have been set up exclusively for POCSO cases. “We request the Chief Justices of all High Courts to ensure that in the judicial academy of the state special programmes are developed so that these special public prosecutors attached to POCSO courts are imparted training not only in law but also in child psychology, child behaviour, health issues, etc.
NUSU (Lumami) condemns... (From p-1) Pointing out that this rendered the VC unfit to hold the highest post in an internationally-recognised institution of higher learning, NUSU (L) backed the demands for immediate resignation of the VC as the prestigious position was not for cowards. The union announced its solidarity with “all our brothers and sisters of JNU” and extended full moral support to them. According to NUSU (L), the attack only strengthened its resolve to fight for what was right, fight against injustice and for truth. The union prayed that violence against JNU students and lecturers would be put to an end by the rightful authority and that justice would be served to every victim. “May we all prevail in this fight against corruption and travesty of justice,” it added.
Govt won’t rest until Pak refugees made Indian citizens: Amit Shah
JABALPUR, JAN 12 (PTI): Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Sunday said however much the Congress opposes the Citizenship (Amendment) Act (CAA), the government “will not rest” until all the refugees from minority communities from Pakistan are given Indian citizenship. He once again challenged Congress leader Rahul Gandhi and West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee to show him any provision in the new legislation that will snatch the citizenship of any citizen in the country. “I am saying it loudly. You Congress leaders, listen carefully...Oppose it as much as you can, but we will rest only after giving citizenship to all these people. No one can stop us from doing so. “Hindu, Sikh, Buddhist and Christian refugees from Pakistan have as much right over India as you and I have. They are the sons and daughters of India. The country will embrace them,” Shah said while addressing a public meeting here in support of the new citizenship law. His statements come a day after the Congress demanded immediate withdrawal of the CAA and stopping the process of National Population Register (NPR), accusing the government of using brute majority to impose its “divisive” and “discriminatory” agenda. As per the gazette noti-
Union Home Minister Amit Shah addresses during a CAA awareness event, in Jabalpur, Sunday. (PTI)
fication issued by the Centre on Friday, the CAA, under which non-Muslim refugees from Pakistan, Bangladesh and Afghanistan, will be given Indian citizenship, came into force from January 10. Shah also accused Rahul Gandhi, Mamata Banerjee and Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal of misguiding people over the CAA. “I challenge Rahul Baba and Mamata Banerjee, tell me if there is any single provision in CAA that is meant for snatching anybody’s citizenship,” he said. “There is no provision for taking away anyone’s citizenship. The Act in fact is meant for giving citizenship,” the minister said. During the last Assembly elections in Rajasthan, the Congress had promised
in its poll manifesto that Hindu and Sikh refugees from Pakistan would be given Indian citizenship. “But now they are opposing the BJP...(Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok) Gehlotji, check your manifesto,” he said. Referring to the Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU), Shah said, “Some boys raised anti-national slogans like ‘Bharat tere tukde honge ek hazar, inshallah, inshallah’. But Rahul Baba and Kejriwal are saying- Save them...Are they your cousins? Such people deserve to be put behind bars.” The BJP chief also said that Ram temple will be built in Ayodhya in four months. “The complex would be so high that it would touch the sky,” Shah said.
PM renames KoPT after Syama Prasad; draws criticism from opposition KOLKATA, JAN 12 (PTI): Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday rechristened Kolkata Port Trust after Jan Sangh founder Syama Prasad Mookerjee, drawing criticism from the opposition camp, which said he was more of a “namechanger” than a “gamechanger”. Modi, while addressing the 150th anniversary programme of Kolkata Port Trust, invoked Mookerjee and BR Ambedkar and said their contributions had led to the development of the country post Independence, but suggestions made by them were not implemented after they resigned from the government. “I announce that the Kolkata Port Trust will now be known as Dr. Syama Prasad Mookerjee Port. He was the father of industriali-
sation in India, a man who made sacrifices for one nation and one Constitution,” Modi said, while addressing the ceremony at Netaji Indoor Stadium here. Hinting at a change of guard in 2021 Assembly polls, he said the West Bengal government was not implementing central schemes as it did not help “syndicates” (cartels), but people in this state would not have to miss out on the benefits for long. West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, who was scheduled to attend the port trust programme, was conspicuous by her absence. None of the Trinamool Congress ministers were also present at the event. “When there is no syndicate or cut money involved, why would someone
will always be pain in my heart (about the schemes not being implemented in Bengal). I will always pray to god for the welfare of farmers and poor patients. May god give them (Bengal government) good sense... “However, I have a feeling that the people of West Bengal will not remain deprived of central schemes for long,” he insisted. Modi, who released Narendra Modi greets one of the oldest pensioners of a commemorative stamp the Kolkata Port Trust- 105 years old Nagina Bhagat on the occasion, said his during an event to celebrate 150 years of Kolkata Port government at the Centre Trust, in Kolkata , Sunday. (PTI)
implement central government schemes? I don’t know whether they (state government) would give approval for central schemes such as Ayushman Bharat Yojana, PM Kisan Samman Nidhi, but if they do, people of Bengal will be able to enjoy their benefits,” he said.
The prime minister also claimed that he was pained to see that the poor in the state was not getting the benefits of the Centre’s welfare schemes. “Eight crore farmers across the country are getting benefited (due to the central schemes). But there
was making every possible effort to develop Bengal, its poor, underprivileged and exploited sections. He also inaugurated and laid foundation of infrastructure projects for the expansion and modernisation of the Kolkata Port. “Development of waterways has improved Kolkata Port Trust’s connectivity with industrial centres in east India, made trade easier for our neighbouring countries, Bhutan, Myanmar and Nepal.
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nam and even Bangladesh leveraged the medium-sized exporting companies to garner higher export share in world market. All these countries have looked at middle-size companies distinct from small and large, while considering developmental policies, while in India there is a “strange deep rooted” bias against medium enterprises. They are “specifically excluded” from major MSME support schemes in India, according to the body. It has also suggested that that Reserve Bank of India (RBI) can come up with an advisory on requirement of collateral security for raising funds. The recommendation to the Finance Minister noted that entrepreneurs have to keep reinvesting the internal accruals back into the firm and are not able to build new properties which could be offered as collaterals to meet the additional requirement of funds for continued growth of the company. “RBI could issue advisory/guidelines on requirement of collateral security. Initial collateral security should suffice for accessing more funds if a unit is in growth phase. In other words requirement of collaterals in percentage terms should be lowered gradually and as experience of the lender with the firms increases and conduct found satisfactory,” FISME’s recommendation said.
New Delhi, Jan 12 (IANS): The government is likely to opt for auctioning of more cash management bills (CMBs) to meet the debt obligations of government bonds in the next fiscal standing at Rs 3.02 lakh crore to avoid putting pressure on higher borrowings from the market. Higher market borrowings can impact fiscal deficit. The redemption pressure that is to come in FY 21 include, on April 9, the debt obligations government has to meet is Rs 35,268.36 crore whole on April 22, the amount is Rs 6,000 crore and on May 3rd, the redemption pressure is of Rs 71,130 crore and on June 9, it is Rs 67,182 crore, as per RBI data. Though the Union Budget 2020 will decide the fiscal deficit for the next financial year, it is now almost certain that the current fiscal deficit of 3.3% may be unattainable given the weak tax and disinvestment revenue positions. Excess borrowing to
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for Rs 74,000 crore. On January 16, the redemption demand for Rs 74,000 falls which is a 8.19% G-Sec issued on January 16, 2012. The central bank has announced its third ‘operation twist’, a move in which the government’s banker will buy G-Secs of long and medium tenure worth Rs 10,000 crore and at the same time sell government bonds of less than one year tenure. This is the third such operation by the RBI in as many weeks, aimed at pulling down the 10-year benchmark yield, which is a key determinant of the lending rates by banks. CMBs have a tenor usually less than 91 days while the T-bills have tenor 91 days, 182 days and 364 days. The day of issue of CMBs depend on the temporary cash requirement of the government. Since the government’s revenue position is weak and the revenue expenditures are high , there is already a risk of running.
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New Delhi, Jan 12 (IANS): To re-attract consumers, the slowdowndented automobile sector has lined up 60 launches, new technology offerings from debuting global brands at the biennial Auto Expo 2020. In addition to auto manufacturers, Reliance Jio and social media giant Facebook will also be part of the 15th edition of the expo, being jointly organised by ACMA, CII and SIAM from February 7-12 for the general public, at the India Expo Mart in
meet debt servicing will create further mismatch between the revenue and expenditure which the government may try to avoid next fiscal. This leaves to banking on CMBs more for debt servicing to a large extend, said sources. The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) on Friday announced the auction of a 63-Day Government of India Cash Management Bill. The central bank carries on the auctioning of GSec on behalf of the government. Cash Management Bills are short term bills issued by the central government to meet its immediate cash needs. The bills will be auctioned on Monday and will mature on March 13, 2020 will raise Rs 30,000 crore. Government bonds worth Rs 61,000 crore came up for redemption on January 2 when investors received the money back with interest, RBI data revealed. Similar maturities are falling due next two weeks
New Delhi, Jan 12 (IANS): The week starting Monday is set to be actionpacked as the high-level task force on infrastructure and the inter-ministerial group (IMG) on Air India disinvestment are scheduled to hold their crucial meetings. The task force headed by Department of Economic Affairs (DEA) Secretary with CEO (NITI Aayog), Secretary (Expenditure), Secretary of the Administrative Ministries, and Additional Secretary (Investments), DEA as members would hold its final meeting on Monday and decide projects worth nearly Rs 3 lakh crore to be taken up under National Infrastructure Pipeline (NIP). Announcing Rs 102 lakh crore worth of infrastructure projects across various sectors, Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman had earlier said that projects worth Rs 3 lakh crore would be added shortly. “Another set of projects would be finalised for
New Delhi, Jan 12 (IANS): Middle-scale enterprises face policy bias from the Ministry of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSME) and the administrative control of the such enterprises should be shifted to the Ministry of Commerce and Industries, according to the Federation of Indian Micro and Small & Medium Enter prises (FISME). In its budget recommendation to the Finance Minister, the industry body has suggested several steps for better support of medium scale industries, which it says, have not been adequately supported on the policy front. It mentioned that the medium scale enterprises are barred from the public procurement policy which mandates 25 per cent procurement from micro and small enterprises. “It even bars medium enterprises from seeking relief against delayed payment through facilitation councils. The ministry seems to have much bias against medium enterprises,” said the prebudget recommendations. It added: “Keeping in view that medium enterprises have specific needs and they do require policy attention, it would be better that their administrative control is shifted from Ministry of MSMEs to Ministry of Commerce and Industries.” FISME in its note, observed that in recent years countries like China, Viet-
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The ministerial panel headed by Home Minister Amit Shah has already cleared the draft of EoI and share-purchase agreement for Air India. The government has indicated that it will remove a large portion of Rs 60,000 crore debt from Air India’s books before offering its 100 per cent stake to private companies. The government officials have met some of the potential investors and are likely to address their concerns while making the offer for sale. “Many private players including foreign airlines have been meeting us. Although the meetings were not specifically on Air India disinvestment but the issues have come up during the discussion,” said another official. Asked if the airline would be successfully sold this time, the official said that the government was confident given the response so far from domestic and foreign investors. The bid to sell Air India in May, 2018 failed completely with not a single private party showing interest in the airline. The airline has a total debt of nearly Rs 60,000 crore and accumulated loss of over Rs 70,000 crore. It has been surviving on a bail-out package of about Rs 30,000 crore cleared in 2012 by the then UPA-II government.
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Iranian provinces ahead of memorials planned a month after the protests. Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has demanded that Iran provide “full clarity” on the downing of the plane. Ottawa says the dead included 57 Canadians. Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei also offered his condolences and ordered the armed forces to address “shortcomings” so that such a disaster does not happen again. Tehran’s acknowledgement came after officials in Iran denied for days Western claims that the Ukraine
International Airlines plane had been struck by a missile in a catastrophic error. The Kiev-bound jet slammed into a field shortly after taking off from Tehran’s Imam Khomeini International Airport on Wednesday. The crash came hours after Tehran launched missiles at bases hosting American forces in Iraq in response to the killing of top Iranian general Qasem Soleimani in a US drone strike. Fears grew of an allout war between Iran and its arch-enemy the United States, but those concerns have subsided after Trump said Tehran appeared to be standing down after targeting the US bases. On Saturday evening, police dispersed students who had converged on Amir Kabir University in Tehran to pay tribute to the victims, after some among the hundreds gathered shouted “destructive” slogans, Fars news agency said. British Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab said
UK envoy Rob Macaire had been detained. “The arrest of our ambassador in Tehran without grounds or explanation is a flagrant violation of international law,” Raab said in a statement. The US called on Iran to apologize. Iran’s Tasnim News Agency, which is close to the country’s conservatives, said the envoy had been “provoking radical acts” among students. He was released a few hours later and would be summoned again by Iranian officials on Sunday, it said. State television reported that students shouted “anti-regime” chants, while Fars reported that posters of Soleimani had been torn down. The aerospace commander of Iran’s Revolutionary Guards accepted full responsibility for Wednesday’s accident. But Brigadier General Amirali Hajizadeh said the missile operator acted independently, targeting the 737 after mistaking it for a “cruise missile”.
Nepal’s new policy to bar NGOs from running prog opposed to India, China
‘UK must be prepared to fight wars without US’
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KATHMANDU, JAN 12 (PTI): Nepal is drafting a new policy to “discourage” international NGOs from undertaking programmes with potential to hamper the country’s relations with its giant neighbours, India and China, officials said on Sunday. While cross-border terrorism and criminal activities continue to be the major causes of concern for India, China has in the past complained about the Tibetans’ movement via Nepal. Based on Nepal’s foreign policy of keeping balanced relations, the projects that are opposed by either country will not be implemented, according to the draft of the strategy policy which is being prepared by the Social Welfare Council, The Kathmandu Post reported. “Nepal is a landlocked country and has two large countries with large
international law. He was later released. Trump told Iranians -- in tweets in both English and Farsi -- that he stands by them and is monitoring the demonstrations. “To the brave, longsuffering people of Iran: I’ve stood with you since the beginning of my Presidency, and my Administration will continue to stand with you,” he tweeted. “There can not be another massacre of peaceful protesters, nor an internet shutdown. The world is watching,” he added, apparently referring to an Iranian crackdown on street protests that broke out in November. “We are following your protests closely, and are inspired by your courage,” he said. The new demonstrations follow an Iranian crackdown on street protests that broke out in November. Amnesty International has said it left more than 300 people dead. Internet access was reportedly cut off in multiple
populations in the north and south,” according to the draft. The policy will discourage organisations from running programmes that can hamper Nepal’s relations with the neighbouring countries, it said. Council officials said the policy is still in the draft stage and some of its provisions are expected to be addressed by a new law on the registration of NonGovernmental Organisations (NGOs). Durga Prasad Bhattarai, an information officer at the council, said the proposed policy is aimed at addressing the concerns of the neighbouring countries regarding the activities of NGOs, particularly in the bordering regions. “The objective of the proposed policy is to reassert that Nepal government is concerned about the stra-
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tegic mobilisation of international non-governmental organisations, particularly in the bordering regions, in the name of building madrasas and monasteries,” Bhattarai was quoted by the Post. According to the council, madrasas in the regions bordering India are receiving funds from countries like Qatar, Saudi Arabia and Turkey. Rajendra Kumar Poudel, member secretary at the council, admitted that India has raised concerns, through the Home Ministry about the large presence of madrasas in the bordering region. “So we have stepped up the scrutiny of the source of funds and nature of programmes to be run in the madrasas while providing approval for foreign funding. We are in favour of addressing India’s concerns, but we have not taken any opinion from the Indian Embassy in Kathmandu,” said Poudel. Poudel, however, added it would be wrong to paint all the madrasas with the same brush. “Some madrasas in Morang and Sunsari are doing well in imparting education and many others are also attracting students from across the border who live in a 5km-10km periphery of the border.
LONDON, JAN 12 (IANS): British Foreign Secretary Ben Wallace has warned that the UK must be prepared to fight wars without the US as its key ally, it was reported on Sunday. “I worry if the US withdraws from its leadership around the world... That would be bad for the world and bad for us. We plan for the worst and hope for the best,” the BBC quoted Wallace as saying to the Sunday Times. He said the defence review should be used to make the UK less dependent on the US in future conflicts. “Over the last year we’ve had the US pull out from Syria, the statement by (President) Donald Trump on Iraq where he said NATO should take over and do more in the Middle East,” Wallace said. “The assumptions of 2010 that we were always going to be part of a US coalition is really just not where we are going to be. “We are very dependent on American air cover and American intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance assets. We need to diversify our assets.” Wallace’s comments come as the UK prepares to carry out the “deepest review” of Britain’s security, defence and foreign policy since the end of the Cold War.
US says foreign envoys’ visit to Jammu & Kashmir ‘important step’
US envoy to India Kenneth I Juster and other diplomats meets with civil society members during their visit to Kashmir, in Srinagar. (PTI)
WASHINGTON, JAN 12 (PTI): The State Department has described the recent visit of envoys of 15 countries, including that of the US, to Jammu and Kashmir as an “important step” but expressed concern over the continued detention of political leaders and restrictions on internet in the region. The restrictions were imposed on August 5 last when India abrogated the Article 370 that gave special K
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powers to Jammu and Kashmir, and bifurcated the state into two Union Territories. In the first such trip by foreign diplomats post August 5, envoys of 15 countries, including the US Ambassador to India, Kenneth Juster, last week visited Jammu and Kashmir where they interacted with select political representatives, civil society members as well as top military brass with the Indian government
rejecting criticism that it was a “guided tour”. Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asian Affairs Alice Wells, who will be travelling to South Asia this week, on Saturday expressed hope that the region will return to normalcy. “Closely following @ USAmbIndia & other foreign diplomats’ recent trip to Jammu & Kashmir. Important step. We remain concerned by detention of political leaders and residents, and Internet restrictions. We look forward to a return to normalcy,” she said in a tweet. Wells will travel to New Delhi from January 15-18 to attend the Raisina Dialogue. She will also meet with senior government officials to advance the US-India strategic global partnership following the success of the 2019 US-India 2+2 Ministerial Dialogue, and will discuss topics of mutual interest with members of the business community and civil society.
COLOMBO, JAN 12 (PTI): Sri Lankan Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa will visit India early next month and hold talks with his Indian counterpart Narendra Modi, a media report said on Monday. This will be his first trip to India after assuming office in November last year and the third high-level visit to New Delhi by a member of the new Sri Lankan government headed by the prime minister’s brother and President Gotabaya Rajapaksa. Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa is expected to travel to India in early February but the dates are yet to be finalised, Sri Lankan news website ‘The Sunday
O T T AWA , J A N 1 2 (IANS): Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau spoke to Iranian President Hassan Rouhani on the phone after Tehran admitted to have “unintentionally” downed a Ukrainian airliner last week, killing all 176 people on board. Addressing the media here on Saturday, Trudeau said he told Rouhani that Iran’s admission was an important step in providing answers for families, but more must be done, reports Xinhua news agency. “A full and complete investigation must be conducted,” Trudeau said. “We need full clarity on how such a horrific tragedy could have occurred.” During their conversation, Rouhani promised further investigation into the circumstances surrounding the plane crash. Rouhani said that the investigation by the Iranian military found that the missiles that caused the downing of the plane were fired due to “human error”.
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Morning’ quoted sources in the Prime Minister’s Office as saying. India is keen to establish closer links with the new Sri Lankan government and offer financial assistance to develop the country, particularly the Tamil-dominated North and East and estate community areas, the report said. In his first overseas tour
We, the bereaved family members and relatives of our beloved Late Mrs. Nungshimongla Ao, D/o Late Korachiba Jamir of Sungratsü village whould like to convey our sincere gratitude to all individual and well wishers who stood by us spiritually, materially and financially at her sudden demise on 17th Dec. 2019 Special thanks to:1. Office of the Commissioner of Police, Dimapur. 2. PR Esstt. (C.P Dimapur) 3. PR Dimapur 4. Aoyimkum Baptist Church 5. Aoyimkum Women Welfare Society. 6. Moadanger Semchir Tetsur Telongjem (Sangratsü) 7. Sangratsü Telongjem Dimapur. Though we are unable to thank all individually may the Almighty God bless you all abundantly. Loving daughter and family. DP-269
Islamabad, Jan 12 (IANS): A mobile phone video of Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khans nephew, Hassaan Niazi, has surfaced where he’s seen misbehaving with a commuter following a minor road accident, it was reported. The video showed Niazi exchanging harsh words with a car driver and kicking the car in the presence of two policemen, Dawn news reported on Saturday. The policemen present there averted any physical clash between the two after Niazi tried to grab the commuter. A police official said the incident occurred fol-
after taking over the reins of Sri Lanka, Gotabaya Rajapaksa travelled to India on a three-day visit and held talks with Prime Minister Modi. Prime Minister Modi had announced a financial assistance of USD 450 million to Sri Lanka including USD 50 million to fight terrorism after holding “fruitful” talks with the island nation’s President. Last week, Sri Lankan Foreign Minister Dinesh Gunawardena was in India and held talks with his Indian counterpart S Jaishankar on exploring ways to further deepen bilateral ties in a range of areas including trade and investment. The Prime Minister’s visit will come as the Tamil
lowing a minor accident between the cars of Niazi and the other man on Zafar Ali Road. Niazi got out of his car and snatched the keys from the man, holding him responsible for the accident. This led to a heated argument between the two, the official said, adding that on being alerted, police managed to resolve the matter amicably. Earlier, another video of Niazi had gone viral during his participation in a lawyers’ rally before attacking the Punjab Institute of Cardiology, inviting widespread criticism, Dawn news said.
National Alliance (TNA) in Sri Lanka continues to push for a political solution for the Tamils which includes the full implementation of the Indian-brokered 13th amendment to the Constitution. During President Gotabaya Rajapaksa’s visit to India, Modi had highlighted the importance of implementing the 13th amendment to the Constitution. The 13th amendment forced a temporary merger of the two provinces - Northern and Eastern provinces - subject to a referendum there, but the Supreme Court, in 2006, ruled the merger as “unconstitutional” and said the two provinces must be separated.
1ST DEATH ANNIVERSARY OF LATE TEMJENSOBA CHUNGMIR Born : 10/02/1937 Died 13/01/2019 Aba, Our lives nothing is the same. We have to hide our heartache. Sad are the hearts that misses you! Silent are the tears that fall! Living without you is the hardest part of all. Those special years will not return, but the love in our hearts. You walk with us forever. Loving wife, children, grandchildren and in-laws
WASHINGTON, JAN 12 (AFP): US President Donald Trump has said that the United States was monitoring Iranian demonstrations closely, warning against any new “massacre” as protests broke out after Tehran admitted to shooting down a passenger plane. Iran said earlier it unintentionally downed a Ukrainian jetliner outside Tehran, killing all 176 people aboard, in an abrupt about-turn after initially denying Western claims it was struck by a missile. The firing came shortly after Iran launched missiles at bases in Iraq housing American forces. President Hassan Rouhani said a military probe into the tragedy had found “missiles fired due to human error” brought down the Boeing 737, calling it an “unforgivable mistake.” At a student protest to pay tribute to the crash victims on Saturday, Iranian authorities briefly detained Britain’s ambassador, in what the British government called a violation of
Born on : 04.07.1966 – Died on : 28.12.2019 We the family of Lt. Mughato H. Tukku would like to acknowledge and appreciate the many expressions of love, kindness and support shown to us physically, spiritually and financially during the sickness and demise of our beloved father. We seek an apology to those whom we failed to thank individually. We convey our special thanks to: Doctors and staff of Christian Institute of Health Sciences and Research Olive Christian Hospital and Research Centre Satakha Town Baptist Church Satakha Town Church(Aizuto) Kivikhu Baptist Church Kivikhu Baptist Church(Women department) Kivikhu welfare Dimapur Saptiqa Town Baptist Church Saptiqa Student Union Ahozhe Baptist Church Ahozhe Baptist Church (Women Department) Kulolau Murumi Kuposhukulu Murumi Union Satakha Town Er. Ghukhui ( X-Candidate 36 AC Satakha ) Jheito Chophy ( X-Candidate 36 AC Satakha ) Dr. Yetovi Muru May God bless you and keep you for the truly beautiful service you have rendered. Loving wife, children & relatives DP-283 K
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Tina Fey, Amy Poehler to 17-year-old helps NASA host 2021 Golden Globes find planet in habitable zone
ust three days into his internship, little did 17year-old Wolf Cukier realise that he is going to make history -- in helping NASA discover its first Earth-size planet resting in its star’s habitable-zone -- the way our Earth rests in its Goldilocks zone. In 2019, when Cukier finished his junior year at Scarsdale High School in New York, he joined NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland, as a summer intern. His job was to examine variations in star brightness
captured by NASA’s Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS) and uploaded to the Planet Hunters TESS citizen science project. “I was looking through the data for everything the volunteers had flagged as an eclipsing binary, a system where two stars circle around each other and from our view eclipse each other every orbit,” Cukier said. “About three days into my internship, I saw a signal from a system called TOI 1338. At first I thought it was a stellar eclipse, but the timing was wrong. It turned out to be a planet,” he said
in a NASA statement. NASA last week announced that its Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS) found a planet in a habitable zone, the range of distances where conditions may be just right to allow the presence of liquid water on the surface. “I noticed a dip, or a transit, from the TOI 1338 system, and that was the first signal of a planet,” Cukier told NBC 4 New York. According to NASA, TOI 1338 b is 6.9 times larger than Earth and is located about 1,300 lightyears away from Earth. The planet orbits in almost exactly the same plane as the stars, so it experiences regular stellar eclipses. A paper, which Cukier co-authored along with scientists from Goddard, San Diego State University, the University of Chicago and other institutions, has been submitted to a scientific journal. (IANS)
ctresses-comedians Tina Fey and Amy Poehler will be returning to the Golden Globes stage as co-hosts. The two hosted the Golden Globes from 201315. NBC Entertainment Chairman Paul Teledgy announced on Saturday during the Television Critics Association (TCA) Tour in Pasadena, California that Fey and Poehler will host the 2021 awards ceremony, reports eonline.com “NBC has long been home to two of the funniest people on the planet - Tina Fey and Amy Poehler - and we didn’t want to wait any longer to share the great
news that they’ll be hosting the Globes once again,” said Teledgy. The date of next year’s Golden Globes is yet to be announced. Fey ha s won two Golden Globes and six Emmys for writing and acting in the Emmy Awardwinning comedy “Saturday Night Live”. Poehler is also a Golden Globe and Emmy winner and is currently an executive producer of the Emmynominated Netflix series “Russia Doll”. According to reports, the “Wine Country” actress made the announcement herself during the TCA event. (IANS)
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P. Sangte and Monyu W declared Mr and Miss MHSU
Mr & Miss MHSU 2020 and others during the beauty pageant.
. Sangte who represented Ukha Students’ Union and Monyu W of Yakshu Students’ Union were adjudged as Mister and Miss MHSU respectively during the first edition of Mr & Miss MHSU held on January 8. The event coincided with the 34th session of Mopong Hongkong Students’ Union (MHSU) sports-meet-cum literary week held from January
6 to 11 at Kenchenshu village under the theme “Educational Values and Socialism”. Altogether, 14 contestants vied for the coveted title where Miss Mon 2019 Echi Konyak also made a special appearance at the beauty pageant. The occasion was graced by chairperson Nagaland State Commission for Protection of Child Rights, Awan Konyak as the special guest.
The valedictory programme of the 34th session of Mopong Hongkong Students’ Union (MHSU) sports-meet-cum literary week on January 11 was g raced by BDO Tobu Block, W Moba as guest of honour. MHSU president L. Kholee acknowledged the special guests of various events for their concerned and solidarity towards student’s community for the success of the event.
I hung up my guns: Robert Downey Jr on Iron Man
obert Downey Jr may be appearing in Scarlett Johansson-led “Black Widow” as Tony Stark aka Iron Man but the Hollywood superstar insists that his Marvel journey has ended once and for all. Downey Jr amassed fame and fan-following after his appearance as Iron Man in 10 Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) movies. He ended his stint with 2019’s “Avengers: Endgame”, though he will be coming back for one last time for “Black Widow”, which is set in the past. In an interview with Extra
TV, where he appeared alongside his producer-wife Susan Downey, the 54-year-old actor was asked whether he will be donning the suit of armour in a future Marvel movie. “Anything could happen... As far as I’m concerned, I hung up my guns and I’m good to let it go. I also think that Marvel is on this journey now, they’re trying a bunch of other stuff and you know, I’m excited for them to see how all that goes,” Downey Jr said. The actor will next appear in “Dolittle”, which is set to release on January 17. (PTI)
‘Sleazywood’ facts: Actresses booked for soliciting in the past
he arrest of actress Amrita Dhanoa and model Richa Singh in a sex racket that was busted by the Mumbai Police has once again brought to light a murky side of showbusiness, establishing the fact that a nasty connection does exist between the glamour world and flesh trade. In the past, too, several actresses have been booked for their involvement in prostitution. Most of these cases have emreged from regional film industries. although whispers abound about Bollywood, too. The first name that comes to the mind is that of Shweta Basu Prasad. The promising actress who had bagged the National Award for her performance as a child artist in the 2002 film “Makdee” left everyone shocked after she was arrested by Hyderabad police in September, 2014. Then 23, she was reportedly found in a “compromising position” after cops raided a famous hotel in the city’s Banjara Hills area. A few years ago, “Bigg Boss 3” contestant and “MTV Splitsvilla 6” host Sherlyn Chopra spilled the beans on her sexual encounters on social media. Chopra revealed on Twitter that she has engaged in paid sex in the past but is no longer available for the same. Names of several southern actresses, especially from the Telugu film industry, have found their way into news reports for their alleged involvement with prostitution. Tamil actress Bhuvaneswari was arrested by Chennai Police in October 2009 for allegedly running a sex racket in her apartment in the city. As per reports, the actress had also been arrested in the past on similar charges but got away reportedly due to her political connections. The Telugu film actress Seema was arrested on charges of soliciting in 2009. She was nabbed after the police performed a raid in Hyderabad’s Tarnaka area. Telugu actresses Saira Banu and Jyothi were arrested by Hyderabad police in August, 2010. The actresses along with a few other women were nabbed after cops raided an apartment in the city’s Kundan Bagh area. (IANS) K Y M C
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Iran’s only Olympic medallist defects
T e h r a n, Ja n 1 2 (IANS): Iran’s sole female Olympic medallist Kimia Alizadeh announced that she has permanently left her country for Europe. “Let me start with a greeting, a farewell or condolences,” the 21-year-old wrote in an Instagram post explaining why she was defecting. “I am one of the millions of oppressed women in Iran who they have been playing with for years,” she said. Alizadeh became the first Iranian woman to win an Olympic medal after claiming a bronze in taekwondo in the 57kg
category at the 2016 Rio Olympics, the CNN reported. Affectionately known in Iran as “The Tsunami,” Alizadeh announced that she was leaving her country of birth with searing criticism of the regime in Tehran. “They took me wherever they wanted. I wore whatever they said. Every sentence they ordered me to say, I repeated. Whenever they saw fit, they exploited me,” she wrote, adding that credit always went to those in charge. “I wasn’t important to them. None of us mattered to them, we were
Inter Milan close on Chelsea striker Olivier Giroud
MILAN , JAN 12 ( AGENCIES): Officials from the Serie A side held talks with the France striker’s agents last week. Sky in Italy reported on Friday that Giroud, whose Blues deal expires in the summer, had agreed a two-and-a-halfyear contract, reports Sky Sports. Lyon have also been keen to sign the 33-year-old forward, while Aston Villa made a loan approach earlier in the window. Giroud was at Stamford Bridge
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on Saturday watching the 3-0 win over Burnley from behind the team’s dugout. He has not featured for Frank Lampard’s side since the end of November, with Tammy Abraham the preferred choice. Giroud has scored 19 goals since joining Chelsea in January 2018, although only five have come in the league where the majority of his appearances have been as a substitute. He has only made five Premier League appearances this season, with four of his five goals for the campaign on international duty and the fifth in the European Super Cup against Liverpool. A move to Inter would reunite Giroud with Antonio Conte, who initially signed him for Chelsea after his five-and-a-half season spell with London rivals Arsenal.
tools,” Alizadeh went on to say, explaining that while the regime celebrated her medals, it criticised the sport she had chosen: “The virtue of a woman is not to stretch her legs!” Reports of her defection first surfaced on Thursday, with some Iranians suggesting she had left for the Netherlands. It’s unclear from her post which specific country she’s gone to. On Friday, the head of Iran’s Taekwondo Federation, Seyed Mohammad Pouladgar, claimed that Alizadeh had assured both her father and her coach that she was travelling as part of her vacation, a trip he claimed was paid for by the Iranian government. He dismissed the reports of Alizadeh’s defection as politically motivated. Alizadeh confirmed the rumours on Saturday, saying she “didn’t want to sit at the table of hypocrisy, lies, injustice and flattery” and that she did not want to be complicit with the regime’s “corruption and lies.” “My troubled spirit does not fit with your dirty economic ties and tight
political lobbies. I wish for nothing else than for Taekwondo, safety and for a happy and healthy life,” she said adding that she was not invited to go to Europe. She said the decision was harder than winning Olympic gold. “I remain a daughter of Iran wherever I am,” she said. Her defection comes amid anti-government protests in cities across Iran on Saturday and international pressure after Iran admitted it had accidentally shot down a Ukrainian flight, killing all 176 people aboard. Canada, Sweden and other countries whose citizens were killed have increased demands on Tehran to deliver a complete and transparent investigation against the backdrop of fresh US sanctions on Iran and a dangerous escalation with Washington. US State Department spokeswoman Morgan Ortagus commented on Alizadeh’s defection. “Iran will continue to lose more strong women unless it learns to empower and support them,” she said.
Albert Roca named new Hyderabad FC boss
Beijing to complete Winter Olympic venues in 2020
H y d e r a b a d, J a n 12 (IANS): Indian Super League (ISL) side Hyderabad FC have named former Bengaluru FC boss Albert Roca as their new coach. As per the ISL website, Roca will take full charge from the 2020/21 season and will be advising the staff for the remainder of the current season. It further said that the Spaniard has been signed on a two-year deal which will see him helm the team till the end of the 202122 season. “India is special to me and I am delighted to get back to the ISL. The road ahead is a challenging one and I am excited to get started at Hyderabad FC and build a strong team for the next season and beyond. The intent from the club is strong and we will put our best efforts and compete to be at the top next season,” Roca was quoted as saying after formalising the deal.
Beijing will also speed up construction of the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympic Village and other non-competition venues.
Beijing, Jan 12 (IANS): Beijing is gearing up preparations for the 2022 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games and will complete construction of all competition venues in 2020, Mayor Chen Jining said on Sunday. The city will also speed up construction of the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympic Village and other
non-competition venues, and supporting infrastructure such as transport, meteorological and security facilities, Chen noted, reports Xinhua news agency. In his gover nment work report delivered at the ongoing annual session of the municipal people’s congress, the Mayor said the city will facilitate the development of underly-
ing technologies and the construction of their application scenarios for a “High-tech Olympics”. The Beijing International Olympics Academy will open this year, and the city plans to provide support to Olympic education and winter sports model schools, engaging more people in ice and snow sports.
Kerala long jumper Ancy lights up Day 3 of KIYG Guwahati, Jan 12 (IANS): Kerala long jumper Ancy Sojan broke the girls Under-21 long jump record with a personal best performance of 6.36 m in winning a memorable competition against Tamil Nadu’s Sherin Abdul Gafoor at the Khelo India Youth Games 2020 here on Sunday. It was a gripping contest that the two jumpers treated the onlookers. A student of the Nattika Government Fisheries Higher Secondary School, Thrissur, she had a 6.24 m jump in the Kerala State School Meet. She went 2 cm farther in the SGFI National School Athletics Championship in Sangrur last month. And on Sunday, she was primed up to deliver her best jump of the season. Quite naturally, she was delighted that she could sustain consistency here with a string of five
jumps exceeding 6 m - 6.11, 6.36, 6.29, 6.08 and 6.13 before fouling her final jump. Tamil Nadu’s Sherin Abdul Gafoor, who set the mark at 6.15 m last year, picked up the gauntlet thrown down by Ancy Sojan. She had a series that read 5.99, 6.16, 6.11, 6.06, 6.30 and 6.13. Away from the jumping pit, the talking point at the Indira Gandhi Athletics Stadium was Madhya Pradesh which topped the table in track and field sport with 10 medals, including five gold and two silver. Traditional athletics leaders like Haryana and Kerala have two gold each. Madhya Pradesh are reaping the rewards for the work done by the MP Athletics Academy in Bhopal. Ikram Ali Khan won the Boys Under-21 discus throw with a new meet record of 53.82m, edging out Haryana’s Abhay Gupta
Ancy Sojan set a record of 6.36 meters.
by just 1 cm. Having got the silver medal in Pune last year after winning the Khelo India School Games gold in New Delhi, he experienced the heady feeling of finishing on top of the podium yet again. Pole vaulter Sandeep Kumar was Madhya
Pradesh’s other gold winner on Sunday morning, clearing 4.05 m to leave the Boys Under-17 competition behind. As someone who cleared 4.45m for bronze in the National Junior Athletics championship in Guntur, he was confidence personi-
fied. He entered the competition at 4.00m and needed just one more jump to assure himself of gold. At the Lakshmibai National Institute of Physical
Education, Sonapur, Maharashtra girl cyclists Madhura Waykar (Under-21) and Pooja Danole (Under-17) won the Individual Time Trials to keep their state on top of the charts across disciplines. Odisha’s Dinesh Kumar and Rajasthan’s Mukesh Kumar Kaswan won the Boys Under-21 and Under-17 crowns. Hailing from Rourkela where there is no velodrome, Dinesh Kumar powered his way into the Indian youth team in 2017 when he competed in the Commonwealth Youth Games in Bahamas. Training at the Sports Authority of India’s Centre in the Indira Gandhi Indoor Stadium Complex, this grandson of a fruitseller is rising to be among India’s best.
Bumrah to receive Polly Umrigar award
with Col CK Nayudu Lifetime Achievement Award and the BCCI Lifetime Achievement Award for Women respectively. Also, Cheteshwar Pujara will be awarded with the Dilip Sardesai award for being the highest run-getter in Tests during the 2018-19 period. Pujara had amassed 677 runs from eight Tests, averaging 52.07. India Test opener Mayank Agarwal, who hogged the limelight for consecutive good scores in the recent past, will be bestowed with the award for best international debut in the men’s category while Shafali Verma will receive the award in the women’s category. In nine Tests, Mayank
had scored 872 runs, averaging 67.07 with three centuries and and as may half-centuries. Shafali on the other hand had accumulated 222 runs from nine T20Is. Speaking on the award, BCCI President Sourav Ganguly said: “The BCCI Awards is our way of recognizing the finest on-field performances right from the age group to senior level and also honour our legends. It will be a special evening in Mumbai as we will also have the 7th MAK Pataudi lecture and I am delighted to inform that it will be Virender Sehwag, who will address the gathering.” Jay Shah, Hon. Secretary, BCCI said: “The BCCI Awards are an important feature in India’s cricketing calendar, a mélange of aspiration and inspiration. We wanted to make it bigger and better and have introduced four new categories - highest run-getter and wicket-takers in WODIs and best international debut men and women - from this year. A total of 25 awards will be presented.”
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The Lizumi Kuqhakulu Dimapur (LKD) with great pleasure would like to extend our heartiest congratulations to Shri. I. Vighoto Sema on his promotion to Superintendent, Nagaland Khadi & Village Industries Board (NKVIB). The LKD wishes him success and good-luck in his new assigned task. Mughavi Sema Semto L. Sumi Chairman, LKD Secretary, LKD
M u mb a i , J a n 1 2 (IANS): India’s pace sensation Jasprit Bumrah will receive the prestigious Polly Umrigar Award (2018-19) for being the best international cricketer at the BCCI Annual Awards, scheduled to be held here later on Sunday in Mumbai. Currently ranked as the world no.1 ODI bowler, Bumrah had made his Test debut during India’s tour of South Africa in January 2018. He has scalped a fivewicket haul in South Africa, England, Australia and the West Indies to become the first and only Asian bowler to reach the milestone. The 26-year-old has 62 wickets to his name in the longest format of the game while 103 scalps from 58 ODIs. On the other hand, leg-spinner Poonam Yadav, who had recently received the Arjuna Award, will be given the best international cricketer (women) award. Meanwhile, former India captains Krishnamachari Srikkanth and Anjum Chopra, the first Indian to play 100 Women ODIs, will be presented
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rider dies in crash at Dakar Rally
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from the organisers said that he was brought dead to a hospital after having been found unconscious after suffering a cardiac arrest. “The entire Dakar caravan would like to extend its sincere condolences to his friends and family,” the statement said as per the BBC report.
Riyadh, Jan 12 (IANS): Portuguese motorbike rider Paulo Goncalves passed away after a crash during the seventh stage of Dakar Rally here on Sunday. According to a BBC report, the 40year-old suffered the fatal accident after 276 km of the seventh stage. A statement
Dr. John speaking at the occasion. Dr. Seyiekhrietuo John Zhale SPO & State Nodal Officer National AYUSH Mission Directorate of Health & Family Welfare Nagaland: Kohima graced the inaugural function of the 40th Annual Sports Meet on 30th to 31st of DEC 2019 at Kezo Town local ground. In his speech Dr. John urged the participants to be disciplined and humble themselves regardless of the sporting field. K-91 K Y M C
Narzary’s goal hands Kerala win over ATK
A second win on the trot sees Kerala Blasters rise to sixth on the table with 14 points while ATK remain third with 21 points.
KO L K AT A , J A N 1 2 (AGENCIES): Kerala Blasters FC registered their first away victory of Hero Indian Super League (Hero ISL) 2019-20 after beating ATK FC1-0 at the Vivekananda Yuba Bharati Krirangan on Sunday. The result lifts Kerala to the 7th position in the table with 14 points from 12 matches and, more importantly, cuts down their difference with the fourthplaced team to just four points.
Virat Kohli trolls Ishant Sharma on Instagram
New Delhi, Jan 12 (IANS): Fast bowler Ishant Sharma’s latest Instagram post with a motivational caption -- “you only live once” -- was nothing out of the ordinary. However, what seems to have caught fire as much as the post itself is Indian captain Virat Kohli’s commment on it. “@ishant.sharma29 hamein toh pata hi nahi tha (We didn’t know that),” joked Kohli in the comment section. Kohli and Ishant are next expected to turn out together for the Indian team when they face New Zealand in a two-Test series away from home in February. The first Test will be played at Wellington from February 21 to 25. It will be followed by the second Test in Christchurch from February 29 to March 4. While Kohli will be leading the Indian team against Australia in the home ODI series and the limited overs leg of the New Zealand tour before that, Ishant is expected to accrue more game time in the Ranji Trophy.
Serena donates prize money to bushfire relief
Serena Williams Wellington, Jan 12 (IANS): An emotional Serena Williams on Sunday donated her $43,000 winner’s cheque after winning the WTA Auckland Classic title to the Australian bushfire relief fund. It was Williams’ first tournament victory since 2017 -- and her first as a mother -- as she had won the Australian Open while pregnant. Besides donating her winner’s cheque, Williams also signed the dress she wore in the first round in Auckland and has put it up for auction to raise funds for the bushfire victims. On Sunday, Serena overcame a slow start to defeat Jessica Pegula 6-3, 6-4 in the summit clash of the WTA Auckland Classic.
Kerala made a bright start as they looked to catch ATK out cold and won a couple of early corners. Eelco Schattorie’s men dominated possession in the opening 30 minutes of the contest while ATK looked content sitting back and playing on the break. Around the 27th minute, Messi Bouli’s low deflected shot from just outside the box had Arindam Bhattacharja scrambling to reach the ball but fortunately for the ATK defence, it crept
out for a corner. Eight minutes later, Roy Krishna had a couple of opportunities to open the scoring from set-piece moves, but his attempts at goal were blocked off at the last moment by Bartholomew Ogbeche, who was back in his own box to help out his defence. Minutes later, Narzary found himself with space for a shot from 20 yards out but dragged his shot wide of the target. Moments before the half time whistle, Narzary
was involved at the other end of the field as he looked to block off Krishna’s run. ATK players appealed for a penalty but the referee adjudged it as a free kick from just outside the box. From the resulting set piece, Armando Sosa Pena missed the far post by a whisker as the two teams headed into the break with the score 0-0. The second half began with both teams taking a cautious approach and making tentative advances in the opposition third. In the 57th minute, a brilliant piece of skill sent Krishna through on goal, but Mohamad Rakip kept pace with the Fijian international and forced him wide to deal with the danger. ATK found an extra edge following the chance and began to look dangerous, particularly with Prabir growing into the game. Just after the hour mark, Antonio Lopez Habas dipped into his bench to bring on Jayesh Rane for an injured Agustin Iniguez and changed things up front, replacing Balwant Singh with Jobby Justin. However, it was Kerala who took the lead, much against the run of play. The ATK defence backed off
a little too much, allowing Narzary space to pull the trigger from range. The 25year-old accepted the invitation with both hands and buried a thunderous strike past Arindam to make it 1-0. ATK could have gotten right back in it 10 minutes later as Krishna controlled a Sumit Rathi cross brilliantly, turned and got his shot away. But TP Rehenesh was up to the challenge and got down just in time to parry it away. At the other end, Arindam showed sharp reflexes to keep out Messi’s header and kept the hosts in the contest, heading into the final five minutes of the match. The closing moments of the game saw a lot of drama, both on and off the field with tempers flaring in both camps, but no goals. The match ended 1-0 in Kerala’s favour. The winger from Assam stepped up when his team needed him the most and scored the all-important winner in the crucial tie against Kerala’s arch-rivals ATK. He also put himself about defensively, putting in three tackles, affecting two clearances and managing a block. He was the Hero of the Match.
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Cooch Behar Trophy: M’laya beat Nagaland by 9 wkts TEZPUR, JAN 12: After winning the toss and electing to bat first against Meghalaya at the Assam Valley School ground in Tezpur, Assam, Nagaland were bundled out for 171 in 58.5 overs in the first innings with Hem as the top scorer with 50 runs and Afzal scoring 30 runs. Aryan bagged 4 wickets for Meghalaya, while Bipin and Abhishek scalped 3 and 2 wickets respectively. In their first innings, Meghalaya scored 198 All Out in 64 Overs with Divyansh scoring 47 runs, Aryan scoring 33 runs and Hrithik scoring 31 runs. Arjun was the highest wicket taker for Nagaland with 6 wickets while Vipul and Hem for a wicket each After trailing by 27 runs, Nagaland were then bundled out for a paltry 48 runs in 21.1 overs. Shamphri top-scored for Nagaland with 19 runs while Afzal scored 8 runs. Aaron was the chief wicket taker for Meghalaya with 6 wickets while Aryan took 4 wickets. Set a small target of 22 runs, Meghalaya scored 25/1 in 3.1 Overs with Chirag scoring 23 runs. Odilemba scalped the only wicket to fall.
Competition between Dhawan, Rahul healthy, says Rathour M u m b ai , J an 1 2 (IANS): India batting coach Vikram Rathour feels the competition between Shikhar Dhawan and K.L. Rahul for the opening slot is a healthy one, ahead of their threematch ODI series against Australia starting here on Tuesday. “It’s a good dilemma to have. Rohit is an obvious choice of course. Both of them (Shikhar and Rahul) are playing well. Shikhar has done well in one-dayers and Rahul is in great form. So we’ll deal with it when we have to,” Rathour told reporters on Sunday. While Rohit Sharma is a certainty, it will be between Rahul and Dhawan with the latter making a comeback from injury in the T20 series against Sri Lanka and scoring runs. Rahul has been in great form in the last few months. “There are still a couple of days to go. The management will sit down and make the choice,” Rathour said. On the relevance of an ODI series in a T20
World Cup year, Rathour said, “It’s a different format and cricket is a game of confidence. So as a batter and bowler, especially when you are playing against a team like Australia, who are one of the better teams in the world, performances do make a difference. It gives you a lot of confidence.” “We’ll take it as any other series, and playing against one of the better sides in the world, we are looking to do well as a team, looking to perform and win if possible,” added the batting coach. After the Mumbai ODI, the second game will be played in Rajkot on January 17 and the third in Bengaluru on January 19.
Gopichand makes startling revelation in his book Stoinis slams highest-ever individual score in BBL history
NEW DELHI, JAN 12 ( PTI): Pullella Gopichand is not known for showing his emotions but the inspirational coach has shared the hurt he felt when his protege Saina Nehwal left his academy to join Prakash Padukone’s facility, something that rankled him a lot. Gopichand also wondered why the legendary Padukone, India’s first badminton superstar “never had anything positive to say about him”. In an upcoming book ‘Dreams of a Billion: India and the Olympic Games’, the former All-England champion and national head coach Gopichand spoke about the difficult times, also corroborated by Saina’s husband and former CWG gold medallist Parupalli Kashyap. Gopichand in the book’s chapter titled ‘Bitter Rivalry’ revealed how miserable he felt when Saina decided to join Padukone’s academy to train under Vimal Kumar in Bengaluru after 2014 World Championship. “It was as if something very dear was being taken
Pullella Gopichand with Saina Nehwal.
away from me. Earlier, I had literally begged her (Saina) not to go. But by then she had been influenced by others and had already made up her mind. While I didn’t want to hold her back and stall her progress, I knew this was something that wasn’t beneficial for either of us,” Gopichand revealed in the book co-written by sports historian Boria Majumdar and senior journalist Nalin Mehta. The grapevine was that Saina believed that Gopichand was focussing more on PV Sindhu. “Yes, I indeed had other players to look after and Sindhu had made serious progress in the two years
between 2012 and 2014. But I had never intended to neglect Saina. Maybe I wasn’t able to convey this to her,” Gopi said. But what hurt him more was the role he felt that Padukone, Vimal or Olympic Gold Quest (OGQ) official and former Olympian Viren Rasquinha could have played. “Maybe Viren or Vimal or Prakash sir could have spoken to her. I don’t know why they didn’t. In fact, they encouraged her to leave Hyderabad. It is a mystery to me why Prakash sir has never said anything positive about me while I have always looked up to him as my role model,” said Gopi.
Saina had a harrowing time at the 2016 Rio Olympics where she lost in an early-round and was carrying an injury for which she had to undergo surgery. “It was clearly the worst phase of her life. She had lost early in the Olympics and it had wasted months and years of hardwork. Gopi sir wasn’t with her anymore and she was soon to have surgery to get things back on track... She didn’t really know what to do,” Kashyap recalled the tough times. Saina reunited with her childhood coach after winning the 2017 World Championship medal, something her husband feels was important before she approached the coach to get back into the fold. “My wife is a perfect Haryanvi Jatni, if you know what I mean. She is just too headstrong and proud. She desperately wanted to go back to Gopi sir and say sorry. She needed him badly but she was too stubborn to admit it and open to him.” The book published by Harper Collins will hit the stands on January 20.
Stoinis’ knock was laced with 13 boundaries and eight sixes. Melbourne, Jan 12 (IANS): Melbourne Stars’ opener Marcus Stoinis rewrote history books on Sunday as he slammed his maiden century during his team’s Big Bash League Big Bash League encounter against Sydney Sixers at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG). Stoinis played an unbeaten cameo of 79-ball 147, which is now the highest individual score in Big Bash League history. With the scintillating knock, he surpassed D’Arcy
Short, who had a 69-ball unbetaen 122 two years ago. It was Stoinis and Hilton Cartwright (59) heroics which powered the Stars to mammoth 219/1 in the allotted 20 overs. The duo shared a 207run partnership for the opening wicket to hand a perfect start to their side. Stoinis knock was laced with 13 boundaries and eight sixes. The 30-year-old will ply his trade for Delhi Capitals in the upcoming editions of
the Indian Premier League (IPL). Soon after his blistering knock, the Delhi-based franchise were quick to take note of the right-hander’s heroics and tweeted: “Absolutely outrageous! Marcus Stoinis finishes with an unbeaten 147 off 79 balls, the highest ever individual score in Big Bash League history.” Stoinis meanwhile, also leads the charts for leading run-getters in this year’s edition of Big Bash League after amassing 331 runs from eight innings, averaging over 55.
terms Sachin Harmanpreet to lead India Kaif as ‘Lord Krishna,’ in Women’s T20 World Cup win hearts
M u m b ai , J an 1 2 (IANS): Star India allrounder Har manpreet Kaur will lead the 15member India squad at the upcoming ICC Women’s T20 World Cup with Bengal’s rookie batswoman Richa Ghosh being the only new face in the team. The Women in Blue will kickoff their campaign at the showpiece event against hosts Australia in Sydney on February 21. M e a n w h i l e, a f t e r some back to back consistent show, young batting sensation Shafali Verma will also be a part of the India squad which will also mark her first appearance in an ICC event. India are placed in Group A along with hosts Australia, New Zealand, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh while Group B comprises England, South Africa, the West Indies, Pakistan and Thailand. The Hemlata Kalalead All-India Women’s Selection Committee also announced a 16-member
squad for a tri-series in Australia prior to the T20 World Cup. Nuzhat Parveen has been included in the squad as the 16th member for the series which will feature England beside India and Australia. India will take on England in the tri-series opener Manuka Oval in Canberra on January 31 with the final slated to be held on February 12 in Melbourne. World T20 squad: Harmanpreet Kaur (Captain), Smriti Mandhana, Shafali Verma, Jemimah Rodriguez, Harleen Deol, Deepti
Sharma, Veda Krishnamurthy, Richa Ghosh, Tania Bhatia, Poonam Yadav, Radha Yadav, Rajeshwari Gaikwad, Shikha Pandey, Pooja Vastrakar, Arundhati Reddy. Tri-series (16 member) squad: Harmanpreet Kaur (Captain), Smriti Mandhana, Shafali Verma, Jemimah Rodriguez, Harleen Deol, Deepti Sharma, Veda Krishnamurthy, Richa Ghosh, Tania Bhatia, Poonam Yadav, Radha Yadav, Rajeshwari Gaikwad, Shikha Pandey, Pooja Vastrakar, Arundhati Reddy, Nuzhat Parveen.
New Delhi, Jan 12 (IANS): Former India cricketer Mohammad Kaif on Sunday garnered a lot of appreciation on social media after the former Uttar Pradesh skipper posted an image on Twitter with batting legend Sachin Tendulkar, who was termed as ‘Lord Krishna’ in it. “My Sudama moment with Lord Krishna,” Kaif captioned the image, drawing huge applause on social media for his humility. Kaif, considered as one of the best fielders India had produced, had retired from all forms of cricket in July 13, 2018. Significantly, it was on July 13 in 2002 when Kaif had played a crucial match-wining knock against England in the NatWest Trophy final to help India win the series. Chasing a huge 326run target, India were once in deep trouble after being reduced to 146/5 before Yuvraj Singh (69 off 63) and Kaif (87 unbeaten off 75) had notched a memorable win from the jaws of defeat.
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