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NIA summons T.R. Zeliang
EX-CM REQUESTS DEFERMENT; NPF TERMS NOTICE AS ‘POLITICAL VENDETTA’
at 12:15 a.m.and 10:05 a.m. He said the letter was handed over to him by the CMO. However owing to the assembly session from March 13 to March 26 in which he is required to attend being the leader of the opposition, Zeliang said he would not be able to appear in person on that date. Zeliang has therefore requested the NIA to reschedule summons if he was required to appear in person. Meanwhile, a communiqué issued by Zeliang’s press secretary (PS), stated that the NIA notice was received by fax at the CMO, 15 minutes past midnight on Monday and the second was again again sent through the same fax number at 10:05 am the same day. The communiqué pointed out that earlier, just before the recently-concluded Assembly election, NIA had summoned for questioning three senior officials of CMO, including Zeliang’s officer on special duty (OSD) and two public relation officers to Guwahati.
Governor Acharya congratulates ECS
US-Bangla air crash in Nepal kills at least 50 Election of NLA speaker:
This is it!
“Let’s not fight for portfolios. In politics we don’t know who we will fight next.” K Y M C
Nepalese rescuers near the debris of the passenger plane at Nepal’s Tribhuvan International Airport, Monday. (PTI)
KATHMANDU, MAR 12 (PTI): Over 50 people are feared dead after a US-Bangla Airlines aircraft Monday crashed and caught fire at Nepal’s Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA) here, a top Nepalese official said. The plane, a Bombar-
dier Dash 8 Q400, with 67 passengers and four crew members caught fire after it careened off the runway during landing and crashed onto a football ground near the airport, TIA spokesperson Prem Nath Thakur said. “Over 50 people are
leader Zeliang by NIA and accused the agency, which was tasked with looking into terror activities in the country, was instead being used as a political tool. To buttress its allegation, NPF pointed out that after announcement of Assembly election in the State, NIA had summoned three staffs of CMO. NPF said as law abiding citizens of India, the three officials, complied with the directive and appeared before the NIA officer at the agency’s branch office in Guwahati. It said after few days of questioning, they were let off and it appeared that the case against them was settled. However, NPF said just a day before declaration of Assembly election results, another official from CMO was again summoned to NIA headquarters in New Delhi. NPF alleged that the official was repeatedly interrogated for five consecutive days from morning till late evening till the day T.R. Zeliang resigned as chief minister.
List of Council of Ministers & portfolios
DIMAPUR, MAR 12 (NPN): Summons on former chief minister and NPF legislature party leader TR Zeliang by National Investigation Agency (NIA) to New Delhi for questioning in connection with a case related with alleged tax collection and extortion from government departments by underground outfits has reignited a furore on the issue. The development came just days after installation of Neiphiu Rio-led People’s Democratic Alliance (PDA) government which had NPF party fuming that it smacked of “political vendetta”. Reacting to summons issued on him by the National Investigation Agency (NIA) to appear at NIA office in Lodhi Road, New Delhi on March 13 at 10 a.m., T.R. Zeliang clarified that he received the summons at short notice on March 12 itself. Zeliang opined that NIA notice presupposed that he was acquainted with the case as the notice was sent by fax to the CMO on March 12 and received
DIMAPUR, MAR 12 (NPN): Nagaland Governor, P.B. Acharya has congratulated Rev. Chingmak Chang and the Eleutheros Christian Society for being awarded the HCL Grant in the thematic category for health in recognition of them making meaningful and lasting positive impacts in the lives of marginalised people. A message from Acharya to Rev Chingmak stated that it was a proud moment for ECS and expressed the hope that the award would inspire the organization to work even better for the marginalized in the state and enhance livelihoods through promotion of entrepreneurship among rural people. Acharya also expressed happiness over the ECS empowering and strengthening women’s self esteem through Self Help Groups. The commitment of ECS’s in providing health care services to the people of remote areas in three districts and role in bringing down the HIV&AIDS prevalence in Eastern Nagaland area is also highly commendable, he added. Eleutheros Christian Society a Tuensang based NGO was among the three NGOs that won the HCL Grant 2018 at a ceremony held at HCL Technologies Campus, Noida.
The PS pointed out that on March 1, just before the election results were announced, another official of CMO was again summoned and interrogated for five days from March 3 to 7 at NIA’s headquarters in New Delhi. The latest summoning of Zeliang had come at a time when the Assembly was scheduled to hold its session from March 13 to 26. The PS maintained that as a law abiding citizen of the country, Zeliang was ready to co-operate with any investigating agency, including NIA, probing extortion cases in Nagaland since August 2016. The PS asserted that then CMO under Zeliang had nothing to do with funding banned organisations, and that the timing of summon was “conspicuously odd” as it only fuelled suspicions that political motivation and vendetta could not be ruled out. In a hard hitting reaction, NPF through its press and media bureau alleged that a “devious game” was being played against its
Rio allocates portfolios of ministers 1.
Chief Minister (NDPP)
Y. Patton G.Kaito Aye
Deputy CM (BJP) Minister (JD-U)
S. Pangnyu Phom
P. Paiwang Konyak
8. 9. 10.
Jacob Zhimomi Metsubo Jamir Tongpang Ozukum
Minister (BJP) Minister (NDPP) Minister (Ind)
Temjen Imna Along
DIMAPUR, MAR 12 (NPN): Putting to rest all speculations, Nagaland chief minister Neiphiu Rio has finally allocated the portfolios to the council of ministers as per seniority. According to Chief Minister’s Office (CMO) media & communication cell, the chief minister will hold Finance, Personnel and Administrative Reforms (P&AR) and all important (Cont’d on p-11) policy issues including port-
feared dead. We are carrying out rescue work. We are collecting details,” Raj Kumar Chhetri, TIA General Manager, was quoted as saying by My Republica. It said more than 20 injured were taken to Kathmandu Medical College for treatment of which seven were brought dead at the hospital. The remaining are undergoing treatment for serious burn injuries. The flight, UBG 211, was en route to Kathmandu from Dhaka, Bangladesh. The aircraft took off from Dhaka and landed at the airport at 2:20 pm (local time). Plumes of black smoke could be seen rising from the football ground where the plane crashed. “The plane shoot off the runway while it was about to crash into the hanger and immediately caught fire,” an airport official was quoted as saying
by the Himalayan Times. The officials, however, have said a technical glitch could be the cause of the accident. “The aircraft was permitted to land from the Southern side of the runway over Koteshwor but it landed from the Northern side,” Director General of Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal (Caan) Sanjiv Gautam was quoted as saying by the Kathmandu Post. He said the plane was out of control when it attempted to land on the runway. “We are yet to ascertain the reason behind the unusual landing,” he said suspecting the aircraft might have sustained some technical glitches. Authorities say the fire has now been extinguished and rescue work is on. All the flights to and from TIA have been halted after the crash.
BPCC-AN holds border coordination meet DIMAPUR, MAR 12 (NPN): Members of Border Peace Coordination Committee (BPCC) Assam-Nagaland (A-N) held a solemn peace coordination meeting at the residence of its president B.P. Bora at Darakial Gaon at Nakachari in Jorhat on Monday. The main agenda of the meeting was to disseminate more information on the on goings in Assam-Nagaland border area and to instill peaceful co living amongst the people living in the border peripheries, a press statement from coordinator, BPCC (A-N), Er. Temsu Wathi Ao informed. The members after proper analysis claimed that the root causes of conflicts in the border area were usually a case of “mere law and order problems”, such as vehicles from Nagaland involved in road accidents in Assam areas, cattle from Assam been allegedly lifted by culprits, tea plantations in the foothills
Members of the Border Peace Coordination Committee AssamNagaland during the meeting on Monday.
destroyed allegedly by the miscreants from Nagaland side, unreported/unrecorded tales of extortion on the Assamese villagers so on so forth. In this regard, the members expressed their views that concerned authority/s from both side should set up a strong mechanism to sensitise and educate the public and specially the civil societies on the nature of incident/s. BPCC (A-N) further cautioned that unless this was done, the miscreants will use petty crimes or road accidents,
as a tool to create border conflicts. The committee has also roped in a renowned research scholar Antora Borah, who has been involved on the findings on the Assam Nagaland Border Conflict. She had already covered the entire Merapani sector of the Assam-Nagaland border areas and now trying to evaluate the remaining portion of the bordering area thus interconnecting the common/uncommon causes of the human habitat in these border belts.
Finance and also in-charge of Department of Personnel & Administrative Reforms; and all important policy issues; and all other portfolios not allocated to any Minister. Home, National Highways Agriculture, Cooperation Forest, Environment & Climate Change, Parliamentary Affairs Planning & Coordination, Land Revenue Health & Family Welfare Transport, Civil Aviation and Railways, Land Resources Public Health Engineering Urban Development & Municipal Affairs Public Works Department Soil & Water Conservation, Women & Child Development Higher Education & Technical Education
folios not allocated to any minister. Deputy chief minister and leader of BJP legislature party, Y. Patton has once again got the Home portfolio including National Highways. Patton had served as the Home minister in the previous DAN government headed by T.R. Zeliang. Nagaland Governor P.B. Acharya had appointed Rio as the new chief minister
on March 6 and had asked him to prove his majority in the floor of the house on or before March 16. The session of the Nagaland Legislative Assembly will commence from March 13 till 26. The ruling People’s Democratic Alliance (PDA) has 34 MLAs in the 60member house. Its partners-- NDPP has 18, BJP12, JD (U)-1, NPP- 2 MLAs besides an Independent.
NDPP, NPF field candidates
Rio to move trust vote in NLA today
People’s Democratic Alliance (PDA) government led by chief minister Neiphiu Rio will face a trust vote in the NLA Tuesday when it meets for its first session. After the election of the new speaker, Rio will move the trust vote in the House, NLA commissioner and secretary, N Benjamin Newmai said. During the NLA session, which will begin from March 13 to 26, the House will also witness administering of oath to the newly elected members. After a long break, from March 14 to 21, the session will resume and see presentation and passage of budget on March 22. Besides, the house would also take up following business -- laying of statement of Fiscal Responsibility and Budget Management Act (FRBMA); presentation of C&AG report; announcement of constitution of various financial and non-financial committees by the speaker and announcement of panel of chairman.
Govt: One day salary deduction for CSWF DIMAPUR, MAR 12 (NPN): All government employees will see a one day voluntary deduction of their salaries towards the Chief Secretary’s Welfare Fund (CSWF), as per a government decision. Office of the commissioner, additional deputy commissioner (ADC), C. Khanyang Imlong through a notice requested all administrative heads to deduct a day’s salary for March, payable in April, of all regular employees. The ADC said that the amounts may be submitted to his office for onward submission. Employees unwilling to contribute to the fund have been directed to inform accordingly in writing as the absence of a written objection will be presumed to be assent for the deduction.
onded by Khriehu Liezietsu, MLA. KO H I M A , M A R 1 2 The NPF candidate (NPN): Battle lines have remarked that election for been drawn between the the post of speaker itself ruling People’s Democratic would prove which side Alliance (PDA) and oppo- had majority in NLA. sition NPF for electing new Meanwhile, NPF has speaker of Nagaland Leg- appointed former minister islative Assembly (NLA) Yitachu as the chief whip, as rival camps announced while NDPP appointed candidates for the post. Forest, Environment & NDPP sources in- Climate Change and Parformed Nagaland Post liamentary Affairs ministhat the party had nominat- ter, C.M. Chang as its chief ed three-time MLA from whip. Southern Angami-I conSimilarly, P. Paiwang stituency Vikho-o Yhosu Konyak has been appointed for the post. as BJP’s chief whip, while On the other hand, Imnatiba will be NPP’s NPF nominated former chief whip. Nagaland Legislative AsThe first day of the sembly speaker, Dr. Imti- 13th NLA session schedwapang Aier to the post. uled on Tuesday will witNPF sources informed ness election for the post of this Correspondent that Dr. speaker and trial of strength Imtiwapang’s name was of People’s Democratic Al- Divyangjan appeals for proposed by NPF MLA, liance, besides conducting disability scholarship E.E. Pangteang and sec- other businesses. DIMAPUR, MAR 12 (NPN): Department of Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities (Divyangjan), government of India has asked the Nagaland department of social jusDIMAPUR, MAR 12 (NPN): Staff Reporter tice (NDoSJ), to verify the State government Monday orapplication of one predered the transfer and posting of DIMAPUR, MAR 12 (NPN): Three persons matriculation student with IAS, NCS and other officers with involved in the assault on one Watensangla in disability for payment of Changki village were arrested by Mokokchung immediate effect. Police Monday. When contacted, SP Mokokc- scholarship. An official notification stated A letter from Divyanghung informed that the three will be forwarded that L Kire, IFoS, principal secjan director, Vikash Prasad to judicial custody Tuesday. retary, environment, forest and According to the police, involvement of to NDoSJ commissioner & climate change & DUDA would any more individuals in the assault is being secretary, O. P Chingmak hold additional charge of rural investigated, and if any more were found to Chang said that on scrutiny development; Kelie Zeliang, IAS, have been involved, they will also be arrested. of the 2016-17 disability secretary, rural development, has “Crime against women will not be tolerated scholarship applications, it been transferred and posted as sec- and police will take very strict action against was found that one of the retary, economic & statistics; John the culprits”, the police said. unverified applications was B Chawang, NCS, joint resident It may be recalled that on March 7, the single application from commissioner, Nagaland House, Mokokchung deputy commissioner Sachin Nagaland, among other unNew Delhi, has been transferred Jaiswal had issued a show-cause notice to verified applications from and posted as joint secretary, in- Changki village council office bearers asking other states. dustries & commerce. Since non release of why action should not be initiated against Kethosituo Sekhose, NCS, them and had directed them to appear in per- scholarships causes unexecutive officer, KMC, has been son before him at his office on March 8. due hardships to students, transferred and posted as deputy The notice had said that, on the night Prasad requested that the resident commissioner, Nagaland of March 5, 58 year old Watensangla was verification report be sent House, New Delhi and Elizabeth alleged to have been brutally assaulted and to the department immediNgullie, NCS, joint secretary, subsequently ex-communicated from Changki ately so that the scholarship Municipal Affairs Department village along with three others- two women payment could be processed and CEO Smart City would hold and a man- for a period of 30 years because and credited into the benadditional charge of executive of- she did not vote for the candidate supported eficiary’s account through ficer KMC. direct bank transfer. by the village council. Correspondent
Transfer & posting Mkg police arrest 3 on of bureaucrats Changki assault case
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Assam Rifles conduct IPPI drive across state
Various battalions of Assam Rifles conducting IPPI programme. DIMAPUR: Various Assam Rifles (AR) battalions under the aegis of HQ IGAR (North) conducted pulse polio drives at different locations across the state of Nagaland, on March 11. Medical camps and kiosks were set up at their own hospital locations and civil areas to further the cause of the pulse polio mission. Altogether, 3346 children
-- 2379 civilian and 967 AR dependents were given polio drops during the drive. Kashiram Basti, Dimapur: Dimapur Battalion organized IPPI programme at unit hospital, Kashiram Basti under 2IC Sanjay Kumar, CMO at Lungiram Gate, Full Nagarjan, Dimapur under Maj Ankit Gupta, Kohima: Kohima battalion carried out phase –II
of IPPI wherein parents were educated about the importance of periodic administration of oral pulse polio drops for children up to the age of five years. Kohima Battalion established three pulse polio booths at Jotsoma village, Minister’s Hill, IG Stadium and one at the Kohima Garrison near D block for the local population. Zunheboto: Zunheboto
battalion organized the camp at Zunheboto for children of Khowaboto village and surrounding areas, conducted by the medical team of the battalion, led by deputy commandant Ngukato Kiho, senior medical officer and para medical staff. Kiphire: Kiphire battalion of AR organised a programme of Pulse Polio Immunisation and Free Medi-
cal check-up at Zimkiur village under Kiphire district on March 11. A team of doctors along with pharmacist and nursing assistant of the unit immunized a total of 104 children from Zimkiur and nearby villages. A total of 85 males and 70 females were provided medical examination and free medicine was given to the ailing patients.
A n o t h e r i m mu n i z a tion camp was organized in Phelungre village on January 28 for the local villages of Phelungre and adjoining areas. Medziphema & Jalukie: Jalukie battalion organized a similar pulse polio immunization programme at Athibung, Peren and Tenning village Ghaspani battalion established camp at Medziphema.
Civic action programmes organised by Assam Rifles
Chieswema Battalion medical camp Khomi.
Mon Battalion medical camp Oting
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news in Brief DC & DEO Phek on arms license: Deputy commissioner (DC) and district election officer (DEO), Shanavas C has informed all concerned to collect their arms licenses kept in police custody during election to collect at the earliest from respective police stations. NSCN/GPRN (UT) leacy hoho meet: GPRN/NSCN Union Territory (UT) has convened an annual leacy hoho meeting on March 20, 10 a.m at Khehoyi designated camp office. All concerned members have been informed to attend the meeting. SBAK-NM executive council meeting: The Sümi Baptist Akukuhou Kuqhakulu (SBAK-NM) executive council meeting would be held on March 17, 8 a.m at SBAK-NM Mission Centre. All concerned executive council members have been requested to attend the meeting positively. Postal dept informs: Director of postal services, Nagaland division, R.M Patel has informed general public that Aadhaar enrollment and updating facility has begun at Kohima head post office, Mon post office, Tuensang post office and Zunheboto post office respectively. Enrollment is to be carried out through documents based verification for indigenous inhabitants of the state with exemptions for government employees. The verification would be based on any of the documents: permanent residential certificate (to be supported by documentary evidence), scheduled tribe certificate (to be supported by documentary evidence) or indigenous certificate. WSBAK pastors training: The Western Sümi Baptist Akukuhou Küqhakulu (WSBAK) will be organizing 3-day training for its pastors from March 19 to 21 at WSBAK Centre, Aküvüto Thahekhü village. All the pastors and associate pastors (general) have been invited to be a part of the training. Those unable to attend due to valid reason are to seek prior approval. Registration fee of Rs. 1500/- will be realized per participant.
AR apprehends NSCN (K) cadres
Tuensang Battalion medical camp Angphang. DIMAPUR: Different battalions of Assam Rifles under the aegis of HQ IGAR (N) has been conducting various activities across Nagaland as part of their civic action programme. Wokha Battalion: Wokha Battalion, conducted a medical camp at new colony, Wokha village on March 7. According to PRO, HQ IGAR (North), Lt Col Amitabh Sharma, the aim of the medical camp was to provide medical support and assistance to villagers, especially the aged and women who are unable to go to the hospitals at far distances. A total of 51 female, 42 male and 30 children were examined and administered free treatment during the camp. Free medicine was also provided and people were educated about the importance of timely vaccination, personal hygiene and sanitation. Chieswema Battalion medical camp Khomi: Chieswema Battalion, conducted a medical camp in the remotely located village of Khomi, Phek district on March 7. According to PRO, HQ IGAR (North), Lt Col Amitabh Sharma, the aim of the medical camp was to reach out to the people in remote areas deprived of basic medical facilities. A specially constituted medical team K
Tuensang Battalion medical camp Shakch.
Zunheboto Battalion medical camp Old Natha.
Chieswema Battalion lecture.
under 2IC (CMO) C. Satyaranjan along with two nursing assistants and one laboratory assistant conducted the medical camp. 2IC C. Satyaranjan also gave a lecture on “healthy life” encompassing basic health education, precautions from viral diseases, importance of hygiene and sanitation and HIV and AIDS. Chieswema Battalion medical camp Chizami: In a similar operation, Chieswema battalion organised a free medical camp at Chizami village on March 8. A specially constituted medical team under 2IC (CMO), C. Satyaranjan examined, treated and provided free medicine for the villagers and also conducted diabetes screening. 2IC C. Satyaranjan also gave a lecture on “healthy life” encompassing basic health education, precautions from viral disease, importance of hygiene and sanitation and HIV/ AIDS. Mon Battalion medical camp Oting: Tizit Battalion of Assam Rifles under the aegis of HQ IGAR (N) conducted a medical camp at Oting village on March 7. According to PRO, HQ IGAR (North), Lt Col Amitabh Sharma, the aim of the medical camp was to provide medical treatment for the people of Oting and adjoining villages where there are no health facilities. A total of 312 patients were treated during the camp and were provided free medicine. A lecture was also delivered by the medical officer to create awareness on personal hygiene, drug menace and dengue fever. Youth were briefed on the upcoming Army Recruitment at Rangapahar. In a separate occasion, Mon battalion distributed four solar lanterns to the villagers of Tangnyu village, Mon, on March 6. Dimapur Battalion: Dimapur Battalion under the aegis of HQ IGAR (North) conducted an awareness lecture on “drug
free Nagaland” at government middle school, Naharbari village on March 6. According to PRO HQ IGAR (North), Lt Col Amitabh Sharma, Maj. Vikuto Asumi encouraged the youth to create awareness and educate their friends to curb the menace of drugs in society. A total 40 students and five staff attended the lecture. Phek Battalion: Phek battalion conducted a lecture on “career progression and how to join security forces” for youth of Pokhungri village under Phek district on March 5. The aim of the lecture was to create awareness among the youth about the forthcoming army recruitment rally which was to be conducted from April 9 to 15 in Tuensang and to motivate them to join the security forces. The lecture included details of various entry schemes including direct officer and junior commissioned officer entries. The students were also briefed on the physical criterion, basic education qualification, medical fitness required to join the security forces, paramilitary force, state police and other departments. A total of 15 youths attended the lecture. Tuensang Battalion medical camp Shakchi: Tuensang battalion of Assam Rifles conducted a medical camp at village Shakchi under Longleng district on March 9. According to AR Tuensang battalion, the aim of the medical camp was to reach out to the needy people of remote areas of Longleng district and provide them with basic medical attention. Free medical checkups and medicines were dispensed during the camp. Health counselling was given in small groups regarding adoption of healthy lifestyles, HIV/AIDS free Nagaland and early detection of diseases. The villagers conveyed their gratitude to the unit for their efforts and for providing treatment to the people and
needy at their door steps. Altogether 280 patients were treated during the camp. Zunheboto Battalion medical camp Old Natha: Zunheboto Battalion of Assam Rifles conducted a medical camp at Old Natha village, Zunheboto on March 9. A medical team of the battalion, led by deputy commandant Ngukato Kiho, senior medical officer, provided free medical assistance to the villagers of Old Natha and its nearby villages. A total of 153 patients were examined and free medicine was given to ailing patients. Chieswema Battalion lecture: Chieswema battalion conducted a lecture on “How to join Indian Army or Assam Rifles’ for the students of Government Middle School Sentenyu village, Government Higher Secondary and Christian High School of Botsa village under Chiephobozou sub-division on March 10. The lecture was organized to create awareness among the students about the Indian Army and Assam Rifles and the eligibility criteria to join the forces. Students were also informed about various types of entry schemes, pay and emoluments and training aspects. The lecture was attended by total of 162 students and 16 teaching staff. Tuensang Battalion medical camp Angphang: Tuensang battalion conducted a medical camp at Angphang village under Mon district on March 10. 40 AR, Tuensang battalion said that the aim of the medical camp was to provide free medical assistance to the villagers of remotely located Angphang village and its nearby villages. A total of 390 patients comprising of 114 male, 147 female and 99 children were examined and provided free medicine. Apart from the medical check-up, basic knowledge on epidemics and precautions was also imparted.
Ukehtho Z Chopy
DIMAPUR: Kohima battalion of Assam Rifles under the aegis of HQ IGAR (North) launched an operation along with police representative in general area Naga Bazaar, Kohima on March 12. According to PRO HQ IGAR (N), troops of Assam Rifles apprehended one self-styled major, NSCN (K), Kisheto Ayemi (35), son of Nizetho Ayemi, resident of Thilixu village, Diphupar Police Station, Dimapur. AR stated that the individual revealed that he had been involved in extortion activities in Kohima and that according to “intelligent sources”, Kisheto Ayemi belonged to 7th Bn of NSCN (K) and had been town commander Kohima from 2013 to 2015. Further, the press note added that Kisheto Ayemi was also arrested by AR Zunheboto battalion on August 2015 for possession of illegal weapons. Recoveries from the individual included one cash receipt of GPRN, one letter pad of Kohima town commander, one PAN card, one driving license, one aadhar card and cash of Rs.15, 870. Meanwhile, the individual was handed over to North Police station Kohima along with recovered items for further investigation. In a separate incident, Kohima battalion along with police representative launched an operation based on specific inputs in general area jail colony, Kohima on March 11. A press note by PRO stated that during the operation, troops of Assam Rifles apprehended one self-styled deputy secretary, NSCN (K), Ukehtho Z Chopy (29), son of Zuhevi Chopy, resident of Ghukhuyi village, Zunheboto. Further, AR informed that the individual revealed that he had been involved with extortion activities in Kohima and adjoining areas. Recoveries from the individual included 6 cash receipts of GPRN and two letter pad office of the urban town commander, NSCN (K). Meanwhile, the individual was handed over to south police station Kohima along with the recovered items for further investigation. K
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WEATHER FORECAST MARCH 13
(Temperature in ºC)
Agartala A stray afternoon t-storm
A t-storm in the afternoon
Guwahati Partly sunny Imphal
A p.m. t-storm in spots
Itanagar A t-storm around in the a.m.
31 15 27 9 24 12
Shillong Some sun with a thunderstorm 19 8 Kohima
Couple of thunderstorms
Dimapur Some sun, a t-storm in spots Mkg
A p.m. t-storm in spots
Tuensang Cooler Wokha
Cooler, a p.m. stray t-storm
21 7 28 12 23 8 14 7 21 13
Zunheboto Mostly cloudy with a t-shower 20 6
DC Wokha, Dr. Manazir Jeelani Samoon (4th from right) along with deputy director general (Engg) AIR Kohima, K. V. Ramachandran and staff, Lotha Hoho officials and LBES members on March 12 at Wokha.
DIMAPUR: FM 101.8 Mega Hertz Radio Relay Station was commissioned on Monday by deputy commissioner of Wokha, Dr. Manazir Jeelani Samoon at ‘O’ Point Wokha village as guest of honour. According to AIR, PT correspondent for Wokha, Thunglamo Odyuo, deputy commissioner in his address stated that commissioning of relay centre was another progress for Wokha district, benefitting the people of Wokha and adjoining areas. He further said, through radio the news could be disseminated easily to the remote areas and play a
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great role by educating the farmers about government schemes and policies. In this regard, he called upon the public to co-operate to the broadcasting organization in providing services efficiently in the region. He hoped that in near future the relay centre would expand and benefit the educated youth through employment generation, recording of local folk lore, songs and stories. Further, he declared open the relay centre by cutting the ribbon and switchrf on the button at the transmission terminal. Deputy director general (Engineering), Head
of Office (HoO), All India Radio, Kohima, K.V. Ramachandran in his short speech, highlighted that earlier Phek relay station was inaugurated and Wokha was the second. He said that All India Radio (AIR) had been extending its services since 1963 and assured to extend longer duration/timing as and when more technician/ engineer were posted. Mhao Humtsoe, chairman Lotha Hoho in his speech thanked the AIR officials for making the project a success in the district. He assured to extend fullest support in making the relay centre to excel in provid-
ing service to the people and appealed the authority concerned to introduce every possible section viz. programme executive, news section, recording facilities in addition to engineering wing. Er. Mhodamo Ovung, general secretary Lotha Hoho submitted a memorandum addressed to the minister in-charge, ministry of Information & Broadcasting, Delhi to be submitted through the deputy director general (Engg.), AIR, Kohima. Er. Matsang Ao, Wokha FM Tragopan Relay Centre in-charge said, the station would switch on everyday from 3 p.m till 9:30 p.m, recorded local dialect news and songs would be transmitted from time to time, and Lotha dialect from 6:10 p.m daily. Earlier, programme was chaired by news reader AIR Kohima, Jonas Yanthan and Rev. Nyanchumo Lotha, executive secretary LBCA Wokha gave the invocation prayer. Members from Lotha Hoho, Wokha District Entrepreneur Association (WDEA), SIB, church representatives and women attended the commissioning programme.
Ministry of WCD holds Int’l Week event
DIMAPUR: The Nagaland Adolescent Girls Club (NAGC), Nagaland State Social Welfare Board (NSSWB), State Resource Centre for Women (SRCW), Women Helpline-181 and Sakhi-OSC has organized an event as part of the Ministry of Women and Child Development (MWCD) India celebration of International Week from March 1-15. A press release by SRCW stated that the event was held on March 12 at Bayavii Hill High School, Kohima under the theme “Beti Bachao Beti Padhao”. Juliana Medom, asst. state coordinator introduced Beti Bachao Beti Padhao and the schemes of the Ministry of Women and Child Development that cater to children and women, such as Childline-1098, Women Helpline-181 and Sakhi-
Students participating in the painting competition.
OSC. She also introduced the initiation of guitar class for the AGC girls by presenting the school a guitar from the NSSWB. A painting competition was held following the program with Lanuienla Imchen, helpline manager, WHL-181 introducing the concept behind the competition to the students. The audience consisted of students,
staff and faculty members. Vikhoriano Meru, centre administrator, OSC was the chairperson for the event. In the junior category Suraj (cl-7) was placed first, second place Tinatoli (cl-7) followed by Ezanthung (cl-6) while in the senior category Julia (cl-9’A’) was placed first followed by Ketoulhoubeinuo Usou (cl-9) and Daiikup (cl-10).
ANSTA wants ‘right person’ for education portfolio
DIMAPUR: All Nagaland School Teacher’s Association (ANSTA) has appealed to the chief minister to allocate the education portfolio to the “right person”. A press release from ANSTA president, Ponchulo Wanth and general secretary, Visato Koso said the association was making this appeal considering the varied problems that infest the department of school education. It urged the
chief minister to assign a person who understood the problems of the teachers and students at the grass root level and possessing good problem solving skills since the departments needed “total transformation and revamping.” Besides this appeal, ANSTA congratulated the chief minister on being elected to the post of chief minister for the fourth time.
SCMI North East zone-II observes UDPS versal day of prayer for student’s (UDPS) under the theme “eco-friendly” on March 11 at Mission Center Church (MCC) Zunpha. A press release issued by SCMI North East zone two informed that the program was led by Dinah, introduction about SCMI and UDPS by programme
secretary, Tolly Yeptho, while message was delivered by Rev Khisenlo Apon. Other highlights of the programme included special song, intercession, responsive reading, act on Eco-Friendly, solo, offering and prayer, scripture reading, closing hymn and prayer.
SCMI-NE members pray during the programme.
D I M A P U R : S t u d e n t India (SCMI) North East Christian Movement of zone two observed uni-
DC Mon advisory to public
DIMAPUR: Deputy com- could make use of the missioner (DC) Mon, K. library during office hours Thavaseelan has informed on all working days. the general public of Mon district that details of any grievances that were faced by them including but not limited to water, electricity, mobile connectivity, sanitation, in-ordinate delay in processing of files by any department etc. may be intimated to the DC via SMS or WhatApp at 7005766737. Deputy commissioner also informed that village councils shall be auxiliary to the district administration and have powers to deal with maintenance of law and order and also to enforce orders passed by the competent authority on the village as a whole. In the aftermath of the elections, in case any disputes or fight arises causing harm to human lives or damage to public or private properties, the concerned village council shall be held squarely responsible and liable to be fined a minimum of Rs. 50,000/- in addition to dissolution of village council. DC informed that reportedly there were certain village councils passing diktats involving expulsion of some GBs or residents from the village for voting for or against a certain party or candidate. In this regard, DC has warned that the village council will face immediate disciplinary action including heavy fine and dissolution. He also infor med UPSC, NPSC and other competitive exam aspirants in Mon district that a free library has been opened at DC office to aid them in their preparation. In this regard, DC informed that aspirants K Y M C
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Conrad Sangma wins floor test besides one Independent. The NPP, which won 19 assembly seats in the just concluded polls, is the second largest party after the Congress with 21 seats.
Nagaland Post, Dimapur TUESDAY, MARCH 13, 2018
Over 80% votes cast for Tripura Assembly seat
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Former Chief Minister Donkupar Roy of the ruling Meghalaya Democratic Alliance (MDA) government was on Monday elected as Speaker of the Meghalaya Assembly. Roy, the longest serving legislator and senior-most member of the Meghalaya assembly, has been elected for the seventh consecutive term. He is also the president of the United Democratic Party, which is the key partner in the National People’s Party-led Meghalaya Democratic Alliance coalition government. “56 members have polled their votes, Roy polled 35 votes while Winnerson polled 20 votes and one vote was rejected,” Protem Speaker Timothy Dalbot Shira announced in the House while declaring Roy elected as the 16th Speaker. Lone Khun Hynñiewtrep National Awakening Movement (KHNAM) legislator Adelbert Nongrum was conspicuous by his absence. Chief Minister Conrad Sangma couldn’t vote as he is not an elected member to the Assembly, While Leader of Opposition Mukul Sangma, who won from two Assembly seats – Ampati
and Songsak – voted from Ampati seat. “I will try my best to perform my duty as the Speaker. I will be a neutral speaker as all of you expect me to be,” the newly elected speaker said. The soft-spoken economist was first elected from Shella assembly constituency along the India-Bangladesh border, as an Independent legislator in 1988 with the ardent support of the then Alliance Reconstruction of Meghalaya State, a political body of the Khasi Students’ Union. Congratulating Roy for being elected as Speaker, Chief Minister Conrad Sangma said, “ The ruling side will miss you in the government. We look upto you as our fatherly figure but we will not guide your guidance in the government.” Praising Roy, Former Chief Minister and Leader of Opposition Mukul Sangma said, “the post of speaker is occupied by a person who is infallible. When you (Roy) were in the opposition, whenever there is a heated and healthy debate, you had the wisdom to intervene and create healthy environment for a discussion.” Meghalaya is another state, after Manipur and Goa, where the Congress has not been able to forge a post-poll alliance with any of the regional parties despite emerging as the single-largest party.
Agartala, Mar 12 (IANS): Over 80 per cent of the 36,793 electors cast their votes on Monday in the Charilam Assembly constituency in western Tripura, an official said. According to the Returning Officer, no untoward incident was reported from anywhere in the constituency. “In all, 36,793 voters, including 17,880 women, were eligible to cast votes. Around 1,000 voters were still awaiting their turn at the end of scheduled polling time at 4 p.m.,” Returning Officer Samit Roy Chowdhury told IANS. Elections were held in 59 of the 60 Assembly constituencies in Tripura on February 18. Balloting in Charilam (Reserved-Scheduled Tribe) was deferred after Communist Party of IndiaMarxist (CPI-M) nominee Ramendra Narayan Debbarma died on February 11 due to a cardiac arrest. Five candidates, including Bharatiya Janata Party’s (BJP) nominee and Deputy Chief Minister Jishnu Debbarma and Communist Party of India-Marxist’s Palash Debbarma are in the fray in Charilam. However, on the last day of campaigning on March 10, the CPI-M-led Left Front withdrew its candidate citing “extremely terrible situation” in the tribal-dominated areas of Tripura “due to massive
BJP’s dream of ‘birodhimukt Bharat’ will remain unrealised, says Yechury
Rice distributed to victims of manelephant conflict
Modi to attend Manipur Science Congress
Shillong, Mar 12: Meghalaya Chief Minister Conrad Sangma, heading the six-party non-Congress government, on Monday won the floor test in the assembly by voice vote. The floor test came after the electorates of the state threw up a fractured verdict and one week after the National People’s Party (NPP)-led Meghalaya Democratic Alliance government was installed. As the newly elected Speaker Donkupar Roy was about to put to vote of confidence to vote, the leader of opposition Mukul Sangma rose up and asked which party is leading the government. “We would like to know whether it is NPPled government, BJP-led government or a conglomeration of party which is leading the government,” the veteran Congress leader said. Cor nering the BJP which is part of the MDA government, Mukul said, “It is obvious that the mandate given by the people is a fractured mandate. Looking at the background of the whole election campaign, the mandate of the people is to form a government without the BJP.” “The political parties in their election campaigns have promised the innocent people of the State that they have no access to BJP. Vari-
Agartala, Mar 12 (IANS): CPI-M General Secretary Sitaram Yechury on Monday said all opposition parties would come together to defeat the BJP’s plot of “birodhimukt Bharat” (opposition-free India). “BJP hatched a plot to make “birodhimukt Bharat”. It would never be achieved. All opposition secular parties are getting organised to defeat the BJP plot,” Yechury told media persons before leaving here for Maharashtra where he would join the farmers agitation. The Left leader said that this time the opposition alliance would be on the strength of “niti” (policy) and not on the basis of “neta” (leader). He said: “After the BJP won the Tripura assembly elections, their cadres unleashed a reign of terror over the past one week across the state to turn Tripura “birodhimukt” as part of their larger plan of “opposition-free India”. The Left leader refused to accept that the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) was on the rise in India as, according to him, the saffron party lost many elections in the
Roy elected as M’laya Assembly Speaker
Conrad Sangma ous political parties had also clearly stated they will not have any connection with the BJP,” he said. While informing the House that he is heading the Meghalaya Democratic Alliance (MDA) government-led by NPP, Conrad said that he has the support of the United Democratic Party, the Hill State People’s Democratic Party, People’s Democratic Front besides the Independents. However, he did not mentioned the name of the BJP, which later the BJP minister Alexander Hek and another BJP legislator Sanbor Shullai stood up and defended their saffron party of being part the government. The six-party MDA coalition includes 19 members from the National People’s Party, six from the United Democratic Party, four from the the People’s Democratic Front, two each from the Hill State People’s Democratic Party (HSPDP) and the BJP, one from the Nationalist Congress Party
Sitaram Yechury BJP-ruled states. During the past four days, the Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M) General Secretary, accompanied by former Chief Minister Manik Sarkar and other party leaders and MPs, visited many post-poll violence-hit areas of Tripura and spoke to those affected by the incidents. “The BJP can destroy the party offices, attack people and their assets, but they cannot annihilate an ideology. The CPI-M might win or lose the elections, but it would continue to be the champion of people’s cause.” He claimed that a huge number of CPI-M and other Left parties’ offices were set on fire, ransacked and vandalised; hundreds of houses, shops and other assets owned by Left leaders and supporters were either burnt
down or destroyed by BJP members and thousands of people driven out from their homes and villages. “Thousands of people apprehending fresh attack are unable to join their work places. Large-scale extortion of money and intimidation are continuing,” Yechury told reporters. Yechury demanded an end to the violence in the state. The CPI-M General Secretary urged the newly formed BJP government to give proper compensations to those affected -- to bear the treatment cost of the hundreds of injured, provide security to the fearstricken lot, and return of the hundreds of party offices forcibly occupied to their rightful owners. He said the issue of violent incidents in Tripura would be raised in Parliament and the matter would be discussed with all opposition parties as well. “The incidents of violence and related issues would be taken up with the Centre. In this hour of distress, Tripura would not remain alone... the entire country is with the people of the state,” the CPI-M leader said.
Diphu, Mar 12: Department of forest and wild life trust of India on March 10, handed over 1,575 kgs of rice to 63 households in Silonijan and Deopani, whose houses were destroyed by wild elephants. A total of 25 kg each were handed over to each household during a distribution programme held at Northeast Forest Range office, Silonijan ( Bokajan subdivision).
2641 killed by militants in Assam between 1987-2000
Guwahati, Mar 12 (PTI): Altogether 2641 people were killed by militants in Assam between 19872000 when 16 insurgent outfits came into being in the state, Chief Minister Sarbanada Sonowal told the assembly Monday. Sonowal, who also holds the Home portfolio, was replying to a question by Nurul Huda of Congress. He said during the period a one-time payment of Rs one lakh was given per family to the victims of ULFA, Bodo Volunteers Force, Bodo Security Force, Bodo Liberation Tigers, NDFB and other outfits.
Mizoram CM writes to Rajnath on border dispute Aizawl, Mar 12 (PTI): Mizoram Chief Minister Lal Thanhawla Monday wrote to Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh seeking his intervention in the Mizoram-Assam border dispute so that peace is restored at the earliest, an official said. Lal Thanhawla asked Singh to intervene for resumption of boundary at the earliest, Press Advisor to the Chief Minister L R Sailo said. The Mizoram chief minister in the letter described the alleged firing by the Assam Police on Mizo youths as “unfortunate and uncalled for”, Sailo said. Lal Thanhawla said that there had been border disputes with Assam like other such instances with neighbouring states which sometimes culminated into
violent clashes causing hardships especially to those in the fringe areas. Chief secretaries of the two states had held talks on the border dispute in 199596 and it was then decided that the talks should be taken up at the chief ministers’ level, he said. “Unfortunately, the chief minister of Assam declined,” Lal Thanhawla said. The Mizoram Congress legislature party last night passed a resolution to send state police personnel to occupy the land at Zophai area near the Mizoram-Assam border town of Bairabi, a party leader said. Protestors from the Mizoram had clashed with the Assam Police in Bairabi, he said. Members of the meeting chaired by Lal Thanhawla, who is also the CLP leader, felt that the
Mizo Zirlai Pawl (MZP) or Mizo Students Federation should be allowed to build a guest house on the land belonging to the first chief minister of Mizoram Ch Chhunga, the Congress leader said. The land was donated to the student organisation by his widow, he said. The Mizoram Police had alleged on Saturday that a Mizo student was injured in firing by the Assam Police at Zopui in Kolasib district. The Assam Police had denied the charge and claimed that the Mizo students were pushed back when they tried to intrude into the state. The administration of Hailakandi in Assam had clamped prohibitory orders under section 144 of CrPC on March 7 in certain pockets of the district apprehending encroachment attempts from the Mizoram side.
Meanwhile, the Mizo Zirlai Pawl (MZP), the apex Mizo student body and other student organisations today organised rallies across Mizoram to protest the alleged firing and lathicharge by Assam Police on the students, a MZP leader said. In Aizawl, the protesters demanded the resignation of the state government accusing Lal Thanhawla of ‘’sleeping’’ while the Assam government was ‘’encroaching on Mizo territory in Kolasib near Hailakandi district by constructing schools and police outposts’’. MZP leaders and activists have been camping in the area to construct a rest house to be called ‘Zofate Chawlhbuk’ on the land donated by Ch Chhunga’s widow to the student organisation, the leader said.
Imphal, Mar 12 (IANS): Prime Minister Narendra Modi is scheduled to inaugurate the Science Congress in the Manipur University (MU) campus on March 16, government sources said on Monday. An official told IANS that at least 5,000 delegates from all over the country will take part in the threeday congress which will be held for the first time in the state. Chief Minister N. Biren Singh visited the MU campus on Monday to inspect the preparations in progress. He said, “I have in-
reign of terror unleashed by the BJP”. Tribal outfit Indigenous People’s Front of Tripura is an ally of BJP. Director General of Police Akhil Kumar Shukla said that since March 7, no post-poll incident was reported from anywhere in the state. “We had earlier received little over 100 complaints of attacks and arson. Police took immediate action in all cases,” he told media persons. CPI-M delegations led by party General Secretary Sitaram Yechury and former Chief Minister Manik Sarkar visited many areas hit by violence in the state after the polls. Yechury, who left the state on Monday after a four-day visit to the troubletorn areas, said the Election Commission should keep intact the people’s trust and confidence besides ensuring free and fair elections. “The situation in Charilam is horrifically bad due to excessive reign of terror since the BJP got a majority in the Assembly elections on Saturday.” Yechury said a party delegation met Chief Election Commissioner Om Prakash Rawat and two Election Commissioners in Delhi on March 8 to urge them to postpone Charilam election till peace and normalcy was restored in the state.
structed all officials and contractors to speed up the construction works. Nothing should go wrong and everything should be ready at least one day ahead.” “Out of 5,000 delegates, there are 2,000 scientists,” he said. Police in and around Imphal city have been carrying out raids and search operations everyday. Certain villages and residential areas are cordoned off shortly after midnight and all people are checked and verified in the morning. Persons without proper identification docu-
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48-hr Manipur bandh against commission of Mapithel Dam
IMPHAL, Mar 12: Joint Action Committee Against Forced Inauguration of Mapithel Dam (JAC AFIMD) on Monday called for 48-hour statewide bandh in Manipur, staring midnight of March 14, to protest against the proposed inauguration of Mapithel Dam (Thoubal Multi-purpose Project). The decision to impose the bandh came at time when state authorities were busy preparing the visit of Prime Minister Narendra Modi on March 16 and engaged in inauguration of projects as a part of first anniversary of the BJP-led coalition government. The inauguration of Mapithel Dam was among other programmes of Prime Minister scheduled to attend during his visit in connection with the opening of the National Science Congress. In a statement, JAC AFIMD said that it was compelled to announce the bandh, alleging state government of failing to uphold the “Constitution in the state of Manipur”. The demand of JAC was that affected land owners must be compensated adequately in concurrence with Right to Fair Compensation and Transparency in Land Acquisition, Rehabilitation and Resettlement Act 2013. In view of the above, JAC said it will not be responsible for any untoward incident during the bandh hour. Educational institutions, medical, water supply, electricity and media have been exempted from the purview of the bandh.
ments are singled out for further verifications. A police officer said that some militants had been picked up from different parts of the state. However, no firearm has been seized. The police plans to round up the armed insurgents ahead of Modi’s visit. N. Biren Singh has instructed
With joy of God’s blessing, the Medeo Khel Yoruba convey our heartfelt words of congratulations to Mr. Puküye Medeo, S/o Late Rüsangoyi Medeo for bringing laurels to the family and our people by securing the post of Junior Scientist (Research and Development in Physical Engineering Design and Manufacturing Synthetic Fibers) in the recently declared UPSC exam. We give all glory to God for his achievement and wishes him success in all his future endeavour. K-667
Through this column, I and my family would like to sincerely extend our heartfelt gratitude to all the party men and women, supporters and well wishers of the NCP Party 54th Assembly Constituency Tuensang Sadar-II, for the faith and conﬁdence reposed upon me and casting their precious vote in favor of me, in the recently concluded 13th Nagaland Legislative Assembly General Election, 2018. I would also like to thank the Pastors union, Tuensang Town and church leaders of 17 Villages under the Assembly Constituency for their constant prayer support by upholding the clean election campaign and not forgetting the village councils for their overwhelming support and cooperation. I shall ever remain deeply indebted to one and all for supporting me in all ends through out the Election process, though we failed to win the election “Our Pillar of Honesty and Unity is the sign of success, we shall overcome someday”. May our Almighty God bless all of you abundantly. K-662
(H. ZUNGKUM CHANG & FAMILY) Ex-Candidate GOVERNMENT OF NAGALAND
the state and central forces to ensure law and order during the visit by the Prime minister. Additional police personnel and paramilitary forces have been deployed near the MU campus and hotels where the delegates shall stay during the congress.
Through this column, we the NCP Unit of the 54th Assembly Constituency Tuensang Sadar-II, under the leadership of Shri. H. Zungkum Chang, Ex-Candidate would like to congratulate the Government of the day, under the dynamic and able leadership of Shri. Neiphiu Rio, the Hon’ble Chief Minister, Shri. Y. Patton, the Hon’ble Dy. Chief Minister, Shri. Chingwang Konyak President NDPP, Nagaland and Shri. Alemtemshi, Working President NDPP, Nagaland for successfully forming the Peoples Democratic Alliance (PDA) Government. As aspired by the people of Nagaland, Government of the day has shown its sign & symbol in day 1(one) by removing the VIP culture, leaving aside their status and position, which shows that, the Government is by the people and for the people. We extend our full cooperation and support to PDA Government, under the visionary leadership of Shri. Neiphiu Rio, Hon’ble Chief Minister and Shri. Y. Patton, Dy. Chief Minister, Government of Nagaland and hope that under their leadership, the State of Nagaland and its people shall rise to greater heights that touches the lives of the down trodden people as well. (T. AJONG CHANG) President NCP 54th A/C Tuensang Sadar-II K-662 GOVERNMENT OF NAGALAND
OFFICE OF THE COMMANDANT 3rd NAP BATTALION
OFFICE OF THE COMMANDANT 3rd NAP BATTALION
TUENSANG ::: NAGALAND
Dated Tuensang the 9th March 2018
To, No.387 : NCE Hutoli G Wotsa Daughter of : Shri Ghunakha Wotsa Village : Mishilimi PO/PS : Pughoboto District : Zunheboto, Nagaland Sub :- FINAL CALLING NOTICE.
With reference to Assistant Inspector General of Police(Admn) Nagaland Kohima WT Message No PHQ(B-I)2/27/17/473 dated 12.02.18 and this office order No 3NAP(RO-27)2017-18/1908 dated 12.02.18. Whereas your whereabout is not known at PHQ or at Battalion Headquarter which is gross violation of force discipline and devotion to duty. That Calling Notice was issued vide No 3NAP(RO-27)201718/2003 dated 23.02.18 and No 3NAP(RO-27)2017-18/2047 dated 03.03.18 but failed to report back for duty till date. You are hereby directed to report 3rd NAP Battalion Headquarter, Tuensang within 7(seven) days from the date of issue of this final calling notice failing which stern disciplinary action will be initiated against you.
Commandant, 3rd NAP Battalion Tuensang Nagaland.
TUENSANG ::: NAGALAND
Dated Tuensang the 9th March 2018
To, No.34080 : C/N Puronen Ao Son of : Shri Kamsangtoba Ao Village : Chuchuyimlang PO/PS : Mokokchung District : Mokokchung, Nagaland Sub :- FINAL CALLING NOTICE. With reference to Assistant Inspector General of Police (Admn) Nagaland Kohima WT Message No PHQ(BI)2/27/17/473 dated 12.02.18 and this office order No 3NAP(RO27)2017-18/1908 dated 12.02.18. Whereas your whereabout is not known at PHQ or at Battalion Headquarter which is gross violation of force discipline and devotion to duty. That Calling Notice was issued vide No 3NAP(RO-27)201718/2002 dated 23.02.18 and No 3NAP(RO-27)2017-18/2048 dated 03.03.18 but failed to report back for duty till date. You are hereby directed to report 3 rd NAP Battalion Headquarter, Tuensang within 7(seven) days from the date of issue of this final calling notice failing which stern disciplinary action will be initiated against you.
Commandant, 3rd NAP Battalion Tuensang Nagaland.
Nagaland Post, Dimapur TUESDAY, MARCH 13, 2018
Assam gets first e-Budget
Assam Finance Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma (L) with Assam CM Sarbananda Sonowal display the tablets containing the state budget 2018-19 documents on their arrival at the Assam Legislative Assembly in Guwahati on Monday. PTI) Guwahati, Mar 12 (PTI): Assam Finance Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma Monday presented the state’s first e-budget with a deficit of Rs 2149.04 crore in the Assembly here proposing no fresh taxes. After Andhra Pradesh, Assam has become the second state to have an e-budget, but unlike the other state, Assam budget is available in Google Play Store so that anybody can access it, Sarma said.
The budget proposed a levy of electricity duty at 5 per cent on ad-valorem basis and one per cent increase on stamp duty registration fee for transactions in immovable properties. “The estimated transactions during the year will result in an estimated surplus of Rs 999.99 crore. This, together with the opening deficit of Rs 3149.04 crore will lead to a budget deficit of Rs 2149.04 crore at the end
of the year 2018-2019”, said Sarma in the BJP-led Sarbananda Sonowal Government’s third budget. The budget estimates of 2018-19 show a receipt of Rs 90673.42 crore under the Consolidated Fund and Out of this, Rs 74118.50 crore is on Revenue Account and the remaining Rs 16554.92 crore is under Capital Account. The budget was presented in both hard copy
format and in the digital format in tablet computer to the legislators in the House, the minister said. “We have taken great steps in making this budget future ready, citizen friendly and all embracing through our e-budget model that has easy to use provisions of SDG (sustainable development goal), gender, child and elderly related”, Sarma said in his speech. The finance minister also proposed to increase the tender fee from Rs 8.25 to Rs 100 for tenders up to Rs 20 lakh and Rs 500 for tenders beyond Rs 20 Lakh. Regarding relief to small tea growers, he proposed to exempt specified land cess on green tea leaves. In the previous two budgets, the cess had been reduced from 25 paise to 10 paise per kg green tea leaf in two phases. Talking to reporters, Sarma said, the budget speech was streamed live on Twitter and Facebook. Media persons covering the budget session were provided the budget speech in a pen drive.
GNLA surrender marks beginning of end to militancy
Arunachal Pradesh budget tabled, total outlay at Rs 19,261 crore
SHILLONG, Mar 12 (Agencies): Meghalaya’s new home minister James Pangsang K Sangma has hailed the surrender of the last remaining rebels of the once dreaded outfit GNLA terming their move to return to the mainstream as “the beginning of the end to militancy in Meghalaya”. He also announced that the state government will have no negotiation with any organization which indulges in violence and criminal activities and reiterated Chief Minister Conrad K Sangma’s appeal to various militant organisations in both the eastern and western region of the state to shun violence and come back to the mainstream. In an official surrender ceremony held at the police headquarters in Shillong on Monday afternoon, the last remaining eight members of the GNLA outfit handed over their weapons to the state home minister in the presence of Meghalaya Director General of Police, S B Singh and state Chief Secretary, Y Tsering and a host of top bureaucrats and officers of the force.
Itanagar, Mar 12 (PTI): Arunachal Pradesh Deputy Chief Minister Chowna Mein Monday presented the state Budget for the fiscal 2018-19, with a projected deficit of Rs 546 crore and a total outlay of Rs 19,261 crore. The Budget put thrust on seven key areas including education, skill development, health, governance reforms, IT and infrastructure, he said. “In the Budget, we are projecting a revenue receipt of Rs 17,590.30 crore and a capital receipt of Rs 1,671 crore... Our share of central taxes has been pegged at a level of Rs 10,798.47 crore as per the Union Budget 2018-19,” Mein, who also holds the finance portfolio, said. The minister said the state Budget also focuses on agrarian economy and empowerment of farmers. “The deputy commissioners have been given a huge responsibility for decentralised assistance to farmers. A large number of schemes have been launched to revitalise the agriculture and allied sectors, with a focus on agricultural entrepreneurship, farm credit, agriculture extension, marketing and providing qual-
ity planting materials,” he said. In order to augment the resources available for financing new interventions in the health and education sector, a 10 per cent cess on liquor would be imposed from April 1 this year, Mein said. The minister said regular talent hunts, focused mentoring of teachers and smart class room programs are some of the key features for the education sector in the Budget. The Budget proposed schemes in the health sector for providing support to patients suffering from renal diseases, where the state government has assured support of up to Rs 10 lakh per patient. “A district health society in each district has been mooted, under which funds would be placed for decentralised procurement of medicines, emergency repairs and replacement of dysfunctional equipments,” Deputy Chief Minister said. The minister said the Budget also proposed several initiatives for women empowerment including establishment of women helpline, women police stations, amendment of IPC for rape of minors and strengthening of Arunachal Pradesh Women Commission, among others.
PPA stalls Arunachal Assembly proceedings
The opposition Peoples’ Party of Arunachal (PPA) legislators Monday stalled the proceedings of the assembly demanding that the state government clarify its stand over the MoU signed for the smart classroom project. The PPA members led by their leader Takam Pario questioned the government as to how it could sign a MoU with Educational Consultants India Limited (EdCIL), a PSU under the Union HRD Ministry on March 10 last year, the same day when the budget was presented. The government had signed a MoU with EDCIL for undertaking ‘Smart Classroom’ project in 1500 schools in the state under the Chief Minister Adhunik Yojana. Pario, the Leader of Opposition along with senior party leaders Tanga Byaling and Nikh Kamin walked in to the well of the House and shouted slogans against the government alleging rampant corruption. This led to the adjournment of the house for 10 minutes by Speaker T Norbu Thongdok.
Manipur encounter killings: CLP passes resolution to send Citizenship applications by Chakmas SC asks SIT to expedite probe Mizoram Police to border and Hajongs not eligible: Minister Aizawl, Mar 12 (PTI): Mizoram Congress Legislature Party has passed a resolution to send state police personnel to occupy the land at Zophai area near the Mizoram-Assam border town of Bairabi where protestors from the state had clashed with Assam Police, a party leader said Monday. The meeting, which was chaired by Chief Minister and CLP leader Lal Thanhawla yesterday night, felt that the Mizo Zirlai Pawl (MZP) or Mizo Students Federation should be allowed to erect a guest house on the land belonging to the first Mizoram chief minister Ch Chhunga which was donated to the student organisation by his widow, he said. The CLP also felt that the state police personnel should be sent immediately to the disputed border area. The governments of Assam and Mizoram are engaged in a dialogue to resolve the border dispute. Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal held tele-
phonic discussions with his Mizoram counterpart Lal Thanhawla on Saturday. Mizoram police had alleged on Saturday that a Mizo student was injured in firing by the Assam police at Zopui in Kolasib district. Assam police denied the charge and claimed that the Mizoram students were pushed back when they tried to intrude into the state. The MZP leaders and activists have been camping in the area to construct a rest house at Zophai to be called ‘Zofate Chawlhbuk’ on the land belonging to Ch Chhunga. The administration of Hailakandi in Assam had clamped prohibitory orders under section 144 of CrPC on March 7 in certain pockets of the district apprehending encroachment attempts from the Mizoram side. The following day members of several organisations of Mizoram allegedly attempted to intrude into a disputed area of Hailakandi district of Assam and the police had stopped them.
Itanagar, Mar 12 (PTI): The Ar unachal Pradesh government has forwarded 1798 citizenship applications by Chakma and Hajong refugees to the foreigners division of the MHA along with the recommendation that the applicants are not eligible for grant of citizenship, its Home Minister Kumar Waii informed the assembly Monday. Responding to a supplementary question from BJP member Pani Taram during question hour asking what circumstances compelled the state government to forward the applications, Waii said that the recommendations were made before the state assembly adopted a resolution last year not to grant citizenship to Chakmas and Hajongs in the state. “The Supreme Court in an order of September 17, 2015 directed the Centre as well as the state government to finalise the conferment of citizenship rights on eligible Chakmas
and Hajongs. “Accordingly the citizenship applications were processed and the deputy commissioners of the affected districts carried the requisite exercise of verification and forwarded reports to the state government stating that none of the applicants satisfies all the conditions laid down under Section 5(1)(a) of the Citizenship Act of 1955,” he said. The state government had forwarded all the applications to the MHA, he
added. When senior BJP member C T Mein pointed out that more than 2000 Chakmas had illegally settled at Diyun Reserve forest and wanted to know the steps taken by the government to evict them and identify the illegal refugees in the state, Waii said that the government had already issued directives to all the respective deputy commissioners and action would be initiated after getting the reports from them.
ment and its police to make available the records of these cases to the SIT. Regarding the SIT’s submission about delay in getting response from the central forensic science laboratory (CFSL), the bench asked its director to expedite the process. Additional Solicitor General (ASG) Maninder Singh, who was appearing for the CBI, told the bench that progress has been made by the SIT in the ongoing probe in these cases. He said there was a problem regarding interpreters since there were various languages in Manipur and SIT officials were having difficulty in recording the statements of witnesses there. He said some policemen from Manipur were sent to interpret the language. However, the counsel appearing for Manipur told the bench that they would provide interpreters from general public, government departments other than police and universities to the SIT for carrying out the work.
SIT to complete the investigation with regard to cases of NHRC and file report under section 173 CrPC,” the bench said while making it clear that it does not mean that investigation in other cases would not be expedited. “We have asked the Joint Director of the SIT (who is in charge) to expedite the cases related to NHRC,” the bench said, adding “thereafter the SIT will look into the cases of judicial inquiries and high court followed by cases of the Justice Hegde commission and finally SIT will look into the commission of inquiry cases”. It also allowed CBI’s plea to add five more officers in the SIT to probe these cases and asked Manipur’s standing counsel to request the high court there to give the documents and records of the cases dealt with by it earlier to the SIT so that they could proceed with the investigation. The top court, which posted the matter for further hearing on April 16, asked the Manipur govern-
New Delhi, Mar 12 (PTI): The Supreme Court Monday provided a fourpoint blueprint to the CBI’s SIT and directed it to expedite the probe into alleged extra-judicial killings and fake encounters by the Army, Assam Rifles and police in Manipur which had come under the scanner of the NHRC, Gauhati High Court and some commissions of inquiry. The apex court said the special investigation team (SIT) should first complete the ongoing probe in 13 cases of the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC), followed by the matters related to judicial inquiry and those on which the high court had given its findings. Thereafter, the SIT should take up the matters which were earlier dealt with by the a commission headed by former Supreme Court judge Justice Santosh Hegde and then the matters relating to commissions of inquiry should be probed, a bench comprising Justices Madan B Lokur and U U Lalit said. “We require the
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ndia is at the cross road between vision and reality where the difference could be understood by the comparison between the ultra modern bullet train and traditional food grain. The focus on gaining momentum in the realm of technology is very much part of every country’s aspiration. However again, even if a military may be equipped with ultra modern weapons, no soldier can fight with an empty stomach. Therefore, food remains the undisputed number one for any country in the world. India is also a major producer of food grains especially pulses but while the government at the centre moves to upgrade its infrastructural facilities, its 95.8 million farmers who comprise of 8% of the total population of 120 crore are left struggling to in debt and poverty. There have been several hundred suicides by farmers in recent years. Also there have been many protest marches across India and also in Parliament about the plight of farmers. The pro-infra Modi government which is pushing for the bullet train last year, got a jolt then when tribals and farmers affiliated to 24 organisations across Maharashtra and Gujarat joined forces to oppose the Modi government’s projects such as the Delhi-Mumbai Industrial Corridor (DMIC), the freight corridor, Mumbai-Ahmedabad bullet train and the Mumbai-Vadodara expressway. Several factors have contributed to farmers’ woes but in short, despite agriculture production having gone up, plight of farmers has continued to worsen. It may be pointed out that there was plentiful harvest in 2016 and imports prices came down by 63 percent. That itself led to low demand in the market and further bringing down prices. Of course, the government shouldn’t have been unhappy since it served to show that prices of commodities have come down due to its policies. The other factor was acute shortage of cash because of demonetisation. In addition, farmers faced increased costs of manual labour due to short supply, as workers migrated to cities looking for other means of employment. The other factor was the dwindling agricultural lands which since 1951, has declined by 70 percent and likely to decline further. The rise in agricultural produce can be known by statistics that show growth to 4.1 per cent during 2016-17 as against 1.2 per cent in 2015-16 and 0.2 per cent in 2014-15. However as production of pulses in nearby countries shot up, it made more sense to traders to import them. Government support price also fell short to 20 per cent below the Minimum Support Price(MSP). All these led farmers to lose money and landed themselves in debt. The Modi government’s much hyped demonetisation was also another big contributor as farmers were unable to act in time due to unavailability of cash. That had also led many farmers to borrow money and only tightening the nose of distress on their necks. The basic problem across most of rural India is that despite the spread of irrigation - a sector plagued by unfinished projects and corruption - 52 percent of India’s farms still depend on the vagaries of rain, which is becoming increasingly uncertain in an era of climate change. This has also made many farmers lose crops that failed due to uncertain weather conditions. Thus, over emphasis on infrastructure will cause imbalance if agriculture farming is ignored.
DailyDevotion Total Surrender Peter began to say to Him, “See, we have left all and followed You.” —Mark 10:28 Our Lord replies to this statement of Peter by saying that this surrender is “for My sake and the gospel’s” (Mark 10:29). It was not for the purpose of what the disciples themselves would get out of it. Beware of surrender that is motivated by personal benefits that may result. For example, “I’m going to give myself to God because I want to be delivered from sin, because I want to be made holy.” Being delivered from sin and being made holy are the result of being right with God, but surrender resulting from this kind of thinking is certainly not the true nature of Christianity. Our motive for surrender should not be for any personal gain at all. We have become so self-centered that we go to God only for something from Him, and not for God Himself. It is like saying, “No, Lord, I don’t want you; I want myself. But I do want You to clean me and fill me with Your Holy Spirit. I want to be on display in Your showcase so I can say, ‘This is what God has done for me.’ ” Gaining heaven, being delivered from sin, and being made useful to God are things that should never even be a consideration in real surrender. Genuine total surrender is a personal sovereign preference for Jesus Christ Himself. Where does Jesus Christ figure in when we have a concern about our natural relationships? Most of us will desert Him with this excuse— “Yes, Lord, I heard you call me, but my family needs me and I have my own interests. I just can’t go any further” (see Luke 9:57-62). “Then,” Jesus says, “you ‘cannot be My disciple’ ” (see Luke 14:26-33). True surrender will always go beyond natural devotion. If we will only give up, God will surrender Himself to embrace all those around us and will meet their needs, which were created by our surrender. Beware of stopping anywhere short of total surrender to God. Most of us have only a vision of what this really means, but have never truly experienced it.
It is amazing what you can accomplish if you do not care who gets the credit. ~ Harry S Truman
s it possible to be vegan in a world which is now totally dependent on truly useless things made from animals? I asked myself this question when handed a toothpick on an airline meal. To think that a living, breathing, magnificent tree, lord of the rain, home to thousands of other beings, has been chopped to gouge out waste from my teeth, makes me very sick. Every vegetarian is careful about checking that their food does not contain any animal products. Some will not even eat in restaurants where meat is served. However, we fail to look at the other ways in which we are eating and using animal products in our daily lives. For instance, the company Vanras has100% vegetarian stamped below its plates (as against bone china plates made from bone)! Ever thought about checking a shampoo bottle for a ‘100% vegetarian’ stamp? Animal glands and organs are frequently found in daily-use products. These include endocrine glands, brains, livers, lungs, pituitary glands, pancreas, stomachs, kidneys, ovaries. Brains, nervous systems and spinal
cords are a source of cholesterol. These are used as emulsifiers in cosmetics and for the synthesis of vitamin D3. Duodenum substances, taken from the digestive tracts of cows and pigs, are added to vitamin tablets and some medicines. The ovaries of pregnant sows are a source of extracting progesterone and estrogen to treat reproduction related problems in women. Heparin, which is used to thin blood and delay clotting during surgery or transplants, is extracted from the liver, lungs and lining of the small intestines of pigs and cattle. Insulin, used for diabetes injections, is taken from the pancreas of pigs and cows. According to the Diabetes Forecast magazine more than two tonnes of pig pancreas were needed to extract eight ounces of purified insulin. Prednisone and cortisone are extracted from animal bile produced by the gall bladder. Ground liver from cows, pigs is mixed with acidified hot water and turned into liver extract which is used by the pharmaceutical industry as a source of Vitamin B 12 and a nutritional supplement. Glucogen, extracted
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The list is endless from the pancreas, is used to increase blood sugar in alcoholics. Melatonin, extracted from animal pineal glands, is being evaluated for the treatment of insomnia. Bile, from cattle and pigs, is sold either dry or in liquid form and is used for the treatment of indigestion, constipation and liver disorders. The list is endless. Adrenaline is made from the adrenal glands of pigs, cattle and sheep. Hyaluronic, acid used in cosmetics, comes from the fluids round animal joints. Even the perfume industry uses animal organs. Musk, which forms the essence of high end perfumes, is made from the musk pouch of the Himalayan Musk Deer. The deer is killed and the dried gland is cut into small pieces and soaked in alcohol. Castoreum is a paste that is taken from a
gland found between the pelvis and tail of a killed beaver. In perfumery, castoreum has been used as the leather scent, evocative of fine leather upholstery, or in classic leather-themed perfumes. So, when the upholstery of your new Mercedes smells of leather, it may be a dead beaver’s glands. The anal glands of the African civet cat give out a rich smelling secretion when it is beaten, so the animals are caged and brutalised for years by perfume manufacturers. These days civet paste from farmed animals in Ethiopia are imported into Europe and the United States, traditionally shipped in the horns of zebu cattle. Each dried horn holds about five hundred grams of paste, the amount one civet can produce over a period of about four years. In India, I caught the priests of Tirupati
temple holding civets illegally in cages , beating them to extract paste which was sold to devotees for Rs 500+ to put on the Devi. Ambergris comes from the digestive system of the sperm whale and is used as a fixative for perfumes. Though it is illegal, many whales are murdered for it. Many moisturisers contain cerebrosides and arachidonic acid. Cerebrosides are fatty acids and sugars found in the covering of nerves and brain tissue of animals. Arachidonic acid is found in the liver, brain, glands and fat, of animals and used in skin creams. Lecithin, from animal tissues, is used in lipsticks, eye creams, hand creams, lotions, soaps, shampoos and other cosmetics. Oleic Acid, taken from animal fats and oils, is used in the production of nail polish, soap, creams, lipsticks, permanent wave solutions and a number of skin products. You may have read/ heard the names keratin and provitamin B-5 in a number of shampoo and conditioner advertisements – both come from animals. Keratin is a protein that comes from the ground-up horns, hooves, feathers, quills and hair of
various animals. Oleyl alcohol is extracted from fish and used for softening fabrics and as a detergent, Shark liver oil, known as squalene, is used in lubricating cream, lotion, lip balm, sunscreen and hair dye. Collagen, taken from the cells of fish, is used in a number of anti-aging creams and masks. Even animal placenta is widely used to make skin creams, shampoos and face masks. Chitosan, extracted from shrimp and crabs, has a wide range of applications in the cosmetic and pharmaceutical industries as a preservative. Rennet, which is extracted from the inside of a goat, calf or sheep’s stomach, is used to make cheese. Lipase, from the tongue glands of calves, kids and lambs, is used for the same thing and in cosmetics. So is pepsin which comes from a pig’s stomach. Knowledge is needed before one can stop being a predator on this planet. When something is advertised as “natural sources” it usually means animal sources. To join the animal welfare movement contact email@example.com, www.peopleforanimalsindia.org
Post-mortem Social media in Indian democracy: Kaliyug dharma
fter ‘tech savvy’ it is the ‘social media savvy’ that has become synonymous with today’s generation. Social Media is the kaliyug dharma. Social Media is the major tool of democracy. Used positively will deliver positive results for the political parties - at elections and at other times too. There are IT wings today in every party that try to shape public opinion by peddling both truth and modified truth. There are lies and scare mongering too. Social media is playing a vital role in People’s mandate. Social media is comparatively a new form of communication around the world. This has rapidly grown in importance as a forum for political activism in its diverse forms. Social media platforms, such as Twitter, Facebook and YouTube provide new ways to stimulate citizen engagement in political life, where elections and electoral campaigns have a central role. Personal communication via social media brings political parties closer to their potential voters. The social media is now being widely used to communicate with people, gain support and mobilise the voters. Twitter has become the source for election news and traditional media is severely lagging behind. The idea that an election candidate can send a tweet to his voters and get response on the same day is revolutionary. Political parties are becoming tech savvy and realizing that social media is the only way to reach out to the youth. new media have changed the way that candidates and their campaigns interact with citizens, providing unprecedented opportunities for two-way dialogue and interaction. According to a 2014 Pew Research Centre survey, 16 percent of registered American voters used social media platforms like Face book and Twitter to get political information and follow election news during the 2014 U.S. midterm elections, more than doubling the number of registered voters who used social media for the same purpose in 2010. Additionally, more and more Americans are also using cell phones to follow political news, with 28 percent of registered voters having done so in 2014. As the number of internet users across world is climbing up, these strategies will become more effective in both predicting and influencing election results. If we take a look at the Indian context, the number of internet users in 2019 is projected to be over 520 million, over 50 percent of whom will be on Facebook. The penetration of smartphones is also projected to increase to 48 percent by 2019. As more Indians embrace social media platforms, it will be easier for campaign managers to customize and disseminate their messages to a well-segmented audience. As voters would be getting information not just from a party’s official accounts but also from enthusiastic supporters and volunteers, it would be difficult for them to verify the authenticity of claims. Short of arranging a coup or physically hacking the end result, the Big Data methods of social media manipuReader’s note: Articles
lation and engineering in adverse hands could come very close to dictating the outcome of the next general elections. This should be a true nightmare for any election commissioner. Reasons why social media is increasingly becoming important for the politics of our country: 1. Easy way to disseminate information to a large audience 2. Tool for citizen engagement by promoting a two-way communication – Many political parties use social media to invite suggestions for their election manifesto, take feedback from the people about their current performance etc. Thus, it ties the people with the political party by creates a sense of belongingness and involvement. 3. Increases transparency –The work of the political party is floated on the social media and real-time feedback from the citizens is encouraged. It also helps the party to communicate its goals and ideologies as well as give a detailed analysis about the amount of work that has been accomplished. It also encourages political candidates to speak more truth rather than selling rhetoric to the voters during their election speeches. 4. Voice of the marginalized people – The people who were marginalized earlier can now communicate their ideas to a big audience with considerable ease. This will set the platform for the formation of new political alternatives and greater options for the voters. This will also bring in more accountability to the veteran political parties as they can be shown the door if they don’t work. 5. Cost effective – Social media incurs low cost when compared to other modes likes print or electronic media for the communication of information. This opens the field for a large number of players to contest in the race who were earlier not able to compete due to a shortage of funds. Even though politicians for their campaign still use posters, cut-outs, fliers, graffiti and personal rally’s to reach and win over voters but with the social media changing the picture of urban India, political parties are becoming tech savvy and realizing that social media is the only way to reach out to the youth. These young politicians of India have adopted social media because they know that is where today’s youth is. These leaders believe in inclusive growth and have always encouraged the youth to participate in politics. We know that most of the voters are of between 18–45age group and the extent by which they are active on their social profile has seen a drastic increase in last few years. The partiality of main stream media and selective news publishing are one of the greatest reason for ‘why most of the people leaning towards web media in turn social media’. Nowadays surveys are being done on social channels to create election manifestos. Slowly Slowly every political representative are seen active and taking part in social debate. Prof Mithilesh Kumar Sinha, NU Lumami
Neolithic culture in Nagaland
races of Neolithic Culture are available in Nagaland, though no site has yet been discovered. In many places, celts are found on the surface of the ground. From the bank of a river in Mokokchung District, finelypolished celts have been collected and it is now preserved in the Nagaland State Museum. It is the belief of the Nagas that these stone celts are thunderbolts hurled from heaven for the purpose of causing lightning. The celts, found in Nagaland are mostly of two types - one is roughly triangular and small in size with its widest part at the working edge, while the other is much longer resembling a Naga adze. As regards a shoulder-headed celt, which has been found in this region, Mr. S. B. Peal in his “journal of the Asiatic Society of Bengal, 1896 writes, “When at Ledo and Titak, Naga Villages east of Makum, in February, 1895, with the Late Captain Otto E. Ehlers, I secured two small iron hoes, used by women and girls in weeding the hill paddy. They were full-seized implements, yet the blade measured only two inches square (in one case less), and the shoulder less than one inch. They are called, it seems “Rang Koi” or “Jan tok” and have handles of split cane a foot long, the cane being firmly bound round the shoulder. It is evident that the earlier forms of iron implements and weapons are based on that of their stone portotypes and it can be assumed that these ‘Rang Koi’ are symply the Kol Mon “Shoulderheaded Celt” made in iron and so, we can see not only the meaning of the peculiar “shoulder”. but it seems that the whole office of the complete implement is nothing but a miniature hoe. But this discovery has another dimension. It seems that Mr. J. R. Logan was correct when he assumed that, at a certain
point of time, the Mon-Anam races and their influence extended from the Vindyas all over the Ganga basin, even over Assam, the Northern border of the Ultra Indian Peninsula. Mr. Hall in his ‘A History of South East Asia’ has given a reference to the Mesolithic Culture of the Provinces of Bacson and Hoabinh in Tongking, named Bacsono-Hoabinhian. He writes, “There has been much speculation as to the possible connection of this culture with the Neolithic, which succeeded it. Von Heine Geldern, for instance, has ventured the theory, challenged by other scholars, that the Neolithic Oval-axe culture found in Northern Burma, among the Nagas of Assam, in Cambodia and in the Eastern Islands of the Archipelago, is connected with the use of a Plankbuilt canoe, and that both represent a development of mesolithic culture. Two other forms of celt come from the Neolothic period- the shouldered axe found in many places from the Ganges to Japan, but not South of a line drawn through the middle of the Malay Peninsula, and most widespread of all, the rectangular axe, found in the river valleys of the Hoang Ho, Yangtse, Mekong, Salween, Irrawaddy and Brahmaputra, as well as through out Indonesia. As it is found in it’s purest form on the Malay Peninsula and in middle and south Sumatra, this has been taken to have been the route, by which it reached Indonesia.” Of course, it is very difficult to conclude whether the present Nagas were the original settlers or not, because their tradition is very clear that by the time they came to Nagaland, they were fully equipped with iron artifacts. But, on the contrary, there is no evidence to prove that some other people were in possession of present Nagaland. In this respect, tradition is also silent.
The Burma Census Report (of 1911, P. 252) maintains that successive incursions of so called Tibeto-Burman people came from a region in Western China, between the sources of the YangtseKiang and Hoang-ho rivers. Basing on the information received from Dr. Berthold Lanfer, Mr. Marshall writes, “The early home of the peoples of Eastern Asia was in the upper reaches of the Hoangho or yellow River of China, and that from this Centre, the Tibetans moved Westward, the early tribes of Indo-China, Southward and the Chinese, South-eastward. According to this view, the progenitors of the keren probably formed a part of the Southward migration.” The Burma Census, (1911, P. 255) also asserts that the shans of Burma were gradually expelled from China, culminating with the conquest of Talifu by Kublai Khan in A.D. 1257. According to Dr. Grierson, “The shans are the latest Indo-Chinese immigrants into India, which would place the movement from which the Nagas came prior, atleast, to this date of A.D. 1257.” If we take all these aspects into consideration, we may draw the conclusion that, the original stock, which had started from the centre of dispersion in Sikiang Province first moved towards the West and after teaching the headwaters of the Irawaddi and Chindwin rivers, had their bifurcations in several directions. In the long run, they reached Tibet, Assam and the hill ranges between Assam and Burma. That branch, which came to the hill ranges moved further towards the west and centered Naga hills. Another wave came from the South East Islands, they took a North Westerly direction and entered Naga Hills through the corridor of Burma. Navojyoti Datta, Sema Tilla Colony Dimapur (Source: ‘A brief historical account of Nagaland’ by M. Alemchiba.)
Reader’s Post Sir,
We know our face of yesterday and today. Many of our brothers and sisters have ‘achieved’ degree and have sat back with certificates and no works. They have always opted for easy ways and yes, who does not want easy way. My heart cried when I saw some and many parents knocking officials’ doors to help their sons and daughters get jobs. It’s a shame to those youths who not only sin but also make these parents sin. Whole their life, they’ve troubled parents while studying and this trouble is just swiftly streaming on. Shame. It’s like, youths are paralysed. Or have never taken a walk. They have always survived driving smoothly on someone else’s shoulder, and today, they have failed to stand on their own feet. See and observe them, still they’ll boss around calling self intellectuals. Exam is near here. Seen Dreamz Unlimited ‘EXAM AND ME? I observe that we all are chained in something or the other in life’s journey. If we do away from one chain, the other will chain us again. It’s like, never ending. And I wonder if earth could provide solution to break away chains. But it’s not of earth’s thing. We know. But still there’s always a right way to deal and handle things. Many will opt for ‘smart study’ again. And these smart studies to most causes harm, as they only study for the sake of certificates and have no zeal, passion, or to say, smartness and right work of mind. They lack wisdom, the right knowledge. They have no jobs. And since right jobs are given to right individuals, who will give them jobs??? Jobs is about earning, They failed to earn their own names. I hope my brothers and sisters today are wise enough to understand what’s harming our land and make better things through corrections and improvements in our ways of thinking and working. I feel, if we see something wrong, we ought to correct it. One change matters a lot. #strive for excellence. Vini H Aye, 6th semester, Tetso College, Dimapur
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Jaitley silent on PNB scam to protect daughter: Rahul Gandhi
NEW DELHI, MARCH 12 (IANS): Cong ress President Rahul Gandhi on Monday alleged that Finance Minister Arun Jaitley was silent on the Rs 12,600 crore PNB fraud case to “protect his lawyer daughter” and asked why her firm was not “raided”. “It’s now revealed that our Finance Minister’s silence on the PNB (Punjab National Bank) scam was to protect his lawyer daughter, who was paid a large retainer by the accused just a month before the scam became public. When other law firms of the accused have been raided by the CBI (Central Bureau of Investigation), why not hers?” Gandhi said in a tweet. The Congress President also attached a tweet of the news website “The Wire” reading “You know you’re doing something right when the ruling dispensation tries to rebut
a story that has not even been published yet”. The Wire said on its site that it was investigating a lead and had sent a questionnaire to the law firm owned by Jaitley’s daughter and son-in-law, Jaiyesh Bakhshi. In his reply, Bakhshi confirmed that the retainership had beeb received in December 2017 but this was returned in January 2018. “We state that in December 2017, Chambers of Jaitley & Bakhshi were approached by M/s Geetanjali Gems Limited with a request for a retainer to represent them in their litigation and advisory mat-
ters...However, before any legal work could be sent to us, a news item appeared in the media with regard to their involvement in a banking scam. We therefore felt it appropriate to unilaterally cancel their engagement and return their retainer,” Bakhshi told The Wire. The Wire, according to its Founder-Editor M.K. Venu, did not find the story worth publishing. But, he said a “BJP-leaning website,” wrote about this claiming The Wire was planning to do such a story to “ensnare” Jaitley. Gandhi in his tweet about “other law firms” was referring to the searches carried out by the CBI at the Mumbai offices of Cyril Amarchand Mangaldas -- a leading law firm which was reportedly hired by the key accused Nirav Modi around a month before the scam broke in mid-February. The CBI examined the documents provided by
the firm pertaining to the diamond jeweller Nirav Modi-related mandate, which the company later reportedly terminated after the scam erupted on February 14. Nirav Modi, along with his uncle Mehul Choksi of the Gitanjali Group, has been accused of defrauding the PNB of Rs 12,600 crore. The CBI had filed the first FIR in the scam on February 14 against Nirav Modi, his wife Ami, brother Nishal, Choksi and his firms Diamond R US, Solar Exports and Stellar Diamond. Modi, his family and Choksi had left the country in early January. Till date, the Enforcement Directorate (ED) has carried out searches at over 198 locations across the country and seized properties worth nearly Rs 6,000 crore, while the CBI has arrested at least 19 persons in the case so far.
AAP MP moves Private Member’s Bill to stop sealing NEW DELHI, MARCH 12 (IANS): Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) Rajya Sabha member Sanjay Singh said he submitted a Private Members Bill on Monday to put an end to the sealing drive in the city. “Today I have moved a Private Member’s bill. Since independence, only 14 Private Member bills have been accepted as far as I know,” Singh told the media. He urged all political parties to come together to pass the bill to end the sealing of shops and businesses operating from residential premises in the national capital. Singh said the sealing drive had caused enormous difficulties for the traders and their families. The MP alleged that traders were being beaten up in the name of sealing. “AAP has been saying from the beginning that the sealing can be stopped only by a bill or by an ordinance if Parliament is not in session,” he added.
Jaitley files nomination papers for RS polls LUCKNOW, MARCH 12 (IANS): Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on Monday filed his nomination papers for the biennial polls for 10 Rajya Sabha seats from the state, officials said. Accompanied by senior Uttar Pradesh Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leaders and ministers in the state cabinet, Jaitley filed the nomination papers in the central hall of the state assembly building. The Bharatiya Janata Arun Jaitley files his nomination papers for the Rajya Sabha Party (BJP) has named election at UP Assembly in Lucknow on Monday. (PTI)
Jaitley and seven others for the eight seats it is sure to win based on its strength (324 with allies) in the state assembly. The others include Sakaldeep Rajbhar, Kanta Kardam, Anil Jain, G.V.L. Narsimha Rao, Ashok Bajpayi, Vijay Pal Singh Tomar and Harnath Singh Yadav. Monday is the last day for nominations. Speculation is rife that the BJP might name a ninth candidate as well by the time the nomination
process closes later in the day. The BJP has 28 extra votes and needs 37 to get its ninth candidate cruise through. It is already learnt to have won over four independents in the state assembly leaving it with just a few more votes needed for its 9th candidate. BJP strategists are eyeing disgruntled elements in the Samajwadi party (SP) and Bahujan Samaj Party (BJP) along with the Congress in order to facilitate its ninth candidate to win.
13-day jail for Karti in INX Media case; no special cell for him in Tihar NEW DELHI, MAR 12 (PTI): Karti Chidambaram was today sent to 13-day judicial custody in the INX Media corruption case by a Delhi court which also dismissed his plea to provide him a separate cell in Tihar Jail due to his threat perception. The court dismissed his appeal for an urgent hearing on his bail plea as also his threat perception as his father P Chidambaram who, as a union minister in the previous UPA government, had handled several sensitive issues. Karti was produced on expiry of his three-day police remand before special judge Sunil Rana who sent him to Tihar Jail, after the CBI, in whose custody he was quizzed continuously for 12 days since his arrest on February 28 from Chennai, said he was no longer required for further custodial interrogation. “In view of the fact that no more police custody remand of accused is sought by CBI, accused Karti Chidambaram is remanded to judicial custody. He be produced on March 24,” the special judge said. The court, which refused Karti’s plea for a separate cell in the jail in view of threat perception as during his father’s tenure as Union Home Minister several terrorists were kept in Tihar jail, said the social status of the Chidambaram family cannot be ignored but he cannot be treated differently from the other accused persons. “The apprehension raised by the senior counsel for accused cannot be ignored keeping in view the social status of accused and his family, more specifically, his father, who is a
former union minister. “However, only keeping in view the fact of social status of accused and his father, he cannot be treated different from other accused persons and cannot be allowed to be kept in separate prison. However, lock up in-charge and jail superintendent are directed to provide and ensure proper security and safety to accused during judicial custody, as per rules,” the court said. The court noted the submission of Kar ti’s counsel that he was the son of former union finance and home minister P Chidambaram, currently a member of Rajya Sabha who had dealt with various stringent penal laws such as TADA, MCOCA, UAPA and NDPS. It also noted the submission that various undertrials facing prosecution under these laws are lodged in Tihar Jail, where Karti will also be lodged in judicial custody and hence a grave threat to the safety and security of the accused in judicial custody was apprehended. The court allowed Karti to carry spectacles and medicines as
per prescription subject to examination and approval by the jail doctor, but denied his request to carry toiletries, books, clothes and home food. It also said his bail plea would be heard on March 15 as scheduled. “The hearing of the bail application of accused (Karti) was earlier raised before this court on March 9, (when) the CBI had sought time to file reply to the bail application and in the presence of the counsel for accused, the bail application was put up for consideration on March 15 with the direction to the CBI to supple advance copy to defence. “Since the bail application is already fixed for filing of reply/consideration on March 15, the present application is dismissed,” the court said. Meanwhile, Karti’s chartered accountant S Bhaskararaman, who is currently in jail in a case filed by the Enforcement Directorate (ED), has moved the court for anticipatory bail in the CBI case of INX Media. The court is likely to take up Bhaskararaman’s plea later today.
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Three militants killed in Kashmir gunfight: Police SRINAGAR, MARCH 12 (IANS): Three militants were killed early Monday in a gunfight with the security forces in Jammu and Kashmir’s Anantnag district, police said. “Pursuing credible leads on the presence of militants, security forces started search operation in the Hakoora area of Anantnag district in the wee hours of Monday morning. “While the searches were going on, hiding millitants fired upon the search party. The fire was retaliated by the security forces ensuing an encounter,” a police statement said. The three militants killed in the gunfight were identified as Eesa Fazli of Srinagar, Syed Owais and Sabzar Ahmad Sofi, both belonging to Anantnag district. The police has recovered arms and ammunition including AK 47 rifles, pistols, hand grenades from the encounter site. No collateral damage was reported. K Y M C
appointed to record the video. The transport department also apprised the high court that the video of driving tests would be uploaded on its website. Noting the submissions, the court said the step would bring in more transparency in the entire mechanism and would go a long way in allaying apprehensions of corruption. It directed the Delhi government to file a compliance status report in eight weeks and posted the matter for next hearing on May 22. The government
had earlier told the high court that it has taken steps to control the issuance of fake licences and has also revoked the licences which were improperly granted. The transport department had displayed the list of such revoked licences on its website and has taken steps to ensure compliance of provisions of the Motor Vehicle Act, it said. The high court was hearing a PIL filed by activist Pawan Kumar, who has alleged that some corrupt officials of the state transport department were
issuing driving licences to untrained and unskilled people after taking hefty bribes. There has been a spike in number of road accidents leading to death of innocent persons due to issuance of direct heavy transport vehicle driving licences to unskilled persons, the plea had said. The petitioner had contended that this practice has been going on since 1997 and sought a CBI probe into it so that erring officials can be dealt with in accordance with law.
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units from 255,470 units sold during the corresponding period in 2017. According to the data, the sales of overall commercial vehicles -- the segment which is a key indicator of economic activity -- increased by 31.13 per cent to 87,777 units during the month under review. In another major segment -- three-wheelers, sales surged by 76.67 per cent to 62,463 units in February. In addition, overall sales of two-wheelers, which include scooters, motorcycles and mopeds, climbed 23.77 per cent to 1,685,814 units. The data disclosed that the Indian automobile sector reported an increase of 22.77 per cent during February 2018 -- with total sales at 2,111,383 units across segments and categories.
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Mumbai, Mar 12 (PTI): India is set to outpace China in enterprise application software spending growth with a 19.8 per cent rise this year, compared with 18.9 per cent in China, says a report. However, in absolute terms, the total spending in India is projected to reach USD 2.5 billion, while that of China is expected to be higher at USD 5.1 billion, Gartner said in its report today. “China’s and India’s enterprise application software spending has grown at double-digit rates historically, and they will continue to be hot spots,” said Keith Guttridge, research director, Garner. According to the report, to be competitive in India and China, technology business unit leaders in technology providers must
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New Delhi, Mar 12 (IANS): Sales of domestic passenger cars inched up by 3.70 per cent in February, an industry data showed on Monday. Data from the Society of Indian Automobile Manufacturers (SIAM) showed that 179,122 passenger cars were sold in February as compared to 172,737 in the corresponding month of 2017. The off-take of other sub-segments of passenger vehicle category such as utility vehicles rose by 21.82 per cent during the month to 80,254 units, whereas sales of vans declined by 5.36 per cent to 15,953 units. The SIAM data revealed the overall domestic passenger vehicle sales edged higher by 7.77 per cent in February to 275,329
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NEW DELHI, Mar 12 (Agencies): Inflation based on consumer price index (CPI), or retail inflation as it is better known, eased to 4.40 per cent for the month of February, government data showed on Monday. Retail inflation, which is an indicator of price rise has cooled down to a fourmonth low, since it was recorded at 4.88 per cent in November 2017. The inflation rate is in below expectations as a Reuters survey of 30 economists had predicted it to come at 4.80 per cent. In another data released by the government, the industrial production for the month of January came at 7.5 per cent, up from 7.1 per cent in December.
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and VAT. As per the data with revenue authorities, Rs 16,965 crore worth IGST refund claims have been filed with Customs systems for July-January period. About Rs 4,815 crore has been sanctioned as refunds, out of the Rs 9,760 crore worth eligible claims. AMRG & Associates Partner Rajat Mohan said beginning of data analytics mean that the government will soon begin to identify tax evaders. “I feel authorities could unearth rampant tax evasion by importers of luxury products or mobile phones wherein goods could have been imported at considerably low values and postimport such products are sold in black market without payment of taxes. Government coping with low collections, would use the data analytics to attack tax evaders,” Mohan said. As per a finance ministry reply to the Lok Sabha, GST mop up was Rs 93,590 crore in July, Rs 93,029 crore in August, Rs 95,132 crore in September and Rs 85,931 crore in October.
in the QTS, which is being viewed as an early sign of recovery, especially for the organised players gaining market share,” he said. New launches also dropped to 10.8 million sq ft, against 18.7 million sq ft with the developers focusing more on the execution of the ongoing projects, said Jain. Further, Icra said that there has been a cautious approach towards new launches, given the muted demand over the last few years. The report revealed that there has been a 3 per cent decline in collections at Rs 9,456 crore in the April to December period last year, compared with Rs 9,735 crore over the same period a year ago. Jain attributed the moderation in collections partly to the impact of the Real Estate Regulation and Development Act (RERA) implementation during the year, wherein finalisation of sale agreements and collections from new sales saw disruptions in some states. “Moreover, in the backdrop of muted demand, we believe the developers have been pushing sales through various marketing schemes like possession-linked plans, subvention, among others,” he said.
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but not claiming credit or setting it off from final GST paid by consumers. The GST Council, the top decision-making body of the new indirect tax regime, had discussed the tax evasion at its meeting on Saturday. Sources said it has directed further analysis of the data to zero-in on the chain leading to evasions and initiation of adequate action thereof. With monthly revenues under the Goods and Services Tax (GST) going down, preliminary data analysis showed that over 73,000 taxpayers are paying IGST of nearly Rs 30,000 crore but are not claiming refund for the same. Data of IGST and cess paid on import of goods at customs port show that over 33,000 taxpayers have claimed over Rs 10,000 crore in excess of payment. Sources said the department is using risk based parameters identify potential evaders, with eye on proprietor and partnership firms. Rolled out from July 1, 2017, GST has subsumed over a dozen local taxes including excise, service tax
Mumbai, Mar 12 (PTI): In what can be seen as a possible recovery in the housing market, sales improved by 29.3 per cent year-on-year during the April to December period last year, while the time taken to clear the inventory went down to 12 quarters, says a report. Real estate companies sold 17.26 million sq ft during the nine months, against 13.35 million sq ft in the year-ago period, according to rating agency Icra, which considered a sample size of 11 listed entities. The quarter-to-sell (QTS) or the time required to sell the available inventory decreased to 12 quarters, compared with 14 at the end of March 2017, primarily driven by a healthy pick-up in sales velocity, it said. The value of the area booked during the nine months also rose to Rs 11,651 crore, from Rs 9,205 crore in April-December 2016. According to Shubham Jain, vice president and sector head, Icra, the real estate sector, especially the large listed players, appears to be at the cusp of a possible recovery with the QTS improving. “The pick-up in demand, coupled with the limited new launches, has resulted in an improvement
Retail inflation eases to 4-month low of 4.40%
New Delhi, Mar 12 (PTI): Less than nine months into the GST regime, revenue authorities have detected rampant tax evasion through black market and under-valuing of imports. Big data analytics by the authorities has revealed that although importers are paying GST, they are supplying the goods without bill, sources said. Importers typically pay integrated goods and services tax or IGST on goods they bring into the country. This tax is supposed to be set-off against the actual GST paid by the final consumer, or claimed as refund. According to the results of the analysis, importers including bigger companies are paying IGST on imports but not claiming credit for the same. This essentially means that the supply of imported goods to domestic channels is being done without a bill, the sources said. A similar situation has been witnessed on cess charged on luxury and sin goods with companies paying it at the time of imports
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EU extends Russia sanctions B RU S S E L S, M A R 1 2 (AGENCIES): The European Union on Monday said it had extended sanctions against Russia, imposed over the annexation of Crimea and supporting rebels in eastern Ukraine, for another six months, reports Reuters. The sanctions, including travel restrictions and asset freezes against 150 people and 38 companies, would be extended until Sept. 15, the European Council said. “An assessment of the situation did not justify a change in the sanctions regime,” the Council said in a statement. After annexing Crimea in 2014, in a move that has not been recognized internationally, Russia said it would not return the region. The EU and other Western countries say Russia has also been providing a lifeline to separatists in eastern Ukraine, where a conflict has killed more than 10,000 people since 2014.
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first laureate to die in captivity since the Nazis ruled Germany. Kristoff was far from the only one to get it wrong: many journalists, politicians and analysts in China and abroad had high expectations for the leader who had come of age in the Cultural Revolution and sent his daughter to Harvard. But “Xi the reformer was as much a chimera as Hu (Jintao) the reformer or Deng (Xiaoping) the reformer,” Kerry Brown, director of the Lau China Institute at King’s College London, told AFP, referring to China’s past leadership. “A construct of our imaginations that was nev-
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When Xi became Communist Party chief in 2012, China’s future looked quite different: social media had vastly increased the room for public debate, the economy was liberalising, lawyers were fighting back against government abuses of power, and the southern village of Wukan had forced authorities to allow a democratic election. In the years since, there has been a dramatic aboutface: China’s internet, its private businesses, its human rights defenders, and Wukan have all been crushed in Xi’s tightening grip on power. “There was a lot of wishful thinking and there
Japan govt altered documents in scandal linked to Abe’s wife
PARIS, MAR 12 (IANS): Marine Le Pen, the leader of France’s far-right National Front, wants to rename the party after her failed bid for President last year, the media reported on Monday. Le Pen made the announcement during her keynote speech on Sunday at the party’s congress in the northern French town of Lille, reports CNN. She proposed that the party be renamed “Le Rassemblement National” or “National Rally”, in an attempt to broaden its appeal. Party members will vote to approve the name change by postal ballot in the coming weeks. The National Front also voted to re-elect Le Pen as its leader and to sever all ties with her father, JeanMarie Le Pen, who founded it in 1972. Le Pen took over from her father as head of the party in 2011, in an attempt to cleanse its racist and anti-Semitic image. Ironically, the new name she has proposed is similar to the name of a fascist political party called “Le Rassemblement National Populaire”, or “National Popular Rally,” which existed between 1941 and 1944 and was one of the main components of the Vichy regime that collaborated with the Nazis, CNN reported.
surfaced a year ago, has smoldered despite a major election victory by Abe in July as opposition lawmakers continued to scrutinize the case. It erupted again in recent weeks after a major newspaper reported that it found evidence the ministry had altered records after the scandal broke. Finance Minister Taro Aso said the investigation found 14 altered documents. The changes were made from February to April last year at the instruction of the Financial Bureau, the ministry department in charge of state property transactions, mostly at its regional unit in Osaka, Aso said. He said the documents were falsified to match explanations that an official in charge of the land deal, Nobuhisa Sagawa, provided to parliament in response to opposition lawmakers’ questions. Sagawa later was promoted to National Tax Agency chief in what critics alleged was a reward for stonewalling the questioning. He resigned last Friday to take responsibility for his replies, and another official linked to the scandal reportedly killed himself. Sagawa also acknowledged destroying documents.
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TOKYO, MAR 12 (AGENCIES): Japan’s Finance Ministry acknowledged Monday that it doctored documents in a widening scandal linked to Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s wife that has rattled his government and caused its support ratings to slide, reports AP. Abe quickly apologized Monday on behalf of ministry officials but did not mention his wife or her suspected role in the scandal. “People are looking critically at the developments, and I take it seriously,” he said, promising to pursue a thorough investigation into what caused the
problem. The altered documents relate to the 2016 sale of state land to school operator Moritomo Gakuen in Osaka at one-seventh of the appraised value with the alleged involvement of first lady Akie Abe, who supported the school’s ultra-nationalistic education policy. An investigation by the ministry showed there had been contacts from Akie Abe and several conservative lawmakers over the school plan, but it was not clear whether they violated any law. The scandal, which
230 arrested over clashes in Lanka Bangladesh ex-PM gets bail in graft case COLOMBO, MAR 12 (IANS): Over 230 people have been arrested over the communal clashes in Sri Lanka’s Kandy district, including those who were caught for spreading hate speech on social media platforms, police said on Monday. A police official told Xinhua news agency that while the situation in Kandy had returned to normal, tight security would remain for a few more days across the district to maintain law and order. He said further arrests were expected over the next few days and a special desk had been set up at the police headquarters for the public to lodge complaints about violent incidents. Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe visited Kandy over the weekend to meet the victims affected by the violence and assessed the extent of dam-
ages. He promised the government would pay full compensation for those whose businesses, homes, mosques and temples had been destroyed in the clash. The Prime Minister also said the clashes had created new challenges for the government at the local and international levels and it was a blow to the country’s tourism and economy. “We have been expecting a boom in the tourism industry but in the wake of disturbances in Kandy we don’t know whether we can achieve it as expected.” Wickremesinghe was informed that nearly 465 houses, business establishments and vehicles were destroyed and damaged in the violence. Many mosques and temples were also destroyed. Wickremesinghe said
Will make no concessions for Norht Korea talks: CIA chief WASHINGTON, MAR 12 (PTI): America will make no concessions to North Korean leader Kim Jong Un for his talks with President Donald Trump over the reclusive nation’s nuclear programme, CIA Director Mike Pompeo has said and insisted that Pyongyang was buckling under the pressure of US-led international sanctions. Amid suggestions the US president is entering the potentially risky talks without properly considering the potential consequences, Pompeo said Trump understood the dangers. Pompeo’s remarks came days after Trump agreed to accept an invitation from the North Korean leader to meet by May after months of escalating tensions over Pyongyang’s advancing nuclear and missile programmes. “Never before have we had the North Koreans in a position where their economy was at such risk, and where their leadership was under such pressure that they would begin conversations on the terms that Kim Jong Un has conceded to,” Pompeo told Fox News. “Make no mistake: while these negotiations are going on, there will be no concessions made,” he said. “This first meeting
was a lot of complacency that the West was such a light on a hill,” said David Kelly, director of research at Beijing-based consultancy China Policy. But the thinking was different in Beijing: “after the Great Financial Crisis... China could say it was the last man standing and the West had demonstrated a failure of its institutions.” When Xi took office, he may have been forced to accept some compromises to his authoritarian vision “because he had not yet consolidated his assets,” Kelly said. At the time, Xi seemed to be respecting the norms of leadership transition, said Daniel Piccuta, a retired US diplomat and political affairs consultant who was once a top US embassy official in Beijing. “Back then, I had little reason to predict Xi’s successful attempt to ‘adjust’ the timing on the next orderly transition of leadership.” Few in China saw Xi coming either. W h e n h e wa s a p pointed party secretary of Shanghai in 2007, he was a “compromise candidate” who the party’s elders hoped to “co-opt”, according to a US embassy analysis written at the time.
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is between Trump and the leader of North Korea, the two people who are the decision-makers, who will ultimately decide what arrangements are acceptable,” Pompeo said. Po m p e o s a i d t h a t Trump “isn’t doing this for theater.” “He’s going to solve a problem,” Pompeo said. He also insisted that Kim be prepared to talk about “complete, verifiable, irreversible denuclearization” if the meeting is to be held. CIA, he said has an important role to play in this and keep the president well informed. “The CIA has an important role as these conversations take place. We need to make sure that we can inform the president of the history of deceit of this
regime, where they have committed to things in the agreed framework and that subsequently, we need to make sure that we go into this discussion understanding those risks,” he said. “The nature of Kim Jong-un himself, he’s still a very young leader, but clearly in charge of his country. Those are the kinds of things that we can share publicly about him and Trump is now committed to having at least a first conversation,” Pompeo said in response to a question. Trump would be the first sitting US president to meet with a North Korean leader. “The location of the meeting will determine the exact timing of the meeting. The president and the team will figure out. But what’s most important is what’s discussed and the clarity and the strength and resolve of this president and this administration to achieve the outcomes that America so desperately deserves,” the CIA director said. Kim’s desire for a meeting with Trump was made public on Thursday, amid North Korea’s continued testing of a nuclear warhead and ballistic missiles, which has resulted in heated exchanges between the world leaders.
“an organised group was behind the communal clashes in Kandy” and the police had already received vital information about it. Over the weekend, President Maithripala Sirisena appointed a threemember committee to investigate the violence. Meanwhile, all government-run schools which had remained closed in the Kandy district since the clashes erupted on March 4 re-opened.
DHAKA, MAR 12 (AGENCIES): A Bangladeshi court granted bail on Monday to former Prime Minister Khaleda Zia, who was jailed last month for five years for graft, raising a chance her party might take part in a December general election, reports Reuters. Zia is a two-term prime Khaleda Zia minister whose bitter rivalry with Prime Minister Sheikh the run-up to a December Hasina has defined Bangla- election with Zia’s Bangladesh Nationalist Party deshi politics for years. Their feud hangs over
(BNP) vowing to boycott the polls in a protest against what it has said was Zia’s unfair jailing on trumped up charges. “The High Court granted her bail for four months,” Moudud Ahmed, a lawyer in the case and also a senior leader of Zia’s party, told reporters after the court ruling. The decision to release Zia on bail could open the door to her party’s participa-
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tion in the general election, party secretary-general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir told Reuters. “We cannot say just now. Let our chief come out and then we will sit with her and we’ll discuss it,” Alamgir said. “We are always in favor of elections, but there must be a congenial atmosphere.” It was not immediately clear when Zia would be released from detention.
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B E I J I N G, M A R 1 2 (AGENCIES): China’s Xi Jinping strode onto the leadership stage in 2012 to sunny predictions that he would usher in a new era of political reform. But after a stunning power grab, all bets are off. His path surprised allies and adversaries alike, culminating in Sunday’s historic vote by the Chinese parliament to abolish presidential term limits, reports AFP. Few had expected that the leader -- whose own family suffered under the chaotic rule of Mao Zedong -- would one day overthrow the system of orderly succession put in place to prevent the return of another all-powerful strongman. Quite the opposite: in a 2013 op-ed in the New York Times, journalist Nicholas Kristof wrote Xi would “spearhead a resurgence of economic reform, and probably some political easing as well.” “Mao’s body will be hauled out of Tiananmen... and Liu Xiaobo, the Nobel Peace Prize-winning writer, will be released from prison.” But Mao’s embalmed body is still there, while last year Liu became the
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Applications are invited for walk in interview for Guest Faculty in Community College, Nagaland University, Dimapur for a period of four months. The interview is scheduled on 20.03.2018 in the ofﬁce chamber of the Dean, SET, D.C Court Junction, Dimapur - 797112 as per the details mentioned below :Sl. No.
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I, Mr. Hongkai Phom permanent resident of Hukphang Village and presently residing at Bahok ward Longleng Town, District of Longleng State, Nagaland, do hereby solemnly affirm on oath and declare as follows : 1. That, I am a citizen of India by birth and resident of the above mentioned address. 2. That, in all my documents my name has been recorded and reflected as Hongkai Phom WHEREAS due to ignorance and clerical mistake my name has been entered and recorded M. Hongkai Phom in SBI account. 3. That, this affidavit is made to declare that the name Hongkai Phom and M. Hongkai Phom refers to same and one person only that is me Hongkai Phom. 4. That, this affidavit is made to declare that when the name Hongkai Phom and M. Hongkai Phom appears it should be read corrected and understood Hongkai Phom. 5. That, the statements made in para 1 to 4 are true and correct to the best of my knowledge and belief and nothing immaterial has been made or concealed therein. And I sign this affidavit on this the 20th day of Jan. 2018 at Longleng, Nagaland. Solemnly sworn in and declare before me by the above named deponent on this the 20th day of Jan. 2018 at Longleng, Nagaland. Deponent Sworn before me by the deponent. 1st Class Magistrate Longleng : Nagaland DP-1991
"ATTENTION TO LAND OWNERS OF OLD SHOWUBA VILLAGE"
Renewal and replacement of Provisional Land Patta issued by the Village Council shall commence from 15th March 2018 onwards. Yearly due for non-resident landowners shall be Rs. 1000/- cemetery subscription Rs. 1000/- (one time) and replacement Patta (Booklet form) fee Rs. 100/- New registration and new patta/ mutation Rs. 3000/- the pattadars are to produce two copies of recent passport photograph. Time - 8 am to 10 am on Saturdays only. DP-1989
In pursuance of Nagaland Public Service Commission Advertisement NO.NPSC-1/2017 dt. 27.07.2017 and Notification NO.NPSC/EXAM-6/69 (VOL-II) dt. 20.11.2017, the Commission conducted recruitment examination for Stenographer in the various grades. On the basis of the marks obtained in the examination, the following candidates are recommended for appointment to the posts as indicated below: Item No. 2 :- 2 (Two) posts of Stenographer Grade-III (Class-III Non-Gazetted) under Home Department, Secretariat Administrative Branch (A), Nagaland, Kohima. Rank
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Scientists may successfully Blood pressure app rivals arm cuff’s accuracy reverse muscle loss in old age S
new app measures blood pressure with accuracy that may rival arm cuff devices. The new technology, detailed in a paper in the journal Science Translational Medicine, also includes discovery of a more convenient measurement point. “We targeted a different artery, the transverse palmer arch artery at the fingertip, to give us better control of the measure-
ment,” says lead author Anand Chandrasekhar, electrical and computer engineering doctoral student at Michigan State University. “We were excited when we validated this location. Being able to use your fingertip makes our approach much easier and more accessible.” The approach uses two sensors: an optical sensor on top of a force sensor. The sensor unit and other circuitry are housed
in a 1 centimeter-thick case attached to the back of the phone. Users turn on the app and press their fingertip against the sensor unit. With their finger on the unit, they hold their phone at heart level and watch their smartphone screen to make sure they’re applying the correct amount of finger pressure. “A key point was to see if users could properly apply the finger pressure over time, which lasts
Decoded - What makes you a social networking addict
ver wondered what makes you use social media so much? Blame the interaction of your personality traits, as researchers have found that it can impact the likelihood of developing an addiction to social networking. The study findings suggested that personality traits in particular -- neuroticism, conscientiousness and agreeableness -- were related to social network addiction. “There has been plenty of research on how the
interaction of certain personality traits affects addiction to things like alcohol and drugs,” said co-author Isaac Vaghefi, Assistant Professor of Information Systems at Binghamton University-State University of New York. For the study, presented at the 51st Hawaii International Conference on Systems Science, researchers collected self-reported data from nearly 300 college-aged students. The researchers found that these three personal-
ity traits -- neuroticism, conscientiousness and agreeableness -- are part of the five-factor personality model, a well-established framework used to theoretically understand the human personality. They also found that the two other traits in the model -- extraversion and openness to experience -- did not play much of a role in the likelihood of developing a social network addiction. According to the researchers, neuroticism -- the extent to which people experience negative emotions such as stress and anxiety -- seemed to increase the likelihood of developing an addiction to social network sites. On the other hand, higher amounts of conscientiousness -- having impulse control and the drive to achieve specific goals -- seemed to decrease the likelihood of developing a social network addiction. (IANS)
as long as an arm cuff measurement,” says senior author Ramakrishna Mukkamala, electrical and computer engineering professor. “We were pleased to see that 90 percent of the people trying it were able to do it easily after just one or two practice tries.” Internationally, thes device could be a gamechanger, researchers say. While high blood pressure is treatable with lifestyle
changes and medication, only around 20 percent of people with hypertension have their condition under control. The new invention gives patients a convenient option, and keeping a log of daily measurements would produce an accurate average, discounting an occasional measurement anomaly, Mukkamala says. The research team will continue to improve accuracy and hopes to pursue more comprehensive testing based on the standard protocol of the Association for the Advancement of Medical Instrumentation. The scientists are already making inroads to build improved hardware. Future iterations could be as thin as 1 millimeter and be part of a standard protective phone case. Other researchers from Michigan State and from the University of Maryland contributed to the work. The National Institutes of Health and MSU supported the study. (Source: Michigan State University)
cientists have found why people experience muscle loss in old age, an advance that may pave the way for reversing the condition in the future. As people grow older, their leg muscles become progressively smaller and weaker, leading to frailty and disability. While this process inevitably affects everyone living long enough, until now the process has not been understood. The research, published in the Journal of Physiology, suggests that muscle wasting follows on from changes in the nervous system. Re s e a r c h e r s f r o m Manchester Metropolitan University and The University of Manchester in the UK and University of Waterloo in Canada used MRI to gain a detailed look at the muscle tissue. By the age of 75, individuals typically have around 30 to 50 per cent fewer nerves controlling their legs. This leaves parts of their muscles disconnected from the nervous system, making them functionally useless and so they waste away. However, healthy muscles have a form
of protection, in that surviving nerves can send out new branches to rescue some, but not all, of the detached muscle fibres. This protective mechanism is most successful in older adults with large, healthy muscles. When the internal protective mechanism is not successful and nerves are unable to send out new branches, it can result in extensive muscle loss. This can result in a condition called sarcopenia, which affects an estimated 10 to 20 per cent of people aged over 65 years. Researchers used enhanced electromyography to record the electrical activity passing through the muscle to estimate the numbers and
the size of surviving nerves available to rescue muscle fibres. While they do not yet understand why the connections between muscles and nerves remain healthy in some people and not in others, the new knowledge could be used to delay old-age weakness by either slowing the decline or by increasing the success of nerve branching to rescue detached muscle fibres. “Our challenge now is to find ways to increase the success of nerve branching to rescue detached muscle fibres and thereby reduce the numbers of older people in our neighbourhoods with low muscle mass and muscle weakness,” said Jamie McPhee, senior author on the research. (PTI)
Genes have a role in empathy, study says
ow scientists say empathy is not just something we develop through our upbringing and life experiences - it is also partly inherited. A study of 46,000 people found evidence for the first time that genes have a role in how empathetic we are. And it also found that women are generally more empathetic than men. Empathy has an important role in our relationships. It helps us recognise other people’s emotions and it guides us to respond appropriately, such as by knowing when someone is upset and wants to be comforted. It is largely considered to be something we develop through childhood and our life experiences. But in this new paper, published in the journal Translational Psychiatry, scientists looked to see if how empathetic we are can be traced to our genes. Participants in the study had their “empathy
quotient” (EQ) measured with a questionnaire, and gave saliva samples for DNA testing. Scientists then looked for differences in their genes that could explain why some of us are more empathetic than others. They found that at least 10% of the differences in how empathetic people are is down to genetics. Varun Warrier, from the University of Cambridge who led the study, said: “This is an important step towards understanding the role that genetics plays in empathy. “But since only a tenth of the variation in the degree of empathy between individuals is down to genetics, it is equally important to understand the non-genetic factors.” The research also found differences in empathy between the sexes. Out of a maximum of 80 from the EQ questionnaire, women on average scored 50, as opposed to 41 for men.
But researchers said they were unable to find any genetic differences behind this. The scientists also found genetic differences that are associated with lower empathy were also linked to a higher risk of autism. However, they acknowledged there were limitations to the research. The empathy quotient is a self-reported survey,
which can skew results. And although they found genetic differences between people who were more and less empathetic, they were not able to find specific “empathy genes” that were responsible for this. They added that future research to find the genes that affect empathy would benefit from more people taking part in the study. Gil McVean, professor
of statistical genetics at the University of Oxford, told the BBC the study established that genes had a role in empathy, but this was “minor” compared to environmental factors. “We know that basically anything you can measure in humans has a genetic component, and this establishes that empathy does have some heritable component.” (BBC)
Diagnosing glaucoma can save sight: HOA OFFICE OF THE
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cific symptoms. The vision begins to decrease from the sides. A random survey has shown that 80,000 people in Hyderabad are afflicted with glaucoma. There are no specific tests to detect glaucoma. A battery of tests has to be done. Those who have a family history of eye diseases must get their eyes checked regularly.” Worldwide, 68 million people have been found to suffer from glaucoma in a recent study. Those who are in the 65 plus age group have a prevalence rate of 7.5 per cent but this number is bound to go up to 10 percent by 2020. There is a strong need to have better screening and more awareness programs stated the HOA to prevent blindness due to glaucoma. (Deccan Chronicle)
Thus, in continuation of the remarkable and notable deeds, the bounteous support towards the down-trodden makes it possible for us to exist and to make the community a great place to live. We remain thankful to you Sir. DP-1998
iagnosing glaucoma early is the key to preventing blindness stated the Hyderabad Ophthalmologists Association (HOA) on Sunday. Glaucoma is the increasing pressure in the eyeball due to which the vision begins to diminish from the sides. Ophthalmologists state that screening must be carried out aggressively and more awareness programs must be carried out about glaucoma, like it has been done for cataract. One out of ever y 5 victims of glaucoma worldwide, is from India. This high incidence of the disease is because it remains undetected. Dr Vanita Pathak-Ray, consultant glaucoma specialist explained, “The reason for high prevalence of glaucoma is there are no spe-
On behalf of the people of 6 tribes; Chang, Khiamniungan, Konyak, Phom, Sangtam & Yimchunger under the aegis of Eastern Nagaland Peoples’ Organization (ENPO), the undersigned would like to extend its deepest gratitude to the Hon’ble Chief Minister of Nagaland & the then MP (LS) Shri Neiphiu Rio for the generous donation of one Ambulance each (under MPLADS 2017 – 18) to the people of Eastern Nagaland covering 6 districts, Tuensang, Mon, Longleng, Kiphire, Kohima & Dimapur. It may be put on record that, as in the given past, Shri Neiphiu Rio have developed a deep, keen and a helpful interest to the plight and welfare of the underdeveloped and underprivileged ENPO region bordering Myanmar.
Sd/(Khoiwang Konyak) President, ENPO.
Sd/(Manlang Phom) General Secretary, ENPO.
I want to express my heartfelt thanks to the voters of the 4 Ghaspani-1 A/C for re-electing me to 13th Nagaland Legislative Assembly. It truly took a lot out of everyone, for the ballot battle we fought together was truly demanding. I am honored and humbled that you have placed your trust in me. It has been so encouraging to meet so many new people during my entire campaign. I take this privilege and say thank you on behalf of myself and on behalf of 4 Ghaspani-1 A/C to the Hob’ble Prime Minister of India Shri Narendra Modi, BJP National President Shri Amit Shah. BJP Star Campaigners for 13 NLA Election 2018, Union Minister for defence Smti Nirmala Sitharamanm, Union Minister of State (Home) and BJP in charge of Nagaland Shri Kiren Rijiju, BJP National General Secretary in charge of Northeast Shri Ram Madhav, Nagaland BJP unit President Shri Visasolie Lhoungu, Nagaland BJP Election convernor and his colleagues and all the rank and file of BJP party, Nagaland, Dimapur Division and 4 Ghaspani-1 Assembly Constituency. The support I felt on Election Day was incredible and I owe it to you. With your trust, I will work tirelessly on your behalf to help address challenges, and to secure lasting and meaningful improvements to your quality of life. Again, I thank you for the opportunity to serve the people. God Bless DP-1981
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Govt tables bill to impound, sell assets of fraudsters
New Delhi, Mar 12 (PTI): All ministries have been asked to share details of delay and cost overrun in implementing projects and schemes, according to a directive issued by Cabinet Secretary P K Sinha. The move comes after it was observed that several proposals involving time and cost overrun or extension in time frame of implementation of projects or schemes are being referred to the Cabinet or Cabinet Committees for consideration. “In this context, it has now been decided that all such proposals must necessarily incorporate in the note for Cabinet/Cabinet Committees, specific physical and financial milestones with corresponding half yearly targets for their implementation,” Sinha said in the missive to secretaries of all central government departments. He said that at the end of every six months, the Cabinet or Cabinet Committees would need to be apprised of the reasons for such “slippage” along with the strategy to achieve the target.
(From p-1) Further NPF said it was presumed that the dust of NIA summons had settled down with installation of a new government. However, it said the summons issued on T.R. Zeliang via fax to CMO in the middle of night had raised three questions – i) What was the urgency that a letter had to be dispatched at 00:15 hours? ii) Given the fact that the first session of 13th Assembly was scheduled on March 13, couldn’t NIA wait another day? iii) Knowing very well that TR Zeliang has already resigned, why send the fax to the CMO? NPF said the whole development raised very serious questions as to whether a “well-webbed political vendetta” was being played out against Zeliang who “championed and was ready to sacrifice for the cause of Naga people and their 70 decades struggle”. The NPF Bureau said casting aspersions on the integrity of a man who wanted peace and harmony in Nagaland and in the Northeast as having committed crimes against the nation by an investigating agency instituted to investigate terror activities, “was most perplexing”.
dency of such proceedings. “The absence of such offenders from Indian courts has several deleterious consequences, such as, it obstructs investigation in criminal cases, it wastes precious time of courts and it undermines the rule of law in India,” it said. It further said that most of such cases of economic offences involve non-repayment of bank loans thereby worsening the financial health of the banking sector in India. The existing civil and criminal provisions in law are inadequate to deal with the severity of the problem, it said. “In order to address the said problem and lay down measures to deter economic offenders from evading the process of Indian law by remaining outside the jurisdiction of Indian
New Delhi, Mar 12 (PTI): India’s first set of brand new planes for the prime minister, president and vice-president will be customised and be ready for use by early 2020, senior government officials said. Two Boeing 777-300 ERs, bought by Air India recently, will be retrofitted to have VIP enclosures, a press conference room and a patient transport unit for medical emergencies. The aircraft will also be equipped with Wi-Fi on board and have antimissile protection, a senior official said. A Boeing 777 unlike the older Boeing 747, which were borrowed from Air India as and when a VVIP visited overseas, can fly non-stop to the US, thereby dispensing with the need to halt for refuelling. I n Fe b r u a r y a n d March, Air India inducted three Boeing 777 aircraft, completing an order of 68 planes placed with the aerospace major in 2006. Two of these three planes will be set aside exclusively for VVIP use. “The government will buy these aircraft from Air India,” a senior official told PTI on the condition of anonymity. An aircraft exclusively for VVIPs -- such as the president, vice-president and prime
minister -- will mean that Air India will no more have to ground aircraft from its fleet for special flights and re-configure them to include VIP enclosures, a press conference room etc for these operations. Earlier, during the budget announcement for the next fiscal, the government had set aside an amount of Rs 4,469.50 crore for the purchase of these aircraft from Air India. Officials in the know say that the amount would cover the cost of the plane, their retro-fitment, the cost of a spare engine as well as a special equipment box list or spare parts that need to be mandatorily onboard an aircraft. The two planes will return to Boeing’s facility in the US on June 1 and June 30 to undergo overhauling which will take 18 months. The Indian Air Force is also negotiating with the US government for a special protection suite or anti-missile protection for these planes, it is reliably learnt. Air India will prepare a pool of 44 pilots for VVIP operations, four of whom will always be on standby and stationed in Delhi. There will also be a dedicated team of engineers and cabin crew.
Modi-Macron inaugurate UP’s biggest solar plant MIRZAPUR, MARCH 12 (IANS): Prime Minister Narendra Modi and visiting French President Emmanuel Macron on Monday inaugurated the biggest solar power plant of Uttar Pradesh in Mirzapur district. The 100 MW plant will be producing 75 MW electricity for the time being. Smiling all along and holding hands off and on, both Modi and Macron unveiled the inaugural plaque in the presence of Union Minister Anupriya Patel, Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath and French First Lady Brigitte Macron, besides others. The power plant has been built at a cost of Rs 650 crore in Dadarkala over a stretch of 380 acres in the Vindhyan mountain range.
Narendra Modi and Emmanuel Macron at the inauguration of the Solar Power Plant, at Mirzapur, on Monday. (PTI)
The plant has 1.18 lakh solar panels and the power produced from here will be transmitted to the Jigna Power sub-station of the Power Corporation. The electricity produced will then be divided into two - ‘a’ and ‘b’ sections of Mirzapur and the remaining electricity will be supplied to Allahabad. Officials of the plant
J&K CM sacks finance minister Drabu over remarks on Kashmir
Nine killed in TN forest fire; probe ordered
Injured trekkers caught in the Korangani reserve forest fire are being brought to a Government Medical College hospital in Theni district on Monday. (PTI)
THENI (TAMIL NADU), MARCH 12 (IANS): Nine trekkers have died in a massive forest fire on the Kurangani Hills here in Tamil Nadu, an official said on Monday. Chief Minister K. Palaniswami ordered a probe into the incident. A total of 27 trekkers were rescued from the blaze in Theni, some 520 km from here. “Of the 27 rescued, 10 persons did not suffer any injuries and others suffered burn injuries,” Theni District Collector Pallavi Baldev told reporters. Health Secretary J. Radhakrishnan said of the
17 rescued, eight admitted to a Madurai hospital have suffered serious burn injuries. The remaining are warded in the Government Hospital in Theni and in a private hospital at the request of the injured. I n d i a n A i r Fo r c e (IAF) helicopters brought the remains of eight of the killed from the hills. The remains of one more person was earlier brought down by road. The bodies have been sent for identification and they would be handed over to the relatives after autopsy. Speaking to reporters, Palaniswami said the trekking expedition had been
done without getting the necessary permission from the Forest Department. He said a detailed probe will be held into the accident. The IAF had mounted a search and rescue operation since Sunday. Apart from its 15 commandos, the IAF pressed three of its helicopters in the rescue mission. The commandos flew from the Sulur Air Base near Coimbatore late on Sunday and climbed the hills. What had started as an adventure trip for the trekking group of eight men, 25 women and three children turned into a nightmare on Sunday afternoon as they were caught up in the massive blaze. The group had camped at a place up in the hills on Saturday night. They were supposed to return on Sunday. Speaking to the media on Sunday, Baldev had said more than 20 trekkers were from the Chennai Trekking Club (CTC) and the others from Erode and Tiruppur. The adventure was part of the Woman’s Day activity that was celebrated on Thursday. The trekking
CBI, ED told to complete probe DGCA grounds 11 in 2G cases in 6 months: SC A320 neo planes on engine woes
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NEW DELHI, MARCH 12 (IANS): The Supreme Court on Monday pulled up the CBI and ED for not conducting investigation in all cases relating to 2G spectrum allocation and directed them to complete it within six months. A bench headed by Justice Arun Mishra slammed the agencies for not completing their probe in all 2G cases, saying “you can’t keep the people of the country in the dark”. “The issue is serious for this country. People want to know why investigation has not been completed... We are worried about this case, we are very unhappy.” The judges added: “We direct the competent in-
vestigating agencies to complete the investigation within six months in all the cases and aspects concerned with 2G spectrum case. No stone shall be left unturned.” The bench also dismissed a contempt petition filed against the Centre for appointing Additional Solicitor General Tushar Mehta as special public prosecutor in 2G case by replacing senior advocate Anand Grover who was appointed by the apex court. The court said it was open for the Central government to change the special public prosecutor to represent the CBI and ED after the trial got over.
New Delhi, Mar 12 (PTI): Aviation regulator DGCA today grounded 11 A320 neo aircraft powered by a certain series of Pratt & Whitney engines following instances of engine failures during flights. Of these, 8 are operated by IndiGo and 3 by GoAir. The decision comes hours after an A320 neo aircraft of IndiGo suffered engine failure mid-air and made an emergency landing at Ahmedabad airport. Citing safety of airc r a f t o p e r a t i o n s, t h e DGCA said, A320 neos fitted with PW1100 engines beyond ESN 450 have been grounded with immediate effect. “Both IndiGo and GoAir have been told not to refit these engines, which are spare with them in their inventory,” the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) said in a release. The regulator would be in touch with the stakeholders and review the situation in due course and when the issue is addressed by European regulator EASA and P&W, it added.
expedition was organised by the CTC, an online group of over 40,000 members. The CTC website does not have any name or number of the persons who are in-charge of the trekking expeditions. According to the website, the CTC is a non-profit, volunteer group which organises outdoor sports, environmental conservation and social activities throughout the year on weekends and weekday mornings.
Haseeb Drabu with Mehbooba Mufti.
Srinagar, Mar 12 (PTI): Jammu and Kashmir Finance Minister Haseeb Drabu, one of the architects of the PDP-BJP alliance in the state, was unceremoniously sacked from the council of ministers by Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti today over his remarks that the Kashmir issue was not a political issue, sources said. The chief minister, who returned from the national
The BJP Mandal 33 A/C Suruhuto-Asuto Division heartily congratulates Shri. H. Khehovi for his success in the recent 13th General Assembly Election with thumbing majority support in the area. The BJP Mandal wishes the General Public, well wishers who cast their valuable vote, physically, materially and through prayer support to our BJP candidate Shri. H. Khehovi for his grand success. The people of Suruhuto-Asuto A/C will continue to support the dynamic & great leadership of Shri. H. Khehovi MLA, Shri. Visasolie Lhoungu President BJP Nagaland, Shri. Amit Shah President BJP National and Hon'ble Prime Minister Shri. Narendra Modi. May God bless you all. Tokhevi Aye Mandal President BJP 33 Suruhuto - Asuto
OFFICE OF THE
THILIXU VILLAGE COUNCIL 3rd MILE, DIMAPUR, NAGALAND
The Thilixu Village Council on behalf of the public of Thilixu Village extends our heartiest congratulations to our members for being elected to the 13th Nagaland Legislative Assembly. 1. Shri. N. Jacob Zhimomi 2. Shri. Y. Vikheho Swu 3. Er. Picto Shohe 4. Shri. H. Khehovi Yeptho 5. Shri. K. T. Sukhalu It is indeed an honour for the village for the record number of winning candidates from Thilixu and for which we thank our Almighty God for the blessings bestowed on us. We pray that our Heavenly Father grant good health, wisdom and continue to guide and lead you all. Best wishes. (Nikhevi Yeptho) Chairman Thilixu Village Council Dimapur : Nagaland DP-1990(A) OFFICE OF THE
THILIXU VILLAGE COUNCIL 3rd MILE, DIMAPUR, NAGALAND
The Thilixu Village Council with immense pride and honour felicitates the following officers for being promoted to higher post on their respective Departments. 1. Ikuto Zhimomi : Agri Director 2. Kheveto Chopy : Joint Director (Treasurer & Account) 3. Iyikishe Zhimomi : Deputy Director (Border Affairs) 4. Vitonili Swu : J.E.O (Education) 5. Kishevi Chishi : J.E.O (Education) 6. Vikiho Yeptho : S.O The Council wishes and prays that the Almighty God grant them good health and bless them in all their future endeavours.
informed Modi and Macron that the generation of power will begin with the first sun rays and the plant will shut down with sunset. The plant has 3,18,650 solar plates with each plate having a generation capacity of 315 watt. The plant was completed in flat 18 months, an official told IANS.
Nikhevi Yeptho Chairman Thilixu Village Council Dimapur : Nagaland
capital to Jammu, shot off a letter to the state Governor N N Vohra requesting him to drop Drabu from her council of ministers with immediate effect, the PDP sources said. Since yesterday, pressure was mounting on Drabu, who played a key role in stitching an alliance with the BJP during Mufti Mohammed Sayeed’s tenure earlier and again when Mehbooba
Mufti became the chief minister, after newspapers published his remarks that people were barking up the wrong tree as the Kashmir issue was not a political one. “It (JK) is not a political issue as far as I can see. They have been barking up the wrong tree for the last 50 or 70 years by talking about the politics of it, that the political situation has never improved. We seriously need to look at in terms of how it is a society that is in search for itself,” Drabu had said at an event organised by the PHD Chamber of Commerce and Industry in New Delhi on Friday. Following the sudden development, the state cabinet meeting scheduled to be held tomorrow has been deferred by a week.
The Nationalist Democratic Progressive Party, Mon Region, congratulates the NDPP-BJP alliance for successfully forming the government under the capable leadership of Chief Minister, Mr. Neiphiu Rio and Deputy Chief Minister, Mr. Yanthungo Patton. The NDPP, Mon Region also congratulates the NDPP MLAs from Mon Region, Mr. Noke Wnagnao, Mr. Pohwang Konyak and Mr. Bongkhao Konyak for successfully making it to the 13th Nagaland Legislative Assembly. The Region would like to thank all the people of the Mon Region for supporting the party in particular ands the alliance in general. Let us continue to strengthen the Government even in the days to come. The NDPP, Mon Region assure the government under the dynamic leadership of the Chief Minister, Mr. Neiphiu Rio, that the Region shall extend full support and co-operation in our endeavour to bring positive change and in our effort to take the state to a greater heights. Chingmei Konyak L. Tongang Konyak Gen. Secy., NDPP, Mon Region President, NDPP, Mon Region
Government asks ministries on delayed projects
courts, it is proposed to enact a legislation, namely, the Fugitive Economic Offenders Bill, 2018 to ensure that fugitive economic offenders return to India to face the action in accordance with law,” it said. As per the proposed Bill, the fugitive economic offender is defined as an individual who has committed a scheduled offence involving Rs 100 crore or above and absconded from India or refused to come back to avoid or face criminal prosecution. In such cases, the law proposes to enable authorities to attach the property of fugitive economic offenders and proceeds of crime, and place the burden of proof for establishing that an individual is a fugitive economic offender on the Director or the person authorised by the Director. It enshrines powers of Director relating to survey, search and seizure and search of persons. It also gives power for confiscation of the property of a offender and proceeds of crime and disentitlement of the person from putting forward or defending any civil claim.
PM, prez to get their own planes by early 2020
We the Eastern Nagaland People's Union Diphupar Area (ENPUDA) would like to congratulate the successful candidates to the 13th Nagaland Legislative Assembly Election held on 27th Feb. 2018. The following elected members under Diphupar Area are :1. E.E. Pangteang 2. S. Pangnyu Phom 3. C. L. John 4. N. Thongwang 5. T. Torechu 6. B.S. Nganlang 7. H. Haiying Further the Union wishes them "Good Luck" in their future endeavours. L. Bomlen Phom G. Secy., ENPUDA
K. Longchi Konyak President, ENPUDA
OFFICE OF THE
AQAHUTO TOKUKUZHO KUKAMI KUQHAKULU (GB'S UNION) AQAHUTO DIMAPUR : NAGALAND
CONGRATULATORY MESSAGE On behalf of the AQAHUTO TOKUKUJO KUKAMI KUQHAKULU (GBs Union) and on my behalf, I extend to honour, Mr. Azheto Zhimomi (NPF candidate of Dimapur 3 constituency) warm congratulations upon your winning the 13th Nagaland Legislative Assembly Election held on 27th Feb. 2018. Your victory has demonstrated the conﬁdence and trust which the people reposed in your foresighted and able leadership. Regardless of the esteemed party forming the government or not, we are conﬁdent that your sterling qualities of hard work, dedication and sincerity of hope will bring good governance for all round progress, development and change when time calls. Once again, we wish you hearty congratulations !!! VICTO ACHUMI (President) DP-1982
New Delhi, Mar 12 (PTI): The government today tabled a bill that seeks to confiscate all the assets of absconding fraudsters and loan defaulters for recovering dues from them. The Fugitive Economic Offenders Bill 2018 aims to impound and sell assets of fugitives such as Nirav Modi, who is alleged to be behind the nearly Rs 12,700 crore fraud at Punjab National Bank. The law will apply to defaulters who have an outstanding of Rs 100 crore or more and have escaped from the country. The Bill tabled in the Lok Sabha provides for “measures to deter fugitive economic offenders from evading the process of law in India by staying outside the jurisdiction of Indian courts, to preserve the sanctity of the rule of law in India and for matters connected therewith or incidental thereto”. As per the statement of objects and reasons of the Bill, there have been several instances of economic offenders fleeing the jurisdiction of Indian courts anticipating the commencement of criminal proceedings or sometimes during the pen-
Nagaland Post, Dimapur TUESDAY, MARCH 13, 2018
AQAHUTO TOKUKUJO KUKAMI KUQHAKULU (GBs Union)
Farmers’ stir: Under-pressure Maha govt accepts demands
CPI (M) leader Sitaram Yechuri raise slogans with farmers during ‘Kisan long march’ organised by All Indian Kisan Sabha (AIKS) at Azad Maidan in Mumbai on Monday. (PTI)
Bhubaneswar, Mar 12 (PTI): After Mumbai, it was the turn of the Odisha Assembly to face protests by farmers as thousands of them launched a dharna in front of it today. The farmers are demanding a hike in the minimum support price (MSP) of paddy to Rs 5,000 per quintal. They are also seeking a pension of Rs 5,000 per month for the state’s 36 lakh farmers. There is no pension for farmers at present in the state. The farmers, who came from different districts of the state under the banner of Navnirman Krushak Sangathan (NKS), demanded that they be paid pension on attaining 60 years of age. “The agitation will intensify and reach the grassroot level if the state government fails to fulfil our demands,” NKS convenor Akshay Kumar said. Its adviser, Soumya Ranjan Patnaik, has recently joined the ruling Biju Janata Dal and has filed his nomination for the Rajya Sabha elections. Earlier, Patnaik had led rallies in various parts of Odisha to press for farmers’ demands. In Mumbai, under pressure from the Opposition and ally Shiv Sena, the BJPled Maharashtra government today accepted the demands of agitating farmers, including their right to till forest land, as thousands of them converged here in a sea of red. In a major victory for the farmers, who trekked 180 km from Nashik to here over six days under the blazing sun, some even barefooted, the state’s revenue minister, Chandrakant Patil, said their “all demands” were being accepted.
Mumbai, Mar 12 (PTI): Under pressure from the opposition and ally Shiv Sena, the BJP-led Maharashtra government today accepted the demands of agitating farmers, including their right to till forest land, as thousands of agriculturists converged here in a sea of red. In a major victory for the farmers who trekked 180 km from Nashik to here over six days under the blazing sun, some even barefooted, the state’s Revenue Minister Chandrakant patil said their “all demands” are being accepted. He was addressing farmers camping at Azad Maidan in south Mumbai in the presence of CPI-M general secretary Sitaram Yechury. Talking to reporters outside Vidhan Bhawan, Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis said, “We have
agreed to set up a committee to hand over forest land used for farming, to tribals and farmers.” “A meeting was held with representatives of farmers and adivasis at Vidhan Bhawan today. We have agreed to set up a committee to allot agricultural land to tribals provided they submit a proof of pre-2005 land cultivation. We have accepted almost all their demands,” Fadnavis said. Earlier in the day, Fadnavis, who was under intense pressure to concede the demands of farmers, had said his government was “sensitive and positive” towards their issues. “Around 90 to 95 per cent of the participants are poor tribals. They are fighting for forest land rights. They are landless and can’t do farming. The government is sensitive and positive towards their demands,”
Naresh Agrawal joins BJP; takes dig at SP, Jaya
NIA raids Srinagar central jail, seizes Pakistani flag
New Delhi, Mar 12 (IANS): Samajwadi Party’s Rajya Sabha member Naresh Agrawal, who has changed parties frequently in his three-decade-old political career, on Monday joined the BJP here and straightaway stoked a controversy saying “film actor and dancer” Jaya Bachchan has been preferred over him for candidature by the SP in the upcoming elections to the Upper House, remarks which were denounced by External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj. Union Minister Piyush Goyal, who held a press conference to announce the entry of Agrawal at the party headquarters, and BJP spokesperson Sambit Patra were visibly embarrassed by the remarks. Patra sought to contain the damage by calling an end to the briefing before saying that BJP respects the contribution of every individual whichever field they work in. H o w e v e r, S w a r a j termed his remarks “improper and unacceptable”. “I was compared with a person working in the films... I was rejected for those who dance in films, work in films. I found it not proper. Nobody found it proper,” said Agrawal, who is set to retire from the Rajya Sabha on April 2. He was referring to the re-nomination of renowned film actor Jaya Bachchan by the Samajwadi Party for yet another Rajya Sabha term from Uttar Pradesh in the coming biennial elections, ignoring Agrawal’s claim. Sushma Swaraj conveyed her disapproval of Agrawal’s remarks in a tweet. “Shri Naresh Agarwal has joined Bharatiya Janata Party. He is welcome. However, his comments regarding Jaya Bachchan ji are improper and unacceptable,” she said. Referring to Samajwadi Party leaders Mulayam Singh Yadav and Ram Gopal Yadav, Agrawal said he will continue to respect them for the regard they had given him.
Srinagar, Mar 12 (PTI): The NIA today raided the central jail here and seized over two dozen mobile phones, jihadi literature and a Pakistani flag apart from data hardware, an official spokesman said. At least 20 teams of the central probe agency, with commandos of the NSG and drones in tow, searched the barracks and open ground of the highsecurity prison that houses some of the most wanted and dreaded terrorists, including those from Pakistan. The searches, the spokesman said, were carried out in connection with an investigation over the arrest of two youths in Kupwara -- Danish Ghulam
he told the state Assembly during a discussion on the ‘Long March’ of agriculturists. Several parts of Maharashtra frequently face drought, and suicides due to rural indebtedness is common. “A ministerial committee has been formed to discuss the demands with protesters. We will take a decision to resolve their issues in a time-bound manner,” he said. The Azad Maidan turned into a sea of red today as farmers carrying red flags descended there. The CPI(M)-affiliated All India Kisan Sabha led the protest, where farmers demanded an unconditional loan waiver, and transfer of forest land to tribal farmers who have been tilling it for years. The farmers were also agitating against non-implementation of the Swami-
nathan Committee recommendation for fixing the minimum support price at one-and-a-half times the cost of production, and the Forest Rights Act, CPI-M leader Ashok Dhawle said. The farmers were also demanding a change in the plan to link rivers in Nashik, Thane and Palghar districts so as to ensure that tribal lands are not submerged and water from the scheme is made available to these areas and other drought-prone districts. They were also protesting against the state government’s land acquisition for projects, including highspeed railway and super highways. The opposition Congress, NCP, Maharashtra Navnirman Sena and also Shiv Sena, which is part of the BJP-led ruling coalitions in the state and at the Centre, had extended support to the farmers. MNS chief Raj Thackeray and Shiv Sena leader Aaditya Thackeray met the farmers yesterday. The Shiv Sena, BJP’s ruling alliance partner, threw its weight behind the farmers, saying that irrespective of their red flags the party would back them in getting their problems resolved. In November last year, the state government announced a farm loan waiver, terming it the “biggest in Maharashtra’s history”. The Mumbai police had heightened security following apprehension of breach of peace during the agitation.
Farmers protest in Odisha over MSP, pension
Lone and Sohail Ahmed Bhat. The two youths had claimed that the fresh recruits of Al-Badr, a proscribed terrorist organisation, were being sent across for arms training in furtherance of a conspiracy hatched from inside the Central Jail, Srinagar. The searches started early morning and continued till late afternoon during which all the barracks and the open ground were thoroughly searched with the help of well-trained teams and deep search metal detectors. A close watch was kept on the entire operation with the help of drones, the spokesman said. During the search, 25 mobile phones, some
Nagaland Post, Dimapur TUESDAY, MARCH 13, 2018
Ravi Shankar file papers for RS polls
Ravi Shankar Prasad filing for his nomination for Rajya Sabha polls from Bihar.
Patna, Mar 12 (PTI): Union minister Ravi Shankar Prasad and five others today filed their nominations for Rajya Sabha elections in Bihar. BJP’s Ravi Shankar Prasad, whose tenure in the Rajya Sabha ends on April 2, filed his nomination papers along with two JD(U) candidates Bashishtha Narayan Singh and Mahendra Prasad. Singh is the president of JD(U)’s Bihar unit and a sitting member of the Rajya Sabha. The Manoj Jha and
Ashfaq Karim of the RJD and Akhilesh Prasad Singh of the Congress also filed nominations. Akhilesh Prasad Singh was a junior minister in UPA I as a representative of Lalu Prasad’s RJD. Polling and counting for the Rajya Sabha elections will held on March 23. Candidates of the JD(U) and its ally the BJP filed their papers in the presence of Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, also the JD(U) national president, and his deputy Sushil Kumar Modi.
Talking to reporters later, Prasad, Union law minister, thanked Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP national president Amit Shah for reposing their trust in him and lauded Nitish Kumar for ensuring that the NDA functioned as a team. RJD candidates Manoj Jha and Ashfaq Karim filed their nomination in the presence of the party’s national vice-president Rabri Devi, state president Ram Chandra Purve and national executive member Tej Pratap Yadav.
Gir Sanctuary under encroachment
Gandhinagar, Mar 12 (PTI): Over 57 hectares of forest area inside Gujarat’s Gir Wildlife Sanctuary is under encroachment, the state government informed the Legislative Assembly today. While responding to a written query raised by Congress MLA Mohanlal Vala during the Question Hour, state Forest Minister Ganpat Vasava said that a total of 57.53 hectares of land inside the Gir Sanctuary was under encroachment. Vasava informed that there was no encroachment in the Gir National Park situated inside the sanctuary. Out of the 57.53 hectares under
encroachment, 56.17 hectares was being used for farming by locals while 1.36 hectares had religious structures on them, Vasava’s written reply stated. He informed the House that while some land had been encroached long back, others were illegally occupied after 1987-88. He said that the state had taken various steps to clear the encroachments but several occupants had filed court cases against such government action. As per the Census of 2015, there are 523 lions in and around the Gir Sanctuary, the last abode of Asiatic lion.
GOVERNMENT OF NAGALAND OFFICE OF THE DEPUTY DIRECTOR TEXTILE DESIGN & TRAINING CENTRE DIMAPUR : NAGALAND
Dated Dimapur, the 12th March 2018
Applications are hereby invited from indigenous local candidates for undergoing training under Rural Artisan Programme (RAP) for the following trades :Sl. No.
NIA raids Srinagar central jail, seizes phones, Pakistani flag and jihadi material.
SIM cards, 5 secure digital cards, 5 pen drives, one iPod and large number of documents and articles, including a poster of Hizbul Mujahideen, a Pakistani flag besides jihadi literature, were seized, he said. The agency is also probing the escape of dreaded Lashker-e-Taiba
terrorist Mohammed Naveed Jhatt on February 6 from a busy hospital in Srinagar. It is believed that the conspiracy of his escape was hatched in the Srinagar central jail. The spokesman said that the teams was accompanied by magistrates, witnesses and doctors.
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4. Weilding 12 H/Nagarjan 9 Months Candidates should be class-VIII passed and above, Applicants are requested to submit Application with Bio-data, Xerox copies of educational certificates along with two passport size Photos to the office of the undersigned on or before 23rd March 2018. Original certificates should be produced at the time of selection which will be held on 28th of March 2018 at the office of the undersigned. Selected candidates will be given a stipend of Rs.500/- (Rupees five hundred) only per month. The scheme is purely for self employment and no job guarantee will be given after completion of the training (N. VIKHEHO AYE) Deputy Director Textile Design & Training Centre Dimapur : Nagaland
GOVERNMENT OF NAGALAND
OFFICE OF THE DIRECTOR GENERAL OF POLICE NAGALAND : KOHIMA
Dated Kma, the 10th March '18
ADVERTISEMENT Applications are hereby invited from Naga Local Indigenous Inhabitants of Nagaland to ﬁll the following Post under Police Department. Sl. No.
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LDA-cum-Compuer Assistant (Directorate)
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1. The minimum qualiﬁcation should be a Graduate in any stream from recognized University. The educational qualiﬁcation for backward tribes should be 10+2 (passed). 2. The candidate must have working knowledge of computer operation, common ofﬁce software programmes and will have to undergo a test on the basic use of computer. 3. The minimum age of candidate shall not be less than 21 years and not more than 30 years of age as on 31.03.2018. The upper age is relaxable by 5 (ﬁve) years for : (i) Candidates belonging to SC/ST. (ii) Government employees will be allowed the equal number of years they are in service subjected to maximum of 5 (ﬁve) years. 4. 33% of posts are reserved for those backward tribes as notiﬁed by the State Government of Nagaland. 5. The application should have the following documents duly self-attested. (i) Admit Cards, Marksheets and Pass Certiﬁcates of Matric/PU/Graduate/Professional Certiﬁcates/Diploma Certiﬁcate in Computer Applications (Minimum 6 (Six) months). (ii) ST/Indigenous Inhabitant Certiﬁcates. (iii) Employment exchange card. (iv) Correct mailing address/contact number of the applicant. (v) 4 (four) copies of recent passport size of photographs. 6. The applicants can apply for only one of the posts i.e either Directorate or District (LDA-cumComputer Assistant). 7. Incomplete documents shall be summarily rejected. 8. Applications are to submit Rs. 100/- along with the application as examination fee. 9. Last date for submission of applications is 12th April 2018.
The applicants can collect application form from Branch-III, PHQ, Kohima during ofﬁce hours from the date of publication of this advertisement. Sd/(RUPIN SHARMA) IPS Director General of Police Nagaland, Kohima DC-572
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4 ‘terrorists’ killed in attack on Iran military checkpoint
South Korea praises China’s role in nudging N. Korea to talks
Syrian regime forces advance against rebels in Eastern Ghouta
Syrian regime forces are pictured in the town of Aftris, west of the rebel-held town of Saqba, in the besieged Eastern Ghouta region on the outskirts of the capital Damascus, on March 10, 2018.
DOUMA (SYRIA), MAR 12 (AGENCIES): Syrian regime forces advanced against rebels in Eastern Ghouta and pounded two towns with air strikes on Monday, as they moved closer to retaking the opposition enclave on the edge of Damascus, reports AFP. Three weeks after launching a fierce offensive to capture the region, forces loyal to President Bashar al-Assad have overrun more than half of Ghouta, whittling down rebel territory to three isolated pockets. Backed by Russia, the advance has battered Eastern Ghouta with air strikes,
artillery and rocket fire, raising widespread international concern and prompting urgent calls for a ceasefire. The assault on Eastern Ghouta has been one of the most ferocious of Syria’s civil war, which a monitoring group said Monday had now left more than 350,000 dead in seven years. Pro-regime forces advanced again in Ghouta on Monday, using Medeira, a town captured on Sunday, as a base to push against areas closest to the capital, according to the monitor, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights. “The army used (Me-
deira) as a launching pad towards Harasta and Arbin,” Observatory chief Rami Abdel Rahman said. Regime air strikes on Monday were pounding the two towns, which lie in the western part of Ghouta, the Britain-based Observatory said. The other two areas still in rebel hands are Douma, the region’s biggest town in the north of the enclave, and the zone around Hammuriyeh and other towns to the south.
Queuing for meat
An AFP correspondent in Douma said the morning was relatively quiet in the
Putin ordered downing of plane in 2014 M O S C OW, M A R 1 2 (IANS): Russian President Vladimir Putin has revealed that he ordered the downing of a “hijacked” plane that threatened 40,000 spectators who came to witness the opening ceremony of the 2014 Sochi Olympic Games, the media reported. The President made the revelations on Sunday in a two-hour documentary film titled “Putin” directed by Andrey Kondrashov, a state television filmmaker, which was shared on local social media on Sunday, reports RT news. Putin recalled that on February 7, 2014, just as he was setting off for Sochi’s Fisht Stadium, where the spectators, thousands of sportspersons and dozens of world leaders awaited the start of the ceremony, he had received a call from the official responsible for
Vladimir Putin the safety of the Olympics. The caller told the Russian President that passengers on a plane heading from Ukraine to Turkey had hijacked it, claiming they had a bomb on board and demanded that their flight be diverted to Sochi. The hijackers stated no other conditions. According to FSB chief Aleksandr Bortnikov, also interviewed for the film, fighter jets were im-
mediately scrambled, but the final decision was to be taken by Putin, RT news reported. Putin asked the security official: “What do you suggest we do?” “The answer was as expected: ‘Follow the plan. Shoot down the aircraft’. I said to them, ‘Then act in accordance with your plan’,” Putin told Kondrashov. Finally, a second call came. “The same official. He tells me that this was drunken antics from the passengers. And that the plane would soon land in Istanbul as expected,” RT quoted Putin as saying in the documentary. When asked by his interviewer what he experienced between the two phone calls, Putin replied that “this is something I would prefer not to talk about”.
town, allowing civilians to venture out of bomb shelters to check on the destruction in their homes or gather food. Residents were seen queuing at a butcher shop, whose owner had slaughtered a calf that he could fatten up no further because there was nothing left to feed it. By mid-morning, warplanes were buzzing overhead. Syria’s conflict broke out in March 2011 with peaceful protests against Assad, but a regime crackdown paved the way for a fully-fledged war. Repeated efforts by world powers to secure ceasefires or political settlements to the conflict have failed. At least 353,935 people have died since, including more than 106,000 civilians, the Observatory said on Monday, providing a new overall death toll for the conflict. More than 19,800 children are among the dead, it said. UN children’s agency UNICEF on Monday reported a 50 percent increase in the number of children killed in the conflict last year, condemning “extreme and indiscriminate violence”. In the Ghouta offensive alone, at least 1,144 civilians have been killed, including 240 children, the Observatory said.
Israeli premier reaches deal with allies to avert polls J E RU S A L E M , M A R 12 (AGENCIES): Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has reached a late-night compromise with his ultra-Orthodox coalition allies that could avert early elections, reports AP. A parliamentary committee approved a bill on Monday to extend military draft exemptions to ultraOrthodox men, but the motion could later still be thwarted by one of Netanyahu’s key coalition partners. Members of Netanyahu’s government have argued in recent days over whether to extend the exemptions demanded by the ultra-Orthodox. Rival parties have threatened to bolt the coalition over the issue, raising the possibility of early elections.
Germany’s Merkel faces US, EU challenges BERLIN, MAR 12 (AGENCIES): Chancellor Angela Merkel promised Monday to work for a strong Europe and said she’s hopeful talks can resolve the standoff over U.S. tariffs, declaring that “it’s finally time to start work” as Germany’s new government prepares to take office, reports AP. Merkel’s Christian Democratic Union, its Bavaria-only sister party the Christian Social Union, and the center-left Social Democrats signed their coalition agreement Monday. Parliament is due to elect Merkel for her fourth term as chancellor on Wednesday, a record 171 days after Germans voted. Merkel has been only a caretaker chancellor since October, and many unresolved issues await the new government. Those include U.S. tariffs on foreignmade steel and aluminum announced by President Donald Trump, along with threats of taxes on German automakers. Merkel welcomed talks the European Union has already started, and said the new German government will hold talks of its own. “Such differences of opinion over whether situations are fair or not have to be resolved in talks, I think, and not if it can
(From L) Olaf Scholz, acting chairman of SPD, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, and chairman of the CSU, Horst Seehofer, arrive for a joint press conference in Berlin, March 12, 2018.
be avoided in some way by unilateral actions,” she told reporters in Berlin. “If these unilateral actions can’t be avoided, we will have to consider how we can answer that, but I am counting on talks, and there will be many opportunities for that.” In Europe, French President Emmanuel Macron has been awaiting a German response to his calls for an ambitious European Union reform agenda. Merkel said she and her finance minister-designate, Olaf Scholz, would visit France after being sworn in, and “we will be able to
say more than we could in December” at an EU summit later this month. She said that “we need Europe — a Europe that shares the same values and acts together, particularly toward the outside world, and we ... will make our contribution.” And she said she hopes for progress in implementing the long-troubled peace deal for Ukraine after this weekend’s Russian presidential election. The new “grand coalition” of Germany’s biggest parties emerged after Merkel’s attempt to forge an alliance with two smaller
parties collapsed. Following a disastrous election result that came after four years as Merkel’s junior coalition partner, the Social Democrats agreed to join the new government only after lengthy internal wrangling. “I think we all feel that it’s finally time to start work,” Merkel said. “The fourth ‘grand coalition’ in Germany didn’t start as a marriage of love,” said Scholz, the acting Social Democrat leader. But he said that the allies “are in a position to work constructively together and govern decently”.
T E H R A N, M A R 1 2 (AGENCIES): Four “terrorists” were killed after infiltrating Iran and attacking a military checkpoint in a southeastern border area, officials said on Monday. The attack took place on Sunday near the city of Saravan, about 50 kilometres (30 miles) from the Pakistani border, in the province of Sistan-Baluchistan, the Islamic Republic’s elite Revolutionary Guards said in a statement. Revolutionary Guard troops fought off the attack, it said, saying one of the attackers was killed after detonating an explosive vest. Two members of the Basiji paramilitary force affiliated with the Guards were wounded in the fight, during which one of the attackers was killed after detonating an explosive vest, reports AFP. The Guards statement said three assailants had been killed but ground forces commander Brigadier General Mohammad Marani later updated the figure to four dead. He said on state television that the assailants had mounted their attack from “the soil of a neighbouring country” but did not name the country. In the past, Iran has accused Pakistan of supporting Jaish al-Adl, a jihadist group accused by Tehran of links to AlQaeda, which has carried out numerous attacks in Sistan-Baluchistan.
BEIJING, MAR 12 (AGENCIES): South Korea’s national security director on Monday praised Chinese President Xi Jinping’s role in nudging North Korea toward denuclearization talks, following word of a possible summit between U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, reports AP. Meeting with Xi at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, Chung Euiyong said the situation on the Korean Peninsula had “undergone very positive changes.” “(South Korean) President Moon Jae-in believes that the leadership of the Chinese government, especially the leadership ability of President Xi, has played a big role in this,” Chung said. “That we were able to get to this stage shows China has played an important role,” he said. “Once again, we expect that China will continue to play an active and leading role and the South Korean government will continue to coordinate closely with China.” Xi told Chung the peninsula was “facing an important opportunity of mitigation and dialogue,” according to state broadcaster CCTV. He referred both to the potential Trump-Kim summit
Chinese President Xi Jinping, right, meets with South Korea’s national security director Chung Eui-yong at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing March 12, 2018.
and talks between Moon and Kim scheduled for next month at a truce village inside the Demilitarized Zone that divides their countries. “We are looking forward to the smooth holding of the summit meeting between the two Koreas and the dialogue between North Korea and the U.S. and achieving concrete progress in promoting the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula and the normalization of relations between each other,” Xi said. “As long as all sides can focus on the fundamental goals of denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula and peace and stability, a day of the melting of the hard ice and the blossom of the spring flowers will be seen
on the Korean Peninsula,” he said. Chung made similar comments at an earlier meeting with China’s top foreign policy adviser, Yang Jiechi, who told Chung that China insists on all parties “sticking to solving the issue through dialogue and consultation.” “As long as all parties insist on solving the issue politically and maintain this direction, we can undoubtedly lead the situation on the Korean Peninsula to move forward in the direction in which the global community hopes for,” Yang said. Chung announced last week that Trump said he would meet Kim by May “to achieve permanent denuclearization” of the Korean Peninsula.
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ADDENDUM/CORRIGENDUM With reference to the Nagaland Public Service Commission’s Advertisement No.3/2017 dated 7/12/2017 the following Addendum/Corrigendum shall be made as mentioned below, Item No.27 : (a) 3 (three) posts of Agriculture Ofﬁcer (Class-II Gazetted) (b) 6 (six) post of Agriculture Inspector (Class –III Non Gazetted) under Agriculture Department. [1(one) post each reserved for Phom & Sangtam] Item No.28 : (a) 1 (one) post of Demonstrator (Grade-C) (Civil Engineering) (b) 3 (three) posts of Demonstrator (Grade-C) (Chemistry) [ 1(one) post reserved for Sangtam] (c) 3 (three) posts of Demonstrator (Grade-C) (Physics) [ 1(one) post reserved for Pochury] (d) 1 (one) posts of Demonstrator (Grade-C) (Electronics & Electrical Engg) (e) 2 (two) posts of Demonstrator (Grade-C) ( Civil Lab) [ 1(one) post reserved for Chakhesang] (f) 3 (three) posts of Demonstrator (Grade-C) (Plumbing Shop) [ 1(one) post each reserved for Zeliang & Yimchunger] (g) 3 (three) posts of Demonstrator (Grade-C) (Electrical Shop) under Technical Education Department. [ 1(one) post reserved for Yimchunger] Item No.29 : 2 (two) post of Asst. Conservator of Forest (Class-I Gazetted) under Environment, Forest & Climate Change Department. [ 1(one) post reserved for Zeliang] Item No.30 : (a) 2(two) posts of SDO (Class-I Gazetted) under NPWD. [ 1 (one) post reserved for Phom] (b) 15 (ﬁfteen) posts of Junior Engineer (Class-II Gazetted) under NPWD. [ 1(one) post each reserved for Chakhesang, Zeliang, Chang & Khiamniungam] Item No.31 : 7(seven) posts of Junior Soil Conservation Ofﬁcer (Class-II Gazetted) under Soil & Water Conservation Department. [ 1(one) post each reserved for Khiamniungam & Konyak] Item No.32 : 6(six) posts of Technical Assistant (Class-III Non-Gazetted) under Information Technology & Communication Department. [ 1(one) post each reserved for Khiamniungam & Konyak] Item No.33 : (a) 2(two) posts of SDO (Electrical) (Class-I Gazetted) under Power Department. (b) 7 (seven) posts of Junior Engineer (Class-II Gazetted) under Power Department. [ 1(one) post each reserved for Sangtam & Pochury] With reference to the Nagaland Public Service Commission Advertisement No.3/2017 dated 7/12/2017 the following Corrigendum shall be made as mentioned below, Item No.1(c) : The Elective subject for the posts of Medical Physicist will be Medical Physics and not as mentioned earlier. Item No.13 : The educational Qualiﬁcation for the posts should be read as Graduate in economics/ Statistics,/Mathematics/ Commerce/ Development studies/ Agri. as one of the subject and not as mentioned earlier vide letter No.PLN/M-387/09 dated 5-1-18. Syllabus for Medical Physics (Item No. 1(c) & Industrial Engineering ( Item No.3) has been uploaded in the Commission’s website. The candidates can download the same at www.npsc.co.in. Those degree candidates who have already applied for the post of J.E and submitted their diploma certiﬁcates only and now desirous of opting for the post of SDO should submit their Degree Certiﬁcates along with an application exercising their preference of posts on or before the last date of form submission. Candidates who have already submitted their application form may opt for addition of posts in order of preference by writing an application in plain paper addressed to Secretary, Nagaland Public Service Commission, Kohima on or before the last date of form submission. Application forms can be downloaded & submitted for Item No.27-33 only with effect from 13-03-2018 onwards. The last date for submission of application form is 31-03-2018. Other terms and conditions of the advertisement remain the same.
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Elon Musk says that The Beatles: Hundreds of unseen Kanye West inspires him photos show early US concerts
ore than 350 previously unseen photos of The Beatles’ at two early US shows have come to light and are to be sold. Mike Mitchell captured the Fab Four arriving at the venues, at pre-show press conferences and on stage in Washington DC and Baltimore in 1964. Mitchell was just 18 at the time and took the photos in natural light because he couldn’t afford a flash.The negatives are expected to fetch more than £250,000 when they are sold by Ome-
ga Auctions on 24 March. There are 413 in total, which are being sold with copyright. Forty-six of those have been seen before, when single prints were auctioned for $362,000 (£224,000) in 2011. Auctioneer Paul Fairweather said: “This is an incredible archive. The unique combination of perspective and light sets them apart from any other Beatles photographs of that period.” Mitchell photographed the band at their first ever US concert, at Washington Coliseum on 11 February
of humanity. “Earth is the cradle of humanity, but you cannot stay in the cradle forever. I find that incredibly exciting. That makes me excited to be alive, and I hope you all feel the same way. Meanwhile, West recently rapped down the phone for a cancer-suffering fan. A Twitter user first tweeted about the story back in January, writing that “This girl in my town had cancer and Kanye called her a couple days ago to rap for her”. “I think Kim was there too,” the person added. “Wasn’t even blasted on social media or anything. She passed yesterday. I have so much respect for him tho. Making her happy in her last moments.” (NME)
Eminem attacks NRA at iHeart Radio Awards
hile many used it to plug their records Em took his time in the spotlight at the annual awards ceremony hosted in Inglewood, California last night to highlight the problem of gun control and blamed the National Rifles Association for being “responsible for this whole production”. The rapper’s comments come after the National Rifle Association (NRA) began suing the state of Florida for passing a gun control law in the wake of a school shooting that left 17 people dead. While performing his track Nowhere Fast, with
Kehlani, Marshall opened with a special extra verse and the aim was quite clear. “This whole country is going nuts / And the NRA is in our way / They’re responsible for this whole production/ They hold the strings, they control the puppet.” Elsewhere, rapper Cardi B thanked the haters for helping to make her best new artist while confirming her debut album will arrive in April. Watch her typically excitable speech above and look out for another showbiz ‘singer’ in the audience mouthing the words; “I
Chandigarh to host first sports Lit-fest
Spielberg’s ‘Ready Player One’ premiere faces technical glitches
eteran filmmaker Steven Spielberg’s movie “Ready Player One” had a world premiere here, but not before facing technical difficulties drawing boos from the crowd. After being announced as the secret screening at this year’s SXSW Film Festival, Spielberg’s film was hit with technical difficulties during
1964 - two days after their famous appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show. He was on hand again when they played Baltimore Civic Centre on 13 September 1964. He even got on stage to get a better vantage point. “I was very motivated to come up with stuff that was as unique as could possibly be,” he said. “I looked and noticed that nobody was up on the stage. I thought, I wonder what it would be like to be up on the stage and see what I could get up there.” (BBC)
lon Musk has said he is “obviously” inspired by Kanye West. The SpaceX and Tesla founder and entrepreneurial icon was talking at SXSW festival in Texas, and was posed the question: “Everyone in this room is inspired by you. Who inspires you?” Elon replied: “Well, Kanye West, obviously.” During his surprise appearance, Musk also said: “There are a lot of negative things in the world — a lot of terrible things happening all the time, lots of problems that need to get solved — but life cannot just be about solving one miserable problem after another. There needs to be things that inspire you, that make you glad to wake up in the morning and be part
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its world premiere on Sunday night. About 100 minutes into the film, the sound went out, drawing boos and jeers from the Paramount Theater crowd here, reports variety.com. The projectionist restarted the movie, which had been paused during a climatic scene, but the sound system failed again. After a third, successful attempt, the sold-out crowd burst into applause. Spielberg, who received a standing ovation at the film’s conclusion, asked the audience not to reveal any spoilers beforehand. “This is not a film we made. This is a movie,” he sa id. (IANS)
handigarh is all set to host the first sports literature festival that will bring together sports personalities who have either written books or have been the subject of one or more books themselves, organisers of the festival said on Monday. ‘Play Write 2018’, which the organisers claim is India’s first of its kind Sports Literature Festival, will be held here on March 17-18. Among the eminent sporting personalities who will participate in the twoday festival are 106-year-old marathoner Fauja Singh, hockey legend Balbir Singh Sr, the Minerva FC team
(which recently won the I-League football tournament), Indian women’s Rugby team, Himanshu and Aanchal Thakur (skiers), boxer Akhil Kumar, golfers Shubhankar Sharma, Ajeetesh Sandhu and Gurbaaz Mann and actor Aparshakti Khurana. “Hockey legend Balbir Singh Senior, and Fauja Singh, 106-year-old Marathon runner, will be the main attractions at the inaugural ceremony. We plan to make ‘Play Write’ an annual event,” Vivek Atray, curator of the event told media here on Monday. Speaking on the upcoming event, Balbir Singh
Sr said: “Due recognition is like an elixir to a sportsperson. Books about sports and sportspersons bring well deserved spotlight on them and their achievements, which on one side encourages them to achieve higher levels and on the other inspires the reader to go out and replicate or surpass the achievements of their heroes.” “A sports specific lit fest, especially in a city like Chandigarh can play a major role in the years to come in ensure that this genre of writing gets the support it deserves,” he added. On the second day of the festival, a special ses-
sion on ‘Khelo India’ will be held in which young children will be given basic coaching tips and sports writers will interact with them, organiser Chitranjan Aggarwal said. “The Sports Literature festival will feature 10 interesting sessions covering games like hockey, cricket, marathon running, football, boxing, women’s Rugby and kabaddi etc. Indian Premier League (IPL) franchise Kings XI Punjab players will be part of a session on cricket and I-League champions Minerva will be represented in a discussion on football,” Atray said. (IANS)
love her”. Best male and best song (Shape of You) went to Ed Sheeran while his BFF Taylor Swift was named best female. But despite all the big names in the house perhaps the star of the show was DJ Khaled’s son Asahd. DJK was busy bigging up Rihanna for her efforts on their best hip hop song of the year - for Wild Thoughts - when his son crept up behind him on stage... with a little help from Diddy. He too then declared that his album, titled Father of Asahd, would be out this year and plugged his latest single Top Off, with Beyonce, Jay-Z and Future. We can’t help but feel that UK artists could learn a thing or two about the shameless plug. A special mention too but go to Ariana Grande’s pet dog Toulouse, who fended off stiff competition from the likes of Demi Lavato’s dog Batman and Katy Perry’s furry friend Nugget to win the award for cutest musician’s pet. (BBC)
Tim McGraw collapses during Ireland concert
ountry music star Tim McGraw on Sunday night collapsed onstage while performing his hit “Humble & Kind” in Dublin, Ireland. McGraw’s rep told Fox News the singer was attended on site by local medical staff and he “will be fine.” “Tim McGraw was suffering from dehydration in Dublin this evening at the C2C show,” a rep for McGraw told us. “He and Faith thank everyone for their love and support and look forward to seeing their Irish fans again soon.” Rolling Stone was first to report the news that
the crooner left the crowd shocked when he dropped to his knees and sat down. McGraw’s wife, singer Faith Hill, can be seen in a video on a fan’s Instagram page saying at the show, “He’s been super dehydrated. I apologize, but I made the decision that he cannot come back out on stage.” McGraw, who was performing as part of the Country to Country festival in the U.K., had performed Friday night in London and Saturday night in Glasgow as part of C2C, a three-day, three-city country music festival. (Fox News)
Ed Sheeran fans angry after people collapse in overheating Melbourne Stadium always our number one priority and we were continually monitoring the situation. The temperatures inside the stadium was not at a level that put Ed’s fans at risk,” they said. “Free water stations were available throughout the venue for fans to continually hydrate throughout the concert and they were encouraged to do so. On the stadium floor there was free water being handed out throughout the night to fans.” It was recently revealed that Ed Sheeran is helping the parents of a terminally ill girl raise £50,000 towards their legal battle to get their daughter pain relief. Sheeran first met 11 year old Melody when he agreed to visit her in hospital in 2016, but now the singer has donated a signed guitar to her parents. Melody suffers from an incurable disease called Rett Syndrome, which affects brain development. The disease means Melody is unable to walk or talk, but now the parents have claimed the hospital will be withdrawing her pain relief. (NME)
ustralian Ed Sheeran fans are angry, after numerous people were treated for dehydration after collapsing at the singer’s recent Melbourne show. Fans at the Etihad Stadium reported that the stadium roof was not opened and there was no working air conditioning, with temperatures outside topping 35 degrees celsius. Numerous people were reported as collapsing and having to be escorted out of the venue by first aiders. Water was reportedly also being sold forupwards of $5 a bottle. Melanee Jardine told Yahoo 7 that her third floor seat gave her a “bird’s eye view” of events. “In the first act they had to stop and get security to help someone who had fainted. Then it just kept happening all show,” she said. “We had a young girl in our row pass out from the heat too. It was terrible and unnecessary when they had access to having the roof open.” An Etihad spokesperson said the roof was closed at the request of the touring party. “Patrons health and safety is
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Indian Wells: Federer wins; Djokovic crashes out
Roger Federer returns a shot to Federico Delbonis duirng their match at Indian Wells.
Open football tournament in Dimapur D I M A P U R , M AR 1 2 (NPN): Dimapur District Football Referee Association (DDFRA) will be organizing the 1st Open Football Tournament from April 6 to 17 at DDSC Stadium, Dimapur. Forms will be available at DDFRA office room no. 7 (DDSC stadium) on payment of Rs. 3000. Champions will receive Rs. 50,000; runners-up Rs. 25,000 and semifinalists Rs. 5000 each, besides individual prizes. Interested teams, clubs and association may contact: 8413815281, 8974086163 and 8837048122 for details.
another 90-minute delay organizers suspended play for the night. Federer is making his 17th appearance in the California desert and is assured of remaining world number one if he makes it to the semi-finals. He extended his 2018 win streak to 13 matches and has only dropped three sets from 34 played this year. Federer hit five aces and won 74 percent of his first serve points in the match which took a total of one hour and 41 minutes over the two days. Federer started quickly hammering a backhand winner to take the lone
break of the first set and he would deny a pair of break chances when serving for the opener at 5-3. In the tiebreaker, Federer took a 5-2 lead but Delbonis battled back to win a long rally and tie it 5-5. Federer won the final three points to take the match by forcing Delbonis to dump all three of those shots into the net. Federer will face 25thseed Filip Krajinovic in the third round. Federer and 10th seed Djokovic both came into the tournament seeking to become the first six-time winner of the event. But Djokovic fell at
New Delhi, Mar 12 (Agencies): The national sports federations (NSFs) have taken refuge in the Narinder Batra-led Indian Olympic Association (IOA) to save their skins from the fawning clutches of the stringent national sports code. In a closed-door meeting held at the IOA headquarters here on Saturday, almost all the representatives of the NSFs pleaded with the IOA management to help protect their autonomy and ensure less government interference. IOA, too, felt the need to reach out to the government to curb its hyper-activism over the revised draft
Antoine Griezmann celebrates with Diego Costa after scoring a goal.
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Paes returns to Davis Cup fold
Pune, Mar 12 (Agencies): The dream continues for Leander Paes as the veteran made a return to India’s Davis Cup fold. The national selectors named the 44-year-old Paes in the Indian team that will take on China in the Asia-Oceania Group 1 second round tie in Tianjin on April 6-7. It’s a major turn-around for Paes who suffered a public humiliation when he was dropped from the squad for the corresponding tie against Uzbekistan in Bangalore last year. Apparently, the selection committee headed by chairman SP Misra overruled “reservations” expressed by Rohan Bopanna, with whom Paes’ relationship is estranged, to put it mildly. “How can a player decide whom he will play with? It can’t be a personal decision,” an AITA source who attended the meeting told TOI. The source said that Bopanna had requested to be omitted for the tie if the selectors wanted to bring in Paes, but it didn’t go down well with the AITA or the selectors, who noted that the former also receives grants from the government as part of the TOP Scheme. “The idea is to field the best team, and you have to play. You can’t make excuses like personal reasons for not being available,” he added. Yuki Bhambri, Ramkumar Ramanathan, Sumit Nagal and Rohan Bopanna are the other four members of the team which has Divij Sharan as reserve.
SA beat Australia to level series
Rabada took his fourth 10-wicket haul in only 28 Test matches.
P O RT EL I Z A B E T H , Mar 12 (Agencies): Kagiso Rabada starred in what could be his final match of the series between South Africa and Australia as the Proteas levelled the series with a six-wicket win in the second Test. The fast bowler took 11 wickets in the match, including three on the fourth morning, as South Africa swiftly took the five wickets they needed to wrap up Australia’s second innings. The hosts were left needing just 101 to win and, despite a couple of nervy moments, reached their target midway through the afternoon session. H oweve r, R a b a d a (6-54) could miss the remaining two Tests after receiving two separate
charges during the match, a level one charge for giving David Warner a sendoff added to the level two charge for making should contact with Steve Smith after dismissing him on day one. The potential suspension did little to affect his performance though as the 22-year-old fast bowler got South Africa up and running in the morning session, getting the ball to nip back to Mitchell Marsh (45) and uproot his off stump. Pat Cummins (5) and Mitchell Starc (1) followed soon after, Lungi Ngidi (2-24) had Nathan Lyon caught behind and when Josh Hazlewood (17) holed out off Keshav Maharaj (2-90), Australia were 239
all out. Lyon had Dean Elgar (5) caught and bowled with the last ball before lunch and when Hazlewood removed Aiden Markram (21) shortly after the resumption, Australia sensed an opportunity. However, AB de Villiers was not going to bow to the pressure and instead went on the counter-attack, hitting four fours and a six to put an end to any hopes Australia had of snatching victory. De Villiers (28) and Hashim Amla (27) fell in space of three balls but Faf du Plessis and Theunis de Bruyn knocked off the remaining 20 runs required to ensure a fierce-contested series remains right in the balance.
IOA endorses BAI elections; asks Sarma to continue of the sports code, leading to PILs in various Courts challenging the election of NSF officebearers citing sports code violation. The huddle led to Batra immediately forming an eight-member committee, under his own chairmanship, to hold talks with the government in order to ensure smooth functioning between the IOA and the ministry. Apart from Batra, the committee comprises of R K Anand, Randhir Singh, Rajeev Mehta, Tarlochan Singh, Anandeshwar Pandey, Anil Khanna and Sudhanshu Mittal. While the IOA may maintain that the committee will coordinate with the minis-
Griezmann inspires Atletico to victory
M a d r i d, M a r 1 2 (Agencies): Antoine Griezmann is keeping alive Atletico Madrid’s hopes of a Spanish league title challenge. The France forward scored an impressive goal and helped set up two others as Atletico comfortably defeated Celta Vigo 3-0 on Sunday to keep pace with league leader Barcelona. Victor “Vitolo” Machin and Angel Correa also scored for Atletico at Wanda Metropolitano Stadium in Madrid. The team’s 10th win in 11 matches in all competitions kept second-place Atletico eight points behind Barcelona with 10 matches left. The Catalan club beat last-place Malaga 2-0 on Saturday despite playing without Lionel Messi because of the birth of his third son, Ciro. Atletico’s only recent setback was a 1-0 loss at Barcelona in the previous
the first hurdle with a shock loss to Japanese qualifier Taro Daniel. Daniel sent an out-ofsorts Djokovic tumbling with a hard-fought 7-6 (7/3), 4-6, 6-1 victory. It was another snag in the return for the world number 13 Djokovic who admitted he lacked composure while playing in just his second event of 2018 and first since having surgery. The Serb is making a cautious return to the ATP Tour after stopping his 2017 season following Wimbledon, due to a right elbow injury. He lost to Chung Hyeon in the Australian Open fourth round in January before undergoing the surgery. Djokovic scrambled to win the second set on Sunday but the rust from the layoff was evident as he made 62 unforced errors compared to 29 for Daniel. Djokovic had four aces but served poorly overall making four double faults and winning just 65 percent of his first-serve points. Daniel, who is ranked 109th in the world, advanced to the third round where he will face Gael Monfils of France who outlasted American John Isner 6-7 (5/7), 7-6 (7/3), 7-5. In other men’s matches, David Ferrer of Spain defeated Tennys Sandgren of the US 6-2, 7-6 (7/3).
round. “There is still a lot of league left,” Atletico coach Diego Simeone said. “We are focusing on each match. I want to reach the final five rounds with chances. Then we will see what happens.” Griezmann has been decisive for Atletico. He scored his eighth goal in five matches after a neat move inside the area just before halftime. The Frenchman cleared two Celta players by faking a shot near the goal, then sent the ball into the top far corner to open the scoring at the Metropolitano. Griezmann, who has previously been linked with a move to Barcelona or Manchester United, then set up Vitolo’s goal with a well-placed throughball inside the area in the 56th, and he also started the play that led to Correa’s final goal a few minutes later.
“The reality is that today Griezmann is with us and he has been playing fantastically,” Simeone said. “Tomorrow is another day.” Real Madrid stayed in third place by defeating Eibar 2-1 on Saturday with a pair of goals by Cristiano Ronaldo, while fourthplace Valencia remained a point behind Madrid by winning 2-0 at Sevilla with two goals by striker Rodrigo. Sevilla stayed fifth but 11 points behind Valencia in the fight for a Champions League spot next season. Sevilla plays at Manchester United in the Champions League on Tuesday in the last-16 second leg. The teams drew 0-0 in Sevilla in the first leg. Celta stayed ninth with the loss, its second in three matches. Villarreal win Villarreal took a step toward securing a Europa League spot by defeating Las Palmas 2-0 with second-half goals by Carlos Bacca and Nicola Sansone. The win moved Villarreal to sixth place, one point behind Sevilla and a point ahead of Girona. The teams in fifth and sixth automatically qualify for the second-tiered European competition. Las Palmas, winless in six matches, stayed in 18th place and is four points from safety.
try on the sports code and other thorny issues concerning their autonomy, Saturday’s development could result in another standoff between the two bodies with the ministry pushing for the introduction of the revised draft at the earliest and its entirety.
“There’s a general feeling among the NSF presidents and secretary generals, who attended the meeting, that the working attitude of the ministry and the Sports Authority of India (SAI) is not very forthcoming towards the NSFs. The ministry wants
to curtail the NSFs’ autonomous status through the sports code. The members felt that instead of being the two wheels of the same cart, we should move together,” a senior IOA official, who was part of the gathering, told TOI.
With profound gratefulness, we the bereaved family members of Late Alemwati Pongen, Assistant Branch Manager, Kiphire Branch, express our heartfelt gratitude to the Managing Director, officers and staff of NSCB Ltd. As well as express our heartfelt gratitude to each and every individual who stood by us physically, prayerfully, financially and materially during the time of our grief and at the sudden demise of Late Alemwati Pongen. DP-2001
Indian Wells, Mar 12 (Agencies): Federer returned to stadium court on Sunday afternoon and needed an hour to finish off his second-round victory 6-3, 7-6 (8/6). His title defence got off to a soggy start Saturday night when play was suspended because of rain showers with Federer up a set and tied 2-2 in the second. The clouds rolled in just before the start of their match on Saturday and after a short delay to start the first set they managed to play until the skies blackened and the heavy rains came in the second. After
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D.O.B : 11.01.1968 D.O.D : 09.03.2018
IN RESPECT OF LATE S. TSINTSÜMONG PASTOR DTBC Dimapur Tikhir Baptist Church mourns the untimely demise of our Pastor S. Tsintsümong on 4th March 2018. In a condolence message the Church body described him as a sincere, committed, selﬂess dedicated, truthful and faithful servant of God. His immense good deeds would be remembered and treasured and that vacuum created by his demise would be difﬁcult to ﬁll. Further, the Church convey its deepest condolences and pray that Almighty God grant solace and strengthens the bereaved family and relatives and prayer for the departed soul to rest in eternal peace. DP-1983
ACKNOWLEDGEMENT The Family of Late Mhetshe Nuh of Purana Bazaar, Dimapur who passed away in Pune on 7th March 2018 wishes to acknowledge the many expressions of sympathy and gestures of kindness shown to us following our sad loss. We offer our heartfelt thanks to the many friends, neighbours, churches, societies, organizations and well wishers who visited our home, attended the wake, service and burial and who provided emotional and practical support for us at this difficult time. For those who telephoned, travelled long distances from different parts of Nagaland and Manipur, sent floral tributes, cards and messages of condolences, those who continuously gave their prayer support as well as those who made charitable donations in cash and kind we are truly grateful. A special word of thanks to our Chakhesang Baptist Church East Dimapur and its Youth and Women department for the continuous help and support; to all those who participated in the funeral service, our local Pastor Rev. Dr. Nuvocho; to all the members of Naga Christian Fellowship Pune and Naga Students' Union Pune for their help and support in everything; to Ms. Eloni for the help and care in Mumbai and finally to Mrs. Adaha for the timely company and support from Kolkata to Dimapur. To those who help in any way, your contribution made our loss more bearable. As it would be impossible to thank everyone individually, please accept this acknowledgement as an expression of our deepest gratitude. May God Bless you all. DP-1976
14/08/1971 – 02/03/2018 The family of Late Kesobeituo Liezietsu (Beituo) wishes to express our sincere thanks and appreciation to Khedi Baptist Church, Baptist Mission Church and different churches, prayer group, Electrical Dept and all those who stood by us morally, physically and ﬁnancially throughout our period of grieving of our loved one. Your kindness of sympathy is deeply appreciated and gratefully acknowledged. May God bless you. Loving family members K-663 K Y M C
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Modi to inaugurate India top medals tally PM Mary Kom’s academy at ISSF World Cup
Om Prakash Mitharval and Manu Bhaker with their medals. (PTI file photo)
Guadalajara, Mar 12 (IANS): India topped the medals tally for the very first time in an International Shooting Sport Federation (ISSF) competition, after finishing the World Cup Rifle/Pistol/ Shotgun stage here with four gold, one silver and four bronze for a total of nine medals. In the concluding
event of the World Cup on Sunday, the three Indians in the Men’s Skeet competition, however failed to reach the podium with Smit Singh shooting 116 in qualifying to finish at the 15th spot, Angad Bajwa shot 115 to end in 18th while Sheeraz Sheikh secured the 30th spot with a score of 112. Two time Olympic
Champion Vincent Hancock of the US won the Men’s Skeet competition. Hancock, who had won gold in Men’s Skeet at the Beijing and London Olympics, had gone into a bit of a slump after winning the 2015 World Championships and completed a comeback of sorts into the winner’s circle with this win here. He did it in style by first topping qualification with a sublime 123 out of 125 and then followed it up in the final, with a world record equalling 59 out of 60. He was however matched by Paul Adams of Australia and finally got the better of him 6-5 in a shoot-off for gold and silver. Italy’s Tammaro Cassandro settled for the bronze with 49 hits in the final. I n d i a ’s S m i t wa s placed seventh at the start of the day and stood a chance of qualifying but rounds of 22,23 and 23 ended all hopes. Bajwa was the best Indian shooter of the day returning rounds of 24, 25 and 24 but he had dropped too far behind on day one of qualifying and Sheikh did not look in his element in this competition.
NEW DELHI, Mar 12 (PTI): Prime Minister Narendra Modi will inaugurate the ‘Mary Kom Regional Boxing Foundation’ in Imphal on March 16 and present in the long-awaited event will be Olympic medallists - boxer Vijender Kumar and wrestler Sushil Kumar. Nestled at the foot of Langol hills in Manipur’s Imphal West district, Mary Kom’s Boxing Academy, spread across 3.3 acres, is around 10 km from the centre of state capital Imphal. It currently houses 45 young boxers, including 20 girls, at the three-storey building. The land was allotted by the Manipur government in 2013, and the academy’s construction was funded by National Sports Development Fund (NSDF). “The foundation is
grateful to both central and state government for establishment of these sports facilities after many years of struggle since its inception in 2006,” it said in a press release. “The foundation expresses their gratitude to PMO for making (it) to the event and formally handover the buildings to the foundation for promotion of boxing sports.” A five-time world and Asian champion, Mary Kom is also the country’s only woman boxer with an Olympic medal. The 35-year-old was christened ‘Magnificent Mary’ by the International Boxing Association (AIBA) a few years ago for her stellar career, which also includes an Asian Games gold medal.
Stokes pleads not guilty to affray
London, Mar 12 (Agencies): Ben Stokes has pleaded not guilty to a charge of affray and will go on trial later this year. The England all-rounder is currently on tour in New Zealand and appeared via video link on Monday morning. The trial has been set for August 6 at Bristol Crown Court and is expected to last between five and seven days, meaning Stokes will miss the Lord’s Test against India. Ryan Ali and Ryan Hale have also been charged with affray, and both men also entered not guilty pleas on Monday morning. The charges relate to an incident which happened in Bristol in the early hours of the morning on September 25 and allegedly resulted in a man suffering a broken eye socket.
Super Son lifts Spurs spirits after Kane injury
Alli (right) and Son (left) run off in celebration after the pair combined for Tottenham’s second goal.
L o n d o n, M a r 1 2 (Agencies): Son Heungmin took his tally to seven goals in four games to ensure Tottenham Hotspur didn’t miss Harry Kane in a 4-1 win at Bournemouth after the England striker limped off injured. Junior Stanislas’s seventh minute opening goal
was cancelled out by Dele Alli’s strike just after Kane departed, before Son took centre-stage. The South Korean put Spurs ahead midway through the second half and added the third in the 87th minute before Serge Aurier’s stoppage time header completed an impressive re-
sponse by Mauricio Pochettino’s side to crashing out of the Champions League at the hands of Juventus. There were clear signs Tottenham were not at their best when they were undone by Lewis Cook’s through ball that sent Lys Mousset clear from halfway after just four minutes. The striker advanced to the edge of the Spurs box before squaring for Stanislas who lifted the ball over the advancing Hugo Lloris but his effort came back off the bar. Tottenham failed to take note of that warning as within three minutes Stanislas had made amends for his miss with a well-taken strike past Lloris from an Adam Smith cross that gave the Cherries the lead. Worse was to come for Spurs in the 29th minute when Kane drifted offside before meeting Christian Eriksen’s right-wing cross. The striker slotted the ball past Asmir Begovic but collided with the keeper and
stayed down before hobbling back to the dressing room. Kane’s replacement Erik Lamela produced a neat turn before laying the ball off to Son who sent Aurier clear down the right and his excellent low cross was turned home by Alli from six yards for his 10th goal of the season. After the break, Tottenham went in front just after the hour mark when Son benefited from a borderline offside call to claim his 17th goal of the season. On this occasion Alli was the creator, clipping a precise cross for Son to volley past Begovic at the far post. Son netted his second as he was allowed to run the full length of the Bournemouth half unchallenged before rounding Begovic and slotting home. And Aurier pounced when Begovic could only parry Kieran Trippier’s cross in stoppage time to round off a fine fightback by the visitors.
Juventus returned to the top of Serie A as the race for the title hots up.
Rome, Mar 12 (Agencies): Juventus took another step toward an unprecedented seventh successive Serie A title after Napoli had a setback on Sunday. Juventus leapfrogged Napoli at the top of the table with a 2-0 win over Udinese to take a 1-point lead. Maurizio Sarri’s Napoli could only draw 0-0 at Inter Milan in the evening match. The Bianconeri could move four points clear of Napoli on Wednesday if they beat Atalanta at home in a match which was rescheduled due to bad weather.
“We’re just thinking of ourselves,” said Lorenzo Insigne, who went close for Napoli on several occasions at San Siro. “So many people, to put pressure on us, are saying that the title is gone, we just have to think about working. As long as we’re mathematically in it, we’ll fight to win, without ever letting our heads go down. We have to stay calm … we didn’t win today but we had a good performance and we have to start again from that.” Napoli, which lost at home to Roma last weekend, almost fell to a second successive defeat as Inter
went closest to breaking the deadlock when Milan Skriniar headed a free kick off the right post early in the second half. The souther n side hasn’t won the Italian league since Diego Maradona led the club to its only two championships in 1987 and 1990. Earlier, Juventus had a comfortable victory despite Gonzalo Higuain missing another penalty thanks to two goals from Paulo Dybala. Paulo Dybala broke the deadlock in the 20th minute, curling a trademark free kick into the top corner. Higuain should have doubled his side’s lead after Dybala was fouled in the area by Gabriele Angella, but he saw his penalty saved by Udinese goalkeeper Albano Bizzarri shortly before halftime. It was the fifth penalty Higuain has missed in Serie A. Higuain made up for his error by setting up Dybala’s second goal four minutes after the break. Dybala has scored four goals from his last three matches.
Juventus top Serie A points table
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Published on Mar 13, 2018